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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Romanian-Choir.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will host the Romanian Orphan Choir from Caminul Feliz Village Orphanage in Oradea, Romania, Tuesday, Sept. 5. The choir will present a 5 p.m. concert in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

"We hope that by welcoming the Romanian Orphan Choir to the Waynesburg University campus, it will enlarge our vision for missions, encourage our faith and make a lasting impact in the way we see children in need in Romania and throughout the rest of the world,” said Melanie Catana, assistant professor of vocal music and director of choral music.

The concert will include a broad variety of music such as classical, gospel and Romanian folk tunes in English and Romanian.

The choir will also perform at the University’s weekly Chapel Service held at 11:00 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Additionally, they will spend the day on campus visiting with students in several music classes including the Survey of Music in Worship.

The mission of the Felix Family Villages is to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the orphaned and abandoned children of the world in a loving family environment.

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-24-matriculation_20170824-203543_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2017-2018 academic school year officially began Thursday, Aug. 24, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

“Today you become a member of a University and institution that is nationally recognized for value, scholarship, service learning and faith, and the ability to prepare its graduates for their futures,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Lee shared with the freshman class the importance of perseverance. He encouraged them to practice perseverance and to understand that they will not travel alone on their journey because the entire University community will be with them.

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

“The entire campus community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new students,” said Jackie Palko, director of admissions. “Now that they have arrived, we get to look forward to how a Waynesburg education will change their lives!”

The University welcomed more than 450 students, representing 59 different majors and academic areas of interest and 22 states, including Alaska, California and Florida.

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, Aug. 24. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Saturday, Aug. 26, and classes will begin Monday, Aug. 28.

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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James Tanda (Criminal Justice) attended the pinning ceremony in Washington D.C. for Tevaughn Davis, a recent Waynesburg University graduate, who completed training at the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department in July.

Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) presented research on St. George at Grove City College. The Herald-Standard newspaper published information on his work.

Teresa Robinette (Graduate Nursing) participated in a poster presentation and roundtable discussion on “Recruitment and Social Media” at the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professional Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Kim Stephens and Kim Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the 2017 Academic Service Partnership Summit at Cumberland Woods in Cranberry.

Stephens and Robinette attended the 12th Annual Clinical Research Forum: Nurses Influencing Empirical Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Practice and Research. The conference was held at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Lina Hixon (RN-BSN) attended Recruiting and Retaining Nursing Students using PRIMES sponsored by Robert Morris University.

Eighteen attended Faculty Development Day at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville center.


Summer Camps

Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp hosted 23 students on campus June 12-16. Lanny Frattare (Communication) led the annual event.

From June 18-23, Waynesburg University hosted CSI Camp with Faith Musko and Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) at the helm of camp initiatives. Forty-seven students attended the camp.

The University hosted campers and staff from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Miller Summer Youth Institute on campus for the first time. This event kicked off with leadership training sessions from July 7-9. Campers arrived on July 9 and stayed through July 15. As part of this camp, students earned two college credits from Waynesburg University; 9 high school students and 5 college students attended. Rev. Jim Tinnemeyer (Student Services) worked hard to develop this partnership and served as an instructor during the camp.

STEAM Camp was held on campus July 16-20. Chevron sponsored the event for the second consecutive year for which 23 students registered. The camp included the following faculty: Robert Bonser (Athletic Training), Marietta Wright (Biology), Heidi Fletcher (Chemistry), James Bush (Mathematics), Paul Sielski (Mathematics), Chris Cink (Biology), Melanie Catana (Fine Arts), Janet Paladino (Environmental Science), Evonne Baldauff (Chemistry) and Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts).

Yvonne Weaver (Education) worked with representatives at the local Intermediate Unit to host Camp Tech at Waynesburg University. The first week was held July 10-14 at Waynesburg University’s Southpointe center, and the second week took placed the week of July 31 at the University’s main campus.


Special Note from the Office of Academic Affairs: Camps at Waynesburg University would not be possible without the incredible maintenance, security, IT and dining services teams on campus. Employees in these four areas work extra hours and take on additional tasks to enable the University to be able to host these events throughout the summer. Thank you so much!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-21-Summer-Play.pngWaynesburg University’s Theatre Program will present “Dearly Beloved,” a fast-paced, outrageous comedy, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Tickets cost $5.00, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“Dearly Beloved” is a laugh out loud comedy about a wedding that seems to have gone wrong. The story takes place in the small town of Fayro, Texas, where Tina Jo Dubberly is about to marry Parker Price when problems galore begin to occur. The bride’s mother, Frankie, makes herself sick with elaborate ceremony plans, while Aunt Twink turns the reception into a potluck dinner and Aunt Honey Raye shows up announcing another failed marriage.

Adding to the wild story are a cantankerous flower shop owner and wedding coordinator, the groom’s mother who doesn’t approve of any of the people and an overly medicated boyfriend who has trouble distinguishing between members of the wedding party and an armadillo.

“I selected this play because it is a comedy and it takes place in a small town,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the Theatre Program and professor of theatre at the University. “I think our community will be able to enjoy the eccentricities of these wacky characters.”

Made up of current students, alumni and community members, the cast includes Sadie Breon, Alaina Camps, Tome Custer, Laura Gonnella, Sable Griedel, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Dan Wozniak, Ben Zyra and a special appearance by Powers.

The play will mark Powers’ 50th major production at Waynesburg. He has been the director of the Theatre Program for 17 years.

To purchase tickets, visit Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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_RA_Logo_2016_20170719-184439_1.jpgAs Pittsburgh continues to develop into a major national tech hub with a demand for qualified technology professionals, the need for an academic program focused on coding and testing has emerged. 

Waynesburg University and Rivers Agile, a quality assurance and software development firm, have developed an accelerated training opportunity, the Professional Software Development Program, which will prepare participants to enter the rapidly growing tech field in under a year. 

Unique to the Pittsburgh region, this partnership enables students to benefit from a traditional higher education institution as well as a cutting-edge technology company. Participants will learn directly from senior-level experts on real-world projects while building their résumés and engaging in the classroom. 

“Inspired by our involvement with the Allegheny Conference and wanting to help with the projected regional needs identified in their Inflection Point study, we are excited to partner with Rivers Agile to mesh their technology expertise with our leadership and business context expertise to create a pool of software development professionals ready to fill the demand,” said Mary Cummings, senior vice president of graduate programs at Waynesburg University.

Open Houses will be held for interested individuals Wednesday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday, August 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Waynesburg University’s Southpointe center, located at 6000 Town Center Boulevard in Canonsburg. The Open Houses will provide the opportunity for interested applicants to meet the instructors and learn more about the program.

“Rivers Agile has been proud to provide an alternative path to education in the technology field across the Pittsburgh area through our Code School,” said Ben Wilson, Founder and CEO at Rivers Agile. “We’re excited to expand our offering through this partnership with Waynesburg University, since Pittsburgh continues to face a large gap in qualified web developers and quality assurance professionals to meet the thriving local demand. This program will arm students with the skills necessary for entry-level roles.”

The Professional Software Development Program’s curriculum has three areas of concentration, including quality assurance, web development and organizational leadership. Students who complete the two-semester coursework will be able to quickly transition from the classroom into the workforce to fill entry-level positions such as software engineer or quality assurance analyst.

Designed to immerse students into an intense curriculum through an accelerated evening format, classes will meet at Waynesburg’s Southpointe location on Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning this fall. The program will take approximately nine months to complete, split into four 8-week sessions with a break over the Christmas holiday.

For more information or to apply, visit

About Rivers Agile

Launched in 2008 as a quality assurance and software testing consulting firm, Rivers Agile has grown into a regional leader in software innovation that provides QA and UX professional services as well as custom software solutions. The firm develops B2B and B2C software products for many industries including energy, higher education, healthcare and predictive analytics. The collaborative team is passionate about delivering innovative products focused on engineering excellence and intuitive user interfaces. Rivers Agile's process ensures that a balance between business and user needs is maintained throughout the software development lifecycle.

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