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When we collect oral histories, we do future generations a favor. Recordings of those who lived through a major event can help us understand how life was during an earlier, different era. On this episode of KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, we hear from a pair of veterans who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era.

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Westminster College in Fulton has officially installed the 21st president in its 165-year history.

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An 1862 Civil War battle in Callaway County resulted in the deaths of 70 Confederate and Union soldiers. A recent search of that site resulted in finds that illuminate the guerilla warfare that was often seen in Missouri during the War Between The States.

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A prominent national security journalist and war correspondent says the United States government could use more empathy when deciding on its foreign policy. Jeremy Cahill spoke at this year’s Hancock Symposium at Westminster College. Cahill criticized America’s covert wars, particularly the Bush and Obama administrations’ use of drone strikes.

National Security Experts Flock to Fulton for 3-day Symposium

Sep 15, 2015
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Westminster College kicked off its 10th annual Hancock Symposium Monday. This year's 3-day symposium featured many high-profile figures, including U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo. and former CIA attorney John Rizzo.

New Westminster College President Takes Office

Jul 3, 2015
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  Westminster College in Fulton is under the direction of a new President. Dr. Benjamin Akande officially took over as the twenty-first President in Westminster history on July 1.

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  Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande will serve as the next president of Westminster College.

With a Ph.D. in economics, Akande is the former dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.

President’s Final Year at Westminster College

Apr 28, 2015

After spending 10 years at Westminster College, President Barney Forsythe is retiring at the end of this school year.

Forsythe has served as the president of Westminster since October of 2007. He believes the college has internationalized the campus and created an institutional identity around the liberal arts. They have also built a number of engaging programs using an integrative approach to the liberal arts.


A Westminster College chapter of a national fraternity has been suspended indefinitely due to hazing and offensive comments on a social media site. 

Westminster partners with Arizona online grad school

Jul 3, 2014
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Westminster College in Fulton can now offer its alumni and faculty advanced degree programs. The college announced a new partnership with Arizona-based online graduate school Northcentral University this week. The partnership is expected to provide a "preferred tuition rate" for Westminster students, faculty, and staff for the programs Northcentral offers.

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A commemorative art exhibit made its first stop in Fulton, Mo., on May 30. The National Churchill Museum at Westminster College presented its new exhibit “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.


The longtime leader of Westminster College is stepping down, but not for another year.

Westminster College to close Mesa campus

Apr 23, 2014

Westminster College announced it will be closing its campus in Mesa, Az. at the end of the spring semester. Westminster opened the campus last fall as a partnership with the city of Mesa. It was one of four higher education institutions that partnered with the city to help boost the city’s economic development.

Rob Crouse, director of Media and Public relations at Westminster College says due to competition, Westminster could not reach the necessary growth and demand. 

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The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, visited Fulton on Thursday (Feb. 27) to deliver a guest lecture and preside over a service at Westminster College. The lecture was held in the historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. 

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Former Olympic athletes are highlighting events at a two-day global sports symposium at Westminster College in Fulton. 

A Westminster College student is one of only nine students in the country to receive funding for the Clinton Global Initiative.

When Sahadev Yangmali Rai visited Bhojpur, a town in his home country of Nepal, he knew he had to do something.

“They don’t have electricity," Rai said. "They don’t have phone service. They don’t have a toilet, they don’t have drinking water. Literally, they don’t have anything.”

In 1996, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the same place where almost 50 years earlier, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech.  During her visit, Thatcher gave a speech that still has relevance today, especially in light of the continuing threat of nuclear weapons by North Korea.

A Westminster College graduate fighting for election reform in the Maldives returns to the Fulton campus this week to discuss her political activism.

Shauna Aminath is a 2008 Westminster graduate and a native of the Maldives. She was arrested in the Indian Ocean republic after the 2012 ouster of President Mohamed Nasheed.

Aminath was a deputy undersecretary in Nasheed's administration. She now works to restore the democratic elections that have been replaced by parliamentary votes.

Westminster's Mesa campus gets accredited

Mar 4, 2013
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The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association has given accreditation to Westminster College’s new campus in Mesa, Arizona.

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For some, there's a clear separation of religion from reason, reason from religion.

But that's not the way author C.S. Lewis saw it.

To him, religion and reason went together. That idea was the foundation of a talk on Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton. 

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Taking advantage of its close proximity to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Westminster College is launching a program for students to get an opportunity to work full time in the state government. The program will begin in the spring semester of 2013.

Westminster College’s new Capital Internship Program would have students work 20 to 40 hours per week in Jefferson City. So, other than just shadowing another government officer, students will get chances to work like real state officials.

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A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals is planning to take its work on the road.

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Religion was one of those things Cliff Cain's mother raised him not to talk about in public – that, along with politics and sex.

With religion alone, he's breaking that rule – in his words, "Religion is as polarizing as politics and as passionate as sex."

Cain is a religious studies professor at Westminster College in Fulton, and he was the chair of the committee for the school's annual symposium. This year, the topic was religion, and more than 40 experts came to give lectures and facilitate discussions. 

Mike Matthes at the DT Incubator
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If you’ve got a sharp eye you might have noticed a new building in downtown Columbia.  Last week the City of Columbia and local entrepreneurial group The League of Innovators officially opened the Brent and Erica Beshore Downtown Incubator. 

Westminster College branches out to Arizona

Sep 6, 2012
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Fulton’s Westminster College has received license approval from Arizona to open a campus in the state’s third largest city of Mesa.  President Barney Forsythe says that after the city of Mesa completed its marketing study research, researchers found that there was an under representation of private residential higher education in Arizona. 

Forsythe says that the school’s intent is to hire mostly locally in the Mesa and Phoenix area for the new campus.


Westminster College has announced that classics professor Bob Seelinger will serve as dean for the college's second campus in Mesa, Arizona.

Seelinger says he has been involved with the new-campus project since it began a little over a year ago: “I find it very attractive from the beginning, and indicated from the very start that I’d love to be involved in whatever capacity.”

Seelinger began teaching at Westminster in 1979. He’s also been the Chief Academic Officer, and served as the dean of the faculty for seven years.

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Westminster College in Fulton is attempting to open a new branch campus in Mesa, Arizona.

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The former chairman and CEO of MTV International will become a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees.