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The Waynesburg University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was recognized as the Chapter of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh chapter. Waynesburg was the first-ever recipient of the award, which was presented at the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards on Jan. 26. 

According to junior Maura Fenske, president of Waynesburg PRSSA, the chapter earned the award in part because of its efforts to build a strong relationship with PRSA Pittsburgh, its parent chapter. The award is also a reflection of the chapter’s continued efforts to expand professional development and commitment to excellence in public relations.

Last year, Waynesburg PRSSA achieved Star Chapter status for the fourth consecutive year and earned National Affiliation from PRSSA National, in addition to hosting a regional conference at the University. Each of these accomplishments has built the chapter’s portfolio and led to their recognition by their parent chapter.

Both Fenske and Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and advisor to the PRSSA chapter, said the award is an honor and a significant achievement for the chapter, which was formed only seven years ago.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2671.JPGThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present a senior student’s art exhibition from Monday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 24, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. 

The exhibit, featuring work by senior art student Maggie Denniston, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30. The reception and exhibit are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

A senior art exhibit is the equivalent of an art student’s capstone course, the culmination of their education and hard work. Denniston, who has chosen the pieces for this particular exhibit from her work during the past four years, tends to use symbolism to express personal feelings about her life and the world through her art.

“I hope [Denniston] will feel a deep sense of pride in the hard work she has put into the exhibit,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art. “It is a great feeling to look back at your work over the past few years and to share that with people visiting the gallery.”

According to Heisey, senior exhibits teach students how to set up and display their work, run a gallery space, promote an event and talk about their work in verbal and written forms. Each student is also required to create new pieces for their exhibit, which Heisey said tends to be their best work. The exhibit also serves as an educational experience for attendees, who can see how an artist works in a variety of styles. 

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-16-MLKConvocation-4.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel Monday, Jan. 16. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Dr. Taunya Tinsley, Director of Waynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling and Associate Professor of Counseling at the University, served as the speaker. Dr. Tinsley opened her address, “We Cannot Walk Alone,” with an excerpt from King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. 

She shared that as she studied King’s historic speech, the phrase “we cannot walk alone” repeatedly caught her attention. 

“We cannot walk alone,” she said. “As we walk, we must walk in harmony with each other and with God.” 

In order to do so, Dr. Tinsley encouraged all in attendance to be just and act justly; to love and to diligently practice kindness and compassion; and to walk humbly with God. 

Dr. Tinsley is a licensed professional counselor with more than 20 years of experience working at the secondary and collegiate levels. Her experiences include working with culturally diverse educators, students and athletes in a variety of athletic conferences, such as the Big Ten, Big East, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as well as the National Football League (NFL), National Football Foundation and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dr. Tinsley is the owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultation services. Additionally, she is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center.

Outside of the workplace, she has been very involved in the community, having served as the secretary of the Ethics Concern Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors of Athletics and secretary of the entire organization. Dr. Tinsley has also been president of the Pennsylvania College Counseling Association and president of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augsburg College, a master’s degree in higher education administration and college student development from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Duquesne University.

Dr. Tinsley most recently completed requirements for a certificate in missional theology from Biblical Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.

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 The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will hold two audition days for admittance into the University’s Music Program and for music scholarships Saturday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 18. Each audition day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel on Waynesburg’s main campus.

Any high school student who wishes to enter Waynesburg University’s Music Program must apply to Waynesburg University as well as audition for admittance. This includes students wishing to major in music ministry or arts administration (music concentration) or earn a music minor. Prospective students may also set up an audition on any Visitation Day hosted by the University’s Office of Admissions throughout the year.

In addition, students who audition and are accepted into the University are eligible for one of two instrumental and two vocal scholarships, even if they do not wish to pursue a music-related major. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the scholarship application by Jan. 23. The application can be found online at 

For more information about the audition days, including repertoire, contact Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, at or 724-852-3420.

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Waynesburg University faculty of the Fine Arts Department will perform in a music recital Friday, Jan. 27, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Every other year, professors in the University’s Music Program step out of their usual teaching role to perform a recital with a variety of music types and genres. Each faculty participant will share pieces using their specific area of expertise. The recital highlights the strengths of the faculty and provides an opportunity for professors to showcase their skill outside of the classroom. 

“We are blessed to have these wonderful instructors here at Waynesburg University who love music and are intent to share that respect for artistry with our students on a daily basis,” said Dr. Ronda DePrist, director of the Music Program. “For our students, I hope they gain a greater respect and understanding of the necessary study and building of skills for their future as musical performers.”

For more information, contact DePriest at or 724-852-3420.

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