The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host a student art show in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, April 10, through Friday, April 21. A reception will be held in the gallery to open the exhibit April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibit will be a compilation of some of the best student work from studio art classes and will range from jewelry to sculptures to drawings and paintings. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite work from the semester to class, and professors will then choose a variety of pieces for the exhibit.

Much of the work included is created by students with majors outside of the Department of Fine Arts. As such, according to Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, seeing their work displayed in a gallery is an exciting experience.

“Most of the time, it’s the only time they’ll have a piece in a gallery, and it looks different in the gallery than it does in the classroom,” said Heisey. “In ceramics, if you make a cup, it’s a nice cup. But when you put it in the gallery with the lights on it, it’s magical.”

Heisey also hopes that the campus and local community members who view the exhibit realize they have the ability to create art, as well, and become inspired.

“It’s a great way for people to see what we do, and maybe they see it and think, ‘that’s something I can do, too,’” said Heisey.

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Vira2017-1.jpgFour Waynesburg University students were recently selected to receive travel scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

The Vira I. Heinz Program, an initiative of The Heinz Endowments, is intended to empower young women to address global issues by offering opportunities for international education, leadership development and community service. 

Waynesburg scholarship recipients this year include sophomore Anna Bartman and juniors Marla Holland, Chelsea Tessitore and Ashley Young, who will study overseas this summer. 

Typically, each Pennsylvania college or university that participates in the program is granted scholarships for three students. This year, as has been the case for several previous years, Waynesburg was granted more than its share of spots.

According to Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and coordinator of the Vira I. Heinz Program at the University, the tendency to be granted more than three spots is due to the quality of Waynesburg students. 

“We have exceptional female students who really present themselves well and represent both the institution and the U.S. well,” said Bristor.

The program provides scholarships of at least $5,000 for women who have never been out of the United States to study abroad for the summer, and Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions to participate in the program. The four Waynesburg women selected will collectively receive nearly $30,000 for their trips. 

Students were selected after applying for the program by creating a proposal outlining their intended plans for studying and engaging in a foreign community, followed by interviews in front of a committee. They will participate in a year-long program which includes spring and fall retreats at the University of Pittsburgh, a summer of travel, an experience report and a community engagement experience. 

Bartman, a biology pre-med major from Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, plans to travel to Maynooth, Ireland. She will work to raise awareness of the health care struggles families face in other parts of the world, which will further her career aims of providing medical care to those in need.

Holland, a psychology major from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, will study at the University of Sydney in Australia. There, she plans to learn about how women perform and are treated, specifically in sports, in Australian culture and subsequently help to empower all women.

Tessitore, a nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will travel to New Delhi, India, as part of the Traditional Medicine and Health Care Practices Program. Her ultimate goal is to provide health care to as many people as possible, especially those who don’t usually have access to it. 

Young, a sociology major from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, plans to spend the summer in Prague, Czech Republic, where she will take classes and work with the Children, Youth and Families Program to further her goal of working with children and families in the foster and adoption systems.

The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to their work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-16-DeVito-Lecture.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest lecturer Dennis Yablonsky on Wednesday, March 29, as part of the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series.

Yablonsky will offer his lecture, “Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region,” at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Yablonsky is the Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations, which include the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. A native of the Pittsburgh region, Yablonsky has an accomplished career in dynamic business growth and economic development.

He began his career leading two successful software companies, Cincom Systems in Cincinnati and the Carnegie Group in Pittsburgh. Yablonsky helped grow Cincom Systems into a $125 million global organization and turned the Carnegie Group into a $32 million publically traded company. Following these successes, he became the founding CEO of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, innovative models for technology-based economic development.

From February 2003 to October 2008, Yablonsky served as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, where he led the formulation of an economic stimulus program and helped develop the Governor’s $650 million energy fund. He adopted his current position in March 2009.

Today, Yablonsky serves on the boards of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), Vibrant Pittsburgh, the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. He is also a member of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Board of Fellows and a recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Point Park University for his leadership in the Pittsburgh region. Dennis and his wife, Veronica, live in the Pittsburgh area and are the parents of two grown daughters.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CSI-Camp-2016-172.jpgWaynesburg University will offer its 11th annual Crime Scene Investigation Camp for current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The camp will run from Sunday, June 18, through Friday, June 23.

Participants will learn from certified experts in the University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and be offered hands-on experience in related fields. Professors from the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and the Biology Program will also present their expertise.

Each day of the camp is filled with hands-on activities and engaging sessions about criminal justice and investigation that will show students what to expect from a major and/or career in those fields. Professors at the University who have spent years working in their respective fields, which include law enforcement, criminal investigation and forensics, will share their expertise and demonstrate essential skills.

“We want [attendees] to learn more about law enforcement and forensics to help them make informed decisions about what they might want to study in college or pursue as a career, and we want them to find out what it’s like to be a student at WU,” said Mike Cipoletti, camp director and assistant professor of forensic science.

The deadline for camp registration is May 5, and the fee is $500, which includes meals, housing and materials for the week. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and a $100 deposit is required. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for participants who register and place their deposit before April 17. Participants can attain the scholarship application upon registering.

To register, visit or call 800-225-7393.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-8-Sports-Announcing-Camp_20170308-163558_1.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Communication is offering a Sports Announcing and Sports Journalism Camp this summer from Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16. 

The camp, which is open to current sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school, is hosted by Lanny Frattare, former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates and current assistant professor of communication at the University. The deadline to register for the camp is April 28, or until all spaces are filled.

“The primary purpose of the camp is to give aspiring broadcasters and journalists a more in-depth look at those fields,” said Dave Floyd, senior associate director of admissions. “It serves as an opportunity for these students to understand what it takes to succeed, so they can better decide whether or not to pursue those fields as a major in college and/or as a career path. We hope campers are able to accomplish this throughout the week, and we also hope they are able to have a whole lot of fun in the process.”

Now in its eighth year, the annual camp offers high school students interested in sports broadcasting or writing the chance to get hands-on experience in the field and to learn from seasoned professionals. In addition to Frattare, participants will hear from Pittsburgh sports announcers and journalists including Bill Hillgrove, voice of the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh; Mark Kaboly, reporter for; John Steigerwald, former WTAE and KDKA sports anchor; and Paul Steigerwald, voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Attendees will spend the week on Waynesburg’s campus participating in informational and practical sessions about a variety of sports broadcasting and journalism skills. Then, they’ll travel to a local baseball game to try their hand at journalistic and play-by-play game coverage. Camp leaders will also offer athletic activities and other games each day.

Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for the week is $500, which includes housing, meals and camp materials. A $100 deposit is due by April 28 to reserve a spot. To register, visit or call 724-852-3373.  

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