b2ap3_thumbnail_campus-photo.jpgWaynesburg University will host its eighth annual Mini-Relay for Life Sunday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Johnson Commons. 

Every spring, Waynesburg students rally together to generate awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A representative from each student group on campus must walk for an hour at a time, making sure a team member is always on the course. The public is cordially invited to attend and enjoy food, games and prizes.

During this year’s “Disney” themed relay, campus organizations sell food and products as well as host activities to engage the campus and community in the fundraising cause. Organizations are also encouraged to fundraise as teams or individually before the event.

“It is crucial for each student group to fundraise,” said Theresa Butler, junior accounting major and president of the Mini-Relay for Life. “Without each different club and organization, it would be impossible to host this event on campus and reach our overall goal.”

The event will commence with a morning service led by Reverend James Tinnemeyer, University chaplain and director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry at the University and an opening ceremony led by University President Douglas G. Lee. 

According to Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services, Relay for Life gives the community hope because everyone is striving to make a difference in finding a cure for cancer. Every year, Hardie and the relay captains establish a certain monetary goal.

“This year we hope to reach an overall goal of $16,000,” said Hardie. “If every team reaches their individual goals, this will be 100 percent possible.”

The Mini Relay for Life will conclude with an acoustic Upper Room service and a closing ceremony with an American Cancer Society Representative.

“Everybody has someone in their life that has been touched by cancer,” said Megan Bayles, junior public relations major and vice president of the Mini-Relay for Life. “It is important for everyone to get involved in Relay for Life and help find a cure.” 

The 2015 Relay for Life officers are:

  • President: Theresa Butler, a senior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa. (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
  • Vice President: Megan Bayles, a junior public relations major from Carmichaels, Pa. (Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Survivorship: Nicole Zimmel, a junior early childhood education major from Slippery Rock, Pa. (Slippery Rock Area High School)
  • Online Chair: Brittany Orndoff, a senior secondary education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Main Stage Chair: Emily Hoffman, a senior secondary education major from Salisbury, Md. (Salisbury Christian School)

For more information, contact Hardie at khardie@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3461.

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Waynesburg University’s fifth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium will be held Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall (Miller Hall, third floor). The event is open to the public and will showcase 23 student presenters, including two oral presentations and 14 poster presentations. 

The oral presentation session will begin at 1 p.m., and the poster session will run from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout both presentations.

“The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for academic scholars across disciplines to showcase their studies, to collaborate to identify novel ways ofb2ap3_thumbnail_Learn-More-CTA.png identifying problems or questions and to generate data that contributes to insightful solutions,” said Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology.

Topics will cover a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations include research about anthropogenic pollution, DNA samples, ergonomics in nursing, nutrition and supplements and the West Nile virus.

“The ultimate goal of the symposium is for the students to be able to make the transition from knowledge gained in the classroom to putting that knowledge to use to investigate questions and generate new information,” said Sethman. “Gaining proficiency at communicating their findings is also an important part of career development for our students.”

For more information, contact Sethman at 724-852-3265 or csethman@waynesburg.edu.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Symphonic Band at Waynesburg University will host the annual Spring Concert Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Enjoy the rich history of music and performing arts in American culture as Waynesburg University students perform a variety of melodies. b2ap3_thumbnail_Wu-Admissions.png  The Lamplighters will perform musical selections from Waynesburg University student-choir as well as vocal solo and small ensemble contributions. The Symphonic Band will perform instrumental solo and small ensemble contributions, with a focus on inspiring and informing audiences about American history.

Some of the musical pieces that will be performed at the concert include “Battle Hymn Chorale,” “God’s Country,” “American Civil War Fantasy” and “Valor.” The finale will be a joint performance with the Lamplighters and Symphonic Band performing “America the Beautiful.”

“Seeing your peers involved in skilled areas of music-making has to be uplifting,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music at Waynesburg University and director of the Waynesburg University Music Program. “We hope to instill a sense of pride and community in the talents possessed by the student musicians at Waynesburg University.”

After the concert, guests are invited to visit with students and faculty at the reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information on these events, contact DePriest at depries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgWaynesburg University, in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the University’s Criminal Justice Department and Department of Public Safety, will hold an Active Shooter Learning Drill Sunday, April 12.

“This learning exercise clearly integrates all aspects of the Waynesburg University mission of connecting faith, learning and service,” said Mary Cummings, the University’s vice president of Student Services. “While we pray that our community will never need to engage in this type of situation in a real-life event, we are committed to providing learning opportunities to prepare students. In this case, we are preparing criminal justice students for their futures as they have chosen a life of service in a public safety related role.”

Similar to other mock events held on campus, such as the Mock Crime Scene event and Sports Broadcasting Camp, the drill will be highly participative as an experiential learning opportunity. Approximately seventy criminal justice administration majors will have the opportunity to be a part of the exercise and learn alongside professionals who have also chosen a life of service in public safety.

“The Department of Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences is strategically staffed with faculty who can provide both academic learning to students as well as incorporate practical experience from their real-world positions in the field,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences and current Greene County detective. “We are fortunate to have Criminal Justice Instructor James Tanda leading this exercise. He was previously the supervisory special agent and the team leader of the Special Response Team with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).”

Other agents from the ATF’s Pittsburgh office, along with Pennsylvania State Police Waynesburg Barracks, Waynesburg Police Department, Greene County Sherriff’s Department, Greene County Emergency Services, Waynesburg Fire Department, Southwest Regional Medical Center and EMS Southwest will be participating in the drill.

“Waynesburg University is fortunate to have strong relationships with the various law enforcement and other agencies participating in the drill and is grateful for their willingness to join the drill,” Tanda said. “This is truly an example of a win-win scenario.  Our students have the opportunity to learn while the agencies have an opportunity to practice various protocols and cross-agency communication tactics they have already been trained to do.”

The drill will take place in Buhl Hall and will include the use of two external congregation points outside of the building. Emergency vehicles will be parked in front of Buhl Hall and in the Stover parking lot.  There will be several rounds of varying scenarios taking place with learning discussions interspersed between each.

“We want all students and the community to know in advance that this is just a drill in order to avoid concern when there are multiple emergency response vehicles and personnel on campus,” said Mike Humiston, director of Public Safety. “The area will be marked off with tape and signs. We will also be using e2campus, our campus security alert system, to remind students that this is only a drill during the event. We ask that everyone not involved in the drill please go about their normal business and not attempt to become spectators, take photographs or video the drill.”

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724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 3, on the campus of Waynesburg University. The celebration will honor approximately 730 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker. The Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, will address the Class of 2015 as the Commencement speaker.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Both the Rev. Dr. Paris and Bishop Zubik will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

b2ap3_thumbnail_peter-j-paris-12.jpgRev. Dr. Peter Paris

In addition to Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Paris has also taught at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., Howard University School of Divinity in Washington D.C., Union Theological Seminary in New York City, N.Y., and Harvard University Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. He has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from both Boston University and the Society of Christian Ethics.

He has been elected to several national offices, including the presidencies of the American Theological Society, the Society of Christian Ethics, the Society for the Study of Black Religion and the American Academy of Religion.

The Rev. Dr. Paris has published several books including “Black Religious Leaders: Unity in Diversity;” “The Social Teaching of the Black Churches;” “The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral Discourse;” and “Virtues and Values: The African and African American Experience.” 

He has authored numerous academic journal articles and book chapters and edited several books. He is the general editor of a series with New York University Press on religion, race and ethnicity, and he continues to lecture and teach widely throughout the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, India and Brazil.

The Rev. Dr. Paris was ordained in the African United Baptist Association of the Atlantic Baptist Convention of Canada and has served churches in various roles in addition to his present role on the Freedom and Justice Advisory Committee of the Baptist World Alliance.

The Rev. Dr. Paris completed two degrees at Acadia University and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Bishop David A. Zubikb2ap3_thumbnail_Zubik-Bishop-FORMAL-PHOTO.JPG

Bishop Zubik was ordained a priest in 1975 by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. In 1997, he was consecrated a bishop at Saint Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 2007, he was named the Twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh by Pope Benedict XVI and was installed at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

Previously, he was named associate general secretary and chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and on January 1, 1996, became vicar general and general secretary bishop, a position in which he served until his appointment as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

He has also served as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, vice principal of Quigley Catholic High School, chaplain to the sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse, chaplain to the students at Mount Gallitzin Academy, adjunct spiritual director at Saint Paul Seminary and associate spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary, among other roles.

Bishop Zubik holds an undergraduate degree as well as a master’s degree in education administration from Duquesne University and a degree in theology from Saint Mary Seminary and University.

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