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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-15-Harris-art.pngSydney Harris, a senior art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open her senior art exhibition with a reception Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, which is open to the public, will be on display through Thursday, March 29.

Harris’ exhibit will showcase a variety of styles, including ceramic, jewelry, paintings, drawings and digital prints.

“It is an amazing feeling knowing that you have worked so hard for the past couple years to reach this point,” said Harris. “I am so proud to be able to show all of my hard work to the public [and] see how far I have truly come on this journey here at Waynesburg.”

Harris shared that her favorite work in the display is a series of pieces that combine glass with pottery. Pottery is one of her passions that she has been studying for many years.

“I learned from a past teacher about this technique where you melt glass into the pottery and it makes this crackle effect,” said Harris. “These pieces show my love for nature in its simplest forms.”

Harris gives much credit to her success and learning over the past few years at Waynesburg to her professors.

“They have been so supportive and without that kind of a positive environment, I cannot even imagine where I would be today as an artist,” she said. “I am proud to say that I am a part of this program and will always speak highly of it to others.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-852-3247.

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_2-5-MBU-March-Madness.pngWaynesburg University’s Merit Badge University will present a sports-themed “March Madness” event Saturday, March 24. The day will begin with check in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Marisa Fieldhouse/Gymnasium and conclude at 1 p.m.

Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn one of the following three merit badges: Athletics, Personal Fitness and Sports. Cost is $15 for the event, which will include lunch, a patch, a T-shirt and instruction. To register, visit the March Madness MBU tab at http://www.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university.

“We are thrilled to continue our tradition of offering scouting programs on campus,” said Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator. “March Madness Merit Badge University provides a great opportunity to connect with the local Boy Scouts community.”

All participating Scouts are responsible for bringing their own blue card and proof of completed pre-requisites. Scouts who do not complete pre-requisites before the day of the event will receive a partial merit badge.

Scouts are permitted to wear their Class B/Activity Uniform at the event.

Registration is limited. For more information, email scouting@waynesburg.edu or call 724-852-7790.

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_RN.org-badge.pngRegisteredNursing.org ranked Waynesburg University’s baccalaureate Nursing Program No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania for the second consecutive year.

Waynesburg received a score of 97.97 out of a possible 100. Programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. Each school’s National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) current and historical pass rates were weighted heavily in the scoring.

“It is once again a great honor to be recognized as the second best nursing program in Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing and interim chair of the nursing program. “The ongoing dedication of the nursing faculty in maintaining program standards and being committed to student learning is congruent with the University’s mission.”

Seventy-six schools were analyzed in Pennsylvania and the top 30 were ranked. Programs reviewed include schools that offer a Diploma in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing Degree.

RegisteredNursing.org’s mission is to promote excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed.

Waynesburg’s Nursing Program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a state-of-the-art simulation lab and experienced faculty members. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The Department of Nursing also offers accredited Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs.

For more information on Waynesburg’s baccalaureate Nursing Program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/nursing.

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_1-16-Trauma-Conference.jpgWaynesburg University will present a Trauma Competency Conference Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, featuring guest speaker Dr. Gale Kelley. It will take place each day at the Center for Research and Economic Development on the main campus of the University from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.

The two-day conference will focus on the core competencies and treatment strategies for trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss. The target audience will be case managers, counselors, mental health professionals, psychologists, social workers and therapists. To register, visit forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=936721. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 2.

Kelley is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida, a certified expert trauma professional and a national board certified counselor. She is a qualified supervisor for mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy, in addition to being an approved clinical supervisor and expert witness in several Florida counties.

Her experience encompasses adults, developmentally challenged, geriatrics, family dynamic issues and violence, marital conflict, mentally ill and substance abuse.

Kelley currently teaches and develops trauma-related online continuing education courses with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is the founder of Trauma Treatment & Mental Health Services and the former clinical director of the Child Protection Center in Sarasota, Florida.

Kelley is affiliated with the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors, among others.

She holds a doctor of education degree in counseling psychology.

Tuition to attend is $310 for university students, staff and community professionals. Participation will count toward continuing education credits.

For more information, contact Sarah Bell at 724-852-7790 or sbell@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 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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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will revive its Annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. The symposium will be held in the Marsh Center on the University’s main campus beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and ending at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Colonel Lowell Graham will serve as the guest clinician for the event. Graham is currently the director of orchestral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was formerly the commander and conductor of the United States Air Force’s premier musical organization in Washington, D.C., earning the position of senior ranking musician in the Department of Defense.

Graham is president-elect of the American Bandmasters Association and president and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Additionally, he has been inducted into the University of Northern Colorado School of Music “Hall of Honor” and was a recipient of the Award of Distinction for Contributions in Music Education from the Illinois Music Educators Association, among many other awards.

He has released recordings on six labels, including Naxos, Telarc, Klavier, Mark, Altissimo and Wilson that have been recognized for both their artistic and sonic excellence. These recordings have been recognized in Stereophile’s “Records to Die-For” list and The Absolute Sound’s “The Super Disc List,” as well as one having won a Grammy.

Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in music performance from the University of Northern Colorado, in addition to a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from The Catholic University of America.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will function as the clinic band for the workshop experience. Repertoire will 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 opportunities to register as a conducting fellow, observer or ensemble member still exist. The fee to observe is $10 for high school students and as low as $30 for adults.

Those interested are asked to complete the online registration form at forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=909839.

For other information or inquiries, contact Dr. Ronda Depriest, director of the Music Program and professor of music, at 724-852-3420 or rdepries@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 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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