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According to Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration, learning outside of the classroom is just as important for students.

Not only is Batchelder involved with the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe; she also helps students break into the industry through her own company, Fringe University.

Recently, Batchelder led two different workshops at a Rochester, New York, festival in September. Her workshops helped performers learn to take their show to Edinburgh Fringe and to other fringe festivals throughout the United States and Canada. She said she loves to help performers live up to their full potential.

“Performers are realizing that they don’t have to rely on the curatorial establishment to make a living as paid performers, but rather there is a circuit of very accepting festivals that they can tour and make a living doing what they are good at and what they love,” said Batchelder. “I enjoy helping performers find their own audiences through fringe festivals.”

As executive director of Fringe University, Batchelder helps undergraduate and graduate professors form curriculum, produce shows and attend Fringe shows and events. She helps organize guest speakers and lectures and has also been a lecturer herself.

Batchelder said through her connections, students have been able to join her in Edinburgh to work, gaining real-world experience. Her work in the academic community outside of Waynesburg has allowed students to make connections with important arts managers across the globe.

“Everything I do is focused on benefiting my students,” Batchelder said. “By my being in the field, my students have real-life opportunities, as well as contacts around the world working currently in the field.”

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 one of only 22 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_12-11-Randolph.jpgRobert Randolph, chairperson of the English and Foreign Languages Department, recently published a poem, “The Mayor,” in an online journal, after working on the piece for three years.

Randolph said “The Mayor” is based on images of what the speaker would look for in a good mayor, and he spent a long time tinkering with the piece.

“I am not sure what inspired it,” he said. “Often my poems start with images that came along and seem interesting, and I write what comes along connected to it… “The Mayor” took about three years to write because I began working with one of the images long ago and never felt comfortable with whatever I wrote tied to that image, although I went through many drafts over those years.”

Over the course of his academic career, Randolph has published approximately 60 different poems in about 40 separate journals, as well as a book of poetry, dozens of essays and several articles. Randolph said that staying active in the writing community has helped him immensely as an educator.

“I believe that a teacher who ‘practices what he or she preaches’ stands a good chance of being a good teacher about that subject,” he said. “When that practice is connected to a teacher’s desire to help students share the topic, the teacher offers both theory and practice to the student.”

Randolph also recently published “The Sad Man in the Moon,” in a hardback anthology, The Moon, published by Outrider Press. For him, writing is simply part of life.

“Writers write, dancers dance, preachers preach, singers sing, teachers teach, and so on,” he said. “Whatever passion gets ‘in the blood’ of the teacher, that teacher wants to do and to share.”

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 one of only 22 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_12-4-NYT-Graph.jpgErica Chauvet co-authored the Nov. 14 edition of “What’s Going On in This Graph?,” a segment published by The New York Times.

“What’s Going On in This Graph?” is a new segment being run by The Times on the second Tuesday of each month, and is a spinoff of their weekly segment, “What’s Going On in This Picture?”

The segment features a graph that was previously published in The Times but with its entire context removed. Students then comment about what they notice and wonder and they describe what story they believe the graph is trying to tell.

Chauvet, part-time instructor for mathematics at Waynesburg University, moderated the comments and wrote the reveal and Stat Nuggets section along with Sharon Hessney, statistics content director at Mass Insight Education.

“I was recommended for this role by a friend of mine who I know from grading Advanced Placement Statistics exams,” said Chauvet. “As a moderator, I read the comments that students were posting in which they notice, wonder and tell the story they see in the graph. I replied to select student comments and asked questions designed to increase curiosity and critical thinking.”

Moderators, such as Chauvet, are selected to facilitate, encourage, and guide conversation regarding the graph from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. A final reveal is posted the following Friday.

To view the Nov. 14 edition of “What’s Going On in This Graph?,” visit https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/learning/whats-going-on-in-this-graph-nov-14-2017.html.

Chauvet received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary education certification from Messiah College and her master’s degree in teaching secondary education mathematics from California University of Pennsylvania.

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 one of only 22 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_12-2-Christmas-Concert.jpgThe Music Program will host their annual Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The concert will feature both separate and combined performances from the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Symphonic Band, and will include festive music such as “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and “Silent Night.”

According to Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, the concert is a great way to display the broad talents of students in the Department of Fine Arts.

“This concert always brings the full department together at a most enjoyable time of year,” said DePriest. “The audience will hear some pieces that are traditional Christmas-time pieces and some that utilize melodies that are very familiar but are treated in new and interesting ways.”

For more information, contact DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or call 724-852-3420. 

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 one of only 22 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_11-28-Top-50.jpgWaynesburg University’s Nursing Program was recently recognized online as a Top 50 RN to BSN Program by RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com.

Waynesburg ranked No. 18 on the list, which measured schools according to tuition and graduation rate data from the CNN Money College Cost Calculator and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, as well as accreditation information provided by each school’s website.

“The continued national recognition of our program is a testament to our faculty and students,” said Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Nursing Department. “Everyone associated with our program should feel a sense of accomplishment for what we are achieving here at Waynesburg.”

RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com is a site dedicated to connect nurses with a directory of schools and helpful information about pursuing a nursing career.

The Nursing Program at Waynesburg University has consistently been recognized for excellence and value. Within the past year, the school has been ranked nationally as a top nursing school by Nursing Schools Almanac, ranked in the top five percent for value nationwide by College Factual and ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania by RegisteredNursing.org.

Additionally, the BSN program has achieved seven years of a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) since 2008.

For more information regarding Waynesburg’s Nursing Program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/nursing.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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