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SUMMER • 2014


WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION President Douglas G. Lee Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jacquelyn Core Senior Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations Robin L. King Chief Financial Officer John Olon Vice President for Student Services Mary Cummings

THE LAMP - SUMMER 2014 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 Contributing Writers Robert Fox Kayla Longstreth Samantha McClintock Ashley Wise Photography Joey Kennedy Randy Laskody Dave Miller Gregory Reinhart Marc Soracco Ray Viglione Art Direction Carrie McAfee Contributing Designer Corin Schipani Alumni Services Phone: 724.852.3300 Fax: 724.627.3225 Correspondence Phone: 724.852.3293 All rights reserved®. Unauthorized duplication of publication or material is strictly prohibited without express written consent of the copyright holder.

With this edition of the Lamp, I am pleased to share with you some of the many incredible academic, service, faith and leadership initiatives our students, faculty and staff have begun. As our campus continues to transform and renovations of Stewart Science Hall move forward, we anticipate enhancing our rigorous academic programs with facilities to match. The $23 million project will provide state-of-the-art facilities for future leaders in biology, chemistry, forensics, mathematics and medicine. Nationally, the University continues to gain recognition for its effectiveness and the achievements of its graduates. We recently received word that Waynesburg University has been ranked a top value college in an outcome-based college rankings index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC). This index confirmed something we already knew – a Waynesburg University education is a good value. Objective measures regarding our institution’s effectiveness and value continue to demonstrate our University’s commitment to excellence. For example, our freshman retention rate this year was near an all-time high. Additionally, according to the federal government's College Scorecard, the loan default rate for Waynesburg graduates is 4.5 percent, which is substantially lower than the national average of 14.7 percent. Another objective measure that illustrates the caliber of individuals at Waynesburg is our career path rate. Within one year of graduation, 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time within their chosen field or attending graduate school. While it is informative to look at these facts, the most compelling examples of the value of a Waynesburg University education can be found in the successes of our students, some of which you will read about in the following pages. Through the liberal arts education they receive at Waynesburg, students graduate ready to faithfully transform their communities and the world. They graduate prepared to be good citizens and leaders in all aspects of their lives, from their careers to faith and service. We are thankful for your continued support, and I encourage you to celebrate with us the path of progress, innovation and faith that the University continues to follow. Douglas G. Lee President








Features 14

The Inauguration of Douglas G. Lee


Worthy of Trust and Confidence

In March, the University officially welcomed its new president with an Inaugural Ceremony, a Day of Service and a performance by a Grammy winning artist.

Gerald “Jared” Edgreen, a 2007 alumnus, shares what it’s like to be an officer in the U.S. Secret Service.


Just a Scar


Journeys of a Lifetime

Faith, determination and the support of friends help junior sports management major R.J. Tonks overcome a debilitating diagnosis.

From Japan to Peru and beyond, six Waynesburg University students study abroad through the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women this summer.


Recent Developments




Campus News


Sports Update


Alumni News

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University demonstrates "good practices" Waynesburg University’s graduate career path analysis report and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results indicate an institutional commitment to a high level of faculty and student interaction. Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE

NSSE provides participating institutions with reports that compare

annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges

their students’ responses with those of students at self-selected

and universities about student participation in programs and

groups of comparison institutions. Waynesburg University’s NSSE

activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal

report indicates that, in comparison to other Council for Christian

development. Results outlined in Waynesburg University’s NSSE

Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools:

report indicate a campus culture in which faculty place high importance on providing mentorship and interacting with students one-on-one.

• 28 percent more Waynesburg University students talked about career plans with a faculty member • 20 percent more Waynesburg University students discussed their

According to NSSE, survey items on The College Student Report represent empirically confirmed “good practices” in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college, one of which is a high career path rate, which measures the amount of graduates on the career path they set for themselves.

academic performance with a faculty member • 7 percent more Waynesburg University students worked with a faculty member on activities other than coursework • 15 percent more Waynesburg University students participated in a learning community or some other formal program • 23 percent more Waynesburg University courses have included a community-based project (service learning)

Waynesburg University’s career path rate, which states that 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time or attending

“At Waynesburg, our students are our priority,” said Dr. Jacquelyn

graduate school within one year of graduation, is reflective of a 77

Core, Waynesburg University provost and vice president for

percent response rate and is, in part, a result of practices outlined in

academic affairs. “Every decision we make takes into account our

the NSSE report.

Christian mission and tradition. We are constantly asking, ‘how can we best serve our students?’”

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Waynesburg University ranks high for degree value, graduate employability Waynesburg University was recently ranked a top value

According to ETC, colleges in the top third of the ETC Index

college in an outcome-based college rankings index

have a relatively high percentage of graduates employed in

compiled by Educate To Career (ETC),

their field of study and the earnings of

which describes its rankings as an effort

graduates are relatively high. In addition,

to deliver on the promise of the federal

a majority of students graduate in four

government's College Scorecard by

or five years and loan default rates are

providing “actual college outcomes

very low.

data.” According to the federal government's “The Index empirically determines the

College Scorecard, the loan default rate

economic value added by each of the

for Waynesburg graduates is 4.5 percent,

over 1,200 colleges ranked within our

which is substantially lower than the

system,” said ETC founder Michael R.

national average of 14.7 percent.

Havis. “We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons

The ETC Index analyzes the quality

who attended specific colleges, relative

of students when they enter a given

to persons who are similarly situated in

college, the total costs related to

other colleges.”

attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the

Waynesburg University ranked No. 104

labor market. The rankings results are

out of the more than 1,200 schools

determined by which schools did the

listed in the nationwide ETC College

best job of improving the earnings and

Rankings Index. Included in the ranking

attainment of quality employment of

are four-year colleges with annual

their students, according to a description

enrollments greater than 1,000 students.

of the index on the group's website.

Waynesburg University was recently selected by U.S.

U.S. News & World Report names Waynesburg a Best Value School for the North

News & World Report as a Best Value School – Regional Universities (North) in the 2014 "U.S. News Best Colleges" ranking, which identifies the top 15 "Best Value Schools" in the northern region of the country. As defined by U.S. News & World Report, schools named to the list are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of needbased grants and scholarships, is taken into account.

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Waynesburg University named one of “50 Most Beautiful Christian College & University Campuses in the World” Waynesburg University was recently selected as one of “The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College & University Campuses in the World” by the editors of The schools on the list were chosen from a global pool of Christian

“Many universities and colleges across the globe provide both high-

colleges and universities that were considered broadly evangelical

quality education and a thorough devotion to Christian principles,”

in their theological outlook and were known to the editors of

the article stated. “However, some

institutions associated with the teachings of Jesus excel not only academically and spiritually, but also aesthetically – boasting some

“The University has managed to balance its exemplary historical

of the loveliest looking campuses anywhere on Earth.”

edifices and unspoiled rural surroundings with modern facilities as well,” the ranking stated.

In 2013, named Waynesburg University one of the most beautiful Christian colleges in America.

According to the editors, the list was put together as an aid for

All of the schools included on the domestic list were members or

prospective students looking for a Christian school where their

affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

quest for truth will be enhanced by truly beautiful surroundings.

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A Return to Campus Seventy-three years ago, John Coulson’s professor assigned him a lucky seat beside Patricia Conley in a history class on the third floor of Waynesburg University’s Miller Hall. The historic building has seen many stories, but perhaps none so endearingly fateful as theirs.

“We were alphabetically seated back then,” John said. “If there were

High School until her retirement. John, who earned a master of

one less seat in that classroom, we might not be here today.”

education degree from Duquesne University, taught at Saltsburg High School before becoming the county superintendent and

Coulson, a 1947 education alumnus, and Conley, a 1944 social

assistant director of the Armstrong-Indiana County Intermediate

studies alumna, spent those early years at Waynesburg in a flurry

Unit until his retirement in 1979.

of activities – he a star basketball player and she a high honors student. They attended dances together and shared the same group

They remain passionate about education and Waynesburg

of friends, but they hesitated to develop a serious relationship when

University’s mission of educating students to lives of purpose for

John enlisted in World War II.

the glory of God. They attend Homecoming and alumni events regularly to reconnect with classmates and to watch the continuing

“During the war, we went our separate ways and would keep in

growth and prosperity of Waynesburg University.

touch maybe once a year,” Patricia said. “Then out of the blue, John called me and asked me out.”

Over the years, they have been generous supporters of the University. They are members of the Stewart Society and were the

When he returned from the war, John did indeed take Patricia out.

second couple in the University’s history to be named Distinguished

Soon after, the pair married.

Alumni Award recipients in 2000.

This year, on the couple’s 67th wedding anniversary, they visited the

John, who still looks fondly at his wife, advises students to enjoy

very room where they first met. As they laughed and talked together,

college – a place where joy can begin and endure for many, many

marveling at the “miraculous” changes to Waynesburg University


since their time and recalling old friends and classmates, any onlooker could observe that they are still very much in love.

“If you’re having a great time, recognize it now if you can,” he said. “So many people take 10 years to look back and say, ‘those were the

The Coulsons, who live in Sewickley, Pa., both had careers in

best days of my life,’ but you don’t have to wait that long.”

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Commencement 2014

Waynesburg University held its annual Commencement exercises Sunday, May 18, honoring approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Laura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, delivered the Commencement Address, during which she shared personal stories and words of wisdom from inspirational leaders including Mother Theresa and Maya Angelou. Ellsworth urged graduates not to be afraid of failure, reminding them that people who have failed have learned to overcome obstacles. “Failure makes us stronger and better,” she said. “It’s up to us to choose how we are going to learn from it.” The following graduates were named valedictorians: • Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa. • Alyssa Brooke Crile, an early childhood education major from Washington, Pa. • Daniel Vincent Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md. • Corin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa. • Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa. Czajkowski delivered the valedictory to the University on behalf of the valedictorians. Elizabeth Hardy, a graduate of the Master of Business Administration Program from Canonsburg, Pa., represented the graduate program students. Two graduates, Samuel A. Lombardo, a criminal justice administration major from Canonsburg, Pa., and Ryan E. Walters, a finance major from Pleasant Unity, Pa., were commissioned Second Lieutenants in the Army of the United States of America during the Commencement ceremony. Ellsworth and Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. The degrees were conferred upon Ellsworth and Hall for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving. Prior to commencement exercises, Hall delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “Where Have All the Heroes Gone?” to graduates and their parents, during which he referenced Luke 8:26-39. He urged graduates to let God step into their lives so that they can live out His calling. “Heroes say ‘I will be who God calls me to be,’ in a world where others say ‘Be all you can be,’” Hall said. To view photos from Baccalaureate and Commencement, visit

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lazing a trail for women

Historical Perspective:

When Phoebe Jane Teagarden was born on March 25, 1841, she had no idea the influence she would make during her lifetime. She didn’t know she would become the first female physician in Greene County or that she would use her skills, knowledge and compassion to serve those around her. Regardless of her inability to tell the future, God knew, even then, how He would use her to make a difference in the lives of many.

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One of four children, Teagarden grew up watching her father, Isaac

of that year. We had some correspondence, and a date during the

Teagarden, fight for what he believed in. A mill-wright by trade,

second week of May was decided upon. Miss Anthony gave two

Isaac also strongly displayed his political beliefs, arguably one of his

lectures, and on Sunday afternoon a talk in the Town Hall. A goodly

most passionate being that of liberty and equal rights. When the

sum was handed over to the College authorities.”

question of slavery arose, Isaac did what he could to assist in the organization of the Abolition Party and cast one of its first votes in

That was only the beginning of her influence.

Greene County. After graduating from medical school, Teagarden opened her own With such an ardent father to look up to, it’s no surprise that Teagarden began a similar journey of her own. When the time came to pursue higher education, she turned her attention to Waynesburg College and graduated with honors. She taught for several years, but quickly realized she

practice in Waynesburg, becoming the first female physician in Greene County. Her horse and buggy clambered along the streets as she went door to door, visiting with sick patients. During those early years of her practice, Teagarden happily taught first aid courses to young women at Waynesburg College. She was heavily concerned with the welfare

wanted to do more.

and health of needy children and, out of that concern, helped to establish the

She wanted a medical degree.

Greene County Children’s Aid Society During the time, medicine was

and served as its president for 25

not an easily accessible profession


for women, but if Teagarden had learned anything in her

Despite all of the things she was

upbringing, it was that anything

involved in, nothing ever appeared

was possible. With as much drive

to be too much for Teagarden. She

and determination as her father,

was a member of the Cumberland


Presbyterian Church, the Daughters




year program at the Woman’s

of the American Revolution, the Dolly

Medical College of Pennsylvania

Madison chapter Colonial Dames

at Philadelphia, graduating as part

of Pittsburgh, the National Society of Daughters of 1812, the Pennsylvania

of the class of 1882.

Historical Society, the State Humane Teagarden





fervently promoted woman’s suffrage. While in medical school, she befriended Susan B. Anthony, a fellow abolitionist and

Society, the Waynesburg College faculty and the Waynesburg Women’s Club. She also held the offices of secretary, vice president and president of the Greene County Medical Society.

a pivotal role model of the woman’s suffrage movement. She later persuaded Anthony to give a benefit lecture at her alma mater, Waynesburg College.

Even as she grew frail from age, her passion for equal rights drove her forward. After the women’s suffrage movement succeeded and the 19th Amendment was ratified, Teagarden pulled together

“At that time, Waynesburg College was being ‘financed’ by nearly

the strength she had left and graciously cast her vote, historically

every teacher, student and woman in Greene County,” wrote

becoming the first woman to vote in Waynesburg.

Teagarden in a 1920 article from “Woman Citizen,” as she looked back on the event.

Teagarden lived a life full of meaning, becoming an inspiration in the lives of the many people that she touched. Now, she stands as an example

“I at once asked Miss Anthony to come to give a benefit lecture for

of what it means to live a life of purpose for the glory of God.

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A Day of Service

A University-wide Day of Service kicked off the inaugural events Saturday, March 22. Locally, approximately 300 volunteers contributed more than 1,000 service hours at 20 local organizations. Alumni with graduation years as early as 1955 and as recent as 2013 also served in their own communities, spanning from North Dakota to New Hampshire to Moldova.

Service Sites • Adopt-A-Highway • American Cancer Society • Bridge St. Commons • CBM camp • Eva K. Bowlby Public Library • Greene County Food Bank • Greene County Humane Society • Greene County United Way • Lions Club • Merit Badge University • Mobile Medical Van • Red Cross SAFE Program • Red Cross Sheltering • Rolling Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation • Special Olympics • Saint Ann Catholic Church • The Salvation Army • Washington Salvation Army • Waynesburg Borough Parks • WWJD Center 12 | The Lamp • Summer 2014

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The Inauguration of Douglas G. Lee For the 15th time in 165 years, Waynesburg University has inaugurated a president. Historically, inaugurations are important days made up of pomp,

As Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen presented the University’s

speeches, traditions and regalia. At Waynesburg University, prayer,

great Chain of Office to Lee, two eras of leadership and one united

scripture, service and a performance by a Grammy winning artist

mission converged at the front of the Chapel. And as Mark Fox,

were added to the multi-day celebration.

chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, proudly stated the words: “I now present to you, friends of the University, the fifteenth

On the morning of Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the excitement on

president of Waynesburg University, Douglas Lee,” all present were

campus was palpable. Students and staff alike donned suits, bowties

on their feet and applauding an official, heartfelt welcome to the

and orange scarfs. From the tops of the light poles in Johnson

new president.

Commons, banners portraying distinguished alumni from the University’s earliest years waved a welcome to special guests from all

During his inaugural address, Lee, who officially became president in

over the country.

July 2013, focused on the University’s founding principles as well as its current state.

The 11 o’clock ceremony began with delegates from institutions of higher education and learned societies joining the University faculty,

“With our feet planted firmly on our foundation and our eyes and

trustees and principle administrative officers in procession at the

minds to the future, we will combine the best of the past with the

academic ceremony in a packed Roberts Chapel.

best of the present to produce leaders and scholars for tomorrow,” he said. Lee discussed the virtues of a liberal arts, globally conscious and Christ-driven education for Waynesburg University students. He thanked Waynesburg’s faculty and staff for their commitment to shaping young minds and preparing students for “lives of purpose for the glory of God.”

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Heavily referencing the University’s mission, which dates back to

He asserted his confidence that the University’s students, faculty,

1849, Lee showed gratitude and humility for the leaders who came

staff and alumni make an impact in the lives of others through

before him.

service, describing one of the aims of a Waynesburg University education as “developing students with the personal integrity that

“Fueled by the prayers and work of the generations before us, we are

comes when the connections between faith, learning and serving

not afraid of the future because we have been strengthened by the

are so many and so intertwined that a life's purpose is not mere

past,” he said. “We have survived wars, depressions and lean, hard

existence but transformational.”

years, and through this process have grown stronger than ever with a resolution and commitment to faith and learning exemplified by

Fox conducted the investiture of Lee prior to the President’s

the words carved in stone on our library and cast in bronze plaques

inaugural address, during which he praised Lee’s reverence for the

on our buildings.”

University’s heritage and his commitment to the success of the students, stating that Lee’s attention to the past is evident in his

He also challenged his colleagues, friends and guests to join him on

vision for the future.

a journey of continued faith and courage and to remain confident in the University’s students.

“Widely respected for his creative pattern of intellectual leadership, he has embraced the challenges of today’s changing world,

“While the issues they [our students] face are large, we will not let

serving as a pillar of sound judgment while further advancing the

them lose confidence because we will not lose confidence in them.”

University’s vital role as a leader in Christian higher education.”

Lee said. “We must be the great encouragers.” Fox described Lee as “a man of great faith who embodies the very Echoing sentiments from the various speakers throughout the

characteristics the University strives to instill within its students,”

service, Lee spoke about the quality of students that Waynesburg

and noted that Lee is a servant leader who leads by putting others

University readies for the world.



“We have confidence that you [President Lee], with your unique vision, will work with the University community to shape the institution, as together, we

“The community has welcomed Doug with open

move into the future.”

arms because he shares the values that have made

– Charles A. Beiter,

Waynesburg University a beloved institution for 165

professor of English

years – faith, knowledge, principle and family. I have no doubt Doug will carry on these traditions with distinction and the humility of a man who follows in Christ’s footsteps.” – Written by U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy, read by his Deputy Chief of Staff Lou Lazzaro

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“I knew President Lee many years ago when he was a student at Waynesburg College. I remember him being very friendly and very polite then, and he is still that way today. It is wonderful to see the kindhearted, ambitious leader he has become.” – Norma Harper, academic affairs secretary and class of 1977

“President Lee, the board of trustees has chosen you as president of

Before the investiture, greetings were delivered from the United

Waynesburg University,” Fox said. “Yours will be the great privilege

States House of Representatives on behalf of U.S. Congressman Tim

and responsibility of leading the University as it continues in its

Murphy by his deputy chief of staff Lou Lazzaro; the Pennsylvania

mission of inspiring and challenging students to lives of leadership

Senate by Senator Tim Solobay; and the Pennsylvania House of

and purpose for the glory of God.”

Representatives by Representative Pam Snyder.

He also urged Lee to “draw inspiration from the students who

Greetings were also delivered on behalf of the faculty by the

aspire to become world changers; from the alumni who serve as

University’s most senior professor, Dr. Charles A. Beiter, professor of

examples of success; and from the faculty and staff who nurture and

English; from the staff by Norma Harper, the University’s longest

challenge the spirit of their students while remaining accomplished

serving employee; from the alumni by Jack Hinds, class of 1975;

scholars and discoverers in their own right.”

and from the student body by Daniel Czajkowski, Student Senate president.

Following the investiture and the presentation of the medallion, Dr. Carolyn Thyreen presented a Bible that belonged to Margaret

Prior to joining the academic procession, Lee delivered remarks to

Bell Miller, the wife of Waynesburg University’s third president, A.B.

students in a packed Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, where they viewed

Miller, to President Lee’s wife, Kathryn Lee.

the event via a live feed.

“Today, Mrs. Miller’s Bible is passed down through the first ladies of

“The people before us, like those on the banners in Johnson

the institution, a tangible symbol of Mrs. Miller’s steadfast devotion

Commons, represent individuals who have done great things

to faith, a reminder of our heritage and an inspiration to the

not only on their own, but together, for the greater good of the

individuals who lead Waynesburg University today,” Fox said.

community and the University – that is our tradition,” he said.

“I bring greetings from the senate of Pennsylvania congratulating Doug and his

“President Lee believes in us, and as students,

family on this very special day,

we believe in President Lee. We believe in

and also to the University and

President Lee because he stands behind us,

the opportunities that it now

prays over us, goes above and beyond for us,


and most importantly, challenges us to reach

-Senator Tim Solobay

for the heights of Christian leadership.” – Daniel Czajkowski, Student Senate President

“As I stand before you this morning, there are two things today that I know. I know that we are all blessed to be gathered here together as Doug Lee becomes the fifteenth president of our beloved University. And the other thing I know – I know that President Lee will carry forth this University’s Christian mission, and I know he will be committed to the next generation of students that come into these hallowed halls.” -Representative Pam Snyder

“[President Lee’s] vision and passion for the future of this University and his love of its history is simply inspiring. We are truly in good hands for the long haul.” –Jack Hinds, class of 1975

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“Today, Mrs. Miller’s Bible is passed down through the first ladies of the institution, a tangible symbol of Mrs. Miller’s steadfast devotion to faith, a reminder of our heritage and an inspiration to the individuals who lead Waynesburg University today.” ■■■

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The Inaugural Address Thank you, Judge Allen, for your beautiful solo. Thank you to

on deployment with the United States Air Force. And we

Vice President King for leading us in the National Anthem

also remember my late father Gilbert and father-in-law Joe,

and also to Dr. Depriest and Director Catana and all of our

who we know are rejoicing in that celestial city of the Lord.

musicians for the magnificent music. Almost 24 years ago, President Timothy Thyreen concluded Thanks to Marshall Waddell for leading the processional, to

his inaugural address with the words of one of our finest

our colleagues in higher education; and to the presidents

President's, A.B. Miller. It was A.B. Miller who laid the

and delegates representing their fine institutions, we are

foundation of this University and set it on its course and at

honored by your presence and participation today.

the close of his 40 years as President, he said, “If I had any

Thank you to Senator Solobay and Representative Snyder

led me in the course I have pursued in regard to our college.

and to Congressman Murphy, represented here by Mr.

How much better another person could have discharged the

Lazzaro. We are grateful for your leadership.

duties of this place, I cannot know. It is a source of comfort

conviction of providential direction in my life, it is that God

to have the internal assurance that I have done as well as Thanks also to the members of our Board of Trustees, led by

was in my power to do, in performing a work to which my

Chariman Fox and to Chancellor and Dr. Thyreen for their

heavenly father called me, and which I have been able to do

work and support during this transition. Thank you to the

only through a sense of sustaining grace.”

members of the faculty and staff of Waynesburg University, led by Provost Core and Vice President Cummings, and to

We who have watched the progress of this University since

the students, alumni and friends of Waynesburg University

President Thyreen repeated the statement of President

who are present and watching by broadcast.

Miller have witnessed those words become a testimony not only to the work of President Miller, but also to the work

Thank you to our building and grounds staff, who day in and

and commitment of President Thyreen. A commitment that,

day out work tirelessly to keep this campus beautiful.

against all odds, returned us to our founding mission and in the process, transformed a small struggling college into a

And thank you to Mary Fox and all the members of the

vibrant university with a clear sense of purpose.

Inauguration Committee who have worked so very hard over the last nine months to make this day very special and very

The words are also inspiring because they not only embody

appropriate for this great institution.

the work of those two great presidents, but also represent the type of love and devotion exhibited by the countless

Kathryn and I are so happy all of you are here and that

faculty and staff who have served this University since our

many of our family and friends, including our brothers and


sisters, our daughter Lauren, son-in-law Mike, grandson Connor and my mother, Donna, were able to join us for this

Today we celebrate not only an Inauguration, but also the

celebration. We ask God’s protection for our son Brendan,

day when, 164 years ago, our Charter was granted. It is

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therefore an appropriate moment for us to reflect on the

close of my Presidency, the words of President Miller and

great mission of this University.

Chancellor Thyreen may also be my words.

A mission born out of the “Second Great Awakening”

At a time in our history when the goals and values of higher

which strengthened and fueled the woman's suffrage

education are under scrutiny, our lamp burns bright. Fueled

movement and abolition. A mission that brought Susan

by the prayers and work of the generations before us, we are

B. Anthony to our campus in 1880 to speak for women

not afraid of the future because we have been strengthened

and saw African American ministers ordained in the

by the past. We have survived wars, depressions, and lean,

Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the 1800s. A mission

hard years, and through this process have grown stronger

that has given our nation and the world leaders of integrity

than ever with a resolution and commitment to faith,

with a strong commitment to service. Graduates who

serving and learning exemplified by the words carved in

founded universities, established churches, ministered to the

stone on our library and cast in bronze plaques on our

poor and cared for lepers. Others who served as governors,


judges, and in Congress, as leaders in the military including at least one who received the

Our programs and majors are

Congressional Medal of Honor for rescuing a wounded comrade at the Battle of Gettysburg. Still others who were personal friends of presidents and prime ministers, leaders of business and industry, those who engaged in medical research, helped find a cure for polio or directed part of Project Gemini. The sons and daughters of


Our symbol is the Lamp and our motto "Fiat Lux," Let there be light… We seek to bear witness to the true light that illuminates all knowledge.

Waynesburg University have


functioned at all levels of society, living lives of purpose distinctly affected by what they were taught here.

blessed with scholarly and experienced faculty. We were nationally recognized this year for our academics and value. We consistently achieve one of the highest levels of scholar athletes in our conference, and the career placement of our graduating seniors and retention of our incoming freshmen is near an all-time high, a testimony to our faculty, staff and students. One hallmark of a Waynesburg University education is faculty/ student interaction and faculty

commitment to mentoring students. In this area, we consistently rank near the top in surveys of peer institutions.

Our symbol is the Lamp and our motto "Fiat Lux," Let

Our campus has been nationally ranked for its beauty. Our

there be light… We seek to bear witness to the true light

service learning program was early in that field, and we

that illuminates all knowledge. The Bible tells us that the

consistently receive national recognition for it.

faithful do not place a lamp under a bushel, but rather on a stand for the world to see, and to let our light so shine

Not only that, but the unique perspective of a Waynesburg

before others that they may see our good works and glorify

University education prepares students to be more than

our Father who is in heaven. The founders of this University

wage earners or technocrats, but rather individuals with

and those that followed were dedicated to bringing the

a sense of purpose and mission. For this is one of the

light of truth into the world through education. Although

aims of a Waynesburg University education. To develop

they are gone, their prayers remain and many, including

students with the personal integrity that comes when

President and Mrs. Miller, have their final resting place in

the connections between faith, learning and serving are

the cemetery that sits on this hill with this Chapel.

so many and so intertwined that a life's purpose is not mere existence but transformational. This is our tradition.

Today, I stand before you and pledge everything I am and

President Paul R. Stewart said many years ago, “All schools

all that I have to that mission. It is my prayer, that at the

aim at the acquisition of knowledge. Most schools add

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the training of the faculties. Some schools further add the

read the poetry of the First World War, or the harrowing

formation of character. To all these, Waynesburg adds a

camp literature of Solzhenitsyn and Primo Levi. Are they

fourth which in the normally constituted student guides the

estranged from heroism? Let Plutarch teach them about

other three: the early development of an individual purpose

Cato the Younger, or St. Perpetua communicate with them

in life.”

on the eve of her martyrdom. How better to remind our students to be grateful for the prosperity, freedom and

Nor has our perspective on faith changed. A.B. Miller wrote

relative peace they do enjoy than to expose them to the

in the 1850s: “You cannot do good in the most important

malevolent will to power lurking behind the writings of

sense unless you are in sympathy with the Cause of Christ.

Nietzsche, Lenin or Mussolini? Let them hear the world

The Cross is the center of moral power on the earth.”

through Mozart, the moral voice of Woody Guthrie, the poetry of Longfellow or b. f. maiz. Let them see the world

Our students come from many faith backgrounds and

through the eyes of Rembrandt, Georgia O’Keeffe or H.O.

our intention while they are here is for them to grow in

Tanner, and help them to understand the significance of a

an understanding of Jesus Christ. They have the rest of

single life through Ghandi, Harriet Tubman or Judge John

their lives to develop all the


theological nuances. Our hope


for them is to consider not only His teachings, but the transformational impact of what faith in Him brings to their lives. To ponder the implications of the great commandment of loving the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and loving your neighbor as yourself. To consider the parable of the good Samaritan and how that

Our students come from many faith backgrounds and our intention while they are here is for them to grow in an understanding of Jesus Christ.

teaching instructs us on service to others. To ponder the meaning


This is their birthright, the opportunity to learn from the great ideas and struggles of the preceding generations. To engage in the dialogue that can only take place in the classrooms of higher education. To deny them this knowledge and understanding is to deny them their birthright. More significantly, a liberal arts education is, in the long view of history, critical to the continued

of rendering unto Caesar what

success of culture, society and

is Caesar's and unto God what

civilization. As Blessed John

is God’s. To begin to develop

Henry Newman so brilliantly

an ethical construct that will guide them through life, built

wrote in “The Idea of a University,” “[A] University training

upon the solid foundation of Jesus.

is the great ordinary means to a great but ordinary end; it aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating

Through learning, we want to prepare our students to meet

the public mind, at purifying the national giving

the demands of their career paths and to graduate well

enlargement and sobriety to the ideas of the age...It is the

prepared for careers that currently exist and those that will

education which gives a person a clear, conscious view of his

exist in the future. And while preparing them vocationally,

or her own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing

our desire is also to equip them for a lifetime of learning in

them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in

the way that only a liberal arts education can. For I believe

urging them. It teaches one to see things as they are, to

that a liberal arts education is the best way the inheritance

go right to the detect what is sophistical and to

of knowledge is passed from one generation to the next.

discard what is irrelevant. It prepares a person to fill any post with credit, and to master any subject with facility. It shows

As one of our faculty has so eloquently written:

a person how to accommodate oneself to others, how to throw oneself into their state mind, how to influence them

Are our students complacent about suffering? Let them

and to come to an understanding with them.”

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In service we seek to put into practice what we have learned

This idea has a long heritage.

and what we believe. Through the daily examples of all at

John Calvin had in his vision for the Geneva Academy “a

this institution who collectively provide more than 50,000

place to teach students in order to prepare them for the

hours of service in the community, nation and world

ministry and for the civil government.”

annually, we are touching lives. Each year I am inspired with moving accounts of the work of our students, faculty and

Alexis De Tocqueville made the following observation

staff, both here and abroad. They have helped to drill wells

of our education system and our democracy in 1835.

for water in Africa, aided the suffering in Haiti, the poor in

“It cannot be doubted that in the U.S., the instruction

Guatemala, and the homeless in our own cities. They have

of the people powerfully contributes to the support of

volunteered in churches and government, in after-school

the Democratic Republic; and such must always be the

tutoring and countless public service organizations. As a

case, I believe, where the instruction which enlightens the

recent speaker and guest to Waynesburg observed, “Service

understanding is not separated from the moral education

is in our DNA.” It is the essence of who we are. But we

which amends the heart.”

cannot rest upon accolades. We must use service not only as a way to minister, but also as a way to solve the problems

And implicit in the tradition of our democratic government

of this world. To develop

is the fundamental understanding

sustainable models of service


that not only help people meet daily needs, but empower them to take control of their destiny. In doing all these things, we will prepare our students not just for their needs, but the needs of their world. I often tell the students at Waynesburg that their generation will be the next great generation to serve on the world stage. I am not alone in that observation. Many of the great thinkers that

With our feet planted firmly on our foundation and our eyes and minds to the future, we will combine the best of the past with the best of the present to produce leaders and scholars for tomorrow.

I have met in my short time as President express a similar idea.


While the issues facing them

of the moral limitations of individuals. As Reinhold Niebuhr noted in his work, “The irony of American History,” “The Political philosophy that underlies our Constitution is characterized by a shrewd awareness of the potential conflicts of power and passion in every community.” As educators, we have been given an amazing opportunity to serve at a time when perhaps the world most needs what Waynesburg University can offer. Let us make the most of this opportunity.

are complex and large, we will not let them lose confidence

With our feet planted firmly on

because we will not lose confidence in them. We must be

our foundation and our eyes and minds to the future,

the great encouragers; for what great coach has ever told

we will combine the best of the past with the best of the

his team before a game that all is lost? It is incumbent

present to produce leaders and scholars for tomorrow.

upon us to give them the tools and outlook to face these challenges. The perspective of a Waynesburg University

May our lamp forever be a light that bears witness to the

education can prepare our students to do this. Rather than

true light of this world.

hiding their faith, we want our students’ faith to be a guide for addressing the world problems, in part, by shaping its

For the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has


not overcome it. Fiat Lux.

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An Evening with Michael W. Smith The inaugural events concluded with a concert for the University community, “An Evening with Michael W. Smith,” in Roberts Chapel. Between songs, Smith apologized for not wearing Waynesburg orange and expressed his admiration for the University’s important mission. Smith has sold more than 15 million albums, scored 28 No. 1 hits and earned three Grammys and more than 40 Dove Awards. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to sing for United States presidents and national leaders, and he counts among his friends the Reverend Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham. But for all of Smith’s accolades, for his involvement in his teen outreach, leadership in his local church body, the business of being an artist, an author and a record label executive, Michael sums up his goal as this: “To be remembered as a God-fearing man who loved his wife and kids well.”

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Worthy of Trust and Confidence Put to the test time and time again, Waynesburg University alumnus Gerald “Jared” Edgreen proved to the U.S. Secret Service that he has what it takes to be a vital part of their elite organization. Now, he guards the President of the United States of America...and sometimes, he plays with the First Family’s dog, Bo.

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In 2006, Gerald “Jared” Edgreen sat

The long and tedious interview process

quietly in a classroom on the campus of

began with a lengthy written application,

Waynesburg University, listening to his

background questionnaires, a written test,

During his classes at FLETC, Edgreen earned

professor, Tom Reddington, tell stories

panel interviews, the successful completion

the Academic Achievement Award, which

about when he was in the United States

of a polygraph test and a home interview.

is given to one individual within each class

Secret Service.

He excelled at them.

who has the highest cumulative grade average. Edgreen’s was 98 percent.

With an occasional dream of becoming a Secret Service agent himself, the 2007

“Without the classes I took at Waynesburg

Waynesburg University graduate had

University and the professors who invested

written papers about the agency in high

in my learning, I would not have been so

school, and his interest was again sparked

prepared for a career in law enforcement,”

as he listened to the veteran recall his time

said Edgreen, who majored in criminal

of service.

justice administration at Waynesburg.

The Waynesburg, Pa., native thought there

Through all of the physical, mental and

was no way he could ever be an officer

intellectual challenges of the interview

himself. Not a chance.

process, the successful candidate must also demonstrate the core values of the Secret

Not until, of course, what seemed

Service: justice, duty, courage, honesty and

impossible came true.

loyalty, and above all, one must be “worthy of trust and confidence.”

“Only a couple years after Reddington was telling his stories, I found myself standing

Edgreen proved that, beyond a doubt, he

next to the President.”

is. With unwavering integrity, he remains vigilant regardless of his task.

Edgreen, currently an officer-technician for the Motorcade Support Unit of the U.S. Secret Service, works to ensure that

Edgreen (right) pictured with a friend at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Washington, D.C.

all motorcade routes for President Barack

“There are stressful days and days that are calm and quiet. But either way, the mission is still the same. We are to stay vigilant no

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are

Once he completed that round, it was time

matter how things seem. One day you are

safe and secure. With his unit, he mitigates

for round two – a three-day assessment to

meeting celebrities and standing with the

any threats as they come and is also called

determine if he could meet the rigorous

President, and the next you’re standing in a

upon for protective missions all over the

physical and mental requirements of the

deserted hallway for 12 hours,” he said.

United States as well as internationally.

agency. Again successful, Edgreen then spent six and a half months in training

As a part of one of the most elite law

The journey to his spot next to the

at the Federal Law Enforcement Training

enforcement organizations in the world, no

President was not an easy one, but for

Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Ga., and the

matter where Edgreen stands, he stands firm

Edgreen, it was worth it.

James J. Rowley Training Center near

in his commitment to Christ.

Washington, D.C. During this time, his “The long interview process was worth it

areas of study included academics, driving,

“My faith in Christ is the foundation to

because it was a job worth waiting for, and

fighting, physical fitness, shooting and

which I model my life. My ethical decision-

I knew that the end result was a career


making, both before this job and now on

that would open doors and give me many opportunities in life.”

the job, has furthered my career and has "Pretty much the things you see on TV,”

provided me the opportunity to be a light,”

Edgreen said, who didn’t simply pass the

he said.

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As chair and professor of the Department of Nursing at

received a master of science in nursing in primary health care with

Waynesburg University, Dr. Nancy Mosser has personally instructed

a focus in maternal-child and family, as well as her bachelor of

every traditional baccalaureate nursing student who has graduated

science in nursing degree.

from Waynesburg. She came to Waynesburg University in 1986, just in time to teach the first graduating seniors of the program.

She has published best practices for preparing and developing

Since then, she has imparted wisdom on a new generation of

students for the National Council Licensure Examination for

leaders in healthcare.

Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), an area in which she has great experience.

With more than 32 professional presentations and a number of peer-reviewed articles and research topics under her wing, the

Under her direction, the Waynesburg University Baccalaureate

accomplished nurse inspires her coworkers and students to pursue

Nursing Program has consistently achieved 97 percent to 100

continued education and professional development.

percent pass rates on the NCLEX-RN for six consecutive years. Waynesburg University was the only baccalaureate program in the

“I try to present or publish on an annual basis because I believe

state of Pennsylvania to achieve a 100 percent pass rate in 2012.

that scholarship enhances teaching,” Mosser said. “It is also a way to start professionally developing students as I talk to them about

“We start preparing students at the sophomore level through a

the conference experience and what I learned.”

combination of standardized testing, a rigorous curriculum and excellent clinical experiences,” Mosser said. “It’s not just about

Mosser is published in many areas, including leadership, an area she

passing tests; we really care about the students and we mentor

became familiar with while earning her doctor of education degree

them through the advising process. It’s a comprehensive approach

in educational leadership studies with a minor in nursing. She also

that helps to produce a Waynesburg University nursing graduate.”

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She has served on a number of state and national committees,

education; she was instrumental in developing Waynesburg

including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

University’s DNP program, from which 58 students have

(AACN) Doctor of Nursing Pactice (DNP)

graduated since its inception in 2007. At

Roadmap Task Force, the Pennsylvania

that time, the DNP program was one of

Higher Education Nursing Schools

only 25 in the United States.

Association, the Southwest Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and

“DNP students and graduates are change


agents for improving healthcare,” said Mosser. “They use best evidence to design

Students are inspired by Mosser’s

system-wide projects that improve patient

commitment to the field of nursing

care outcomes over a short period of time.

education and her genuine desire to help

Traditional research approaches take years

students succeed.

to affect change.”

“Dr. Mosser has a profound drive for

In 2012, she was one of only 20 nursing

excellence and success,” said Melissa Paul,

deans nationwide invited to attend a

a senior BSN student at Waynesburg

meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama

University. “She ensures her students are

and Dr. Jill Biden about the Joining

well prepared in the clinical setting, have

Forces Program, an initiative designed to

abundant critical thinking skills and are

educate the nation’s three million nurses,

professional. Dr. Mosser invests a great deal

including Waynesburg students, about the

of time into her students to make sure we

unique health needs of service members,

succeed in our future professional careers.”

veterans and their families.

Mosser is constantly inspired to ensure

Mosser has built a department of

Waynesburg’s BSN Program is top quality

educators who truly care for their students

because she takes the role of a professional

and has received multiple grants and

nurse very seriously.

scholarships that paved the way for critical simulation equipment and experiences for

“Nurses have so much direct responsibility

Waynesburg students. She has remained

for patient well-being, and the care has

committed to the well-being and

become very complex,” Mosser said.

professional preparation of each and every

“When healthcare institutions hire

nursing graduate for 28 years.

baccalaureate-prepared nurses, patient morbidity and mortality rates significantly

“Developing and mentoring students is so

decrease. The liberal education that BSN students receive helps them to communicate well and think critically.”

important to me. When you look back on Students practice a simulation scenario, which Mosser helped to create by obtaining a Pennsylvania Community and Economic Development Grant for Simulation Lab Development.

your career, I think you’re most surprised by things you didn’t plan,” she said. “I didn’t expect to impact so many students;

Mosser is a champion of both

that’s what I’m truly passionate about. I’m

baccalaureate and graduate nursing

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University’s new Ph.D. program to develop leaders in counseling

Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through its reputable Graduate and Professional Studies Program.

Employment of mental health counselors and substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 29 percent and 31 percent, respectively, from 2012 to 2022 – much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014). Growth is expected because more people have addiction and mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies. “Waynesburg University’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program was developed based on a national need for counselor educators,” said Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling at the University. “Government agencies and insurance companies have come to grips with the magnitude of mental health in America. There’s a push to have more counselors, and as a result, we need more counselor educators.” The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program will be available September 1 and can be completed in three years. With an over-arching goal of preparing leaders for the field of counseling, the Program was designed to develop students in the Christian tradition of Waynesburg University and prepare them for leadership roles in the counseling field.

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“As a University dedicated to Christian service, the founding goals of the institution closely mimic that of the counseling profession. Our Christian identity makes this program distinctive, and we will be able to say the same about future graduates.” ■■■

“As a University dedicated to Christian service, the founding goals

With strategic curriculum developed by the fulltime counseling

of the institution closely mimic that of the counseling profession,”

faculty at the University, the Ph.D. is designed to attract experienced

Tracy said. “Our Christian identity makes this program distinctive,

professionals who hold master’s degrees and who want to become

and we will be able to say the same about future graduates.”

leaders in the counseling field.

The program is intended to prepare individuals for employment as

“Specifically, we’re targeting for leadership positions in community

counselor educators in colleges and universities and as leaders in

mental health counseling, addictions counseling and school

clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling or school

counseling,” Tracy said.

counseling. Tracy worked with fulltime counseling faculty on the curriculum for “The Waynesburg University Ph.D. in Counselor Education

the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program. The

and Supervision Program provides doctoral students with the

team also received guidance from Mariner.

information and skills required to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations and create new knowledge,” said Dave Mariner,

Waynesburg University master’s degree programs in clinical mental

director of program development for Graduate and Professional

health counseling and addiction counseling are accredited by the


American Counseling Association’s Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The

In addition to core doctoral classes in research, students will also

School Counseling and Ph.D. Counselor Education specializations

have experiences in college teaching and counselor supervision.

are in the application phase of the accreditation process.

Some advanced courses in counseling practice are also offered. The program consists of a minimum of 54 semester credits beyond

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Tracy at 724-743-2259

the master’s degree, a clinical practicum, a specialty practicum, an


internship, a candidacy examination and a dissertation.

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When a Waynesburg University freshman first learned of an expensive treatment for a debilitating diagnosis, his friends and classmates rallied around him to raise money for the cause. Today, the junior sports management major is feeling better than ever, thanks in large part to the continuous love and support he receives from the students who help with ongoing treatment.

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When he was eight years old, R.J. Tonks developed a virus. But unlike many children who develop bacterial or viral infections, Tonks has had to live with the consequences of a simple, childhood virus for more than a decade. Instead of the virus leaving his body, it attacked his brain. “It’s scary how fast things can be taken away from you,” Tonks said. “There are so many of us who take our God-given abilities for granted; they can be gone in a blink of an eye.” A scar formed, which would, for many years, impair Tonks’ hand-eye coordination, mobility, speech, balance and fine motor skills. Within a few months of “recovering,” from the virus, he could barely walk. “It was a pretty rapid decline,” Tonks said. “My body developed immunity to the steroids that doctors gave me, and I quickly found out that my hand-eye coordination was completely gone. I was too young to really understand what was happening. I just knew that there were things I couldn’t do anymore, and I didn’t have an explanation for that.” Throughout junior and senior high school, Tonks, now a Waynesburg University junior sports management major and marketing minor, struggled to live in a body he couldn’t control. He was forced to quit sports, which he loved, and eventually became dependent on a wheel chair. That is, until Tonks and his family found Carrick Care, an international, nonprofit organization committed to providing financial support to individuals who require neurological treatment and therapies but cannot otherwise afford them. In November of 2012, Tonks began lifechanging, week-long treatments at the Carrick Brain Center in Marietta, Ga. Since 2012, he has traveled to Georgia eight times for week-long treatments. Today, RJ can walk with the assistance of a walker. He sits without lolling his head and he no longer sways off his seat. His

handwriting is the most legible it has been since grade school, and his speech and syntax are clear. Last semester, his G.P.A. was the highest it has ever been.

“It means so much to me that my fellow students and classmates want to see me get better and see me walk around campus,” Tonks said.

“I’m not as down on myself anymore,” Tonks said. “I know that God has a plan for me to walk again, I just don’t know when. He has been with me all along through this journey, guiding me through a dark tunnel.”

But students aren’t interested in helping Tonks out of pity for his difficult situation; they simply gravitate toward his positivity and winning smile.

As Tonks’ balance and coordination grow better each day, a community of friendship and service also grows stronger around him. His friends band together to help Tonks


“You know, despite the long diagnosis name, it’s just a scar. If it settled somewhere else on my brain, I might not be able to talk or breathe on my own. Things could be a lot worse than they are.” ■■■ perform daily strengthening exercises, many of which require Tonks to sit passively while others move his limbs for him. “This is a Christian University, and we believe in service to others. Students want to find a way to help their friend who is in need,” Tonks said. “I didn’t really ask anyone to help me; they all volunteered. I don’t think I would have that experience at another college.” Before Carrick Care offered Tonks the financial assistance for full coverage of his treatments, the campus community held student-led fundraisers for Tonks to receive the treatment he needed.

Erin Kern, a senior psychology major, is inspired not only by Tonks’ improvement, but also his unwavering optimism. “He has come so far since freshman year by walking in a straighter line, having a sharper focus, and his reaction times have quickened,” Kern said. “The exercises sometimes take a while, but it is definitely worth it in the end to see how much he has improved since the beginning.” In a personal blog post, one student called Tonks “either mad, brave, or a little of both” for attending a college known for its hilly terrain, all while doing so with a gracious attitude. “Whenever you’re in the situation that I was, coming to a campus on the side of the hill and knowing that you’ll need a power chair, you almost have to be brave to make that decision,” Tonks said. “But I knew that the people I would be surrounding myself with and the professors and great education would outweigh any struggle. It was so worth it to come here.” Tonks’ optimism continues to inspire countless Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff each day. Students flock to Tonks in the cafeteria; professors light up when he laughs; and strangers approach him to ask where his joy comes from, which he always attributes to God, his family and the relationships he’s built at Waynesburg. “You know, despite the long diagnosis name, it’s just a scar,” Tonks said. “If it settled somewhere else on my brain, I might not be able to talk or breathe on my own. Things could be a lot worse than they are.” “I’m happy.” The Lamp • Summer 2014 | 31

An Invitation to the White House A select group of 50 small business owners and other key influencers were invited to the White House in February to participate in Healthcare Reform talks. Among them was Waynesburg University alumnus Mark Watson.

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While walking through the wide hallways

around healthcare reform issues and an

Drawn to Waynesburg University’s MBA

of the historic building as he made his

active participant with the Small Business

Program, partially out of a desire to explore

way to his meeting location on the fourth


more deeply how he might make a larger

floor – just below Vice President Joe Biden’s

impact in the world, Watson’s professional

office – Mark Watson thought about the

Participating in a White House Business

goals evolved as he progressed through the

great leaders who walked those same halls

Council discussion on this particular topic

Program. While enrolled, Watson’s interest

over the years and about the decisions they

was an opportunity that fit well with his

in business and administration deepened.

debated in each room he passed.

personal mission and purpose.

He eventually decided to forgo his original

“There's so much rich history at the White

Watson cited his faith as the foundation

the completion of his MBA and instead

House and in the Eisenhower Executive

for everything he aspires to do in this life,

started a consulting business – a move

Office Building where we later met, it's hard

stating that he first and foremost seeks to

which would, eventually, land him in the

not to get caught up in the significance of it

“trust God in all things,” which he relates

White House.

plan of attending medical school following

all,” Watson said. “But it made me all the more determined

“There are a number of

to have a focused discussion

breakthroughs that have come


about the issues and to clearly share thoughts and concerns with whomever I could get an audience.” Eager for feedback and the opportunity to facilitate a meeting pertaining to health reform issues, the White House Business Council hosted the meeting on the

in my professional life since completing my education

“There are a number of breakthroughs that have come in my professional life since completing my education at Waynesburg University, which I would relate back to my experience in the MBA Program.”

“Economic Case for Medicaid Expansion,” and also included senior administration from

at Waynesburg University, which I would relate back to my experience in the MBA Program,” said Watson, who completed his MBA in Health Systems Administration in 2007. Watson is president and chief executive officer of Watson Healthcare Solutions, located


in Greensboro, N.C. Watson Healthcare Solutions’ mission is

the Department of Health

to build and improve healthcare

and Human Services in the

businesses to maximum


profitability and value, while back to the Bible verse, Mark 10:27. “This

creating a favorable environment for

“This has been a hot topic in Washington

has proven to be the greatest challenge,


and at the state level ever since the

but most rewarding aspect of my life, both

Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2012, that

personally and professionally.”

mandatory expansion of Medicaid under

In addition to his MBA, Watson also holds a Master of Physical Therapy degree from

the ACA was unconstitutional. Since that

“With that said, my most prominent

Duquesne University and is currently

time, President Obama’s Administration

single goal, professionally, is to use the full

completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy

has taken to various grass roots strategies,

measure of my skills and abilities to make

degree in Executive Practice Management

ostensibly to raise awareness and stir

a positive difference in the lives of current

through Evidence In Motion in Louisville,

meaningful dialogue around the issue,”

and future generations related to health and


said Watson, who received the invitation

wellness,” Watson said.

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As students of one of Pennsylvania’s first colleges to educate women, Waynesburg University’s young women have a legacy of renowned scholarship to uphold. With significant financial assistance from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, six will study abroad among the soaring skyscrapers of Tokyo, beautiful temples of Southern India, lush forests in Costa Rica and Peru, and an ancient village in Romania this summer. Each year, the Vira I. Heinz Program awards scholarships to young

team effectiveness,” said Carol Larson, director of the Vira I. Heinz

women from only 15 Pennsylvania higher education institutions.

Program. “Each year, I look forward to mentoring all the present

Approximately three from each school are admitted into the one-

and past awardees from Waynesburg and to hear of their many

year Program. This year, Waynesburg University was granted six


scholarships rather than the traditional three. Last year, four were chosen to participate in the Program, indicating a consistently

Cassandra Gates will travel to Costa Rica to study and volunteer

positive upswing in the success of Waynesburg’s women in the

with species monitoring and trail cleaning, and Ellen Limback will


travel to Cuzco, Peru, to teach children English in a small village school. Rebecca Shindelar will spend her summer taking online

Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and the Waynesburg

courses and volunteering at an orphanage in Brasov, Romania.

University coordinator of the Vira I. Heinz Program for almost 20 years, said that the young women represent the best of Waynesburg

Allyson Wernert will travel to Tokyo, Japan, to take Japanese


language classes while experiencing the culture. Caley Blankenbuehler will teach English and mathematics to students

“We are pleased to have such bright young women at Waynesburg

in Southern India and Sri Lanka, while Perretta will study mental

University who are interested in the world around them,” said

health in Vienna, Austria.

Bristor. “To have six women chosen speaks to the quality of our academics, faith integration and service opportunities.”

“I am most looking forward to the experiences and growth that will come with the scholarship,” Gates said. “I have the chance to meet

Collectively, the six women received more than $37,600 in

other women who value becoming global leaders. Without the

scholarship money through the Vira I. Heinz Program.

scholarship, I would not have been able to do this.”

“It is so rewarding to continually watch the outstanding young

Upon their return, scholars attend a fall retreat where they learn to

women at Waynesburg enhance their leadership abilities and

process and reflect on their international experience. The women

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are required to complete a Community Engagement Experience

“Overall, this experience has started a passion in my soul for

(CEE) in which they must identify a need in the community and

individuals with special needs,” Lane said.

then must work as a team to implement the project. Heidi Weaver, a 2012 Vira Heinz recipient and human services The two retreats and the CEE help the young women to recognize

alumna of Waynesburg University who traveled to India to build

and share cultural differences, the relationship between global

clean water wells for communities in need, allowed the experience

scholarship and their fields of study, career goals and thoughts

to change her life.

about citizenship. She now works at Hope International, a large network of The Vira I. Heinz Program has a history of developing Waynesburg

microfinance institutions and savings and credit associations that

University women into passionate global advocates in business,

aims to alleviate poverty.

education, faith and science. "My time in India completely changed the path of my life, Gabrielle King, one of the 2013 Vira Heinz recipients and a senior

professionally and personally,” Weaver said.

marine biology major at Waynesburg University, studied through the Australian Wildlife, Environment and Conservation Program at

“My career in international development is more fulfilling and

the University of New South Wales.

joy-filled than I ever imagined a job could be, and I attribute much of this to the opportunity to live and learn abroad through the Vira

“I was able to gain an appreciation for the natural world through

Heinz Program.”

hands-on experiences as well as in-class lectures,” King said. “This international experience will help me achieve my career goals by

This summer, the 2014 scholars will build their relationships

helping me better understand what it means to be a biologist.”

with God as they see first-hand how He blesses international cultures with beauty, how He works through different languages to

Rebecca Lane, a junior education major and Vira Heinz recipient

communicate love and how He can inspire thoughtful leadership

at Waynesburg University, volunteered with an orphanage for

on a summer journey.

individuals with physical and mental disabilities in Jamaica, that summer. While there, she worked on a daily basis to help a child

“At Waynesburg I’ve learned a lot about what it's like to be a

with cerebral palsy learn how to walk for the first time.

Christian and I have developed a relationship with God, so I know that He will be there with me through my whole trip,” Blankenbuehler said.

The Heinz Endowment supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

The 2014 Waynesburg University Vira Heinz Scholars are: • Caley Blankenbuehler, a sophomore mathematics (secondary education) major • Cassandra Gates, a sophomore chemistry (biochemistry) major • Ellen Limback, a junior early childhood education with special education major • Madison Perretta, a sophomore sociology (urban studies) major • Rebecca Shindelar, a junior human services (social sciences) major • Allyson Wernert, a junior international culture and political science major The Lamp • Summer 2014 | 35


Olon joins University as CFO John Olon joined Waynesburg University as chief financial officer in April. Olon provides executive level direction and management oversight for financial planning, budgeting and budget analysis. “Mr. Olon will certainly be

competitor comparisons to promote strategic decision making

an asset to Waynesburg

and to develop earnings guidance.

University,” said University President Douglas G. Lee.

Previously, he served in a variety of roles at the Education

“With his experience,

Management Corporation, most recently as vice president/

educational background

assistant controller. In this role, he directed enterprise accounting

and strong analytical mind,

operations including general ledger, revenue, fixed assets and

he will serve the Business

financial reporting.

Office and University well.” Olon has additional corporate experience as the manager of corporate financial planning and analysis of ALCOA, Inc., the Olon brings to Waynesburg University an impressive background

world’s leading producer of aluminum, miner of bauxite and

as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education.

refiner of alumina.

“I am happy to have been asked to join the Waynesburg family,”

A certified public accountant, Olon holds a master of business

he said. “There is a lot of excitement here, and I look forward to

administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s

being a part of it.”

degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University.

With a blend of experience in both the higher education and

He is an active member of Saints John and Paul Parish and is

corporate industries, Olon most recently served as the vice

involved in community fundraising committees, including active

president of financial planning and analysis at Dick’s Sporting

involvement in support of the Anna Seethaler Hospital (TASH) in

Goods, where he directed short- and long-term forecasting,

Oaxaca, Mexico.

analysis, store performance tracking, supply chain costing and

Waynesburg University student elected to national AMSA Board of Trustees Isaiah Cochran, a Waynesburg University junior from Akron,

Previously, Cochran served as president of the Waynesburg

Ohio, was recently elected the pre-medical trustee for the 2014-

Chapter of AMSA, which he initiated as a freshman. As a

2015 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Board of

sophomore, Cochran was elected one of five national pre-

Trustees. The election was held in New Orleans in March, and

medical region directors for AMSA, with the responsibility to

the biology (pre-med) major assumed his position May 1.

oversee more than 105 university and college AMSA chapters across 12 states. During his tenure in that position, AMSA

As pre-medical trustee, Cochran will work directly with the national president of AMSA. In his position, he will also work with the five pre-medical region directors as a liaison between the national and local levels of the organization.

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recruited more than 3,000 new members in all five regions.


Jacobs joins University as dean of institutional effectiveness and planning Dr. Jamie Jacobs joined Waynesburg University as the dean of institutional effectiveness and planning in February. In her role, she provides administrative oversight for the University’s institutional effectiveness, assessment and accreditation processes. With experience in administrative roles and as a faculty member, Dr. Jacobs brings to Waynesburg University a diverse background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education. Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Dr. Jacobs served in various roles at West Virginia University (WVU), most recently as the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. As the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, Jacobs was responsible for program operations and assessment. She also assisted with programmatic accreditation, evaluated services and recommended evidence-based practices. Previously at WVU, Dr. Jacobs worked as a clinical therapist for the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and an assistant professor for the Department of Political Science. “There is no person who could possibly

documents, institutional reporting and

be a better fit for this position than Dr.

supporting various institutional objectives.

Jacobs,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost

WVU repeatedly recognized Dr. Jacobs for her exceptional work as an educator.

and vice president for academic affairs at

“I am very excited to contribute to the

Among her many awards are the Eberly

Waynesburg University. “She will play an

continued excellence of Waynesburg

College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding

integral role in the future of our institution,

University and am already working with

Teacher Award (2003), the Golden

and the excitement which has followed her

faculty and staff on several exciting

Apple Outstanding Teacher (2002) and

arrival has been palpable.”

projects,” said Dr. Jacobs. “I feel very blessed

the Department of Political Science

to have been given this opportunity to

Outstanding Teacher Award (2002).

Dr. Jacobs will also be responsible for data

be a part of the Waynesburg University

management, grant writing, institutional


Published extensively, Dr. Jacobs’ recent

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titles include “NGOS, the European Union and the Case of the

She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in political science

Environment,” (with Anthony Zito) in Transition Activism in the

from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in counseling

UN and EU: A Comparative Study and “Civil Society in Argentina:

from WVU and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Opportunities and Challenges for National and Transnational Organisation,” (with Martin Maldonado) in the Journal of Latin

Active in her community, Dr. Jacobs currently serves as the president

American Studies.

of the Board of Directors for the Morgantown Dog Owners Group and on the Advisory Panel for City of Morgantown dog parks. Since

Dr. Jacobs has presented at a wide range of conferences, including

2011, she has been an associate advisor of Venturing Crew 21.

the National Association of Social Workers Spring Continuing

Venturing, a co-ed youth development program of the Boy Scouts

Education Conference in Charleston, W.Va., in 2013.

of America for men and women aged 14 through 20, provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring leaders.

University welcomes two trustees James R. Lowe Jr. and Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson were reelected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the February 2014 board meeting. Lowe previously served on the University’s Board of Trustees

In 1999, Lowe rejoined IBM as a member of a special group

from 1972 until 1995. Rev. Wilson served as a member of the

of IBM retirees devoted to recruiting new employees from

University’s Board of Trustees almost every year since 2000 and

acquisitions and outsourcing opportunities.

recently as the interim director of Christian life at Waynesburg University.

Rev. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1964 from Waynesburg University and a Master of Divinity degree from

Both began their new terms in May 2014.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Lowe graduated from Waynesburg College in 1963 with a

In 1992, Waynesburg College awarded Rev. Wilson an

Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies. In September of that

honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his professional

year, he joined the IBM Corporation in Pittsburgh. Until his

achievements, his community service activities and his significant

retirement from IBM 30 years later, Lowe was tasked with the

leadership and involvement with the University. He also served

worldwide responsibility of identifying and resolving IBM product

on the University’s Alumni Council from 1991 to 1999.

deficiencies for five IBM media sectors. Rev. Wilson served for more than 30 years as the pastor of In addition to his many honors, Lowe served as IBM’s

Lebanon United Presbyterian in West Middlesex, Pa. He fulfilled

representative on President Jimmy Carter’s National Taskforce on

interim appointments as the Executive Presbyter of Washington

Ridesharing in 1979.

Presbytery and pastor of First Baptist Church of Waynesburg, First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg and Hewitt Presbyterian

After retiring from IBM in 1993, Lowe became project director

Church in Rices Landing.

of the Taxation and Revenue Information Management System (TRIMS). He worked on a project to develop a fourth generation

For more than 20 years, Rev. Wilson served the West Middlesex

language technology tax and revenue system for the state of New

Area School Board and has acted as a consultant to the County


Courts in Youth Services for a number of years.

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University presents donation to Waynesburg Borough Police Canine Fund Waynesburg University presented the Waynesburg Borough Police Department with a $1,000 check for the Department’s Canine Fund January 23 to aid in the purchase of equipment and additional training for a recently acquired police dog. Asa Winters, one of the Department’s patrolmen, recently led an effort to obtain and train a police dog for the department. A 3-year-old German Shepherd, Izzy, was acquired by Winters in March 2013 and was officially hired by the Department in December. Winters, with the help of other local police dog handlers, has been training Izzy to aid in the Department’s law enforcement efforts. The dog will be able to assist officers in everything from a drug search of a vehicle or a home to the tracking of a missing person or a suspect of a crime. Izzy has been certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association in a number of areas of police work and has been trained in tracking and narcotics detection as well as article, area and building searches.

University presents donation to Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company Waynesburg University presented the WaynesburgFranklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the second of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine. This donation, along with the first, was given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died May 15, 2012, at the age of 83. Remarkably, Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure, including president for 28 years. His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company. Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who served as a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company for nine years, emphasized the importance of contributing to the long-term safety of the community. “For many years, the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company has been a key component of the community’s safety,” said Lee. “As a former member, I am proud Waynesburg University can help support this vital service to the community.” This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support of fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 towards a new fire truck from 2005 to 2007. The Lamp • Summer 2014 | 39


Pennsylvania Business Central selects Lee for “Top 100 People” Douglas G. Lee, President of Waynesburg University, was recently named to The Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 People list of 2013. According to the Pennsylvania Business Central, the Top 100 People

He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, having

list includes top executives from some of the most successful

spoken and written extensively on Workers Compensation and

companies, along with business people from all levels who have

Labor and employment law topics.

made a major impact in their community and business-to-business world throughout the past year.

Lee is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West

“I am honored to be recognized by The Pennsylvania Business

Virginia. He is an Eagle Scout and has served on the Executive Board

Central in this way,” Lee said. “In accordance with our mission,

for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He has

Waynesburg University has always placed high significance on

also served on the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission

serving the local community as well as contributing to the growth

in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association Board of

and development of the region.”

Directors, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia, and the Howe Cemetery Board. He was a volunteer fireman for more than

Lee was elected President of Waynesburg University by the Board of

13 years.

Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. He joined Waynesburg University as Executive Vice President in October

Lee holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University and


a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Waynesburg University.

Prior to joining Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC where he was a practice group leader in

Pennsylvania Business Central, based in State College, is a biweekly

the Labor and Employment Department of the firm. He was active

business publication serving a sixteen-county region in central

at Waynesburg University, being instrumental in the formation of


the University’s Alumni Council and serving as its first President. He later served as a member of the Board of Trustees in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Academic Matters Committee and as Board Secretary.

Scholarly Clips are now available online! Visit to view a collection of scholarly achievements recently made by faculty, staff and students.

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Department of Business Administration granted candidacy for accreditation status

Waynesburg counseling student achieves top score on NCE Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts

The Department of Business Administration at Waynesburg University has

in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during

been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International

the most recent National Counselor Examination

Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Department

for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively

of Business Administration has affirmed its commitment to excellence in

scoring above the national average for accredited

business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its

counseling programs. One Waynesburg University

business programs.

student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees

At its meeting in San Diego, Calif., April 7, through April 8, 2014, the


IACBE Board of Commissioners determined the Department of Business Administration at Waynesburg University has developed an appropriate

More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for

outcome assessment plan; has satisfied candidacy requirements relating to

the exam. The NCE is used for two purposes:

its business programs, resources and operational processes; and is eligible to

national counselor certification and state counselor

undergo an accreditation review.

licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important

MBA Program offers new concentration in project management

for providing effective counseling services.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, Waynesburg University will offer a new

Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in

concentration, project management, within its Master of Business

Counseling Program is accredited by the Council

Administration (MBA) Program.

for Accreditation of Counseling and Related

Satisfactory performance on the NCE is one of the criteria used by the National Board for Certified Counselors to identify professionals who may be eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an The project management concentration joins six other MBA degree options

independent agency recognized by the Council for

including applied business, energy management, finance, human resources/

Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master’s

leadership, health systems administration and market development.

degree and doctoral programs in counseling. To achieve accreditation, programs voluntarily

Students pursuing an MBA with a focus in project management will

submit a self-study that is reviewed against the

study project management software, practice portfolio management

CACREP Standards by counselors and counselor

principles, create a risk management plan and prepare to sit for the Project

educators to ensure that students receive a quality

Management Professional (PMP) certification.

educational experience.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or

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Guest Lecturers & Performers

Paul Carrol Binkley

Acclaimed Nashville guitarist Guitarist, composer and musical theatre director Paul Carrol Binkley performed on campus February 20. A highly regarded Nashville, Tenn., musician, Binkley is known for his abilities as an acoustic guitarist, performing in live shows and recordings for Music City acts. He has backed performers such as country group Alabama, but also records regularly as a solo artist. He has played on television programs including the Grand Ole Opry, Church Street Station and Nashville Now.

Andrew Ginsberg

Vice president and director of advancement at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA Waynesburg University’s Christ and Culture Lecture Series featured Andrew Ginsberg in a three-part event April 14 through April 15, during which he shared his experiences as a Jewish follower of Christ and addressed many of the issues he faced as a Christian in the healthcare industry. Ginsberg serves as the vice president and director of advancement at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, a nationwide college ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty.

Dr. Morris Harper

Executive vice president, chief medical officer and chairman of the advisory board for Correctional TeleCare Solutions Dr. Morris Harper, executive vice president, chief medical officer and chairman of the advisory board for Correctional TeleCare Solutions (CTS) in Pittsburgh, served as the speaker for Waynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation January 20. Harper, a frequent lecturer on HIV and AIDS, among other topics, directed the statewide expansion of telemedicine HIV/AIDS care throughout the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

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Dr. Jordan Kassalow

Founder and CEO of VisionSpring Waynesburg University’s DeVito Lecture Series hosted Dr. Jordan Kassalow’s lecture “Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World” February 25, during which Kassalow shared the many challenges one encounters in finding purpose, and once found, translating that into action and impact. Kassalow is the founder and CEO of VisionSpring, a social enterprise that allows people in developing countries access to affordable quality eyeglasses. VisionSpring has served more than one million customers through a network of 9,000 female vision entrepreneurs in more than 18 countries.

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

Professor at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, poet and advocate of the well-being of language, served as Waynesburg University’s b.f. maiz Lecturer January 22. She has a profound interest in the relationship between words and painting and is a spokesperson for the idea of medicine and poetry. McEntyre teaches at the University of California Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco Joint Medical Program.

Congressman Tim Murphy

Waynesburg University hosted guest speaker Congressman Tim Murphy April 23. Murphy spoke on mental health especially in relation to gun violence, post-traumatic stress syndrome for veterans and his role on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman of Oversight and Investigations. Murphy relies on his three decades as a psychologist to advocate for meaningful reforms in the U.S. healthcare system. As one of only a handful of members of Congress with a background in healthcare, he quickly established himself as a leader on the issue.

Jonathan Waterman

Writer and photographer Waynesburg University hosted Jonathan Waterman as the Glenn A. & Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series speaker March 4. Waterman’s lecture, “Plastic Garbage Patch,” was based on his 2,500-mile sailing journey from San Diego to Honolulu with 37 researchers. During this voyage, Waterman worked as the ship journalist of the 132foot brigantine Robert C. Seamans, studying the amount of plastic and Japanese tsunami debris in the water.

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future at Waynesburg University!

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Waynesburg’s PRSSA Chapter receives Star Chapter Award Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student

“The stars or requirements range from participating in Ethics

Society of America (PRSSA) was awarded the Star Chapter Award

Month, applying for national scholarships and holding an annual

for meeting specific chapter and professional development goals.

event,” said Winters. “We actually completed all 10 stars.”

The chapter was one of 27 from around the country honored with the prestigious award.

In just its fourth year of existence, Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA is one of 328 other schools from around the country nationally

“This is a huge step for us at Waynesburg PRSSA,” said Molly

associated with PRSSA, the student counterpart to the Public

Winters, a junior public relations major and the president of

Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA. “We are up to par with some of the best chapters around the country.”

“To do it in three years and to do it in a chapter with approximately 25 dues-paying members, I think is an extraordinary

A chapter must meet eight of the 10 Star Chapter requirements to

accomplishment,” said Richard Krause, the adviser for Waynesburg’s

earn the national award.

chapter of PRSSA and assistant professor and chair of the Department of Communication. “It speaks volumes to the dedication of our students.”

Students travel locally and abroad for service trips More than 215 students and 20 faculty and staff members served others both domestically and abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year. The University offered 14 service mission trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests that give students the opportunity to serve the Greene County community and beyond. Service Trips •

Barnabas Ministries – Sebis, Romania

Nutritional Center – Patzun, Guatemala

Center for Student Missions – Nashville, Tenn.

Strong Missions – Carillos, Costa Rica

Greene County Pa. Immersion – Greene County, Pa.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, N.C.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire, special municipality of the

Habitat for Humanity – Greene County, Pa.

Hurricane Sandy Relief – Highland Park, N.J.

Urban Promise – Camden, N.J.

John Perkins Foundation – Jackson, Miss.

Whitefields Foundation – Hato Mayor, Dominican

Medical Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas


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Student newspaper named regional winner Waynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently named a regional winner in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual awards contest for the Best AllAround Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. “The SPJ awards are the top of the line for student journalism

“Having the piece on Miller’s diary recognized was a gratifying

contests, and this category is akin to a best in show award that

experience for me, especially since I found out about the award a

judges the entire publication, so we are quite excited,” said Brandon

few weeks before President Lee’s inauguration and at a time when

Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University

the campus community is greatly in touch with its history,” Farrell

and faculty adviser to the Yellow Jacket.


Nick Farrell, a senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports

While the Yellow Jacket typically wins at least one award from SPJ

information) major and the executive editor of the Yellow Jacket,

each year, this is the first time it has won an SPJ Best All-Around

took home two regional awards for General News Reporting.

award in nearly a decade. The Yellow Jacket won SPJ All-Around

The awards recognize his article on past Waynesburg University

awards in both 2004 and 2005, a time when Szuminsky, then a

president A.B. Miller’s diary returning to campus and his series on

student at Waynesburg University, was editor of the paper.

the University’s student senate changes.

WCTV selected a winner in the 35th annual Telly Awards

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WCTV, the Waynesburg University student television station, recently earned a bronze award from the 35th annual Telly Awards for its piece titled “The Buzz: November 11, 2013.”

Waynesburg University Alumni

Waynesburg’s piece stood out among nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

@wbgalumni #waynesburgalumni

“The Buzz” is a show that focuses on feature stories in Waynesburg,

Waynesburg University Alumni and Waynesburg University MBA Alumni

the nation and the entertainment world. It began in the fall of 2013 under the direction of Kelly Witas, a 2014 communication (electronic media) alumna and former general manager of WCTV.

Waynesburg Alumni #waynesburgalumni

The winning episode of “The Buzz” featured stories about a

10-year-old boy who suffers from Aspergers, the Boston Red Sox winning the Major League Baseball championship and the Waynesburg University fall play.

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University faculty members honored with emeritus status and Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards One Waynesburg University faculty member was honored with the title of professor emeritus and three others received the University’s 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s Chapel Service in Roberts Chapel April 29. On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred

He joined the University in 2011 and holds a bachelor’s

upon Dr. Robert LaCount, professor of chemistry, the title of

degree, master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Indiana University of

professor emeritus. LaCount retired from his full-time position


in August 2013. He joined the University in 1965, and during his 49 years of service to the University, he eagerly incorporated

Carol Guthrie received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching

the education of Waynesburg University students into his

Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Guthrie is a

groundbreaking research.

lecturer of mathematics.

Dr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing and chair of the

Guthrie joined the University in 2009 and holds a bachelor’s degree

University’s Department of Business Administration, received the

in mathematics and a master of education in mathematics and

2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty

computer science from California University of Pennsylvania.

member with a history of teaching excellence. The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed Dr. McClung, who joined the University in 2007, holds a Ph.D.

fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for

from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a bachelor of science in

full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty

business administration and a master of business administration

member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or

from West Virginia University.

alumni. Each recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award.

Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, received

The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas,

the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty

members of the class of 1950.

member with a relatively recent history of teaching excellence.

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Stover Scholars visit major political and legal leaders in Washington, D.C. During the Stover Scholars whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., this fall, the 21 undergraduates had sessions with U.S. Senator Robert Casey; Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; National Public Radio Correspondent Mara Liasson; Georgetown University Law Center Professor Charles F. Abernathy; Institute for Justice constitutional litigator Scott Bullock; former Congressman David McIntosh; and political activist Wesley Goodman. “The Stover Scholars met with major players in the Washington,

about pursuing legal careers. Former Congressman, White House

D.C., political scene and critically engaged with them in meaningful

lawyer and Mayer Brown Partner David McIntosh, a co-Founder

and substantive constitutional discussions,” said Dr. Lawrence

of the Federalist Society, urged the students to take up the mantle

M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional

of leadership to preserve the U.S. Constitution’s values, which he

Studies and Moral Leadership and assistant professor of ethics

views as the best hope for freedom in the world. Scott Bullock, the

and constitutional law. “The political and legal leaders we visited

lead constitutional litigator in the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case,

thoroughly appreciated the Stover Scholars’ positive spirit.”

Kelo v. New London, described his public interest legal practice of strategically enhancing

Just after voting on the Senate

property rights protections.

floor on two cloture votes,

Wesley Goodman, leader of the

Senator Casey stressed his

Conservative Action Project,

ongoing quest to overcome

encouraged the Stover Scholars

partisanship and encouraged

to “talk about the American

the students to pursue lives

dream again” as they pursue

of public service. Justice

public leadership. The students

Scalia told the students that

also visited the U.S. Senate

America is free because of the

Gallery and toured both the

U.S. Constitution’s structural

Library of Congress and U.S.

protections of checks and

Supreme Court.

balances and the Separation of Powers even more so than the Bill of Rights.

Stover Scholars with U.S. Senator Robert Casey

“The D.C. trip was a great experience because we were

able to meet those in the Nation’s Capital who you hear and read At the new headquarters of National Public Radio, Mara Liasson

about. Meeting Senator Casey, Justice Scalia, NPR’s Mara Liasson,

described her career path in radio journalism and emphasized

constitutional lawyer Scott Bullock, and many more political

nurturing the skill of writing succinctly and clearly, which she

leaders put faces to names. It was fascinating to pick their brains,”

mastered by providing five minute news summaries on NPR for

said Andrew Stanko, freshman sports broadcasting major from

over a decade. She also assessed America’s current state of political

Lewisburg, Pa.

polarization and the need for leaders to bring America together. Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies The students also participated in a Civil Procedure class at

and Moral Leadership explores national and international issues

Georgetown University Law Center taught by constitutional scholar

in the context of constitutional law and Christian ethics with the

Charles F. Abernathy, who later provided insights to the students

objective of creatively transforming the polis.

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Stover Center hosts joint lecture “Washington, D.C. Behind the Veil: Reflections on both the Constitution and Federal Communications Law” Georgetown University law professor Charles F. Abernathy and former federal communications commissioner Kathleen Quinn Abernathy led a lecture titled, “Washington, D.C. Behind the Veil: Reflections on both the Constitution and Federal Communications Law,” as part of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership Lecture Series April 9. According to Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law, the Stover Center was privileged to welcome the Abernathys to Waynesburg University as “stellar” examples of American political, intellectual and professional leadership. Kathleen Quinn Abernathy was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2001 and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. She shaped American communications law regarding broadband communications, broadcast, cable, satellite and wireless both on the FCC and as a Washington, D.C., lawyer. She is currently executive vice president of external affairs at Frontier Communications Corporation. Charles F. Abernathy, professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, is the author of several books and articles including the first modern case book on federal civil rights law, “Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation,” and the premier introduction to the American legal system for international lawyers, “Law in the United States.”

Stover Scholars Visit Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto, Judges Hornak and Flaherty and the Imani Christian Academy Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with Pittsburgh

The students also toured the Imani Christian Academy and

Mayor William Peduto, Federal District Judge Mark Hornak,

heard the school’s principal, Terri L. Ayers, discuss the inner-

Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Flaherty,

city school’s determination to help students discern their own

First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh Senior Pastor Tom Hall,

divinely inspired purpose.

and visited the Imani Christian Academy April 25.

The senior Stover Scholars were then honored at a Duquesne

Mayor Peduto gave the Stover Scholars a tour of Pittsburgh’s

Club Dinner, which featured an address by Rev. Hall, who

mayoral suite and the city council meeting room and laid out

reflected upon his pilgrimage of faith from his thirty-year career

his vision for Pittsburgh’s future. Judges Hornak and Flaherty

as an Air Force Colonel before becoming a Presbyterian minister.

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SPORTS UPDATE The Waynesburg University athletic programs produced a number

All-PAC honors, PAC Defensive Player of the Year applause and

of memorable experiences for both themselves and their fans during

first-team 2013 All-South Region recognition. The

the 2013-14 school year. The Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s

Clinton, Pa., native wrapped up his award haul by being named to

teams combined for seven seasons with .500 overall winning

the prestigious Associated Press Little All-American Team, which

percentages or better and another Presidents’ Athletic Conference

recognizes the top players from NCAA Division II and Division III, as

(PAC) title for one of the school’s most successful programs.

well as the NAIA.

FALL 2013

Hill and Fedorka led a group of five first-

Once September rolled around, many

team All-PAC honorees that included

wondered how the Yellow Jacket football

senior safety Bryan Gary, who became a

team would follow up its co-PAC

rare four-time first-team all-conference

championship from 2012. Though

selection after leading the team in total

Waynesburg was unable to successfully

tackles (90). Waynesburg also saw four of

defend its title, it recorded an eighth-

its own lauded as second-team honorees,

straight season with a .500 record or

and nine picked up honorable mention

better (7-4) and qualified for an Eastern

All-PAC applause.

Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) bowl game for a third-straight season. The

Both the Waynesburg men’s and

Jackets battled Brockport (N.Y.) State in

women’s soccer teams stayed in playoff

the ECAC Northwest Bowl.

contention throughout their respective seasons. Unfortunately, both squads

The high-powered Waynesburg offense

came up painfully short of qualifying for

was led by first-team All-PAC quarterback

their respective postseasons. The Yellow

Carter Hill, who etched his named in the

Jackets men finished one-half game

Yellow Jacket record book after posting

out of the fourth-and-final playoff spot

some truly prodigious numbers. The

after going 3-3-2 in PAC play, while the

junior set new single-season records for

Jacket women were tied for fourth in the

passing yardage (3,102), touchdown

conference at 5-3-1, but missed out on

passes (28), pass completions (292) and

the postseason due to a tie-breaker.

pass attempts (473). The Columbiana, Ohio, native was a four-time Corvias

The Orange and Black men were led

ECAC Division III Southwest Offensive

by senior Tim Fields, who was named

Player of the Week and a two-time PAC

first-team All-PAC after firing in a team-

Offensive Player of the Week. He was also

high eight goals and posting 19 total

lauded as a third-team member of the

points. Fields was also listed on the 2013 2013 All-South Region

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division


III Men's All-Great Lakes Region thirdteam squad.

On the other side of the line of scrimmage, senior defensive end Brandon

Senior Susie Godwin led a trio of

Fedorka proved to be one of the most disruptive forces in all of

women’s soccer standouts after drilling four goals and adding an

Division III. Fedorka put together a fantastic final season on the

assist for nine total points. Like Fields, she found her way onto the

gridiron. He set new personal bests with 67 total tackles (46 solo

2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's All-

stops), 11.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. He showed off his

Great Lakes Region third team.

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Second-year head coach Carl Griffiths, who led both teams in 2013,


was honored as the PAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year after guiding

Moving inside to the volleyball

his squad to a 10-4-3 overall mark. He

court, the Yellow Jackets were led by

also led the Jacket women to an 8-8-1

sophomore setter Jessica Dorazio,

season record.

who earned honorable mention All-PAC accolades after leading the

The Waynesburg men’s and women’s

Orange and Black in digs per set

cross country teams both enjoyed

(4.94) and service aces (26). Dorazio’s

high levels of success in 2013. The

efforts highlighted Waynesburg’s 7-23

Yellow Jacket men made team


history when it won the Chatham University Invitational, which is believed to be the program’s first

WINTER 2013-14

team championship in modern

The Yellow Jacket athletic scene really

history. They followed that up with

heated up as the temperatures outside

a third-place showing at the PAC

the newly renovated Rudy Marisa

championships, placing behind only

Fieldhouse dropped during weeks

traditional powerhouse Grove City

of sub-freezing temperatures and

and four-time defending champion

seemly relentless snowfall. All three

Saint Vincent. Sophomore Ben

winter programs enjoyed seasons

McAuley and senior Jonathan Blatt

to remember on the newly installed

were honored as second-team All-

hardwood floor of their home

PAC picks after finishing in ninth and


13th place, respectively. It was business as usual for the The Jacket women ran to one of their

Waynesburg wrestling team, which

finest seasons in recent memory.

hosted and won the 2014 PAC

Under the guidance of head coach

Wrestling Championships. The

Chris Hardie, Waynesburg won

victory, which featured four individual

both its home invitational and the

champions, was the Jackets’ fourth

Chatham Invitational, while adding

at the event over the past five

third-place performances at two other

years. Freshman Filippo Crivelli

regular season meets. The Orange

(133 pounds), junior Jake Vitolo

and Black carried that regular season

(141), senior Luke Lohr (149) and

success over into the conference

sophomore Greg Kumer (285) all

championships, where Waynesburg

won their respective weight classes to

took second out of 10 teams. The

power the win. Sixth-year head coach

Jackets were led by the freshman twin

Ron Headlee was named PAC Coach

sisters Emily and Katie Latimer, who both earned second-team All-

of the Year for a fourth time.

PAC distinction after placing eighth and 10th, respectively. As satisfying as a fourth conference title trophy was to the Jackets, Under the guidance of 16th-year head coach Ron Christman,

their biggest highlights were still to come as the postseason wore

the Waynesburg women’s tennis team had one of its best regular

on. For a second-straight year, Waynesburg qualified three of its

seasons in recent memory. The Yellow Jackets went 11-4 overall,

own to compete in the NCAA Division III National Wrestling

which features the program’s highest win total since before 2003.

Championships, as Lohr, senior Cameron Fine (184) and senior

The Jackets placed fifth at the annual PAC Championships.

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for the event. Bonaventura made program


history by upsetting the number-two and

Perhaps the biggest obstacle faced by

number-three wrestlers in his weight class to

Waynesburg’s eight spring programs was

become the Yellow Jacket to wrestle for an

the cold, snowy weather that persisted well

NCAA Division III national title. Bonaventura

into the month of April. However, by the

wound up taking home the silver medal at

time May came around, the various Jacket

174 pounds.

coaching staffs managed to put together quality seasons of work before graduation.

As a team, the Jackets won the most dual matches in recorded program history after

Under the guidance of second-year head

putting together a 15-6 overall record.

coach Maria Shepas, the women’s lacrosse

Speaking of record-setting win totals,

team set a new program record for wins in a

Bonaventura’s 42-5 overall mark features the

season by going 3-9 in the 2014. The team’s

most individual wins in recorded program

third win came against fellow PAC member


Washington & Jefferson, which marked the first time the Yellow Jackets defeated a conference rival in their seven-year history.

Moving from the mats to the court, sixthyear head coach Sam Jones continued to build upon his ever-growing legacy of success

New individual standards of success were

with the Waynesburg women’s basketball

also established by the standout senior Toria

team by leading the Yellow Jackets to their

Shepherd. Not only did she become the

fourth-straight winning season (15-12).

all-time team leader in career goals (93) and

Win number 13 was particularly sweet for

total points (115), but her 34 goals this past

Jones, as it moved him into first place on the

spring are the most ever tallied in a single

program’s list for wins by a head coach (85).

season by a Jacket player.

The Jackets advanced to the semifinal round

Though the Waynesburg softball team didn’t

of the PAC Championships, where they fell

win as many games as it would have liked

to Thomas More, which was ranked number

during a 10-22 season (6-12 in PAC play),

one in the country by the end of the regular

there were a few definite highlights for the

season. However, Waynesburg scored the

squad, which was led by sixth-year head

most points of anyone the Saints faced in

coach Lou Giachetti. The Jackets pulled one

2014 during the 106-88 setback.

of the biggest upsets of any team in the conference when they upset Thomas More

Even with all of the wins and accolades from their fellow winter

4-3 in a 12-inning thriller that gave the then 6-0 Saints their first

squads, no team seemed to capture the attention of the campus

PAC loss of the season. Waynesburg also put together a fine sendoff

community like the resurgent men’s basketball program. Under the

for its seniors during the last home doubleheader of 2014. The

guidance of 2014 PAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year Mark

home team swept visiting Chatham by the final scores of 1-0 and

Christner, the Yellow Jackets posted their first overall winning record


(15-12) since the 2005-06 campaign. The achievements continued to be earned, as the Orange and Black hosted and won its first PAC

The Waynesburg golf teams were invigorated by some very

quarterfinal matchup since the 2005-06 season and qualified for an

successful new faces that made immediate impacts on their

ECAC tournament (Southwest) for the first time since 1998.

respective squads. The Yellow Jacket men were led by first-year junior Tyler Tracy, who was the team’s lowest scorer at every one of its six spring events. Tracy earned honorable mention All-PAC laurels at the league’s spring championships. The Waynesburg

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women, who already

Waynesburg's first-place

boasted one of the top

4x400-meter relay team,

competitors in the PAC,

which qualified for

senior Madison Presto,

the upcoming Eastern

added freshman Paige Lane

Collegiate Athletic

to its ranks. Presto was

Conference (ECAC)

lauded as a second-team


all-conference pick, while Lane played well enough

Last, but certainly not

for honorable mention

least, the Waynesburg


baseball team was on the cusp of qualifying

After experiencing its

for the four-team

share of struggles during

PAC Championship

a 3-8 regular season, the

tournament as April

Waynesburg men’s tennis

turned into May. The

team found its groove at the right time and won its final two matches of the

The Waynesburg University men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed in the top three of their respective PAC championship meets. The Yellow Jacket women took second, while their male counterparts took third.

Yellow Jackets were in fifth place in the conference standings, one game behind the number-

2014 campaign. Led by Christman, the Yellow Jackets rode that momentum into the annual

four squad. With veteran head coach Mike Humiston at the helm,

PAC Championships and placed fourth at the event after finishing

an extremely young group of players (three seniors, seven juniors,

the regular season in seventh place.

nine sophomores and 17 freshmen) were looking to qualify for the conference postseason for the first time since 2005.

The Jackets were led by freshman Timothy Harris and junior Philip Littlejohn, who took second place at second and third singles, respectively. Harris added another silver medal performance by


teaming up with junior Isaiah Cochran at first doubles. Littlejohn

The Yellow Jacket athletic programs enjoyed their share of academic

and classmate Colin Philips took third at second doubles.

accolades throughout the school year. Waynesburg boasted the most honorees on the PAC Fall Academic Honor Roll for a third-

The Waynesburg men’s and women’s track & field teams faced

straight year after 73 student-athletes were featured on the list.

some lofty expectations this spring after historically high finishes at

That total was 14 names higher than the school with the second-

the 2013 PAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Some major

most honorees. The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes varsity

losses due to graduation contributed to the Jacket women dropping

student-athletes who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of

to fourth place this spring after they won their first conference team

3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition.

title in 2013. The Waynesburg men experienced a less precipitous drop by placing third as a squad after claiming second place a year

In addition to their representation on the PAC Fall Academic


Honor Roll, the Waynesburg football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and wrestling teams

Junior Byrum Louco stole the show at the conference

all added a variety of recognitions for their team’s efforts in the

championships by taking home both the PAC Track MVP award

classroom. Junior linebacker John Sikora highlighted the athletic

and PAC Track & Field MVP award after an outstanding Saturday

department’s individual academic honors by being named to

of competition. He scored individual gold medals in both the

the Capital One All-America Division III Football Team, which is

400-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles, respectively, and added

selected by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America

honorable mention All-PAC laurels in the 110-meter hurdles


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Alumn i & Fr iends Events September 2014 (TBA)

Washington, PA Women's Alumnae Luncheon

February 26, 2015

Phantom of the Opera in Pittsburgh, Pa.

October 10-11, 2014


March 2-5, 2015

Florida Alumni & Friends Events

October 23, 2014

Baltimore Area Alumni & Friends Dinner

March 17, 2015

Arizona Alumni & Friends Dinner

November 6, 2014

Dave & Buster’s Recent Grad Night

March 24, 2015

166th Charter Day Celebration and Donor Recognition Dinner

November 13, 2014

Greensburg Alumni & Friends Dinner

April 11, 2015

Alumni Dinner Theatre

April 15, 2015

York Alumni & Friends Dinner

January 28, 2015

Pittsburgh Networking Lunch April 16, 2015

February 4, 2015

Washington County Networking Lunch

New Jersey Alumni & Friends Dinner

May 3, 2015


February 14, 2015

WU Sweethearts Dinner

For more information on Alumni & Friends events, visit

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1 Bequests 2 Insurance Policies 3 Retirement Plan Assets 4 Charitable Gift Annuities 5 Charitable Remainder Trusts For information on ways to make a planned gift, visit or contact Heidi Szuminsky, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, at 724-852-3258 or

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Alumnus gains national recognition through PBS award for classroom innovation Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University secondary English education alumnus, was one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa. The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program rewards techsavvy K-12 educators from across the country who incorporate digital media in the classroom to promote student engagement and achievement. “Great schools and great teachers constantly evolve and adapt,” said Devlin, whose classroom is 100 percent paperless. “Technology is going to continue to play an increased role in both life and the work place. If we don’t teach students relevant 21st century skills, we are failing to prepare them for their future.”

Devlin, who has taught at Brockway Area High School for seven years, was named the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in 2013. He

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-

was also named one of four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher

long professional development opportunities that include virtual

of the Year award.

trainings, access to premium, exclusive resources and invitations to special events.

Devlin received his bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Waynesburg University, where he became familiar

The top 16 applicants, including Devlin, will serve as leaders of the

with technology in the classroom and gained hands-on experience

program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington,

with modern instructional technology. Devlin also holds a master’s

D.C., to take part in a two-day digital education summit. There, they

degree in educational leadership. He also holds teaching certificates

will participate in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and

in English (grades 7-12), business/computers (grades K-12) and

hear from leaders in digital technology.

library science (grades K-12).

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Trustee visits St. Joseph's Cathedral On a recent visit to Vietnam, University Trustee John D. Woodward visited St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi. The French colonial government built this Cathedral in 1886 in an architectural style resembling Notre Dame in Paris. The Cathedral served as the center of worship for Hanoi's Catholics until the Communists came to power in North Vietnam in 1954. The Communist government ordered the Cathedral closed and St. Joseph's did not reopen again until Christmas Eve 1990. These days, the cathedral conducts daily masses.

Former resident directors win national award Former Waynesburg University resident directors Chuck Ellis and his wife, Sally (Stalder) Ellis, recently received a national award for their family-owned business, Pearl Valley Cheese. A panel of international cheese experts judging the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisc., awarded Pearl Valley a gold medallion in the Rind-less Swiss Cheese Class. Pearl Valley's Swiss was also recognized as one of the top 16 cheeses in the entire competition, a feat among 2,615 entries from 22 countries. Pearl Valley is a four-generation business located in Fresno, Ohio. The Ellis’s both served as resident directors at Waynesburg University and have a son, Tom Ellis, who is a current student.

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Alumni Gatherings

Connecticut Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – October 16, 2013

Houston Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – January 21, 2014

Dallas Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – January 23, 2014

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Richmond Regional Dinner – November 7, 2013

Pittsburgh Networking Lunch – February 27, 2014

West Palm Beach Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – March 3, 2014

New Jersey Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – April 10, 2014

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Waynesburg University kicked off its first Alumni and Friends Summer Travel Program to Greece June 12 through 23, 2014. The group walked in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Greek islands. Want to be the first to find out where our next trip will take place? Email us at!

Other Events (not pictured) Dave and Buster’s Recent Grad Gathering – November 14, 2013 Hilton Head Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – February 20, 2014 Ft. Meyers Regional Alumni and Friends Lunch – March 2, 2014 Jacksonville Beach Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – March 5, 2014 Alumni Dinner Theatre – April 5, 2014 Denver Regional Alumni and Friends Dinner – April 8, 2014 Recent Grad Night at PNC Park – June 28, 2014

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HOMECOMING 2014 Homecoming is the perfect time to reconnect with classmates and visit your alma mater. Contact your friends and make plans to spend the weekend of October 10 through 11 in Waynesburg!


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