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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-27-science-day.jpgThe Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University will host Science Day Thursday, April 16. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student.

Intended to excite high school students about science, participants will enjoy hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations.

For more information or to register, contact Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, at or 724-852-3617.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgThe Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) recently awarded Waynesburg University reaccreditation for a ten-year period. 

“Our success in this assessment of the life, culture and progress of Waynesburg University speaks to the dedication of the entire University community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This reaccreditation is a true reflection of the quality of our academic programs, the individuals behind them and the students enrolled in them.” 

MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.

To earn and maintain accreditation, Waynesburg University was required to demonstrate that it meets or surpasses mutually agreed-upon standards to colleagues from peer institutions. The 14 standards covered everything from institutional assessment of overall effectiveness in achieving mission and goals to student support services and educational offerings.

According to the Commission’s vision statement, the commission intends, through voluntary assessment and adherence to high standards for student learning outcomes and operational behavior, to assure higher education’s publics that its accredited institutions are fulfilling their stated purposes and addressing the publics’ expectations.

Waynesburg University has been accredited by MSCHE since 1950.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mattress2.pngThe Waynesburg University Players will present “Once Upon a Mattress” Wednesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 11, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Directed and produced by Edward Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, this is the first time the Waynesburg University Players will present this show.

“Once Upon a Mattress,” inspired by the classic fairytale “The Princess and the Pea,” follows Princess Winnifred, an ungainly, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless. Although fond of each other, the princess must pass a series of proper princess tests given by Dauntless’ overbearing mother, Queen Aggravain, who does not want her son to marry.

“Every musical has its own excitement as we get closer and closer to opening night,” said Powers. “This show is exciting in the fact that this is the first time on our stage for a large number of these actors.”

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226 or visit

The cast and crew include:

  • Minstrel: Abigail Hancher, a senior creative writing major from Washington, Pa. (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Princess #12/ Lady Violet: Larissa Bray, a senior mathematics major from Murrysville, Pa. (Trinity Christian School)
  • Wizard: Olivia Long, a senior business management major from Burgettstown, Pa. (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Lady Larken: Rebecca Rosser, a junior music ministry major from Sweet Valley, Pa. (Lake-Lehman High School)
  • Queen Aggravain: Amanda Stillings, a junior arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)
  • King Sextimus: Ronald Loebker, a freshman engineering major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • Prince Dauntless: Jacob Restanio, a secondary education (creative writing) major from Houston, Pa. (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Jester: Denise Branthoover, a freshman nursing major from Murrysville, Pa. (Franklin Regional Senior High School)
  • Sir Studley: Shawn White, a freshman with an undeclared major from Amity, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Sir Luce: Ian Bish, a freshman nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Sir Bruce: Anthony Corkos, a freshman psychology major from Venetia, Pa. (Pennsylvania Home Schoolers)
  • Sir Robin: Nathan Stillings, a junior high school student from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)
  • Sir Harry: Matthew Colaluca, a freshman forensic science major from Monaca, Pa. (Central Valley High School)
  • Lady Rowena: Brittany Stowe, a junior arts administration major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)
  • Lady Merrill: Amber Lambing, a sophomore secondary education (creative writing) major from Conneaut Lake, Pa. (Conneaut Area Senior High School)
  • Lady Lucille: Renee Watts, a junior early childhood education major from Clairton, Pa. (Wilson Christian Academy)
  • Lady Mabelle: Sara Lesher, a freshman with an undeclared major from Masontown, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Lady Harriet: Rebecca Iannotta, a freshman athletic training major from Stanhope, N.J. (Veritas Christian Academy)
  • Lady Rose: Sarah Flowers, a biology (pre-med) major from Germantown, Md. (Covenant Life School)
  • Emily: Michelle Frye, a freshman advertising major from Carmichaels, Pa. (Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Lady Ivy: Deanna DeCenzo, a sophomore nursing major from McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport Area Senior High School)
  • Lady Iris: Katie Kondrick, a freshman history major from Cheswick, Pa. (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Princess Winnifred: Emily Mielcarek, a sophomore international culture major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Director: Edward Powers
  • Vocal Director: Tome Custer
  • Choreographer: Jordan Totty, a senior forensic science major from Temecula, Calif. (Cornerstone Christian School)
  • Assistant Director: Michael Merten, a sophomore history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Stage Manager: Haleigh McKee, a freshman engineering major from Mansfield, Pa. (Mansfield Junior-Senior High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_campus-photo.jpgWaynesburg University will host spring Visitation Days for transfer students, high school students and their families Saturday, April 11, and Saturday, April 18.

Registration in Roberts Chapel 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.

“Visitation Days are designed to provide prospective students and their families a very informative day,” said Robin King, senior vice president of enrollment and university relations. “The events of the day highlight the mission of Waynesburg University as well as our excellent academic programs and outcomes.”

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 enable interested students to experience the mission and values of Waynesburg University firsthand. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, service and learning so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.

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, faculty and staff 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled1.pngThe Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted Girl Scout Day Saturday, March 21. Organized in conjunction with the West Virginia Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, the Forensic Science Club and the Criminal Justice Club, the program was designed for Girl Scout troop members to earn a badge while learning about the sciences. 

The one-day event offered the Special Agent Cadette BREATHE Badge, which requires Girl Scout Cadettes to be exposed to an introduction to forensic science and other crime-solving techniques. 

Traveling from West Virginia, six Cadette Troops with Scouts ranging from the ages of 11 to 14 participated in the event. 

To satisfy the requirements of the Special Agent Badge, Waynesburg University planned five workshops in which the girls participated. The workshops included fingerprinting, interviewing and interrogations, participating in a mock crime scene, presumptive blood testing and touring the forensics laboratory. 

“The forensic science and criminal justice clubs are frequently seeking to increase opportunities for young girls to be involved in the sciences,” said Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University. “Subjects like physics and chemistry can be very intimidating for young girls; therefore, we like to give them a fun and approachable way to experience the sciences for themselves.”

According to Musko, the Forensic Science Club and Criminal Justice Club both have a dedication to service. Reflecting Waynesburg University’s mission, both clubs are constantly seeking out ways to utilize their knowledge and enthusiasm for the field. 

The workshops were run by Waynesburg University faculty as well as current juniors and seniors in the forensic science and criminal justice clubs. This event afforded the opportunity for current students to develop presentation and leadership skills as well as participate in a service-oriented project.  

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America aims to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid and earning badges by acquiring practical skills.

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