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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6074_20180322-125823_1.jpgWaynesburg University has received two 2018 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education from CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

The University received a gold award for its in-house production of the 2015-16 Annual Report and a bronze award in the category of “PR and Marketing - Special Event Promo” for its 2016 Day of Giving campaign.

“Our University is fortunate to have a very talented team of professionals on staff developing our marketing materials that beautifully reflect the mission of our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations. “These awards bring positive recognition to our University and we are proud of our University Relations’ team for their excellent work.”

The awards were presented Thursday, March 15, at the Marriott Penn Square in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Waynesburg University was one of 49 organizations to receive awards from among the 495 entries submitted. Judges represented experts in the field of communications and included designers, writers, educators, corporate executives and media professionals.

CUPRAP is a voluntary organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education and enhancing the professional development of its members. Members come from private and public colleges and universities, junior colleges, community colleges, independent schools, as well as other organizations involved in higher education.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_LH.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s Charter Day celebration Tuesday, March 20.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

“It is always a privilege to recognize our outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments in the classroom,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “This award is a unique honor, as it allows students and colleagues to recognize the exceptional work of each honoree.”

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

“This faculty member models the Christian values of Waynesburg University and encourages his students to embrace ethics and morals in everything they do,” said Baer.

One student stated, “he is a true professional and treats everyone with fairness and respect. He inspires and motivates me to do my best academically and professionally. I am a better person because of this teacher.”

Tanda joined Waynesburg University in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

Dr. James Hepburn, professor of psychology and director of graduate programs in counseling, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

"Students appreciate this professor’s vast knowledge, experience and humor, and they know him as a kind, genuine, caring and compassionate teacher,” said Baer.

A student nomination noted, “he did an excellent job in helping me understand that language is a friend of a counselor and that counseling is a gift.”

Dr. Hepburn has been with the University since 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Carroll College and a master’s degree in psychology, along with a doctorate in clinical psychology, from Duquesne University.

Rev. Christy Wise, lecturer of biblical ministry studies and communication, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“This teacher is dedicated to her work. I feel like she really cares about my well-being,” a student nomination stated.

A colleague described her as one who “teaches with integrity and enthusiasm, and really cares that students understand the content. It’s a joy to be confident in the way in which she teaches the Bible.”

Rev. Wise joined Waynesburg as a part-time instructor in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from California University of Pennsylvania.

She holds a permanent license as a minister from the American Baptist Church Leadership Institute of Western Pennsylvania and was ordained by the American Baptist Church.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-15-Devito_Shribman.jpgThe Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series at Waynesburg University will host guest lecturer David M. Shribman at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will present “The New Architecture of American Politics,” a tour d’horizon of the American political scene.

“We are excited to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Shribman to Waynesburg University as part of the DeVito Lecture Series,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “In his role as executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shribman has helped to shape local news coverage throughout the region, and his lecture provides a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the importance of media.”

Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2003, Shribman was the assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe. He has also served as a national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times and was a member of the national staff of The Washington Star.

He currently writes a nationally syndicated column, “My Point,” and a biweekly column for the Globe and Mail in Canada.

Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene and has been a regular panelist on the PBS show “Washington Week,” in addition to having appeared on both “Face the Nation” and “Meet the Press.”

As a guest lecturer, Shribman has visited numerous universities and colleges around the country. He has taught courses at the University of Notre Dame, Virginia Commonwealth University and Gettysburg College.

Shribman was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University and has delivered the Lyndon Baines Johnson Distinguished Lecture at Southwest Texas State University and the Charles Hall Dillon Lecture at the University of South Dakota.

He is an emeritus member of the board of trustees of Dartmouth College and of the board of visitors of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences. Currently, he is a member of the selection committee for the Profiles in Courage Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and sits on the national board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation.

Shribman earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College where he graduated summa cum laude. In addition to holding four honorary degrees, he completed graduate work in European and African history as a Reynolds Scholar at Cambridge University in England.

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 22 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_3-15-Drowsy-Chaperone.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “The Drowsy Chaperone” Wednesday, March 21, through Saturday, March 24. The annual spring musical will be held each evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center with a dinner theatre experience offered Saturday, March 24.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Waynesburg University students. To purchase tickets in advance, which is highly recommended, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/drowsy.

The dinner theatre will cost $30 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 5 to twelve and $5 for children under the age of 5. Reservations must be made by March 19. Dinner theatre tickets can also be purchased at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/drowsy.

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Benedum Dining Hall Glass Room with a buffet dinner and a discussion with senior cast and crew members. Coffee and dessert will be held afterwards in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery featuring a student gallery talk.

“This year’s event gives guests a glimpse into the Fine Arts experience at Waynesburg University,” said Victoria Beppler, associate director of Alumni Relations. “During dinner, senior cast and crew members will share stories from their time in the theatre program, and there will also be an opportunity to hear from art students during dessert.”

According to the show’s synopsis, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record, a cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life as the man in the chair looks on. Throughout the musical within a musical, the story features two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone.

“I saw the original production on Broadway, and it struck me as a great and clever idea for a musical,” said Edward Powers, professor of theatre and director of Waynesburg’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” “I knew then it would be a musical I would do one day.”

In addition to Powers as the director, Dr. Ronda Depriest, professor of music, is the music director and Melanie Catana, assistant professor of music, is the vocal director.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score.

The musical has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and it is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

“Theatre is an experience like none other,” added Powers. “As actors, we come together to create that live performance; a company, a cast, a group of people that is also unique. Every show, every performance, every night is like no other.”

The cast and crew includes:

MAN IN CHAIR - Ronnie Loebker, senior computer science major from Ripley, Ohio (home school clearing house)

MRS. TOTTENDALE - Joanna Peters, junior human services (education) major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)

UNDERLING - Christian Wilson, junior digital design major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)

JANET - Denise Branthoover, senior nursing major from Murrysville, Pennsylvania (Franklin Regional High School)

ROBERT - Ed DiOrio, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Hunker, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)

GEORGE - Jonah Phillip, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Peters Township High School)

FELDZIEG - Matt Colaluca, senior environmental science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania  (Central Valley High School)

KITTY - Megan Cook, senior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (Montour High School)

DROWSY CHAPERONE - Mandi Pascarella, junior Bible & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)

GANGSTER #1 - Cory Tretinik, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Clarksville, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)

GANGSTER #2 - Ian Bish, senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg Central High School)

ALDOLPHO - Thomas Faye, sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills High School)

TRIX - Holly Hendershot, sophomore communication (journalism) major from Manheim, Pennsylvania (home schooled)

SUPERINTENDANT/ENSEMBLE - Michelle Frye, senior advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)

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Elizabeth Nicodemus, junior sports management major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (North Hills High School)

Kristina Fisher, junior nursing major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)

Clare Rainone, freshman art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Upper Saint Clair High School)

Damian Campbell, freshman forensic science major from Wellsburg, West Virginia (Brooke High School)

Matt Desrosiers, junior criminal justice administration major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania  (Waynesburg Central High School)

CHOREOGRAPHER - Tessa Masula, junior English (secondary education) major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)

STAGE MANAGER - Tre Thomas, sophomore sociology (pre-law) major from Mill Hall, Pennsylvania (Central Mountain High School)

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Noelle Skoda, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Nottingham, Maryland (Eastern Technical High School)

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Sami Morad, freshman English (creative writing) major from Glassboro, New Jersey (Washington Township Board of Education)

For specific questions regarding the dinner theatre experience, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 724-852-3256.

For more information about the production, call 724-852-7638.

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 22 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_3-13.pngWaynesburg University will celebrate the 168th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a special convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Roberts Chapel. Additionally, the University will hold a Day of Service Saturday, March 17.

“Charter Day affords us an opportunity to reflect on our rich heritage and reaffirm our mission of educating students to make connections between faith, serving and learning so that they might faithfully live lives of purpose,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Paulo Nzambi, CEO and head of school at Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be the featured convocation speaker. He will deliver an address titled “The Present and its Possibilities.”

Prior to Nzambi’s recent appointment as CEO and head of school at Imani Christian Academy, he served as the chief operating officer for the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and the National Center for Arts and Technology. Additionally, he has served as a trial lawyer at the state and federal level, representing individuals, corporations and the City of Pittsburgh in civil rights, employment and tort litigation.

Nzambi’s diverse employment experience also includes being a published poet, playwright and entrepreneur.

He serves on the board of directors for the Center of Life, The Tull Family Theatre, Radiant Hall and the Union of African Communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Nzambi earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and a law degree from Duquesne University School of Law.

During the March 17 Day of Service, Waynesburg University students will serve alongside faculty and staff at the following organizations: Adopt-A-Highway, Beverly’s Birthdays, Eva K. Bowlby Public Library, the Greene County Humane Society, the Ronald McDonald House and the Waynesburg University Unity Trail.

“There is no better way to fulfill [our] mission and celebrate the University’s Charter Day than through a day of giving back to our community,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.waynesburg.edu/charterday.

For more information regarding the Charter Day convocation, contact Mary Fox, event planner, at mfox@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7677.

To learn more about the Day of Service, contact Hardie at khardie@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3461.

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 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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