b2ap3_thumbnail_3-6-Musical.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “The Addams Family” Wednesday, March 22, through Saturday, March 25, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The Addams Family,” a new musical with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, features an original story where Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man her parents have never met. Everything changes on a night when the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

“The story has a sweet little message about growing up and parents letting their children make their own decisions,” said Edward Powers, director of the theatre program and professor of theatre. “I knew our students would enjoy the quirky characters as well as the dark humor.”

A new cast and a new show always excites Powers. He enjoys bringing the art of theatre to students and the community.

“Theatre is entertaining, enlightening and educational, and it can appeal to everyone,” said Powers. “Being involved in plays and musicals, on stage and off, can strengthen a person’s confidence, creativity, leadership and critical thinking skills, among other things.”

Reservations for general admission are suggested, and tickets can be purchased at www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/family.

Additionally, the University will host its annual Alumni and Friends Dinner Theatre Saturday, March 25. Alumni are invited for dinner in Benedum Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance of “The Addams Family.”

Tickets cost $35 for adults and $12.50 for children ages 12 and under. Alumni should register online by March 17, 2017, at www.waynesburgunited.com/dinnertheatre17. Theatre seats are limited and reserved on a date-received basis.

For more information about the dinner theatre, contact Lisa Colcombe in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 724-852-3256 or lcolcomb@waynesburg.edu.

Participating students and staff include:

  • Gomez: Kaleb Jefferson, freshman English literature major from Federalsburg, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Lurch: Jake Restanio, junior engineering math major from Houston, (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Fester: Zack Zeigler, senior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from West Mifflin (West Mifflin High School)
  • Mal: Mike Merten, senior history major from Columbia, New Jersey (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Lucas: Thomas Faye, freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills High School)
  • Motricia: Tessa Masula, sophomore English/secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory School)
  • Wednesday: Emily Mielcarek, senior international cultures major from Orchard Park, New York (Orchard Park High School)
  • Grandma: Kayla Coughlin, sophomore early childhood/special education major from Buena Park, California (home schooled)
  • Alice: Mandi Pascarella, sophomore biblical & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Greensburg (Hempfield High School)
  • Pugsley: Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
  • Cousin It/Chef Ancestor: Katie Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel High School)
  • The Moon/Warrior Ancestor: Michelle Frye, junior advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels High School)
  • Pirate Ancestor: Ronnie Loebker, junior engineering math major from Ripley, Ohio (home schooled)
  • Caveman Ancestor: Matt Colaluca, junior environmental science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Singer Ancestor: Christian Wilson, sophomore with an undecided major from Waynesburg (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Gambler Ancestor: Matt Desrosiers, sophomore criminal justice major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Puritan Ancestor: Steven Caumo, sophomore English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Nurse Ancestor: Rachael Crosbie, sophomore mathematics major from Washington (Trinity High School)
  • Saloon Girl Ancestor: Megan Leiter, freshman nursing major from Erie (McDowell High School)
  • Cavewoman Ancestor: Holly Hendershot, freshman communication (journalism) major from Manheim (home schooled)
  • Native American Ancestor: Allyson Barker, freshman art major from Palmer, Arkansas (Palmer High School)
  • Roman Princess Ancestor: Tara Barnard, junior early childhood/special education major from Millerstown (Greenwood High School)
  • Flapper Ancestor: Elizabeth Nicodemus, sophomore sports management major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Bride Ancestor: Gailan Williams, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Williamsport (home schooled)
  • Convict Ancestor: Heidi Dziak, freshman accounting major from Bentleyville (Bentworth High School)
  • Stage Manager: Tre’ Thomas, freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Mill Hall (Central Mountain High School)
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Joanna Peters, sophomore human services education major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community High School)
  • Choreographer: Denise Branthoover, junior nursing major from Murrysville (Franklin Regional High School)
  • Assistant Choreographers: Kayla Couglin, sophomore early childhood/special education major from Buena Park, California (home schooled), Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School), Tessa Masula, sophomore English/secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory School), Megan Leiter, freshman nursing major from Erie (McDowell High School)
  • Director: Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre
  • Music Director: Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music/director of the music program
  • Vocal Director: Melanie Catana, director of choral music/instructor of vocal music

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2650.JPGThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present an art show by senior art student Emily Wiedner from Monday, March 13, through Friday, April 7. 

The exhibit will be housed in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery and will open with a reception March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Each senior art student is required to create an art show during their final semester which showcases the work they have produced during their Waynesburg careers. Wiedner’s exhibit will contain work focused applying nature’s symbolism to human life in general, and the pieces displayed will represent a wide variety of mediums.

Wiedner chose to include pieces that are either very personal to her or which display her talent the best. She hopes the exhibit allows viewers to relate to her art as well as helps her to grow professionally.

“The goal of the exhibit is to give me experience in how to properly curate a show, as well as prepare my own work to be professionally exhibited,” said Wiedner. “I hope that by displaying my work, I can become more confident and comfortable with talking about the meaning behind it.” 

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Ben-Hur.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Gur_20170220-164457_1.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speakers Dr. Zipora “Tsipy” Gur and Avi Ben-Hur Monday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lectureship. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Ben-Hur’s topic will address the current challenges facing the new Trump administration in the Middle East.

He is the director of education and current scholar in residence for Classrooms Without Borders (CWB), a non-profit educational organization in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Ben-Hur is also on the faculty of the University of Haifa Tourism School, and is an examiner for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism Licensing Board.

Gur, who will share specific information about CWB and its mission, is the executive director and founder of CWB.

She has worked in the field of Jewish education for more than 35 years, creating cutting-edge programs in professional development and teacher training, supervising and mentoring teachers, teaching high school students and developing new programs to stimulate students in the classroom.

The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lectureship, 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 often 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-17-fire-dept-donation.jpgWaynesburg University recently presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the final of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.

The donations were given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, along with Heidi Szuminsky, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, presented the donation to Jeff Marshall, Fire Chief, and Ron Fox, President of the fire company. 

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support for fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck.  

The University has also donated more than $460,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment.  

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During spring break, 43 Waynesburg University students will travel around the East Coast to participate in four Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trips. Led by University faculty members, students will serve in Brooksville, Florida, Concord, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission – Brooksville, Fla.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will welcome 10 University students from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 5. Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, will lead the group.

During the trip, students will help the commission’s Conservation Center to clean up, repair and maintain parts of an 850-acre wildlife area. In addition to learning about natural habitats and preservation from the experience, students will have a chance to apply the information learned in science courses to a real environment.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, N.C.

Dr. Chad Sherman, associate professor of communication, and Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will lead 12 students as they serve with Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3.

The University has partnered with Habitat for several years, and this year’s group will continue that relationship as they advance the building of a new home for a family in need. The project will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the issues that lead to poverty in America and how they can help make a difference.

Center for Student Missions – Philadelphia

Six students will spend spring break in Philadelphia serving with the Center for Student Missions, an organization that matches groups with service opportunity in the city. Led by Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, associate professor of sociology, the group will serve from Monday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 2.

The students will serve at several different organizations, including St. John’s Hospice, Whosoever Gospel Mission and the Philadelphia Furniture Bank. Olagoke believes the experience will teach students about a variety of sociological issues in real life, such as diversity and social stratification.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh

Led by Josh Sumpter, instructor of biblical ministry studies and assistant University chaplain, 15 students will work with The Pittsburgh Project from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3. The Pittsburgh Project is located on the North Side of Pittsburgh and focuses on home repairs for city residents who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons.

Sumpter hopes students will make their mark not only through the physical results of manual labor, but also through the spiritual connections they form by spending time with homeowners in need.

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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