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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Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University, presented at the recent Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in New York City.

Batchelder’s presentation, “Making Career Decisions,” focused on identifying resources, such as skills and degrees, necessary for starting out in the performing arts field or launching a new career within the field. She presented alongside three other higher education professionals in arts administration and arts management.

“I enjoy being able to help students and professionals who are at a turning point in their careers and teach them about opportunities they may not have known existed,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder has attended the APAP conference since 2009. She is also the chair of a special panel for the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), which is represented at the APAP conference.

“As the director of an arts administration program, I think it is an honor to represent AAAE at the APAP conference,” said Batchelder. “I enjoy networking and keeping up with what is happening in the field.”

Eventually, it is her goal to bring Waynesburg University students with her to the APAP conference so that they can learn about job opportunities first-hand and have a chance to network with important and influential professionals in the field.

Batchelder joined Waynesburg University in 2015. She received a M.A. from St. Andrews University and a M.A. and Ph.D., from The Ohio State University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgDr. Richard Pierce, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently published in the 20th anniversary issue of Windhover, a literary journal published by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Pierce’s poem, “Let Fire Come Down,” is a prayer poem in which the speaker fervently asks God to change his heart, to make him feel better, and to love and serve Him and others.

“Anytime someone publishes your work or asks you to give a public reading, it is a good feeling,” said Pierce. “So much of a writer’s life is spent behind the scenes – or rather in front of the page or a computer screen – it is nice to feel appreciated and to meet other writers and readers.”

Pierce was also invited to lead a public reading of his poetry at the February 2015 Windhover Writers’ Festival in Belton, Texas, in which his participation is seen as a benefit to his creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“It can help me keep them abreast of contemporary Christian literary writers they should study,” said Pierce.

Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Ohio University and the University of Illinois and a doctorate in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University.

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