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b2ap3_thumbnail_LucasHathaway-1.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s chapel service Tuesday, April 4.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

Dr. Jenny Jellison, associate professor of psychology, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

A student nomination stated, “Her attention to student interests makes all the difference. If I am having a bad day, her class makes my day brighter.”

Another nomination noted that “quality teaching seems to come naturally to her – like breathing air.”

Jellison has been with the University since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College as well as a master’s degree in general experimental psychology and doctorate in psychology, both from the University of Toledo.

Edward Powers, professor of theatre, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

One nomination noted Powers’ dedication to the theatre program by sharing, “He regularly spends many 12-hour days, breaks and weekends on campus, leaving well after 11 p.m. to prep and plan productions.”

Another nomination stated, “He has dedicated his life to serving WU through his creative endeavors, teaching, service and faith. His passion for theatre helps students connect with the arts in the classroom. He puts his heart and soul into every production.”

Powers joined Waynesburg University in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theatre, history and English from Austin Peay State University, in addition to a Master of Fine Arts in theatre and communication arts from the University of Memphis.

Lurea Doody, who is a lecturer in chemistry, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“Dedicated to her work and no matter what you need, she is there for you,” a nomination stated.

Doody has been described as an “excellent mentor, educator and scientist” who has taught classes in biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and education at Waynesburg University as a full-time or part-time instructor since 1997.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in earth sciences from Waynesburg University, as well as a teaching certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. Doody is currently pursuing a doctorate in science education at Duquesne University.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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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As classes commenced last week at Waynesburg University, nine new faculty have joined the undergraduate and graduate teaching communities.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is excited to welcome the new faculty to Waynesburg University,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “Each brings valuable knowledge and skills in his or her field, and we look forward to working with them in support of the mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Dr. Xela Batchelder has been named assistant professor of arts administration and the chair of the Department of Fine Arts. She received her M.A. degree and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Robert Bonser will serve as an instructor of athletic training and assistant athletic trainer. He received his B.S. degree from Frostburg State University and his M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina.

Coleen Cardamone has joined the University as an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and her M.S. degree from Chatham University.

Jessica Floyd has been named an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Waynesburg University.

Dr. Imac Holmes will serve as assistant professor of counseling. She received her B.S. degree from Philadelphia College of Bible, her M.S. degree from Cairn University and her Ed.D. from Argosy University.

Kevin McClincy has joined the University as an instructor of criminal justice. He received his B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. McClincy joined the University faculty in the Spring 2015 semester.

Sheryl Ondrejko has been named an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and her M.A. degree from Benedictine University.

Sherry Parsons will serve as an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. and her M.S.N. degrees from Waynesburg University. Parsons joined the University faculty in the Spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Taunya Tinsley has joined the University as an associate professor of counseling and director of Graduate Programs in Counseling. She received her B.A. degree from Augsburg College, her M.A. degree from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

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As classes begin today, six new faculty members will join the Waynesburg University undergraduate teaching community.
 
“We are excited to welcome these new faculty members to our community of scholars,” said Dr. Robert Graham, Waynesburg University Provost. “Our students will benefit from their extensive experience and training.”
 
Dr. Michael (Mick) J. Bates was named Associate Professor of Business Administration at Waynesburg University. He received his B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, his M.B.A. from Regent University and his Doctor of Management from George Fox University. Dr. Bates will teach Principles of Management, Personnel/Human Resources Management and Leadership and Stewardship.
 
Andrew Heisey was named Assistant Professor of Art and will join the Fine Art Department at Waynesburg University. He received his B.A. from Messiah College, his M.A. from Bloomsburg University and his M.F.A. from The University of the Arts. He will teach Art to the Early Renaissance, Sculpture and Ceramics.
 
Faith Musko will serve as Instructor of Forensic Science at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S. from Waynesburg University and her M.S. from the University of Central Oklahoma. Musko will teach Practical Chemistry for Life, General Chemistry and Introduction to Forensic Science.
 
Dr. Richard Pierce was named Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. from Ohio University, his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He will teach College Composition I and Introduction to Creative Writing.
 
Dr. Wayne Rossiter will join Waynesburg University as Assistant Professor of Biology. He received his B.S. from Otterbein University, his M.S. from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Dr. Rossiter will teach Principles of Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology.
 
Dr. Karen Younger will serve as a Full-time Lecturer of History at Waynesburg University. She received her B.A. from Trinity International University, her M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Younger will teach United States History to 1865 and Sports in American History.
 
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Alejandro Pinzón, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University, will make his conducting debut in South America as a guest conductor in a concert presented by the Camerata Cattaruzzi Saturday, August 25, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
The concert, a part of the Law School of Buenos Aires University's Cycle of Great Concerts, will include “Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major” by W. A. Mozart, with Buenos Aires pianist Sabrina Blebel as the soloist; “Sarabande, Gigue and Badinerie” by Arcangelo Corelli; “Panamanian Dances” by William Grant Still; “Spanish Serenade” by Joaquín Malats; and “Caminante del Mayab” by Antonio Mediz Bolio and Guty Cárdenas.
 
“This is an opportunity for me to share music from different cultures with another part of the globe,” Pinzón said. 
 
Pinzón's activities as a conductor include frequent performances both in Mexico and in the United States. He is also the music director of the Morgantown Community Orchestra in Morgantown, W.Va. and a doctoral candidate in orchestra conducting at West Virginia University. Pinzon holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Relations from the Institute of Communication Studies of Yucatan in Merida, Mexico, and a Master Degree in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Texas at El Paso.
 
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RUST

The latest art installation of Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art at Waynesburg University, is displayed at 313 S. Broad Street in center city Philadelphia, in a lot owned by The University of the Arts. 

Heisey and Andrew Walker, a painter, photographer and teacher at Perelman Jewish Day School in Wynnewood, Pa., partnered to design the art installation, the Renewed Urban Studio Tent (RUST), which is constructed of recycled and abandoned materials and serves as a temporary artist studio. The structure of RUST was inspired by wigwams, which are domed dwellings used by certain Native American tribes.

“Our goal is to challenge the way buildings are made and to draw awareness to the need to revitalize the urban environment,” Heisey said. “So many places within the city are left rusting away and abandoned. These are places that breed crime and pollution. In the right hands, some of these places could be rebuilt into new and special places for art and/or cultural centers.” 

Throughout the month of August, artists are scheduled to work within RUST, making art dealing with ideas of urban renewal. The work of these artists and parts of RUST will be recycled into a show at the Mount Airy Art Garage in Philadelphia November 10.

Heisey has exhibited work throughout Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. His sculptures have been featured at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, on the cover of Messiah College Magazine, at Elizabethtown College art galleries, at Bloomsburg University's Haas Gallery, The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and several other galleries in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Heisey served as a high school art teacher at Harrisburg Christian School in Harrisburg, Pa., and adjunct professor of art at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from The University of the Arts, a Master of Arts from Bloomsburg University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Messiah College.

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