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b2ap3_thumbnail_Matriculation-2015.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2015-2016 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 20, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

“We are an institution committed to educating students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world,” said President Lee. “Essential to this task is perseverance. In the words of former Waynesburg president A.B. Miller, ‘The great work of turning a life to good account cannot be accomplished by dreaming, by hoping, not even by solemn resolution but by earnest, laborious, persevering effort.’” 

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

The University welcomed over 400 students representing 57 different majors and 21 states, including Alaska, California, South Carolina, Vermont and Wyoming.

More than $4 million in institutional sponsored scholarships and grants have been awarded to the incoming class, including five Stover Scholarships, 17 Bonner Scholarships and seven Scout Scholarships.

The incoming class had the opportunity to participate in more than 20 events that the Waynesburg University Admissions Office hosted throughout the year in addition to personal visit opportunities. 

Jessica Sumpter, director of admissions at Waynesburg University, said that the Admissions Office staff and campus community is excited to welcome the many students with whom they aided in the college search and selection process.

“We are excited for the students to finally be able to experience all that Waynesburg University has to offer,” said Sumpter. “We could not be more thrilled that the incoming students have chosen to come to Waynesburg University!"

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, August 20. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 23, and classes will begin Monday, August 24.

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Waynesburg University’s third annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, will provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff at Waynesburg University.

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 31 merit badges, including Aviation, Cycling, Engineering, Environmental Science, Indian Lore and Scouting Heritage. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university. 

Cost for the day is $10 and includes lunch, a Class B shirt, a patch and instruction by Waynesburg University faculty. Space will not be held for Scouts until payment is made. All spaces are first come, first served. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but shirts and patches are not guaranteed. Registration is limited to 300 scouts.

Adult participants who plan to attend merit badge sessions must be in Class A/Field Uniform and must present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Alternate activities will be provided for adult participants who do not wish to accompany scouts to badge sessions or who are not appropriately registered with the BSA.  

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, visit the website above or contact 724-852-7660.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mary-Pust_20150728-170155_1.jpgA love of athletics, a desire for being a part of a career based around community and an interest in wellness and the medical field have blended to create an ideal vocation for Mary (Sallach) Pust, a 2013 Waynesburg University athletic training alumna.

Pust currently serves as a licensed athletic trainer for a North Carolina hospital where she does outreach work at a local 1A high school/middle school. Her daily responsibilities include working at the school, being part of committees at the hospital, as well as being a part of educational seminars in the hospital and around the community. Far from the stereotype of an individual responsible for taping ankles and keeping athletes hydrated, Pust is always on her toes, daily utilizing some aspect of her Waynesburg University education.

Prepared both in the classroom and through a “vast array of clinical settings,” Pust’s multitude of hands-on experiences has not only led to the development of the critical skills necessary for a fast-paced field, but is also to credit for her confidence in her abilities.

“In this profession, the more experience you have, the better off you will be,” she said. “I am working in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains with no one around me. I learned not only how to be a great athletic trainer, but how to be self-sufficient, have confidence and know when to ask for outside help.”

Pust acknowledges that her own experiences with injury as an athlete have also played a part in her journey. Requiring her to spend more time in the training room, Pust’s injuries also became blessings in disguise as she developed lasting relationships with her high school athletic trainer and sports medicine physician.

Ironically, those relationships inspired Pust to want to become the same type of mentor she was fortunate enough to have. Working with kids in grades 7-12, Pust has the opportunity to make a difference in countless ways.

“My biggest goal every day when I go in to work is to be a positive role model for the kids I work with,” she said.

Pust also puts a special emphasis on education and prioritizes teaching parents, coaches and the community about topics including emergency action plans, concussions, nutrition, health insurance, strength and conditioning, among many others.

“My profession has the rare opportunity to work with individuals every day. I see their highs, their lows, get to know families, and become part of a community,” she said.

Pust said many Waynesburg professors influenced her path, challenging her to relate her textbooks to real life and pushing her to “know more than [she] thought [she] needed at the time.”

Pust said she not only left Waynesburg feeling professionally prepared, but also had the opportunity to experience spiritual growth.

“Waynesburg helped me find myself as a Christian in this modern world. I explored different denominations and was introduced to many ideas, concepts and beliefs. It was being able to share one main goal of serving and praising God with others that really gave me a connection to the school,” she said.

As a result, Pust said she found her light and “will continue to let [it] shine."

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Waynesburg University recently created an affiliation agreement with the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine with the goal of enhancing placement opportunities for Waynesburg graduates.

According to Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Waynesburg University, the main benefit to participating in these agreements is the opportunity to make early connections between the students and the people who may ultimately make the final decision on their admission status into a graduate program. 

Participating students will be matched with a faculty mentor from the WVU School of Medicine to help them navigate and prepare for the application process and a future in medicine. Participating students are also guaranteed an interview during the admissions process, as long as they maintain a specified GPA and receive satisfactory MCAT or GRE scores. 

“The interview is everything,” said Core. “There will be lots of qualified applicants, but if you cannot get the interview, there is no way to advance, so the guaranteed interview is a really big deal.” 

Core added that the University has connected with additional schools with graduate-level engineering, law, physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs to establish similar agreements. She hopes agreements with these programs will come into fruition soon.

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Waynesburg University will present “Relationships: An Evening of Short Plays about Love and Romance,” Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

“The GPAC will be alive with humorous and touching plays about falling in love, proposing marriage, finding new relationships and the pitfalls that come with these scenarios,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the short plays. The production will include two shows, “The Kentucky Marriage Proposal” by Alice H. Houstle and “The Dancers” by Horton Foote, in addition to several two- and three- person scenes. 

The selected stories will feature a honeymooning couple experiencing their first fight, a farmer’s marriage proposal to his neighbor’s daughter, two college graduates wondering if marriage is right for them, a lonely man’s attempts to rekindle a past relationship and two teenagers’ discovery of the overall unimportance of popularity.   

“We're excited to have familiar faces from the community returning to our stage, but equally as excited about so many area high school students who are new to our Waynesburg University theater program.”

Tickets will be available at the door.  For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

The cast includes:

  • Tome J. Custer
  • Michael Winland
  • Ian M. Bish
  • Ellen M. Weekly
  • Laura Gonnella
  • Jeromy Mackey
  • Morgan N. Seely
  •  Jordan Thompson
  • Caleb Jackson
  • Claire V. Needes
  • Cole Leathers
  • Sarah Snee
  • Sydney Shultz
  • Bradley Gillespie

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