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Directed by Edward Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Theater Program will host an evening of one-act plays, Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The three one-act plays bring student work to life as students perform their scripts written from a recent playwriting course. Original one-act plays are showcased and presented in a workshop format.

“Each of these stories offers an opportunity for actor and director to build a character and a situation from the ground up,” said Powers. “The playwright has given them the words, and now the other theater artists are striving to bring these words to life.”

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226.

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A student art exhibition will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Tuesday, April 22, through Friday, May 2.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an opening reception Tuesday, April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The student art exhibition will showcase the best student work of the fall semester.

The exhibit will showcase a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures and a variety of two- and three-dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

For more information, call 724-852-3247.

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Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its second Chamber Works concert of the semester, Thursday, April 17. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, the Brass Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra, the Jazz Ensembles, the Vocal and Instrumental Combos, the Percussion Ensemble, the Pipe and Drum Band and the Woodwind Ensemble. These ensembles are largely student driven and receive weekly coaching by applied music faculty members.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420. 

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing, SNAP and the Joining Forces Initiative recently hosted a discussion on the importance of routine patient screening for military service. Gigi McNaught, MSN, RN, served as the key speaker.

With 18 years of nursing experience including staff nursing in trauma, surgical and dialysis units, and case management at UPMC, West Penn Allegheny Health System and the VA Health System, McNaught provided great insight into the debated topic of screening for military service.

“The speaker [McNaught] really opened my eyes to the lifelong ‘disabilities’ those who served us live with,” said Linsey Zupancic, a senior nursing major. “She made a point to focus on how we need to be aware that they may not open up to us as nurses and we just need to do our best to assess for any signs or symptoms of an underlying cause.”

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 22 million American military veterans. Due to such numbers, the matter of screening for military service has become predominantly relevant in the health sciences field today. Military veterans and their families are a population with many unique needs including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic amputation and health concerns due to chemical exposure in combat.

Zupancic, Lindsay Morris and other senior nursing students participating in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health (NUR 419) course offered at Waynesburg were in charge of organizing the event along with Melany Chrash, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of NUR 419. This served as part of the nursing department’s commitment to the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative.

“As a nursing student, this event was very important because it helped us recognize the needs of veterans, and how to provide them with better care and connect them with resources and support outside of the hospital that can make a very positive change in their lives,” said Morris. “I was honored to have the opportunity to work with the Joint Forces Initiative and the faculty in the nursing department to plan this event.”

The Joining Forces Initiative program is led by the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing, in coordination with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. Through this program, nursing organizations and schools have committed to educating current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for veterans impacted by PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression and other combat-related issues.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 23 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR7922.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the Inauguration of its fifteenth president, Douglas G. Lee, with a multi-day event centering around a formal installation service March 25.

An occasion that is both rare and symbolic in the history of Waynesburg University, the event’s theme of “Celebrating our Heritage” put emphasis on honoring the University’s longstanding traditions of faith, servant leadership and academic excellence as well as distinguished alumni from the 1800s and early 1900s. The day also marked the University’s 165th year and the 164th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Delegates from institutions of higher education and learned societies from across the country joined the University faculty, trustees and principle administrative officers in procession at the academic ceremony in a packed Roberts Chapel.

Lee’s inaugural address focused on the University’s founding principles as well as its current state.

“With our feet planted firmly on our foundation and our eyes and minds to the future, we will combine the best of the past with the best of the present to produce leaders and scholars for tomorrow,” he said.

Lee discussed the virtues of a liberal arts, globally conscious and Christ-driven education for Waynesburg University students. He thanked Waynesburg’s faculty and staff for their commitment to shaping young minds and preparing students for “lives of purpose for the glory of God.”

Heavily referencing the University’s mission, which dates back to 1849, Lee showed gratitude and humility for the leaders who came before him.

“Fueled by the prayers and work of the generations before us, we are not afraid of the future because we have been strengthened by the past,” he said. “We have survived wars, depressions and lean, hard years, and through this process have grown stronger than ever with a resolution and commitment to faith and learning exemplified by the words carved in stone on our library and cast in bronze plaques on our buildings.”

He also challenged his colleagues, friends and guests to join him on a journey of continued faith and courage and to remain confident in the University’s students.

b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR7904.jpg“While the issues they [our students] face are large, we will not let them lose confidence because we will not lose confidence in them.” Lee said. “We must be the great encouragers.”

Echoing sentiments from the various speakers throughout the service, Lee spoke about the quality of student that Waynesburg University readies for the world.

He asserted his confidence that the University’s students, faculty, staff and alumni make an impact in the lives of others through service, describing one of the aims of a Waynesburg University education as “developing students with the personal integrity that comes when the connections between faith, learning and serving are so many and so intertwined that a life's purpose is not mere existence but transformational.”

Mark Fox, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, conducted the investiture of Lee prior to the President’s inaugural address. Fox praised Lee’s reverence for the University’s heritage and his commitment to the success of the students, stating that Lee’s attention to the past is evident in his vision for the future. 

“Widely respected for his creative pattern of intellectual leadership, he has embraced the challenges of today’s changing world, serving as a pillar of sound judgment while further advancing the University’s vital role as a leader in Christian higher education.”

Fox described Lee as “a man of great faith who embodies the very characteristics the University strives to instill within its students,” and noted that Lee is a servant leader who leads by putting others first.

“President Lee, the board of trustees has chosen you as president of Waynesburg University,” Fox said. “Yours will be the great privilege and responsibility of leading the University as it continues in its mission of inspiring and challenging students to lives of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.”

He also urged Lee to “draw inspiration from the students who aspire to become world changers; from the alumni who serve as examples of success; and from the faculty and staff who nurture and challenge the spirit of their students while remaining accomplished scholars and discoverers in their own right.”

Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen presented the University’s great Chain of Office to Lee, which is the symbol of the high office Lee now holds.

Following the investiture, Dr. Carolyn Thyreen presented a Bible that belonged to Margaret Bell Miller, the wife of Waynesburg University’s third president, A.B. Miller, to President Lee’s wife, Kathryn Lee.

“Today, Mrs. Miller’s Bible is passed down through the first ladies of the institution, a tangible symbol of Mrs. Miller’s steadfast devotion to faith, a reminder of our heritage and an inspiration to the individuals who lead Waynesburg University today,” Fox said.

Before the investiture, greetings were delivered from the United States House of Representatives on behalf of U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy by his deputy chief of staff Lou Lazzaro; the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Tim Solobay; and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Representative Pam Snyder.

Greetings were also delivered on behalf of the faculty by the University’s most senior professor, Dr. Charles A. Beiter, professor of English; from the staff by Norma Harper, the University’s longest serving employee; from the alumni by Jack Hinds, class of 1975; and from the student body by Daniel Czajkowski, Student Senate president.

Prior to the ceremony, Lee delivered remarks to University students in the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, where they viewed the event via a live feed.

b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR8233.jpgSurrounding the Inauguration, the University hosted a historic, multi-day event that kicked off Saturday, March 22, with a Day of Service. Locally, approximately 250 volunteers contributed service hours at community organizations including the Greene County United Way, the Humane Society, the Red Cross SAFE Program, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home and many more. Alumni with graduation years as early as 1955 and as recent as 2013 also served in their own communities, spanning from North Dakota to New Hampshire to Moldova.

The Tuesday events concluded with a concert for the University community, “An Evening with Michael W. Smith,” in Roberts Chapel. Smith is a Grammy-winning Christian singer.

A Worship Service led by the Rev. Dr. Stuart D. Broberg, a member of the Board of Trustees and pastor of the Church of the Covenant, was held Monday, March 24.

Lee was elected President of Waynesburg University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013.

Prior to joining Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC where he was a practice group leader in the Labor and Employment Department of the firm. He was active at Waynesburg University, being instrumental in the formation of the University’s Alumni Council and serving as the first President. He later served as a member of the Board of Trustees in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Academic Matters Committee and as Board Secretary.

He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, having spoken and written extensively on Workers Compensation and Labor and employment law topics.

Lee is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia. He is an Eagle Scout and has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association Board of Directors, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia, and the Howe Cemetery Board. He was a volunteer fireman for more than 13 years.

Lee holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Waynesburg University.  

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