Cody Catalina, a senior history (secondary education) major from Brownsville, Pa., and Chelsea Heckman, an early childhood education major from Greenville, Pa., were named the recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Lewis Scholarship, given by Charles R. and Ada G. Lewis of Highland Avenue in Gettysburg, for the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University English education alumnus and Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year,” was named one of the four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award. He is also one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

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Fourteen Waynesburg University early childhood education majors who are members of the University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, traveled to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,  to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Dr. Robert Kefferstan, professor of education at Waynesburg University, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Kefferstan was nominated by Dr. Doris Johnson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, at a recent full board meeting. This marks his first election to the Professional Advisory Board.

Waynesburg University partnered with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host CAMP Tech Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 9, 2013. Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists traveled to Waynesburg University for a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. 

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Dr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize. Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments.

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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University held a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The event featured Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

In 2013, two distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, accepted the literary works of Waynesburg University writer-in-residence Dr. Robert Randolph. Randolph’s poem “All are Lamps” was published in The Hollins Critic, one of America’s leading literary journals. Consequence Magazine will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue. 

Dr. Cory Goehring was named Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.S. from Washington and Jefferson College; an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir presented a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. 

The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and Music Program presented their annual Christmas concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Waynesburg University hosted its eighth annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The Symposium, directed by guest clinician Dr. Robert Page, was held in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

A faculty art exhibition featuring the work of Ron Jesiolowski was held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Feb. 24, through Wednesday, March 19, 2014. 

Waynesburg University hosted a Senior Art Exhibition for Nathanael Long Monday, March 24, through Wednesday, April 16, 2014. An opening reception took place Monday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players presented “Little Women” Wednesday, April 2, through Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

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The Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University hosted E-3 Day: Explore, Enrich, Excel Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The event, described as “a fine arts immersion day,” was geared toward all fine arts students, grades 9 through 12. It featured a series of workshops, master classes and competitions in all areas of the fine arts.

Waynesburg University’s Fine Arts Department held a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, October 21 through Friday, November 15, 2013. The exhibit displayed the artwork of senior, Hannah Dunbar. Her exhibit featured ceramics, charcoal and pencil drawings, paintings and photography pieces that she created over her four years at Waynesburg University.

The Waynesburg University Players presented “The Uninvited,” written by Tim Kelly and directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. The show ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band presented their 2013 concert Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. In connection with the Crosby Lecture Series and Todd Green’s presentation of music from around the world, the concert offerings encompassed music from Hungary, Russia, Japan and Africa.

The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts and the Music Program hosted the annual Spring Concert titled “Poems, Patterns & Polyphonies” Saturday, April 20, 2013. Concert music featured songs and arrangements from the Classical, Romantic and Twentieth-Century repertoire.

Directed by Edward L. Powers, associate professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players presented the Spring Musical “Anything Goes” Wednesday, April 3, through Saturday, April 6, 2013.

In March of 2013, five Waynesburg University students traveled to Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa., to participate in the 66th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. Ryan Condello, a junior business management major from McMurray (Upper Saint Clair High School); Mark Fordyce, a senior business management major from New Freeport (West Greene High School) ; Brittany Nimal, a junior forensic accounting major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School); Emily Roper, a senior biblical and ministries studies (children and youth) major from Shippensburg (Shippensburg High School); and Jonathan Zeleny, a senior arts administration major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School) participated.

The Music Program at Waynesburg University hosted a special Faculty Recital Thursday, March 7, 2013.  The University’s fine arts faculty shared their vocal talents along with piano and string instrument expertise.

Waynesburg University hosted pianist Teresa Walters Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, as part of the University’s Performing Art Series. The mesmerizing performances by Teresa Walters on today's international concert stages inspire unanimous praise. Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano,” she is described by Austrian National Television as "that rare musical phenomenon" and "one of the world's most significant pianists."

Carmen May, a senior art major from Mill Run, Pa., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Waynesburg University hosted a modern translation of the Greek tragedy “Antigone” Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The famous tragedy by Sophocles was performed by an alumni cast.

Emily Dubberke, a senior art major from Bridgeport, W.Va., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

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Carol Guthrie received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Guthrie is a lecturer of mathematics.

Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science at Waynesburg University, presented her paper titled “Fast Outlier Detection on Mixed-Attribute Data” at an international conference this spring. The 2nd Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining (AIDM 2014) was held March 10 through March 12, 2014, in Suzhou, China.

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Waynesburg University educators Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science, received the Best Paper Award at the 28th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (CATA). The women collaborated on a paper titled, “A Genetics Statistical Software Tool on Mendelian and X-linked Inheritance,” and received the award at the CATA 2013 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 4-6, 2013. 

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The research of Dr. Kimberly Stephens, assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg and co-director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, and Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing, was recently published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal. Stephens served as the primary writer and presenter of their manuscript titled, “Simulation to Improve Pediatric Patient Outcomes: University and Hospital Collaborative,” which served as part of her capstone project and one of the criteria to graduate from Waynesburg University’s DNP Program.

Amanda Machesky and Danielle McGinnis, both instructors of nursing at Waynesburg University, attended a Robert Wood Johnson conference and won first place for their poster presentation. They presented their poster, “Integrating the Movie ‘Wit’ to Depict Therapeutic and Non-Therapeutic Communication into a First Semester Nursing Course for Second Degree Nursing Students,” at the New Careers in Nursing Sixth Annual Summit in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, recently presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Nursing Education Conference in New Orleans, La. Her presentation, “RN-BSN Courses: The Clinical Piece,” focused on the creation of required clinical components for RN-BSN courses according to what AACN mandates.

Dr. Deborah Lewis, director of the RN to BSN Program at Waynesburg University, was selected to present at the 6th Annual Best Practice in Nursing Education Conference March 21, 2014, at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing, the Waynesburg chapter of the Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and the Joining Forces Initiative hosted a discussion on the importance of routine patient screening for military service. Gigi McNaught, MSN, RN, served as the key speaker.

 

Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, assistant professor and co-director of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Nursing Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Waynesburg University, was published an article in Critical Care Nurse, a peer reviewed journal. The article, “Choosing the best evidence to guide clinical practice: Application of AACN levels of evidence,” was published in the April 2014 edition.

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Waynesburg University hosted Nursing Awareness Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 on the campus of Waynesburg University. High school students spent the day exploring the University’s sophisticated simulation lab and learning how Waynesburg University nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations.

In August of 2013, Waynesburg University, Amanda Machesky was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and her M.S.N. degree from Walden University; Danielle McGinnis was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S.N. from Waynesburg University and her M.S.N. from West Virginia University; Christina Miser was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her BSN and MSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College; and Melanie Rush was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her BSN from Duquesne University and her MSN from Waynesburg University. 

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