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b2ap3_thumbnail_STOVER-WEB-LOGO4.jpgThe Waynesburg University Stover Scholars will present “In God we Pray?: Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al,” in honor of Constitution Day Wednesday, Sept. 17, at noon in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Written by Stover Scholars John Wicker, Ryan Schwertfeger and Paige Carter, “In God We Pray?: Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al.,” dramatizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 case upholding the town of Greece,  New York’s practice of beginning monthly town board meetings with prayer by local clergy.

The play brings to life the legal arguments in favor of and against the practice of legislative prayer resulting from Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens’ ultimately failed lawsuit against the municipality. 

The play examines the spectrum of judicial opinion interpreting the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment Religion Clauses.

“In this critical moment in which America’s founding values are being challenged, the Stover Scholars are to be commended for wrestling with the scope and meaning of the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses which state, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law.

The production is directed by Edward L. Powers, professor of theater at Waynesburg University, and sponsored by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

The cast list includes:

•Linda Stephens: Nika Anschuetz, a junior communication (electronic media) major from Harmony (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)

•Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ashley Beener, a sophomore sociology (political science) major from Rockwood (Rockwood Area Junior-Senior High School)

•Justice Clarence Thomas: Emily Bish, a freshman marketing major from Pittsburgh (North Allegheny Senior High School) 

•Susan Galloway: Paige Carter, a sophomore sociology (pre-law) major from Coraopolis (Abundant Life Academy)

•Rev. Chappell: Nick Cordova, a freshman sociology (political science) major from Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman High School)

•Justice Anthony Kennedy: Jeremy Hinkle, a senior forensic accounting major from Washington (Canon McMillan High School)

•Justice Stephen Breyer: Parker Kantos, a junior sociology (pre-law) major from Waupaca, Wisc. (Waupaca High School)

•News Anchor 2: J.R. Kautz, a junior business management major from Marianna (Bethlehem Center High School)

•News Anchor 1:  Brendan Keany, a sophomore communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from East Aurora, N.Y. (East Aurora High School)

•Thomas Hungar: Matt Kenney, a junior computer science major from Northumberland (Shikellamy High School)

•Cameraman: R.J. Leon, a freshman finance major from Brookfield, Ohio (Brookfield Local Schools)

•Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Kiana Levi, a freshman entrepreneurship major from Venetia (Hillcrest Christian Academy)

•Bailiff: Vincent Morrow, a freshman biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)

•Justice Samuel Alito : Addie Pazzynski, a sophomore biblical ministry studies (religion and philosophy) major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)

•Justice Antonin Scalia: Gina Robinson, a senior English (literature) major from Lower Burrell (Saint Joseph High School) 

•Douglas Laycock: Ryan Schwertfeger, a sophomore communication (electronic media) major from Oakland, N.J. (Indian Hills High School)

•Justice Elena Kagan: Joanna Scott, a freshman nursing major from Greencastle (Greencastle-Antrim High School)

•Andy Stanko: Andy Stanko, a sophomore communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Lewisburg (Lewisburg Area High School)

•Supervisor Auberger: Brandon VanTine, a sophomore sociology (political science) major from New Kensington (Valley High School)

•Chief Justice John Roberts: John Wicker, a sophomore business management major from Ambridge (Eden Christian Academy) 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_SS-Group.jpgEight Waynesburg University students accompanied Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science and adviser to the West Coast Swing (WCS) Club on campus known as “Sting Swing,” to Dearborn, Mich., in June for the annual Michigan Classic West Coast Swing Dance Competition. 

Three passes ($300 value) to the Michigan Classic were donated to Sting Swing from a WCS dancer in Pittsburgh (Dr. Randolph Peters) and were raffled off to Sting Swing members.  Brandi Kukler, Jake Restanio and Samantha Bardy were the lucky winners of these passes.

Students competed in the Jack n’ Jill in either the Newcomer or Novice Divisions. A Jack n’ Jill consists of dancing to randomly pre-selected music with a randomly drawn partner. Competitors advance in these divisions by making finals and placing in the top five for that division. Each placement is a designated point amount and when a competitor reaches a specified point value they advance to the next division.  The Newcomer division is for those individuals that are beginners or new competitors and/or have earned no points in a WCS competition. Angel Berkey, Jake Restanio, Brandi Kukler, Lexi Boudreau, Samantha Barky, Josh Garrison and Kristen Stone all competed in this division. Kristen Stone, a senior forensic ecience major, advanced to finals in this division and took sixth place.

Robert Cronkhite, a junior exercise science major and president of Sting Swing, competed in the Novice Division, which is the biggest division in the WCS circuit consisting of more than 50 leaders, and took first place with his partner. The Michigan Classic also has the coveted “Top Gun” competition. The Top Gun takes the top four placements from each division (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and All-Star) and pairs them, high-low.  Robert was paired with the lowest seeded All-Star follow from Clearwater, Fla., (Agnieszka Maslanka) and went head-to-head with 15 other couples, and won! He and his partner won a $500 cash prize, free passes to Michigan Classic 2015, a “Top Gun” jacket, names on the traveling trophy and an opportunity to teach a WCS workshop at next year’s Michigan Classic.

In August, sophomore Cortnie Devore competed at her first WCS competition (Swing Fling) in Leesburg, Va. Like her peers, she competed in the Newcomer division and made finals.

Besides competitions, students had the opportunity to take workshops and private lessons with top professionals, as well as social dance with dancers of all levels, educations, occupations and nationalities. Dancers were present from France, Spain, Argentina, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Russia and many others.

Sting Swing meets at 8:30 p.m., in the Old Gym on Wednesday evenings. Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend.

The Michigan Classic is sanctioned by the World Swing Dance Council, which was organized in 1993, and is the key service organization designed to further communication and to provide informational services and record keeping for those in the Swing Dance Community.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mosser.jpgDr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing, was recently notified that her entry, “Progression Testing,” was accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Education.

More than 170 entries from across the nation will be included, with an even greater number of contributors. The book will be published early in 2015.

 “I was very pleased to have my entry accepted for submission in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Education,” Mosser said. “It provided me with the opportunity to contribute to the discourse on scholarship in nursing education and to describe a practice that has been well developed in the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University.”

Mosser is published in many areas, including leadership, an area she became familiar with while earning her doctor of education degree in educational leadership studies with a minor in nursing (West Virginia University). She also received a master of science in nursing in primary health care with a focus in maternal-child and family (West Virginia University), as well as her bachelor of science in nursing degree (University of Pittsburgh).

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Laura-Wingard-Plank_genesis.jpgWaynesburg University will hold a Guest Art Exhibition featuring the work of Brian and Laura Plank Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Oct.3, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. An opening reception will be held Monday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Brian and Laura are married artists who create art side-by-side, yet they have very different approaches to the making of art images. This exhibit will give the Waynesburg  community an opportunity to see how two different viewpoints of art come together.

Brian creates art that is “for anyone to enjoy and that is accessible to all.” He injects humor and whimsy into his pieces, while Laura’s love for medieval manuscripts, flat textile pattern and bold outline portrays a different perspective. She uses hand-painted lino-cuts, as well as acrylic, ink and gold leaf to explore Biblical scripture and the world surrounding us.  

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Weird-book-Photo.pngThe Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) at Waynesburg University will hold a free online synchronous professional development series for school librarians. Coaches Academy for Librarians will meet each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting September 10 and running through October 15. 

Coaches Academy for Librarians is designed to help direct librarians toward helpful materials and resources. Participants may earn up to 20 CEU hours (optional 10 more post-course). 

The course will be facilitated by librarian and TPS consultant Jennifer Hanson. Participants will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain knowledge about educational uses of the Library of Congress resources.

The course will include audio chat sessions, independent reading, project development and peer collaboration and discussion. 

Participants who have not completed TPS Level I are asked to complete a pre-requisite, TPS BASICS, before Wednesday, Sept. 3. Login information is provided upon registration for Coaches Academy for Librarians.    

Space is limited. Register now at: https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=364493.  

For more information, contact Sue Wise at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377. 

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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