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Waynesburg University Administration


President Timothy R. Thyreen

Waynesburg University is a unique institution. While Waynesburg’s distinct characteristics are many, its success can be attributed to its simple but unwavering mission of faith, learning and serving. For 162 years, Waynesburg University has inspired students to embrace these fundamentals, build upon them and use them to heal what is

Provost Dr. Robert J. Graham Executive Vice President Douglas G. Lee Senior Vice President for Institutional Planning, Research and Educational Services Rev. Richard L. Noftzger, Jr. Senior Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations Robin L. King Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Roy R. Barnhart

The Lamp - Spring 2011 The Lamp is published by the Office of University Relations at Waynesburg University, 51 West College Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Waynesburg University is a Christian university offering over 70 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Editor Bethany Doyle Director of University Relations Associate Editor Pamela Cunningham Contributors Robert Fox Victoria Kamicker Bryan Leones Katie Rihn Sierra Shaffer Kristen Sneller Brandon Szuminsky Photography Nick Kelsh Randy Laskody Ed Massery Dave Miller Sarah Zwinger Alumni Services Phone: 724.852.3300 Fax: 724.627.3225 Correspondence Phone: 724.852.3293 Fax: 724.627.7602

broken in the world. In a recent address to the class of 2011, Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord said, “Waynesburg University graduates won’t suffer from the poverty of purpose.” His words precisely illustrate this institution’s steadfast desire to inspire students to lives of leadership and purpose for the glory of God. Waynesburg University students, faculty, staff and alumni have become advocates for change as they use their God-given strengths, talents and desires to leave their mark on their communities, the nation and the world. The stories in this issue convey the passion radiated by members of the Waynesburg University faculty and the determination and pride they display in transforming the lives of their students. As a result, students are inspired to live deliberately and take ownership of their calling as their mentors display the same. Upon graduation students are confident and prepared for the next step. Waynesburg University offers them an exceptional opportunity to grow in their faith while furthering their education and gaining the skills necessary to succeed. As a result of what Waynesburg University has meant to thousands of students and alumni around the world, the generosity and support to the transformation of the campus and campus community continues. As we make tremendous progress on the Roberts Chapel, the beauty of campus and the mission of Waynesburg University have never been as clear as the tangible symbol on the highest hill of campus. As you make your way “home” or reflect on your time at Waynesburg University, we hope you will remember and embrace what made Waynesburg University special to you. I assure you, great things are continuing here. Waynesburg University is, and always will be, a truly amazing institution. Sincerely, Timothy R. Thyreen President







Features 19 Camps shine light upon career fields Seasoned professionals share expertise with camp participants

at Waynesburg University’s annual Sports Announcing and CSI


24 Preserving the character of Robert C. Wiley Armory

University purchases historic building, will maintain integrity of

its significance and honor to its nameright.

29 Teaching students to “live deliberately”

Department of English & Foreign Language stays relevant

through student interaction, professional development and

faculty publishings.

Departments 2 President’s Message 4 Alumni Impact 6 Campus News 12 Scholarly Clips 21 Student Profile 26 Faculty Sketch 33 Above the Mission 36 Beyond the Classroom 38 Sports Update 41 Alumni & Class Notes

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FULL CIRCLE From growing up in Waynesburg to serving his country, Charles Lewis has traveled far beyond his imagination ever allowed him to conceive. Through serving his country in the military, his students as a Spanish teacher and administrator, and now his alma mater with an endowed scholarship, Mr. Lewis’ impact has come full circle in more than one way. By Brandon Szuminsky, Class of ’05


hen you’ve taught as long as Charles R. “Chuck”

his days of making a difference are over — now a whole new group

Lewis, it’s hard to remember all the students you’ve

of students have a completely different reason to remember Lewis

had over the years.


After 29 years in education, much of it teaching

Lewis recently endowed a scholarship for two Waynesburg

Spanish to middle and senior high students, Lewis has had countless

University sophomore or junior students each year, which gives

students in his classrooms. So when one of them approaches the

deserving students assistance in affording a quality education.

86-year-old all these years later, it’s tough to recall their faces, let

Lewis, who was on the varsity wrestling and tennis teams when he

alone their names.

was a student at Waynesburg, said he is happy to be able to offer aid

But for Lewis, who graduated from then Waynesburg College in

to deserving students who are trying to get an education.

1949 with a B.A. degree in Spanish and a minor in mathematics,

“I like trying to help the kids,” he said, noting that the one negative

there’s one sure-fire way to know if someone he meets on the street

aspect of his life as a teacher was those students who didn’t try.

or in the supermarket was once one of his many students: “They

It’s not surprising that Lewis was interested in athletics at the

always call me ‘Señor Lewis,’” he said. “Always.”

University since sports were always a part of his life growing up in

After all, like most Spanish classes, Lewis’ students addressed

Waynesburg. Before he played for Waynesburg as a college athlete, he

their teacher in Spanish, and he in turn called them by their chosen

was also a member of community baseball leagues and would sneak

“Spanish name.” So while the setup helps him identify his students, it

into Waynesburg College football games as a boy.

also makes it harder on Lewis, who never really knew his students by

“My father was a fireman and worked security,” Lewis said. “So

their real names.

we’d sneak in, and he’d eventually catch us and toss us out.”

“I would always call them ‘Juanita,’ or ‘Carlos’ or ‘Miguel’,” he said.

And while he hasn’t been on campus in a while — or had to sneak

“So now when I see them, I don’t remember their real name because

into a game — he has kept up on current Waynesburg athletes from

I likely never knew it. I just knew their Spanish name.”

afar, especially the wrestling team.

His Spanish teaching days are a fond memory for Lewis, who has

“We always had a good wrestling team when I was at Waynesburg,

been retired for some time and has been spending his time enjoying

so I keep pretty close tabs on them,” he said, adding that he was

several trips overseas with his wife. Of course, that doesn’t mean

enjoying the team’s recent resurgence.

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Charles Lewis recently endowed a scholarship for two Waynesburg University sophomore or junior students each year, which gives deserving students assistance in affording a quality education. A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Charles Lewis’ travels have taken him from Waynesburg, Pa., to places around the world. He also brought a global perspective into the classroom during years of teaching Spanish to junior high and high school students.

Today’s wrestlers are returning to the winning ways of Lewis’ years

[to have worked together],” he said. “Now we’ve been married 41

at Waynesburg, yet few, if any, face the college experience of Lewis


and his classmates, who, like many members of their generation, had

Lewis left St. Marys to become the principal of a junior-senior high

their college experience interrupted by war.

school in Fairfield, Pa., for two years. After that, he moved “just down

A few months after starting classes at Waynesburg College in the

the road” to Gettysburg, where he taught Spanish for 14 years before

fall of 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, launching America


into World War II. Soon after, Lewis found himself trying to convince

Since then, Lewis and his wife have taken several trips and cruises,

his mother to allow him to enlist in the Marines.

including a trip up the Amazon River and a “unique” trip on a cargo

“Three of my buddies joined the military after Pearl Harbor, and a


week later they were gone,” he said. “But my mom said, ‘I paid for

“Ada and I were the only ones on the whole ship,” Lewis said. “Just

college — you’re going.’”

us and the crew.”

So Lewis finished his freshman year and the first semester of his

Growing up in a small town like Waynesburg, Lewis never thought

sophomore year before his mother finally relented.

he’d find himself spending so much time traveling the globe.

“I wasn’t happy so she said, ‘You might as well enlist,’” he said. “So

“Far from it,” he said. “Pittsburgh was the farthest trip I would’ve

that’s what I did.”

thought of making, and that was just when my dad would take us to

As a Marine, he participated in the Okinawa Campaign. Later he

games at Forbes Field.”

served in Korea, which again interrupted his schooling, this time his

Of course, he probably never imagined he’d be stopped on the

pursuit of a master’s degree at West Virginia University. He graduated

street by grateful former students either.

from WVU in 1953, and began his teaching career in the center of the state at St. Marys Area School District in Elk County. He taught Spanish and coached football and basketball at St. Marys for seven years. Most notable, however, was that St. Marys was where he met his wife, Ada, who taught accounting at the school. “We grew up 400 miles apart, so I guess we were pretty lucky The Lamp • SPRING 2011| 5



Mariner named Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

“Waynesburg University is pleased to


welcome our new faculty members to the campus community. They come to us with notable backgrounds and excellent preparation and experience to be engaging professors. We expect that they will be great additions to our outstanding faculty,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Robert Graham. New hires for 2010-11 included: • Dr. Noah Haiduc-Dale, assistant professor of history • Adam Jack, assistant professor of forensic science • Leslie D. Pochek, instructor of nursing At the Graduate and Professional Studies level, the following people joined Waynesburg University: • Dr. Elizabeth Ventura, assistant professor in the Counseling Program • Michelle Bolz, RN to BSN coordinator • Michelle Baumgartel, instructor in the Accelerated Nursing Program • Dr. Patricia Davies, assistant director of Accelerated Nursing Programs In addition, Norma Alvarez and Charles Rittle Jr. joined Waynesburg University through a federal nursing academy partnership grant with VA Pittsburgh.

of Graduate and Professional Studies by Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Robert Graham in July 2010. Mariner, formerly Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, succeeds Mr. Joseph A. Graff who was instrumental in the development of Waynesburg University’s graduate programs. Graff will officially retire June 30. “Mr. Graff’s vision, dedication and initiative have significantly contributed to the University’s success in this area. Mr. Mariner has worked closely with Joe Graff for many years, and it is expected that he will continue the successful momentum of these programs,” Dr. Graham said. Mariner said he is excited and eager to take on a new leadership role, and gives much

degree from Westminster College and

credit to Graff for the way he has encouraged

his Master of Business Administration

his professional development.

degree from Waynesburg University. He is

“Dean Graff laid the foundation for our

currently pursing his Ph.D. in instructional

graduate programs on quality and integrity.

management and leadership at Robert

He is an inspiration for students, faculty and

Morris University.

staff alike,” Mariner said.

The University’s Graduate and Professional

Mariner is confident that he and the

Studies programs are located in Waynesburg,

present graduate and professional studies

Monroeville, Seven Fields and Southpointe.

team will continue to make strides.

Degree programs include Doctor of

“I look forward to the challenges and

Nursing Practice, Master of Nursing, Master

changes that higher education will continue

of Business Administration, Master of

to experience as we move onward,” he said.

Counseling, Master of Education, Bachelor

“I feel fortunate to work with really great

of Management and Leadership, and the

people. The directors of our programs in

RN-BSN program.

business, counseling, education and nursing

In addition, Dr. Dana Baer was named

are experienced leaders in their respective

Undergraduate Dean at Waynesburg

fields. They have done a great job of creating

University. Throughout the 2010-11 fiscal

and maintaining quality programs in higher

year, Dr. Baer continued as Chair of the


Department of Criminal Justice.

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David Mariner was named Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies in July 2010. He oversees seven adult programs at the doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degree levels.


University saves 1.5 million gallons of water during water challenge LED BY THE ECOSTEWARDS CLUB,

at Waynesburg University, implemented

Waynesburg University students worked

the Campus Climate Challenge to raise

together through the fall semester to

awareness among students about the effects

decrease water consumption across campus

of global warming.

by 1.5 million gallons. The challenge, a

Students competed to decrease the

healthy competition between the residence

amount of electricity, gas and water used in

halls, was created to increase environmental

their respective residence halls or on-campus

awareness. Consumption calculations

houses. Waynesburg University was one of

compared usage from the fall 2009 semester

22 Pennsylvania college campuses and more

to that of the fall 2010 semester.

than 600 campuses in the United States and

Thayer Hall, home to approximately 120

Canada to participate in the challenge.

male students, was recently crowned the

These healthy competitions inspire greener

winner of Waynesburg University’s 2010

living and allow Waynesburg University to

Water Challenge.

continue its efforts to promote a sustainable

Although this was Waynesburg

campus. The challenges also empower

University’s first Water Challenge, the

students to make a difference on their

campus community is no stranger to

own campuses by providing them with

environmentally-friendly challenges. Last fall,

the education necessary to make informed

the Campus Sustainability Committee, led by


The residence halls and other forms of campus housing participated in a friendly challenge to decrerase water consuption around campus. Together, through the fall semester, students saved 1.5 million gallons of water.

Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology

ONLINE CAMPUS TOUR LAUNCHED, AWARDED FOR CREATIVITY Waynesburg University recently launched an online campus tour at The virtual tour allows prospective students, alumni and other viewers the opportunity to explore Waynesburg University online. Filled with video, photos and unique Waynesburg University facts, viewers can choose to have a student guide show them around or tour the campus on their own by clicking specific buildings on the interactive campus map. The online tour was organized and managed under the direction of Sarah Zwinger, director of admissions at Waynesburg University, while Kelsh Wilson Design, a design firm in Philadelphia, created the videos and website. For their efforts, the online tour has recently been awarded a Silver CUPPIE Award from the Colleges and Universities Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania.

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Five University women to study abroad through Heinz Scholarship LAST SUMMER, JUNIOR ALYSSA LANG, an

recipients. This year, Waynesburg University

international studies major, spent six weeks

has been awarded five scholarships,

in one of Russia’s most ancient cities as a

which afford two additional women the

result of the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for

opportunity to experience a journey similar

Women in Global Leadership. Established

to Lang’s. The quality of applications

in 1954, the scholarship started as one

submitted by Waynesburg University

$1,000 check given each fall to a junior

students, new program requirements and

woman at an area university. Today the

the recruiting efforts of Pat Bristor, director

Vira I. Heinz Foundation offers several

of Student Activities and the Vira I. Heinz

$5,000 scholarships to women at 16 local

Program coordinator at Waynesburg

and regional colleges and universities in

University, led to the additional awards.

Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

The five scholarships offer the recipients a

Living with a Russian family who spoke

combined total of $25,000 in scholarship

little English, Lang was forced out of her


comfort zone but quickly recognized

Through the Vira I. Heinz scholarship, Alyssa Lang (pictured right to left with fellow SUNY College of Brockport Study Abroad Russian Program student) was able to take in Russia’s historic landmarks as she studied the Russian language, art and history.

the importance of self-confidence,

Natalie George, Megan Peebles and Heidi

determination and hard work. Regardless of

Weaver are the 2011 Waynesburg University

the struggles, Lang said her time in Velikiy

recipients. Bolon, a public relations and

Novgorod, Russia, made a lasting impression

electronic media major, and Peebles, an

on her life.

interactive design and advertising major, will

“Far removed from all emotional and

spend their summer in London, England,

spiritual support, I learned how to encourage

through the Center for International Studies

myself on a daily basis to complete the tasks

Abroad. Byler, a nursing major, and Weaver, a

at hand and became fully dependent on God

human services major, will study in Udaipur,

For the first time in Vira I. Heinz Scholarship history, Waynesburg University has been awarded two additional scholarships due to the University’s quality of applicants and program efforts.

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Sophomores Caitlyn Bolon, Lynae Byler,

for the strength and courage to do

India, through ProWorld. George, an English

so,” she said.

and creative writing major, will study at the

As a result, Lang had the

Italian International Institute Lorenzo de’

opportunity to discover the

Medici located in Florence, Italy, through

beauty of the Russian culture as

Academic Programs International.

she developed relationships with

The Vira I. Heinz Scholarship is

“intriguing Russian professors and

overseen by The Heinz Endowments

students.” The hospitality and

and administered through the University

openness of the culture taught

of Pittsburgh’s Center for International

Lang to value relationships, but also

Studies. The program requires the recipients

revealed the hurt and brokenness

to attend two weekend retreats and a

of the Russian culture — the result of

community engagement experience with

seven decades of communism and church

an international focus. A paper is required


to integrate leadership training, the study

Lang was one of Waynesburg’s three 2010

abroad experience and community service.


Students have powerful impact on local community, become advocates for change through Impact Grants ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH, LEARNING AND SERVING,


Waynesburg University recently awarded

Greene County Salvation Army Center

four Community Impact Grants during

Victoria Kamicker assisted the campaign, “Getting the Word Out About Greene County

the fall semester and three during the

Salvation Army,” through the creation and printing of two comprehensive brochures.

spring semester. The grants totaled $4,900, and assisted students wishing to make a

Open Arms Drop In Center

difference in the local community. The

Ethan Hacker, Evan Kephart, Steven Snow, Karl Webber and Andrew Zahn implemented

grant was implemented in the fall of 2009,

The Healthy Living Project at Open Arms Drop in Center in Waynesburg.The project

and is awarded each semester during the

was designed to aid in the health and wellness of adults who suffer from mental illness.

University’s Who’s Your Neighbor Week. A selection committee, consisting of

PAWSitive Reading Club

University faculty, staff and administration,

Alyssa Perkins implemented The PAWSitive Reading Club, designed to afford children

designated the recipients based on the

the opportunity to become confident readers through the use of certified therapy dogs.

project’s value to the community, the project’s fundamental short- and long-term

Trail Refurbishment Project

impact, and the project’s planning and

The Waynesburg University EcoStewards Club created “Fox Feather Self-Guided

implementation process.

Interpretive Trail Refurbishment Project” to preserve Ryerson Park’s vast history, pristine

“Waynesburg University students are

beauty and notable community involvement.

invested in this community and have the desire to use their education, skills and talents to transform the lives of others. The Regional Community Impact Grants provide students with the funds necessary to make their ideas a reality,” said Sarah Brandstetter, Bonner Coordinator and selection committee member. Individuals were able to apply for a $500 grant while classes, groups or organizations could apply for a $1,000 grant. Grant recipients are required to complete their project within the current semester and are eligible for one award per school year. Candidates are required to complete an application that includes a budget and a recommendation from a non-family member.

2011 SPRING COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS Kids Café: Culture Expansion to the Big City A group of Kids Café tutors took 13 children to Pittsburgh to ice skate and visit the Carnegie Science Center. Kids Café is an after school program which provides educational, social and cultural activities as well as nutritious meals. Easter Buddies Program The Student Organization Leadership Group helped to fund the “Easter Buddies” project. In conjunction with St. Ann’s Catholic Church and Sister Audrey of the Salvation Army Greene County Service Center, students made Easter baskets for local children. TOMS Shoes After three students studied abroad through the Vira I. Heinz Program in the summer of 2010, they completed a Community Engagement Experience, which centralizes the idea of “Think globally, act locally.” TOMS Shoes embraces the One for One concept. For every pair of shoes purchased, they donate a pair to a child in need around the world.

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Chef Davis receives company’s 2010 Chef’s Award

Chef Lesley Davis’ wealth of food knowledge combined with innovation, creativity and imagination earned her the annual Aladdin Food Management Services’ 2010 Chef’s Award.



over organic salad greens and a thyme


tomato bruschetta, also known as “Insalata

Aladdin Food Management Services’ 2010

Marco Polo.”

Chef’s Award at the 2010 Annual Company

“I think the leading factor of our win was


that we were able to prepare everything

The Chef’s Award “recognizes the chef

on site; nothing was premade,” Davis said.

who routinely presents his or her customers

“Our presentation looked great and tasted

with the most appealing food, visually


and taste.” The award is one of 11 awards

The Kellar Region Team was one of eight

presented annually.

teams to compete in the competition.

Joe DeSalvo, director of Dining Services at

“The other dishes were phenomenal, and

Waynesburg University, said the award is an

our competitors were tough. The teams

accurate reflection of the passion she delivers

really did a great job,” she said.

in the kitchen each day.

No stranger to Waynesburg University,

“Lesley brings Waynesburg University a

Davis served as Waynesburg’s catering

wealth of food knowledge combined with

manager before accepting a location

innovation, creativity and imagination,”

manager position at the University of

DeSalvo said.

South Florida. A year ago, she returned to

The Office of University Relations

Paul Kowalczyk, regional vice president

Waynesburg University as a chef.

continues to receive various marketing

for Aladdin Food Management Services,

“I really like working for Waynesburg,” she

awards. Throughout the 2010-11 fiscal

presented Davis with the award.

said. “It’s more intimate, and you have the

year, the University has received excellent

“It was a huge honor, and I am extremely

opportunity to get to know everyone.”

reviews, including the following awards:

excited,” she said.

Davis is a self-trained chef and said “the

In addition to her individual success, Davis

food business has always been in [her]


was also part of a team that took first place

blood.” She attended Johnson and Wales

Platinum: World-changer ad

in the Showthyme Showdown held at the

University in Rhode Island and earned

Gold: Lamp magazine - writing

annual company meeting. The Kellar Region

degrees in Hospitality Management and

Gold: 2008-09 Annual Report

Team, named for John Kellar, Aladdin district

Restaurant Management. Her passion for

Honorable Mention: Testimonial brochure

manager, included Davis and two chefs from

food goes back almost three decades to

Fairmont University.

Scenery Hill, Pa., and her family’s business,

Higher Education Advertising Awards:

The Showdown, a Marco-Polo-themed

Tradesmen’s Inn.

Bronze: 2010-11 Academic Catalog

competition between Aladdin schools

Davis’ success stems from her innovation

Merit: World-changer ad

and nursing facilities, requires each team

and creativity, and her desire to meet the

Merit: 2008-09 Annual Report

to create a salad, entrée and dessert in a

needs of those she is serving.

30-minute window. This challenge required

“I’m open to suggestions, and I hope to

The office is under the direction of Robin

each team to use Dannon Yogurt and create

continuously offer new ideas,” she said.

King, senior vice president for enrollment

a large portion of their dish on site with little

and university relations, and Bethany

or no prep work prior to the Showdown.

Doyle, director of unversity relations.

The end result included fresh pesto yogurt

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Board of Trustees welcomes new, returning members



Mark A. Harner

A $450,000 donation by the estate

senior pastor of The Church of the

Harner, vice president for

of the late Dr. Joseph Marsh, former

Convenant located in Washington, Pa., and

Shared Services at Waste

President of Waynesburg University,

Mark A. Harner, vice president for Shared

Management, Inc., received

will contribute to the Marsh Center in

Services at Waste Management, Inc., have

his bachelor’s degree in

Roberts Chapel.

recently joined the Waynesburg University

business administration

“During Dr. Marsh’s last visit to

Board of Trustees. In addition, the Rev. Dr.

from Waynesburg University in 1979

campus, he and I discussed the Roberts

Donald P. Wilson, interim pastor at Hewitt

and also served as the valedictorian of

Chapel and the prospect of naming

Presbyterian Church in Rices Landing, Pa.,

his graduating class. He holds a Master

opportunities associated with his

will return to the Waynesburg University

of Business Administration degree from

bequest. We are grateful that President

Board of Trustees.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

Marsh chose to honor Waynesburg

“These individuals bring an abundance

He is a Certified Public Accountant and a

University in this meaningful way,” said

of knowledge and skill sets in a variety

member of the Financial Executives Institute

President Timothy R. Thyreen.

of professional areas,” said Waynesburg

and American Institute of Certified Public

Born in Charleston, W.Va., Marsh

University President Timothy R. Thyreen. “I


graduated from Dartmouth College in 1947. Upon commencement, he

know that each individual is committed to The Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson

worked in the Executive Office of the

Wilson earned a bachelor’s

President of the United States, the

The Rev. Dr. Stuart D. Broberg

degree in sociology in

U.S. Senate, the Hoover Commission

Prior to his current role,

1964 from Waynesburg

and the Treasury Department. He

Broberg served as an

University and received

continued his education at Harvard

assistant to the President

his Master of Divinity

University, earning a Master of Public

of Pittsburgh Theological

degree from Pittsburgh

Administration degree in 1949.

Seminary and pastorates

Theological Seminary.

Marsh began his career in 1952, as

in Birmingham, Mich;

From 1967 to 2005, Wilson served as

an instructor in Great Issues at his alma

Hickory, Pa.; Des Moines,

the pastor of Lebanon United Presbyterian

mater. After seven years as a Dartmouth

Iowa; and Alexandria, Va. He has also served

Church in West Middlesex, Pa. He also served

faculty member, he accepted the

interim pastorates at First Presbyterian

as the Protestant Chaplain at the Northwest

appointment as President of Concord

Church in downtown Pittsburgh and

Regional Correctional Facility of Mercer,

University. At age 34, he was one of the

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper

Pa., where he developed a drug and alcohol

youngest college presidents in the U.S.

St. Clair, Pa. Born and raised in Washington

self-help program. For more than 20 years,

at that time.

County, Broberg was ordained by the

Wilson served the West Middlesex Area

After his tenure at Concord, Marsh

Washington Presbytery over 25 years ago.

School Board and has acted as a consultant

served nine years as President of

Broberg attended Dickinson College and

to the County Courts in Youth Services.

Waynesburg University from 1974 to

the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa.,

Following his retirement from Lebanon

1983, during which time the MBA,

Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton,

United Presbyterian Church, Wilson served

nursing, communication and computer

N.J., and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

as the interim pastor at First Presbyterian

science programs were introduced and

where he received his Doctor of Ministry

Church in Waynesburg and the interim

continue to flourish.

degree in 1990.

pastor at First Baptist Church of Waynesburg.

furthering the mission of this University.”

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ATHLETIC TRAINING L’LEE ZIMMERMAN was awarded the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation scholarship. Zimmerman, a junior athletic training major, received $2,300 to use toward her athletic training education.

PRSSA Chapter implemented on campus


Relations Student Society of America

DR. JANET PALADINO, assistant professor of biology, presented at the 9th Annual Conference on Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship held in Oxford, England. Paladino’s research paper, “Achieving Environmental Literacy Through Educational Outreach In An Undergraduate Environmental Science Program,” was one of only 40 papers selected to be presented at the international conference. Paladino presented alongside scientists, anthropologists, political scientists and philosophers from all over the world.

(PRSSA) Chapter on campus.

BRITTANY SPITZNOGLE, a senior biology major, collaborated with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and DR. CHAD SETHMAN, assistant professor of biology, on a research project titled “Take It or Leave It ­— Attitudes Towards the 2009 Pandemic Influenza A/H1N1 Vaccine Among College Students in Pennsylvania.” Spitzogle attended various conferences throughout Pennsylvania to present this research including the 31st Annual Undergraduate Biology Symposium for Western Pennsylvania in April 2010, and the 5th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held in Harrisburg in October. In addition, she was selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to attend the annual meeting held by the American College Heatlh Association. Spitznogle has been accepted into pharmacy school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she will attend next fall.

BUSINESS DR. SUT SAKCHUTCHAWAN, associate professor of international business and director of the International Studies Program, served as a reviewer for the Academy

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The Department of Communication was notified in July 2010 of its approval to implement a Public

“The establishment of this chapter provides Waynesburg University students with an amazing opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to practical applications,” said Richard Krause, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication. “Our students will be extremely well prepared for positions related to the public relations field.” The purpose of PRSSA is “to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners.” According to its mission, the organization enhances members’ knowledge of public relations and provides access to professional development opportunities. With a national member count of more than 9,600 students, Waynesburg is one of nearly 300 university chapters across the country. “We have developed a public relations program that is extremely competitive with programs found at much larger universities,” Krause said. “This chapter is one of the most significant developments in the Department of Communication since its inception in 1996.” of International Business and the Asia Pacific Journal of Finance and Banking Research, respectively. Sakchutchawan reviewed two research papers for the international conference. In addition, he was notified that his article, “Contemporary Logistics Innovation for Competitive Advantage: Concept and Operations,” will be published in the fourth volume of the Global Journal of International Business Research. ERIC GRAY, a junior accounting major, was awarded a prestigious Pennsylvania scholarship for accountants. Fifty-five scholarships were presented throughout the state. Gray procured one of the three $1,500 scholarships awarded. The award considers intellectual capacity, financial need, leadership potential and intent to pursue an accounting career.

JEANANNE NICHOLLS, adjunct instructor in business, was a co-author of three conference manuscripts at the 2010 SeInforms Conference in South Carolina. These included “An Examiniation of Consumer Response to the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 - CARS,” “Globalization versus Standardization: Research Propositions Examining Global lMarketing Strategy on Firm Performance” and “Gender and Generation Differences in Perceptions of High Speed Internet Importance.” Waynesburg University students worked with the Volunteers In Tax Assistance network for six weeks to assist low-income individuals and families with tax preparation. The service was available, to those who qualified, twice a week at the Community Action Southwest building on Greene Street as well as at the Senior Citizen Center in Carmichaels.


CENTER FOR RESEARCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT In September, BARBARA KIRBY, director of the Center for Research and Economic Development, testified at a briefing for the Pennsylvania State Senate Communications and Technology Committee. Kirby was joined by academic researcher and representatives from small business and K-12 communities to present on the topic of Innovation through Collaboration. The Senate Committee Meeting was held in the Pennsylvania State Capital and was attended by many Senators and their staff members. Kirby highlighted the University’s partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the National Energy Technology Laboratory that advance the Center’s research and economic development agenda. KIRBY was also invited to join the ATHENA PowerLink governing board for the upcoming year. Offered through E-Magnify, ATHENA PowerLink mentors to women business owners by partnering them with advisors and experts and offering quarterly panels for a 12-month period. The goal of the program is to make a good business even stronger through the implementation of best practices and access to new networks. The governing body determines if it has the ability to put

together the correct advisors that will help in making the owner successful in achieving her outlined goals.

CHEMISTRY Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter received the “Commendable Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2009-10 academic year. Waynesburg University was one of 68 chapters selected to receive a “Commendable Chapter” award. In addition to being recognized in Chemical & Engineering News and in Chemistry magazines, the student chapter was recognized at the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in March 2011.

COMMUNICATION Senior AARON THOMPSON was selected to receive a Presidents’ Athletic Conference Distinguished Scholar Award. While few are selected to apply for the scholarship, Thompson received an application as a result of his nomination by a Waynesburg faculty member. He was notified of his selection after the

scholarship selection committee reviewed his resume of academic, sports broadcasting and sports writing successes, as well as a writing sample. At the beginning of September, Waynesburg University’s student run radio station, WCYJFM, changed from 88.7 to 99.5 The Hive, “Your Home for Everything Waynesburg.” In addition to the frequency change, the station underwent other significant changes, and now operates at 10 watts which allows listeners to tune in from a larger radius. The station was also updated with a new antenna, transmitter and on-air board. The Department of Communication hosted Tom McMillan, vice president of communication for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, Dec. 2. McMillan spoke to a group of communication students for more than an hour, sharing professional experiences and offering advice.

COUNSELING JIM HEPBURN, director of graduate programs in counseling, ANDREW NOCITA, associate professor of psychology, and STEPHANIE HELSEL, assistant professor of counseling, presented Navigating Professional Cultural Divides: Creating Effective Counselor

Waynesburg’s 1st Annual Undergraduate Student Research Symposium Waynesburg University held its first annual undergraduate research symposium this spring. Student research was presented by the following: Andrea Tomer

Sean Dougherty

Jeff Fenton

Brittany Spitznogle

Danielle Celesnik

Dorothy Rurak

Miranda Thornton

Kelly Brady

Victoria Danielczuk

Megan McCracken

Dana Weber

Julie Smith

Dan Astor

Tonya Tanner

Alexandra Kokovich

Kyle Kooyers

Tiffany Onifer

Jessica Husman

Zachary Shoaf

Andrea Strohecker

Courtney George

Jennifer Brusstar

Ashley Thomas

Derek Zofchak

1 stAnnual

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Nursing program achieves third consecutive 100 percent pass rate on NCLEX-RN exam The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Waynesburg University was the only baccalaureate

Education Programs at the North American Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors in September 2010. In addition, Helsel co-authored “Publishing in Professional Journals: The Journal of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity and Beyond” in the Journal of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, Volume 17 Issue 4. She also authored “Gestalt Therapy Interventions” in Integrating the Expressive Arts Into Counseling: Theory Based Interventions.

program in the state of Pennsylvania


to achieve the 100 percent pass

The Department of Criminal Justice Administration and the Office of Admissions hosted its fall Mock Crime Scene Workshop October 30. The event afforded more than 50 high school students the opportunity to train with experts in the criminal justice and forensic science field. Sessions offered included the Laser Shot Simulation Program, handcuffing techniques, written documentation and photography of evidence, crime scene sketching and evidence handling.

rate this year. In addition, this year’s feat marks the program’s third consecutive year achieving that mark. The exam pass rate takes into account graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010. Students take the NCLEX subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse. This year, 140,604 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 87.56 percent. Pennsylvania

EDUCATION Waynesburg University’s Nursing Program continues to excel through rigorous academics and accomplishments. Even with an increase in test difficulty, the program achieved its third consecutive 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam, the only program to do so in the state of Pennsylvania.

had the fifth largest number of candidates, with 7,100 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 86.59 percent. Thirty-nine Waynesburg University students collectively achieved the 100 percent pass rate. “The 100 percent pass rate is an indicator of program quality and reflects the continued efforts of the faculty to produce graduates with a comprehensive knowledge base and strong critical thinking skills,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing at Waynesburg University. “The graduates have been prepared to provide quality patient care based on the evidence.” The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The department offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs as well. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing altered the NCLEX-RN test plan in April 2010 and increased the test’s difficulty level. The average pass rate both nationally and in the state of Pennsylvania decreased this year. “We were really pleased to be able to maintain the 100 percent pass rate given that fact,” Mosser said. “The graduates should be proud of their impressive accomplishment.”

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HEATHER FLOWER, a senior elementary and special education major, received a $2,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Flower was recognized at the 60th Annual PASCD Conference Banquet held in November. The annual scholarship competition received more than 70 applicants. Flower was one of only three selected for the prestigious award.

ENGLISH DR. JAMIE DESSART, associate professor of English, and DR. JOONNA TRAPP, associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English, presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. Dessart and Trapp presented in the “Religion and Fantasy” panel, chaired by theologian David Schimpf of Marion University. Dessart also served on a panel with Schimpf called “Teaching Pop Culture in a Faith-Based Environment.”


TRAPP co-edited The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning and had a book review published, “Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Carole J. Lambert.” The Flannery O’Conner Review (2010).


STEFANIE WIELKOPOLAN, lecturer in English, recently released a book of poems titled “Border Theory.” The poems featured in Wielkopolan’s book address a variety of topics ranging from family, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Mexico, Germany, friendships, love and loss. According to the book’s publisher, Black Coffee Press, “Border Theory” is “an intensely moving debut collection of poems rooted in different moments of life that weave back and forth in time.”

YOKO SEKINO-BOVÉ, adjunct instructor of art, was published in the January 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine with the article, “Expanding Your Palette in Mid-range Firing.”

The Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University hosted the exhibit “Where in the World Have You Been” in September. The exhibit included photographs taken by Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff, focusing on Waynesburg University associated travel that had taken place during 2009-2010 calendar year.

Directed by EDWARD L. POWERS, associate professor of theatre, the Waynesburg University Players presented “The Skin of Our Teeth,” in November. Written by Thornton Wilder, “The Skin of Our Teeth”

tells the story of “a typical American family” and its struggle to survive. POWERS showcased original work in February with the one-act play, “Glenside,” a tale about two men who are forced to confront their loneliness after they meet in a cemetery. The drama, which begins as a comedy, embodies a prominent theme of forgiveness. Powers based the play on his experiences growing up near a cemetery.

FORENSIC SCIENCE The Waynesburg University Alumni Council chose KATHERINE KENNEDY of Springfield, Maine, as the recipient of the $1,000 Alumni Scholarship. The prestigious award is given to a deserving, well-rounded student based on academic achievement, College Board scores,

Rapid Access Defense System donated by Caron Products & Services, Inc. The Criminal Justice and

our programs,” said Mike

Forensic Science programs

Cipoletti, assistant professor

accepted a generous donation

of forensic science. “This

from Caron Products &

product, like other high-tech

Services, Inc. The donation, a

law enforcement and forensic

Rapid Access Defense System

tools produced by Caron,

(RAD), is a new and innovative

is the type of equipment

product designed for the safe

that our students hope to

storage and fast presentation

be working with in the near

of defensive weapons in a

future. It is a great advantage

wide range of home and office

for our students to have the


opportunity to work with

Waynesburg University’s

these products at this point in

Crime Scene Investigation

their education and training.”

Center’s Laser Shot Firearms

The University acquired the

will be stored in the RAD. The simulation weapons are a part

four-foot RAD model which can be surface mounted horizontally

of the University’s Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator.

or vertically in a concealed location. The product allows tactical

The program, acquired by the university last spring, allows

defense weapon storage that provides quick access to the user

Waynesburg University students to experience the impact of a

while keeping the weapons away from children and thieves.

firearm without having it affect their safety. “Caron Products’ donation will not only allow us to store our Laser Shot firearms securely and safely, but will also serve

Leah (Smith) Harris, Caron Marketing Communications Specialist and Waynesburg University alumna, coordinated the donation of the RAD4 to Waynesburg University.

as yet another valuable demonstration tool for the students in

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extracurricular activities, extracurricular social activities and community involvement. Kennedy attends Lee Academy in Lee, Maine, and is involved in the National Honor Society, band, tennis, theatre and French. She also received Waynesburg University’s Presidential Honor and State Scholars scholarships totaling $8,000, and plans to pursue a degree in forensic science.

GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES BRYAN O’BLACK, a graduate and professional studies facilitator, was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Award by the state of Pennsylvania. The award is given to “an emerging educational leader 39 years of age or younger who demonstrates exemplary commitment and exceptional contribution to the profession.” In his current role as director of Technology & Assessment for the Shaler Area School District, O’Black is responsible for network administration, system wide infrastructure, web development, online course development, strategic planning, the integration of technology into the classroom and curriculum, technology staff development and district-wide assessment. GREGORY GRAYBILL, a graduate and professional studies facilitator, published Evangelical Free Will: Philipp Melanchthon’s Doctrinal Journey on the Origins of Faith (Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

HISTORY DR. ELESHA COFFMAN, assistant professor of history, along with students ELLEN LOUTTIT, ANDREA TOMER and CHELSEY CLARK, offered a poster presentation, “Three Cheers for Public History,” at the Council on Undergraduate Research Conference in Williamsburg, Va., last October. In addition, Coffman participated in the Communitas Fellowship at Calvin College in June 2010 and was published in the May/June 2010 issue of Books & Culture with “Smaller Families, Bigger Dreams” (a review of Susan E. Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820).

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2011 Conducting Symposium well received Celebrated musicians Dr. Jack Stamp and Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse shared their talents with visiting band directors through four lecture sessions covering a variety of musical topics including score reading, expressive gesturing, rehearsal techniques and other conducting methods at the annual Waynesburg University Conducting Symposium in January. Dr. Ronda DePriest, assistant professor of instrumental music and director of the Waynesburg University Music Program, implemented the Symposium in 2007 and has seen the program grow each year. “I am excited that so many colleagues and students have found this event to be very beneficial,” DePriest said. “I have worked in other capacities with Dr. Moorhouse, and Dr. Stamp is allowing us to prepare one of his new compositions titled, ‘Miniature Overture,’ so I feel especially honored to glean from his expertise.” An alumnus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Stamp returned to his stomping grounds and now serves as Professor of Music, Director of Band Studies and Chair of the Music Department. He conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in graduate conducting. After receiving additional degrees from East Carolina University and Michigan State University, he taught for several years in the North Carolina public schools and served as the conductor of the Duke University Wind Symphony. Stamp has directed winners of national band championships and his musical expertise has been recognized through the earning of many prominent awards including the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” and the Orpheus Award from the Zeta Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha for service to music. Stamp joined forces with Moorhouse from the University of Illinois to amplify the event’s offerings. Moorhouse earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in music education from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate degree in musical arts in instrumental conducting from the University of Washington. Moorhouse served Louisiana State University for more than 20 years and was awarded a number of university awards as a result of her commitment and talent. In addition, Moorhouse is a recipient of The John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler “Order of Merit” and Phi Beta Mu’s “Outstanding Bandmaster Award” for Louisiana.


INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Waynesburg University acquired a valuable partnership with Waikato University located on the south Pacific Rim in New Zealand. The partnership affords Waynesburg University students the opportunity to study abroad while paying home tuition fees. The partnership was recently finalized and will remain active for a five-year period. Students participating in the study abroad program typically study four classes per semester in Waikato University’s seven academic schools. The study abroad program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and offers international student support and an orientation program.

MATHEMATICS DR. PAUL SIELSKI, professor of mathematics, presented “Mathematics in Sports” Oct. 15, at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference and Exposition in Baltimore, Md. Those who participated in his NCTM conference session learned how to compute formulas used in the world of sports. His session included computing an NFL quarterback’s rating,

a pitcher’s ERA and the computation of overtime losses in the standings in the NHL, among other topics.

NURSING Ten students were recently inducted into Nu Sigma, Waynesburg University’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honorary and research society. The honorary is a “global community of nurse leaders” situated in 469 chapters in 86 countries. In October 2010, DR. NANCY MOSSER, professor of nursing and chair of the Nursing Department, presented “The Use of Standardized Testing to Improve NCLEX-RN Scores” at the ATI Educator Enrichment Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Waynesburg University Master of Science in Nursing student BRITTNEY D’ALESSANDRO was selected by fellow nurses to be recognized at the Cameos of Caring Awards Gala. The Cameos of Caring Award was created to honor outstanding nurses for their dedication to quality patient care, increase public awareness of the nursing profession and

recruit a new generation of nurses to offset future nursing. D’Alessandro was one of 14 registered nurses from Jefferson Regional Medical Center nominated for the award and joins approximately 50 registered nurses from the region that will also be recognized. MELANY CHRASH, assistant professor of nursing, and DR. KATHY STOLFER, assistant professor of nursing, recently presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Annual Conference, “Reform and Innovation: The Charge for Baccalaureate Nursing Education.” Chrash and Stolfer conducted a podium presentation on the topic, “Clinical Teaching Strategies for Clinical Prevention and Population Health: Reforming Community Health Nursing Education,” highlighting cutting edge changes made to the newly developed senior level nursing course at Waynesburg University.

MBA students travel to Italy As a direct result of Waynesburg University’s focus on providing students with international experiences, 10 students and three alumni traveled to Italy in September through the University’s Master of Business Administration degree program. The international trip served as a component of the International Business course, a core requirement of the Master of Business Administration degree. The trip, in addition to preliminary course work, served as a way to obtain the three-credit course requirement. “The international business trip gives students a true taste of the ‘how to’ and why you need to embrace cultural differences in order to accomplish business goals,” said Janice Crile, director of accelerated business programs. “Cultures vary drastically and so do the ways in which business is conducted.”

from at least six presentations at various businesses throughout

The group joined Crile and Domenic Marian, instructor of the

Italy. Students and alumni also visited the Department of

course, traveling through Rome, Florence and Venice in an effort

Commerce at the US Embassy in Rome. The tour stops were led

to gain international business experience. The group benefited

by business leaders and/or professors from Italian universities.

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DR. SARA CLUTTER, associate professor of nursing, participated in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses education institute for nurse eductaors. In addition, she served as book reviewer for Elsevier Publishing for instructor resources, test bank and study guide for Understanding Nursing Research (5th edition). DR. CHAD RITTLE, instructor of nursing, was published in the Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing with his DNP Capstone Manuscript, “Pertussis - The Case for Universal Vaccination.” In addition, he sits on the board for the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses in the Pittsburgh area. Junior RACHEL SAELER was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, a result of her commitment to community service. One of Saeler’s professors recommended that she apply for the scholarship after hearing about her efforts to organize a fundraiser for the Waynesburg families affected by a fatal fire in January 2010. While community service is the focus of the scholarship, applicants’ extracurricular and academic achievements are also taken into consideration. Waynesburg University now offers a new concentration in its graduate nursing program. The 36-credit Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Informatics is designed to prepare the nurse to assume leadership and education positions as an Informatics Nurse Specialist (INS) within health care organizations, facilities and agencies. The current job market for the INS includes professional positions within the informatics domain as project managers and directors, nurse analysts, quality improvement specialists, compliance and security officers, Web content developers, IT programmers and researchers, and governmental lobbyists, among other positions.

conferences. Most recently, he shared his work at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Conference held in Baltimore, Md., in the fall. Prior to the aforementioned presentation, Gonnella presented his paper at the North American Association for Study of Religion Conference held in the spring of 2010. Psychology students DANIELLE BRUSH, NICHOLE HAMMERSLY and ELISE LANE presented “Empathy as a Moderator of Violent vs. Non-Violent Movie Choice” at the Annual Laurel Highlands Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

STOVER CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL STUDIES & MORAL LEADERSHIP DR. LAWRENCE M. STRATTON, lecturer of political science and Visiting Stover Constitutional Fellow, served as a moderator for a conference held by Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Sponsored by the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, the conference, “Twenty Years After Employment Division versus Smith: Assessing the Twentieth Century’s Landmark Case on the Free Exercise of Religion and How it Changed History,” took place in New York City. Stratton moderated a panel entitled, “Smith’s

Interaction with First Amendment Principles Beyond the Free Exercise Clause.” Waynesburg University hosted Bayney R. Karran, ambassador of Guyana and former ambassador to Venezuela, on Nov. 17. Ambassador Karran presented two lectures to Waynesburg University students. The lectures were titled “Climate Change in the Caribbean: The Threat and Guyana’s Response” and “The Hemispheric Integration Process: A Perspective from Guyana.”

TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES (TPS) In October, the Waynesburg University Teaching with Primary Sources Program hosted a video conference on copyright issues for teachers, professors and librarians. Experts from the Library of Congress answered questions and provided helpful information after a one-hour video conference. The conference was followed by an activity and discussion about copyright issues that educators encounter in their classrooms. Presented by DR. ELESHA COFFMAN, assistant professor of history, Teaching with Primary Sources hosted a workshop titled “Women and Media: A History through Primary Sources,” in February. The workshop allowed participants to gain Library of Congress resources and information related to the study of women’s history.

Metaxis offers Christ & Culture Lecture Waynesburg University’s Christ & Culture Lecture Series featured author, editor and commentator Eric Metaxas in November. For two years, Metaxas served as a writer and editor for Chuck Colson’s “Breakpoint,” a nationally syndicated daily radio program. He has worked as a writer for VeggieTales, where he co-wrote “Lyle the Kindly Viking.” He also authored bestsellers, “God Made You Special,” “Even Fish Slappers Need a Second Chance” and “The Pirates Who (Usually) Don’t Do Anything,” among others. He is the author of “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask)” and “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.”


His most recent work “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,”

Senior MARK GONNELLA presented his paper, “The Human Predicament in Judaism and Buddhism,” at two prestigious religion

served as the focus of a faculty/staff study during the fall semester.

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CAMPS SHINE LIGHT UPON CAREER FIELDS Seasoned professionals share expertise with campers


aron Anderson sat wide eyed

most respected in the field.”

high school students to the Department

and mesmerized as he took in

Ironically, these “high-caliber

of Communication and the school at

three distinct voices familiar

individuals” sat casually before the group

large,” Frattare said. “The campers

to any true Pittsburgh sports

as if they had known each individual for

were outspoken in their belief that our

fan. From his seat in room

a number of years. One held coffee, one

department was offering a vivid picture

416 of Buhl Hall, the gentlemen, who

Diet Coke and one water, as they shared

of a career in sports broadcasting.”

totaled more than 100 years of combined

stories of their own professional journeys

That vibrant snapshot of their future

announcing experience, sat just feet

and dug deep into the circumstances that

careers left many campers with a “strong


landed them where they are today.

interest” in attending Waynesburg

Anderson, a freshman sports

“If you take a job in the mailroom,

University, Frattare said.

broadcasting major from Grove City,

you might be president of that company

Anderson, Harr and Brandon Reed, a

Pa., was joined by 37 others who also,

someday. The opportunity you are

freshman communication major from

as the Pittsburgh icons spoke, became a

looking for might come through

Gibsonia, Pa., were also given a unique

professor’s dream — exceptionally alert

the situations you least expect,”

opportunity to solidify their choice to

at the edge of their seats, hanging on

Steigerwald said.

every word and eagerly waiting for more.

Through camp activities and

The students, ranging from high

seminars including general sports

school juniors to incoming college

announcing techniques, radio and

freshmen, had come together for a

TV sports reporting, sports talk, and

week in the summer of 2010 as a

radio and TV play-by-play, among

result of Waynesburg University’s

others, Frattare, who also served as

first Sports Announcing Camp. Lanny

the camp advisor, hoped campers

Frattare, former long-time voice of the

would gain an understanding of

Pittsburgh Pirates and assistant professor

the basics of the business. The

of communication at Waynesburg

sessions and the opportunity to

University; Bill Hillgrove, voice of the

experience a live TV and radio

Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers;

play-by-play broadcast of a

and Paul Steigerwald, voice of the

local minor league baseball

Pittsburgh Penguins, offered the campers

game left many campers

an experience unlike any they had ever

excited for more.


“The sports announcing

“Only two days into the camp, I knew

camp effectively introduced


this would be an experience I wouldn’t forget,” said Ryan Harr, a freshman sports broadcasting major from Latrobe, Pa. “We learned from highcaliber individuals who are some of the

Lanny Frattare instructs two Sports Announcing Camp participants in how to call play-by-play at a minor league baseball game in Washington, Pa.

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“For students considering careers in sports announcing, forensic science and criminal justice, there is no better way for them to discover the infinite possibilities the fields have to offer.” -Katie White, assistant director of admissions, speaking about the Sports Announcing and CSI camps at Waynesburg University

attend Waynesburg University

Those possibilities are introduced

science major at Waynesburg University,

as students in the Department of

with activities, allowing campers

a decision that she says was based on

Communication. Three others have

to explore different segments of a

her hands-on experiences at the camp

applied and plan to attend Waynesburg

particular field of study. The CSI Camp

and the reputation of the University’s

University next fall.

shines light upon careers related to

Forensic Science Program. Grateful for

The Camp’s success comes as no

surveillance, ballistics, trace evidence,

her own experiences with the camp,

surprise, as it was designed to resemble

investigation, burial remains and arson,

Celesnik has served as a camp counselor

the University’s wildly successful Crime

among others. Instead of the all-too-

for the past two years.

Scene Investigation Summer Camp. The

familiar instant results depicted on the

“The camp really does allow the

CSI Camp’s solid reputation is similar

popular television show CSI, the camp’s

participants to decide if the field is

to that of detective Sherlock Holmes,

seasoned professionals share their

right for them. The variety of activities

the campers’ fictional counterpart. As

expertise with the hope of realistically

offered helps individuals to figure out

a result, it has attracted campers from

educating future practitioners.

which aspect of the field they want to

across the nation and continues to gain

It was the authenticity of the camp

pursue,” she said.


that brought Danielle Celesnik clarity

In addition to Celesnik, Waynesburg

“For students considering careers in

related to her future career.

University has recognized the value of

sports announcing, forensic science

In 2006, Celesnik attended the first

the camp. Alison Chasko, CSI Camp

and criminal justice, there is no better

CSI Camp as a high school senior.

coordinator and forensic science research

way for them to discover the infinite

Captivated by the burial remains

coordinator at Waynesburg University,

possibilities the fields have to offer,”

excavation and crime scene processing

said both camps serve as a powerful tool

said Katie White, Sports Announcing

workshops, Celesnik had no question

for recruiting prospective students.

Camp coordinator and assistant director

that this was

“The camps allow the participating

of Admissions at Waynesburg

the career

students to experience the respective


she intended

programs in a way that a traditional visit

to pursue.

to campus cannot capture,” Chasko


said. “For faculty and staff, we develop


connections with some of our future

is a senior

students and their families before they


even set foot in one of our classes.”

John McIlwain, CSI Camp Advisor, instructs a CSI Camp counselor on the best ways to handle a gun in the Laser Shot Simulation Lab at Waynesburg Universityi’s CSI Center.



“Northside’s Second Mom” takes mentoring to heart


hen Gail Gruendler was in seventh grade, she felt

next step was to find a school that fit her needs. She found that

God calling her to work in inner-city ministry.

Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies program

Now, years later, Gruendler is devoted to mentoring youth on the

was the perfect fit for her educational needs as well as her lifestyle.

Northside of Pittsburgh, Pa., through the Urban Impact Foundation,

“I researched several schools but liked what the program offered:

and she is fondly referred to as “the Northside’s second mom.”

Christian heritage, the eight-week length and one night per

Through this ministry, she committed herself to being there for

week class format, convenient locations, and blending textbook

young teens who did not have guidance in their lives. When they

information with real-life business experiences of instructors and

entered the ministry in the eighth grade, Gruendler would stay with

fellow students,” Gruendler said.

them until they graduated high school.

Gruendler exemplifies the mission of Waynesburg University through her faith, her desire to learn and the people she

“Many of the kids I mentor are the

serves on a daily basis.

first ones in their families to go to

college,” Gruendler said. “The personal

According to

experiences I share with them have

Janice Crile, director

inspired them to know that they,

of accelerated business

too, have the ability to further their

programs, Gruendler

education and chase a dream they

boasted a 4.0 GPA and

never thought was possible.”

scored the highest of 210

The opportunity for higher

fellow MBA classmates

education, specifically a master’s

on the Majors Fields Test.

degree, is something Gruendler

Her score reached the 95th

knows about first hand. Her

percentile nationwide –

commitment to mentoring was

meaning she could have also

always a priority, and as she

earned her MBA degree from

balanced that along with a full-

the likes of Harvard or Wharton,

time job, she never felt that she had

Crile said.

time to devote to studying for a second degree.

In addition to serving a

“I had always wanted to get my

younger generation through

master’s degree but never had the

mentorship, Gruendler also

time to do it before,” she said. When her employer downsized

Gail Gruendler’s devotion to mentoring youth on Pittsburgh’s Northside continued when she enrolled in Waynesburg’s MBA program. That mentorship skill served many of her classmates as well.

took advantage of tutoring her fellow classmates on a number of occasions.

personnel by approximately 50 percent, Gruendler felt that she was one of the fortunate ones whose

“Gail would help her classmates anytime, day or night,” Crile said.

job was eliminated.

“I would often find Gail discussing coursework with her peers before

While most people who are victims of a downward economy would

and after class. She tutored her peers on her own time in various

not look at the situation positively, Gruendler believes that whenever

subjects, including Statistics.”

God closes one door, He opens another. And when God closed the

Michele Lozito, an MBA student at Waynesburg University, looks to

door to her previous job, Gruendler found that He opened a door of

Gruendler as an inspiring woman of leadership.

opportunity to work toward her Master of Business Administration

“When I read the definition of informal leadership, I think of Gail,”


said Lozito. “She is a person who becomes influential because she has

And while having the ability to pursue her goal of an MBA

special skills that meet the resource needs of others.”

education, she found she could still be a mentor to the Northside

Lozito believes that Gruendler’s influence does not just stop with


her help academically in the classroom. It continues in her daily

Once she made the decision to further her education, Gruendler’s

journey to inspire inner-city kids.

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Pam Englelmann’s decision to go on a mission trip to South Africa last summer turned from a twoweek stay to an additional eight-week internship opportunity with the Amy Biehl Foundation.

22 | The Lamp • SPRING 2011

ust after classes commenced for

team from Waynesburg, I decided to

the summer, nine women from

look for internship opportunities in Cape

Waynesburg University boarded a plane

Town,” Engelmann said. “I thought about

bound for the southern tip of Africa. Bags

how unique and valuable it would be to

checked and customs forms filled out, they

be immersed in a culture other than my

arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, 16

own and follow up on the mission trip by

hours later. Together, they spent two weeks

continuing service.”

living with host families and serving the

Her decision to stay came as no

local community. But only eight of them

surprise to mission trip leader Dave

would board a plane home – leaving one of

Calvario, director of the Center for Service

their own to stay behind.

Leadership at Waynesburg University.

For junior environmental science major,

“Pamela is one-in-a-million. She is the

Pamela Engelmann, two weeks in the

most humble person I have ever met.

cool, damp climate of South Africa was

Her heart and compassion for the less-

not enough. Her passion for the global

fortunate have been shaped and molded by

community and love for the African people

her solid Christian faith,” he said. “While in

she would serve alongside compelled her

South Africa, she connected in a genuine

to find a way to dig deeper roots into their

way with everyone she interacted with and


served. Her decision to stay was one of

“After feeling led to participate on the

discernment and faith.”


“We wanted to provide them with opportunities to become future leaders. It’s a hope to break the cycle of poverty that is prevalent in the townships.” -Pamela Engelmann, reflecting on her internship in South Africa at the Amy Biehl Foundation Engelmann chose to stay in South Africa

Engelmann was also invited to work

Engelmann said that she was seeking a place

for an additional eight weeks to complete an

with the program coordination for The

where service was highly important.

internship with the Amy Biehl Foundation,

Greening and Environment program

“Waynesburg, as a whole, has helped me to

an organization she learned about when

where she focused on beautifying schools,

see where I could potentially serve within the

founder Linda Biehl came to Waynesburg

teaching about global warming, pollution

environmental community where injustices

University as a guest speaker.

and recycling as well as establishing

run wild. I am not positive what the next step

The foundation was established in memory

environmental clubs for children.

is for me as far as a career, but I am in the

of 26-year-old Amy Biehl whose life was

While the experience was challenging and

process of applying to work with local issues

tragically cut short in an act of political

tested her patience, Engelmann said it also

that I have grown to know more about by

violence. She had been working in South

further affirmed her desire to continue with a

attending school here.”

Africa to establish multiracial democracy

career in her field.

As for plans to return to South Africa,

and educate voters for what would be the

“Building relationships and making

Engelmann is uncertain of the timing, but

country’s first free election. Four young men

connections with non-profit organizations

hopeful that she will be back.

were sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

will prove to be a benefit after graduation.

“I’m not sure when I will return, but a

for her murder. When the men applied

My interest in environmental education with

piece of my heart is still in South Africa. So I

for amnesty through the Truth and

children was confirmed,” she said. “I love

believe return is definite, but not until I am

Reconciliation Commission, it was Biehl’s

working with and learning from children.”

called. I trust God would open up another

parents who advocated for their release from

Engelmann’s love and passion for South

opportunity to serve there during my career


Africa and young people greatly reflects the

if He leads me there.”

“It gives me chills,” Engelmann said,

mission of the foundation she spent the

“because the staff of this diverse and growing

summer serving – a mission that further

organization is a living testimony to Amy’s

mirrors the values of faith, learning and

legacy and to genuine reconciliation.”

service found at Waynesburg University.

Today, the foundation works to develop

When searching for a university,

and empower youth in impoverished areas

Dave Calvario (far left), director of the Center for Service Leadership, led a short-term service mission trip of nine Waynesburg University students to Cape Town, South Africa, where they served the local community.

surrounding Cape Town through education and cultural activities. Their aim is to prevent youth violence, crime, drug abuse and HIV/ AIDS through community development. Much of Engelmann’s time with the foundation was spent serving the community by offering programs created to give young people healthy alternatives to violence, substance abuse and sex. She assisted with weekend camping excursions, helped to establish a recycling program at a local school and started a children’s garden. “We wanted to provide them with hope and a brighter future and provide them with opportunities to become future leaders. It’s a hope to break the cycle of poverty that is prevalent in the townships,” she said. The Lamp • SPRING 2010| 23


CHARACTER OF ROBERT C. WILEY ARMORY University purchases historic building, will maintain integrity of its significance


obert C. Wiley was a Man of Distinguished Courage, defined by and admired for his brave deeds and noble

qualities. It is no coincidence that this description of Mr. Wiley is also the definition of “hero,” for Mr. Wiley’s influence was felt and recognized by many. A familiar name to the history of Greene County, Wiley

objective,” the order reads.

was a 1939 Waynesburg University (then College) alumnus.

Less than a week later, during a firefight in which most of

Following graduation, he became a teacher but was called to

Wiley’s officers were either killed or wounded, Wiley himself

active duty in 1941 and rose to the rank of Captain by 1942.

was “severely wounded” in the leg from machine gun fire.

Buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and

Despite the injury, Wiley “brilliantly directed the actions of

posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the

this company and personally led it forward 800 yards under

nation’s second highest award for valor, Wiley led his company

heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire until he was killed

into battle on August 13, 1944, near St. Lo, France, where he

by sniper fire.”

was killed by a German sniper.

According to the order, “Captain Wiley’s gallant leadership,

According to the official citation awarding him with the

personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of

Distinguished Service Cross, Wiley pulled his company

his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces

together on August 3, after they had become disorganized

of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the

after hours of fierce fighting. Though he had suffered a painful

28th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.”

wound to his cheek from small arms fire, Wiley “refused to

To honor him, the Pennsylvania National Guard named

be evacuated and personally led his company into a strongly

its local Armory, a historic structure built in 1914 residing

employed enemy position and succeeded in capturing the

at the intersection of Washington and Strawberry streets in

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Waynesburg, the Captain Robert C. Wiley Armory. Modern

building to its original intent,” Barnhart said.

day demands of the community and the Pennsylvania National

The basement level is essentially being gutted, Barnhart said,

Guard Company B, 1-110th Infantry Battalion unit recently

in order to accommodate the new health center. Electrical and

grew too large for the red brick building. So when Company

plumbing upgrades throughout the building are also underway.

B decided to move to a larger, newer facility in EverGreene

The look of the exterior will remain virtually unchanged

Technology Park located in nearby Franklin Township,

except for improvements necessary for handicap accessibility;

Waynesburg University expressed interest in purchasing and

however, that doesn’t mean there won’t be improvements there

updating the Armory.

as well.

Located near the University’s Willison Hall and the Fitness

“In renovating a historic building like this, we want to be

Center, the Armory seems an almost natural extension of

careful to preserve the exterior character of the building,”

the campus, said Roy Barnhart, the University’s senior vice

Barnhart said. “So we’re going to preserve the look and upgrade

president for finance and administration.

the material. For instance, we’ll replace wood windows with

“I like the fact that we have a historic structure anchoring

aluminum windows with the same characteristics. It will look

the bottom of the hill,” he said. “It will make a nice addition

historically accurate but with more durable materials.”

to campus in purposes of aesthetics but also purposes of utility.

Other work to be done on the exterior includes re-pointing

It will be good for us.”

the brick, upgrading the box gutters and repairing the soffit and

Like Miller, Hanna and others before it, the Armory will


be renovated so it can be utilized while still maintaining the

Albie Rinehart, a retired soldier who served on the Armory’s

historic nature of the structure. By purchasing and renovating

board of directors, said the community should be pleased the

the Armory, the University ensured the building, which has

University has purchased the Armory with an aim on ensuring

been an important part of the local community for decades,

it has another 100 years of use.

didn’t fall into disrepair and disuse, Barnhart said.

“I think the community has seen what the University does

“It needs some work, no doubt about that,” Barnhart said.

when they do acquire a building. The historical integrity

“But it’s a good solid building, framework-wise. If we can

of that building will be maintained, and they will ensure it

restore it to a practical use for the long term, I think that’s a

remains in good shape, which is important, because the Wiley

win for everyone.”

name is held in very high regard in the area,” he said.

Though the building has been in use for nearly a century, there have been few drastic changes to the structure, so the first task is preparing the building for modern use. The gymnasium will be renovated and possibly become home to the University wrestling program, though decisions have not been finalized. The Student Health Center, previously located in a house on the corner of Morris and First streets, will relocate to the Armory, along with offices of the University’s Information Technology Department, while its data center will remain in the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. A significant amount of work is needed before that can happen, however. Plans for the Armory include refurbishing the interior, painting and refinishing the flooring, Barnhart said. The drill hall is getting a significant facelift as well, with the suspended ceiling being removed to expose the original domed ceiling underneath. “In the interior, I think opening up that ceiling in the drill hall is the single biggest thing we’ve done to restore the

The historic Capt. Robert C. Wiley Armory becomes a natural extension to campus as it anchors the bottom of the hill near the University’s Fitness Center and Willison Hall.

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wo years ago, Mike Cipoletti sat before Waynesburg

“I eventually came to realize a great appreciation for helping people

University President Timothy R. Thyreen as a candidate

understand things that I knew something about. In time, I thought, if

for a position in the Department of Forensic Science at

the opportunity presented itself I may give teaching a shot — it just

Waynesburg University. The day was one that Cipoletti will not soon

happened a lot sooner than I anticipated,” he said.


Fortunately for Nicole Briggeman, a 2010 Waynesburg University

“At some point during my interview process, President Thyreen

graduate, Cipoletti’s time on the witness stand carried over to the

made the remark, ‘Programs are only as good as the people involved

classroom, offering insight that would ultimately lead her to the next

in their operation,’ a comment

step of her professional journey.

I will always remember,”

Briggeman is a first-year law student at

Cipoletti said. Today, Cipoletti serves as an Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and the Director of the Forensic Science Program at Waynesburg University.

“I have been able to excel because Waynesburg University taught me how to be an independent scientist.”

Thyreen’s statement has never been so accurate, as Cipoletti’s

- Hannah Ware, ’10

passion for forensic science and

Campbell University in Raleigh, N.C., and said Cipoletti’s experience as an expert witness taught her a lot. “I took two classes with him, and they were among the most valuable classes I took during my entire undergraduate experience,” she said. Although challenging, Briggeman said her first year of law school has been a great

teaching are assisting Waynesburg students day in and day out.

experience, and she is grateful for Cipoletti’s knowledge, advice and

Prior to Waynesburg, Cipoletti spent time with the Pennsylvania


State Police Crime Lab, training new forensic scientists in drug

Like many of his students, Cipoletti’s professional journey was not

analyses and law enforcement professionals in various aspects of the

without uncertainty, as he never pictured himself in the classroom.

workings of the lab. He also spent time in the courtroom, an aspect

His plan was to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry

of the job that he says most forensic scientists do not enjoy.

following his graduate work. The Clinton Administration’s Law

26 | The Lamp • SPRING 2011

Enforcement Strategy and 21st Century

never hesitated to make time for us.”

the Director of the Forensic Science Program

Policing Initiative produced different results,

In the classroom, Cipoletti is known for his

at Waynesburg University, Cipoletti is highly

however, making him a benefactor of the

flexibility and daily invitations for a dose of

involved with determining which skills and

stimulation of forensic opportunities for


experiences are most valuable to students

science professionals.

“I am not afraid to take off in an

enrolled in the program.

Fortunately for countless students

unintended direction if that’s where

“As someone who has trained new crime

including Hannah Ware, a 2010 Waynesburg

discussion leads,” he said. “I think my

lab employees, he has first-hand knowledge

University graduate, Cipoletti was led to the

greatest strength is an understanding

of what employers look for in prospective


that there are always opportunities for

employees,” Cink said.

“He offers first-hand insight into how labs

improvement and learning.”

Cipoletti is grateful to be a part of

operate and the procedures behind forensic

Through lecture, demonstration, activities

Waynesburg University’s commitment to

techniques,” she said. “He played a huge role

and necessary materials, Cipoletti applies

providing its students with the knowledge

in helping me to determine where I would

science to real-life situations, reeling in those

and proficiencies necessary for success, while

end up after graduation.”

students struggling to understand difficult

also making a difference in their lives.

Ware currently works at Alere Toxicology


in Richmond, Va., where she performs

Chris Cink, chair of the Department of

to develop ethically, responsibly, and to

extractions for drugs of abuse and pain

Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Athletic

lead personal lives of purpose,” he said. “I

“This University encourages its students

management. She landed the

think Waynesburg University, as

position upon graduation as a

a whole, has the distinction of

result of her exposure to and

combining scholarly excellence

knowledge of instrumentation

with the ability to wrap its

in the field. Her time at

collective arms around a person

Waynesburg University

and treat them like family.”

produced an extraordinary

Looking to the future, Cipoletti

resumé—a resumé that left

said the program will remain

those responsible for her

focused on the need to remain

hiring baffled by her age.

as current as possible. Continual

Ware said the approach of

upgrades to the Crime Scene

the Chemistry Department at

Investigation Center including

Waynesburg University also

audio/visual observation systems

played a role in her success.

and fingerprint development

“Chemistry was extremely

equipment are at the forefront.

challenging as a student, but

Cipoletti also hopes to further

now I am beyond grateful

the program’s interactions with

for the way we learned,” she said. “Instead

Training, said Cipoletti’s energy and

professional laboratories in the form of

of cookbook chemistry where the process

personality play a key role in the success he

continued research efforts and new projects.

is given step by step, we were given an

achieves in the classroom.

Increased interaction with law enforcement

objective and were required to research the

“The students know that what they’re

and the crime lab community are also on the

method and carry out the experiment. If the

learning is relevant,” Cink said. “He also

program’s radar.

method failed, we tried again. I have been

has the ability to direct students toward

“We have invested a lot of time and

able to excel because Waynesburg University

vocations that best fit their strengths, as

equipment in our programs to attempt

taught me to be an independent scientist.”

he understands that the skills required for

to bring the real world to our students,”

In addition to Ware’s appreciation for

evidence processing are not the same as

Cipoletti said. “Successful people emerge

Waynesburg’s Chemistry Department, she is

those required for chemical analysis.”

under different circumstances using different

grateful for Cipoletti’s “interactive lecture”

Using his knowledge from the field,

skill sets, but I think the one thing that we

teaching style.

Cipoletti helped to tweak curriculum

will find in observing these folks is that they

“He gets the class involved by asking his

requirements for forensic science and

were all persistent in their work. I try to get

students how they would approach the

forensic chemistry majors, in an effort to

that message across to students — work

case,” she said. “It was important to him that

align with the recommendations of the

hard, stick with it, and you will be successful.”

his students ‘got it,’ and when they didn’t, he

American Academy of Forensic Science. As

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Beyond Proofing: Jill Sunday’s passion ignites Writing Center


or the past 30 years, a hybrid life of

teaching of two classes each semester.

all students, Grom said Sunday “constantly

writing and teaching has filled Jill

Through Sunday’s diligence, and with the

examines student feedback and accepts ideas

Moyer Sunday’s soul.

support of the administration, what was once

and suggestions from the tutoring staff.”

While a teaching assistant and graduate

known as the Writing Table has transformed

“Her passion for teaching and writing is

student pursuing a master’s degree in

into a full-fledged Writing Center.

always evident in her smile and the interest

English Literature, Sunday discovered a way

Sunday’s success and the growth of the

she shows during discussions with her tutors

to intertwine her affinity for words and the

Writing Center stems from her belief that the

related to concerns or successes,” she said.

ease she felt in the classroom.

directive approach is not the right approach

Sunday leads tutors through 18 hours of

“I experienced this perfect storm of writer

in the respective environment.

training to brush up on concepts and to

and teacher, which really led me to examine

“Once a person writes on your paper, it

discuss the philosophy of teaching writing.

the teaching of writing,” she said.

is no longer your paper,” Sunday said. “It

The training assists tutors with the process of

Twenty-five years in the classroom,

becomes that person’s words, thoughts and

recognizing patterns of errors.

combined with a professional career


“Our tutors are great writers, but even

as a journalist and 20 years of diverse

As a result of this belief, Sunday and the

more important, they are compassionate

assignments presented by a booming

12 Writing Center tutors never write on a

people,” Sunday said.

freelance business, brings Sunday’s journey

student’s paper.

The Waynesburg University Writing Center

to the present.

“We are a community of writers working

offers writing assistance to all levels of

“I had a very rich writing career, and the

with other writers,” Sunday said. “There is

writers. Its primary goal is to afford students

whole time I taught,” she said. “Teaching

no hierarchy, only growth and development

the tools necessary to become better writers

for me is like being a goldfish dropped into

through working together. Instead of seeing

while assisting students as they learn the art

the aquarium again — when I walk into

students as error makers, we see them as

of effectively sharing their own thoughts and

the classroom I’m in my environment. The

growing writers. That is what makes all the


classroom is a sacred place.”

difference in the world.”

“There are no quick fixes or edits; rather,

Sunday joined Waynesburg University

Melissa Grom, a Writing Center tutor,

students will be engaged in an intensive one-

in 2004 as a part-time instructor in the

is grateful for Sunday and her eloquent

on-one learning experience,” Sunday said.

Department of English. Today, Sunday is at


The Writing Center also affords the

the helm of Waynesburg University’s newly

“She is passionate about helping her tutors

campus community access to a variety of


develop as students who learn about the

resources including textbooks, handouts,

Writing Center

writing process, and as teachers who make

tools for test preparation, assistance with

and continues

the writing process accessible to others,”

grammar, and more. Sunday hopes the

to frequent her

Grom said.

Writing Center continues to become an

“sacred place”

Committed to ensuring a positive,

integral part of the writing process for all

through her

educational and welcoming experience for

Waynesburg University students.

“We are a community of writers working with other writers...Instead of seeing students as error makers, we see them as growing writers. That is what makes all the difference in the world.” -Jill Sunday, director of the Writing Center 28 | The Lamp • SPRING 2011


Teaching students to

“live deliberately” Department of English & Foreign Language stays relevant through student interaction, professional development and faculty publishings Under the direction of Department Chair Joonna Trapp, the Department of English and Foreign Language at Waynesburg University focuses strongly on a mentorship approach with students. “True mentorship cultivates growth,” she says.

passions meet the ‘hunger of the world (Parker Palmer),’” said Joonna Trapp, associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Foreign Language at Waynesburg University.

United by a shared sense of ownership, students and faculty members of the Department of English and Foreign Language at Waynesburg University have collectively strengthened the program and its offerings. A common vision is at the core—challenging students and faculty alike to live lives of purpose for the glory of God. “The shared vision encourages students to find the place where their

“We nurture our students into selfhood and help them to see that it’s not about a career or a job, but instead, a vocation.” Martin Cockroft, assistant professor of creative writing at Waynesburg University, said that while many students come to Waynesburg feeling certain about their future plans, typically a different result ensues. “Our job as teachers is not to simply hook them up with the major, program, classes and activities that will get them there,” he said. “Many other institutions can and will do that for them. It’s on us as teachers at Waynesburg to instead complicate their ambitions.”

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Cockroft said that by doing so, students are encouraged to interpret the idea that, “at the core of who we are, threaded through our entire being, is service to all of creation.”

Lasting Impressions Trapp said the faculty members collectively aim to encourage and strengthen the department’s students, assisting them as they move forward with new found knowledge and selfconfidence, so that they might better serve the world around them. “We are not career oriented; we are person oriented, and that allows us to be committed to each student,” she said. “Students are treated like colleagues very quickly if they so desire. If that isn’t character building, I don’t know

Faculty members like Martin Cockroft (pictured above) aim to encourage and strengthen students, assisting them as they move forward with new found knowledge and self-confidence, so that they might better serve the world around them.

what is.” Trapp said without the traditional

discussion, lesson or assignment,

Trapp said. “We are constantly making

hierarchy found in university

but through a sustained presence in

changes and revising what we do based

departments, true mentorship cultivates

my life—one in which they modeled

on our student interactions and the


how scholars and artists respond and

knowledge we gain at conferences. By

“We really care about our students,

contribute to the world. I want to leave

doing so, we become more relevant. We

and we are really proud of them when

that kind of impression on my students,

get off campus, and we can bring that

they do well—they become like our own

too,” he said.

into the classroom.”

children,” she said.

Instead of flooding students with

More than qualified to prepare students

Cockroft echoes Trapp’s thought.

information, Cockroft believes it is his

for the next step of their journey, the

“My own college teachers, the best

role to offer examples of what it means

department is saturated with published

ones, left a lasting impression on me,

to “live deliberately,” as Thoreau writes

writers including, but not limited

not with any particular classroom

in Walden.

to, playwrights, poets, novelists and

As the students in the Department of English and Foreign Language learn some


of life’s most valuable lessons,

The Department of English offers

faculty members place an

majors in Literature, Writing (creative

importance on doing the same.

or professional), and English Education

“Knowledge is never static,”

(literature or creative writing track),

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creative non-fiction writers.

preparing them to teach at the 7th to 12th grade level. Curriculum changes are in the works to make professional writing

more liberal arts based, and to form a rhetoric track through the addition of five new courses including Introduction to Rhetorical Studies, Persuasion and

Spanish minor offers unique study abroad experiences

Propaganda, Argument and Debate, History and Theory of Rhetoric and a

The Foreign Language Program at Waynesburg University offers students

rhetoric-related special topics course.

the opportunity to study the Spanish language, and after a year of college

“It will be great preparation for law

level Spanish, students may choose an immersion experience in one of two

school and community journalism,”

Spanish speaking cities. Both programs offer service initiatives that can

Trapp said.

prepare students for service trips to Spanish speaking countries.

The Spanish Minor

• SEMESTER IN SPAIN: Located in the heart of Sevilla, Spain,

Students can also choose to minor

Semester in Spain is a study abroad program that offers beginning,

in Spanish or study French under an

intermediate and advanced courses in Spanish. Students will learn

Ivy League graduate. The department

even more through their experiences in the country with the help of

requires two semesters of a foreign

a host family, art museums and local history. The program combines

language, preparing students for

academics, faith, service and discovery in Fall, Spring and Summer

an increasingly global world. The


requirement is a benefit to Waynesburg students who desire to further their


education, as many graduate programs

option to travel to San José, Costa Rica, where they will be exposed

require the same.

to the many realities of Latin America. Students will complete an

“When our students learn another

intensive language course and immerse themselves in Latin American

language, they put on another person,

communities to learn more about the language and culture. Through this program, students will also study

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in other Latin American countries.

MUSE & STONE SHOWCASES LITERARY TALENT Published each spring and fall, Muse &

the staff of Muse & Stone is comprised

Stone is a literary journal dedicated to

solely of University students.

the memory of b.f. maiz, a prominent

The format of the literary journal is

spoken word poet and friend of the

split. Half of each issue is drawn from

University who passed away in 2004.

unsolicited submissions, and the other

Through the journal, Waynesburg

half is devoted to work by Waynesburg


University students. The selection

students have the

processes are separate, but each is

opportunity to

blind-judged and very competitive. The

publish their talents.

journal accepts unsolicited submissions

Students are

Past student groups have learned in Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala and Cuba.

of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

also involved with

Writers may submit up to five poems,

the editorial and

fiction up to 6,000 words, and creative

production aspects

nonfiction up to 6,000 words. Artwork,

of the journal, as

including photography, is also accepted.

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especially in the context of cultural

developing an excitement about reading

a common text that would similarly

conscientiousness,” Trapp said.

and writing.

shine light upon additional social and

The Foreign Language Program has

“We’ve noticed a change in the

gender issues,” said Jill Sunday, director

recently experienced remarkable growth

high school students that attend the

of the Waynesburg University Writing

with the hiring of Columbia native Julio

workshop,” Trapp said. “They used to


Quintero, assistant professor of Spanish.

be forced by their teachers to attend,

Sunday worked alongside Dessart

Led by Quintero, the 21-credit Spanish

and now, they bring journals and break

and other faculty members to grow the

minor equips students with the skills

all the stereotypes. The inward prong

program to what it is today. With the

necessary to utilize a second language in

deals with our students. It gives them

introduction of a film festival and with

their careers and life. Students interested

a chance to share what they love with

the use of graphic novels, short stories,

in study abroad are afforded the

other people while testing their skills in

news excerpts, radio reports, letters and

opportunity to study in Sevilla, Spain,

leadership development. The experience

creative nonfiction, students come to

or San Josa, Costa Rica, while earning

of leading a workshop here on our

better understand the social injustice

college credit.

campus in a low-risk situation, provides

that exists all over the world.

As the interest in the program

our students a chance to grow personally

In a time when educational

grows, faculty members are working

and a professional experience they

organizations are cutting back on the

together to offer new opportunities.

wouldn’t otherwise have.”

liberal arts, the Department of English

“Our job as teachers is not to simply hook them up with the major, program, classes and activities that will get them there. Many institutions can and will do that for them. It’s on us as teachers at Waynesburg to instead complicate their ambitions. By doing so, students are encouraged to interpret the idea that ‘at the core of who we are, threaded through our entire being, is service to all of creation.’” — Martin Cockroft, assistant professor of creative writing This spring, Cockroft and Quintero

First Year Program

and Foreign Language at Waynesburg

combined their passions through the

One of the Department’s greatest

is, with the support of the University,

Poetry in Translation course. Cockroft

accomplishments is the University’s

growing stronger. The Department

taught a course that affords students

First Year Program, created under the

eagerly provides students who are

the opportunity to work with Quintero

direction of Jamie Dessart, associate

passionate about writing, reading

through a one-hour translation lab each

professor of English. Designed to serve as

and using those gifts in service to the


a shared reading program, the First Year

world, a nurturing faculty, renowned

Program utilizes the topics introduced

guest speakers and hands-on, practical

by the University’s annual trip to the

experiences both at the University and

The Department is also known for its

Holocaust Museum with the freshman

beyond. As a result, students are able

annual Creative Writing Workshop


to develop and realize their vocational

which, according to Trapp, is a two-

“There was a desire to stretch the trip

goals—and all of this happens in a fun

pronged event with the outward prong

by introducing additional materials into

and exciting environment, Trapp said.

Creative Writing Workshop

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Waynesburg University students follow the ways of Roberto Clemente and go ABOVE THE MISSION for his hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico


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recent service mission trip to

1966 National League Most Valuable Player

the life of Roberto Clemente. Richard Krause,

Roberto Clemente’s hometown

Award, 12 Golden Glove awards and four

chair of the Department of Communication

of Carolina, Puerto Rico, afforded

National League batting crowns.

and life-long Pirates fan, and Julio Quintero,

17 Waynesburg University students

Primarily known for his excellence on

assistant professor of Spanish at Waynesburg

the opportunity to form meaningful

the field, “The Great One” offered just as

University, were also instrumental in the

relationships with Clemente’s widow and

much, if not more, off the field. Clemente’s

students’ trip preparation.

three children.

off seasons were spent serving those less

“One of the things Professor Krause told

During his 18-year major league baseball

fortunate. His mission to end poverty and

the group is something that I will carry with

career, Roberto Clemente established a

suffering ultimately led to Clemente’s

me forever,” Kabay said. “He said, ‘This man

legacy as one of the greatest outfielders of

untimely death. In 1972, Clemente boarded

left a legacy not just on the baseball field, but

all times. A Pittsburgh Pirates’ right fielder,

a plane to deliver food, clothing and medical

to his community and the entire country.

Clemente was a dedicated player who earned

supplies to Nicaragua’s earthquake victims,

What have we done? What are we doing for

many remarkable honors including the

and shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed

the people around us?’”

along the coast of San Juan.

Kabay said Krause’s question set the tone

Clemente was 38 years old. He

for the entire trip and allowed students to

left behind his wife, Vera, and

recognize the true meaning of Waynesburg

three sons, Roberto Jr., Luis

University’s mission of faith, learning and

Roberto and Enrique Roberto.

service to others — a mission that was

This one act of selflessness defined the spirit of giving


embodied by Clemente. As a

At the early stages of planning, Kabay had

result, Clemente was, and still is,

hoped the trip would provide the athletic

a light in the lives of countless

training and exercise science students the

individuals. That light was recently

opportunity to offer educational programs

felt by a service mission team

related to first aid and injury prevention.

of 17 Waynesburg University

Instead, the team gained something far more

students led by Michele Kabay,


director and assistant professor of

Financed by the government of Puerto

athletic training, and James Bush,

Rico, Sports City was between funding

professor of mathematics.

and had been closed and without water or

In December, the team had the

FAR RIGHT: Waynesburg University students spent nine days in Puerto Rico, with the majority of their time spent at Clemente’s Sports City, a facility that provides athletic opportunities and life lessons for Puerto Rico’s youth.

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electricity three weeks prior to the group’s

privilege of serving at Clemente’s

arrival. As a result, the team worked with

Sports City in his hometown of

Clemente’s middle son, Luis, to perform

Carolina, Puerto Rico.

much-needed physical labor at the facility.

A life-long dream of ABOVE: As a Pittsburgh Pirates’ right fielder, Roberto Clemente established himself as one of the greatest outfielders of all time. His mission to end suffering and poverty ultimately led to his untimely death at the age of 38.

certainly put into action during the nine-day

Through mowing, painting, weed-whacking

Clemente’s, the Center was

and other maintenance tasks, the group was

established two years after

able to leave its mark on the 304-acre, non-

his death to provide athletic

profit recreation facility.

opportunities and life lessons for

While Roberto Clemente never saw Sports

Puerto Rico’s youth.

City come to life, it has become a part of

Prior to the trip, Kabay and

his legacy. His wife and children, and now

Bush required students to perform

service mission teams like Waynesburg’s —

research related to the facility and

the facility’s first volunteer group — continue


-Luis Clemente

to fulfill

middle son of the late Roberto Clemente


service at Sports City, the

desire to serve

mission service


junior athletic training majors, the newfound

Each day, the service mission team worked

relationships ignited growth in their faith

to Camp Caribe in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and

from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., before taking a

and their passion for service.

served the Second Union Church in San

lunch break that included stories from Luis

“The most significant result of this

Juan, Puerto Rico. The mission service team


trip is not tangible,” Stolzfus said. “The

also had the opportunity to tour The Center

“The students were captivated for that

relationships that we built with the

for Sports Health and Exercise Sciences,

time, and those conversations developed

Clemente family and the encouragement

Puerto Rico’s Olympic training facility.

this incredible relationship that caused our

that we gave them

students to want to work even harder for the

through service planted

family,” Bush said.

seeds in all of our

In a thank you from Sports City, Luis

hearts and presented

Clemente left the mission service team

many blessings.”

with these words, “In four days it has been

Patterson recognized

absolutely incredible what the whole crew

the same.

was able to accomplish for us. I commend

“The trip became a

you for that. Waynesburg University, we will

faith-driven, mission-

forever be thankful for all that this means

oriented, wonderfully

and represents for us.”

loving experience that

More than the hours spent raking

strengthened each

and mowing, Kabay said the family was

individual’s faith in

encouraged and uplifted during the group’s

different ways and

visit to the Clemente family’s home.

on different levels,”

“One thing that was key and unique to this

Patterson said. “For me,

trip was the recognition that even people

service is such a critical

who serve need people to serve them,”

aspect of personal

Kabay said. “The timing of our visit, the

faith, and it is such a

facility’s needs and the relationships that

refreshing reality that

were built with members of the Clemente

my university believes

family were all components of our service.”

the same.”

For Jenna Stolzfus and Casey Patterson,

In addition to their

team traveled

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Supporting a Global Community For the past six years, the University and hundreds of student volunteers have found a way to make a difference in the lives of individuals in more than 38 countries. While service to others is at the core of Waynesburg University’s mission, the University’s partnership with Ten Thousand Villages benefits students as well as artisans around the world. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand

Ribar, Waynesburg University Chaplain and store facilitator, presents

Villages supports the sale of handcrafted items from artisans around

numerous opportunities for students and the local community.

the globe. The fair trade organization was created by Edna Ruth Byler

“It gives students a fresh context for service to the larger, global

in 1946, after she became deeply moved by the talent she found in

community while serving locally,” he said. “It also exposes the

a sewing class in Puerto Rico. From that day, Byler was committed

community to the work of fair trade retail and introduces them to the

to partnering with other artisans to market their products in North

possibilities of a just means of production and purchasing.”

America in exchange for a fair price for their work.

Tabitha Newman, a sophomore English major and a Bonner Scholar

Like Byler, Waynesburg University places a priority on serving the

at Waynesburg University, volunteered weekly at the Waynesburg

world around it. As a result of that commitment, the University

storefront. As a result of her involvement with the Bonner Scholar

has hosted an annual Ten Thousand Villages satellite store for the

Program, Newman is no stranger to service, but said the store

past six years. The University’s involvement, according to Thomas

provided her with a much different experience.

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“I felt that my service at the store touched more people — while I was serving locally, I felt like I was also serving developing nations.” - Tabitha Newman, Bonner Scholar “The store and its merchandise offered exposure to different cultures, and that is definitely something different than other service sites. I felt that my service at the store touched more people—while I was serving locally, I felt like I was also serving developing nations,” Newman said. The satellite store’s proceeds are deposited into Waynesburg University’s Mission Service Trip Scholarship Fund, which allows University students to touch more lives through local, domestic and international service. “The store allows a lot of good to be done with little effort,” said Rhonda Woloshun, a senior marketing major and the store’s student director. “So often we hear one another talk about how busy we are, but Ten Thousand Villages is a perfect example of how a simple act, whether volunteering an hour or making a purchase, makes a difference in the lives of many individuals.” As a result of Woloshun’s academic major, additional leadership opportunities were presented by the store. This year marked Woloshun’s second year serving as the student director. The experience allowed her to become closely involved with the opening and operation of the fair trade retail store. Ribar said Woloshun and Rachel Reppert, a sophomore nursing major and the student

volunteer coordinator,

Ribar, also contributed to the store’s success

have had a chance to

from a purchasing standpoint.

“hone their leadership

“Sales have increased consistently over the

skills in a meaningful

last six years,” he said.

and life-changing

The partnership with Ten Thousand


Villages has proven to be a win-win for all

involved. As sales contribute to the livelihood

“They had

the chance to be part

of individuals in developing countries, the

of the creative and

Waynesburg University community has

organizational efforts

learned more about fair trade practices and

necessary to make the

what it means to the individuals involved.

store a success, as well

“In the context of volunteering, I hope

as improve upon the

that our students come to see the need

efforts of previous years,” Ribar said.

for service on the part of those who are

Far greater than learning the ins and outs

privileged like themselves in order to bring

of retail, Woloshun was grateful for the

about justice for people who, without outlets

opportunity to serve on a global level while

like Ten Thousand Villages, would have no

observing the way others “came together for

hope for a dignified and fair wage for their

a great cause.”

work,” Ribar said.

“A lot of students have come in and

really taken hold of what it means to be involved with Ten Thousand Villages,” she said. “It is inspiring to us all that we are able to help other people live and provide for their families.”

Rhonda Woloshun, student director of the Ten Thousand Villages store, bags a purchased item for a customer. Purchases support the University’s Mission Service Trip Scholarship Fund as well as artisans around the world.

Ribar said as challenges were presented by the store’s new six-week format, the campus community came together to provide the volunteer hours necessary to make the store a success. Student volunteers were also committed to sharing the background and mission of Ten Thousand Villages with shoppers in an effort to help them understand the purpose of the storefront. “It allowed us to share the world with the Waynesburg community, as many are not able to pick up and go to the places where the merchandise is from,” Woloshun said. “It provided a way to give back, and it helped our students go out into the world and be involved in mission service.” The campus community, according to The Lamp • SPRING 2011| 37


Fall/Winter Sports Wrap-Up 2010-11 Football


The 2010 Waynesburg University football season proved to be a bitter-sweet one for the Yellow Jackets. Even though the team put together a respectable 6-4 overall record and a winning mark in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (4-3), the Jackets were painfully close to climbing into a spot on the national stage. All four of the Yellow Jackets’ losses were by seven points or less. Despite those close defeats, it was still a successful season for the Jacket gridders. A total of 11 Waynesburg standouts were named to the All-PAC teams, including five first-team honorees. Three of those standouts, tight end Adam Moses, defensive tackle Darryl Moore, Jr. and cornerback Sean Hunt, were also named to the All-South Region team.

Volleyball A very young Waynesburg volleyball team took to the court at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse in 2010, but were able to move the program ahead from where it was in 2009. The Yellow Jackets increased their win total from six to eight over a one-year span, and did it, in large part, to a talented group of freshmen, who occupied 10 of the 13 roster spots. Included in that group were starters Katelyn Blaich (Fr.), Presley Cupp (So.) and Carly Smithyman (So.). First-year junior Lauren Wagner also immediately assumed an every-day starter spot from day one with the team. With no seniors on this past fall’s roster, every major contributor to the team is expected back for the 2011 campaign.


Women’s Tennis The Waynesburg University women’s tennis team christened the school’s new six-court home facility on Sept. 14 against Frostburg State. Even though the Yellow Jackets didn’t pick up the win, it marked the beginning of a new era in the program’s existence, which moved on from the over 100-year-old, three-court facility on campus, to its brand new home a couple of miles west of town. The Jackets placed sixth at the annual PAC Championship Tournament in Erie and were led by the duo of junior Jenny McAndrews and Logan McDonald, who placed fourth at third doubles.

Cross Country


Former assistant coach Chris Hardie took over the reins of both the men’s and women’s cross country teams this past fall and definitely has the young squads on the path to bigger and better things. For the second-straight season, a

freshman on the women’s team earned secondteam All-PAC status after Bre Paul placed 14th in the 227-woman field at the conference championships, which were hosted by Waynesburg at the Greene County Airport. Another freshman, Tiffany Onifer just missed out on all-conference accolades after crossing the finish line in 17th place. The Waynesburg men were led at PAC’s by senior Adam Swingle, who placed 27th overall.

Men’s Soccer The first year of the Sean McCarthy era at Waynesburg resulted in a 5-13-1 record, which was a two-game improvement from 2009. The Yellow Jackets were led by junior midfielder Erik Burke and junior defender/midfielder Dave Floyd, who were both honored as All-PAC selections after the year. Burke was tabbed as a second-team selection after tying for second in the conference in goals with 11 and placing third in the PAC in total points with 23. For the third-straight year, Floyd anchored the Waynesburg defense and chipped in with the midfielders as well. He was given the nod as an honorable mention selection.

Women’s Soccer Like their male counterparts, the Jacket women saw plenty of success under McCarthy. Not only did their overall win total jump way up from 2009 (six) to 2010 (10), but the lady kickers also saw an increase in their PAC victories (two to three) and picked up the program’s most All-PAC honorees since 2004. In all, four Waynesburg standouts were given the award, including a pair of first-teamers in junior forward Courtney Ebersole and junior goalkeeper Katrina Kelly. Ebersole was given the nod after finishing the year ranked fifth in the PAC in total points (27) and goals (12). Kelly finished the season ranked fifth in the conference in goals against average (0.97), third in save percentage (.871), fourth in total saves (115) and fourth in saves per game (6.76). Her five shutouts were the third most in the conference. Along with its two first-team honorees, senior midfielder Danielle Danhires and freshman defender Victoria Shepherd were lauded as honorable mention picks.

Men’s Basketball With first-year head coach Mark Christner taking over the tradition-rich program, the Waynesburg men’s hoopsters made some immediate improvements from the 2009-10 campaign. After winning just two games last year, Christner’s squad picked up victories in two of its first three games on the schedule. The Yellow Jackets wound


up with six wins this past winter, including an impressive 80-70 win over an 18-9 Geneva squad and a 63-57 triumph over the defending PAC champions from Grove City. The Jackets enjoyed some individual applause as well when junior forward Jeff Young was named honorable mention All-PAC for the second-straight year.

Women’s Basketball The 2010-11 season will go down as one of the greatest in the history of the women’s basketball program. Under the guidance of third-year head coach Sam Jones, this year’s team tied the 199495 team for the most wins in a single season with 21 and qualified for an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason tournament for the first time ever. Not only did the Yellow Jackets qualify for the event, but they were seeded number one and went on to win the tourney with a perfect 3-0 record. The Jackets clinched the title with a 6763 victory over second-seeded Catholic University. The Waynesburg women were also showered with individual accomplishments, including three AllPAC picks, which featured first-team selection and senior forward Elisha Jones. Jones ended her Jacket basketball career with 1,372 points (13.6 ppg), 621 rebounds (6.1 rpg) and 150 blocked shots (1.5 bpg), making her one of the top all-around players in Yellow Jacket history. The Jackets also hauled in two PAC Player of the Week Awards and broke eight program records (five team and three individual).

Wrestling Another year, another set of new and bigger accomplishments were achieved by the Yellow Jacket mat men. Waynesburg hosted its first home invitational on Jan. 15, which they won by a sizeable margin. The Jackets also won their secondstraight PAC team title, this time by an impressive 39-point deficit, thanks in large part to the team’s six individual champions. From there, Waynesburg saw three of its own, sophomore 125-pounder Alex Crown, senior 141-pounder Nick Garber and freshman heavyweight Brandon Fedorka, win individual titles at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championships, which punched their respective tickets for nationals. Crown led the way at La Crosse, Wisc., by placing fourth. It was the highest finish by a Waynesburg competitor at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships. After the dust had settled on the year, the Jackets boasted an impressive 12-2-1 dual record and were ranked 27th in the country.


A COACH AND FRIEND WHO LEFT A LEGACY ON AND OFF THE FIELD To look at him off the field, one would be hard pressed to believe that Mike Czerwien was one of the most ferocious, tenacious and hard-hitting football players in the history of college football. He stood just 5’8” and weighed in at 225 pounds. Off the field, Czerwien was a jovial young man, who had a personality that drew others to him like moths to a smiling flame. However, that friendly nature and lack of size belied a heart and a drive that could overpower any offensive lineman unlucky enough to be lined up across from him. Unfortunately, what seemed to be a world of potential was taken away from Czerwien when he shockingly passed away on July 6, 2010, as a result of an incident he suffered during part-time employment for a construction contractor. The news of his untimely death, which occurred while he was also serving as a Waynesburg University graduate assistant in athletics, still causes pangs of grief and loss to this day. A Pittsburgh native from North Hills Senior High School, Czerwien graduated from Waynesburg University in 2008 with a degree in business management. He was pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University while coaching the defensive end unit for the Yellow Jacket football program. Czerwien was an accomplished football player who started all four years at Waynesburg and was a four-time, first-team all-PAC (Presidents’ Athletic Conference) pick. As a 5’8,” 225-pound defensive end, he garnered All-America accolades in 2007, and as of 2009 was the NCAA (all divisions) leader in career sacks with 53.5. “Mike was one of those individuals who only comes around about every 10 years in a coach’s life,” said Waynesburg University Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Richard Shepas. “He was very loyal to his family, and he loved and appreciated them very much. Mike always showed appreciation for any opportunity he was given, and that showed through his amazing work ethic and attitude. He was a great worker and leader. What I really loved about Mike was how grateful he was and how he brought that into his work ethic. I am grateful to have coached him for three years and honored to have had him coaching alongside me.”

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CANCER’S NEW HERO Cross country coach raises money for the cause through running


hris Hardie knows that every penny counts.

home, we know

When he began running the first of four

firsthand that there

consecutive marathons in four February

are millions of

days, he was determined to put one foot in

others out there

front of the other until he had raised close

who are continuing

to $2,000 dollars for the American Cancer

to battle each and

Society. For 88 miles, Hardie was raising just

every day. For that

about two pennies for every step. And he’s

reason, we are

not stopping.

committed fully to

Hardie, Waynesburg University head cross

doing all that we

country and assistant track and field coach,

can to help.”

is almost half way to his $5,000 goal this

The Waynesburg

year, an amount that will bring his collective

University coach

total to more than $20,000 raised for cancer

ran each of the

research and aid.

marathons in a

“With each penny, dime and dollar, we are

different part of

making a difference - a difference that will

Greene County.

one day culminate with a cure,” said Hardie.

His running shoes and deep commitment

“That is the goal.”

guided him through Ryerson Station State

Hardie has completed six ultra-marathons

Park and the Greene River Trail, and brought

and six regular, 26.2-mile marathons. He has

him to rest at Wana B Park in Carmichaels

also competed in approximately 75 races of

Monday, Feb. 28.

varying distances and estimates that he has

“I ended up battling through some adverse

run more than 13,000 miles in his 15 years

conditions on the final day. The weather

of running.

was horrible for most of the day, my knee

For five years now, Hardie, with the support

was swollen and very sore, and I developed a

of his wife Kelley, director of housing and

sore throat,” Hardie said. “All of these factors

advisor of the University’s Colleges Against

hindered me from reaching my goal of four

Cancer organization, has made his run at

marathons in four days. I did make it to three

“Chris Cross the County,” a long-distance

and a half marathons in the four days and

running effort to benefit the American

ran 88 miles in under 15 hours.”

Cancer Society.

While he may call it routine, this was no

“God has blessed me with an ability to run

small feat. Hardie hopes that his challenge

for long periods at a time,” Hardie said. “I

will motivate his Waynesburg University

use this gift to raise money for a cause that I

student athletes to a life of service.

truly believe is very important.”

“As a Waynesburg University coach, I feel it

On Feb. 25 at 7 a.m., Hardie began his four

is imperative to live up to the mission of the

marathons in four days challenge. The first of

institution,” Hardie said. “Our students are

his 26.2-mile runs began near Waynesburg

the future of this community, and they need

Central High School.

to understand the importance of serving

“My wife recently lost her aunt to cancer,


and it was very tough to go through,” Hardie

Hardie’s student athletes admire his

said. “Although the tragedy hit close to

dedication to both coaching and service.

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Head Cross Country Coach Chris Hardie ran 88 miles in four days to raise money for the American Cancer Society. His dedication to the challenge motivates his student athletes to a life of service for others.

Sarah Beth Rood, a senior nursing major and member of Waynesburg University’s cross country team, respects his adherence to Waynesburg’s mission. “I look up to him as a leader and someone I would want to be like someday,” Rood said. “He is true to what Waynesburg is all about.” Hardie’s dedication to the fight against cancer, his commitment to the Greene County Relay For Life Team and the support of his family propeled him forward when he grew tired. “Fatigue never really set in physically. I probably could have run another few marathons,” he said, “but the mind was challended more than I thought.” Even in the frigid February weather, Hardie refused to slow. “Those with cancer don’t get to pick and choose the days that are good and bad,” Hardie said. “In honor of them and their courage, I will never postpone the run for bad weather or other outside factors; I am committed to this cause 100 percent.”

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2 1 Beginning with a Bang! 2 Finishing Strong 3 Homecoming Royalty


Excitement Sizzles


aynesburg University hosted its annual Homecoming celebration during the weekend of Oct. 15. Festivities kicked off with a pep rally held at John F. Wiley Stadium Friday evening. The pep

rally was followed by a fireworks display and an alumni gathering. Current University students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the local community laced up their athletic shoes to participate in the annual 5k run/walk held early Saturday morning. Throughout the afternoon, a number of reunions took place offering alumni time to renew friendships and see new additions to campus. The Yellow Jackets took on the Westminster Titans at John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday afternoon, winning triumphantly 24-23.


The 2010 Homecoming Court was introduced at halftime. Bill Hanning, a marketing major from Claysville, Pa., and Mikey Macosko, a senior nursing major from Jefferson Hills, Pa., were crowned king and queen, respectively. After more visiting, fellowship and celebration, the weekend came to a close after the Upper Room worship service, held Sunday evening. Homecoming afforded Waynesburg graduates the opportunity to reflect upon their time at Waynesburg and recognize what that time has meant in their lives.

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7 Pre-game Music 8 The Crowd Goes Wild 9 Class of 1970 10 Class of 1950

11 Class of 1960 12 Game-time Enthusiasm 13 Post-game Alumni Photo


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Class of 1951 Join your classmates at your 60th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677.


Gerald Barron (’62) and his wife, Alice, were in Germany last summer as part of a two-week tour conducted by Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago. The tour covered the Christian German Reformation and included a performance of the Passion Play of Oberammergau. This traditional eight-hour play is only held once every 10 years, and has continued for the past four centuries. Both Gerald and his wife enjoy the many activities offered by both the Moody Bible Institute and the Moody Church. In addition, they manned the telephones for Share 2010, Moody Radio’s annual fundraiser for WMBI in Chicago.

Class of 1956 Join your classmates at your 55th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677.

Eugene Bujdos (’62) is happy to report that his brother-in-law, John Fedak (’60), is alive and kicking in southern California. To listen to something great, Gene recommends that you go to and listen to John play his banjo and sing “Pulling Up Weeds.” Bill Berryhill (’62) and his wife Ellen (Lemley, ’62) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2010. David W. Simons (’65) has retired as a trial attorney from the Public Defender’s Office in Baltimore City. He resides in Towson, Md., and is active in his parish church and in other Catholic ministries. He is the father of three children and the grandfather of four. Scott Denniston (’69) has been named to Humana Veterans Healthcare Services’ Advisory Board. The board was formed to provide guidance and insight regarding the changing needs of veterans in health care and disability benefits. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Waynesburg. He is a United States Army veteran, and following a distinguished career at VA, he is now President and CEO of The Scott Group of Virginia, LLC—a strategic business development firm providing services to small businesses in the federal marketplace. He has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership advocacy on behalf of Veteran small business owners. Dr. Paul Duffy (’69) was chosen for the 2010 Excellence in Teaching award by

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Class of 1961 Join your classmates at your 50th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677. the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University. Frederick Stahlman (’69), owner of InnerConnections Physical Therapy Inc., has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in craniosacral and manual physical therapy.


Dr. Terrence W. DeMay (’71) was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal by the Central Intelligence Agency at his retirement ceremony November 1, 2010. He worked for the Agency for 28 years and was the first psychologist to receive the CIA’s

Class of 1966 Join your classmates at your 45th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677.


Class of 1971 Join your classmates at your 40th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677.

University’s Golden Key Award presented to Rosetta Kormuth and Mathias DeVito Waynesburg University presented the Golden Key Award at the annual Alumni and Friends Recognition Dinner held during

highest honor for “service reflecting distinctly exceptional achievements.” Rich Pollock (’71) and his wife, Julia, are currently serving as teaching missionaries at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. Leon Long (’73) has retired from Dominion Power after 31 years. He also recently celebrated the marriage of his daughter, Stephanie. Donald Duncan (’75) announced his engagement to the love of his life—Vivian Connolly. The couple was married March 12, 2011. Dr. Michael Webb (FS, ‘74-’77) of Highlands Chiropractic has obtained the highest level of certification in active release technique. He completed his last phase of certification recently in Boston. Dr. Webb began his undergraduate studies at Waynesburg and went on to pursue his chiropractic studies at the National Chiropractic College in Lombard, Ill. Following graduation, Dr. Webb began practice, with his grandfather, in Waynesburg, Pa., in 1980. Today, he practices at the Georgian Place Office & Shopping Village in Somerset, Pa.


Lorraine Beitel (’82), MT (ASCP), SBB, medical technologist at The Institute for Transfusion Medicine, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in medical technology. For the last 22 years, she has played an integral role in the provision of a consistently safe and adequate blood supply for the residents of Pittsburgh and its surrounding area. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Waynesburg and is both a certified medical technologist and a certified blood banking specialist.

the University’s Homecoming Weekend. The Golden Key Award was presented to Rosetta Kormuth DeVito and Mathias DeVito. The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to an alumnus or friend of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way. This year’s recipients, Rosetta Kormuth DeVito and Mathias DeVito, show remarkable leadership and resolute commitment to community development, education and social justice. “Living a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God,” the DeVitos have tenaciously modeled Waynesburg University’s mission. Their involvement with charitable committees and corporations is indicative of their desire to faithfully transform the world beyond their community. Eager to support those with special needs, the DeVitos passionately built a nationallyacclaimed tutoring program, offering free reading instruction to dyslexic individuals. In addition, the couple graciously funded The Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series, enabling students and members of the local community an opportunity to explore topics related to business, culture and the arts.

Mary Beth Myford (’86) has joined Reading, Pa.-based Rentokil North American Pest Control as the Director for Business Support Services, reporting directly to the CEO. In her role, she will manage Rentokil’s operational and functional support areas. She will also be responsible for assessing the company’s business needs, improving operational and functional efficiency and supporting Rentokil’s strategic vision. Babara S. McCollum (’88, MBA ’02) has accepted a new position as Director of Wellness with Country Meadows Retirement Communities in Bridgeville, Pa. She retired from West Virginia University Hospitals as

Director of Ambulatory Operations, after 18 years, in 2006. She is certified as a legal nurse consultant and has completed the Realtor exam, also working with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services in Peters Township.

Class of 1981 Join your classmates at your 30th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677.

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James “Jim” Crockard III (’91) was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Planning for EQT Production Company, a leading natural gas producer in the Appalachian Basin. Lisa (Butorac, ’93) Bruno lives in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where she has made a home with her husband, Peter, and three children—Rachel, 11; Amanda, 10; and Joseph, 9. Her children are involved in a lot of things as most kids are; her husband works from home as a Certified Pension Consultant/ Administrator, and she continues to search for a position as a health teacher. She changed careers from being an ATC to a teacher three years ago. As a substitute, she enjoys going to the different districts and schools to work with students, especially those in elementary and middle school. She will begin coaching track and field this season, and she is learning sign language. She wishes all of the alumni health and happiness in their lives and adventures. Robert Garrison (’93) and JoAnn Kovalcheck (’95) were married May 1, 2009.

Jason Israel (’94) and his wife, Kendra, announce the birth of their son, Kinson Luke. He was born April 4, 2010.

Class of 1991 Join your classmates at your 20th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677.

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Michael Brooks (’95), who is presently assistant principal at Shaler High School, has been hired as principal of Riverside High School.

meet every other month in different locations throughout Pittsburgh. For their efforts, the three of them won the Volunteer Outreach Award at the annual board meeting in June.

Jon Burns (’95) and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their third child, Harper Lou Burns, into the world August 10, 2010. Harper joins her sister, Elinor, and brother, Benjamin, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. In addition, Jon was awarded the Gannett Chairmans award for 2010. The recipients are selected from Gannett’s 30,000 employees for the strategic contributions to Gannett.

Michael Clark (’98) announces his engagement to Amy Lynn Burcin. He is a CRDM sales representative for Medtronic in the Morgantown, W.Va., area. Wedding plans are being made for 2011.

Jodi (Litten,’95) Townsend and her husband, Commander Kes Townsend (USN), announce the birth of Providence Faith Litten Townsend, born July 8, 2009, in Naples, Italy. She joined her very proud big sister, Piper. The family finished their three-year tour in Naples, Italy. While living there, they were able to travel extensively throughout Europe and Northern Africa. They are now stationed at Scott Air Force Base in O’Fallon, Ill. Richard Sibert (’96), aid to the Commander of The American Legion James R. Hunt Post 639 Claysville, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in veteran services. His previous honors include Post Adjutant of the Year in 2007, and the United States Army Freedom Award. Suzi Hoffman (’97) began volunteering for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in August 1976, so this is something near and dear to her heart. There was an interest by the JDRF outreach department to begin a support group for adults with Type 1— previously, support groups were mainly for children or parents of diabetic children. So, she and two other women started the “Adults with Type 1 Support Group.” They

Stephanie (Thomas, ’99) Fiely was named Interim Director of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville to oversee the Department of Student Affairs. Melinda Riley (’99) and Peter Ruhl were united in marriage July 3, 2010, at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Hopewell, Va. Jessica Zaremski (’99, M.Ed.’04) and Casey Noderer are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Camdyn Lee, on August 28, 2010. Camdyn weighed 7lbs., 7oz. and was 19 ½ inches long. She joins her big brother, Easton, at home.


Nicholas Dady (’00) and Beth Deco were married at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va., September 26, 2009. Matthew Mandarino (’00) and Carola Carmalt were united in marriage May 15, 2010. The double ring ceremony was officiated by Fr. Edwin Keel at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling, W.Va. Following the ceremony, friends and family gathered at the McLure Hotel for the reception. The Mandarinos make their home in Wheeling. Matt is a teacher in the Marshall County School System, and Carola is a service coordinator for Northwood Health Systems.


Waynesburg University Alumni

Kennywood Day!

Saturday, August 6, 2011 Over 600 alumni and their families attended last year. Don’t miss out this year — sign up today!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! $20/person (all ages) Price includes: • All-day fun pass • Waynesburg University T-shirt • Ice cream and soft drinks • Raffle ticket for great WU prizes Register online at John D’Abruzzo (’01) and his wife, Angela, welcomed their first daughter, Nicolette Marie, May 8, 2010. The family lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. Lynne Michelle (Osley) Mitchell (’01, MBA ’02) and James “Dennis” Mitchell were united in marriage December 15, 2010. After a wedding cruise to the Bahamas, a ceremony was held in Key West, Fla. They returned home to Franklinton, N.C., for an open house January 8, 2011. Lynne, employed by the U.S. Postal Service since 2003, is currently serving as a Business Systems Technology Architect domiciled in Raleigh, N.C. Matthew Stiffler (’01) received his Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in August 2010. His

dissertation was titled, “Authentic Arabs, Authentic Christians: Antiochian Orthodox and the Mobilization of Cultural Identity.” He is currently employed as the Researcher at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Tyler White (’01) has been promoted to Lead Analyst at Metron Aviation Inc. The company was just awarded the largest small business contract from the FAA.

Class of 2001 Join your classmates at your 10th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a

Leslie (Rollins, ’01) Tennant and Jason Tennant welcomed their second child, Hannah Rose Tennant, May 25, 2010. Joining brother Noah, Hannah weighed 7 lb., 3 oz. and was 21 inches long.

Kelly (Brichetti, ’02, BSN ’04) Bayles and her husband, Darin, announce the birth of their daughter, Braelynn Micale Bayles, April 23, 2010. Braelynn joined four-year-old brother, Brock.

WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677.

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Don Kaminski (’02) became the commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s Washington Composite Squadron 601, “The Crusaders,” Aug. 11. The Civil Air Patrol is a 58,000-person, all-civilian, all-volunteer Air Force auxiliary that performs 90 percent of Air Force-directed continental search-and-rescue missions. It also performs homeland security, disaster relief and anti-drug missions. He also serves as the human resources director for Chartiers Valley School District. Tiffany Merovich-Winter (’03) recently accepted the position of Coordinator Information Technology with PPG Industries, Inc. She works in the Enterprise Application

Services group in PPG 5 in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition, she was presented with the 2010 JDRF Outreach Award at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Annual Meeting. She received this award for her volunteer work as a co-chair of the Adult Type 1 Diabetic Network Committee along with Suzi Hoffman (’97) and Monica White. At the 2010 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes, Merovich-Winter’s team received the “Bronze Achievement Award”

Dr. Robert Minor receives University’s Distinguished Alumni Award Dr. Robert Minor, a 1957 graduate of Waynesburg University (then Waynesburg College), accepted the Distinguished Alumnus Award for his gracious support of the University and Roberts Chapel. As a result of the pride he exudes for his alma mater, Minor recently presented the University with a gift of $100,000 to be used for the purchase of a stateof-the-art organ for Roberts Chapel so that Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff will experience the gift of music. The Carmichaels, Pa., native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology/ pre-med from Waynesburg and pursued medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Minor interned at West Jersey Hospitals and served his residency in the U.S. Public Health Service in San Francisco, Calif. Following his residency, Minor practiced at Virtua West Jersey Hospitals as a surgeon, where he remained for four decades with a 12-year tenure as chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Minor was certified by the American Board of Surgery and is also a Charter Member of the American Board of Vascular Surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Minor received a number of honors and awards, including a 2004 lifetime achievement award from his peers. Dr. Minor has remained committed to demonstrating Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving throughout both his personal and professional life.

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for teams that raised between $2,000 and $4,999, coming in with a total of $4,550. Raising $3,310 for JDRF, Merovich-Winter was honored to receive the “Golden Sneaker” award for individuals collecting over $1,000. William Neel (’03) and Amy Lindsay were united in marriage September 5, 2009, at Southpointe Golf Club. Hayley Bykens (’04, MBA ’11) and Matthew Martin were married October 2, 2010, at Grammy Rose’s Bed & Breakfast in Washington, Pa. The union has been years in the making, as the couple began dating in 2003, while Hayley was a student at Waynesburg. Matthew is Hayley’s soul mate, best friend and the father of her wonderful daughter, Arabella, who turns three in March. The pair feels so blessed. Jennifer Dillow-Westbrook (’04, MBA ’06) and Eric Westbrook announce the birth of their first daughter, Sarah Eileen Westbrook, March 9, 2010. Steven D. Pillar (’04), an Air Force Staff Sergeant, graduated from combat control school at Pope Airforce Base in Fayetteville, N.C. A combat control apprentice, he is assigned to the Special Tactics Training Squadron, Huriburt Field, Walton Beach, Fla. Brian Scarry (’04, MBA ’06) and Sarah Chajkowski (’06) were united in marriage July 24, 2010, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The couple resides in Batesville, Miss. Brian is an analyst for FedEx Express, and Sarah is completing her doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Mississippi. Jay Dias (’05, MBA ’08) announces his engagement to Kerstin Mudery. He is a licensed financial consultant for PNC Bank. The couple plans an October 16, 2010, wedding.


Class of 2006 Join your classmates at your 5th reunion during Homecoming, Oct. 7-8, 2011. If you’d like to help spread the word to your classmates, become a WU ’11 volunteer. Contact Mary Fox, event planner, at or 724-852-7677. John Kording (’06) and his wife Ann (Wisniewski, ’05) announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Kording, February 7, 2011. Emily weighed 8 lb., 13 oz. Kari Mariner (’05, MBA ’07) and Caleb Ward were joined in holy matrimony June 19, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesburg, Pa. Faith Musko (’05) has been promoted to Toxicologist at The American Institute of Toxicology (AIT) Laboratories in Indianapolis, Ind. Her new responsibilities include reviewing forensic cases, working with clients to interpret results and conducting toxicology research. Musko has also been named the 2011 Younger Chemists Committee Chair to the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society and received a 2011 ACS Leadership Development Award. David Pesacreta (’05) announces the birth of his son, Carter Xavier Pesacreta, March 05, 2010. Baby Carter was 8 lbs., 2oz. and 22 in. long. Marlynn White (’05) and Rick Link were united in marriage June 18, 2010, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and honeymooned in Riviera Maya. Marlynn is an art teacher in the Carmichaels Area School District, and Rick is a tech support agent for Comcast in Pittsburgh. They recently bought their first home in Washington, Pa.

Lukas Benton (’06) and Courtney Lueckel (’08) were united in marriage May 15, 2010, in her hometown of Zanesville, Ohio. Kari (Wildner, ’06, MBA ’09) Fox has been promoted to Branch Manager at American General Financial Services in Uniontown, Pa. Stephanie Miller (’06) and Justin Domachowski were united in marriage July 31, 2010, at Central Assembly of God in Houston, Pa. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii. Tara Pagone (’06) and Ashley Boyers (’07) were united in marriage July 25, 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tara is an admissions counselor for South University and Ashley is currently working for Blackhawk High School as a special education teacher. The couple recently bought a home in Valencia, Pa. Jennifer Pruzinsky (’06) has returned to Waynesburg University to serve as Assistant Director of Admissions. Ashley Crile (’07) and Travis Ward (’07) announce their engagement. Travis is currently employed by Chapman Corporation, while Ashley works as a teacher at Burgettstown Middle School. They were wed July 17, 2010.

Save the Date Upcoming Alumni and Friends Events

July San Francisco Alumni Dinner July 21, 2011


Brian Farkas (’07) announces his engagement to Ashley Zavallo. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from the University in criminal justice and went on to graduate from the Allegheny County Police Academy in 2008. The couple wed July 3, 2010.

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Jeremy Hassett (’07) and Brenda Parks were united in marriage May 1, 2010, at Twin Lakes Park, Upper Lake in Greensburg, Pa. The couple spent their honeymoon in Australia. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in finance from Waynesburg, Jeremy spent time as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He is currently employed as a marketing representative with Federated Insurance Co.


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September Theatre/Reception (Wicked) September 15, 2011 Alumnae Luncheon September 28, 2011 Homecoming Pittsburgh Networking NYC Alumni Brunch Connecticut Alumni Dinner Boston Alumni Dinner

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Mallory McKeegan (’07) and Kent Osleger (’07) were united in marriage March 20, 2010, on Honeymoon Island Beach in Dunedin, Fla., by Waynesburg University Department Chair and Professor, Rev. Jeffrey Kisner. The ceremony took place just before sunset, and the reception continued under a lighted tent on the beach. Pictured are current and former Waynesburg students included in the wedding party—Lindsay Davern (’07), Tricia Richter, Jessica Frederick (’07), Caitlin McLaughlin (’09), Jim Wible, Justin Stoffella (’07), Dustin Carter (’07) and Colby Grubich (’07). The couple currently resides in Casselberry, Fla. Leah Morrison (’07) announces her engagement to Robby Wise. Leah graduated from Waynesburg with bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and exercise sciencewellness. She went on to receive a master’s degree from James Madison University. She is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama. The were wed January 1, 2011 in Greensboro, N.C. Gregory Uhrlen (’07) has opened Farmer SEO, an Internet Marketing Company ( Farmer SEO provides search engine optimization, social media marketing and pay-per-click campaign management to large and small businesses online. Uhrlen received his MBA in applied business from Waynesburg. He and his wife, Kara, live in South Fayette, Pa., with their two daughters. Rebecca Weltmann (’07) announces her graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree May 22, 2010. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and communication from Waynesburg.

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Kristina Davis (’08) was united in marriage with Christopher Kerns January 30, 2010—the snowiest day of the year. The ceremony took place at Battery Park Christian Church in Richmond, Va. Following the ceremony, family and friends celebrated with dinner and dancing at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Richmond. The couple enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon (without any snow) in Siesta Key. The couple now reside in their new home in Midlothian, Va. Ashleigh Dugan (’08) married her best friend, Jared Dorsey, October 9, 2010. The ceremony was held at Lighthouse Community Church and was followed by a reception at South Franklin Social Hall, both in Washington, Pa. The couple resides in Fairfax, Va. In addition, after graduating with a business administration degree in forensic accounting, Ashley was hired by the Financial Management Trainee Program. She graduated from the 28-month program November 6, 2010. She is now currently employed by Naval Audit Service in Washington, D.C. Jared Alan Edgreen (’08) and Cassie Lee Mooney united in marriage on May 8, 2010. Jared is currently employed in the United States Secret Service and was a criminal justice major at Waynesburg. Brieanna (Dyson ’08) Gadani announces the birth of her son, Giovani Vincent Gadani, born October 21, 2009. Ashley Hawk (’08) received her Master of Science degree in information assurance with honors from Norwich University June 11, 2010. She is currently employed as a computer forensic and eDiscovery analyst at United Technologies Corporation in East Hartford, Conn.

Haley Hinds (’08) and Rishi Barran became engaged September 13, 2010. A June 2011 wedding is planned in Fort Myers, Fla. James Johnson (’08) and Jessica Kearns (’08) announce their engagement. James is a math teacher at Trinity Middle School, and Jessica works as an auditor for Consol Energy, Inc. They were wed September 4, 2010. Lindsay Mamuszka (’08) is now Associate Manager, Content Syndication + Promotion at HIP Genius. Megan McCaffrey (’08) and Gregg Tilger (’08) were united in marriage June 25, 2010. The ceremony took place at Holy Rosary Church in Muse, Pa. Following the ceremony, family and friends celebrated at Quick Silver Golf Club in Midway, Pa. The couple currently resides in Canonsburg, Pa. Tim Monaghan (’08), Jack Haines (’09) and Brian Lucarelli (’09), three recent graduates who shared a passion for running on the Waynesburg University cross country team, came together to do a 10-day run across the state of Pennsylvania. Each decided to support a charity with every mile they ran. Tim’s proceeds benefit a nonprofit organization out of Philadelphia called Back on My Feet. The money Jack raised will support the United Methodist Committee on Relief, a not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. Brian’s proceeds will assist the University of Pittsburgh Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that provides engineering services to communities in developing nations. Tiffany Monica (’08, MBA in Mental Health ‘10) and Jeremiah Bell were engaged December 23, 2009. Laina Seemiller (’08) and Micah Wolf became engaged on March 18, 2010. A September 17, 2011, wedding is planned in Pittsburgh, Pa.


George Silvestros (’08) announces his engagement to Charisse Los. He is the owner and operator of Mow, Mulch, & More, LLC. They were wed December 3, 2010.

Ashley Glunt (’10) and Steven Moore were engaged December 25, 2010. Wedding plans are made for June 25, 2011, at Level Green Presbyterian Church in Level Green, Pa.

Gregg Tilger (’08) recently graduated from Chatham University with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. He is currently a licensed and registered occupational therapist (MOTR/L) for HCR ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation services in Bethel Park, Pa. He received his degree in exercise science-fitness management from Waynesburg.

Joshua Hanley (’10) and Katherine Lynerd (’10) announce their engagement. The couple will be united in marriage July 9, 2011, at Waynesburg First Presbyterian Church. Joshua received his degree in criminal justice administration from Waynesburg with minors in accounting and psychology. Katherine got her degree in forensic accounting with a minor in finance and is currently pursuing her MBA from Waynesburg.

Clifton Lemley (’09) and Autumn Minor (’09) united in marriage July 10, 2010. Clifton earned his bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg in business management. Autumn graduated from Waynesburg with a bachelor’s degree in biology and is currently a medical student at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va. Jamie Jo Atwood (’10) announces her engagement to Cory Boyle. The bride-to-be earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Waynesburg University and is employed as a registered nurse at Trinity Health System in the intensive care unit. The couple is planning a wedding at St. Aloysius Church in East Liverpool.

Ashley Karch (’10) accepted a job offer at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh. She will be working on the 3200 Medicine Unit as a staff nurse. Clarissa Mirkovich (’10) and Chris Lucas are engaged to be married. Clarissa received her MBA in finance from Waynesburg. They were wed Oct. 30, 2010. Amanda Tustin (’10) and John Pochron III are engaged to be married. Amanda is employed at our Glass Creations in Waynesburg, Pa. A July 1, 2011 wedding is planned at Thistlethwaite Vineyards in Jefferson, Pa.

Gerald Jones (’10) announces his engagement to Emily Fairchild. Gerald currently attends Waynesburg University and is employed by Cici’s Pizza in Washington, Pa. Wedding plans are being made for October 2011.

Dr. Lorie Bongiorni-Sigmon (’10) graduated from Waynesburg University with a doctor of nursing practice degree. She earned a diploma in 1986 from Washington Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s in nursing in 1990 from West Virginia University and a master’s in nursing in 1997 from the nurse practitioner program at the University of Tampa in Florida. She is married to Dr. Monty Sigmon, M.D., and has two children. She is assistant director of nursing at Nash Community College, Rocky Mountain, N.C. Lauren Buzonas (’10) has accepted a job with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Moon Township as the athletic trainer. She works primarily with the football team but also covers all the other home sporting events. In addition, Lauren announces her engagement to Jimmy Girvin. A wedding will be held in the next few years.

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Memoriam Name Alec S. Alexandre Harry S. Anderson Ruth Guesman Atalski Chester E. Bailey Andrew J. Barger Barbara Furman Barry Georgiana C. Beiter John Blaho William B. Bowden Frances Sutherland Brock Norris F. Brown Daniel J. Burdick Jane Virgin Burns Ida Wiester Caldwell Coral Huffman Cervelli Helen I. Closser Constance S. Clovis Kathleen M. Colcombe Joseph G. Conklin J. Hubert Conner Thomas R. Crawford Samuel W. Crawford Robert E. Criss Michael C. Czerwien Clint M. DeRosa Victor J. DeWeese Sharon E. Diggs Rhudell Obade Dresser Stanley Falor Jerome A. Farkus Daniel S. Fecko Owen F. Fields H. Turner Frost Andrew A. Gibson Frederick D. Gillogly William Glatch William D. Greenlee Robert T . Griffiths Lawrence W. Haas John G. Hamilton William B. Herd Betty Duncan Hook Max Israel Carl D. Johnson

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Class Year ’50 ’39 ’48 ’46 ’49 ’58 Friend ‘49 ’74 ’30 ’52 ’89 ’70 ’52 ’54 ’39 Friend ’91 ’42 ’51 ’47 ’57 ’37 ’08 Student Friend ’89 ’48 Friend ’57 ’56 ’67 ’35 Student ’56 ’40 ’97 ’66 ‘FS ’67 ’50 ’48 ’54 ’93 Honorary

Date of Death 6/10/2010 12/6/2010 1/25/2011 9/17/2010 1/23/2011 9/15/2010 7/23/2010 5/22/2010 3/19/2010 5/6/2010 9/26/2010 3/1/2005 5/19/2010 10/27/2010 6/4/2009 9/24/2010 7/27/2010 10/9/2010 7/28/2010 11/24/2010 1/31/2010 7/10/2010 1/20/2011 7/6/2010 4/23/2010 5/22/2010 2/11/2011 11/23/2010 2/14/2010 2/7/2011 5/1/2010 9/2/2010 10/20/2010 5/14/2010 11/22/2010 7/19/2009 10/2/2010 5/18/2010 8/18/2009 10/5/2010 2/13/2011 9/6/2010 12/6/2010 10/24/2010

Name Class Year Date of Death Bethel Fletcher Kean Friend 7/4/2010 Victor F. Lapkowicz ’50 11/01/2010 Amy Myers Larkin ’78 5/22/2010 Michael Lucas ’50 9/20/2010 John J. Magee ’43 3/5/2010 Alice V. Malcolm ’73 10/3/2010 Wilbur R. Marisa ’38 12/26/2010 Eugene A. McDowell ’60 5/25/2010 J. William McKay ’38 9/19/2010 Kenneth F. Moore ’73 11/06/2010 Marilyn Hunter Morrow ‘FS 09/17/2010 Jean Orndoff Myers ’42 2/1/2011 Dale E. Newell ’49 3/8/2010 Linda Fuller Phillips ’51 11/11/2010 Heather Ward Poges ’72 4/4/2010 Martha Jacobs Pollock ’50 6/23/2010 John Ratulowski ’50 1/24/2011 R. Edson Reed ’60 11/24/2010 Jean Humer Ringgold ’81 1/6/2010 Margaret Hunt Russo ’57 1/26/2010 Gloria Ashor Sanders ’54 6/23/2010 Robert D. Sauer ’52 1/12/2011 Michael J. Schlesinger ’82 4/30/2010 Betty Harris Scott ’43 6/21/2010 Lambert J. Sebastiani ’57 7/31/2010 Robert W. Simmons Friend 8/10/2009 G. Wayne Smith Friend/ 9/10/2010 Former Employee Donald H. Sprowls ’51 2/3/2010 John A. Stefanik ’42 10/6/2010 Frances Hoge Stewart ’43 7/6/2010 Margaret Thomas Sweet ’32 1/13/2010 Eugene P. Swogger ’59 9/29/2010 Jan B. Thompson ’60 1/10/2011 Nicholas Tony ’43 1/18/2011 Martha Jane Gillingham Turner ’42 9/18/2010 Charles A. Varnak ’43 11/19/2010 Elizabeth R. Phillps Wade ’45 10/17/2010 James Weir ’40 10/6/2008 Mildred Fisher Wiley ’35 11/1/2010 J. Kenneth Willison Friend 11/30/2010 Darla M. Yanachik ’67 9/15/2010 Ralph D. Zollars ’50 8/26/2009


Memoriam In Memoriam KENNETH F. MOORE 1951-2010 A name synonymous with Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and service to others, Kenneth Moore, former chair of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer November 6, 2010, at the age of 59. His daughter’s words, “great men create a great love with their presence and leave a great hole in their absence,” are echoed by the entire Waynesburg University community. A Waynesburg University alumnus, Moore graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1973. Moore consistently and generously supported his alma mater, touching hundreds of lives along the way. He served the Board of Trustees in various capacities since his election in 1992, including his recent role as the Board’s chair. Moore served in the Mentor Program at Waynesburg University from 1998 to 2002, and shared his belief in the importance of student growth through his service to the Student Development Committee. He was a 1969 graduate of West Greene High School and received his master’s degree from Penn State University in 1975. A certified public accountant, Moore was a shareholder and officer of Cavanaugh, Moore & Co., for 32 years. Suitably, Moore shared his professional proficiencies through his position as the treasurer of the Waynesburg Alumni Association and his dedication to the Waynesburg University Audit Committee. A generous and loyal individual, Moore was active in a number of philanthropic organizations including Kilgore Evangelical Church; Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM; the Salvation Army; Steubenville Little League; and the Steubenville Rotary Club. He was an active board member and council president of Ohio River Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America and the assistant scoutmaster of Troop 3. His valued service appropriately incited the organization to bestow the Silver Beaver Award upon Moore. Moore is survived by his wife, Jane Pollock Moore; four children, Jennifer (Joseph) Bright, Jacob Moore, Amanda (Scott) Renner, and Catherine Moore; three grandchildren, Noah, Rachel and Matthew Bright; mother, Doris Earnest Moore; and sister, Barbara (Kenneth) Hull.

In Memoriam CARL D. JOHNSON 1926-2010 Best known by the Waynesburg University community for his revival of the “soul of Waynesburg,” Dr. Carl D. Johnson, renowned architect and master planner, passed away October 24, 2010 at the age of 84. In 1993, Johnson and Waynesburg University President Timothy R. Thyreen met to discuss a conversion of the university’s campus and created a 25-year plan. Johnson was committed to involving clients and communities in the creative process to create “a shared process of discovery.” “Having participated in the authorship of scores of master plans for small colleges up to large mega system universities during 50 years of professional planning, I can honestly say I have never experienced a renaissance equal to that of Waynesburg College,” Johnson said. “Under the dynamic leadership of President Timothy R. Thyreen and the support of a visionary Board of Trustees, the 25-year plan set forth in 1993, to my amazement, has been substantially completed in seven years.” Johnson’s vision for Waynesburg University transformed gravel parking lots, overhead wires and dirt paths into a treecanopied quadrangle, terraced steps and pristine landscaping. Although Johnson argued that he was the fortunate one to be involved in the swift renaissance, Thyreen gratefully extended credit to his guidance for the transformation of the campus. “We are the fortunate ones to have had Carl Johnson lead our renaissance,” Thyreen said. As a result of Johnson’s work, the center of campus is appropriately known as Carl D. Johnson Commons, dedicated in March of 2001 in honor of Johnson.

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Alumni and friends take a break from the sunshine to enjoy ice cream sundaes in the Waynesburg University pavilion at Kennywood Park.

The annual Ft. Pierce, Fla. Alumni event was held in March L-R: Jacquelyn Fischer, William Fischer ’56, David Dembo, Heidi (Watson ’05) Szuminsky ’07, Sherry Way, Kathy Lee, James Way ’66, George Pfrogner ’52, George Somerville ’79, Carol Pfrogner, Russel Farmer ’01, Becky Siver, Doug Lee ’81, Donna Perrone

Alumni Council members and volunteers served ice cream to students August 26 during the annual ice cream social and tye-dye. L-R: Jeanine (Husarcik) Henry ’86, Muriel (Reynolds) Moreland ’50, Bill Peters ’50, Penny (Clelland) Ketchem ’94,’00, Pete Rameas ’67, Deanie (Blair) Rameas ’69.

Alumni enjoyed dinner in Dallas, Texas Front L-R: Elizabeth Cosgray ’63, Sandy Brady, Jan Oliverie, Sue (O’Hara) Jones ’61 Back L-R: Courtney Dennis, William Cosgray, David Brady ’70, Brad Dean ’74, Ernie Robinson ’74, Dominick Oliverie ’69, Ron Jones ’60.

National Athletic Training alumni attending the NATA conference in Philadelphia, along with Philadelphia area alumni gathered for a networking reception last summer. 54 | The Lamp • SPRING 2011

Alumni gathered for the annual New Jersey Area Alumni and Friends Dinner L-R Glenn Hakelroad, Paul Rottman ’77, Christine Vincent, Walter Vincent ’72, John Holdcraft ’51, Grace (Hebb) Holdcraft ’49, Adair Ruann, Bill Price, Elsi (McElroy) Madi ’58, Karen Fisher, Bill Cutler, Ellen (Decker) McCourt ’65, Steve Friedlander, E. Ronald Wright ’69, George McElhaney ’54, Nelda Lassiter ’70, Wayne Lonabaugh ’65, Heidi (Watson) Szuminsky ’05

Alumni gathered for a dinner and reception in Houston, Texas Front L-R: Pat Williams ’09, Daniel Tennant ’49, Mary Tennant, Marcella (Davis) Jackson ’77, Beatrice Davis ’88, Irene Davis ’74 Back L-R: Greg Halvatzis ’73, Mark Harner ’79, Beverly Crawford ’70, Jay Clark, Tom Miltenberger ’77, Tom Jones ’76, Michael Dalton ’72, Susan Dalton, Joe Nugent ’78, Courtney Dennis

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For Such A Time As This During a sunny day in mid-March, the steeple for Roberts Chapel arrived on campus and was raised to the highest point in the surrounding area. The lifting of the steeple marked the culmination of Waynesburg University’s founding in 1849 as a Christian institution and a commitment to continue its tradition of inspiring students through Christian higher education.