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RJ_20141105-144921_1.jpgIn support of RJ Tonks, a senior sports management major and marketing minor at Waynesburg University, business students held Rise Up for RJ Saturday, Nov. 1, during half time of the football game. President Douglas G. Lee, as well as members of the Waynesburg University Business Club, presented Tonks with a check for $8,000 at the game.

After the check was created, donations continued to pour in, totaling $8,322 at last count for Tonks’ treatments at the Carrick Brain Centers in Marietta, Ga. This far surpassed the club’s original goal of $6,000.

Ashley Clark, a senior marketing major and accounting minor from McDonald, Pa.; Joshua Dains, a senior business management major from Clarksville, Pa.; and Kaitlyn Marteney, a senior forensic accounting and criminal justice major from Berlin, Pa., spearheaded the fundraiser to help Tonks defray the costs of treatment.

The students integrated service with learning by using skills gained in their business classes.

“We designed, ordered, sold and distributed the shirts, as well as everything in between,” said Dains. “Our professors were great people to bounce ideas off of, and they proved to be an awesome support system.”

The funds raised will go toward treatment and travel costs for Tonks. When he was eight, Tonks developed a virus that left a scar on his brain. For many years, the scar impaired Tonks’ hand eye coordination, mobility, speech, balance and fine motor skills. As a freshman, Tonks became dependent on a wheelchair for mobility.

“We are all really good friends with RJ,” said Clark. “We had heard that he may not be able to go down for treatment this semester because it is very expensive. We know that RJ's goal is to walk unassisted at graduation this May, and we understand how important that is to him.”

The senior Business Club majors designed a shirt to sell to staff, faculty, students and community members. The front of the shirt read "Rise Up for RJ," while the back contains Tonks’ personal motto, the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11. 

In total, the club sold more than 600 shirts during the six-week fundraiser.

“It's an incredible feeling to know I have support from the entire Waynesburg University community,” said Tonks. “I was amazed at how much money was raised from the sale of the shirts. I am so thankful for my classmates in the Business Club that organized the fundraiser and everyone that bought or sold a shirt.”

The students held a “black out” at the November 1 Waynesburg versus Thomas Moore football game to sell shirts as the final fundraising push. Members of the crowd purchased and wore the black shirts in a show of support.

“We have all been greatly impacted by RJ's enthusiasm, motivation and humbling personality; we wanted to do something special for him.” Clark said. “His treatment costs $5,500 for one week. This amount does not include travel expenses like food, lodging, gas, etc. We are so happy to have surpassed our goal.”

For more information, contact cla7773@student.waynesburg.edu.

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir, featuring approximately 20 Waynesburg University students, will present a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Upper Room and the Lamplighters Touring Choir will join together for a special service of worship, praise and prayer.
Performing annually since 1961, the Lamplighters come together and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each semester, the students tour numerous local nursing homes and churches to spread the gospel through song, testimony and community service.

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Melanie Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

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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 wbatchel@waynesburg.edu. 

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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 Waynesburg.ticketleap.com/room-service/ or contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or epowers@waynesburg.edu.

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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