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b2ap3_thumbnail_GNP.jpgWaynesburg University will host the 44th Anniversary Gross National Product (GNP) concert Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.

GNP, a band formed at the New Jersey Shore in the mid 1960’s, has celebrated their reunion in the form of a spring concert every year at Waynesburg University since they started performing during the 1970 spring semester. The reunion has branched out to include other musical talents from the University and the region.

Band members of GNP include Bill Molzon ’73, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University and coordinator of the annual GNP concert, Jeannie Clark Fisher, Scott Buttfield, Linc Davis, Charlie Behrend and Tom Minson.

“I’m looking forward to producing another GNP reunion concert,” said Molzon. “The show has become a very nice town-gown event. People from the community and the University attend the concert for a night of quality performances.”

According to Molzon, musicians will be traveling from Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create a variety of music. Area musicians will also perform. The concert will include both contemporary and classic rock, jazz, country, bluegrass and other types of music.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0565jw.jpgRyan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University secondary English education alumnus, is one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who incorporate digital media in the classroom to promote student engagement and achievement.

“Great schools and great teachers constantly evolve and adapt,” said Devlin, whose classroom is 100 percent paperless. “Technology is going to continue to play an increased role in both life and the work place. If we don’t teach students relevant 21st century skills, we are failing to prepare them for their future.”

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium, exclusive resources and invitations to special events.

The top 16 applicants, including Devlin, will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to take part in a two-day digital education summit. There, they will participate in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from leaders in digital technology. 

Devlin, who has taught at Brockway Area High School for seven years, was named the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in 2013. He was also named one of four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year award. 

Devlin received his bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Waynesburg University, where he became familiar with technology in the classroom and gained hands-on experience with modern instructional technology. Devlin also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership. He also holds teaching certificates in English (grades 7-12), business/computers (grades K-12) and library science (grades K-12).

The full list of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

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Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 18, on the campus of Waynesburg University. The celebration will honor approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. 

The Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, will present his message, “Where Have All the Heroes Gone?” at the Baccalaureate service. Laura E. Ellsworth, partner at Jones Day, an elite international law firm, will address the Class of 2014 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.

Graduates will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal and academic journeys as they experience the day’s momentous events. The Baccalaureate and Commencement speakers will offer inspirational guidance as each member of the Class of 2014 begins a new chapter in his or her life. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Both Ellsworth and Hall 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.

The Rev. Thomas M. Hall II

b2ap3_thumbnail_Rev-Tom-Hall-Feb-2014_20140423-200816_1.jpgHall is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.  Since being called to the church in 2009, Hall’s passion for the heart of Pittsburgh has advanced the region in spirituality and sustainability.

He is president of the Pittsburgh Downtown Ministerium and is on the board of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Hall also serves on the Bethlehem Haven Board and the Council of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.

A retired Air Force colonel, Hall began his military career in 1974 after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy. In the military, he served as an intelligence analyst and as a headquarters staff officer. His international experience includes chairing the 15-nation NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee and commanding the 11th Operations Group. Rev. Hall’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal. In 2004 he completed a 30-year career in the Air Force as a full colonel. 

The esteemed leader earned a Master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and a master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Laura E. Ellsworth

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ellsworth-Photo.jpgNamed one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” Laura Ellsworth practices as a partner at Jones Day, an elite international law firm.

She serves as the vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and on the boards of Imani Christian Academy, Governor Tom Corbett’s appointed Council on Privatization and Innovation, and the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development.

Ellsworth is partner-in-charge of the Jones Day Pittsburgh office. She has been involved extensively in electronic discovery and currently serves on the Jones Days’ e-Discovery Committee. Since joining Jones Day in 1992, she has practiced a wide range of complex commercial litigation including high-profile, multi-jurisdictional product liability and bankruptcy cases.

She has been named one of the best lawyers in America for commercial litigation and was recognized as a "leader in her field" by Chambers USA in 2009. Ellsworth was recognized as a "leader in the law" by the Legal Intelligencer and as one of the top female litigators in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

Ellsworth received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1980, then graduated magna cum laude with her Juris doctorate in 1983 from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her bar admissions in the state of Pennsylvania.

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The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development workshop series for educators.  The TPS Level III: Coaches Academy for Teachers workshop will take place every Thursday beginning May 15 through June 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Participants will gain a basic understanding of adult learning theory, peer coaching strategies and facilitation techniques through sample activities, peer discussion and independent reading from a variety of professional organizations. As a culminating project, participants design a strategy and plan to coach colleagues to effectively use digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress to better support student learning.

Coaches Academy for Teachers is an advanced, online professional development course. The six-week workshop includes synchronous chat sessions supplemented by independent reading, peer discussions and project development outside of class. Participants can earn up to 20 PDE Act 48 activity hours.  

Graduates of TPS Level I are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete the six online modules before attending.  To locate modules, visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/. Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours.

Space is limited. To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CoachesAcademy. For more information, contact Sue Wise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3377. 

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ansley-02929288-C10_20140421-195835_1.jpgWaynesburg University has chosen Ansley Thomas of Westerville, Ohio, as the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship. The prestigious award is given to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Through this scholarship, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of his or her four years at Waynesburg.

In addition to being an Ohio resident, recipients must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills. The recipient must also major in one of the areas of math or science.

“This scholarship means the world to me,” Thomas said. “It takes a load off of my shoulders that I never knew could be lifted and will make graduate school possible for me. I'm going to work that much harder at Waynesburg to be sure that I've earned it.”

A senior at Westerville Central High School, Thomas maintains a high-ranking position in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plays the flute in her school’s Symphonic Band. Thomas is also largely involved in her church’s youth group, children ministries and an annual mission trip project called REACH, a national organization that helps to rebuild or improve homes of those in need.

Thomas is the daughter of Stuart and Kay Thomas. She plans to pursue a degree in biology and is open to where God may lead her in her future career.

“At the moment, I'm open to any career that connects to biology,” Thomas said. “I am confident that once I have learned more about the field of biology, I'll find where I belong. My one clear goal is to find a career that I can feel passionate about and do some good for the world through it.”

The high school senior is looking forward to making new friends and building a stronger relationship with Christ at Waynesburg, but she’s also excited to learn more about the person she is and is meant to become.

“I hope to learn, not just about biology, but about myself,” Thomas said. “I want to learn where it is that God is leading me.”

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