April 2011 Vol. 5, No. 8
IMPACT Inspiring Students to Pursue Lives of Purpose
Jones pushes women’s team to ECAC championship title Sam Jones, head coach of the women’s basketball team at Waynesburg University, sets an example for his players on and off the court. Teaching faith, family and basketball, Jones has passionately lifted his program and players to new heights.
want to see our women excel and no one wants that more than Sam.”
Coach Jones has used positivity
and a strong belief in what he wants to accomplish to his advantage in turning the program around.
“I believe in what I’m doing,” Jones
said. “I try and instill that confidence and belief in the girls, which has helped change the mentality and push them to work hard.”
Even with his full-time job on campus,
Jones tackles an additional and maybe more important full-time job when he heads home: being a father.
ook to the sidelines of a women’s
“I try to make family my priority while
basketball game, and you are in for
still working extremely hard. I think that
a show. One of the more animated
sets a good example for my team,” he said.
coaches to suit up for a game is head
“It helps me remain grounded and not
women’s basketball coach Sam Jones.
focused on just hoops, which helps me
Bringing passion, professionalism, an array
of knowledge and his own core values
into his job, Jones has solidified himself as
children, Hanna, 8, Lucas, 7, Rebekah, 4,
someone players want to play for.
and Nathan, 2.
“Coach sees potential in you when you
Jones and his wife Ruth-Ann have four
“I love seeing my family in the
may not possibly see it in yourself, either
stands,” Jones said. “My kids love me,
on the court or off,” said sophomore guard
win or lose, and it is fun to watch them
Brittany Spencer. “As a player, it makes
interact with my team.”
you work that much harder because
you know that he is doing the same. For
plays a big role on and off the court.
example, during the summer he sends
inspirational quotes and count downs
place that shares my values and where
because he’s so into his job.”
I could openly share my faith when the
opportunity presented itself,” Jones said.
Three years ago, the Waynesburg
Along with family life, Jones’ faith “I am excited to be able to work at a
“My faith helps me realize that there is
University women’s basketball team fought through one of its toughest seasons
done for us,” said junior point guard
Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC),
more to life than basketball and that there
in school history, as the 2007-08 squad
Hannah Hunter, who has played for Jones
Jones and company made a fierce
is a larger reason I’m with my team.”
managed just a 1-25 overall record.
in all three of his seasons. “When we
final push at the end of the season to
play focused, with intensity and with
capture the Eastern Collegiate Athletic
reason that keeps him passionate and
Yellow Jackets turned to their newly hired
respect for our coach, we can get through
Conference (ECAC) South championship
determined. Jones came into the season
head coach to right the ship and get things
with a goal: to win basketball games.
“Sam was the right fit for us when
at the helm, Jones’ team exploded for 21
we went looking for a new coach. He has
purpose. He has taught his players about
as head coach, the program has seen
overall wins, the highest win total since
brought a great passion to our women’s
determination and dedication, preparing
significant improvements year after year.
the 1994-95 season.
program and set a new standard,” said
them for life after the game.
Director of Athletics Rick Shepas. “We
Beginning in the fall of 2008, the
Since Jones has taken over the reins
“I appreciate everything Coach has
Just after wrapping up his third season
Along with placing third in the
It is Jones’ appreciation for that larger
But he has served a much greater
Charter Day celebration commemorates 161st anniversary
on the words of William Penn, founder
seeds in human hearts,” he said. “When
illustrations” of his sermon. Noftzger
celebrated the 161st
of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
seeds are planted by the hand of the living
anniversary of its charter
inscribed in the rotunda at the State
God, good things are going to happen.”
by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 22. The celebration was
Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. “That there may be room there for such
In addition to Broberg’s address, Charter
the very vital mission of God in this place,” Noftzger said.
a holy experiment, for the nations want
faculty and recognition of the 52 students
a precedent and my God will make it
chosen for the 2011 Who’s Who Among
Introduced by Waynesburg University
(Pennsylvania) the seed of a nation. That
Students in American Universities and
President Timothy R. Thyreen, the Rev.
an example may be set up to the nations.
Dr. Stuart D. Broberg, senior pastor of
. .that we may do the thing that is truly
The Church of the Covenant located in
wise and just.”
Day speaker. Broberg’s Charter Day Convocation Address, “The Seed of a Nation,” encouraged those in attendance to reflect
After reading Penn’s words, Broberg
Prior to the students being introduced by the Rev. Richard “Skip” Noftzger, senior vice president for Institutional
explained that Waynesburg University
Planning, Research and Educational
was also to become the seed of a nation.
Services at Waynesburg University,
“Waynesburg University was founded and granted a charter precisely to plant
university, and these students represent
Day included a formal procession of
held at the First Presbyterian Church in
Washington, Pa., served as the Charter
“Seeds are planted every day at this
Broberg summed up his address by saying that the selected students are “living
IMPACT NEWS & NOTES • As part of the Rosetta Kormuth Devito Lecture Series, Waynesburg
University funds student-led projects with grant
aynesburg University continually immerses its students in opportunities to
planning and implementation process. “At Waynesburg, students learn to share their gifts of service and the
make a difference. Though service is no
blessings that God has given them
author and comedian, Tuesday, April
novelty to its students, a new chance to
with others,” said Halie Theriault, a
12 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture, “The 1st
impact the community surfaced in 2009
senior English and secondary education
International Bank of Bob: Changing
with the implementation of Waynesburg
major from Pittsburgh, Pa. “When the
the World $25 at a Time,” will take
University’s Community Impact Grant.
University awards these Impact Grants,
University will host Bob Harris,
place in Alumni Hall. Admission is free
Over the past three years, the
students are able to provide meaningful
and the public is cordially invited to
University has given more than $10,000
service to the members of the Greene
to student-led projects that impact
the local Greene County community.
This spring, tutors from the West
• The Crosby Lecture Series will host
Individuals or groups desiring to leave an
Waynesburg after-school center Kid’s
Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt, Tuesday, April
impression in the community long after
Café received a $500 grant to take
19 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be
graduation compose grant applications
community youth on outings to
held in the Goodwin Performing Arts
that include detailed budgets, planning
Pittsburgh, Pa., and Morgantown, W.Va.
Center on the campus of Waynesburg
and implementation procedures.
University. Known as “a world-class
Students have the opportunity
“Without funding from the grant, we wouldn’t have been able to do
a $1,000 grant to provide 100 Greene
conservationist” among his peers,
to brainstorm and propose projects
this,” Kid’s Café site coordinator and
County children with TOMS Shoes. The
DeWitt is an environmental scientist
that tackle local issues affecting the
sophomore middle level education
group will also educate the children on
who designed and developed the Au
community such as poverty, domestic
major Colin Wilson said. “It will make
social and economic issues outside of
Sable Institute of Environmental
violence and health initiatives. The
such a difference for the children in
Studies. Admission is free and the
Community Impact Grant allows
the community to learn about other
public is cordially invited to attend.
individuals to apply for a $500 grant and
classes, groups or organizations to apply • Waynesburg University Music Program faculty will display their
for a $1,000 grant. A selection committee, consisting
Other spring 2011 recipients included the Waynesburg Unviersity Student Organization Leadership Group and
Waynesburg University students’ deep commitment to faith, service and learning shines in their many efforts to impact the Greene County community. The Community Impact Grant
talents Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30
of university faculty, staff and
three 2010 Vira I. Heinz scholarship
continues to invest in the community
p.m. The faculty recital is part of the
administration, selects recipients based
recipients. The leadership group received
by recognizing and awarding students’
University’s Performing Arts Series,
on the project’s value to the community,
a $700 grant to help fund their creation
commendable desire to make a
and will be held in the Goodwin
the project’s fundamental short- and
of Easter baskets for local children.
Performing Arts Center. Admission is
long-term impact and the project’s
The Vira I. Heinz scholars accepted
$5 and the public is cordially invited to attend.
Hardie endures snow, tornado warnings for lofty goal
•The Spring Semester Student Art
hris Hardie knows that when it comes to funding cancer research, every penny counts. His February Chris Cross the County fundraiser, an extreme running challenge of four marathons in four consecutive days, proved his dedication to the cause. “With each penny, dime and dollar, we are making a difference; a difference that will one day culminate with a cure. That is the goal,” Hardie said. Hardie, head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Waynesburg University, completed 91 miles of his 104.8 mile journey and is more than half way to his $5,000 goal. When that goal is reached, Hardie will bring his collective total to more than $20,000 raised for cancer research over the past five years. On the last Friday in February, Hardie was up before the sun. A breakfast to feed body and spirit, he read scriptures while eating a bowl of cereal – just the beginning of his 4,000 calorie day. Dressed for frosty winter weather, Hardie made his way to the start line. Temperatures were flirting with freezing and snow flurries were blowing parallel to the pavement, but postponing the run was not an option for Hardie. “Those with cancer don’t get to pick and choose the days that are good and bad,” he said. “In honor of them and their courage, I will never postpone the run for bad weather.” Relying on his adrenaline, Hardie endured sleet, rain, snow, tornado warnings and nagging pain. “Monday was the toughest day, as we had downpours all morning and the area was under a tornado watch,” he said. “Fatigue never really set in physically, but the mind was challenged more than I thought.” Following a strict cycle of run, sleep, eat, hydrate and repeat, Hardie was able to withstand four taxing days of willing one foot in front of the other. “I lost about three pounds each day, but gained it back when I properly hydrated and nourished my body with food. My day was pretty easy, as I watched TV and took a typical two hour nap in the afternoon. Each night I went to bed around 10 p.m. It was pretty routine,” he said. While he may call it routine, this was no small feat, nor was this the first marathon of marathons for Hardie. This was his fifth Chris Cross the County long distance event. “God has blessed me with an ability to run for long periods at a time,” Hardie said. “I use this gift to raise money for a cause that I truly believe is very important.”
Exhibition will be held Monday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 20, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit showcases the best student work produced in the studio art courses during the spring semester. Approximately 100 pieces will be featured including work by non-majors. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. • Waynesburg University will host the Gross National Product’s (GNP) Concert Saturday, April 16. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. GNP has become a spring musical reunion for members of the band who started putting on shows at Waynesburg University during 1970. Admission is free and doors open at 7 p.m. • Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The celebration will honor approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students. Baccalaureate services will be held in the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.
Crown takes fourth at National Championships Sophomore wrestler Alex Crown had a very successful first trip to the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships on March 11 and 12. The Carlisle native went 4-2 over the two-day stretch and took fourth place at 125 pounds. After losing his first match of the tournament, Crown bounced back with four-straight victories, including one by pin and one by technical fall, to reach the thirdplace bout. It was the highest finish ever for a Waynesburg wrestler at the Division III championships.
Longo and Minor named PAC Pitchers of the Week in March The first weeks of spring competition in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) yielded a pair of awards for two of Waynesburg’s top pitchers. Sophomore Anthony Longo and junior Lauren Minor were named PAC Baseball and Softball Pitchers of the Week for the week of March 6, respectively, after a pair of outstanding season debuts. Longo picked up the award after allowing just two runs on four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in a 3-2 complete-game victory over non-conference foe Pitt-Greensburg on March 1 during the Jackets’ season-opening doubleheader. Minor was given the accolade after throwing five scoreless innings in Waynesburg’s 8-0 win over Emmanuel College on March 6 at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla.