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b2ap3_thumbnail_bob-randolph.jpgThe Department of English at Waynesburg University will host “Pass the Biscuits” at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., to raise money for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg. 

"Pass the Biscuits" is a response by Dr. Bob Randolph, writer in residence at Waynesburg University, and the Department of English at Waynesburg University to the Day of Service planned in honor of Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and his upcoming inauguration.

The event, held a few days before the Day of Service, will showcase the strengths of the Department of English as faculty members will read poetry and essays.  Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission at Waynesburg University, will pray at the event and students will perform music.

Attendance is encouraged for students, faculty, staff and members of the Waynesburg community. Admission is free and a collection will be taken to support the Corner Cupboard’s work.  The Waynesburg Giant Eagle will match the amount raised at the benefit up to $500.

"It is wonderful to me that people are willing to share their strengths, in this case writing, music and prayer, to come together and help others who need it,” Randolph said. “That's a joyful thing; it has been, and still remains, the spirit of Waynesburg University.  It should be a great night."

The First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg is located in walking distance of campus at 169 W. College St., Waynesburg, Pa.

For more information, contact Dr. Bob Randolph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 724-852-3473.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_randolph_amy_cover-2_1-1-2_20140130-200504_1.jpgDr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize.

Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments. Many of the segments in her poem deal with experiences such as loss, self-doubt and spiritual doubt, while other segments are firmly rooted in images of hope and spiritual endurance.

“The ineffable, ethereal quality these poems contain gives them so much mystery that I can't even describe it,” said Sherry Beasely, owner of ABR Press. “I read the poems so much in an effort to see if there was some concrete thing, and, not really finding one, liked the manuscript all the more for it. These poems are deep and pure and they seem to truly come from Amy’s soul. We received a lot of good work, but Amy’s manuscript trumped all the rest.”

Kristine Schiffbauer, instructor of visual communication at Waynesburg University, designed the chapbook cover using a photograph taken by Dr. Robert Randolph, writer-in-residence at the University and Randolph’s husband, while the Randolphs lived in Texas.

"I feel blessed and honored that my manuscript was chosen,” said Randolph. “As a poet, I consider this a strong affirmation not only of my own writing but of the value of all poetry in a culture (our culture, specifically) in which the genre often seems not to play a significant role in people’s lives. This is why I'm so grateful for Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and the work they do – clearly not for profit, but out of a genuine love of poetry and a commitment to producing beautiful books."

Randolph holds a Ph.D. from Binghampton University as well as a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from Texas State University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_McEntyre.jpgWaynesburg University’s b.f. maiz Lecture will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall and will feature Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a poet and strong advocate of the well-being of language. She has a profound interest in the relationship between words and painting and is a spokesperson for the idea of medicine and poetry.

McEntyre teaches at the University of California Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco Joint Medical Program. She has won numerous teaching awards, including an Outstanding Teaching Award from Princeton University, a Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California Outstanding Teaching Award and a Whiting Fellowship.

She has published numerous chapters in books and is contributing editor of Literature and Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Princeton University, a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Pamona College.

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_Monogram Small.jpgThe Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University held a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The event featured Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

In 2013, two distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, accepted the literary works of Waynesburg University writer-in-residence Dr. Robert Randolph. Randolph’s poem “All are Lamps” was published in The Hollins Critic, one of America’s leading literary journals. Consequence Magazine will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue. 

Dr. Cory Goehring was named Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.S. from Washington and Jefferson College; an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis recently announced that Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University secondary English education alumnus, is one of the 12 finalists for Pennsylvania's 2013 “Teacher of the Year.”

“These finalists for Teacher of the Year, and many of the professionals in our schools, are dedicated to improving the learning environment for every student and inspiring students to reach for excellence,” Tomalis said. “Teachers play a crucial role in the lives of their students and, as such, they have the responsibility of preparing students for a successful future, both academically and personally.”

The finalists must also be prepared to effectively carry out the duties of the state's Teacher of the Year, which includes being the Pennsylvania's nominee for National Teacher of the Year.

“I truly believe that many of our nation's most passionate and innovative educators are working in Pennsylvania schools,” Tomalis said. “The teachers who have been chosen as finalists for Teacher of the Year are proof of that.”

Devlin is the youngest educator to have been nominated for this award, which comes as no surprise considering the fact that Devlin has known since the age of 8 what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

“I spent a lot of my childhood and adolescent years daydreaming about the type of teacher I wanted to become,” he said. “Teaching seemed like the perfect outlet for my creativity, and I wanted to do something that would enable me to make a difference in the world.”

After graduating from Waynesburg, Devlin was hired as an English teacher at Brockway Area High School in his hometown of Brockway, Pa. Devlin teaches British Literature, Creative Writing, Digital Media and Computer Science. He also serves as the advisor to the senior high gifted program.

In 2009, Devlin completed his master's degree in Education at California University of Pennsylvania. The following year he was hired as the chair of the English Department at Brockway Area School District. On top of teaching and coaching cross country (a program he created at Brockway in 2008), he now oversees the curriculum, plans professional development and analyzes student data for the English Department.

He also plays an active role in introducing new technology to both students and staff at Brockway. Devlin strives to develop 21st century learning skills through creating a classroom environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, communication, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. As a result, Devlin received the 2009 and 2012 Pennsylvania State Education Association's Innovative Teaching Grant.

The 12 finalists for Pennsylvania's 2013 “Teacher of the Year” were nominated by students, parents, their colleagues and members of their community who wished to recognize their achievements in and outside the classroom. The winner will be announced in December.


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