Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its second Chamber Works concert of the semester, Thursday, April 17. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, the Brass Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra, the Jazz Ensembles, the Vocal and Instrumental Combos, the Percussion Ensemble, the Pipe and Drum Band and the Woodwind Ensemble. These ensembles are largely student driven and receive weekly coaching by applied music faculty members.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3420. 

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing, SNAP and the Joining Forces Initiative recently hosted a discussion on the importance of routine patient screening for military service. Gigi McNaught, MSN, RN, served as the key speaker.

With 18 years of nursing experience including staff nursing in trauma, surgical and dialysis units, and case management at UPMC, West Penn Allegheny Health System and the VA Health System, McNaught provided great insight into the debated topic of screening for military service.

“The speaker [McNaught] really opened my eyes to the lifelong ‘disabilities’ those who served us live with,” said Linsey Zupancic, a senior nursing major. “She made a point to focus on how we need to be aware that they may not open up to us as nurses and we just need to do our best to assess for any signs or symptoms of an underlying cause.”

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 22 million American military veterans. Due to such numbers, the matter of screening for military service has become predominantly relevant in the health sciences field today. Military veterans and their families are a population with many unique needs including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic amputation and health concerns due to chemical exposure in combat.

Zupancic, Lindsay Morris and other senior nursing students participating in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health (NUR 419) course offered at Waynesburg were in charge of organizing the event along with Melany Chrash, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of NUR 419. This served as part of the nursing department’s commitment to the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative.

“As a nursing student, this event was very important because it helped us recognize the needs of veterans, and how to provide them with better care and connect them with resources and support outside of the hospital that can make a very positive change in their lives,” said Morris. “I was honored to have the opportunity to work with the Joint Forces Initiative and the faculty in the nursing department to plan this event.”

The Joining Forces Initiative program is led by the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing, in coordination with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. Through this program, nursing organizations and schools have committed to educating current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for veterans impacted by PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression and other combat-related issues.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 23 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_STEM-logo-Rev.jpgWaynesburg University will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Scouts Camp Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25. Boy Scouts entering sixth grade through current high school seniors are invited to attend.

Boy Scouts can earn up to five Merit Badges by participating in the camp. Waynesburg University will offer 13 different badges including chemistry, digital technology, engineering, environmental science, geocaching and sustainability, among others.

Waynesburg University will offer small camp classes with individualized instruction. All classes will be taught by University professors who are experts in the merit badge field.

“We are thrilled to continue the tradition of scouting at Waynesburg University with this camp opportunity,” said University Provost Dr. Jacquelyn Core. “As a scout leader, it is important that merit badge instruction be of high quality, and the Boy Scouts of America works hard to ensure that merit badge counselors are appropriately qualified.  At Waynesburg University, we are uniquely positioned with a cadre of experts in science, technology, engineering and math capable and excited to teach scouts these skills.  Who better to teach these skills than University professors teaching in their fields of expertise?”

Registration is limited to the first 50 scouts. The camp cost is $450 per camper, which includes lodging in air conditioned dorms, three meals a day in the dining facilities of the university, a t-shirt, a patch and all activities. Scouts can provide a roommate preference to room with a friend.

Activities include evening campfires and fun, hands-on STEM activities. Scouts will work on Boy Scouts of America (BSA) NOVA science awards during camp. The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with fun activities and exposure to STEM-related fields.

Registration opens Tuesday, April 1, at http://info.waynesburg.edu/STEMcamp.

Waynesburg University’s history of scouting initiatives and education will continue with STEM for Scouts Camp, as well as its second annual Merit Badge University Saturday, Oct. 25, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

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The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars will host Empty Bowls Greene County Sunday, April 6, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Greene County Fairgrounds Building 9. Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes a meal, handcrafted bowl and a donation to the Weekend Food Program. Ages 12 and under eat for free, but will not receive a handmade bowl.

Empty Bowls Greene County is a luncheon and fundraiser designed to help fight hunger. Attendants will enjoy soups provided by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at the Greene County Career and Technology Center, and breads provided by Rising Creek Bakery. They will also have the opportunity to select from a variety of hand-crafted ceramic bowls, made by Waynesburg University students and the local Artbeat.

Hand-crafted items by local artisans will be up for bid during a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Greene County Weekend Food Program. Tickets can be purchased at Artbeat and the Community Foundation of Greene County on High Street.

The event will host guest speaker Donna Dire, a Social Worker from Graysville Elementary School. Dire will share the ways in which she has seen the Weekend Food Program have a direct impact on young children and real life stories from parents and children.

Organizations such as Produce to People, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, AmeriCorps VISTA and Urban League – SNAP will be in attendance to educate the local community about hunger.

For questions or additional information, please contact Steven Snow at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Nine Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weekend work camp Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13. Dave Calvario, dean of students and director of the Center for Service Leadership, will serve as trip leader.

“The Pittsburgh Project serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs,” Calvario said. “It is a Christian Community Development organization.”

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Students participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners.

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project weekend trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, a freshman journalism major from North Huntingdon, Pa.
  • Craig Collins, a freshman biology major from Carmichaels, Pa.
  • James Glisan, a sophomore biblical ministry major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Nathan Hsueh, a junior computer security and forensics major from Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Paige Lane, a freshman athletic training major from West Lafayette, Ohio
  • Taryn Leiter, a freshman arts administration major from Erie, Pa.
  • Ben Little, a sophomore sociology major from McKeesport, Pa.
  • Hannah Szymanik, a senior special education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.
  • James Witte, a junior political science major from Waynesburg, Pa.

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