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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-9-Crosby-lecture_Gray.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speaker Dr. Harry Gray Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman professor of chemistry and the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Gray has published more than 850 research papers and 18 books related to chemical bonding, elements and the field of organic chemistry. 

“Dr. Gray is a renowned and well-respected chemist,” said Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry. “Having him visit campus and interact with our students is a fantastic opportunity. He is an engaging speaker, and I anticipate that those attending the Crosby Lecture will gain an understanding of the ways scientists are working to advance solar energy capture and conversion.”  

Gray’s lecture, “The 21st Century Solar Army,” will address the current trend of designing solar-driven molecular machines that could be used on a global scale to store solar energy. Since storing solar energy for use at night is a challenge in the industry, Gray will discuss what he and his fellow researchers have been doing to address the problem. 

Gray has made inspirational contributions to the understanding of chemical bonding of metal complexes, mechanisms of inorganic reactions, spectroscopy and magneto-chemistry of inorganic compounds. He received the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for “pioneering work in bioinorganic chemistry, unraveling novel principles of structure and long-range electron transfer in proteins.” Gray is also the recipient of the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Regan in 1986.

The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lectures, 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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During spring break, 48 Waynesburg University students will serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad. University faculty and staff will lead three Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The projects include partnerships with The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa., Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C., and Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weeklong work camp Sunday, March 6, through Friday, March 11. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program, will serve as the 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.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

Eighteen students will spend their spring break in Concord, N.C., from Sunday, March 6, through Saturday, March 12. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Ten Waynesburg University students will spend part of their spring break from Saturday, March 5, through Sunday, March 13, working with Strong Missions. 

Located in Carrillos, Costa Rica, Strong Missions is a Christian organization that specializes in serving and providing for the needs of low income Costa Rican individuals. Christopher Kellner, resident director at Waynesburg University, and Mary Cummings, senior vice president for Student Services and Enrollment, will serve as trip leaders.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host a senior art exhibition Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, March 18, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment, with an opening reception February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibit will display the work of Ryan Mayfield, senior art major from Carmichaels. Some of the pieces that will be featured include Mayfield’s drawings, paintings, sculptures and metalwork he has created over the past four years as a Waynesburg University student. Various works will be available for purchase.

“It means a lot to have my artwork featured in an exhibit,” said Mayfield. “This show is a stepping stone for me as an artist and for my art career.”

In addition, Mayfield will be accepting donations at the gallery that will benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Those who donate will receive a handmade ceramic puzzle piece created by Mayfield.

The Art Program at Waynesburg University allows students to mold, paint and sketch works of their imagination while providing the tools to grasp a comprehensive knowledge of techniques and history. Students hone abilities through class discussion, demonstrations and exhibits.

Senior art exhibitions take place each semester to provide veteran art students with a platform to showcase the products of a practiced creative process. Students spend four years creating and preserving pieces they are most proud of for this very occasion.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jill-Sunday.jpgJill Sunday, director of the Writing Center at Waynesburg University, has recently been accepted as a Book Reviewer for The Los Angeles Review of Books (LAR).

Established in 2003, LAR is a literary journal that is published twice a year in print and monthly online. LAR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, interviews and book reviews that mirror Los Angeles itself: sprawling, unexpected and unpredictable.

As a book reviewer, Sunday will review prose titles for LAR in a freelance capacity.

“I get to do what I love most: read and tell others how I think each particular book fits into our human awareness,” said Sunday.

The opportunity became available to Sunday after a friend who reviews for LAR mentioned that the literary journal was in search for additional reviewers. After submitting her curriculum vitae and a writing sample, Sunday was asked to begin reviewing books.

Having already submitted her first review, she is excited to use her extensive English background to facilitate communication between other writers.

“I am an avid reader and writer, and one of my teaching focuses is creative nonfiction writing,” said Sunday. “I am very interested in reading and discussing what others have written. Stories are our human heartbeat.”

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will display a guest art exhibition Monday, Jan. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception January 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition, “The Art of Clay,” will feature the work of local and national artists such as Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art and art director at Waynesburg University; Jim and Linda Winegar, owners of Winegar Pottery in Waynesburg; and ceramic artists Christine Colby from Florida and Susan Phillips from Pennsylvania. Two Waynesburg University alumni, John Joseph Smith (’15) and Jimmy Law (’15), will also have some of their work displayed at the exhibition.

Heisey believes the concept behind the art exhibit can best be described through the words of Susan Peterson, a nationally known and former ceramics instructor: “Claywork is full of paradoxes. It is one of the most technically challenging of art media, and yet it is used by children. It is one of the most ancient media, made of the stuff of the Earth itself, and yet it is also at the forefront of modern materials science.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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