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b2ap3_thumbnail_David-Skeel.pngThe Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will host a guest lecturer Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor David Skeel will lead a lecture titled, “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World.”

Skeel will also lead a forum in conjunction with Judge Gary Glazer of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 on the 3rd floor of the Stover Campus Center. Admission to both events is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Skeel’s lecture will explore the idea that Christianity can explain many of the puzzles of human existence, such as humans’ capacity for idea-making and their inability to create a just social order. Compared with other belief systems, Skeel argues, Christianity provides a more comprehensive framework for understanding human life. He supports the notion that, even in the contemporary world, God can make sense of the complexities of human life.

During the afternoon forum, “Thinking about Law School?,” Skeel and Glazer will describe the law school experience, various specialties in law school and what it is like to practice law. Students will find this afternoon forum to be an informative discussion for those considering law school.

“Professor Skeel and Judge Glazer will explore critical issues relating to ethics and law, which will guide Waynesburg University students to become effective civil leaders,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and the assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Judge-Gary-Glazer.pngProfessor David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Skeel teaches courses on corporate law, bankruptcy, sovereign debt, poetry and the law, and Christianity and the law. He is the author of “The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences” and “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World,” as well as numerous articles, books and other publications.  Professor Skeel earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Judge Glazer is a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he has served as a trial judge in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Prior to joining the court in 1991, Judge Glazer served as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he was the chief of the Fraud Section. He also spent time practicing law at private firms in Philadelphia and Chicago. Judge Glazer earned his Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3676.jpgThe Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) General Greene District of the Laurel Highlands Council presented Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee with its 2015 Good Citizen Award today.

Each year, the award honors an individual in the community who has enriched the region through dedication and commitment to the values of Scouting.

Lee’s involvement with BSA began in 1970, when he became a member of Boy Scout Troop 420. He became an Eagle Scout on March 22, 1975. His Eagle Scout service project consisted of working with veterans at a veterans nursing facility. He later served as Assistant Scoutmaster.

He has served on The Mountaineer Area Council, BSA, where he chaired the council’s first program to create an endowment fund, and has continued his love of Scouting through supporting the many local and regional Scouting events hosted and sponsored by Waynesburg University each year.

Initiatives at Waynesburg include the University’s annual Merit Badge University, an event that brings more than 300 Scouts to Waynesburg to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff.

The University also offers two resident camps each year, STEM Camp, during which Scouts earn merit badges in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and a Life-to-Eagle Camp, where Scouts who are at least Star rank can earn merit badges and work on their Eagle portfolio in the school’s state-of-the-art computer lab.

Additionally, through the Waynesburg University Scout Scholarship, incoming students who are Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Venturing Silver or Summit Award recipients can receive up to $2,000 over the course of four years for their accomplishments within Scouting.

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The Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University will display a Juried Photography Show in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Oct. 19, to Friday, Nov. 13. The opening reception will be Monday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibit will include a display of artistic photographs taken by University students and faculty during the past year. Photos from University-sponsored Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips will be featured in a special section.

Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art at the University, initiated the Juried Photography Show after being inspired by photographs his students took on a trip to Italy last semester. His goal is to showcase the variety of activities and projects in which the campus is involved, including the fact that Waynesburg students travel all over the world.

“A lot of people are afraid to do art, because picking up a paint brush can be scary. But we all take photographs,” said Heisey. “I’m hoping to see that people are surprised by the photos they’ve taken.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call 724-852-3274 for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-5-Homecoming-king-queen.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2015 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Saturday, Oct. 3, at a ceremony held during halftime of the Homecoming football game. Derrion May and Lori Williams were named king and queen, respectively. 

May, a senior biology major, is the son of Derrea May of Fairview Heights, Illinois. He is active in Upper Room, Student Senate, the Multicultural Club and Intramural Basketball. As a Bonner Scholar, May is active in the community by serving with Laughlin Chapel and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to participating in several Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips. He is also a Resident Assistant on campus. 

After graduation, May hopes to pursue a career as an oceanographer and become a worship pastor.

A senior human services major, Williams is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Williams of Mount Clare, West Virginia. She is a member of DRUS Women’s Honorary Society, the Lamplighters Touring Choir and the Chapel Worship Team, and she is the president of the Sociology and Human Services clubs. She is also a Resident Assistant at the University and has served in Nashville and Peru. 

When she graduates, Williams hopes to start a non-profit organization that advocates for children or to become an executive director at an existing one.

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This month, 37 Waynesburg University students will spend a portion of their fall break serving at domestic sites. University faculty and staff will lead three Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The trips include partnerships with Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa., and various nonprofit organizations in Greene County. 

Gettysburg National Park Mission Trip – Gettysburg, Pa.

Twenty-one Waynesburg University students will travel to Gettysburg, Pa., Sunday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Oct. 15, to partner with the Gettysburg National Military Park and Daniel Lady Farm, a privately owned Civil War farm museum. Rea Redd, director of the University’s Eberly Library, and Mary Hamilla, assistant director of the Educational Enrichment Program, will co-lead the trip.

While in Gettysburg, students will assist with battlefield restoration and environmental stewardship. Students will have the opportunity to construct a Virginia Worm Rail Fence as well as rebuild stonewalls at both locations.

Greene County Habitat for Humanity – Waynesburg, Pa.

Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program at Waynesburg University, will lead a team of eight University students to serve Greene County during the students’ fall break. The students will serve Sunday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 16.

While serving, the students will assist with building homes in the Greene County area to address substandard housing issues.

Greene County Immersion – Waynesburg, Pa.

Eight students, led by Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students at Waynesburg University, will serve the Greene County community during their fall break. The Greene County Immersion Service Trip will run from Sunday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 17.

The week will provide students with the opportunity to participate in an assortment of service activities in Greene County and will enhance the service relationships between the students and the local community.

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