The Waynesburg University Players will present “Room Service,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“’Room Service’ is a screwball comedy in the same tradition of many quick-witted comedies of the 1930's,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “Lots of physical action with zany characters.”

Written by Allen Boretz and John Murray and directed by Powers, the play is set in 1938 at the White Way Hotel. The comedy brings to life Broadway producer Gordon Miller who is waiting on a financial backer to mount his next play. 

While Miller overstays his welcome at the hotel, he has managed to a run an enormous tab, conduct secret rehearsals, feed his starving actors and keep the hotel management happy. How much longer can he hide out in the hotel before people start getting suspicious?

Reservations are suggested. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or

The cast and crew include: 

•Katie Shultz, a senior human services/education major from Venetia (Peters Township High School)

•Adam Tapparo, a junior sociology major from Beaver (Beaver Area High School)

•Mike Merten, a sophomore history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)

•Larissa Bray, a junior mathematics major from Murrysville (Trinity Christian School)

•Mariah West, a senior criminal justice major from Mindan, Nev. (Sierra Lutheran High School)

•Olivia Long, a senior business management major from Burgettstown (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)

•Ronald Loebker, a freshman engineering math major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)

•Audrey Domasky, a freshman public relations major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)

•SiReno Mattie, a senior English (creative writing) major from Rices Landing (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Dawson Laabs, a junior computer security and forensic major from Washington (Washington High School)

•Brittany Stowe, a junior arts administration (music concentration) major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)

•Shawn White, a freshman with an undecided major from Amity (Trinity High School)

•Leysha Stickles, a sophomore English (creative writing) major from Bellefonte (Bellefonte Area High School)

•Nick Merrill, a freshman communication (electronic media) major from Zelienople (Portersville Christian School)

•Michelle Frye, a freshman advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area Jr./Sr. High School)

•Rebecca Iannotta, a freshman athletic training major from Stanhope, N.J. (Veritas Christian Academy)

Assistant Directors: Emily Mielcarek, a sophomore international cultures major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School) and Jordan Totty, a senior forensic science major from Temecula, Calif. (Cornerstone Christian School)

Stage Managers: London Koffler, a business management major from Washington (Wheeling Central Catholic High School), Sara Lesher, a freshman with an undecided major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School), and Lori Williams, a junior education major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)

House Manager: Amanda Stillings, a junior arts administration (theater) major from Sussex, N.J. (Highpoint Regional High School)

Additional crew members include: Tyler Wolfe, Austin Orth, Haleigh McKee, Cara Paraska, Nathan Hsueh, Sarah Flowers, Billie Hill, Maranda Valentino and Jeff Herbstritt.

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Ben_Lowe_Photo.jpgWaynesburg University’s Recycling Task Force and the Ecostewards Club will host guest speaker Ben Lowe Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Lowe will be speaking on creation care and climate action. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Lowe serves as the national organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (Y.E.C.A.). Founded in 2012 by a group of core evangelical students, Y.E.C.A. is a faith-based movement of young Christians in the United States joining together to overcome the climate change crisis. Y.E.C.A.’s diverse and creative actions are focused on mobilizing young evangelicals to act and advocate together.

A dedicated activist and organizer, Lowe is also the director of young adult ministries with the Evangelical Environmental Network and Chair of the Board of the Au Sable Institute. He is the author of “Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2014-10-23-at-10.44.40-AM.pngWaynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was awarded the Star Chapter Award for meeting specific chapter and professional development goals for the second consecutive year.

“It is especially gratifying to achieve this accomplishment in consecutive years given we have just begun our fifth year as a chapter,” said Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “We are well ahead of the long-term goals and objectives that we established for the public relations major and the PRSSA chapter when we first started the process.”

The Public Relations Student Society of America National Committee evaluates the performance of PRSSA chapters and awards the recognition to chapters that meet at least eight of the following 10 requirements:

  • Conduct a high school outreach session and/or promote Affiliate membership to a nearby community college
  • Confirm attendance by at least one Chapter member at National Conference, National Assembly, a Regional Conference or Leadership Rally
  • Confirm that at least 10 percent of graduating seniors applied for PRSA Associate Membership
  • Confirm that at least one Chapter member applies for an individual National PRSSA scholarship or award
  • Confirm that the Chapter applied for at least one national PRSSA award
  • Extend an invitation to students/faculty from other disciplines to attend at least one Chapter meeting
  • Gain positive attention for the Chapter in at least one campus or community publication or other media
  • Give attention to ethics in at least one chapter meeting
  • Initiate and complete at least one community service project
  • Strengthen the Chapter’s relationship with its Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) sponsor chapter

In just its fifth year of existence, Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA is one of 328 schools nationally associated with PRSSA, the student counterpart of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Waynesburg’s Chapter was one of 31 from around the country honored with Star Chapter status.

“This recognition means that our Chapter is one of the best in the nation,” said Megan Bayles, junior public relations major and the president of Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “This award shows that we are doing things right, and we are offering our members all of the opportunities needed to succeed in the fast-paced world of public relations.”

Bayles added that receiving the Star Chapter Award reflects the hard work and dedication of the Chapter’s members and executive board.

“Gaining the honor of Star Chapter is not an easy feat to accomplish,” said Bayles. “It takes motivated members with innovative ideas and strong work ethics as well as strong and active leadership from advisers and our executive board. I feel so blessed to be part of a chapter with such great potential and such amazing members.”

The Chapter’s next goals are to apply for the Dr. F.H. Teahan Chapter Awards sponsored by PRSSA as well as to obtain National Affiliation for the Chapter’s student-run firm, Red Brick Communications.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aladdin.jpgPresident and CEO of Aladdin Food Management Services Tom Cusimano and Aladdin District Manager Joe DeSalvo presented a gift to Waynesburg University Monday, Oct. 20. Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee accepted the check on behalf of the University.

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Waynesburg University’s Student Senate will host a campus and community Harvest Festival Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Johnson Commons. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Prior to the event, the Waynesburg University Residence Life staff will host trick-or-treating on Washington Street in Waynesburg. Cara Petrone, a senior forensic science major from Canonsburg, Pa., and social vice president of Student Senate, hopes to bring in more community members to show the passion for service at Waynesburg University.

She planned the event to promote campus and community relations as well as raise funds for local needs. The preceding year raised more than $400; Petrone hopes to surpass that number this year.

“This year we are doing more community outreach, hopefully with local schools and businesses,” Petrone said. “We want to be able to raffle items from local businesses and to have a lot more community participation.”

Campus clubs and organizations will dress in Halloween costumes and sell various Halloween and harvest-themed snacks and activities to raise money for Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up, a Western Pennsylvania-based non-profit that raises money for outerwear for those in need.

Every club that participates gets to keep half of the money raised. There will be a $50 prize given to the club that raises the most money and to the club that has the best costumes.

WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, will host its annual Pumpkin Bowling during the event.

In the event of inclement weather, the Harvest Festival will take place in Stover Campus Center.

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