b2ap3_thumbnail_Kesler.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will host a lecture series led by two prominent political theorists, exploring the status of Presidency of Barack Obama in the context of the stream of American history and political philosophy.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Dr. Charles R. Kesler, senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, editor of the “Claremont Review of Books” and professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, will speak on “Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism” as a Visiting Stover Constitutional Fellow at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Dr. Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, will present her lecture, “President Barack Obama, the Tea Party and the Future of American Politics” as a Visiting Stover Constitutional Fellow at 7:30 p.m., also in Alumni Hall.  Admission to both lectures is free and open to the public.

“At this critical juncture in American history, having two prominent political scientists discuss the basic ethical question, ‘What is going on?’ in relation to President Barack Obama’s tenure in office will enhance public discourse,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law.

Dr. Kesler is the author of “I am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism,” the editor of “Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding,” and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of “Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought.” He has written extensively on American constitutionalism and political thought, and his edition of “The Federalist Papers” is the best-selling edition in the country.

In addition, Dr. Kesler contributes regularly to the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. His articles on contemporary politics have also appeared in The Washington Times, Policy Review, National Review and The Weekly Standard, among other journals.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Skocpol.jpgTheda Skocpol is the author of “Obama and America’s Political Future” and “Social Policy in the United States,” and is the co-author of “Reaching for a New Deal.”  Skocpol has been elected to membership in all three major U.S. interdisciplinary honor societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Skocpol has served as the President of the Social Science History Association, the President of the American Political Science Association and was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science 2007.  She is the co-founder of the Scholars Strategy Network, an organization that encourages public engagement by university-based scholars.

Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is committed to creatively transforming the ethical state of the polis, bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dunbar-art.jpgWaynesburg University’s Fine Arts Department will hold a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, October 21 through Friday, November 15. The exhibit will display the artwork of senior, Hannah Dunbar. An opening reception will be held Monday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Hannah Dunbar’s exhibit will feature ceramics, charcoal and pencil drawings, paintings and photography pieces that she has created over her four years at Waynesburg University. Various works will be available for purchase.

The Art Program at Waynesburg University allows students to mold, paint and sketch works of their imagination while providing the tools to grasp a comprehensive knowledge of techniques and history. Students hone abilities through class discussion, demonstrations and exhibits.

Senior art exhibitions take place each semester to provide veteran art students with a platform to showcase the products of a practiced creative process. Students spend four years creating and preserving pieces they are most proud of for this very occasion.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

Call 724-852-3274 for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_oland.jpgOver the course of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ improbable regular season that has seen the Pirates reach the postseason, a number of Waynesburg University students had the opportunity to work for or with the baseball team that has shocked the nation.

While Lanny Frattare, an assistant professor for the Department of Communication, is known for his 33 years as the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a number of other members of Waynesburg University’s community have spent time at PNC Park this season.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, four Waynesburg students all worked the Pittsburgh Pirates’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Senior Kyle Oland, a media relations intern for the Pirates, senior Brandon Reed, a production intern for Root Sports, sophomore Creg Milko, a freelancer with MLB Network and junior Nick Farrell, an intern for SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan, worked in different areas of the communications field.

“It screams volumes that four of our students are working with a major league team,” said Frattare. “All four are making Waynesburg University proud, but more important, all four are making themselves proud.”

Farrell, who spent much of his summer reporting on the various Pittsburgh professional sports teams as an intern for SportsRadio 93.7, said he ran into a number of current and former Waynesburg students during his internship.

During these moments, Farrell said he took great pride in knowing his University was producing such talented individuals in the Pittsburgh media market. The Pirates’ game in August stood out in Farrell’s mind as the greatest of those moments.

“I was sitting in the Pirates’ Press Box at PNC Park before the game, and I got a text message from Creg Milko asking if I was at the game,” said Farrell. “I had already known Kyle [Oland] and Brandon [Reed] were working the game, and it was one of those moments where you realize how well everyone from your school is doing.”

Throughout the summer, the four students were able to experience different aspects of working in professional sports while applying skills learned at Waynesburg University.

“To have just one student working for a major company would be impressive for any university,” said Milko, “but to have four students, all working for different media outlets shows why [Waynesburg’s Department of Communication] is one of the most well-rounded programs out there.”

Oland, who received a full-season internship with the Pirates, is still serving as a media relations intern within Pittsburgh’s front office.

The public relations student worked to promote the players and coaches through traditional and social media tactics, while providing members of the local and national media with information about the team on a daily basis. Oland said that his time with the Pirates has been the best experience of his life.

“I can honestly say that had I not attended Waynesburg University, I would not be in the position I am today,” said Oland. “During my four years at Waynesburg, not only have I learned how to be a professional, but I have developed as a leader and a positive representation of what the University hopes its students become.”

Reed, an electronic media major, is currently interning with Roots Sports at its North Shore studios, cutting voice-overs and highlights for the pre-game, post-game and game-break segments of Pirates’ television broadcasts.

Farrell, a sports broadcasting student, gathered pregame and postgame sound bites in the Pirates’ locker room for use on the Pirates Pregame Show and later use on 20/20 Sports Updates.

Milko, a sports broadcasting student, worked as a runner for MLB Network. The sophomore answered to the Operations Producer for that night’s broadcast and was responsible for assisting that night’s announcers with any requests they needed.

“Nick, Kyle, Creg and Brandon have displayed the commitment necessary to be successful,” said Frattare. “I am convinced, after spending four-plus years on the Waynesburg University campus, that a significant number of our students are devoted to working hard and developing their skills.  Practice, perseverance and patience are critical for the advancement of a novice communicator and the elevation of said communicator to the ranks of a seasoned professional.”

All four students agreed that for the Department of Communication to have four of its students all working the same game shows the quality of students at Waynesburg.

“From my experiences, it seems like those professionals are beginning to recognize Waynesburg as having one of the best programs around,” said Farrell. “I think that it’s a reflection of the Department’s dedication to providing students opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom.”

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During Waynesburg University’s Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5, the Department of Communication will hold a program for its alumni.

According to Richard Krause, professor and chair of the Department of Communication, the event will be hosted on the fourth floor of Buhl Hall, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity to reconnect with our alumni,” said Krause. “I think all [academic] departments and many of the faculty here at Waynesburg take seriously the relationships they have with their students.”

While Krause did not want to disclose all events planned for the day, he did say that the day would celebrate the Department of Communication’s past.

“We want to have an opportunity to have conversations with our former students,” he said. “Celebrate what they achieved when they were here. Celebrate what we are achieving now and talk about what we can do to make the future even better.”

Krause said that all the Department of Communication’s staff will be in attendance, along with some current students.

“We want our alumni to be able to connect with our current students,” Krause said. “I want our alumni to be a part of this. I want them to be part of the [Department of Communication’s] growth and the goals we have.”

Anyone planning on attending can RSVP or direct any questions to Krause at 724-852-3240 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, Oct. 17, as the Waynesburg University Music Program offers its first Chamber Works Concert of the semester. The concert will be held in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel at noon. 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.

“As percussionists, we can make nearly anything into an instrument,” said Ryan Frost, lecturer of fine arts at Waynesburg University and a faculty musician. “This piece is a great example of using common household items to create music, similar to the internationally-known percussion group, ‘Stomp.’”

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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