2018-2019 President's Report

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STRATEGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY A steadfast commitment to mission, outcomes and value PAGE 10


An exploration of our distinctive academic programs with the faculty members who lead them PAGE 44


The generous individuals and organizations who make a profound impact on our students PAGE 72


FROM THE PRESIDENT Waynesburg University educates students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. It is with that founding mission in mind that we continue to advance into the 21st century. As we look toward the future, our steadfast commitment to our mission and to sustaining our outstanding outcomes and value remains stronger than ever. This robust publication enables all of you, our dear alumni and friends, to take a closer look at how we plan to strategically evolve while remaining focused on these very important factors. In an effort to provide you a look back, as well as forward, we have blended two of our publications, The Lamp and President’s Report, into one. The cover image of the lamp was chosen as a visual representation of The Lamp magazine, along with the President’s Report title. In this updated publication, we share Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century, outcomes from highlighted programs and special projects, our vision for some of our distinctive academic programs, and with deep gratitude, our 2018-19 Honor Roll of Donors. Without them, none of this would be possible. We are thankful for your continued support, and I encourage you to celebrate with us the path of progress, innovation and faith that the University continues to follow.

Douglas G. Lee Waynesburg University President


WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION President Douglas G. Lee Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer Chief Financial Officer Laura Coss Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer William Dumire Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations Stacey Brodak Vice President for Enrollment Dr. Shari Payne __________________________________________________ This publication is published by the Office of University Relations at Waynesburg University, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Waynesburg University is a Christian University offering more than 70 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

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WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2018-2019 James R. Lowe Jr. Chair Gary L. Guerrieri Vice Chair Cheryl L. Allen Vice Chair Gregory J. Halvatzis Secretary Mary Ann Meloy Treasurer Cheryl L. Allen Stuart D. Broberg Laura E. Ellsworth Mark E. Fox John H. Goodish Gary L. Guerrieri Gregory J. Halvatzis John K. Hinds J. William Hook James R. Lowe Jr.

Mary Ann Meloy J. W. Montgomery III Carroll K. Morrison Terrence H. Murphy Gary W. Nickerson Patrick G. O’Brien Gabriel Pellathy Parker T. Williamson Donald P. Wilson John D. Woodward Jr.

EX-OFFICIO Douglas G. Lee President EMERITUS TRUSTEES Charles R. Baily Sr. John W. Holdcraft H. Mathilda Horst Martha D. Smith BOARD SECRETARY EMERITUS Barbara H. Duffield HONORARY TRUSTEE John W. Knox II


NEWS What’s happening at Waynesburg University?

“Lee's Viewpoint: Making a positive impact on our region” published in Pittsburgh Business Times Waynesburg U., Grove City Area School District enter agreement to offer CJ courses to high school students

Waynesburg U. hosts Human Trafficking Symposium


Women’s Cross Country team wins 4th consecutive PAC championship

Waynesburg U. celebrates Homecoming 2019

Waynesburg U. named a Top 10 Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report, again

College Factual recognizes WU as a "Best College for the Money"

Discover more at waynesburg.edu/news and waynesburgsports.com 9

MISSION: Waynesburg University educates students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God. VISION: Waynesburg University will be a premier institution of Christian higher education recognized for a commitment to its strong mission and its preparation of 21st century leaders through innovative, student-centered learning experiences.


A steadfast commitment to mission, outcomes and value Waynesburg University consistently receives accolades as a University of distinction for its mission, outcomes and value. Those same differentiators often drive students’ decisions about education. With the world of higher education constantly changing, Waynesburg University continues to strategically evolve while remaining focused on these very important factors. The University’s leadership is committed to providing the highest educational opportunities for students by utilizing an efficient administrative business model, enabling the University to maximize resources toward academic programs that deliver the best value and outcomes for students.


The University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan focuses on the following three strategic themes: learning experiences, affordability and recognition. These themes tie directly to the University’s vision statement as well as the aforementioned factors. In the following pages, initiatives that support the University’s Strategy for the 21st Century are explored in detail. Corresponding page numbers are notated below. Theme 1: Learning Experiences = Outcomes COMPREHENSIVE STUDENT EXPERIENCE, PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS, ONLINE PROGRAMS

A focus on academic programs grounded in the University’s mission that will maximize student success and outcomes.

The University’s traditional cross-disciplinary educational experiences paired with new initiatives enhance the comprehensive student experience: • Rooted in Liberal Arts foundation • Fiat Lux (page 14) and service learning (page 16), curricular and cocurricular • Entrepreneurial leadership (page 18), curricular and co-curricular • Holistic student wellness and development Employment trends constantly change, and it is imperative that higher education continues to evolve by creating the best pathways to success for each student. The University has several new initiatives focused on this effort: • Implementation of Seeds for Success (page 23) • More professional development and focus on career readiness • Soft skills training • Business Advisory Board (page 23) connects faculty with current business leaders to assess curriculum and learned skill sets More online programs than ever and growing trend: • Graduate programs have seen significant transition to students taking online courses and have made graduate degree programs available online (page 25) • The new degree completion program is offered online (page 25)



A focus on ensuring that a Waynesburg University education remains accessible to qualified students while simultaneously maintaining the University’s position as a leader in educational value. Sustaining the affordability of a Waynesburg University degree: • Seeking tools to narrow gap funding for students • Achievement Academy will create college credit pathways for high school students in Greene County (page 26) Grow the acknowledgements and recognition of the University’s outcomes: • Maintain and grow our reputation as a leader for value in higher education (page 28) • Maintain the University’s recognition of our nationally ranked programs (page 30) • Develop other programs to obtain national recognition • Enhance story telling and sharing of the outstanding outcomes of our students (page 32) Excellent value rankings must be maintained: • Efficient business model focusing resources on academic programs • The O.A.K.S. Campaign and ongoing development work are a high priority providing focus on student scholarships and endowment growth (page 34) Focus on external partnerships and community development: • Chevron Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (page 36) • Commitment to helping our home county and region grow • Achievement Academy (page 26) • Fine Arts Academy (page 38) • More connectivity to the external community will enhance student opportunities for employment and recognition for the University


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Fiat Lux Course

Fiat Lux, a required, one-credit course for firstyear students, helps new students acclimate to life at Waynesburg University and provides them with the opportunity to examine and discuss the structure and goals of the curriculum and the values which guide the University. Additionally, students develop skills and a mindset that enables them to be successful as University students and in life, through learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. “Fiat Lux, the motto of Waynesburg University, was intentionally chosen as the name of our orientation course. Translated into English, Fiat Lux means, ‘Let there be Light’ (Genesis 1:3). Light is necessary for us to see, for warmth, and for all things to grow. Fiat Lux was intentionally designed to help students grow. We want them to grow their faith, their mind and their servant’s heart.”

– Dr. Marie Leichliter-Krause, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness

The Fiat Lux course consists of a variety of elements: • Weekly class meetings • Engaging discussions on topics such as turning problems into opportunities, creating a personal brand, how to manage your social media image, being persistent and learning from failure • Developing a mindset that will help them be successful at Waynesburg University and in life • Assignments that will help them get to know WU and one another • Course Objectives: • Relate the Christian faith to contemporary issues, personal identity, and the academic disciplines • Service to others as a way to address social needs

Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert provided an up-close examination of successful entrepreneurship and shared his “eight habits of the heart,” as discussed in his book, “Who Owns the Ice House?,” with Fiat Lux students during the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture. In the fall, “Who Owns the Ice House?” was read and discussed in all Fiat Lux classes. Pictured here, Taulbert interacts with a student following his lecture.

Course Goals: • Introduce students to the purpose and value of liberal arts education as a foundation, not only for future program and career choices, but also for a lifetime of learning • Engage students in ways that challenge and encourage them to examine the relationship(s) between faith, learning, and serving • Provide students with valuable academic and personal resources in making a successful transition to Waynesburg • Facilitate active involvement and participation in the life of the University community with its rich intellectual, social and spiritual resources • Initiate a mentoring relationship between the instructor and students so that students’ academic and vocational goals can be nurtured Student Learning Outcomes: Successful completion of this course enables students to: • Employ academic and personal strategies critical to academic success within an institution of higher education • Understand and utilize the educational and co-curricular resources of the institution, complementing specific academic objectives • Connect the faith, learning, and service facets of the mission to each other, to themselves, and to their educational objectives


Students serve at The Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos in Patzun, Guatemala, in May 2019. Waynesburg University’s first trip to Patzun occurred in 2002, and as the years have passed, the mission has developed into a deeply meaningful long-term partnership.

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AT WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY, SERVICE LEARNING IS A LAB EXPERIENCE, A LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE AND MORE. Inspired service has been a pillar of the Waynesburg University community and curriculum since the University’s founding. Today, students, faculty and staff selflessly volunteer more than 50,000 service hours a year. The goal of service learning at Waynesburg University is to provide a laboratory in which learning experiences address human and community needs and provides the necessary time for reflection on those experiences. Service opportunities are structured to promote student learning and development. Servant Leaders Service learning classes and the Center for Service Leadership are dedicated to creating local and international service experiences help our students refine their ability to lead with their values front and center. What qualities does the servant leader possess that other types of leaders do not? According to leadership expert Skip Prichard, servant leaders have nine characteristics that enable them to balance leading and serving. A servant leader is one who: 1. Values diverse opinions 2. Cultivates a culture of trust 3. Develops other leaders 4. Helps people with life issues 5. Encourages 6. Sells instead of tells 7. Thinks you, not me 8. Thinks long-term 9. Acts with humility SOURCE: http://www.skipprichard.com/9-qualities-of-the-servant-leader

Service Learning Opportunities Waynesburg University students have three options to earn their required service learning credit: 1. Service learning course: students complete at least 30 hours of pre-approved, unpaid service at a non-profit agency or organization and the associated academic course for credit.

2. Mission/service trip: students participate in a University-sponsored mission/service trip and complete the associated academic course for credit. 3. The 4th credit option: a flexible option where students may elect to add an additional service learning credit to another course. 2019-20 Service/Mission Trips • National Military Park in Antietam, Maryland • Greene County Immersion • Appalachia Service Project in Jonesville, Virginia • Greene County Habitat for Humanity • E.P. Roberts Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas • Trans World Radio in Bonaire • All Hands Volunteers, Disaster Relief • Habitat for Humanity in Concord, North Carolina • Gettysburg Military National Park, Maryland • Children’s Nutrition Center in Guatemala • Detroit Immersion in Michigan • Laughlin Chapel in Wheeling, West Virginia

“Each year, I am inspired with moving accounts of the work of our students, faculty and staff, both here and abroad. They have helped to drill wells for water in Africa, aided the suffering in Haiti, the poor in Guatemala, and the homeless in our own cities. They have volunteered in churches and government, in after school tutoring and countless public service organizations. “As a recent speaker and guest to Waynesburg observed, ‘Service is in our DNA.’ It is the essence of who we are. But we cannot rest upon accolades. We must use service not only as a way to minister, but also as a way to solve the problems of this world; to develop sustainable models of service that not only help people meet daily needs, but empower them to take control of their destiny. In doing all these things, we will prepare our students not just for their needs, but the needs of their world.” -Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee 17

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ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP IS BOTH A STUDY AND A PRACTICE. Vision Create a culture of proactive, innovative and ethical problem solving which will provide Waynesburg University students with the skills, abilities and experiences they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Goals • Instill an entrepreneurial mindset in all students as a way to think, learn and execute • Provide multiple pathways for students to develop targeted skills based on the student’s level of interest and career aspirations • Create an inclusive, coordinated and collaborative infrastructure to support this culture development across campus



STEP : We will expose all first-year students to the entrepreneurial mindset in the first semester of their first year through our Fiat Lux, first-year seminar.


STEP : We will develop in our students the key skills necessary to thrive in the future. We will accomplish this by intentionally infusing project-based and experiential learning, focused on these skills in courses across the curriculum as well as providing co-curricular opportunities for development.


STEP : We will teach our students the venture creation process and provide them with the opportunities and support to develop their own ventures. We believe that entrepreneurial leadership is both a study and a practice. Therefore, to foster this type of learning, students should engage both inside and outside of the classroom. We have accomplished this using a two-pronged approach: • The Entrepreneurial Leadership Program focuses on the study and practice of entrepreneurial leadership in the academic setting through a cross-campus minor and selected courses. • The eHIVE is a co-curricular, innovative hub focused on the practice of entrepreneurial leadership through individual coaching, workshops, competitions and speakers. The eHIVE’s services are available to all students of any major or minor, at any time. 19

Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Year-One Outcomes Entrepreneurial Leadership Minor This 18-credit hour minor consists of core courses in Creativity and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Leadership and New Venture Creation. The students will then select nine additional credits from an array of courses from multiple disciplines that focus on Key 2022 Skills and include an experiential component. This minor was approved by the faculty on April 4, 2019, and launched in 2019-2020 academic year.

New Course Pilots Fiat Lux In the Fall Semester of 2018, we piloted two sections of the freshman seminar using the book “Who Owns the Ice House?” We introduced the entrepreneurial mindset principals of: Choice, Opportunity, Action, Knowledge, Brand, Wealth and Community and Persistence. We began to study impact using pre- and post-surveys and student evaluation comments. In addition, we began to prepare for broad implementation in year two by working with Academic Affairs to train and provide resources for instructors. New Venture Creation In the spring semester of 2019, we piloted the New Venture Creation course using Lean Launch methodology. Students gained an in-depth understanding of the framework and process of starting a new venture by developing a startup of their own choice. The course culminated in an investor pitch seeking funding for the next stage of venture development. In addition, the students made and justified a “go or no go” decision for their venture. WU/CMU Micro Course Nine WU undergraduate and graduate students partnered with 13 graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University to study food insecurity issues in Greene County. The students interviewed local agencies and their clients to understand the challenges facing county residents. After developing possible solutions, the students presented their recommendations to the Greene County Commissioners on March 22, 2019. Some students are currently developing implementation plans for the most promising ideas. Entrepreneurial Leadership Faculty Fellows Program WU selected Professor Melanie Catana, Assistant Professor of Vocal Music and Director of Choral Music, and Professor Andy Heisey, Chairperson for the Fine Arts Department and Assistant Professor of Art, as Entrepreneurial Leadership Faculty Fellows. This two-year fellowship will provide specialized training for faculty to infuse entrepreneurial leadership concepts into courses across the University’s curriculum. The fellows will also form a cohort and serve as leaders and advisors for the program. 2019 Praxis Academy WU is an academic partner for the 2019 Praxis Academy which will be held at Biola University, located just outside of Los Angeles. The summer academy is a week-long gathering for student innovators and entrepreneurs. The focus of the academy is on redemptive entrepreneurship, which infuses Christian values into entrepreneurial endeavors. WU has selected four students to receive scholarships to attend the conference.


Waynesburg University Board Chair Jim Lowe, Mindy Walls and President Douglas Lee cut the ribbon at the opening of the eHIVE.

eHIVE Year-One Outcomes Idea Implementation eHIVE Grand Opening – The eHIVE, Waynesburg University’s Hub for Innovative Ventures, officially opened in the heart of The Stover Campus Center on Oct. 5, 2018. The eHIVE’s value proposition is to help all students move from idea to implementation. A part-time staff consisting of Mindy Walls, Stover Chair of Entrepreneurial Leadership; Cassy Dorsch, Program Coordinator; and Paul Berg and Chyanne VanZant, student workers, staffed the Center for approximately 28 hours per week. Over the past seven months, we have engaged over 600 members of the campus community through programs, competitions and individual coaching. Something from Nothing Innovation Challenge - On Nov. 2, 2018, the eHIVE hosted a campus-wide, five-day innovation challenge. In total, 21 teams completed the challenge. Over 170 members of the campus community and the Greene County Commissioners selected the three winning teams. Big Dream Gathering - Nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community members attended the Feb.12, 2019, event. It was sponsored in part by the eHIVE, in partnership with the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series and the NetVUE Pathways Grant. At the event, the WU community started discussing their dreams and connecting with others. To date, five students have become eHIVE clients as a result of this event. See It, Solve It Pitch Competition - The eHIVE hosted a two-round, campus-wide pitch competition in March and April 2019. In the first round, Students from across campus pitched their solution to a problem they identified. On April 10, the top five students advanced to the final round, where they expanded on their ideas and answered questions from a panel of judges. Cash prizes were awarded for the top three pitches. Venture for America - A WU student was a finalist for a highly competitive Venture for America Fellowship. VFA sponsors and places selected recent graduates in startup companies across the country. At the final interview session on March 26, 2019, our student was the only finalist that was not enrolled in an Ivy League university. 21

PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS Examples of our programs focused on preparing students for great outcomes 22


BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD Last year, Waynesburg’s Department of Business Administration formed an Advisory Board to review and further develop the goals, objectives and curriculum of the University’s undergraduate business program. Convening biannually, the Advisory Board is comprised of Waynesburg business alumni ranging from 1950 to 2018. The diverse range will ensure that a variety of viewpoints from different stages of a professional’s career are represented.

“This is a great opportunity for us to engage with business leaders who understand and appreciate our mission of faith, service and learning. We look forward to the counsel we will receive on how we, as faculty, can best serve and facilitate the growth of our students.” - DR. GORDON MCCLUNG CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION & PROFESSOR OF MARKETING

Since the launch, the board has met on three occasions: Oct. 22, 2018; March 11, 2019; and Oct. 21, 2019. Led by Dr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing and chair of the Department of Business Administration, and William Stough, assistant professor of business administration, the Advisory Board will also provide the University with feedback regarding current needs of employers and the job market. Board members will have the opportunity to interact with current students, other alumni and business faculty members. “We are excited for our students; they will benefit from the collective wealth of knowledge our alumni will bring to our business program,” said Stough. “We will be able to make necessary and impactful changes to the curriculums we are delivering based upon the feedback from [the board].” Stough and McClung reported that students have already benefited from connecting with board members, including a summer internship that has continued into the fall and a full-time job with a board member’s firm. “We believe we are just at the beginning of the benefits that will come from having the Advisory Board,” added Stough.

Advisory Board Members • David Good, ’56 • Joe Lovasz, ’72 • Chet Woolard, ’74 • L. Greg West, ’82 • Doug Shaffer, ’82, ’85 • Eric Wright, ’83 • Pat O’Brien, ’83 • Mike Buckiso, ’88 • Chuck Trump, ’95, ’16 • Joe Bruce, ’96 • John Maybury, ’04 • Adrienne Bosworth, ’06, ’12 • Mindy Zatta, ’09 • Ashley Clark, ’14 • Derek McMonagle, ’18 • RJ Leon, ’18

SEEDS FOR SUCCESS This past summer, the University instituted its “Seeds for Success” orientation program to assist students and parents with their Waynesburg University experience. Families had the option to attend one of three sessions. The dates included June 21, July 19 and July 26. Two tracks ran concurrently - one for students and the other for parents. Presentations featured representatives from the offices of Academic Affairs, Student Services, Admissions and Financial Aid, as well as the Business Office, the Counseling Center and the Career Services Office. Students had their student ID photos taken, visited their dorm rooms and residence halls, and explored the campus with their families.

“This program prepares students for the transition to college life and provides information about resources available to support students and parents both academically and socially.” - Ryan Smith Assistant Director of Student Activities




DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM In August, Waynesburg University launched an Online Degree Completion Program designed for working professionals looking to earn their bachelor’s degrees. Three Options • Professional Studies • Business Administration • Criminal Justice Administration

Schedule • Five-week sessions • Nine flexible start dates • Start and stop any time

Transfer Credit Options • Military Service • Professional experience • Certificates • CLEP Exams • Previous Institution (up to 90 credits)

“Waynesburg University has been a leader in adult education in the Pittsburgh region for over 20 years, and we are excited to offer our 100% online program to the working professionals in our region and beyond.” - Dr. David Mariner Dean of Graduate Programs

ONLINE COURSES As graduate education continues to shift toward an online setting, Waynesburg has transitioned a number of graduate programs to a fully or partially online presence. Fully Online Programs • Master of Business Administration • Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation • RN to BSN Program • Bachelor’s Degree Completion • Business Administration • Criminal Justice Administration • Professional Studies

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Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Education Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Addictions Counseling

Partially Online Programs • Master of Arts in Counseling (Addiction Track) • Master of Science in Nursing • Master of Science in Athletic Training

EDEN HALL FOUNDATION GRANT Waynesburg University received a grant from the Eden Hall Foundation to support the University’s plan of offering the Addictions Concentration in the Masters in Counseling Program online. The planned online delivery method will expand the reach of the program. Waynesburg’s Addictions Concentration is the only CACREP accredited addictions counseling program in the state of Pennsylvania. “This grant will help provide a more flexible and accessible educational option for those possessing the heart to serve individuals fighting addictions.” - Sylvia V. Fields Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation 25


Available courses:

In the fall of 2019, Waynesburg University launched the Achievement Academy in partnership with Waynesburg Central High School (WCHS). The Achievement Academy provides a pathway for qualified WCHS juniors and seniors to earn college credits. Courses are available in art, English, history, math, music, psychology and theatre. The University’s goal is to expand this program to include other local school districts.


Art English History Math Music Psychology Theatre


“Through our partnership with WCHS to pilot the Achievement Academy, we can offer students high quality benefits including cost savings, a smoother transition between high school and college, and exposure to college-level work while still in high school, which will ultimately increase their ability to succeed and complete their bachelor’s degree faster.” - Dr. Shari Payne, vice president for enrollment, Waynesburg University

“We are proud to partner with our learning neighbors on this endeavor and look forward to this plan as the beginning gateway to potential future experiences involving us working together. This is an exciting and humbling time for the students of the Central Greene School District.” - Dr. Helen McCracken, superintendent, Central Greene School District

“I am grateful for Waynesburg University providing the Achievement Academy. The Achievement Academy has given me an opportunity to experience the college atmosphere while finishing my high school education. It has given me a wonderful opportunity to jumpstart my college career and has given me direction for my life.” - Juliana Fowler, senior, Waynesburg Central High School

The Achievement Academy is made possible through a partnership with WCHS as well as the University’s status as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. The program provides eligible businesses with the opportunity to receive awards of state tax credits for their support of the Achievement Academy.


VALUE As attention on higher education continues to turn toward outcomes and fiscal responsibility, rankings that focus primarily on value and job placement have become an important metric for students and their parents searching colleges. Consistently ranked as a top school within these areas over the past five years, Waynesburg University has emerged as a national leader in educational value.

Why is Waynesburg University ranked for value?


Our student loan default rate of 4% is far lower than the national average of 10.8%.



Our tuition, room and board is more than $13,000 below the national average for private, non-profit, fouryear colleges.


More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid each year.


U.S. News & World report ranked Waynesburg University No. 6 on their Best Value Schools - Regional Universities North list. Waynesburg also ranked No. 22 on the 2020 Top Performers on Social Mobility – Regional Universities North List.

Waynesburg was named to MONEY Magazine’s 2019 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list for the fourth consecutive year, being recognized for quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Waynesburg University was ranked a 2020 “Best for the Money” by College Factual, landing in the top 2.1% nationwide, ranked No. 31 out of the 1,483 schools considered.

The University, for the fourth consecutive year, was named a College of Distinction. The award highlights American higher education institutions for their commitment to the implementation of “High-Impact Educational Practices.” Waynesburg was also named a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and a Christian College of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation. Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community. Waynesburg University puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.” - Tyson Schritter, COO of Colleges of Distinction

Learn more about our value and rankings at waynesburg.edu/value.




NURSING The Nursing Program was recognized nationally as a “Best Value” by College Factual, ranked at No. 7 out of the 500 school nursing programs recognized. In Pennsylvania, the Nursing Program is ranked No. 2.

RegisteredNursing.org ranked Waynesburg’s baccalaureate Nursing Program No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania for the third consecutive year. Waynesburg received a score of 98.66 out of a possible 100.

Waynesburg University was named a top nursing school nationwide in the inaugural ranking by Nursing Schools Almanac. The University ranked among the top 1.5% of the more than 3,200 schools considered; 10% of those schools made the final list, with Waynesburg being ranked No. 49.

The RN to BSN Program was recognized as a “Top Ranked Online RN to BSN Program” in the state of Pennsylvania, being ranked No. 2.

The RN to BSN Program was also named a “Top 50 RN to BSN Program” by RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com, where Waynesburg ranked No. 18 nationally.

Waynesburg University was recognized as a 2019-2020 College of Distinction for Nursing. Schools are evaluated on engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was recognized nationally as a “Best Value” by College Factual, ranked at No. 7 out of the 387 school programs mentioned. The Program was also ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania. The Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation (MACI) Program was recognized as a 2019 “Best Online Masters” Crime Scene Investigation Program, ranking in the top five of all similar programs in the nation. The MACI Program was also awarded the “Most Customizable” distinction.

COMMUNICATION The Department of Communication was nationally recognized as a best value in the 2020 College Factual “Best Colleges Nationwide” rankings, placing in the top 2% for communication and journalism. The department was ranked No. 9 out of 508 programs recognized nationally and No. 3 in the state of Pennsylvania.

PSYCHOLOGY Waynesburg’s Psychology Program earned the distinction of a “Best Value” program in the 2020 College Factual rankings, earning the No. 3 spot in Pennsylvania and No. 37 out of the 810 ranked nationwide.

EDUCATION Waynesburg University was recognized as a 20192020 College of Distinction for Education. Schools are evaluated on engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

BUSINESS Waynesburg University was recognized as a 20192020 College of Distinction for Business. Schools are evaluated on engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. why at waynesburg.edu/value.


BJ Durham, a former Yellow Jacket basketball player, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2016 and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2018. Currently, he is a doctoral student at NC State University.



Extraordinary growth leads to extraordinary things. In 2018, Waynesburg University launched its bold and new branding campaign, GROW. Developed by the Office of University Relations in consultation with faculty experts, this marketing campaign is founded on an idea that Waynesburg University can authentically own, with the flexibility to represent different aspects of the University while appealing to its various target audiences. The campaign also provides an outlet to showcase student outcomes and effectively share the Waynesburg University story. While student recruitment is the primary goal of the GROW Campaign, secondary and tertiary goals include building a sense of pride among students and energizing the University community while delivering a cohesive message based on a mission-focused promise. Prior to launch, the concept was tested internally among faculty members, staff, undergraduate and graduate students and externally with prospective undergraduate students and parents. Feedback garnered from concept testing was applied to final marketing materials.

waynesburg.edu Closely following the launch of the GROW Campaign, Waynesburg University launched an all-new, mobile-first website, waynesburg.edu, in September 2018. The twelve-month project resulted in a fresh, clean design that coordinates with the visual elements and imagery of the GROW Campaign. 33

O.A.K.S. CAMPAIGN Stemming from the concept of “Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened,� the three main branches of the O.A.K.S. Campaign focus on increasing affordability, enhancing academic programs and securing the future of the institution in a changing world. At the start of the Campaign, Waynesburg University managed 92 major endowed funds. By reaching its goal of securing 92 additional funds or major gifts, this Campaign will help the University grow during a critical time in its history.









63% Individuals 8% Corporations & Organizations 14% Foundations 15% Estate Gifts




CSR center “working together to GROW our community”

The Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, a commitment of Chevron and Waynesburg University, is located at Waynesburg University’s Southpointe Center. Launched in October 2018, the Center seeks to build a network of practitioners in the region dedicated to sharing best practices in corporate social responsibility (CSR). With today’s CSR work encompassing more than just sustainability and philanthropy, the Center’s purpose is to help member companies pursue strategic CSR work that will help create value for all and impact communities in meaningful ways. The Center is a first-of-its-kind for the region and was made possible through a $250,000 commitment from Chevron.

FOCUS AREAS • Best practices • Volunteer programs • Peer networking • Educational seminars • Data compilation & analysis • Member spotlights

MEMBERS 84 Lumber Bowles Rice LLP Cabot Oil & Gas Chevron Columbia Gas Community Bank Computer Enterprises, Inc. CONSOL Energy DTE Midstream EQT Foundation First Federal of Greene County Jones Day Mackin Engineering Range Resources Stanley Black & Decker Steptoe & Johnson PLLC TechnipFMC Tenaris Wesbanco

“Our partnership with Waynesburg University underscores our belief that the best way to support the region, now and for decades to come, is to work with community partners to achieve shared goals. We strive to build strong relationships and make investments that support progress and prosperity in the communities where we live and operate. The Center for Corporate Social Responsibility represents another step toward achieving that goal.” -Trip Oliver, manager of policy, government and public affairs, Chevron 36


“The relationship that the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility will foster between our local businesses and community will be mutually beneficial for all.” -President Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University


The Center for Corporate Social Responsibility held its inaugural corporate volunteer event during National Volunteer Week in April 2019. Nearly 70 volunteers from 12 member companies participated in 11 projects at four sites. PARTICIPATING COMPANIES


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Corner Cupboard Food Bank (Greene Co.)

Bowles Rice LLP Chevron CONSOL Energy EQT Corporation First Federal of Greene County Mackin Engineering

Greater Washington County Food Bank (Washington Co.) McGuffey High School (Washington Co.) West Greene High School (Greene Co.)

IMPACT LIST: • $500 donated per agency • 1,000 pounds pantry items collected • 30 high school students engaged • $7,500 in materials provided • 15 community pantry boxes • Built raised garden beds IMPACT VIDEO: bit.ly/CSRsp19volunteer

Range Resources Stanley Black & Decker Steptoe & Johnson PLLC TechnipFMC Tenaris

Projects at the food banks ranged from sorting and packing pantry orders to prepping the garden beds for planting season. At the Greater Washington County Food Bank, volunteers assisted with the construction of a new greenhouse and preparatory work for a new hydroponics area. At the schools, volunteers worked alongside students in the construction community pantry boxes. Similar to the concept of a Free Little Library, completed pantry boxes will be strategically placed throughout the McGuffey and West Greene school district communities to help those in need have 24/7 access to food, hygiene items and cleaning products.


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FINE ARTS ACADEMY Art Offerings Drawing Watercolor Pottery


Music Offerings Chamber Orchestra Jazz Ensemble Concert Choir Symphonic Band Private Lessons


What is it?

The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Academy offers weekly music classes and lessons for high school students and other community members. The curriculum includes weekly lessons on major instrument/voice, as well as classes in written music theory and aural skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in both solo and chamber ensemble performances near the end of each semester, as well as in large ensemble concerts throughout the year.

Who is eligible?

Waynesburg’s Fine Arts Academy is open to any high school student who has not yet graduated. Qualified students should be motivated to study in a comprehensive collegiate music setting and have the potential to reach an accomplished level in the study of their major instrument/voice and its repertoire.

When is it?

Curriculum classes are held on Saturday mornings with private lessons scheduled after these classes. Elective classes meet Monday through Friday evenings. All classes follow the Waynesburg University calendar from September to April. Academy recitals and concerts are held on the Waynesburg University main campus and are sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts Music Program. Academy students are invited to participate in master classes and other events sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts throughout the year.

Support from EQT Foundation

Waynesburg University has received grant money from the EQT Foundation to provide scholarships to students in need to participate in the Fine Arts Academy under the “Greene County Youth: Create and Innovate” project. The project will also fund entrepreneurship activities for both Waynesburg University students and Greene County students, ages 12 to 18. “We strive to identify opportunities that impact the students and communities we serve in meaningful ways. Education and arts enrichment have each been a long time focus of the EQT Foundation, and we are proud to bring otherwise never-before-seen possibilities for engagement to Greene County.” -Ellen Rossi, manager, EQT Foundation


Stover Center for Constitutional studies and moral leadership The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is a unique Waynesburg University program dedicated to transforming the political sphere in the context of Christian Ethics and American constitutionalism.

Each year, the Stover Center provides opportunities for students to interact with individuals who daily address the constitutional and geopolitical issues of our time. These opportunities include special seminars, visits with notable government officials and internships in the fields of government, law and public policy. Highlighted are a few of the visits with regional and national leaders during the past year.

Stover Scholars enjoy a stop on the streets of Washington, D.C., during their annual trip to our nation’s capital.



Stover Visiting Constitutional Scholar Lectures (Spring 2019) • •

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith Dr. Dallas Gingles, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Pittsburgh Trip (April 2019) • • • • •

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott W. Brady Roger Hartung, Principal, IKM Inc. (architecture firm) Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto Dr. Michael Rizzi, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Craig Davis, President and CEO, VisitPittsburgh

Washington, D.C. Trip (March 2019) • • • • • • •

Professor Charles F. Abernathy, Georgetown University Law Center Former Ambassador to Turkey, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Marc I. Grossman (currently Vice Chairman of the Cohen Group) Covington and Burling LLP Partner Thomas Repke, Associate Justin Golart, and Senior Advisor Bill Wichterman (law firm) U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge Gregory G. Katsas National Archives Historian Jessie Kratz White House Senior Advisor Kathryn Talento Former Federal Trade Commission Chairman Daniel Oliver

Fallingwater Trip (August 2019) •

Justin Gunther, Director, Fallingwater, Vice President, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

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Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of Greene County Senior Judge Terry Grimes Greene County Commissioners Archie Trader and David Coder Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Gary Glazer Tulane University Law School graduate and Waynesburg alumnus Anthony Cooper, Esq., Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps


stronger. Heavyweight Jake Evans made Waynesburg University sports history in 2018 by becoming the school’s first NCAA Division III champion.


As a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), Waynesburg University offers 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports, 10 each for men and women. Our athletes continually make us proud by balancing school work with their practice and game schedules. Looking for something a little more casual? We also offer a number of intramural sports for students who cannot commit to a full season of workouts, practices and games. Either way, when you join the roster for one of our teams, you’ll grow stronger in more ways than one.






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honorees on the PAC Fall and Spring Academic Honor Rolls.

Observer-Reporter: Waynesburg University heavyweight, Jake Evans, a 29-year-old junior, has become the first national wrestling champion at the university and second in PAC since 1983. Observer-reporter.com/sports/evans-p … #NewsOR@WaynesburgU


Our programs Whether a specific academic program has received national distinction, been recognized for value and/or touts strong student outcomes, they all support our mission. Educating students to make connections between faith, learning and serving is woven into the core of our programs. The following pages explore some of these programs with the faculty members who lead them.


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Josh Sumpter

Instructor of Biblical and Ministry Studies and University Chaplain Before joining Waynesburg University, Josh Sumpter worked at churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania as a youth pastor and associate minister for 10 years. At Waynesburg University, Sumpter strives to point students to Jesus Christ each and every day as the Chaplain and a faculty member. You can often find him at WU Athletic events or meeting with students in the Benedum Dining Hall. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Sumpter received the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for Introductory Subjects, primarily teaching BMS 106: Introduction to New Testament, BMS 307: Youth Ministry and BMS 308: Teaching the Bible. Sumpter is also a frequent speaker at Christian camps and churches in the region. Sumpter holds a B.A. in Religion from Ashland University, an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary and an M.Ed. from Waynesburg University.

Tell me about your program and your vision for it. The Biblical & Ministry Studies program educates, equips and trains students for Christian ministry opportunities and occupations in the world. From students interested in youth ministry or seminary preparation, media ministry or being a missionary, the BMS Program provides courses rooted in the Bible, church history, theology and practical ministry opportunities that will assist students in their ministry. Ultimately, our hope is that students will grow in Christ so that they can point others to Jesus, now and into the future. What are some of your former students up to now? Each member of our 2019 graduating class (11 students) found employment or was accepted into their first-choice seminary upon graduation. Kortney is serving as an Urban Missionary on the north side of Pittsburgh. Brett is employed as the youth pastor at his home church in Beaver County, PA. Steph is attending Asbury Theological Seminary. I could go on and on about our graduates. They are very special to me. What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? Our faculty (full-time and part-time) are currently employed or have recently worked in the local church as pastors or ministry leaders. The blend of biblical study and practical ministry tools are modeled by our faculty. This has also allowed for our students to have easy access to practical ministry experiences in the community and region as soon as they step on campus! 46

Has this program or associated faculty received any awards or recognition? Cristy Wise, Lecturer for Biblical and Ministry Studies and Communication, and I have won the annually given Lucas Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award. It was an honor for us to win it in back-to-back years. Personally, I had an article published in Group Magazine’s Annual Youth Ministry Magazine titled, “Commissioning Teenagers for Everyday Discipleship.” (September 2018) Anything else you’d like to add? I love the opportunity to journey with students at Waynesburg University! It truly is an honor. These students and my fellow employees are a gift that God has blessed me with. I pray for the wisdom to steward these gifts and the daily moments that I have with great care. Your prayers are appreciated! What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? Philippi, Greece. I have special memories of reading Acts 16 (about the Apostle Paul baptizing Lydia) and seeing the waters where that took place. Upon entering Philippi, I was able to see a prison where Paul would have been captive. It was amazing to walk where the Word was written. What is your favorite recipe to make? I enjoy making the special Sumpter peanut butter and jelly every morning for my daughter’s school lunch.


Dr. Gordon McClung

Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing With more than 40 years of domestic and international marketing, management and research experience, Dr. Gordon McClung has a strong background in marketing management and marketing research. Dr. McClung has pioneered the development of techniques in customer value information systems, customer retention and value management. His work also includes customer value analysis, statistical techniques and economic impact and feasibility analysis. Dr. McClung is the author or coauthor of “The Value Driven Bank,” “The Wizardry of Customer Value,” “Dominating Markets With Value” and “Statistics for Better Business Decisions.” His work has been cited by leading business organizations in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. He received the Lucas Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. Dr. McClung holds a B.S.B.A. and an M.B.A. from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.


Please describe your programs and your vision for them. The mind-boggling amount of data humans are generating every day creates demand for data analysis and data scientists. Beyond standard communications, with the internet of things and social media, humans are generating enormous amounts of data. According to a Cisco estimate, the world’s collective internet usage reached one zettabyte in 2016. IDC estimated the ‘Global Datasphere’ in 2018 reached 18 zettabytes. The world’s data may grow to 175 zettabytes by 2025. In layman’s terms, it would take an individual 1.8 billion years to download this data. I envision a program in data analytics that goes across disciplines, incorporating data science, geospatial analysis, visualization and business analytics. Companies need people who are skilled at turning big data into useful and actionable information. The Integrated MBA CPA Program is a joint offering of the undergraduate department of business and the graduate program in business. The program provides an opportunity for students to complete the credit hours required for licensure and concurrently earn their MBA. With our recent 5-year agreement with Becker, students will have the additional benefit of preparing for the CPA exam within their graduate program of study. Though we cannot guarantee that everyone will pass the CPA exam, Becker does guarantee that, if you follow their preparatory guidelines, you can use their services to prep to retake any section(s) of the exam. The integrated MBA CPA program is very beneficial for any student wishing to meet the academic and exam requirements for licensure. I envision adding additional options for Certified Project Manager Professional (CPMP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) that integrate into the MBA program. If I were a student considering data analytics, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? Data analytics prepares students for careers in a wide array of industries and government. An example of careers requiring data analytic skills includes IT systems analyst, healthcare data analyst, operations analyst, data scientist, data engineer, quantitative analyst, digital marketing manager, data analytics consultants and cyber security. Examples

of careers or career fields that will require data analytic skills that are not data science specifically include actuary, accountant, finance, criminologist, economist, forensic accountant, market researcher, operations research and nursing. What can I do with the integrated MBA CPA? You will have two high-level designations on your resume, separating you from many in the finance industry who have just one designation, or none at all. If you get some good work experience, you’ll be able to get most of the jobs to which you apply. Many MBAs with the CPA accounting background branch out and go to a more operational role at some point. Long-term possibilities would also include jobs as a CFO or CEO. What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your programs? A key differentiated at WU is the integration of data analytics across the business curriculum. Business faculty will be utilizing data analytic tools and concepts in accounting, forensic accounting, finance, management, entrepreneurship, marketing and sports management. The more our students get to practice the application of data analytics in their discipline, the better prepared they will be for a dynamic career. Another differentiator at WU is the integration of the MBA and CPA prep into one graduate program. With the Becker Review Course in the curriculum, we are providing a unique opportunity for our students to prepare for the CPA licensure exam while completing course work for their MBA. Also, we have an opportunity to award scholarships for the Becker program. Anything else you’d like to add? As evidenced by the number of careers impacted, data analytics is not for a select few majors. Irrespective of one’s area of interest, your future career will be influenced, in some manner, by data analytics. The study of data analytics is not and should not be restricted to data science. Who would you invite to the perfect dinner party? A philosopher, artist, neuroscientist, mathematician and theologian. Perfect for dinner conversation.


Dr. Evonne Baldauff Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Evonne Baldauff teaches both introductory and advanced chemistry courses including general, inorganic and physical chemistry. Her favorite course to teach is advanced inorganic chemistry where students learn about the symmetry of molecules, but far too few of them enjoy it as much as she does! She also serves as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, a role that she absolutely loves. Dr. Baldauff’s research interests range from developing novel inorganic materials to characterizing roasted and brewed coffee to studying learning outcomes in the general chemistry laboratory. She has served as advisor to the WU American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter since 2007. Dr. Baldauff is also active in the ACS Pittsburgh Local Section, where she served as Chair in 2015. Dr. Baldauff holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Grove City College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University.


Please describe your program and your vision for it. The goal of our program is to provide a vibrant, personalized and quality science education. Through a combination of traditional classroom experiences, research and outreach, we hope to develop students into scientists capable of independent learning and creative thinking. Our graduates consistently report that the time they spent with us has prepared them well. My vision is for our program to be readily recognized in the region as a top school to study science. What are some of your former students up to now? We have former students all over the country working in analytical, pharmaceutical, research, development and government labs. Recent examples of graduate schools our students are attending include the University of South Carolina, West Virginia University, Cornell University, Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Arizona State University, and many others. Just this past summer, Tiffany (Onifer ‘14) Crescentini graduated with her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and has begun working with Nike as a Sr. Analytical Scientist for Air Manufacturing and Innovation! If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? Scientists are problem-solvers and innovators. A lot of the work that we do often occurs behind the scenes of the technology and products you use every day. We play a huge role in medicine and drug development, nutrition, energy usage and the environment. Scientific careers might involve testing molecules for medical applications, formulating unique materials for advanced electronics, optimizing recycling processes, creating new types of “smart” plastics, monitoring environmental impact, testing the quality of food and water, and many, many more!

strategies to help our students master and retain the skills that will allow them to become effective scientists. Students receive one-on-one instruction in teaching and research labs. In general, we are very intentional about helping every student find the pathway to which they are best suited. Has this program received any awards? Our American Chemical Society Student Chapter has won the “Outstanding Chapter” award eleven times in the past thirteen years. This ranking places them annually as one of the top 50 chapters in the country in terms of activities like outreach and professional development. In the 2016-17 academic year, our chapter was recognized as 3rd in the nation for most activities in a year (104)! How do you prioritize personal wellness, any tips for students and working professionals? I’m a huge proponent of strength training! It contributes so much to your overall health and can easily be done at home. And you’ll always be prepared for an impromptu push-up contest. I also think it is a good goal to eliminate as many processed foods as possible from your diet (with one important exception: chocolate covered pretzels). What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? The United Kingdom has captivated me as long as I can remember. London and Edinburg are cities that I just want to wander about continuously. I stumbled upon the Silent Valley in Northern Ireland last summer, which turned out to be an unexpected gem. I often dream about moving to the Peak District in England. Imagine tall, tree-less hills that meet the sky, covered with vibrant green ground cover, bright purple heather, and angry grazing sheep. What could be better?

What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? The faculty in our department are 100% devoted to student success. We develop novel teaching


Richard Krause

Chair of the Department of Communication and Assistant Professor of Communication Richard Krause joined Waynesburg University in 1994. He teaches upper-level courses in journalism and public relations and is skilled in sports information management, event planning and promotion, and interviewing and writing. Krause holds a B.S. from California University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Journalism from West Virginia University and an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.


Please describe your program and your vision for it. The Department of Communication offers a fullservice approach to the study of the communication field with seven academic programs.We instill in our students a drive to produce socially responsible content that can help build and sustain the communities in which we work and live. The academic department was established in 1996 and currently serves more than 100 students. Given the ever-changing field of communication, we strive to provide a curriculum that adapts well to industry expectations to provide skilled communication professionals. What are some of your former students up to now? Department alumni work for: • Television networks • News organizations • Public relations agencies • Non-profit organizations • Professional and collegiate sports teams • Financial institutions • Academic institutions Department alumni work as: • Graphic designers • Project managers • Web developers • Social media managers • Video engineers • Radio talk show producers • Multimedia specialists • Brand journalists If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? We offer academic programs that lead to many different career paths, which include news reporters, graphic designers, social media coordinators, public relations and advertising professionals, sports announcers, and the list goes on! What do you think is a true differentiator for your program and the University? We provide our students with many opportunities to gain field experience that will begin in the fall of their freshman year. We have received strong support from the Administration to renovate production facilities

and to upgrade our equipment to industry standard in all fields. In addition, students work closely with faculty members in the Department to develop their professional skills to make them more marketable to prospective employers. Working collaboratively, we have developed a comprehensive support system for students that truly allows them to grow and develop. This academic year marks my 26th year at Waynesburg. The transformation of the institution during that time—physical plant, academic programs, national reputation, etc.—has been truly amazing. Has this program received any awards or recognition? The students have accomplished so much during the past year. Just some of the awards include: • • • • •

Numerous SPJ, PNA, and ASPA Awards for the Yellow Jacket, our student newspaper 3 Communicator Awards for our WCTV operation PRSSA Star Chapter Award for the seventh consecutive year (2013-2019) PRSA-Pittsburgh Chapter-of-the-Year Award for three consecutive years (2017-2019) Student chosen as PRSSA District Ambassador

How do you prioritize personal wellness, any tips for students and working professionals? I enjoy working out in a fieldhouse near my home. The physical work has a very cathartic effect for me. I typically work out at 6 a.m. several times a week to ensure I can fit it in my schedule. What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? My students certainly know that I am quite interested in Civil War history. My family and I travel to Gettysburg at least 5-6 times a year. Each time we visit we try to find a new adventure on the battlefield. Who would you invite to the perfect dinner party? My wife, Marie; my son, Darren; and Abraham Lincoln: see above. What is your favorite recipe to make? No fun recipes! If I’m in the kitchen, I am eating! You don’t want me to cook! 53

Michelle Steimer

Assistant Professor of Counseling for the Graduate and Professional Studies Counseling Program Dr. Michelle Steimer is a counselor educator, licensed counselor and mental health consultant. She has worked in private practice, as well as government and agency settings. Her areas of expertise include military culture, trauma, anxiety and depression, and suicide prevention. A military veteran with over 15 years of service in both active duty and in the United States Army Reserve, Dr. Steimer’s research and work with veterans and trauma survivors has enabled her to present at the state, national and international levels. Dr. Steimer holds a bachelor’s degree in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a master’s degree in mental health counseling and a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, both from Waynesburg University. Her doctoral research was focused on military suicide prevention.


Please describe your program and your vision for it. The Waynesburg University Counseling Program is focused on preparing counselors for work in a growing career field. We have had more than 450 graduates since the program’s inception 15 years ago. We are dedicated to ensuring that our students are ready to work with individuals and families in the areas of clinical mental health and addictions counseling. The program is growing quickly and so is our vision for the future. The University has achieved accreditation for its Certificate in Addiction Counseling. This increases opportunities for educating professionals to address the unique issues present in the field of addiction. We are launching an online graduate counseling program in the fall of 2020, and we continue to grow our doctoral program. Additionally, we are increasing our service learning opportunities and community partnerships in Western Pennsylvania. As we move forward, we will continue to be a program focused on preparing counselors to serve diverse communities. What are some of your former students up to now? Our students are active professionals in the field that really embody the ideals of service and continued learning. We have students that have become leaders within their agencies, private practice owners, advocates and counselor educators at universities. If I were a student considering this area of study, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? Students might be surprised at how versatile a master’s degree in counseling can be. Students can pursue careers in community mental health, government agencies and private industry. Counselors can be employed in community mental health agencies and pastoral environments, own private practices, serve as program managers for government mental health programs or work as business consultants focused on wellness in areas such as corporate wellness, sports performance and crisis prevention. What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? Waynesburg University and our program provide a unique opportunity that other universities and counseling programs do not. Our University and program allow students to engage in service learning and advocacy, which I have found is a unique experience when compared against other graduate programs in counseling. Our faculty is centered on service to others. We all work to embody the Christian values of Waynesburg through our work with students and the counseling profession.

Has this program or associated faculty received any awards or recognition? Our faculty and students present at the local, national and international level. Dr. Bowser and I recently presented in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the topic of rural poverty and mental health at an international social justice in counseling conference. Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Nocita have presented at conferences such as the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference and the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Additionally, we have mentored students to apply to be leaders in the field of counselor education. Two of our students have received fellowships from the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation. Also, I serve as the inaugural president of the Pennsylvania Military and Government Counseling Association. We have also had the wonderful addition of Dr. Kelley McNichols to our faculty who is an innovative leader in the field of addictions counseling. How do you prioritize personal wellness, any tips for students and working professionals? I'm a naturally active person (that's a nice way saying I'm really hyper). For me, this means that I have to stay selfaware and remind myself to not burn-out from doing too many things. Personal wellness plays a pretty important part of my life as a result. I make the wellness of myself and my family a daily priority. I enjoy coffee with friends and reading a good book to help re-center myself. I always tell my students and supervisees that we can't pour from an empty cup. Staying healthy allows us to be the best and healthiest that we can be. When we feel good, we're better counselors, partners, parents and friends to those that are important to us. What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? We love to travel as family, and I've been blessed to travel all over the world with the military in the last 15 years. The most interesting place was the Middle East. The history of this area of the world is fascinating, and it is truly beautiful. However, seeing the poverty and violence that occurs during war changed me as a person. A day does not go by that I do not have gratitude for being able to raise my children where we live, and I have a deep care for those who live in violent areas around the world. Oftentimes, we see the news, but we lose sight of the people that live and work in areas of conflict around the world.


Adam Jack

Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of Athletics Adam Jack is a former Forensic Detective with the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office and Police Officer in Rostraver Township, Pa. He was a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and has testified as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation and fingerprints. Now at Waynesburg University, Jack leads the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Science, which currently features its largest enrollment in University history, and the Department of Athletics. Beyond campus, he serves as a part-time Detective for the Greene County District Attorney’s Office and Crime Scene Investigator/Police Officer for the Waynesburg Borough Police Department. Adam earned his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Waynesburg and his M.S. in Forensic Science from Marshall University. Please describe your program and your vision for it. The reputation of the Criminal Justice Program has grown dramatically over the past ten years, and we hope to launch a Center for Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation in the coming years. The Center will include majors from criminal justice, forensic investigation, forensic science, computer security and forensics, forensic accounting and pre-law. The Center will focus on vocational opportunities and professional development in the various disciplines. What are some of your former students up to now? We are very proud the diverse careers that our graduates hold. Graduates are with federal, state, and local agencies, including the FBI, Secret Service, DEA, Pennsylvania State Police, Ocean City Police, Pittsburgh Police and Arlington County Police. Numerous criminal justice alumni are also working in probation, corrections, social services and counseling, so this curriculum really prepares students for a variety of career paths. If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? Students considering criminal justice should know that there are many options out there, not just careers in law enforcement. Many of our students find their path in the middle ground between law enforcement and counseling, landing in careers such as probation, juvenile placement facilities, corrections and agencies like Children and Youth Services (CYS).


What do you think is a true differentiator for your program? The Criminal Justice Program is different because of the hands-on nature of the courses and because our faculty come from careers in the field. Each professor is teaching a course that they are an absolute expert in. We have lawyers teaching law classes, criminal investigators teaching criminal investigation and police officers teaching policing. There are not many programs out there that can match the expertise that we have with our faculty. Has this program received any awards or recognition? The Criminal Justice Program was recently recognized by College Factual as the 6th ranked Criminal Justice Program in the country, out of 385 programs, for value education. The students are getting jobs and making an impact! What are you particularly good at that few people know about? I am really good at "Name That Tune"...especially older country music and 80s and 90s rock. What is your favorite recipe to make? I love to make homemade pizza from scratch. Anything else you’d like to add? We try to teach students about overcoming failures and dealing with adversity. We discuss the difficulties, not only in careers in criminal justice, but also life. I feel that the students leaving the Waynesburg University Criminal Justice Program will enter the workforce as confident leaders with the ability to show courage and compassion in the face of adversity.


Dr. Jamie Dessart

Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages and Professor of English Dr. Jamie Dessart loves reading medieval literature, studying fans and fandoms, and writing urban fantasy. A long-time student of popular culture, she blows open the doors of her classroom to include everything from The Canterbury Tales to Star Trek. As a member of the Popular Culture Association, Dr. Dessart presents her scholarship on theory of transstructuralism in science fiction and fantasy; she also mentors Waynesburg students, taking them to present at the PCA National Conference every year. She teaches insideout composition classes, gender studies, literary theory and British Literature. Dr. Dessart holds a B.S. from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Kentucky.


Tell me about your program and your vision for it. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So John begins his gospel and so too we take the Word as our organizing principle; in the English department, we learn to experience words and craft them into meaningful essays and stories and poems and scholarship. We see ourselves as a community of learners, knowledge seekers who share a love of reading and writing. Like in the book of Acts, so much of what we do centers in a circle, around a table, sharing, eating, laughing and growing together in our faith and our vocation. Throughout my twenty years at Waynesburg, the third floor of Buhl Hall has prepared students through composition and other writing classes, opened their eyes to the world through literature and encouraged their creative endeavors. We plan to continue to preach and teach the Word in evolving classes by expressing diverse worldviews, preparing our majors for the changing world of digital and social media writing and planting the seeds of selfunderstanding. What are some of your former students up to now? • In 2013, Julia Paganelli published Blush Less, her first book of poetry. • Sarah Wheeler Saxon is the Communications Manager for Keylogic Systems in Pittsburgh. • Rachael Crosbie is currently enrolled in the M.S. program in Publishing in Digital and Print Media at NYU. • Kari Hanlin earned her M.A. and is teaching at Bowling Green State University. • Mary Spenser completed her M.A. in Urban Planning at the University of Pittsburgh. • Zackery Yonko is the pastor of Vinco Brethren Church in Vinco, PA. • Mariellen Paxton Ramp has her Master’s degree from the University of Westminster, England, and is teaching at the Scandinavian School of Business in Brussels, Belgium. • Ryan Devlin was the 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. He taught for a year in Australia as part of an exchange program. • Kayla Bleckley is a counselor/advocate for the S.T.T.A.R.S. program at Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services. • Sarah Huylk Maxwell’s short story “Whales of Minnesota” was a semi-finalist for the Best Short Fiction of the Year in 2016. She’s had poems published in Bluestream, Petite Hound Press, Rappahannock Review and Small Po{r}tions. If I were a student considering this area of study, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? Teaching is the most common career path, either middle, high school or at a college level. Those who want to write fiction and poetry generally go on to graduate school, as do those who want to

be college professors. We have a lot of students who work in the business world in jobs where writing skills are prized. Communications, human resources, grant writers … there are a lot of options. Then there are the ones who go off the beaten path. Some travel abroad, fall in love with a country, find a job there. Others make their own paths, moving to New York to pursue publishing and acting, becoming managers and leaders, serving others in non-profit and missionary positions. What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? One of the comments we hear all the time from visiting students and parents is how welcoming the faculty is, how we care and are down-to-earth. I think that’s one of the things that make us different; we meet the students where they are, share their interests, think of ourselves as a community who come together with a shared love of writing and reading. Has this program or associated faculty received any awards or recognition? Cory Gohering had a scholarly essay included in an anthology about Stephen King’s “It;” the volume just came out to be timed to the new movie. Jill Sunday had a creative non-fiction piece published too. Both Bob Randolph and Rick Pierce have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and published a number of poems. One of our graduates had a lesson plan written for a class adopted by the whole state system. A number of our students presented their work at the National PCA/ACA Conference in Washington, D.C., last April. How do you prioritize personal wellness, any tips for students and working professionals? For me, writing is part of my personal wellness regime. If I don’t set aside time to write, I become anxious and stymied; the words build up until I have to let them out. So I try to write at least an hour a day, even if I end up tossing most of it out or revising heavily. The act of connecting brain to fingers to screen is cathartic and necessary for me. Who would you invite to the perfect dinner party? Depends upon what mood I’m in and what I want to talk about. As a big Marvel fan, I’d love to sit down with Kevin Feige, The Russo Brothers, Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, and some of the others to talk about building the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’d love to have a conversation with Geoffrey Chaucer about what other tales he had planned for The Canterbury Tales and invite Christine de Pisan to talk about the controversy of the Romance of the Rose. Anything else you’d like to add? We’re an active department with a sense of humor, a love of our students and a lot of caring hearts.


Melinda Walls

W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and Assistant Professor of Business Administration Melinda Walls’ experience in strategic management and university-level teaching, as well as her diverse background in entrepreneurship, law, public affairs and the development of academic programs, makes her uniquely qualified to design and lead Waynesburg University’s Entrepreneurship Leadership Program. Since joining the University in 2018, Walls has staffed and opened the eHive, a co-curricular campus innovation hub, and developed a number of key partnerships on campus, in the community, in the region and across the United States. She has piloted three new courses and created an 18-credit, crosscampus academic minor. She has also developed a faculty entrepreneurial leadership fellowship program to support the expansion of Entrepreneurial Leadership across the curriculum. Walls holds a B.S. and J.D. from West Virginia University.


Please describe your program and your vision for it. The new Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is designed to create a culture of proactive, innovative problem solving which will provide Waynesburg University students with the skills, abilities and experiences to thrive in a changing world. Our new minor is an 18-credit offering designed to fit with any existing major on campus to provide students with the entrepreneurial mindset and creative problem solving skills necessary to take an idea from concept to implementation. At Waynesburg University, we believe in learning by doing, so courses in this minor are highly experiential. Rooted in the Liberal Arts tradition, students may select from specially designed courses in multiple disciplines to tailor their experience to fit with their academic and carrier goals. What are some opportunities for your students? While the minor is just beginning, we have already begun to offer students from across campus opportunities through the eHIVE, which is our cocurricular campus innovation hub. Last July, four Waynesburg University students participated in the Praxis Academy, which is a week-long gathering of student entrepreneurs and innovators with a focus on redemptive entrepreneurship. In addition, last spring semester, our students partnered with students from Carnegie Mellon University to study food insecurity issues in Greene County. The students formed crossuniversity teams and interviewed local agencies and their clients to better understand the challenges facing county residents. After developing possible solutions, they presented their recommendations to the Greene County Commissioners and other community leaders. Several of the ideas are being implemented.

If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? At Waynesburg University, we believe that creativity, innovation, analytical thinking and the ability to operationalize an idea are valuable skills for any career. The World Economic Forum agrees. These skills, which are learning outcomes in our Entrepreneurial Leadership minor, are listed in the top ten skills in the 2022 Skills Outlook in the WEF’s Future of Jobs Report. Our minor incorporates courses from the arts, science, business and communication. That way, students from multiple majors may develop the skillset and mindset to be an entrepreneurial leader in their chosen field. What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? Many collegiate entrepreneurship programs focus solely on venture creation. We focus on teaching the skills and mindset successful entrepreneurs practice. We believe that these practices will lead students to be successful in whatever field they choose and give them the ability to thrive in an ever-changing world. What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. Construction of this beautiful basilica, designed by Antoni Gaudi, began in 1882 and is anticipated to be complete in 2026. It is a study of beauty, innovation, faith and persistence. Aside from the awe-inspiring architecture and art depicting Jesus’ life and death, the fact that it has been an ongoing construction project for over 135 years and relies solely on private funding is a testament to the Christian faith and the Catholic people.


Mike Cipoletti Assistant Professor of Forensic Science Mike Cipoletti formerly worked for the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab as a forensic scientist and lab system quality specialist in chemistry and drug identification. Now an Assistant Professor of Forensic Science at Waynesburg University, he brings to the classroom his extensive experience in the field and training in analyzing and comparing physical evidence. He also has professional experiences in investigating and processing illicit drug labs, hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction. Cipoletti holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Westminster College and an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from West Virginia University.

Please describe your program and your vision for it. The Forensics Program at Waynesburg University consists of four majors – Forensic Science, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Biology and Forensic Investigation. Our mission is to provide well-founded, interdisciplinary curricula that prepares graduates for a broad range of career opportunities. Our vision for the program is to remain grounded in the natural sciences, while infusing forensic and investigative professional practice throughout the program by utilizing theory and hands-on experiences in the lab and field. What are some of your former students up to now? • Dr. Amber (Wallack) Valeri ’10 – Practicing Physician at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine • Nicole (Briggeman) Sellers ’10 – Civil Case Administer/ Courtroom Deputy at U.S. District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina • Kelly Brady ’11 – Forensic Technician 2 with Philadelphia Department of Public Health • Brett Gage ’11 – Physician Assistant at WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital • Patrick Crawford ’12 – Forensic Biologist at Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab • Stephanie Yocca ’13 – Criminalist at Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab • Samuel Patton ’13 – Trooper with Pennsylvania State Police • Lydia Hakola ’14 – Forensic Chemist at Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab • Jeff Strider ’15 – Lab Ambassador with PerkinElmer, Inc. • Amanda (Hobe) Camody ’15 – Principle Scientist at DrugScan • Jelena Kyle ’16 – Analytical Chemist at Aegis Sciences Corporation • Tarah Helsel ’16 – Forensic Scientist II at RJ Lee Group • Kristine Houser ’17 – Chemist at Mylan Pharmaceuticals • Michael Manning ’17 – Crime Scene Investigator at Corpus


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Christi Police Department Cara (Paraska) Hazen ’18 – graduate student in Marshall University’s M.S. Forensic Science Program Melanie Kauffman ’18 – Quality Specialist at CSL Plasma

If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? Because of the interdisciplinary nature of all of the majors in the Forensics Program, as well as our focus on professional practice, the range of potential career pathways is very broad. We’ve had graduates go on to careers in the pharmaceutical and information technology industries as well as the FBI and Secret Service. Graduates also attend law school, medical school and physician assistant school. Forensic science, biology and chemistry students can pursue careers in forensic laboratories, criminal investigations and entry-level biological or chemical laboratories as well as seek advanced degrees in the forensic or physical sciences, law or medicine. Forensic investigation students have the opportunity to pursue careers in crime scene/forensic investigations, evidence handling, criminal investigations and law enforcement. Forensic investigation graduates will also be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in criminal investigation or criminal justice administration. What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? I think our small college atmosphere allows us to be more effective in advising our students in both academics and career planning. The interdisciplinary nature of our majors requires our students to take just as many courses with criminal justice, chemistry and biology faculty as they do with forensics faculty. Our family environment enables students to form relationships with those professors, too. The diversity of advising and curricular programming helps students find the best fit for their interests and skill sets.

Has this program or associated faculty received any awards or recognition? Faith Musko was awarded the 2012 American Chemical Society Leadership Development Award, and I was awarded the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. In 2012, we hosted the American Academy of Forensic Science Education Conference. What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? The most interesting place I’ve visited is probably the Nevada National Security Site (previously known as the Nevada Test Site or Nevada Proving Grounds) in Nye County, Nevada, which is northwest of the city of Las Vegas. I visited there on a few occasions while I was working for PA State Police’s Clandestine Lab and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Response Team. There, I received WMD Radiological/Nuclear Hazardous Materials Response Training. We did training exercises in “ghost towns” constructed over the grounds where they used to test nuclear weapons in the 50’s and 60’s. Anything else you’d like to add? Don’t forget about our CSI Camp. We have the longest continuously running Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp in the world– 15 years and counting. We’ve hosted well over 500 high school students from across the country and several different countries for a week of crime scene and forensic investigation instruction and hands-on experiences. Many different professional agencies collaborate by providing workshops – FBI, ATF, PA State Police, RJ Lee Group, Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Crime Lab, Westmoreland County Detective Bureau and Coroner’s Office, and many, many more.


Dr. Kathy Stolfer

Chair of the Department of Nursing and Professor of Nursing Dr. Kathy Stolfer is a Certified Nurse Educator with extensive experience in nursing practice and education. She has worked in all areas of nursing through academic teaching or personal experience and has taught across all levels of Waynesburg’s Nursing Program curriculum. Dr. Stolfer has presented at numerous professional nursing conferences, and most recently at the University of Kentucky. Her presentation, “Preparing Students for Tomorrow Based on Realities of Today: Active Shooter Simulation— a Collaborative, Interprofessional Learning Experience” was based on a simulation created for senior nursing students. Dr. Stolfer holds a B.S.M. from West Liberty State College; an M.S.N. from West Virginia University; and an Ed.D. in Higher Education with specialty in Health Care Education from Nova Southeastern University.


Please describe your program and your vision for it. Nursing is a very rigorous major, maintaining a sound curriculum and high program standards. The nursing curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education, providing the necessary knowledge and skills for the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Plans are to continue to utilize a pro-active approach in preparing nursing graduates of the future. Students are taught how to critically think and display clinical reasoning and judgment in preparing for the high-tech, high-acuity complex health care arena. What are some of your former students up to now? Graduates of the Nursing Program at Waynesburg University have furthered their education in the areas of master’s and doctoral degrees. Many have completed nurse practitioner programs as well as obtained national certifications. Nursing graduates encompass all areas of nursing specialties, including critical care, emergency nursing, life-flight, psychmental health nursing, education, pediatric, obstetrical, rehabilitation and home health, and that is not an all-inclusive list. If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? The nursing major is designed to prepare a nurse generalist. Throughout the Nursing Program, students experience a variety of clinical sites at major area hospitals, including exposure to many specialty areas. Nursing offers many opportunities to explore a variety of career options. What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? At Waynesburg University, students are not “numbers.” Faculty get to know the students and students get to know the faculty. The Department of Nursing follows the Conceptual Framework of Dr. Jean Watson: Caring. The aim of the Department is to emulate a caring attitude and support the University’s mission of faith, service and learning.

Has this program or associated faculty received any awards or recognition? Waynesburg University Department of Nursing has been recognized as a College of Distinction for Nursing for the past three years. The Waynesburg University Nursing Program has been recognized for the last two consecutive years by RegisteredNursing.org as the #2 Nursing Program in the State of Pennsylvania (out of 77 nursing programs). How do you prioritize personal wellness, any tips for students and working professionals? One thing nurses need to remember….take care of yourself! We often give so much of ourselves to others that we forget to take “me” time. No matter how busy or stressed you get, build in some time for yourself. Take some time to relax, have fun and engage in an activity (non-work related and non-school related) for a few hours a week, just for you! What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? I am a passionate “Disney” nut! Love to visit Disney World and am planning my 40th trip this winter. There is always something new, and I love revisiting some of the old favorites. Truly my “Happy Place!” Also, love the beach…sunshine, palm trees and 80-degrees. God’s creation of beauty and wonder. Such peaceful relaxation! What is your favorite recipe to make? Great recipe for Blackberry or Peach Cobbler…easy as pie… Anything else you’d like to add? Nursing is a challenging major. Faculty are committed to maintain high standards and assist the students with an active learning process to promote success. NCLEX-RN Pass rates have consistently been well above the expected accreditation standards with multiple years at 100%.


Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton

Associate Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law, Director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership The Stover Center is led by Lawrence M. Stratton, who has taught courses relating to law and ethics at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Pennsylvania, Pepperdine, Villanova, and other universities and has written articles and co-authored two books on constitutional law and ethics. Dr. Stratton holds a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a former clerk to U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and is a member of the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Dr. Stratton is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, a member of the Advisory Board of the Imani Christian Academy of Pittsburgh, a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, a member of the Greene County Planning Commission, and the Waynesburg Borough Council.


Please describe your program and your vision for it. The Pre-Law Program provides many benefits and opportunities for students interested in attending law school after their undergraduate career. The program is an intentional creative community for students to explore and dream about possible legal careers. One of the unique aspects of our program is that many faculty and staff members are lawyers, including the president and provost. We also have an En Blanc Law School Preparation Discussion Group where students have the opportunity to meet, consult and attend events with current professionals practicing law including Federal and State Judges, law firm partners and associates, and federal and state executive officials. What are some of your former students up to now? As we prepare students to fulfill their goal of receiving a law degree, we have built relationships with various law schools, including a particularly strong connection with Duquesne University School of Law. Waynesburg students have been accepted by Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, Tulane University Law School, the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State Law School, and West Virginia University Law School, among others. After law school, our alumni have gone on to enjoy successful legal careers in Pennsylvania and around the country. Some of the top firms represented include K&L Gates, LLC; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.; and German & Kelly, P.C. One alumnus has served as a law clerk with a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and serves in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? Overall, our pre-law students benefit from the academic profile and goals of Waynesburg University. Some of our students gain additional experience working after college before they pursue law school while others go directly to law school. Regardless, students will ultimately have the opportunity to seek careers as lawyers, legislative assistants, legal scholars and teachers, and compliance officers, among others.

students frequent the local courthouse and build relationships with distinguished judges; they are taught as if they are in law school. More so, students who intend to go to law school are drawn from disciplines across the curriculum, including history, English, nursing, business, communications, religion, criminal justice and various scientific disciplines. What are you particularly good at that few people know about? I really enjoy hiking, bicycling, and kayaking. Being outside in nature is such a powerful experience – there is so much to appreciate. What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? One of the most beautiful places that I have visited is Yosemite National Park. It is also a gorgeous place to hike. Other places I enjoy hiking and cycling are Ohiopyle State Park. Other intriguing places I visit each year are London and Cambridge in England. They are great places to learn about our law heritage from English Common Law. Outside of the United States, I also love visiting Switzerland. I also cherish visits to any of the National Parks, the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Anything else you’d like to add? The Pre-Law Program complements Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, an interdisciplinary scholarly Center dedicated to bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and from Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square. The Center offers experiences that include special seminars, visits with notable government officials and internships in the fields of government, law and public policy. For me, personally, I love this position because of the constant interaction with current and former students as they continue in their pilgrimage toward the bar. In conclusion, I always have in my heart the motto of my alma mater, Georgetown University Law Center, “Law is but the means, justice is the end.”

What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? Waynesburg’s program is shaped by lawyers who are in consultation with prominent attorneys and jurists around the region and country. Our


Dr. Keith Rieder

Professor of Psychology Dr. Keith Rieder’s focus is on psychology, humanities and biblical and ministry studies. Dr. Rieder’s teaching interests include clinical psychology, pastoral counseling, psychology of religion and psychological testing. Dr. Rider holds a B.A. from Edinburg State University, an M.D. from Wesley Theological Seminary, an M.S. from Duquesne University and an Ed.D. and a PhD. in Psychology, both from West Virginia University.


Please describe your program and your vision for it. The Psychology Program has grown a great deal in the last 12 years. We have expanded the course options, improved the course content and focused on preparing students for careers as researchers and psychotherapists. We have grown to be the third largest major on campus, are rated in the top 5 percent of psychology programs nationally, and are considered the top 3rd psychology program in the state. We provide a solid base of knowledge in research and a broad understanding of clinical concerns. We want to expand further to include courses relevant to school psychology. What are some of your former students up to now? We have students who are now doing psychotherapy with severely impaired patients, such as schizophrenics, working as forensic psychologists, and who are in private practice as counselors. We also have students who are administrators in mental health agencies. Others are now pursuing doctoral studies in other fields, such as anthropology. We have had students tell us that they are teaching their fellow graduate students who do not have a solid background in psychology. We have also had former students tell us that graduate professors have said that they could teach the classes in graduate school because they went to Waynesburg. There are graduates who are now in management and doing well due to what they learned here. A major aspect of our high rating as a program is that our graduates are doing better financially and in promotions than people who have attended other institutions. If I were a student considering this major, what are some career paths I would be able to pursue? This is one of the surprising things about this major. There is a wide variety of careers open to psychology majors. Everything from business management to psychiatry to clinical psychology are possibilities. Many correctional systems like to hire psychology majors, as do many police departments. The knowledge of human beings is essential to many careers where people are being served or are being managed to achieve good work.

What do you think is a true differentiator for WU or your program? Most important is our emphasis upon getting to know, support and help our students. We are a community that cares about each other. As a result, we help our students through difficult times and classes. We mentor as well as teach. Much of our time is spent helping students understand how they can achieve their goals. Anything else you’d like to add? When talking with prospective students, I sometimes feel like I’m giving a sales pitch when I am really just relating the facts that we know about this program. One interesting thing is that people can get far more training in therapy at the undergraduate level here than in most other schools. How do you prioritize personal wellness, any tips for students and working professionals? Leave work at work and remember that the problems of the people you work to help are theirs, not yours. What is the most interesting place that you have visited and why? Ireland. My wife and I loved the country, but it was the gracious reception of the people that set it apart. What are you particularly good at that few people know about? I love photography and history. Who would you invite to the perfect dinner party? Jesus, Buddha, Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Henri Nouwen. What is your favorite recipe to make? A casserole of ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and mushroom soup.


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IN MEMORIAM Patrick R. Ackerman 1980

Steven L. Giesler 1979

William W. Peters 1950

Betty (King) Addleman 1948

Mary Lynne Grile, Friend

Donald G. Phillips 1957

Nell Ross Aiken 1945

Edward G. Grosse, 9CTD Military

Calvin Pierrelus 2002

Donald S. Albert Jr. 1978

Diane (Milinovich 1969) Hall

George J. Plava, Friend

Therese (Balazick) Albert 1958

Donald Hartsock 1950

M. Frances (Balaban 1951) Plava

John E. Anderson 1974

William S. Holmes 1967

Santo F. Pontiere, Friend

Michelle (Marling 1998) Anderson

Rodney D. Hoskins, Former Employee

Deborah (Gideon 1991) Ritchey

Christine (Zollars 1974) Balint

Donald J. Houston 1961

Rosemarie G. Rocher 1958

Helen (Cwierz 1963) Barbor

Ruth (Braddock 1949) Iams

Nathaniel C. Roe, Friend

Donald C. Bartolomucci 1960

William I. Irvine 1949

Stephen T. Romanovich 1976

Rebecca “Becky” (Barnes 1953) Blaker

Guy L. Irwin, Former Student

Donna F. Salsberry 1990

Richard Bosnic 1950

Barbara L. Jackson 1987

Vernita L. Savage, Former Student

Martha (Adams 1953) Bricker

Michael Simon (Johnny) John 1966

G. Anthony Schryer 1960

Beverly A. Brown, Former Student

Glenn E. Johnson 1939

Donald Senovich 1963

James F. Brownfield 1964

Charles M. Johnston II 1969

Terrence L. Sergi 1990

John F. Butz 1969

Marilyn Jones-Jessen, Friend

Lusina M. Shiflet, Friend

Richard “Dick” Cady 1955

Ruth (Bell) Keener 1967

Teresa (Damich 1949) Shockley

Nancy (West) Caird, Former Student

Paul H. Keller 1962

Albert W. Simon 1951

M. Susan Campbell 1964

Clayton P. Ketterling, Former Employee

David W. Simons 1965

Paul E. Carlson 1971

Benjamin F. King 1963

William Z. Simpson 1968

Julius C. Ceccarelli 1956

William W. Knight Sr. 1956

Terri Small, Former Employee

Donald D. Chuey 1950

Ronald E. Koch 1961

Curtis G. Smith 1975

Patsy (Umholtz 1950) Clelland

Richard W. Kuhar 1962

Shannon W. Smith 1965

Cindy Jo Cokel 1979

Michael R. Kurtz, Former Employee

William P. Smith 1958

Berton R. Craft 1961

Charles W. “Chuck” Lang 1972

William T. Snodgrass 1963

Glenn A. Crosby 1950

Marjorie (Warnick 1960) Larson

Jerome S. “Jerry” Spallino 1965

Michael Dacko 1949

Otto “Ed” Laucher 1965

Robert E. Specht 1962

Joseph J. Datko 1951

Richard “Dick” M. Lenhart 1962

Joseph E. Spiker 1994

George “Bill” Daugherty 2008

John A. Leoni 1973

Nancy (Glisan 1950) Steele

Katharine “Kitty” (Troutman 1961) Day

Thomas E. Lewis 1954

Theresa “Terrie” (Ference 1955) Stotka

Paul A. Dejongh 1976

John E. Loeper, Friend

Alan W. Strange 1968

Richard “Rabbits” Dellorso 1960

James W. Martin Jr. 1962

Lisa (Mrenak 1995) Street

J. Robert Dille 1952

James L. McCullough 1950

Laird J. Stuart, Honorary Alumni 1990

David E. Donley 1950

Alice J. McDevitt 1949

Edward Tarlosky 1960

Maria (Nangeroni 1975) Doremus

James “Jim” Miller 1949

Joseph J. Tindal 1970

David M. Dow 1965

Kenneth M. Miller, Former Employee

Lanny R. Ulery 1965

Christopher “Chris” Dudash 2000

Robert J. Miller 1953

David C. “Red” Ullom 1948

George Duranko 1951

Timothy J. Miller 1973

Donna (White) Vilcoss 2002

James T. Endean 1966

Darryl “Juice” Moore Jr. 2011

John A. Wagner 1977

William C. Erickson 1950

William H. Moore 1959

Shirley J. Waller, Friend

Donna J. Errett 1963

Joyce Arnold Morgan 1955

Kenneth W. Ward 1950

Patricia J. Estok, Friend

Marie (McGary) Moser, Former Student

William J. Ward 1951

Nancy (Jones) Fell 1991

Mary K. Mullooly 1970

Arthur D. Wentzel 1951

Donald C. Fenn, Former Student

Kenneth W. Neundorf 1978

Jack R. Westwood, Former Employee

Terry M. Ferek MBA 1984

Margaret “Peg” O’Leary 1993

Paul B. Whetsell 1998

Frances A. Frye, Friend

Josh O. Ombiri, Former Student

Wilson I. Wimmer 1954

David S. Fullerton 1963

John E. “Jack” Packard III, Friend

Eugene J. Yost 1962

G. William Gensler 1973

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