b2ap3_thumbnail_6-17-community-bank-pledge_20150617-152722_1.jpgWaynesburg University has received a pledge from Community Bank toward the renovation of the University’s Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. 

“We are grateful for the generous support from Community Bank,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This gift will certainly help us to provide a quality science facility for both the community and the region."

The $23 million renovation of Stewart Science Hall is the University’s largest renovation project in its history and will provide students with new laboratories and classrooms. The extensive six-year renovation project began in 2012 and is currently in its fourth phase. Phase four involves the full demolition and renovation of the third floor, which will house the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.  

Located near the center of downtown Waynesburg, Stewart Science Hall is an integral part of the continued development of the Borough of Waynesburg. The building’s location improves the mixed-use nature of the commercial district and provides a steady source of economic activity.

Stewart Science Hall also makes possible community outreach activities such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. 

Over the past 50 years, the number of students attending class in Stewart Science Hall has nearly tripled. Similarly, the number of academic programs offered within the building has grown to include more than 15 areas of study. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-10-bush.jpgDr. James Bush, professor of mathematics at Waynesburg University, is serving as an educational consultant and assisting in the efforts of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), whose goal is "transforming education, [and] changing the lives of tens of thousands of students in the process."

NMSI, a Dallas-based nonprofit that has been working to improve access to and quality of performance on the Advanced Placement examinations in a growing number of schools across the country, is committed to making a difference by "improving how STEM subjects are taught, fostering student interest in math and science and building a college-ready culture." 

In 2013, The Heinz Endowment joined NMSI and provided a three-year, $930,637 grant to Pittsburgh Brashear High School and Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy (Sci-Tech), expecting an increase of 292 percent over the life of the grant on qualifying scores for the two schools in AP mathematics, science and English.

Proving its worth, the grant has led both schools to tremendous success, scoring among the top schools in the state and holding the largest percentages of improvement as a result of the grant and the extra help afforded by NMSI.

According to a September 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, at Brashear, the number of AP exams in mathematics, science and English earning a qualifying score doubled, from 33 in 2013 to 66 in 2014. At Sci-Tech, the number earning qualifying scores on the same tests tripled, from nine in 2013 to 32 in 2014.

The outcome is a result of the grant money that is used to provide extra help from the National Math and Science Initiative utilizing the expertise and passion of consultants like Dr. Bush. Specifically, Bush conducted several six-hour Saturday sessions throughout the school year during which he reviewed advanced statistical concepts and test-taking strategies with student participants. In addition, Bush will also lead a NMSI Summer Institute for AP Statistics teachers in August. During the week-long workshop, Bush will cover the entire AP curriculum.   

"My goal is to first review the course content for the AP Statistics Curriculum, and second to work with the teachers in developing fun and innovative ways to enhance students' understanding of statistics," he said.

NMSI has trained more than 50,000 teachers, and has a goal to produce another 25,000 new math and science teachers by 2025, equipping teachers with the best tools and techniques to inspire and engage students in math and science instruction. Bush is excited to be a part of this mission.

"Statistics is a very difficult course to teach. Few teachers have had formal training in statistics beyond one or two college courses," he said. "Also, statistics educators are often isolated, being the sole teacher of the subject in their school or district. I am honored to have the opportunity to share my love and passion for statistics with a new generation of teachers and to facilitate the exchange of ideas."

In addition to his work with the Initiative, Bush recently presented a breakout session titled “Motivating Topics in Statistics” using film and television clips at the United States Council on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) at Penn State in May. 

From June 11-17, Bush will assist in the annual AP Statistics Reading which includes more than 800 statistics teachers (high school and college) from across the country. These educators will work together to score approximately 209,000 AP Statistics examinations, each with six open-ended questions. Bush will help to score the international exams, exams given to students in American schools in different countries.

For more information, visit www.nms.org.

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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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Waynesburg University will offer two camps for Boy Scouts this summer, Life to Eagle Camp and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Scouts Camp. Both camps will offer scouts the opportunity to earn specialized merit badges taught by Waynesburg University professors.

Life to Eagle and STEM for Scouts camps will offer small camp classes with individualized instruction. Waynesburg University professors who are experienced in their badge topic and are registered with the Laurel Highlands Council as Merit Badge Counselors will teach all of the badge sessions.

Registration for both camps is limited to the first 36 scouts. Scouts can provide a roommate preference to room with a friend when registering. 

Life to Eagle Camp

Waynesburg University will host Life to Eagle Camp Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19. The Life to Eagle Camp will offer Scouts with Life or Star Rank the opportunity to earn up to three merit badges in one weekend.

Available badges include citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communications, emergency prep, environmental science, family life, first aid, personal fitness and sustainability. All of the badges offered are required for obtaining Eagle Rank.

Assistance with Eagle Project planning and portfolios will also be provided, and Scouts will be offered the opportunity to work on their Eagle Project portfolio in Waynesburg University’s state-of-the-art Mac lab in lieu of a third merit badge.

The total cost for the camp is $200, and includes badge instruction, meals and lodging. 

To register, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/lifetoeaglecamp.

STEM for Scouts Camp

Waynesburg University’s STEM for Scouts Camp will be held Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24. Boy Scouts entering sixth grade through current high school seniors are invited to attend.

Scouts will have the opportunity to earn up to five science, technology, engineering and math related merit badges. Waynesburg University will offer 15 different badges including astronomy, aviation, bird study, chemistry, digital technology, environmental science, electronics, engineering, geocaching, photography and oceanography, among others. Scouts may choose their five badges when registering.

The total cost for the camp is $350, which includes lodging in air-conditioned dorms, three meals a day in the dining facilities of the University, five merit badges, a t-shirt, a patch and all activities. 

Activities include evening campfires and fun, hands-on STEM activities. Scouts will work on Boy Scouts of America (BSA) NOVA science awards during camp. The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with fun activities and exposure to STEM-related fields.

To register, visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/STEMcamp.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, contact scouting@waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University will host summer Visitation Days for transfer students, high school students and their families Friday, June 26, and Friday, July 17.

“It is an important step for prospective candidates for admission and their families to visit on these summer visitation days to learn about our mission and commitment to academic excellence and outcomes,” said Jessica Sumpter, director of admissions at Waynesburg University. “Through these events, visiting families will discover the value of the Waynesburg University experience.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in Roberts Chapel both days. After check-in, students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff in their elected majors, learn about admissions and financial aid, take a tour of the campus and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

The purpose of Visitation Days is to provide prospective students and their families with the opportunity to experience Waynesburg University. For many students, this is their first visit to campus, so it is important that they get a chance to tour it, meet with professors and learn more about the admissions and financial aid processes. 

Approximately 1,400 students are currently enrolled in Waynesburg University’s undergraduate programs. More than 70 academic concentrations are offered at the University, which maintains its status as one of the least expensive private institutions in Pennsylvania.

For more information or to register for a summer Visitation Day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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