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The Department of Education at Waynesburg University will host the Intermediate Unit One Camp Tech Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 8, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Camp Tech is a summer camp for students entering grades three through eight in the fall of 2014. Campers will work with new and upcoming technology while gaining 21st century skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning.

“Waynesburg University is pleased to once again host the Intermediate Unit One summer Camp Tech. We think that the new, full day format will provide camp participants with several expanded and innovative educational activities,” said Debra Clarke, chair of the Department of Education and assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University. “We are excited about the opportunities that Camp Tech will bring to our Greene County area elementary and middle school students.”

Students will rotate through four sessions each day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Sessions include Lego Mind Storm NXT Robotics, Adventures in Programming, Build my World with Minecraft and Discovering Rocketry with the Space Agency Program.

In the sessions, students will work together in teams to solve various challenges in programming, robotics, cross-circular environments and the science of space. 

Registration begins Monday, March 24 and ends Friday, June 6, and space is limited to 48 participants at each site. To register, visit www.iu1.org/services/innovation-and-design

Students must attend all day. The registration fee is $120 for the week, which includes all sessions and daily snacks. Lunch will not be provided; students are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. 

Other Camp Tech sites include California University, June 23 through 27; Washington and Jefferson College, July 21 through 25; and Connellsville Junior High School, July 28 through August 1. 

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real world lessons. Students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work and global enterprise.

For more information about Camp Tech at any location, contact Sarah D’Urzo, at sarah.durzo@iu1.org or 724.938.3241 x282. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_kathleen_abernathy_corp.gifGeorgetownb2ap3_thumbnail_abernathy-charles_2.png University law professor Charles F. Abernathy and former federal communications commissioner Kathleen Quinn Abernathy will lead a lecture titled, “Washington, D.C. Behind the Veil: Reflections on both the Constitution and Federal Communications Law,” as part of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership Lecture Series, Wednesday, April 9. 

The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. 

According to Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law, the Stover Center is privileged to welcome the Abernathys to Waynesburg University as “stellar” examples of American political, intellectual and professional leadership.

“Professor Charles Abernathy is one of America’s premier constitutional scholars and teachers who has an international following as an interpreter of American jurisprudence,” Stratton said. “Former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy used her analytic skills to update communications law for the digital age and is a widely respected corporate executive.”  

Kathleen Quinn Abernathy was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2001 and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate.  She shaped American communications law regarding broadband communications, broadcast, cable, satellite and wireless both on the FCC and as a Washington, D.C., lawyer.  She is currently executive vice president of external affairs at Frontier Communications Corporation.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a Juris doctorate degree from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law.

Charles F. Abernathy, professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, is the author of several books and articles including the first modern case book on federal civil rights law, “Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation,” and the premier introduction to the American legal system for international lawyers, “Law in the United States.”  He is the co-author of “The Law of Equal Employment Opportunity.”  He was a Fulbright Professor of Law in Egypt from 1983 to 1984 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Juris doctorate and a master of law degree from Harvard University. 

Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is committed to creatively transforming the ethical state of the polis, bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square.

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Waynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently named a regional winner in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual awards contest for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. 

“The SPJ awards are the top of the line for student journalism contests, and this category is akin to a best in show award that judges the entire publication, so we are quite excited,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University and faculty adviser to the Yellow Jacket. 

Nick Farrell, a senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major and the executive editor of the Yellow Jacket, took home two regional awards for General News Reporting. The awards recognize his article on past Waynesburg University president A.B. Miller’s diary returning to campus and his series on the University’s student senate changes. 

“Having the piece on Miller's diary recognized was a gratifying experience for me, especially since I found out about the award a few weeks before President Lee's inauguration and at a time when the campus community is greatly in touch with its history,” Farrell said. 

Farrell enjoyed the opportunity to tell Lee about the Yellow Jacket award in person, in Lee’s office where the diary is kept. 

“The Yellow Jacket's role is to serve the campus community, and we have a history of exceeding that call to service that dates back to the early 1900s,” Farrell said. “To be recognized individually for my work is quite an honor, but I'm most pleased by the fact the entire staff has been recognized for its outstanding commitment to the weekly execution of reporting news factually and effectively.”

While the Yellow Jacket typically wins at least one award from SPJ each year, this is the first time it has won an SPJ Best All-Around award in nearly a decade. The Yellow Jacket won SPJ All-Around awards in both 2004 and 2005, a time when Szuminsky, then a student at Waynesburg University, was editor of the paper.

In April, the Yellow Jacket will learn how it placed in region four. First place winners move on to the national SPJ competition. Farrell, too, will learn how he placed among other young journalists from across the region. 

“No matter how the placing works out, we know that the preeminent journalism organization thinks the Jacket is one of the top three papers in this region,” said Szuminsky.

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To commemorate the Inauguration of 15th Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and the University’s longstanding tradition of service, Waynesburg University will hold a Day of Service Saturday, March 22, in the community and beyond. Alumni across the globe will connect with current students, faculty, staff and friends of the University to serve in honor of President Lee.

Surrounding the Tuesday, March 25 Inauguration, the University will host a historic, multi-day event including the Day of Service.  Students, faculty and staff will contribute service hours and activities at community organizations including the Greene County United Way, the Humane Society, the Red Cross SAFE Program, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home and many more.

“The Day of Service is a celebration of Waynesburg University’s commitment to servant leadership for almost two centuries,” said President Lee. “I’m excited to see the campus and community come together to help those in need.”

Others will create their own Day of Service initiatives tailored to students’ skills and interests.

Waynesburg nursing students have partnered with Cornerstone Care “Dancing with a Pink Ribbon” to provide free clinical breast exams for campus and community members via the Cornerstone Care Mobile Medical Unit that day. Open to the public, the unit will be located in front of the Waynesburg University gymnasium on Wayne Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Day of Service.  A nurse practitioner will perform the exams at no cost. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Call Sharon Heath at 724-852-1001 ex. 304 to sign up or for more information. The Dancing with a Pink Ribbon event is made possible by funds from the Susan G. Komen Grant.

The University’s  Department of English hosted “Pass the Biscuits” at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg Wednesday, Feb. 26, to raise money for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg in honor of the Day of Service. The students, faculty and staff raised $531 for the food bank, an amount matched by the Waynesburg Giant Eagle up to $500 for a total of $1,031.

Though the primary focus of the day is service to Greene County, Waynesburg University alumni are eager to unite with their alma mater through service in any location, including a 2009 alumna who will serve Moldova to help restore a home for human trafficking victims during the Day of Service. Registered alumni include a wide span volunteers, with graduation years as early as 1955 and as recent as 2013 and service locations from North Dakota to New Hampshire.

The University is also accepting donations for the Salvation Army Day of Service project with drop-boxes across campus.

According to Mary Fox, Waynesburg University Event Planner, the event will bring together alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the community.

“The University embraces this day to direct the service focus to Greene County,” Fox said. “As an institution based on service, the Day of Service will be a great way to celebrate our mission and our community.”

For more information about the Day of Service or activities at any of the Day of Service sites, contact Mary Fox at mfox@waynesburg.edu or by phone at 724-852-7677.

To learn more about the Inauguration of President Lee, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/inauguration.

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The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development workshop series for teachers and librarians called TPS Level II Online: WebQuesting at the Library of Congress.

The five-week workshop series will take place Thursdays beginning March 20 through April 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants can earn up to 24 PA Act 48 activity hours during the series.

The workshop, designed for teachers and librarians of grades six through 12, includes weekly chat sessions supplemented by reading and project development outside of class. Participants will design a WebQuest applicable to their individual classrooms.

A WebQuest is an Internet-based research activity designed for the classroom to promote inquiry and higher-order thinking. Participants will investigate how this teaching tool can enhance learning and will develop an inquiry lesson using primary sources from the Library of Congress. 

Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete the six online modules before attending. Visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/ to locate modules.

Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours. Space is limited. To register online visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WebQuesting

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

The TPS program is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006.

Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Waynesburg University TPS program is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library's vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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