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From the President


“What is the mountain you have been called by God to move with your life and with your faith?” Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg posed this question to our 2018 graduates during the University’s 166th Baccalaureate Ceremony in May.

President Douglas G. Lee Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer Senior Vice President for Graduate Programs Mary Cummings Vice President for Student Services, Faith and Mission and University Chaplain James Tinnemeyer Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer John Olon Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer William Dumire Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations Stacey Brodak Vice President for Enrollment Dr. Shari Payne THE LAMP - SUMMER 2018 The Lamp is published by the Office of University Relations at Waynesburg University, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Waynesburg University is a Christian university offering more than 70 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Editor Ashley Wise

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Rev. Dr. Broberg encouraged graduating students to write their answers to his question down within their Commencement programs. It is my hope, that should they come across their programs in years future, our graduates can look back and smile – knowing that they embraced the challenge. This issue of The Lamp explores the mountains that some of our alumni have been called to move. With a rich history that demonstrates the transformational effect of lives touching lives, we remain proud of the achievements of our graduates. It is these achievements that consistently lead Waynesburg University to receive national attention for its extraordinary outcomes and value. In order to remain a leader in Christian higher education, we continue to make strides in developing programs that build upon our strong liberal arts tradition of nurturing analytical and innovative thinking. In this regard, we are delighted to have identified the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership who will be joining us in September, which you will read more about in the following pages. Our University is blessed with faculty, staff, students, alumni and a larger community that support our strong mission. With your generosity, we will continue to fulfill our mission and move mountains.

Douglas G. Lee President

In this Issue





Features 12

A Career Full of Firsts Dr. Tom DeGeorge, Waynesburg University’s first Ph.D. graduate, has experienced many firsts during his impactful career.


Hope During Disaster As an alumna follows her calling to serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey, her path intersects with current students.


Homecoming 2017 Alumni and friends gathered on Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, for the annual Homecoming celebration.


Mindy Walls named W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership The future Stover Chair has diverse background in entrepreneurship, law, public affairs and the development of academic programs.

In Every Issue 4 Recent Developments 12 Features 24 Events 34 Campus News 48 Athletics 54 Alumni and Friends

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Recent Developments

MONEY Magazine ranks University in top 7 percent Waynesburg University has been named to MONEY Magazine’s 2017-2018 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list, ranking in the top 7 percent of all colleges and universities considered nationwide. Out of the 2,400 colleges considered, 711 met the minimum requirements to be included in the ranking, which examined three primary factors: quality of education, affordability and outcomes. Waynesburg ranked No. 170. “Ninety-eight percent of our 2015 graduates are working or studying in their chosen field within a year of graduation, and 70 percent of them choose to remain in the region, creating a consistent and positive impact on our region’s economy,” said Stacey Brodak, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations.


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In compiling this ranking, MONEY utilized research and advice from dozens of the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing and value, according to their website, “to develop a new, uniquely practical analysis of more than 700 of the nation’s bestperforming colleges.” Twenty-seven data points were examined, including quality of education, graduates’ earnings, estimated market value of alumni’s average job skills, affordability and outcomes. As stated on MONEY’s website, “MONEY’s Best Colleges for Your Money rankings are the first to combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with all reliable indicators of alumni financial success, along with a unique analysis of how much ‘value’ a college adds when compared to other schools that take in similar students.”

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Waynesburg University receives $850K grant from RKM Foundation Waynesburg University has received a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the amount of $850,000 toward two-year support of the University’s community development efforts. “This funding will result in projects within the University that will have a direct impact on the continued development of the local community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Investments in the University’s service learning and graduate programs will enable us to achieve the positive, community-focused outcomes proposed in the grant.”

Through the grant, the University aims to increase its regional outreach by implementing a comprehensive, strategic plan that utilizes both its undergraduate and graduate programs in distinct yet complimentary ways. This approach will include enhancements to Waynesburg University’s service learning offerings and the expansion of specific graduate programs.

Currently, University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours of service to the local community each year. This provides an annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million. By strategically coordinating volunteer service programs with government, business and community leaders, the University will be able to expand the size and scope of community involvement with increased, longerlasting impact.

Additionally, through key input from regional employers and community leaders, the University plans to tailor its graduate programs’ curriculums to closely match current and future workforce needs, better serving the region.

For 70 years, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the competitive future and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania and in the protection, preservation, and restoration of America’s environmental heritage.

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Recent Developments

Pictured, from left to right: Melody R. Longstreth, Executive Director of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce; Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University President; and Jeff McCracken, Chamber Board of Directors President. Photo credit: Zak Parks, Greene County Chamber of Commerce

Greene County Chamber of Commerce recognizes Waynesburg University Waynesburg University was awarded the 2017 McCracken Legacy Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce in the fall. Jeff McCracken presented the award on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. “This award is so special because it comes from the hearts of the people of this community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It is also special because many at the University know the legacy of the McCracken family. They have touched many lives over the years with kindness and generosity and demonstrate what true American entrepreneurism is.” Awarded annually to a business or organization in Greene County, the award honors a recipient that has demonstrated ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people, as well as a commitment to social responsibility and exemplary community


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involvement, according to the Chamber of Commerce. The business or organization selected for the award must also have demonstrated a positive social and/or economic impact on the community and exemplary civic community leadership. Special guests included Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta and Pennsylvania State Representative Pam Snyder, both of whom presented legislative resolutions to the University commending its service to the county and its commitment to educating students. Greene County Commissioners David Coder and Archie Trader also spoke. Mr. Charles Baily, Jr. was also recognized with the Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award for lasting contributions to community welfare, participation in civic organizations, evidence of leadership ability and success in vocation.

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In her current role, Cummings leads Waynesburg University’s charge to develop innovative learning opportunities for graduate students in the region. Previously, she worked to bridge academics and community outreach by developing initiatives to connect skilled student volunteers with nonprofits as the University’s Vice President for Student Services. Cummings also worked at Carnegie Mellon University’s Carnegie Bosch Institute, where she developed and facilitated executive education leadership programs for international executives. Mrs. Cummings has served as an adjunct professor in Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs since 2009, teaching Marketing, Organizational Behavior and International Business.

Waynesburg University VP receives Women of Influence Award Mary Cummings, Waynesburg University’s Senior Vice President for Graduate Programs, was recently selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2018 Women of Influence Awards. “Mrs. Cummings’ hardworking and entrepreneurial spirit has led to more than just professional success; it has also made a significant impact on future leaders and our region,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. Cummings was honored during an awards event Wednesday, March 14, at the Westin Convention Center. Recognizing the region's most influential business women at both for-profits and nonprofits, the Awards honor women from every industry and profession who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for other women and are leaving a mark on the western Pennsylvania business community, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times’ website.

Prior to her higher education career, Cummings served as an international business executive in various capacities for more than 20 years. Her significant accomplishments include serving international start-up organizations and leading operational improvements and customer service in Mexico City, Mexico; Prague, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece; Bratislava, Slovakia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Rome, Italy. She is extensively involved in the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program, which matches breast cancer survivors to people living with breast cancer, providing patients who need support with understanding and hope. She also serves on the boards for the Catholic Endowment for Educational Development, The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, Ten Thousand Villages and Leadership Washington County. Mrs. Cummings received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. She and her husband, Mike, have a 17-year-old son, Aidan.

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Recent Developments

University named College of Distinction for second consecutive year Waynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction for the second consecutive year, in recognition of its continued dedication to high-impact educational practices.

The assessment process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success, satisfaction measures and more.

“We are honored to name Waynesburg University as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg University for pushing the envelope with its up-todate curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select the best schools that are 100 percent focused on the student experience, and producing the most well-rounded graduates that are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Waynesburg University, is proof that institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one, and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

Institutions that are named a College of Distinction must demonstrate results in four categories, including engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

Waynesburg was also named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction. For more information or to view Waynesburg’s profile, visit

About Colleges of Distinction Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools and resources for students, parents and high school counselors.


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Recent Developments

O.A.K.S. Campaign reaches halfway point Waynesburg University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign, a comprehensive fundraising initiative for the future of the University, has reached more than half of its goal, having secured an additional 62 endowed funds and major gifts. June 2018 marks the halfway point of the Campaign. At the start of the Campaign, the University managed 92 major endowed funds. By reaching its goal of securing 92 additional funds, this Campaign will help the University grow during a critical time in its history. Stemming from the concept of “Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened,” the three main branches of the O.A.K.S. Campaign focus on increasing affordability, enhancing academic programs and securing the future of the institution in a changing world. A changing world presents Christian higher education with more challenges each day. Waynesburg University rises not only to meet those challenges, but also to welcome the resulting opportunities. The talents and character of our graduates help fill one of society’s most vital needs – the need for individuals of integrity to lead and serve. Support from this Campaign will ensure that a Waynesburg University education remains accessible for generations to come.

BE A PART OF OUR CAMPAIGN All major and planned gifts will be recognized and commemorated during the O.A.K.S. Campaign. If you would like more information on the possibility of establishing an endowment fund, contact Stacey Brodak, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, at 724-852-3258 or

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University again featured as a topvalue school in USA Today Waynesburg University has been recognized as a “Best College for the Money” for the second consecutive year by College Factual, placing the University in the top 15 percent nationwide. Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice and Nursing Programs were also identified as a “Best Value.” “We are proud to be consistently recognized on a national level as best value school,” said President Douglas G. Lee. “It is a priority of ours to ensure an affordable Christian higher education is possible for our students in an increasingly competitive market.” The ranking, published by USA Today, places Waynesburg 155th out of the more than 1,300 schools on the list. The University also ranked in the top 10 percent of schools in Pennsylvania for value. Both Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice and Nursing Programs ranked in the top 5 percent nationwide. College Factual ranks schools for best value by estimating the actual average cost for an undergraduate degree, using the quality results from the best colleges ranking and personalized factors, such as location, cost and financial aid.


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Nursing Program receives national recognition Waynesburg University’s baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently ranked No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania by for the second consecutive year. Waynesburg received a score of 97.97 out of a possible 100. Programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. Each school’s National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) current and historical pass rates were weighted heavily in the scoring. Seventy-six schools were analyzed in Pennsylvania and the top 30 were ranked. Programs reviewed include schools that offer a Diploma in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing Degree. Waynesburg University’s Nursing Program was also recently recognized online as a Top 50 RN to BSN Program by Waynesburg ranked No. 18 on the list, which measured schools according to tuition and graduation rate data from the CNN Money College Cost Calculator and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, as well as accreditation information provided by each school’s website. The Nursing Program at Waynesburg University has consistently been recognized for excellence and value. Within the past year, the school has been ranked nationally as a top nursing school by Nursing Schools Almanac, ranked in the top five percent for value nationwide by College Factual and ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania by’s mission is to promote excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed. is a site dedicated to connect nurses with a directory of schools and helpful information about pursuing a nursing career.


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A career full of firsts When Dr. Tom DeGeorge decided to pursue a doctorate in counseling, he never imagined that his journey would lead him to make history. A simple request for a professional reference turned into DeGeorge becoming the first Ph.D. graduate at Waynesburg University. Being the first, though, is not foreign to DeGeorge. Throughout his career of serving others through counseling, DeGeorge has established first-of-its-kind programs multiple times to benefit children and adolescents in need of therapy and emotional support. He began his career by co-founding the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient & Day Program at Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler, a program that was set up to serve children and adolescents with various mental health diagnoses. DeGeorge was responsible for coordinating the educational program in addition to providing in-service training to hospital staff and information sessions to the community and local public schools. His work with the program also led him to present at two national conferences. Five years after starting the psychiatric program at the hospital, DeGeorge became involved with the Butler Area School District as a special education teacher. He implemented the therapeutic classroom for children with emotional, behavioral and social disorders – marking another first. Then, in 1995, he created the Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP),


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a program that spawned his transition into counseling, which DeGeorge shared “was an extension of what I was already doing.” STAP was a seven week, five day a week treatment program for children and adolescents who had emotional and behavioral difficulties. It lasted for eighteen years. “It was the only program of its kind in Western Pennsylvania,” added DeGeorge. “We took the students who did not fit or were not allowed into other summer programs. As part of the program, I facilitated a weekly parent support group.” Yet another first for DeGeorge – providing a place of support for students who had no other place to go, and including parents, allowing them an opportunity to learn how they could further help their children. After earning a master’s degree from Waynesburg and myriad of professional certifications in counseling, DeGeorge began devoting his career to direct counseling of adolescents, parents and individuals, as well as individual, marital and family therapy. Even though cases with individuals, couples and families often present challenges, the work is equally rewarding. “The greatest satisfaction of being a counselor is being involved in the process with a client,” said DeGeorge. “It is those singular moments that exist between a client and a counselor that allow you to be a part of their experience.” Because of his passion for counseling and helping others to grow through their particular situations, DeGeorge was interested in furthering his education and building upon his wealth of experience. “Being the first Ph.D. graduate at Waynesburg University was something special that was not part of my original plan,” he shared. DeGeorge was looking at another Ph.D. program and reached out to Dr. Andrew Nocita, professor of psychology, for a reference, when Nocita informed him

that Waynesburg was launching its own doctoral program in counselor education and supervision. With an appealing schedule and opportunity to teach, DeGeorge applied to Waynesburg and was accepted. “The format of the program worked for my schedule, and I was asked to be a graduate assistant and teach throughout the Ph.D. program, which proved to be an invaluable experience,” said DeGeorge. Completing his doctorate has become the pinnacle of DeGeorge’s counseling career, leading him toward two other firsts as a result. Last summer, DeGeorge was invited to speak at an international counseling conference. “The major highlight of my career was being asked to speak at Oxford University as part of the International Association of Marital and Family Counselors,” he said. “The conference was attended by professionals from Turkey, Britain and the United States.” Additionally, since DeGeorge was Waynesburg’s first Ph.D. graduate, he had the privilege of representing the graduate program at Waynesburg University’s 2018 commencement ceremony. In his address to the Class of 2018, DeGeorge presented three precepts for the graduates to follow throughout life: be true to who you are, the small things in life are important and provide a safe and warm place for others to be. “The greatest joy, as well as the greatest pain of living, come not only from what we live but even more from how we live,” DeGeorge shared in his address. All of these firsts have been wonderful experiences that have blessed DeGeorge throughout his life and career. “They have all made up the pieces of who I am and what I have become,” he added. “The journey continues, and I am looking forward to the next adventure.”

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In December 2017, a Waynesburg University mission team traveled to Aransas Pass, Texas, on a hurricane relief service trip, volunteering with the organization All Hands and Hearts Volunteers for the first time. Coincidentally, alumna Katie Makowski was the volunteer relations coordinator for the organization’s Texas Response Team. Katie’s Waynesburg University story came full circle as she guided current students on a service trip that would have an immeasurable impact on those they served. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas Aug. 25, 2017. Days later, Katie Makowski quit her job at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, and moved to Texas. “When Harvey hit, I felt it in my heart,” said the Waynesburg University alumna. “I needed to go.” Makowski uprooted her entire life to follow her heart, which led her directly into the middle of the ravage Hurricane Harvey left behind: catastrophic rainfalltriggered flooding that inundated hundreds of thousands of homes. Her personal mission was to help in any way possible. By connecting with All Hands and Hearts Volunteers, an organization through which she had previously volunteered, the New Jersey native assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Now working fulltime for All Hands and Hearts Volunteers as the Houston program director, Makowski gives more than help – she gives hope. All Hands and Hearts Volunteers is a volunteer-powered disaster relief organization dedicated to rebuilding hope for people impacted by natural disasters all over the world. Over the last 12 years, the organization has enabled over 39,000 volunteers to donate 200,000 days impacting 500,000 people worldwide.


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Makowski’s first experience with All Hands and Hearts Volunteers was in 2014, when she spent five months volunteering on the Philippine island of Bohol after a deadly earthquake hit the island. “Back in 2014, I googled ‘international volunteer work,’” Makowski said. “I found All Hands and Hearts Volunteers and was able to take leave from my job in the ER to help provide disaster relief to those who had been devastated by the earthquake in Bohol.” Originally planning to volunteer on the island for just one month, Makowski extended her stay to five months to see the project to completion. She assisted with everything from mucking out homes to rebuilding them. This drive to serve others has always been engrained in Makowski’s heart, but it was Waynesburg University that laid the foundation upon which she would realize her calling. “Waynesburg University opened my eyes,” said Makowski, who served internationally for the first time while a student. Her first trip, to the Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos in Patzun, Guatemala, would prove to be life-changing for Makowski. She served at the Center twice while a student and returned twice on her own after graduation. While a student, she also served with Habitat for Humanity in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Students who participated in the December 2017 hurricane relief service trip include: • Lauren Bailey • Sarah Flowers • Kristin Friday • Marla Holland

• Veronica Kayona • Sarah Knisely • Haleigh Miller • Rebekah Mohnkern

“Those trips changed me as a person, as well as my outlook on life,” Makowski said. Her work with All Hands and Hearts Volunteers now enables her to live out her calling as she gives hope to others during some of the worst moments of their lives. “A lot of times, the homeowners we help call our volunteers angels,” she said. And some of those angels, beyond Makowski, are from Waynesburg University. In December, Makowski was surprised to find that a group of Waynesburg University students would be traveling to Aransas Pass, Texas, during their winter break to assist in continuing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. “Knowing how those trips changed me as a person when I was a student myself, the fact that Waynesburg University students were coming to serve with us, and being able to give them that similar experience, was just mind blowing to me,” she said. The group of eight students assisted in mucking out, gutting and sanitizing homes affected by the hurricane, removing drywall, flooring and personal belongings that had been destroyed. Makowski commented on their dedication. “It’s manual labor. It’s really hard work. Everyone raved about those girls and said what hard workers they were,” Makowski said. For Makowski, who has seized the opportunity to help others through active, hands-on service, the reward is two-fold. “All of the tedious behind-the-scenes things become worth it when I realize we are changing the outlook of the people who volunteer, in addition to the manual labor we are providing through our relief efforts.” Beyond the tangible results are those which are immeasurable, as Makowski connects volunteers to the people who need them, bringing light and love into the hearts of those served.

Another Connection While in the Philippines, Makowski received a Facebook message from another Waynesburg University alumna interested in serving through All Hands and Hearts Volunteers. As students, Michelle Requerme and Makowski had previously served together in Guatemala, and Makowski encouraged Requerme to apply to serve through the organization. Requerme now works for them fulltime, and the two have crossed paths in Texas, recently working together in Houston and Aransas Pass. “It was incredible to work with WU students who continue to go out during their breaks to make an impact on communities devastated by a natural disaster. It’ll be amazing to see where they’ll go next and how their lives have been positively impacted after the Aransas Pass, Texas, service trip,” Requerme said. The Lamp: Summer 2018


Humble & Hardworking Alumnus John Sikora’s glory days on the field and his nationally recognized accomplishments in the classroom have led him from Waynesburg University’s sidelines to those of Stanford University. The scholar and coach who launched his career at Waynesburg will continue to grow as he studies and coaches at a Top 25 Division I football program on the West Coast.


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John Sikora, a native of Masury, Ohio, arrived at Waynesburg University in the fall of 2011 as the valedictorian of his high school class and a heavily recruited football player for the Campbell Memorial High School Red Devils. Throughout his time at Waynesburg, his list of academic and athletic honors would only grow. Named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection three times and an Academic All-American twice, Sikora was also a three-year member of the PAC Fall Academic Honor Roll while earning two bachelor’s degrees in just four years. Sikora’s accomplishments weren’t reserved to the classroom. While playing football for the Yellow Jackets, Sikora amassed 196 tackles over 40 games and finished in the top five in terms of total tackles on the team as a sophomore, junior and senior. Additionally, he was recognized three times as an All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) linebacker. Following his time as a student-athlete, Sikora decided to remain at Waynesburg as a graduate assistant to earn a master’s degree in teaching, and then as an assistant coach this past school year with the Yellow Jacket football team. In all of his Waynesburg University roles – student, athlete, coach – Sikora has reached high levels of success, but he’s the last person to bring attention to that success. Through it all, Sikora has remained humble and faithful. Sikora quietly expresses his faith through the giving of his time to others, whether they have been his teammates, players or complete strangers. As a student, Sikora volunteered with World Vision in Pittsburgh, which provides life-saving supplies and services to more than four million children in nearly 100 countries. He also assisted the local community many times, serving at

soup kitchens and working annual Relay for Life events, in addition to being involved with a week-long Greene County Immersion Mission Trip during his senior year. His time with the Yellow Jacket football team pointed him towards opportunities to work with the Greene County United Way and a well-known local charity, The Colby’s Stars Foundation, which raises funds for childhood cancer research. “I’ve always appreciated the many outlets that Waynesburg University has provided to allow me to express and practice my faith,” Sikora said. No matter the various types of service and devotion, Sikora has always found ways to put others first, truly living out each of the three pillars of Waynesburg University’s mission – faith, learning and serving. But, this fall, for the first time in seven years, Sikora won’t be on the Yellow Jackets sideline or in a Waynesburg classroom. After leaving Ohio and spending the past several years in Southwestern Pennsylvania, his next move would take him across the country to work with the offensive line of a Top 25 Division I football program as he pursues another master’s degree. Sikora recently accepted a graduate assistant position that will make him part of the coaching staff at Stanford University, where he will specialize in working with the offensive line while pursuing his degree in the school's Master of Liberal Arts program – an elite program that accepted just 22 students from around the world this year. After already accomplishing so much before the age of 30, it’s hard to imagine what lies ahead for Sikora as he continues to grow as a scholar and coach at Stanford. It’s all but assured to be a memorable and fruitful experience for the proud Waynesburg graduate.

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Impact and Growth During his time as a Waynesburg University student, William Stough experienced extraordinary growth by developing a strong work ethic and a fervent passion for business. Now, as a Waynesburg University professor, Stough looks to ensure his students grow in a similar way. Stough brings more than 30 years of accounting experience to his classroom. After spending the first 10 years of his career working at his father’s accounting firm as a public accountant, he assumed a number of financial roles during a 20-year relationship with Audia Group, a plastic fabrication company.

and how they will be able to use it in practice. He has adopted a philosophy of leading students to the point of discovery without telling them exactly what to discover. “One of the quotes I try to keep in mind as I teach is from Alexandra K. Trenfor, ‘The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see,’” shared Stough. The 1983 alumnus returned to Waynesburg in 2015 to teach part time in the University’s graduate business administration program. The following year, Stough became a full-time faculty member and began teaching undergraduate courses.

From his diverse professional background, Stough was able to He sees his teaching role as collect a vast array of an opportunity to give back expertise in the areas some of what he received as “The most special part of sharing of auditing, financial a Waynesburg student. my passion with the students analysis, financial is when they realize they have a project analysis and “Being able to be a role passion for business, as well.” taxation. He also model for the students today worked with banks reminds me of how Professor on financial statement analysis and ratio analysis. Bocchini and my father would push me to be the best that I could be,” said Stough. All of these experiences now allow his students to greatly benefit from his authentic on-the-job Anthony Bocchini, professor emeritus of knowledge. business, and Stough’s father, were two of his biggest role models growing up, and they both “I try to bring a story from my career to each have had a lasting impact on his career, always topic so [my students] can see how it does encouraging him to work hard. translate into real business world experiences,” he said. Stough is certain the confidence that Bocchini and his father had in his skills enabled him As a teacher, Stough makes sure his students can to learn and become more interested in the make connections between what they are learning business field. More so, Stough believes that the


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Waynesburg culture and learning environment were also important factors for student success such as his. “Waynesburg University instilled a strong work ethic in me,” shared Stough. “This work ethic is one of the ways in which I believe I am helping the current students reach their goals as well as push them to be the best they can be.” In addition to his knowledge and expertise, Stough engages students through his enthusiasm for business, enthusiasm that he hopes can help students develop their own excitement for the subject. “I try to communicate my passion to the students by the energy I bring to the class and the subject matter we are discussing each day,” said Stough. “The most special part of sharing my passion with the students is when they realize they have a passion for business, as well.”

These shared moments of interest in business, along with each student’s academic progress, are what is so rewarding for Stough. He shared that his greatest joy as a teacher is “watching the students have that ‘aha’ moment when they get the full understanding of a concept.” Having these moments of satisfaction, knowing that he has helped students connect the dots and further their desire to learn and experience more, is more than enough for Stough to be thankful he began this teaching journey. Stough is beginning to realize that he has ability to influence and guide his students in the same way Bocchini and his father did for him. “Professor Bocchini made a lasting impact on my career…I hope I can impact students the way in which he impacted me,” said Stough. “Likewise, seeing students achieve something they were not sure they could do is very satisfying, as I am sure it was for my father watching me grow.”

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A Chemistry Calling

Courtney Kristoff has been a chemist in the making, ever since she was a 10-year-old, conducting science experiments in her grandma’s kitchen with baking soda and vinegar. Today, the senior chemistry major from Amity, Pennsylvania, still enjoys figuring out why things happen and what reactions might occur, but she has moved from a kitchen to a state-ofthe art laboratory in recently renovated Stewart Science Hall. “Research is one of the most frustrating yet exciting things I’ve done,” Kristoff said. “Most of the research process is failure, which makes it really difficult to keep trying, but it’s that little glimmer of hope that I’ll discover something important that makes the process so appealing. Nothing compares to the feeling of finally solving a problem that people have been working on for months or even years.” Through the hours in the lab and the setbacks, she remains focused on her end goal. “The journey isn't always easy, but I know it will be worth it in the end,” said Kristoff, who has a passion for helping others and plans to live out this passion through her future career as a chemist. Currently, Kristoff is participating in the NanoSAFE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at West Virginia University (WVU) for the second time.


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Her first summer there led to a collaboration between WVU and Waynesburg’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, through which Waynesburg has gained access to advanced instrumentation that would otherwise not be available at Waynesburg. “As I am starting my REU for this summer, I can say with confidence that the chemistry classes I have taken at Waynesburg have really helped me gain a fundamental understanding of what I need to know to conduct scientific research,” said Kristoff, who didn’t have that same confidence last summer. As her first REU experience commenced, Kristoff felt overwhelmed; however, the positive impression she left on her WVU faculty advisors, the resulting collaboration and an invitation to return this summer speak volumes of her stellar performance. Determination and a willingness to learn are the keys to success in a research setting, Kristoff says, and she has proven she has a lot of both. With one semester of courses left at Waynesburg University, Kristoff has already been accepted to WVU for graduate studies, where she will pursue a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry under Dr. Lisa Holland, her REU advisor. After that, she hopes to find a job in the pharmaceutical industry in which she can make a difference in the world through developing new medicines.

“Generally speaking, I have a more positive outlook on life because I am able to look at the bigger picture and know that God does have a plan for me and my life even if I can’t see it right now,” Kristoff said. Before she committed to her first REU experience at WVU, Kristoff was torn. “I was afraid of the unknown – being in a new place surrounded by new people, doing research that I felt unqualified for,” she said. But she prayed, and the day before the deadline, she read a quote in her devotional calendar that said, “When God asks you to step out of your comfort zone, do it. Trusting Him never goes unrewarded.” “At that moment, I knew that I needed to accept the offer and let God lead me to where He wanted me to be,” she said. “I later came to find out that this opportunity was the open door to the rest of my future. It’s what led me to this summer’s REU and my acceptance into graduate school.” Kristoff has found peace of mind in letting God lead her, through both the challenges and celebrations, as she pursues her calling. “Sometimes failure is inevitable, but it's important to not let that discourage you from accomplishing your dreams,” said Kristoff, who will graduate from Waynesburg University armed with the confidence needed to make a true impact.

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Roman, a freshman business major, attends the Matriculation Ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

in grace. Waynesburg University recently launched a new marketing initiative, GROW. View the video online at


Homecoming 2017 The Waynesburg University community gathered on Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, for its annual Homecoming celebration. During the weekend event, the University held its 21st Annual Waynesburg University Homecoming 5K Run and Walk, a 50th Reunion Brunch for the Class of 1967 and a gathering at the Alumni Tent during halftime of the football game, with the 5th Quarter Steak Cookout immediately following. The 6th Annual JacketFest was also held in Johnson Commons on Saturday. This family friendly event enables current students and alumni to connect. The Yellow Jacket football team took on Grove City College at John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday afternoon.


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The setting of the game was close to perfect. The playing conditions were sunny, but pleasantly cool, and the always joyous atmosphere that accompanies the beloved annual event was in full swing. Unfortunately for Waynesburg, Grove City came out on top 21-14. During halftime, the Waynesburg University student body crowned seniors Zachary Yonko and Marla Holland king and queen, respectively. Also on Saturday, the Paul R. Stewart Museum featured a new exhibit, “Do I Know What I’m Doing: The Multifaceted James D. “Fuzzy” Randolph.” The display illustrated the captivating life, interests and talents of this extraordinary and beloved member of the Waynesburg family who passed away Nov. 10, 2016.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Waynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, Jan. 16. Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Marilyn House West, founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., served as the speaker. West is the chair of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees and a 1967 graduate of the University. In her message, titled “A High-Octane Leader Who Would Have Been Welcome at Waynesburg University Today,” West explored King’s leadership qualities. “King was a visionary with inherent talent and skills that lifted him up and could lift up others,” West said as she urged those in attendance to rise to King’s legacy and the legacy of all who are walking in his shoes today. Special music was provided by Thomas Faye, a sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh. West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and


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the Senior Center of Greater Richmond. She serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Metro Transportation Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Villa. In 2015, West was honored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Richmond with its 2015 Outstanding Women Award, which recognizes women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to the community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and inspiring achievements. In 2016, she was recognized by Style Weekly with an Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She was inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2017. West received Waynesburg University’s Margaret Bell Miller Leadership Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. West holds a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.


“King was a visionary with inherent talent and skills that lifted him up and could lift up others.�

-Marilyn House West Board of Trustees Chair

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Waynesburg University celebrated the 168th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 20, with a special convocation in Roberts Chapel. CEO and Head of School at Imani Christian Academy, Paulo Nzambi served as the Charter Day speaker. In his convocation address, “The Present and its Possibilities,” Nzambi highlighted the significance of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” During his speech, Nzambi explored pivotal historic moments during which that particular Bible verse may have provided motivation, ranging from the founding of the United States of America to the founding of Waynesburg University. “History has suggested to me that great achievement often results when the present reality conflicts with an inspirational or aspirational possibility,” Nzambi said. “The very power of Philippians 4:13 becomes real in these moments.” “I always imagined that when Waynesburg’s founders challenged the present and raised the possibility of establishing an institution of higher learning on this very ground, they were steadied by their belief that they could do all through Christ who strengthened them,” Nzambi said, as he referenced the University’s history as one of the first institutions of higher education in the nation to educate men and women equally. Nzambi’s diverse professional background has encompassed the areas of education, law and the nonprofit sector. 28

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Charter Day Honorees During the Charter Day ceremony, four retired faculty members were honored with the title of Professor Emeritus, and three faculty members received the University’s 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards. 2017 2018

On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Anthony Bocchini, Dr. Nancy Mosser, Susan Phillips and Dr. Marilyn Roberts the title of Professor Emeritus. Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer presented the teaching excellence awards to Dr. James Hepburn, James Tanda and Rev. Christy Wise.

Pictured, from left to right: President Douglas G. Lee, Anthony Bocchini, Susan Phillips, Dr. Marilyn Roberts, Dr. Nancy Mosser and Dr. Dana Cook Baer

Professor Emeriti Anthony Bocchini, Professor Emeritus of Business Bocchini taught in Waynesburg’s Business Administration Department for 40 years. As a certified public accountant and certified management accountant, he was instrumental in the creation of the University’s Master of Business Administration degree program. He was a 2012 recipient of the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Nancy Mosser, Professor Emerita of Nursing Dr. Mosser was involved with the Waynesburg University Nursing Program for more than three decades and served 15 of those years as the chair and director of the Department of Nursing. Under her leadership, the Nursing Program was consistently recognized for value and excellence locally, regionally 30

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and nationally. She received the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2008. Susan Phillips, Professor Emerita of Art Phillips accumulated nearly 40 years of service to Waynesburg, including serving many years as the chair of the Fine Arts Department and as a faculty marshal. She was awarded the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and was a past recipient of the WQED Multimedia Award. Dr. Marilyn Roberts, Professor Emerita of English Dr. Roberts taught at Waynesburg for 26 years. Throughout her tenure, she held various roles and responsibilities within the Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Pictured, from left to right: President Douglas G. Lee, Rev. Christy Wise, James Tanda, Dr. James Hepburn and Dr. Dana Cook Baer

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A student nomination noted, “He did an excellent job in helping me understand that language is a friend of a counselor and that counseling is a gift.”

James Tanda, Instructor of Criminal Justice, Director of Security Operations and Emergency Management Tanda received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

Dr. Hepburn has been with the University since 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Carroll College and a master’s degree in psychology, along with a doctorate in clinical psychology, from Duquesne University.

“This faculty member models the Christian values of Waynesburg University and encourages his students to embrace ethics and morals in everything they do,” said Baer. One student stated, “He is a true professional and treats everyone with fairness and respect. He inspires and motivates me to do my best academically and professionally. I am a better person because of this teacher.”

Rev. Christy Wise, Lecturer of Biblical Ministry Studies and Communication Rev. Wise received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. “This teacher is dedicated to her work. I feel like she really cares about my well-being,” a student nomination stated.

Tanda joined Waynesburg University in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

A colleague described her as one who “teaches with integrity and enthusiasm, and really cares that students understand the content. It’s a joy to be confident in the way in which she teaches the Bible.”

Dr. James Hepburn, Professor of Psychology, Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling Dr. Hepburn received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

Rev. Wise joined Waynesburg as a part-time instructor in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from California University of Pennsylvania. She holds a permanent license as a minister from the American Baptist Church Leadership Institute of Western Pennsylvania and was ordained by the American Baptist Church.

Students appreciate this professor’s vast knowledge, experience and humor, and they know him as a kind, genuine, caring and compassionate teacher,” said Baer.

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“It is very heartening to me to find that in today’s hostile world there exists at Waynesburg University a dynamic community that espouses strong moral and intellectual values, proselytizes unapologetically for them, and lives them in its own daily life.” -Mr. David Barensfeld

Commencement 2018

Congratulations, Graduates! Waynesburg University held its 166th Commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional sites in Cranberry, Penn Center East and Southpointe.

Mr. David Barensfeld, president and CEO of Ellwood Group Inc., delivered the Commencement Address and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for the ways in which his life parallels the mission of the University. Prior to the Commencement ceremony, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg, senior pastor of The Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pennsylvania, and longtime Waynesburg University Trustee, delivered the Baccalaureate Address. Rev. Dr. Broberg was presented the Timothy & Carolyn Thyreen Service Leadership Award for his church’s exemplary and transformational service to others.


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Valedictorians: Tara Barnard of Millerstown, Pennsylvania Rachel Eng of Elon, North Carolina Sydney Flick of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania R.J. Leon of Brookfield, Ohio

“The journey to your self-proclaimed goals should be never-ending. I challenge each and every one of you to, in your respective fields, continue to exhibit curiosity, passion, and life-long learning as you write your own definition of success.” – Valedictorian R.J. Leon

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University launches Fine Arts Academy Waynesburg University began offering fine arts studies for community members through its new Fine Arts Academy in the spring. The Fine Arts Academy is open to anyone who shows motivation to study in comprehensive collegiate music and art settings. Curriculum includes weekly lessons on major instrument/voice, as well as classes in written music theory, aural skills and art. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Andrew Heisey, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts. “We have great professors and great facilities. I want people to be able to come and see what we have here.” Classes are held Saturday mornings, and students have the opportunity to schedule additional private lessons. Academy students can also participate in both solo and chamber ensemble performances near the end of each semester, as well as in large ensemble concerts throughout the year. For more information, visit or call 724-852-3274.


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From left to right: Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg

University President; Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation

Manager; Janet Paladino, Assistant Professor of

Biology at Waynesburg University; and Blair

Zimmerman, Chairman of

the Greene County Board of Commissioners

University and EQT dedicate Waynesburg Unity Trail Waynesburg University, in conjunction with the EQT Foundation, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Waynesburg Unity Trail Wednesday, April 25. Completed in 2017, the trail project was funded through a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation. “One of the priorities of the EQT Foundation is to support projects that enhance the wellbeing of communities and the residents who live there," said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager. "By encouraging active lifestyles and providing educational opportunities along the way, this new trail gives students, faculty and nearby residents a reason to experience the beauty and wonder that await outside their doors.” The event included remarks by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee; Stacey Brodak, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations; Dr. Janet Paladino, Assistant Professor of Biology; and Rossi. A dedication sign at the beginning of the trail reads, “Built by the students of Waynesburg University to promote creation care and cooperation with the Borough of Waynesburg.” The Waynesburg Unity Trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.

“I am grateful to EQT for funding this project and for the 2,000 hours of community service that have been logged so far by students at Waynesburg University,” said Paladino. “The goal of the Unity Trail is becoming a reality. We have engaged the community and the University in a partnership of environmental stewardship by creating a place for all to take quiet walks in the forest and to appreciate that nature teaches us many things. It is our hope that more community members will get involved with work and activities on the Unity Trail.” The University’s goal is for the trail to be a safe place for students to learn, research and spend time with nature, while also offering the greater Waynesburg community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature in an urban setting.

About the EQT Foundation

The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the nation’s leading energy producer, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home, and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at:

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A.W. Beattie Career Center, Waynesburg University enable high school students to jumpstart college degree A.W. Beattie Career Center and Waynesburg University have partnered to provide the opportunity for A.W. Beattie students to earn Waynesburg University credits while in high school, enabling them to get a head start on their bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.

Dr. Dana Cook Baer (left) and Mr. Eric Heasley

signed the articulation agreement Thursday, Sept. 7.

On September 7, officials of the two institutions signed an articulation agreement which provides a pathway for qualified A.W. Beattie students to enroll in the Early Childhood Education Program at Waynesburg University. Upon enrollment at Waynesburg, eligible students will be awarded six academic credits. “Waynesburg values the educational experience that A.W. Beattie provides for its students,” said Dr. Shari Payne, vice president for enrollment at Waynesburg University. “This agreement is a way for us to help their students build on that experience so they can achieve their career goals in the most efficient way possible.

FirstEnergy Foundation grant will help train tomorrow’s teachers The FirstEnergy Foundation has awarded Waynesburg University’s Department of Education a $5,000 grant for the purchase of iPads. The iPads will be used in college classrooms to teach future educators how to integrate technology into daily lessons for K-12 students. “FirstEnergy recognizes the value of a strong, well-educated work force for the future,” said Randy Durr, manager of external affairs for FirstEnergy. “We’re pleased to support this effort to equip future educators with the tools they need to assure their students succeed.” Randy Durr (right), manager of external affairs for FirstEnergy, presented the $5,000 check to Yvonne

Weaver, chairperson for the University’s Education Department and instructor of education, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.


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Through the use of the iPads, Waynesburg University students will learn how to find appropriate applications that support the objectives they are teaching and how to actively engage students in the activity. Students will also learn how to use data from applications to make instructional decisions.

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Waynesburg’s eight Student Keystone Press Awards in the PNA’s Division II category, for four year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000, broke last year’s record of five awards. Students and alumni who received awards included Luke Goodling, Mitchell Kendra, Shon Meade, Jacob Meyer, Teghan Simonton and Winowitch.

Student newspaper continues to win big This year, Waynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, added to their record-breaking 21 awards earned during the 2016-17 academic year. To date, the newspaper collected eight Student Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA), nine Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and two awards from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). “The Yellow Jacket has a deep history of being award-winning, and by maintaining that pattern, we are further showing the world that we are very skilled at what we do,” said Mattie Winowitch, junior journalism major and executive editor of The Yellow Jacket. “With each award, we are putting Waynesburg University on the map, and I think that’s pretty cool.”

The Yellow Jacket’s nine Mark of Excellence Awards were in the categories of feature writing, general news, feature photography and sports writing. Waynesburg belongs to SPJ Region 4, which includes schools from Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Recipients this year included Winowitch; Simonton, managing editor; Goodling, sports editor; Kendra, copy chief; and Meyer, a Waynesburg University alumnus. Winowitch was awarded first place for feature writing and Goodling first place for sports writing; both will represent Region 4 in SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence Award competition. Waynesburg University was one of only 15 schools nationwide to receive the ASPA’s first place with special merit award for scholastic newspapers. Publications with special and outstanding design and content receive the first place with special merit award. Additionally, The Yellow Jacket won Outstanding Cover or Front Page for the Dec. 7, 2017, issue, designed by Winowitch. The award marks the first time that the paper has won this special category.

University PRSSA chapter receives award The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter received the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance PRSSA Chapter of the Year award for the second consecutive year in February.

The Chapter has also earned PRSSA Star Chapter Status nationally for five consecutive years and had members receive numerous national and regional awards.

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Mindy Walls joins Waynesburg University Mindy Walls, West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will be joining Waynesburg University as the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the fall. “We are delighted to have Dr. Walls join the University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her experience in strategic management and university-level teaching, as well as her diverse background in entrepreneurship, law, public affairs and the development of academic programs, perfectly aligns with our vision for this position.” In her role as West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Walls designed a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to connect the work of WVU’s individual colleges and centers across campus. Walls was integral in securing $1.4 million in federal funding for the development of WVU’s Women’s Business Center, which opened in February 2017 and provides training and counseling to communitybased businesses, as well as WVU’s LaunchLab Network, which is an applied innovation center for students. At WVU, she also served as a Visiting Associate Professor and the Interim Director of the EQuad Program for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Entrepreneurship Center Director for the College of Business and Economics. Walls also served as the Senior Director of Corporate Development at Chesapeake Energy and has five years of experience practicing energy-related law. Walls holds a juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.


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DID YOU KNOW? Waynesburg University’s W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a faculty position, was endowed through a recent $2 million gift from the Stover Foundation, which was the lead gift in the University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign. The O.A.K.S. Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising initiative for the future of the University.

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President Lee honored at five year mark The Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented a Resolution in Appreciation of Leadership to President Douglas G. Lee in honor of five years of service as president at a recent Board meeting.

Lee’s leadership has advanced the University’s reputation of value and academic quality through the attainment of national attention and rankings based on student outcomes.

The resolution, which was recorded in the minutes of the Board’s proceedings of May 5, 2018, outlined Lee’s accomplishments over the past five years as he has led the University into a new era of growth.

The resolution also noted that his focus on the continued emphasis of service in a Waynesburg University education has strengthened the University’s roots of servant leadership, thus nurturing the servant hearts of tomorrow’s transformational leaders.

“This recognition is a reflection of the support I’ve received from the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Waynesburg University since Kathy and I embarked on this journey,” Lee said. “I am grateful to be associated with so many remarkable people and am deeply humbled by this recognition.”

Lee recently received the 2017 Outstanding CEOs and Top Executive Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times and the Southpointe CEO Association’s World Class CEO Award for 2016.

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Faith, Learning and Service Mission Trips During the 2017-2018 academic year, 157 students and 27 faculty and staff members served on 16 Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips. Participants had the opportunity to employ their servant hearts in many different areas of academic and professional interests and aid communities locally, domestically and internationally. Antietam National Battlefield Park – Antietam, Maryland Camp Caribe – Salinas, Puerto Rico Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala

University welcomes Stacey Brodak Stacey Brodak joined Waynesburg University as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations last summer. Experienced in government and corporate affairs, Brodak has a broad background in communications, donor stewardship, government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, leadership and management for both the private and public sectors. Previously, Mrs. Brodak served as the Senior Advisor for government, community and media relations for Noble Energy, where she managed all aspects of communications and government relations for the company’s Business Unit.


Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision, National Aviary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Dream Center – Atlanta, Georgia E.P. Roberts Primary School – Nassau, Bahamas Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Brooksville, Florida Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Greene County Habitat for Humanity – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania Greene County Immersion – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania Habitat for Humanity – Concord, North Carolina Hurricane Harvey Relief - Aransas Pass, Texas

Active in the community, she has served as the president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the board of BluePrints, formerly Community Action Southwest, and Rotary of Waynesburg.

Laughlin Memorial Chapel – Wheeling, West Virginia

Brodak holds a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University, a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from Boston College.

Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene – Nassau, Bahamas

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Nashville Rescue Mission – Nashville, Tennessee Trans World Radio – Bonaire

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Gordon selected as Ohio Honors Scholarship recipient Waynesburg University recently announced Andrew Gordon, son of Neil and Elvira Gordon, as the 2018 recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship. The Strongsville, Ohio, native will enroll as a biology (pre-dental/ medical/veterinary) major at Waynesburg in the fall. The Ohio Honors Scholarship is presented to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences. In addition to majoring in mathematics or science, eligible students must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills. The scholarship pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Over the course of a student’s four years at the University, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient. “I cannot express the overwhelming gratitude I have for the Taussig family, as well as Waynesburg, for fully supporting my undergraduate education,” he said. “I can feel assured that this scholarship provides me with the means by which I can give back to the Waynesburg University community, as well as serve the people of all walks of life as a physician in the future.” Gordon attended the Buckeye Online School for Success. During his high school tenure, he was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the National Fine Arts Festival of the Assemblies of God, once winning first place for a classical piano solo. He is very involved with his church as a worship leader and as a member of the missions board. Additionally, he participates in a multicultural ministry called Pinagpala (Blessed) Fellowship, a Filipino outreach and home group program, and serves in the Greater Cleveland Brown Bag Ministry. Gordon’s career goal is to become a primary care physician.

Business students network with professionals This past year, students in the Department of Business Administration had the opportunity to meet and network with multiple professionals in the accounting field. The Business Club hosted the chairman of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Michael Colgan, and two Pittsburgh-area partners from Deloitte, an international accounting firm. Colgan visited campus to speak on the future of the accounting profession, the changes to the field and its technology, the Certified Public Accountants exam and important job skills for the coming years. “It was rewarding to learn that many of the skills that Waynesburg University fosters in students, such as critical thinking, service orientation and judgement, were on the top 10 job skills list for the future,” said Jayne Olshanski, assistant professor of accounting. Two members from Deloitte, Dan Potetz, a firm partner, and Michael Sorkin, a senior auditor, spoke to Waynesburg students about careers in public accounting. Students heard first-hand what it is like to work for one of the largest accounting firms in the world.

Michael Colgan, chairman of the Pennsylvania

Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)

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Samantha Bruffy, Megan Leiter, Tessa Masula, Sara Byler, Rebekah Rhodes

Five Waynesburg women to travel abroad with Vira I. Heinz scholarship Five Waynesburg University students were selected to receive travel scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. An initiative of the Heinz Endowments, the program exists to prepare women for global challenges by means of leadership development, travel and community service. While colleges and universities are typically only awarded three scholarships to grant to students, Waynesburg University has often been awarded more than its share. According to Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, when an institution does not fill all three spots, the remaining scholarships become available to alternates from other schools. Waynesburg University students have consistently


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been chosen for the extra scholarships. “I think it’s just that [our applicants] are much more well-prepared, have a pretty good idea of where they want to go, what they want to study, how it’s going to fit into their major, how it’s going to fit into their career,” said Bristor. The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to its work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.

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This year’s Waynesburg scholarship recipients include: Samantha Bruffy, senior chemistry

major, will travel with the Counsel for International Education Exchange to study public health issues in Gaborone, Botswana.

Sara Byler, junior sociology major, will

study in Meknes, Morocco. She will spend four weeks taking classes on Islamic politics and culture and Arabic, before spending another four weeks in a service learning program connected to a nonprofit.

Megan Leiter, sophomore nursing major, will study in Amsterdam, Netherlands, taking a global health class and a course about mental health in an international context.

University expands study away opportunities Waynesburg University has established relationships with various organizations in order to enhance opportunities for students to study away, both domestically and abroad. These organizations include The Washington Center, International Studies Abroad and Study Abroad, Butler University. The Washington Center The Washington Center serves as a bridge between higher education and professional careers while providing dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens. The Center offers immersive internships and academic seminars in Washington, D.C., to students from across the globe. International Studies Abroad ISA connects undergraduate students in the United States and Canada to the wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and The Pacific. Study Abroad, Butler University

Tessa Masula, junior English literature

and secondary education major, will study acting and literature in England at the Globe Theater.

IFSA-Butler provides semester, summer and year-long study abroad opportunities at more than 100 programs in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Israel, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Spain and Wales.

Rebekah Rhodes, sophomore nursing

major, will travel to India to take classes in Hindi, Indian culture and traditions and healthcare.

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Pictured along with WU faculty are representatives from various agencies present at the recent training event.

Waynesburg University acquires new Laser Shot System Waynesburg University recently unveiled its new Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in the University’s CSI Center. The simulator will enable criminal justice students to gain experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and weapons familiarization and will also be available to area law enforcement agencies for training purposes. Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office, Fayette County and Greene County Drug Task forces, Greene County District Attorney's Office, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Greene County and Washington County Probation offices, Pennsylvania State Police and the Waynesburg Borough Police Department attended the initial training session on March 20.


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Waynesburg University first purchased a Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in 2011, at the time as the only institution of higher education in the region to offer this type of training. The upgraded system doubles the number of use of force scenarios available, where participants utilize verbal deescalation and other techniques, preparing for various possible outcomes. “I commend Waynesburg University for integrating this simulator technology into their curriculum,” said Louis Weiers, supervisory special agent with the ATF. “The type of immersive training that the students as well as my fellow law enforcement partners will be undergoing will better prepare these crime fighters for the encounters that they will be having in the streets.”

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Criminal justice and nursing students are pictured with Waynesburg Borough Police and WU faculty members

Waynesburg students participate in Mock Emergency Training Exercise Waynesburg University nursing, criminal justice and communication students gained hands-on experience during a Mock Emergency Training Exercise Tuesday, Nov. 7. While nursing students responded to a mock incident in the University’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, communication students were tasked with attending a mock press conference and covering the event. Criminal justice students served as actors during the incident. All students had the opportunity to learn alongside professionals who have chosen a life of service in public safety. “This critical incident training for the nursing program also provided a multitude of other educational benefits to our criminal justice students and communication students, as well as collaborative first responder training opportunity for our local

police department and the University's Public Safety Department,” said Jim Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and Waynesburg University’s director of security operations and emergency management. Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the University’s Department of Public Safety, conducted the multi-disciplinary training exercise in the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. The simulation was designed for senior nursing students in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health course. Organized by Tanda, Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing, and Eve Weaver, instructor of nursing, this academic training exercise was designed primarily to provide nursing students with a highly participative, experiential learning opportunity.

CIA recruitment event held at Waynesburg University An on-campus recruitment event with representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency was held on Waynesburg University’s campus Thursday, March 1. The event offered students a question-and-answer session and networking sessions with CIA officers. Separate one-on-one meetings were held for preselected students. Students from 14 other universities also attended the event. The recruitment event was preceded by the February 26 lecture by Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic, a former intelligence officer for the CIA.

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


Each year, the Stover Center provides opportunities for students to interact with individuals who daily address the constitutional and geopolitical issues of our time. These opportunities include special seminars, visits with notable government officials and internships in the fields of government, law and public policy. Highlighted are just a few of the visits with regional and national leaders during the 2017-2018 academic year.

During their March 2018 Washington, D.C., trip, Stover Scholars had the opportunity to hear Charles Abernathy, professor of law at

Georgetown University Law Center, speak at the Metropolitan Club dinner. Abernathy is the author of “Law in the United States,” “Civil Rights and

Constitutional Litigation” and “Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation: Cases and Materials."

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer visited

The Stover Center hosted Josh Blackman, associate professor of law at

discussed the challenges of being a prospective lawyer or public

Blackman’s lecture, “Economic Liberty and the Criminal Law,” explored the

campus for a Stover Center lecture Oct. 26, 2017. Glazer’s lecture leader in today’s polarizing political climate.


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South Texas College of Law Houston, for an on-campus lecture March 15. U.S. Supreme Court’s divergent perspectives toward economic rights and criminal procedure.

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Stover Scholars visited UPMC headquarters during their April 2018 trip to Pittsburgh and met with UPMC’s W. Thomas McGough, Jr., executive vice president and chief legal officer.

During their Pittsburgh trip, the Stover Scholars visited Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.

Stover Scholars met with Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) in

Stover Scholars had the opportunity to visit with the

2018 visit.

Martin Dahinden while visiting Washington, D.C.

his Russell Senate Office Building meeting rooms during a March

Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America

During a trip to Pittsburgh in April 2018, Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) met with Stover Scholars.

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Becoming a

National Champion


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Waynesburg University sports history was made in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium on Saturday, March 10, 2018, when junior heavyweight Jake Evans became the first NCAA Division III champion for not only the Yellow Jacket mat men, but for any of the 20 current Orange and Black sports. Waynesburg joined the NCAA Division III ranks in 1990 as a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. After going 2-0 on Friday to reach the semifinal round, Evans picked up two more victories on Saturday to win the gold. Yellow Jacket head wrestling coach Ron Headlee was thrilled for the now-two-time All-American (seventh in 2017), who also became the ninth All-American during Headlee's decade with the program. "It was some pretty exciting stuff. I am very happy for Jake," Headlee said. "He works so hard every day and that's just what he did; he outworked everyone at this tournament. He kept believing in himself, just like he has done all year." Evans' first opponent on day two of the event was a familiar one in Lance Evans of Wartburg. The top-seeded former Iowa Hawkeye and returning third-place finisher pinned the Waynesburg big man in last year's national tournament. The two orange and black-clad competitors battled over seven minutes, with Waynesburg's Evans using an excellent effort from the top position and several strong shots to take a 7-6 lead and a riding point into the latter portion of the contest. Wartburg thought they had picked up a buzzer-beating takedown that would have sent the contest into overtime, but the official initially did not award two points. Wartburg's coaching staff challenged the ruling, but ultimately was not given the takedown, allowing their wrestler to earn an 8-6 victory with the riding point and punch his ticket for the finals. "I was pretty confident we were going to get the call," Headlee said. "I was watching the clock and it had already hit zeros by the time the move was complete. I really wasn't worried."

Evans' finals opponent was second-seeded James Bethel of Oneonta State. Bethel looked like a man on a mission after pinning all three of his opponents to reach the title tilt. With just over a minute remaining in the championship bout, Bethel held a 5-4 edge. However, Evans was able to overpower Bethel on a double-leg shot, not only getting the go-ahead takedown, but sticking him to his back for a six-point move. Evans rode Bethel for the remainder of the contest, giving him the 285-pound crown. "He exemplifies everything we try to do with our guys," Headlee said. "This was monumental. (Assistant coach) Gennaro (Bonaventura) and the rest of the staff have done a great job helping him out this year. It was pretty neat getting to see everything he accomplished this year.” After making school history, Evans experienced a myriad of emotions that ranged from excitement to disbelief. “It was like a fleeting thrill of victory followed by fatigue and a surreal feeling as if I was half dreaming,” Evans said. Headlee thanked the Waynesburg University campus community as a whole for putting their full support behind Evans and the rest of the team. "I was getting texts from our baseball team saying they were going to watch us online. (Waynesburg University) President (Douglas G.) Lee came out and watched us as well.” Headlee said. “It meant a lot to have so many people take an interest in us. We are so thankful and feel so blessed for everything the school does for us and how much it supports us." Few sports are as taxing on the body or mind as wrestling. However, with his coaches’ support, Evans has not only reached the pinnacle of Division III competition, but has actually enjoyed the countless hours in the training room. “It doesn’t feel like work to me. I enjoy the process,” Evans said. “Every time I reach a new goal, it is a thrill for me and my coaches.” The Lamp: Summer 2018



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Football • 2-8 overall record • 2-6 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Nine named All-PAC; Defensive Back Justin Willkow named a second-team pick • Wide Receiver JuWuan Jones receives PAC, ECAC and weekly awards

• Punter R.J. Leon named PAC Special Teams Player of the Week Volleyball • 1-25 overall record • 0-18 PAC record • Received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2016-2017 season • Junior Cassidy Guiser named honorable mention All-PAC Men’s Soccer • 5-9 overall record • 3-5 PAC record • Three Jackets named All-PAC; Tyler Sisler named a second-team pick • Austin Zurik named PAC Offensive Player of the Week • James Snyder and Steven Haines named ECAC Division III South Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively

Women’s Soccer • 7-9-1 overall record • 3-6 PAC record • Two Jackets named All-PAC; Melanie Byler, named a second-team pick • Byler named PAC Offensive Player of the Week • Courtney Syfert named PAC and ECAC Division III South Defensive Player of the Week

Women’s Tennis • 1-11 overall record • 0-8 PAC record Men’s Cross Country • Placed sixth out of 10 teams at the PAC Championships • Mac Colomb twice honored as both PAC and ECAC Division III South Rookie of the Week

Women’s Cross Country • Won their second-straight PAC title • Received votes in the USTFCCCA national rankings for the first time in program history

• Spent the entirety of the season in the USTFCCCA regional rankings • Senior Angie Marchetti named PAC Runner of the Year after winning the PAC individual title

• Total of seven Yellow Jackets named All-PAC, including three first-team honorees • Chris Hardie named PAC Women’s Coach of the Year for a third time • Gianna Pugliano and Becca Volz both named PAC and ECAC Division III • • • •

Rookies of the Week Won Westminster’s Fisher Invitational Angie Marchetti named USTFCCCA Division III All-Mideast Region Named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Four Jackets receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

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Men’s Basketball • 10-16 overall record • 6-12 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Qualified for the PAC tournament • Jon Knab named first-team All-PAC; Matt Popeck lauded as honorable mention All-PAC

• Knab named PAC Player of the Week on back-to-back weeks • Popeck gathers up six PAC Rookie of the Week awards and five ECAC Division III South Rookie of the Week awards

• Won the Purple and Gold Tournament, which was hosted by Defiance Women’s Basketball • 15-12 overall record • 10-8 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Addy Knetzer named first-team All-PAC for a second-straight year • Knetzer becomes first person in program history with 1,000 rebounds. Also

becomes just the second player in program history with at least 1,500 points

• Senior Rachel Eng named CoSIDA Academic All-American • Junior Monica Starred named PAC Player of the Week • Eighth-straight year with both an overall winning record and a winning record in PAC play

Wrestling • 12-8 overall record • 3-0 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Five PAC Wrestler of the Week Awards • Seven PAC Rookie of the Week Awards • PAC team champions; Ron Headlee named PAC Coach of the Year; • • • • • • •

Sophomore Ken Burrs named PAC Outstanding Wrestler Three Waynesburg wrestlers earn PAC individual titles Placed fourth at NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Burrs, senior Tristan Buxton and junior Jake Evans qualify for nationals Evans wins first NCAA Division III national wrestling title in school history. It is also believed to be the first NCAA Division III national title in any sport in school history Headlee wins 100th match as Yellow Jacket coach. Buxton and Evans both win 100th match Ranked as high as 22nd in the country according to Won the W&J Invitational team title for the first time in program history

Men’s Indoor Track & Field • Placed fifth at PAC Indoor Championships • Mitch Kendra wins PAC indoor title in the pole vault Women’s Indoor Track & Field • Won second-straight PAC indoor team title, thanks in part to five individual championships

• First-year head coach Michelle Cross named 2018 PAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year

• Claimed a combined four weekly PAC indoor track & field awards


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Baseball • 10-22 overall record • 6-12 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Tyler Reis named second-team All-PAC; Mitch Nordstrom and Justin Buberl lauded as honorable mention All-PAC

• Tyler Srbinovich twice named PAC Rookie of the Week Softball • 12-20 overall record • 5-13 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Rachel Skon named first-team All-PAC Women’s Lacrosse • 0-15 overall record • 0-11 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Freshman Breanna Martini named honorable mention All-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC)

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field • Placed Seventh at PAC Indoor Championships • Waynesburg men qualify for seven events in the ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships

• Mitch Kendra won pole vault titles at the PAC and ECAC Championships • Kendra named PAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week Women’s Outdoor Track & Field • Won third-straight PAC outdoor team title, thanks in part to seven individual • • • • •

championships. Addy Knetzer named Most Outstanding Performer in the field for the fourth-straight year First-year head coach Michelle Cross named 2018 PAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year Waynesburg women qualify for 17 events in the ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Yellow Jackets finish in second place as a team at the ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Claimed a combined seven weekly PAC outdoor track & field awards Knetzer qualifies for the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the shot put for a second-straight year

Men’s Tennis • 6-9 overall record • 2-6 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record • Andy Brunette places third at third singles while competing in the PAC Championships

Men’s Golf • Went 2-0 in dual matches • The Yellow Jackets took seventh at the PAC Spring Championships, which, when combined with their seventh-place showing at the PAC Fall Championships, allowed Waynesburg to finish seventh for the year

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Waynesburg University presents Golden Key, Distinguished Alumni awards Waynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards and recognized donors at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 7. Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin received the Golden Key Award, while Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award. “We take our selection process very seriously, and while we have many people that contribute to Waynesburg University, we always search for those who go above and beyond in their contributions to our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “This year’s recipients are no exception, and we are very proud to award them this deserving recognition.” The Golden Key Award is presented by Waynesburg University to alumni or friends of the University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. This year’s recipients, Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin, were recognized for their service to others and support of the University. Having spent their entire careers in the field of education, the Chichins have established the Dr. Chester and Yvonne Vance Chichin Endowed Scholarship to spread their passion for education and to help provide opportunities for future educators. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission. The University also recognized Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas this year for all the ways in which they have impacted Waynesburg University students through generous contributions and belief in the University’s mission.

President Lee with The Rameas Family


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President Lee with Dr. and Mrs. Chichin

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Alumnus serves as technical consultant for Showtime mini-series In addition to sharing his craft with the actors, Giachetti had a unique first-hand experience of learning what it takes to produce a television show. He noted how amazing it was to see all of the different crew members and actors work in tandem so smoothly and to spend time on so many takes of various scenes. Giachetti’s most exciting moments were spent around Stiller, who he described as “awesome and one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.” During his first trip to the Brooklyn warehouse when the crew finished building the set, Giachetti remembers the associate producer being extremely nervous about Stiller liking it. Lou Giachetti, a 1979 alumnus, never expected to gain any level of fame by overseeing a sewing factory inside a prison, but last fall his knowledge and experience landed him on the set of an upcoming Showtime mini-series directed by actor and producer Ben Stiller. The show, “Escape at Dannemora,” is a drama based on the 2015 real-life prison escape of two convicted killers at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. Academy Award winning actor Benicio del Toro, Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette and Paul Danno are starring in the lead roles. Since some of the early shooting for the film took place at Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh, Giachetti, the garment factory supervisor at the State Correction Institution (SCI) at Greene, was recommended to the show’s production team to assist with training actors on how to work in a sewing factory.

“I just happened to be there when Ben walked in and he came up to me and said, ‘What do you think, Lou?,” Giachetti recalled. “I responded, “I don’t know, Ben, what do you think?’ and we both laughed.”

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“I met with the production team, and my co-worker, Trish Ray, and I got hired and went to Brooklyn,” shared Giachetti. “We set up a sewing factory in an old warehouse to teach about 30 actors how to sew. The job was to make it look real and authentic.”

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In Memoriam Mark Joseph Abate 1985 Clara (Adamson 1946 ) Aiello Allen Dwayne Ammons 1998 Cecilia Clovis Anderson, Friend D. Reed Andrew 1951 Mark Everett Andrews 1986 Theodore Jay Ankeney 1965 James Alfred Argenti 1967 Janet (Bower 1941) Bachelet Helen (Smith 1961) Bail Clara Corrine Baird, Friend Leland "Bruce" Barnett, Former Employee James Dean Bedillion, Friend Joseph William Bierer 1954 Frank A. Bodnar 1954 Frank A. Bolek, Former Student Araella Renee Bornmann, Student Donald Gene Bowman 1958 Michael A. Braun 1965 Darla L. Bricker 1995 William "Bill" Briggs 1953 Todd A. Brunozzi 1994 Anthony Terry Bukowski 1967 James Wiley Burns, Former Student Daniel Chase Carhart 1950 Ronald Clayton Chopyak 1970 Samuel Allan Christopher 1958 Nora (Bruckner 1939) Cicone Doris K. Clearage, Former Employee Lloyd E. Conklin 1953 E. Russell Connelly 1989 MBA James Henry Conroy 2001 Patricia (Conley 1944) Coulson James Mitchell Cunningham 1963 Joseph A. Davis 1958 Harlan "Skip" Debolt, Jr. 1957 Gale (Virgin 1947) Deleo William Glen "Doc" Doody 1962 Edward J. Duffy 1958 Charles W. Etling 1960 Robert Stanley Everson 1965 John C. Fedak 1960 Peter John Fischer 1965 Jeremy Isaiah Franks 2008 Sandra (Davidson 1957) Frederick Harry M. Fulmer 1954 James Adam Garrettson 1993 Jeffrey C. Garrison 1962 Yvonne (Yanity 1952) Gintz Victor "Tony" A. Gizoni 1952 Theda Gorgacz 2003 Marcia L. Graham, Parent/Friend Donna (Patlach) Gregory, Former Student Robert Howard Griffen 1948 Alberta "Trudy" Kennedy Grimm, Friend William J. Guidas 1952 J. Patrick Haly 1960 Paul Minor Haver 1943 Donald L. Helms, Former Employee Sharon (Miller 1967) Hennen Aaron "Franch" Henry 2014 Robert L. Hillyer Jr., Former Student Florence Lee Snyder Hincy, Friend Benjamin Keisen Hirsh 1969 Richard Eastell "Hoov" Hoover 1966 Norman Howenstein 1954 Joshua T. Ireland, Student Norma Jeanne Irvine, Friend


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

Patricia (Santoro 1954) James Mearle H. Jay 1950 Kenneth Ira "Dink" Jaynes 1960 Sally (Taylor 1959) Jobe William E. Keen 1957 Judith (Kunczewski 1969) Kienle Daniel Herman Kifer 1964 Eugene Paul King 1973 Margaret (Biddle 1944) Knight Raymond S. Kowatch 1956 Paul Peter Krokus, Jr. 1997 Albert William Lackney 1956 Earl Duncan Laing 1957 Robert Hilary Laurine, Sr. 1952 Lois (Fox) Leathers 1976 Jean (Wright) Lees, Former Student Charles R. Lewis 1949 Nancy Jane (Smith 1946) Logan Daniel Lukotch, Sr. 1951 Derek Edward Maple, Former Student Stanley Marazsky 1955 Richard Thomas Markovich 1960 Phyllis S. McIlwain, Friend SueZann E. McPherson, Friend Kimberly (Riley 1991) Miller Ann Isbell Mills, Friend Marilyn (Inghram) Moore, Friend William Walter Moore 1970 Margaret (Powell 1947) Murdock Blaine Kevin Myers 1981 Stanley R. Neal 1941 Joseph Novotny 1951 Morgan Organt 1943 Robert H. Oster 1963 Groton Matthew V. Perry (Pisacich) 1953 James D. Petrola 1961 James T. Phillips, Former Student Pauline (Carpinelli 1947) Piatt Albert Richard "Dick" Pitcock 1962 Ernest A. Pudliner 1952 Betty M. Rafail 1960 Charles Bass Reed, Friend Elizabeth (Eisaman 1946) Robinson-Small Calvin Charles Rush, Friend Richard D. Sarada 1965 Stanley M. Seeds, Friend Surjit Singh, Former Employee William Hahn Smith 1953 Christopher J. Smith 1954 Gregory H. Soles 1975 Charles C. Steeber 1951 Joyce (Hoy 1971) Stein Barbara Ann (Powell 1945) Stitt Ralph Alvin Strong, Friend Allan Lyman Sturtevant 1962 Otis Davis Swisher 1944 Michael A. Tabery, Friend Don W. Thomas, Former Student David H. Tornblom 1953 James S. Way 1966 Douglas O. Weeter 1968 William P. Wilkes 2000 John Edward Wilson 1954 Karen Sue (Righetti 1970) Wright George "Mitch" Youngling 1967 Mary Kathryn (Doman 1965) Yurechko

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