b2ap3_thumbnail_Don-wilson1.jpgRev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson was reelected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the February 2014 board meeting. Wilson previously served as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees almost every year since 2000 and as the interim director of Christian life at Waynesburg University. He will begin his new term in May of 2014.

“Reverend Wilson has a long history of faithful counsel and involvement at Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We appreciate his longstanding commitment to Waynesburg’s mission and are pleased to welcome him to the University’s Board of Trustees once again.” 

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1964 from Waynesburg University and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 

In 1992, Waynesburg University awarded Wilson an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his professional achievements, his community service activities and his significant leadership and involvement with the University. He also served on the University’s Alumni Council from 1991 to 1999.

Wilson served for more than 30 years as the pastor of Lebanon United Presbyterian in West Middlesex, Pa. He fulfilled interim appointments as the Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery and pastor of First Baptist Church of Waynesburg, First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg and Hewitt Presbyterian Church in Rices Landing.

He also served as the Protestant Chaplain at the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility of Mercer, Pa., where he developed a drug and alcohol self-help program. For more than 20 years, Wilson served the West Middlesex Area School Board and has acted as a consultant to the County Courts in Youth Services for a number of years.

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James R. Lowe Jr. was reelected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the February 2014 board meeting. Lowe previously served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1972 until 1995. He will begin his new term in May of 2014. 

“We gladly welcome Mr. Lowe’s return to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “He has achieved excellence in his profession and is a strong example of faith and service. We are confident that he will be a great asset to the University.” 

Lowe graduated from Waynesburg University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies. In September of that year, he joined the IBM Corporation in Pittsburgh. Until his retirement from IBM 30 years later, Lowe was tasked with the worldwide responsibility of identifying and resolving IBM product deficiencies for five IBM media sectors. 

In addition to his many honors, Lowe served as IBM’s representative on President Jimmy Carter’s National Taskforce on Ridesharing in 1979.

As the Manger of Information Systems Technology at IBM Corporate Headquarters, Lowe was invited to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1986 to speak to groups of IBM customers and prospective customers about IBM’s implementation of office automation.

After retiring from IBM in 1993, Lowe became project director of the Taxation and Revenue Information Management System (TRIMS). He worked on a project to develop a fourth generation language technology tax and revenue system for the state of New Mexico. 

In 1999, Lowe rejoined IBM as a member of a special group of IBM retirees devoted to recruiting new employees from acquisitions and outsourcing opportunities. 

A man of faith and service, Lowe has contributed to all of the communities in which he has lived. He has coached boys and girls soccer, as well as Little League baseball. In the past, Lowe has served on the Secretarial Advisory Board for The Berkeley School and the chairperson of Sacred Heard Academy Advisory Council. 

He is active in his church as a past Sunday school superintendent and a junior achievement advisor at New Life Baptist Academy in Placitas, N.M., where he lived for many years. 

Lowe is married to Marian (Stith) Lowe, and the two have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in El Dorado Hills, Calif., and have enjoyed travelling through Europe, the Far East, Indonesia and the South Pacific. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0565jw.jpgRyan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University secondary English education alumnus, is one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who incorporate digital media in the classroom to promote student engagement and achievement.

“Great schools and great teachers constantly evolve and adapt,” said Devlin, whose classroom is 100 percent paperless. “Technology is going to continue to play an increased role in both life and the work place. If we don’t teach students relevant 21st century skills, we are failing to prepare them for their future.”

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium, exclusive resources and invitations to special events.

The top 16 applicants, including Devlin, will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to take part in a two-day digital education summit. There, they will participate in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from leaders in digital technology. 

Devlin, who has taught at Brockway Area High School for seven years, was named the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in 2013. He was also named one of four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year award. 

Devlin received his bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Waynesburg University, where he became familiar with technology in the classroom and gained hands-on experience with modern instructional technology. Devlin also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership. He also holds teaching certificates in English (grades 7-12), business/computers (grades K-12) and library science (grades K-12).

The full list of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_waynesburg-2-0054.jpgWaynesburg University’s fourth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and will showcase 54 student presenters.  The Symposium will feature two oral presentations and 24 poster presentations. 

The oral presentation session will begin at 1 p.m., and the poster session will run from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout both presentations.

Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, organized the event. Each year, he sees an increase in participation as students continue to recognize the valuable experience to share their research with the Waynesburg University science community. 

“This symposium gives students the opportunity to present the results of their independent research and scholarly work outside of the classroom in a more multi-disciplinary professional setting,” Sethman said.

Topics will cover a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations include research about Alzheimer’s, artificial sweeteners, Christian community development, effects of fatigue, food chain length and nutrition awareness. 

For more information, contact Chad Sethman at 724-852-3265 or csethman@waynesburg.edu.

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Second Lieutenant in the United States Army

Fort Bragg, N.C.

Additional Info:

  • Stover Scholar
  • Waynesburg University ROTC
  • Camp Cadre Leadership Development & Assessment Course
  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2012

“Not many college grads can say they have had the same experiences as me. In these past four years, I have traveled to a foreign country, jumped out of airplanes, met with some of the highest ranking officials, became a United States Army Officer, made lifelong friends, completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and discovered more about myself than I could imagine. Waynesburg University was the right choice.”

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