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Ten Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weekend work camp Friday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 16. Laurie Steere, resident director at Waynesburg University, will serve as trip leader.

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is a Christian community development organization that serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs. TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Students participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners. 

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project service trip include:

  • Rachel Brown, senior sociology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (South Park High School)
  • Kassi Kelly, senior criminal justice administration major from Lawrence, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Derrion May, junior marine biology major from Belleville, Ill. (Belleville High School East)
  • Zachary Payne, sophomore accounting major from Irwin, Pa. (Norwin High School)
  • Brenna Ross, sophomore forensic accounting major from Eighty Four, Pa. (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Carrie Sneller, senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Emily Sorton, senior pre-med major from McKeesport, Pa. (Elizabeth Forward High School)
  • Lindsey Thomas, senior accounting major from Beaver Falls, Pa. (Blackhawk High School)
  • Whitney Thomas, junior criminal justice administration major from Meyersdale, Pa. (Meyersdale Area High School)
  • Mollie Yandrick, senior psychology major from Latrobe, Pa. (Greater Latrobe High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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ColbyElbridge_WEB_HIGH_0.jpgElbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), will present his foreign policy address, “Why We Should Worry about China, and What We Can Do about It,” Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7: 30 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the third floor of Miller Hall.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear, in person, from someone who works at the very influential Center for a New American Security, which is a major Washington, D.C., foreign policy think tank,” said Dr. William Batchelder, assistant professor of history at Waynesburg University.

In his position at CNAS, Colby focuses on strategic deterrence, nuclear weapons, conventional force, intelligence and related issues. 

He has also served as the policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission and a staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

According to the WMD Commission Report, the WMD Commission was charged with assessing whether the Intelligence Community was sufficiently authorized to identify, warn and support U.S. government efforts to respond to resources associated with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other related threats of the 21st century and their employment by foreign powers, including terrorists, terrorist organizations and private networks. 

Colby has also worked with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and the State Department. 

For more information, contact Dr. Batchelder at 724-852-3331 or 

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The Waynesburg University Players will present “Room Service,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“’Room Service’ is a screwball comedy in the same tradition of many quick-witted comedies of the 1930's,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “Lots of physical action with zany characters.”

Written by Allen Boretz and John Murray and directed by Powers, the play is set in 1938 at the White Way Hotel. The comedy brings to life Broadway producer Gordon Miller who is waiting on a financial backer to mount his next play. 

While Miller overstays his welcome at the hotel, he has managed to a run an enormous tab, conduct secret rehearsals, feed his starving actors and keep the hotel management happy. How much longer can he hide out in the hotel before people start getting suspicious?

Reservations are suggested. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or

The cast and crew include: 

•Katie Shultz, a senior human services/education major from Venetia (Peters Township High School)

•Adam Tapparo, a junior sociology major from Beaver (Beaver Area High School)

•Mike Merten, a sophomore history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)

•Larissa Bray, a junior mathematics major from Murrysville (Trinity Christian School)

•Mariah West, a senior criminal justice major from Mindan, Nev. (Sierra Lutheran High School)

•Olivia Long, a senior business management major from Burgettstown (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)

•Ronald Loebker, a freshman engineering math major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)

•Audrey Domasky, a freshman public relations major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)

•SiReno Mattie, a senior English (creative writing) major from Rices Landing (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Dawson Laabs, a junior computer security and forensic major from Washington (Washington High School)

•Brittany Stowe, a junior arts administration (music concentration) major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)

•Shawn White, a freshman with an undecided major from Amity (Trinity High School)

•Leysha Stickles, a sophomore English (creative writing) major from Bellefonte (Bellefonte Area High School)

•Nick Merrill, a freshman communication (electronic media) major from Zelienople (Portersville Christian School)

•Michelle Frye, a freshman advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area Jr./Sr. High School)

•Rebecca Iannotta, a freshman athletic training major from Stanhope, N.J. (Veritas Christian Academy)

Assistant Directors: Emily Mielcarek, a sophomore international cultures major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School) and Jordan Totty, a senior forensic science major from Temecula, Calif. (Cornerstone Christian School)

Stage Managers: London Koffler, a business management major from Washington (Wheeling Central Catholic High School), Sara Lesher, a freshman with an undecided major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School), and Lori Williams, a junior education major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)

House Manager: Amanda Stillings, a junior arts administration (theater) major from Sussex, N.J. (Highpoint Regional High School)

Additional crew members include: Tyler Wolfe, Austin Orth, Haleigh McKee, Cara Paraska, Nathan Hsueh, Sarah Flowers, Billie Hill, Maranda Valentino and Jeff Herbstritt.

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Ben_Lowe_Photo.jpgWaynesburg University’s Recycling Task Force and the Ecostewards Club will host guest speaker Ben Lowe Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Lowe will be speaking on creation care and climate action. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Lowe serves as the national organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (Y.E.C.A.). Founded in 2012 by a group of core evangelical students, Y.E.C.A. is a faith-based movement of young Christians in the United States joining together to overcome the climate change crisis. Y.E.C.A.’s diverse and creative actions are focused on mobilizing young evangelicals to act and advocate together.

A dedicated activist and organizer, Lowe is also the director of young adult ministries with the Evangelical Environmental Network and Chair of the Board of the Au Sable Institute. He is the author of “Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2014-10-23-at-10.44.40-AM.pngWaynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was awarded the Star Chapter Award for meeting specific chapter and professional development goals for the second consecutive year.

“It is especially gratifying to achieve this accomplishment in consecutive years given we have just begun our fifth year as a chapter,” said Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “We are well ahead of the long-term goals and objectives that we established for the public relations major and the PRSSA chapter when we first started the process.”

The Public Relations Student Society of America National Committee evaluates the performance of PRSSA chapters and awards the recognition to chapters that meet at least eight of the following 10 requirements:

  • Conduct a high school outreach session and/or promote Affiliate membership to a nearby community college
  • Confirm attendance by at least one Chapter member at National Conference, National Assembly, a Regional Conference or Leadership Rally
  • Confirm that at least 10 percent of graduating seniors applied for PRSA Associate Membership
  • Confirm that at least one Chapter member applies for an individual National PRSSA scholarship or award
  • Confirm that the Chapter applied for at least one national PRSSA award
  • Extend an invitation to students/faculty from other disciplines to attend at least one Chapter meeting
  • Gain positive attention for the Chapter in at least one campus or community publication or other media
  • Give attention to ethics in at least one chapter meeting
  • Initiate and complete at least one community service project
  • Strengthen the Chapter’s relationship with its Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) sponsor chapter

In just its fifth year of existence, Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA is one of 328 schools nationally associated with PRSSA, the student counterpart of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Waynesburg’s Chapter was one of 31 from around the country honored with Star Chapter status.

“This recognition means that our Chapter is one of the best in the nation,” said Megan Bayles, junior public relations major and the president of Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “This award shows that we are doing things right, and we are offering our members all of the opportunities needed to succeed in the fast-paced world of public relations.”

Bayles added that receiving the Star Chapter Award reflects the hard work and dedication of the Chapter’s members and executive board.

“Gaining the honor of Star Chapter is not an easy feat to accomplish,” said Bayles. “It takes motivated members with innovative ideas and strong work ethics as well as strong and active leadership from advisers and our executive board. I feel so blessed to be part of a chapter with such great potential and such amazing members.”

The Chapter’s next goals are to apply for the Dr. F.H. Teahan Chapter Awards sponsored by PRSSA as well as to obtain National Affiliation for the Chapter’s student-run firm, Red Brick Communications.

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