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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b2ap3_thumbnail_David-Skeel.pngThe Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will host a guest lecturer Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor David Skeel will lead a lecture titled, “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World.”

Skeel will also lead a forum in conjunction with Judge Gary Glazer of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 on the 3rd floor of the Stover Campus Center. Admission to both events is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Skeel’s lecture will explore the idea that Christianity can explain many of the puzzles of human existence, such as humans’ capacity for idea-making and their inability to create a just social order. Compared with other belief systems, Skeel argues, Christianity provides a more comprehensive framework for understanding human life. He supports the notion that, even in the contemporary world, God can make sense of the complexities of human life.

During the afternoon forum, “Thinking about Law School?,” Skeel and Glazer will describe the law school experience, various specialties in law school and what it is like to practice law. Students will find this afternoon forum to be an informative discussion for those considering law school.

“Professor Skeel and Judge Glazer will explore critical issues relating to ethics and law, which will guide Waynesburg University students to become effective civil leaders,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and the assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Judge-Gary-Glazer.pngProfessor David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Skeel teaches courses on corporate law, bankruptcy, sovereign debt, poetry and the law, and Christianity and the law. He is the author of “The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences” and “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World,” as well as numerous articles, books and other publications.  Professor Skeel earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Judge Glazer is a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he has served as a trial judge in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Prior to joining the court in 1991, Judge Glazer served as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he was the chief of the Fraud Section. He also spent time practicing law at private firms in Philadelphia and Chicago. Judge Glazer earned his Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.

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