Calendar of Arts and Events

Note: Only upcoming events are featured here. For the complete campus calendar, click here.

Performing Arts Series

“Ain’t I a Woman!” by Core Ensemble

Friday, February 16
7:30 p.m., Goodwin Performing Arts Center

Core Ensemble celebrates diversity through chamber music theatre.

“Ain’t I a Woman!” is a musical and theatrical celebration of four renowned African American women: novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, folk artist Clementine Hunter, ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.

The score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African American composers such as Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach and Diane Monroe.

Core Ensemble tours annually in February and March in celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

Cost is $15 - click here to purchase tickets!
Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff receive free admission with a University-issued ID.

Art Exhibitions

Visiting Artist Exhibition by Colleen Nelson

Monday, January 29 – Friday, February 23
Opening Reception: Monday, January 29, 6-8 p.m.
Benedum Fine Arts Gallery

Colleen Nelson, a local freelance reporter, is also a strong prolific artist in the community. Her work, which chairperson for the Fine Arts Department Andrew Heisey described as "almost Post-Impressionist style", will stretch all the way from the 1980s to the present.

Free admission.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
Call 724-852-3247 for more information.

Senior Art Exhibition by Sydney Harris

Monday, February 26 – Thursday, March 29
Opening Reception: Monday, February 26, 6-8 p.m.
Benedum Fine Arts Gallery

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.

Free admission.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
Call 724-852-3247 for more information.

Spring Student Art Exhibition

Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 27
Opening Reception: Monday, April 16, 6-8 p.m.
Benedum Fine Arts Gallery

The student art exhibition will showcase the best student work of the spring semester. The exhibit will showcase a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures and a variety of two- and three-dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

Free admission.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. Call 724-852-3247 for more information.

Theater Productions

Spring Musical

Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24
7:30 p.m., Goodwin Performing Arts Center

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in a couple 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, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as ‘The Perfect Broadway Musical,’ “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Because of its many featured roles and accessible script, “The Drowsy Chaperone” will fit perfectly into any company's season or school's calendar.

Source: Music Theatre International

$5 general admission, $3 Waynesburg University students
Reservations suggested.
Call 724-852-3226

An Evening of Original One-Act Plays

Tuesday, April 10 & Wednesday, April 11
7:30 p.m., Goodwin Performing Arts Center

Under the supervision of Edward L. Powers, professor of theater and director of the Theatre Program, these original one-act plays allow audiences to experience another side of the Theatre Program and to support the efforts of student actors, student directors and especially, student writers.

Free admission, reservations suggested.
Call 724-852-3226 for more information.


Stover Center Lecture Series

Speaker: Josh Blackman
Thursday, March 15
7:30 p.m., Alumni Hall

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will host Josh Blackman, associate professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston, for a lecture titled “Economic Liberty and the Criminal Law.”

Blackman specializes in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court and the intersection of law and technology. He is the author of “Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare” and his commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and L.A. Times, among other national publications.

He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and is the founder and president of the Harlan Institute, whose mission is to bring a stylized law school experience into the high school classroom to ensure that the next generation of leaders has a proper understanding of America’s most fundamental laws.

Blackman has testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutionality of executive action on immigration and has been named to the “30 Under 30” in Law and Policy by Forbes. Additionally, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and for the Honorable Kim R. Gibson on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law.

Free admission.

DeVito Lecture Series

Speaker: David Shribman
Tuesday, March 27
7 p.m., Goodwin Performing Arts Center

David Shribman is the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a post he has held since 2003. Previously, Shribman was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe. He also held various positions with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Star.

Shribman graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He did graduate work in European and African history at Cambridge University, England, as a Reynolds Scholar.

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington, D.C., and the American political scene.

Shribman is a member of the selection committee for the Profiles in Courage Award given by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and is chairman of the selection committee of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award given by Colby College. He also sits on the national board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation and holds four honorary degrees.

His lecture is titled “The New Architecture of American Politics.” It will be a tour d ’horizon of the American political scene.

Free admission.

Music Performances

Music Program Audition Days

Saturday, January 20 & Saturday, February 10
11 a.m – 3 p.m., Marsh Center

High school musicians looking to continue their musical pursuits in a collegiate setting should take notice of one of these two announced audition dates for the music program at Waynesburg University.

Seniors who are interested in pursuing a Music Ministry, Arts Administration (Music Concentration) major, or a minor in music will need to audition for admittance to the music program and apply to Waynesburg University.

There are two instrumental and two vocal scholarships that are also available to all students who audition and are accepted to the University, whether you plan to pursue a major in music or not. More information, including audition repertoire, is available on the University’s website by searching for the music program or by contacting:

Dr. Ronda E. DePriest
Professor of Instrumental Music
Director of the Music Program

9th Annual Conducting Symposium

Friday, February 2 & Saturday, February 3
Registration: Friday, February 2, 5-5:45 p.m.
Marsh Center

By popular demand, the Music Program has revived the Annual Waynesburg University Conducting Symposium. Once again, the Symphonic Band and friends will serve as the Clinic Band for this workshop experience aimed at servicing area conductors in the wind ensemble/concert band medium. The repertoire for the clinic includes: “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter, “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland, “Tempered Steel” by Charles Rochester Young, “Incidental Suite” by Claude T. Smith and “El Capitan” by John Philip Sousa/Brion & Schissel.

Col. Lowell Graham, director of orchestral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Texas at El Paso, will serve as the guest clinician. Col. Graham has held numerous conducting positions and most recently served as the commander and conductor of the United States Air Force Band.

To register as either an observer or conducting fellow, click here.

Symphonic Band Mid-Winter Concert

Wednesday, February 14
5:15 p.m., Marsh Center

The Symphonic Band will perform selections from the 9th Annual Waynesburg University Conducting Symposium which include “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter, “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland, “Tempered Steel” by Charles Rochester Young, “Incidental Suite” by Claude T. Smith and “El Capitan” by John Philip Sousa/Brion & Schissel.

The concert will be a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or family and friends. It will also be a great opportunity to support the band’s work to sustain and promote cancer research through Relay for Life through donations and raffles.

The ensemble is comprised of instrumentalists from all disciplines of study on the Waynesburg University campus.

Free admission.
Call 724-852-7638 for more information.

Chamber Works I & II

Thursday, March 1 & Thursday, April 19
Noon, Marsh Center

Waynesburg University students involved in our small ensemble program are on the move. Every semester brings new literature to these noon concerts. Performances range from woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles, to guitar, piano and violin solos. Even barber shop and beauty shop quartets can be heard performing.

No matter the type of group or genre of music, these presentations are always creative and fun!

Free admission.
Call 724-852-7638 for more information

Reception snacks will be provided

Music Program Spring Concert

Saturday, April 14
7:30 p.m., Roberts Chapel

The Music Program Spring Concert will feature the Waynesburg University Lamplighter Concert Choir and Symphonic Band.

Free admission.
Call 724-852-7638 for more information.

Reception to follow in the Marsh Center.

Chamber Ochestra & Jazz Ensemble Concert

Friday, April 20
7:30 p.m., Marsh Center

Free admission.
Call 724-852-7638 for more information.

GNP’s 48th Anniversary Concert

Saturday, April 21
Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Goodwin Performing Arts Center

Gross National Product (GNP), a band formed in the mid 60’s in the New Jersey Shore, will celebrate its 48th Anniversary Concert with the Waynesburg campus and community this spring.

GNP has become a spring musical reunion for members of the band who started performing at Waynesburg University during the 1970 spring semester. The reunion has branched out to include other musical talents from the University and region.

Original band members include Bill Molzon ’73, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University, and coordinator of the annual GNP concert, along with Jeannie Clark Fisher, Scott Buttfield, Linc Davis, Charlie Behrend and Tom Minson.

Free admission. No reservations are necessary for this event.
Call 724-852-3270 for more information.

Special Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation

Speaker: Marilyn House West
Tuesday, January 16
11 a.m., Roberts Chapel

Marilyn House West currently serves as the chair of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees.

West is the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., a Richmond, Virginia, based planning and consulting company with specialization in management, education and planning services. West and her team have served clients ranging from government agencies to large corporations and school systems.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond. She serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Metro Transportation Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Villa.

In 2015, West was honored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Richmond with its 2015 Outstanding Women Award, which recognizes women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to the community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and inspiring achievements. In 2016, she was recognized by Style Weekly with an Executive Woman in Business Achievement Award, and she was just recently inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

West received Waynesburg University’s Margaret Bell Miller Leadership Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.

She holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

Economic Liberty and the Criminal Law

Speaker: Josh Blackman
South Texas College of Law Houston
Thursday, March 15
7:30 p.m., Alumni Hall

Free admission

Charter Day Celebration

Speaker: Paulo Nzambi
Tuesday, March 20
11 a.m., Roberts Chapel

Waynesburg University will celebrate its 169th year and the 168th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The celebration will reflect on students, faculty and staff who have established lives defined by leadership and service. The annual Charter Day celebration will feature an address from Paulo Nzambi, CEO and head of school for Imani Christian Academy.

167th Commencement Exercises

Sunday, May 6
11 a.m., Baccalaureate, Roberts Chapel
2 p.m., Commencement, Miller Hall Front Lawn

The annual Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will honor the class of 2018. Graduates will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal and academic journeys as they experience the day’s momentous events. The Baccalaureate and Commencement speakers will offer inspirational guidance as each member of the class of 2018 begins a new chapter in his or her life. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.