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Ronda DePriest, associate professor of Instrumental Music and director of the Music Program, was Fellow Conductor for the UNC Symphonic Band at the Northern Colorado Symposium, held in January 2015. 

Dr. Cory Goehring, facilitator of the Composition program, attended the annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, in Tampa, Florida, March 18-21, 2015.  

Andy Heisey, assistant professor of art, was a judge for the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition at California University on Jan. 17, 2015. Heisey was guest artist at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Leadership Conference in November 2014. Andy made a clay mural throughout the three day conference and participated in two large group sessions of 700 high school students.

Heisey built the "Can-Dee Cane" sculpture and won "The People's Choice" award and "the Structural Integrity” award at CanStruction 2014 held in Waynesburg on Dec. 5, 2014. Heisey was “Artist in Residence” at Perelman Jewish Day School in Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2014.

Philip Hurd, a senior music ministry major, and Allyson Georgian, a junior forensic accounting major, were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. The 68th annual festival was held Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Bloomsburg University. 

Waynesburg University hosted a Senior Art Exhibition for Jason Propst Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 10, 2015. An opening reception took place Monday, March 23, 2015. 

Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts held a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit displayed the artwork of senior art major Laura Shawver. An opening reception was held Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.


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Waynesburg University will present “Relationships: An Evening of Short Plays about Love and Romance,” Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

“The GPAC will be alive with humorous and touching plays about falling in love, proposing marriage, finding new relationships and the pitfalls that come with these scenarios,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the short plays. The production will include two shows, “The Kentucky Marriage Proposal” by Alice H. Houstle and “The Dancers” by Horton Foote, in addition to several two- and three- person scenes. 

The selected stories will feature a honeymooning couple experiencing their first fight, a farmer’s marriage proposal to his neighbor’s daughter, two college graduates wondering if marriage is right for them, a lonely man’s attempts to rekindle a past relationship and two teenagers’ discovery of the overall unimportance of popularity.   

“We're excited to have familiar faces from the community returning to our stage, but equally as excited about so many area high school students who are new to our Waynesburg University theater program.”

Tickets will be available at the door.  For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

The cast includes:

  • Tome J. Custer
  • Michael Winland
  • Ian M. Bish
  • Ellen M. Weekly
  • Laura Gonnella
  • Jeromy Mackey
  • Morgan N. Seely
  •  Jordan Thompson
  • Caleb Jackson
  • Claire V. Needes
  • Cole Leathers
  • Sarah Snee
  • Sydney Shultz
  • Bradley Gillespie

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WAYNESBURG, PA—Waynesburg University will hold auditions for its summer theatre production in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days. 

Auditions are open to the public, and no previous experience is needed. Individuals interested in helping with the technical aspects of the production are also encouraged to attend.

Performance dates are Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1.

“We will be presenting some short, humorous plays centering on the foibles of dating and marriage,” said Edward Powers, director of the theatre program and professor of theatre at Waynesburg University. “The evening of plays will be called ‘Relationships.’ By presenting an evening of shorter plays, the audience can see a variety of stories, as well as a number of people on stage from the community.” 

“Shorter plays will allow for a shorter rehearsal time,” he said. 

Powers hopes to have a number of high school students involved both on stage and back stage. 

“The majority of our summer shows have included community adults and some grade school students,” he said. “This summer I hope to include more from our local schools.”

For years, Waynesburg University has presented a summer theatre show for the community. Past summer productions include “The Sound of Music,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Harvey” and “Cotton Patch Gospel,” as well as last summer's “The Mousetrap.” 

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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The Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Symphonic Band at Waynesburg University will host the annual Spring Concert Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Enjoy the rich history of music and performing arts in American culture as Waynesburg University students perform a variety of melodies. b2ap3_thumbnail_Wu-Admissions.png  The Lamplighters will perform musical selections from Waynesburg University student-choir as well as vocal solo and small ensemble contributions. The Symphonic Band will perform instrumental solo and small ensemble contributions, with a focus on inspiring and informing audiences about American history.

Some of the musical pieces that will be performed at the concert include “Battle Hymn Chorale,” “God’s Country,” “American Civil War Fantasy” and “Valor.” The finale will be a joint performance with the Lamplighters and Symphonic Band performing “America the Beautiful.”

“Seeing your peers involved in skilled areas of music-making has to be uplifting,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music at Waynesburg University and director of the Waynesburg University Music Program. “We hope to instill a sense of pride and community in the talents possessed by the student musicians at Waynesburg University.”

After the concert, guests are invited to visit with students and faculty at the reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information on these events, contact DePriest at or 724-852-3420.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled1GPAC.jpgWaynesburg University will host an evening of one-act plays Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The one-act plays bring student work to life as students perform their scripts written from a recent playwriting course. Original one-act plays are showcased and presented in a workshop format. 

Under the supervision of Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, this special night of theater allows audiences to experience another side of the Theater Program and to support the efforts of student actors, student directors and especially, student writers.

“One-act plays are valuable in that they provide students an opportunity to direct their peers,” said Powers. “For students acting in the performances, one-act plays afford them the opportunity to work with different directors. Projects such as these continue to build leadership and teamwork skills.”

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226. 

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