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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-29-Guest-Art-Exhibit---Lesako.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present a Guest Art Exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 12, to Friday, Oct. 7. The exhibit, featuring the work of local artist David J. Lesako, will open with a reception Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

As an “en plein air” landscape painter, Lesako’s paintings reflect the real visual conditions of an outdoor scene instead of a predetermined look. As a resident of Greene County, he aims to document a small part of southwestern Pennsylvania with his nature paintings. While he prefers to work with pastels, Lesako’s portfolio also includes oil and watercolor pieces.

In addition to working as an instructor of art at Waynesburg University, Lesako has also taught art for 30 years in Central Greene School District in Waynesburg. His art has been displayed at West Virginia University, Artbeat Gallery in Waynesburg and West Liberty University. 

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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Waynesburg University will present “The Curious Savage," a lighthearted comedy by John Patrick, Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The story revolves around Mrs. Ethel Savage, a wealthy widow, who wants to use her fortune to help others. However, her grown stepchildren are determined to keep the fortune for themselves, so they have “mom” committed to a sanitarium. While there, Mrs. Savage meets several of the residents. These emotionally scarred and delicate people are brought to believe in themselves a bit more as she interacts with them, and they, in turn, give Mrs. Savage a new outlook on life. 

"This is an old play that I remember seeing at a community theater in my hometown in the 1970’s, but I still think it has something to say to us in 2016," said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “That's one of the treasures of theater; we can still be entertained and enlightened by the old stories.”

Since 2002, Waynesburg University has presented a community theater show each summer. Directed by Powers, the production features Waynesburg University students and several members of the local community. 

The cast includes Brittany Blair-Martin, Alaina Camps, Kevin Conley, Tome J. Custer, Michelle Frye, Laura Gonnella, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Ellen M. Weekly, Christian Wilson, Ben Zyra, and a special appearance by Bryn Lahew. 

To purchase tickets in advance, visit Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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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Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University, presented at the recent Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in New York City.

Batchelder’s presentation, “Making Career Decisions,” focused on identifying resources, such as skills and degrees, necessary for starting out in the performing arts field or launching a new career within the field. She presented alongside three other higher education professionals in arts administration and arts management.

“I enjoy being able to help students and professionals who are at a turning point in their careers and teach them about opportunities they may not have known existed,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder has attended the APAP conference since 2009. She is also the chair of a special panel for the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), which is represented at the APAP conference.

“As the director of an arts administration program, I think it is an honor to represent AAAE at the APAP conference,” said Batchelder. “I enjoy networking and keeping up with what is happening in the field.”

Eventually, it is her goal to bring Waynesburg University students with her to the APAP conference so that they can learn about job opportunities first-hand and have a chance to network with important and influential professionals in the field.

Batchelder joined Waynesburg University in 2015. She received a M.A. from St. Andrews University and a M.A. and Ph.D., from The Ohio State University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_058.jpgThe Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University will offer its first Chamber Works performance of the semester Thursday, Feb. 25, at noon in the Marsh Center. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

A number of small ensembles, which consist of a limited group of students who meet with one another once a week, will perform pieces at the concert. Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the University’s Music Program, said small ensembles not only enrich the musical culture on Waynesburg’s campus, but also help to expand and develop involved students’ musical skills.

“Students often need or desire an opportunity to maintain and increase their playing and singing abilities,” said DePriest. “Small ensembles are vital to students learning techniques that make them independent performers in an ensemble where there is no room to hide.”

Chamber Works concerts are offered twice per semester. Contact 724-852-7638 for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_061.jpgFor the second year in a row, the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will present a Mid-Winter Concert. The concert will be held in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5:15 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band, consisting of students from a multitude of academic majors in addition to some faculty, will perform a variety of ensemble-friendly pieces such as a fanfare, a suite and a fast circus march.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at the University, works with the band for six weeks leading up to the concert and considers it a blessing to be able to share the art of music with others.

“I can’t imagine a day without an opportunity to share music,” she said.

For more information, contact 724-852-7638.

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