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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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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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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_PRSSA-Resized.jpgWaynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was awarded the Star Chapter Award for meeting specific chapter and professional development goals. The chapter was one of 27 from around the country honored with the prestigious award.

“This is a huge step for us at Waynesburg PRSSA,” said Molly Winters, a junior public relations major and the president of Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA. “We are up to par with some of the best chapters around the country.”

A chapter must meet eight of the 10 Star Chapter requirements to earn the national award.   

“The stars or requirements range from participating in Ethics Month, applying for national scholarships and holding an annual event,” said Winters. “We actually completed all 10 stars.”

In just its fourth year of existence, Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA is one of 328 other schools from around the country nationally associated with PRSSA, the student counterpart to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).  

“To do it in three years and to do it in a chapter with approximately 25 dues-paying members, I think is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Richard Krause, the adviser for Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA and assistant professor and chair of the Department of Communication. “It speaks volumes to the dedication of our students.” 

Krause said that while earning Star Chapter was an objective for he and his students, it was looked at as a long-term goal because of how new Waynesburg’s chapter is.

“To achieve that in year four accelerates the plan,” said Krause. “The goal is always to get better and this program has the potential to be outstanding, given our unique mission and our talented students.” 

Moving forward, Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA is hoping to gain national accreditation for its student-run PR firm, Red Brick Communications. 

“There is so much potential with this chapter to do some amazing things, and we just now have to work very hard to achieve those goals,” said Krause.  

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