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A guest art exhibition featuring the work of artist Matthew Stemler will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Feb. 14. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. An opening reception will take place Monday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Stemler’s art joins kinetic maneuverability with an interest in forms derived from nature and its processes. Installations designed by Stemler use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces.

Stemler resides in Philadelphia, Pa., and serves as the Fine Arts Department coordinator and high school art teacher at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. He is also on the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team where he oversees the adjudication process and category revision.

Exhibitions of his work include Art in City Hall, James A. Michener Art Museum and Myrtle Gallery. Stemler’s installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery. His work can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.

Stemler earned an associate degree in commercial art from Antonelli Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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Waynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation will be held Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Dr. Morris Harper, executive vice president, chief medical officer and chairman of the advisory board for Correctional TeleCare Solutions (CTS) in Pittsburgh, Pa., will present the convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Harper, a frequent lecturer on HIV and AIDS, among other topics, directed the statewide expansion of telemedicine HIV/AIDS care throughout the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Prior to joining CTS, a telemedicine provider, Harper held several positions including Pennsylvania State Director of Telemedicine and Medical Director of State Correctional Institution – Greene in Greene County.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University, his medical degree from Harvard University Medical School and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at Columbia University Saint Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Harper is credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

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Junior public relations major Kyle Oland is taking his Waynesburg University education to the big leagues, literally. This summer, Oland will work with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park as a media relations intern.

 

Throughout his internship, Oland will compile media and press kits, write for MLB.com and the Pirates website and interview players and coaches.

 

“The opportunities I have been offered in my classes have helped me develop professionally,” Oland said. “My classes at Waynesburg gave me the skills to stand out as a young professional.”

 

As a freshman, Oland took advantage of Waynesburg's opportunities to grow academically and professionally by writing for The Yellow Jacket, the campus newspaper, as a freshman, where he now serves as Sports Editor and joining the campus public relations Chapter. It was this commitment and dedication to professional development that made him stand out from among the 133 other students who applied for the internship with the Pirates.

 

In addition to his active participation within the Department of Communication at the University, Oland also serves as a student assistant within the Waynesburg Sports Information Office; an experience he knows will aid him as he works with the MLB this summer. He continues to build his resume through networking– a strategy he calls invaluable.

 

“Networking is so important,” Oland said. “It's critical to keep in contact with everyone you meet, because they may be able help you in your career and offer opportunities for you to grow professionally and build your resume.”

 

During his time with the Pirates, Oland hopes to gain more experience in sports journalism and public relations, while also continuing to network within the field. During his internship, Oland says he will emulate the professionalism he has learned from his professors at Waynesburg.

 

“I feel that through my involvement within the Department of Communication at Waynesburg, and my outside experiences, I am setting myself up to stand out in life,” said Oland.


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The Waynesburg University men's and women's track & field teams put together two historic days at the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships, which were held Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at Washington & Jefferson's Cameron Stadium. The Yellow Jacket women won the first PAC team title in program history, while the men posted their highest finish in the team's existence by claiming second place.

 

The Jacket women featured six individual champions, including senior Carly Schubert, who not only won the shot put, but was also named 2013 PAC Field MVP after adding a silver medal in the discus. Sophomore Amanda Hobe (triple jump), senior Rhea Huwe (100 meters and long jump), senior Megan Fortna (3,000-meter steeplechase) and junior Megan Sowers (javelin) also won individual titles. Veteran head coach Jason Falvo also got in on the individual honors by earning his second career PAC Women's Coach of the Year award.

 

The Waynesburg men were led by sophomore Byrum Louco, who earned All-PAC laurels in four different events, including victories in the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay. For his efforts, Louco was named PAC Men's Track MVP and PAC Men's Track & Field MVP. Senior Tony Lamosek placed Waynesburg in the field events by winning the discus.

 

Both Waynesburg track teams continue their postseason at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, which run from May 15-18 at Springfield (Mass.) College.

 

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With an office overlooking the busy streets of Fifth Avenue in New York, N.Y., Rebecca (Lewis) Caruso, a 1979 alumna, has traveled a long way from her days as an English major at Waynesburg College. Her experience at Waynesburg has led to a highly successful public relations career and her position as the Executive Vice President for Corporate Communications at L'Oreal USA.

 

The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter invited Caruso to speak to students as part of the Chapter's third annual PR Week. Caruso happily accepted the invitation to speak about her career, her passion and her role as a vice president for a large company.

 

In her current role, Caruso oversees all external communications efforts, including media relations, government relations, sustainable development, philanthropy and crisis communications for L'Oreal USA. She also manages two L'Oreal programs that recognize women researchers in the field of science and advocate career opportunities in science to young women.

 

“Our programs recognize and help advance women and girls in science,” Caruso said. “As the mother of two daughters, I certainly appreciate the importance of the roles that women play in science but science is also a strong part of L'Oreal's DNA. We're all about science and over half of our scientists are women. We really walk the talk.”

 

After graduating from Waynesburg College with a bachelor's degree in English, Caruso went on to receive her graduate degree in corporate communications in 1984. Caruso started her first job as the assistant director of public relations for a Pittsburgh college. It was in this position that Caruso discovered her passion for working with the media.

 

This new found passion led Caruso to a variety of positions in the Mid-West. She worked for a number of companies in communication roles, including Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate; the world's largest public relations firm, Edelman; American Motors; Chrysler; and McDonald's. She moved back to the East Coast after joining Toys “R” Us as Vice President of Corporate Communications for six years where she built the company's first corporate communications department before ultimately accepting her current position with L'Oreal.

 

“One of the things I have liked best about my career is that I moved around a bit and have had lots of opportunities that were completely out of my comfort zone,” Caruso said. “It's been a wonderful experience.”

 

Looking back, Caruso acknowledges that her involvement and studies at Waynesburg helped prepare her to take the path to where she is today.

 

“I always think back fondly on my Waynesburg experience,” she said. “The education I received has served me well for as far as I've come.”


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