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b2ap3_thumbnail_bob21ms_lg.jpgThe Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The event will feature Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Cording will also offer a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, on the second floor of the Eberly Library. The public is invited to attend.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by the faculty of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, a “slam,” during which students are encouraged to take pride in publicly sharing their work and lunch. During the student workshops, teachers can attend a workshop facilitated by Cording.

Cording has published six collections of poems and has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as The Nation, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Poetry, Kenyon, New England Review, Orion and The New Yorker.

For more information, contact Amy Randolph at 724- 852-3430.

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Waynesburg University’s Student Senate will host a campus and community Harvest Festival Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Commons. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Prior to the event, the Waynesburg University residence life staff will host trick-or-treating on Washington Street in Waynesburg. Cara Petrone, a junior forensic science major from Canonsburg, Pa., and social vice president of Student Senate, hopes that the community will participate in both events.

She planned the event to promote campus and community relations as well as raise funds for local needs. Her Student Senate committee, the Event Planning and Promotion Task Force, has worked to put the event pieces together throughout the fall semester.

“I would like the community to see how much Waynesburg cares about them,” Petrone said. “We are having this event to help the children in the community that are in need of winter items. I think that inviting the community to campus helps show them that we are living up to our mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Campus clubs and organizations will dress in Halloween costumes and sell various Halloween and harvest-themed snacks and activities to raise money for Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up, a Western Pennsylvania-based non-profit that raises money for outerwear for those in need.

For the first time, WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, will host its annual Pumpkin Bowling during the event.

In the event of inclement weather, Harvest Festival will take place in the Stover Campus Center.

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Dr. Jon Robinson, director of international business for the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, recently visited Waynesburg University to discuss study abroad opportunities with students and to develop a new partnership with Waynesburg’s forensics programs.

University Provost Dr. Jacquelyn Core is excited about expansion of the relationship with Northumbria.

“Northumbria students and Waynesburg University students studying forensic science will participate in semester long exchanges to learn more about the study of forensic science in another country,” Core said. “Northumbria became interested in a student exchange after hearing about the success of our forensic science program and the placements and career opportunities available to graduates of our program.  It is a tremendous advantage that they recognize the strength of our forensics program.”

The principal lecturer in English and Scottish sixteenth century literature who earned both his bachelor’s degree and doctorate degree at Northumbria spoke to Waynesburg University students about Newcastle or “Geordie” culture and about what they might experience by studying abroad.

“By studying abroad, Waynesburg University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the world and about themselves,” Robinson said. “It shapes them for life.”

The University hopes to start the exchange program in fall of 2014.

“It will be so exciting for our forensic science students to learn from their faculty and for their students to learn from ours,” said Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Chemistry and Forensic Science Department at Waynesburg University.

Waynesburg University signed an agreement with Northumbria in January 2011 to endorse programs in which Waynesburg students can study. Since then, a number of students have spent a semester in Newcastle and three have applied to study there during the spring of 2014.

According to Dr. Sut Sakchutchawan, associate professor of business administration and the
director of International Studies at Waynesburg University, many Waynesburg faculty members met with Robinson to strengthen Waynesburg’s relationship with Northumbria.

“After two years of Waynesburg University students having the opportunity to study abroad at Northumbria, it would be a great opportunity for the University to explore a higher level of educational collaboration,” Sakchutchawan said.

Northumbria is the largest university in the north east, with 33,000 students from more than 125 countries. Based in the popular, safe and vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria offers some of the best academic and social experiences possible.

“Studying abroad is a good thing, but when we can create connections between specific departments, that is a great thing,” Robinson said. “It’s so important to bring people together from different cultures, backgrounds and ideas; we hope to break down barriers and make these institutions more global.”

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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, 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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