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A look at members of the class of 2021 and their careers at Waynesburg University.

Senior columns from our staff and other editorial pieces.

Watch our website for Senior Athlete Spotlights this week!




Commencement 2021: What to expect in second year of ceremonies amidst COVID-19 Pandemic MARLEY WOLF

For The Yellow Jacket

During a school year that happened virtually for so many students across America, Waynesburg University graduates not only got to spend their last year learning in the classroom amidst the pandemic, but they also get to have an in-person commencement ceremony surrounded by their classmates and family members. According to the Waynesburg University official website, there will be four ceremonies held throughout the weekend of May 1 and 2. The ceremonies are to take place on Miller Lawn which has a capacity of 500 individuals. This limit includes graduates, staff, and guests. These ceremonies will be honoring over 400

undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from campus, along with students from Waynesburg University Southpointe. With the presence of COVID-19 being a threat as always, Waynesburg's Commencement Committee stated that they are dedicated to making sure the events are following health and safety guidelines in order to keep all graduates and their families as safe as possible. “All state and federal regulations will be foll owed , a s we l l a s t h e guidance from within the University’s Keep Waynesburg Well health and safety plan,” according to the committee's statement. “All seating, restrooms, and open buildings will be sanitized between each ceremony. Masks and so-

cial distancing will be required, among other precautions. We know from experience that these strategies work.” On Saturday, May 1, students graduating from Graduate and Professional Studies programs will have their ceremony held at 3 p.m. During this ceremony alumnus Lance Hyde will be speaking to the graduates and their families. Also on May 1, the Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held virtually. Chaplain Joshua Sumpter will be speaking during this ceremony. To watch the ceremony online, visit waynesburg.edu/live. “The virtual Baccalaureate Ceremony will be livestreamed at 7 p.m.,” Waynesburg’s Commencement Committee stated. “We plan to livestream the ceremony in the GPAC

for a limited audience. Graduating students are welcome to gather safely, socially distanced and masked, in the GPAC at 7 p.m. Saturday to watch the live stream. Seating will be limited.” Sunday, May 2, is when the commencement ceremonies will be held for students graduating with bachelor’s degrees. These ceremonies will be grouped together by department. The graduates will attend their designated ceremony assigned to them through email at one of the following times: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 4 p.m. At these ceremonies the speaker will be former Waynesburg faculty, the Rev. James Tinnemeyer. This year’s commencement ceremonies will be similar to last year’s dur-

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The class of 2020 commencement ceremonies were postponed until Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Following protocol, 2020 graduates were able to have in-person ceremonies.

ing the pandemic. Just like the 2020 ceremonies, only students who have RSVP’d are able to participate inperson. This year though, health restrictions are lightening up, therefore larger gatherings are now allowed. Instead of each graduate receiving three tickets for guests like they did in 2020, each student can have four guests present at the ceremony. All guests must complete the Campus Access Screening Form 24 hours before their visit in order to attend. This form can be found online at Waynesburg. edu/screening. Way n e s b u r g ’s C o m mencement Committee expressed that they have been viewing the everchanging health and safety guidelines while keeping a close eye on the Univer-

sity’s “Keep Waynesburg Well” plan to give graduates the best ceremony possible under the current circumstances. “It’s been our priority to host safe and in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021,” the commi ttee stated. “We have remained flexible, researched, carefully considered, and developed this plan, striking a balance between the number of graduates who plan to attend and the ability to allow some guests as well. Last year’s ceremonies went smoothly, and we received a lot of positive feedback on the smaller ceremonies. We anticipate and hope that this year’s ceremonies will be an enjoyable and memorable experience for our graduating students and their guests as well.”


APRIL 27, 2021

Lankford looks back on four years LACHLAN LOUDON

Digital News Content Director

History has its eyes on one particular individual as she graduates this May: Megan Lankford. Lankford, a public and applied histor y major, also a student athlete involved with cross country and track, plans to keep on running through the hoops of education as she steps off of the Waynesburg University campus. “I plan to find a job in a museum that will help me utilize what I have learned in college and eventually get a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in history in the upcoming years,” Lankford said about furthering her knowledge. Lankford hopes to get h e r d o c t o rat e d e g re e one day, akin to one of her greatest mentors: Dr. Karen Fisher Younger, associate professor of history and chairperson of the humanities department. “I would like to thank Dr. Younger for mentoring me throughout my

Photo Courtesy of Megan Lankford

Lankford attributes her success to family, friends and mentors. After graduation, she plans to work at a museum. Later, she plans to obtain a Master's degree and Ph.D. in history. time at Waynesburg, and for always providing me with great advice during my college journey, and for always helping me to succeed in my education,” Lankford said. Younger acknowledges that L ankford has put extensive time into her

courses and athletics and strives for “nothing short of perfection.” She also described Lankford as a “tremendously hard worker” and pointed to her growth as a history major. L ankford also credits her sister, Kari, along

with her parents, for always pushing her to do her best. They believed in her when nobody else would. Chris Hardie, coach of men's and women's cross country and track and Assistant Director of Athletics, also played a crucial part in Lankford’s experience. “I would like to thank [Hardie] for being there for me during the difficult journeys throughout my time here, and for not only shaping me as a better runner but a better person too,” Lankford said. As Lankford hangs up the track spikes, she will always remember winning the President’s Athletic Conference cross country championships every year. Not only did the taste of victory sweeten the experience, but competing with her team allowed her to grow in her faith and as a person. “It's been a joy to have taught Megan and watch her growth as a student,” Younger said. “She'll be missed.”

C H E M I S T R Y, F O R E N S I C S C I E N C E

Seniors' legacy of mentorship MICAH LEITH


For the past four years, the students majoring in chemistry and forensic science have had to overcome many problems, such as the stress and work that already comes with pursuing a college degree that was only exacerbated by a worldwide pandemic. Now, as the seniors prepare to join the more than 17,000 Waynesburg alumni that came before them, some of the faculty and graduating students are taking time to reflect on their time at Waynesburg. Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chairperson of the chemistry and forensic science department, remembers meeting many of the seniors early on. She described meeting some of the students even before they started taking classes. “I remember meeting a lot of our graduating seniors

before they even came, so as prospective students, at least three or four out of our department, I distinctly remember meeting, so I feel like I’ve known them even longer than the normal set of students,” she said. For Noah Delp, a senior chemistry major, Waynesburg was his first and only choice. “This was the place I wanted to go. I only applied to Waynesburg,” he said. “I kind of realized right away that it is small, I like the ratio of student to professor, I’m able to be in a relationship with some of them where I can just call them Evonne, or Tak, or anything like that. So I can have a close, personal relationship with some of them.” Delp said that his attention was drawn to Waynesburg by alumni.


Criminal Justice seniors adjust to pandemic challenges SIERRA MEDINA

Region and Op/Ed Editor

“This group of seniors has really impressed me with their evolution over the past four years,” said Adam Jack, chairperson for the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department at Waynesburg University. Jack teaches a course that all criminal justice majors take as freshmen, as well as their senior capstone course. “It is really rewarding to see how they have grown intellectually, spiritually and socially over their time at WU,” Jack said. Jack said this unique year was marked by cancelled or postponed opportunities in both internships and employment sectors. “Although they were disappointed, I think that they all learned a lot about themselves the past year, especially their own resiliency and their ability to accept the things that they cannot change,” Jack said. Over the past year, the class of 2021 did not have the luxury of the traditional Criminal Justice Job/Internship Fair on campus, so they connected with employers through Thursday virtual sessions. Due to this year and all of its differing attributes, Jack would like to recognize the entire group of seniors, with emphasis on junior Jalen Koontz, and seniors Isaiah Skeete and Claire Wherthey. Skeete, criminal justice major and accounting minor, toured Waynesburg University December of his senior year in high school and decided to come based on the merits of the criminal justice program, as well as the genuine community on-campus. “I have never experienced

something like that, and I just felt at home,” Skeete said. “I felt that this was a place I could really succeed. If I could do it again, I'd do it so many times over.” Skeete said his senior year, due to the pandemic, led to a lack of community that drove him to be more intentional in conversation and maintenance of friendships. “It was hard at first, but when we all got into the swing of things it got easier, and I was very happy we all got to stay on-campus this year,” Skeete said. “I think the administration and students have done a phenomenal job in keeping us here.” Skeete wants to thank all of his criminal justice professors for being instrumental mentors in his learning process. After graduation, Skeete will be continuing his masters of criminal investigation degree at Waynesburg, as well as his MBA in human resources. He will also be the Graduate Assistant for Student Services and begin a part-time position in Washington, Pennsylvania. “I will be monitoring those on house arrest, doing drug tests etc.,” Skeete explained. “I’m so excited for my first firsthand experience for my career. I’m ecstatic.” Claire Wherthey, criminal justice major and criminal justice club president with a minor in psychology, said she will miss the campus of Waynesburg and the community within. “It’s bittersweet. Bitter in the fact that I've enjoyed my time here at Waynesburg and it's coming to an end, and sweet that in these four years I've worked so hard for this moment and it's finally paying off,” Wherthey said. Wherthey was also drawn

to the University for the quality of the criminal justice program. “We have renowned staff teaching us, and they're not teaching from the book but have actual experiences,” Wherthey said. Wherthey said she will always appreciate the handson approach of the department in terms of being applicable for jobs and the memories it brought. “We've practiced field sobriety and parked a car out back, practiced traffic stops and talking to people,” Wherthey said. “I got an internship my summer before junior year, and I don't think many other places offer that experience that WU brought to me.” Wherthey has plans to keep studying at Waynesburg and obtain her masters degree in criminal investigation, in which she is dualenrolled right now. She has dreams of working for the Department of Homeland Security investigating and combatting human trafficking. “A huge thank you to staff for a memorable and worth it four years, especially having them as mentors,” Wherthey said. “I would encourage the students to stick with the program, and I really don't think they are going to get a better experience anywhere than at WU.” Jalen Koontz, junior criminal justice major, said the class of 2021 has really set an example for him. “I'm in the capstone criminal justice course. I haven’t seen anyone complain about the circumstances,” Koontz said. “They've really just been positive and helped each other out.” Koontz said that during his freshman year, senior criminal justice major Aaron Sielski and Skeete soon be-

Photo Courtesy of Isaiah Skeete

Isaiah Skeete and Claire Wherthey, two criminal justice seniors, were selected to be on the Waynesburg Springfest court in March. came his buddies, as well as Wherthey. “Isaiah has always been an outgoing guy, he’s always been willing to give me advice and to prepare me for classes I am going to take,” Koontz said. “All of the criminal justice students here are really great and everybody’s like minded and passionate and willing to help each

other out and bring each other up rather than competing with one another. We all just want to see each other succeed. I think that’s the biggest thing they have demonstrated.” Jack said to always keep in mind that everybody is struggling with something that you know nothing about and that is how he

has prepared his students. “This is the next generation of lawyers, police officers, social workers, corrections officers, etc., so treat every person with the care and respect that you would want your family member treated with,” Jack said. “Common sense and kindness will take you a long way in life.”

Education seniors "resilient" RACHEL PELLEGRINO Managing Editor

Courtesy of Katherine Fair

Education seniors pose for a group photo.

Resilient. That is how Dr. Kelley Solomon will remember the senior education majors. “The education department is extremely proud of our 2021 graduates,” Associate professor of education Dr. Solomon said. “As a cohort, they have encountered a new level of complexity within the education profession that is unprecedented.” Over the years, the class of 2021 has faced a number

of challenges. The pandemic proved to be yet another obstacle. “Facing the challenge of educating students during a pandemic, while working with the host teachers and university supervisors, also facing these new challenges, gave our preservice teachers the opportunity to showcase their pedagogical content knowledge, as well as their technological skills,” Dr. Solomon said. The class of 2021 assisted with the implementation of

virtual learning platforms whilst fulfilling the mission of the education department: “Preparing teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession.” Dr. Solomon said the department is extremely proud of Bailey Holt and Carly Breach. Both of which are secondary education majors and were chosen as 2021 valedictorians.


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Pandemic preps nursing Scott definitely ready to students for future career enter world of psychology ANDREW HREHA Executive Editor

The Waynesburg University nursing program is ready to send the class of 2021 into the workforce as the medical community continues to battle the COVID-19 Pandemic. The program has been honored many times for their excellence, ranking number one overall in value in the state of Pennsylvania and top 5% in value nationwide by College Factual in 2021. “BSN graduates at Waynesburg University have earned a 100% pass rate on their first attempt of the NCLEX-RN eight times since 2008,” according to the program’s page on the university website. Two standout seniors, Hannah Colvin and Casidee Millero, talked about their journey to Waynesburg, through the program and their plans for after Waynesburg University. ... Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare? Has this been a lifelong goal, or something you were guided towards at Waynesburg? Colvin: My mom has been a nurse my whole life, so I always got to hear firsthand about being a nurse. Since I was a little girl, I said I was going to be a nurse because I wanted to be just like my mom. After doing some shadowing in high school, I was very confident this was the path I wanted to take. I have always found joy in helping others and I felt led to pursue a career in which I could deliver hands-on care. Millero: It’s a mixture of things. I have always been fascinated with the human body and biology, and I also have always been someone who genuinely cared about other people. When I was younger I was in the hospital with family quite a bit, and I noticed how much a good nurse could make a difference at such a vulnerable time for the patient and their family. I have always wanted to be that person to be able to make a bad situation better for someone. I used to have a fake stethoscope and medical kit that I would play with all the time when I was a toddler, so it has definitely been a lifelong goal/dream that is finally coming true. Q:Entering your freshman year, what were your expectations of the Waynesburg nursing program? Looking back, were these accurate? Colvin: Coming in as a freshman, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been told so many different things about the program and how great it was. I had very high expectations for

Waynesburg's program and the knowledge they would provide me with. Looking back, I believe Waynesburg exceeded my expectations because not only have they provided me with the knowledge and tools to succeed, but I have built relationships with some amazing professors who cared about each of us on a personal level. Millero: Going into freshman year I had no idea what I was getting into. My brother went to Waynesburg and told me that the nursing students were always stressed and studying, so I just prepared for that. I expected the worst, but I shouldn’t have. Of course it was difficult going into one of the best nursing programs in Pennsylvania, but if you’re meant to do it then you will find a way. I think we need to encourage others instead of scaring them when coming in. Q : W h a t h ave b e e n some of your biggest successes and challenges in the nursing program at Waynesburg? Colvin: The biggest challenge of the nursing program was balancing my time - specifically as a student athlete and other responsibilities. There was a lot of juggling time and late nights involved through the past four years. COVID also presented a huge challenge because it limited clinical experience, labs and in-person classes. Some of my biggest successes were overcoming the challenges listed above. Although I was always extremely busy with sports and working, I was still able to manage going through the program with a strong GPA. Millero: My biggest success has been learning how to genuinely give competent care to patients of any age. Even though my GPA showed that I knew how to apply information to tests, nothing compares to that face-to-face patient interaction. Some of the biggest challenges were going through this program while still staying sane and having a social life. As a student nurse, we do not have much time to ourselves, but I think putting time aside to focus on your mental health is most important. Q: How has COVID-19 impacted your experience as a nursing student and your outlook on the healthcare industry? Colvin: COVID impacted the in-person time we had through clinical. It created a time of uncertainty for the program and it could have potentially made us go virtual again senior year. Luckily, we were able to come back and get

that clinical time this year. When we went home for quarantine, I worked in a hospital in my hometown and got to be a first-hand witness to the pandemic. It gave me a new perspective on healthcare because it showed me how important nursing truly is and how resilient the healthcare industry is. It allowed people in general to realize the dedication healthcare workers give to help those in need. It made me feel extremely honored that I am a soon to be nurse and can provide this level of care to the community. Millero: Oh boy. I was a nurse extern in a COVID ICU throughout the beginning and worst of the pandemic. I had to learn how to see patients fight for their lives in a way that I have never seen before, so it really threw me into the ringers as a young nursing student. It has been a great learning opportunity though, and it made me realize that rules and regulations of the healthcare industry are always changing to accommodate new illnesses. It also made me realize that healthcare is a huge team effort, and that I would have been so lost without our fellow respiratory therapists, nurse aids, case management, pharmacy, etc. Q: What are your future plans or aspirations? Colvin: After graduation, I am working in the Emergency Department at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA. I am still figuring out where life is going to lead me down the road, but I would love to go back to school in the future to become a nurse practitioner or get my Masters. Millero: After graduation, I will be working in the critical care unit at Washington Hospital. After a few years, I would like to go back and become a nurse anesthetist. Along my journey I would love to be a preceptor or clinical instructor because I will love sharing my knowledge to young nursing students who need some good guidance. I will never forget where I started, and having a good preceptor along the way makes a huge difference. I want to be that for someone.


Chairperson for the Business Administration Department and Professor of Marketing Gordon McClung believes that the senior class has taught the department, specifically the faculty, grace and flexibility. “In my experience, the senior class was open to changes in delivery methods,” McClung said. “They were also understanding

that their professors were also having to adapt to change during that time. They gave us the grace to grow as we were forced to adapt to change.” McClung explained that the Leadership & Stewardship course these students have taken demonstrated their skills and ability to solve local and regional problems through service. “This was a particularly challenging task to accomplish given that their ser-

Graduating this year, Brittany Scott, psychology major, exemplified everything a college student should be. Dr. Jenny Jellison, professor of psychology, had a multitude of words to describe her soon-to-be former student: mature, responsible, sincere, passionate, considerate, respectful, the list goes on. “Brittany is simply a joy to be around,” Jellison said. “She genuinely celebrates the successes of others. She lights up when she talks about helping others, which is both endearing and heartwarming.” Scott’s work would be considered among the “best in the class” according to Jellison. Scott would stop by and visit her professors’ offices, oftentimes just to chat. Scott went on to thank a key mentor: assistant registrar Joan Brichetti, and describes her chance encounter with her as a blessing. She thanked Jellison, along with psychology professor Michele Karpathian. Scott also thanked her family. “I am forever grateful to have such caring and hilarious people by my side,” Scott said. Scott views all these peo-

Photo Courtesy of Brittany Scott

Brittany Scott in front of the water fountain in the park at the edge of Waynesburg University campus. ple not only as mentors but as friends. “Being able to build strong and memorable relationships with these individuals has been incredible, and I am so glad I chose to attend a small campus,” Scott said. “I am so appreciative of the amazing education I have received. I have had such a wonderful experience.” T h e s e re l at i o n s h i p s Scott has crafted through college have allowed her to seek guidance, but also stay aware of her own competence and growth. She views mentors as equals, according to Jellison, and

this has helped her grow. Jellison sincerely hopes that Scott keeps in touch after she leaves campus in May. Scott has already accepted a job offer at a psychiatric rehabilitation program, working with adults with long-term psychiatric disabilities. She will also attend graduate school in 2022 to get a master's degree in art therapy and counseling. “I am excited about the impact she will inevitably have on her future clients,” Jellison said. “She will help them reach potentials they never knew they had, and she will revel in that.”

Hillgrove: ‘each one of us can be very successful’ RILEY HOLSINGER BROCK OWENS For The Yellow Jacket

The end of another school year means something to everyone whether it is happiness or sadness. For the seniors at Waynesburg University it means

of his time at Waynesburg University. “[Going to Waynesburg] was the best four years of my life.” Waynesburg was the college destination that he was set on since his junior year of high school as he “only applied to one

in the department of communication had high expectations set on them. Despite the lofty expectations, the group aimed high and thrived during their time on the fourth floor of Buhl Hall. “A talented group of students will be leaving

Q: Any final thoughts? Colvin: Thank you to all the professors who have helped me over the past four years. I have made relationships that I will always admire and will forever be grateful for. Millero: Any nursing student who ever needs advice or guidance in the future do not be afraid to reach out! It can be nice for people to talk to someone who has been in their shoes before.

Business seniors sharing their grace and flexibility Region and Op/Ed Editor


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vice had to be conducted virtually,” McClung said. “It was a rewarding experience guiding them as they explored their gifts and used them to benefit the community. From grant writing, to enhancing social media reach, to providing Thanksgiving dinners (and much more), these seniors have created sustainable solutions to real-world problems.”


Courtesy of Jack Hillgrove

Hillgrove with fellow seniors Ed DiOrio (left) and Dylan Cleland (right) in front of the Waynesburg University Sports Network production trailer. graduation has come and it is their time to turn the page over to their next endeavours. “It is absolutely a bitter-sweet feeling,” senior electronic media major Lindsey Stenger said about her upcoming graduation. “I’m sad to see it go but I’m ready to let myself close this chapter and turn to the new one.” Stenger looks back through her growth not only at Waynesburg, but her entire education experience as a whole. “High school is kind of where you find out who you are, and college is where you really work on who you want to be,” Stenger said. “I really think Waynesburg has molded me into someone that I can be proud of.” Stenger recently accepted a job in television news at KTGF and will start working there this June in Great Falls, Montana. Senior sports broadcasting major Jack Hillgrove speaks very highly

school.” “Grow” is Waynesburg University’s motto, something that rings true for Hillgrove’s tenure here. “I ’ve grown tremendously,” Hillgrove said, “I couldn’t pick a better place to do it either.” Hi l l g rove at t r i b u t e s much of his development to communication professor, advisor and mentor Lanny Frattare. “Lanny was in my corner from day one,” Hillgrove said. “He believed in me. He got a hold of me and let me know my true potential.” Hillgrove announces hig h school sports for the TribLive High School Sports Net work and a producer at 93.7 The Fan. Hillgrove has strong confidence in his fellow classmates walking across the stage with him. “There isn’t a doubt in my mind that each one of us can be very successful in this business,” Hillgrove said. Stenger, Hillgrove and the rest of the senior class

Waynesburg,” Chairperson of the Department of Communication Richard Krause said. “You build a relationship with these students, you get to know them really well, and enjoy their company, and enjoy working with them.” Krause appreciates the group for navigating many changes and adversities in its time here. “Not only did we have to contend with the pandemic, but this particular group saw a major equipment change in the middle of their experience,” Krause said. “They’ve been instrumental in making that transition from the SD environment that we had before to the HD environment that we have now.” Krause tabbed this class as a “worker group” and is very fond of his time with this senior class. “We’re very proud of what they have accomplished and we’re very happy for them that they reached the culmination of their journey,” Krause said.


Education Continued from A2 “As secondary education graduates with content area degrees in their chosen f ields of study, they have demonstrated dedication to the field of education and have become exceptional teachers,” Dr. Solomon said. “These graduates have excelled and welcomed the rigorous challenges of academic and professional experiences.” Holt, a secondary education major with a specialization in social studies, always knew she wanted to be a teacher. “I just felt like I needed to do something personally that I knew would make an impact in the world [and] in my community,” Holt explained. “I’ve always loved school ... so I kind of just fell into teaching.” Dr. Solomon commended Holt’s teaching skills and effort in the classroom. “Possessing many skills and talents, Miss Bailey Holt has dedicated herself to learning and has proven to be a role model for her students,” Solomon said.

Chemistry Continued from A2 “I was very much willing to let God steer me in the direction that I wanted to go in,” he said. “One of my high school teachers, his name is Mr. Robinson, he graduated from Waynesburg in I think the class of ‘80 or ‘84, and his daughter, a good friend of mine, graduated in 2016 as a forensics accounting major. Both of them had nothing but good things to say, and our families are good friends, so I came here to Waynesburg in the summer of 2015 or 2016 and I fell in love.” Almost as soon as they got here, the class of 2021 made its presence known. According to Dr. Baldauff, one of the things that sets this graduating class apart was its involvement throughout the department early on. “They were fun, motivated, and enthusiastic for the past four years. They got involved with the department right from the get-go. They wanted to be actively participating, they hang out [in the chemistry department] all the time,” she said. “They were very present all four years, and I think I speak for all the faculty involved, we’ve gotten to know these students very well despite the pandemic.” Paige Smith, a senior chemistry major, has been involved with several organizations on campus, both inside of the department and out. “I have been involved by holding an officer position for our student chapter of the American Chemical Society and student chapter of the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh,” she said. “I am a member of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon honor society, am on the Woman's tennis team, and play in the symphonic band, as well as multiple small ensembles.” Noah Delp, a senior chemistry major, said that he wasn’t heavily involved with the department until after his first semester. After that, however, he was all in. “The more time I spent here, the more I got to know the professors, he said. “I’ve participated in haunted labs and a couple other things and had a really good time, I’m a member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, which is an honor society for people who have done well in chemistrybased classes, and just try to stay active up there.” Delp has taken advantage of off-campus opportunities provided through the

APRIL 27, 2021 “While student teaching in the content area of social studies, Miss Holt has handled the responsibilities of the classroom with the ease of an experienced educator.” Despite Holt’s success, these past few years have not been easy. The students and faculty in the education department is what pushed her through it all. “I could not be more thrilled with my time at Waynesburg. It’s become like a little family,” Holt said. “My father passed away d u r i n g my t i m e here at Waynesburg, and I would not have finished school without the support system in the education department.” After graduation, Holt hopes to obtain a longterm substitute position and to attend graduate school sometime later in her career. Breach, a secondar y education major with specialization in mathematics, has similar plans for after graduation. She plans to attend California University’s online graduate program, where she will receive her master’s degree in applied mathematics. Upon completion of her degree, she hopes to receive a full time

job as a high school math teacher. Despite her future goals, Breach has also had to overcome challenges throughout her time at Waynesburg. Throug h these challenges, she has grown. “Firstly, I’ve grown so m u c h s t ro n g e r i n my walk with the Lord. Being surrounded by students, faculty and staff that are on fire for God and fellowshipping with them has been a blessing. It both challenges me and encourages me as I work to become more like the person God intends for me to be,” she said. “Secondly, my confidence has really grown. I see this so much throughout my education classes and throughout student teaching especially.” Dr. Solomon commended Breach’s commitment to Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and service. “During her preparation to become a mathematics teacher, Carly Breach has demonstrated the characteristics of a professional dedicated to service and learning,” she said. “She exemplifies the characteristics of an exemplary teacher devoted to student success.”

The class of 2021 has experienced a number of challenges, yet Dr. Solomon said they continued to remain flexible and resilient through it all. Breach’s advice to future education majors is to embrace challenges, just like she did as a student. “Teachers bring their own unique personalities into their classrooms and that is what makes them shine,” Breach said. “In the education field, we know that sometimes students have to make mistakes in order to really learn and that applies to teachers just the same. So, don’t be afraid to take on challenges in your own way.” As graduation looms on, Breach and Holt said they will miss the people they crossed paths with at Waynesburg University. “I’ll just miss seeing my professors, seeing people that I have classes with, j u s t h av i n g t h o s e i n teractions. Everyone at Waynesburg is so kind,” Holt said. Breach reiterated Holt’s statement saying, “There are so many people on campus who are always available and willing to help. That giving spirit is contagious, and it shows as we do all that we can to help those around us.”

department as well. “I got involved in our local American Chemical Society chapter, ACS, and I’ve gone to Carnegie, the museum in Pittsburgh, and done a couple of presentations with Evonne and Dr. Davis for kids during a couple of other American Chemical Society weeks,” he said. Delp is currently working on his capstone research project, which focuses on ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers. A UV/VIS spectrophotometer is a tool that measures the light absorbed by a sample to determine the concentration, according to an article by Marcleo Luftman for Proanalytics. Delp said that he is working to make the equipment more affordable. “We 3-D printed one, the whole idea is to make it more affordable for high schools

“They’re very encouraging to the underclass students,” she said. “[Underclassmen] look at them and all the research that they have done, and how dedicated they are, and I think that they influence the behavior of the underclassmen.” That mentorship is something that Delp values. He prefers working individually with underclassmen students on their own time instead of official tutoring sessions, which he participated in for one semester. “I don’t feel that a sanctioned tutoring session is what I am best used in,” he said. “ I feel that coming to me with questions, springing them on me in the hallway, when we’re sitting down at lunch, that more relaxed session [is best for me].” As an example, Delp told a story about helping a fresh-

lege career. [I’ll miss] the everyday goofing off, my friends here, Ariana McKinnon, Lexi Reineck, Heather Allaman, Paige Smith, I have a bunch of friends here,” Delp said. “Going to talk to Evonne or Dr. Fletcher to discuss glycolysis or ph balance, and ending the conversation talking about coffee or jet skiing or skateboarding, or running into people that I’ve met in the past, like this professor that I had freshman or sophomore year asking me how I’m doing, how’s life going. I’ll miss the community.” The sense of community is not lost on Dr. Baldauff, and she describes graduation as a bittersweet feeling. “It’s hard because you really do build bonds with your students. They’re here for four years and then they leave, like it’s really exciting to see that they’ve achieved their goals and are graduating, but they’re also not coming back.” That sense of community has helped the chemistry and forensic science department weather the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dr. Baldauff, the students and faculty have managed to maintain their relationships. “We haven’t been able to do any activities until it’s opened up a wee bit in the past month, and it’s been really nice to see them a little bit more, and do one or two things apart from just being in class together,” she said. “I think that it really gave them an appreciation for the benefits of being in a close department, that we were still able to kind of maintain those ties despite the fact that we couldn’t do anything together.” As the graduating students leave Waynesburg, Dr. Baudauff sees them pursuing a variety of career paths and options, whether that be joining the workforce immediately or continuing their education after they graduate. Specifically, Delp plans to go back to school to become a physician’s assistant, while Smith will be attending Purdue University to earn a master’s degree in food science. As they graduate, Baldauff has some parting words for them. “Be flexible, whatever comes at you work to adapt, and be resilient. They are all wonderful people and they all have the skills to be successful,” she said. “On behalf of all the faculty and staff in the department, we’ve loved working with them the past four years, and we wish them continued success and hope that they stay in touch.”

“It shows their dedication and motivation to take all the resources that we have to offer them...” Dr. Evonne Baldauff chair, Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science

or undergraduate facilities that don’t quite have the resources that Waynesburg does,” he said. “Long story short, publishing through a peer-reviewed article is what we will end up doing. It’s a lot safer, I guess is the best way to put it. It’s very exciting.” Delp isn’t the only senior to be conducting research. According to Dr. Baldauff, every senior in the department has participated in research. “I think every single one of them has done something here on campus. For research on campus they work with our faculty, and they put in long hours, they’re in their classes, they’re in their labs, and they come in and do their research too,” she said. “It shows their dedication and motivation to take all the resources that we have to offer them, to get the best education that they can while they are here so that they are prepared for the next place they go to.” The seniors’ mentorship has also stood out to Dr. Baldauff. To her, that is one of the biggest impacts that they have had on the department.

man write a portion of a lab report. “He was in his lab 10-15 minutes early and was worried about it, so I sat down with him and I went through what I would do and related it to my research, so I could give him specific examples, and I feel like in that scenario I flourished a lot more,” Delp said. Although each senior will miss different things about Waynesburg University, a common thread that runs throughout is the people. Whether it is friends, roommates, or professors, the seniors share fond memories of the relationships that they have formed. “My time at Waynesburg has been an amazing experience. I would not have wanted to attend any other school to complete my undergraduate degree,” Smith said. “I will miss the Christian community I have found at Waynesburg, as well as all of my wonderful friends and professors that have helped me grow and supported me these last four years.” “My roommate is James Galluci, he is absolutely the goofiest kid I have ever met, he has transformed my col-

Business Continued from A3 “Waynesburg University is my home away from home,” said senior international business major Heather Walker. “It fit the criteria I was looking for: A small, Christian school that was not too far of a drive from home,” Walker said. “I felt like it was the perfect place for opportunities of making life-long friends, academically excelling and learning about the world.” Walker is a member of the business honor’s society Sigma Beta Delta, Vice President of the Newman Club, Music Coordinator at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Student Senate Senator and a Student Ambassador. However, Walker’s favorite experience involved studying abroad. “I got to study at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland for my Spring 2019 semester,” Walker explained. “I got to meet students from all over the world and explore different countries.” Walker is planning on finishing her master’s degree in applied business here at Waynesburg University and

Courtesy of Heather Walker

Heather Walker, senior business major.

starting a full-time position at Development Dimensions International within the Global Operations & EU Licensees Department in Pittsburgh. “I would just like to say I am extremely thankful for all the professors who helped me grow the past four years,” Walker said. “The professors in the business department have truly motivated and encouraged me to constantly push myself to get where I am today. I definitely feel more confident about where my future will take me because of the foundation they have all given me.” Senior Megan Studebaker is also a member of the Sigma Beta Delta National Honors Society for Business, Management, and Administration and was a previous member of the NCAA DIII Student Athlete Advisory Committee during her time as a member of the cross country and track team in her first three years at Waynesburg. Studebaker remembers being drawn to this campus by the people. “I was welcomed with open arms not only by future teammates but by several others around campus,” she said. “Smiles beamed on the faces of virtually everyone I passed, and it seemed like everyone was just genuinely excited to see me and have me there. I will always remember that feeling.” Studebaker said the people here on-campus have been her most memorable experience and that it will be those memories that she will “always cherish.” “To my professors: I wish I could explain in words how much encouragement you have given me without even realizing it. You continuously instilled confidence in me that I truly needed and pushed me to do more than I thought was possible,” Studebaker said. “If you would have asked me three years ago, I would have told you I didn’t think I would make it to this point. I am here today, preparing

to graduate with confidence and hope, because of you. Thank you.” After graduation, Studebaker plans to spend intentional time at home and pur-

Courtesy of Megan Studebaker

Megan Studebaker, senior business major.

sue potential job prospects. “It was a very well-developed program and I felt it was the best one to set me up for success in the future,” senior Christopher Lee said when deciding to pursue business. “My mom and dad were both business majors and they have been a huge inspiration to me.” Lee was also drawn to Waynesburg for baseball and believes it has helped him excel in the classroom. “Baseball has taught me a lot about discipline and time management,” Lee said. “I cannot thank my coaches, Mike Humiston and Coach Bill Stough, enough for the opportunity to not only be a better person but to help me succeed in baseball as well in my studies.” Lee will remember the willingness of professors to help their students and the relationships he has developed along the way the most from his time here oncampus. “That is what is special about this university. For these professors it is about going above and beyond for their students,” Lee said. “I have met so many bright and intelligent students who have not only helped me along the way but also pushed me to be the best student I could be in the classroom.” Lee said his gratitude runs deep for the professors here on campus and that he would not be where he is today without them. “I would like to especially thank Professors Roy, McClung, and Stough. Professor Roy was my advisor for the four years I was here. She had to deal with my many emails and answered so many questions for me throughout the years. The many times I came into an advisor meeting with nothing in my cart was too many and she helped guide me to where I am today, and I cannot thank her enough,” he said. Lee plans to complete his master’s degree here at Waynesburg and take the opportunity to play one last year of baseball. For the long-term, he is not quite sure. “We are in some unfamiliar territory with a global pandemic, but I would ideally like to lead a group of individuals in a management position,” Lee explained. “I understand that is a broad statement, but I am going to go where God leads me and I am going to take full advantage of the opportunities I am granted in the future. I also want to give back to the community and set a good example for all the people who may look up to me in some way.” McClung told the senior class to use all of the gifts God has given them to build a life that will help them "finish well." “Each one of you is specially equipped for carrying out work, but that work might change with time and experience. Never let the fear of the unknown deter you from following what the Lord has placed on your heart,” he said. “It is easy to start well, but it is challenging to finish well.”


APRIL 27, 2020

Fine Arts Department adapts to COVID-19 REBEKAH VAUGHAN Convergence Director

While every department on the campus of Waynesburg University was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, i t could be argued that one department was hit the hardest. The Department of Fine Arts was impacted in unforeseen ways, but found ways to adapt to the new circumstances. This year's senior class was the first to survive a global pandemic the entirety of their senior year. On the band and choir side of the department, events had to be moved outside when possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, many of which were organized by seniors. On the art side, seniors put on their senior art exhibits were able to record videos of their galleries to be posted online for those outside of the campus community. “I just was so impressed with all the hard work they put into making things work, both in person and online,” Andrew Heisey, chair of the Fine Arts Department said. And although their senior year probably did not go as they planned, the seniors leaving the department will always remember this year as one for the books.

“I am impressed with the senior class,” Heisey said. “No other group of students has had to pivot like they have. What they were forced to do this year pushed education forward in a way that never would have happened if it wasn’t for COVID.” Heisey said that because of COVID-19, the senior class will be leaving Waynesburg University with skills that most students won’t have. “They’ll know how to be flexible. They’ll know how to make a quick change if somethings not working,” Heisey said. “That’s just common with what everybody had to do this year.” Heisey said that out of all the seniors in the Fine Arts Department, four students majorly stood out during their time at Waynesburg; Clare Rainone, Lily Yoder, and Qwinlyn Kelley.

When Rainone arrived at Waynesburg, Heisey said she was energetic and excited to be on campus and in the department. In an email interview, Rainone said, “Funny story: I had very specific options due to my tuition exchange and I flipped a coin between two of them. It worked out fairly well. I was accepted by a number of universities, but not all of them honored the tu-

ition exchange. I probably would have gone here regardless of the coin toss as it was closer to home and a five-hour drive on the holidays sounded awful. Waynesburg is only an hour away from my hometown.” According to Heisey, the perks of Waynesburg being a smaller school impacted Rainone’s education greatly. “We can make things fit a student that you couldn’t do elsewhere,” Heisey said. “She was really into animation, and while we don’t have an animation degree, we were able to do a lot of opportunities where she could take a class with me and we did a lot of independent classes where she could investigate animation.” “I’m not worried about her. Sometimes there’s certain seniors where I don’t know where they’re gonna go or how things are gonna work. I don’t know where she’s gonna go, but I’m not concerned,” Heisey said. Heisey said this because of all of the commissioned pieces Rainone has completed. “She’s already thinking business and she’s doing a great job,” Heisey said. After college Rainone hopes to work in a small

animation or gaming studio. “A number of them are trying to get away from the toxic radiation chamber that is Hollywood. I've been applying to some of those small groups,” Rainone said. “As long as I get to make art that helps people and in turn glorifies our Creator, I'll be happy.”

According to Heisey, Yoder is a student who is introverted, which is unusual for an art major. She chose Waynesburg University because of fliers in her high school and her passion for art. “I’ve always just enjoyed creating art and that’s what I wanted to do for a career,” Yoder said. Before entering college, Yoder would mostly do drawings and paintings, and most of her recent artwork still reflects those past pieces. “Throughout these four years, she has really grown. She’s very gifted, but she’s not always good at promoting herself,” Heisey said. “I’ve seen her, especially this year, really be able to produce some quality work.” Yoder enjoys producing what are called zen tangles and coloring books. She even produced a coloring book based on Waynesburg University. “I really like drawing the

patterns. It’s stress relieving for me,” Yoder commented about zen tangles. “I mean, who comes up with a coloring book like this? Well she did. Because it’s what she’s passionate about,” Heisey said. Yoder’s proudest moment at Waynesburg University was having her senior show. “It kind of starts to hit you. It’s really helpful to know how to hang a show and things that go into it,” Yoder said. Yoder said that after college, her dream would be to become an illustrator for children's books or adult coloring books.

Kelley, a music ministry major, is an amazing student to Heisey. “She is a godly woman and I love her to death,” Heisey said. Kelley had never even heard of Waynesburg University before her senior year of high school. She thought she was going to pursue a major in counseling or music therapy, but a free college application provided by the school swayed her college decision. “I knew it was in Pennsylvania. My moms from Pittsburgh and I’m from Virginia so it was pretty far away,” Kelley said. Having family in the Pittsburgh area helped

with the college decision. After hearing back from the college application and seeing the scholarships that were offered through the school, Kelley picked Waynesburg as her college. “I had that feeling and the piece inside of me like this is where I need to be,” Kelley said. During her time at Way n e s b u rg , Ke l l ey switched from a major in psychology and a minor in music to a music ministry major. “I didn’t believe I could fully be my authentic self being a counselor,” Kelley said. “God was really speaking to me. He was like telling me ‘You need to change your major.’ So I changed my major to music ministry and do not regret it one bit.” Kelley said this career path won’t be one she will regret and that she can use her talents to be her authentic self. Heisey said he was impressed with the way Kelley uses her musical skills and leads the worship team. He is impressed by how she has such a godly spirit and wants to share it with others. After college, Kelley has the desire to continue music ministry in a church. “I’m so excited to see where she goes,” Heisey said.


APRIL 27, 2020 S PJ B E S T A L L - A R O U N D N O N - D A I LY N E W S P A P E R

WINNER: 2004 2016 FINALIST: 2003 2013 2014


A thank you to all of the people at WU DREW HREHA Executive Editor




TO THE READER This is a commemorative commencement isssue available as a digital replica of the print version. The Yellow Jacket was not printed during the 2020-2021 academic year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Editorials in the left-hand column represent the views of the Yellow Jacket. Letters from readers, columns, cartoons and other elements on the editorial page do not necessarily reflect the position of this newspaper and university.

Almost four years ago, I came to Waynesburg University, just a kid from North Apollo, Pennsylvania. I now leave Waynesburg University, still unsure what lies ahead, but 100% sure I made the best decision of my life coming here. This journey would not have been possible without the mentorship and kindness of Dr. Larry Stratton. I would not have been able to attend Waynesburg without becoming a Stover Scholar, and Dr. Stratton’s belief in me, at many times exceeding my belief in myself, allowed me to attend my dream program. I can never repay him for the personal investment he has made in me, for which I am forever grateful for. Because of this investment, I was able to work within the best communication program in Pennsylvania. I jumped in right away with the Department of Communication, working with WCTV, WCYJ-FM, WUSN and of course The Yellow Jacket. The highlight of these experiences has been my

time as Executive Editor. This position was my greatest challenge, but also my greatest accomplishment. I was blessed with a dedicated staff that helped me at every turn this year. I have the fullest confidence that this paper will continue to thrive and make new strides after my departure. I am most proud of our accomplishment in transforming the paper to excel in our digital society. This school year alone, our website has surpassed 35,000 views at the time of writing, which will certainly increase before the end of the semester. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of countless individuals at the paper. At the forefront of this group are Professors Richard Krause and Kristine Schiff bauer. Their commitment to constantly pushing the department forward is unmatched, and their openness to many of my ideas entering this position made everything we have done possible. I want to thank everyone at this University, past and present, that I have had the pleasure to consider friends.

Starting with my closest circle of seniors: Scott Rykala, Will Purbaugh, CJ Sekanick, Jack Hillgrove, Adam Morgante, Dylan Cleland and Ed DiOrio. You all have given me a family away from home, and it still doesn’t feel real that this is the last time we will see each other on a daily basis. As sad as I am that these days are over, I am just as excited to watch as we each chase our own dreams and set out to accomplish our goals. To my friends with the Waynesburg University Student Senate and the Stover Program: the time we have spent working together to transform the student body and the Polis at large has been a blessing. From Nick Cordova to Luke Diel, it has been an honor to serve with you and to get to know each person that has joined our fold. To members of the department past and present: you have taught me so much about our field, myself and the great community that can be built in pursuit of a common goal. The classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 taught me how to be a leader in the department.

They passed down their wisdom to us underclassmen and set the tone that we are a hard working, but fun, department. To the classes of 2022, 2023 and 2024, I hope that I have been able to do the same for you as you progress as a person and as a communicator in this program. Finally to my family and friends at home: Thank you for your endless support and love through these past four years. I didn’t get to visit or come home for wing nights as often as I’d have liked, but you always understood how hard I was working here and continue to be my biggest fans in everything I do. Waynesburg University is all about the people that make it. The community here is unmatched, both at large and within each group that forms here. This starts with President Lee, and under his guidance this University will continue to be a shining light in higher education. I have been blessed to join this community, and the people I have grown to know here have made a profound impact on my life as I depart.


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Drew Hreha with his closest friends in the Department of Communication at Waynesburg.

The simple things lead you in life ANGELICA GOOD Copy Desk Chief

How I was terrified to attend college. An indecisive, 18-year-old with severe anxiety had no business walking blindly into the lifestyle that was about to be pursued. I made my final decision on which University to spend the next four years and my entire life savings thus far based solely off of the fact that the campus had beautiful trees. Yes, I kid you not, the picturesque view is what drew me in. I warn you, that it is in fact the simple things that lead you to where you are meant to be. For despite the fear and the uncertainty, here I stand, just days away from the moment I have battled years to enjoy. I can tell

you it is nothing but bittersweet. Reflecting back on my experience, I have been challenged and mentored on a regular basis which has allowed me to evolve exceptionally. If it wasn’t for the attentiveness, resources and friendly nature of campus, I would not have excelled. Alongside my difficulties and sharing in those my dear friends faced as well, I have learned, created and grown in more ways than I can count. Each one of these little victories were a result of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. New experiences, perspectives and reactions are what allowed me to continuously learn as I strengthened my mindset and approach toward existing in general.

I’ve found that the most rewarding aspects of our life often come when we are least expecting them to. You will never quite be “ready” for what you are to face but the unpredictability simply adds to the adventure. This new home of mine has brought me my longlost sister, the love of my life and the privilege to have formed countless more connections that will last a lifetime. It has allowed me to find and pursue my greatest passion and build the confidence I didn’t know I needed. Waynesburg has built the foundation for a positive next chapter through my involvement and various opportunities I have had alongside some of the most remarkable people.

My view of life has been altered and the joy I had been seeking for so long has been presented to me in ways far greater than I could have ever imagined. My advice to you is to genuinely enjoy every moment for it is truly a gift. Soon, you too will blink and be walking across Miller lawn alongside your classmates watching a slideshow of memories play in your mind's eye as you fight back the tears that you can't stop from approaching. Without a doubt, God led me to this University, and the people within it to help me grow into the person he created me to become. Waynesburg University has been the light in my darkness and for that I will be forever grateful.

Angelica Good is outside Roberts Chapel.

A reflection on injustice in the U.S. QWINLYN KELLEY For the Yellow Jacket

Sierra Medina, The Yellow Jacket

Qwinlyn Kelley stands in front of Miller Hall.

How can I mourn when everyone around me is laughing? How can I mourn when I am the only black person and everyone else is white surrounding me? How can they understand? I wanted to cry, but the room I was in was laughing. I wanted my tears to flow down my face for the mother who lost her black son Due to injustice and violence from the authorities; The ones they say should

be trusted. I wanted to express my feelings, Describe the pain. I am thinking: Why is there another black person killed by police brutality? W hat angers me the most is the f lags which hang from the door poles, The T-shirts I see worn by fellow white faces, “I am not a racist.” I am not a racist either; I just despise ignorance and distortion of the American flag. Corrupted stripes from the red, yellow, black and white turned into a color-

less flag with a blue stripe symbolizing “Blue lives matter.” Yes, blue lives matter. All life matters. Black lives matter. Everyone’s lives matter. But black lives are being killed by the police, mistreated by the police,just because of the color of their skin. And yet I look at the flag - Blue lives matter and the American flag - both of these flags are distorted because they hold the meaning that black lives were never important. So, I sit here in my truthful depressing thoughts,

keeping all the pain inside of my little box. I think, “Should I say something? Should I share my feelings?” I don’t know. I don’t want to pay the price of the being the black person who stopped the white people from laughing.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The poem contributed here was written in honor of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was killed by the police in Brooklyn Center, Minn. on April 11.

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The Yellow Jacket | 2021 Commencement Issue  

Reflect on Waynesburg University's Class of 2021 as they graduate with this special commencement issue of The Yellow Jacket. Download print...

The Yellow Jacket | 2021 Commencement Issue  

Reflect on Waynesburg University's Class of 2021 as they graduate with this special commencement issue of The Yellow Jacket. Download print...


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