Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, April 30, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and Aradhna Oliphant will address the Class of 2017 as the Commencement speaker. 

The celebration will honor approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. 

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. 

Both Oliphant and Migliore will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

b2ap3_thumbnail_migliore.jpgRev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore

Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he taught for 47 years. He is also an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

During his tenure as the Charles Hodge Professor of Systemic Theology, he also served as the Director of Doctoral Studies, Chairman of the Department of Theology and Editor of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Additionally, he spent time as a visiting professor of theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Seattle University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Migliore is the author of several books, including “Rachel's Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope,” (with Kathleen D. Billman); “The Power of God and the Gods of Power;” and “Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology,” which is the bestselling theological introduction in colleges and seminaries across the United States.

In his retirement, Migliore has remained active in conducting research and writing in his academic specialization, as well as the theology and ethics of Karl Barth. He continues to preach and lecture at various congregations and conferences throughout the country.

Migliore is a member of the American Theological Society, having served as president during the 2007-08 term; a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton; and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Karl Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Migliore holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s degree and doctorate from Princeton University.

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Aradhna Oliphant is the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), a premiere resource for community leadership identification, connection and development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Deeply committed to community building, Oliphant is actively engaged with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors.  She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards including the national Association of Leadership Programs, The Pittsburgh Parking Authority, The Forbes Funds, Thornburgh Forum at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Advisory Committee for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, among others. 

She was invited by Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the steering committee that oversaw the work of the transition teams, and in 2015, she was appointed as a Commissioner for the County Government Review Commission that is constituted once every ten years to review Allegheny County’s structure and make recommendations.  

Oliphant also serves as Vice President of the International Women’s Forum of Pittsburgh and is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVIII – an experience that truly anchored her in the region.  

She has been recognized for her innovation and leadership as a Woman of Distinction by several area civic organizations and most recently in 2015 as one of the top twenty-five most influential people in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Born and raised in India, Oliphant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Bhopal University.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-29-GNP.jpgWaynesburg University will host the Gross National Product’s (GNP) 47th Anniversary Concert Saturday, April 22. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and doors open at 7 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.

GNP is a spring musical reunion for original band members and area musicians. Performers include Waynesburg University faculty, staff, students and alumni. The band first performed on the Waynesburg campus in 1970. 

GNP was formed in the mid-1960s in New Jersey. Original band members, who will perform together April 22, include Bill Molzon, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University, Scott Buttfield, Tom Minson, Charlie Behrend and Jeannie Clark Fisher.

“This year’s show includes a variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary and classic rock, to bluegrass and country, to jazz,” Molzon said. “The musicians look forward to seeing each other and to performing for such a loyal audience. It’s a big show in a small town.” 

“It’s a multi-faceted event,” said Molzon. “In addition to being a concert for the campus and the community, it’s an educational opportunity for the school’s TV students. They use the school’s TV production truck to feed the wall monitors in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The chair of the communication department, Richard Krause, supports this type of learning experience.”

For more information or directions to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, call 724-852-3270.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-21-Charter-Day-post.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 21. The University also honored the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program during the ceremony, which was held in Roberts Chapel. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Timothy R. Thyreen, Chancellor of Waynesburg University, served as the Charter Day speaker. 

In his convocation address, “All Things Good Must Be Taught Again…Forever,” Thyreen reflected on the importance of the University’s founding mission and significance of the Bonner Scholar Program.

“The Bonner gift came at an early time in my presidency, when Carolyn and I were attempting to bring the college back to its Christian roots without the means to do so,” said Thyreen.

Thyreen shared a quote by Wayne Meisel, former president of the Bonner Foundation, who once said, “There is no other college or campus that embodies the hope and promise of the Bonner Foundation more so than Waynesburg College.”

The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars Program has been so successful, Thyreen said, because Bonner students are not the only students at Waynesburg who serve. With students, faculty and staff contributing more than 50,000 hours of service yearly, the University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.

Closing his remarks with a reference to Micah 6:8, Thyreen urged those in attendance to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

“As a Waynesburg University student, you are challenged to discover your gifts, develop them and give God the glory,” he said. 

As president of Waynesburg University from 1990 to 2013, Thyreen was responsible for unprecedented growth at the University. Among his many accomplishments, Thyreen led Waynesburg University to become the first institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to establish a Bonner Scholar Program. 

Today, the University remains one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bonner-Celebration-1752.jpgMore than 230 volunteers from Waynesburg University served at 25 locations throughout Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties over the weekend. 

This day of service commemorated the 25th anniversary of the University’s Bonner Scholar Program, which is a unique scholarship program that provides financial assistance in return for weekly service hours. Bonner alumni also served in their own communities, including one who resides in Amman, Jordan.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University,” said Kelley Hardie, Director of the Center for Service Leadership and Bonner Scholarship Program. “The Day of Service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the 25th Anniversary of the Bonner Scholarship Program at Waynesburg University.”

Bonner Scholars served as leaders at each of the service sites, guiding volunteers as they assisted with various tasks, including landscaping and painting at the Eva K. Bowlby Library; home repairs with Greene County Habitat for Humanity; and preparing for Hidden Treasure Thrift Store’s opening by organizing inventory. 

Other service sites included 2nd Sam 9, the American Cancer Society of Greene County, the Greene County Historical Society, Light of Life Rescue Mission Donation Center and Washington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, among others.

The economic impact provided by current Bonner scholars alone, not even counting their predecessors, estimates nearly $1.1 million for their more than 45,000 hours combined.

Waynesburg is one of just 21 Bonner affiliated schools in the country and the only one in Pennsylvania. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, the University fosters a program with 60 students, who each serve an average of 10 hours per week. 

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The Yellow Jacket newspaper, a student-run news publication at Waynesburg University, recently earned a record number of awards from two prestigious journalism organizations. For the year 2016, The Yellow Jacket has accrued 16 awards, breaking the previous year’s record of nine awards. 

Between staff, group and individual awards, the newspaper was named as a finalist for 11 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a national organization of journalism professionals. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) awarded the Yellow Jacket a total of five awards, announcing one first place award, one second place award, and three honorable mentions for Waynesburg.

The SPJ Mark of Excellence competition assesses college newspapers by dividing entrants into small schools (1-9,999 students) and large schools (10,000+ students) for some categories. Seven Yellow Jacket staff members were named finalists among small schools in categories including General News, In-Depth Reporting, Sports Writing, Feature Writing and others for a total of 10 awards.

The Yellow Jacket was also named a finalist for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper award, which assesses all non-daily newspapers regardless of school size.

“Any time a student wins an award from SPJ, it’s a reminder that the curriculum and program we have for journalism students at Waynesburg is really preparing students for the real world,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, faculty advisor for the Yellow Jacket and instructor of communication. “To win such prestigious awards only further reinforces that students are getting a great education and still enjoying all the benefits of a small-school setting.”

The finalists for these Mark of Excellence awards were selected from among entrants across SPJ Region 4, which includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. A group of students will travel to the SPJ Region 4 Spring Conference in Detroit, Michigan, at the end of March to learn how the newspaper placed. First-place winners in each category will move on to the national SPJ competition.

“We set a record last year with five SPJ awards, two of them being first place,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. “Even before finding out our placement, to have surpassed our record by so much is such an amazing accomplishment for the entire Yellow Jacket staff.”

SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Waynesburg University’s previous record number of Mark of Excellence Awards was five.

In addition to collecting 11 awards from SPJ, the Yellow Jacket received five Student Keystone Press awards from the PNA in Division II, which includes four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000.

In the General News category, senior Jacob Meyer earned second place for his story “Thomas More women’s basketball stripped of 2014-15 title.” Senior Kyle Dawson earned first place in the Sports Story category for his story “From fringe to spotlight.”

The Yellow Jacket earned honorable mentions in General News (“Dreams will live on” by senior Kimmi Baston), Ongoing News Coverage (“Community addresses ongoing drug use and overdose problem” by senior Kimmi Baston, sophomores Teghan Simoton and Mattie Winowitch and 2016 graduate Anthony Conn) and Sports Story (“NCAA sanctions baseball team for practice violations” by Kimmi Baston). 

“We’re being compared to schools with great journalism programs all across the state, and we’re more than measuring up,” said Baston. “I’m incredibly proud of the individuals whose hard work and countless hours earned them this recognition.”

The Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.

“Winning awards like these is great for resumes and bragging rights, but more importantly they’re a testament to the high quality education that students can get in the Department of Communication,” said Szuminsky. “We believe we’re doing what we say we will when it comes to providing students with real benefits, and this is outside validation and support for that idea.” 

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