b2ap3_thumbnail_Vira_Heinz_2_of_2.jpgSophomores Addie Pazzynski and Paige Carter were selected as the 2015 Waynesburg University recipients of scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions across Pennsylvania to participate in the Program.

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.

Collectively, the women received more than $15,000 in scholarship money through the Vira I. Heinz Program. The scholarships will afford these women the opportunity to travel and study overseas through various study abroad programs.

Pazzynski, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major and English minor from Waynesburg, Pa., will study in Amman, Jordan, with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Middle Eastern Studies program.

She will study the Arabic language as well as concentrate on other Jordanian studies such as Islam, Jordanian archaeology, Jordanian history and Middle Eastern politics. Pazzynski believes studying through the CIEE program will allow her to better understand the Arabic language and the people who speak it.

“As a student of religious studies, I am deeply interested in Islam, its relationship with the Christian West and its diverse people groups and sects,” said Pazzynski. “Through learning Arabic, I believe that I can better empathize with Muslims and further seek ways in which to connect with them from my own Christian perspective.”

Paige Carter, a sophomore pre-law major from Coraopolis, Pa., will spend her summer in Cape Town, South Africa, completing courses through the Council for International Educational Exchange.

Carter will learn about the challenges and realities of post-apartheid South Africa through innovative courses and an integrated community service study abroad project.

“I am excited to immerse myself into an unfamiliar culture and abandon preconceived ideas and notions,” said Carter. “I am anticipating that gaining an understanding of the nature of apartheid history will empower me to see through the wrongfulness of African Law that is tangled working the African Law System.”

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.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Crosby-Lecturer.jpgWaynesburg University will host David C. Scott as the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series speaker Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

North Texas native David C. Scott is the author of four nationally award-winning and bestselling books. “The Scouting Party” (2010) recounts the origins of the Scouting movement. “We Are Americans, We Are Scouts” (2008) fuses the words and stories of President Theodore Roosevelt within the framework of the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America, and “Where Character is Caught” (2013) details the storied history of Dallas’ (TX) Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America. His newest work, “My Fellow Americans" (2014), details the symbiotic relationship between Scouting and the U.S. presidency.

Scott has been involved with Scouting for more than 30 of his 43 years. As a 1981 recipient of the Eagle Scout award, including five Eagle palms, Scott grew up in the Circle 10 Council and prospered under quality adult tutelage as a Cub Scout as well as a Boy Scout. A Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow and a Wood Badge recipient, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and continued onward to Southern Methodist University, where he earned a master’s degree in applied economics in 1993.

For more information about Scott, visit: http://www.davidcscott.net/index.html. 

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 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_Monogram Small.jpgThe Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at Waynesburg University will hold a free professional development series for educators. Coaches Academy for Teachers will meet online each Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., beginning March 17 and running through April 21. 

Coaches Academy for Teachers is an advanced TPS Level III course designed to help teachers develop the skills and knowledge to lead colleagues in using the free Library of Congress digitized sources effectively across the curriculum. Participants earn up to 20 CEU Hours, with an option to earn 10 more post-course.

The online workshop is designed for educators to gain skills in how to apply a variety of teaching strategies to use primary sources effectively to engage students, develop higher order thinking skills and address the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards. Educators will also develop knowledge of adult learning theory, peer coaching strategies and facilitation techniques. 

The course will include live interactive audio chat sessions, peer collaboration and discussion and independent reading and project development. 

Participants who have not completed TPS level I are asked to complete a pre-requisite, TPS BASICS, before March 3. Login information is provided upon registration for Coaches Academy for Teachers. 

Space is limited. Register at: https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=441874

For more information, contact Sue Wise at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377. 

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_20150226-210032.JPGWaynesburg University’s b.f. maiz Lecture will be Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall and will feature Dr. Toru Kiuchi. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Kiuchi is a professor of English at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar doing research on Richard Wrights Haiku at Yale University.  

He is a published Haiku poet and the editor-in-chief of Ten [Sable], a Haiku magazine; a vice chairman of the Japan Association of Haiku Poets; an executive committee member and trustee of the Haiku International Association, Japan; a Japanese translator of Richard Wright’s “Haiku: This Other World”; and an author and editor of Haiku collections.

He has authored eleven books including “Richard Wright: A Documented Life, 1908-1960,” and “The Critical Responses in Japan to African American Writers.” He has also given more than 30 presentations and invited lectures at conferences in Canada, China, Egypt, France, Korea and the United States. 

The b. f. maiz Center, named after the late poet b. f. maiz, exists to continue and to amplify his lifelong concerns with poetry, peace and poetic justice. This speaker is invited to campus as part of the b.f. maiz Center’s activities.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wu-Admissions.pngWaynesburg University will host a Spring Overnight Visitation for high school students Sunday, March 29, through Monday, March 30. The visitation will give prospective students the opportunity to experience student life on campus while interacting with current University students. 

Upon arriving to 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. 

On Monday, the prospective students are given the opportunity to attend classes according to their intended major or area of interest. In addition, the students’ families are invited back down to campus to attend an informational meeting regarding the admissions process and financial aid. 

“Each of these experiences provides a student with insight about being a part of our campus community,” said Robin King, senior vice president of enrollment and university relations at Waynesburg University. “The Overnight Visitation is a first-hand snap-shot of being a Waynesburg University student.” 

The Spring Overnight Visitation will host approximately 50 high school seniors. Space is limited and fills quickly.

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

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