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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-22-Crosby-Lecture.jpgWaynesburg University will be hosting Dr. Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, as a guest speaker for the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series. The lecture will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“We are honored to welcome such an accomplished professional to Waynesburg University’s campus,” said Dr. Dana Cook Baer, provost. “Through her distinguished work at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, as well as in her role in conservation efforts worldwide, Dr. Baker truly embodies the vision of the Crosby Lecture Program.”

As leader of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG aquarium, Baker manages one of the nation’s major zoological parks and more than 8,000 animals. During her time as president and CEO, the park has been repeatedly recognized for its educational programs and conservation efforts.

Baker has also been honored as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, one of Pittsburgh’s Most Admired CEOs and Top Executives, and the 2015 Pittsburgh Business Woman of the Year.

The Lectureship hosting Baker, funded by 1950 magna cum laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, brings to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-29-Hendley.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speaker Doc Hendley Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Hendley is the founder and president of Wine To Water, a non-profit organization that strives to provide clean water for people in need around the world. In 2009, he was selected as one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes for that year, chosen by a panel of judges including General Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John.

Nearly 663 million people around the world lack access to clean water and over 2.4 billion people lack access to proper sanitation. More children die from water-related illnesses than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. After learning about the water and sanitation crisis in 2003, Hendley was moved to start a non-profit that would fight this epidemic.

He first envisioned the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the money raised, Hendley traveled to Darfur, Sudan, in 2004 and began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide.

In 2012, he published “Wine to Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying to Save the World.” The captivating story of an ordinary man changing the world through clean water, the book has become the foundation of college courses at several universities across the country, including Waynesburg University. All first year students at Waynesburg are required to read the book as part of the University’s Fiat Lux program. 

“Doc’s story and his work exemplify the mission of Waynesburg University, connecting faith, learning and serving,” said Genna Steele, academic projects & grants coordinator at Waynesburg University. “It is with great excitement that we host him on our campus.”

Thousands have been inspired by Hendley’s story, and Wine To Water has grown from one man's mission into a global movement for clean water. Wine To Water has reached more than 500,000 people and worked in 25 countries.

“Hendley lives our mission every day,” said Marie Leichliter Krause, assistant provost at Waynesburg University. “Wine to Water is an organization that makes connections between faith, learning and serving to transform the community and the world. Hendley found his calling in living a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God. I look forward to welcoming him to Waynesburg University and hearing more of his story.”

A book signing will be held in the Marsh Center, located in the lower level of Roberts Chapel, following the lecture. Books and t-shirts will be available for purchase during the book signing. 

Hendley’s lecture is presented as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lecture Series and a NetVUE Program Development Grant. 

The Lectureship, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, brings to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. NetVUE Program Development Grants are administered by The Council of Independent Colleges with generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Ben-Hur.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Gur_20170220-164457_1.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speakers Dr. Zipora “Tsipy” Gur and Avi Ben-Hur Monday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lectureship. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Ben-Hur’s topic will address the current challenges facing the new Trump administration in the Middle East.

He is the director of education and current scholar in residence for Classrooms Without Borders (CWB), a non-profit educational organization in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Ben-Hur is also on the faculty of the University of Haifa Tourism School, and is an examiner for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism Licensing Board.

Gur, who will share specific information about CWB and its mission, is the executive director and founder of CWB.

She has worked in the field of Jewish education for more than 35 years, creating cutting-edge programs in professional development and teacher training, supervising and mentoring teachers, teaching high school students and developing new programs to stimulate students in the classroom.

The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lectureship, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars often interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event culminates in a final public lecture.

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.b2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Jewish-Federation.jpg

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-9-Crosby-lecture_Gray.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speaker Dr. Harry Gray Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman professor of chemistry and the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Gray has published more than 850 research papers and 18 books related to chemical bonding, elements and the field of organic chemistry. 

“Dr. Gray is a renowned and well-respected chemist,” said Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry. “Having him visit campus and interact with our students is a fantastic opportunity. He is an engaging speaker, and I anticipate that those attending the Crosby Lecture will gain an understanding of the ways scientists are working to advance solar energy capture and conversion.”  

Gray’s lecture, “The 21st Century Solar Army,” will address the current trend of designing solar-driven molecular machines that could be used on a global scale to store solar energy. Since storing solar energy for use at night is a challenge in the industry, Gray will discuss what he and his fellow researchers have been doing to address the problem. 

Gray has made inspirational contributions to the understanding of chemical bonding of metal complexes, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, spectroscopy and magneto-chemistry of inorganic compounds. He received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for “pioneering work in bioinorganic chemistry, unraveling novel principles of structure and long-range electron transfer in proteins.” Gray is also the recipient of the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Regan in 1986.

The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lectures, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars often interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event culminates in a final public lecture.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-19-Anderson.jpgWaynesburg University will host Philip Anderson as the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series speaker Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in Alumni Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Anderson is a program director within the Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, where he is responsible for strategic direction and effective management of a number of programs within the department. 

Anderson’s lecture, “The Challenges of Developing and Teaching a Digital Forensics Curriculum,” will outline a number of learning and teaching methods and approaches that can be used to effectively teach a digital forensics degree curriculum. 

His address will highlight the challenges and potential solutions identified thus far by Northumbria University in their Computer and Digital Forensics degree course delivery. Anderson will also discuss industry and student views while examining potential career pathways for graduates. 

Anderson has more than 14 years of extensive teaching experience in higher education with more than nine years of subject expertise in developing and teaching digital and computer forensic modules. His main research interests are innovative learning and teaching and student assessments.

The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lectures, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event culminates in a final public lecture.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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