Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fourth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year.

More than 367 student chapter annual activity reports were reviewed by the Society Committee on Education (SOCED). As a result of the reports, 263 awards were given, including 53 “Outstanding,” 85 “Commendable,” and 125 “Honorable Mention” awards. Waynesburg University was one of only 53 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

Under the direction of Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry at Waynesburg University, and Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Waynesburg University, the ACS student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year.

Activities included monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. Student chapter members also provide service to the department, work to foster community within the group through social events offered throughout the academic year, and participate in National Chemistry Week including volunteering at ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center and hosting the Periodic Table of Cupcakes on campus.

According to Baldauff, this award is substantial because it represents the efforts of the Department of Chemistry.

“This award is emblematic of the service-oriented spirit of students at Waynesburg University,” Baldauff said. “Our ACS students put in countless hours in planning and organizing these outreach events simply because they want to educate and excite others about science. I could not be more proud of their accomplishment.”

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Dr. Miranda Li Wu read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.”

For more information, contact Baldauff at 724-852-3617.

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Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, WCYJ-FM, hosted its annual Pumpkin Bowling event in conjunction with Harvest Fest put on by the University’s Student Senate Thursday, Oct. 31.

According to junior sports broadcasting student Brandon Rainelli, the general manager of WCYJ-FM, it was the 21st time the radio station hosted one of the campus’s favorite events.

“Pumpkin Bowling has been a Waynesburg tradition for some time now,” said Rainelli. “It is the biggest event [WCYJ-FM] puts on each year.”

While normal bowling consists of a bowling ball, Pumpkin Bowling substitutes the ball for a pumpkin. Participants bowl just as they do in normal bowling, except it’s outside and with a five-pound, orange sphere.

Rainelli said the money raised goes towards the radio station’s annual fundraising efforts for Relay for Life which takes place each year in the spring.

“[Pumpkin Bowling] is our second biggest fundraiser behind the 24-hour broadcast we do,” said Rainelli. “Last year our goal for the year was $2,500. The cause overall is great and we are increasing our goal this year.”

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who bowled against students, said the event is a great showing of the University’s spirit of service.

“[Waynesburg] has extraordinary students,” said Lee. “These students have a real heart for service and caring for other people.”

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The Fall Semester Student Art Exhibition will be on display Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Dec. 6 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition includes the best student work produced in art courses throughout the fall semester and will showcase a variety of mediums including drawings, prints, ceramics, sculptures and a variety of two- and three-dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

The Art Program at Waynesburg University exposes students to the creative process and provides them with practical experience in using the tools and techniques of the visual artist. Students develop self-awareness, as they find opportunities to progress according to their own abilities.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir, featuring approximately 20 Waynesburg University students, will present a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Performing annually since 1961, The Lamplighters come together and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each semester, the students tour numerous local nursing homes and churches to spread the gospel through song, testimony and community service.

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Melanie Catana at 724-852-7639 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Experience a variety of musical talents Thursday, Nov. 14, as the Waynesburg University music program offers the second Chamber Works concert of the semester. The concert will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert will include performances by the Chamber Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Beauty Shop & Barber Shop Quartets and the Lamplighters Touring Choir.

“The performance happens in a very relaxed environment,” said Alejandro Pinzon, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University. “The audience is not expected to do anything but enjoy a variety of ensembles, different types of instruments or voice and diverse musical styles.”

The audience is encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the hour-long event. 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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