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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jerome-Creach_b-f-maiz-speaker.JPGWaynesburg University’s b.f. maiz Lecture will feature Dr. Jerome F.D. Creach Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The topic of the lecture is “Asking God for Vengeance: The Role of Imprecation in Christian Prayer.” Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Creach is the Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is the author of five books, including “Violence in Scripture,” “The Destiny of the Righteous in the Psalms” and “Joshua in the Interpretation Commentary Series.”

The lecturer holds a doctorate from Union Presbyterian Seminary. His interests include the appropriation of the Bible in the life of the church and the community, with specific emphasis on the Psalms and the Prophets.  

The b. f. maiz Center, named after the late poet b. f. maiz, exists to continue and to amplify his lifelong concerns with poetry, peace and poetic justice. This speaker is invited to campus as part of the b.f. maiz Center’s activities.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Sherman-Colorito-for-small-liberal-arts-top-5.pngBig school, or small school? That’s the question a lot of individuals face when choosing a college. And in the long list of factors that goes into choosing a college, size and type often find themselves placed near the top in terms of importance. To help with this critical question in the college search process, here are the top five reasons to consider a small, liberal arts college or university…

5. Community.  It’s rare to walk anywhere on a smaller campus and not see someone you know. Sheer numbers play a major role in that, but so does the fact that everyone on campus seems to be involved in something. If you play a sport, host a show on the school radio station, perform in the musical and work in the bookstore, you might be a student at one of these schools. Seems like a busy life, but the camaraderie is hard to beat at larger institutions.
4. Scholarships and financial aid.  Sure, big, public universities may have a cheaper sticker price, but when it comes to the bottom line, small schools often surprise prospective students with their affordability. The combination of scholarships and need-based institutional aid, which typically isn’t available at larger colleges, makes this possible.
3. Small classes taught by professors.  Because graduate and doctoral programs are not as prevalent at smaller liberal arts schools, often times, graduate students and teaching assistants don’t exist, and if they do, they’re not in front of the classroom. Faculty members are the ones teaching the undergraduate students, and it’s almost always in a smaller setting. No 300-seat auditoriums here; you’ll know your classmates and be able to interact with them in a more intimate classroom environment.
2. Grad schools and employers value it.  As Lynn O’Shaughnessy put it in her 2010 article on, “liberal arts colleges…teach kids how to think, talk and write,” and, while simple, that’s exactly what employers are looking for. Furthermore, according to O’Shaughnessy’s article, “liberal arts schools dominate the list of the top 10 institutions that produce the most students who ultimately earn doctorates.” Why is this? Graduate schools are looking for just the type of research opportunities students have at liberal arts colleges.
1. You know your professors, and they know you.  While learning from professors in small classes is great, an even bigger benefit is getting to know your professors on a personal level and gaining hands-on experience right alongside them. The connections you make with those individuals become invaluable as you search for graduate schools and/or employment. They’ve all been out there in the field doing the work themselves, and now they’re helping little ole you do the same.


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Waynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) will hold Fall Institute TPS and Pennsylvania Common Core, a free Level I workshop. Fall Institute will be offered Saturday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Waynesburg’s Southpointe Center. 

All educators are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours.

Fall Institute aims to expand educators’ understanding of the Library of Congress and help them discover effective strategies for teaching with primary sources. 

Participants can expect to learn how to select and use primary sources, integrate classroom activities with Common Core Standards and foster project development, group discussion and peer collaboration. 

Space is limited. To register visit:

For more information, contact Sue Wise at or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Cello_Fury_highres_live.jpgWaynesburg University will host Cello Fury and special guest Texture Contemporary Ballet as a part of the University’s Performing Arts Series Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID.

A chamber music group, Cello Fury’s original music combines the emotive and symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats to create a cinematic, progressive rock sound. Continually developing their own unique style of cello rock music, cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz and Nicole Myers along with drummer David Throckmorton unleash vitality and rhythmic drive in their music and dare to venture past classical expectations.

Cello Fury has performed on both radio and television, in rock clubs, concert halls and music festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW), performing for audiences as large as 67,000 and touring throughout 25 states and abroad.

In conjunction with the Sept. 18 concert, the Department of Fine Arts will host two residency opportunities in the Marsh Center. A master class will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a Fine Arts Collegium Workshop Thursday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Both will be held in the Marsh Center, have free admission and are open to the public.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Joy-Ike.jpgWaynesburg University will host Joy Ike, a Christian music performer, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

In her third full-length album, independent artist Joy Ike offers her most realized work yet. “All or Nothing” includes 10 songs about giving up everything you have in exchange for everything you need.

Ike’s music, voice and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played more than 600 shows and has had the opportunity to share the stage with many accomplished artists. Her songs have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Relevant Magazine’s The Drop. Her song, "Everything You Have," was recently featured on NPR's World Cafe during a segment on emerging artists.

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