Waynesburg University has expanded its relationship with Chatham University through the establishment of a third articulation agreement. This most recent agreement with Chatham’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will guarantee admission interviews to qualified Waynesburg applicants. 

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Chatham to include an option for students who have vocational aspirations to be a Physician’s Assistant,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, Waynesburg University provost. “These programs provide great introductions for our students to established and successful programs and provide Chatham with the opportunity to interview our best students.  Both institutions benefit, but in the end it’s the students who win as a result of these agreements.”

Successful candidates must maintain a specified GPA, receive satisfactory GRE scores and meet all other established admission requirements for the program.

Waynesburg students who declare intent to enroll in Chatham’s MPAS program will benefit from advisement from faculty at both Waynesburg and Chatham during their undergraduate studies at Waynesburg. 

The MPAS program provides academic and clinical training that prepares its graduates to be certified and licensed to practice as extenders to the practicing physician, especially the primary care physician. Students complete two didactic semesters at the Chatham Eastside facility before beginning their clinical rotations at various sites in the greater Pittsburgh area, other parts of the U.S. and around the globe. 

Graduates of the program have achieved a 93 percent average first-time pass rate over the past five years on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and are known as outstanding clinicians in the community and leaders in the profession. 

Waynesburg also has established agreements with Chatham’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT), which guarantee interviews to qualified Waynesburg University students for consideration into the MOT or DPT programs. 

For more information, visit www.chatham.edu/mpas or contact Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology at Waynesburg University, at hamilton@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3379. 

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will offer an evening of song and testimony on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Admission to the concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Touring Choir is made up of 20 University students who auditioned to be a part of the traveling group and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their 2015 Spring Tour took them to Washington, D.C., where they volunteered with Central Union Mission, completing service projects and evangelizing. 

The concert will focus on this Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trip, as the choir members will share Christ-centered songs and spoken and video reflections of the trip. 

“We are excited about what God has done in us and through us to impact this community at Central Union Mission with love and encouragement,” said Melanie Catana, director of choral music at the University. “We are pleased to carry on the traditions of our organization, presenting the gospel of Christ through song and community service in our area.”

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Waynesburg University has been ranked in the top 100 of a national Social Mobility Index (SMI), which rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status.

Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University is the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

Developed by CollegeNET and PayScale, the SMI ranks schools based on access, affordability and the ability to advance students’ economic mobility. Gaining international attention, the SMI has been featured in the Daily Mail, a British daily newspaper.

“This ranking sheds light on the affordability of a Waynesburg University degree, and equally as important, the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Our students graduate with the knowledge necessary to lead fiscally sound lives and with the résumés necessary to secure their desired jobs, fully equipping them to become contributing members of society.”

More than 900 colleges and universities were compared based on criteria that included tuition, the economic background of the student body, the graduation rate and early career salary for graduates.

According to the study's statement of purpose, the SMI shows that “through wise policy-making, colleges and universities can be part of improving both economic opportunity and social stability in our country.” Waynesburg’s high ranking and the supporting data indicate that the University is already fulfilling that need. 

These findings have also led to recognition for Waynesburg University in a ranking index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC), which has consistently ranked Waynesburg’s value in the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide.

ETC describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government’s College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.” The University ranked No. 104 out of the 1,224 schools listed in ETC’s College Rankings Index for 2015.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1627.JPGDr. Shari Payne has joined Waynesburg University as vice president for enrollment, the University announced today. Payne will oversee all recruitment aspects of the admissions process.

“With 20 years of experience in admissions, financial aid and academic affairs, Dr. Payne and her innovative leadership will be a valuable asset to Waynesburg University,” said Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University president. “Her dedication to service and to having a positive impact on the lives of others aligns with our mission, making her a great fit for the University.” 

In her role, Payne will direct an overarching recruitment plan in order to bring a high achieving and diverse student body to Waynesburg, with the goal of maintaining the academic excellence of the University. 

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Payne served as the vice president for enrollment management at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where she was responsible for student enrollment, including the recruitment of new students and the retention of continuing students. 

She previously served in various roles at Robert Morris University, including dean of engaged learning, director of academic of operations and director of financial aid. 

Payne holds an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in communications and information systems from Robert Morris University and a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-22-Woodward-award.JPGWaynesburg University trustee John D. Woodward Jr. received the Career Intelligence Medal on October 16, 2015, in recognition of his exemplary service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for twenty-one years. 

Woodward served as a CIA operations officer for most of his career, with duty in several war zones. He also had management positions in the Agency's Directorate of Science and Technology. 

Woodward was especially commended for his work as the first Chief of Operations for the Intelligence Community's Counter Biological Weapons Program, where he succeeded in advancing the program's mission impact and relevance with respect to overseas operations and community engagement.

During his government career, he also served as the Director of Biometrics at the Department of Defense, where he spearheaded efforts to use biometric technology to identify national security threats in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.   

Woodward retired from the CIA earlier this year. In July, he accepted an appointment as a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University in Boston, where he teaches national security-related courses.

The CIA medal ceremony was held at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh with Woodward’s family and friends in attendance. 

Woodward is a native of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, where his mother, Olga Woodward, a former Washington County Recorder of Deeds, still resides. He has been a Waynesburg University trustee since 2010.

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