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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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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