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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-19-Knox-writing-contest.jpgWaynesburg University will host the third annual John C. Knox Writing Contest Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsored by the Observer Publishing Company, the contest is free and open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in writing or journalism. Students attending public, private or home schools in 14 different Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia counties are eligible to register; the registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 28.

The contest, hosted by the University’s Department of Communication and student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will begin at 9:30 a.m. After a welcome, students will enter a one-hour press conference with a local newsmaker, followed by a two-hour writing period during which participants will craft feature stories about the object of the press conference.

Following the contest, lunch will be provided free of charge in the University dining hall. Optional campus tours will be available after lunch.

Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at the University and coordinator of the event, said he hopes the high school students come out of the contest with an understanding of the Waynesburg experience and an idea of what a career in writing or journalism may be like.

“The most important thing for me about the contest is the way it can serve as an encouragement for high school students who care about writing and have an interest in journalism,” said Szuminsky. “These are increasingly important skill sets, and the contest is one small way to help nurture the next generation of writers and journalists.”

Participating students’ work will be judged by local journalists, members of the University chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and members of the Department of Communication.

A total of $1,000 will be awarded to the contest winners: $500 to the first-place winner, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The first-place winner will also see their story published in the University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt.

To register, visit www.waynesburg.edu/knox-writing. For more information, contact Szuminsky at 724-852-3247 or bszumins@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 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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Science_Day_2015_6_of_11.jpgEvonne Baldauff
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Forensic Science

What started as a split appointment between Waynesburg University and a local tech company, Evonne can hardly believe how the time has flown 9 years later. You can often find her in the glass hallway on the 5th floor of the recently-renovated Stewart Science Center, enjoying the opportunity to hang out with students and talk chemistry.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

We have a lab in Stewart Hall on the 5th floor with huge windows that has a fantastic view of Greene County. It is particularly beautiful on dark, stormy days!

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

I research coffee! We have been collaborating with a local roaster in Pittsburgh to try to help develop a set of metrics that will allow a barista to know if their beans are good for brewing. Specifically, what is happening chemically to the beans once they have been roasted that will yield a really great cup of coffee vs. a mediocre flavor? Using our instrumentation, we have been working to identify what is happening in the beans compared with the flavor of the produced coffee. My students presented some of this information at a recent conference. It's a great project because we can potentially make a real impact and we get to drink a lot of coffee!

What's your favorite annual event?

The Haunted Lab, which is hosted by our ACS Student Chapter [of which Evonne is the advisor]. It is a service event open to campus and community that aims to get people interested in chemistry. It is a ton of work to set up, but a lot of fun. As my son has gotten older he has really begun to enjoy it more, which I absolutely love.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

For Christmas last year, my department members surprised me with a group picture. They posed as a Christmas tree complete with tinsel, Santa hats and reindeer noses in front of a Periodic Table. I can't help but laugh whenever I look at it. I think they had a lot of fun taking it too!

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

The renovation of Stewart Hall has been a huge change, as that is where I predominantly spend my days! The new labs are beautiful and provide a fantastic teaching environment!

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Because I am SO bad at keeping up with social media, Homecoming provides a hopeful opportunity for me to reconnect with former students and to learn what they are doing with their degrees!

To learn more about Evonne and the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, click here!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-13-best-colleges-RU-Best-Value_2017_20160913-174632_1.pngWaynesburg University has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, under the “Regional Universities – North” category. 

The ranking identifies the top 15 Best Value Schools in the northern region of the country. Ranked at No. 7, Waynesburg qualified as a Best Value School due to the high quality of academic programs combined with low costs. 

“Our commitment to both quality academics and high value has consistently led us to be recognized as a top value school,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “A Waynesburg University education provides students with a strong foundation for successful careers and lifelong fiscal responsibility.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Value School rankings take in to consideration a school’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

As described by U.S. News & World Report, only schools in or near the top half of the ranking categories are included in the value rankings because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90 percent of Waynesburg students received some form of financial aid, and 98 percent of 2015 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation.

Additionally, tuition, room and board at Waynesburg is more than $11,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges. 

The University processes aid from a wide variety of sources, including federal, state and institutional aid programs. In the 2015-16 academic year, it awarded more than $36 million in aid to its students. This aid included academic scholarships, federal, state and institutional grants, work-study opportunities and student or parent educational loans.

For first-time freshman students, the University offers two types of renewable, four-year scholarships: Achievement Awards and Competitive Scholarship Programs.

Achievement Awards range between $6,000 and $15,000 annually and are based on the combination of each applicant’s cumulative high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Competitive Scholarship Programs can cover from $1,000 to full tuition, room and board annually. 

For more information on financial aid and scholarships at Waynesburg University, contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid at 724-852-3208 or finaid@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-12-Overnight-visit.jpgWaynesburg University will host a fall overnight visitation for high school students Sunday, Nov. 13, through Monday, Nov. 14. Registration will be held in the Stover Campus Center beginning at 5 p.m.

“The overnight visitation is an important part of the admissions process and offers students an authentic Waynesburg University experience,” said Kyle Digiandomenico, admissions counselor at Waynesburg University. “Students are able to come to campus, spend the night in the residence halls with a current student, gain insight on some of the classes within their major of interest and meet new friends.”

Sunday’s events will include a pizza party and icebreaker games, a contemporary student-led worship service and an ice cream social. On Monday, breakfast will be served and students will observe classes related to their potential area of study.

Parent tours will also be held on Monday at three times: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Waynesburg enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students, with more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study and has consistently been ranked nationally as a top school for value.

For more information or to register, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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

awise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7675

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-9-Robinette-chair-elect.jpgTeresa Robinette, coordinator of student enrollment and professional development for Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies program, was recently named chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals (GNAP) awards committee.

“I am very excited to have been asked to be a part of a national group and to represent Waynesburg University,” said Robinette. “I look forward to learning and sharing with others from across the country.”

Robinette will work directly with the chair of the GNAP awards committee in exploring potential candidates for the GNAP’s annual awards: the Best Practice in Graduate Nurse Recruiting Award and the Sandy J. Cody Service to the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professional Leadership Network Award.

Waynesburg will benefit from Robinette’s appointment through networking and the sharing of best practices for the application, enrollment and retention strategies of graduate study in nursing.

GNAP is comprised of nursing education administrators and faculty whose purpose is to provide an opportunity for those most involved in recruiting graduate nursing students to share their successes, develop new strategies and to establish a resource network of peers.

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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