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A faculty art exhibition featuring the work of Ron Jesiolowski will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Feb. 24, through Wednesday, March 19. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception Monday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Jesiolowski’s work aims to provide a window to peek into a deeper understanding of one’s own personal beliefs, convictions, faith and a shared planetary struggle of survival.

“My work can be classified as fantasy-surreal, which in most cases have spiritual undertones,” said Jesiolowski. “It attempts to invite the viewer to engage in a deeper understanding and appreciation for how precious life truly is, presenting unexpected life forms in scenarios of relative equality, experiencing everyday human goals, ambitions, challenges and obstacles associated with existence on the planet.”

Between 15 and 18 art pieces will be displayed at the exhibition including oil paintings, pen and ink pieces, and watercolor paintings.

Jesiolowski’s work has been displayed throughout the Pittsburgh area including the Carnegie Art Museum in the Scaife Gallery, the Pittsburgh Association of the Arts and Pittsburgh’s Center of the Arts. He attended Point Park College as well as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and he received his master’s degree from Westminster University in London, England.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Vira-Heinz-2014.jpgThrough the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, Waynesburg University has selected six young women to study abroad this summer. Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions across Pennsylvania to participate in the Program and was granted six scholarships rather than the traditional three. 

Collectively, the women received more than $37,600 in scholarship money through the Vira I. Heinz Program.

Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and the Waynesburg University coordinator of the Vira I. Heinz Program for almost 20 years, said that the young women represent the best of Waynesburg University. 

“We are pleased to have such bright young women at Waynesburg University who are interested in the world around them,” said Bristor. “To have six women chosen speaks to the quality of our academics, faith integration and service opportunities.”

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership prepares women for tomorrow's global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development and community service. Typically, three women from each institution are admitted into the one-year program and receive a scholarship of at least $5,000 to put toward the cost of an international experience of their choosing.

Juniors Ellen Limback, Rebecca Shindelar and Allyson Wernert and sophomores Caley Blankenbuehler, Cassandra Gates and Madison Perretta are the 2014 Waynesburg University recipients of scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. The scholarships will afford these women the opportunity to travel and study overseas through various study abroad programs.

Limback, an early childhood education (special education) major from Mars, Pa., will study in Cuzco, Peru, through Projects Abroad, one of the world’s leading international volunteer organizations.

While there, she will work in a small village school helping to teach children English. She looks forward to experiencing a different culture, improving her Spanish language skills and developing her teaching experience. 

Shindelar, a junior human services (social science) major from Bemidji, Minn., will travel to Brasov, Romania, also through Projects Abroad. She will volunteer at an orphanage and take two online summer courses. 

“Through my courses in the humanities, I have been equipped with knowledge about the need to interact with and explore the depth of culture and different styles of living in other places around the world,” Shindelar said. 

Allyson Wernert, a junior international studies (international culture) and political science major from Finleyville, Pa., will take her talents to Tokyo, Japan, this summer through Sophia University. She will take classes in Japanese language and culture. Wernert hopes to meet and make friends from all over the world.

Blankenbuehler, a mathematics (secondary education) major from West Newton, Pa., will spend her summer in Southern India through Projects Abroad. There, she will teach English and mathematics to students. 

“At Waynesburg I’ve learned a lot about what it's like to be a Christian and I have developed a relationship with God, so I know that He will be there with me through my whole trip,” Blankenbuehler said. 

Gates, a chemistry (biochemistry) major from Penn Hills, Pa., will travel to Costa Rica through International Studies Abroad (ISA). She will study the Spanish language and environmental studies and participate in volunteer work projects such as species monitoring and trail cleaning.

“I am most looking forward to the experiences and growth that will come with the scholarship,” Gates said. “I have the chance to meet other women who value becoming global leaders. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to do this.”

Perretta, a sophomore sociology major from Beaver Falls, Pa., will study through IES Abroad’s Summer Psychology Program in Vienna, Austria. She will learn about different methods of communicating with and treating individuals with mental illnesses.

“As a student at Waynesburg University, I've been given incredible opportunities to push myself academically and as a leader on campus,” Perretta said. “This has led me to become prepared to be a leader on campus and, in the future, a leader abroad.”  

Scholarship recipients were required to complete an application, submit academic and personal letters of reference and a proposal for their intended plans. The proposal included a budget for the trip including the cost of airfare, classes, housing and meals, among other items. Applicants were also required to explain how the trip related to their academic areas of study and future plans.

Upon receiving the application and proposals, interviews were held in front of a committee. The students were selected based on their proposal, their leadership on campus, and how well the committee felt they would represent Waynesburg University and the United States abroad. 

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion. 

The Program has three principal components: the international experience, the Community Engagement Experience and two weekend-long, intensive leadership development retreats. During the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following their international experiences, the awardees meet in Pittsburgh. These trainings provide the awardees with a foundation of skills necessary to maximize cultural learnings while abroad and to engage their leadership skills in their own communities upon their return.

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Sándor Mécs, a senior communication (journalism) major at Waynesburg University, will travel to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., to present at the 28th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native will present his paper titled, “Burnham's Managerial Revolution: The Unexamined Reality of Contemporary Class Conflict.”

“Sándor Mécs' powerful paper engages the insights of political theorist James Burnham's 1941 classic ‘The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World’ about the global emergence of the bureaucratic state and updates Burnham's model for the 21st century,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “Mr. Mecs's creative research reintroduces Burnham's analysis – a former Marxist who later helped William F. Buckley, Jr. launch the conservative journal ‘National Review’ in the late 1950s – to contemporary public discourse.”

Mécs has worked closely alongside Stratton to prepare his paper.

“Dr. Stratton was always available for me to talk to,” Mécs said. “He not only appreciated what I was doing, but was actively enthused by what I was doing – and that is priceless. That’s more than I could have hoped for.”

Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

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Waynesburg University will host a Spring Overnight Visitation for high school seniors Sunday, March 30, through Monday, March 31. The visitation will give prospective students the opportunity to experience student life while interacting with University students.

Upon arriving at Waynesburg University, prospective students will be paired with a current student who will serve as an overnight host. Participants will experience life in academic programs, campus facilities, residence halls and student life.

“The Overnight Visitation is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to see first-hand what it’s like to be a student here,” said Kari Calvario, admissions counselor at Waynesburg University. “This is their chance to interact with current students and professors, worship with our students and live a day in the life of our students.”

The Spring Overnight Visitation will host approximately 50 high school seniors. Space is limited and fills quickly. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the beginning of March.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-Paul-Carrol.jpgGuitarist, composer and musical theatre director, Paul Carrol Binkley, will perform in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. Reservations are suggested.

A highly regarded Nashville, Tenn., musician, Binkley is known for his abilities as an acoustic guitarist, performing in live shows and recordings for Music City acts. He has backed performers such as country group Alabama, but also records regularly as a solo artist. His albums include Closer to Home, Flying Colors, Passages for Acoustic Guitar and Silent Serenade. 

He has played on television programs including the Grand Ole Opry, Church Street Station and Nashville Now. Binkley has served as musical director for the Mockingbird Theatre, the Nashville Children's Theater and the National Shakespeare Festival. 

In addition to his work on the acoustic guitar, Binkley also composes. He took home top honors in the Young Composers Competition twice and has performed at both the Atlanta Arts Festival and the Mid-South Jazz Festival.

His formal education includes training from Austin Peay State University, Boston's Berklee College of Music and Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.  

In conjunction with the Feb. 20 concert, the Fine Arts Department will host two master classes with Binkley. The Friday noon master class experience in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel will be open to the public with free admission. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley. 

For concert reservations, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley/. Tickets will be available Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. 

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