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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Guy Montecalvo has joined Waynesburg University as the program coordinator for the Athletic Administration and Coaching option of the University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. 

Montecalvo, former athletic director of the Canon-McMillan School District, is a well-respected and experienced member of the athletic community.

With nearly four decades of experience in coaching, physical education and athletic administration, Montecalvo brings to Waynesburg an impressive background. Prior to his position at Canon-McMillan, he was a teacher and the head football and track and field coach for Washington School District. 

Among his many awards and honors are the 2014 PSADA Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year (2014), the Post-Gazette All-Star Educator Award (1991), the NAACP Human Rights Award (2003) and WPIAL Coach of the Year (1993, 2001). He is also an eleven-time recipient of the Washington/Greene County Coach of the Year award and has been the featured speaker at numerous football and track clinics including the Ohio State Clinic, the Penn State Clinic, the West Virginia Clinic, PSADA Conference, the PSFCA Football Clinic, the Western Pa. Track Clinic and numerous Division 2 and 3 schools.

Dr. Helen McCracken, director of Graduate Education Programs at Waynesburg University and former superintendent at the Canon-McMillan School District, worked closely with Montecalvo for several years prior to joining Waynesburg. 

“I can attest to Coach Montecalvo’s passion for athletics, his commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people, and his overall contributions to our community through the integrity he consistently embodied,” Dr. McCracken said. “I am pleased and honored to be working with him again. I look forward to providing a stellar program that can put forth the same levels of sound educational philosophies and dedication to the success of members of the athletic community that he exemplified during the several years of our previous working relationship.”

According to Montecalvo, in Pennsylvania, there is no mandatory certification for the position of athletic administrator. Additionally, other than Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certification, there are no educational requirements for men and women who coach at the interscholastic level.  

“After serving in both roles for many years, I feel that there is an urgent need to prepare prospective educators who wish to pursue this level of work,” Montecalvo said. “Our program will address the need that has developed to support new athletic administrators to adequately handle the complexities of the position, as well as provide professional development for the experienced athletic administrator.”

The M.Ed. Program’s Athletic Administration and Coaching option provides comprehensive training to coaches to assist them in meeting the new PIAA Coaching and First Aid requirement that goes into effect July 2016. 

Current and prospective coaches are also offered the opportunity to earn credits toward their Instructional II certificate as well as in-depth programming on the concepts of sports law, contemporary issues in athletics, sports budget and fiscal practices, event and facilities management, fundraising, and coaching and first aid.

Beyond preparing students, Montecalvo believes the program will position graduates to exceed expectations in the job market. 

“We feel that our students will enhance their ability and be given an edge over competitors in securing jobs in this market,” said Montecalvo. 

The courses will be offered at the University’s Southpointe location and will be held for eight-week periods on weekday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Montecalvo at gmonteca@waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University recently executed two affiliation agreements with Chatham University in order to provide more opportunities for graduates as they approach their chosen career paths. 

Established with Chatham University’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) and Chatham’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT), the agreements will guarantee interviews to participants for consideration into the MOT or DPT program, providing that they maintain a specified GPA and receive satisfactory GRE scores.

Of the interviewees, up to two Waynesburg University students will be guaranteed acceptance into the MOT and DPT programs, respectively, provided they meet the academic criteria. 

“We are thrilled for our students to have secured paths into graduate school,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Waynesburg University. “Guaranteed admission removes pressure from our students during their undergraduate education, allowing them to focus on their studies. It’s wonderful to already know where you will end up before you ever start, something not every university can offer prospective students.” 

Beginning in the fall of 2015, students who declare intent to complete the Master of Occupational Therapy Program or Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member from Chatham University during their sophomore or junior year for guidance and information about the program.  

For both the MOT and DPT programs, the bachelor’s degree will be awarded by Waynesburg University and, upon completion, the graduate degree will be awarded by Chatham University. 

The goal of these agreements is to improve placement opportunities for Waynesburg students by allowing them to form relationships with the leaders of these regional programs. 

Chatham University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a clinical doctorate degree designed to prepare its graduates for practice in physical therapy at the successful completion of seven terms of study. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/pt/.

The goal of the Chatham’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is to educate competent occupational therapy practitioners to assist individuals of all ages to achieve maximum independence in daily life activities. Upon completion of this program, graduates are prepared to practice evidence-based occupational therapy in a variety of healthcare and community settings, provided that they pass the national certification exam and obtain state licensure as needed. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/ot/.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bill.jpgWaynesburg University has promoted two senior administrators, effective July 1. 

Bill Dumire has been named Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer, and Heidi Szuminsky has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations.

“These two individuals’ vision and leadership have been invaluable,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Not only do they show commitment to our mission, they embody it. Their innovative thinking will continue to enhance the strategic direction of our University.” 

Dumire joined the University in 2013 as the Executive Director of Information Technologies with more than fifteen years of information technology support and leadership experience in higher education, healthcare and private sector environments. 

He directs the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources. Among his accomplishments since joining Waynesburg, he has led the design, planning and implementation of a new information system infrastructure to better support the current and future needs of the University.

Dumire holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems and a Master of Information Systems.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Heidi.jpgIn her ten years of employment at Waynesburg, Szuminsky has served in various leadership roles. In her most recent role as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, she has guided the alumni relations and development team to inform and engage graduates of the University and to promote philanthropic giving. 

Active in the community, Szuminsky serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg and as a member of the Southwest Regional Medical Center Advocacy Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Tourism Promotion Agency.

Szuminsky holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Business Administration degree from Waynesburg University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative, earning a certificate in Leadership Development.

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