b2ap3_thumbnail_StoverLogo_WU.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will present “Steeling and Dealing: President Truman’s Seizure of the Steel Mills,” Thursday, Sept. 15, at noon in the University’s Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Written by Stover Scholars Andrew J. Stanko, Olivia Schultz-Falandes and Tyler McCoy, “Steeling and Dealing” dramatizes the landmark 1952 Supreme Court case, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer.

The production portrays President Truman’s decision to seize the nation’s steel mills during the Korean Conflict and the political and legal drama that ensued, leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s six to three ruling that Truman overstepped constitutional limits on executive power.

The play re-enacts the Supreme Court justices’ reactions to Truman’s actions and demonstrates how the case has shaped legal discourse relating to executive authority in times of both war and peace ever since.

“I am excited that the Stover Scholars conceived this drama of President Truman’s seizure of the Steel Mills during the Korean Conflict and the Supreme Courts’ decision to stop him,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. “The Steel Seizure Case is the constitutional touchstone to address the limits on presidential power.”

Dr. Stratton also noted that the production is relevant in today’s political climate.

“The Stover Scholars portray this story in a compelling manner, which will resonate with students of all ages,” added Dr. Stratton. “The play underscores the importance of the separation of powers to preserve our liberties.”

Edward L. Powers, professor of theater at Waynesburg University, will direct the production. The performance is sponsored by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

The cast list includes:

  • Aide – Christine Dawson, a sophomore nursing major from Wexford, PA
  • Top Advisor – Joanna Scott, a junior nursing major from Greencastle, PA
  • President Truman – John Wicker a senior, marketing major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Philip Perlman – Daniel Kephart, a sophomore history and English literature major from Washington, PA
  • Reporter – Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a sophomore political science and history major from North Adams, MA
  • Clarence Randall – Brandon VanTine a senior political science major from New Kensington, PA
  • Mrs. Henry – Elizabeth Trump a sophomore biology (pre-med) major from Fairchance, PA
  • Mr. Henry – Timothy DeNofrio, a freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Altoona, PA
  • Judge Pine – Vincent Morrow a junior biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Mr. Bromley – Harrison Scott a freshman biochemistry major from Greencastle, PA
  • Mr. Kiendl – Ryan Schwertfeger a senior communication major from Oakland, NJ
  • Mr. Baldridge – Andrew Stanko a senior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Lewisburg, PA
  • John Davis – Tyler McCoy a sophomore history major from Jamestown, OH
  • Justice Burton – Katherine McGonigal a freshman finance major from Wheeling, WV
  • Justice Jackson – Nicholas Cordova a junior political science major from Youngstown, OH
  • Chief Justice Vinson – Brendan Keany a senior communication major from East Aurora, NY
  • Justice Black – Micah Stanko a sophomore political science major from Clarksville, PA
  • Justice Clark – Fridolin Firsching, a Stover Intern from Munich, Germany

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-29-Nursing-Ranking-Logo.pngWaynesburg University was recently named a top nursing school nationwide in the inaugural ranking by Nursing Schools Almanac.

Waynesburg ranked among the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools that were considered. Ten percent of those schools made the final list, with Waynesburg being ranked No. 49 in the nation.

“This ranking is a reflection of the dedication and commitment to excellence displayed by the faculty, students and graduates of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing. “It is quite an honor to be ranked among the top 1.5 percent of schools nationwide.”

The ranking primarily examined schools on their academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered and overall student success, particularly on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The mission of the Nursing Schools Almanac is to provide aspiring nurses a detailed, comprehensive and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school.

Waynesburg was also recognized as No. 27 among private nursing schools and No. 12 overall in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the-art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

For more information on the undergraduate nursing program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/nursing. For more information on the graduate nursing programs, visit www.waynesburg.edu/graduate/graduate-majors/nursing.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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_8-29-Guest-Art-Exhibit---Lesako.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present a Guest Art Exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 12, to Friday, Oct. 7. The exhibit, featuring the work of local artist David J. Lesako, will open with a reception Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

As an “en plein air” landscape painter, Lesako’s paintings reflect the real visual conditions of an outdoor scene instead of a predetermined look. As a resident of Greene County, he aims to document a small part of southwestern Pennsylvania with his nature paintings. While he prefers to work with pastels, Lesako’s portfolio also includes oil and watercolor pieces.

In addition to working as an instructor of art at Waynesburg University, Lesako has also taught art for 30 years in Central Greene School District in Waynesburg. His art has been displayed at West Virginia University, Artbeat Gallery in Waynesburg and West Liberty University. 

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Freshman-service_20160822-194726_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in several service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 20. Noble Energy sponsored the event.

Service projects included the development of a five-mile trail at the Greene County Airport; the restoration of a five-mile nature trail that loops through the woods behind the Greene County Historical Society; the cleaning and reorganizing of the Historical Society’s Collick Schoolhouse; and the relocating of artifacts into the Civil War Cabin.

The approximately 500 volunteers also assisted the Corner Cupboard Food Bank with preparing boxes for pantry distribution and helped build a community garden consisting of five raised beds which will provide fresh produce to individuals in need.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, addressed the volunteers following the service projects. 

“I look at you, and you are the future,” she said. “We need leaders like you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for Greene County today. God bless you.” 

This service initiative, during which the freshman class served alongside faculty, staff, Bonner scholars and upperclassmen, was a part of New Student Orientation Weekend. 

“I love that Waynesburg does a lot of service because I love to volunteer; I really enjoy making someone’s day and helping others,” said Jenna Bartley, a freshman computer science major from Irwin, Pennsylvania. “We are so blessed to be able to make a difference in this community and meet a lot of great people while doing it.”

Noble Energy, Inc. is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. For more information, please visit www.nobleenergyinc.com.  

Stacey Brodak, Senior Advisor Government, Community and Media Relations, said, “Noble Energy’s purpose is ‘Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives,’ and we take that very seriously. We strive to find projects and partnerships that provide long-term sustainable benefits for the areas where we operate. All of the projects involved in this partnership with Waynesburg University were impactful, and the community garden, pumpkin patch and orchard project are outstanding models for all communities. Waynesburg University and each of the agencies we worked with were very appreciative and most gracious. It personally made me very proud to give back to my home county.”

 

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Waynesburg University will begin classes this week with seven new faculty members who have joined the undergraduate and graduate teaching communities.

“We are pleased to welcome these new faculty members to the Waynesburg University campus community,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “Each one of them brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom that will further enhance the positive learning experience of our students."

Dr. David Corbett will serve as an assistant professor of business administration. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from California University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Argosy University.

Jayne Olshanksi has been named an assistant professor of accounting. She received her B.S. degree and M.B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Jody Rawlings has joined the University as an instructor of nursing. She received her B.A. and B.S. degrees from Waynesburg University and her M.S. degree from Excelsor College.

Dr. Fawn Robinson has been named an assistant professor of counseling. She received her B.S.B.A. degree from Clarion University, her M.A. degree from Slippery Rock University and her Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Joseph Shaffer will serve as an assistant professor of athletic training, the director of the Athletic Training Program and an assistant athletic trainer for the University. He received his B.S. degree from Lock Haven University and his M.S. degree from West Virginia University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

William Stough has joined the University as an instructor of business administration. He received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Waynesburg University and is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Joshua Sumpter will serve as an instructor of biblical and ministry studies and assistant chaplain for the University. He received his B.A. degree from Ashland University, his M.A. degree from Waynesburg University and a M.Div. degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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