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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-10-charter-day.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate its 166th year and the 165th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 24. The convocation will be held in Waynesburg University’s Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

“Each year on Charter Day, we reflect upon the University community and its traditions of faith, service and academic rigor,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “For 166 years, our students, faculty and staff have established lives defined by leadership and service. This is a time to celebrate the profound impact they have had on the world.”

Bishop Loran E. Mann, founder and senior pastor of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, will address those in attendance. The Rev. Dr. Mann’s ministry spans more than forty years and includes spiritual, educational, social and recreational components.

Bishop Mann is actively involved in the worldwide ministry of the Church of God in Christ. In April of 2000, he was appointed Commissioner of Television for the denomination by Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly, the legislative branch of the church.

In March 2005, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell appointed Bishop Mann as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. This commission and his oversight establishes policy for all public television stations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bishop Mann began global ministry in 2005 when he established the Worldwide Gospel Network to provide religious programming via internet around-the-clock, seven days-a-week.

A respected former broadcast journalist, Bishop Mann received numerous awards over his twenty-one year career as News Anchor/Reporter for WPXI-TV, Channel 11, the Pittsburgh affiliate of NBC.

Bishop Mann attended the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing further studies in religion at Liberty University.

In 2010, Waynesburg University awarded Bishop Mann an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his desire and commitment to live out his dreams as they relate to his God-given talents and serving others.

For more information, contact Mary Fox at 724-852-7677 or visit www.waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgWaynesburg University will host a Senior Art Exhibition for Jason Propst Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 10. An opening reception will take place Monday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Senior art exhibitions take place each semester to provide veteran art students with a platform to showcase the products of a practiced creative process. Students spend four years creating and preserving pieces they are most proud of for this very occasion.

With several Asian inspired pieces, Propst’s exhibit includes sculptures, paintings, jewelry and drawings he has worked on throughout his academic career.

“Art is important to me because when I was younger I did it just for the joy of creating something I wanted,” Propst said. “Now I do it because there is nothing on earth that calms me like working on an art piece.”

The Art Program at Waynesburg University allows students to mold, paint and sketch works of their imagination while providing the tools to grasp a comprehensive knowledge of techniques and history. Students hone abilities through class discussion, demonstrations and exhibits.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call 724-852-3247 for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgThe Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at Waynesburg University will offer two sessions of a face-to-face Level II workshop for teachers interested in accessing primary sources for addressing STEM topics.

“Using Primary Sources to Address Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) across the Curriculum” will be offered Saturday, April 11, and Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Waynesburg University Southpointe location, and again Saturday, April 18, and Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Waynesburg University main campus.

Participants will earn up to 15 PDE CEU hours, with an option to earn ten more post-course. Throughout the course, participants can expect to engage and connect with the Library’s STEM content and resources. Participants can also expect:

  • Peer collaboration and discussion
  • Investigation of the changing nature of science and technology and how they affect society
  • Project development and critique of STEM activities for the classroom
  • Familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Pennsylvania Core Standards

Participants who have not completed TPS level I will be asked to complete a 12-hour prerequisite, TPS BASICS, before Wednesday, April 1. Login information will be provided upon registration for TPS Level II: STEM. 

Space is limited. Register online before Wednesday, March 25, at http://tps.waynesburg.edu/upcoming-pd-events.

For more information, contact Sue Wise at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with Greene County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Farley Toothman on March 4, 2015.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Vira_Heinz_2_of_2.jpgSophomores Addie Pazzynski and Paige Carter were selected as the 2015 Waynesburg University recipients of scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions across Pennsylvania to participate in the Program.

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership prepares women for tomorrow’s global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development and community service.

Collectively, the women received more than $15,000 in scholarship money through the Vira I. Heinz Program. The scholarships will afford these women the opportunity to travel and study overseas through various study abroad programs.

Pazzynski, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major and English minor from Waynesburg, Pa., will study in Amman, Jordan, with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Middle Eastern Studies program.

She will study the Arabic language as well as concentrate on other Jordanian studies such as Islam, Jordanian archaeology, Jordanian history and Middle Eastern politics. Pazzynski believes studying through the CIEE program will allow her to better understand the Arabic language and the people who speak it.

“As a student of religious studies, I am deeply interested in Islam, its relationship with the Christian West and its diverse people groups and sects,” said Pazzynski. “Through learning Arabic, I believe that I can better empathize with Muslims and further seek ways in which to connect with them from my own Christian perspective.”

Paige Carter, a sophomore pre-law major from Coraopolis, Pa., will spend her summer in Cape Town, South Africa, completing courses through the Council for International Educational Exchange.

Carter will learn about the challenges and realities of post-apartheid South Africa through innovative courses and an integrated community service study abroad project.

“I am excited to immerse myself into an unfamiliar culture and abandon preconceived ideas and notions,” said Carter. “I am anticipating that gaining an understanding of the nature of apartheid history will empower me to see through the wrongfulness of African Law that is tangled working the African Law System.”

Scholarship recipients were required to complete an application, submit academic and personal letters of reference and a proposal for their intended plans. The proposal included a budget for the trip including the cost of airfare, classes, housing and meals, among other items. Applicants were also required to explain how the trip related to their academic areas of study and future plans.

Upon receiving the application and proposals, interviews were held in front of a committee. The students were selected based on their proposal, their leadership on campus, and how well the committee felt they would represent Waynesburg University and the United States abroad.

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

The Program has three principal components: the international experience, the Community Engagement Experience and two weekend-long, intensive leadership development retreats. During the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following their international experiences, the awardees meet in Pittsburgh. These trainings provide the awardees with a foundation of skills necessary to maximize cultural learnings while abroad and to engage their leadership skills in their own communities upon their return.

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724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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