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The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

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On October 21, 2013, Waynesburg University students enrolled in instructor of criminal justice James Tanda’s terrorism class welcomed Edward Bender, a visiting guest speaker from the National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Ala. During his Waynesburg University presentation, Bender touched on many historic cases with first-hand accounts and details not found in history books.

The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the annual Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Oct. 19. The event afforded high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside experts in various criminal justice and forensic science areas.

Waynesburg University hosted its annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 16, through Friday, June 21, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants gained valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities.

James Tanda was a Supervisory Special Agent for the Department of Justice and joined Waynesburg University in January, 2013, as an Instructor of Criminal Justice.  He received his B.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an AFT Certified Explosives Specialist.

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Cody Catalina, a senior history (secondary education) major from Brownsville, Pa., and Chelsea Heckman, an early childhood education major from Greenville, Pa., were named the recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Lewis Scholarship, given by Charles R. and Ada G. Lewis of Highland Avenue in Gettysburg, for the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University English education alumnus and Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year,” was named one of the four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award. He is also one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

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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, traveled to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,  to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Dr. Robert Kefferstan, professor of education at Waynesburg University, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Kefferstan was nominated by Dr. Doris Johnson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, at a recent full board meeting. This marks his first election to the Professional Advisory Board.

Waynesburg University partnered with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host CAMP Tech Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 9, 2013. Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists traveled to Waynesburg University for a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. 

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Dr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize. Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments.

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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University held a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The event featured Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

In 2013, two distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, 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. Consequence Magazine will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue. 

Dr. Cory Goehring was named Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.S. from Washington and Jefferson College; an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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Waynesburg University Celebrating the Arts 2014 will present Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 2, on Waynesburg’s campus. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the classic murder mystery. "The Mousetrap" holds the distinction of being the longest running play in the world, now in its 62nd year in London, England. 

"A good murder mystery can still entertain and intrigue audiences today," said Waynesburg University director and professor of theatre Edward L. Powers. "I've not directed a murder mystery here as of yet, and I thought this would provide an enjoyable evening at the theatre during the summer.” 

In “The Mousetrap,” Mollie and Giles Ralston have just opened a country inn outside of London, England. They are excited about their weekend guests. However, after all have arrived and a snowstorm has cut them off from the nearest town, one of the guests is killed. A detective arrives convinced that someone in the house is the culprit; an inevitable investigation ensues. 

"Theatre is for the whole community, and we certainly look forward to three exciting nights of performance," said Powers.

Cast and crew:

•Mollie Ralston: Tome J. Custer, a community member  

•Giles Ralston: Jordan Thompson a 2010 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Christopher Wren: Ryan P. Bistarkey, a 2010 Waynesburg University education alumus 

•Miss Casewell: Laura Gonnella, a community member 

•Mrs. Boyle: Ellen M. Weekly, a community member 

•Major Metcalf: Mike Winland, a 2011 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Mr. Paravicini: SiReno Mattie, a senior English (creative writing) major at Waynesburg University 

•Detective Sgt. Trotter: Sable Griedel, a 2012 Waynesburg University education alumna 

•Assistant director: Katie Shultz, a senior human services (education) major and theater minor at Waynesburg University

•Lights and sound: David O'Donoghue, a sophomore undeclared major at Waynesburg University

•Scenery and props: Mickey Acor, a community member 

 

Tickets cost $5 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/the-mouse-trap/. For more information, call 724-852-3226. 

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir presented a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. 

The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and Music Program presented their annual Christmas concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Waynesburg University hosted its eighth annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The Symposium, directed by guest clinician Dr. Robert Page, was held in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

A faculty art exhibition featuring the work of Ron Jesiolowski was held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Feb. 24, through Wednesday, March 19, 2014. 

Waynesburg University hosted a Senior Art Exhibition for Nathanael Long Monday, March 24, through Wednesday, April 16, 2014. An opening reception took place Monday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players presented “Little Women” Wednesday, April 2, through Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

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The Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University hosted E-3 Day: Explore, Enrich, Excel Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The event, described as “a fine arts immersion day,” was geared toward all fine arts students, grades 9 through 12. It featured a series of workshops, master classes and competitions in all areas of the fine arts.

Waynesburg University’s Fine Arts Department held a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, October 21 through Friday, November 15, 2013. The exhibit displayed the artwork of senior, Hannah Dunbar. Her exhibit featured ceramics, charcoal and pencil drawings, paintings and photography pieces that she created over her four years at Waynesburg University.

The Waynesburg University Players presented “The Uninvited,” written by Tim Kelly and directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. The show ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band presented their 2013 concert Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. In connection with the Crosby Lecture Series and Todd Green’s presentation of music from around the world, the concert offerings encompassed music from Hungary, Russia, Japan and Africa.

The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts and the Music Program hosted the annual Spring Concert titled “Poems, Patterns & Polyphonies” Saturday, April 20, 2013. Concert music featured songs and arrangements from the Classical, Romantic and Twentieth-Century repertoire.

Directed by Edward L. Powers, associate professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players presented the Spring Musical “Anything Goes” Wednesday, April 3, through Saturday, April 6, 2013.

In March of 2013, five Waynesburg University students traveled to Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa., to participate in the 66th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. Ryan Condello, a junior business management major from McMurray (Upper Saint Clair High School); Mark Fordyce, a senior business management major from New Freeport (West Greene High School) ; Brittany Nimal, a junior forensic accounting major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School); Emily Roper, a senior biblical and ministries studies (children and youth) major from Shippensburg (Shippensburg High School); and Jonathan Zeleny, a senior arts administration major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School) participated.

The Music Program at Waynesburg University hosted a special Faculty Recital Thursday, March 7, 2013.  The University’s fine arts faculty shared their vocal talents along with piano and string instrument expertise.

Waynesburg University hosted pianist Teresa Walters Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, as part of the University’s Performing Art Series. The mesmerizing performances by Teresa Walters on today's international concert stages inspire unanimous praise. Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano,” she is described by Austrian National Television as "that rare musical phenomenon" and "one of the world's most significant pianists."

Carmen May, a senior art major from Mill Run, Pa., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Waynesburg University hosted a modern translation of the Greek tragedy “Antigone” Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The famous tragedy by Sophocles was performed by an alumni cast.

Emily Dubberke, a senior art major from Bridgeport, W.Va., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

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