b2ap3_thumbnail_Jamie_Jacobs_HighRes.jpgDr. Jamie Jacobs has joined Waynesburg University as the dean of institutional effectiveness and planning, the University announced today. In her role, Dr. Jacobs provides administrative oversight for the University’s institutional effectiveness, assessment and accreditation processes.

“There is no person who could possibly be a better fit for this position than Dr. Jacobs,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Waynesburg University. “She will play an integral role in the future of our institution, and the excitement which has followed her arrival has been palpable.”

Dr. Jacobs will also be responsible for data management, grant writing, institutional documents, institutional reporting and supporting various institutional objectives.

“I am very excited to contribute to the continued excellence of Waynesburg University and am already working with faculty and staff on several exciting projects,” said Dr. Jacobs. “I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to be a part of the Waynesburg University community.”

With experience in administration roles and as a faculty member, Dr. Jacobs brings to Waynesburg University a diverse background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Dr. Jacobs served in various roles at West Virginia University (WVU), most recently as the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. As the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, Jacobs was responsible for program operations and assessment. She also assisted with programmatic accreditation and evaluated services and recommended evidence-based practices.

Previously at WVU, Dr. Jacobs worked as a clinical therapist for the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and an assistant professor for the Department of Political Science.

WVU repeatedly recognized Dr. Jacobs for her exceptional work as an educator. Among her many awards are the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award (2003), the Golden Apple Outstanding Teacher (2002) and the Department of Political Science Outstanding Teacher Award (2002).

Published extensively, Dr. Jacobs’ recent titles include “NGOS, the European Union and the Case of the Environment,” (with Anthony Zito) in Transition Activism in the UN and EU: A Comparative Study and “Civil Society in Argentina: Opportunities and Challenges for National and Transnational Organisation,” (with Martin Maldonado) in the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Dr. Jacobs has presented at a wide range of conferences, including the National Association of Social Workers Spring Continuing Education Conference in Charleston, W.Va., in 2013.

She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in counseling from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Active in her community, Dr. Jacobs currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the Morgantown Dog Owners Group and on the Advisory Panel for City of Morgantown dog parks. Since 2011, she has been an associate advisor of Venturing Crew 21. Venturing, a co-ed youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for men and women aged 14 through 20, provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring leaders.

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Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively scoring above the national average for accredited counseling programs. One Waynesburg University student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees nationwide. 

More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for the exam.

“The NCE is the national benchmark for knowledge and skills in the counseling profession,” said Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling at Waynesburg. “Waynesburg University’s Program has reached a point in its evolution that makes it comparable to similar programs at large universities.”

The NCE is used for two purposes: national counselor certification and state counselor licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
Satisfactory performance on the NCE is one of the criteria used by the National Board for Certified Counselors to identify professionals who may be eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree and doctoral programs in counseling. To achieve accreditation, programs voluntarily submit a self-study that is reviewed against the CACREP Standards by counselors and counselor educators to ensure that students receive a quality educational experience.

Courses within Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Programs are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one or two nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

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

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Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its first Chamber Works concert of the semester, Thursday, Feb. 27. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental Combos, Percussion Ensemble, Pipe and Drum Band and Woodwind Ensemble.

“Chamber Works is an event that allows our student-ensembles to perform a great variety of styles of music,” said Alejandro Pinzon, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University. “This is an opportunity for our student-musicians to perform in front of an audience of peers, teachers and friends.”

People attending are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-Kassalow.jpgWaynesburg University’s DeVito Lecture Series will host Dr. Jordan Kassalow Tuesday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend Kassalow’s lecture, “Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World.”

In his lecture, Kassalow will share the many challenges one encounters in finding purpose, and once found, translating that into action and impact. He will discuss how to overcome the many barriers that exist in the pursuit of creating a sustainable enterprise that serves the needs of the poor.

Kassalow is the founder and CEO of VisionSpring, a social enterprise that allows people in developing countries access to affordable quality eyeglasses. VisionSpring has served more than one million customers through a network of 9,000 female vision entrepreneurs in more than 18 countries.

In addition to VisionSpring, Kassalow is the founder of Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Kassalow is a fellow of non-profit foundations including Draper Richards, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He also was recently named to Forbes Impact 30.

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A faculty art exhibition featuring the work of Ron Jesiolowski will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Feb. 24, through Wednesday, March 19. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception Monday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Jesiolowski’s work aims to provide a window to peek into a deeper understanding of one’s own personal beliefs, convictions, faith and a shared planetary struggle of survival.

“My work can be classified as fantasy-surreal, which in most cases have spiritual undertones,” said Jesiolowski. “It attempts to invite the viewer to engage in a deeper understanding and appreciation for how precious life truly is, presenting unexpected life forms in scenarios of relative equality, experiencing everyday human goals, ambitions, challenges and obstacles associated with existence on the planet.”

Between 15 and 18 art pieces will be displayed at the exhibition including oil paintings, pen and ink pieces, and watercolor paintings.

Jesiolowski’s work has been displayed throughout the Pittsburgh area including the Carnegie Art Museum in the Scaife Gallery, the Pittsburgh Association of the Arts and Pittsburgh’s Center of the Arts. He attended Point Park College as well as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and he received his master’s degree from Westminster University in London, England.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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