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Students in Waynesburg University's Honors and History programs are preparing to begin a cemetery conservation project in conjunction with Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery.

Led by senior history major David O’Donoghue, the project is the result of collaboration between students in the Honors Program, the History Club and a Public History course taught by Dr. Karen Fisher Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities.

Throughout the semester, history students will research the history of the cemetery site and delve into the genealogy and lives of families buried there.

Then, the Honors Program will host a cemetery preservation workshop March 18, the University’s Day of Service. The hands-on workshop will teach students about upkeep of grounds and preserving and documenting tombstones at the cemetery.

Younger said the project is just one example of the University working to tie students’ learning into contributions to the local community.

“History is alive all around us. I hope students will come away with a feeling of great satisfaction knowing that they served the surrounding community by caring for the final resting place of over two dozen men, women and children,” said Younger.

Members of the community with information about individuals or families buried at the site and/or old photographs of the cemetery that could aid students in their research are encouraged to contact O’Donoghue at odo1639@student.waynesburg.edu.

The University owns and maintains the cemetery; it was acquired in the same purchase as the land that now holds the baseball fields and tennis courts.

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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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Richard Krause (Communication) attended the PRSA Renaissance Awards in Pittsburgh Jan. 26 with several students and alumni. Waynesburg University’s student chapter was recognized as the PRSSA Chapter of the Year at the event.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) attended the 60th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference and was accepted to represent the Association of Arts Administrator Educators on Jan. 7. Dr. Batchelder also attended the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s “Road Show” in New York.

Dana Baer and Marie Leichliter-Krause (Academic Affairs) attended the 2016 Annual Middle States Commission on Higher Education Conference in Philadelphia in December to learn more about the new accreditation standards, network with peers from member institutions, and attend sessions on a range of topics relevant to Waynesburg University. The materials from this conference are available on the N drive.

William Stough (Business Administration) attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Conference, where he participated in sessions on ethics and accounting and auditing.

Julie Bausman (Education), Kerry Purnell (Registrar’s Office), Chad Sherman (Communication), Melinda Rush (Fine Arts), Anthony Jarrell (Student Services), and Sarah Bell (Academic Affairs) led the Faith, Learning, and Service Immersion Trips offered through the University during the winter break.

Eddie Powers (Fine Arts) joined the Lamplighters Concert Choir in performing Bach’s Magnificat in Pittsburgh. Powers also emceed TUBACHRISTMAS on campus before the holidays.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civil Orchestra for a concert in late December.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Band.jpgThe Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will present their Mid-Winter Band Concert Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit Relay for Life.

The Symphonic Band has devoted the 2016-17 academic year to movie music. This concert will continue that theme and present film music from “West Side Story” to “Silverado.” Music from notable composers such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Karl King, Bruce Boughton, Howard Shore and Leonard Bernstein will be performed.

The ensemble is directed and conducted by Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of Waynesburg’s Music Program and professor of instrumental music.

“The music for this concert pre-dates the lives of most of our ensemble members, so it has been thrilling for me as a music educator to watch the music come to life in tandem with their understanding of musical scores to the overall artistry of a film,” said DePriest.

For more information, call 724-852-7638 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 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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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The Waynesburg University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was recognized as the Chapter of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh chapter. Waynesburg was the first-ever recipient of the award, which was presented at the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards on Jan. 26. 

According to junior Maura Fenske, president of Waynesburg PRSSA, the chapter earned the award in part because of its efforts to build a strong relationship with PRSA Pittsburgh, its parent chapter. The award is also a reflection of the chapter’s continued efforts to expand professional development and commitment to excellence in public relations.

Last year, Waynesburg PRSSA achieved Star Chapter status for the fourth consecutive year and earned National Affiliation from PRSSA National, in addition to hosting a regional conference at the University. Each of these accomplishments has built the chapter’s portfolio and led to their recognition by their parent chapter.

Both Fenske and Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and advisor to the PRSSA chapter, said the award is an honor and a significant achievement for the chapter, which was formed only seven years ago.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2671.JPGThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present a senior student’s art exhibition from Monday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 24, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. 

The exhibit, featuring work by senior art student Maggie Denniston, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30. The reception and exhibit are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

A senior art exhibit is the equivalent of an art student’s capstone course, the culmination of their education and hard work. Denniston, who has chosen the pieces for this particular exhibit from her work during the past four years, tends to use symbolism to express personal feelings about her life and the world through her art.

“I hope [Denniston] will feel a deep sense of pride in the hard work she has put into the exhibit,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art. “It is a great feeling to look back at your work over the past few years and to share that with people visiting the gallery.”

According to Heisey, senior exhibits teach students how to set up and display their work, run a gallery space, promote an event and talk about their work in verbal and written forms. Each student is also required to create new pieces for their exhibit, which Heisey said tends to be their best work. The exhibit also serves as an educational experience for attendees, who can see how an artist works in a variety of styles. 

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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