b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3676.jpgThe Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) General Greene District of the Laurel Highlands Council presented Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee with its 2015 Good Citizen Award today.

Each year, the award honors an individual in the community who has enriched the region through dedication and commitment to the values of Scouting.

Lee’s involvement with BSA began in 1970, when he became a member of Boy Scout Troop 420. He became an Eagle Scout on March 22, 1975. His Eagle Scout service project consisted of working with veterans at a veterans nursing facility. He later served as Assistant Scoutmaster.

He has served on The Mountaineer Area Council, BSA, where he chaired the council’s first program to create an endowment fund, and has continued his love of Scouting through supporting the many local and regional Scouting events hosted and sponsored by Waynesburg University each year.

Initiatives at Waynesburg include the University’s annual Merit Badge University, an event that brings more than 300 Scouts to Waynesburg to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff.

The University also offers two resident camps each year, STEM Camp, during which Scouts earn merit badges in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and a Life-to-Eagle Camp, where Scouts who are at least Star rank can earn merit badges and work on their Eagle portfolio in the school’s state-of-the-art computer lab.

Additionally, through the Waynesburg University Scout Scholarship, incoming students who are Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and Venturing Silver or Summit Award recipients can receive up to $2,000 over the course of four years for their accomplishments within Scouting.

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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades nine through twelve Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. with check-in at 9:30 a.m. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 9.

The event will feature Julia Paganelli, a poet and Waynesburg University alumna who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by Department of English and Foreign Languages faculty and students. During the student workshops, teachers will attend a workshop facilitated by Paganelli. Following the workshops, there will be a luncheon and student reading. The cost per student is $5. 

Paganelli is the author of a poetry chapbook, Blush Less, which focuses on the lives of young women in Appalachia. Other recent publications include poetry in Hobart, The Madison Review, BOAAT, Connotation Press and The Chautauqua Literary Journal.

Her work with the Bonner Program at Waynesburg greatly influenced her writing about Appalachia, as did her work with the Greene County Food Security Partnership.

Paganelli holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Waynesburg University.

For more information, contact Amy Randolph at 724-852-3430 or by email at arandolp@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-29-HC-Court.JPGWaynesburg University recently announced its 2015 Homecoming Court. The crowning of the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen will take place during halftime of the University’s homecoming game against Grove City College Saturday, Oct. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium. 

The Homecoming Court includes:

  • Charles Cook, senior biology (pre-med) major from Cheswick (Twentynine Palms High School)
  • Heidi Dains, senior business management major from Clarksville (Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Mark Dami, senior nursing major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Rachel Hamilla, senior psychology major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • John Lydic, senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major from Verona (Penn Hills High School)
  • Derrion May, senior biology major from Belleville, Ill. (Belleville High School East)
  • Jordan Mitrik, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh (North Catholic High School)
  • Madison Perretta, senior sociology major from Beaver Falls (Beaver Falls High School)
  • Lori Williams, senior human services major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)
  • Kaitlyn Wood, senior sociology major from Honey Brook (Pennsylvania Home Schoolers)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-15-Pestritto.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and Honors Academy will host a lecture presented by Hillsdale College professor Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Pestritto’s lecture is titled “Rule by Law or by Executive Fiat? How Agencies Govern Without Consent.” 

Dr. Pestritto is the graduate dean and an associate professor of politics at Hillsdale College, where he teaches political philosophy, American political thought and American politics, and holds the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution. He is a senior fellow of the College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and an academic fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Pestritto earned his Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in government from the Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of “Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism,” the editor of “Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings” and the co-editor of “American Progressivism: A Reader.” 

“Professor Pestritto will show the bipartisan historical precedence which bolstered the administrative state and upset the original constitutional design,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_BPTW-LOGO-GOOD-with-button.jpgWaynesburg University has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Best Places to Work Awards by the Pittsburgh Business Times, based on the results of an employee engagement survey completed by employees in June. 

“We are proud to be recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a 'Best Places to Work' finalist,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It’s a privilege to serve alongside the dedicated faculty and staff at the University. This recognition is a result of the enthusiasm and commitment each one brings forth.”

Waynesburg University is one of ten finalists in the “150+ Employees” category. To be eligible for selection as a finalist, companies must reach a minimum level of employee participation, based on total number of employees. Responses from completed surveys are compiled and evaluated. 

Companies are ranked and finalists are chosen in each size category according to their overall engagement score. Finalists are chosen based on the results of the survey and, in essence, by the employees themselves. 

Finalists will be honored and winners will be announced at a luncheon Friday, Oct. 30. 

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