b2ap3_thumbnail_1-24-Colleen-Nelson.jpgThe Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host a visiting artist exhibit from Monday, January 29, until Friday, February 23. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The visiting artist will be Colleen Nelson, a local freelance reporter. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, most people don’t know that Nelson is also a strong prolific artist in the community. Her work, which Heisey described as “almost Post-Impressionist style,” will stretch all the way from the 1980s to the present.

“In her written work, she frequently documents our community, and her artwork is no different,” said Heisey. “She has been creating images of historic Waynesburg for years.”

Heisey hopes students learn from Nelson’s unique style, as well as her resiliency in pursuing her artwork.

“One thing I hope people will glean from Ms. Nelson’s work is that you can always fulfill your dreams,” he said. “Never let someone tell you that you cannot do what you love. Even though Colleen makes her living writing for the papers, she still can follow her passions in the visual arts.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aerial-Stills-20.jpgWaynesburg University has received a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the amount of $850,000 toward two-year support of the University’s community development efforts.

“This funding will result in projects within the University that will have a direct impact on the continued development of the local community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Investments in the University’s service learning and graduate programs will enable us to achieve the positive, community-focused outcomes proposed in the grant.”

Through the grant, the University aims to increase its regional outreach by implementing a comprehensive, strategic plan that utilizes both its undergraduate and graduate programs in distinct yet complimentary ways.

This approach will include enhancements to Waynesburg University’s service learning offerings and the expansion of specific graduate programs.

Currently, University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours of service to the local community each year. This provides an annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million. By strategically coordinating volunteer service programs with government, business and community leaders, the University will be able to expand the size and scope of community involvement with increased, longer-lasting impact.

Additionally, through key input from regional employers and community leaders, the University plans to tailor its graduate programs’ curriculums to closely match current and future workforce needs, better serving the region.

For 70 years, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the competitive future and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania and in the protection, preservation, and restoration of America’s environmental heritage.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B7842_20180117-212237_1.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Marilyn House West, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., served as the speaker.

In her message, titled “A High-Octane Leader Who Would Have Been Welcome at Waynesburg University Today,” West explored King’s leadership qualities.

“King was a visionary with inherent talent and skills that lifted him up and could lift up others,” West said as she urged those in attendance to rise to King’s legacy and the legacy of all who are walking in his shoes today.

Special music was provided by Thomas Faye, a sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond and serves on several others.

She is the recipient of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Richmond’s 2015 Outstanding Women Award, and she was recognized by Style Weekly with a 2016 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She was inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2017.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-16-Trauma-Conference.jpgWaynesburg University will present a Trauma Competency Conference Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, featuring guest speaker Dr. Gale Kelley. It will take place each day at the Center for Research and Economic Development on the main campus of the University from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.

The two-day conference will focus on the core competencies and treatment strategies for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss. The target audience will be case managers, counselors, mental health professionals, psychologists, social workers and therapists. To register, visit forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=936721. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 2.

Kelley is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida, a certified expert trauma professional and a national board certified counselor. She is a qualified supervisor for mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy, in addition to being an approved clinical supervisor and expert witness in several Florida counties.

Her experience encompasses adults, developmentally challenged, geriatrics, family dynamic issues and violence, marital conflict, mentally ill and substance abuse.

Kelley currently teaches and develops trauma-related online continuing education courses with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is the founder of Trauma Treatment & Mental Health Services and the former clinical director of the Child Protection Center in Sarasota, Florida.

Kelley is affiliated with the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors, among others.

She holds a doctor of education degree in counseling psychology.

Tuition to attend is $310 for university students, staff and community professionals. Participation will count toward continuing education credits.

For more information, contact Sarah Bell at 724-852-7790 or sbell@waynesburg.edu.

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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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will revive its Annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. The symposium will be held in the Marsh Center on the University’s main campus beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and ending at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Colonel Lowell Graham will serve as the guest clinician for the event. Graham is currently the director of orchestral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was formerly the commander and conductor of the United States Air Force’s premier musical organization in Washington, D.C., earning the position of senior ranking musician in the Department of Defense.

Graham is president-elect of the American Bandmasters Association and president and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Additionally, he has been inducted into the University of Northern Colorado School of Music “Hall of Honor” and was a recipient of the Award of Distinction for Contributions in Music Education from the Illinois Music Educators Association, among many other awards.

He has released recordings on six labels, including Naxos, Telarc, Klavier, Mark, Altissimo and Wilson that have been recognized for both their artistic and sonic excellence. These recordings have been recognized in Stereophile’s “Records to Die-For” list and The Absolute Sound’s “The Super Disc List,” as well as one having won a Grammy.

Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in music performance from the University of Northern Colorado, in addition to a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from The Catholic University of America.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will function as the clinic band for the workshop experience. Repertoire will include “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter, “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland, “Tempered Steel” by Charles Rochester Young, “Incidental Suite” by Claude T. Smith and “El Capitan” by John Philip Sousa/Brion & Schissel.

The opportunities to register as a conducting fellow, observer or ensemble member still exist. The fee to observe is $10 for high school students and as low as $30 for adults.

Those interested are asked to complete the online registration form at forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=909839.

For other information or inquiries, contact Dr. Ronda Depriest, director of the Music Program and professor of music, at 724-852-3420 or rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

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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