The Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh presented its 2015 Leadership in Service Education Award to Waynesburg University Saturday, Sept. 26, at the 13th annual Imani Gala.

A private school for students in grades pre-K through12, Imani works to transform the lives of inner-city children by improving their literacy and academic skills, teaching self-discipline and developing character.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Imani Christian Academy through this award,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.  “Imani is a shining example of an institution transforming lives.”

Waynesburg University’s tradition of service learning has been established over time, resulting in strong programs that integrate faith and service with academics, preparing students not only for careers but also to be agents of positive change in their communities and the world.

Through partnerships with more than 40 local, regional and international service agencies, Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff contribute at least 50,000 hours of service learning and community/civic engagement hours annually.

Each year, hundreds of students dedicate their fall, winter, spring and summer breaks to service. Through University-organized trips, students travel the world and serve others, utilizing skills they have gained within their classes.

For more than a decade, students have been volunteering at The Pittsburgh Project (TPP). Assisting Pittsburgh homeowners with home improvements and volunteering as tutors with an after-school mentoring program, students serve TPP on weekend retreats as well as week-long service experiences. 

Additionally, Waynesburg 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. This scholarship program offers financial assistance to selected students with a high level of demonstrated financial need in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, another unique scholarship opportunity, enables young women to study and serve abroad. Recently, recipients have studied and served on environmental stewardship initiatives in Costa Rica and Australia, instructed English classes in Peru, taught mathematics in Sri Lanka and built clean water wells in India.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Barbara_Kirby.jpgBarbara Kirby, project director for the Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) at Waynesburg University, will lend her expertise to a project creating online interactives and educational mobile apps for the Library of Congress’s TPS program.

The project, entitled “KidCitizen Expandable Mobile and Online Apps for Elementary grades on Congress and Civic Participation,” will focus on the development and delivery of extensible cross-platform apps for iOS and Android devices and web browsers designed for children in grades K-5. 

The apps will be developed by Muzzy Lane Software, in conjunction with TPS Eastern Region partners Drs. Ilene and Michael Berson, professors of education at the University of South Florida. Kirby will provide valuable insights on primary source selection as well as teacher professional development and dissemination.

With the help from Kirby and the TPS at Waynesburg University team, the apps will provide authentic, age-appropriate interaction with primary source materials, based on research and pedagogy, engaging children in exploring civics and government concepts through historical sources, and connecting what they find with their daily lives.

The TPS program is the Library of Congress’s premier educational outreach program for teachers. The goal of the program is to provide professional development for teachers focused on enhancing their ability to embed digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress into inquiry-based instruction that builds student literacy, critical thinking skills and content knowledge.

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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band Fall Concert, “Great Music for the Wind Band,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band will perform a variety of American musical pieces, including “As Summer was Just Beginning,” “God’s Country” and three songs from the movie franchise “Star Wars.”

“The fall concert showcases an early ensemble sound from the group, but it also gives the ensemble and the audience an initial opportunity to share some great wind band repertoire early in the year,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program.

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at or 724-852-3420.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUHC14_1085.jpgWaynesburg University will welcome alumni, staff, faculty and students alike to its annual Homecoming celebration Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. The weekend will encompass a variety of events that invite participation from both alumni and current students.

“We want our alumni to feel special from the moment they step on campus to the last event,” said Mary Fox, event planner for the University. “For over 160 years, our alumni have been crucial to the growth of Waynesburg University. This weekend is just one of the ways we honor them."

During the two-day celebration, alumni will be invited to participate in athletic events, a reception with President and Mrs. Douglas G. Lee, a 5K run and walk, campus tours and more. Alumni will also have the opportunity to reconnect with nine academic and affinity groups, the largest number of groups present at Homecoming to date, in addition to 11 class reunions.

Current students, along with staff and faculty, will also join the celebration at athletic events and Jacketfest, where any student club or organization can host a booth.

“There are more ways than ever before for students to get involved,” said Fox. “Our alumni so often express how much they enjoy meeting current students while they are on campus.”

The University encourages alumni to reconnect with friends and network with fellow Waynesburg alumni as the campus celebrates Homecoming 2015.

Registration for Homecoming 2015 events is suggested. For a complete schedule of events or to register, visit

The Homecoming 2015 Weekend schedule:

Friday, Oct. 2

  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – President’s Reception at President and Mrs. Lee’s home (reservations required)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Women’s Tennis Match vs. St. Vincent College
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Perfect Round, where alumni will celebrate reunion years (reservations suggested)

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • 8:30 a.m. – Waynesburg University Homecoming 5k Run and Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All Alumni Check In at Johnson Commons or John F. Wiley Stadium
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Academic and Affinity Groups beginning in Johnson Commons. Alumni may tour their old departments and classrooms with their classmates.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Jacketfest in Johnson Commons. Bring your family and explore the unique offerings of Waynesburg University clubs and organizations.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-go Brunch in Benedum Dining Hall
  • 10:45 a.m. – Men’s Tennis Match vs. Fairmont State University
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Class of 1965 Brunch with President and Mrs. Lee at their home (reservations required)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game: Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets vs. Grove City College Wolverines at John F. Wiley Stadium
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent at the Back Gate
  • Post-Game – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout at the back gate of the John F. Wily Stadium (reservations required)

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Waynesburg University will host a fall overnight visitation for high school seniors Sunday, Nov. 15, through Monday, Nov. 16. Registration will be held in the Stover Campus Center beginning at 5 p.m.

When students arrive on campus, they will be paired with current Waynesburg University students who will serve as their overnight hosts. Through their hosts, participants will be given an inside look at the residence halls, academic programs, student life and campus facilities.

Participants will have the opportunity to observe classes related to their potential areas of study and meet with students and faculty members in their intended majors. A variety of activities will be offered to students including icebreakers, a pizza party, informational student discussion groups and student-assisted worship, among others.

For more information or to register, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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