Posted by on in News

The Music Program at Waynesburg University will be hosting their annual TUBACHRISTMAS celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The free concert will take place in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus. Doors open at 7:05 p.m.

Registration is open to euphonium and tuba players of all ages and will begin at 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. The cost is $10 to register. Rehearsal will take place beforehand at 6 p.m.

This year, TUBACHRISTMAS celebrates its 44th anniversary. The world-wide event was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell. Bell was born on Christmas in 1902.

Ironically, much of the music performed at these events was composed by American composer Alec Wilder who passed away on Christmas Eve in 1980.

The first TUBACHRISTMAS concert was held in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Dec. 22, 1974.

For more information, contact Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, at 724-852-3420 or rdepriest@waynesburg.edu.

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 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

# # #

Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

Hits: 39

Posted by on in News

b2ap3_thumbnail_11-21-Prokopchuk.jpgJena Prokopchuck has joined Waynesburg University as director of Development, the University announced Tuesday.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Jena to our team,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations Stacey Brodak. “Her stellar experience in program development will be valuable as we look forward to further enhancing our reputation through building new partnerships.”

Prokopchuk brings a combined 26 years of experience in annual, major and planned gift strategies to meet both capital and long-term organizational and development goals.

“I’m happy to join such a talented team of professionals,” said Prokopchuk. “I’m looking forward to contributing to the development efforts and building upon the strong tradition of faith-based, service-oriented education that Waynesburg University offers.”

Since 2009, Prokopchuk has served as the director of the Rosenbaum Family House (RFH) and Volunteer Services for WVU Medicine. She directed a full range of services associated with operating the 40-unit residential facility which serves the families of patients and outpatients receiving care at WVU Medicine.

As director of Volunteer Services, she directed the hospital’s volunteer program and Friends Auxiliary Gift Shop.

Prokopchuk is active in the Morgantown community as a member of the Rotary Club of Morgantown, an officer for the Monongalia County Child Advocacy and board member of Empty Bowls, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to Monongalia County agencies who support individuals and families threatened by food insecurity.

Previously, she served as the executive director of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.

Prokopchuk holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, specializing in public relations, with a minor in business administration from West Virginia University.

She resides in Morgantown, West Virginia, with her family.

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 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

# # #

Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

Tagged in: staff news
Hits: 138

Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will showcase a collection of student artwork Monday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Dec. 8. The art show will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery and opens with a reception on Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The goal of this exhibit is to show the best work made within each art class [from the semester],” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art and chair of the Fine Arts Department. “It is always exciting to see these students discover a hidden talent that they did not know they possessed.”

The art show will include the following types of work: drawings, functional ceramic pieces, jewelry, prints and sculptures, among other types of art.

“When students make artwork in the classroom, they are used to seeing art in the process,” said Heisey. “When their work hangs in the gallery, it changes. What looked like an ordinary drawing, sculpture or painting now appears to be a masterpiece.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247.

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 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

# # #

Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

Hits: 46

Posted by on in News

Waynesburg University’s Department of Education, in conjunction with Scholastic Education and Laurel Highlands School District, recently hosted an Early Literary Summit for pre-K and kindergarten teachers, administrators, directors and Waynesburg education students.

“We are always looking for various partnerships with school districts so students can learn about current practices in the field,” said Yvonne Beverina Weaver, instructor of education and chair of the Education Department. “Our students had the opportunity to hear how teachers implement whole-group independent reading strategies, small group instruction and the use of learning centers. They also learned about the importance of family and community engagement.”

The event featured three speakers: Jenni Brasington, senior director of Consultative Services for Scholastic Education and a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement, Kerry Walters, national training and development specialist for Scholastic Education and Cathy Yount, director of early learning at Scholastic Education.

Participants earned professional development credit through The Intermediate Unit 1, and Waynesburg education students were provided an opportunity to engage with active professionals in the field, in addition to the experts from Scholastic Education.

Brasington has more than 25 years of experience working with pre-K through 12th-grade schools as an administrator, early childhood coordinator and school counselor. Most recently, she served as the director of Family and Community Engagement for Acelero Learning.

She is the author of “Family Friendly Walk-Through” and the co-author of the “Family Engagement Assessment,” a tool that measures a school’s capacity for developing effective partnerships with families.

Brasington holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school counseling.

Walters has teaching experience at the pre-K and elementary school level, and has served as an educational consultant leading professional development sessions and curriculum training for teachers throughout the country.

Walters holds a degree in elementary education from York College.

Yount served 22 years as a public and private school teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. She taught language arts and reading from pre-K through 11th-grade, in addition to serving as an instructional coach and new teacher trainer for the sixth largest school district in the county.

She has authored early literacy curriculum and served on numerous state education committees building early learning standards and guiding state adoption processes.

Yount holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

For more information about Waynesburg’s Education Department, visit waynesburg.edu/education.

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.

# # #

Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

Hits: 81

b2ap3_thumbnail_11-8-nur-cj.jpgWaynesburg University nursing, criminal justice and communication students gained hands-on experience during a Mock Emergency Training Exercise Tuesday, Nov. 7.

While nursing students responded to a mock incident in the University’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, communication students were tasked with attending a mock press conference and covering the event. Criminal justice students served as actors during the incident. All students had the opportunity to learn alongside professionals who have chosen a life of service in public safety.

“This critical incident training for the nursing program also provided a multitude of other educational benefits to our criminal justice students and communication students, as well as collaborative first responder training opportunity for our local police department and the University's Public Safety Department,” said Jim Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and Waynesburg University’s director of security operations and emergency management.

Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the University’s Department of Public Safety, conducted the multi-disciplinary training exercise in the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. The simulation was designed for senior nursing students in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health course. 

Organized by Tanda, Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing, and Eve Weaver, instructor of nursing, this academic training exercise was designed primarily to provide nursing students with a highly participative, experiential learning opportunity. 

“Health care providers need to be prepared and are often targets of various forms of violence,” said Stolfer. “The simulation event was designed to better prepare our nursing students for such an event through an inter-professional collaborative approach.”

Previously, the University held a similar learning drill in April 2015 in Buhl Hall, in coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement.

# # #

Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

Hits: 480