b2ap3_thumbnail_11-16-Turkish-Bible-presented.jpgThe Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, presented a historic Turkish Bible to Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Bible, written in Arabic, was printed in Lebanon with the first edition dating back to the year 1000.

Richard Teegarden, elder and clerk of sessions at the church, presented the Bible to President Lee in the president’s office in Miller Hall.

In a letter that accompanied the Bible, the church stated: “We would be grateful if this valued treasure of our church would be received by the University so that it may be properly, respectfully and securely preserved. Our hope and intention would be that by this decision we will not only protect and preserve this unique translation but also make it available for others to use and gain knowledge from, now and for many years to come.”

Teegarden shared that the church is closing at the end of the year and they felt that the Bible should be given to someone who would have the knowledge to appreciate it and the ability to keep it.

“Being of the Turkish language, there is a possibility that students from a wide variety of countries could appreciate having the Bible,” said Teegarden. “Being able to see and use it could give them some insight to the people of this area from long ago who originally came from other countries.”

The Bible was originally left to the church by John Hassen, a member of the church, upon his death in 1966. Hassen was born in Europe but lived most of his life in Clarksville and worked as a coal miner.

President Lee expressed his thanks on behalf of the University to Teegarden and presented him with a special Alpaca woven Waynesburg University scarf.

“We are honored to receive this gift,” said Lee. “We will treasure this wonderful resource and wish to express our gratitude for the generosity of the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church.”

Also in attendance was Rea Redd, professor and director of the Eberly Library, Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Stewart Museum, and Rev. Dr. Donald Wilson, member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

The Bible will be on display in the Eberly Library on the University’s campus.

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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Six Waynesburg University students successfully auditioned and participated in the recent 2016 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choir held at Susquehanna University.

Dr. A. Jan Taylor, director of choirs and music education at Prairie View A&M University, led the choir of 95 singers. A total of nine Pennsylvania colleges and universities were represented at the festival.

This was the first year that Waynesburg University music students were represented at the festival, according to Melanie Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music at the University.

Students who participated include:

  • Susan Dunsworth, freshman entrepreneurship major from Erie (Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy)
  • Briana Ryan, sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Rachel Philipp, junior arts administration (music concentration) major from McMurray (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)
  • Kayla Goncalves, junior music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Thomas Faye, freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills High School)
  • Philip Hurd, recent music ministry alumnus from Elizabeth

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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Students in the Waynesburg University Forensic Science Club will hold a community outreach event in conjunction with a local drug and alcohol awareness group Wednesday, Nov. 9. The University students leading the event will work with Communities That Care, an organization that focuses on educating at-risk youth, to hold the event at West Sides in Waynesburg.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening games, and then the participants will be presented with an informational session about the risk, effects and community issues associated with heroin use. University students will lead participants through a mock crime scene and an interview with a suspected heroine user regarding a friend who overdosed. The event will end at approximately 8:30 p.m.

This is the second consecutive year that Waynesburg students will collaborate with Communities That Care for the presentation. The event is one of many that showcase University students’ desire to use their talents and education to serve the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science, at 724-852-7716 or fmusko@waynesburg.edu.

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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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host its second Chamber Works Concert Thursday, Nov. 10, at noon. Held in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel, the concert is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Chamber Works concerts are held twice each semester and provide an outlet for the work of the University’s small musical ensembles. Audience members may hear selections from woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz or other classifications.

In addition to larger musical groups on campus like the Symphonic Band, musically inclined Waynesburg students can participate in small ensembles that are specifically tailored to a certain type of instrumentation. Small ensembles allow University students to hone their skills during weekly rehearsals and showcase their talents through intimate performances.

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

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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Waynesburg University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students and their teachers Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Registration and check in will begin at 9:40 a.m.

The workshop will feature Shannon Reed, instructor of English at Allegheny College, and former lecturer of English at Waynesburg University.

The goal of the workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercise provided by workshop facilitators.

Dr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at the University, believes the event also benefits Waynesburg’s English and creative writing majors.

“I hope they gain a sense of the positive role they as writers can play in the community,” said Randolph.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by Department of English and Foreign Languages faculty and students. During the student workshops, teachers will attend a workshop facilitated by Reed. Following the workshops, there will be a luncheon and student reading.

Reed is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Washington Post. Her other credits include Poets & Writers Magazine, Guernica, The Guardian, Vulture and Eater, among others.

She is also a playwright. Her plays have been produced in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh.

Registration is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register or for more information, contact Randolph by email at arandolp@waynesburg.edu.

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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