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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University will offer its fall institute online, a free professional development opportunity through the Library of Congress, Tuesday evenings from October 28 through November 18, from 5:30 to 6:30.

Participants of TPS and the Common Core will have the opportunity to earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours and can expect an overview of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program.

Participants will learn strategies and methods useful for teaching with primary sources, how to select and use primary sources from www.loc.gov and how to integrate classroom activities with Common Core Standards. Participants can also expect independent reading, asynchronous collaboration and project development.

All educators are encouraged to explore online resources by expanding their understanding of The Library of Congress and discovering effective strategies for teaching with primary sources.

Register online at https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=371467

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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The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University will hold its annual Science Day Thursday, Dec. 4. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student.

Intended to excite high school students about science, participants will enjoy hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. A question-and-answer session will be offered to provide prospective students with the opportunity to ask undergraduates about the college experience.

Special presentations in chemistry, biology and forensic science will occur in addition to a tour of the marine biology lab, all hosted by professors and students.

Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, believes high school students will benefit from attending Science Day.

“Science Day is important because it gives high school students the opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to study science at a college level,” said Baldauff. “While on campus, students will interact with faculty and current undergraduates and experience the exciting programs we have in the sciences at Waynesburg University.”

For more information, contact Baldauff at ebaldauf@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3617.

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Waynesburg University’s director of faith and mission Rev. Carolyn Poteet will move into the new position of director of international programs as the University works to increase global literacy for its students, the University announced today. 

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to, once again, use my international experience to bless the Waynesburg community and deepen our relationships with God’s people around the world,” Poteet said.

With her experience at World Vision, an international, Christian humanitarian organization, combined with her familiarity with Waynesburg University, Poteet brings to her new position a strong background in international outreach as well as a vital understanding of the mission of Waynesburg University.

“Focusing on international opportunities is one of the priorities in our strategic plan,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for Student Services at the University. “Rev. Poteet’s international experience, coupled with her passion for the mission of Waynesburg University, makes her the perfect choice to effectively represent the University at various schools and organizations abroad. She brings broad international experience having worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.”

For several years, Poteet worked for World Vision, an organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

She developed and managed grant-funded programming as an international program development officer at World Vision. Poteet acquired more than $100 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Food Program, UNHCR and UNICEF through her grant-proposals.

Poteet is an ordained Presbyterian minister and previously served as the associate pastor and minister for Christian education and young families at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C.

Rev. James Tinnemeyer, who joined the University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry in July, will now also serve as the University chaplain.

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Unknown-1.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Greene County Historical Society with a donation Friday, Oct. 3, to help cover expenses associated with the display of a special exhibit, “The Civil War in Pennsylvania.” The exhibit is on loan to the Historical Society from the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The opening reception for the exhibit is Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Sponsored by the Observer Publishing Company, Waynesburg University will host the John C. Knox Writing Contest for high school students Saturday, Nov. 1, on the campus of Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa.

The first place winner will receive a $500 cash prize, while the second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200, respectively. Additionally, the first-place winner’s article will be published in the award-winning Waynesburg University student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket. All participants will receive a t-shirt.

“This contest is a recognition of the importance of writing for students of all ages,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University. “The Department of Communication and the Observer-Reporter have teamed up on this because we want to encourage young writers, especially ones that are interested in journalism, to follow their passion and maybe be rewarded for their talents."

The contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and instructions, followed by an hour-long news conference and then a two-hour writing period. Students will participate in a one-hour press conference with Lanny Frattare, the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates for 33 years and an assistant professor at Waynesburg.

“The contest is designed to give students an encapsulated experience on what it’s like to write a journalistic profile story with one of the most interesting local media personalities in Pittsburgh, Lanny Frattare,” said Szuminsky.

Afterward, they will write a feature article based on the press conference. Articles will be judged by local newspaper journalists as well as members of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and the University’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The contest is open to all students in grades 10 through 12 in public, private and home schools within the following Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland; West Virginia: Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Wetzel; and Ohio: Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe.

Lunch will be provided free of charge in the University’s cafeteria following the writing period. Optional campus tours will be offered following lunch.

Space for the event is limited. Register now at waynesburg.edu/knox-writing. Registration is open until Friday, Oct. 17. 

For more information, contact Brandon Szuminsky at bszumins@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3427.

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