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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-15-Cummings.jpgMary Cummings, Waynesburg University’s Senior Vice President for Graduate Programs, has been selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2018 Women of Influence Awards.

“Mrs. Cummings’ hardworking and entrepreneurial spirit has led to more than just professional success; it has also made a significant impact on future leaders and our region,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Cummings was honored during an awards event Wednesday, March 14, at the Westin Convention Center.

Recognizing the region's most influential business women at both for-profits and nonprofits, the Awards honor women from every industry and profession who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for other women and are leaving a mark on the western Pennsylvania business community, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times’ website.

In her current role, Cummings leads Waynesburg University’s charge to develop innovative learning opportunities for graduate students in the region. Previously, she worked to bridge academics and community outreach by developing initiatives to connect skilled student volunteers with nonprofits as the University’s Vice President for Student Services.

Cummings also worked at Carnegie Mellon University’s Carnegie Bosch Institute, where she developed and facilitated executive education leadership programs for international executives.

Cummings has served as an adjunct professor in Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs since 2009, teaching Marketing, Organizational Behavior and International Business.

Prior to her higher education career, Cummings served as an international business executive in various capacities for more than 20 years. Her significant accomplishments include serving international start-up organizations and leading operational improvements and customer service in Mexico City, Mexico; Prague, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece; Bratislava, Slovakia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Rome, Italy.

Cummings is extensively involved in the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program, which matches breast cancer survivors to people living with breast cancer, providing patients who need support with understanding and hope. She also serves on the boards for the Catholic Endowment for Educational Development, The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, Ten Thousand Villages and Leadership Washington County.

Cummings received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.

Cummings and her husband, Mike, have a 17-year-old son, Aidan.

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 22 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_3-15-Devito_Shribman.jpgThe Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series at Waynesburg University will host guest lecturer David M. Shribman at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will present “The New Architecture of American Politics,” a tour d’horizon of the American political scene.

“We are excited to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Shribman to Waynesburg University as part of the DeVito Lecture Series,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “In his role as executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shribman has helped to shape local news coverage throughout the region, and his lecture provides a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the importance of media.”

Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2003, Shribman was the assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe. He has also served as a national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times and was a member of the national staff of The Washington Star.

He currently writes a nationally syndicated column, “My Point,” and a biweekly column for the Globe and Mail in Canada.

Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene and has been a regular panelist on the PBS show “Washington Week,” in addition to having appeared on both “Face the Nation” and “Meet the Press.”

As a guest lecturer, Shribman has visited numerous universities and colleges around the country. He has taught courses at the University of Notre Dame, Virginia Commonwealth University and Gettysburg College.

Shribman was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University and has delivered the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture at Southwest Texas State University and the Charles Hall Dillon Lecture at the University of South Dakota.

He is an emeritus member of the board of trustees of Dartmouth College and of the board of visitors of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences. Currently, he is a member of the selection committee for the Profiles in Courage Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and sits on the national board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation.

Shribman earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College where he graduated summa cum laude. In addition to holding four honorary degrees, he completed graduate work in European and African history as a Reynolds Scholar at Cambridge University in England.

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 22 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_3-15-Drowsy-Chaperone.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “The Drowsy Chaperone” Wednesday, March 21, through Saturday, March 24. The annual spring musical will be held each evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center with a dinner theatre experience offered Saturday, March 24.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Waynesburg University students. To purchase tickets in advance, which is highly recommended, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/drowsy.

The dinner theatre will cost $30 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 5 to twelve and $5 for children under the age of 5. Reservations must be made by March 19. Dinner theatre tickets can also be purchased at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/drowsy.

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Benedum Dining Hall Glass Room with a buffet dinner and a discussion with senior cast and crew members. Coffee and dessert will be held afterwards in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery featuring a student gallery talk.

“This year’s event gives guests a glimpse into the Fine Arts experience at Waynesburg University,” said Victoria Beppler, associate director of Alumni Relations. “During dinner, senior cast and crew members will share stories from their time in the theatre program, and there will also be an opportunity to hear from art students during dessert.”

According to the show’s synopsis, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record, a cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life as the man in the chair looks on. Throughout the musical within a musical, the story features two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone.

“I saw the original production on Broadway, and it struck me as a great and clever idea for a musical,” said Edward Powers, professor of theatre and director of Waynesburg’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” “I knew then it would be a musical I would do one day.”

In addition to Powers as the director, Dr. Ronda Depriest, professor of music, is the music director and Melanie Catana, assistant professor of music, is the vocal director.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score.

The musical has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and it is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

“Theatre is an experience like none other,” added Powers. “As actors, we come together to create that live performance; a company, a cast, a group of people that is also unique. Every show, every performance, every night is like no other.”

The cast and crew includes:

MAN IN CHAIR - Ronnie Loebker, senior computer science major from Ripley, Ohio (home school clearing house)

MRS. TOTTENDALE - Joanna Peters, junior human services (education) major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)

UNDERLING - Christian Wilson, junior digital design major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)

JANET - Denise Branthoover, senior nursing major from Murrysville, Pennsylvania (Franklin Regional High School)

ROBERT - Ed DiOrio, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Hunker, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)

GEORGE - Jonah Phillip, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Peters Township High School)

FELDZIEG - Matt Colaluca, senior environmental science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania  (Central Valley High School)

KITTY - Megan Cook, senior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (Montour High School)

DROWSY CHAPERONE - Mandi Pascarella, junior Bible & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)

GANGSTER #1 - Cory Tretinik, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Clarksville, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)

GANGSTER #2 - Ian Bish, senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg Central High School)

ALDOLPHO - Thomas Faye, sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills High School)

TRIX - Holly Hendershot, sophomore communication (journalism) major from Manheim, Pennsylvania (home schooled)

SUPERINTENDANT/ENSEMBLE - Michelle Frye, senior advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)

ENSEMBLE -

Elizabeth Nicodemus, junior sports management major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (North Hills High School)

Kristina Fisher, junior nursing major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)

Clare Rainone, freshman art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Upper Saint Clair High School)

Damian Campbell, freshman forensic science major from Wellsburg, West Virginia (Brooke High School)

Matt Desrosiers, junior criminal justice administration major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania  (Waynesburg Central High School)

CHOREOGRAPHER - Tessa Masula, junior English (secondary education) major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)

STAGE MANAGER - Tre Thomas, sophomore sociology (pre-law) major from Mill Hall, Pennsylvania (Central Mountain High School)

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Noelle Skoda, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Nottingham, Maryland (Eastern Technical High School)

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Sami Morad, freshman English (creative writing) major from Glassboro, New Jersey (Washington Township Board of Education)

For specific questions regarding the dinner theatre experience, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 724-852-3256.

For more information about the production, call 724-852-7638.

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 22 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_3-13.pngWaynesburg University will celebrate the 168th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a special convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Roberts Chapel. Additionally, the University will hold a Day of Service Saturday, March 17.

“Charter Day affords us an opportunity to reflect on our rich heritage and reaffirm our mission of educating students to make connections between faith, serving and learning so that they might faithfully live lives of purpose,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Paulo Nzambi, CEO and head of school at Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be the featured convocation speaker. He will deliver an address titled “The Present and its Possibilities.”

Prior to Nzambi’s recent appointment as CEO and head of school at Imani Christian Academy, he served as the chief operating officer for the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and the National Center for Arts and Technology. Additionally, he has served as a trial lawyer at the state and federal level, representing individuals, corporations and the City of Pittsburgh in civil rights, employment and tort litigation.

Nzambi’s diverse employment experience also includes being a published poet, playwright and entrepreneur.

He serves on the board of directors for the Center of Life, The Tull Family Theatre, Radiant Hall and the Union of African Communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Nzambi earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Duquesne University School of Law.

During the March 17 Day of Service, Waynesburg University students will serve alongside faculty and staff at the following organizations: Adopt-A-Highway, Beverly’s Birthdays, Eva K. Bowlby Public Library, the Greene County Humane Society, the Ronald McDonald House and the Waynesburg University Unity Trail.

“There is no better way to fulfill [our] mission and celebrate the University’s Charter Day than through a day of giving back to our community,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.waynesburg.edu/charterday.

For more information regarding the Charter Day convocation, contact Mary Fox, event planner, at mfox@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7677.

To learn more about the Day of Service, contact Hardie at khardie@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3461.

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 22 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 student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, received word that it won nine Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4.

The Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization that advocates for the rights of the press and the First Amendment, awards professional and student journalists for outstanding work in categories such as photography, general news, in-depth reporting and more. Region 4 includes Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

“As Executive Editor, I am more proud than ever to be able to represent such a fantastic student-run publication,” said Mattie Winowitch, executive editor of The Yellow Jacket. “The Yellow Jacket means a lot to me, and each award we receive makes me extremely proud.”

The newspaper’s staff members received nine awards in categories including feature writing, general news, feature photography and sports writing. The exact placement for each category was announced at the Region 4 Conference, hosted at Point Park University, Saturday, March 9.

Recipients this year included Winowitch; Teghan Simonton, managing editor of The Yellow Jacket, Luke Goodling, sports editor; Mitchell Kendra, copy chief; and Waynesburg University alumnus Jacob Meyer. Winowitch received first place for feature writing, and Goodling first place for sports writing.

As first-place recipients, Winowitch and Goodling will represent Region 4 in SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence Award competition. Last year, four staff members at The Yellow Jacket won a national Mark of Excellence Award for in-depth reporting – the first ever instance of national recognition for The Yellow Jacket. Winowitch and Simonton were among last year’s winners, along with alumni Kimmi Baston and Anthony Conn.

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