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Waynesburg University’s Department of Education, in conjunction with Scholastic Education and Laurel Highlands School District, recently hosted an Early Literary Summit for pre-K and kindergarten teachers, administrators, directors and Waynesburg education students.

“We are always looking for various partnerships with school districts so students can learn about current practices in the field,” said Yvonne Beverina Weaver, instructor of education and chair of the Education Department. “Our students had the opportunity to hear how teachers implement whole-group independent reading strategies, small group instruction and the use of learning centers. They also learned about the importance of family and community engagement.”

The event featured three speakers: Jenni Brasington, senior director of Consultative Services for Scholastic Education and a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement, Kerry Walters, national training and development specialist for Scholastic Education and Cathy Yount, director of early learning at Scholastic Education.

Participants earned professional development credit through The Intermediate Unit 1, and Waynesburg education students were provided an opportunity to engage with active professionals in the field, in addition to the experts from Scholastic Education.

Brasington has more than 25 years of experience working with pre-K through 12th-grade schools as an administrator, early childhood coordinator and school counselor. Most recently, she served as the director of Family and Community Engagement for Acelero Learning.

She is the author of “Family Friendly Walk-Through” and the co-author of the “Family Engagement Assessment,” a tool that measures a school’s capacity for developing effective partnerships with families.

Brasington holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school counseling.

Walters has teaching experience at the pre-K and elementary school level, and has served as an educational consultant leading professional development sessions and curriculum training for teachers throughout the country.

Walters holds a degree in elementary education from York College.

Yount served 22 years as a public and private school teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. She taught language arts and reading from pre-K through 11th-grade, in addition to serving as an instructional coach and new teacher trainer for the sixth largest school district in the county.

She has authored early literacy curriculum and served on numerous state education committees building early learning standards and guiding state adoption processes.

Yount holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

For more information about Waynesburg’s Education Department, visit waynesburg.edu/education.

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 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_11-8-nur-cj.jpgWaynesburg University nursing, criminal justice and communication students gained hands-on experience during a Mock Emergency Training Exercise Tuesday, Nov. 7.

While nursing students responded to a mock incident in the University’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, communication students were tasked with attending a mock press conference and covering the event. Criminal justice students served as actors during the incident. All students had the opportunity to learn alongside professionals who have chosen a life of service in public safety.

“This critical incident training for the nursing program also provided a multitude of other educational benefits to our criminal justice students and communication students, as well as collaborative first responder training opportunity for our local police department and the University's Public Safety Department,” said Jim Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and Waynesburg University’s director of security operations and emergency management.

Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the University’s Department of Public Safety, conducted the multi-disciplinary training exercise in the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. The simulation was designed for senior nursing students in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health course. 

Organized by Tanda, Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing, and Eve Weaver, instructor of nursing, this academic training exercise was designed primarily to provide nursing students with a highly participative, experiential learning opportunity. 

“Health care providers need to be prepared and are often targets of various forms of violence,” said Stolfer. “The simulation event was designed to better prepare our nursing students for such an event through an inter-professional collaborative approach.”

Previously, the University held a similar learning drill in April 2015 in Buhl Hall, in coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement.

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The Lamplighters Touring Choir will be presenting their Fall Concert Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Melanie Catana, assistant professor of music, directs the choir, which is made of 18 students from a variety of majors and classes. At the Fall Concert, the students will sing pieces from GLAD’s A Capella Project—a Christian rock group—and will also collaborate with the South Hills Children’s Choir.

“I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing the children’s choir and the Lamplighters perform together,” said Catana. “I am also excited for the Lamplighters to perform the GLAD songs that we are preparing.”

Catana said that in their rehearsals, the choir students work extensively to combine vocal skill with faith and Biblical learning.

“One of the most important elements to our choir is that we spend time talking about our faith in Jesus, together and in small groups,” she said. “Our choir wants to be able to share the Good News of Christ by maintaining active and healthy individual relationships with the Lord. Prayer and devotions on Biblical passages are what keep us focused on our calling as a group: to be a choir that ministers God’s message of salvation and love through meaningful and beautiful music.”

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or email mcatana@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 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 Music Program will present a special performance Friday, Nov. 17, featuring the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. The concert, “Out of This World,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsh Center, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program, said this performance is distinctive as the students will be able to showcase a more complete arrangement of music.

“The Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert will feature full sets of music, rather than one or two pieces as they would on a Chamber Works concert,” said DePriest. “So, the music for the event will be half orchestra and half jazz.”

The performance will include themes from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Halo,” “Doctor Who” and other selections related to space and space travel. Space-inspired music from movies and composers will be featured at the concert, such as “Rocket Man” by Elton John and “Jupiter” from The Planets.

For more information about the event, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-3420 or email rdepries@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 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 Players will present Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” Wednesday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus.

“This production is an opportunity to see one of the greatest plays of all time on a local stage,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre. “Seeing the Shakespearean characters and hearing their words, instead of merely reading them, can be an exciting opportunity.”

“Hamlet” first premiered around 1600, and is a story of family turmoil and revenge. Powers stated it is a 400-year-old story that can still relate to a present-day audience.

The story is set in Denmark, where Hamlet, who has been away to school, has learned that his father has died and that he is next in line for the crown. However, upon returning home he finds that his Uncle Claudius has assumed the throne and even married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. After a night-time encounter with the spirit of his dead father, young Hamlet learns that it was Claudius who killed the old man, which emboldens Hamlet to seek revenge.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Waynesburg University students. To purchase tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/hamlet.

Available tickets will also be sold at the door.

The cast and crew include:

  • Hamlet - Shawn White, senior English (creative writing) major from Amity, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • King - Ronald Loebker, senior computer science major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • QueenSara Lesher, senior criminal justice administration major from Masontown, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin High School)
  • PoloniusChristian Wilson, junior digital design major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • OpheliaTessa Masula, junior English (secondary education) major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • LaertesSteven Caumo, junior English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands, Pennsylvania (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Rosencrantz/GravediggerMichelle Frye, senior advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)
  • GuildensternHolly Hendershot, sophomore communication (journalism) major from Manheim, Pennsylvania (home schooled)
  • Francisco/OsricRachael Crosbie, junior English (literature) major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • Ghost/Player King/PriestMatthew Colaluca, senior environmental science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania (Central Valley High School)
  • Marcellus/Player KingEdward DiOrio, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Hunker, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)
  • BernardoCory Tretinik, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Clarksville, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Player Queen/ServantVeronica Kayona, freshman criminal justice administration major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)
  • A Maid/SailorGabrielle Urschel, freshman criminal justice administration major from Ashburn, Virginia (Briar Woods High School)
  • Stage ManagerKathryn Kondrick, senior history major from Cheswick, Pennsylvania (Fox Chapel High School)
  • Assistant Stage ManagerSamantha Morad, freshman English (creative writing) major from Glassboro, New Jersey (Washington Township Board of Education)
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Victoria Rossignol, sophomore sociology (urban studies) major from Norridgewock, Maine (Temple Academy Christian School)

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or epowers@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 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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