b2ap3_thumbnail_McCracken.jpgDr. Helen McCracken joined Waynesburg University as the director of Graduate Programs in Education Monday, Nov.10, 2014. McCracken will coordinate aspects of the Graduate Education Programs including oversight of all degree, certification, endorsement and advanced studies programs, as well as student recruitment, retention and advising.

“We are privileged to make Dr. McCracken a part of our team,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of Waynesburg University. “She brings with her a wealth of experience, allowing us to take our graduate education program to new levels.”

McCracken brings to Waynesburg University an impressive background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education. She has extensive experience in K-12 education, serving a number of years in the Canon-McMillan school district, most recently as the superintendent.  

She has also worked as an assistant professor at California University of Pennsylvania in its Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership, both instructing and developing programs.  

She holds a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s degrees from both Robert Morris University (MBA) and California University of Pennsylvania (M.Ed.). 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_imagerrrr.jpgWaynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club participated in the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge at Heinz Field Saturday, Dec. 6, to raise money for Special Olympics. 

Approximately 20 students joined Waynesburg University instructor of criminal justice James Tanda in the plunge. The Criminal Justice Club raised more than $1,500 leading up to the event. This was the second year that the club participated. In two years, the club has raised more than $2,500. 

The Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge Weekend is Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s largest fundraiser, grossing more than 1 million dollars during the first four years. Individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, take the plunge into the Ohio River on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. 

Student representatives from freshmen to seniors gave up their Saturday to join more than 1,800 other plungers in the freezing rain for the cause. This year, the air temperature was 39 degrees and the water temperature was 38 degrees at the time of the plunge.

“Our goal was to follow the University's mission of service to this very needy cause while also connecting our criminal justice and forensic science students to a network of law enforcement, attorneys, federal agencies and others in the profession,” said Tanda.   “This year's donation will be used to help further the mission of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and help support the more than 20,000 athletes served in the commonwealth.”

According to Tanda, half of the money raised by Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Club will go directly to Greene County's Special Olympics program, which Waynesburg's Criminal Justice Club resurrected last year.

Tanda has plunged every year since the event’s inception - both as an agent with his former federal agency - and now leading Waynesburg's involvement in the service project.

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COA-Fall14.jpgHosted by the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and the Waynesburg University Music Program, TUBACHRISTMAS will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Local tuba and baritone/euphonium players are invited to take part in the annual performance. 

Concert registration is at 5 p.m., followed by rehearsal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

TUBACHRISTMAS is meant to recognize musical heritage and honor all great artists and teachers whose legacy has provided high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. 

Performers will include any interested tuba, euphonium and baritone players in the area. Audience members will become part of an established tradition throughout the world and enjoy their favorite holiday tunes as never before through the rich, organ-like sound of this low-brass ensemble.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist and teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas in 1902. The traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who died December 24, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium and was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of these instruments. 

Register online at waynesburg.edu/web/music. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepris@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert, “A Childhood Christmas,” Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. There is no reserved seating.

Join the Lamplighters Concert Choir, Symphonic Band and the entire Department of Fine Arts for a Christmas celebration. The musicians will share photos of their most cherished holiday memories and perform arrangements of works such as “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “White Christmas,” “The Nutcracker Suite” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” 

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit with students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center, hosted by the Waynesburg University Music Program and the officer staff of the Lamplighters Choir and Symphonic Band. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_HEALTH_UD_078.jpgWaynesburg University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program hosted a panel discussion and debate at the University’s Monroeville center Sunday, Nov. 16. 

In an effort to promote interprofessional opportunities, the DNP Program invited six first-year medical students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to participate in the debate about healthcare utilization. 

“Most professions are seeking opportunities for interprofessional development,” said Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, assistant professor and co-director of the Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Program and DNP Program at Waynesburg University. “We don’t have a medical school and they don’t have a nursing school; this program enabled both of us to have a collaborative experience.” 

Waynesburg’s DNP Program established this event in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine’s initiative to promote “interprofessional education for collaboration.” 

“It was well received on both ends,” said Dr. Kimberly Stephens, assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg and co-director of the DNP Program. “Both our students and theirs thought it was beneficial, and it encouraged us to continue to look for opportunities that are valuable.”

Amber Egyud, full-time chief nursing officer for Allegheny Health Network and a second-year DNP student at Waynesburg University, participated in the debate. 

“The debate helped to develop networks that foster the exchange, synthesis and application of innovation to improve healthcare outcomes,” she said. “The benefit of interprofessional collaboration is the ability to share professional competence and experience to improve healthcare outcomes.” 

Waynesburg University's 36-credit Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, 202-887-6791. It is offered at the Monroeville Center. Each course meets one weekend every other month in the 15-week semester, with learning activities and assignments to be completed between seminars. 

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