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The Waynesburg University Players will present “Fools,” a comedy written by Neil Simon, Wednesday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 8. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“Fools” is set in a small Russian village in 1900. In the play, a new schoolmaster has arrived and immediately notices villagers sweeping dust back inside their houses, selling flowers and calling them fish and milking cows upside down.

The new schoolmaster then learns that the whole village has been cursed with stupidity; but as with all fables, the curse can be lifted if the teacher can educate at least one of the villagers in just 24 hours.

“’Fools’ is a comedy through and through and we are looking for an audience who wants to laugh and enjoy themselves with an evening of zany characters and a hilarious situation,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theater. “In the midst of all the laughter, I hope the audience finds that there is also a sweet message about falling in love.”

Reservations are suggested. To make a reservation, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/fools/ or for more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or epowers@waynesburg.edu.

The cast and crew include:

  • Leon Tolchinsky - Shawn White, junior English (creative writing) major from Amity (Trinity High School)
  • Snetsky - Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
  • Slovitch - Tre' Thomas, freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Mill Hall (Central Mountain High School)
  • Mishkin - Michelle Frye, junior advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels High School)
  • Yenchna - Sara Lesher, junior criminal justice administration major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin High School)
  • Magistrate - Steven Caumo, sophomore English (creative writing) major from Meadowlands (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Dr. Zubritsky - Ronald Loebker, junior engineering math major from Ripley, Ohio (home schooled)
  • Lenya Zubritsky - Haleigh McKee, junior computer security & forensics major from Mansfield (Mansfield High School)
  • Sophia Zubritsky – Tessa Masula, sophomore English/secondary education (literature) major from Grand Rapids, Mich. (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • Count Youskevitch - Zack Zeigler, senior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from West Mifflin (West Mifflin High School)
  • Villagers - Rachael Crosbie, sophomore mathematics major from Washington (Trinity High School); Maura McCall, freshman arts administration (theatre) major from Cabot (Evangel Heights Christian Academy); Kayla Coughlin, sophomore early childhood/special education major from Buena Park, Calif. (home schooled); Holly Hendershot, freshman communication (journalism) major from Manheim (home schooled); Elisha Novak, freshman history major from Lexington, Ohio (Clear Fork High School); Connor Hoffman, freshman Biblical & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills High School)
  • Assistant Director - Emily Mielcarek, senior international cultures major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Stage Manager - Connor Hoffman, freshman Biblical & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills High School)

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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Celine Colbert, urban service forester with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, will present an educational seminar on urban forests Thursday, Oct. 27, at noon, in the Center for Research and Economic Development on Waynesburg University’s campus.

“During my talk, I will dive into the many values of urban forests to emphasize why the urban forest trail project is so valuable to the University,” said Colbert. “I will also discuss Environmental Stewardship and its importance in urban forestry.”

Following her presentation, Colbert will spend time providing an evaluation of the newly renovated Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail, which was funded by a recent $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation.

The urban forest trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.

Colbert is hopeful her visit will help share the importance of urban forestry.

“Urban forests provide vast benefits from improved mental and physical health to storm water retention to thriving economies and so much more,” she said. “Many studies have proven that healthier trees are correlated with healthier and happier people.”

For more information about the seminar or Waynesburg’s urban forest trail, contact Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology, at 724-852-3281 or jpaladin@waynesburg.edu.

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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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced that Waynesburg University was named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s eighth consecutive year receiving the honor.

Waynesburg University was one of 115 schools on the General Community Service Honor Roll with distinction and only one of 12 in the state of Pennsylvania identified with distinction.

“We are honored to receive this award, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our students, faculty and staff,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Their dedication to service continues to have a profound impact.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which academic service-learning courses are offered.

Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 service hours annually. Through its more than 50 local and regional agencies and a continuously expanding network of international agencies, Waynesburg University encourages students to become servant-leaders through a number of partnerships.

The University offers approximately 16 service mission trips each academic year. The trips are held during the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. The University also participates in a number of weekend-long service projects in the local community and surrounding region.

In addition to volunteer hours, the University offers a service leadership minor constructed around service-learning courses. During the semester-long courses, students perform a set amount of hours of community service with a non-profit organization.

The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar Schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Waynesburg is committed to the program which was created to offer scholarship assistance to students performing significant amounts of community service throughout their time at Waynesburg. Approximately 60 (15 per class) Waynesburg University students are involved with the program each year.

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).

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Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter will host its annual Haunted Lab event Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fifth floor of Stewart Science Hall on Waynesburg University’s campus.

The walk-through event is open to the public and will showcase over 20 interactive demonstrations and activities geared toward a K-12 audience, though undergraduates are also welcome to attend.

“Haunted Lab brings professors and ACS students together to work on one large, unique event that can benefit the community,” said Kristen Wilson, senior chemistry major and president of the ACS student chapter. “The attendees walk through our labs, which will be decorated for Halloween, to experience fun, but ‘spooky’ demonstrations that show them that science can be fun, interactive and exciting.”

The event is designed to promote science education by showcasing fun and exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities.

“We get the opportunity to share our love of chemistry and science through an event that promotes Waynesburg University, science and community interaction through service,” said Wilson.

For more information, contact Dr. Evonne Balduaff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, at 724-852-7617 or ebaldauf@waynesburg.edu.

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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Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies division has recently partnered with Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, to offer graduate studies in business, counseling and nursing.

“The RLA is proud to welcome Waynesburg University to the campus as our 10th Academic Member,” said Regional Learning Alliance Chief Executive Office Justin Griffith. “This partnership will be one of collaboration and will fulfill both our commitment to provide more degree offerings to the region and to ensure that Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff enjoy a premier learning environment.”

RLA’s mission is to serve as the region's premier learning center, capitalizing on the resources of an alliance of educational institutions, as well as the region's foremost conference and training center, working together to enhance the workforce and economic development vitality of the region.

Impressed by the facility, location and staff at RLA, Waynesburg University made the decision to relocate from a former site in Seven Fields.

“We are excited to partner with the Regional Learning Alliance to better serve our students with the convenience of the location and the comfort of the facilities,” said Mary Cummings, senior vice president for graduate programs.

Fall II Session courses being offered at RLA, which begin Monday, Oct. 24, include Seminar in Applied Economics, Risk and Budget Management, and Financial Management.

Waynesburg provides graduate degrees in business, counseling, criminal investigation, education and nursing. In addition to RLA’s campus in Cranberry, the University offers graduate classes in Monroeville and Southpointe.

About Regional Learning Alliance

The RLA Learning and Conference Center is the Greater Pittsburgh areas’ premier Learning Center and the nation’s largest collaborative campus offering over 25 degree programs from 10 educational institutions. The LEED certified green building, located in the Cranberry Woods office park, offers students the best of a traditional campus, with the modern amenities of a first-class executive training center.

About Waynesburg University

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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