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, will travel to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26 to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Educators and teacher candidates from across the United States and around the world will attend the conference’s professional development activities.

The conference will offer more than 150 educational sessions aimed for professional development and will include workshops on leadership or policy, research or action research and practice or instructional strategies.

Debra Clarke, chair of the Department of Education and assistant professor of education, and Yvonne Weaver, education department field placement coordinator and certification officer at the University, will accompany the students.

Clarke will present a workshop, “Capes aren’t just for super heroes: Using the teacher CAPE to support all learners.”
“During the workshop, I will introduce the participants to CAPE, a strategy that gives 21st century teachers the super powers to effectively plan instruction that supports the needs of all learners in the inclusive classroom,” Clarke said.

Students attending the conference include:

  • Jena Blissman, Chapter President a senior from Greensburg, Pa. (Greater Latrobe)
  • Morgan Brumbaugh, Chapter Vice President, a senior from Williamsburg, Pa. (Central High School)
  • Makalah Beazell, Chapter Secretary, a senior from Waynesburg, Pa. (West Greene High School)
  • Lauren Boscaljon, Chapter Treasurer, a senior from Waynesburg, Pa. (home school)
  • Kaitlyn Berkebile, Chapter Fundraising Co-Chair, a senior from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
  • Shannon Falleroni, Chapter Fundraising Co-Chair, a senior from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Tanya Aul, a senior from Kane, Pa. (Kane Area High School)
  • Alyssa Crile, a senior from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Angele Hagy, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Ali Hulsey, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif. (Garces Memorial High School)
  • Stephanie Sapic, a senior from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Stephanie Stancliffe, a senior from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
  • Hannah Szymanik, a senior from Mount Holly Springs, Pa. (Boiling Springs High School)
  • Chelsea Watson, a senior from Jeannette, Pa. (Jeannette High School)


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The Waynesburg University Players will present “The Uninvited,” written by Tim Kelly and directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 2. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

"The Uninvited” is a good old fashioned ghost story," said Powers. "Something we've never done on our stage."

The stage will bring to life Pam Fitzgerald and her brother, Roddy, who are looking to get away from the rigors of London when they find an old country house on the west coast of England. But every house comes with a history, and this house is no different.

Reservations are highly suggested. This play is not recommended for small children. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Edward Powers at 724-852-3226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The cast and crew include:

  • Katie Shultz, a junior human services/education major from Venetia (Peters Township High School
  • Briana Hozak, a senior sociology major from Home (Marion Center Area High School)
  • Adam Tapparo, a sophomore sociology major from Beaver (Beaver Area High School)
  • Mike Merten, a freshman history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Larissa Bray, a sophomore mathematics major from Murrysville (Trinity Christian School)
  • Mariah West, a junior criminal justice major from Mindan, Nev. (Sierra Lutheran High School)
  • Emily Haywood, a sophomore digital design major from Claysville (McGuffey High School)
  • Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata (Ephrata Senior High School)
  • John Flanigan IV, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md. (Calvary Christian Academy)
  • Olivia Long, a junior business management major from Burgettstown (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)Assistant Directors: Amanda Stillings, a sophomore arts administration (theater) major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School) and Jordan Totty, a junior forensic science major from Temecula (Cornerstone Christian School)
  • Stage Managers: Brittany Stowe, a sophomore psychology major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School) and Austin Orth, a sophomore computer science major from Meyersdale (Lighthouse Christian Academy)
  • Assistant Stage Managers: Emily Mielcarek, a freshman international culture major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School) and Kristen Wilson, a freshman chemistry/secondary education major from Washington (Washington High School)

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Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development series for teachers, librarians and professors presented by the University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. TPS and Pennsylvania Common Core will be held Tuesday evenings from October 29 to November 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards focus on student literacy, critical thinking and application of content knowledge in the classroom. The TPS program equips teachers with methods and tools for using the Library’s digitized collection of primary sources to address the newly adopted standards. This program builds teaching skills necessary for leading students in the development of literacy skills across the curriculum.

To register, visit For more information, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bob-randolph.jpgTwo distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, recently 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. According to Randolph, inspiration for the poem stemmed from an experience in Thessaloniki, Greece, about 18 years ago.

Consequence Magazine, an internationally recognized literary magazine dedicated to revealing the culture and effects of war, will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue.

He currently has several works awaiting approval from various publications, including three poems entered in independent journals, one poem entered in an international contest and one scholarly paper entered for consideration in an Amsterdam, Netherlands, conference.

Randolph has published poems and stories in approximately 40 national and international journals and nine essays in scholarly journals. In addition, he has delivered papers on five occasions, the most recent of which was in London in 2012.

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From Friday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 29, members of Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will travel to Philadelphia to participate in the 2013 PRSSA National Conference: Foundation for Innovation, hosted by Drexel University.

The annual event, which brings together college chapters from around the country, gives public relations students an opportunity to attend a number of sessions led by professionals in the different areas of public relations.

In addition, the conference allows students to build a strong foundation in public relations while learning how to succeed in an innovative industry.

“I cannot wait to learn more about public relations and be able to take the information presented at the conference and apply it to my final two years of school in my studies,” said Jordan Mitrik, a sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. “I am hoping to take from National Conference a whole new side of public relations I have yet to experience.”

Over the course of the five-day conference, Waynesburg’s students will not only have an opportunity to network with professionals, but also generate ideas for improving Waynesburg’s PRSSA chapter and student-run public relations firm, Red Brick Communications.

Mitrik said he and the other members attending will go through a number of brain-storming activities with students from other universities and colleges to better progress the field of public relations in their respective regions.

Organizations scheduled to have presenters include: Burson-Marstellar, the Chicago Cubs, Edelman Digital, Google Analytics, General Motors Company, Hilton Worldwide, LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Richard Krause, the faculty advisor for Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, said having his students attend conferences such as the 2013 PRSSA National Conference are aspects of higher education he believes are vital to succeeding in the professional work force.

“Our vision is to have students introduced and networking with working professionals in the field,” said Krause. “This conference will be a tremendous opportunity for our students, and I expect them to gain much from this experience.”

Added Mitrik: “As a sophomore, I am grateful for the opportunity to attend National Conference and expand our knowledge on our chosen field of study.”

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