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b2ap3_thumbnail_22096166_10156041832328115_8723387336781301935_o.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2017 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Saturday, Sept. 30, at a special ceremony during halftime of the Homecoming football game versus Grove City College. Zachary Yonko and Marla Holland were named king and queen, respectively.

Yonko is a senior English literature major from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His parents are Mark and Tina Yonko. At Waynesburg, he is a member of the Muse and Stone Literary Magazine and Sting Swing.

He also serves on the leadership team for the Coalition for Christian Outreach and is a Waynesburg University student ambassador.

After graduation, Yonko plans to attend seminary school and pursue a career as a pastor.

Holland is a senior psychology major and music and counseling minor. She is from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, and her parents are Gary and Veda Holland. She participates in track and field, symphonic band, brass ensemble and pep band.

She is the vice president of the psychology club, a member of the Student Activities Board, where she serves as chair of the fun and fitness committee, and was a 2017 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship recipient.

Holland is interested in working with the elderly as a career, specifically with those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-26-MBU.jpgWaynesburg University will host its fifth annual Merit Badge University on the University’s main campus Saturday, Nov. 4. The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. in The Marisa Fieldhouse and Gymnasium and conclude at 3 p.m. in the same location.

Cost for the day is $15 and includes lunch, a patch, a t-shirt, and instruction. A 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 patches are not guaranteed. Registration is limited to 300 scouts.

Twenty badges are being offered at this year’s event with a limited number of spots remaining.

New this year is the opportunity for parents and scoutmasters to participate in adult leader training, hosted by the Laurel Highlands Council, in addition to attending merit badge sessions. Adults who select either option should be in Class A/Field Uniform and present evidence of their Boy Scouts of America (BSA) registration and current Youth Protection training. Cost is $15.

Adults who elect not to participate will have the opportunity to join the Waynesburg University admissions staff for a free campus tour and information session. Early registration is still requested.

The BSA is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The society provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university or call 724-852-7790.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-26-Homecoming-Court-17.JPGWaynesburg University recently announced its 2017 Homecoming Court. The crowning of the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen will take place during halftime of the University’s homecoming game against Grove City College Saturday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium. 

The Homecoming Court includes:

  • Ian Bish, senior nursing major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Andrew Brunette, senior biblical and ministry studies major from Aliquippa (Hopewell Senior High School)
  • Maura Fenske, senior public relations major from Wintersville, Ohio (Wood County Christian School)
  • Bradley Gillespie, senior psychology major from Glenshaw (Shaler Area High School)
  • Kayla Goncalves, senior music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Marla Holland, senior psychology major from Sandy Lake (Lakeview High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, senior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Mason Morgan, senior psychology major from Pittsburgh (Chartiers Valley High School)
  • Cara Paraska, senior forensic major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillian Hihgh School)
  • Zachary Yonko, senior English major from Johnstown (Westmont Hilltop Senior High School)

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Waynesburg University’s small instrumental ensembles will present Chamber Works I Thursday, Oct. 5. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center, with reception snacks provided. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, said that in small ensembles, each musician is responsible for their respective performance, providing room for them to focus on individual skill.

Additionally, Chamber Works provides the rest of the Waynesburg community the opportunity to hear “a rich collection of music,” said DePriest. The first concert may include barber and beauty shop groups, a woodwind quintet, a jazz ensemble, percussionists or even an individual performer.

“We can guarantee that each offering will be distinct and interesting,” said DePriest.

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638, or email rdepriest@waynesburg.edu.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_OAKS-logo.pngThe Stover Foundation has donated $2 million to Waynesburg University in honor of the late Dr. W. Robert Stover, a beloved alumnus, trustee and patron of the University, the University announced today.

The $2 million donation is the lead gift in the University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign, which is a comprehensive fundraising initiative for the future of the University. 

“This is a time for stepping forward and for saying yes to Waynesburg University, a school that is making its mark on the world,” said Rev. Dr. Parker T. Williamson, President of the Stover Foundation. “And it is in that vein that the Foundation has determined to make a lead gift to this Campaign, one that we hope will be a launching pad for many gifts yet to come.”

Through the grant, the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership Endowed Fund was created. This fund will be used to endow the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a faculty position in the University’s Department of Business Administration.

One of America's premier entrepreneurs and leaders of Christ’s Church, Dr. Stover was a friend of Waynesburg University’s students, administrators and faculty for many years.   According to Rev. Dr. Williamson, Dr. Stover attributed his success first to the grace of God and secondly to the gifts that were so graciously given to him by Waynesburg University. 

“Dr. Stover and his wife, Joan, were an integral part of the mission and growth of Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We are thankful for the continued generosity and kindness of the Stover Foundation and Rev. Dr. Williamson. This gift will have an impact on students for generations to come.”  

The Stover Foundation supports and encourages numerous Christian ministries and educational institutions focused on Christian moral and ethical leadership. The Foundation’s generous support has also made possible the Stover Campus Center dedicated in 1999, the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and a scholarship for nursing students.

Dr. W. Robert Stover

After serving in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, earning the rank of lieutenant senior grade, Dr. Stover was one of the pioneers of the growing temporary help services industry by founding Western Temporary Services.  

This company, which he began with $800 and a rented typewriter in a tiny San Francisco office, grew to become a multimillion-dollar corporation with 200 offices in the United States and overseas including Mexico, England, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Australia, providing a wide range of non-clerical temporary help services in the marketing, medical, industrial, technical and sentry fields.

In addition to serving on Waynesburg University's Board of Trustees as both a member and chairman, Dr. Stover was the chairman of the 1971 Billy Graham Northern California Crusade and a member of the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and Young Life, member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Committee to Hire the Handicapped, Past President of the Bay Area Urban League, President of the Fellowship Bible Institute, and a Trustee of Fuller Theological Seminary.  He was also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and author of numerous articles for trade and business publications.

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