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September 2011 Vol. 6, No. 1

IMPACT Inspiring Students to Pursue Lives of Purpose

Traveling the nation to “Spread the Word to End the Word” Road trips are a staple in any college student’s carrier of experiences. From daily excursions with friends to traveling abroad, opportunities abound at Waynesburg University. This past summer, three Waynesburg ladies took a road trip like none other – a mission to spread one message of love and acceptance.


artnering with Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization that creates a

variety of opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, sophomores Sarah Blais and K Scarry, along with senior Sam Civitate, joined the organization’s “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. The ladies spent 78 days traveling through 36 states to faithfully serve those living with disabilities by teaching others about social acceptance. Drawing attention to an issue that is close to each of their hearts, the campaign specifically focused on why the use of the word “retard” in everyday speech is offensive. Scarry has coached in the Special Olympics for five years, Blais’s older brother has Asperger’s syndrome and Civitate, like Blais and Scarry, believes the campaign’s message is something every person should hear. “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities want what we all want - to be accepted and loved,” Civitate said. “Everyone can make a

difference by making the decision to love

getting ready to go to Greece to cheer her

Buddies Leadership Conference in

others just as they are.”

sister on in the Special Olympics World

Bloomington, Ind., where Scarry, Blais

Throughout their inspirational trip,


and Civitate built relationships and

Scarry, Blais and Civitate stopped at

Blais, Civitate and Scarry took their

presented a workshop about putting

schools, summer camps and shopping

message to a variety of groups across the

ideas into action.

malls to speak about social acceptance

country including places in California,

As these ladies now reflect about

to young people and anyone who would

North Dakota, Wisconsin, and many

the time they spent pouring out their



passion, they continue to want those

The women began their 1,950-hour

It was those who are directly affected

they met along the way to know that

journey in Richmond, Va. They used

by “the r-word” who inspired so many

anyone can make a difference in the lives

a variety of social media outlets to

listeners, including the Waynesburg

of others.

keep their families, friends and recent

ladies who helped spark conversations

“The trip was so much more than a

acquaintances informed. They put more

about social acceptance across the

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

miles to their story by continuously


show love through our actions.”

updating a specialized Facebook page,

“One of my favorite memories was a

And that is how one lives to make a

Twitter post and blog.

boy who stood up after our presentation

difference and embrace the Waynesburg

“We met some really awesome people

and spoke about how he felt when he

University mission to pursue lives of

from all over the world…and [we were

gets bullied for his disability, in front of

purpose through faith, learning and

able to] hear so many stories about why

an assembly of 500 students,” Blais said.


social acceptance matters to those we

“He definitely made a bigger impact than

To read more about their mission, visit

got to meet,” Scarry wrote in a blog

the three of us!”

the official blog at:

post. “We even met one girl who is

The trip culminated at the Best

Wheeler’s “Colbert” essay receives international attention


spring semester assignment has

An avid fan of both the Colbert

to research specifically one aspect of

For Wheeler, the achievement was

translated into two published

Report television series and Stephen

rhetoric; I knew immediately my focus

“unexpected but exciting.”

pieces for a senior professional

Colbert, Wheeler’s focus for her

would be Stephen Colbert.”

“Connotation Press’s original

writing major at Waynesburg University.

History and Theory of Rhetoric

Trapp, chair of the Department of

publishing of my article was quite

Sarah Wheeler’s essay, “Rev. Dr.

course essay assignment was an easy

English and Foreign Language, said the

an achievement, but to have the

Stephen T. Colbert: The Embodiment

choice. Her essay analyzes Colbert’s

Department is delighted to work with

article republished by another online

of Truthiness,” recently went global

rhetoric through the examination of

young writers and to help them see their

journal, an international one at that,

after being picked up by a UK online

his evaluation and effect on American

work into publication.

is something I had never expected to

publication: Denis Campbell’s UK

political discourse.

“One of the best things about teaching

happen. I was honored,” she said.

Progressive, a magazine with more than

“I have always found Mr. Colbert’s

and mentoring students is watching

Wheeler credits her major courses

30,000 monthly readers known as “the

reporting style and tactics interesting,

them do well outside the University

at Waynesburg and the “firm critics

home of independent, critical insight.”

both of which are critical in

walls,” Trapp said. “Sarah’s success with

and constructive criticism” within

Prior to the UK publishing, Wheeler’s

understanding the comedic and rhetoric

this essay thrills all of us. She’s always

the Department of English for the

essay was published in the student

genius of Mr. Colbert,” Wheeler said.

had the potential, but the actualization

improvement of her writing and research

edition of Connotation Press.

“Dr. Trapp’s assignment allowed me

is what mentoring is all about.”



University welcomes new faculty members


Swarthmore College, and his master’s

of Science in Nursing and Doctor of

Friday, August 26, with the University’s


and doctorate degrees from Carnegie

Nursing Practice degree programs,

annual matriculation ceremony.

Dr. Julia C. Bausman, assistant

Mellon University.

earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice

President Timothy R. Thyreen and

professor of education, received her

Dr. Chad D. Sherman, assistant

degree from Waynesburg University,

other University leaders welcomed

bachelor’s degree from Eastern Nazarene

professor of communication, received

a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania

approximately 430 freshmen students,

College, her master’s degree from Grand

his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate

State University and a master’s degree

representing 23 states and Japan.

Valley State University and her doctorate

degrees from Indiana University of

from the University of Pittsburgh.

Classes began Monday, August 29.

degree from Walden University.


• Waynesburg University’s 2011-2012 academic school year officially began

ight full-time faculty members

Dr. Kent M. James, lecturer of history,

Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, assistant

recently joined the Waynesburg

received his bachelor’s degree from

professor of nursing in both the Master

University undergraduate teaching

Dr. Frances L. Boyd, associate professor

Dr. Kelley L. Solomon, assistant

• Maureen and David Budway, a

of education, received her master’s

professor of education, received her

brother and sister jazz singer and piano

degree and doctorate degree from West

bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate

duo from the Pittsburgh region, will

Virginia University. Boyd received her

degrees from West Virginia University.

perform Tuesday, September 20, as part

bachelor’s degree from the College of

Three new faculty members have

of the University’s Performing Arts

William and Mary.

recently joined the Waynesburg

Series. The performance will be held in

Melanie V. Catana, instructor of vocal

University Graduate and Professional

the Goodwin Performing Arts Center

music and the director of choral music,

Studies programs.

at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and the

received her bachelor’s and master’s

Dr. Scott L. Tracy, assistant professor

public is invited to attend.

degrees in vocal performance with a

and director of Graduate Counseling,

certification in music education from

earned a bachelor’s degree in science

• Waynesburg University’s Glenn A.

Carnegie Mellon University.

education and a master’s degree in

& Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series will

Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor

counselor education from California

host Dr. Byron Johnson Thursday,

of business administration, received

University of Pennsylvania. He

September 22 at 7:30 p.m., in Alumni

his bachelor’s degree from Marshall

received a doctorate degree in counselor

Hall. Admission is free and the public

University and is a Certified Public

education from Duquesne University.

is cordially invited

Accountant for the state of West

Dr. Lawrence G. Kushner, assistant

to attend. Johnson,

Virginia. He received his Masters in

professor and director of Graduate

professor of social

Professional Accountancy (MPA) from

Programs in Education, earned a

sciences at Baylor

West Virginia University.

doctorate degree in education from

University, is

Debra C. Clarke, assistant professor

the University of Pittsburgh, and

both the director

of education and Chair of the Education

received his bachelor’s degree from

of the Institute

Department, received her bachelor’s

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

for Studies of

and master’s degrees from West Virginia

and his master’s degree from Duquesne

Religion (ISR) and



the director of the program on Prosocial Behavior. A leading authority on the scientific study of religion, the efficacy of faith based organizations, domestic violence and criminal justice, Johnson holds an extensive list of credentials and experience. • Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff will present a juried exhibition of photographs that display Waynesburg University associated summer travel through the “Where in the World Have You Been” exhibit. The exhibit will run Monday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Sept. 30 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. An opening reception will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19. Admission is free. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. • Presented and performed by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership Scholars, “Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution: A Reader’s Theater Production” will be held Monday, Sept. 19 at noon in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The production was implemented to celebrate Constitution Day and brings to life the Constitutional Convention’s historical debates. Edward L. Powers, associate professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, will direct the play based upon Jean Fritz’s children’s book, “Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution.”





Alumna lands job with country’s largest television market Last summer Amy Mina, a 2011 Waynesburg University graduate, had the opportunity to work alongside the best in the business through a prestigious internship with FOX News in New York City. Her assignment with Neil Cavuto, senior vice president of FOX’s Business News, and Cavuto’s show, Cavuto, on the FOX Business Network, has since opened another door. In July, Mina was hired as a production assistant for The Willis Report on the FOX Business Network in New York City. Her job responsibilities include writing teases, researching and pitching stories, creating graphics and cutting video. “Through my internship, I gained invaluable connections and experience that helped secure a job,” she said. As a freshman, Mina wasn’t sure of her career path, but being able to explore all the options in the Department of Communication helped her to narrow her focus to what she enjoyed most — television news. At the completion of her internship last summer, Mina was certain of her future. In a fall 2010 interview, Mina said, “The experience has really brought my career goals into focus. I definitely left my internship experience with a fueled passion for the television news business.” Upon graduation, Mina e-mailed a contact inquiring about open positions within the FOX Business Network, and the rest is history. “Before I knew it, I was in New York going through the interview process,” she said. “A couple weeks later, I received a phone call and then a letter of intent indicating that I got the job!” As she continues to take steps toward her ultimate goal of becoming an executive producer, Mina credits Waynesburg and its ability to combine rigorous academics and experiential learning for her success. “I knew how to do the job before starting it. The [Communication] program provides a simulation of the real world, while most schools only teach through lectures and books,” she said. “The countless hours spent working WCTV productions translated into an edge over the competition. I felt very prepared because of all the practical skills I gained producing, scripting and crewing WCTV productions.”







Three gridiron players recognized as pre-season All-Americans


ven before they arrived to campus for the 2011-12 school year, a trio of Waynesburg University football

standouts received perhaps the highest praise of their respective gridiron careers. Seniors Darryl Moore, Jr. and Sean Hunt, along with junior Adam Moses, were all lauded as preseason All-Americans by various websites and publications. Moore was named a 2011 preseason All-American by Beyond Sports Network, which features athletes from NCAA Division I FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA schools across the country. The native of Boardman, Ohio, practically lived in opposing backfields as he racked up 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks last season. Hunt was listed amongst the absolute best in Division III as a first-team AllAmerican cornerback by Consensus Draft Services. The Coroapolis native ended the 2010 season ranked eighth in all of Division III with eight interceptions, one of which he ran back for a touchdown. His 14 passes defended was the second highest total in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC). Moses was given the nod as a first-team preseason All-American selection by Lindy’s magazine after leading the Yellow Jackets in catches (37) and touchdown catches (7), while piling up 431 receiving yards last season.

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