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Attention soon-to-be graduates: Congratulations! The day you have been anticipating is right around the corner.b2ap3_thumbnail_commencement.png

You have put a colossal number of hours into earning your degree, and your hard work will soon be rewarded. But before you can update your education status on Facebook and LinkedIn, here are a few (simple) tasks you need to complete that will help make the next few months go a little more smoothly:

1. Confirm with the Registrar’s Office that all your transcripts and payments are in order.

If you are graduating in May, you have already completed your Degree Audit and application for graduation. With that important step out of the way, contact the Office of the Registrar to ensure that all of your paperwork and payments are updated and complete. Those who work in the office are knowledgeable and excited to help you graduate – so contact them to double check everything! If you have any extra concerns about your eligibility, contact your adviser.

2. Order your graduation regalia and memorabilia.

This is probably the most exciting thing on this list because it is a tangible representation that graduation is fast-approaching! Visit the WU Bookstore to order memorabilia, and complete the Graduation Order and Attendance form to reserve your spot at Commencement and place your cap and gown order.

3. Undergraduates - schedule a senior exit interview.

This is a time for seniors to reflect on their experiences at Waynesburg and speak with a University representative about their future plans! Graduating seniors can provide feedback and schedule group or individual meeting times by completing the Graduation Interview survey here.

4. Don't forget your tickets!

All graduates, family and friends are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony when held outside, but in the case of inclement weather, graduates attending the ceremony will receive two electronic tickets via email for the indoor ceremony. Don’t forget to have these tickets on hand in case of an inclement weather call! And don’t worry – even if the ceremony is moved inside, there are various viewing sites on campus for all guests. Graduates and their families are also invited to celebrate at the Graduate’s Luncheon on the day of Commencement. Tickets for this luncheon can be purchased here.

5. Connect with Alumni Relations!

Follow Waynesburg University Alumni on social media and stay connected with all things Waynesburg after you graduate. Visit Waynesburg United for more information.

For a complete list of items to check off the list before April 30, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/commencement. Enjoy the celebration of your success!

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Jenny Jellisonb2ap3_thumbnail_jellison2.png
Associate Professor of Psychology

For almost 13 years, Jenny has taught classes and advised psychology majors in what she describes as her "dream job." Her office can be found in 225 Buhl Hall, where she surrounds herself with things that make her smile, including graduation photos of some of her closest past students.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

That we were one of the first colleges to have ever offered degrees to women. I’m very proud to work at a university with that kind of history.

What’s your favorite annual event?

I don’t know if this counts, but I love meeting the new freshmen on the Friday before classes start. Each of them is a potentially awesome new person that I could have in my life for at least the next 4yrs. My students make my job the joy that it is – they make me laugh every single day, they share their stories with me, and they challenge me. So, the new students to me are like new books I can’t wait to read. Plus, I assume they are nervous and overwhelmed by this new, big step, so I love making them smile and (hopefully) breathe a little easier.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

When we became a university! I still have the t-shirt we got, and I remember gathering EVERYONE all around the front of Stover and taking the big, overhead picture. It was exciting to be a part of something so historical.

What makes WU a special place to work?

The love and respect we have for each other. Even when we don’t agree with each other, we are loving and respectful. Other workplaces – even other universities – have politics and backstabbing and people who treat each other badly. I can’t imagine how toxic that would be; WU has spoiled me. Here, we pray for each other and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. I feel supported. I also love that a large part of my job performance assessment is based on how well I serve the students. That was something I wanted in a full-time job from the beginning. At bigger universities, professors are often more concerned with getting published, and undergrads get shoved off to the side. Our students are the most important people on this campus, so I appreciate being at a university that agrees with me on that.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I get to tell people all about the stuff I’m interested in, and they have to listen! Also, I literally shape lives. I get to help young people find their way in life, discover their strengths, and realize their passions. I think people sometimes underestimate how unfinished young adults are – they’re still so scared, insecure, and (sometimes) lost. I love being one of the people in their lives who calms them down, lifts them up, and helps them figure it all out.

For more information on the Psychology program at Waynesburg University, click here!

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When the spring semester ends for Waynesburg University, 54 students will kick off their summer with Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips to five different international and domestic locations.

Students will travel to Detroit, Michigan; the Dominican Republic; Patzun, Guatemala; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tuba City, Arizona.

Wildwood Ranch (Detroit Rescue Mission) – Detroit, Michigan

The Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Detroit, Michigan, from Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7. Twelve University students in the choir will work with Wildwood Ranch, a retreat center run by the Detroit Rescue Mission, completing improvement projects to help the facility get ready for children’s Christian camps happening in June
The group will be led by Melanie Catana, director of choral music, who believes the trip will be an opportunity for students to find common ground with marginalized populations and help others know God.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Dominican Republic

From Monday, May 1, through Monday, May 8, a group of 11 Waynesburg University students representing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will travel to the Dominican Republic to work with the FCA there. The group will be led by men’s head soccer coach Bradley Heethuis and graduate assistant Jacob Fleegle.

The students will serve in whatever ways they can, including running a sports camp, teaching local children and engaging in construction work. Heethuis said he hopes the University students share God’s love through all the ways that they serve.

Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala

Associate Dean of Students Pat Bristor and graduate assistant Ryan Smith will lead 14 students on a trip to a children’s nutrition center in Patzun, Guatemala, from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 14.

The University has been traveling to Guatemala for nearly 15 years, and this year’s group will continue to work with children at the center and help the center with various maintenance projects. The group is also taking with them new laptop computers acquired through fundraising efforts by the students going on the trip to provide upgrades to the computer lab where children at the center do their school work.

Christ’s College – Taipei, Taiwan

A group of eight Waynesburg students will spend three weeks in Taipei, Taiwan, working and serving with students at Christ’s College. From Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 21, the students will assist with Christian programming in elementary schools and churches and will also spend time learning about Christ’s College and about the culture and history of Taiwan.

The students will be led by Richard Blake, professor and librarian IV, and co-leader Sandy Chen-Blake.

“They will return having made new international friends and a sense for how others do mission in a country that is only five percent Christian,” said Blake.

Tuba City Boarding School – Tuba City, Arizona

Nine University students will serve at the Tuba City Boarding School in Arizona from Monday, May 1, through Monday, May 8. Led by Mary Hamilla, academic and major decision counselor, and Kylee Sargent, help desk coordinator, the students will serve the school in whatever ways meet its needs, which may include tutoring, maintenance or event setup.

As the group interacts with Navajo and Hopi Native Americans, Hamilla believes students will grow in their understanding of other cultures and in their ability to form bonds with one another and with those whom they serve.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will spend a week serving in Detroit, Michigan, at the start of summer break. Twelve students in the choir, led by Director of Choral Music Melanie Catana, will participate in the trip from Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7.

The choir travels to Detroit each year to offer musical services and hands-on volunteer work at a variety of locations. This year, they will stay and work at Wildwood Ranch in Howell, Michigan, a retreat center run by the Detroit Rescue Mission. Throughout the week, the students will complete various improvement projects to ready the facility for children’s Christian camps that begin in June.

Catana hopes the experience is eye-opening for all participating students, particularly first-time attendees.

“We hope to gain a new perspective and find a common ground with the elderly, the homeless and those recovering from addiction,” said Catana. “We hope to serve those we come in contact with as best we can through God-centered music, scripture and by sharing our own experiences as Christians to help encourage others to know Him.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Christina Bauer, a sophomore forensic science major from Harrison City (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Nathaniel Bosh, a freshman English (creative writing) major from Baden (Ambridge Area School District)
  • Susan Dunsworth, a sophomore entrepreneurship major from Erie (Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy)
  • Heidi Dziak, a freshman accounting major from Bentleyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Thomas Faye, a freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hill Senior High School)
  • Mikayla Hagerty, a sophomore psychology major from Boswell (Bishop McCort High School)
  • Bryce McGarvey, a junior biblical ministry studies (international missions) major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Katelynn Ossege, a freshman forensic science major from Apalachin, New York (Vestal Senior High School)
  • Briana Ryan, a sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Erin Rzotkiewicz, a freshman forensic science major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Veronica Steen, a sophomore biblical and ministry studies major from Trenton, New Jersey (Brodentown Regional High School)
  • Robert Turbett, a junior engineering (math) major from Boyertown (Brandywine Heights Area High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is partnering with the Western Pennsylvania FCA chapter on a service trip to the Dominican Republic. From Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 8, 11 Waynesburg students will serve with the FCA chapter located in the Dominican Republic.

The group will be led by men’s head soccer coach Bradley Heethuis and graduate assistant Jacob Fleegle. Throughout the week, students will do construction work, lead a sports camp and provide educational opportunities for local children.

Heethuis said he hopes the students participating in the trip learn more about themselves and form bonds with each other and with the people they will be serving, as their ultimate goal should be to show God’s love.

“It is about becoming closer to God through loving others and furthering His kingdom here on Earth,” said Heethuis. “I look forward to seeing what God can accomplish with a small group of people from Waynesburg University.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Aubree Brown, a junior exercise science (wellness/physiology) major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Antoinette Cross, a freshman marketing major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Joshua Denham, a sophomore business management major from New Kensington (Valley High School)
  • Lauren Drane, a senior sports management major from Munhall (Steel Valley Senior High School)
  • Kristen Friday, a junior psychology major from New Castle (Neshannock High School)
  • Andrew Kingan, junior biology pre-physical therapy major from Butler (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Jonathan Knab, a senior middle level education major from Beaver Falls (Beaver County Christian School)
  • Zach Meads, a senior psychology major from Westminster, Maryland (Westminster High School)
  • Codi Oster, a junior nursing major from Mantua, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
  • Kara Sapp, a junior athletic training major from Pennsville, New Jersey (Salem County Christian Academy)
  • Zachery Simcic, a freshman nursing major from Springdale (Springdale High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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