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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Waynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in 23 service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 26. The event was held in conjunction with the University’s New Student Orientation weekend.

“It was so amazing to witness the Waynesburg University Class of 2021 volunteer at 23 local non-profit organizations within Greene County,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “Our hope is that our new students will fall in love with these local service organizations and want to return as a regular volunteer.”

The approximately 560 volunteers assisted with maintenance and outdoor cleanup work at sites such as First Presbyterian Church, Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery, the Mission House, the Ronald McDonald House and the Humane Society of Greene County. Volunteers also participated in projects that benefited Adopt-A-Highway, Greene County Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.

Other service included hosting games and fellowship with the residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, school clothes distribution on behalf of the Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach and store organization for the Cherry Door and Hidden Treasure thrift stores.

The freshman class served alongside Fiat Lux faculty and staff instructors, Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University, and the new student day of service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the Greene County community that surrounds Waynesburg University,” said Hardie.

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_8-22-Romanian-Choir.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will host the Romanian Orphan Choir from Caminul Feliz Village Orphanage in Oradea, Romania, Tuesday, Sept. 5. The choir will present a 5 p.m. concert in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

"We hope that by welcoming the Romanian Orphan Choir to the Waynesburg University campus, it will enlarge our vision for missions, encourage our faith and make a lasting impact in the way we see children in need in Romania and throughout the rest of the world,” said Melanie Catana, assistant professor of vocal music and director of choral music.

The concert will include a broad variety of music such as classical, gospel and Romanian folk tunes in English and Romanian.

The choir will also perform at the University’s weekly Chapel Service held at 11:00 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Additionally, they will spend the day on campus visiting with students in several music classes including the Survey of Music in Worship.

The mission of the Felix Family Villages is to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the orphaned and abandoned children of the world in a loving family environment.

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-24-matriculation_20170824-203543_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2017-2018 academic school year officially began Thursday, Aug. 24, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

“Today you become a member of a University and institution that is nationally recognized for value, scholarship, service learning and faith, and the ability to prepare its graduates for their futures,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Lee shared with the freshman class the importance of perseverance. He encouraged them to practice perseverance and to understand that they will not travel alone on their journey because the entire University community will be with them.

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

“The entire campus community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new students,” said Jackie Palko, director of admissions. “Now that they have arrived, we get to look forward to how a Waynesburg education will change their lives!”

The University welcomed more than 450 students, representing 59 different majors and academic areas of interest and 22 states, including Alaska, California and Florida.

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, Aug. 24. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Saturday, Aug. 26, and classes will begin Monday, Aug. 28.

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_7-21-Summer-Play.pngWaynesburg University’s Theatre Program will present “Dearly Beloved,” a fast-paced, outrageous comedy, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Tickets cost $5.00, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“Dearly Beloved” is a laugh out loud comedy about a wedding that seems to have gone wrong. The story takes place in the small town of Fayro, Texas, where Tina Jo Dubberly is about to marry Parker Price when problems galore begin to occur. The bride’s mother, Frankie, makes herself sick with elaborate ceremony plans, while Aunt Twink turns the reception into a potluck dinner and Aunt Honey Raye shows up announcing another failed marriage.

Adding to the wild story are a cantankerous flower shop owner and wedding coordinator, the groom’s mother who doesn’t approve of any of the people and an overly medicated boyfriend who has trouble distinguishing between members of the wedding party and an armadillo.

“I selected this play because it is a comedy and it takes place in a small town,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the Theatre Program and professor of theatre at the University. “I think our community will be able to enjoy the eccentricities of these wacky characters.”

Made up of current students, alumni and community members, the cast includes Sadie Breon, Alaina Camps, Tome Custer, Laura Gonnella, Sable Griedel, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Dan Wozniak, Ben Zyra and a special appearance by Powers.

The play will mark Powers’ 50th major production at Waynesburg. He has been the director of the Theatre Program for 17 years.

To purchase tickets, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/beloved. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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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