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Waynesburg University’s Department of Education, in conjunction with Scholastic Education and Laurel Highlands School District, recently hosted an Early Literary Summit for pre-K and kindergarten teachers, administrators, directors and Waynesburg education students.

“We are always looking for various partnerships with school districts so students can learn about current practices in the field,” said Yvonne Beverina Weaver, instructor of education and chair of the Education Department. “Our students had the opportunity to hear how teachers implement whole-group independent reading strategies, small group instruction and the use of learning centers. They also learned about the importance of family and community engagement.”

The event featured three speakers: Jenni Brasington, senior director of Consultative Services for Scholastic Education and a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement, Kerry Walters, national training and development specialist for Scholastic Education and Cathy Yount, director of early learning at Scholastic Education.

Participants earned professional development credit through The Intermediate Unit 1, and Waynesburg education students were provided an opportunity to engage with active professionals in the field, in addition to the experts from Scholastic Education.

Brasington has more than 25 years of experience working with pre-K through 12th-grade schools as an administrator, early childhood coordinator and school counselor. Most recently, she served as the director of Family and Community Engagement for Acelero Learning.

She is the author of “Family Friendly Walk-Through” and the co-author of the “Family Engagement Assessment,” a tool that measures a school’s capacity for developing effective partnerships with families.

Brasington holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school counseling.

Walters has teaching experience at the pre-K and elementary school level, and has served as an educational consultant leading professional development sessions and curriculum training for teachers throughout the country.

Walters holds a degree in elementary education from York College.

Yount served 22 years as a public and private school teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. She taught language arts and reading from pre-K through 11th-grade, in addition to serving as an instructional coach and new teacher trainer for the sixth largest school district in the county.

She has authored early literacy curriculum and served on numerous state education committees building early learning standards and guiding state adoption processes.

Yount holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

For more information about Waynesburg’s Education Department, visit waynesburg.edu/education.

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 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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The Waynesburg University Players will present Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” Wednesday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus.

“This production is an opportunity to see one of the greatest plays of all time on a local stage,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre. “Seeing the Shakespearean characters and hearing their words, instead of merely reading them, can be an exciting opportunity.”

“Hamlet” first premiered around 1600, and is a story of family turmoil and revenge. Powers stated it is a 400-year-old story that can still relate to a present-day audience.

The story is set in Denmark, where Hamlet, who has been away to school, has learned that his father has died and that he is next in line for the crown. However, upon returning home he finds that his Uncle Claudius has assumed the throne and even married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. After a night-time encounter with the spirit of his dead father, young Hamlet learns that it was Claudius who killed the old man, which emboldens Hamlet to seek revenge.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Waynesburg University students. To purchase tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/hamlet.

Available tickets will also be sold at the door.

The cast and crew include:

  • Hamlet - Shawn White, senior English (creative writing) major from Amity, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • King - Ronald Loebker, senior computer science major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • QueenSara Lesher, senior criminal justice administration major from Masontown, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin High School)
  • PoloniusChristian Wilson, junior digital design major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • OpheliaTessa Masula, junior English (secondary education) major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • LaertesSteven Caumo, junior English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands, Pennsylvania (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Rosencrantz/GravediggerMichelle Frye, senior advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)
  • GuildensternHolly Hendershot, sophomore communication (journalism) major from Manheim, Pennsylvania (home schooled)
  • Francisco/OsricRachael Crosbie, junior English (literature) major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • Ghost/Player King/PriestMatthew Colaluca, senior environmental science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania (Central Valley High School)
  • Marcellus/Player KingEdward DiOrio, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Hunker, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)
  • BernardoCory Tretinik, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Clarksville, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Player Queen/ServantVeronica Kayona, freshman criminal justice administration major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)
  • A Maid/SailorGabrielle Urschel, freshman criminal justice administration major from Ashburn, Virginia (Briar Woods High School)
  • Stage ManagerKathryn Kondrick, senior history major from Cheswick, Pennsylvania (Fox Chapel High School)
  • Assistant Stage ManagerSamantha Morad, freshman English (creative writing) major from Glassboro, New Jersey (Washington Township Board of Education)
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Victoria Rossignol, sophomore sociology (urban studies) major from Norridgewock, Maine (Temple Academy Christian School)

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or epowers@waynesburg.edu.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-31-Performing-Arts-Series_Haller.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will host an organ recital by Dr. William Haller Sunday, Nov. 5, as part of its Performing Arts Series. The 3 p.m. recital will be held in Roberts Chapel on the Waynesburg University campus. Tickets cost $5.

Dr. Sora Lee, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University, will join Haller for the recital. Lee is a former doctoral student of Haller.

“This concert is a marvelous addition to our Performing Arts Series, and it will provide inspiration to the audience,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at Waynesburg University.

Haller will perform pieces from his personal collection in addition to repertoire chosen from the library donated by Waynesburg alumna Julianne Johnston Peterson.

Haller is the professor emeritus of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University (WVU). He taught full time at WVU for 22 years and continues to teach music theory, organ and harpsichord on a part-time basis.

In 1982, Haller was named a fellow of the American Guild of Organists.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and his doctorate of musical arts degree from North Texas State University. Haller studied organ with David Craighead, Donald Willing, Helen Hewitt, Finn Videro and Robert Glasgow and harpsichord with Robert Parmentier.

To purchase tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/hallerrecital. For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-3420.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-24-McCracken-Legacy-Award.JPGWaynesburg University was awarded the 2017 McCracken Legacy Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce at an Oct. 21 dinner held in the Benedum Dining Hall on the Waynesburg University campus. The McCracken Legacy Award is awarded annually to a business or organization in Greene County. 

Jeff McCracken presented the award on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

“This award is so special because it comes from the hearts of the people of this community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It is also special because many at the University know the legacy of the McCracken family. They have touched many lives over the years with kindness and generosity and demonstrate what true American entrepreneurism is.”

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the award recipient must have demonstrated ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people as well as a commitment to social responsibility and exemplary community involvement. The business or organization selected for the award must also have demonstrated a positive social and/or economic impact on the community and exemplary civic community leadership. 

Special guests included Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta and Pennsylvania State Representative Pam Snyder, and both commended the University for its service to the county and its commitment to educating students. 

Bartolotta lauded how Waynesburg makes good people, while Snyder remarked that sometimes we forget to appreciate what’s in our backyard but Waynesburg University is a crown jewel of Greene County.

Greene County Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader also spoke.

Waynesburg University has been a leader in the local and regional economy for many years and is one of the premier partners for economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Waynesburg University community contributes approximately 50,000 service learning and community/civic engagement hours each year. Those hours provide a total annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million.

The University is proud to be one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg. Bonners contribute approximately 17,290 hours of service locally each year.

The Waynesburg University Bonner Program has developed meaningful, longstanding relationships with partner organizations in and around Greene County. Through this long-term approach, these local organizations benefit from ongoing weekly service contributed by students while students experience personal and professional growth.

With the numerous educational centers at the University, business partners and community members alike benefit from the University’s distinctive offerings. Examples include training exercises for law enforcement in the criminal justice facilities and monthly labs for homeschooled students.

Waynesburg University also has a long-standing history of supporting the local community. The University has donated more than $500,000 in recent years to the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, construction and fire safety equipment, as well as contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-23-Voices-from-Field-Ed.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Education recently hosted Dr. Rob Furman, who presented “Are You Future Ready?” as part of the Department’s “Voices from the Field” speaker series.

Furman is an educator, leader, principal, scholar, speaker and published author, and is currently the principal at South Park Elementary Center in the South Park School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The presentation focused on how technology can play a significant role in preparing students for achievement in the future and includes information about the skills needed to move education forward in a productive and effective manner.

“I think Dr. Furman’s message was clear that teachers are facilitators of learning these days,” said senior education major Cassandra Kemp. “I appreciated how he connected [his presentation] to our part of rural, western Pennsylvania in pointing out that if our schools don’t have funding to have a piece of technology for every student, that there are ways for us to bring in only one piece of technology as a model.”

Furman was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Research and Publication Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD). His writing also earned him the distinction of being named to the 2015 Top 100 Educational Blogs list by #60 National, and he was a 2014 Pittsburgh-Tribune Review Total Media Newsmaker.

Furman holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University, master’s degree in educational administration from Duquesne University and a doctorate in instructional leadership.

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 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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