b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Benito-Stallings.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel, Monday, January 18. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Benito Stallings, philanthropy advisor at Waynesburg University, served as the speaker. In his address, “Loving One Another as Christ Has Loved Us,” Stallings explored the questions of “What is love?,” “Why do we love?” and “How do we love?” 

Turning to Scripture to answer these questions, Stallings stated that the message of the gospel is a message of love. He focused his exploration of how to love on laying down one’s life “for the justice and well-being of our fellow brothers and sisters who may be different from us.” 

Stallings recounted King’s great example of love and service towards all individuals, both through the Civil Rights Movement and through his life in general. He also shared a few examples of the Civil Rights Movement with ties to Waynesburg University. 

“[Waynesburg] University’s faith in Christ inspires its students to learn about the world around them and leads them to seek to lay down their lives in service,” Stallings said, referencing the University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Through traveling on behalf of the University, Stallings has met an array of Waynesburg alumni, and has been touched by the stories he has heard from 1950’s and 1960’s graduates.

“I must have talked to a half dozen ministers who graduated from Waynesburg and decided to integrate their churches during a time when integration would get you harassed by the Ku Klux Klan,” Stallings said. “A retired history professor told me the story of how he helped integrate Florida State University in the early 60’s.”

Stallings also noted that the University’s tradition of loving one another goes back further than the 50’s and 60’s, citing Waynesburg’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and women’s suffrage. 

“To the student body, I say keep pursuing Christ and loving others in the way that you’re doing, and I firmly believe you’ll change the world. By God’s grace we’ll see senators, governors, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers coming from Waynesburg who will lay down their lives and challenge and inspire others to do the same.”

Stallings’ background includes community outreach, fundraising, budget management, organizing and motivating volunteers, preaching and teaching. Currently, he is seeking ordination into the priesthood within the Anglican Church.

Stallings is active within his church in Pittsburgh as a leadership figure for outreach and evangelism, primarily to college students and recent college graduates, and as a co-founder of the Southside Anglican Church Forum on Race Relations. 

Civically engaged in the city of Pittsburgh, Stallings was selected to become one of 50 young professionals to participate in the Leadership Development Initiative XXIII (LDI) last year. LDI is an extension of Leadership Pittsburgh, both of which are highly selective leadership training programs designed to improve the city of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Stallings was the associate director of development at Penn State University. Stallings earned his bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences with a minor in meteorology from Penn State University.

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Waynesburg University presented Waynesburg Borough with a new police car Monday, November 21. From left to right: Waynesburg Borough Police Chief Rob Toth, Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and Waynesburg Borough Mayor Duncan Berryman.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_PRSSA-Teahan-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter was honored with the Dr. F.H. Teahan Award for best Chapter Newsletter November 9 at the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Waynesburg University PRSSA’s newsletter, “Trending Topics,” is a monthly publication that was developed in 2012. Each issue includes professional development tips and officer updates, as well as summaries of all major Chapter events and initiatives. The content, design and overall development of each newsletter issue are completed by Waynesburg University students that make up the Chapter.

“Through the newsletter, I want to show all of the great things our Chapter is doing to expand and succeed,” said Natalie Gloady, junior public relations major and public relations director for Waynesburg University PRSSA. “It is important for those in our professional networks to witness our accomplishments. It shows them that we are serious about public relations and are working to make ourselves better and more productive future professionals.”

The Dr. F.H. Teahan Award for Outstanding Chapter Newsletter is presented to one PRSSA Chapter each year, naming its newsletter as the organization’s best chapter publication. Since the award’s inception in 2004, Waynesburg University is the only institution in Pennsylvania to have received this honor.

“We made a number of significant changes to the newsletter about a year ago that we thought greatly improved its overall quality,” said Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to its PRSSA Chapter.  “After only three years of publishing a newsletter, we are now recognized as having the most outstanding Chapter newsletter. It's been a really exciting year.”

According to prssa.prsa.org, each publication submitted for the Dr. F. H. Teahan Award for best Chapter newsletter is judged by the quality of its writing, content, design and creativity. Judges may also consider distribution efforts, length of publication cycles and newsworthiness of stories when making their decisions.

“Now that our Chapter has received this honor, it will only make us work harder,” said Gloady. “I am proud to work with a staff that puts significant time and effort into making our newsletter and Chapter great.”

To view the latest issue of “Trending Topics,” please visit www.wuprssa.wordpress.com.

For more information about Waynesburg University PRSSA, please contact Megan Bayles, president of the Chapter, at bay2547@student.waynesburg.edu.

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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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