Waynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program will hold a free online professional development workshop series for school librarians and media specialists. Coaches Academy for Librarians will meet online each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., beginning September 9 and running through October 14. 

Coaches Academy for Librarians is an advanced TPS Level III course designed to help school librarians and media specialists develop the skills and knowledge to lead teachers in using Library of Congress digitized sources effectively across curriculum. Participants earn up to 20 CEU Hours with an option to earn 10 additional hours post-course. 

This course will be facilitated by Jennifer Hanson, librarian and TPS consultant, and is intended to help participants develop leadership skills and gain knowledge regarding educational uses of the Library of Congress resources. 

Participants will experience live audio chat sessions, peer collaboration and discussion as well as independent reading and project development.  

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

Space is limited. Register at: https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=364493. 

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, 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_8-24-Freshmen-Service.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in a service project at the Pennsylvania State Game Lands Saturday, Aug. 22. CONSOL Energy, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Sherwin Williams and Wayne Lumber sponsored the event.

The approximately 475 volunteers included upperclassmen Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders as well as University faculty and staff who served alongside the freshman class. The Bonner Scholars also honed their leadership skills by leading the freshmen groups.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University, and this was evident with the class of 2019!” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services at Waynesburg University. “The new students volunteered alongside Wildlife Conservation Officers to perform environmental stewardship. The outcome was remarkable and all service tasks were completed. The officers were extremely proud of our students’ hard work and servant hearts.”

The volunteers focused on revitalizing several cemeteries in the Game Lands. Dating back to the 1880s, the cemeteries were overgrown with brush and were in need of maintenance. In addition to clearing brush, repositioning fallen tombstones, setting posts to mark the cemetery areas and painting fences, the group also built and hung 150 blue bird boxes.

Before heading to the Game Lands, Hardie, Jeremy Febinger, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife conservation officer for Greene County, and Michael Merten, president of the Waynesburg University Student Senate, shared words of motivation and prayer with the student audience.

In alignment with the University’s mission of connecting faith, learning and serving, often referred to as connecting the heart, head and hands, the first two days of New Student Orientation Weekend were devoted to faith and learning, with the third focusing on service through the project at the Game Lands.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Matriculation-2015.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2015-2016 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 20, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

“We are an institution committed to educating students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world,” said President Lee. “Essential to this task is perseverance. In the words of former Waynesburg president A.B. Miller, ‘The great work of turning a life to good account cannot be accomplished by dreaming, by hoping, not even by solemn resolution but by earnest, laborious, persevering effort.’” 

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

The University welcomed over 400 students representing 57 different majors and 21 states, including Alaska, California, South Carolina, Vermont and Wyoming.

More than $4 million in institutional sponsored scholarships and grants have been awarded to the incoming class, including five Stover Scholarships, 17 Bonner Scholarships and seven Scout Scholarships.

The incoming class had the opportunity to participate in more than 20 events that the Waynesburg University Admissions Office hosted throughout the year in addition to personal visit opportunities. 

Jessica Sumpter, director of admissions at Waynesburg University, said that the Admissions Office staff and campus community is excited to welcome the many students with whom they aided in the college search and selection process.

“We are excited for the students to finally be able to experience all that Waynesburg University has to offer,” said Sumpter. “We could not be more thrilled that the incoming students have chosen to come to Waynesburg University!"

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, August 20. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 23, and classes will begin Monday, August 24.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-19-Anderson.jpgWaynesburg University will host Philip Anderson as the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series speaker Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in Alumni Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Anderson is a program director within the Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, where he is responsible for strategic direction and effective management of a number of programs within the department. 

Anderson’s lecture, “The Challenges of Developing and Teaching a Digital Forensics Curriculum,” will outline a number of learning and teaching methods and approaches that can be used to effectively teach a digital forensics degree curriculum. 

His address will highlight the challenges and potential solutions identified thus far by Northumbria University in their Computer and Digital Forensics degree course delivery. Anderson will also discuss industry and student views while examining potential career pathways for graduates. 

Anderson has more than 14 years of extensive teaching experience in higher education with more than nine years of subject expertise in developing and teaching digital and computer forensic modules. His main research interests are innovative learning and teaching and student assessments.

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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Waynesburg University’s third annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, will provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff at Waynesburg University.

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 31 merit badges, including Aviation, Cycling, Engineering, Environmental Science, Indian Lore and Scouting Heritage. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university. 

Cost for the day is $10 and includes lunch, a Class B shirt, a patch and instruction by Waynesburg University faculty. Space will not be held for Scouts until payment is made. All spaces are first come, first served. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but shirts and patches are not guaranteed. Registration is limited to 300 scouts.

Adult participants who plan to attend merit badge sessions must be in Class A/Field Uniform and must present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Alternate activities will be provided for adult participants who do not wish to accompany scouts to badge sessions or who are not appropriately registered with the BSA.  

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, visit the website above or contact 724-852-7660.

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