Waynesburg University’s graduate career path analysis report and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results indicate an institutional commitment to a high level of faculty and student interaction.

Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. Results outlined in Waynesburg University’s NSSE report indicate a campus culture in which faculty place high importance on providing mentorship and interacting with students one-on-one.

According to NSSE, survey items on The College Student Report represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college, one of which is a high career path rate, which measures the amount of graduates on the career path they set for themselves.

Waynesburg University’s career path rate, which states that 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation, is reflective of a 77 percent response rate and is, in part, a result of practices outlined in the NSSE report.

NSSE provides participating institutions with reports that compare their students' responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions. Waynesburg University’s NSSE report indicates that, in comparison to other Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools:

  • 28 percent more Waynesburg University students talked about career plans with a faculty member
  • 20 percent more Waynesburg University students discussed their academic performance with a faculty member
  • 17 percent more Waynesburg University students worked with a faculty member on activities other than coursework
  • 15 percent more Waynesburg University students participated in a learning community or some other formal program
  • 23 percent more Waynesburg University courses have included a community-based project (service learning)

“At Waynesburg, our students are our priority,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, Waynesburg University provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Every decision we make takes into account our Christian mission and tradition. We are constantly asking, ‘how can we best serve our students?’”

Core, who joined the University in May, led efforts to expand the University’s mentoring program to provide weekly, one-on-one support for students who qualify. Through the program, mentors coach the students in building needed skill areas and maintain regular contact with students’ professors to determine strengths, weaknesses and recommendations. Mentors consist of university faculty and staff members who have volunteered to be a part of the program, including the president of the University and other senior staff members.

With a 13 to 1 faculty to student ratio, faculty members routinely spend quality time with students of all academic standings, both in and outside of the classroom. One faculty member reported that he spends more than 375 hours of face time with a student over a four-year span.

Additionally, in accordance with the University’s Christian mission of inspiring and challenging every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God, students have numerous opportunities to serve in capacities related to their specific majors, both locally and internationally. The University offered 17 mission service trips during the 2013-14 academic year, covering a variety of academic and professional interests, and contributes 50,000 hours of service each year.

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Waynesburg University recently announced the recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Lewis Scholarship, given by Charles R. and Ada G. Lewis of Highland Avenue in Gettysburg. Cody Catalina, a senior history (secondary education) major from Brownsville, Pa., and Chelsea Heckman, an early childhood education major from Greenville, Pa., were named the recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Lewis, a 1949 Waynesburg University graduate, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in mathematics. As a student at Waynesburg University, he was involved in wrestling and tennis, among many other activities. Recognizing the importance of education, Lewis felt compelled to contribute to education through students attending his alma mater.

“I always enjoy hearing about the students who are selected for my scholarship,” said Lewis. “Waynesburg is my hometown, so it seems natural that I would wish to further its success.”

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As the semester draws to a close, 73 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others during the University’s winter break. University faculty and staff will lead six mission service trips through December and January.

The service trips include partnerships with Missions Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala, Trans World Radio in Bonaire and various non-profit organizations in Greene County.

Mission Academy Education Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Dr. Julie Bausman, assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University, will lead a group of five University students to Nassau, Bahamas, for a mission service trip during winter break. From Sunday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 10, the team will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to teach first and second grade reading and math lessons. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Mission Academy Medical Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Sixteen Waynesburg University Nursing students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, to assist with operations of a health clinic for Haitian refugees. The students will spend Sunday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan.10, at the Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, where they will work with Mission Academy Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving Bahamian and Haitian communities.

Terri Small, professor of nursing at the University, will lead the trip, along with her husband, Steve, a pharmacist, and Wendy Edgar, a nurse practitioner and adjunct faculty in the University’s nursing department.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Twelve students will travel to Carillos, Costa Rica, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 22, to partner with Strong Missions, a ministry supporting the local churches of Carrillos. Christopher Kellner, resident director at the University, will lead the team as they provide construction aid for churches and homes as well as education and day care services. Ashley Kelver, a women’s resident director, and her husband, Joshua, will also help to lead the trip.

Patzun, Gautemala

Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Thursday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 11, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Heidi Szuminsky, director of donor and alumni relations at Waynesburg, will lead the team. While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with the replacement of a driveway at the facility.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

Twelve students from the University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry in the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the station’s opening on Bonaire.

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; and Jacquelyn Core, University provost, will lead the team of students.

Greene County Immersion – Greene County, Pa.

Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various service projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students willserve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen.

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead these local service projects.

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Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead local service projects. Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students will serve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen. 

Students participating in the service projects include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • David Leach, a junior mathematics major from Flushing, Ohio
  • Jess Leiby, a junior wellness and physiology major from Tamaqua, Pa.
  • Jennifer Lingg, a junior accounting major from Ellicott City, Md.
  • John Sikora, a junior political science major from Masury, Ohio
  • Shelby Staggers, junior nursing major from Amity, Pa.
  • Clarice Tice, a senior athletic training major from Millerton, Pa.
  • Dominick Zappa, a senior accounting major from Monroeville, Pa.

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Hosted by the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and the Waynesburg University Music Program, TUBACHRISTMAS will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on the steps of the Greene County Courthouse. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Local tuba and baritone/euphonium players are invited to take part in the annual performance. Concert registration is at 4:30 p.m., followed by rehearsal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University.

TUBACHRISTMAS is meant to recognize musical heritage and honor all great artists and teachers whose legacy has provided high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.

Performers will include any interested tuba, euphonium and baritone players in the area. Audience members will become part of an established tradition throughout the world and enjoy their favorite holiday tunes as never before through the rich, organ-like sound of this low-brass ensemble.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist and teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas in 1902. The traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who died December 24, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium and was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of these instruments.

Register online at waynesburg.edu/web/music. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepris@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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