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b2ap3_thumbnail_LittleWomen.jpgDirected by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players will present “Little Women” Wednesday, April 2, through Saturday, April 5, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

“Little Women,” inspired by the popular American novel, will follow Jo March and her sisters as they journey into adulthood following the years of the Civil War. With lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland, this recent Broadway hit offers many delightful songs that any audience member is sure to enjoy. 

“One broad based theme would be that it is important to know who you really are,” said Powers. “Jo tries to be someone she is not, but she only finds real happiness when she recognizes who she truly is. As Shakespeare said, ‘To thine ownself be true.’”

The cast and crew include:

Jo March: Erika Stafford, a senior psychology major from Orrville, Ohio (Orrville High School)

Amy March: Chelsea Ritter, a senior international business major from New Tripoli (Northwestern Lehigh High School)

Meg March: Briana Hozak, a senior sociology major from Home (Marian Center Area High School)

Beth March: Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata (Ephrata Senior High School)

Marmee: Amanda Stillings, a sophomore arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)

*Aunt March: Mariah West, a junior criminal justice administration major from Minden, Nev. (Sierra Lutheran High School)

Theodore Laurence III: Adam Tapparo, a junior sociology major from Beaver (Beaver Area High School)

*Mr. Laurence: John Flanigan IV, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md. (Calvary Christian Academy)

Professor Bhaer: Dawson Laabs, a sophomore information technology major from Washington (Washington High School)

Mrs. Kirk: Olivia Long, a junior business management major from Burgettstown (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)

*Helga: Larissa Bray, a sophomore mathematics major from Murrysville (Trinity Christian High School)

Clarissa: Lori Williams, a freshman early childhood education major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)

*Braxton: Austin Orth, a sophomore computer science major from Meyersdale (Lighthouse Christian Academy)

*Rodrigo and Choreographer: Jordan Totty, a junior forensic science major from Temecula, Calif. (Cornerstone Christian School)

*Rodrigo 2: Emily Haywood, a sophomore digital design major from Claysville (McGuffey Area School District)

*Old Knight: Mike Merten, a freshman history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)

Chief Hag: Emily Mielcarek, a freshman international culture major from Orchard Park N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)

*Chief Troll: Katie Shultz, a junior human services major from Venetia (Peters Township High School)

Ensemble: 

  • Denell Cormany, a freshman early childhood and special education major from Medina, Ohio (Buckeye Senior High School)
  • Annie McGlaughlin, a freshman communication sports broadcasting and information major from Pittsburgh (Brentwood Middle-High School)
  • Brittany Stowe, a sophomore psychology major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)
  • Vocal Director: Tome Custer
  • Choreographer: Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University 
  • Stage Manager: Leysha Stickles, a freshman creative writing major from Bellefonte (Bellefonte Area High School
  • Additional Crew:
    • David O'Donaghue, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
    • Tyler Wolfe, a freshman communication electronic media major from Parkton, Md. (Hereford High School)
    • Members of the Lights & Sound Tech class

*Cast members who are also part of the ensemble

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226 or visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/little-women.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgWaynesburg University will host a Senior Art Exhibition for Nathanael Long Monday, March 24, through Wednesday, April 16. An opening reception will take place Monday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Senior art exhibitions take place each semester to provide veteran art students with a platform to showcase the products of a practiced creative process. Students spend four years creating and preserving pieces they are most proud of for this very occasion. 

Long’s exhibit includes paintings, photography, sculptures and ceramics pieces he has worked on throughout his academic career, concentrating on abstract art for the purposes of the show.

“Art is something I have enjoyed ever since I can remember,” Long said. “I realize now that I will always be a student of art because there is always more to learn. I like the challenge of trying to make interesting compositions using line, form and color to express myself.”

The Art Program at Waynesburg University allows students to mold, paint and sketch works of their imagination while providing the tools to grasp a comprehensive knowledge of techniques and history. Students hone abilities through class discussion, demonstrations and exhibits. 

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information call 724-852-3247.

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Waynesburg University will host spring Visitation Days for transfer students, high school students and their families Saturday, April 12, and Saturday, April 26.

Registration in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center begins at 8:30 a.m. both days. After check-in, students have the opportunity to take a tour of the campus, meet with faculty and staff in their elected majors, learn about admissions and financial aid and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

According to Kari Calvario, admissions counselor at Waynesburg University, the purpose of Visitation Days is to provide prospective students and their families with the opportunity to experience Waynesburg University. For many students, this is their first visit to campus, so it is important that they get a chance to tour it, meet with professors and learn more about the admissions and financial aid process.

“Visitation Days are designed to provide students a very informative day,” said Calvario. “They will hear from President Lee, have a chance to meet Student Services staff and representatives from student groups, tour the campus and attend a student panel.”

Approximately 2,500 students are currently enrolled in Waynesburg University’s doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 70 academic concentrations are offered at the University, which maintains its status as one of the least expensive private institutions in Pennsylvania.

In addition to rigorous academics, service is at the forefront of a Waynesburg University education. Students annually contribute more than 50,000 hours of service, working with more than 50 local, regional, domestic and international partners. University students have the opportunity to choose from approximately 18 annual domestic and international service mission trips offered during fall, winter and spring breaks.

For more information or to register for a spring visitation day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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To commemorate the Inauguration of 15th Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and the University’s longstanding tradition of service, Waynesburg University will hold a Day of Service Saturday, March 22, in the community and beyond. Alumni across the globe will connect with current students, faculty, staff and friends of the University to serve in honor of President Lee.

Surrounding the Tuesday, March 25 Inauguration, the University will host a historic, multi-day event including the Day of Service.  Students, faculty and staff will contribute service hours and activities at community organizations including the Greene County United Way, the Humane Society, the Red Cross SAFE Program, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home and many more.

“The Day of Service is a celebration of Waynesburg University’s commitment to servant leadership for almost two centuries,” said President Lee. “I’m excited to see the campus and community come together to help those in need.”

Others will create their own Day of Service initiatives tailored to students’ skills and interests.

Waynesburg nursing students have partnered with Cornerstone Care “Dancing with a Pink Ribbon” to provide free clinical breast exams for campus and community members via the Cornerstone Care Mobile Medical Unit that day. Open to the public, the unit will be located in front of the Waynesburg University gymnasium on Wayne Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Day of Service.  A nurse practitioner will perform the exams at no cost. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Call Sharon Heath at 724-852-1001 ex. 304 to sign up or for more information. The Dancing with a Pink Ribbon event is made possible by funds from the Susan G. Komen Grant.

The University’s  Department of English hosted “Pass the Biscuits” at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg Wednesday, Feb. 26, to raise money for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg in honor of the Day of Service. The students, faculty and staff raised $531 for the food bank, an amount matched by the Waynesburg Giant Eagle up to $500 for a total of $1,031.

Though the primary focus of the day is service to Greene County, Waynesburg University alumni are eager to unite with their alma mater through service in any location, including a 2009 alumna who will serve Moldova to help restore a home for human trafficking victims during the Day of Service. Registered alumni include a wide span volunteers, with graduation years as early as 1955 and as recent as 2013 and service locations from North Dakota to New Hampshire.

The University is also accepting donations for the Salvation Army Day of Service project with drop-boxes across campus.

According to Mary Fox, Waynesburg University Event Planner, the event will bring together alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the community.

“The University embraces this day to direct the service focus to Greene County,” Fox said. “As an institution based on service, the Day of Service will be a great way to celebrate our mission and our community.”

For more information about the Day of Service or activities at any of the Day of Service sites, contact Mary Fox at mfox@waynesburg.edu or by phone at 724-852-7677.

To learn more about the Inauguration of President Lee, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/inauguration.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_FireFighterCheck.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the second of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.

This donation, along with the first, was given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who served as a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company for nine years, emphasized the importance of contributing to the long-term safety of the community.

“For many years, the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company has been a key component of the community’s safety,” said Lee. “As a former member, I am proud Waynesburg University can help support this vital service to the community.”

Lee, along with Robin L. King, senior vice president for enrollment and university relations, and Mary Cummings, vice president for student services, presented the donation to Jeff Marshall, fire chief.

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support for fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck from 2005 to 2007. 

The University also donated over $430,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment. 

Waynesburg University provides over $1 million in scholarships to Greene County students and over 50,000 hours of community service to the region annually, contributed by Waynesburg students, faculty and staff. 

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