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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-8-MLK-Jr-Day.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with participation in the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15, followed by a special convocation Tuesday, Jan. 16.

On Monday, Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars will lead other students along with faculty and staff in a series of on-campus service activities that will support local charities and service organizations.

On Tuesday, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel, Waynesburg University Board of Trustees Chair Marilyn House West will serve as the speaker during the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

West is the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., a Richmond, Virginia, based planning and consulting company with specialization in management, education and planning services. West and her team have served clients ranging from government agencies to large corporations and school systems.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond. She serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Metro Transportation Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Villa.

In 2015, West was honored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Richmond with its 2015 Outstanding Women Award, which recognizes women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to the community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and inspiring achievements.

In 2016, she was recognized by Style Weekly with an Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She will be inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame later this month.

West received Waynesburg University’s Margaret Bell Miller Leadership Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will hold two audition days for admittance into the University’s Music Program and for music scholarships Saturday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 10.

Each audition day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

In order to be eligible for a 2018 Music Scholarship, students must complete an application to Waynesburg University by Wednesday, Jan. 10. The application can be found online at

The music program audition application is available online at

Prospective students are eligible to audition for the Music Program throughout the year, but are not guaranteed scholarship consideration after the Scholarship Application due date.

Any high school student who wishes to enter Waynesburg University’s Music Program must apply to Waynesburg University as well as audition for admittance. This includes students wishing to major in music ministry or arts administration (music concentration) or earn a music minor.

Prospective students may also set up an audition on any Visitation Day hosted by the University’s Office of Admissions throughout the year.

For more information about the audition days, including repertoire, contact Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, at or 724-852-3420.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-8-nur-cj.jpgWaynesburg University nursing, criminal justice and communication students gained hands-on experience during a Mock Emergency Training Exercise Tuesday, Nov. 7.

While nursing students responded to a mock incident in the University’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, communication students were tasked with attending a mock press conference and covering the event. Criminal justice students served as actors during the incident. All students had the opportunity to learn alongside professionals who have chosen a life of service in public safety.

“This critical incident training for the nursing program also provided a multitude of other educational benefits to our criminal justice students and communication students, as well as collaborative first responder training opportunity for our local police department and the University's Public Safety Department,” said Jim Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and Waynesburg University’s director of security operations and emergency management.

Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the University’s Department of Public Safety, conducted the multi-disciplinary training exercise in the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. The simulation was designed for senior nursing students in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health course. 

Organized by Tanda, Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing, and Eve Weaver, instructor of nursing, this academic training exercise was designed primarily to provide nursing students with a highly participative, experiential learning opportunity. 

“Health care providers need to be prepared and are often targets of various forms of violence,” said Stolfer. “The simulation event was designed to better prepare our nursing students for such an event through an inter-professional collaborative approach.”

Previously, the University held a similar learning drill in April 2015 in Buhl Hall, in coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-24-FirstEnergy-edu-grant.jpgThe FirstEnergy Foundation has awarded Waynesburg University’s Department of Education a $5,000 grant for the purchase of iPads.

The iPads will be used in college classrooms to teach future educators how to integrate technology into daily lessons for K-12 students. 

“FirstEnergy recognizes the value of a strong, well-educated work force for the future,” said Randy Durr, manager of external affairs for FirstEnergy.  “We’re pleased to support this effort to equip future educators with the tools they need to assure their students succeed.”

Through the use of the iPads, Waynesburg University students will learn how to find appropriate applications that support the objectives they are teaching and how to actively engage students in the activity. Students will also learn how to use data from applications to make instructional decisions. 

“We are excited to have the grant money to purchase iPads for the Education Department,” said Yvonne Weaver, chairperson for the University’s Education Department and instructor of education. “Faculty will use various iPad applications to help our future teachers learn how to infuse technology into their lessons. This is one way to teach students how to differentiate instruction to meet individual needs in a classroom.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-26-Homecoming-Court-17.JPGWaynesburg University recently announced its 2017 Homecoming Court. The crowning of the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen will take place during halftime of the University’s homecoming game against Grove City College Saturday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium. 

The Homecoming Court includes:

  • Ian Bish, senior nursing major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Andrew Brunette, senior biblical and ministry studies major from Aliquippa (Hopewell Senior High School)
  • Maura Fenske, senior public relations major from Wintersville, Ohio (Wood County Christian School)
  • Bradley Gillespie, senior psychology major from Glenshaw (Shaler Area High School)
  • Kayla Goncalves, senior music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Marla Holland, senior psychology major from Sandy Lake (Lakeview High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, senior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Mason Morgan, senior psychology major from Pittsburgh (Chartiers Valley High School)
  • Cara Paraska, senior forensic major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillian Hihgh School)
  • Zachary Yonko, senior English major from Johnstown (Westmont Hilltop Senior High School)

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