b2ap3_thumbnail_Cello_Fury_highres_live.jpgWaynesburg University will host Cello Fury and special guest Texture Contemporary Ballet as a part of the University’s Performing Arts Series Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID.

A chamber music group, Cello Fury’s original music combines the emotive and symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats to create a cinematic, progressive rock sound. Continually developing their own unique style of cello rock music, cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz and Nicole Myers along with drummer David Throckmorton unleash vitality and rhythmic drive in their music and dare to venture past classical expectations.

Cello Fury has performed on both radio and television, in rock clubs, concert halls and music festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW), performing for audiences as large as 67,000 and touring throughout 25 states and abroad.

In conjunction with the Sept. 18 concert, the Department of Fine Arts will host two residency opportunities in the Marsh Center. A master class will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a Fine Arts Collegium Workshop Thursday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Both will be held in the Marsh Center, have free admission and are open to the public.

For concert reservations, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/cello-fury.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Joy-Ike.jpgWaynesburg University will host Joy Ike, a Christian music performer, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

In her third full-length album, independent artist Joy Ike offers her most realized work yet. “All or Nothing” includes 10 songs about giving up everything you have in exchange for everything you need.

Ike’s music, voice and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played more than 600 shows and has had the opportunity to share the stage with many accomplished artists. Her songs have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Relevant Magazine’s The Drop. Her song, "Everything You Have," was recently featured on NPR's World Cafe during a segment on emerging artists.

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Three new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) program with the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new Graduate and Professional Studies faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “The strength of these programs rests on the quality of our faculty. Each of our new faculty members brings a commitment to the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving in addition to their strengths in educators.”

Lina Hixson will serve as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from LaRoche College and M.S.N. from Duquesne University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Devon Manderino has been named professor of counseling. She received her B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Kathy Palombo has joined the University as coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing Program and instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from California University of Pennsylvania and M.S.N. from Waynesburg University.

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Six new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University undergraduate teaching community as classes began this week.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new undergraduate faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “Each brings not only expertise in their respective disciplines, but a commitment to Christian higher education. We are excited for these new faculty members to join us in supporting the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Dr. Mark Ahlseen has been named associate professor of business administration. He received his B.S. degree from Taylor University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Bradley Davis has joined the University as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and is a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chad Keys will serve as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. Deana Mack has been named assistant professor of education. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University.

Laurel Miner has joined the University as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from Duquesne University and M.S.N. degree from Walden University.

Dr. J. Christian Ola will serve as assistant professor of business administration. He received his B.A. from Grove City College; his M.B.A. from Duquesne University and just recently his Ph.D. from Anderson University. 

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8-25-freshmen-service-project.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in a service project at Ryerson Station State Park Saturday, Aug. 23. CONSOL Energy sponsored the event, providing the necessary tools as well as long sleeved t-shirts for volunteers. Sherwin-Williams and the Salvation Army also provided tools and materials for the volunteers’ use.

The nearly 500 volunteers included upperclassmen Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders as well as University faculty and staff who served alongside the freshman class. The Bonner Scholars also honed their leadership skills by leading the freshmen groups.

Labeled with “Coming together to make a change,” the t-shirts donated by CONSOL illustrated the combined efforts of CONSOL, Waynesburg University and Ryerson Station State Park. The t-shirts were designed by Michelle Dunseath, a Waynesburg University digital design student from Donora, Pa.

Representatives from both CONSOL and Waynesburg are hopeful that this will be the first of many collaborative projects at Ryerson.

“We are proud to partner with two very important community organizations in Waynesburg for what we hope will become an annual event,” said Jessica Kearns, external relations specialist at CONSOL. “As a natural resource company, we recognize the importance of environmental management, and we practice responsible use of the land, water and air in our operational areas. This project provided us the opportunity to work together with local students to encourage civic engagement and community development.”

With the goal of raising the level of recreational experiences for people visiting Ryerson, volunteers served at various locations in the park on projects such as removing invasive plant species, staining benches and guardrails at the campground and removing litter along roads in the park.

Before heading to the park, CONSOL representatives and the president of the Waynesburg University Student Senate, Joshuah Dains of Clarksville, gave motivational talks on the importance of community engagement to the student audience.

The day ended with Park Ranger Alan Johnson thanking the students for doing a year’s worth of work in one day.

In alignment with the University’s mission of connecting faith, learning and serving, also often referred to as connecting the heart, head and hands, the first two days of Freshmen Orientation Weekend were devoted to faith and learning, with the third focusing on service through the project at Ryerson.

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