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Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Today, snow drapes from the bare cover of oak tree branches that line the sidewalk behind Miller Hall. Christmas decorations still adorn the frosted brick buildings as I make my way to the office. Yet again, I am reminded of the settling fact that this will be my last winter break as a student worker at Waynesburg University.

Each year it seems this view becomes more beautiful than before, almost whimsical, even. The once rolling green hills that move through campus are now smooth snow caps chasing the sun as it rises above grey clouds. Only frenzied squirrel trails can be found within the white, powdery mix, but in a couple of weeks they will be joined by the dips and divots made by routine ambles to class and the occasional snowball fight.

I don’t feel lonely by the bareness of campus as I continue walking toward Miller Hall, though one might assume you would this time of year. Students will return and the buildings will once again wake to the sound of occupied classrooms and fellowship with friends. In the meantime, campus comes to life on its own in the quiet, still moments of the day, the moments many of us miss during the bustle of our daily routines.

As I take in the view, I realize I will greatly miss this place and the beautiful way God shares His creations through it, for Waynesburg is a sight during every season, not just this one.

Every fall, as the warm summer heat begins to fade, I find myself in this same area, on a bench below the oak trees, listening to the cries of squirrels and the pops of dropping acorns on the surrounding cement. The trees are heavy with vibrant red, orange and yellow tones, and the sidewalks are full with students, yet, as I sit there, I almost feel as though I am sitting in my own private corner of paradise, totally at peace.

In the spring, when the rest of the natural world awakes once more, walking to and from class often doubles as a runway show featuring a wide variety of colorful rain boots and umbrellas. I hear the complaints of students whose hair has begun to frizz and whose coats have soaked through, though I know we are all secretly relishing in the sweet, familiar smell of rain hitting the pavement.

Summer continues this trend with even more beauty. To me, summer is when campus truly comes into its own. In the morning, a golden haze lifts from the grass and the birds and squirrels, alike, call out across the lawn, taking shelter in the shade of the historic buildings. By mid-afternoon, as I push through the doors of Miller and step out into the open air, the sun warms my skin, bringing back the nostalgia of fun with friends and summer loves—the things we once had forgotten.

Even at night, the air just warm enough to enjoy, after admiring the deep pinks and purples of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed, I curl up beneath the soft light of a nearby lamp post, book in hand, listening to the soothing hum of insects, the slight crack of a moth hitting glass.

Here, I feel safe. Here, I am at home.

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A guest art exhibition featuring the work of artist Matthew Stemler will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Feb. 14. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. An opening reception will take place Monday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Stemler’s art joins kinetic maneuverability with an interest in forms derived from nature and its processes. Installations designed by Stemler use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces.

Stemler resides in Philadelphia, Pa., and serves as the Fine Arts Department coordinator and high school art teacher at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. He is also on the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team where he oversees the adjudication process and category revision.

Exhibitions of his work include Art in City Hall, James A. Michener Art Museum and Myrtle Gallery. Stemler’s installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery. His work can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.

Stemler earned an associate degree in commercial art from Antonelli Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation will be held Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Dr. Morris Harper, executive vice president, chief medical officer and chairman of the advisory board for Correctional TeleCare Solutions (CTS) in Pittsburgh, Pa., will present the convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Harper, a frequent lecturer on HIV and AIDS, among other topics, directed the statewide expansion of telemedicine HIV/AIDS care throughout the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Prior to joining CTS, a telemedicine provider, Harper held several positions including Pennsylvania State Director of Telemedicine and Medical Director of State Correctional Institution – Greene in Greene County.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University, his medical degree from Harvard University Medical School and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at Columbia University Saint Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Harper is credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. There is no reserved seating.

Those who have attended previous years and those who have yet to attend are encouraged to come and enjoy a mix of holiday standards as well as arrangements of works not commonly heard, performed by the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band.

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit with students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center, hosted by the Waynesburg University Music Program.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Elizabeth-Wang.jpgElizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science at Waynesburg University, will be presenting her paper titled “Fast Outlier Detection on Mixed-Attribute Data” at an international conference this spring. The 2nd Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining (AIDM 2014) will be held March 10 through March 12, 2014, in Suzhou, China.

Outlier detection is one of the primary steps in data mining applications such as fraud and intrusion detection, and clinical diagnosis.

“Data mining and fraud detection in particular are my main research interest,” said Wang. “Among the eight journals, 32 refereed conference papers and eight book chapters that I have published, more than half of them are on data mining. Constant research keeps me updated with the cutting edge researches in data mining areas.”

Though the majority of outlier detection approaches are designed for numeric or categorical datasets, Wang notes real-life data, such as business transactions and clinical records, also contain categorical and numeric datasets. The notion of developing “an outlier detection method on mixed-attribute real world data” is the main focus of Wang’s paper.

The idea to conduct this research came to Wang in the summer of 2012 and carried through to the summer of 2013. After much reading, experiments, programming and brain storming, her observations transpired into a concrete concept with which she found success.

Wang has represented Waynesburg in several international conferences and has added significant research elements to the University through her many publications. This year, in addition to presenting, Wang may also have the opportunity to serve as a session chair AIDM 2014.

Wang holds a B.E. from Beijing University of Science, an M.A. from St. John’s University, an M.S. from St. Cloud University and a Ph.D. from North Dakota State University.

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