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President Timothy R. Thyreen

This issue of The Lamp conveys some of the

Provost Dr. Robert J. Graham

extraordinary stories of faith, academic excellence and

Executive Vice President Douglas G. Lee

University education. American theologian and

Senior Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations Robin L. King

place God calls you to is the place where your deep

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Roy R. Barnhart Senior Vice President for Planning and Institutional Advancement Rev. Richard L. Noftzger, Jr.

THE LAMP - WINTER 2012 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 over 70 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Editor Bethany Doyle Associate Editor Pamela Cunningham Contributing Writers Chelsea Cummins Pamela Cunningham David Floyd Robert Fox Bob Randolph Samantha Scribner Brandon Szuminsky Photography Nick Kelsh Randy Laskody Dave Miller Marc Soracco Sarah Zwinger Layout and Design Bethany Doyle Alumni Services Phone: 724.852.3300 Fax: 724.627.3225 Correspondence Phone: 724.852.3293 Fax: 724.627.7602


service which are at the very core of a Waynesburg Presbyterian minister, Frederick Buechner, states, “The 24

gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” We take our responsibility very seriously, as we seek to assist our students in finding that connection in their lives. Through teaching and mentoring, through the liberal arts and through service around the world, we aim to challenge our students to discover what they are passionate about and how that passion can be used for the common good. Our newly dedicated Roberts Chapel symbolizes the University’s focus on Jesus Christ, as we seek to reflect his grace and truth in our daily living. As we commit ourselves to the fulfillment of the University’s Christian mission, we believe that our students will come to understand their unique place in this world to serve God and humankind. The Chemistry Department’s designation as “Outstanding” by the American






Chemical Society—one of only 36 departments to receive this accolade across the nation—demonstrates the passion of the Waynesburg faculty and students to investigate and study God’s creation. The Nursing Department’s success in graduating students with a 100 percent pass rate—for the fourth consecutive year —is another example of Waynesburg’s commitment to excellence. Our student weekly newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, won a first place award with special merit from the American Scholastic Press Association. Waynesburg University’s Community Service Initiative, in which Waynesburg students contribute more than 47,000 service hours annually, was listed on the President’s Community Service Honor Roll. Through the Stover Scholars program, a new wave of leaders is being developed that will positively impact the direction of American politics and law in the future. “Our students have been given unique opportunities to interact with individuals who daily address the constitutional and geopolitical issues of our age,” states Dr. Larry Stratton, director of the Stover Scholars Program. It is our Christian commitment in higher education that brought a distinguished medical doctor to the MBA studies at Waynesburg. As he described in his 2011 commencement address, he came to Waynesburg because the University did not just tolerate, but actively celebrated his Christian faith. We believe that we are the model for Christian higher education for the 21st century, and we take very seriously the Scripture’s command to bring “Light and Truth” to the whole world. We are grateful for your continued support, and we pray for God’s blessing as we seek to be faithful stewards of your trust and generosity.

19 To the Glory of God A dream and a vision carried on from Waynesburg’s rich

Christian history come to fruition through the faithful support

of alumni and friends.

Sunday, May 15, marked a special occasion for more than 700

students and their families.

27 Commencement 2011

34 Forensic Science students “get in and get dirty”


Building a department to elevate students in the field upon

graduation, faculty dedication and experiential learning

opportunities fuel student passions.

2 President’s Message 4 Alumni Impact 6 Campus News 12 Scholarly Clips 22 Student Profile 24 Faculty Sketch 30 Above the Mission 32 Beyond the Classroom 38 Sports Update 46 Alumni & Class Notes

44 Homecoming 2011

Waynesburg University celebrated its annual Homecoming

Weekend with a number of activities for students, alumni and

members of the community.

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identified the emphasis on ethics. He said that ethics was not taught as a topic in itself, but it “exists as a strong part of the program because of the way the instructors teach.” He feels that an ethically questionable business practice under analysis at another school might be condoned if it increased revenue, but in the MBA classes at Waynesburg University, those practices would be seen as completely undesirable and that all the class members would draw that conclusion because of the standards of the teachers. For a final paper in his studies, Dr. Perry used an Old Testament text from Ecclesiastes to discuss the idea of diversification of investments—pointing to the fact that the idea, which is sometimes seen as originating

DR. JOHN PERRY PROFILE: Position: Anesthesiologist at Uniontown Hospital

Education: B.S., Millsaps College M.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center M.B.A., Waynesburg University

Current Residence: Uniontown, Pa. Statement of Purpose: “My worldview is that my Christian faith is to be lived out in all areas of my life.”

in modern times, could be found in the

RIGHT AT HOME Dr. John Perry readily accepted the invitation to speak on behalf of the Graduate and Professional Studies programs at Waynesburg University’s 2011 Commencement Ceremony. During his address, he emphasized the importance of living out the Christian faith in every situation.


acing fellow graduates, their families and the academic


community in attendance, MBA graduate Dr. John Perry

He next considered Waynesburg, but before enrolling he spoke

spoke of his decision to attend Waynesburg University,

with Dave Mariner, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. Dr.

saying, “I am a Christian, and I wanted to know if people

Perry told Mariner, “I’m a Bible-believing, saved Christian, and I love

like me would be tolerated here. My worldview is that my Christian

Jesus. I don’t need to be coddled, but I want to be in a place where I

faith is to be lived out in all areas of my life.”


Almost 20 years after receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree, Dr.

He remembers Mr. Mariner saying, “John, you’ll feel at home.”

Perry had decided to reduce his work load in order to spend more

He did feel right at home, and in his address pointed to the

time with his daughter and to take courses that would enhance his

traditional and current emphases of Waynesburg University, saying

professional career. There was one catch: he required a school that

that Waynesburg University “was founded with a commitment as

would tolerate, perhaps even celebrate, his strong Christian faith,

a Christian college by Presbyterian ministers in 1849,” and quoting

but his path did not lead directly to Waynesburg. Originally he

these words from the current mission statement: “As a Christian

enrolled in another school, but after attending one or two classes,

comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every…

he knew decisively it was not for him, because Christian values

student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.”

seemed dismissed in the classroom. He wanted to study where he

Asked in private conversation about which elements of

was not only intellectually challenged, but also comfortable with his

Waynesburg’s MBA program that he especially liked, Dr. Perry

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degrees were learner’s permits, giving them “the foundation to understand all that is necessary to pursue whatever our individual God-given talent will allow,” saying that they had been “well prepared.” He then asked permission to close his remarks with a prayer, in which he asked for blessing on the “graduates, their families, Waynesburg University, its President, Board, faculty and staff,” and ending with a prayer for safe travel for all. Years ago, when Dr. Perry wandered a bit in his flight across the Mississippi Delta and mistook the mighty Mississippi River for a ditch, he might not have been sure of his course, but his course now seems clearly directed to connecting his faith in his work. Again, a student of Waynesburg University’s

Bible. He sees that kind of biblical reference and thinking as fitting at

history may hear an echo from past president A. B. Miller. In the

Waynesburg University.

1870s, Miller said, “man’s progress—printing, railroads, telegraphs,

In his address at graduation, Dr. Perry said, “My worldview is

telephones, electric lights and other great inventions…all stand in

that my Christian faith is to be lived out in all areas of my life.” For

an important relation to the progress of the Kingdom of God upon

students of Waynesburg University history, those words seem to echo

the earth.” Inasmuch as Waynesburg University has always found

those of A. B. Miller, one of the great presidents in the University’s

its essential identity and direction in an unapologetic connection

history, writing in 1892, in the formative years of Waynesburg’s

to Christian values, Dr. John Perry stands as a truly representative

identity. Dr. Miller wrote of an “inseparable connection between

graduate, right at home, part of the family.

creed and conduct, principle and practice, doctrine and destiny.” Toward the end of his remarks at the graduation ceremony, Dr. Perry told a story about being 17 years old flying alone in an airplane across the Mississippi Delta for his “FAA check ride.” The flight was taking longer than he expected, and he radioed ahead for directions, mentioning that a “rather small ditch” had passed under his left wing. The man to whom he spoke (who turned out to be his FAA examiner) gave him directions and pointed out that the “small ditch” was actually the Mississippi River. The examiner put him through several maneuvers and gave him a “learner’s permit,” saying that he now needed “experience in the air.” Dr. Perry pointed out that when he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1990, he was exhorted to practice medicine, to continue learning. To the graduates, he said that their



Nursing graduates achieve fourth consecutive perfect pass rate THE WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY

NCLEX subsequent to graduation from a


baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree

once again achieved a 100 percent pass

program. A student must pass the exam in

rate on the National Council Licensure

order to become licensed to practice as a

Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-

registered nurse.

RN). Waynesburg University was one of

This year, 144,570 candidates tested

two baccalaureate programs in the state of

in the United States and achieved an

Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent

average national pass rate of 87.81 percent.

pass rate this year. This year’s feat marks the

Pennsylvania had the fifth largest number

program’s fourth consecutive year achieving

of candidates, with 7,260 testing from 83

the 100 percent pass rate.

programs with an average pass rate of 87.66

University administration, faculty, staff and

percent. Thirty-one Waynesburg University

students share a tremendous amount of

students collectively achieved the 100

pride in the accomplishment.

percent pass rate.

Rossiter began the program in May 2010.

“This is a remarkable achievement,” said

“The 100 percent pass rate is an indicator

To Rossiter, the pass rate meant unmatched

Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Robert

of the quality of the students and the

preparation and individualized attention.

Graham. “We are proud of our nursing

program’s cutting-edge curriculum.

“I am extremely grateful I ended up here,”

faculty and students. The accomplishment

Additionally, faculty members are committed

Rossiter said. “In addition to the obvious

is a direct result of our unwavering

to educating students in the professional

program strengths, the hidden factor that

commitment to enroll bright and

values and behaviors that graduates must

has become apparent to me over the past

hardworking students and our commitment

possess in order to provide safe, high-quality

18 months is that these teachers truly care

to provide them with dedicated nursing

care,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair of the

about our success. They invest a lot of

faculty who consistently develop a culture of

Department of Nursing and professor of

personal time into each and every one of

excellence in nursing.”

nursing at Waynesburg University.

us so that not only will we pass, but we are

The exam pass rate takes into account

The strengths of the program have been

prepared to become excellent nurses to our

graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2010,

recognized by students like Tiffany Rossiter,

future patients.”

through Sept. 30, 2011. Students take the

a second degree student from Portland, Ore.

Nursing students receive hands-on learning in the state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab, while the Waynesburg nursing professors are dedicated to developing the skills in each and every student.

University nationally recognized for community service initiatives



contribute more than 47,000 service hours

In June, Pennsylvania Higher


annually. Through its more than 40 local

Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)

to the President’s Higher Education

and regional agencies and a continuously

announced that Timothy R. Thyreen,

Community Service Honor Roll by the

expanding network of international agencies,

President of Waynesburg University,

Corporation for National and Community

Waynesburg University encourages students

was confirmed by the State Senate to

Service. This is the University’s fourth

to become servant-leaders through a

be appointed to PHEAA’s Board of

consecutive year receiving the honor.

number of partnerships.


The selection represents recognition from

The University offers approximately 15

Created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania

the highest levels of the federal government

service mission trips per academic year. The

General Assembly, PHEAA has evolved

for the University’s commitment to service

trips are held during the fall, winter, spring

into one of the nation’s leading student

and civic engagement on campus and

and summer breaks. The University also

aid organizations. Today, PHEAA is a

beyond. The Corporation is a federal agency

participates in a number of weekend-long

national provider of student financial

that improves lives, strengthens communities

service projects in the local community and

aid services, serving millions of students

and fosters civic engagement through service


and thousands of schools through its

and volunteering.

In addition to volunteer hours, the

loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial

“This award recognizes each and every one

University offers a service leadership

aid processing, outreach and other

of our students and their commitment to

minor constructed around service-learning

student aid programs.

serving their community in significant ways,”

courses. During the semester-long courses,

“I look forward to working with

said Dave Calvario, dean of students and

students perform a specific amount of hours

other Board members to improve

director of the Center for Service Leadership.

of community service with a non-profit

educational opportunities and expand

“Their hearts are filled with compassion to


financial assistance for the students

serve others and to connect their education by addressing real human and societal issues now and in the future.” The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities

Students travel to international destinations such as Belize (below), as well as domestic places from Greene County to Arizona, to lend a helping hand to those in need. For such efforts, the University was nationally recognized with a prestigious honor.

of Pennsylvania,” Thyreen said. “I am confident that my years of experience in higher education will prove beneficial as we address the many issues facing Pennsylvania students, families and

nationwide that support innovative and


effective community service and service-

Thyreen has served as Chair of the


learning programs. Honorees for the award

Association of Independent Colleges &

were chosen based on a series of selection

Universities (AICUP), the Pennsylvania

Waynesburg University welcomed approximately 430 freshmen

factors including scope and innovativeness

Association of Colleges & Universities,

students, representing 23 states at its annual Matriculation

of service projects, percentage of student

the Pennsylvania Campus Compact,

Ceremony in late August. The class of 2015 includes residents

participation in service activities, incentives

American Universities in Russia,

of the following: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut,

for service and the extent to which

Ukraine and the New Independent

Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North

academic service-learning courses are

States, and the President’s Athletic

Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York,

offered. Waynesburg University was one of


Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia,

641 colleges and universities recognized

Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Japan.

nationwide. Waynesburg University students

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Habitat for Humanity, Tropical Storm Lee victims and Jamaican community benefit from mission trips

Vernon shares leadership insights from time with LA Police Dept.

The trip was the University’s seventh to


wisdom and theoretical knowledge to the


serve with Mustard Seed Communities


Waynesburg University community.”

their Thanksgiving break serving others.

in Jamaica and fifth to the Montego Bay

students, faculty members, administrators

Several students commented about the

The University offered three service mission

location, Blessed Assurance Home. The

and guests during two recent Waynesburg

impact that Chief Vernon’s visit had on

trips covering a variety of academic and

students were responsible for various

University lectures entitled “Character:


professional interests that gave students

projects related to upkeep at the facility and

The Foundation of Leadership” that, while

“Chief Vernon’s lecture series gave me

the opportunity to serve both the Greene

for serving the staff and residents of the

each person has different skills, talents

insight into both the workings of a police

Mustard Seed home.

and opportunities, everyone has the same

officer as well as how to be an effective

potential to improve his or her character.

leader in the modern world,” said Gina

“And character,” Vernon related, “is the

Robinson, a freshman English/secondary

basis of leadership and persuading other

education (literature) major from Lower

people to follow you.”

Burrell, Pa.

Vernon’s visit to Waynesburg University

Robinson continued, “Being an education

was sponsored by the Stover Center for

major, one of my major concerns is how

Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership,

I will motivate my students, and Chief

which seeks to relate Christian Ethics

Vernon’s seminar made me realize that to

and respect for the U.S. Constitution to

get my students involved, I have to be a good

contemporary issues.

leader myself.”

During Chief Vernon’s visit to Waynesburg,

Echoing Robinson, Chase Ayers, a

he spoke to 12 classes about a wide range

freshman sociology (pre-law) major from

of topics, including “The Federalist Papers

Charleroi, Pa., said, “The wisdom that Chief

and the Problem of Political Faction,” respect

Vernon bestowed upon us is indispensable.

for private property, Old Testament King

Today, too many leaders do not understand

Hezekiah’s reforms in Ancient Israel, the

the importance of leading by example, and

challenges of forensic crime investigation,

Chief Vernon highlighted the importance.”

police interrogation of criminal suspects, tax

Zander Shashura, a sophomore business

policy, the war on terrorism and white collar

management major from Fredericktown, Pa.,


commented, “Chief Vernon was an excellent

“Chief Vernon drew upon his 38 years

speaker, and his deep knowledge of the Bible

of leadership in the Los Angeles Police

was inspiring to me. He challenged me not

Department and his subsequent global

only to be a better leader and stand for what

discussions with government leaders in over

is right, but to also get into the Bible more

55 countries as the founder of the Pointman

and see everything God has in it for us.”

Leadership Institute to inspire Waynesburg

Jonathan Waldon, a junior sociology

University’s students toward excellence

(political science) major from Carmel,

in whatever field they pursue,” said Dr.

Ind., commented, “Through his extensive

Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover

experience of leadership and stories on

Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral

police work, he taught me new aspects of

Leadership. “He brought a wealth of practical

leadership and kept me interested the entire


County community and beyond. The projects included the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica; Presbyterian

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Agency

Disaster Assistance Agency in Wilkes-Barre,

–Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Members of the Greene County Habitat for Humanity team work diligently at a West Waynesburg work site during the University’s fall break in November.

Pa.; and Habitat for Humanity in Greene

Seven students, led by Dave Calvario, dean

County, Pa.

of students and director of the Center for

The student mission service team worked

Service Leadership at Waynesburg University,

to clean up the devastation left by Tropical

and Jason Falvo, head track and field coach,

Storm Lee in September. The group

Mustard Seed Communities – Jamaica Ten students served the Mustard Seed

assistant football coach and life skills

Communities in Jamaica over Thanksgiving

instructor at Waynesburg University, traveled

Assistance Agency and the Lackawanna

break. The students were led by Tom Ribar,

to the Wilkes-Barre area for a five-day service

Presbytery, one of 16 presbyteries in

chaplain at Waynesburg University.

mission trip in November.

partnered with the Presbyterian Disaster

the Synod of the Trinity and part of the Presbyterian Church USA.

WHO’S YOUR NEIGHBOR WEEK REMEMBERS Waynesburg University’s annual fall Who’s Your Neighbor Week included numerous events implemented to focus on the theme, “Love in a World of Conflict.” Billy Williams, Grassroots Movement Director for Nuru International, served as the Who’s Your Neighbor Week speaker. Passionate about ending extreme poverty, Williams is dedicated to Nuru International’s mission to “eradicate extreme poverty by holistically empowering rural communities to achieve self-sufficiency and inspiring the developed world to confront the crisis of extreme poverty.” In addition to Williams’ lecture, other events were hosted by University students, faculty and staff. The week’s events educated students and raised awareness regarding domestic and international issues that require action. Waynesburg University students participated in a number of events throughout the week, including a trip to Shanksville, Pa., Sunday, Sept. 11, and a World Vision Work Day.

Greene County Habitat for HumanityGreene County, Pa. Fifteen Waynesburg University students were led by Sarah Brandstetter, coordinator of Bonner Scholars, and Luke Payson, resident director at Waynesburg University, as they served Greene County Habitat for Humanity over a portion of their Thanksgiving break. According to Brandstetter, students worked with GCHFH on a number of the local affiliate’s current projects, including work on a West Waynesburg home and house packages within GCHFH’s warehouse. Students also gained a better understanding of the organization by traveling through the county to see the houses built over the last 25 years.

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Former Los Angeles Assistant Police Chief Robert L. Vernon offered two lectures, “Character: The Foundation of Leadership,” during the first week of November.

time. I found his points on being empathetic in a leadership role especially interesting.” Daniel Czajkowski, a sophomore criminal justice major from Frederick, Md., said, “Having such a prominent figure from within the world of criminal justice and leadership on campus with us was indeed a great privilege. Chief Vernon not only provided us with practical leadership tools, but encouraged us to approach leadership with a Christian ethic and from a Christian worldview. Chief Vernon’s thoughts and expression of faith were most inspiring.” Stephanie Laing, a senior communication (journalism) major from Las Vegas, Nev., said, “Chief Vernon emphasized the character traits I deeply desire and work so hard toward. Vernon’s lectures came at the best time. I have an even deeper desire to attain these character traits and become the best possible leader.”

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Mini-Relay raises more than $19,000 for cancer research


finally, to the personal and family challenges

PAM SNYDER met with 17 Waynesburg

of being a public official.

University Stover Scholars in October

“We are very honored that Commissioner

to discuss her path into politics and the

Snyder took the time to meet with the Stover

importance of cooperation in governance.

Scholars,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton,

Snyder, who has been a Greene County

director of Waynesburg University’s Stover

Commissioner since 2008, urged the

Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral

undergraduate students from a range of

Leadership. “Her passion for making Greene

university disciplines to take their university

County work well and more prosperous is

education seriously and figure out how to


make society better for future generations.

The Waynesburg University Stover Scholars

Snyder told students that she constantly

were appreciative of Snyder’s relatable

asks herself, “How can I make Greene


County better?” and “How can I leave

“Commissioner Snyder’s visit provided

Greene County better than when I found

a very valuable learning experience,” said

it?” Through the reflection upon these

Jeremy Hinkle, a freshman history major

questions, Snyder urged the students to

from Washington, Pa. “We recognized her

have the same attitude toward their own

steadfast commitment to serve the people

communities throughout their careers.

and to make progress, and realized that she

“Make your community better for the next

accomplishes this by sacrificing as much

generation,” she said.

time as she needs to in order to get the job

According to Snyder, working to help

done, and also by not allowing any partisan

someone every day is what government

politics to occur under her watch.”

service is all about. Her experiences in politics

Ryan Marshall, a junior sociology (pre-law)

have included service as Deputy District

major from New Salem, Pa., said Snyder’s

Director for the 20th Congressional District

visit provided him with “new hope.”

Teams split their members into groups

Office of the late former Congressman Frank

“Meeting Commissioner Snyder was like

to walk for an hour at a time, making

Mascara, and serving on the staff of both

a breath of fresh air for the prosperity of this

sure a representative of each team was on

the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the

nation,” he said. “She said straightforward

the course at all times. An estimated 600

Greene County Board of Commissioners.

that we need to set aside politics and actually

people participated in the event, displaying

The Stover Scholars, chosen for their

govern by doing what needs to be done for

the dedication of Waynesburg University

interest in the relationship between the U.S.

the people, instead of what is wanted to be

students, faculty and staff, and the local

Constitution and Christian ethics, asked

done that will only help a particular group of


Commissioner Snyder questions ranging

people instead of the people as a whole.”

Shawn Wharrey, a marine biology major

from Governor Tom Corbett’s proposals for

For Chase Ayers, a freshman sociology

from Mars, Pa., and co-chair of the Mini-

the regulation of the Marcellus Shale natural

(pre-law) major from Charleroi, Pa., Snyder

Relay event, was honored to be involved in

gas exploration and drilling, to possible

provided a great deal of insight into the

the successful event.

trade-offs between good governance, to

political sector.

“Relay for Life is such an important part of

representing the will of the people and

ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17, Waynesburg University held

CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATED To celebrate Constitution Day, the Stover Scholars at Waynesburg University presented “Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution: A Reader’s Theater Production,” Monday, Sept. 19. Based on Jean Fritz’s book “Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution,” the student production brought to life the Constitutional Convention’s historical debates. The production told the story of 55 delegates from 13 states who huddled in secrecy for four months in the Philadelphia State House to draw up the plan of government that we know today as the Constitution. Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars are a group of developing leaders who embrace the constitutional principles that guided the Founding Fathers in an effort to positively impact the direction of American politics and law. The Stover Scholars felt compelled to offer the production in an attempt to enhance appreciation for the U.S. Constitution, while shining light upon the decisions and compromises made by the Founding Fathers. The play portrays the principles and values shared by the framers, as well as their disagreements.

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Commissioner Snyder discusses path to politics with Stover Scholars

its fourth annual Mini-Relay for Life event on the campus of Waynesburg University. The event was held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and raised $19,714.95

“I relay for a cure! I hope that through all of our efforts, a cure can be found and many lives can be saved.”

for cancer research. “It was amazing to see our Waynesburg family come together for an incredible cause,” said Kelley Hardie, director of housing and coordinator of the University’s Mini-Relay event. “We are affecting so many lives through the monetary donations, prayers and emotional support. I am truly blessed to be a part of such an inspirational event.” The event, a joint effort of the University and the American Cancer Society, included typical Relay For Life events such as a Luminaria Ceremony and a Survivors’ Lap. This year, 42 teams participated in the event, an increase of seven teams from the 2010 Mini-Relay. Teams were comprised of clubs, organizations, athletic teams, residence halls, faculty and staff members, and friends.

- Shawn Wharrey, co-chair of Mini-Relay for Life my life. Cancer has stricken every family in one way or another, and this event helps us celebrate all the people who survived cancer and honor those who lost their battle,” he said. “I relay for a cure! I hope that through all of our efforts, a cure can be found and many lives can be saved.” The top three fundraising teams included the Student Activities Board team ($2,750.45), the Colleges Against Cancer team ($1,911.28) and the WCYJ-FM team ($1,831.51). Pittsburgh Steelers mascot, Steely McBeam, made a special appearance at Waynesburg University’s Mini-Relay for Life on April 17, 2011. The event, which showcased 42 teams, raised over $19,000 for cancer research.

In October, Greene County Commissioner Pam Snyder met with the Stover Scholars from the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership to discuss her path into politics. She encouraged them to make a community better for the next generation.

“The idea of governing over political fighting has given me a new way of approaching issues both state and national. Political infighting seems to capture more attention from the news than the bipartisan ‘governing matters’ approach to politics,” Ayers said. “We need to promote more agreements and less stonewalling.” Anthony Cooper, a junior sociology (pre-law) major from Lewisburg, Pa., felt he received quality insight into the intricacies of local government. “I was especially impressed with how Commissioner Snyder maintained her area roots and did not forget who she was serving when in office,” Cooper said. “This is something that is commonly forgotten and yet extremely important for a public official.” Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, founded by Waynesburg University alumnus Dr. W. Robert Stover, is committed to creatively transforming the ethical state of the polis, bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square.

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BUSINESS TRAVIS BARKLEY, a senior public accounting major, was recently awarded a prestigious Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants scholarship for his adherence to academic excellence at Waynesburg University. This year, PICPA granted scholarships to 51 students in Pennsylvania. Barkley received one of 25 Multi-Year Renewable Scholarships for $3,000. His scholarship is active for the 2011-2012 academic year, but the award renews annually (based on high GPA maintenance) until degree completion.


Moyer selected to Nethercutt Foundation Karen Moyer, a junior pre-law major from Conneaut Lake, Pa., was selected to participate in the Class of 2011 Nethercutt Foundation Fellowship Program. Moyer was one of nine participants selected for the opportunity offered to college

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Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society student chapter was selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2010-2011 academic year. Waynesburg’s student chapter is headed by DR. EVONNE BALDAUFF, chair of the Department of Chemistry, and DR. ROBERT LaCOUNT, professor of chemistry.


students nationwide. In June, Moyer spent a week with members of congress, government officials, members of the national press, lobbyists and think-tank representatives. Her

CHRISTIAN OLA, assistant professor of business administration, presented two papers at conferences over the past semester. The first included “A Return to Objective Ethics in Business Education: A Faith Based Argument for Plato’s Virtue Ethics” at the Fifth Annual One Voice International Ethics Conference in Chicago in August. Publication of the paper took place in January 2012. Additionally, Ola presented his paper “Entrepreneurship in the Emerging Economies of the BRIC Nations: Potential Causation” to 45 global scholars from 20 countries at the World Business and Social Science Research Conference in October. The paper was published in November. Ola also accompanied four students to the R.I.S.E. Conference at the University of Dayton in March 2011. JOSHUA COGAR, a senior engineering/chemistry major from Waynesburg, Pa.; MARK HTLATKY, a junior business management major from Uniontown, Pa.; PUJA MIKKILINENI, a recent finance alumna from Canonsburg, Pa.; and JOEL WINGARD, a senior finance major from Uniontown, Pa., attended the conference. Students had the ability to interact with financial professionals from all over the world while being a part of the largest student-led investment conference in the world.


trip also included visits to national monuments and sit-ins of the Senate floor to help illustrate how government has functioned in the past and present. Moyer was not the only Waynesburg representative. Dr. Richard Waddel, political science professor at Waynesburg University, joined the selected students and attended all meetings in the nation’s capital as the Professor In Residence. In this role, Waddel accompanied the students throughout the week and explained the context, subtext or connections between everyone with whom the students met and visited. “[Mr. Nethercutt’s] goal is to show the fellows that politics and public service are honorable, fascinating and well worth the time, efforts and passions of our students,” Waddel said. “He is well respected in Washington and is able to open doors to diverse, interesting and well-connected individuals who share a passion for responsible and

DR. CHAD D. SHERMAN joined Waynesburg as an assistant professor of communication in August. In addition to his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Sherman holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

COUNSELING DR. JAMES HEPBURN, professor of psychology, recently offered three

presentations. His most recent presentation took place this fall at Pennsylvania State University where he presented “Using Music as a Metaphor: How to Use the Concepts of Music Theory and Practice to Enhance Counseling Skill Development.” In the spring, Hepburn presented “The DSM-5 in Counselor Education: Opportunities to Reinforce Counselor Identity” at a conference in New Orleans. In addition, Hepburn presented “Encouraging Individuals with Mental Illness to Become Counselors” at the NARACES Conferences held last fall in New Brunswick. Furthermore, Hepburn was published in the Encyclopedia of Psychology, and through his work on the editorial board for PsycCRITIQUES, he has reviewed many books, including Encyclopedia of Emotion, The Spirituality of Sex and From Classical to Contemporary Psychoanalysis: A Critique and Integration.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE Waynesburg University’s Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Forensic Science and the Office of Admissions hosted the annual Mock Crime Scene Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 22. The event afforded more than 50 high school students the opportunity to train with experts in the criminal justice and forensic science fields. Sessions included a crime scene simulation led by a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police (crime lab); a lesson in crime scene first responder procedure led by a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent; and a laser shot simulation led by a retired member of the Secret Service.

EDUCATION DEBRA C. CLARKE joined the undergraduate community as an assistant professor of education and Chair of the Education Department. Prior to this role, Clarke served as Director of Graduate Education Programs at Waynesburg University. Clarke received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. She has 15 years of public school teaching experience and 21 years of experience in higher education.

Crosby Lecture Series presents leading authority on religion and spirituality Waynesburg University’s Glenn A. &

Heavily involved in research, Johnson has also directed research

responsive citizenship.”

Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series hosted Dr. centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania.

According to Waddel, the Nethercutt Fellows are all leaders who will make significant

Byron Johnson Thursday, September

Pieces of his research have been used in consultation with

contributions to their communities in the future.

22. He offered a public lecture titled

the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the

“More God, Less Crime: More a Leap

Department of Labor and the National Institutes of Health.

of Faith or a Matter of Fact?”

Johnson is currently collaborating with the Gallup Organization

DR. SUT SAKCHUTCHAWAN, associate professor of business administration and director of international studies, recently published a research paper titled “Innovation and Competitive Advantage: Model and Implementation” in the Journal of International Business Research. The journal was published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education, Toronto, Canada. In addition, Sakchutchawan completed his post doctorate in Business Management from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

JOSHUA CHICARELLI was recently named assistant professor of business administration at Waynesburg University. Chicarelli received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall University and is a Certified Public Accountant for the state of West Virginia. He received his Masters in Professional Accountancy (MPA) from West Virginia University. Prior to coming to Waynesburg University, Chicarelli worked for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), ran his own accounting practice and served as an adjunct professor at West Virginia University. He also worked for West Virginia University Hospitals and Parks as well as Foster & Morris CPA’s.

Johnson, professor of social sciences at on a series of studies addressing religion and spirituality in the Baylor University, is both the Director

United States and abroad. He is also working to complete a series

of the Institute for Studies of Religion

of studies for the Department of Justice about the role of religion in

(ISR) and the Director of the Program on Prosocial Behavior. A

prosocial youth behavior. In addition, Johnson, along with a group

leading authority on the scientific study of religion, the efficacy of

of his ISR colleagues, is involved in a series of empirical research

faith based organizations, domestic violence and criminal justice,

studies regarding the religious landscape of China and additional

Johnson holds an extensive list of credentials and experience.

studies related to religious intolerance and tolerance in America.

Johnson serves as a senior fellow at both the Witherspoon

The Glenn A. & Jane L. Crosby Lectures, funded by 1950 Magna

Institute in Princeton, N.J., and the Sagamore Institute for

Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane

Policy Research in Indianapolis, Ind. He is also a Senior Research

Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who

Scholar at the Institute for Jewish and Community Research in

are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars

San Francisco, Calif. His renowned reputation has also led to

interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in

his position as the Chief Adviser for the Center for the Study of

classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event

Religion and Chinese Society at Peking University in Beijing, China. culminates in a final public lecture.

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Kooyers, EcoStewards Club receive service awards In April, Waynesburg University announced the recipients of the Harry E. Gardner Service awards. Each year, the University selects a student and an organization that exemplify the spirit of service. The 2011 recipients for


DR. JULIA C. BAUSMAN joined Waynesburg University’s Department of Education as an assistant professor of education. Bausman received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Nazarene College, her Master of Education degree from Grand Valley State University and her doctorate degree from Walden University. Prior to coming to Waynesburg, Bausman taught first grade, special education and music in New York and Michigan.


DR. FRANCES L. BOYD joined Waynesburg University as an associate professor of education. In addition to her Master of Arts degree and doctorate degree from West Virginia University, Boyd received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary. Prior to coming to Waynesburg University, Boyd taught in the graduate program and served as an associate professor and undergraduate department chair at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. Boyd has also taught in the public school system in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, where she worked as a classroom teacher, consulting teacher and educational diagnostician.


the award included Kyle Kooyers and the Waynesburg University EcoStewards Club. Kooyers, a biblical and ministry studies (religion and philosophy) major with a minor in service leadership from Pittsburgh, Pa., was nominated by four Waynesburg University faculty and staff members. He was selected for his commitment

Members of the EcoStewards Club were recognized in April with the annual Gardner Service Awards.

to service and ministry. Kooyers has served with a number of organizations and ministries including Youth In Action, Habitat for Humanity, the Pittsburgh Project and Pine Springs Camp, among others. He has participated in several mission service trips to Philadelphia, Pa., Belize and Jamaica.

STEVEN TERRILL, a senior creative writing and psychology major, was recently published in the independent online fiction magazine eFiction. His story, “Kimberly Ann,” was among six selected to appear in the September 2011 issue. Created by a small group of writers, eFiction is a forum for independent authors who gather online and have their fictional stories published. Since its inception, readership has become global. The selection process has several factors, including previous involvement with eFiction and underrepresented authors.

MELANIE V. CATANA joined Waynesburg University full time as Instructor of Vocal Music and Director of Choral Music. Prior to these roles, Catana served Waynesburg University parttime in the same capacity. Catana directs the Lamplighters Choir and gives individual voice lessons to Waynesburg University students. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in voice performance and a Master of Arts degree in vocal performance with a certification in music education from Carnegie Mellon University. Catana came to Waynesburg University after spending several years performing opera.

SARAH RIZZI, an art education major from Irwin, Pa., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University in a three-week art exhibit. Rizzi’s exhibit included ceramics, watercolor and acrylic paintings, drawings and jewelry. KRYSTA STANKO, a senior art education major from Kane, Pa., presented a collection of her work completed at Waynesburg University. The majority of Stanko’s displayed work showcased ceramics, photography and drawings, among others. Directed by EDWARD L. POWERS, associate professor of theatre, the Waynesburg University Players presented Julius Caesar Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 5. Five years had passed since the Waynesburg University Players presented a Shakespeare play, and Powers felt that it was time to showcase a classic production once more. “I wanted to let the students, both as actors and as audience, experience Shakespeare,” he said. “It is important to expose ourselves to the classics, and I mean the true classics—the plays that have stood the test of time and have influenced so many others.”

Other individual nominees for the award included Amy Byler, a senior human services (social science) major from Salisbury, Pa.; Leeann Danley, a junior elementary education major from West Finley, Pa.; Pamela Engelmann, a senior environmental biology major from Westminster, Md.; David Floyd, a junior communication (journalism) major from Irwin, Pa.; and Dorothy Rurak, a senior environmental science major and biology minor from Chicago, Ill. The EcoStewards Club, led by Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, received the 2011 Harry E. Gardner club or organization award. Dorothy Rurak, president of the EcoStewards Club, accepted the award. The Club initiates best environmental practices to challenge the campus of Waynesburg University to live and act differently to be stewards of the environment. The organization has been involved with numerous service activities including the Fox Feather Trail at Ryerson Station State Park, clean up days at Warrior Trail, the Campus Climate Challenge and more. Other group nominees for the award included Colleges Against Cancer and the Student Athletic Training Association.

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DR. KELLEY L. SOLOMON joined Waynesburg University as an assistant professor of education. Solomon received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and her doctorate degree from West Virginia University. Prior to this role, Solomon taught for 17 years in the Monongalia County schools in Morgantown, W.Va. Her experience includes 10 years as a teacher education coordinator with professional development schools through the West Virginia University Benedum Collaborative. Other experiences include English/Language Arts education, reading intervention and teacher education.

FORENSIC SCIENCE A recent donation of a portable optical analyzer from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, will further enhance Waynesburg University’s mission to offer students experiential learning scenarios, further preparing them for life after graduation. The Thermo Scientific AhuraFD, a hand-held Raman infrared chemical identification system used for rapid identification of a range of materials from narcotics to explosives, is generally intended for use by military personnel and first responders (such as law enforcement and hazmat response teams), but is also used by industrial chemical producers and suppliers to enhance safety management at their sites.

GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES DR. SCOTT L. TRACY was named Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Counseling. Tracy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from California University of Pennsylvania in 1984, and a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education in 1986, also from California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tracy was awarded a Doctorate in Counselor Education from Duquesne University in 2007. Prior to his

The Yellow Jacket awarded with special merit honor Waynesburg University’s weekly student news publication, The

Campus, Region, Sports, and Arts & Life.

Yellow Jacket, recently received a first place award with special

The publication continually brings students,

merit from the American Scholastic Press Association.

faculty and staff the latest issues and

The first place award was based on a point scale of 850-1,000,

events that concern the campus and local

with the special merit honor receiving at least a score of 950.


In addition to receiving first place with special merit, The Yellow

“Winning the special merit award

Jacket staff also received the Outstanding Section award, given to

is a prestigious honor,” said Richard

one newspaper in all categories.

Krause, chair of the Department of

“Entries are judged on a point system, and the number of

Communication and faculty adviser to

points awarded dictates the award given,” said Rachel Brown,

The Yellow Jacket. “The award recognizes

executive editor of The Yellow Jacket for the 2010-2011 academic

the commitment the students have to

year. “We were designated as one of the three top newspapers in

The Yellow Jacket and the commitment

our category.”

they have to producing a professional-

The Yellow Jacket consists of 16 pages and four sections:

quality newspaper.”

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role at Waynesburg University, Tracy served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University. Tracy is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor and a certified K-12 school counselor. He maintains a private counseling practice in Uniontown, Fayette County. Tracy is recognized as an expert in Disaster Mental Health and the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in rescue workers. DR. LAWRENCE G. KUSHNER was named Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Education. In addition to his doctorate in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, Kushner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in education from Duquesne University. Prior to his new role, Kushner spent 35 years in public education as a teacher, coach and principal. For the past 12 years, he served as the principal at Brentwood Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pa. DR. KIMBERLY WHITEMAN joined Waynesburg as an assistant professor of nursing in both the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. In addition to her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Waynesburg University, Whiteman received a BSN from Pennsylvania State University and a MSN from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to this role, Whiteman served Waynesburg University through a VA Nursing Academy Grant. She also served as the Advanced Practice Nurse Educator at UPMC Presbyterian.

HISTORY DR. KENT M. JAMES joined Waynesburg University as a lecturer of history. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

NURSING DR. NANCY MOSSER, professor of nursing and chair of the Nursing Department, served as an external evaluator of the BSN Program at Missouri Southern State University in March 2011.


DR. KIMBERLY WHITEMAN, assistant professor of nursing, and DR. KIMBERLY STEPHENS, co-director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, recently presented at the fourth annual National Doctor of Nursing Practice Conference in New Orleans, La. Stephens and Whiteman conducted a podium presentation titled “Improving Quality & Safety Through Partnerships: Bridging the Gap Between

Onifer presents research at State Capitol Tiffany Onifer, a sophomore chemistry major, recently presented at Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Onifer was selected as one of 34 students in Pennsylvania to attend the event.

In 2011, DR. SARA CLUTTER, associate professor of nursing, and TINA ANTILL, assistant professor of nursing, conducted a lecture presentation, “Life Happens: Surviving Doctoral Education While Carrying a Teaching Load” in Atlantic City, N.J., for a conference sponsored by the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute. At the same conference, Clutter and Antill also offered two poster presentations, “Pearls and Pitfalls

for Teaching Evidence Based Practice” and “OK. . .I’m New Faculty and I Have a Clinical Group. . .Now What?” In addition, Clutter served as a book reviewer and abstract reviewer for Elsevier and Southern Nursing Research Society, respectively. In 2011, Clutter received the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award from the West Virginia Center for Nursing Excellence and the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award from Waynesburg University. LESLIE KWASNY, instructor of nursing, presented the poster, “A ‘Greener’ View: A Novice Educator’s Perspective on Interprofessional Education,” at the 2011 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

DR. KATHY STOLFER, assistant professor of nursing, and MELANY CHRASH, assistant professor of nursing, were selected to develop a case study for the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research Healthy People Curriculum Task Force Successful Practices Initiative. They were recognized for their efforts and enthusiasm to advance the teaching of prevention, population health and public health with an APTR Certificate of Excellence. In addition, Chrash co-authored an article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners October 2011 issue. The article was titled “The APN

Undergraduate Research Day was created to assemble college students, their faculty mentors and Pennsylvania legislators. Students have the opportunity to share their research as well as advocate the importance of undergraduate research and relay to legislators that their support is both valued and necessary. Onifer embraced the opportunity to share her work. “The privilege of going to Harrisburg and meeting with our various legislators was a blessing,” Onifer said. “The legislators conveyed their excitement to see what this generation has been doing to benefit our community and this nation through learning about the various research topics.” For two years, Onifer has conducted research for Dr. Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University. Her work consists of synthesizing cyclodextrin beads in order to improve microdialysis sampling for collecting small neuropeptides from the brain. Neuropeptides are released in the brain for communication throughout the body. Fletcher’s interests include studying the neuropeptides involved in addiction. Fletcher praised Onifer for her knowledge and dedication. “Tiffany is a very determined student who strives to understand how and why things work, which contributes to her great work ethic,” Fletcher said. Those interested in Onifer’s research had the opportunity to learn about her topic but also discover how it affected her education. Through her research, Onifer has narrowed her career path and increased her desire to pursue her education. “Honestly, I love learning,” Onifer said. “Having the privilege of working under Dr. Fletcher has been such a blessing. I have learned so much, and this desire that I have to learn has grown even stronger throughout the years.”

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Academia and Practice.” In addition, Dr. Stephens was accepted to present at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Conference in January 2012.

Snyder, May travel to Harrisburg for annual Lobby Day Two Waynesburg University students, led by Katie White,

influential members of our state legislature.”

assistant director of admissions at Waynesburg University, joined

The students participated in various activities held in the

more than 100 students from the Commonwealth’s independent

Capitol located in Harrisburg, Pa. The event was sponsored by the

colleges and universities for the

Association of Independent Colleges

annual Student Lobby Day Tuesday,

and Universities of Pennsylvania

April 12.


Madeline Snyder, a recent

“We met with several state senators

elementary education graduate from

and representatives from our area to

Jefferson, Pa., and Kelsey May, a

thank them for the Pennsylvania Higher

sophomore middle level education

Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)

major for English/language arts

money that students receive to defray

from Mill Run, Pa., represented

the costs of higher education,” May

Waynesburg University. May and

said. “As a future educator, I recognize

Snyder joined students from 35 independent colleges and universities to visit with local legislators to discuss the importance of increased funding as it relates to private colleges and

the importance of education.” Maddie Snyder (left) and Kelsey May (right) met with State Representative Pete Daley (center). Representative Daley was one of a number of State Representatives and Senators with whom Snyder and May collaborated.

According to White, the experience showed the students that the decisions being made in the Capitol affect them directly.


“Student Lobby Day is important because it encourages

“We discussed funding for private schools with our local state

students to be proactive and aware of the decisions being made

representatives and senators,” Snyder said. “I enjoyed sharing

in Harrisburg regarding state funding for their education,” White

my experiences and support for Waynesburg University with


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Role in Holistic Assessment and Integration of Spiritual Assessment for Advance Care Planning.” Also, Chrash presented a podium presentation titled “Spiritual Assessment: Do We Have the Time?” at the 26th Annual American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

SOCIAL SCIENCES DR. ESTHER BARKAT, associate professor of social sciences at Waynesburg University, was accepted to present in Chennai, India, in July to present her academic paper, “Distinguishing Linguistic and Cultural Factors from Communication Disorders.” Barkat became interested in this topic while serving on a committee of the West Virginia Board of Education that researched and then published a report titled “The Identification and Evaluation of Exceptionalities in Students with Limited English Proficiency.”

SOCIOLOGY DR. EZEKIEL OLAGOKE, assistant professor of sociology, recently presented his paper, “The Principle of Subsidiarity in the Nigerian Context,” at the Catholic Social Science Conference in Steubenville, Ohio. Six Waynesburg University students attended the conference with Olagoke, which took place in October. In addition, Olagoke was notified in the spring that his manuscript, “Millennial Muslims: Second Generation Nigerian Muslims in the United States,” will be included in The Review of Faith and International Affairs. The quarterly journal is published by the Institute for Global Engagement’s Center on Faith & International Affairs.

STOVER CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL STUDIES & MORAL LEADERSHIP DR. LAWRENCE M. STRATTON, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, recently contributed an entry titled “Privacy” in 18 | The Lamp • WINTER 2012


Community Impact Grants awarded This fall, Waynesburg University awarded two Community Impact Grants totaling $2,000 to assist students in their fervor to make a difference. Since its first implementation in the fall of 2009, the grant has been awarded every semester during the University’s Who’s Your Neighbor Week. A selection committee, consisting of University faculty, staff and administration, chose the recipients based on the project’s value to the community, the project’s fundamental short- and long-term impact and the project’s planning and implementation process. Individuals were able to apply for a $500 grant, and classes, groups or organizations could apply for a $1,000 grant. The fall 2011 recipients consisted of two group awards of $1,000 each to be used toward their respective projects. Shawn Wharrey, a junior biology major from Mars, Pa., and Jessica Malingowski, a senior forensic accounting major from Finleyville, Pa., received a $1,000 grant for their project, “Mini-Relay for Life: Kid’s Zone.” The award will contribute to a fun, free and safe play area for children at Waynesburg University’s fifth annual Mini-Relay for Life. Kid’s Zone will supply sand art, face paints and various raffle items. Other Kid’s Zone activities will include inflatables, drawings and a balloon artist. The grant will allow Mini-Relay for Life to connect with multiple after-school and tutoring programs managed and attended by Waynesburg University students including Kid’s Café, Youth in Action and Bowlby Library. Wharrey and Malingowski have already reached out to the programs’ tutors to promote Kid’s Zone attendance. Applicants Julia Paganelli, a sophomore English secondary education (creative writing) major from Pottstown, Pa., and Chelsea Ritter, a forensic science major and biology, chemistry and theatre minor from Tripoli, Pa., collectively applied for a $1,000 grant to help facilitate the program titled “Drug Awareness: Greene County Schools.” Their program will mobilize a group of students to local schools to discuss drug-related issues and statistics in the surrounding area. “This grant was needed to help supply real-life application of awareness,” Ritter said. “The items we will purchase with this money will help kids understand the gravity of being involved in drugs.” Grant recipients are required to complete their project within the current academic year and are eligible for one award per school year. Candidates were required to fill out an application that included a budget and a recommendation from a non-family member. the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics published in November. In addition, Stratton presented “Atheist Bestsellers: Exploration and Christian Response” in September at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, N.J. In May, Stratton served as the Greene County Law Day speaker where he presented “Freedom Rocks” at the Greene County Court of Common Pleas in Waynesburg.

Also in May, Stratton addressed JeffersonMorgan High School’s class of 2011 and their families as the Baccalaureate Ceremony speaker where he presented “Cosmic Choices Ahead.” In addition, Stratton presented his paper, “Obama and the Faith-Based Initiative: Continuity or Change?” at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in New Orleans, La., in January.

TO THE GLORY of GOD A dream and a vision carried on from Waynesburg’s rich Christian history come to fruition through the faithful support of alumni and friends. >>>

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BEAUTY TO THIS CAMPUS: David Allen Wehr, pianist; and

Fox’s thoughts by challenging students to align the

a prayer of dedication given by

meaning behind the vision of Roberts Chapel with their

n May of 2010, the

Mr. Mark E. Fox, chair of the

own lives.

University witnessed

Waynesburg University Board of

“This building is a great testimony to this University

one of the most

Trustees. The dedication ended

and its mission,” Thyreen said. “We are charged to

significant groundbreak-

with a benediction from the

be worthy of this building. We want what you have

ings in its history. Just as symbolic

Rev. Thomas Ribar, University

learned here to make a difference in the world. We want

as it was real, the day marked 162


to know that because of your life, the world is a better

years of waiting and hoping for a

“This is a special time for this

place worthy to worship our Lord

University,” Thyreen said. “This

At a November student press conference, months

and Savior.

place is a house of worship that

following the University’s first chapel service, Thyreen

One year and four months after

will be shared through the years,

assured University administration, faculty, staff and

the groundbreaking, the wait

affecting the lives of current and

students that by continuing to uphold the University’s

ended and produced a magnificent

future students.”

Christian mission, Waynesburg University will

building that will forever represent

continue to thrive.

A letter read by Mrs.


the principles upon which the University was founded.

Carolyn Thyreen, Waynesburg University’s first lady, indicated

“As long as we pursue the mission upon which the

Saturday, September 24, 2011, will go down in Waynesburg

the true significance of the day and its meaning to Waynesburg

University was founded, we will be provided for,”

University history as the day Roberts Chapel was dedicated.

University students. The letter, written by a Waynesburg

Thyreen said.

The formal dedication took place during a private ceremony

University student, was found in May of 2011 in the fence

Representing the chapel’s significance to the

and inaugural concert where more than 400 individuals

that surrounded the chapel throughout most of the building

University’s campus, it stands at the highest point of

including faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, donors and

process. The envelope was addressed to “the men who have

campus at North Washington Street on the north side of

guests shared in the historic event.

brought beauty to this campus.”

the campus quadrangle.

Named for Sherl Levi Roberts and Sarah Bertha Earnest

As the letter was shared, the importance of the day became

Consisting of three levels—the sanctuary, a balcony

Roberts, the parents of the late Dr. Roy Roberts, a 1942

evident to all in attendance.

and the ground floor—the chapel’s square footage

graduate of Waynesburg University, Roberts Chapel is located

“This is truly a joyous day,” said Mrs. Thyreen. “This space

totals 20,400 square feet. Designed by Valentour

at the peak of the University’s campus. The chapel stands as a

on this hill will be forever devoted to the glory of God.”

English Bodnar & Howell and completed by Volpatt

symbol of God’s grace that has guided the University for more

During the dedication prayer, Fox asked that “God’s blessing

Construction, the chapel seats approximately 700

than 160 years. Prior to his passing, Dr. Roy Roberts shared

and grace be forever on this place.”

people. The external footprint is 76 feet wide by 134

his vision with Waynesburg University President Timothy R.

“We praise you for what this University has become,” he

feet long. The most prominent building on campus,

Thyreen and provided a generous lead gift of $4.5 million.

said. “As generations of students come and grow and mature

its height reaches 120 feet and its exterior replicates

The dedication ceremony included remarks by Waynesburg

spiritually here, they will be equipped to make a difference

a traditional brick 19th-century Presbyterian Church.

University President Timothy R. Thyreen; a performance by

with their lives in a world that is in desperate need.”

Four 38-foot columns and ten 32-foot windows add

the Waynesburg University Lamplighters; an organ and piano

During the University’s first weekly chapel service, just three

beauty and significance to the symbolic structure.

concert featuring Mr. J. Christopher Pardini, organist, and Mr.

days after the chapel’s dedication, President Thyreen echoed

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Dear Silent Heroes, You have created a masterpiece from dust. When I arrived here to the University on August 14, I looked out my window to find a concrete foundation engulfed amidst construction. As the year progressed, I continued to look out my window in admiration of your handiwork. I’ve seen you all work in rain, snow and thunderstorms to build a building that you may or may not even believe is necessary. I don’t know if you guys believe in God, but I do know that God is using you. This church will be a sanctuary for me to worship the God who created me. Because of you, I’ll have a place to praise the Lord. I am so thankful for you. Sincerely, A Friend

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“I was attracted to Waynesburg because it is a Christian university and because it emphasized service. But I didn’t think it would change what I would do for the rest of my life—and yet it definitely did that.” -Alex Evanoff, reflecting on his decision to attend Waynesburg University



hortly after coming to Waynesburg

“When I switched, I never looked back—

as an exercise science major, Alex

never really questioned it,” Evanoff said. “I

Evanoff felt that God had something

kept getting confirmation that this is what I

different in mind for him. So he prayed

was called to do.”

about it.

Now a senior, the Butler, Pa., native said

“And then, when I was looking through

he found his calling at Waynesburg in large

the handbook, I saw International

part because of time he spent in Belize City,

Missions,” he said.

Belize, during three University service trips

So, with one trip to the Registrar’s Office

and a summer internship working with

after his first semester, he changed his

Unity Presbyterian Church and Primary

major to biblical and ministry studies,

School. Looking back on his freshman

focusing on international missions, and left

self, he wasn’t surprised he took part in

Through his time at Waynesburg University, Alex Evanoff received confirmation that his decision to switch majors from exercise science to international missions was God’s will. His trips to Belize have helped to show him a future path of service to others.

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a life of exercise science behind.

Waynesburg’s service opportunities—he just wouldn’t have anticipated the impact it would have on him. “I was attracted to Waynesburg because it is a Christian university and because it

emphasized service,” he said. “But I didn’t

offered him a real taste of what his post-

the kids would sing while they rode in an old

think it would change what I would do for

collegiate life might be like.

school bus through the streets of Belize City

the rest of my life—and yet it definitely did

“My plan is to go back to Belize, live there

on their way to youth group.


for some time and lead groups,” he said.

“It’s there you realize that God is not just

As he nears graduation, his next step isn’t

“I will be open to wherever God sends me,

God of suburban America, but God of the

exactly as cut-and-dry as if he’d stayed in

but I feel like there is a reason I keep going

entire world,” he said. “Hearing the kids

his intended major of exercise science, but

back—because that is where my heart is.”

worship is the best worship that I have ever

Evanoff is certain his new vocation is the

In the meantime, while he’s at

experienced. The way they worship might

perfect fit for him.

Waynesburg, Evanoff has made it a point to

be different, but it is awesome that we are

His time in Belize has made that much

convince others to realize that service is a

worshipping the same God.”

clear. On service trips, Evanoff and the other

valuable addition to any education and to

So while his collegiate career didn’t turn

students helped at the school that the

take advantage of the service opportunities

out the way his freshman year self thought it

Unity Presbyterian Church started, doing

that Waynesburg offers.

might, Evanoff said he is thankful for his time

physical work for half the day and spending

“I have been very fortunate, so I tell

at Waynesburg and the new path he found

time with the kids—tutoring or playing—

everyone that they should go and experience


for the other half. Evanoff, who is just as

a new culture, see the way people live

“No doubt in my mind, this is where I am

bright as he is easygoing and who wrestles

elsewhere,” he said. “Learning about

supposed to be,” he said. “This is where I

for the University at 174 pounds, was just

different cultures helped me to realize how

absolutely belong.”

as at home hauling ribar on the school

sheltered I was. I had lived in this bubble, but

construction site as he was tutoring the

now it is expanding; it’s something you can’t


explain unless you do it.”

As much as he enjoyed leaving something

For example, Evanoff said, it sounds simple,

tangible behind—a playground for fun and

but he found himself moved by the songs

Alex Evanoff found an inborn passion for the children of Belize, whether helping them in a tangible way of building a playground or fence or intangibly through simply offering Christian love to kids who may not receive it at home.

a fence for safety—the real impact was with the kids, he said. “These kids are from thousands of miles away, and I know them personally,” he said. “A lot of them have horrible home lives. It is very simple and easy to do—to give some love to them. Hopefully I have helped in some way.” In addition, during his internship this past summer, Evanoff served as the “right hand man” to the founder of the church and school—doing everything and anything, including helping other service trip participants that visited during his time there. That experience—of offering guidance and coordination to other work and mission teams who visited the church and school—

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FACULTY SKETCH “I prepare nurse leaders to lead interdisciplinary collaborative teams to improve patient and population health care outcomes.”



im Stephens’ exultant happiness comes from teaching.

end of the process, you’ve built

Apparent to those within eye or ear shot for even a moment,

this beautiful garden, and you

Stephens, co-director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice

reap the benefits of the

Program at Waynesburg University, is not able to conceal the joy she

mentoring and coaching.”

experiences from standing in front of a community of learners.

Stephens, a professor in both Waynesburg University’s Master of

If you rewind through the last 30 years, you will witness Stephens

Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, offers a

just as passionate as you view her in a variety of nursing roles

unique classroom environment coupled with an unmatched teaching

including oncology, medical-


surgical, home care and

Nancy Bonalumi, current DNP student,

diabetic education, in addition to her role as a staff educator at multiple hospitals. For the last eight years though, Stephens has had the opportunity to combine the two, and the result is just what one who knows her would

“She has a passion for nursing and for teaching, and she is in a perfect role where she can flourish and energize others with her passion.”

imagine – jubilation. For Stephens, the decision

- Pattie Bondurant,

current DNP student

describes Stephens’ teaching style as “participative and open.” Far from narrow-minded, Stephens challenges her students to explore many facets of a topic with the hope of inspiring them to draw their own conclusions. Doing so, according to Stephens, helps them to begin to understand the leadership component of a DNP degree. Stephens, also an alumna of

to transition from nursing to

Waynesburg’s Doctor of Nursing Practice

teaching stemmed from her

Program, is the perfect fit to facilitate

desire to share her wisdom and passion with others.

courses included within Waynesburg’s 36-credit, post-masters’

“It allows me to influence and enrich the next generation of nurse

Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The degree focuses on the nurse

leaders,” she said. “I like to think of it as planting seeds, and at the

executive role and competencies, and students have the ability to

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-Dr. Kimberly Stephens

refine leadership skills in preparation for an

needs,” said Pattie Bondurant, current DNP

executive role in a health care or educational

student. “She has a passion for nursing and


for teaching, and she is in a perfect role

According to her students, Stephens’

where she can flourish and energize others

greatest strength is her ability to take a

with her passion.”

concept and elevate it to the level of doctoral

According to Bondurant, Stephens’ belief


in a community of learners has created a

“As a recent DNP graduate, Dr. Stephens

classroom that leaves students feeling both

understands the process of scholarship

valued and respected.

expected and can translate that into our

“I like that she treats her doctoral

studies,” Bonalumi said.

students as colleagues as well as students,”

Waynesburg University, calls Stephens

For Stephens, helping students understand

Bondurant said. “She taps the knowledge

an “exceptional faculty member who

how to take the degree from the classroom

in the classroom to enhance the learning

understands the value and purpose of the

into actual practice is her primary goal and


DNP degree.”


As a result of Stephens’ classroom

“Through her faculty practice, she has

“I prepare nurse leaders to lead

environment, students have the ability

focused on creating and sustaining learning

interdisciplinary collaborative teams to

to learn from their peers who include

environments that encourage translation of

improve patient and population health care

individuals, according to Stephens, from

new knowledge into practice,” Mosser said.

outcomes,” Stephens said.

all over the United States with varying

In addition to her success in the classroom,

As for her students’ opinions of her ability

backgrounds and experience levels. As a

Mosser said Stephens’ enthusiasm for her

to elevate them to the next level, they say she

result, students are empowered by one

work has led to successful relationships with

does just that.

another as they share personal experiences

stakeholder groups and clinical practice site

“She seeks to understand each student’s

and talents.


needs in the classroom and makes herself

Nancy Mosser, chair of the Department

Local health care systems are among those

available based on the particular student’s

of Nursing and professor of nursing at

experiencing the aforementioned positive (continued on next page)

DNP Teaching Essentials at Waynesburg: As one of the first 25 institutions in the country to offer a DNP program, Waynesburg University leads the way in preparing students with the skills to transform the practice environment in an immediate way.

Translate and integrate new knowledge and best practices into patient care. DNP Essentials I

Lead interdisciplinary health care teams to improve systems of care, patient safety, outcomes and quality. DNP Essentials VI

Collaborate between academia and clinical practice settings to establish new models of affiliation particularly in terms of practice and research. DNP Roadmap, 2006

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Commencement 2011 relationships with Waynesburg University students and faculty. Stephens’ connection to the feat is a result of her leadership of the Principles of Strategic Planning course. The course allows students to “go live” as they, through coursework, enter health care systems, act as consultants, identify problems and make recommendations to staff and administration through a professional presentation. Supported by coursework and a three-day evaluation of the respective sites, students are challenged to disseminate their findings and recommendations to improve outcomes and patient safety. Typically working in groups of eight and led by Stephens, students are tasked to work alongside local health care systems that have submitted proposals to Waynesburg University identifying a problem or a need. Based on the skill set of the cohort, student groups are matched with the respective sites, and the group collectively contributes more than 500 hours over the duration

DNP PROGRAM FEATURES Graduates of Waynesburg’s DNP program are prepared as nurse executives. Based on this preparation, graduates are most likely to serve in positions titled VP of Patient Care Services, Director of Education and Training, Director of Quality Initiatives, Service Line Director, Product Line Director, Director of Organizational Development, Chief Learning Officer or Clinical Services Director. Graduates of a DNP program develop very sophisticated skills in the following highly desired areas: • Leadership of teams and organizations

of the 15-week course, as they interview, research and seek out literature in an effort to ultimately solve or improve the problem at hand. As a result of the strength of Waynesburg University’s program and the talents of its students, findings are generally considered or implemented by the respective systems. Finding the project empowering and effective, one student said, “Our team developed a strategic plan, delivered a message to the organization and affected a real change in the organization. This was a powerful outcome.” Equipped with the passion and skills necessary to lead such a commission, Stephens is grateful for the opportunity to lead students through a simulation with a very real result. “It is more than role playing,” she said. “It’s actually offering a

• Strategic planning and resource utilization

product and having the health care system understand what a nurse

• Critical evaluation and application of current

prepared with a DNP degree can do. The DNP degree is designed to

research and best practice protocols • Team building and interprofessional collaboration • Measurement and analysis of health care outcomes • Development and management of quality improvement initiatives

bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and safety.” Stephens’ passion, coupled with her belief in the DNP degree, has allowed her to find a home at Waynesburg University. She is even to combine learning and faith is acceptable and encouraged.

• Information management and utilization in

“The mentoring process is more successful at Waynesburg because

Very few nurses are prepared at the doctoral level with the skills to transform the practice environment in an immediate way, so the professional opportunities for

marked a special occasion for more than 700 students and their families. Waynesburg University’s baccalaureate and commencement services are held to honor God for his provision in education and to celebrate the accomplishments of each degree recipient. It truly was a day to celebrate!


more thankful to work in a Christian environment where the ability

• Quantitative data management decision making

Sunday, May 15,

you are able to mentor the whole person,” she said. “Beyond physical and emotional needs, we are able to target spiritual needs. Having the ability and feeling free to do that is more satisfying because health care and faith go hand in hand.”

graduates of Waynesburg’s DNP program are extensive.

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degree, the Bachelor of Science in

hold onto the goodness and generosity

aynesburg University

Marine Biology degree, the Bachelor of

they have built at Waynesburg

held its annual

Science in Nursing degree and



the Associate of Science in Allied

“The future is not something to await,

Health degree.

but something to create,” McCord said.

exercises honoring more than 700 undergraduate and graduate

Prior to commencement

students Sunday, May 15.

exercises, Daniel Wade

Melissa Lynn Grom, an

Sepulveda delivered the

elementary education major

baccalaureate address, “Loving

from Pittsburgh (North Hills

God More Than Life Itself,”

High School), Christopher Ian

to graduates and their parents.

Lundholm, a mathematics

The address focused on Daniel

major from New Philadelphia,

3:16-18, 28, and the power that

Ohio (New Philadelphia High

comes from a relationship with

School), and Cain Hunter

Jesus Christ.

Stone, an environmental

“God’s love is deep and

science major from Loysville

His mercies are new every

(West Perry High School), were

morning,” he said. “That is

named valedictorians. Grom delivered



the valedictory.

John K. Perry, M.D., represented the

His address encouraged graduates to

Waynesburg University awarded the

graduate program students and shared

intimately know Christ so that their

Doctor of Nursing Practice degree,

his fondness of attending a Christian

relationships go beyond their heads and

the Master of Arts in Counseling

university that holds true to its mission

into their hearts.

Psychology degree, the Master of Arts

of faith, learning and serving.

“God cares about what you do and

in Teaching degree, the Master of

Rob McCord, Pennsylvania

deeply desires a relationship with

Presented annually, one award

Business Administration degree, the

State Treasurer, delivered the

us,” said Sepulveda, punter for the

recognizes a faculty member with a

Master of Education degree, the Master

commencement address and urged

Pittsburgh Steelers.

history of teaching excellence. A second

of Science in Nursing degree, the

students to “remind themselves every

Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor

day that what matters most cannot be


a relatively recent history of teaching

of Management and Leadership degree,



excellence. The third award is given

the Bachelor of Science degree, the

“Faith, loyalty, commitment and love

Three faculty members received

to a non full-time faculty member at

cannot be quantified,” he emphasized.

the 2011 Lucas-Hathaway

any Waynesburg University site. The

He advised graduates to focus on

Teaching Excellence Awards during

award recipients included Dr. Sara

those things that motivate them and to

commencement exercises.

Clutter, associate professor of nursing,

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

award recognizes a faculty member with

Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor

Honorary degrees awarded

of chemistry, and Dr. Robert Randolph,

Daniel Sepulveda, Pittsburgh

students to integrate faith and service into their everyday lives”

Steelers punter, and Rob McCord,

and for the way he puts his faith first and deems mentorship a

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust

Pennsylvania State Treasurer, were

priority alongside his professional athletic career. The citation,

awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during Waynesburg

leader and man of God whose distinct contributions inspire

University’s commencement exercises

countless individuals to let their Christ light brightly shine.”

Sunday, May 15.

read by Thyreen, deemed Sepulveda “a passionate role model,

The degrees were conferred upon Sepulveda and

McCord was honored for his “selfless devotion to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and public service” and

McCord for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg

for being “a consummate example of a person passionately

University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

committed to one’s calling.”

Waynesburg University President Timothy R. Thyreen addressed

Waynesburg University commended McCord for his “steadfast

the recipients.

desire to implement productive investments and public policies

Sepulveda was honored for his “devotion to encouraging

in an effort to benefit those he serves.”

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lecturer in English, respectively. has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence

May 15, 2011, was a day for more than 700 Waynesburg University graduates and their families to celebrate. Dr. Rob McCord (above), Pennsylvania State Treasurer, delivered the commencement address and urged students to “remind themselves every day that what matters most cannot be quantified. Faith, loyalty, commitment and love cannot be quantified.”

awards for full-time faculty members and one award for an adjunct or parttime faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. The recipients of the honor received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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s they spent their summer

Best Buddies International’s “Spread the

break living out the mission of

Word to End the Word” campaign, which

Waynesburg University, a national

focuses on why the use of the word “retard”

program was keeping tabs on the three

in everyday speech is offensive, the women

young women traveling across the country to

drew national attention.

promote love and acceptance.

In addition to media attention, the women

Pleased by what they saw, The Self-

were granted SANYS’s Cultivating Change

Advocacy Association of New York State,

Award, an award intended to recognize

Inc. (SANYS) recognized Sarah Blais, a

individuals and organizations that have

sophomore sociology major; Sam Civitate,

worked to improve the lives of people with

a senior biblical and ministry studies major;

disabilities. SANYS is an organization for

and K Scarry, a sophomore psychology major,

and led by people with the challenge of a

for their 78- day road trip for Best Buddies

disability that strives to ensure civil rights and


equal citizenship to all.

The women traveled across 36 states

“The ‘Spread the Word’ project teaches

to teach others about social acceptance

people that you can make a difference no

through Best Buddies International, a

matter who you are,” said a representative

nonprofit organization that creates a variety

from the association. “That is what self-

of opportunities for people with intellectual

advocacy is.”

and developmental disabilities. As a part of

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Samantha Civitate, Sarah Blais and K Scarry set out for a road trip with a purpose last summer. Teaming with Best Buddies International, the three ladies crossed the country in an effort to end the derogatory word “retard” in everyday speech.

young women who regularly perform service

message to a variety of groups across the

on campus and abroad. Though taking the

states including California, North Dakota,

women far from their families, the campaign

Wisconsin and many others. Those who are

hits close to home.

directly affected by “the r-word” inspired

Scarry has volunteered as a Special

many listeners, including the women who

Olympics coach for five years, Blais’s older

helped spark conversations about social

brother has Asperger’s syndrome and

acceptance across the nation.

Civitate, like Blais and Scarry, believes the

“One of my favorite memories was a

campaign’s message is something every

boy who stood up after our presentation

person should hear.

and spoke about how he felt when he gets

“People with intellectual and

bullied for his disability—in front of an

developmental disabilities want what we all

assembly of 500 students,” Blais said. “He

want: to be accepted and loved,” Civitate

definitely made a bigger impact than the

said. “Everyone can make a difference by

three of us.”

making the decision to love others just as

The trip culminated Sept. 8, when the

they are.”

women were recognized for their dedication

Throughout their inspirational trip, Blais,

to making a change in the lives of people

Civitate and Scarry stopped at schools,

with disabilities. They were presented

summer camps and shopping malls to speak

SANYS’s Cultivating Change Award.

about social acceptance to young people and

“It is humbling to see how God could take

anyone who would listen.

our lives and orchestrate such a beautiful

“We met some really awesome people

summer,” Scarry said.

from all over the world…and [we were able

Blais, Civitate and Scarry spent their

to] hear so many stories about why social

summer pouring their time into their

acceptance matters to those we got to meet,”

passions, and the ladies continue to want the

Scarry wrote in a blog post. “We even met

people they meet to know that anyone can

one girl who is getting ready to go to Greece

make a difference in the lives of others.

to cheer her sister on in the Special Olympics

“The trip was so much more than a road

World Games.”

trip,” Blais said. “It was a way to show love

Blais, Civitate and Scarry continued their

through our actions.”

Sarah Brandstetter, Waynesburg University Bonner Scholar Coordinator and mentor to the young women, is pleased for the ladies and the attention their work brings to the issue of acceptance. “Through their hard work and persistence, the young women were able to impact individuals across the United States and bring attention to an issue unknown to many,” Brandstetter said. “What a great honor for them to receive an unexpected award for the work they humbly set out to do in support of others.” Humbling work is second nature to the

At one of the first stops, Blais, Civitate and Scarry supplied a sign for others to put their signature on as a pledge to stop the use of the word “retard.” The pledge states, “I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”

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he combination of passion, focus and dedication will

major, recognizes the importance of

efforts, the message that chemistry is vital

reaped tremendous benefits from being

unquestionably result in the achievement of something great.

multidimensional learning, as she is pursuing

to everyday life is apparent,” she said. “I am

involved with an active organization guided

For Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society

a career in the education field.

extremely proud of the contributions they

by motivated faculty members.

student chapter, receiving an award bestowed on only 36 chapters

“There are some things that you just can’t

make and the way in which they represent

nationwide proves that point.

get from a classroom, like what it’s like to

Waynesburg University to the scientific

The recent “Outstanding Chapter Award” given by the American

work in a factory lab,” Helmkamp said. “The


Chemical Society came as a result of the chapter’s activities conducted

trips and tours we take with ACS student

during the 2010-11 academic year. Although 330 student chapter

affiliates are eye-opening.”

Dedicated Faculty Advisers

am gaining experience that in turn builds

annual activity reports were received by the Society Committee on

Members of the student chapter are

Knowing the devotion consistently

confidence and competitive marketability for

Education (SOCED), Waynesburg University was one of only 229

afforded the opportunity to attend lectures

displayed by Baldauff and LaCount, the

future jobs.”

chapters to receive an award. Even more impressive, Waynesburg

through the Society of Analytical Chemists

respect and appreciation demonstrated by

In addition to being recognized in

soared past the “Commendable” and “Honorable Mention”

of Pittsburgh and attend the National ACS

their students comes as no surprise.

Chemical & Engineering News and inChemistry

Marketability Opportunities “Being a member of ACS opens up so many opportunities,” Helmkamp said. “I

categories to land among just 36 chapters deemed “Outstanding” by the American Chemical Society. As Elizabeth LeCain, a junior forensic science major, would attest, there’s not enough that can be said about Waynesburg University’s Chemistry Program, the American Chemical Society student chapter and the faculty members within the department. “What helps us to be so excited about chemistry is the faculty’s dedication to making our experience the best it can be,” LeCain said.

“What helps us to be so excited about chemistry is the faculty’s dedication to making our experience the best it can be. They let us know that they are as invested in succeeding as we are, which makes us more willing to put in the effort needed.” - Junior Elizabeth LeCain

“They let us know that they are as invested in succeeding as we are, which makes us more willing to put in the effort needed.”

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LeCain pours herself into her classes and the ACS student chapter,

Conference to present the chapter’s annual

“The faculty drive a lot of the success

magazines for its efforts, the student chapter

and as a result, she has recognized continued success in the classroom.

activities. The ACS student chapter also

behind our chapter,” LeCain said. “They are

will be recognized at the 243rd ACS National

“My involvement has helped me to be excited about chemistry,

executes the University’s annual Science Day

very dedicated, they put in a lot of time and

Meeting in San Diego, Calif., in March.

which I believe has made me a better chemistry student,” she said.

and participates in National Chemistry Week

they are certainly willing to go the extra mile

It’s that shared sense of excitement, dedication and effort that has

by offering demonstrations at the Carnegie

with us.”

elevated the program to national accolades with prestigious odds.

Science Center. Students also attended the

LeCain’s testament is one that is shared

Under the direction of Dr. Robert LaCount, professor of chemistry at

annual PITTCON conference and have the

among her peers, and even more notably,

Waynesburg University, and Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of

opportunity to host alumni on campus to

the American Chemical Society.

chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Waynesburg

talk about graduate school and related career

The congratulatory letter from ACS

University, the ACS student chapter is preparing students like LeCain


President Dr. Nancy B. Jackson for the

for success after graduation.

Student chapter members also provide

chapter’s recent “Outstanding Award,” read

service to the department and work to foster

as follows:

Actively Involved

community within the group through social

“Professor Evonne Baldauff and Professor

Activities, such as monthly labs for home-schooled students, a

events offered throughout the academic year.

Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the

Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, and the

According to Baldauff, the ACS chapter is

chapter, deserve special commendation. Few

Cool Chemistry Program offered to local Girl Scout members, have

comprised of a group of students “devoted

faculty members are willing to make the

created an application-based learning environment while affording

to promoting chemistry on campus and to

great commitment of time and energy that a

Waynesburg students the ability to reach out to the local community.

the surrounding community.”

successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff

In addition to the chapter’s offerings, ACS student chapter members

“They put in countless hours planning,

and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly

have a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the typical

hosting and organizing these events on top

represent the best in undergraduate science

classroom setting.

of their other coursework and extracurricular

education and mentoring around the country.”

Jerica Helmkamp, a junior chemistry and secondary education

activities. I believe that through their

Helmkamp and LeCain said they have

Dr. Evonne Baldauff (pictured below), along with Dr. Robert LaCount, are respected by their peers and their students for the dedication they offer to Waynesburg University’s ACS student chapter as co-advisers.

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Patnaude unreservedly admits that the program has done that and so much more. According to Patnaude, her four years in the program have offered her more than rigorous academics and preparation for her future. As an added bonus, Patnaude has come to understand what can be accomplished when the right people are involved. “I have watched this program blossom under the leadership of professors who are doing what they love,” she said. “Mr. Cipoletti puts his heart and soul into this program, putting countless hours in labs, in class and in meetings with his advisees. All the forensic science professors are well versed in what they do—knowledgeable in the field and capable of teaching.”

Forensic Science students

“get in and get dirty” Assistant Professor of Forensic Science Adam Jack also serves as the Department Chair for Criminal Justice. Together, the two programs collaborate to offer unmatched educational opportunities such as the Mock Trials and the CSI Camp.

Building a department to elevate students in the field upon graduation, faculty dedication and experiential learning opportunities fuel student passions. Far from crime and punishment, the Forensic Science Program at Waynesburg University is guided by the hearts and souls of faculty members.

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According to Patnaude, the strength of

Hands-on learning in the Forensic Sciences programs are a key component to understanding the discipline. Early exposure to the program offerings and the realities of the field help students to have an accurate understanding of what to expect in potential career paths.

the program lies in its professors. “They are just amazing and truly

Patnaude never hesitates to e-mail

to introduce new students to the

dedicate themselves to their students,”

professors about the future or seek help

realities of the field right from the start,”

she said.

or clarity as it relates to classroom topics

Cipoletti said. “An unfortunate result of

Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic

In relation to their accessibility,

or assignments.

the popularity of the many crime scene

science and director of the Forensic

Patnaude said, “There is never a time

“These professors care about us,”

TV dramas is that they may leave new

Science Program, and Patnaude, a senior

that students can’t ask for help. Whether

she said. “They want to see us mature

students with unrealistic perceptions of

forensic science major, had very different

in class, after class, during office hours,

in this field and fulfill our destinies in

forensic science careers.”

roles to fill—one a student and the other

during labs and surprisingly enough in

science. I feel extremely blessed to have

Cipoletti said that the early exposure

a professor.

the cafeteria, the professors are both

them in my life as I learn and grow.”

to the program offerings and the

For Patnaude, though, Cipoletti

approachable and enthusiastic.”

became a mentor, and for Cipoletti,

Feeling blessed to be at a small school

Patnaude became one of the many

with a tremendous amount of offerings,

students who fueled his passion to make Waynesburg University’s Forensic Science Program the best that it could be. Over the past four years, Patnaude,

Four years ago, Mike Cipoletti and

Cipoletti, Waynesburg University and

Kimberly Patnaude stepped foot on

forensic science faculty members have

Waynesburg University’s campus for

worked collectively to build a program

the first time, not knowing the ways in

that would elevate students in the field

which their paths would soon cross.

upon graduation.

realities of the field will help students

Not Your CSI TV Crime Drama Admitted into Waynesburg’s Forensic

to have an accurate understanding of what to expect in both their upcoming

Science Program as freshmen,

coursework and potential careers after

students are not exposed to


the typical two-year waiting

“By enrolling students in their first

period to enter the program

term into a forensic science survey

as is true at most larger

course and advising them as forensic


science majors, we feel that we can

“We feel that it is important

help steer them in the most suitable directions,” he said.

Seniors participate in bringing a mock criminal case to trial at the Greene County Courthouse and seeing it through to conclusion.

Program offerings, including forensic accounting, forensic chemistry, forensic (continued on next page)

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“Forensic scientists are in the unique position of being the communication bridge between law and science. Communication in law is typically closed, while science is traditionally conversed openly. Forensic scientists must understand both their discipline and the workings of the criminal justice system in order to articulate their opinions accurately and effectively.” — Mike Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science

science and computer security, give

running through real-world scenarios

Scientists, first and foremost

students a plethora of choices for

encountered in real-life crime labs and

Cipoletti said the program constantly

the future. Required coursework in

crime scene investigation units make

impresses upon students the fact that

chemistry, biology, physics, calculus

Waynesburg University students more

forensic scientists are scientists, first

and criminal justice adequately prepare

marketable for future professions.

and foremost. Uniquely, forensic science

Waynesburg University graduates for

Students are also afforded the

graduates complete minors in both

related careers. An instrumental course

opportunity to conduct research under

chemistry and biology which helps

and a microscopy course introduce

the guidance of University faculty or

them to recognize, process and analyze

students to various tools that they may

professional scientists.

evidence and to interpret results with

use in the field. All courses are designed

In addition to the continuous hands-

scientific certainty.

to develop the professional practice

on application, forensic science seniors

“Forensic scientists are in the unique

and critical skills that students find

take a course alongside criminal justice

position of being the communication

necessary to follow their desired career

seniors in which they participate in

bridge between law and science,”


bringing a mock criminal case to trial

Cipoletti said. “Communication in

and seeing it through to a conclusion.

“Get In and Get Dirty”

law is typically closed, while science is

“It provides the students with a real-

traditionally conversed openly. Forensic

“This program provides an

life situation in which they ultimately

scientists must understand both their

environment that allows you to ‘get in

find themselves in the Greene County

discipline and the workings of the

and get dirty,’” Patnaude said. “We don’t

Courthouse, prosecuting their case

criminal justice system in order to

just take science courses, living our lives

before a real judge, and opposing real

articulate their opinions accurately and

locked in a laboratory.”

defense attorneys,” Cipoletti said. “It’s a


From invading a crime scene and

challenging and stressful experience for

Cipoletti said the program’s ultimate

bagging and tagging evidence in the

most students, which ideally prepares

goal is to help students “determine

sophomore year, to focusing on expert

them for what is potentially to come in

where they may find the greatest

testimony, court proceedings and

their careers.”

inspiration,” while also equipping them

testifying to evidence in the junior year,

According to Patnaude, the course puts

with confidence by “teaching them what

students take in experiential learning

everything into perspective.

to expect and what will be expected of

early on.

“You see all the pieces from the

them at the next level.”

Experiencing instrumentation and

original search warrant and arrest to the

As for Patnaude, she is confident in her

equipment—much of the same used

final closing arguments,” she said.

abilities and feels prepared for her next

in a professional crime lab—and

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“Waynesburg’s Forensic Science Program has laid the foundation so that I may be successful in the forensic field I

RJ Lee Group partnership beneficial

choose,” she said. Waynesburg University has

Educating Future Practitioners

partnered with RJ Lee Group,

The Forensic Science program and

Inc., to benefit its students, local

the Criminal Justice Administration

educators and the region. The

program combine each summer to offer

University’s Center for Research

the CSI Camp to high school students.

and Economic Development

The camp shines light upon careers

(CRED) houses a working

related to surveillance, ballistics, trace

forensics laboratory available both for instruction in the curricular program

evidence, investigation, burial remains

and for commercial applications.

and arson, among others. Instead of the all-too-familiar instant results depicted

RJ Lee Group provides a staff member to aid students and to provide

on the popular television show CSI, the

maintenance of the instrumentation in the laboratory. The high-tech lab

camp’s seasoned professionals share their

provides University students with real-world, hands-on experience with

expertise with the hope of realistically

state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation.

educating future practitioners. Participants are captivated by the

“We are a company interested in education, and we believe that there is

burial remains excavation and crime

a need for more interaction with academia and research institutions,”

scene processing workshops. The variety

said Gary Casuccio, vice president for RJ Lee Group. “Because research is

of activities offered helps individuals to

advancing quite rapidly, businesses can and should be working closely with

figure out which aspect of the field they

colleges and universities to encourage innovation.”

want to pursue. According to Casuccio, the existing


partnership allows RJ Lee Group

Interest and opportunities within the

tackle the new challenges. Waynesburg

advances in technology, thus

forensic field have been expanding

University forensic students are exposed

providing students with opportunities

over the past decade. As the criminal

to a variety of forensic programs that

to excel in the forensics field as they

justice system and government agencies

target various crimes. Each program

are exposed to real-world application.

are faced with complicated issues to

provides the breadth-of-knowledge and

solve, Waynesburg University students

experiences to prepare graduates for

continue to step up to the plate to

the investigative fields or for graduate

to assist the University with the

school. Four forensic programs are offered including: •Forensic Accounting •Forensic Chemistry •Forensic Science •Forensic Computing (Computer Security)

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SPORTS UPDATE Courtney Ebersole (previous page), Katrina Kelly (left) and Terrin Crist (right) each played crucial roles in the resurgence of the women’s soccer program.


Seniors Ebersole, Kelly and Crist lead resurgence of women’s soccer program


model. . .she leads by example [so well].” Crist anchored the Jacket defense in her first two seasons with the team, before

hortly after what may have been the biggest game of their respective careers, senior captains

moving into the midfield in 2010 and 2011.

Courtney Ebersole and Terrin Crist embraced with pure glee. Classmate Katrina Kelly stood just

There, she was the team’s engine, notching

a short distance away, elated.

two goals and three assists this past season

After four years, it was clear that the trio had succeeded in leading the resurgence of the

women’s soccer program at Waynesburg University. The Yellow Jackets had just taken down nemesis Washington & Jefferson in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference semifinals, notching their 15th win of the season in the process (one win shy of the school record).

It was the type of statement victory the Jackets had been searching for to prove they were officially back and belonged in the upper echelon of the PAC.

“It’s probably the most memorable game I’ve ever had in my whole career,” Ebersole said. “That was the game that proved to everyone that we belonged where we were. Finally, the fruits of our labor were shown, and that’s something that we worked on for four years.”

When Ebersole, Kelly and Crist—and the rest of the senior class— arrived on campus, the program was mired in a stretch of six-straight losing seasons. That streak continued through their freshman and sophomore years, with records of 7-9-2 and 6-12, respectively.

Finally, however, in the 2010 campaign, the tide began to

Despite being outshot 17-5, the Jackets

“She always comes through no matter what,

stunned the top-seeded Presidents, 1-0, and

whether it’s the game-winning goal or the

advanced to the PAC title match for the first

assist,” Crist said of Ebersole. “If you give her

time in 10 years.

the ball, she’s going to do something with it

Ebersole, Kelly and Crist each played a

and make something happen.”

crucial role in the resurgence of the program.

Kelly started all 53 games she appeared in

To put it simply, Ebersole scored the goals,

during her final three seasons at Waynesburg.

Kelly stopped opposing goals, and Crist did

A wall in net, the Connellsville graduate

just about everything else.

earned first-team All-PAC laurels following

Ebersole finished her stellar career with 43

her junior year.

goals and 15 assists, eclipsing the century

“She’s by far our savior out there [in net],”

mark in points with 101. She was also an All-

Ebersole said. “And the thing about Katrina

PAC pick in each of her four years with the

is, she not only has that respect on the field,


but off the field, she’s such a good role

and garnering second-team All-PAC status. “Terrin’s always played her hardest no matter where you put her,” Kelly said. “She always plays hard and sticks it to them no matter how small she may be. She doesn’t let anyone intimidate her.” With Ebersole, Kelly and Crist at the forefront, Waynesburg women’s soccer returned to prominence in the PAC. Yes, they are now departing, but according to the trio, the future remains bright. “It’s cliché, but we always say you’re family on the field and off the field, and it really is true around here,” Kelly said. “I see good things [in the future].”

turn, and the team surged to a 10-6-3 record—its first winning season since 2001. “Everyone was more on the same page, and we all had

Marisa inducted into Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame

the same goals,” Crist said. “We wanted to win more, Legendary former

and you could tell.”

winning 70 of 71 home games leading up to 1988, and a five-year

two critical games and tied another one in league

basketball coach Rudy

record of 131-21 from 1983-1988.

play, leaving them one spot short of the four-team

Marisa was inducted

The program reached its peak in the 1987-88 campaign. After losing

conference playoffs.

into the Pittsburgh

the season opener, the Yellow Jackets won 32 games in a row on their

This past season, though, the Jackets took the next

Basketball Club’s Hall of

way to the NAIA Final Four.

step. After a loss in the season opener, the team rattled

Fame on Jan. 21. Marisa

During the same decade that his hoops teams were thriving, Marisa

off 11-straight victories, the most consecutive wins in

earned the accolade after

also became the Waynesburg Director of Athletics. Seven years after

program history.

spending 34 years as

his hiring, he helped lead the athletic programs into a new era of their

the head of the Yellow

existence as Waynesburg joined the Presidents’ Athletic Conference

beat some really good teams [during the streak].”

Jackets program.

(PAC), an NCAA Division III conference, in 1990.

Added Kelly, “We knew that we could do that. We just

After taking over as

Marisa continued to coach the Jackets until his retirement following

Despite the vast improvement, Waynesburg dropped

“Each game gave us more confidence,” Crist said. “We

the team’s head coach in 1969, Marisa guided the Yellow Jackets to

the 2002-03 season. Before he hung up his coaching whistle, he was

565 wins, which ranks him 10th amongst all Division III head men’s

honored as a two-time PAC Coach of the Year and a five-time NAIA

5-3-1 in PAC play, good enough to qualify for the

basketball coaches that served at least 10 seasons. However, his greatest

District 18 Coach of the Year, and he garnered a slew of coaching

conference tournament as the fourth seed. They were

achievements on the court came during Waynesburg’s run as an NAIA

accolades from various organizations and publications.

matched up with three-time defending champion W&J,

powerhouse in the 1980s.

“First and foremost, I have to give all credit for this prestigious honor

whom they had lost to less than two weeks earlier and

During the decade, Marisa-led teams sported the second-best winning

to the players, assistant coaches and administrators whom I shared

had not beaten in a decade.

percentage of all NAIA teams, as the Jackets won 82 percent of their

my time with at Waynesburg. Without them, the program would have

“After we lost to them in double overtime [in the

games during that 10-year span. The Jackets spent 15-straight seasons

never had an opportunity to achieve the level of prolonged success that

regular season], all we wanted was another chance to

in the District 18 playoffs and had six consecutive berths in the NAIA

it enjoyed for more than 30 years,” Marisa said. “I am proud to accept

play them to prove that we could beat them,” Crist

tournament as district champs from 1983 to 1989. His first trip to

this award from the Pittsburgh Basketball Club on their behalf.”


the NAIA tournament came in 1981, giving him seven berths for his

kept going, telling ourselves we’d done it before.” The Jackets finished the season 14-4-1 overall and

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career. The standard of excellence maintained by Marisa had the Jackets

Waynesburg men’s

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performance is the best finish by a women’s

with her best season in a Jacket uniform.

Track & Field

golfer at Waynesburg since Stephanie Basey

She finished second on the team behind

Although neither of the Waynesburg

earned first-team honors in 2003.

Baughman in multiple offensive categories,

men’s or women’s squads reached

including batting average (.382), on-base

their ultimate goal of a PAC title, both

percentage (.424) and hits (34). A fellow

teams enjoyed solid springs. The Yellow

Washington native, Pivik led the Jackets in

Jacket women placed third in a very

doubles with nine, while placing sixth in the

competitive field and were led by three

conference in batting average. Sophomore

individual champions at the conference

shortstop Rachael Moon rounded out

championships. Despite splitting time

Waynesburg’s All-PAC trio. After missing a

between track and lacrosse, junior Maria

large part of her freshman season with an

Shepas won the 3,000-meter steeplechase

injury, Moon showcased her considerable

by more than 12 seconds over sophomore

skills for all but a few games of her second

teammate Megan Donovan. Waynesburg’s

year at Waynesburg. While her offensive

other two individual championships came

numbers were solid (.316 batting average, 19

courtesy of the program’s strong field

runs scored, 30 hits and three stolen bases),

athletes. Junior Carly Schubert took the shot

the Brea, Calif., native consistently showcased

put title, while junior Krystal Baker took gold

one of the surest gloves and strongest arms

in the triple jump. The trio of titles was part

in the conference.

of 13 all-conference showings by the Jacket

Men’s Tennis

women. Their male counterparts, on the

Lacrosse The 2011 women’s lacrosse season was highlighted by the performance of midfielder Maria Shepas, who shattered several team records for the 1-8 Yellow Jackets. By the end of the year, Shepas set new team records for career points (31), career goals (28), ground balls (47), points in a season (19), goals in a season (18), points in a game (7) and goals in a game (7). Sophomore Molly Kramer also reached double digits in total points with 10 on eight goals and a team-high two assists. Senior Miranda Thornton led the team with 25 ground balls and 16 forced turnovers in just six games played.

Softball Led by senior Amanda Baughman, the Waynesburg University softball team qualified for the four-team PAC Softball tournament for the first time since 2008


after going 16-16 overall and 8-8 in PAC play. Although the Yellow Jackets went 0-2 in the tournament, it was still a successful 2011 campaign, especially for Baughman,


starter, who also spent time at first base and

who was named first-team All-PAC after

A young Waynesburg University baseball

DH, led Waynesburg and ranked ninth in

a tremendous final collegiate season. The

team just missed out on a trip to the four-

the conference in batting average (.389). He

Washington, Pa., native led the Jackets in

team Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)

also led the Jackets and ranked seventh in

batting average (.404), slugging (.657), on-

tournament after tying for fifth place with

on-base percentage (.475). Along with the

base percentage (.464), hits (40), RBI (35)

a 9-12 conference record that was part of a

upperclassman leadership, the Yellow Jacket

and homeruns (6). The veteran standout

14-24 season. The Yellow Jackets were led

baseball team featured a slew of young

also ranked fourth in the PAC in average,

by senior shortstop Anthony DeFilippo, who

contributors. Freshmen Andrew Rose (IF),

was named first-team All-PAC after leading

Drew Heinle (P), Zach Kreke (P) and Dan

the team in slugging percentage (.650),

Buzzard (OF) saw extended starting time

runs (28), hits (52), RBI (28), doubles (11)

and were part of a young talent pool that will

and homeruns (8). The standout middle

be counted upon in the future to carry the

infielder was also featured in the top 10 of


multiple conference offensive lists, including slugging (fourth), hits (seventh), RBI (10th) and homeruns (second). Junior catcher Brendan Scioscia made his second All-PAC list after picking up second-team laurels following the 2009 season. The third-year 40 | The Lamp • WINTER 2012

Men’s & Women’s Golf The 2011 golf season was a historic one, as the Waynesburg men’s and women’s teams were both represented on the All-PAC teams. Sophomore Colin Wilson led the men at the

2011 PAC Championships with a score of

third in slugging, fifth in on-base percentage,

152 (78-74) to earn first-team all-conference

second in RBI and third in homeruns. For

honors. He is the first Jacket men’s golfer

the second-straight year, Baughman also

to earn first-team All-PAC honors since at

served as Waynesburg’s ace pitcher. She won

least 2000. His final score of three-over par

a team-high six games (6-9) and struck out

74 was the second-best round turned in at

a PAC-best 112 batters. Baughman was also

the par-71, 6,563-yards Oak Tree Country

honored as a member of the 2011 ECAC

Club. Freshman Madison Presto carded the

Division III South All-Star Team. Two other

best score for the Waynesburg University

Waynesburg standouts were also named

women with a 176 (85-91), finishing one

first-team All-PAC. After earning honorable

stroke out of third place and eight strokes

mention laurels as a freshman, senior Amber

out of first place. Presto’s first-team All-PAC

Pivik returned to the all-conference teams

The Waynesburg men’s tennis team tied for fourth place at the annual PAC Championships after finishing in fourth place at the end of the regular season with a 4-3 conference record that was part of a 5-6 season mark. The Yellow Jackets were led at the postseason event by sophomore

other hand, placed fourth overall and were paced by sophomore Kurt Bonnet, who won the discus. Bonnet was one of seven All-PAC performers for the Waynesburg men. The biggest highlight of the 2011 regular season was a Waynesburg men’s/women’s sweep at a PAC quad meet at Bethany College.

Jon Anderson and junior David Floyd, who placed second at number-four and numbersix singles, respectively, earning them both All-PAC laurels. Anderson and Floyd both made it to third-place doubles matches as well. Anderson placed fourth after teaming up with Jason Logan and suffering a heartbreaking 9-8 defeat at second doubles. Floyd, on the other hand, teamed up with Nate Huffman to win an 8-4 third-place contest at third doubles. Senior Emile Khoury picked up the Jackets’ biggest regular season honor after being named PAC Player of the Week for the week of March 28. TOP LEFT: Sophomore Jon Anderson finished in second-place at number-four singles at the PAC Championships, earning him an All-PAC honor. INSET: Senior Maria Shepas set seven lacrosse team records in the young program’s fourth season. One record included most goals in a season with 18. ABOVE: Senior Trale Merz finished out his Waynesburg track career with a trip to the ECAC Championships.

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26-23. At the time, the Saints were ranked

The youthful Waynesburg University men’s

sixth in the country and were riding a 29-

and women’s cross country teams were led

game regular season winning streak and a

by freshmen and sophomores for most of the

26-game PAC win streak. After the season

season. The Yellow Jacket women youngsters

came to a close, 12 Waynesburg standouts

drove their squad to a successful season that

were named to the 2011 All-PAC football

ended with the team finishing in second

teams, including five first-team picks. That

place at a very talented PAC Championship

quintet was made up of senior center Nick

event. Four lady long distance runners earned

Hanley, junior tight end Adam Moses,

All-PAC laurels, including sophomore Bre

senior defensive tackle Darryl Moore, Jr.,

Paul and junior Megan Donovan, who both

senior cornerback Sean Hunt and junior

secured second-team applause for the second

safety Bryan Gary, who were all given the

time in their collegiate careers. Freshman

nod as first-team selections for a second-

Joy Talbott and senior Michelle Naymick

straight season. The Jackets also gathered

were both lauded as honorable mention

a slew of weekly regular season awards,

performers. The Jacket women also won their

including four PAC Player of the Week

first race since 2006 by besting three other


teams at a quad-meet hosted by Geneva

Men’s Soccer

College. The Waynesburg men, whose top performers were almost exclusively freshmen and sophomores, placed seventh at the conference championships. The team was led by freshman Brandon Dugan, sophomore Jonathan Blatt, freshman Luke Feldner and freshman John Allison, who look to be the foundation for a bright Waynesburg men’s future.

The Waynesburg University men’s soccer team put together an 8-9 overall record,

Women’s Tennis

making up the other half. The pair went 7-9

time ever by taking down the Titans, 1-0.

The Waynesburg women’s tennis team

for the season.

Waynesburg was led by first-team All-PAC

went 3-10 overall and 3-6 in PAC play on its

forward Courtney Ebersole, who notched

way to tying for fifth place at the annual PAC


her fourth All-PAC award after leading the

Championships. The Yellow Jackets were

conference in total points (33) on 13 goals

led by a pair of fourth-place showings at the

and seven assists. Her 13 scores tied her for

Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa., which

first place in the PAC, while her seven helpers

was home to the conference championships.

were enough to tie her for fifth place. Senior

Senior Jessica Kody placed fourth at fifth

Terrin Crist was given All-PAC laurels for

singles, while the freshman pair of Madison

the third time in her career, but this was her

DuBrock and Ellen Limback did the same at

first showing as a second-team performer.

third doubles. Limback and Kody finished

The diminutive, but scrappy, midfielder

one-two in individual wins for the Jackets

was awarded for another season of stifling

after picking up seven and six, respectively.

defense and for recording seven points on

Limback was also one half of the squad’s

two goals and three assists. Sophomore

winningest doubles team, with DuBrock

Victoria Shepherd was named honorable mention All-PAC for the second time in as many seasons at Waynesburg after leading a Jacket defense that allowed just 1.1 goals per

Senior middle hitter Lauren Wagner’s appointment to the All-PAC volleyball teams was the highlight of a 2011 season that saw Waynesburg post a 9-17 overall record that included a 3-15 mark in conference matches. Wagner is the program’s first All-PAC honoree since 2009, and she picked up the accolade after leading the team in kills (257) and kills per set (2.95), while also finishing the year in third place for digs (223). She ended up ninth in the conference in kills per set. The Jackets’ biggest team highlight was a thrilling 3-2 win over PAC rival Washington & Jefferson.

BOTTOM LEFT: The football team posted a 5-4 regular season record and saw five first-team All-PAC awards given to Yellow Jackets.

game, which was the third-lowest total in the PAC. Volleyball senior Lauren Wagner was voted to the AllPAC team, the program’s first all-conference selection in two years. She finished the season ninth in the conference for kills per set.

which featured a three-win increase from the

assists. Burke finished third on the team with

2010 season and a 3-5 PAC mark, thanks in

10 points on four goals and two assists. It

large part to a big, talented freshman class

was Burke’s third time on the All-PAC list

that featured three all-conference selections.

during his Waynesburg career. Though the

First-year defender Joakim Coleman led

Jackets missed out on the postseason, the

the trio with a second-team selection after

2011 regular season saw them end a five-year

starting 16 of the 17 games in which he

losing streak to Westminster College after


appeared. The Dallas, Texas, native racked

they beat the Titans 3-0.

The Waynesburg University football

up six points on two goals and two assists.

team made a return to the postseason after

Senior David Floyd joined Coleman on the

accepting a bid to the ECAC South Atlantic

second team after tallying three goals and

Bowl following a 5-4 regular season. Though

an assist. The Jackets also boasted three

the Yellow Jackets fell to Widener in the bowl

honorable mention all-conference selections

game, Waynesburg looked primed to take

in freshman forwards Juan Alvarez and Jude

down the 9-2 Pride after building up a 21-14

Anuwe and senior Erick Burke, who was

third-quarter lead. However, the 2011 season

picked as a defender. Alvarez and Anuwe

will likely be remembered for one of the

finished one-two in total points with 14

biggest wins in recent program history. On

and 11, respectively. Both rookies tallied five

Nov. 5, the Jackets took down Thomas More

goals, while Alvarez added a team-high four

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Jackets also beat Westminster for the first

Women’s Soccer It was a year to remember for the Waynesburg University women’s kickers, who qualified for the four-team PAC tournament for the first time since 2005. Not only did the Yellow Jackets qualify for the event, but they scored a major upset by beating the threetime defending champions from Washington & Jefferson, 1-0. It was Waynesburg’s first win over the Presidents since 2001, but wasn’t the only skid-busting victory of the year. The

BOTTOM RIGHT: Sophomore Bre Paul ran herself to a second-team All-PAC honor and helped to lead the Yellow Jacket lady harriers to a second place team finish at the conference championships.





1 Grant Chapman gets an assist from Bob Barnhart (Class of 2000) during the 5K.

2 The 5K race took on a new backdrop with the emergence of Roberts Chapel.






aynesburg University


3 After the football game, many gathered for an alumni photo on the field. 4 Coach Shepas leads the Yellow Jackets to a 47-33 victory over Geneva.

5 Face painting was a fan favorite for younger guests at Homecoming. 6 The Friday night fireworks did not disappoint! 7 Alumni enjoyed free refreshments at halftime. 8 Mascot “Sting” cheers on the Yellow Jacket football team. 9 Several alumni enjoyed the conveniences at the various Alumni Tents around campus and at the stadium.

10 The student body crowned Reba Parry as Homecoming Queen

celebrated its annual Homecoming Weekend

and Jeff Young as Homecoming King.

Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, with a

11 The Waynesburg University pep band kept the crowds alive with rich,

number of activities for students, alumni and members of the


community. The weekend’s events commenced Friday evening with a dinner

bountiful music throughout the weekend.

in the Benedum Dining Hall, followed by an outdoor coffee bar, a men’s soccer game, and a pep rally and fireworks at John F. Wiley Stadium. Alumni and current students joined together to display their Jacket pride! Saturday’s festivities began with an early morning 5K run/walk including University students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the local community. Prior to the football game, Waynesburg alumni had the opportunity to take part in an alumni brunch and a self-guided tour. The Yellow Jacket football team took on Geneva College at John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday afternoon and experienced a 4733 win over the Golden Tornadoes. The Waynesburg University student body crowned its 2011 Homecoming King and Queen at a ceremony held during halftime of the Homecoming football game. Jeff Young, a senior psychology major from Alexandria, Va., and Reba Parry, a senior elementary education and special education major from Jeannette, Pa., were named king and queen, respectively. After the game, celebratory activities including the Alumni & Friends Recognition Reception & Banquet brought the weekend to 44 | The Lamp • WINTER 2012


a close.



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Former Students

Otto Callaghan (FS) and his wife, Grace, both 91, celebrated their 70th anniversary on August 28, 2011.


Harmon Miller Barb (’48) was recently honored by the Sons of the American Revolution for his service in World War II. He served with the U.S. Air Force between 1943 and 1945.


University’s Distinguished Alumni Award presented to Jane (Lichtenfels) Crosby ’50 Waynesburg University presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Jane (Lichtenfels) Crosby ’50 at the annual Alumni and Friends Recognition Homecoming Weekend in October.


laude from Waynesburg University in 1950, alongside her husband Glenn Crosby, with a dual degree in chemistry

Join your classmates at your 60th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.

and mathematics. Upon graduation, Mr. and Mrs. Crosby embarked on many endeavors as they progressed in their careers together. Many of Crosby’s career achievements and honors mirror those of her husband,


Herbert Forse, Jr. (’55) and his wife, Arlene, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on July 14, 2011. Their family of eight honored the occasion with a week’s vacation to the Cayman Islands. Doris Ann “DA” Neubauer (’58) was honored by the Greene County Association of School Retirees as the 2011 Volunteer of the Year. The GCASR encourages all its members to volunteer in as many ways as possible to the local community. DA was recognized by serving through her church, the hospital, library organizations and in many other ways. She said that she did not intend to win an award for her service, but she did it “to help others.”

Class of 1957 Join your classmates at your 55th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.

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Join your classmates at your 45th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.

Larry Likar (’69) has published his first book— Eco-Warriors, Nihilistic Terrorists, and the Environment. Larry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Waynesburg.

Dinner held during the University’s Mrs. Crosby graduated magna cum

Class of 1952

Class of 1967

as she worked alongside him for much of her career. She also has many outstanding accomplishments that stand on their own, including working as a technician on a project for biochemist Edwin Krebs—a project for which he would eventually be awarded a Nobel Prize.

Jere Van Etten (’71) and his wife, Pam, recently hosted ten Waynesburg students who were on a Habitat for Humanity mission trip on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The students needed a place to stay to get a head start on their trip home, and the Van Ettens graciously accommodated the students in their Tallassee, Ala., home.

Through her desire to support the education of our future leaders, Crosby has

University to enhance the educational offerings of future leaders through visiting scholars distinguished in their disciplines. The series affords faculty, staff and students the opportunity to interact with guest lecturers through class lectures, formal presentations, informal group discussions and a culminating public lecture.


Robert Fayfich (’69) was named the new executive director for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools in August. He has served as the organization’s interim executive director since April. Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Waynesburg and completed graduate work in law at the University of Pittsburgh, finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and human resources at the

University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business.

Class of 1962 Join your classmates at your 50th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.

Joseph E. “Joe” Dell (MBA ’85) has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at FSG Bank in Chattanooga, Tenn. With three decades of experience in community banking, Joe has a strong background in commercial, small business and consumer lending and has held a number of leadership roles.

Gary Guerrieri (MBA ’86, Trustee) has been promoted to Chief Credit Officer for First National Bank Corporation. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry. He joined FNB Corp. in 2002, as Regional Credit Officer.

Class of 1982 Join your classmates at your 30th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.

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given much back to her alma mater. In addition to her generous financial support, she, along with her husband, established the Crosby Lecture Series at Waynesburg

and have distinguished themselves in their service to their careers, their families and their communities. Susan graduated from Waynesburg with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration and expects to complete a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction at St. Vincent.

Class of 1972 Join your classmates at your 40th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.


Lynda (Easley ’80) Bradley (MA ’10) has accepted a mental health professional position with Keystone Community Mental Health Services in Pittsburgh, Pa. Susan Hozak (’83) was inducted into the St. Vincent College Athletic Hall of Fame on September 10, 2011. Membership is granted to those who played athletics or served in an athletic role at the college, alumni who graduated more than 15 years ago and to those who have demonstrated loyalty to the college



March 12 Orlando, Fla. Alumni Dinner

June 5 Waynesburg University Golf Outing

March 13 Fort Pierce, Fla. Alumni Lunch/MLB Pre-Season Game, Pirates vs. Twins


March 15 Fort Myers, Fla. Alumni Dinner

August 4 Alumni Kennywood Day

March 31 Alumni Dinner Theater



October 5-6 Homecoming

April 17 Greensburg, Pa. Area Alumni Dinner April 18 Wexford, Pa. Area Alumni Dinner April 20 On-Campus Alumnae Luncheon April 26 Denver, Colo. Alumni Dinner

For more information, or to register, visit

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a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University and has over 15 years of experience in non-profit settings.

Class of 1992 Join your classmates at your 20th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.



Amy Widdup (’91) has been appointed coordinator of Westmoreland County Community College’s Greene County Education Center in Waynesburg. She will oversee the daily operations of the center, located in EverGreene Technology Park. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Waynesburg University,

Mike Maleski (’92) was recently appointed to the management team of Phizzle, Inc., a mobile marketing and mobile advertising provider. Before joining Phizzle, Mike was the director of new media sales for the Cleveland Cavaliers and has more than 19 years of experience in the print and online publishing industries. Amy (Glass ’97) McCormick is working on her second master’s degree, this time in educational technology. She is currently teaching pre-K through 8th grade technology and engineering. She thought people might find this amusing, as she graduated with a degree to teach biology in grades 7-12. She

hopes that everyone she knew at Waynesburg is leading a blessed and wonderful life! The Rush family and their Waynesburg graduate spouses got together for Christmas 2010. Pictured left to right are Doug Rush (’97) who is a PA State Trooper; Dan Rush (’98) who is a Washington City Police Officer; Gretchen (Rush ’98) Hurst who is Sr. Program Manager for Quintiles, Inc.; Rev. August Hurst (’98) who is Pastor at Lebanon Presbyterian Church in West Middlesex, Pa., and Project Manager at Clearwater Construction, Inc.; and Melanie (Cox, MSN ’08) Rush who is a nursing instructor at the Washington Hospital School of Nursing.

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Reconnect with your classmates at any one of the numerous activities we have planned! On Friday, join Class Reunions 1952- 60 Years 1957- 55 Years 1962- 50 Years 1967- 45 Years 1972- 40 Years 1982- 30 Years 1992- 20 Years 2002- 10 Years 2007- 5 Years

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us for dinner at the Benedum Dining Hall and gather at Wiley Stadium for the Pep Rally and Fireworks. Enjoy Saturday Brunch before the football game and celebrate your class reunion at our Alumni and Friends Recognition Dinner. Other celebrations will include a Bonner reunion, a Lamplighter reunion and a Nursing reunion. Of course there will be a few new surprises as well! Don’t miss out! Sign up now for monthly updates and reminders of this year’s plans. Visit:


Matthew Dady (’00) and his wife, Beth, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Morgan, on October 12, 2010. Charlotte Firestone (’00) and her partner, Phil, have moved their web design company, SpiralSpark LLC (, to Brandon, Vt. Phil Cope (’01) was hired as head coach of Valley boys basketball program. Phil is an eighth-grade social studies teacher in the New Kensington-Arnold School District. Randy Gore (’01) was recently named 2011 Frontier League Broadcaster of the Year. Randy is currently the “voice” of the North Allegheny Tigers and Director of Media at North Allegheny High School; a News Anchor, Reporter and Play-by-Play Announcer at WJPA Radio; and the “Voice” of the Washington Wild Things on WJPA Radio. Timothy O’Neil (’01, MBA ’04) was honored as the Allegheny County Humanitarian of the Year in 2010. . Rob Strcula (’02) has accepted the position of head boys’ basketball coach at Parkersburg Catholic High School—his alma mater in West Virginia. After a successful high school career, Rob went on to play for Waynesburg University where he started all four years and made all-conference twice. Since 2004, Rob has been head JV coach and assistant varsity coach for the PCHS Crusaders. He lives in Parkersburg with his wife, Erin, and their three children. Nicole (Tallarico ’02, MAT ’07) Connolly was united in marriage with Ryan Connolly on May 15, 2010, in Washington, Pa. Cheryl (Ross ’03) DeVoe has joined Gold Canyon as a Fragrance Consultant.

Class of 2002 Join your classmates at your 10th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.

Jennifer (Miller ’03) Shaffer and her husband, Todd, welcomed a son, Tanner Roy Shaffer, on July 3, 2011, at 8:47 p.m. He weighed 7 lb., 13 oz., and was 19 in. long. Curtis Sproul (MBA ’03) announces his engagement to Emily Archer. The couple will wed in a ceremony set for August 6 at Meadow Run Community Church in Ohiopyle, Pa. Bobby Fox (’04) and Kari (Wildner ’06) Fox (MBA ’09) welcomed their first child, a son, on April 17, 2011. Jackson Karl was 7 lb., 11 oz. and 20 ¾ in. long. Matt (’04) and Sarah (Sakolsky ’06) Gary welcomed their first child, Colt Joseph, on March 2, 2011. He was born 7 lb., 6 oz. and 18.5 in. He is happily enjoying the family’s new home in Cleveland, Ohio. Hayley (Bykens ’04) Martin (MBA ’11) accepted a new position as the grant writer for the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, Pa. She is responsible for researching and writing grant proposals for funding to support the variety of services HFI offers to Allegheny County and surrounding areas.

Danielle Pape (’04, MBA ’09) announces her engagement to Michael Gogoglin. Danielle earned both her undergraduate degree and master’s degree in business from Waynesburg University. A May 5, 2012 wedding is planned. Matthew Biddle (’05) has built a successful career at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown. There the Waynesburg criminal justice administration graduate is responsible for judging the conduct of several inmates and making parole recommendations, working as a correctional case management specialist. Originally from Rostraver Township, Pa., Matt lives in Hagerstown where he and his wife have a 2-year-old daughter, Ella, and a son on the way. Alexis Bildsten (’05) and Frank Schiefer were united in marriage on July 9, 2011. Cindy Moser (MBA ’05) of Allegheny Township was appointed director of human resources at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison. She has served as the senior human resources consultant at the hospital for 11 years. Before joining AVH, she was the coordinator of employment services at Citizens General Hospital for nearly two decades. Dr. Joseph Vincent (’05) is eager to announce his new chiropractic practice, Absolute Health Pain Relief Center. Dr. Vincent received his BS degree in pre-medicine from Waynesburg and his chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. His practice specializes in instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, kinseio tape, impulse adjusting and personal injury and workers compensation cases, though any case is welcome. Dr. Vincent lives in Dover, Del., with his wife, Danielle, and six-month-old son, Enzo. Jessica Hamilton (’06) announces her engagement to Edward McGuiness. A May 26, 2012, wedding is planned.

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Mary Kay (Kubala ’06) Macali was promoted in February 2011 to the corporate finance department at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. She is responsible for processing payroll for approximately 25,000 hourly employees across multiple states and jurisdictions. Mary Kay has been with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment since May 2009. Salvatore “Sal” Mauriello (’06) is a correctional case manager and P.A.T.T. advisor at Maryland Correctional Institution— Hagerstown. On February 24, 2011, the A&E network hit series, “Beyond Scared Straight,” featured his unique juvenile diversion program called “Prisoners Against Teen Tragedies.”


Dwayne Pate, Jr. (’06) and his wife announce the birth of their son, Dwayne Robert Pate III, on September 15, 2011, at 9:48 a.m. He was born 8 lb., 3 oz. and 21 in. Aaron Rohanna (’06) and Lorelle Marker (’08) announce their engagement. Aaron graduated from Waynesburg with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Dembo receives University’s Golden Key Award David B. Dembo accepted Waynesburg University’s Golden Key Award at the annual Alumni and Friends Recognition Dinner held Saturday, Oct. 8, during the University’s Homecoming Weekend. The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to an alumnus or friend of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way. The 2011 recipient, David B. Dembo, demonstrates remarkable leadership skills and resolute commitment to community development, education and social justice. Dembo has strong familial ties to Waynesburg University; his father, Henry Dembo, graduated from Waynesburg in 1938 with a degree in mathematics. His uncle, Martin Dembo, graduated in 1932 with a degree in accounting. Although he is

Lorelle graduated from Waynesburg with degrees in forensic science and biology. Both are employed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, W.Va. A wedding is planned for August 18. Ryan Devlin (’07) and teammates Mike Harwick (’10), Michelle Cross (’07), Brian Lucarelli (’09) and Tim Monaghan (’08) took 7th overall out of the 554 mixed relay teams at the 2011 Pittsburgh Marathon.

With gifts made in his father’s honor, Dembo has contributed to the International Travel Fund and the Dembo Family Scholarship and established the Henry Dembo ’38 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in education with a preference toward those with a secondary English concentration.

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Join your classmates at your 5th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 5-6, 2012. Look for more information in the mail this summer. Call 724-852-7677 with questions.

Jessica Greene (’08, MBA ’10) and Steve Roszak united in marriage on Oct. 15, 2011. Jessica earned her B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting and management from Waynesburg and went on to finish her MBA. She is a senior accountant for the PA land and gas segments for Alpha Natural Resources. Anthony M. Mastraieni (MBA ’07) has been named Evening News Coach of the Year for his record-breaking 2011 season as the Bedford Senior High School girls’ soccer coach. Tony and his wife, Adrian, moved to Temperance, Mich., in 2009 and now have a six-month-old daughter, Maya Madeline. Four months after their move, he accepted the coaching position with the Kicking Mules. Danny Reed (’07) is stepping down as the voice of the Charleston RiverDogs (a minor league baseball team in South Carolina), but isn’t going too far. He’s accepted a position as the new voice of The Citadel Bulldogs—an NCAA Division I team also in Charleston, S.C. Danny received his communication degree from Waynesburg in sports broadcasting/information with a minor in marketing. Kathryn Zimmerman (’07) and Nathan Svencer were married on Aug. 13, 2011. The ceremony and reception were held at Glades Pike Winery. The couple honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and currently resides in Somerset, Pa.

not a Waynesburg alumnus himself, Dembo has continued the family tradition of generously supporting Waynesburg University.

Class of 2007

Ariel Dugan (’08) and Sam Veltre were united in marriage on Oct. 8, 2011. The ceremony and reception took place in Bridgeville, Pa. Laura Rayle (’08) and Karina Graziani (’09) served as bridesmaids. The couple resides in Houston, Pa.

Haley Hinds (’08) and Rishi Barran were united in marriage on June 17, 2011. The ceremony took place at the Church of the Resurrection of our Lord in Fort Myers, Fla., followed by an oceanfront reception at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa on Fort Myers Beach. Katie Weko (’08) and Kelly Eltschlager (’08) served as bridesmaids. Haley graduated with a degree in communication and currently works as a news reporter/ anchor for WINK-TV. The couple resides in Fort Myers. Laura Maness (MBA ’08) has been selected as the new head coach of the women’s lacrosse program at the University of Detroit Mercy. She began her coaching career at Morgantown High School in 2002 while attending West Virginia University, where she earned a B.S. in human nutrition and food science. Most recently, Laura served as the head coach at Lake Erie College, beginning in 2008. She also serves as a U.S. Lacrosse North Coast Ohio Chapter board member. Amy Mills (’08) announces her engagement to Thornton Adamson. A July 2012 wedding is planned.

Jamelle Price (’08, MBA ’11) is pleased to announce that he has completed Waynesburg’s MBA program. Jamelle received his bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg in social science, pre-law and minored in business management. Ryan Reilly (’08) and Sara Phillips (’11) were united in marriage on May 27, 2011. The ceremony took place at St. Alphonsus R.C. Church in McDonald, Pa. A reception was celebrated at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. Madeline Snyder (’11), Erin (Crawshaw, ’09) Heilman, Ryan Heilman (’08) and Brad Custer (’07) were in the wedding party. Sara graduated with a degree in elementary and special education. Ryan, who graduated with a degree in criminal justice and political science, is a captain in the U.S. Army. The couple resides in Fayetteville, N.C.

SAVE THE DATE! 21st Annual Golf Outing

Southpointe Golf Club Jeffrey Selvoski (’08, MBA ’09) was married to Leigha Scheller on May 14, 2011. The couple honeymooned in Antigua and make their home in Washington, Pa. Colin Brown (’09) moved to Seoul, South Korea, after graduation to study culture and language. He teaches English to Korean students and gives them tours of local Korean museums. He was accepted into the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Korea, where he began a two-year master’s degree in international development in August of 2011. Sean Call (’09) was united in marriage with Erica Stuart on October 15, 2011.

JUNE 5, 2012 Join other Alumni and Friends of Waynesburg University at the 21st Annual Golf Outing at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, Pa., on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Registration and a lunch buffet will be followed by a shotgun start. The day of golfing will culminate in the traditional Filet Mignon and Shrimp Cookout Awards Banquet where the day’s top golfers will be recognized and the winners of the Chinese auction prizes will be drawn. Many sponsorship opportunities are available, so reserve yours soon! For more information, call Mary Fox, event planner, at 724-852-7677 or visit

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Curtis Sowder (’09) and Rhonda Woloshun (’10) were united in marriage on May 20, 2011. Terry Wiltrout (MBA ’09) has been appointed as chief executive officer of Canonsburg General Hospital. Terry has served as vice president of operations at CGH since 2007 and officially joined the hospital’s leadership team in 2003. He began his career with West Penn Allegheny Health System in 1991 as a computer operator. Terry also serves as a member of the Waynesburg University Alumni Council.


Waynesburg University Alumni

Kennywood Day

$20/person (all ages) Price includes: • All-day fun pass • Waynesburg University T-shirt (wear that day to show your pride!) • Ice cream and soft drinks • Raffle ticket for great WU prizes For more information, visit or call Mary Fox at 724-852-7677. Kari Cyktor (’09) received West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master’s in Education 2011 Thesis of the Year award. She is enrolled in West Virginia Wesleyan College’s master’s degree program as a post-baccalaureate candidate in secondary English education. Prior to her graduate work, Kari earned a B.A. degree in English literature with a minor in philosophy from Waynesburg. Caitlin McLaughlin (’09) announces her engagement to Corey Lewis. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and electronic media from Waynesburg. After college, Caitlin worked in sales for WJPA radio in Washington. She currently resides in

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Winston-Salem, N.C., where she is employed by Warner-Chilcott as a pharmaceutical sales representative. A December wedding is being planned at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg. Jillian Metz (’09) and Brett Gage (’11) were engaged to be married on April 8, 2011. Jillian graduated with a degree in nursing and Brett in forensic science. The couple plans to wed in Jillian’s hometown of Kittanning, Pa., on June 1, 2012.

Josh Beppler (’10) and Victoria Kamicker (’11) were engaged to be married on April 28, 2011. Josh graduated with a degree in communication and Victoria in public relations. A wedding is planned for May 27, 2012, in Enon Valley, Pa. Britni Green (’10) became the bride of Fabian Parra on June 12, 2011, at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. She received her degree in biology from Waynesburg. The couple resides in Townsville, Australia, where Britni is a graduate student at James Cook University. Joshua Hanley (’10) and Katherine “Kat” Lynerd (’10, MBA ’11) were united in marriage July 9, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg, Pa. The Dr. Rev. Robert L. Rhoades (’57), grandfather of the bride, officiated. Other Waynesburg alumni were present, including the bride’s grandmother, Barbara (Rohland, ’58) Rhoades as well as many other family and friends. The newlyweds honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and

make their home in Washington, Pa. Josh is employed by the Washington County LEADER program, and Kat is a staff accountant at Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg. Ashley Hart (’10) announces her engagement to John Smith. A wedding is planned for the summer of 2012. Dana Hlipala (’10) was united in marriage with Brandon Wheeler on September 3, 2011. The newlyweds took a honeymoon trip to Aruba and reside in Washington, Pa. Sarah Hulyk (’10) and Jesse Maxwell (’10) were united in marriage on June 25, 2011, in New Castle, Pa. Jennifer Lupi (’10) announces her engagement to Matthew Hayes. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Ministry Studies from Waynesburg and is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Geneva College. Wedding plans are being made for June 7, 2014. Melissa Moskal (MBA ’10) and Adam Wojcuich were united in marriage on July 2, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, Pa. They honeymooned in Aruba. Melissa is a credit analyst for Bayer Corp., and the couple resides in Canonsburg, Pa.

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Rachel Brown (’11) and Ben Sharpe (’11) were married on June 11, 2011, in Schnecksville, Pa. The couple currently reside in Pittsburgh, Pa. Chelsey Clark (’11) was accepted to Nova Southeastern School of Law in Ft. LauderdaleDavie, Fla., where she will graduate in 2014. Chelsey majored in social sciences, in the pre-law option, at Waynesburg. Alexandra Kokovich (’11) and J.P. Williams were united in marriage on June 4, 2011, in their hometown of Delaware, Ohio. Katie Sauter (’11) organized a benefit tribute, “Cabaret for Kathy,” in honor of her late high school theatre teacher. The event gathers Thomas Jefferson alumni who take to the stage at the Cabaret Theater in Pittsburgh. Proceeds from this now annual event go

toward the Kathy Cecotti Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is being maintained by TJ Arts, a local nonprofit. Sarah Spicuzza (’11) was recently hired by Serving Leaders of Pittsburgh, Pa., for a one-year fellowship through the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) program. In her new position, Sarah manages project design and provides communication and administrative support for the president’s office. Bret Stiffler (’11) will be working on his master’s degree at Clarion University. Bret graduated summa cum laude from Waynesburg with his bachelor’s degree in history and sociology. Andrea Tomer (’11) is currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.

WAYNESBURG UNIVERSITY CLASS NOTE POLICY Waynesburg University encourages and welcomes communication from alumni regarding career changes, promotions, relocations, volunteer work, marriages, births and other information that is of interest to fellow classmates, alumni and the University community. Photos submitted to The Lamp cannot be returned. All class notes will be considered for publication and will be chosen on the guidelines of appropriateness and space availability.


1. E-mail (subject of e-mail must be: CLASS NOTE). Make sure to attach your photos. --- or --2. Call the Office of Alumni Relations with your information at 724-852-3300. 3. Visit, and click on the Alumni Updates/Class Notes link.

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Alumni Gatherings Not all alumni gatherings pictured. For more photos, visit:

Memoriam Name Walter Richey Adcock John W. Atkinson, Jr. Emily Minor Behm John W. Black Margaret Grile Bloss Sharon Ann Kelly Broderick Willene “Petey” Carlson Karin Jones Coursin George C. Denney Charles E. Donham Walter P. Elliott Lewis P. Ewart Josephine Orndoff Farrell Vincent D. Gluvna Ronnell Grimm Green Samuel Grilli Kenneth M. Hamilton Samuel J. Harry J. Ray Hull Mani Jacob Donald K. Johnson Lucinda Daniels Johnson Ralph W. Kerns Chester A. Leighty Dean M. Lesnett, Sr. Clara Dye Lively Andrea Borsotto Loughman Beverly Sammis Lovasz Richard E. Lukotch Scott A. Mahan Louis C. Manganiello Frank H. Mansfield Joan C. Miller-Boone

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Class Year FS FS ’47 ’47 ’51 ’06 Friend ’93 ’42 ’61 ’32 ’61 ’33 ’40 ’88 ’28 ’50 ’51 ’49 HON 1999 ’69 ’80 ’41 ’51 FS ’36 ’65 ’72 ’51 ’06 ’51 ’51 Friend

Date of Death 3/22/2011 4/18/2011 6/22/2011 10/5/2011 6/13/2006 2/27/2009 6/12/2011 5/14/2011 1/5/2011 9/3/2010 9/10/2007 5/24/2011 12/22/2008 9/3/2010 5/9/2009 1/16/2003 7/12/2011 2/17/2008 7/8/2010 7/26/2011 1/3/2010 7/12/2011 7/23/2011 12/8/2006 2/11/2010 2/26/2011 4/14/2011 9/28/2011 12/14/2007 6/27/2011 11/19/2009 6/22/2010 9/6/2011

Name William Morgansky Mary Jacobs Morris Wilbur L. Mundell Harold J. Murphy Frank J. Nivert, Sr. Martha Jane Spragg Norton Edward J. Pastin Geneva A. Peterson Joseph H. Piatt Lemoyne W. Plischke John W. Pochron Cassie Palmo Prado Lloyd H. Prinkey James B. Reilly Gina Marie Rice W. Eugene Ridgeway Harry W. Rinehart Jessica Bird Ringer James C. Rocco Loretta M. Rock Jack McClelland Seals William D. Senior Catherine P. Simmers Linda K. Smitley Inez London “Zic” Soule William Q. Stahler Emily Titus Stone Rose Marie Thomas Nancy Thompson Daniel P. Tustin Edward J. Vuknic Sandra Palone Walker

Class Year ’51 ’53 ’53 ’34 ’37 ’42 ’47 FS ’46 ’48 ’45 ’57 ’77 ’51 ’11 ’51 ’56 ’02 ’51 Friend ’FS ’39 ’42 ’97 ’51 ’64 ’50 Friend Friend ’84 ’70 ’63

Date of Death 8/5/2010 5/30/2011 7/11/2011 7/9/2011 8/5/2011 8/9/2011 9/4/2011 9/24/2004 9/21/2011 12/11/2010 5/5/2008 3/6/2010 6/24/2011 10/24/2009 11/27/2011 6/9/2011 1/22/2011 5/1/2011 1/5/2009 6/10/2011 8/7/2011 8/8/2010 9/7/2011 10/10/2011 11/5/2011 12/27/2010 8/13/2007 10/6/2011 8/2/2011 7/18/2010 4/27/2011 8/6/2011

1966 Football Team Hall of Fame Induction Reception- June 10, 2011 Players, coaches, family and friends of the undefeated, 1966 NAIA Champion Waynesburg Football team gathered at an alumni reception before being formally inducted into the WashingtonGreene Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Washington, D.C. Alumni Dinner- November 3, 2011 L-R Heidi Szuminsky ’05, MBA ’07, Daniel Murphy ’73, Pamela Winks ’77, Lois Hollis ’77, Jim Macioce ’68, Diane Macioce ’70, Tina Adamson’69, Walt Bawiec ’70

Alumnae Luncheon- September 28, 2011 Over 40 women gathered at the Meadowlands Doubletree in Washington, Pa. for an alumnae luncheon where Cynthia Cowie ’99 was the guest speaker.

Orlando, Fla. Alumni Dinner- March 8, 2011 L-R William Guidas ’52, Colin Guidas, Nick Daniels ’03, David Ater ’01, Dustin Carter ’07, Leeann Intartaglio, Kent Osleger ’07, Mallory McKeegan-Osleger ’07, Joan Martich ’75, Courtney Dennis (Attended but not pictured: Shantell Stallings ’03, Meredith Mason ’03) Baltimore, Md. Alumni Dinner- November 5, 2011 L-R Heidi Szuminsky ’05, MBA ’07, Vikki Kamicker ’11, Lynn Carlson, Jack Carlson ’69, Fred Stokes ’74, Sandra Stokes ’74, Charlie Piccinini ’75, Shelly Piccinini ’75, Ryan Heilman ’08, Erin Heilman ’09, Cory Boccio ’08, Mallory Mest ’08, Michael Notarianni ’08

Coral Gables, Fla. Alumni Dinner- March 5, 2011 L-R Heidi Szuminsky ’05, MBA ’07, George Somerville ’79, Lucille Somerville, Jean Francios, Nancy Conklin ’50, Roger Conklin, Diane Somerville ’75, Carol Pfrogner, George Pfrogner ’52, Doug Lee ’81

Richmond, Va. Alumni Dinner- November 2, 2011 Seated L-R June Brown Young ’55, Judy Kalish ’66, Heidi Szuminsky ’05, MBA ’07, Vikki Kamicker ’11; Second Row L-R Doug Lee ’81, Dave Meyers ’81, Kim Meyers, Samantha Spaw Haslego ’94, Marilyn House West ’67, Joe Kalish ’64, Lisa Peterson ’97; Third Row Christopher Kerns, Kristina Kerns ’08, Joseph Lovasz ’72, Edward West, Chris Peterson The Lamp • WINTER 2012| 55

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Seal of Character The Waynesburg University seal displays prominently within the interior beauties of Roberts Chapel. The lamp with its flame will forever remind students past and present of the University motto, “Fiat Lux” — “Let there be Light” — and the Christian mission on which the University was founded.