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Dr. Karen Fisher Youngerb2ap3_thumbnail_younger.png
Chair, Humanities; Assistant Professor, History

Since 2012, Dr. Younger has taught American and religious history from her main classroom in Buhl 216. Now overseeing the Humanities department, Dr. Younger can be found in her office in Buhl 212.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

GOD’S PROVIDENCE! My husband received a call to a church in Pittsburgh in 2010, which meant I had to leave my job as the Manging Director of the Civil War Era Center at Penn State. I truly believed I would NEVER find, and then be hired for, a tenure–track position in the Pittsburgh area. In fact, I was contemplating returning to church ministry when the position opened up at Waynesburg. The fact that I was hired AND that Waynesburg is a Christian University is a dream come true. Really, it’s been a great life lesson for me: God is faithful.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Buhl 216. It’s the room I teach all my classes, where I try to inspire students to love to learn, and where I have come to know so many amazing Waynesburg students.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

In 1880 Susan B. Anthony visited Waynesburg College to advocate for women’s suffrage.

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

My round-trip commute is 2 hours.

What makes WU a special place to work?

Everything! I get to be an unapologetic Christian in and out of the classroom. I work with extremely talented faculty. I’m encouraged by a terrific staff. I’ve made great friends. I travel with students around the world. What’s not to love?

Dr. Younger will be appearing in a documentary film, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia,” which will be produced by the Emmy-Award-winning studio History Making Productions. Read more about that here!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-3-brodak.jpgStacey Brodak will be joining Waynesburg University as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, the University announced today.

“With her diverse professional background, Mrs. Brodak will make a great addition to Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Experienced in government and corporate affairs, Brodak has a broad background in communications, donor stewardship, government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, leadership and management for both the private and public sectors.

“I am grateful and excited to join the Waynesburg University family,” said Brodak. “I am hopeful that my varied professional experiences will allow me to help contribute to the success of the both the University and the region.”

Since 2012, Brodak has served as the senior advisor for government, community and media relations for Noble Energy, where she managed all aspects of communications and government relations for the company’s Business Unit.

In her role, she also implemented corporate social responsibility programs, led legislative engagement on relevant issues and worked with trade groups on planning and executing broad programs to support the organization.

Active in the community, Brodak has served as the president of Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the boards of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the ARC Human Services Foundation.

Previously, Brodak served as the senior director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy; senior director of donor relations for the West Virginia University Foundation; and the executive director of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Brodak holds a Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg University, a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Management from Boston College.

A lifelong resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, Brodak was born and raised in Carmichaels. She now resides with her husband and son in Washington, Pa.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University, presented at the recent Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Batchelder’s presentation was titled “Festivals Crossing Borders: Influence of the Edinburgh Fringe on North American Fringe Festivals.” Her research encompassed nearly 20 years of field work in Edinburgh which included various interviews and archival recordings of Edinburgh Fringe venue managers and directors, in addition to numerous Edinburgh Fringe Society board meetings.

“Since the conference was in the home of the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, my talk focused on how the first-ever Fringe festival has influenced other Fringe festivals that have sprung up around the world,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder also participated in a panel discussion titled “City to City: How the Arts Transform and Connect Communities.”

Waynesburg University recently became a member of the AAAE, the only professional academic organization specifically devoted to educators who teach arts administration courses at the collegiate level.

As a member, Waynesburg fine arts faculty and staff are able to collaborate with and learn from arts administration professionals from around the globe. Information gained from conferences and events will be incorporated into the arts administration curriculum at the University.

“I expect my international work and academic experience at the conferences and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will help bring students in our program both knowledge and experiences they otherwise could not have,” said Batchelder.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-13-YJ-national-award.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, recently won the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting, Small School Division. The award represents the newspaper’s first national-level win.

“Winning a national award for this series, which was the work of four students over the course of an entire calendar year, not only is incredible for these students and is validation of their incredible talent, but is also a reminder to the rest of The Yellow Jacket and other students in the department that hard work really does pay off,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and faculty advisor for The Yellow Jacket.

Waynesburg University was only one of two Pennsylvania universities to earn a national award in any of the newspaper categories.

The entry was a five-story series on the heroin epidemic written by Kimmi Baston, Anthony Conn, Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch, and it was one of four first-place region awards received by The Yellow Jack in April, all of which were sent on to be judged nationally against the 11 other SPJ regions.

“Any time our students’ work is recognized is exciting, but to be judged the very best in the entire country is phenomenal,” said Szuminsky. “It’s hard to put too fine a point on this, but these four students wrote a series of articles that beat out every student journalist at every college and university with 10,000 students or fewer.”

All national winners and finalists will be recognized at the SPJ’s 2017 Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, California, in September.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-12-STEAM-Camp.pngWaynesburg University will host a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Camp Sunday, July 16, through Thursday, July 20. The camp will be sponsored by Chevron and the Chevron Community Fund through the Community Foundation of Fayette County.

All students will participate in an Engineering and Technology session and a Science on Social Media session, in addition to choosing a third session from the following offerings: Acute Injury Care or Chemistry – Pharmacology, Biotechnology or Biochemistry, Anatomy or Mathematics, and Nanotech Materials or Digital Animation. Sessions will be filled first come, first serve.

The camp is open to all high school students and costs $250, which includes all activities, including lab experiments, lodging in the University’s upperclassman residence halls and hot meals throughout the week.

A limited number of scholarships will be offered to students in need of financial assistance. Interested students will need to prepare an essay detailing their passion for STEAM fields and why they would like to attend the camp. Essays are to be submitted electronically to Sarah Bell at sbell@waynesburg.edu by June 16. Scholarship recipients will be notified by June 30.

To register and for more information, visit waynesburg.edu/steamcamp.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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