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Mark Christnerb2ap3_thumbnail_christner.png
Head Men's Basketball Coach/Athletic Administrator

Entering his seventh year at Waynesburg University, Coach Christner continues to lead the men of our basketball program, as well as work with the NCAA, PAC and other athletic personnel on campus to ensure compliance of our 17 varsity sports under the mandate of NCAA Division III athletics. Coach Christner's office is located on the 3rd floor of Marisa Fieldhouse.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I was seeking an opportunity to lead a NCAA Division III head coaching position after working as an assistant at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. I applied, interviewed and accepted the job in April 2010.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Center court of the Fieldhouse! It symbolizes a new start every day.

What’s your favorite annual event?

I’m a big fan of Pumpkin Bowling in Johnson Commons: a great, festive event.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

We’ve had a lot of great moments; pretty neat to see 24 guys graduate and move on to contribute to society after their time here. Each year when we have someone go through graduation it is unmistakably the highlight of the year.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

Being involved in the daily happenings of student-athletes is such a cool thing. We don’t take it for granted, and we take our job seriously. We want our students to be prepared for life after college. It’s pretty neat to be able to use basketball as a vehicle. Seeing men grow within a team framework throughout the year is simply the best.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lydia-Horse.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host a senior art exhibition, beginning Monday, Sept. 18, and continuing until Friday, Oct. 13. The work featured will be that of senior studio art major Lydia Brennan, and the exhibition will kick off with a reception Sept. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Brennan focuses mostly on acrylic and oil painting, as well as sculpture, which will be represented in some of the pieces on display.

“My artwork tends toward the abstract, taking images and pushing the boundaries of what is real, creating movement and flow with line and color,” said Brennan. “I am excited to show my work because it is a little different, and I think that people will find it enjoyable and interesting to look at.”

Waynesburg University’s Art Program holds senior art exhibitions each semester. Students use the event to display a culmination of their best pieces, before they graduate.

“I plan on having as many pieces as I can fit inside the gallery,” Brennan said. “I’m excited to get feedback on my pieces and to see what people like and dislike about them.”

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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 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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In celebration of Constitution Day, Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars will present “From Framers to Farmers: The Substantial Effect of Wheat upon the Constitution,” at noon on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

Written by Stover Scholars Tyler McCoy, T.J. DeNofrio, Olivia Schultz-Falandes and Micah Stanko, the play dramatizes the 1942 Supreme Court case Wickard v. Filburn, which examined wheat farmer Roscoe Filburn's prosecution under the New Deal's Agricultural Adjustment Act for growing too much wheat for his family's own use.  

The Court held that the U.S. Constitution's interstate Commerce Clause allowed the government to regulate wheat production that never left a farmer's farm.  Because of the Supreme Court’s sweeping interpretation of the interstate Commerce Clause, Wickard v. Filburn has been described by constitutional historian James Barnes in the latest edition of the Journal of Supreme Court History as the “font of federal power.”  

“The Stover Scholars have been working for months to write this drama, which raises important questions about constitutional interpretation and the role of the federal government in regulating economic affairs,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and Associate Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law.  

The play is directed by Waynesburg University Professor of Theater Edward L. Powers.

Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance at

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Waynesburg University began classes Monday, Aug. 28, and welcomed five new faculty members to the undergraduate and graduate teaching communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome a great group of new faculty who truly embody the mission of Waynesburg University,” said Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “Our new faculty members have a range of experience that will benefit our students and our campus.”

Anthony Boone has been named an assistant professor of counseling. He received his B.A. degree from Richard Stockton College and his M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from Duquesne University.

Jennifer Roy will serve as an instructor of business administration. She received her B.A. degree from Boston University and her M.B.A. degree from Queens University of Charlotte.

Paula Sexton has joined the University as an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. degree from West Virginia University and her M.S.N. degree from Waynesburg University.

Melinda Roeder-Skrbin will serve as an instructor of communication. She received her B.A. degree from Duquesne University and her M.A. degree from Gonzaga University.

Takashi Suyama has been named an assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California San Diego.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-29-Hendley.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speaker Doc Hendley Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Hendley is the founder and president of Wine To Water, a non-profit organization that strives to provide clean water for people in need around the world. In 2009, he was selected as one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes for that year, chosen by a panel of judges including General Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John.

Nearly 663 million people around the world lack access to clean water and over 2.4 billion people lack access to proper sanitation. More children die from water-related illnesses than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. After learning about the water and sanitation crisis in 2003, Hendley was moved to start a non-profit that would fight this epidemic.

He first envisioned the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the money raised, Hendley traveled to Darfur, Sudan, in 2004 and began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide.

In 2012, he published “Wine to Water: How One Man Saved Himself While Trying to Save the World.” The captivating story of an ordinary man changing the world through clean water, the book has become the foundation of college courses at several universities across the country, including Waynesburg University. All first year students at Waynesburg are required to read the book as part of the University’s Fiat Lux program. 

“Doc’s story and his work exemplify the mission of Waynesburg University, connecting faith, learning and serving,” said Genna Steele, academic projects & grants coordinator at Waynesburg University. “It is with great excitement that we host him on our campus.”

Thousands have been inspired by Hendley’s story, and Wine To Water has grown from one man's mission into a global movement for clean water. Wine To Water has reached more than 500,000 people and worked in 25 countries.

“Hendley lives our mission every day,” said Marie Leichliter Krause, assistant provost at Waynesburg University. “Wine to Water is an organization that makes connections between faith, learning and serving to transform the community and the world. Hendley found his calling in living a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God. I look forward to welcoming him to Waynesburg University and hearing more of his story.”

A book signing will be held in the Marsh Center, located in the lower level of Roberts Chapel, following the lecture. Books and t-shirts will be available for purchase during the book signing. 

Hendley’s lecture is presented as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lecture Series and a NetVUE Program Development Grant. 

The Lectureship, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, brings to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. NetVUE Program Development Grants are administered by The Council of Independent Colleges with generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

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