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November 2010 Vol. 5, No. 3

IMPACT Inspiring Students to Pursue Lives of Purpose

Business student shines during competitive internship This summer, Rhonda Woloshun completed a competitive internship with Target. Using knowledge from Waynesburg classes and the Leadership Scholars Program, her hard work proved to be a positive summer experience.

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ngaging, industrious, outgoing, and very hardworking.” These are just a few of the words that Dr.

Gordon McClung, chair of the department of business administration and professor of marketing, uses to describe the qualifications of one of his best students. His description shows why senior marketing major Rhonda Woloshun was chosen for the highly competitive Store Executive Internship position with Target Corporation.

“Target uses the internship program

to identify future leaders,” McClung said. “Typically, Target will not offer an internship if they do not see the potential for a fit, and they usually define that fit as someone with the potential of moving up at least two levels in the organization at the time of recruitment.”

For 10 weeks over the summer,

Woloshun shined in her position which led to an offer for a full-time position as an Executive Team Leader. She credits her experiences at Waynesburg University for preparing her as a future leader.

“Waynesburg really provided me with

a completely versatile, well-rounded education that I found was simple to apply in the ‘real world,’” Woloshun said. “My first day on the job, I remember light-heartedly telling my store general manager, ‘it’s like all of my classes except in real life!’”

As a Store Executive Intern, every day

guests by providing incentive.

productive because I was making the

was a new experience for Woloshun as she

conscious effort to apply everything the

learned the operations of each area of the

sure we are putting guests first, so this

Leadership Scholarship Program taught

store and worked with the executives in

project really kept that on the forefront,”

me. I was honestly impressed with myself

the store.

Woloshun said.

how easy it was to transition into this

situation.”

As a manager on duty, her

“It is a great goal of Target’s to make

Woloshun found her transition from

responsibilities included preparing a daily

theory to application seamless as the

and weekly recap of the store’s previous

concepts she studied in the classroom

University identified her as a strong

activity and compiling store goals and

came to life at Target.

candidate for the internship and full-time

special topics to present to all team

“I found that I had classroom

position. Like McClung, Daniel Baumann,

members. According to Woloshun, it was

background in all necessary areas,”

store team leader and Rhonda’s internship

extremely important for the entire staff

Woloshun said. “If I had only been

advisor, only had positive comments on

to be on the same page and up-to-date.

exposed to marketing concepts, I would

Woloshun.

When the managers dispersed among the

have had no idea where to begin.”

store, Woloshun worked with the logistics

candidate for the internship based on

manager, providing her experience with

benefit from her classes, but her time and

her well-roundedness as a student,”

store inventory, customer service and

experience with the Leadership Scholars

said Baumann. “Her experiences lent

employee management.

program also helped to prepare her.

themselves to leadership development,

and Rhonda was able to articulate the

Beyond her daily duties, Woloshun was

Not only does Woloshun see the

“I knew exactly how to treat others

Woloshun’s preparation at Waynesburg

“Rhonda was identified as a strong

responsible for creating and implementing

and how to manage my time in order to be

impact she had on situations and on

a project to improve her store and Target

most effective, and I attribute a lot of that

others through our assessment process.”

stores globally. She developed a game to

to the scholarship program,” Woloshun

ensure that team members were assisting

said. “I found that I was well-liked and

Deserving recipients receive prestigious alumni awards

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uring Homecoming Weekend,

University. Recipients of the prestigious

to faithfully transform the world beyond

College), accepted the Distinguished

Waynesburg University

award have distinguished themselves

their community.

Alumnus Award for his gracious support

presented the Golden Key and

among their peers in a meaningful way.

to the University and Roberts Chapel.

Distinguished Alumnus awards at the

needs, the DeVitos passionately built a

As a result of the pride he exudes for his

annual Alumni and Friends Recognition

Kormuth DeVito and Mathias DeVito,

nationally-acclaimed tutoring program,

alma mater, Minor recently presented

Dinner. The Golden Key Award was

show remarkable leadership and

offering free reading instruction to

the University with a gift of $100,000

presented to Rosetta Kormuth DeVito and

resolute commitment to community

dyslexic individuals. In addition, the

to be used for the purchase of a state-of-

Mathias DeVito, while the Distinguished

development, education and social

couple graciously funded The Rosetta

the-art organ for Roberts Chapel so that

Alumnus Award was presented to Dr.

justice.

Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series, enabling

Waynesburg University students, faculty

Robert Minor.

students and members of the local

and staff will experience the gift of music.

for the glory of God,” the DeVitos

community an opportunity to explore

Golden Key award to an alumnus

have tenaciously modeled Waynesburg

topics related to business, culture and the

demonstrating Waynesburg University’s

or friend of Waynesburg University

University’s mission. Their involvement

arts.

mission of faith, learning and serving

dedicated to a lifetime of significant

with charitable committees and

throughout both his personal and

leadership and involvement with the

corporations is indicative of their desire

Waynesburg University (then Waynesburg

The Alumni Council presents the

This year’s recipients, Rosetta

“Living a life of leadership and purpose

Eager to support those with special

Dr. Robert Minor, a 1957 graduate of

Dr. Minor has remained committed to

professional life.


IMPACT NEWS & NOTES • Waynesburg University’s American

FCA Camp opens doors of opportunity for AT student

A

fter spending a week of her summer

Moon worked as an athletic trainer for

created the pyramid of success that is widely

with Christian athletes and coaches,

the volleyball campers held at the University

used around the country today.

Rachael Moon, a sophomore

of California, Los Angeles campus. Her

“John Wooden was one of the best coaches

athletic training major from Brea, Calif., is

responsibilities included attending practice,

and people in the sports world,” Moon said.

“Commendable Chapter Award”

working to revive Waynesburg University’s

maintaining adequate hydration for athletes,

“As a man, he was a great Christian and a

from the American Chemical Society.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization

tapings before practice and addressing

great man. He cared a lot about his players as

The award is a result of the chapter’s

on campus.

wounds and injuries. At the beginning of

well as any UCLA athlete he met.”

activities conducted during the 2009-10

“Seeing so many people involved in

the week, Moon gathered the campers

While Moon was inspired by professional

academic year. A total of 360 student

athletics that are Christians just helped to

medical information. According to Moon,

athletes and coaches such as Wooden, the

chapter annual activity reports were

strengthen my faith, as well as just comfort

Waynesburg University and the Athletic

campers had a profound effect on her as

reviewed by the Society Committee on

me in knowing that I am not alone,” said

Training Program prepared her to take care

well.

Education. Waynesburg University was

Moon.

of her athletes for the week, whether that

“The best part was the night the campers

one of 68 chapters selected to receive a

FCA camps challenge athletes and coaches

meant physically or emotionally through her

were given an opportunity to dedicate their

“Commendable Chapter” award.

to impact the world of Jesus Christ. FCA

role as a mentor.

lives to Christ,” Moon said. “The amount of

cultivates Christian principles in local

Every day the sports teams participated in

campers that stood up was amazing.”

communities nationwide by encouraging,

team chapel after their morning practices.

Through camp, Moon was able to work

Chemical Society student chapter was recently selected to receive the

• Dr. Paul Sielski, professor of mathematics at Waynesburg University,

equipping and

Guests, ranging from college to Olympic

in an environment that held two of her

presented “Mathematics in Sports”

empowering

athletes, gave the opening prayer and/or their

passions: sports and athletic training.

Friday, Oct. 15, at the National Council

others to serve as

testimony.

According to Moon, the experience of being

of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

examples and to

“I was really influenced by the fact that

able to work with a Christian organization

and Exposition in Baltimore, Md.

make a difference.

they were such strong Christians among the

as an athletic trainer influenced what she

Sielski has 17 years of speaking

Camps are a time

very public realm of sports,” Moon said.

considered doing with her career and

and teaching experience and said

of “inspiration

Moon was inspired when the speakers, who

opened a who new door that she hadn’t

these conferences provide excellent

and perspiration”

visited the camp, including Matt Barkley

previously considered.

opportunities to make math more

for athletes and

from the University of Southern California,

“I grew in my faith, especially seeing how

interesting. Those who participate in

coaches who want

hung out with the campers from their

many people involved with sports had given

his NCTM conference session will

to reach their

respective sports.

their lives to Christ,” Moon said. “And being

learn how to compute formulas used in

potential through

The camp was held shortly after UCLA

able to see athletes who are in the spotlight

the world of sports.

comprehensive

legend John Wooden passed away. Wooden

in Division I football or professional or

athletic, spiritual

was the head men’s basketball coach at

Olympic sports that are Christians was so

• The Waynesburg University student

and leadership

UCLA from 1948 to 1962 and won 10

cool.”

body crowned its 2010 Homecoming

training.

national championships in 12 years. He

King and Queen Saturday, October 16 at a ceremony held during halftime of the Homecoming football game. Bill Hanning and Mikey Macosko were named king and queen, respectively. Hanning is a senior marketing major from Claysville, Pa., and Macosko is a senior nursing major from Jefferson Hills, Pa. • Waynesburg University’s Christ & Culture Lecture Series will feature author, editor and commentator Eric Metaxas. Lectures will be held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center Monday, Nov. 8 and Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Metaxas will also speak at the University’s chapel service Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall. • Eric Gray, a junior accounting major from New Geneva, Pa., was recently awarded the prestigious Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship. Fifty-five scholarships were presented throughout the state. Gray procured one of the three $1,500 scholarships awarded by the PICPA Pittsburgh Chapter. Professor of Business Administration Anthony Bocchini recommended Gray for the scholarship after noticing his potential and dedication.

Walters serves as Stover Visiting Constitutional Fellow

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aynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership hosted John Walters, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and foreign domestic policy expert, as the Stover Visiting Constitutional Fellow. His visit Monday, Oct. 25 through Friday, Oct. 29, was made possible through the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists and business leaders to college and university campuses to help increase understanding and make new connections between the academic and non-academic worlds. In addition to his time with Waynesburg University students and faculty, Walters presented two public lectures, “The Drug Problem Today: Past, Present and Future Trends” and “Drugs and Terror: The Cases of Colombia, Afghanistan and Mexico.” “Mr. Walters’ experiences were many, and we are excited that he was here to share his knowledge with our community,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Robert Graham. Walters currently serves as the executive vice president at the Hudson Institute, a non-partisan research organization. From December 2001 to January 2009, Walters served as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and a cabinet member during the Bush Administration. In this role, Walters guided all aspects of federal drug policy and programs — supporting efforts that decreased teen drug use 25 percent, increased substance abuse treatment and screening in the health care system, and dramatically dropped the availability of cocaine and methamphetamine in the United States. From 1996 until 2001, Walters served as President of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of charitable foundations and individual donors. In addition, Walters served as the Assistant to the Secretary and Chief of taff at the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan Administration and also served in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the During his week on campus John Walters, far right, impressed upon the Waynesburg University campus Humanities from 1982 to 1985. and Stover Scholars.

Homecoming game adds notch in win column The Waynesburg University football team rolled to a 41-7 win on homecoming at John F. Wiley Stadium. With the victory, Waynesburg improved to 5-2 on the year. Senior quarterback Brad Dawson led the Jacket offense by throwing for 232 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-25 passing. He also led a balanced Jacket rushing attack with a game-high 50 yards on three carries. Senior Troy Garove did his part in the win by scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a 72-yard punt return. Even the defense got in on the scoring when defensive back Bryan Gary took his first collegiate interception back 50 yards for a touchdown.

Women’s soccer guaranteed winning season After scoring five points during a 1-0-1 week for the Waynesburg women’s soccer team, junior forward Courtney Ebersole was honored as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 26. After assisting on the first goal of her team’s showdown with Grove City, her 11th score of the season sealed Waynesburg’s 2-1 win over the Wolverines on Oct. 19. It was the Jackets’ first victory over Grove City since before 2001. She then scored the team’s lone goal in a 1-1 double overtime tie against Bethany on Oct. 23. Thanks in part to Ebersole’s efforts this year, the Jacket women produced their first winning season since 2001.

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Inspiring Students to Pursue Lives of Purpose November 2010 Vol. 5, No. 3

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