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In this Issue



Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen Provost Dana Cook Baer


Senior Vice President for Graduate Programs Mary Cummings


History student realizes dream to restore local Hill's Schoolhouse Cemetery.

Vice President for Student Services, Faith and Mission and University Chaplain James Tinnemeyer Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer John Olon Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer William Dumire

14 Providing opportunity to a future generation Chemistry alumnus and wife 'pay it forward' through scholarship fund.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations Heidi Szuminsky Vice President for Enrollment Shari Payne THE LAMP - SUMMER 2017 The Lamp 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. Editor Ashley Wise

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Dig into History

16 Devoted Mission work provides support to Guatemalan children for more than a decade.


A life full of music Director of Choral Music shares personal journey of how music has played a role in her life.

In Every Issue 4 Recent Developments 12 Features 24 Events 35 Campus News 48 Sports Update 52 Alumni and Friends

From the President

Recently, I spoke in Chapel about two of our early leaders, A.B. and Margaret Bell Miller. Brilliant educators of their time, both had a deep commitment to God and believed that God had a plan for this University.

Originally hired to head the female seminary in 1850, Mrs. Miller instructed both men and women, making her one of the earliest women to teach in a coeducational setting in America. Miller entered the College in 1851, graduated in 1853, and was immediately hired to teach mathematics.

The couple met in Hanna Hall and were wed in 1855. Miller became President in 1859. At the time, the College trustees had abandoned any hope of saving the fledgling College. There was no money in the treasury and no prospects of any. Together, the two worked relentlessly for an institution committed to God. Mrs. Miller taught seven to eight hours a day and then went home to raise a family of eight children, the oldest being 17 when the youngest was born. Miller used all the money he earned to support the College. He preached in churches around the county. He did not own a horse and had not the financial ability to rent one, so he walked everywhere to preach, sometimes as much as 20 miles.

Miller became President on the eve of the Civil War, and as the war engulfed America, the size of the graduating class dwindled to just two in 1862. Still they persevered, and by 1873, the College graduated its largest class.

Tragedy struck in 1874 when Mrs. Miller had a deadly stroke. Those who knew her knew that the work of the College had taken a toll on her. They also knew that the College would have failed without her. Still, Miller pressed on, looking to build a new building which we now know as Miller Hall. Of this plan, he said, “I verily believe that God bids us arise and build... a monument that will not only record the liberality of a grateful church, but send a blessed influence through the centuries.”

All told, it took nearly 30 years to build that building, which was completed debt free. Miller lived just two and a half years after its completion. One eulogy said of Miller, “Longer than the brick and stone, will endure the memory of the man who consecrated and devoted himself to the cause of education, the handmade of religion in the servant of God.” Far more than bricks and mortar, however, were the lives touched by their work. Their students went on to work in all spheres of life, becoming founders of churches and colleges, ministers, educators, doctors, soldiers, statesmen, business people and lawyers. Like our predecessors, our support for Waynesburg University will touch the lives of generations yet to come. Our work in support of this University can have ramifications that resonate through the centuries. The Millers did not foresee what the University would become, nor will we know what it will be 100 years hence. If we, like the Millers, faithfully work for this University committed to God, the lesson of this institution is that God will bless it in untold ways. I appreciate your support in making the University’s continued progress a reality. Douglas G. Lee President

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Recent Developments

U.S. News & World Report names Waynesburg a Top 10 Best Value School Waynesburg University has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, under the “Regional Universities – North” category. The ranking identifies the top 15 Best Value Schools in the northern region of the country. Ranked at No. 7, Waynesburg qualified as a Best Value School due to the high quality of academic programs combined with low costs.

“Our commitment to both quality academics and high value has consistently led us to be recognized as a top value school,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “A Waynesburg University education provides students with a strong foundation for successful careers and lifelong fiscal responsibility.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Value School rankings take in to consideration a school’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

As described by U.S. News & World Report, only schools in or near the top half of the ranking categories are included in the value rankings because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically. 4

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University earns national recognition as a College of Distinction Waynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction in recognition of its innovative application of high impact educational practices.

“We’re so happy to award Waynesburg University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.” To be named a College of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions, which include engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes. Each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation. Institutions that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

“We’re so happy to award Waynesburg University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives.” –Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction measures. “Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Waynesburg, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

Waynesburg University has also been named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.

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Recent Developments

University’s service-based mission help earns eighth consecutive placement on Community Service Honor Roll The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced that Waynesburg University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the eighth consecutive year.

Waynesburg University was one of 115 schools on the General Community Service Honor Roll with distinction and only one of 12 in the state of Pennsylvania identified with distinction.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which academic service-learning courses are offered. Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 service hours annually. Through its more than 50 local and regional agencies and a continuously expanding network of international agencies, Waynesburg University encourages students to become servantleaders through a number of partnerships. The University offers approximately 16 service mission trips each academic year. The trips are held during the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. The University also participates in a number of weekendlong service projects in the local community and surrounding region.


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2016-2017 Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips During the 2016-2017 academic year, 160 students and 28 faculty and staff members served on 16 Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips. Participants had the opportunity to employ their servant hearts in many different areas of academic and professional interest and to aid communities locally, domestically and internationally. • Center for Student Missions – Philadelphia, Pa. • Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala • Christ’s College – Taipei, Taiwan • Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Dominican Republic • Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission – Brooksville, Fla. • Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, Pa. • Greene County Immersion – Waynesburg, Pa. • Habitat for Humanity – Concord, N.C. • Habitat for Humanity – Waynesburg, Pa. • Laughlin Chapel – Wheeling, W.Va. • Mustard Seed Communities – Montego Bay, Jamaica • The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel – Nassau, Bahamas • The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa. • Trans World Radio – Bonaire • Tuba City Boarding School – Tuba City, Ariz. • Wildwood Ranch (Detroit Rescue Mission) – Detroit, Mich.

Recent Developments

University President receives Top Executive Award Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2017 Outstanding CEO and Top Executive Award.

“It is an honor to be selected for the Outstanding CEO and Top Executive Award,” said Lee. “This award is a reflection of the unparalleled dedication and hard work of the administration, faculty and staff with whom I am privileged to serve.”

The 2017 Outstanding CEOs and Top Executives Awards honor Western Pennsylvania's outstanding business leaders. The winners include CEOs and company presidents at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh region. Lee accepted his award at the Westin Convention Center Wednesday, April 12.

As stated on the Pittsburgh Business Times' website, those chosen for the honor will have demonstrated vital leadership and customer service philosophy, outstanding employee relationships, contributions to the community and evidence that they have shaped their company's products or services to help lead their business to success.

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Recent Developments

Academic membership at Regional Learning Alliance offers new graduate program options Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies division has recently partnered with Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) to offer graduate studies in business, counseling and nursing in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.

Photo credit: RLA Learning and Conference Center

“The RLA is proud to welcome Waynesburg University to the campus as our 10th Academic Member,” said Regional Learning Alliance Chief Executive Officer Justin Griffith. “This partnership will be one of collaboration and will fulfill both our commitment to provide more degree offerings to the region and to ensure that Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff enjoy a premier learning environment.”

RLA’s mission is to serve as the region's premier learning center, capitalizing on the resources of an alliance of educational institutions, as well as the region's foremost conference and training center, working together to enhance the workforce and economic development vitality of the region. Impressed by the facility, location and staff at RLA, Waynesburg University made the decision to relocate from a former site in Seven Fields.

Photo credit: RLA Learning and Conference Center

“We are excited to partner with the Regional Learning Alliance to better serve our students with the convenience of the location and the comfort of the facilities,” said Mary Cummings, senior vice president for graduate programs.

Waynesburg provides graduate degrees in business, counseling, criminal investigation, education and nursing. In addition to RLA’s campus in Cranberry, the University offers graduate classes in Monroeville, Southpointe, Waynesburg and online.

Photo credit: RLA Learning and Conference Center


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Recent Developments

Graduate counseling program ranked top value in PA Waynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling have been ranked a top value in Pennsylvania based on data that was provided in part by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs (CACREP).

“This recognition represents the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community including our faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Dr. Taunya Tinsley, director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and associate professor of counseling. “Our team works together to offer curriculums that are rigorous, challenging and rewarding as we seek to inspire students to a life of leadership and purpose.” Compiled by Top Counseling Schools (TCS), the ranking primarily examined program completion rates, job placement rates and licensing exam pass rates, as well as accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

The ranking cited the University’s accredited programs in addiction counseling and mental health counseling, in addition to single-digit class sizes, National Counselor Exam (NCE) pass rates just under 90 percent, and job placement rates of virtually 100 percent shortly after graduation.

“This recognition represents the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community including our faculty, staff, students and alumni.” – Dr. Taunya Tinsley, director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and associate professor of counseling

The University’s Addictions Counseling Program is the only CACREP-accredited program in Pennsylvania and one of seven in the United States. Top Counseling Schools’ purpose is to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions by providing pertinent and objective information that counseling students and professionals find relevant to the field of counseling.

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Waynesburg University featured as a top-value school in USA Today Waynesburg University was recently ranked a “Best College for the “Once again, Waynesburg University has been recognized on a national level as a top value. Ensuring that the cost of a Christian higher education remains affordable for our students is one of our major priorities.” – Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University President

Money” in College Factual’s 2017 “Best Colleges Nationwide” ranking, which was recently published by USA Today. Ranked No. 147, Waynesburg was in the top 15 percent of the 1,208 schools identified across the nation.

Waynesburg was also recognized as a best value for nursing, ranking in the top 5 percent of schools nationally, and a best value for criminal justice, ranking in the top 10 percent nationwide. “Once again, Waynesburg University has been recognized on a national level as a top value,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Ensuring that the cost of a Christian higher education remains affordable for our students is one of our major priorities.” According to College Factual, overall rankings are based on criteria across four categories: student body caliber, educational resources, degree completion and post-graduation earnings.

Additionally, College Factual ranks schools for best value by estimating the actual average cost for an undergraduate degree, using the quality results from the best colleges ranking and personalized factors, such as location, cost and financial aid.


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Waynesburg University ranked nationally as top nursing school Waynesburg University was recently named a top nursing school nationwide in the inaugural ranking by Nursing Schools Almanac.

Waynesburg ranked among the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools that were considered. Ten percent of those schools made the final list, with Waynesburg being ranked No. 49 in the nation. “This ranking is a reflection of the dedication and commitment to excellence displayed by the faculty, students and graduates of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing. “It is quite an honor to be ranked among the top 1.5 percent of schools nationwide.”

The ranking primarily examined schools on their academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered and overall student success, particularly on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The mission of the Nursing Schools Almanac is to provide aspiring nurses a detailed, comprehensive

and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school.

Waynesburg was also recognized as No. 27 among private nursing schools and No. 12 overall in the MidAtlantic region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Waynesburg University’s baccalaureate Nursing Program was also recently ranked No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania by’s mission is to promote excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed. The organization is comprised of registered nurses who care deeply about the profession and provide the resources future nurses need to succeed. Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-ofthe-art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

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Long before he became a Waynesburg University student, David O’Donoghue was immersed in the surrounding town of Waynesburg. He grew up just three blocks from campus, driving through downtown Waynesburg and passing the University athletic complex as his parents took him to church on Rt. 21 each Sunday.

It was those car rides as a youth from which his fascination with Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery, located next to the athletic complex, and his eventual plan to restore the cemetery were born.

Years later, as a senior history major at Waynesburg University with minors in philosophy, English and environmental studies, O’Donoghue was in the midst of carrying out a cemetery restoration and preservation plan that began in the summer of 2016.

As a student, O’Donoghue worked with Facilities Services, led by Director Terry Sattler, who maintains University property. Last summer, O’Donoghue tended to the grounds of Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery, land which the University owns. It was then that his project to care for the century-old site was conceived.


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“When I first proposed the idea to [Sattler], I spoke on behalf of the History Club and suggested that our club become caretakers of the cemetery as a club project,” said O’Donoghue. “He has been enormously helpful and encouraging throughout this project – without the assistance of Facilities Services, we would not be able to do this.”

He began by working with professor of history Rea Redd and another senior student to mow the grass at the cemetery. But it quickly became clear that the site needed much more attention than just lawn care. O’Donoghue noticed a number of gravestones had been toppled, destabilized or broken, and he realized that University students could work to restore, not just care for, the cemetery.

Over the next several months, O’Donoghue worked with History Club advisor Dr. William Batchelder, assistant professor of history, to plan the preservation project. Batchelder, who also directs the University Honors Program, suggested the project involve Honors students, and chair of the Humanities Department Dr. Karen Fisher Younger led students in her public history class to participate.

O’Donoghue has led all of these groups to maintain the cemetery, repair damaged grave sites and research all individuals buried at the site so that the information is documented for future generations, even as gravestones erode.

“Through this project, I hope that my fellow students and I will come to a greater awareness of the preservation concerns facing many of our region’s cemetery,” said O’Donoghue. “I hope that all of us will better understand the significance of these sites to our community and do our part to maintain them.”

O’Donghue has the support of the surrounding community, as well. After a “We will use the skills we local newspaper published an have learned to research and article about his project, he communicate the story of began receiving encouraging and this site and preserve that informational emails from local story for another generation. individuals.

And, if we’re successful, we

As he reflects on graduation, O’Donoghue believes Waynesburg University has impacted him most by enriching his perception and challenging his thinking. His project at Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery, he said, is an illustration of how all students should use what they’ve learned at Waynesburg.

“We have received very can enrich our community’s enthusiastic and positive understanding of itself.” feedback from the community,” – David O’Donoghue “This project gives us an said O’Donoghue. “I have been contacted by individuals whose excellent opportunity to serve ancestors are buried at the site as well as individuals the community by documenting and preserving cheering us on, excited to know that college students a small piece of our region’s rich heritage,” said have taken an interest in the region’s history.” O’Donoghue. “We will use the skills we have learned to research and communicate the story of this site That is, in fact, O’Donoghue’s hope – that students and preserve that story for another generation. And, realize the importance of helping their communities if we’re successful, we can enrich our community’s to preserve history. understanding of itself.”∎

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For a young Ron Montgomery, education wasn’t part of the plan. He had little interest in school and no expectations of attending college. To him, college was associated with an unaffordable price tag. But Ron’s outlook began to change at the end of his junior year in high school as he started to develop an interest in school. He served as an usher at the school’s commencement ceremony where the featured speaker was a gentleman by the name of Paul R. Stewart.

“I don’t recall anything of his speech except that he promised to offer our high school a scholarship the following year,” shared Ron. “I said to myself, ‘Wow! Could that be my ticket?’” Of course, Stewart, the tenth president of Waynesburg College, kept his promise.

A half-tuition scholarship was presented to a high school senior – Ron Montgomery. Ron attended Waynesburg College the following year, thanks to that scholarship and money he earned from summer jobs. “That speech changed the direction of my life and that of my eventual family,” he said.

“Students at Waynesburg University ‘get it.’ I am impressed with both their academic scholarship and their moral maturity. The college is succeeding in preparing students for a productive life.” – Ron Montgomery


Ron’s next life-changing moment came while attending Waynesburg; he met his future wife, Judy. He was a chemistry major while Judy was studying to become a nurse. She attended Waynesburg for two years and then transferred to the University of Pittsburgh to finish her five-year bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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Ron and Judy’s educational experiences at Waynesburg and the personal connections they made while there have remained close to their heart, especially as their careers and life have taken them to places outside the Waynesburg community. “The basic Christian values and focus help make Waynesburg special,” said Judy. “Waynesburg University makes better people.”

As they reflect upon their own experiences, they know firsthand the value of a college education, especially a Waynesburg University education. Each time they return to campus, they witness the unique culture of the University.

“Students at Waynesburg University ‘get it,’” said Ron. “I am impressed with both their academic scholarship and their moral maturity. The college is succeeding in preparing students for a productive life.” It is because of Ron’s Waynesburg experience, initially made possible through his scholarship, that he was able to pursue a doctorate in organic chemistry with a minor in biochemistry at Duke University. Upon completing his doctorate at Duke, Ron spent a year in a postdoctoral position so that he could gain additional learning and research training before beginning his formal career, which was spent discovering and developing crop protection chemicals at the FMC Corporation, an American chemical manufacturing company. Before retiring as the director of research and development, Ron held various positions in discovery, project management, process research and environmental chemistry. Meanwhile, Judy spent her nursing career working in various surgical and obstetric hospital units, in addition to raising their four children. She also volunteered with many community and church organizations, such as the American Red Cross, homeless shelters and church outreach groups.

“Helping people has always been very rewarding for me,” she said. “I enjoy visiting the sick and elderly and continuing to use my nursing skills.”

Their career success and influence has stemmed from the opportunity of pursuing higher education. As first-generation college graduates who relied on financial support to make attending college a reality, Ron and Judy have a personal connection to their goal of supporting students in furthering their educations. “We hope that the giving will have a long-term, ‘pay it forward’ effect,” said Ron. “The great value in life is recognizing the opportunities you’ve had and giving back.”

Ron first began contributing to the University in 2002, when he and a few of his classmates established The Herbert Siegel Scholarship in honor of their esteemed chemistry professor Dr. Herbert Siegel, a man Ron credits for much of his success. “His rigor and ability prepared me for graduate school and a rewarding career in organic chemistry,” Ron said. “Siegel was both talented and demanding.” Recently, the Montgomerys initiated The Ronald E. and Judith A. Montgomery Endowed Fund for Student Scientific Travel. The fund provides support for students in the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science to travel to regional and national conferences, seminars and workshops.

Ron and Judy have been blessed throughout their careers, and they overwhelmingly credit their educational experiences for that success, which is the main reason they have consistently found ways to give back to education.

“I have reason to understand financial constraints and that many young people do not find their purpose early,” said Ron. “It’s always the tiny things in life that make an enormous difference, and something like our contribution will hopefully turn into that tiny thing for someone.” ∎

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The Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos in Patzun, Guatemala, would look a lot different if Waynesburg University had never been there. The University’s relationship with the Center spans continents and decades, and as the years have passed, the relationship and its impact have grown.

A white, 22-passenger bus with an aqua blue stripe weaves in and out of traffic that rivals rush hour in New York City. Inside the bus, a group of travelers prays and talks and anxiously anticipates their destination. Slowly, the traffic falls away and the road turns to cobblestones and dirt; the bus carries them up a steep hill with a long driveway that is familiar to many but not all of the passengers.

“I know that long driveway very well. I helped cement it,” says Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at Waynesburg University, as she recalls her yearly journey to the Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos in Patzun, Guatemala.

Bristor has led groups of eager-to-serve Waynesburg University students on mission trips to the Center at least once a year for more than a decade. 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. The Center, run by Franciscan nuns and primarily on donations, is similar to an orphanage, but the children are not adoptable. Most of the children have families but live at the Center because their parents do not have the means to take care of them.

“Through this established and continual relationship, I have formed relationships and bonds that will last forever,” said Kyle Digiandomenico, an admissions counselor at Waynesburg University. Many students chose to book early

flights, arriving weeks ahead of the rest of the mission team in order to spend extra time with the children.


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The sustained interest of Waynesburg alumni resulted in an alumni mission trip to the Center in the summer of 2013.

Digiandomenico has traveled to the Center every year for the past six, first as a student and now as a staff member and trip leader.

“So much of who I am is a direct result of learning about the meaning of life through the interactions with the people of Guatemala,” he said. “The impact of our involvement exceeds the scope of our expectations for both parties involved.” The physical labor the volunteers provide is one small part of their devotion to the Center. From replacing driveways and sidewalks, building retaining walls and clearing rubble for study and hangout spaces, to teaching English lessons to young children and tenderly encouraging them to dream big, the impact of the service contributed is immeasurable.

“These kids don’t have someone to tuck them in each night, pick them up each time they fall, watch them do a stunt or trick over and over again, read to them,” said Heidi Szuminsky, who has participated in the trip 12 times over the span of 14 years, both as a student and University employee. “For the brief time we spend with them, we try to fill in. We try to show them as much love as possible—to let them know they are valued and cared for deeply, not just by us, but by God himself. And the fact that we keep coming back goes a long way in making them know that they are deeply loved and valued.” Striving to infuse laughter into the children’s lives, over the years the Waynesburg University volunteers have covered the walls with murals of smiling Disney characters, raised money for new playground equipment and provided programs for the children, including arts and crafts, sports, music and games.

“The most important thing we will do is provide the children with love,” Bristor said. “Although we go each year and provide services to the Center and the children, I truly believe that we are the ones who are blessed. We learn how much we take for granted and we learn life is too short to waste on greed.”

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During the most recent trip in May 2017, the University provided the Center with three new laptops though funds raised by the mission team. The laptops replace the dated desktop computers that the children had previously relied on. The volunteers also regularly provide shoes and clothing to the Center.

“I have watched babies become toddlers, then teenagers,” said Szuminsky. “It has been incredible to see how they have developed and grown over time, even coming from the most difficult circumstances a child can face.” In these trying circumstances, the Waynesburg University mission trips provide the children growing up at the Center with something special to anticipate.

The year may be different, but the scene is always the same. The white, 22-passenger bus with the aqua blue stripe reaches the top of the steep driveway, and the children hear its slow approach. They know it is filled with their friends from Waynesburg. The gate opens, shrieks of laughter and excitement fill the air and as those from Waynesburg are embraced by those from Guatemala, a family is reunited.

“Beyond the work that is done, beyond the projects that are implemented, and beyond needs that are met, there is a human connection that surpasses all of those areas; that human connection is love,” Digiandomenico said. ∎

The language barrier makes communication between the two groups challenging, but mostly it encourages the use of laughter as a universal language.

Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church in Waynesburg began the mission in 1991. Waynesburg University is one of several regional organizations that provides support to the Center.

Various individuals from the Center have visited Waynesburg’s campus. In December 2013, a longtime resident of the Center, Karla Lucilia Pet Diaz, visited for two weeks, and in March of 2009, Madre Reyna visited. While in Waynesburg, she spoke to the community about the University’s impact during a Chapel service, with a Spanish professor translating. Madre Ana Marian recently visited campus in June.

For Melanie Vaccari Catana, music is not just a passion, it’s a way of life that originated at an early age, thanks in part to her mother. Catana’s mother was a pianist and the music director at their church in Greene County, where Catana was raised. She recalls an environment full of music and singing. “Music was everywhere,” said Catana. “My mother required me and my siblings to play the piano and violin, as well as to choose a band instrument during our years in elementary and secondary school.”

The children also sang in their mother’s church choir. “My mom was the most wonderful mother anyone could have,” Catana added. “I thank her so much for bringing me up surrounded by music and giving so much of her time and energy into making us appreciate and understand music.” It is that appreciation and understanding of music that led Catana to an extremely successful and humbling career as a professional musician, in addition to following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a passionate teacher and director.

Upon completing a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, a jazz performance minor and a master’s degree in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon University, Catana spent 10 years as a professional operatic soprano soloist. She performed an array of leading roles with opera companies across the country, including Central City Opera (Colorado), Fresno Opera (California), New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Opera and Sarasota Opera (Florida).

Her roles spanned from Gilda in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” to Micahela in Bizet’s “Carmen” to Musetta in Puccini’s 20

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“La Boheme.” Catana also enjoyed the experience of singing works from other renowned composers such as Handel, Mozart, Rossini and Strauss. Additionally, Catana performed as a concert soloist with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Johnstown Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony and Williamsport Symphony. She also had the privilege of appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a soloist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

The soprano’s most memorable moments of her professional career came from the relationships she fostered along the way. One special person she met still holds her heart to this day. “The biggest highlight of my career was meeting my husband, Sebastian, at an opera program in Italy,” shared Catana. “I will never forget the first time I heard him sing. He stole my heart!”

Through her marriage to Sebastian, Catana continues to lead a life immersed in music, one that she now shares with their two children. It was her children that were one reason for seeking the open director job at Waynesburg University back in 2009.

“I can say very honestly, I am a richer person from getting to be a member of the Waynesburg University community,” Catana said. It is the same way that she hopes her students feel from participating in the choirs at the University.

“I hope that I communicate to my students that music is something to be passionate about because it is a means of expression,” said Catana. “Music should always make you feel something. It helps us to connect with each other on a deep level, and a lot of times, a spiritual level.”

The connection between music and God is the perfect mix for Catana; they are two of her greatest passions. It is also another reason why she feels her work at Waynesburg, with its faith-filled mission, is an amazing opportunity. “Students will often ask me to repeat a song from a previous year because it connected with them as a song with a strong message about God and who He is and what He brings to your soul,” she added. “This, to me, is a true joy. I really take choosing music very seriously because it does impact our experience in the classroom and as Christians.”

“There were a lot of factors feeding into a career path change,” said Catana. “Some of these factors included starting a family and wanting to be stable in one place for my kids to go to school.”

Catana’s philosophy is simple - good music makes good musicians, learn by doing and keep an open mind. She stresses that there is a world of incredible music out there and she wants her students to always challenge themselves to broaden their musical tastes and knowledge.

“He sent me a job description for the director position and I showed it to my husband and he said, ‘Melanie, it is like they are describing you,’” Catana shared.

As she continues to influence the lives of Waynesburg University students through music, her one hope is to have an impact on them as her mother, teachers and mentors had on her, inspiring them to lead a life full of music. ∎

Her appointment to Waynesburg wasn’t one she originally sought on her own. She learned about the position in an email she received from a former professor at Carnegie Mellon.

Fast forward eight years and Catana thanks God for the opportunities she has experienced at Waynesburg. She describes those years as amazing and invaluable.

“Music of every kind has something important to express, something important to understand,” she said.

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Honoring the Curator James D. “Fuzzy” Randolph July 16, 1928 – November 10, 2016 Ingrained in the fabric of Waynesburg University, Fuzzy’s work and eclectic spirit enriched the lives of generations of Waynesburg University students, faculty, staff and friends. The sound of bagpipes cutting through the air on a crisp fall day. Spontaneous notes from a harmonica, likely carrying the tune of Happy Birthday. The whistle of air ending with a quick thud as a ping pong ball is smacked across the net, probably for the win.

For those who have known and loved James D. “Fuzzy” Randolph, these are what memories are made of.

Truly a Waynesburg legend, Fuzzy was involved with the University in some capacity since he enrolled as a student in September 1948. Leaving only for brief periods to serve in the military during the Korean War, obtain a master’s degree from West Virginia University and study at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Waynesburg University was Fuzzy’s home, and its people were his extended family.

Fuzzy’s passions extended from music and the arts to archeology and the curation of relics, and he found many ways to creatively apply those passions during his lifelong commitment to Waynesburg University. The well-respected Paul R. Stewart Museum curator was also a professor emeritus of music, the founder of the Lamplighters Concert and Touring Choir, a ping pong champion, talented bagpiper, storyteller and archeologist. Fuzzy was also active in Waynesburg’s Kiltie band, serving as director for a time. Recently reactivated, the band has been renamed the James D. Randolph Kiltie Band. Fuzzy was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Carol L. Randolph, a well-known local artist and business owner. Surviving are his sons, Todd and Bruce, daughter-in-law Cathy, and grandsons Aaron, Daniel and David.


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Voices from across campus describe Fuzzy in five words or less: •

Captivating collector with countless interests.

His childlike joy was contagious.

Sweet Irish tenor.

Fuzzy isn’t Fuzzy, he’s James.

Gentle soul who loved life!

Miss singing, artifacts, attire; Him!

Fuzzy, a character with character!

Filled the room with JOY!

My wise and whimsical friend.

Turned drab to bright sunshine!

Heart and soul of Waynesburg.

Everybody’s favorite uncle.

Life through a child’s eyes.

Loveable bagpiper who led processions.

He had the sweetest voice.

Was one of a kind!

Fuzzy saw joy in everything!

He sang the best songs.

He loved and worshipped God.

Most interesting man ever!

Fuzzy, man, myth, legend.

Generous soul who helped everyone.

The life of every celebration.

Picker of walnuts he shared.

Saw the best in everyone!

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Day of

Giving 11.17.16

Thank you so much to the alumni and friends who contributed to the overwhelming success of the first WU Day of Giving in November! The University’s goal of reaching 250 individual donations during a 24-hour period was surpassed within hours. With the total number of donors culminating at more than double the original goal, the University received over 700 gifts from donors across 27 states.

Total number of donors

638 701

Total number of Gifts

First time gifts: 335 Alumni gifts: 369 Faculty/staff gifts: 114 Student gifts: 78 Parent gifts: 48

Total raised

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Donors had the opportunity to select how their gift would be used. Here is a breakdown of where the funds went: Academic


Endowment Fund for Waynesburg

Student Scholarships

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Homecoming 2016

Alumni, students, staff and faculty gathered on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, for Waynesburg University’s annual Homecoming celebration.

gathered in Buhl Hall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Department and 40 years of remote television productions.

A Homecoming 5k Run/Walk kicked off the activities on Saturday, followed by a breakfast for the 1966 Football Championship Team and the 2016 Yellow Jacket football team. Waynesburg University students hosted JacketFest later in the morning, providing food, activities and campus tours for alumni and their families. Alumni of the Department of Communication also

During halftime, the Waynesburg University student body crowned seniors Travis Sumner, a forensic science major from Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, and Emily Nowakowski, a psychology major from Bridgeport, Ohio, as Homecoming king and queen, respectively.

Homecoming festivities began Friday afternoon with a reception at President and Mrs. Lee’s home for alumni and their families. Alumni then gathered at the Greene County Country Club for an evening reception, where reunion years were celebrated.


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Just before the Homecoming football game at John F. Wiley Stadium, the 1966 Football Championship Team was recognized on the field. The 2016 team then played the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes, defeating the Tornadoes with a 10-9 victory. Alumni enjoyed halftime refreshments at the Alumni Tent and a 5th Quarter Steak Cookout after the game.


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Chancellor Thyreen reflects on Bonner Anniversary Waynesburg University celebrated the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 21. The University also honored the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program during the ceremony, which was held in Roberts Chapel. Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Timothy R. Thyreen, Chancellor of Waynesburg University, served as the Charter Day speaker.

In his convocation address, “All Things Good Must Be Taught Again…Forever,” Thyreen reflected on the importance of the University’s founding mission and significance of the Bonner Scholar Program.

“The Bonner gift came at an early time in my presidency, when Carolyn and I were attempting to bring the college back to its Christian roots without the means to do so,” said Thyreen. Thyreen shared a quote by Wayne Meisel, former president of the Bonner Foundation, who once said, “There is no other college or campus that embodies the hope and promise of the Bonner Foundation more so than Waynesburg College.”

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students are not the only students at Waynesburg who serve. With students, faculty and staff contributing more than 50,000 hours of service yearly, the University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.

Closing his remarks with a reference to Micah 6:8, Thyreen urged those in attendance to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. “As a Waynesburg University student, you are challenged to discover your gifts, develop them and give God the glory,” he said.

As president of Waynesburg University from 1990 to 2013, Thyreen was responsible for unprecedented growth at the University. Among his many accomplishments, Thyreen led Waynesburg University to become the first institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to establish a Bonner Scholar Program.

Today, the University remains one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

“As a Waynesburg University student, you are challenged to discover your gifts, develop them and give God the glory.” – Timothy R. Thyreen, Chancellor of Waynesburg University

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In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Waynesburg University’s Bonner Scholar Program, more than 230 volunteers served at 25 locations throughout Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties on Saturday, March 18. Bonner alumni also served in their own communities, including one who resides in Amman, Jordan.

Bonner Scholars served as leaders at each of the service sites, guiding volunteers as they assisted with various tasks, including landscaping and painting at the Eva K. Bowlby Library; home repairs with Greene County Habitat for Humanity; and preparing for Hidden Treasure Thrift Store’s opening by organizing inventory. Other service sites included 2nd Sam 9, the American Cancer Society of Greene County, the Greene County Historical Society, Light of Life Rescue Mission Donation Center and Washington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, among others. The economic impact provided by current Bonner Scholars alone, not even counting their predecessors, estimates nearly $1.1 million for their more than 45,000 hours combined.

The Day of Service culminated in a celebratory dinner during which the administrations of the Bonner Foundation and Waynesburg University joined together with current Bonner Scholars and Bonner alumni.


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Commencement 2017 Waynesburg University held its 165th Commencement exercises Sunday, April 30, honoring approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe. Mrs. Aradhna Oliphant, President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., delivered the Commencement Address, “Essence of Leadership.” Taylor Garrett, a math (secondary education) graduate from Aurora, Ohio, was named valedictorian and delivered the valedictory to the University. Freddie Fields, who received a Master of Business Administration degree, represented the graduate program students.

Matthew Joseph Rinaudo, a criminal justice administration graduate from Alpharetta, Pennsylvania, was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States of America during the ceremony.

“Your education has given you everything that you need to make a difference in this world. May God grant you the perseverance to do it.” –President Douglas G. Lee


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Prior to the Commencement exercises, Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore, the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered the Baccalaureate address, “On the Road with Jesus.”

Oliphant and Migliore were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during the Commencement exercise for the ways in which their lives parallel the mission of Waynesburg University.


“To the class of 2017, let me say this: This wonderful, beautiful, mission-centric University has taught you to engage life with faith and spirituality at your core. That is a gift, but it is a gift with consequences. You might even call it a sacred trust. As the theologian Henri J.M. Nouwen has put it, ‘the spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.’” – Mrs. Aradhna Oliphant

“I pray that we would go out into the world as new workers and professionals - that we would be sources of light in the world - remembering that the most important thing is not what we can achieve in our own lives, but what we can cultivate in solidarity with our neighbors.” –Valedictorian Taylor Garrett

“During your studies at this University, many of you have been blessed by having the experience of meeting and helping strangers in various service programs. I hope you won’t give the practice up. There are countless strangers out there on the road waiting to walk beside you and to bless you and be blessed by you.” – Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Each year, Waynesburg University sets time aside to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and recognize a leader whose actions and words during the Civil Rights Movement align with the University’s mission today. On Monday, Jan. 16, campus community members attended a ceremony held in Roberts Chapel.

Dr. Taunya Tinsley, Director of Waynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling and Associate Professor of Counseling at the University, served as the speaker. Dr. Tinsley opened her address, “We Cannot Walk Alone,” with an excerpt from King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. She shared that as she studied King’s speech, the phrase “we cannot walk alone” repeatedly caught her attention.

“We cannot walk alone,” she said. “As we walk, we must walk in harmony with each other and with God.” In order to do so, Dr. Tinsley encouraged all in attendance to be just and act justly; to love and to diligently practice kindness and compassion; and to walk humbly with God.


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Athletic Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as well as the National Football League (NFL), National Football Foundation and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dr. Tinsley is the owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultation services. Additionally, she is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center. Outside of the workplace, she has been very involved in the community, having served as the secretary of the Ethics Concern Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors of Athletics and secretary of the entire organization. Dr. Tinsley has also been president of the Pennsylvania College Counseling Association and president of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augsburg College, a master’s degree in higher education administration and college student development from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Duquesne University. Dr. Tinsley most recently completed requirements for a certificate in missional theology from Biblical Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.

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Waynesburg University nursing program achieves seventh year of 100 percent pass rate The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Waynesburg’s program was only one of two baccalaureate programs out of 38 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This is the seventh time the University has achieved the 100 percent pass rate since 2008. This year, 158,033 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 84.30 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,512 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 87.93 percent. “Our success on the licensure exam reaffirms our program quality, cutting edge curriculum and stateof-the art facilities,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “We also have excellent and committed faculty who offer consistent, rigorous teaching, and who really care about our students.”

The NCLEX-RN pass rate accounts for graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. Students take the exam subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

“The dedication of our students is certainly reflected in the pass rate, as well as their success in being hired upon graduation,” Mosser said.

56 students present scientific research at undergraduate symposium Waynesburg University’s seventh annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium was held Friday, April 7. The event featured 23 presentations by 56 student presenters. Each year, the symposium offers students the chance to showcase their achievements in scientific research work to the community and facilitate scientific dialogue. Student presentations spanned a wide range of scientific topics across biology, chemistry, forensics and health-related fields. Presenters illustrated and explained their research and scholarly work on topics such as the chemical composition of coffee, DNA profiling, treating heart failure and stroke, hand hygiene and others.

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Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards presented to Jellison, Powers and Doody Three Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s chapel service Tuesday, April 4.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

Dr. Jenny Jellison, associate professor of psychology, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

A student nomination stated, “Her attention to student interests makes all the difference. If I am having a bad day, her class makes my day brighter.” Another nomination noted that “quality teaching seems to come naturally to her – like breathing air.”

Jellison has been with the University since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College as well as a master’s degree in general experimental psychology and doctorate in psychology, both from the University of Toledo. Edward Powers, professor of theatre, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

One nomination noted Powers’ dedication to the theatre program by sharing, “He regularly spends many 12-hour days, breaks and weekends on campus, leaving well after 11 p.m. to prep and plan productions.”


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Another nomination stated, “He has dedicated his life to serving WU through his creative endeavors, teaching, service and faith. His passion for theatre helps students connect with the arts in the classroom. He puts his heart and soul into every production.”

Powers joined Waynesburg University in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theatre, history and English from Austin Peay State University, in addition to a Master of Fine Arts in theatre and communication arts from the University of Memphis.

Lurea Doody, who is a lecturer in chemistry, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. “Dedicated to her work and no matter what you need, she is there for you,” a nomination stated.

Doody has been described as an “excellent mentor, educator and scientist” who has taught classes in biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and education at Waynesburg University as a full-time or part-time instructor since 1997. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in earth sciences from Waynesburg University, as well as a teaching certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. Doody is currently pursuing a doctorate in science education at West Virginia University.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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The 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award recipients are pictured above with Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. From left to right: Edward Powers, Baer, Lurea Doody, Dr. Jenny Jellison.

Documentary film to feature University professor Dr. Karen Fisher Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities at Waynesburg University, will appear in a documentary film, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia,” which will be produced by the Emmy-Awardwinning studio History Making Productions.

The writer of the documentary requested to interview Younger after reading a scholarly article she wrote which was published in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in July 2010. The article, based on Younger’s doctoral dissertation, discussed females’ roles in the American colonization movement in Philadelphia in the 1830s-40s.

“I'm always excited to be able to share what I know with the public.” – Karen Younger, Assistant Professor of History

“The American colonization movement was an early anti-slavery movement that predated the rise of abolitionism,” said Younger. “The movement advocated freeing slaves and resettling them in Liberia, Africa. It attracted some of the most well-known men and women of the era, but an examination of northern female participation had been virtually ignored by historians.” Younger was interviewed in May for the first episode of the documentary, which is about abolitionist pioneers of the 19th century.

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Waynesburg University ACS student chapter receives “Outstanding Award”

University’s Sigma Beta Delta Chapter selected as Outstanding Chapter Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society was recently selected as an outstanding chapter for the 2015-2016 academic year. Out of 250 chapters, the selection committee chooses just three chapters each year for this distinction. The Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is made up of business, management and administration students. To be selected as an exceptional chapter, the society had to meet certain criteria, including induction rate, exceptional administration involvement and an extensive fellowship application submitted in the spring. The Waynesburg University chapter was commended for their exemplary performance in chapter operations and administration.

“For us to receive an award that is based on exemplary performance in chapter operations and management shows the students that we, as faculty members, hold ourselves to the same high standards of achievement as we hold them,” said Neeley Shaw, chapter advisor for Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and instructor of business administration. “The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication we have to our students in the business department.” The honor society also recently inducted new members at a ceremony held in the University’s Center for Research and Economic Development Thursday, April 6. 38

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Waynesburg University was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for the fifth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2015-16 academic year. The congratulatory letter from ACS President Donna Nelson read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!” More than 400 student chapter reports were submitted for review by The Society Committee on Education. As a result of the reports, 284 awards were given, including 46 outstanding, 93 commendable and 145 honorable mention awards. Led by Baldauff and Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry, the student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year, such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, among many others. The chapter recently implemented a new program in which local high school classes receive supplemental instruction in chemistry in Waynesburg University labs.

Waynesburg and the other award winning chapters were honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California, in April 2017.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

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Waynesburg adopts two monuments at Gettysburg park Redd will volunteer with the students to help educate them and make connections between their real-life experiences and American history.

“The monuments are also memorials to Gettysburg civilians who performed heroic deeds in caring for the wounded or burying the dead,” added Redd. “Learning their stories will help students think about how to respond should they ever find themselves living through the kind of local devastation that followed the battle of Gettysburg.”

Waynesburg University recently adopted two monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park. The monuments will be maintained and preserved during the University’s annual fall Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trip to Gettysburg.

The adopted monuments include the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry – West of Sickles and the 1st Regiment US Sharpshooters (Andrews SS-MA) – Zeigler’s Grove.

Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, is the team leader for the Gettysburg service trips and presented the project to the University in an effort to form a long-term service agreement between Waynesburg University and the Gettysburg National Military Park. “Students who participate in these service learning trips to care for our adopted monuments will help to preserve our nation’s heritage of freedom and the beauty of the natural environment,” said Redd. “The monuments represent the stories of soldiers, several of whom are Waynesburg alumni and Medal of Honor recipients.”

The roles and responsibilities of the adoption agreement state that tasks may include raking, seeding, erosion control, litter pick up, brush clearing, fence repair and/or restoration, clearing/restacking stone walls, painting, weed and/or exotic plant removal and other general work as directed by park personnel.

“Students will now have the opportunity to learn about history outside of the classroom by volunteering on the battlefield,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “One of the many goals of our service trips is for students to make the connections between academics and service, and this certainly fulfills that mission.”


James Jackson Purman, class of 1864, was instrumental in recruiting soldiers for Company A of the 140th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the second day’s fighting in the Wheatfield at the Battle of Gettysburg. The nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, is awarded by Congress for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty.

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State Rep. Pam Snyder addressed the volunteers following the service projects. Photo Credit: Shon Meade

500 WU volunteers serve throughout Greene County Waynesburg University’s freshman class participated in several service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 20. Noble Energy sponsored the event.

Service projects included the development of a five-mile trail at the Greene County Airport; the restoration of a five-mile nature trail that loops through the woods behind the Greene County Historical Society; the cleaning and reorganizing of the Historical Society’s Collick Schoolhouse; and the relocating of artifacts into the Civil War Cabin. The approximately 500 volunteers also assisted the Corner Cupboard Food Bank with preparing boxes for pantry distribution and helped build a community garden consisting of five raised beds which will provide fresh produce to individuals in need. State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, addressed the volunteers following the service projects. 40

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“I look at you, and you are the future,” she said. “We need leaders like you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for Greene County today. God bless you.”

This service initiative, during which the freshman class served alongside faculty, staff, Bonner scholars and upperclassmen, was a part of New Student Orientation Weekend.

“I love that Waynesburg does a lot of service because I love to volunteer; I really enjoy making someone’s day and helping others,” said Jenna Bartley, a freshman computer science major from Irwin, Pennsylvania. “We are so blessed to be able to make a difference in this community and meet a lot of great people while doing it.” Noble Energy, Inc. is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. For more information, please visit

Four Waynesburg women to travel abroad with Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Four Waynesburg University students were recently selected to receive travel scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

University, the tendency to be granted more than three spots is due to the quality of Waynesburg students.

Typically, each Pennsylvania college or university that participates in the program is granted scholarships for three students. This year, as has been the case for several previous years, Waynesburg was granted more than its share of spots.

The program provides scholarships of at least $5,000 for women who have never been out of the United States to study abroad for the summer, and Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions to participate in the program. The four Waynesburg women selected will collectively receive nearly $30,000 for their trips.

The Vira I. Heinz Program, an initiative of The Heinz Endowments, is intended to empower young women to address global issues by offering opportunities for international education, leadership development and community service.

According to Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and coordinator of the Vira I. Heinz Program at the

“We have exceptional female students who really present themselves well and represent both the institution and the U.S. well,” said Bristor.

Pictured, from left to right, are Chelsea Tessitore, Anna Bartman, Ashley Young and Marla Holland. This photo was taken at their last preparatory meeting before departing for their respective trips.

Waynesburg scholarship recipients this year include: Anna Bartman, a sophomore biology pre-med major from

Chelsea Tessitore, a junior nursing major from Pittsburgh,

Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, plans to travel to Maynooth,

Pennsylvania, will travel to New Delhi, India, as part of the

Ireland. She will work to raise awareness of the health care

Traditional Medicine and Health Care Practices Program. Her

struggles families face in other parts of the world, which will

ultimate goal is to provide health care to as many people as

further her career aims of providing medical care to those in

possible, especially those who don’t usually have access to it.


Ashley Young, a junior sociology major from Johnstown,

Marla Holland, a junior psychology major from Sandy

Pennsylvania, plans to spend the summer in Prague, Czech

Lake, Pennsylvania, will study at the University of Sydney

Republic, where she will take classes and work with the

in Australia. There, she plans to learn about how women

Children, Youth and Families Program to further her goal

perform and are treated, specifically in sports, in Australian

of working with children and families in the foster and

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Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship winner announced “It is a great honor to have been selected,” said Taylor. “I feel sure now that Waynesburg is the right choice for me. It was meant to be.” The Rocky River High School senior is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and French National Honor Society chapters. Taylor is involved in many of Rocky River’s music ensembles, such as choir, jazz ensemble, marching band, pep band, show choir and wind ensemble. She currently serves as the vice president of the band and a squad leader and section leader in marching band. Additionally, Taylor often performs music at various community events. She is also president of the school’s drama club where she has performed in multiple plays and musicals.

Waynesburg University recently announced Kimberly Taylor of Rocky River, Ohio, as the 2017 Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is presented to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and it pays the complete tuition and room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. More than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of a student’s four years at the University.

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Away from school, Taylor’s greatest joy is horseback riding. She currently serves as a riding instructor at a summer Christian Horse Camp at Marmon Valley Farm in Zanesfield, Ohio.

Receipt of the scholarship has validated Taylor’s choice to pursue a career in chemistry and made the ability of travel during college more of a reality.

“I can focus more on chemistry and building relationships in that field,” added Taylor. “It has also made a study abroad or mission trip opportunity more likely.” Taylor plans to major in chemistry and pursue a career in forensic science. She is the daughter of Kirk and Becky Taylor of Rocky River, Ohio.

“It is a great honor to have been selected. I feel sure now that Waynesburg is the right choice for me. It was meant to be.” – Kimberly Taylor

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Waynesburg University hosts CIA Recruitment Information Day

Pittsburgh Technical College and Waynesburg University host Vietnamese security delegation

Representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) held a Recruitment Information Day at Waynesburg University Thursday, March 30.

Officials from The People’s Police Academy in Vietnam and the Political General Department traveled to Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Sept. 30, to visit Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) and Waynesburg University for the first Public Security and Leadership United States Conference.

“I am very pleased that the CIA has agreed to come to campus, as they normally recruit at very large universities,” said Marie Coffman, director of the Career Center. “Rarely do you have the chance to speak with agents one-onone and hear about the different departments within the CIA.”

The schedule offered participants a meet and greet with CIA officers, an information session and networking sessions. Some students who submitted resumes prior to the event were selected for one-on-one advising sessions with CIA officers. Students from various regional schools, including Bethany College, Franciscan University, Geneva College, Grove City College, Penn State Fayette, Saint Francis University, Saint Vincent College, Seton Hill University, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University, West Liberty University and Wheeling Jesuit University, also attended.


Waynesburg criminal justice administration majors have a history of earning a number of posts with federal agencies. Recent graduates have been employed by: • • •

Federal Bureau of Investigations United States Secret Service United States Customs and Border Patrol

A Waynesburg University student is currently interning with the National Security Agency, in addition to others who are interning with the Pennsylvania State Police.

The four-day conference included an in-depth study of criminal justice education and training, security operations, and emergency prevention and response. Additional topics included terrorism, human trafficking, and firearms and explosives.

PTC and Waynesburg University faculty prepared customized training requested by the delegation in the following areas: criminal procedures in the United States; use of force; traffic stops; cameras and protection; terrorism prevention; crime scene investigation and fingerprinting; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bomb and arson response; ATF explosives detection; K-9 demonstrations; laser shot simulated firearms demonstrations; criminal investigation; firearms and explosives; forensic laboratory services; patriot training; and lethal weapons training.

Additionally, the delegation participated in training with Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 911 EOC Center – Allegheny County, Mobile Command Center, Mobile Crime Lab, Heinz Field Terrorism Team, Pennsylvania State Police Airborne Law Enforcement, the National Response Team and the City of Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay. James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, is responsible for coordinating the events held on Waynesburg’s main campus.

“This training demonstrates and accomplishes Waynesburg University’s willingness to partner with other colleges in the region in a productive, educational environment,” said Tanda.

Details, logistics and translation for the visit were coordinated by Susan Amorose, president at the American English Institute and chief global officer for the American Scholar Group. The Vietnamese delegation consisted of government officials, teaching professionals and executive leadership of Vietnamese police and fire organizations. The Lamp: Summer 2017


Campus News

‘The Yellow Jacket’ named Best Non-Daily Newspaper in region Waynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, has been named the Best AllAround Non-Daily Newspaper across four states, which is unprecedented in the University’s history. While the newspaper has been named a finalist for the award in the past, this year, the newspaper was named the first-place winner for the first time.

“This is, without a doubt, the biggest recognition in the newspaper’s nearly 130-year history,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, faculty advisor for the Yellow Jacket and instructor of communication.

To earn first place, the Yellow Jacket overtook finalist newspapers at Central Michigan University and Kent State University, which have an undergraduate population of approximately 20,000 and 40,000 students, respectively. The award is one of a series of Mark of Excellence awards, recognizing the best in student journalism, given by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). SPJ is a national, prestigious organization of professional and student journalists. Waynesburg’s SPJ region, Region 4, includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and part of Pennsylvania. The Yellow Jacket is therefore up against a large number of accomplished college newspapers for the Best All-Around award.

Waynesburg PRSSA earns Chapter of the Year award


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“It’s an unbelievable honor,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. “To be named, effectively, the best newspaper in the region above schools that are 20 or 30 times larger than us is true validation for the hours and hours of hard work the staff puts in.” The Yellow Jacket received this honor when several members of the staff attended the regional SPJ conference in Detroit, Michigan, on March 31 and April 1. At the Mark of Excellence Award Ceremony, the staff also received nine group and individual awards, including their first-ever recognition for a photo illustration. In writing categories, which are divided into small and large schools, the staff swept both finalist spots and the winning spot in two different categories, General News and Sports Writing, and earned first place in In-Depth Reporting. All four of the staff’s first-place entries will now move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition and be judged against the first-place winners from the rest of the country’s regions.

The Waynesburg University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was recognized as the Chapter of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh chapter. Waynesburg was the first-ever recipient of the award, which was presented at the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards January 26.

Last year, Waynesburg PRSSA achieved Star Chapter status for the fourth consecutive year and earned National Affiliation from PRSSA National, in addition to hosting a regional conference at the University. Each of these accomplishments has built the chapter’s portfolio and led to their recognition by their parent chapter.

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University students travel to White House to cover 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup ceremony Senior communication majors Kyle Dawson and Tyler Wolfe accompanied Bill Molzon, assistant professor of communication and director of TV operations, to the White House Oct. 5 and 6 to attend and report on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship ceremony with President Barack Obama. Dawson and Wolfe, who are both involved in TV productions at the University, recorded the event and produced video footage reporting on the ceremony. Many other Washington and Pittsburgh media outlets were also in attendance to document Obama’s congratulatory speech offered to the Penguins following their Stanley Cup win this summer. Molzon said his goal in taking students to the event was “to create a learning experience for the students that can’t be duplicated in the classroom.” The students agreed that the trip was invaluable for learning about TV production and covering major events. It was the fifth time that Molzon took Waynesburg students to Washington for such an event. The first time was in 1991 after the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup.

Molzon coordinated this year’s trip with the White House Press Office and Waynesburg alumnus Bill Ingalls, a project manager and senior photographer for NASA. Ingalls lives in the Washington area and has hosted Molzon and his students on each of the trips, including this one.

“I call him our D.C. field producer because he knows the city like the back [of his hand],” said Molzon. “He gave [Dawson] and [Wolfe] a personal D.C. tour.” The group arrived at the White House early Thursday, Oct. 6 to set up equipment in the White House East Room. They were able to set up their camera in a prime location since some Pittsburgh news stations did not make it to the 9 a.m. set time. Dawson said the experiences exemplified the wide array of real-world experience offered by the Department of Communication on a regular basis.

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Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars Tour Washington, Meet with D.C. Leaders During a trip to Washington, D.C., on March 23 and 24, Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with several influential legal, political and journalist leaders including: U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judge Kara Stoll, Georgetown University Law Center Professor Randy Barnett, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner Jeffrey Merrifield, Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson, National Archives Historian Jessica Kratz, Economist Stephen Moore, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Victor J. Wolski and Lisa Wolski, Executive Counsel, General Electric.

The twenty Stover Scholars started their whirlwind tour on the Capitol steps with Representative Tim Murphy who discussed the future of healthcare and the healthcare reform bill. Following their conversation, Sophomore Scholar Christine Dawson noted, “As a nursing major currently taking a health care policy course, I found our conversation with Rep. Tim Murphy about the pending AHCA vote to be a wonderful real-time supplement to what I am learning in the classroom. Hearing from a legislator with a medical background who has sponsored a recently passed mental health bill inspired me to make my passion for quality patient care and adequate healthcare access heard in the public square.” Next, the scholars visited Georgetown University Law Center and met with author and professor Randy Barnett to review constitutional law and his recent book, “Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People.” Sophomore Tyler McCoy commented, “As an undergraduate student interested in law school, having the opportunity to meet with Professor


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Waynesburg University Stover Scholars with Fox News Host Tucker Carlson

Barnett at Georgetown Law Center was an invaluable experience. It was especially valuable to see how he, a renowned legal theorist, interprets and analyzes our Constitution.”

At the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judge Kara Stoll discussed the excitement of being appointed to the court by President Obama and her background in engineering and law.

Jeffrey Merrifield, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner met with the students at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Reflecting on their meeting, Senior Stover Scholar John Wicker said, “Mr. Merrifield had such a keen insight on solutions to further implement nuclear energy in our nation's energy portfolio. His

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"This experience pushes me to reimagine, reinterpret, and relive what does and can make America a place of peace and equity.” – Addie Pazzynski

fascinating nomination by President Bill Clinton as a Republican to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission opened several doors for him to make a significant impact for the future of energy in America."

Ending their first day in D.C., the Stover Scholars visited the Fox News headquarters and watched the live filming of the Tucker Carlson Tonight show. "It was a very surreal experience to sit no more than 20 feet from Tucker Carlson on his set as he debated on his late night show. Perhaps even more humbling was getting to talk with him briefly to realize the transparency of the individual, showing the same charisma and enthusiasm while interacting with us in person as he displays on live TV,” said junior scholar Vincent Morrow.

The following day, the Scholars had an exclusive tour of the National Archives given by the historian Jessie Kratz. During the private session, the students were able to get an up close encounter with the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and learn more about the extensive documents that the Archives is responsible for organizing. Addie Pazzynski, a senior Stover Scholar noted about the tour, “By remembering our past, and facing it in the form of documents and artifacts, we experience again and again the words and images that inspired and challenged our predecessors. This experience pushes me to reimagine, reinterpret, and relive what does and can make America a place of peace and equity.”

Finally, the group met with Economist Stephen Moore at The Heritage Foundation who detailed his experience working as a senior advisor to President Trump during the 2016 campaign and the current state of the economy.

Reflecting on the trip, senior scholar Paige Carter said, “The Stover Scholars are privileged to experience a D.C. not exemplified by the news, but one full of civic leaders who are driven by morality, tradition and a greater sense of purpose.” Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of the Stover Center and Associate Professor of Ethics and Constitutional Law, commented, “The Stover Scholars gained profound insights about American legal, economic and energy policy from major political and constitutional players who openly shared their D.C. experiences with the scholars. Moreover, the students viewed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights in their own private viewing session, a truly remarkable moment.”

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.

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Sports Update Fall 2016 Following three straight runner-up finishes at the annual Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championships, the Waynesburg University women’s cross country team was voted No. 1 in the PAC preseason coaches’ poll, which was released in August. The Yellow Jackets more than validated that lofty prediction by breezing to the first conference team title in school history.

The Waynesburg women claimed eight of the top-10 finishing spots in the race, allowing them to dethrone the 27-time defending champions from Grove City. The Jackets were led by senior sisters Emily and Katie Latimer, who were the first two harriers to complete the race. Emily Latimer’s title, which came in a time of 23:15, was the first individual PAC cross country title ever for the Orange and Black. Not surprisingly, veteran head coach Chris Hardie was honored as the PAC Women’s Coach of the Year.

Following their PAC title win, the Jacket women moved on to the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships, where they continued their memorable run through the postseason. With the Latimers again leading the way, Waynesburg placed sixth in the 51-team event, which is believed to be the highest team finish in school history. Emily and Katie Latimer finished ninth and 12th overall, respectively, to become the first Jacket teammates to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships.

The twin standouts saved their best for last at nationals, where they established the top two 6K times in program history. Emily Latimer placed 55th out of 280 elite runners with a mark of 21:40.3. Her sister followed closely behind, finishing the course at Louisville, Kentucky, in 21:41.9. The Waynesburg women were also recognized as a team for their academic excellence by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches


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Association. Their cumulative 3.48 GPA earned them NCAA Division III All-Academic Team status by the organization. Five members of the squad were also bestowed the title of USTFCCCA All-Academic.

Waynesburg men’s cross country team highlighted its 2016 campaign by placing sixth at the PAC Championships. The Yellow Jackets were led by rising junior Joel Kuzminski, who placed 27th overall in the field.

Moving from the running course to the pitch, a young Waynesburg men’s soccer team showed definite signs of improvement under the husband and wife coaching duo of Brad and Laura Heethuis. The Yellow Jackets improved their overall record from 1-16-1 in 2015, to 4-12-1 this past fall. Waynesburg also enjoyed a modest bump up in its PAC record (1-6-1 to 2-5-1) and showed massive progress in goal differential. The men’s kickers went from scoring 11 goals and giving up 68 in 2015, to finding the back of the net 15 times in 2016, while only allowing 29 tallies from the opposition.

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Following the conclusion of the season, senior Josh Hennigh was honored as a second-team All-PAC selection. Freshman teammate Justin Buberl picked up honorable mention all-conference applause.

The Waynesburg women’s kickers wound up placing eighth in the 10-team conference standings thanks to a 2-6-1 PAC record (5-11-2 overall). Junior Karleigh Murphey was given the nod as an honorable mention All-PAC selection.

The Waynesburg volleyball team went 1-27 this past fall and came up short of notching a PAC victory (018). The Yellow Jackets’ lone victory was an impressive one, as they shut out La Roche 3-0 on Sept. 23. Prior to the start of the 2016 campaign, the Waynesburg volleyball program was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association with an AVCA Team Academic Award. The award,honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the

school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. A new chapter was opened in the history of Waynesburg tennis this past year. Ron Headlee, who also serves as the Yellow Jacket wrestling coach, took over on the courts. He guided the Yellow Jacket women to a 1-10 overall record and a 1-7 mark in PAC competition. Waynesburg took eighth at the conference championships.

Winter 2016-17 After dominating the cross country courses in the fall, many of the Waynesburg women’s distance runners moved indoors to help make more school history. The Yellow Jackets won their first-ever PAC indoor track & field title on Feb. 23. Much like the historic cross country championships, Waynesburg left little doubt that it was the top program in the conference.

Led by their standout harriers, the Jackets piled up 146.5 points, which put them comfortably ahead of second-place Westminster (108). Waynesburg scored points in every event in which it entered a competitor. Head coach Jason Falvo was lauded for his team’s efforts by being named PAC Women’s Coach of the Year.

Last, but not least, the Waynesburg football team witnessed the end of an era as Rick Shepas coached his final game on the Yellow Jacket sideline before announcing his retirement this past March. Offensive coordinator Chris Smithley was promoted to interim head coach in May.

Waynesburg posted a 2-8 mark in Shepas’ 12thand-final season with the squad. The wins came in back-to-back weeks on Oct. 1 and 8. The second of those triumphs, a thrilling 10-9 victory over Geneva on homecoming, featured one of the most impressive defensive efforts in recent memory.

The Jackets made school history by not allowing a pass completion on three Golden Tornado attempts. It was just the second time in the program's 113-season history that an opposing offense failed to pick up a single passing yard (1965). The Orange and Black also recovered four fumbles, the most since scooping up four loose balls in 2002. Seven Yellow Jackets were named to the All-PAC football teams after the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. Waynesburg also secured a pair of PAC Player of the Week accolades.

Photo credit: Dave Miller, ADM Photography

When she wasn’t winning the PAC indoor title in the shot put, junior Addy Knetzer was leading the Yellow Jacket women’s basketball team to its seventh-straight winning season (19-12). Waynesburg’s 11-7 record in conference action landed it the No. 4 seed in the PAC tournament. The Jackets advanced to the semifinal round, where it fell to conference and national powerhouse Thomas More.

Despite coming up short of a conference crown, Waynesburg’s season continued in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament. The Jackets played some of their best basketball of the season and advanced all the way to the finals of the 15-team bracket, where they came up just short of an upset against nationally ranked Carnegie Mellon.

Knetzer had a year to remember on the court. Not only did she become the newest Jacket to reach 1,000 career points, but she also collected her 794th collegiate rebound and was named first-team All-PAC.

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Speaking of all-conference accolades, senior guard Katie Gehlmann was lauded as an honorable mention selection. Like Knetzer, Gehlmann also surpassed the 1,000-point threshold. After having to deal with the graduation of a second large, experienced senior class, the Waynesburg men’s basketball team battled through injuries and other difficulties to post a 6-19 overall record that included a 4-14 mark in PAC play. The squad’s best stretch of the year came in early December, when it won three of four games from Dec. 3 to Dec. 17. Their only loss in those four games was a one-point setback to then-four-time defending conference champion Saint Vincent. After ranking third in the PAC in scoring (16.0 points per game), rising senior Jon Knab received All-PAC applause. He was given honorable mention distinction, while the entire squad received the PAC Sportsmanship Award for men’s hoops.

Despite typically filling just nine of 10 weight classes because of preseason injuries, the Waynesburg University wrestling team claimed its fifth PAC team title, all under Headlee’s leadership. The Jackets piled up 119 points on the day, which put them comfortably ahead of host Washington & Jefferson, which took second place.

The Yellow Jackets pulled in five individual conference championships, which was one short of a program record. Recent graduate Ryan Shank (184 pounds) and rising junior Jake Evans (285 pounds) both won their weight class for a second-straight year, while rising senior Tristan Buxton (125) and rising sophomores Shaun Wilson (149) and Kenneth Burrs (197) earned their first league titles. Evans was named Outstanding Wrestler at the event, while Headlee picked up his fifth PAC Coach of the Year trophy.


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Waynesburg rode the momentum of its dominant performance at the conference championships into the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships. Despite entering a wrestler in just nine of 10 brackets, the Jackets still managed to take third out of 19 teams in one of the country’s most difficult regions.

Shank, Evans and Wilson each punched a ticket to the NCAA Division III National Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin, by placing in the top three of their respective weight classes. Shank took third at 184, while Evans won the heavyweight title and Wilson came just two points shy of claiming the crown at 149 pounds. Headlee added another piece of hardware to his trophy case by earning his first NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Coach of the Year award.

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Spring 2017

Waynesburg’s trio of national qualifiers all performed well in frigid Wisconsin. Evans and Wilson both earned All-American status by placing seventh and eighth, respectively. Shank came up short of the medal podium, but claimed a victory before ending his collegiate mat career.

The Waynesburg University women’s track & field team made PAC history after claiming victory at the 2017 outdoor conference championships in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. The Yellow Jackets blitzed the field at the Merriman Athletic Complex to the tune of 184 points, which was 66 points better than the second-place squad.

Not only did the Orange and Black women earn their second-straight outdoor crown, but their efforts gave Waynesburg a special spot in conference lore. The Jacket ladies are the first to win league titles in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field in the same school year.

Much like its run to the indoor championship, a potent combination of the Jacket distance runners and Knetzer’s excellence in the throwing events led the team to victory. Waynesburg long range runners swept the 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs, as well as the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Those victories were part of 10 top-three times posted in the races. Knetzer continued her dominance of the meet by claiming her third PAC Field MVP award. The Houston, Pennsylvania, native did so after setting a new meet and program record in the shot put. She also won the discus and placed fourth in the javelin.

The Waynesburg softball team tied for sixth after posting an 8-10 league record. The Yellow Jackets went 15-22-1 overall, and, like their baseball counterparts, boasted one of the top first basemen in the league. Rising junior Alex Lawrence received second-team All-PAC applause after ranking eighth in the conference in batting average (.400), sixth in slugging percentage (.626), fifth in RBI (33), first in doubles (17) and eighth in homeruns (3). Lawrence was joined by two of her teammates on the All-PAC squads. The Yellow Jacket women’s lacrosse team battled through its 2017 schedule, but wound up going 0-14 overall and 0-9 in Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) play. Though victory eluded the squad, one of its top players still managed to make program history.

After leading his team to yet another impressive showing, Falvo was named PAC Women’s Coach of the Year. The Waynesburg men’s track & field team placed eighth at the PAC Outdoor Championships and were led by recent graduate Brandon VanTine and rising senior Mitch Kendra. VanTine placed second in the shot put, while Kendra did the same in the pole vault.

Holly Bachman graduated as Waynesburg's all-time leader in goals (125) and total points (144). In 2017, she led the Yellow Jackets in both categories. Bachman was tabbed as an honorable mention All-ORLC selection.

The Yellow Jacket baseball team came up just short of qualifying for the four-team PAC tournament by placing fifth in the final conference standings. Waynesburg went 1212 in conference play and 18-21 overall.

The Jacket offense was sparked by first-team all-conference selections Jonathon Kletzli and Tyler Reis, who were two of the top hitters in the league. Kletzli, a first baseman, ended his time with the Jackets by earning first-team All-PAC status in three of his four years on the diamond. Reis led the conference homeruns (11) as a sophomore second baseman.

The pair highlighted a group of five Yellow Jackets on the all-conference lists.

Fellow graduate Kassidy O’Keefe received second-team applause on defense, despite never playing competitive lacrosse prior to this past spring. Photo credit: Dave Miller, ADM Photography

The Jacket men’s tennis team compiled a 5-13 overall record in its first year under Headlee and went 2-6 in PAC play. Waynesburg placed seventh at the PAC Championships.

The Waynesburg women’s golf team’s season was highlighted by a 3-1 victory in match play against Bethany at Rohanna’s Golf Course. The Yellow Jackets wound up placing sixth at the PAC Championships. The Jacket men’s golfers placed seventh at the league championships. ∎

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Alumni & Friends

West elected first female, first minority board chairperson at Waynesburg University In 2015, West was honored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Richmond with its 2015 Outstanding Women Award, which recognizes women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to the community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and inspiring achievements. In 2016, she was recognized by Style Weekly with an Executive Woman in Business Achievement Award. She will be inducted in the Virginia Business Hall of Fame later this month.

Marilyn House West has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees at Waynesburg University. The Elizabeth, Pa., native is a 1967 graduate of the University and has served as a trustee for many years. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the board and the administration to continue the vibrant and unequivocal success of a University that stands on high standards and provides rich and diverse learning opportunities for student success,” said West, who is the first female and first minority to lead the University’s board in its history. West is the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., a Richmond, Virginia based planning and consulting company with specialization in management, education and planning services. West and her team have served clients ranging from government agencies to large corporations and school systems. West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond. She serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Metro Transportation Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Villa.


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

“Over the years, Mrs. West has been an inspiration of leadership,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “I could not be more pleased with her election to chair of our board. I have no doubt that her commitment to our alma mater will aid in its continued advancement.” West began her record of leadership while still a student at Waynesburg University in the 1960s. At that time, she was asked to pledge a national sorority by its local members. In pledging, she would become the first African-American member of the sorority.

In response to the membership invitation, the national organization froze the assets of the local sorority and threatened to revoke their national charter. West and the students in the sorority at Waynesburg chose to withdraw from the national sorority rather than refuse her membership. West and the University students received national acclaim for making this bold move. Telegrams, letters from individuals, colleges, churches and other organizations from across the country shared words of congratulations and praise for this action. West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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Waynesburg University presents Golden Key, Distinguished Alumni awards

Daniel Dvorchak is pictured above with Mrs. Kathryn Lee and President Douglas G. Lee.

Waynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 1. Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim received the Golden Key Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Daniel Dvorchak. The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to alumni or friends of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way. This year’s recipients, Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim, were recognized for their compassionate care for others and support of the University. Together, the Yims have established the Dr. Alice and Chang Yim Endowed Scholarship for nursing students. They have a demonstrated history of philanthropy dedicated to the needs of nursing homes and college scholarships for nursing students who wish to work with the elderly.

Each year, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission.

The Alumni Council recognized Daniel Dvorchak for his commitment to the University through generous contributions to The Daniel M. Dvorchak Endowed Scholarship. He has been dedicated to creating an impact on Waynesburg University students that will last for many years to come.

In Other News On May 26, 2017, Waynesburg University trustee, John D. Woodward, Jr., met with the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, in Boston.

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Rev. Wilson recognized for 50 years of ministry Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson was recently recognized by the Hewitt Presbyterian Church in Rices Landing for 50 years of service in ministry.

During the service, Wilson was honored by Waynesburg University through the presentation of a citation, which stated that Wilson’s dedication to ministry stands as an excellent example in conviction, leadership and service, the very components of a faithbased life that Waynesburg University encourages students to embody. Wilson has served as a Waynesburg University trustee for many years. In 1992, the University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his professional achievements, his community service activities and his significant leadership and involvement with the University. He also served on the University’s Alumni Council from 1991 to 1999. Recently, Wilson donated a communion set to the University.

Wilson served for more than 30 years as the pastor of Lebanon United Presbyterian in West Middlesex, Pa. He fulfilled interim appointments as the Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery and pastor of First Baptist Church of Waynesburg, First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg and Hewitt Presbyterian Church in Rices Landing. He also served as the Protestant Chaplain at the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility of Mercer, Pa., where he developed a drug and alcohol self-help program. For more than 20 years, Wilson served the West Middlesex Area School Board and has acted as a consultant to the County Courts in Youth Services for a number of years. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Waynesburg University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.


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Waynesburg University Recent Graduate Basketball Alumni Day - November 2016

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In Memoriam Phillip M. Badger, Former Student 3/26/2017 Peter F. Ballaban ’51 3/9/2017 Albert R. Barnes ’57 9/16/2016 Charles L. Beatty ’58 2/14/2017 Robert E. Bell ’55 11/24/2016 Zane B. Bolinger ’52 6/11/2016 Stephen S. Bootz ’50 3/6/2008 Frank Borge, 9CTD Military 7/4/2010 Robert Bradmon, Jr. ’50 12/30/2016 Joseph R. Broglie ’64 6/19/2016 Ruane H. Burth ’54 7/27/2016 Marlene V. Smith Cairns ’58 10/20/2016 Donna Marie Carcella ’06, ’08 MSN 9/17/2016 Bruce D. Cartwright ’53 2/1/2009 James R. Chain ’50 1/17/2013 Carl E. Ciaramella ’58 5/1/2017 Marlene Hays Collins ’09 8/17/2016 Nancy Moyer Conklin ’50 3/9/2016 William Corey ’71 3/31/2008 Forrest V. Cottle ’61 12/8/2016 Enid Waters Crockard ’46 11/19/2016 Jane Lichtenfels Crosby ’50 5/19/2016 Bonna J. Crouse ’65 1/26/2017 Margaret Crouse ’63 3/9/2015 Clark J. Currie, Former Student 1/19/2017 Joan Houston Johnston, Former Student 5/4/2017 Frederick H. Deever ’67 2/13/2017 Cynthia Rhea Young Depow ’76 5/8/2016 Lawrence P. Duca ’51 2/25/2017 George H. Duplaga ’48 5/29/2007 Frederick Michael Elliott ’66 10/6/2016 James G. Fee ’61 3/26/2017 Anthony R. Ferrero ’54 7/15/2011 Gardner R. Field ’67 10/14/2016 Franklin A. Fischer ’53 5/28/2007 Jane Highberger Fortney ’63 6/27/2016 Thomas C. George, Jr. ’86 2/3/2013 Marianne Glancy ’40 10/3/2012 Sara F. Sayers Gonder, Former Student 5/22/2016 Mary McCall Gregory ’66 10/23/2016 Helen Sliviak Griffen ’48 3/21/2017 Robert G. Hackett ’62 2/5/2017 James E. Hackney ’61 12/14/2016 John S. Halloran, Former Student 1/3/2015 Stephen Hatala ’53 6/19/2016 Thomson K. Heinrichs ’58 12/26/2015 Robert Allen Henderson, Former Student 11/24/2016 Betty Hollabaugh-Smith ’88 4/20/2016 Thomas R. Holland ’74 2/21/2016 George E. Hornock ’51 7/31/2016 Dean E. Hughes ’59 7/23/2016 John "Jack" Hulse ’57 9/1/2016 Richard K. Hutchison ’52 4/12/2017 Joseph M. Jefferson ’43 6/18/2016 Lucile Headley Jenkins ’44 11/17/2016 Marjorie Kuhn Keener ’48 3/6/2017 Chester C. Koseski ’49 12/29/2016 Lembit Kosenkranius ’55 3/2/2017 Renee Maydak Lacey ’90 5/18/2016 Lisa M. Land ’92 2/13/2012


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Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. - Psalms 116:15

Guy E. Leonard ’71 George W. Lewis ’52 Charles H. Logan ’72 Robert E. Long ’58 Elizabeth Rice Long ’64 Arthur H. Marinelli ’51 Deana L. Martorella, Former Student Martha Ullom McClure ’53 James T. McGrane ’40 Beth Thornburg McKenna ’64 Thomas H. Meehan ’51 Richard B. Mgnogna, Parent/Friend Charles W. Miller ’58 Jeffrey A. Miller ’77 Linda J. Applebaum Mizwa ’69 Albert R. Mucci ’51 Angelo J. Muccino ’48 Fiore A. Palmer ’49 Lillian Caterinella Peterle ’50 Elwood Phillips ’36 Elias G. Rafail ’56 James D. Randolph ’56 Raymond D. Rataiczak ’66 Robert C. Reymann, Friend Robert M. Riffle ’63 Robert P. Roberts ’57 Sophia Panagakis Romano ’53 Virginia Kiger Roth, Former Student Frank M. Sally ’54 Dorothy Susege Sanner ’57 David V. Santorella, Jr. ’11 Richard B. Shargots ’64 Charles B. Short ’66 James T. Simko ’52 Doris E. Smith ’41 Lynne Arden Cain Snyder ’79 Gail Cochran Snyder ’74 James C. Solomon ’58 Myron J. Spinella ’57 Cindy Adamson Staggers ’39 Timothy S. Steck ’74 James R. Steiner ’50 Betty Jo Stoner ’03 Marilyn Stickle Strawn ’52 Russell D. Stuck ’50 John M. Taggart ’72 Jack O. Tamplin ’59 Nancy M. Baysura Thompson ’74 Barbara Thompson Howell ’59 David W. Todd ’97 Stephen W. Trout ’74 Kenneth E. Turner, Sr. ’50 Richard Van Natten, Former Student Jan VanArsdale ’61 Frances M. Vuknic ’63 Sherman E. Wall ’50 Thomas K. Walters ’58 Roberta A. Silvis Weinschenker ’49 Patricia Meredith Wentzler ’50 William M. Wyman ’56

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Homecoming is the perfect time to reconnect with classamates and visit your alma mater. Contact your friends and make plans to spend the weekend of September 29-30 in Waynesburg!




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Upcoming Events July 19..............................................................Pittsburgh Networking Lunch September 15...Alumnae Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn - Southpointe September 29-30........................................................................ Homecoming October 18................................ Cleveland Area Alumni and Friends Dinner October 19................................................................ NYC Networking Lunch November 2.............................. Richmond Area Alumni and Friends Dinner November 16 ..................................................................... WU Day of Giving

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