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b2ap3_thumbnail_floyd.pngDave Floyd
Assistant Director of Admissions

Dave has kept himself very busy over his 4+ years in Waynesburg University Admissions and has accrued various responsibilities that include traveling to college fairs, visiting high schools and community colleges, hosting personal visits and organizing educational events for high school students. When he's not out on the road, Dave can be found in Miller Hall, room 102-A.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

When I was looking for colleges, I wanted a small school that had my major and where I could play soccer. WU fit those criteria, and its Department of Communication set it apart. I worked in Admissions as a student ambassador for three years, and when a full-time position opened up near the end of my senior year, it seemed like the perfect fit for me. I started a few weeks after graduation, so you could say I came here in August of 2008 and haven't left!

What's your favorite spot on campus?

As a student-athlete, I spent a lot of time on both the fourth floor of Buhl Hall and at Wiley Stadium, so those two places definitely hold a lot of memories for me, but I also love the sidewalk behind Miller Hall that runs parallel to the building. With the trees hanging over it, it's a pretty awesome spot, especially in the fall or spring.

What's your favorite fun fact about WU?

As a former Communication student and student-athlete, I always think it's pretty cool that WU's football team played in the first-ever televised college game and that we're 2-0 against Penn State.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

In Admissions, our staff spends a fair amount of time on the road, particularly in the fall. In the past four years, I've had the opportunity to travel to 12 different states to share information about WU with students and families, including two trips to Texas. I have a more local travel territory now, but our four other counselors - Renee, Bob, Matt and Kyle - are out there right now, and I certainly appreciate all the long hours they're logging away from home this fall!

Editor's note: you can follow Matt McNeil's travels this week on Snapchat! (Username waynesburgu)

What's your favorite annual event?

Freshman move-in day is always a rewarding event for us in the Admissions Office. We spend a lot of time communication with prospective students and families, so to see them all on campus at the start of their four years at WU is great. And of course, as a WU alumnus, I always enjoy seeing friends and former classmates every year at Homecoming!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dessart.pngJamie Dessart
Professor of English

Jamie is in the midst of her 16th year at Waynesburg University, where she teaches composition and literature while also advising students. Her office is located on the 3rd floor of Buhl Hall.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

Funny story: I never actually applied for the job at WU. Dr. Marilyn Roberts, who at the time was chair of the English department, got my CV through her husband (who worked at another school in the area that shall remain nameless), and he passed my credentials on to her. So, it was a surprise to get the call. The second I drove up between Stewart Hall and the gym for my campus interview, I fell in love with the place and the rest is history!

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve always loved the top floor of Eberly Library with its quiet spaces, great views from the windows and hidden rooms. It’s a great place to sit and read.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

Along with teaching and advising students, I serve on the Curriculum Committee as well as the Assessment Committee. I actually like doing the work of organizing curriculum proposals and keeping up with changing ideas about how to assess our goals.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

I’m going to cheat and say the moment at every graduation day when the faculty process through the lines of graduating seniors. Seeing those smiling faces, some I’ve seen every day, some I’ve had only once in class, truly reminds me of how God works on our campus.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

Sharing things I love and watching students get excited about it. A student just said he’d never enjoyed a writing class until he was in mine. That’s the special part of the job.

To learn more about English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University, click here!

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_vikki.pngVikki Beppler ('11, '14)
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Despite graduating with a degree in public relations in 2011, Vikki Beppler never really left Waynesburg University. She began her career in Alumni Relations shortly after graduation and obtained her MBA from WU in 2014. You can find her in the Office of Institutional Advancement on the second floor of Miller Hall, where she keeps over 16,000 alumni engaged and connected with their alma mater!

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I have two. First is the fourth floor of Buhl Hall where I spent a lot of time as a student and where I met my husband, Josh. The second is the bench that sits behind Miller Hall and faces Johnson Commons. If you find the right time during the fall season, you can sit there and watch the leaves cascade from the trees; it's absolute perfection. Plus, there's a great view of Roberts Chapel.

What's your favorite fun fact about WU?

Bruce Springsteen and Kansas played a concert here in the 1970s!

What's your favorite annual event?

Homecoming! And I'm not just saying that. I love meeting alumni who haven't been back to campus since they've graduated (sometimes it's been decades since they're been back!) and hear how much it's changed.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

I got to ring the Hanna Hall Bell at Commencement in 2015. It was quite an honor!

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

You wouldn't think a lot has changed in five years, but it definitely has! When I started, Roberts Chapel was just being completed, and they were just starting to work on renovating Stewart Science Hall. It's been exciting to see so much growth here.

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Homecoming, to me, is exactly what it sounds like - a time for alumni to come home to WU and celebrate with us. There's so much to do and see, and I can't wait for October 7-8!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sumpter.pngJosh Sumpter
Instructor of Biblical & Ministry Studies and Assistant Chaplain

After spending some time as an adjunct professor, Josh started as a full-time employee at Waynesburg University on August 1, 2016. He assists Reverend Jim Tinnemeyer in being a resource to our students in regards to campus ministry and Christian life at Waynesburg University, regularly assisting with Chapel on Tuesday mornings and serves as a support system for the variety of Campus Ministries that take place on campus. His office is located in Buhl Hall 213, but you can usually catch him floating around the Stover Student Center as well.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I was previously employed as a youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg, PA. It was an incredible ministry opportunity that allowed me to partner with the incredible students at Waynesburg University. It was in that partnership that I began to enter the world of teaching as an adjunct in 2015 within the Biblical & Ministry Studies Program. When the need arose for an assistant chaplain and faculty member within the department, it seemed like a perfect match for my gifts, goals and calling.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve got two! First, Robert’s Chapel is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spaces on campus. Second, the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse is a favorite location because I love rooting for the WU basketball teams!

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

As the assistant chaplain, I try to be a resource to others across campus. Over the years, I have led devotionals and prayer times with the WU men's basketball team.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

It was a blessing for me to preach during the Chapel service in which over 600+ people attended, including the entire freshmen class. It was standing room only!

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I get the behind-the-scenes look at how hard our Chapel Worship Teams & Upper Room Worship Team work to be effective in leading worship! It has been a joy to spend time with such talented students!

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Homecoming is a time of excitement and memories! It is great to see generations of alumni return to campus to celebrate the way that Waynesburg University played a role in their life!

Click here to learn more about Biblical & Ministry Studies at Waynesburg University!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_coffman.pngMarie Coffman
Director of Career Services

Marie has been a member of the Waynesburg University family for 29 years, spending the last 14 in Career Services. As director, she guides services and programs that help students develop the necessary professional skills to achieve their goals, advance their professions and serve their communities. Marie's office is located on the third floor of Stover Campus Center in room 307.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I moved back to the area from Clarksburg, WV, and accepted a temporary position in Admissions. Less than a year later, I was offered a full-time position. Since that time, I have received my bachelor's and MBA degrees and now lead our Career Services Center.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

Roberts Chapel is my favorite spot because it's beautiful! It's not the only place on campus, but the main place where you can worship, pray and celebrate our Father in Heaven!

What's your favorite fun fact about WU?

We were one of the first colleges to offer degrees to women!

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

I was elected to be PERC (Pittsburgh Education Recruitment Consortium) President for two years running, and I am currently a member of many organizations that help connect students with employers and graduate schools.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

There are so many, but each time a student comes into my office beaming because they were selected for a full-time job or an internship - that's memorable for me!

Click here to learn more about Career Services!

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