First Year Guide
All the information you'll need to get started at Waynesburg University.
FIRST YEAR GUIDE 2012-2013 Ta ble Getting Started at Waynesburg University ................3 University Portal - myConnect Fall Previews Days New Student Orientation Academic Overview .....................6 Liberal Arts/General Education Fiat Lux â€” First Year Seminar Service-Learning Biblical Studies Mentoring International Opportunities Education That Makes a Difference General Education Goals Academic Programs ...................10 A Life of Learning The University Catalog Course Requirements Choosing a Major Undergraduate Academic Programs Scheduling Advising Transfer Students Campus Life & Services.............16 Residence Halls What to Bring Campus Dining Commuter Information Eberly Library Student Activities .......................21 Student Organizations Intercollegiate Athletics Intramurals & Recreational Opportunities Lecture Series, Performing Arts & Fine Arts Center for Service Leadership Mission Service Experiences Personal Support.........................25 Educational Enrichment Services Career Services Counseling Services Health Services of Contents Letter From Student Behavior.........................28 Code of Conduct Class Attendance Educational Records Informational Technology...........30 myConnect E-mail Computer Labs Residence Halls Financial Services.......................31 Financial Aid Costs Tuition & Fees Payment Plan For Parents..................................33 Letting Go Things Your Student May Tell You Communication & Expectations Contact with the University Homecoming & Family Day Grades Transportation Birthday or Special Occasion Cake Finals Week Care Packages Contact Information....................37 President Dear Student: Auxiliary Support.........................27 Parking Bookstore Mail Services ID Cards ATM & Banking Transportation the Welcome to Waynesburg University! It is my belief that in a few short weeks, you will begin to experience first-hand the resources, the programs, and most of all, the people that historically have made Waynesburg University such a special place. You also will have the opportunity to join together with others in contributing to this ongoing legacy. As you anticipate this transition to Waynesburg University, I would ask that you prepare yourself for this opportunity. In this mailing, you will find the necessary information and forms that will make your entrance into the University a smooth transition. Yet, even more than the preparation of submitting the necessary information or providing the required forms, I ask you to consider your own preparation to become part of this community. As a Christian educational institution, we take seriously our charge to provide the means and inspiration by which you may pursue lives of leadership and purpose. At times, this will mean that you will be expected to reflect upon issues and views of life you had not considered. You will even be challenged to both think and do, not only for yourself, but for your neighborhoods and for the world. Ultimately, I ask you to begin now the process of making the connections that matter. Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue an education that brings together faith, learning and serving. In that way, you will experience education with a purpose â€“ education for a purpose. We look forward to your arrival on our campus and becoming part of our distinctive Christian learning community. Sincerely, Timothy R. Thyreen President First Y uide First Year earGG uide First Y uide First Year earGG uide Getting Started at Waynesburg University! Fall Preview Days As you begin the process of entering Waynesburg University, exciting opportunities await you. In order to “hit the ground running” on the first day of classes, some preparation is necessary. This will require some organization and planning on your part. At the same time, Waynesburg University has anticipated these needs. We have put together a number of programs that will enable you to make this transition into Waynesburg University and our community life. During the summer, we will host four Fall Preview days in order to meet with you in person to prepare for the fall semester. You will need to choose only one of the days listed below by completing the Fall Preview registration section on the Personal Information Sheet in this packet. (Complete and submit the Personal Information Sheet along with the other scheduling sheets on blue paper). University Portal We have designed Fall Previews as a one-day program in which you will have the opportunity to: You might have a number of questions about Waynesburg University and what to expect. While there will be opportunities to meet with staff members in person during various preview and orientation events, a more immediate source of information and interaction is available through our University portal. On the web at: http://myconnect.waynesburg.edu Using the myConnect portal is simple. Just go to the above address. You will be prompted for a username and password. Your username is the first three letters of your last name followed by the last four numbers of your identification number (included in this mailing). Your default password is established as the first three letters of your first name followed by your home five-digit zip code. After your initial log-in, you should change your password to something unique, but not based on personal information that can be easily guessed. To change your password, click on the Help Tab in myConnect. To prevent identity theft, students should always keep their passwords private. • Meet with faculty and staff • Hear from other students • Review your class schedule • Complete your math placement testing Parents who attend one of the Fall Preview Dates with their student will be able to: • Meet the Student Services staff and learn about campus resources for their student • Meet other parents • Review your student’s class schedule and learn how it is put together • Discuss financial matters • Obtain advice on assisting in the student’s transition and in letting go • Receive a Parent Resource Manual For example: John Smith Student id: 000012345 zip: 15370 User name: smi2345 Password: joh15370 Fall Preview Dates 3 • Monday, June 18: • Saturday, June 23: • Saturday, July 14: • Monday, July 16: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. First Year Guide — 2012/13 4 First Y uide First Year earGG uide Academic Overview New Student Orientation New Student Orientation will mark your official entrance into Waynesburg University (At a special Matriculation Convocation, we will formally welcome you into our university learning community.). You will be able to move into your residence hall, purchase books and take care of business. Most of all, you will begin to develop new relationships with faculty, staff and other students who will become a critical part of your life and learning for the next four years. Orientation Weekend and Arrival Highlights Friday, August 24 — Sunday, August 26 Below are highlights of the New Student Orientation Weekend schedule. A more detailed schedule will be mailed in late July. • Resident and Commuter Student Check-In • Matriculation Convocation • President’s Reception • Academic Advisor Meetings • Parent’s Program • Group Activities • Meet your Fiat Lux Mentor • Picnics, Meetings and Activities • Christian Ecumenical Service Matriculation Convocation During August Orientation, this formal convocation recognizes all new students and enrolled members of the Waynesburg University community and family. All students need to wear appropriate attire. (Nice shorts and a pullover shirt are acceptable.) Parents, we encourage you to join us throughout the morning and for the Matriculation Convocation on Friday. This convocation will be followed by a reception hosted by President and Mrs. Thyreen. The reception is followed by the departure of families. A special program for parents will be held prior to the convocation. “While at Matriculation Convocation, you could see the beautiful Waynesburg campus surrounding you. As we began to walk to our seats, I kept thinking to myself, I’m in college! Also, I remember hearing the President call my name to receive my Matriculation Certificate. As I turned, I could see the faces of the smiling parents looking at each student. I felt excited to finally be accepted into the Waynesburg University family and was ready to begin my life as a college student. Now looking back, I think student orientation with Matriculation was a great way to start off the semester, and it helped develop relationships with both staff and students.” 5 Faith, Learning, Serving… Do they go together? How are they connected? At Waynesburg University, every student has the opportunity to make these connections that matter! Students make the connections between the heart, the mind and the hands. Offering a distinctive Christian education for the 21st century, we cultivate exceptional learning opportunities so that our students might discover their calling as students, family members and citizens—to make connections that matter! The mission of Waynesburg University is to provide a place where you can gain wisdom and stature and grow in favor with God and with others. In order to make this happen for you, we commit to some foundational experiences. These educational experiences bring together the distinctive features of the Waynesburg University Connection. While each student benefits from a unique collection of a wide variety of educational experiences, many common elements become an integral part of the Waynesburg University experience. Beyond the traditional courses, assignments and degree requirements, Waynesburg University brings to each of its students the opportunity to pursue the questions of faith, learning and serving through: • Fiat Lux — First Year Seminar • Service-Learning • Biblical Studies course requirement • Mentoring • International opportunities • Faith, Learning & Serving integration into the academic program Beyond the individual participation in each of these essential components, the way they are brought together as a whole form the connections that matter—the Waynesburg University Connection. — Angelic Wray, Class of 2014 First Year Guide — 2012/13 6 Academic Overview Academic Overview Liberal Arts and Sciences Biblical Studies Students enroll in a broad curriculum of diverse, innovative and traditional liberal arts courses. With classes in natural and physical sciences, fine arts, English, history, philosophy, social sciences and religion, you will receive an education with the breadth necessary to prepare you not only for a career, but for a lifetime. As a means of encouraging biblical literacy, each student participates in a course focused on the Christian scriptures. Both through exposure to the content of the Bible and critical reflection on contemporary issues, students become involved in issues of faith development. The integration of faith and learning in exploring relationships with academic disciplines or current issues provides an educational foundation for the rest of the university experience. Fiat Lux—First Year Seminar Using the University motto and its basis in the Scriptures, the first year course is entitled “Let there be light.” With special attention from a faculty or staff mentor, new students are challenged and encouraged during their first semester to develop a “love for learning.” Often, the students become involved in educational opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. This unique course helps students lay the foundation for a successful Waynesburg University experience. “Fiat Lux helped me transition from high school to college with ease. I met my Fiat Lux class on the first day of orientation and friendships were quickly made. We did a lot together as a class during that week, which was only the beginning. We did a service project together in downtown Waynesburg and participated in the Mini Relay for Life. The friends I made through Fiat Lux are some of my closest friends here at Waynesburg. The professor and mentors in our class were a major help, too. It was nice to have someone who had come to college a year earlier to answer our questions and lead us through our first semester. The experience I had in Fiat Lux helped me discover what the mission of faith, learning and service means at Waynesburg University.” — Isaac Hastings, Class of 2015 Service-Learning (SLR) As a critical element of the Waynesburg University education, students become involved with bringing their education to the real needs of people in our communities and in our world. Whether through the SLR course or service-learning projects integrated within a variety of discipline-based courses, students become engaged in the civic and social responsibilities of their education. 7 Mentoring Education for life requires more than information or independent experiences. At Waynesburg University, students receive personal care and attention by faculty and staff members. Whether serving as advisers, instructors or organizational leaders, our faculty and staff reach out to students to develop relationships of trust and guidance. Each student may become involved in a network of relationships by which he/she may be mentored during these critical years. International Opportunities Waynesburg University connects you to the world. Through universitysponsored trips, study abroad and affiliate memberships, students may travel to different places throughout the world for study and service. Students are encouraged to consider pursuing semesters abroad as well as short-term mission trip experiences. Mission trips, led by faculty and staff, occur during every break in the University calendar. Those opportunities give you the chance to become a global citizen both in word and action. Want an education that makes a difference? For you? For the world? Directed by our Christian values, we pledge to provide the means and the inspiration by which our students can pursue lives of purpose. Waynesburg University provides education with a purpose and for a purpose. As a student of Waynesburg University, you become a member of the community where you will be both challenged and encouraged to discern your own calling. In fulfilling that purpose, you will initiate the lifelong adventure of connecting the heart, the mind and the hands through faith, learning and serving. That journey begins now. First Year Guide — 2012/13 8 Academic Overview Academic Programs General Education Goals Our goals for all of our students are to develop: A Life of Learning • Effective communication, quantitative and critical thinking skills • Breadth of knowledge in a variety of disciplines, as well as critical understanding in a major field of study • Enduring respect for Judeo-Christian values, a commitment to service and a foundation for life-long learning • Intellectual, spiritual and social growth consistent with Judeo-Christian traditions The mission of Waynesburg University is to provide an academic foundation for lifelong learning and to empower students to pursue lives of purpose. Throughout your experience, you will take a variety of courses representing the liberal arts and sciences, which are intended to provide breadth to your educational experience. General Education Requirements Writing Skills • ENG 101: College Composition I or ENG 187: Honors College Composition I • ENG 102: College Composition II, ENG 185: Introduction to Literary Studies, or ENG 188: Honors College Composition II Quantitative Reasoning Skills • MAT 106: Beginning Algebra or enrollment in a higher-level math course (above 106) or BUS 216: Quantitative Business Analysis II • Passing score on the Math Assessment Test, to be taken in the second semester of the sophomore year. Computer Literacy Skills • CSC 105: Introduction to Computers or COM 126: Principles of Design or ECE 107: Technology in Early Childhood or MSE 107: Instructional Technologies and Computer Applications for the Middle-Level Classroom or SED 107: Instructional Technologies and Computer Applications for the Secondary Classroom Wellness – Life Skills • LSK 101 (in conjunction with a Life Skills lab), LSK 125 (varsity sport), or NUR 105 Natural and Physical Sciences • Two laboratory science courses 9 Fine Arts, Language Arts and Communication • Three credit hours from fine arts (art, music, theatre) • One literature course from English • Three additional credit hours from fine arts (art, music, theatre), language arts (literature, writing, Spanish, language), or communication (film, photography, speech) History, Biblical and Ministry Studies and Philosophy • One history course • BMS 105 or 106 • One philosophy course Social and Behavioral Sciences (two disciplines must be represented) • Two courses from Business administration (BUS 228), economics, geography, international studies (INT 105), political science, psychology, or sociology Service Learning • One service learning course (SLR 105, 106, 107, 205, 206, 305, 306) Waynesburg Experience – Fiat Lux • WBE 108 Study in Depth • All baccalaureate degree candidates must complete a major course of study. University Catalog The University Catalog is the primary reference tool for knowing the academic requirements and policies; it is important that you become familiar with its contents. The catalog and its course requirements that were established when you enrolled are the standard by which you must fulfill your educational requirements. A .pdf file of the University Catalog is available through the myConnect portal. Simply log in at myconnect.waynesburg.edu and click on the University Links tab, where you will find .pdf versions of the University Catalog, the Student Handbook and Campus Information Guide. O r you can go straight to the Catalog at this web address: ftp://classes. waynesburg.edu/University%20Catalog/wucatalog.pdf Course Requirements Every full-time student will need to be enrolled in 12–18 credit hours each semester. In most cases, 124 credit hours are required to graduate (an average of 15.5 credits per semester for 8 semesters). At Waynesburg University, the general education requirements account for a little over 1/3 of those credit hours. Choosing a Major Additionally, you will be expected to develop specialization through the selection of a major program. While there is no requirement to make that choice now, you might have indicated on your admissions application a preference. If you know that the major you selected on your admissions application is no longer accurate, please indicate your most current choice on the Academic Programs Sheet included with this packet. Declaring a major is an important decision. All firstyear students have either declared a major or are “exploring.” Please indicate your current choice of major on the enclosed Academic Programs Sheet and return it to us. If you are “exploring,” please be sure to rank order the academic programs you are considering. We utilize this ranking to put together a schedule for you that truly allows you to “explore” some academic areas of interest. First Year Guide — 2012/13 10 Academic Programs Academic Programs Undergraduate Academic Programs Department of Biology, Environmental Science & Athletic Training • Athletic Training • Biology (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) • Biology – Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical and Pre-Vet • Biology – Pre-Physical Theory Option • Environmental Science • Exercise Science – Fitness Management • Exercise Science – Wellness/Physiology • Marine Biology (3/1 Program) Department of Business Administration • Accounting or Public Accounting • Business Management • Finance • Forensic Accounting • International Studies – International Business Option • Marketing • Small Business Management • Sports Management Department of Chemistry & Forensic Science • Chemistry • Chemistry – Biochemistry Option • Chemistry – Chemical Management Option • Chemistry – Forensic Chemistry Option • Chemistry – Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Vet • Forensic Science 11 Department of Communications • Advertising • Communication – Electronic Media • Communication – Journalism • Communication – Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information • Interactive Design • Public Relations Department of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences • Criminal Justice Administration • Human Services – Social Science Option • International Studies – International Culture Option • Social Science – Political Science Option • Social Science – Pre-Law Option • Sociology – Family Studies Option • Sociology – Sociological Studies Option • Sociology – Urban Studies Option • Social Studies and Mathematics Concentration • Social Studies and Science Concentration Secondary Education Certification Programs • Biology (BA or BS) • Chemistry • Chemistry with General Science Certification • English – Creative Writing Option • English – Literature Option • History with Citizenship Education &/or Social Studies Certification • Mathematics Department of English • English – Creative Writing Option • English – Literature Option • English – Professional Writing Option Department of Fine Arts Department of Education arly Childhood Education E (Pre-K – Grade 4) • Early Childhood Education • Early Childhood Education with Special Ed Certification Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) • English/Language Arts and Mathematics Concentration • English/Language Arts and Science Concentration • Science and Mathematics Concentration • Art • Arts Administration – Music Concentration • Arts Administration – Theatre Concentration • Arts Administration – Visual Arts Concentration • Music Ministry Department of Humanities • Biblical & Ministry Studies – Children and Youth Ministry Option • Biblical & Ministry Studies – Drama Ministry Option • Biblical & Ministry Studies – International Mission Option • Biblical & Ministry Studies – Latin American Studies Option • Biblical & Ministry Studies – Media Ministry Option • Biblical & Ministry Studies – Music Ministry Option • Biblical & Ministry Studies – Religion and Philosophy Option • History • Psychology Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Physics • Business Information Science • Computer Science • Computer Security and Forensics • Engineering – Chemistry (3/2 Program) • Engineering – Mathematics (3/2 Program) • Information Technology • Mathematics Department of Nursing • Nursing First Year Guide — 2012/13 12 Academic Programs Academic Programs Your First Semester Schedule Prior to your first semester, a staff member with special expertise will design your course schedule. For first-time university students, your course assignments will be based on: enrollment in each course you request, but we will attempt to meet your needs and preferences. As part of the Fall Preview session, you will receive a copy of your schedule and be afforded the opportunity to make any necessary changes. Depending upon your major and the results of the Math Placement test (administered during Fall Preview), your schedule might change before the start of school. The Math Placement test is administered to all new students, but only certain majors will require a math course in the first semester. Course placement for students needing math will be based on the test scores. • The requirements for your chosen major program of study (based on your selected intended major on the Academic Programs Sheet found in the packet). It is important that you indicate your choice of major so we enroll you in the correct courses. If you are undecided, rank order the majors you are considering. • Your preference of courses (as ranked on the Course Selection Sheet, also found in the packet). All students, regardless of major, are required to complete certain courses to satisfy the University’s General Education Requirements. Unless otherwise indicated, all of the courses on the Course Selection Sheet will help to fulfill the General Education Requirements. You will also be placed in the appropriate Freshman English class by the English Department. Foreign language is not a specific requirement at Waynesburg University. If you wish to study a foreign language, you can choose to rank the elementary level course (e.g. SPN 101) on the Course Selection Sheet. However, if you feel you should be placed higher than an elementary level in Spanish or French, rank the placement course (e.g. SPN 444) and take the Placement Test (no charge) at: http://webcape.byuhtrsc. org/nwcregister.php (the password is: password). Test results will be sent directly to Waynesburg University, allowing you to be placed into the correct course. • What you tell us about yourself on the Personal Information Sheet included in the packet. Let us know if you’ll be playing a varsity sport, or if you’re not a “morning person.” It will help us get you into the right courses at the right times. • Availability of Classes. Classes are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important that you return the Registration Information Sheets as soon as possible. To initiate the scheduling process, please complete and submit the four registration forms (Personal Information Sheet, Transfer Credits (if applicable), Academic Programs and Course Selection Sheet). We cannot guarantee your 13 Sample Schedule Schedule for: 2011/Fall for Mr. John M. Smith Program/Degree/Curriculum: Undergrad/BS/Bio PrePhysical Therapy Advisor: Hamilton, B. Class Level: Junior Full/Part time: Full Session Course Name Credits Day/Time Building/Room Instructors Main BIO 317 Physlgy of Exercise 3.00 T/TH 9:30-10:45 am Stewrt/Rm 508 Dr. Bryan R. Hamilton Main BIO 407 Neurophysiology 3.00 M/W/F 10:00-10:50 am Stewrt/Rm 510 Dr. Bryan R. Hamilton Main HIS 102 The US Since 1865 3.00 T/TH 8:00-9:15 am Buhl/Rm 229 Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale Main PHY 202 Intro/Physics II/Lec 4.00 M/W/F 9:00-9:50 am Stewrt/Rm 202 Dr. Emmanuel Yogo Main PHY 202 Intro/ Physics II/Rec 0.00 F 12:00-12:50 pm Stewrt/Rm 202 Dr. Emmanuel Yogo Main PHY 202 Intro/Physics II/ Lab 0.00 T 2:00-4:30 pm Stewrt/Rm 202 Dr. Emmanuel Yogo Main PSY 107 Hum Dev: Life Span 3.00 M/W/F 11:00-11:50 am Buhl/Rm 229 Dr. Michele Karpathian Total Courses for 2011/Fall:7 Total Semester Hours: 16.00 • Enrolled students can access their class schedules on Self Service through myconnect.waynesburg.edu. Advising Based upon your chosen major, you will be assigned an academic adviser in your chosen area of study. As part of New Student Orientation, you will meet with this adviser to begin this academic relationship. Your adviser will work with you in developing your schedule for future semesters. If you have not declared a major, a person trained in career counseling will advise you. Whoever your adviser is, it will be important for you to establish an effective personal and working relationship from the very beginning. First Year Guide — 2012/13 14 Academic Programs “I always knew I could trust my adviser to give me the right information and guide me in the right direction. Having that guidance has made my time here successful and meaningful. I get my questions answered, and I feel as if there is someone constantly advocating for me in my education at Waynesburg University and will continue to be a supporter even after graduation. Part of a college education is learning how to advocate for yourself and be proactive in your own education, however to have someone there as a supporter who can help make things happen is something I cherish about this University. As a transfer student from a large university, I saw how adversely I was affected by having an adviser who was too busy and disinterested in my education to be helpful. My experience at Waynesburg has been the complete opposite, and I am so grateful I made the decision to come here.” – Sierra Shafer, Communication, Class of 2011 Campus Life & Services Living On Campus Waynesburg University believes that education does not stop at the classroom door. Living on campus provides valuable opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge and further develop your leadership skills. All full-time first, second and third year students, except those who are living at a permanent home address with a parent or guardian, are required to live in a University residence hall. “Permanent Home Address” means residency at an address for a period not less than 2 years prior to enrollment in the University. Students who are enrolled for fewer than twelve hours must receive permission from the Dean of Students to live in a residence hall. Students will not be permitted to remain in a university residence hall if they have stopped attending classes. (See Regulations for On and Off Campus Resident Students in the Student Handbook.). All residents are expected to participate as responsible citizens and community members in order to contribute to the living and learning environment at Waynesburg University. Residence Halls Denny Hall: A women’s residence hall which houses 108. It has an “L” shaped layout with a bathroom dividing the wings. Denny is adjacent to the Dining Hall. Burns Hall: The largest of our female residence halls, it houses 126. Burns is close to Denny Hall, Roberts Chapel and the Dining Hall. Ray Hall: Housing 56 residents, Ray is located near Roberts Chapel and Stover Campus Center. Thayer Hall: Houses 126 men, is close to Buhl Hall, Martin Hall and the Library. Martin Hall: Housing 176 men, Martin is close to Stewart Science Hall, the gymnasium and downtown Waynesburg. East, South, West, Pollock and Willison Halls: Primarily reserved for returning upperclass students. New students are permitted to live in the new halls only as space is available. Priority among requests for the new halls will be given to transfer students over incoming freshmen. There is additional cost for residency in the new halls. Transfer Students For transfer students, please submit all official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office promptly. After you have submitted a copy of your transcript(s), you will receive a course evaluation sheet from the Registrar’s Office. This will indicate the courses for which you have been given credit and the Waynesburg University course requirements they will fulfill. All transfer students should complete and submit the four registration forms included in this packet (Personal Information Sheet, Transfer Credits, Academic Programs and Course Selection Sheet), as they are instrumental in the creation of your schedule. Make sure to accurately list all courses you are transferring on the Transfer Credits Sheet. For students transferring over 24 credits, the scheduling process is more complex and will likely involve input from the Department Chair of the major you select. Transfer students will have an opportunity to discuss their schedules with a departmental adviser during Fall Preview and with their assigned advisers during August New Student Orientation. 15 Residence Life Staff Each residence hall is supervised by a live-in professional Resident Director. Working with that person is a group of selected undergraduate students serving as Resident Assistants. In these roles, both the RA’s and the RD assist students in transition, promote a learning community, provide programming, perform safety checks, report maintenance issues and enforce University policy. The Director of Housing, located in the Student Services Office, makes all room assignments of new students, oversees room selection and coordinates room changes. First Year Guide — 2012/13 16 Campus Life & Services Campus Life & Services Residence Hall Safety Laundry Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Every resident student plays a crucial role in the safety of our residence halls and all personal belongings. They will receive a student ID card, which will allow them access to their room and hall’s main entry. Each student’s ID card is also programmed to allow swipe access to the Fitness Center on campus. Washers and dryers are conveniently located in each residence hall for resident use (No coins are needed, as cards are issued that allow value to be added with cash at the kiosk in Stover Center or with a credit card through an on-line account). Residence Hall Schedule Students are advised to be familiar with the academic calendar (included in this mailing). During scheduled semester breaks (fall, winter, spring), the residence halls are not open. Students who live far from campus and cannot return home for a particular break will often travel home with a fellow student who lives in the area. Residence halls normally are open for students to move in at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the day preceding the start of classes each semester. Residence Hall Assignments Residence hall assignments for new students are completed during the summer months, dependent upon submission of the housing contract, roommate preference form, and are based on the date you deposited. Students will be informed of their residence hall assignments along with the name, address and phone number of their assigned roommates in mid-June. Although it is impossible to guarantee the “ideal” roommate, every effort is made to match compatible roommates. If you are a resident student, complete the Housing Contract and Roommate Preference forms included with this mailing. (Complete and submit Housing Contract, Roommate Preference Form, and be sure your deposit is paid. Please keep the yellow copy of the Housing Contract for your personal records.) New students need to be aware that space on campus will be limited. Based upon the deposit date, some students may be placed in temporary (undesignated) assignment until a permanent assignment becomes available. Residence Hall Resources All residence halls contain the following: • Computer Network: two ports in each room that connect to a Comcast cable modem. This gives you access to high speed internet 24 hours a day, with 24/7 Comcast tech support. • Cable TV: cable service is provided to all residence hall rooms. Each room will have one digital box and a remote control for the cable service. Among the cable channels is the Waynesburg University Public Education Government Channel (PEG) with an active bulletin board featuring announcements of events, activities and sporting events on campus. 17 “I am glad that I chose Waynesburg University as the place to pursue my college career. There are so many ways to discover yourself and who you are supposed to be through mission trips, campus ministry, leadership positions and more. I feel that God has called me to Waynesburg for that reason. Your four years here will go by fast, but the memories you make here will have an impact on your life forever.” — Jessica Malingowski, Forensic Accounting major, Class of ’12 What to Bring What Not to Bring • Linens/bedding (extra long twin beds) • Toiletries • Alarm clock, stereo, MP3 player • Wastebasket • Posters/photos with white stick tack for hanging on walls • Television and long coaxial cable • Mini refrigerator (2 cu. ft. or less) • Compact microwave (900 watts or less) • Throw rug/carpet (visit residence life page of the University website to see specific room dimensions of our residence halls) • Dry erase board for door • Hangers • Flip-flops • UL approved extension cords and surge protectors • Fans and lamps (NOT Halogen) • Laundry detergent • USB flash drive • Ethernet cable • Cell phone • Halogen lamps • Pets • Your own bed or bed lofts • Candles may not be burned • Hot plates, toaster ovens, deep fryers • Air conditioner, space heater • Weapons (hunting equipment may be stored in the Security Office) • Your own mattress *Most residence halls have a kitchen for student use. No cooking, except for a microwave, may be done in student rooms. First Year Guide — 2012/13 18 Campus Life & Services Campus Dining The Campus Dining Services offers daily service in Benedum Dining Hall and in the Bee Hive located in Stover Campus Center. Benedum Dining Hall provides 19 meals per week, while the Bee Hive features a variety of grab-and-go items, a soup and salad bar, deli sandwiches, grilled items and more. Your meal card permits you meal choices in either location during designated hours. Meal plan choices of 19, 14 and 10 meals per week are available, but all resident students are strongly encouraged to choose either the 19- or 14-meal plan. A 5-meal plan is available to commuters and senior resident students. Current Dining Services hours are: Mon. – Thu. Breakfast 7:15 am – 9:00 am Contl. Breakfast 9:00 am – 10:00 am Lunch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Light Lunch 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Dinner 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Fri. same as above except dinner 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Sat. – Sun. Brunch Dinner BeeHive Meal Exchange Times (M-F) Lunch 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Dinner 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm Campus Life & Services What If I am A Commuter? As a commuter, you have access to all activities, programs and services available to resident students. One of our academic and personal counselors advises the Waynesburg University Commuter Student organization (WUCS). WUCS meets monthly and organizes activities to help you meet other commuting students and make your time on campus productive. If you are interested in purchasing a meal plan, we offer a 5-meal plan designed specifically for commuters. You can use the meal plan either in the Dining Hall, where it is all you can eat, or in the Bee Hive towards the meal equivalency items. Return the enclosed meal plan contract if you would like to add the 5-meal plan. (Complete and submit Commuter Meal Plan Contract.) BeeHive Snack Bar Hours Mon. – Thu. 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Fri. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Sat. – Sun. closed 10:30 am – 1:00 pm 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Eberly Library The Eberly Library is centrally located next to the Stover Campus Center. Containing a collection of over 100,000 books and more than 500 periodical subscriptions, students may find numerous resources for class assignments and individual research. Additionally, the Library is connected to various online services that make it possible for you to access resources from other facilities around the world. The Library staff is always willing to provide assistance on student research. 19 First Year Guide — 2012/13 20 Student Activities Student Activities Student Activities Intercollegiate Athletics The university experience is more than class lectures and late nights in the computer lab. Activities outside the classroom are designed to enrich your learning experiences and allow you to build lasting friendships and memories. The main programming body of Waynesburg University is the Student Activities Board. The function of this student group is to plan everything from weekend trips to large cities for sporting events and Broadway shows, to recreational activities such as skiing, horseback riding and ice skating. Student Organizations & Activities A multitude of different student organizations and activities are available at Waynesburg University. Great opportunities exist for leadership development by joining an organization. Be sure to complete the Activities Interest Form included with this mailing. (Complete and submit Activities Interest Form.) Alpha Phi Omega (Service) Alphi Psi Omega (Theater) American Chemical Society Athletic Training Association Biology Club Black Student Union Bonner Scholars Program Chapel Worship Team Cheerleaders College Democrats Colleges Against Cancer Council for Exceptional Children (Education) Criminal Justice Club DRUS (Women’s Honorary) Ecostewards Club Fellowship of Christian Athletes Forensic Science Club Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry) Habitat for Humanity International Justice Mission Intramural Sports Kappa Delta Pi (Education) Kappa Mu Epsilon (Math) Lamda Pi Eta (Communications) Lamplighters (Choir) Leadership Scholars Program Lion’s Club Mad Anthony (Yearbook) Men’s Volleyball Muse & Stone (Literary Magazine) Newman Club (Catholic) Orthodox Christian Fellowship 21 Peer Educators Phi Alpha Theta (History) Phi Beta Lambda (Business) Prayer Ministry Pre-Law Society Pro-Life Advocates Club Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) Public Relations Student Society Residence Hall Bible Studies SAAC (Athlete Council) SAB (Student Activities Board) Sigma Tau Delta (English) Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing) Ski Club SNAP (Nursing) Spanish Club SPSEA (Education) Student Ambassadors (Admissions) Student Investment Club Student Senate Upper Room (Praise and Worship) Veterans Club WCYJ-FM WCYJ-TV Waynesburg University Commuting Students Waynesburg University Chamber Works Waynesburg University Pep Band Waynesburg University Symphonic Band WOE (Waynesburg Outdoor Experience) WORLD (International interest) Xi Psi Epsilon (Honorary) Yellow Jacket (Student Newspaper) Young Republicans Men’s Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Women’s Soccer Tennis Track & Field Wrestling Basketball Cross Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Intercollegiate Athletics Waynesburg University offers 18 varsity sports (see list above). If you are interested in competing in intercollegiate athletics, contact the head coach of that sport. Further information is available on the athletics website. Varsity athletes may be asked to report to campus early, along with other student groups that move in early for training or specialized orientation sessions. Athletic Training majors and fall athletes may be asked to arrive on campus in early August. Other groups that come to campus early in August include Bonner, Leadership and Stover Scholars. View all athletics schedules and read more about athletics by logging onto www.waynesburgsports.com. Intramurals and Physical Recreation A well-rounded educational experience includes recreational opportunities. A comprehensive intramural program exists if you desire not to compete at the varsity level. Intramural sports have included two- to four-week seasons, as well as weekend tournament-style competitions. Some examples of intramural sports offered are flag football, soccer, dodgeball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, softball, ping pong and volleyball. The Fitness Center offers a variety of weight training and cardiovascular equipment and is open seven days a week. Current regular semester hours of operation are: Mon. – Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun. 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. First Year Guide — 2012/13 22 Student Activities Lecture Series, Performing Arts and Fine Arts Part of a liberal arts education includes attending a variety of educational opportunities. At Waynesburg University, our Lecture and Performing Arts Series are provided to expand your cultural and educational experiences throughout the year. The Waynesburg University Benedum Fine Arts Gallery exhibits work by regional artists, faculty and students. The Waynesburg University Theatre offers a play each fall and a musical in the spring. In addition, student directed one-act plays are held annually. Christian Life and Campus Ministries Christian Life and Campus Ministries help to prepare students for lives of leadership and service to others. Coordinated through the Chaplain’s Office, a variety of ministry opportunities exist. The campus community gathers weekly for Chapel that involves students on a number of different levels of leadership. There are several small group meetings each week, both inside and outside of the residence halls. These small groups range from Bible studies to more topical studies. Students attend the annual Jubilee conference, a gathering of 2,500+ university students, held in Pittsburgh. Upper Room is a student-led contemporary worship held each Sunday night. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), the Newman Club (the Roman Catholic fellowship) and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) hold regular fellowship meetings as well as sponsor a number of social and retreat events throughout the year. The Christ and Culture Lecture Series is held once each semester. This series features outstanding Christian scholars and community leaders and aims at assisting the Waynesburg community to make connections between faith, learning and serving. Center for Service Leadership On the main floor of the Stover Campus Center, you will always find students gathered around the Center for Service Leadership. Operating as the “hub” for service learning activities on our campus, students may discover opportunities to become involved with needs of the local and regional community. Bringing together the knowledge learned in the classroom with service to those in need results in a life-changing learning experience. The Center for Service Leadership staff supervises the commitments of Bonner Scholars as they serve the community as part of this special scholarship program. As a special group of students committed to service, they also coordinate service activities available to the entire campus community. 23 Student Activities At some point during the university experience (preferably your freshman/ sophomore year), every student will become involved with a service learning project through enrollment in a Service Learning course. It is a requirement for graduation. Service Learning students may consult with the staff of the Center in order to choose a particular service site or develop their own opportunities based upon interests. Additionally, every year during various break periods (fall, winter, spring, summer), special mission and service trips are planned in which students may participate. Look for announcements regarding destinations throughout the United States and the world where you might go to apply your education, serve the needs of the people and live out your faith. Domestic & International Mission Service Experiences Numerous mission and service trips are sponsored by the University. You will learn more about these opportunities at Fall Preview. Recent international mission trips have included travel to: • Argentina • Belize • Ecuador • Jamaica • Nicaragua • Bahamas • Bolivia • Guatemala • Malawi • South Africa Recent domestic mission trips have included travel to: • Biloxi, MS • Davidson, NC • Mammoth Cave, KY • Philadelphia, PA • Pittsburgh, PA • Tonto National Park, AZ • Wilkes Barre, PA • Camden, NJ • Jackson, MS • Nashville, TN • Philippi, WV • Taverness, FL • Tuba City, AZ First Year Guide — 2012/13 24 Personal Support Personal Support at Waynesburg Career Services The process of planning for your major and career are among the most important decisions that you will make during your university years. The Career Services Office is a resource center full of career-related information, books, videos, CD’s and career coaching. An extensive website is kept current, composed of openings for permanent employment, as well as summer jobs, internships and graduate school information. Some unique services it offers includes: • One-on-one career counseling • Collect and provide various internship possibilities • Educate first-year through graduate students about the career development process • Provide learning opportunities, such as the Professional Development Course, that enhances the academic experience • Provide opportunities for on-site job fairs and employer visits as well as offcampus events Center for Student Success Housed in the Eberly Library, the Center for Student Success is a network of student-centered campus resources designed to provide supplemental assistance to our students in effort to equip them for current and future success. The resources include: Disability Services I f you are a student with a disability who believes that accommodations may be needed, you are encouraged to contact the Director of Disability Services at (724) 852-3317. Students are encouraged to contact the office, located on the bottom floor of the library, as soon as possible to better ensure a timely review of their request. Tutoring The University provides free peer tutoring via the Knox Learning Center, located on the bottom level of the library. Student tutors are available to all students in all major disciplines. Study tables and study groups are also available to enhance student learning. For assistance, please contact the Tutor Coordinator at (724) 852-3266. Writing Center T he Waynesburg University Writing Center is open to all writers, from freshman to graduate level, for assistance with any writing project. Our 30-minute appointments are led by writing consultants (both peer and English faculty) in a comfortable setting on the second floor of the Eberly Library. Appointments at our Writing Center are discussion-based, and we work sideby-side with the students as writing coaches. 25 Personal Support Counseling Services The university years are exciting, challenging and sometimes a bit overwhelming. With increased independence and responsibilities, it’s not surprising that university students may occasionally experience an emotional or psychological issue that makes it difficult to concentrate or study. No matter what the problem, if it is interfering with your success at the University, we invite you to make an appointment with a member of the Counseling Center to talk about it. All three of our counselors are licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and adhere to strict rules of confidentiality. It doesn’t take long for most university students to realize that the academic demands of the University are much different than they were in high school. No matter what your academic background and how well you previously achieved, you may be surprised by the challenges of higher education. The counselors can give you tips and strategies to help you meet your academic goals. WBE106, Strategies for Academic Success, is designed to assist you in the necessary development of academic skills. At the Counseling Center, you can also receive help with the complicated process of deciding about a career and a major. What is your vocation? Who are you and what are you called to do? For career counseling, make an appointment to talk to a counselor or sign up for WBE105, Career and Life Planning class. Health Services The Student Health Service, located in the lower level of the Wiley Armory across from the Fitness Center, is open weekdays. University nurses are prepared to assist students with health concerns while at Waynesburg University. Physicians Assistants, working under the University physician, are available four times during the week and can see more serious cases. The nurses can schedule appointments with the physician at her office, Cornerstone Care, Inc. There is a doctor from Cornerstone Care ‘on-call’ at all times, if students have questions after office hours. The Health Service requires that certain medical records be on file. (Complete and submit all medical forms included with this packet-also available on the University website.) Health Service requests a copy of the health insurance cards (front and back) for all insured students to be on file with the medical forms. Emergency care is provided at Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg. Please bring insurance cards or a copy of the cards that include the appropriate plan and policy numbers. Southwest Regional Medical Center will treat, in an emergency, without proof of insurance. Please note that Pennsylvania law requires all students living in campus housing to have the meningitis vaccine or sign a waiver. More information can be found within the medical forms included with this mailing. First Year Guide — 2012/13 26 Auxiliary Support Auxiliary Services on Campus Parking Freshmen resident students are not permitted to have a car on campus without special permission from the Student Services Office. When parking permission is granted, students are expected to park in the designated remote parking lots. Commuter parking is available in various lots. Bookstore The Waynesburg University Bookstore, managed by Follett, is located in the Stover Campus Center. New, used and rentable textbooks, school and stationary supplies, imprinted clothing, gifts, as well as many items for your room, can be purchased here. You may view various textbooks by department by logging onto www.efollett.com, click on “Find Your Bookstore” and follow the directions. Once you receive a tentative class schedule at Fall Preview Day, you’ll be able to identify the specific textbooks needed for each class through Self Service, which is accessed via the myConnect portal. For questions about purchasing or renting textbooks, visit the University Bookstore when you are on campus or call 724-852-BOOK(2665). Mail Services Each full-time student is assigned a campus mailbox located in the Stover Campus Center. All U.S. mail and campus mail is placed here. You will be informed of your mailbox number in late July. Postage stamps can be purchased from the mailroom and students can send packages using Priority flat-rate mailers. ID cards Every student is issued a Waynesburg University ID card. This card is used for assigned Residence Hall access, to check items out of the Library, for admission to the Dining Hall, Bee Hive, Fitness Center and for admission to many University events. You need to carry your ID card with you at all times. There is a $5.00 fee to replace a lost card. ATM and Banking An Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) is located in the Stover Campus Center. Serviced by First Federal Savings and Loan, it is available 24 hours a day. There are four fullservice banks available in close proximity to campus – Community Bank, First Federal Savings and Loan, First National Bank and PNC Bank. Transportation The Office of Student Services coordinates shuttle service to Pittsburgh (for airport, bus and train stations) during the opening and closing of school and during holidays breaks. 27 Student Behavior Please reserve a space on the shuttle five days in advance. If no one has reserved a space, the shuttle will not run. The fee is $15.00 (each way) for a regularly scheduled shuttle; otherwise the fee is $30.00 (each way). Contact Student Services at 724-852-3206. Student Behavior Code of Conduct As a private Christian university, we are committed to values that will advance a healthy and productive educational environment for all students. This is only made possible through the individual commitment of every member of the community to the norms and standards of the University. As a result, it is expected that all members of the campus community will conduct themselves in a manner supportive of the mission, goals and standards of Waynesburg University. This includes the treatment of both members and guests with the courtesy, respect and dignity befitting our Christian community. Within the Student Handbook, the specific policies and regulations of Waynesburg University are stated. Some of these policies are designed to support a community living environment. Others cover a wide range of behavior and standards of civility. As a student, you are expected to become familiar with this important document so that you might benefit from the structure, policies and resources of our campus. It is imperative that each person lives within these regulations. Unacceptable conduct or failure to comply with these standards will result in disciplinary action including the possibility of dismissal from the University. You can view the Student Handbook online by going to the University links on the myConnect portal. Even if you are not logged into myConnect, you can find a link on the University website by selecting the “Admissions” tab and then “Campus Life” under Current Student Resources. Class Attendance Attending classes is paramount. Students are expected to attend all class and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled. Research has shown a high correlation between class attendance, learning and higher grades. In most classes, attendance and participation are calculated as part of your final grade. Irregular class attendance and lack of academic performance may be reported to the Coordinator of Tutoring Services. Tutoring Services is designed to facilitate academic progress. Consistent lack of class attendance may result in dismissal from the University. First Year Guide — 2012/13 28 tudent B SStudent Behavior ehavior nformational Technology IInformational Technology Educational Records E-mail As a part of enrolling in the University, each student has documents that relate to his/her educational experiences that become part of his/her educational record. While different records may be maintained according to office functions, many of the educational records used by Waynesburg University include: admissions application, prior academic reports, transcripts, registration forms, withdrawal/ non-returning forms and disciplinary records. Each student is entitled to request the opportunity to review his/her educational records. Your campus email address will be your firstname.lastname@example.org. It is imperative that you check this account regularly for announcements. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the following is true: for a parent or guardian to have access to his/her student’s educational records, the student needs to have signed and submitted a release form to the Registrar’s Office. These release forms are distributed at the Fall Preview Days and can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office at any time. While every effort is made to retain the confidentiality of each student’s educational records, such information may be shared with other staff members in order to enhance our ability to respond to educational and personal needs. Additionally, in some cases of disciplinary action, parents/guardians of dependent students might be contacted concerning the offense. While directory information is not considered private or confidential, individual students may request nondisclosure of such information from the Registrar’s Office. Information Technology at Waynesburg University As you know, technology applications have become an integral part of a 21st century education. It is our intention to make available to you all the necessary resources to make your experience successful. Through the use of technology in classroom instruction, ample computer labs and campus-wide access, we provide an environment where technology may be easily integrated into your learning experience. It is the responsibility of the student to use these resources legally and ethically. myConnect (myconnect.waynesburg.edu) Computer Labs Across the campus, there are computer labs located in most of the academic buildings. While some of these laboratories are also used for classroom instruction, they are available when classes are not being conducted. Additionally, the central student computer lab is located at the Knox Learning Center on the ground floor of Eberly Library. This facility is always open during library hours. Residence Halls Each residence hall has been wired to connect to a Comcast cable modem network. In each room is a Comcast cable modem ready for student use. In order to connect to the network, please follow the minimum requirements below. Minimum Computer Requirements Please note: Most any desktop or laptop computer will likely meet the minimum specifications outlined here. If you are bringing a computer to campus, it should meet the following minimum specifications: • Operating System: Windows or Macs O.S. are acceptable. • Updated operating system patches • Internal Network Card • If bringing a laptop, make sure it has a wireless card for use outside of the residence halls. • Network Patch Cable • Updated antivirus software and anti-spyware software If you have any questions, call the I.T. Help Desk at 724-852-3413. myConnect is the name of the Waynesburg University portal. Designed for students, faculty and staff, this should become the central page for connecting to various Waynesburg University information resources. Upon logging into this web page, you will gain access to University announcements, your email account, University links, etc. 29 First Year Guide — 2012/13 30 Student BS ehavior Financial ervices Financial Aid As we anxiously await the beginning of another academic year, here are a few financial aid reminders to complete prior to your arrival: • If we have requested information from you such as federal tax return transcript from the IRS, verification worksheets, etc., NOW is the time to send all requested information to the Financial Aid Office. Failure to do so will delay and could jeopardize your financial aid! • If you are applying for a student Direct Loan, you must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and a Direct Loan Entrance Interview. These must be completed at StudentLoans.gov in order to receive your federal student loans. • If you need additional aid funds to cover your educational expenses, now is the time to apply for either a Direct parent PLUS Loan or an alternative student loan. Information regarding these is available in the Financial Aid Office or at www.waynesburg.edu. Informational Technology Financial S ervices While we understand the costs associated with attending Waynesburg University are substantial, they do not represent the entire costs of educating every student. This difference is supported through the fund-raising efforts of the university staff. For next academic year, the above charges reflect a typical student. Additional charges may below for special clinical or lab fees. Bills will be sent in mid-June. Payment Plan Waynesburg University offers an internal payment plan to help you budget University expenses: • WU-MPP (Waynesburg University) Monthly Payment Plan For more information, call (724) 852-3385 or (724) 852-3298. Estimated 2012-2013 University Expenses Tuition (12 to 18 hours)*...........................................................$19,450.00 Activity Fee (student organizations and athletic events).............$360.00 • Any questions regarding your University bill should be directed to our Business Office at 724-852-3403. Any questions regarding the aid on your bill should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 724-852-3208. Estimated annual cost for non-resident student......................$19,810.00 Finally, the Financial Aid Office is here to help you. The office cannot promise to solve all of your financial aid problems, but they do promise to try their best to do so. Do not be afraid to take them up on that commitment to you! 19-Meal Plan............................................................................... $4,080.00 Costs Estimated annual cost for campus resident students..............$28,060.00 For most university students, costs for enrollment include charges for tuition, room, board and activities fee. Students are expected to have paid or made arrangements through a payment plan prior to the first day of classes. When payment is not made by the end of the first week of classes, the class schedule is dropped until payment is made. 31 Double Room.............................................................................. $4,170.00 14-Meal Plan................................................................................$3,830.00 10-Meal Plan................................................................................$3,720.00 Commuter Meal Plan (5 meals, M-F).........................................$1,300.00 *A n additional fee of $155.00 per course is required for a selected group of health-related clinical courses and $240.00 for certain music courses. Fees are subject to change. More information regarding special fees is available from the University’s Business Office. First Year Guide — 2012/13 32 For Parents For Parents This section has been designed to introduce parents to Waynesburg University and provide you with information you may need throughout your student’s time at Waynesburg. A Waynesburg University education focuses around the integration of faith, learning and serving. Therefore, we ask that you encourage your son or daughter to fully participate in using the resources of the University, get involved on campus and take the most from his/her university education and investment. Letting Go As parents, you’ve been in the process of letting go since your students were infants, so this isn’t new to you. You know how hard it is to let your students make their own decisions. You know how hard it is to watch as they fail and learn from that experience. Some students are ready for the freedom and responsibility of university life. They handle decisions including planning their course schedules, choosing athletic and extracurricular activities, managing money, selecting a major and establishing a social life with ease. For other students (most students, if the truth be told), learning to handle all of this occurs in a “trial and error” fashion. As parents, your challenge is to give them enough freedom to be independent and make their own decisions, while at the same time supporting and guiding them as needed. Letting go — with grace — is the bittersweet challenge that parents embrace as their students move from adolescence to adulthood. Some days will be harder than others. But in the end, as you watch your student accept their diploma, you will know that they are ready for the adult world. Letting go, after all, is really letting grow… Things Your Student May Tell You or May Not Tell You… “There is nothing to do on campus.” Our Student Activities Office offers a variety of weekly social programs on and off campus. In addition, there are sporting events, various performing arts and lecture series provided. Over 40 clubs and organizations are recognized at Waynesburg University and provide ways for involvement and leadership skill development. So, when you hear there is nothing to do, ask your son or daughter if they attend events or have gotten involved in any club or organization. “I need more money.” While this may be true, living within a budget is 33 For Parents important. If they are a resident student, remember, meals are provided. If a student chooses to order pizza every night, this can become expensive. Most activities on campus are provided free of charge. “My grades are fine.” While “fine” is a relative term, it is important to ask more specifics and to have them tell you how they are doing in each class. Remind them, that if by chance they need help with a class, seek out the professor and/or FREE tutoring provided at the Knox Learning Center. Communication & Expectations We recommend that you talk with your student about expectations regarding financial matters and everyday spending, academic progress, class attendance, how often you will communicate by phone or e-mail and career planning. Establishing expectations prior to their departure will assist in establishing a smoother transition for everyone. Contact with the University One of the important elements of university life is for the student to begin to establish some degree of independence. There will be many experiences that your son or daughter will need to sort out on his/her own. Much of the contact between members of the university community will be directly with the student. It will be critical for you during this period to be supportive of and helpful to your student but at the same time, to encourage the student to assume responsibility for himself/herself. While the staff of Waynesburg University is always available for consultation with you in order to be helpful, it will remain the student’s responsibility to make his/her own decisions. As a result, it will often take the initiative of the individual student in order for any issues to be considered or resolved. You should know that in certain disciplinary cases of alcohol as well as drugs or other serious infractions, we would take the initiative to contact you so that you might be better informed and reinforce University expectations for behavior. As described in the previous notes on Student Behavior, according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the following is true: for a parent or guardian to have access to his/her student’s educational records, the student needs to have signed and submitted a release form to the Registrar’s Office. These release forms are distributed at the Fall Preview Days, and students can obtain one from the Registrar’s Office at any time. First Year Guide — 2012/13 34 For Parents Homecoming & Family Day We invite you to join us for both Homecoming and Family Day in October. The 2012 Homecoming will be October 6 and Family Day will be October 27. These two events will provide you with an opportunity to visit campus, spend some time with your son or daughter and meet some of their professors. Grades Mid-term grades are given each semester, which students can access via the Self Service data base available through the myConnect portal. Final grades are also accessible via Self Service and are sent to the student’s permanent address. Academic performance is paramount. If a student falls below a specific cumulative grade point average, there is the potential of being placed on academic warning, probation or suspension. Transportation The City of Pittsburgh provides access to Greyhound Buses, Mega Bus, Amtrak and flights. A shuttle service to the bus and train stations, along with the Pittsburgh International Airport, is provided through the Student Services Office during holiday and semester breaks. Contact Student Services at 724-852-3206. Birthday Cake or Special Occasion Cake How would you like to surprise your son or daughter with a cake and bouquet of balloons on his/her birthday or other special occasion? Contact the Center for Service Leadership at 724-852-3318 to place an order. All funds raised support students who participate in mission service trips. Finals Week Care Package At the end of each semester, the Student Activities Board organizes final exams care packages. Various snack and drink items are included. If you would like to send one to your son or daughter, information will be sent to you six weeks before the end of each semester. Contact Information During the academic year, most University offices are open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.). During the summer months, offices are open 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. The Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 724-852-3303. For Parents Thoughts from Parents “Beyond the academics, beyond the campus life, beyond supports that enable students to earn their degree - Waynesburg University demonstrates a strong foundation of beliefs that are essential to our children’s future. Waynesburg University lives a system of values, morals and ethics critical to what our children need for success in life, not just in their academic careers. These core values infuse every aspect of the Waynesburg experience. Values such as service to others; engaging others respectfully and with open candor; establishing genuine and meaningful relationships, and making tough decisions for the right reasons, rather than for the sake of expediency. Academic values such as honestly and openly exploring alternate points of view, commitment to excellence in all you do, teaching curricula, which balances theory and application with opportunities for real world experience. Waynesburg also has a strong leadership focus that goes far beyond skills development - the values the University teaches changes lives and is certainly changing the way our children think about themselves and the world they live in. At Waynesburg, from the highest University leadership to the most junior staff person - every interaction with a student is an opportunity - every interaction a teachable moment - every interaction a reinforcement of Waynesburg’s values. Everyone at Waynesburg goes far beyond simply talking the talk - he or she walk the walk and live the values he or she believes in. This creates an authentic community that is meaningful, supportive and enriches our children’s experience. The faculty demonstrates exemplary role model behavior that is understood as genuine. The student population is small enough that everyone pretty much knows everyone else. This results in a community where everyone cares about each other and everyone looks out for their neighbors. Since her first days exploring the campus, faculty, students and administrators constantly reach out to our daughter and as a result, her passion in her professional interests has been nurtured. Along the way, she is developing meaningful relationships that extend far beyond the classroom. For our son who transferred from another school where he struggled to find himself, he now considers Waynesburg his home away from home. The support he receives from his athletic teammates, his professors and his dorm mates has made him feel welcome and appreciated without the need to change who he is. Waynesburg offers a community within a community. Whether its athletics, academics, community service, social circles, professional communities of interest or connections to professions in the work world, the Waynesburg University culture is what makes the student experience something we wish we had when we were in college. – Andres & Debi Filippi 35 First Year Guide — 2012/13 36 Contact Information Contact Information Important Phone Numbers and E-mails Office/Name Dave Calvario Phone 724-852-3318 E-mail email@example.com Pat Bristor 724-852-3315 firstname.lastname@example.org 724-852-3402 email@example.com Vicki Wilson 724-852-3302 firstname.lastname@example.org Chuck Beiter New Student Schedule Coordinator 724-852-3225 email@example.com Director of Counseling Center Educational Enrichment Program Jenny Jellison 724-852-3261 firstname.lastname@example.org 724-852-3317 email@example.com 724-852-3242 firstname.lastname@example.org Honors Program Director 724-852-3344 email@example.com Assistant Director of Counseling Center 724-852-7603 firstname.lastname@example.org Counselor Academic Affairs Business Office 724-852-3222 Dave Martin 724-852-3463 email@example.com 724-852-3401 firstname.lastname@example.org 724-852-3208 email@example.com 724-852-3382 firstname.lastname@example.org Controller Career Services 724-852-3399 email@example.com Director of Career Services Center for Student Success and Disability Services 724-852-3317 firstname.lastname@example.org Nicole Snyder Business Office Supervisor Financial Aid Office Matt Stokan Director of Financial Aid Director of Center for Student Success and Disability Services Information Technology Pam Abbe Donna Posivak 724-852-3266 email@example.com Executive Director of Information Technology Tutoring Coordinator Center for Service Leadership Sarah Brandstetter firstname.lastname@example.org New Student Schedule Coordinator Brian Carr Brian Carr 724-852-3375 Registrar Jane Owen Marie Coffman email@example.com Course Scheduling Counseling Center & Educational Enrichment Chaley Knight 800-225-7393 Senior Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations University Chaplain Mary Hamilla firstname.lastname@example.org Admissions Office Robin King Assistant Dean of Students Director of Housing Tom Ribar 724-852-3390 Director of Security Associate Dean of Students Director of Student Activities Kelley Hardie Public Safety Office Mike Humiston Dean of Students Director of the Center for Service Leadership 724-852-3460 IT Help Desk/Information 724-852-3413 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Coordinator of Bonner Scholar Program Health Services Carol Young Director of Health Services 37 724-852-3332 email@example.com Waynesburg University admits students of any race, color, sex, disability, religion and national or ethnic origin. It is the policy of Waynesburg University not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions policies, activities or employment, as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. First Year Guide â€” 2012/13 38 1-800-225-7393 firstname.lastname@example.org www.waynesburg.edu