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The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Waynesburg’s program was only one of two baccalaureate programs out of 38 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This is the seventh time the University has achieved the 100 percent pass rate since 2008.

This year, 158,033 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 84.30 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,512 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 87.93 percent.

“Our success on the licensure exam reaffirms our program quality, cutting edge curriculum and state-of-the art facilities,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “We also have excellent and committed faculty who offer consistent, rigorous teaching, and who really care about our students.”

The NCLEX-RN pass rate accounts for graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. Students take the exam subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Mosser credits Waynesburg students for their hard work during the time they are enrolled in the program.

“The dedication of our students is certainly reflected in the pass rate, as well as their success in being hired upon graduation,” she said.

Waynesburg’s nursing program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a state-of-the-art simulation lab and experienced faculty members. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The Department also offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs.

For more information on Waynesburg’s nursing program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/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 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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-3-Lamplighters-Fall-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will present a “Music and Family” themed concert Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The performance will highlight how music joins each of us together as family and reminds us of our deep-rooted faith in Jesus. The audience will enjoy favorite congregational hymns and songs, as well as music prepared by the Lamplighter Touring Choir.

The concert will be tailored to senior citizens in the Waynesburg community, but all are welcome for a wonderful afternoon of music.

“The Lamplighters hope to connect with the community through a time of hymn singing and then a reception time where choir members can get to know the attendees better,” said Melania Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music.

No reservations are necessary for this event.

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@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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The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Waynesburg University was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for the fifth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2015-16 academic year.

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Donna Nelson read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

More than 400 student chapter reports were submitted for review by The Society Committee on Education. As a result of the reports, 284 awards were given, including 46 outstanding, 93 commendable and 145 honorable mention awards.

“One of the highlights of my job is working with this group of students,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University. “They undertake an extraordinary amount of work in addition to their regular courses to plan and host numerous events throughout the academic year to benefit the campus and community. I’m so proud of these students and all of the quality work that they accomplish.”

Led by Baldauff and Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry, the student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year, such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, among many others.  The chapter recently implemented a new program in which local high school classes receive supplemental instruction in chemistry in Waynesburg University labs.

Waynesburg and the other award winning chapters will be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California in April 2017.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-2-Christmas-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 10, 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.

The concert will feature the University’s Lamplighters Concert Choir and Symphonic Band.

The Lamplighters Concert Choir will present J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” which brings the text of Luke, chapter one, to life as Mary sings God’s praises as he remembers His promises to Israel. The 30 minute choral work will feature a variety of soloists.

Melanie Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music, looks forward to this annual event as it helps spread the joy and music of the Christmas season.

The Symphonic Band will present a medley of Christmas music, including classic and popular songs that have become synonymous with the Christmas season. The band will also perform songs from popular movies such as The Polar Express, Frozen and The Theory of Everything.

The Symphonic Band is directed by Ronda Depriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program.

“I love the holiday season and am looking forward to sharing some marvelous music from various types of movie scores and all-time favorite carols of the season,” said DePriest.

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit the students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420 or repries@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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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Waynesburg University will offer a TUBACHRISTMAS concert Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission to the concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Additionally, all tuba and euphonium players are invited to play in the concert. The registration fee is $10 for players; registration begins at 5 p.m. in the GPAC, and rehearsal will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Musicians who play in TUBACHRISTMAS will have the opportunity to honor composers who embraced the tuba and euphonium, including the first TUBACHRISTMAS composer Alec Wilder. The concert will include traditional Christmas music arranged for these instruments.

TUBACHRISTMAS is in its 43rd year. Harvey Phillips created the event in 1974 to honor his mentor William J. Bell. Each year, tuba and euphonium players gather in more than 200 cities around the country to pay tribute to Bell and other musicians who have left a valued legacy. The concert is a chance for musicians and audience members to reflect on and understand the heritage of instrumentalists, as well as the high performance standards and personal integrity and values established by musicians of the past.

For more information, contact Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program, at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 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 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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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