The Waynesburg University Players will present their Spring Musical, “The Little Mermaid,” Wednesday, March 30, through Saturday, April 2, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. There will also be a matinee performance April 2 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

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“The Little Mermaid” is based on the classic Disney film and tells the story of a mermaid who makes a bargain with an evil sea witch so she can seek love on land, outside of the ocean.

The show has never been performed at Waynesburg before, and Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at the University, believes that participating in the show greatly benefits students.

“Theatre teaches creativity, responsibility, dedication, teamwork and physical dexterity,” said Powers. “Theatre also teaches the actors and audience about the human spirit and human condition.”

Reservations for general admission are suggested, and tickets can be purchased at www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/mermaid or by calling 724-852-3226.

In conjunction with the show, the University will host its annual Alumni and Friends Dinner Theatre Saturday, April 2. Alumni are invited for dinner in Benedum Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance of the Spring Musical.

Tickets are $35 per adult ticket and $12.50 per child ticket, the proceeds from which benefit the University’s Theatre Program. Alumni should register by March 25, 2016, online at www.waynesburgunited.com/dinnertheatre16. Theatre seats are limited and reserved on a date-received basis.

For more information, contact Ferd Dolfi in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 724-852-3300 or fdolfi@waynesburg.edu.

The cast and crew of “The Little Mermaid” include:

  • Ariel: Kayla Coughlin, a freshman early childhood education major from Buena Park, California (Home School Clearing House) (cast one) and Mandi Pascarella, a freshman biblical and ministry studies major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Hempfield Area High School) (cast two)
  • Pilot/Fish/Footman: Christian Wilson, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Sailor/Fish/Guest: Keyur Patel, a sophomore finance major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Sailor/Fish: Joshua Sneeringer, a freshman business management major from New Oxford, Pennsylvania (Delone Catholic High School)
  • Sailor/Fish: Mason Morgan, a freshman marketing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Chartiers Valley High School)
  • Prince Eric: Zachary Zeigler, a junior communication major from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (West Mifflin High School)
  • Grimsby: Ronnie Loebker, a sophomore engineering major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • Flounder/Chef Ensemble: Emily Haywood, a senior criminal justice major from Claysville, Pennsylvania (McGuffey High School)
  • Scuttle: Brittany Stowe, a senior arts administration major from Millville, New Jersey (Millville High School)
  • Windward/Chef Ensemble: Joanna Peters, a freshman marine biology major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)
  • Leeward/Maid Ensemble: Cassie Gates, a senior biochemistry major from Penn Hills, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills High School)
  • Fish Ensemble/Stage Manager: Briana Ryan, a freshman music ministry major from Monongahela, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • King Triton: Matt Colaluca, a sophomore forensic science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania (Central Valley High School)
  • Sebastian: Josh Stewart, a freshman early childhood education major from Preston, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Aquata/Princess: Renee Watts, a senior early childhood education major from Clairton, Pennsylvania (Wilson Christian Academy)
  • Andrina/Princess: Kelsey Prough, a freshman forensic science major from Altoona, Pennsylvania (Altoona Area High School)
  • Atina/Princess: Tessa Masula, a freshman English secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • Adella/Princess: Megan Cook, a freshman digital design major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (Montour High School)
  • Allana/Princess: Michelle Frye, a sophomore advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)
  • Flotsam/Maid Ensemble: Katie Kondrick, a sophomore history major from Cheswick, Pennsylvania (Fox Chapel High School)
  • Jetsam/Chef Ensemble: Hannah Bloir, a freshman environmental science major from Mansfield, Ohio (Clear Fork High School)
  • Ursula: Jamie Denniston, a junior early childhood education major from Sewickley, Pennsylvania (Moon Area High School) (cast one) and Stephanie Tress, a senior forensic science major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Canon-McMillan High School) (cast two)
  • Gull/Maid Ensemble: Elisabeth Gray, a sophomore art major from Morgantown, West Virginia (Morgantown High School)
  • Chef Louise: Maggie Denniston, a junior art major from Sewickley, Pennsylvania (Moon Area High School)
  • Sea Guppies: Bryn Lahew, Loren Schroyer, Dani Stockdale
  • Director: Edward L. Powers
  • Music Director: Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the music program
  • Vocal Coach: Melanie Catana, director of choral music
  • Producer: Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration
  • Choreographer: Denise Branthoover, a sophomore nursing major from Murrysville, Pennsylvania (Franklin Regional High School)
  • Stage Manager: Kayla Goncalves, a sophomore music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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_3-17-CUPRAP-Award.jpgWaynesburg University has received two 2016 CUPPIE Awards from College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP), one gold and one bronze, for its in-house production of the Annual Report and the admissions newsletter. 

The University was awarded a Gold CUPPIE for its 2013-2014 Annual Report, and Bronze for the December 2014 issue of its admissions newsletter, “Unscripted.” 

“We are thrilled that our University Relations team was honored with this award,” said Heidi Szuminsky, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “Their commitment to excellence shines through in every publication they produce, but the recognition of this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication the team puts into every single aspect of their craft. We are proud of the job they’ve done and continue to do.”

The awards were presented at an awards dinner Thursday, March 10, at Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

This year, CUPRAP received 380 entries for the CUPPIE awards.

CUPRAP is a voluntary organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education and enhancing the professional development of its members. Members come from private and public colleges and universities, junior colleges, community colleges, independent schools, as well as other organizations involved in higher education.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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_Jim-Gilchrist.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate its 167th year and the 166th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 22. The convocation will be held in Waynesburg University’s Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

“Charter Day is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of Waynesburg University and reflect on our hallmark values of faith, learning and serving,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

The Rev. Dr. James Gilchrist, senior pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, will address those in attendance.

Gilchrist’s outreach through mission work has led him to travel throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Recently, he traveled with members of Westminster to Malawi and India. He is a regular participant in the Council on Foreign Relations Workshop on Religion and International Affairs.

Gilchrist also teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Dickinson College.

Gilchrist holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Arts in history as well as a doctoral degree in history and policy, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

For more information, contact Mary Fox at 724-852-7677 or visit www.waynesburg.edu/charterday.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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_3-9-Crosby-lecture_Gray.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speaker Dr. Harry Gray Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman professor of chemistry and the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Gray has published more than 850 research papers and 18 books related to chemical bonding, elements and the field of organic chemistry. 

“Dr. Gray is a renowned and well-respected chemist,” said Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry. “Having him visit campus and interact with our students is a fantastic opportunity. He is an engaging speaker, and I anticipate that those attending the Crosby Lecture will gain an understanding of the ways scientists are working to advance solar energy capture and conversion.”  

Gray’s lecture, “The 21st Century Solar Army,” will address the current trend of designing solar-driven molecular machines that could be used on a global scale to store solar energy. Since storing solar energy for use at night is a challenge in the industry, Gray will discuss what he and his fellow researchers have been doing to address the problem. 

Gray has made inspirational contributions to the understanding of chemical bonding of metal complexes, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, spectroscopy and magneto-chemistry of inorganic compounds. He received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for “pioneering work in bioinorganic chemistry, unraveling novel principles of structure and long-range electron transfer in proteins.” Gray is also the recipient of the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Regan in 1986.

The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lectures, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars often interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event culminates in a final public lecture.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-8Wayne-Rossiter.jpgDr. Wayne Rossiter, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, recently released his latest book, “Mind Over Matter: The Necessity of Metaphysics in a Material World.” 

“Today, Christians are routinely mocked and ridiculed as being ignorant and out of step with modern science and philosophy,” said Rossiter. “This book offers a defense against these charges by offering sound responses to the most common arguments mounted against faith in God.”

The book provides a practical and easy-to-use guide for anyone looking to respond to the toughest and most common objections to religious faith. 

Rossiter’s new book, in addition to a previous book, “Shadow of Oz: Theistic Evolution and the Absent God,” have provided Rossiter with the opportunity to be a guest on multiple podcast shows discussing the ideas behind his publications.

He recently participated in a series of podcasts on “ID the Future” and Tom Wheaton’s “The University Next Door,” as well as an interview on WORD-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. He anticipates appearances on Greg Koukl’s “Stand to Reason” and David Wheaton’s “The Chrisitian Worldview” in the near future.

“I think it’s just fun to see how others in your field have interpreted your work, and the sorts of questions or concerns they have,” said Rossiter.

Rossiter has also been invited to speak at the University of Pennsylvania’s Erie campus and 2016 Christian Scientific Society conference. Additionally, he has been contacted by a parochial school in Philadelphia, Pa., about their interest in using his latest book on a large scale, and a minister in Malawi who thanked him for the book and has asked for his help in their mission field.

Rossiter believes the 18 to 34 year-old group is the most engaged in the issues like the ones covered in his book, which is why he feels his work can benefit Waynesburg University students. 

Rossiter received his B.S. from Otterbein University, his M.S. from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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