Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively scoring above the national average for accredited counseling programs. One Waynesburg University student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees nationwide. 

More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for the exam.

“The NCE is the national benchmark for knowledge and skills in the counseling profession,” said Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling at Waynesburg. “Waynesburg University’s Program has reached a point in its evolution that makes it comparable to similar programs at large universities.”

The NCE is used for two purposes: national counselor certification and state counselor licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
Satisfactory performance on the NCE is one of the criteria used by the National Board for Certified Counselors to identify professionals who may be eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree and doctoral programs in counseling. To achieve accreditation, programs voluntarily submit a self-study that is reviewed against the CACREP Standards by counselors and counselor educators to ensure that students receive a quality educational experience.

Courses within Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Programs are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one or two nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

For more information, contact Tracy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-743-2259.

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Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its first Chamber Works concert of the semester, Thursday, Feb. 27. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental Combos, Percussion Ensemble, Pipe and Drum Band and Woodwind Ensemble.

“Chamber Works is an event that allows our student-ensembles to perform a great variety of styles of music,” said Alejandro Pinzon, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University. “This is an opportunity for our student-musicians to perform in front of an audience of peers, teachers and friends.”

People attending are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3420. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-Kassalow.jpgWaynesburg University’s DeVito Lecture Series will host Dr. Jordan Kassalow Tuesday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend Kassalow’s lecture, “Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World.”

In his lecture, Kassalow will share the many challenges one encounters in finding purpose, and once found, translating that into action and impact. He will discuss how to overcome the many barriers that exist in the pursuit of creating a sustainable enterprise that serves the needs of the poor.

Kassalow is the founder and CEO of VisionSpring, a social enterprise that allows people in developing countries access to affordable quality eyeglasses. VisionSpring has served more than one million customers through a network of 9,000 female vision entrepreneurs in more than 18 countries.

In addition to VisionSpring, Kassalow is the founder of Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Kassalow is a fellow of non-profit foundations including Draper Richards, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He also was recently named to Forbes Impact 30.

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A faculty art exhibition featuring the work of Ron Jesiolowski will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Feb. 24, through Wednesday, March 19. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception Monday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Jesiolowski’s work aims to provide a window to peek into a deeper understanding of one’s own personal beliefs, convictions, faith and a shared planetary struggle of survival.

“My work can be classified as fantasy-surreal, which in most cases have spiritual undertones,” said Jesiolowski. “It attempts to invite the viewer to engage in a deeper understanding and appreciation for how precious life truly is, presenting unexpected life forms in scenarios of relative equality, experiencing everyday human goals, ambitions, challenges and obstacles associated with existence on the planet.”

Between 15 and 18 art pieces will be displayed at the exhibition including oil paintings, pen and ink pieces, and watercolor paintings.

Jesiolowski’s work has been displayed throughout the Pittsburgh area including the Carnegie Art Museum in the Scaife Gallery, the Pittsburgh Association of the Arts and Pittsburgh’s Center of the Arts. He attended Point Park College as well as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and he received his master’s degree from Westminster University in London, England.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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Sándor Mécs, a senior communication (journalism) major at Waynesburg University, will travel to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., to present at the 28th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native will present his paper titled, “Burnham's Managerial Revolution: The Unexamined Reality of Contemporary Class Conflict.”

“Sándor Mécs' powerful paper engages the insights of political theorist James Burnham's 1941 classic ‘The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World’ about the global emergence of the bureaucratic state and updates Burnham's model for the 21st century,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “Mr. Mecs's creative research reintroduces Burnham's analysis – a former Marxist who later helped William F. Buckley, Jr. launch the conservative journal ‘National Review’ in the late 1950s – to contemporary public discourse.”

Mécs has worked closely alongside Stratton to prepare his paper.

“Dr. Stratton was always available for me to talk to,” Mécs said. “He not only appreciated what I was doing, but was actively enthused by what I was doing – and that is priceless. That’s more than I could have hoped for.”

Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

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