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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Waynesburg University will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Scouts Camp Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25. Boy Scouts entering sixth grade through current high school seniors are invited to attend.

Today, the University announced a commuter option for the camp. Scouts can come to campus for the day, be provided lunch and dinner and still be home after the evening session. Commuters can expect to be on campus from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The total cost for the commuter option of STEM camp is $250, while the camper option is $450. Both commuter and camper costs include instruction for five Merit Badges.

Waynesburg University will offer 13 different badges including chemistry, digital technology, engineering, environmental science, geocaching and sustainability, among others. Scouts may choose their five badges when registering.

Waynesburg University will offer small camp classes with individualized instruction. All classes will be taught by University professors who are experts in the merit badge field.

“We are thrilled to continue the tradition of scouting at Waynesburg University with this camp opportunity,” said University Provost Dr. Jacquelyn Core. “As a scout leader, it is important that merit badge instruction be of high quality, and the Boy Scouts of America works hard to ensure that merit badge counsellors are appropriately qualified.  At Waynesburg University, we are uniquely positioned with a cadre of experts in science, technology, engineering and math, capable and excited to teach scouts these skills.  Who better to teach these skills than University professors teaching in their fields of expertise?”

Registration is limited to the first 50 scouts. The $450 camper cost includes lodging in air conditioned dorms, three meals a day in the dining facilities of the University, a t-shirt, a patch and all activities. Scouts can provide a roommate preference to room with a friend.

Activities include evening campfires and fun, hands-on STEM activities. Scouts will work on Boy Scouts of America (BSA) NOVA science awards during camp. The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with fun activities and exposure to STEM-related fields.

To register, visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/STEMcamp.

Waynesburg University’s history of scouting initiatives and education will continue with STEM for Scouts Camp, as well as its second annual Merit Badge University Saturday, Oct. 25, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

The Boy Scouts of America 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, contact scouting@waynesburg.edu.

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The Waynesburg University Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program will host Teaching with Primary Sources Level 1 Summer Institute Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main campus of Waynesburg University. The program is free, and past participants are welcome to attend.

Teachers and librarians interested in techniques to address the newly adopted Pennsylvania Core Standards are encouraged to attend. Pennsylvania Core Standards focus on application of content knowledge in the classroom, critical thinking and student literacy.

Teachers and librarians will engage in model learning activities and collaborate with colleagues in pairs and small groups. The TPS Program equips teachers with methods and tools from the Library of Congress’s digitized collection of primary sources to address this critical need.

Summer Institute participants will earn up to 16 PDE Act 48 activity hours. Registration for the four-day workshop is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Level1-Registration.

For more information, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or swise@waynesburg.edu.

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. It was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot then officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. It continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania by working with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Waynesburg University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charleroi Area Firefighters Annual Scholarship for students at Waynesburg University.

Through the scholarship, recipients can receive up to $10,000 over the course of four years at Waynesburg. One $2,500 Charleroi Area Firefighters Scholarship will be awarded annually, pending an applicant that meets all requirements.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be serving in good standing as a junior firefighter or firefighter in one of the following three volunteer fire departments: Charleroi Station 33, Fallowfield Township Station 47 or Lock 4 Station 22.

The successful candidate must also have a history of demonstrated exemplary service to the community, a good academic record in his/her high school studies and strength of character in his/her personal life.
In addition, the recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and meet Waynesburg University financial aid criteria.

In certain special circumstances, such as physical disability, an individual may not be able to handle the rigors of being a junior firefighter or firefighter, but nonetheless may have made outstanding contributions to the fire department through administrative, logistical or other service. In such a case, the applicant and department must thoroughly document his or her fire department contributions.

University trustee John D. Woodward Jr. established the scholarship in honor of his parents, Olga O. Woodward and the late John D. Woodward, both lifelong residents of the Charleroi area and dedicated public servants. 

In explaining the motivation behind the scholarship, Mrs. Woodward, a former Fallowfield Township Supervisor, said, "Our volunteer firefighters give so much to the community, oftentimes in dangerous and demanding circumstances. With this scholarship, we want to show our appreciation for their efforts. We selected Waynesburg University because of its deep emphasis on learning, service and faith."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_image001.jpgDr. Darryl Husenits, CONSOL Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, was recently awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award.

The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.” 

Husenits worked with representatives from Waynesburg as well as Dr. George Smith, general manager of value chain at CONSOL Energy and an alumnus of the University’s MBA Program, and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, manager of e-services at CONSOL Energy, to develop strategic curriculum for an Energy Management Concentration for the University’s MBA Program. The Energy Management Concentration was launched in 2012.

“This team was able to help Waynesburg design and implement our concentration in Energy Management,” said David Mariner, dean of graduate and professional studies at Waynesburg University. “We always look for ways to improve and enhance our curriculum. Husenits, Smith and Cooper were instrumental with this process.”

According to Mariner, through communication with students and employers, the University determined that there was a need to implement curriculum into the MBA degree that was geared toward the energy industry.

“We noticed an increase in enrollment from students working in the energy field,” Mariner said. “It was an easy choice to reach out to Dr. Husenits because of his experience and education, not to mention he was an alumnus of our MBA Program. Dr. Husenits then helped us to connect to Dr. Smith and Dr. Cooper.”

According to Husenits, the University’s Energy Management Concentration fills a void in higher education, as “it provides students with a broad view of the energy sector and will help students to make decisions that will add value to their employers.”

“The focus of the program is to deliver value to students by covering strategic industry drivers such as safety, compliance (internal and external), continuous improvement and risk analysis. This concentration also provides practical application processes in Project Management as well as Supply Chain Management,” said Husenits, who has taught courses for the concentration since its inception.

Husenits holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Seton Hill University, an MBA in applied business from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. in information systems and communication from Robert Morris University. 

Waynesburg University’s 36-credit MBA Program can be completed in two years or less. Students can set their own degree pace with an exclusive “step in – step out” class format. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg. Saturday morning classes are offered at the Southpointe location.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or jcrile@waynesburg.edu.

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