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A guest art exhibition featuring the work of artist Matthew Stemler will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Feb. 14. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. An opening reception will take place Monday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Stemler’s art joins kinetic maneuverability with an interest in forms derived from nature and its processes. Installations designed by Stemler use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces.

Stemler resides in Philadelphia, Pa., and serves as the Fine Arts Department coordinator and high school art teacher at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. He is also on the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team where he oversees the adjudication process and category revision.

Exhibitions of his work include Art in City Hall, James A. Michener Art Museum and Myrtle Gallery. Stemler’s installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery. His work can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.

Stemler earned an associate degree in commercial art from Antonelli Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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Waynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation will be held Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Dr. Morris Harper, executive vice president, chief medical officer and chairman of the advisory board for Correctional TeleCare Solutions (CTS) in Pittsburgh, Pa., will present the convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Harper, a frequent lecturer on HIV and AIDS, among other topics, directed the statewide expansion of telemedicine HIV/AIDS care throughout the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Prior to joining CTS, a telemedicine provider, Harper held several positions including Pennsylvania State Director of Telemedicine and Medical Director of State Correctional Institution – Greene in Greene County.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University, his medical degree from Harvard University Medical School and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at Columbia University Saint Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Harper is credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

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Waynesburg University’s graduate career path analysis report and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results indicate an institutional commitment to a high level of faculty and student interaction.

Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. Results outlined in Waynesburg University’s NSSE report indicate a campus culture in which faculty place high importance on providing mentorship and interacting with students one-on-one.

According to NSSE, survey items on The College Student Report represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college, one of which is a high career path rate, which measures the amount of graduates on the career path they set for themselves.

Waynesburg University’s career path rate, which states that 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation, is reflective of a 77 percent response rate and is, in part, a result of practices outlined in the NSSE report.

NSSE provides participating institutions with reports that compare their students' responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions. Waynesburg University’s NSSE report indicates that, in comparison to other Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools:

  • 28 percent more Waynesburg University students talked about career plans with a faculty member
  • 20 percent more Waynesburg University students discussed their academic performance with a faculty member
  • 17 percent more Waynesburg University students worked with a faculty member on activities other than coursework
  • 15 percent more Waynesburg University students participated in a learning community or some other formal program
  • 23 percent more Waynesburg University courses have included a community-based project (service learning)

“At Waynesburg, our students are our priority,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, Waynesburg University provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Every decision we make takes into account our Christian mission and tradition. We are constantly asking, ‘how can we best serve our students?’”

Core, who joined the University in May, led efforts to expand the University’s mentoring program to provide weekly, one-on-one support for students who qualify. Through the program, mentors coach the students in building needed skill areas and maintain regular contact with students’ professors to determine strengths, weaknesses and recommendations. Mentors consist of university faculty and staff members who have volunteered to be a part of the program, including the president of the University and other senior staff members.

With a 13 to 1 faculty to student ratio, faculty members routinely spend quality time with students of all academic standings, both in and outside of the classroom. One faculty member reported that he spends more than 375 hours of face time with a student over a four-year span.

Additionally, in accordance with the University’s Christian mission of inspiring and challenging every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God, students have numerous opportunities to serve in capacities related to their specific majors, both locally and internationally. The University offered 17 mission service trips during the 2013-14 academic year, covering a variety of academic and professional interests, and contributes 50,000 hours of service each year.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kathy-Stolfer-Resized.jpgDr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, recently presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Nursing Education Conference in New Orleans, La.

Her presentation, “RN-BSN Courses: The Clinical Piece,” focused on the creation of required clinical components for RN-BSN courses according to what AACN mandates.

“I was very honored to be accepted, based on the fact that 339 abstract submissions were received and only 35 percent were accepted, which included podium and poster presentations,” Stolfer said. “My podium presentation was well-received, and I had a packed room!”

The annual conference presented issues of vital importance to baccalaureate and pre-licensure nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assist deans and directors to implement those standards; influence the nursing profession to improve health care; and promote public support for professional nursing education, research and practice.

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Waynesburg University recently announced the recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Lewis Scholarship, given by Charles R. and Ada G. Lewis of Highland Avenue in Gettysburg. Cody Catalina, a senior history (secondary education) major from Brownsville, Pa., and Chelsea Heckman, an early childhood education major from Greenville, Pa., were named the recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Lewis, a 1949 Waynesburg University graduate, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in mathematics. As a student at Waynesburg University, he was involved in wrestling and tennis, among many other activities. Recognizing the importance of education, Lewis felt compelled to contribute to education through students attending his alma mater.

“I always enjoy hearing about the students who are selected for my scholarship,” said Lewis. “Waynesburg is my hometown, so it seems natural that I would wish to further its success.”

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