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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kimmi-Baston.JPGOn the fifty-seventh floor of the US Steel Tower in Pittsburgh, Pa., soon-to-be senior Kimmi Baston is working as a summer intern for the largest employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC.

Baston, a journalism major with minors in marketing and public relations, is serving as a summer associate in the Marketing and Communications Department for Clinical Marketing at UPMC.

Baston is creating promotional materials for clinical services and works specifically with emergency/trauma medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and urgent care. She also interviews former patients about their treatment at UPMC. Among a list of other tasks, she will be planning several marketing initiatives.

The biggest challenge thus far has been familiarizing herself with the medical lingo she has to incorporate into her writing.

“I have to research and learn about every condition, treatment, policy, hospital, doctor and service before I can even have a prayer of writing about it,” said Baston. “It’s awesome – I love getting to learn so much about medicine in addition to what I’m learning about my field.”

More than 5,000 applicants applied for the Summer Associate Program, while only 94 were selected.

“That’s such a small percentage of people to be hired, so I’m so honored and in awe that I am one of them.”

Baston credits Waynesburg for helping to prepare her for this opportunity. As the executive editor of the student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a leading scholar, among other accolades, her experience at the University is what set her apart from the competition.

“I have to be professional, take initiative, work well on a team and communicate effectively,” she said. “I’ve developed all of those skills through all of my WU activities. It’s possible I could be in an elevator with one of our four chief officers at any time, but thanks to WU, I’m not nervous about it.”

Baston talked about how Waynesburg further prepared her for her internship at the healthcare company that is highly involved with the surrounding region.

“The fact that I possess the skills to do my work is a total tribute to being so involved in journalism and having such great instruction at Waynesburg,” said Baston.

Baston’s favorite experience thus far was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ victory parade after winning the Stanley Cup. She and her fellow interns were recruited to pass out posters to fans to promote the “Thank You Pens” initiative.

“Pittsburgh pride is infectious, and I am honored to be a part of an organization that, despite its enormous size and many responsibilities, continuously cares so much for the community and its people,” said Baston.

Along with her daily tasks, Baston also has the opportunity to attend networking events. Working along fellow interns, she is experiencing life in a corporate world and is putting into action what she has learned at Waynesburg.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-29-Nursing-Ranking-Logo.pngWaynesburg University was recently named a top nursing school nationwide in the inaugural ranking by Nursing Schools Almanac.

Waynesburg ranked among the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools that were considered. Ten percent of those schools made the final list, with Waynesburg being ranked No. 49 in the nation.

“This ranking is a reflection of the dedication and commitment to excellence displayed by the faculty, students and graduates of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing. “It is quite an honor to be ranked among the top 1.5 percent of schools nationwide.”

The ranking primarily examined schools on their academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered and overall student success, particularly on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

The mission of the Nursing Schools Almanac is to provide aspiring nurses a detailed, comprehensive and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school.

Waynesburg was also recognized as No. 27 among private nursing schools and No. 12 overall in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the-art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

For more information on the undergraduate nursing program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/nursing. For more information on the graduate nursing programs, visit www.waynesburg.edu/graduate/graduate-majors/nursing.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-29-Guest-Art-Exhibit---Lesako.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present a Guest Art Exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 12, to Friday, Oct. 7. The exhibit, featuring the work of local artist David J. Lesako, will open with a reception Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

As an “en plein air” landscape painter, Lesako’s paintings reflect the real visual conditions of an outdoor scene instead of a predetermined look. As a resident of Greene County, he aims to document a small part of southwestern Pennsylvania with his nature paintings. While he prefers to work with pastels, Lesako’s portfolio also includes oil and watercolor pieces.

In addition to working as an instructor of art at Waynesburg University, Lesako has also taught art for 30 years in Central Greene School District in Waynesburg. His art has been displayed at West Virginia University, Artbeat Gallery in Waynesburg and West Liberty University. 

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Ferd Dolfi ('84)
Data Processor for Institutional Advancement

Ferd has been employed by Waynesburg University going on 33 years, as he was hired as a WU senior on April 23, 1984. You can find him on the second floor of Miller Hall (Room 201) in the Office of Institutional Advancement, where he maintains the database for all alumni, friends and donors of WU while reporting data for events and gatherings.

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What’s your favorite spot on campus? 

I love the aerial view from the 3rd floor balcony in Stover [Campus Center] and the way you can overlook the entire campus.

What’s your favorite annual WU event?

Homecoming! Everybody comes back and I get to see people I haven’t seen in a long time – it’s such a fun day!

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

When I was asked to play the piano at the Robert’s Chapel Dedication – it was such an honor!

What makes WU a special place to work?

All the different mixes of people and different cultures coming together at the University in such a small town is so interesting to me. 

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

I really enjoy researching old alumni information and the history of the University. I remember when they found the time capsule when Stewart Science Hall was being renovated – I could really relate to some of the things they found because I knew the history behind them.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Freshman-service_20160822-194726_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in several service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 20. Noble Energy sponsored the event.

Service projects included the development of a five-mile trail at the Greene County Airport; the restoration of a five-mile nature trail that loops through the woods behind the Greene County Historical Society; the cleaning and reorganizing of the Historical Society’s Collick Schoolhouse; and the relocating of artifacts into the Civil War Cabin.

The approximately 500 volunteers also assisted the Corner Cupboard Food Bank with preparing boxes for pantry distribution and helped build a community garden consisting of five raised beds which will provide fresh produce to individuals in need.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, addressed the volunteers following the service projects. 

“I look at you, and you are the future,” she said. “We need leaders like you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for Greene County today. God bless you.” 

This service initiative, during which the freshman class served alongside faculty, staff, Bonner scholars and upperclassmen, was a part of New Student Orientation Weekend. 

“I love that Waynesburg does a lot of service because I love to volunteer; I really enjoy making someone’s day and helping others,” said Jenna Bartley, a freshman computer science major from Irwin, Pennsylvania. “We are so blessed to be able to make a difference in this community and meet a lot of great people while doing it.”

Noble Energy, Inc. is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. For more information, please visit www.nobleenergyinc.com.  

Stacey Brodak, Senior Advisor Government, Community and Media Relations, said, “Noble Energy’s purpose is ‘Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives,’ and we take that very seriously. We strive to find projects and partnerships that provide long-term sustainable benefits for the areas where we operate. All of the projects involved in this partnership with Waynesburg University were impactful, and the community garden, pumpkin patch and orchard project are outstanding models for all communities. Waynesburg University and each of the agencies we worked with were very appreciative and most gracious. It personally made me very proud to give back to my home county.”

 

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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