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During Winter Break, 25 Waynesburg University students will participate in service trips in various locations. Led by faculty and staff members, they will serve in Aransas Pass, Texas, the Bahamas and Bonaire.

Hurricane Harvey Relief - Aransas Pass, Texas

Kristen Stone, network analyst for Information Technology Services, and Carin Camp, campus security office, are leading seven students to Aransas Pass, Texas, from Saturday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 22. The students will partner with the organization “All Hands Volunteers,” to assist in continuing relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

Stone helped organize the trip after seeing devastating news footage earlier this year. Students will clear trees, remove debris and help clean and repair damaged property.

E.P. Roberts Primary School – Nassau, Bahamas

Ten students, led by Kylee Sargent, help desk coordinator, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, will serve at the E.P. Roberts Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas. The trip will take place from Saturday, Jan. 6 through, Saturday, Jan. 13.

Students will assist in teaching a variety of grade levels at a primary school in Nassau, Bahamas, and will also be visiting a local orphanage to work with children. Sargent said she hopes the students benefit from working with kids in an environment very different from the ones they are used to in the United States.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Melinda Roeder-Skrbin, instructor of communication, will lead eight students to serve at Trans World Radio in Bonaire from Saturday, Jan. 6, to Saturday, Jan. 13.

While in Bonaire, students will assist TWR in recording radio liners, designing graphics and producing public relations and marketing materials. Most notably, students will help promote the launch of TWR’s brand new transmitter in late January.

For more information about the 2017-2018 winter service trips, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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