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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Orch-Jazz-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will host a Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsh Center. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program, said this performance gives student musicians the chance to showcase their growth in skill during the year.

“Every semester, members of our small ensembles’ program improve in skill level and difficulty level of standard repertoire for each ensemble,” said DePriest. “Many student musicians are also involved in our larger ensembles and find a growth in quality opportunities available to them for great music-making while here at Waynesburg.”

This event concludes a succession of different musical events hosted by the program, all performed within a week-long period. DePriest said this is an exciting time to see the progress groups have made.

“Nearing the end of the semester is a particularly busy time, both for ensemble instructors and student musicians,” she said. “The final performances of each semester show a culmination of knowledge and repertoire gained throughout the course of the school term. The music is often more challenging, so there is a sense of growth on the part of each member of the ensemble that I look forward to witnessing.”

For more information about the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420.

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 22 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_4-9-Sports-Announcing-Camp.jpgWaynesburg University will offer its annual Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp, hosted by Lanny Frattare, June 18 through 22, 2018. The camp will begin with check in at 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, and conclude by noon Friday, June 18. Students who are current high school sophomores, juniors or seniors are eligible to attend.

The cost is $500 and includes all meals, housing and camp materials. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, and students are encouraged to enroll prior to April 27. To register, visit waynesburg.edu/sportsannouncingcamp.

“Our camp offers the theories and the practical experience necessary to start a student on the road toward a career in either sports broadcasting or sports journalism,” said Frattare, assistant professor of communication.

In addition to Frattare, this year’s speakers include: Bill Hillgrove, voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh; Mark Kaboly, senior Steelers writer for The Athletic Pittsburgh; John Steigerwald, former WTAE-TV and KDKA-TV sports anchor; and Paul Steigerwald, communications specialist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and former voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Camp sessions will cover the topics of effective communication, principles of journalism and sports announcing, interviewing techniques, play-by-play and sports writing game coverage. The week culminates with a trip to a Washington Wild Things game, where students will be able to practice either baseball play-by-play or writing for baseball.

For more information regarding the camp, call 724-852-7725.

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 22 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_4-10-CJ-laser-shot.jpgWaynesburg University recently unveiled its new Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in the University’s CSI Center.

The simulator will enable criminal justice students to gain experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and weapons familiarization and will also be available to area law enforcement agencies for training purposes.

“We are honored to share this resource with the surrounding community by offering training opportunities to regional law enforcement agencies,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office, Fayette County and Greene County Drug Task forces, Greene County District Attorney's Office, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Greene County and Washington County Probation offices, Pennsylvania State Police and the Waynesburg Borough Police Department attended the initial training session on March 20.

Waynesburg University first purchased a Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in 2011, at the time as the only institution of higher education in the region to offer this type of training. The upgraded system doubles the number of use of force scenarios available, where participants utilize verbal de-escalation and other techniques, preparing for various possible outcomes.

“I commend Waynesburg University for integrating this simulator technology into their curriculum,” said Louis Weiers, supervisory special agent with the ATF. “The type of immersive training that the students as well as my fellow law enforcement partners will be undergoing will better prepare these crime fighters for the encounters that they will be having in the streets.”

Offering students the opportunity to learn technical skills from experienced professionals in a hands-on setting from day one, Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was recently ranked in the top five percent nationwide in College Factual’s ranking, published by USA Today.

“We are teaching the next generation of law enforcement professionals the use-of-force continuum from their freshman year through their senior year,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation Program. “We have 41 freshmen this year in the program. All 41 have used this system, so it’s not something students have to wait until their senior year to utilize.”

Laser Shot is one of the fastest growing leaders in firearm and force option training solutions for military and law enforcement professionals. Recognized worldwide for its innovative training products, Laser Shot incorporates both patented and COTS technologies in developing accurate, dependable and effective training systems.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-5-Vira-Heinz_20180409-193500_1.jpgFive Waynesburg University students were recently selected to receive travel scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

The program is an initiative of the Heinz Endowments. The purpose is to prepare women for global challenges by means of leadership development, travel and community service. Universities and colleges across Pennsylvania participate in the program, which provides scholarships of at least $5,000 to recipients who have never left the United States before. Collectively, the Waynesburg University recipients will receive more than $30,000.

Waynesburg scholarship recipients this year include Tessa Masula, Sara Byler, Samantha Bruffy, Rebekah Rhodes and Megan Leiter.

While colleges and universities are typically only awarded three scholarships to grant to students, Waynesburg University has often been awarded more than its share. According to Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, when an institution does not fill all three spots, the remaining scholarships become available to alternates from other schools. Waynesburg University students have consistently been chosen for the extra scholarships.

“I think it’s just that [our applicants] are much more well-prepared, have a pretty good idea of where they want to go, what they want to study, how it’s going to fit into their major, how it’s going to fit into their career,” said Bristor.

Bristor said each student recipient created a detailed proposal to outline their plans for studying and engaging in a foreign community.

Masula, junior English literature and secondary education major, will study acting and literature in England at the Globe Theater. There, she plans to learn about British Fantasy and the origins of influential stories that have stood the test of time.

Byler, junior sociology major, will study in Meknes, Morocco. She will spend four weeks taking classes on Islamic politics and culture and Arabic, before spending another four weeks in a service learning program connected to a nonprofit.

Leiter, sophomore nursing major, will study in Amsterdam, Netherlands, taking a global health class and a course about mental health in an international context. Leiter would like to participate in medical missions in the future, and she is excited to expand her knowledge on healthcare.

Bruffy, senior chemistry major, will travel with the Counsel for International Education Exchange to study public health issues in Gaborone, Botswana. Bruffy plans to pursue a career in medical research and is looking forward to working with a program focused on scientific and social health problems.

Rhodes, sophomore nursing major, will travel to India to take classes in Hindi, Indian culture and traditions and healthcare. She hopes to learn about the country’s healthcare system, with plans to be a nurse and missionary in India in the future.

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The Waynesburg University Music Program will host Chamber Works II Thursday, April 19, at noon in the Marsh Center. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Chamber ensembles perform twice a semester, but according to Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program, each time the groups perform is special.

“The Chamber Works noon concerts are unique in that each offering will present a wide variety of genres, both from our small ensembles and, occasionally, from one or two solo offerings from our applied studios.”

For more information about Chamber Works II, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420.

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 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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