Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through its reputable Graduate and Professional Studies Program.

Employment of mental health counselors and substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 29 percent and 31 percent, respectively, from 2012 to 2022 – much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014).

Growth is expected because more people have addiction and mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.

“Waynesburg University’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program was developed based on a national need for counselor educators,” said Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling at the University. “Government agencies and insurance companies have come to grips with the magnitude of mental health in America. There’s a push to have more counselors, and as a result, we need more counselor educators.”

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program will be available September 1 and can be completed in three years.

With an over-arching goal of preparing leaders for the field of counseling, the Program was designed to develop students in the Christian tradition of Waynesburg University and prepare them for leadership roles in the counseling field.

“As a University dedicated to Christian service, the founding goals of the institution closely mimic that of the counseling profession,” Tracy said. “Our Christian identity makes this program distinctive, and we will be able to say the same about future graduates.”

The program is intended to prepare individuals for employment as counselor educators in colleges and universities and as leaders in clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling or school counseling.

“The Waynesburg University Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program provides doctoral students with the information and skills required to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations and create new knowledge,” said Dave Mariner, the University’s director of program development.

In addition to core doctoral classes in research, students will also have experiences in college teaching and counselor supervision.  Some advanced courses in counseling practice are also offered. The program consists of a minimum of 54 semester credits beyond the master's degree, a clinical practicum, a specialty practicum, an internship, a candidacy examination and a dissertation.

With strategic curriculum developed by the fulltime counseling faculty at the University, the Ph.D. is designed to attract experienced professionals who hold master’s degrees and who want to become leaders in the counseling field.

“Specifically, we’re targeting for leadership positions in community mental health counseling, addictions counseling and school counseling,” Tracy said.

Tracy worked with fulltime counseling faculty on the curriculum for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program. The team also received guidance from Mariner.

Waynesburg University master's degree programs in clinical mental health counseling and addiction counseling are accredited by the American Counseling Association's Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling and Ph.D. Counselor Education specializations are in the application phase of the accreditation process.

For more information, contact Tracy at 724-743-2259 or stracy@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WVSOM_LOGO2F-2F.jpgThrough an agreement between Waynesburg University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), Waynesburg will offer a Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Track beginning in the fall 2014 semester.

The Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Track is designed for undergraduates who plan to enter the study of osteopathic medicine after completing their undergraduate degrees and who have identified WVSOM as their first choice in pursuing a medical education. 

Students apply to the track during their sophomore year. Eligible students then receive WVSOM faculty mentoring to assist them in their pre-medical development and application to the school. Students will also visit the campus of WVSOM, touring WVSOM and attending informational sessions with practicing physicians, basic scientists and osteopathic medical students. Students apply to WVSOM during their junior year.

Successful completion of the pre-osteopathic medical track requirements earns the student an expedited application review, as well as an early admission interview, from WVSOM.

“This country has a growing need for family doctors, pediatricians and other primary care physicians to serve the health care needs of its citizens,” said Malcolm Modrzakowski, associate dean of affiliated and sponsored programs at WVSOM. “This program is a way to identify and mentor undergraduates who are interested in the field of medicine.”

WVSOM is the number one medical school in the nation educating primary care physicians who practice in rural America. WVSOM is No. 3 in the nation for percentage of medical school graduates entering primary care specialties.

Primary care specialties include pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine. A doctor of osteopathic medicine may also be an anesthesiologist, cardiologist, orthopedic surgeon or urologist. Osteopathic physicians may choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries and practice medicine anywhere in the United States, bringing a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating illness and injury.

For more information, contact Waynesburg University’s Admissions Office at 724-852-3248.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_MBU-8.jpgWaynesburg University’s second annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, 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.

Provost and vice president for academic affairs Dr. Jacquelyn Core explained, “Our institutional mission of faith, learning and serving makes offering this service to Boy Scouts a natural fit for Waynesburg University. We are excited to continue our long scouting tradition which dates back to the beginning of scouting when alumnus Governor Edward Martin began the first Boy Scout troop in Greene County.”

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 30 merit badges, including eight Eagle required merit badges. Badges include American Business, Aviation, Digital Technology, Electricity, Fingerprinting and Orienteering. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university-at-waynesburg-university-2014.

Cost for the day is $10 and includes lunch, a 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 to those registering after October 1. 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_Tinnemeyer_20140710-173220_1.jpgRev. James Tinnemeyer has joined Waynesburg University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry, the University announced today.

The vision for the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry is to provide a resource for developing and sharing service and leadership skills in the various fields of ministry.

“We are pleased to have Rev. Tinnemeyer in this role,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “With his leadership experience in all aspects of congregational life, he brings to the University a diverse professional background.”

Tinnemeyer, who has experience in leading worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and administration, as well as fundraising and law, said he looks forward to the opportunity to bring people together to explore and grow as Christian leaders in churches, vocations and neighborhoods.

“I am most excited about the people at Waynesburg – what a great community of faith and learning!” Tinnemeyer said. “Every time I have been to the University to preach or speak, I have been so impressed by the wonderful students, faculty, administrators and staff.”

Since 2005, Tinnemeyer served at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, which has 950 members. There, he was the acting senior pastor, head of staff and previously executive pastor. Among his responsibilities, Tinnemeyer led Sunday worship, offered weekly pastoral visitation and periodic pastoral counseling and oversaw and monitored all of the church’s financials.

He also served in leadership roles with various committees at the church, including the stewardship, representative/nominating and communications committees. Additionally, Tinnemeyer periodically led young adult fellowship meetings and taught adult education classes, confirmation classes and college ministry.

Through its 2008 Capital Campaign, “Building Community,” Shadyside Presbyterian Church raised $5 million for renovations to the church under Tinnemeyer’s leadership.

A member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, Tinnemeyer serves on various committees for the organization.

Previously, Tinnemeyer served as associate pastor at Oakmont Presbyterian Church in Oakmont, Pa., and as an associate attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., and Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Tinnemeyer holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ETC-Rankings-Logo-RGB-TopCollege-02-Small-copy.jpgWaynesburg University has been ranked a top value college in an outcome-based college rankings index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC), which 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 Index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the over 1,200 colleges ranked within our system,” said ETC founder Michael R. Havis. “We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to persons who are similarly situated in other colleges.”

Waynesburg University ranked No. 104 out of the more than 1,200 schools listed in the nationwide ETC College Rankings Index. Included in the ranking are four-year colleges with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students.

According to ETC, colleges in the top third of the ETC Index have a relatively high percentage of graduates employed in their field of study and the earnings of graduates are relatively high. In addition, a majority of students graduate in four or five years and loan default rates are very low.

Waynesburg University’s career path analysis report states that 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. Additionally, according to the federal government's College Scorecard, the loan default rate for Waynesburg graduates is 4.5 percent, which is substantially lower than the national average of 14.7 percent.

The ETC Index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students, according to a description of the index on the group's website.

Waynesburg University was also recently selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School – Regional Universities (North) in the 2014 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, which identifies the top 15 “Best Value Schools” in the northern region of the country.

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