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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-24-matriculation_20170824-203543_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2017-2018 academic school year officially began Thursday, Aug. 24, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

“Today you become a member of a University and institution that is nationally recognized for value, scholarship, service learning and faith, and the ability to prepare its graduates for their futures,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Lee shared with the freshman class the importance of perseverance. He encouraged them to practice perseverance and to understand that they will not travel alone on their journey because the entire University community will be with them.

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

“The entire campus community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new students,” said Jackie Palko, director of admissions. “Now that they have arrived, we get to look forward to how a Waynesburg education will change their lives!”

The University welcomed more than 450 students, representing 59 different majors and academic areas of interest and 22 states, including Alaska, California and Florida.

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, Aug. 24. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Saturday, Aug. 26, and classes will begin Monday, Aug. 28.

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_7-21-Summer-Play.pngWaynesburg University’s Theatre Program will present “Dearly Beloved,” a fast-paced, outrageous comedy, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Tickets cost $5.00, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“Dearly Beloved” is a laugh out loud comedy about a wedding that seems to have gone wrong. The story takes place in the small town of Fayro, Texas, where Tina Jo Dubberly is about to marry Parker Price when problems galore begin to occur. The bride’s mother, Frankie, makes herself sick with elaborate ceremony plans, while Aunt Twink turns the reception into a potluck dinner and Aunt Honey Raye shows up announcing another failed marriage.

Adding to the wild story are a cantankerous flower shop owner and wedding coordinator, the groom’s mother who doesn’t approve of any of the people and an overly medicated boyfriend who has trouble distinguishing between members of the wedding party and an armadillo.

“I selected this play because it is a comedy and it takes place in a small town,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the Theatre Program and professor of theatre at the University. “I think our community will be able to enjoy the eccentricities of these wacky characters.”

Made up of current students, alumni and community members, the cast includes Sadie Breon, Alaina Camps, Tome Custer, Laura Gonnella, Sable Griedel, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Dan Wozniak, Ben Zyra and a special appearance by Powers.

The play will mark Powers’ 50th major production at Waynesburg. He has been the director of the Theatre Program for 17 years.

To purchase tickets, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/beloved. 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 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_7-3-brodak.jpgStacey Brodak will be joining Waynesburg University as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, the University announced today.

“With her diverse professional background, Mrs. Brodak will make a great addition to Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Experienced in government and corporate affairs, Brodak has a broad background in communications, donor stewardship, government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, leadership and management for both the private and public sectors.

“I am grateful and excited to join the Waynesburg University family,” said Brodak. “I am hopeful that my varied professional experiences will allow me to help contribute to the success of the both the University and the region.”

Since 2012, Brodak has served as the senior advisor for government, community and media relations for Noble Energy, where she managed all aspects of communications and government relations for the company’s Business Unit.

In her role, she also implemented corporate social responsibility programs, led legislative engagement on relevant issues and worked with trade groups on planning and executing broad programs to support the organization.

Active in the community, Brodak has served as the president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the boards of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the ARC Human Services Foundation.

Previously, Brodak served as the senior director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy; senior director of donor relations for the West Virginia University Foundation; and the executive director of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Brodak holds a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University, a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from Boston College.

A lifelong resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, Brodak was born and raised in Carmichaels. She now resides with her husband and son in Washington, Pa.

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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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 Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Batchelder’s presentation was titled “Festivals Crossing Borders: Influence of the Edinburgh Fringe on North American Fringe Festivals.” Her research encompassed nearly 20 years of field work in Edinburgh which included various interviews and archival recordings of Edinburgh Fringe venue managers and directors, in addition to numerous Edinburgh Fringe Society board meetings.

“Since the conference was in the home of the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, my talk focused on how the first-ever Fringe festival has influenced other Fringe festivals that have sprung up around the world,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder also participated in a panel discussion titled “City to City: How the Arts Transform and Connect Communities.”

Waynesburg University recently became a member of the AAAE, the only professional academic organization specifically devoted to educators who teach arts administration courses at the collegiate level.

As a member, Waynesburg fine arts faculty and staff are able to collaborate with and learn from arts administration professionals from around the globe. Information gained from conferences and events will be incorporated into the arts administration curriculum at the University.

“I expect my international work and academic experience at the conferences and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will help bring students in our program both knowledge and experiences they otherwise could not have,” said Batchelder.

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_6-13-YJ-national-award.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, recently won the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting, Small School Division. The award represents the newspaper’s first national-level win.

“Winning a national award for this series, which was the work of four students over the course of an entire calendar year, not only is incredible for these students and is validation of their incredible talent, but is also a reminder to the rest of The Yellow Jacket and other students in the department that hard work really does pay off,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and faculty advisor for The Yellow Jacket.

Waynesburg University was only one of two Pennsylvania universities to earn a national award in any of the newspaper categories.

The entry was a five-story series on the heroin epidemic written by Kimmi Baston, Anthony Conn, Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch, and it was one of four first-place region awards received by The Yellow Jack in April, all of which were sent on to be judged nationally against the 11 other SPJ regions.

“Any time our students’ work is recognized is exciting, but to be judged the very best in the entire country is phenomenal,” said Szuminsky. “It’s hard to put too fine a point on this, but these four students wrote a series of articles that beat out every student journalist at every college and university with 10,000 students or fewer.”

All national winners and finalists will be recognized at the SPJ’s 2017 Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, California, in September.

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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