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Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, April 30, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and Aradhna Oliphant will address the Class of 2017 as the Commencement speaker. 

The celebration will honor approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. 

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. 

Both Oliphant and Migliore will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

b2ap3_thumbnail_migliore.jpgRev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore

Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he taught for 47 years. He is also an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

During his tenure as the Charles Hodge Professor of Systemic Theology, he also served as the Director of Doctoral Studies, Chairman of the Department of Theology and Editor of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Additionally, he spent time as a visiting professor of theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Seattle University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Migliore is the author of several books, including “Rachel's Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope,” (with Kathleen D. Billman); “The Power of God and the Gods of Power;” and “Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology,” which is the bestselling theological introduction in colleges and seminaries across the United States.

In his retirement, Migliore has remained active in conducting research and writing in his academic specialization, as well as the theology and ethics of Karl Barth. He continues to preach and lecture at various congregations and conferences throughout the country.

Migliore is a member of the American Theological Society, having served as president during the 2007-08 term; a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton; and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Karl Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Migliore holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s degree and doctorate from Princeton University.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Aradhna-Oliphant.jpgAradhna Oliphant

Aradhna Oliphant is the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), a premiere resource for community leadership identification, connection and development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Deeply committed to community building, Oliphant is actively engaged with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors.  She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards including the national Association of Leadership Programs, The Pittsburgh Parking Authority, The Forbes Funds, Thornburgh Forum at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Advisory Committee for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, among others. 

She was invited by Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the steering committee that oversaw the work of the transition teams, and in 2015, she was appointed as a Commissioner for the County Government Review Commission that is constituted once every ten years to review Allegheny County’s structure and make recommendations.  

Oliphant also serves as Vice President of the International Women’s Forum of Pittsburgh and is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVIII – an experience that truly anchored her in the region.  

She has been recognized for her innovation and leadership as a Woman of Distinction by several area civic organizations and most recently in 2015 as one of the top twenty-five most influential people in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Born and raised in India, Oliphant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Bhopal University.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-29-GNP.jpgWaynesburg University will host the Gross National Product’s (GNP) 47th Anniversary Concert Saturday, April 22. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and doors open at 7 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.

GNP is a spring musical reunion for original band members and area musicians. Performers include Waynesburg University faculty, staff, students and alumni. The band first performed on the Waynesburg campus in 1970. 

GNP was formed in the mid-1960s in New Jersey. Original band members, who will perform together April 22, include Bill Molzon, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University, Scott Buttfield, Tom Minson, Charlie Behrend and Jeannie Clark Fisher.

“This year’s show includes a variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary and classic rock, to bluegrass and country, to jazz,” Molzon said. “The musicians look forward to seeing each other and to performing for such a loyal audience. It’s a big show in a small town.” 

“It’s a multi-faceted event,” said Molzon. “In addition to being a concert for the campus and the community, it’s an educational opportunity for the school’s TV students. They use the school’s TV production truck to feed the wall monitors in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The chair of the communication department, Richard Krause, supports this type of learning experience.”

For more information or directions to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, call 724-852-3270.  

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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will present their annual spring concert Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert will feature the Lamplighter Concert Choir and Symphonic Band. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band, led by Professor of Instrumental Music Dr. Ronda DePriest, will complete a year-long cycle of film music. The band will feature the scores of John Williams, including “1941,” “Lincoln,” “The Terminal,” “War Horse” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Jeremy Olisar, instructor of music, will perform as the clarinet soloist with the band on “The Terminal.”

The Lamplighter Concert Choir will continue their exploration of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The choir will present familiar hymns such as “Amazing Grace,” in addition to three pieces based on Psalms 23, 121 and 148, and Rene Clausen’s “The Prayer,” which incorporates a prayer by Mother Theresa.

Dr. Sora Lee, Lamplighter accompanist and jury/recital accompanist for the University, will also perform.

The concert will mark the final musical event for seniors in both ensembles.

“It will be bittersweet in terms of the wonderful senior class that is such a vital part of our ensemble,” said DePriest. “Their commitment to presenting great wind band music on the Waynesburg campus will be evident during this concert, and their future presence in the ensemble will be greatly missed.”

A reception will follow the concert in the Marsh Center, directly below Roberts Chapel.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Melinda Rush at 724-852-7638 or msrush@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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_3-28-Stover-DC-trip.jpgDuring a recent trip to Washington, D.C., on March 23 and 24, Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with several influential legal, political and journalist leaders including: U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judge Kara Stoll, Georgetown University Law Center Professor Randy Barnett, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner Jeffrey Merrifield, Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson, National Archives Historian Jessica Kratz, Economist Stephen Moore, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Victor J. Wolski.

The twenty Stover Scholars started their whirlwind tour on the Capitol steps with Representative Tim Murphy who discussed the future of healthcare and the healthcare reform bill. Following their conversation, Sophomore Scholar Christine Dawson noted, “As a nursing major currently taking a health care policy course, I found our conversation with Rep. Tim Murphy about the pending AHCA vote to be a wonderful real-time supplement to what I am learning in the classroom. Hearing from a legislator with a medical background who has sponsored a recently passed mental health bill inspired me to make my passion for quality patient care and adequate healthcare access heard in the public square.”

Next, the scholars visited Georgetown University Law Center and met with author and professor Randy Barnett to review constitutional law and his recent book, “Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People.” Sophomore Tyler McCoy commented, “As an undergraduate student interested in law school, having the opportunity to meet with Professor Barnett at Georgetown Law Center was an invaluable experience. It was especially valuable to see how he, a renowned legal theorist, interprets and analyzes our Constitution."

At the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judge Kara Stoll discussed the excitement of being appointed to the court by President Obama and her background in engineering and law.  

Jeffrey Merrifield, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner met with the students at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  Reflecting on their meeting, Senior Stover Scholar John Wicker said, “Mr. Merrifield had such a keen insight on solutions to further implement nuclear energy in our nation's energy portfolio. His fascinating nomination by President Bill Clinton as a Republican to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission opened several doors for him to make a significant impact for the future of energy in America."

Ending their first day in D.C., the Stover Scholars visited the Fox News headquarters and watched the live filming of the Tucker Carlson Tonight show.  "It was a very surreal experience to sit no more than 20 feet from Tucker Carlson on his set as he debated on his late night show. Perhaps even more humbling was getting to talk with him briefly to realize the transparency of the individual; showing the same charisma and enthusiasm while interacting with us in person as he displays on live TV,” said junior scholar Vincent Morrow. 

The following day, the scholars had an exclusive tour of the National Archives given by the historian Jessie Kratz. During the private session, the students were able to get an up close encounter with the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and learn more about the extensive documents that the Archives is responsible for organizing. Addie Pazzynski, a senior Stover Scholar noted about the tour, “By remembering our past, and facing it in the form of documents and artifacts, we experience again and again the words and images that inspired and challenged our predecessors.  This experience pushes me to reimagine, reinterpret, and relive what does and can make America a place of peace and equity.” 

Finally, the group met with Economist Stephen Moore at The Heritage Foundation who detailed his experience working as a senior advisor to President Trump during the 2016 campaign and the current state of the economy.  

Reflecting on the trip, senior scholar Paige Carter said, “The Stover Scholars are privileged to experience a D.C. not exemplified by the news, but one full of civic leaders who are driven by morality, tradition and a greater sense of purpose.” 

Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of the Stover Center and Assistant Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law, commented, “The Stover Scholars gained profound insights about American legal, economic and energy policy from major political and constitutional players who openly shared their D.C. experiences with the scholars. Moreover, the students viewed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights in their own private viewing session, a truly remarkable moment.”

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is a unique Waynesburg University program dedicated to transforming the political sphere in the context of Christian Ethics and American constitutionalism.

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Waynesburg University’s seventh annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium will be held Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall (Miller Hall, third floor). The event, which will feature 23 presentations by 56 student presenters, is free and open to the public. 

Each year, the symposium offers students the chance to showcase their achievements in scientific research work to the community and facilitate scientific dialogue. 

“Hosting this event is intended to bring awareness to the campus community regarding the types of work that our students are pursuing outside of their typical classes and across disciplines,” said Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology. 

Student presentations will span a wide range of scientific topics across biology, chemistry, forensics and health-related fields. Presenters will illustrate and explain their research and scholarly work on topics such as the chemical composition of coffee, DNA profiling, treating heart failure and stroke, hand hygiene and others.

“This symposium will be an important opportunity for underclass students to become oriented in the practice of research and to sample potential projects and ideas for their future research,” said Sethman. “Additionally, public speaking and presenting are essential, career-related skills that are honed through participation in research symposia such as this.”

For more information, contact Sethman at 724-852-3265 or csethman@waynesburg.edu. 

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