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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_STOVER-WEB-LOGO4.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will present the play “Checks and Balances: Factions, Federalists, and Freedom” Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Written by Stover Scholar Andrew J. Stanko, a junior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, “Checks and Balances” dramatizes the U.S. Constitution's ratification debates.

The production portrays the passions and conflicts between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists as they fiercely debated the merits of the new Constitution created by the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Faced with the formidable task of persuading the states to adopt the document, three Federalists, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, penned a series of 85 essays in defense of the Constitution. Collectively, they came to be called “The Federalist Papers.”

Drawing upon pivotal arguments from three of the most important essays, 10, 51 and 78, “Checks and Balances” engages the constitutional themes of the “extended republic,” the doctrine of “separation of powers” and the necessity of an independent judiciary. The play brings to life the political discourse of the Founding Era and the documents that define us as a nation.

“‘Checks and Balances’ dramatizes the basis for the critical constitutional themes which structurally secure our liberties as Americans,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. “The Stover Scholars not only capture the Constitution’s essence as a historical matter, they also show how important these principles are for Americans today.”

The production is directed by Addie Pazzynski, a senior biblical ministry studies major and English minor from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, with Elizabeth Trump, a freshman biology (pre-med) major from Fairchance, Pennsylvania, serving as assistant director. The performance is sponsored by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

The cast list includes:

  • Contestant F: Nika Anschuetz, a senior communication (electronic media) major from Harmony (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)
  • Dolly Madison: Ashley Beener, a junior sociology (political science) major from Rockwood (Rockwood Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Dolly’s Friend: Paige Carter, a junior sociology (pre-law) major from Coraopolis (Abundant Life Academy)
  • Judge Richards: Nicholas Cordova, a sophomore sociology (political science) major from Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman High School)
  • Phyllis: Christine Dawson, a freshman nursing major from Wexford (Pine-Richland High School)
  • James Madison: Parker Kantos, a senior sociology (pre-law) major from Waupaca, Wisconsin (Waupaca High School)
  • Studio Person B: John Kautz, a senior business management major from Marianna (Bethlehem Center High School)
  • Contestant E: Brendan Keany, a junior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from East Aurora, New York (East Aurora High School)
  • Charles: Matthew Kenney, a senior computer science major from Northumberland (Shikellamy High School)
  • Contestant B: Daniel Kephart, a freshman English literature major from Washington (Home School)
  • Studio Person A: Robert Leon, a sophomore finance major from Brookfield, Ohio (Brookfield Local Schools)
  • Contestant D: Tyler McCoy, a freshman history major from Jamestown, Ohio (Greeneview High School)
  • Judge Perry: Vincent Morrow, a sophomore biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Contestant A: Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a freshman sociology (political science) major from North Adams, Massachusetts (Berkshire Arts and Technology School)
  • Man at Food Stand: Ryan Schwertfeger, a junior communication (electronic media) major from Oakland, New Jersey (Indian Hills High School)
  • Contestant C: Joanna Scott, a junior nursing major from Greencastle (Greencastle-Antrim High School)
  • Studio Person C: Brandon VanTine, a junior sociology (political science) major from New Kensington (Valley High School)
  • Alexander Hamilton: John Wicker, a junior marketing major from Ambridge (Eden Christian Academy)

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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University is offering a free professional development opportunity entitled “Oral History and the Long Civil Rights Movement.” The course features methods and materials from the Library of Congress on the topic of Civil Rights in America and will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on six Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 29 and ending Nov. 3.

The course is targeted toward secondary social studies teachers and librarians. Educators are encouraged to use the course to explore the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement while acquiring strategies for supporting student inquiries with primary sources.

Participants can expect to explore Civil Rights-related oral histories and learn strategies for guiding students toward significant connections and understanding of Civil Rights through the years. Enrollees will also practice project development and implementation using primary sources to take students through the inquiry process and reflect on the impact of primary source instruction on student learning.

Participants can earn up to 24 CEU Hours with 10 more hours optional after the course. Enrollees who have not completed TPS Level I are asked to complete a 12-hour pre-requisite, TPS BASICS, before Sept. 3. More information and a login are provided upon registration for Oral History and the Long Civil Rights Movement.

Register online at https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=368156.

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of TPS at Waynesburg, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will display a Guest Art Exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Oct. 9. The Opening Reception for the exhibit, which will feature artist Andrew Walker’s work, will be Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

Walker seeks to address issues of illness in addition to the recovery and transformation of human beings and of the environment with his artwork.

Using a wide variety of mediums, Walker creates awareness of urban blight and environmental damage, but also provides insight into the potential for relief from these struggles. Walker attaches digital images of wounds and organs to wood and metal sculptures, and he also creates large-scale prints and installations. In addition, Walker’s art utilizes photography, painting and computer manipulation.

Walker’s own health problems, which include skin cancer and organ transplants, are the focus of several of his pieces. His artwork is intended to find great beauty in what is traditionally considered ugly and illustrate how art and science can improve humans’ lives. By including altered images of his own skin cancer and layering digital images together, Walker works to document the beauty and sickness of people and their environment.

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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University is gearing up for TPS Level I Online Institute, a free professional development opportunity featuring methods and materials from the Library of Congress.

The Institute will be held on four Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 through Oct. 8. Each session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All educators are encouraged to participate in the Institute, during which they will explore online resources by expanding their understanding of the Library of Congress and discovering effective strategies for teaching with primary sources.

Participants in the course can expect to receive an overview of the Library of Congress TPS Program and instructions on how to select and use primary sources from www.loc.gov. They will also learn how to align classroom activities with Common Core Standards and how to implement strategies and methods useful for teaching with primary sources, independent reading and reflection on classroom practices and synchronous project development and collaboration.

Participants have the opportunity to earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours. Spots may be reserved by registering at https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=371467.

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of TPS at Waynesburg University, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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