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The Waynesburg University Players will present their Spring Musical, “The Little Mermaid,” Wednesday, March 30, through Saturday, April 2, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. There will also be a matinee performance April 2 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

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“The Little Mermaid” is based on the classic Disney film and tells the story of a mermaid who makes a bargain with an evil sea witch so she can seek love on land, outside of the ocean.

The show has never been performed at Waynesburg before, and Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at the University, believes that participating in the show greatly benefits students.

“Theatre teaches creativity, responsibility, dedication, teamwork and physical dexterity,” said Powers. “Theatre also teaches the actors and audience about the human spirit and human condition.”

Reservations for general admission are suggested, and tickets can be purchased at www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/mermaid or by calling 724-852-3226.

In conjunction with the show, the University will host its annual Alumni and Friends Dinner Theatre Saturday, April 2. Alumni are invited for dinner in Benedum Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of the Spring Musical.

Tickets are $35 per adult ticket and $12.50 per child ticket, the proceeds from which benefit the University’s Theatre Program. Alumni should register by March 25, 2016, online at www.waynesburgunited.com/dinnertheatre16. Theatre seats are limited and reserved on a date-received basis.

For more information, contact Ferd Dolfi in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 724-852-3300 or fdolfi@waynesburg.edu.

The cast and crew of “The Little Mermaid” include:

  • Ariel: Kayla Coughlin, a freshman early childhood education major from Buena Park, California (Home School Clearing House) (cast one) and Mandi Pascarella, a freshman biblical and ministry studies major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Hempfield Area High School) (cast two)
  • Pilot/Fish/Footman: Christian Wilson, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Sailor/Fish/Guest: Keyur Patel, a sophomore finance major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Sailor/Fish: Joshua Sneeringer, a freshman business management major from New Oxford, Pennsylvania (Delone Catholic High School)
  • Sailor/Fish: Mason Morgan, a freshman marketing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Chartiers Valley High School)
  • Prince Eric: Zachary Zeigler, a junior communication major from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (West Mifflin High School)
  • Grimsby: Ronnie Loebker, a sophomore engineering major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • Flounder/Chef Ensemble: Emily Haywood, a senior criminal justice major from Claysville, Pennsylvania (McGuffey High School)
  • Scuttle: Brittany Stowe, a senior arts administration major from Millville, New Jersey (Millville High School)
  • Windward/Chef Ensemble: Joanna Peters, a freshman marine biology major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)
  • Leeward/Maid Ensemble: Cassie Gates, a senior biochemistry major from Penn Hills, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills High School)
  • Fish Ensemble/Stage Manager: Briana Ryan, a freshman music ministry major from Monongahela, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • King Triton: Matt Colaluca, a sophomore forensic science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania (Central Valley High School)
  • Sebastian: Josh Stewart, a freshman early childhood education major from Preston, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Aquata/Princess: Renee Watts, a senior early childhood education major from Clairton, Pennsylvania (Wilson Christian Academy)
  • Andrina/Princess: Kelsey Prough, a freshman forensic science major from Altoona, Pennsylvania (Altoona Area High School)
  • Atina/Princess: Tessa Masula, a freshman English secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • Adella/Princess: Megan Cook, a freshman digital design major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (Montour High School)
  • Allana/Princess: Michelle Frye, a sophomore advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)
  • Flotsam/Maid Ensemble: Katie Kondrick, a sophomore history major from Cheswick, Pennsylvania (Fox Chapel High School)
  • Jetsam/Chef Ensemble: Hannah Bloir, a freshman environmental science major from Mansfield, Ohio (Clear Fork High School)
  • Ursula: Jamie Denniston, a junior early childhood education major from Sewickley, Pennsylvania (Moon Area High School) (cast one) and Stephanie Tress, a senior forensic science major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Canon-McMillan High School) (cast two)
  • Gull/Maid Ensemble: Elisabeth Gray, a sophomore art major from Morgantown, West Virginia (Morgantown High School)
  • Chef Louise: Maggie Denniston, a junior art major from Sewickley, Pennsylvania (Moon Area High School)
  • Sea Guppies: Bryn Lahew, Loren Schroyer, Dani Stockdale
  • Director: Edward L. Powers
  • Music Director: Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the music program
  • Vocal Coach: Melanie Catana, director of choral music
  • Producer: Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration
  • Choreographer: Denise Branthoover, a sophomore nursing major from Murrysville, Pennsylvania (Franklin Regional High School)
  • Stage Manager: Kayla Goncalves, a sophomore music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)

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, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-17-CUPRAP-Award.jpgWaynesburg University has received two 2016 CUPPIE Awards from College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP), one gold and one bronze, for its in-house production of the Annual Report and the admissions newsletter. 

The University was awarded a Gold CUPPIE for its 2013-2014 Annual Report, and Bronze for the December 2014 issue of its admissions newsletter, “Unscripted.” 

“We are thrilled that our University Relations team was honored with this award,” said Heidi Szuminsky, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “Their commitment to excellence shines through in every publication they produce, but the recognition of this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication the team puts into every single aspect of their craft. We are proud of the job they’ve done and continue to do.”

The awards were presented at an awards dinner Thursday, March 10, at Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

This year, CUPRAP received 380 entries for the CUPPIE awards.

CUPRAP is a voluntary organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education and enhancing the professional development of its members. Members come from private and public colleges and universities, junior colleges, community colleges, independent schools, as well as other organizations involved in higher education.

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, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jim-Gilchrist.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate its 167th year and the 166th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 22. The convocation will be held in Waynesburg University’s Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

“Charter Day is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of Waynesburg University and reflect on our hallmark values of faith, learning and serving,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

The Rev. Dr. James Gilchrist, senior pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, will address those in attendance.

Gilchrist’s outreach through mission work has led him to travel throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Recently, he traveled with members of Westminster to Malawi and India. He is a regular participant in the Council on Foreign Relations Workshop on Religion and International Affairs.

Gilchrist also teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Dickinson College.

Gilchrist holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Arts in history as well as a doctoral degree in history and policy, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

For more information, contact Mary Fox at 724-852-7677 or visit www.waynesburg.edu/charterday.

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, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUGRAD15_1073.jpgAttention soon-to-be graduates: Congratulations! The day you have been anticipating is right around the corner.

You have put a colossal number of hours into earning your degree, and your hard work will soon be rewarded. But before you can update your education status on Facebook and LinkedIn, here are a few (simple) tasks you need to complete that will help make the next few months go a little more smoothly:

1. Confirm with the Registrar’s Office that all your transcripts and payments are in order.

If you are graduating in May, you have already completed your Degree Audit and application for graduation. With that important step out of the way, contact the Office of the Registrar to ensure that all of your paperwork and payments are updated and complete. Those who work in the office are knowledgeable and excited to help you graduate – so contact them to double check everything! If you have any extra concerns about your eligibility, contact your adviser.

2. Order your graduation memorabilia.

This is probably the most exciting thing on this list because it is a tangible representation that graduation is fast-approaching! Visit the WU Bookstore to order caps and gowns, DNP regalia and other memorabilia, or order online here.

3. Undergraduates - schedule a senior exit interview.

This is a time for seniors to reflect on their experiences at Waynesburg and speak with an alumni representative about their future career plans. Contact the Alumni Office at 724-852-3256 to schedule yours today.

4. Connect with Alumni Relations!

Follow Waynesburg University Alumni on social media and stay connected with all things Waynesburg after you graduate. Visit Waynesburg United for more information.

For a complete list of items to check off the list before May 1, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/commencement. Enjoy the celebration of your success!

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As a general rule of thumb, every semester of college is busier than the last. Responsibilities, obligations, jobs, homework and activities grow until, by junior and senior year, finding time to take a deep breath seems unlikely. And every time you seem to get caught up on your work for a moment, the grown-up voice in the back of your head whispers (or, more likely, shouts), “Now, what are you going to do after you graduate?”

Enter the rapidly increasing sense of panic.

You only have to glance at my planner to know I’m feeling it. Three part-time jobs, five classes worth of homework and projects (not to mention classes themselves), five organizations that meet regularly, the internship hunt, friends, family, keeping up with life’s responsibilities, and running a newspaper that needs hours of my time every day. Sound a little like your life? I figured. College students everywhere have a lot on their plates.

But one of the great things about being a college student at Waynesburg University is that my fellow students are some of the most special people I will ever have the joy of meeting. The more time I spend with them, the more I realize I couldn’t make it through one day without them. Here’s why:

1.      Waynesburg isn’t just a campus – it’s a community.
With such a small student body, I know upwards of half the people I pass on the sidewalk every day. And I even have a kinship with the ones I don’t know. Something as simple as having a door held open for me (there’s a lot of that around here) reminds me that we’re all going through this college experience together, and there’s support around every corner.

2.      This is where you find your people.
It’s one thing to find a close group of friends (also an easy task at WU), but it’s a whole other thing to find your people. I’m lucky enough to have two sets of people: my roommates, three girls whose personalities click so perfectly with mine that it seems too good to be true, and my staff at the Yellow Jacket newspaper, who have truly become a family. Together, all of my people make my days infinitely brighter, pick me up every time I fall and remind me why I’m here at Waynesburg. They’re my friends, sure, but it’s more than that – they’re the very foundation of the life I’m building in college.
It’s the Waynesburg culture that will allow you to find groups like mine that light your path and make it possible for you to have the best college experience imaginable.

3.      Everyone’s busy – which is why we all take the time to help each other out.
I know that doesn’t seem to make much sense, but somehow, it’s the reality on our campus. Maybe it’s the fact that we all know how it feels, or that we sometimes seek an escape from our own responsibilities. Either way, you’re never alone when you’re stuck in the middle of a hectic day or week. There is always someone willing to lighten the load. And in my case, my friends have only to look at my face to know when I’m overwhelmed, and they come to the rescue without me saying a word.

4.      These students are unlike any others.
Every college and university boasts this about their students – but at Waynesburg, it’s the real deal. This statement is the culmination of all of the points above. You’d be hard-pressed to find a campus more filled with empathy, love and community, and the students prove it every day. When a 20-something thinks to text me and let me know the sidewalk he knows I’ll be walking on is icy, when finding encouraging notes on my desk becomes a regular occurrence, when my cell phone is flooded with ‘good luck’ messages on the day everyone knows I have a big interview – those are the moments I know for sure why I was called here: the people.

There are so many wonderful things about Waynesburg University, but in my opinion, my fellow students are by far the best. My friends and classmates really are something special, and I’m grateful beyond words to have them in my life. No matter how much college-induced stress comes crashing down on me, I know I’ll always find my way back to the top thanks to my Waynesburg family.

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