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Waynesburg University’s small musical ensembles will perform for the second time this semester at Chamber Works II, Thursday, Nov. 16, at noon in the Marsh Center. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

According to Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program, attendees at Chamber Works II can expect exciting new arrangements from the ensembles.

“Each Chamber Works concert is unique, because there are eight different chamber ensembles and a host of individual performers that present works on any given concert,” she said.

DePriest looks forward to the event because it gives students the opportunity to come together and explore their interests.

“I love that our students have these venues to share what music means in their lives,” she said. “It is great that Waynesburg students, from such a variety of degree plans, have the opportunity to be a part of something larger than themselves. The friendships that these students make is evident in the music they prepare and present throughout the year.”

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-3420 or email rdepries@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 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_10-31-Performing-Arts-Series_Haller.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will host an organ recital by Dr. William Haller Sunday, Nov. 5, as part of its Performing Arts Series. The 3 p.m. recital will be held in Roberts Chapel on the Waynesburg University campus. Tickets cost $5.

Dr. Sora Lee, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University, will join Haller for the recital. Lee is a former doctoral student of Haller.

“This concert is a marvelous addition to our Performing Arts Series, and it will provide inspiration to the audience,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at Waynesburg University.

Haller will perform pieces from his personal collection in addition to repertoire chosen from the library donated by Waynesburg alumna Julianne Johnston Peterson.

Haller is the professor emeritus of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University (WVU). He taught full time at WVU for 22 years and continues to teach music theory, organ and harpsichord on a part-time basis.

In 1982, Haller was named a fellow of the American Guild of Organists.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and his doctorate of musical arts degree from North Texas State University. Haller studied organ with David Craighead, Donald Willing, Helen Hewitt, Finn Videro and Robert Glasgow and harpsichord with Robert Parmentier.

To purchase tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/hallerrecital. For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-3420.

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 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_10-24-McCracken-Legacy-Award.JPGWaynesburg University was awarded the 2017 McCracken Legacy Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce at an Oct. 21 dinner held in the Benedum Dining Hall on the Waynesburg University campus. The McCracken Legacy Award is awarded annually to a business or organization in Greene County. 

Jeff McCracken presented the award on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

“This award is so special because it comes from the hearts of the people of this community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It is also special because many at the University know the legacy of the McCracken family. They have touched many lives over the years with kindness and generosity and demonstrate what true American entrepreneurism is.”

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the award recipient must have demonstrated ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people as well as a commitment to social responsibility and exemplary community involvement. The business or organization selected for the award must also have demonstrated a positive social and/or economic impact on the community and exemplary civic community leadership. 

Special guests included Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta and Pennsylvania State Representative Pam Snyder, and both commended the University for its service to the county and its commitment to educating students. 

Bartolotta lauded how Waynesburg makes good people, while Snyder remarked that sometimes we forget to appreciate what’s in our backyard but Waynesburg University is a crown jewel of Greene County.

Greene County Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader also spoke.

Waynesburg University has been a leader in the local and regional economy for many years and is one of the premier partners for economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Waynesburg University community contributes approximately 50,000 service learning and community/civic engagement hours each year. Those hours provide a total annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million.

The University is proud to be one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg. Bonners contribute approximately 17,290 hours of service locally each year.

The Waynesburg University Bonner Program has developed meaningful, longstanding relationships with partner organizations in and around Greene County. Through this long-term approach, these local organizations benefit from ongoing weekly service contributed by students while students experience personal and professional growth.

With the numerous educational centers at the University, business partners and community members alike benefit from the University’s distinctive offerings. Examples include training exercises for law enforcement in the criminal justice facilities and monthly labs for homeschooled students.

Waynesburg University also has a long-standing history of supporting the local community. The University has donated more than $500,000 in recent years to the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, construction and fire safety equipment, as well as contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-24-FirstEnergy-edu-grant.jpgThe FirstEnergy Foundation has awarded Waynesburg University’s Department of Education a $5,000 grant for the purchase of iPads.

The iPads will be used in college classrooms to teach future educators how to integrate technology into daily lessons for K-12 students. 

“FirstEnergy recognizes the value of a strong, well-educated work force for the future,” said Randy Durr, manager of external affairs for FirstEnergy.  “We’re pleased to support this effort to equip future educators with the tools they need to assure their students succeed.”

Through the use of the iPads, Waynesburg University students will learn how to find appropriate applications that support the objectives they are teaching and how to actively engage students in the activity. Students will also learn how to use data from applications to make instructional decisions. 

“We are excited to have the grant money to purchase iPads for the Education Department,” said Yvonne Weaver, chairperson for the University’s Education Department and instructor of education. “Faculty will use various iPad applications to help our future teachers learn how to infuse technology into their lessons. This is one way to teach students how to differentiate instruction to meet individual needs in a classroom.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-23-Voices-from-Field-Ed.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Education recently hosted Dr. Rob Furman, who presented “Are You Future Ready?” as part of the Department’s “Voices from the Field” speaker series.

Furman is an educator, leader, principal, scholar, speaker and published author, and is currently the principal at South Park Elementary Center in the South Park School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The presentation focused on how technology can play a significant role in preparing students for achievement in the future and includes information about the skills needed to move education forward in a productive and effective manner.

“I think Dr. Furman’s message was clear that teachers are facilitators of learning these days,” said senior education major Cassandra Kemp. “I appreciated how he connected [his presentation] to our part of rural, western Pennsylvania in pointing out that if our schools don’t have funding to have a piece of technology for every student, that there are ways for us to bring in only one piece of technology as a model.”

Furman was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Research and Publication Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD). His writing also earned him the distinction of being named to the 2015 Top 100 Educational Blogs list by #60 National, and he was a 2014 Pittsburgh-Tribune Review Total Media Newsmaker.

Furman holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University, master’s degree in educational administration from Duquesne University and a doctorate in instructional leadership.

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 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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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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