Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 3, on the campus of Waynesburg University. The celebration will honor approximately 730 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker. The Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, will address the Class of 2015 as the Commencement speaker.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Both the Rev. Dr. Paris and Bishop Zubik will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

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In addition to Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Paris has also taught at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., Howard University School of Divinity in Washington D.C., Union Theological Seminary in New York City, N.Y., and Harvard University Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. He has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from both Boston University and the Society of Christian Ethics.

He has been elected to several national offices, including the presidencies of the American Theological Society, the Society of Christian Ethics, the Society for the Study of Black Religion and the American Academy of Religion.

The Rev. Dr. Paris has published several books including “Black Religious Leaders: Unity in Diversity;” “The Social Teaching of the Black Churches;” “The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse;” and “Virtues and Values: The African and African American Experience.” 

He has authored numerous academic journal articles and book chapters and edited several books. He is the general editor of a series with New York University Press on religion, race and ethnicity, and he continues to lecture and teach widely throughout the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, India and Brazil.

The Rev. Dr. Paris was ordained in the African United Baptist Association of the Atlantic Baptist Convention of Canada and has served churches in various roles in addition to his present role on the Freedom and Justice Advisory Committee of the Baptist World Alliance.

The Rev. Dr. Paris completed two degrees at Acadia University and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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Bishop Zubik was ordained a priest in 1975 by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. In 1997, he was consecrated a bishop at Saint Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 2007, he was named the Twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh by Pope Benedict XVI and was installed at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

Previously, he was named associate general secretary and chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and on January 1, 1996, became vicar general and general secretary bishop, a position in which he served until his appointment as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

He has also served as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, vice principal of Quigley Catholic High School, chaplain to the sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse, chaplain to the students at Mount Gallitzin Academy, adjunct spiritual director at Saint Paul Seminary and associate spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary, among other roles.

Bishop Zubik holds an undergraduate degree as well as a master’s degree in education administration from Duquesne University and a degree in theology from Saint Mary Seminary and University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled1GPAC.jpgWaynesburg University will host an evening of one-act plays Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The one-act plays bring student work to life as students perform their scripts written from a recent playwriting course. Original one-act plays are showcased and presented in a workshop format. 

Under the supervision of Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, this special night of theater allows audiences to experience another side of the Theater Program and to support the efforts of student actors, student directors and especially, student writers.

“One-act plays are valuable in that they provide students an opportunity to direct their peers,” said Powers. “For students acting in the performances, one-act plays afford them the opportunity to work with different directors. Projects such as these continue to build leadership and teamwork skills.”

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wu-Admissions.pngThe Waynesburg University Music Program will offer its second Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, April 16, at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental Combos, Percussion Ensemble, Pipe and Drum Band and Woodwind Ensemble. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_GNP_20150402-140427_1.jpgWaynesburg University will host the Gross National Product’s (GNP) 45th Anniversary Concert Saturday, April 25. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and doors open at 7 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.

GNP is a spring musical reunion for original band members and area musicians. Performers include Waynesburg University faculty, staff, students and alumni. The band first performed on the Waynesburg campus in 1970.

“This year’s show includes a variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary and classic rock, to bluegrass and country, to jazz,” said Bill Molzon, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University. “The musicians look forward to seeing each other and to performing for such a loyal audience. It’s a big show in a small town.”

GNP was formed in the mid-1960s in New Jersey. Original band members, who will perform together April 25, include Molzon, Scott Buttfield, Tom Minson, Linc Davis, Charlie Behrend and Jeannie Fisher.

“It’s a multi-faceted event,” said Molzon. “In addition to being a concert for the campus and the community, it’s an educational opportunity for the school’s TV students. They use the school’s TV production truck to feed the wall monitors in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The chair of the communication department, Richard Krause, supports this type of learning experience.”

For more information or directions to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, call 724-852-3270. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_pottery.pngA student art exhibition will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 24. 

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an opening reception Monday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The student art exhibition will showcase the best student work of the spring semester. 

The exhibit will showcase a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures and a variety of two- and three- dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty. 

“Art is not really complete until it is shown to someone else,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art and art program director at Waynesburg University. “For many of the students, this will be the only time they will get to see their work on display in an art gallery. That experience alone shows the importance of the student exhibits.” 

For more information, call 724-852-3247. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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