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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-24-Colleen-Nelson.jpgThe Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host a visiting artist exhibit from Monday, January 29, until Friday, February 23. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The visiting artist will be Colleen Nelson, a local freelance reporter. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, most people don’t know that Nelson is also a strong prolific artist in the community. Her work, which Heisey described as “almost Post-Impressionist style,” will stretch all the way from the 1980s to the present.

“In her written work, she frequently documents our community, and her artwork is no different,” said Heisey. “She has been creating images of historic Waynesburg for years.”

Heisey hopes students learn from Nelson’s unique style, as well as her resiliency in pursuing her artwork.

“One thing I hope people will glean from Ms. Nelson’s work is that you can always fulfill your dreams,” he said. “Never let someone tell you that you cannot do what you love. Even though Colleen makes her living writing for the papers, she still can follow her passions in the visual arts.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aerial-Stills-20.jpgWaynesburg University has received a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the amount of $850,000 toward two-year support of the University’s community development efforts.

“This funding will result in projects within the University that will have a direct impact on the continued development of the local community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Investments in the University’s service learning and graduate programs will enable us to achieve the positive, community-focused outcomes proposed in the grant.”

Through the grant, the University aims to increase its regional outreach by implementing a comprehensive, strategic plan that utilizes both its undergraduate and graduate programs in distinct yet complimentary ways.

This approach will include enhancements to Waynesburg University’s service learning offerings and the expansion of specific graduate programs.

Currently, University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours of service to the local community each year. This provides an annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million. By strategically coordinating volunteer service programs with government, business and community leaders, the University will be able to expand the size and scope of community involvement with increased, longer-lasting impact.

Additionally, through key input from regional employers and community leaders, the University plans to tailor its graduate programs’ curriculums to closely match current and future workforce needs, better serving the region.

For 70 years, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the competitive future and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania and in the protection, preservation, and restoration of America’s environmental heritage.

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The American Chemical Society student chapter was recognized in a chemistry publication for performing 104 annual events. The recognition lists Waynesburg’s ACS chapter in the top five most active chapters in the country.

Brad Davis (Chemistry) was recently selected to serve as the Pittsburgh ACS Section Chair-elect for 2018.

The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted homeschool labs on Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. They also hosted a Mock Crime Scene on Nov. 11. Through the department, Waynesburg’s ACS chapter hosted a “getting to know your professor” presentation on Dec. 5; Brad Davis was the speaker.

Six Waynesburg University students were selected to attend the PITTCON national conference in March to serve as Student Aids (through SACP with the assistance of Brad Davis).

Kimberly Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the Dean’s Roundtable meeting at West Penn Hospital.

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Melanie Catana (Fine Arts) was the women’s choir guest conductor at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District I Honors Choir held at Trinity High School.

Andy Heisey (Fine Arts) spoke at the Association of Christian Schools International Professional Development Forum held at Grove City College. Heisey led a session titled, “Using Art History to teach Biblical Principles.”

Kelley Solomon (Education) represented the Education Department by presenting at the 2017 West Virginia Reading Association Conference in November. Her presentation was titled, “Critical Literacy: Thinking in All Directions.”

The Education Department hosted an Early Literacy Summit in conjunction with Laurel Highlands School District, Intermediate Unit 1 and Scholastic. Approximately 20 preschool and kindergarten teachers participated, along with Waynesburg University junior and senior early childhood majors.

Kimberly Stephens and Kimberly Whiteman (Graduate Nursing), along with Amber Egyud DNP, RN, Brenda Swanson-Bierman DNP, MPH, RN, and Marge DiCuccio MSN, RN, had an article titled “Implementation of Human Trafficking Education and Treatment Algorithm in the Emergency Department” published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing, Volume 43, Issue 6, in November. Stephens, Whiteman and Swanson-Beirman worked alongside Elizabeth R. Tedesco DNP, RN, CEN, PHRN and Melanie Heuston DNP, RN, NEA-BC to also have and article titled “Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Sepsis Care and Survival within a Tertiary Care Emergency Department” published in the same edition of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Stephens and Whiteman attended the SWPONL Fall 2017 Education and Networking Session – Resiliency in Nursing: Implications for Nurse Leaders in Pittsburgh.

Stephens also attended the 20107 Annual West Virginia Organization of Nursing Leadership Conference in Morgantown.

Paula Sexton (Nursing) gave a poster presentation at the Annual West Virginia Organization of Nursing Leadership Conference.

Lina Hixson (RN-BSN) attended the AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The James D. Randolph Kiltie Band performed as part of Jefferson’s Veteran’s Parade for the third year on Nov. 11. The Kiltie Band also performed at the Rogersville United Methodist Church as part of their Veteran’s Service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B7842_20180117-212237_1.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Marilyn House West, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., served as the speaker.

In her message, titled “A High-Octane Leader Who Would Have Been Welcome at Waynesburg University Today,” West explored King’s leadership qualities.

“King was a visionary with inherent talent and skills that lifted him up and could lift up others,” West said as she urged those in attendance to rise to King’s legacy and the legacy of all who are walking in his shoes today.

Special music was provided by Thomas Faye, a sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond and serves on several others.

She is the recipient of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Richmond’s 2015 Outstanding Women Award, and she was recognized by Style Weekly with a 2016 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She was inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2017.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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