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Director of the Center for Student Success and Disability Services

Over his 10 years at Waynesburg University, Brian has taken on numerous responsibilities. Currently, he prepares schedules for all new and returning students, serves as the advising director (which includes advising students exploring or changing majors, as well as international students) and manages WU's Academic Mentoring Program and early alert system, all while serving as the point person for students with documented disabilities, determining appropriate accommodations for those students and coordinating testing accommodations for students requiring them. When he is in his office, Brian can be found "in the depths of the bottom floor of Eberly Library...walk in opposite direction of natural light!"

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’d have to say the tree-lined sidewalk right outside of Miller Hall (in between Miller Hall and the Chapel). I remember walking that sidewalk right before the start of my interview and felt such peace. It’s such a picturesque sight and its beauty can be enjoyed during all four seasons; from the pristine white branches after a new-fallen snow to the radiant sun streaks that peek through the ample shade in the summer. Do yourself a favor: pause and just take a moment to take in God’s glorious artwork. You just have to watch out for falling acorns in the Fall (or are squirrels throwing them at us?).

What’s your favorite annual event?

You mean besides vacation and Christmas? Many won’t be able to relate to this, but it’s the Department of Communication's Annual NFL Mock Draft in April. Professor Richard Krause gets to play the role of an NFL draft analyst (he may have missed his calling) and all the students who participate act as NFL General Managers for a day!

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Wow…there have been many, but how awesome it was when recent graduate RJ Tonks, a wheelchair-bound student, walked during the procession at the Commencement ceremonies! From the day we first met, he pronounced that as his goal, and it was such an awe-inspiring moment when it came to fruition.

What makes WU a special place to work?

Here comes the cliché: it’s the relationships with students and colleagues. In serving the Lord, we’re so blessed to work collectively to help shape, educate and positively influence the lives of our students, who are the future of this world. We also have the opportunity to be a light to our colleagues. For instance, it’s been such an honor and privilege to work so closely with the recently retired Chuck Beiter, professor emeritus of English. As a personal mentor, he’s taught me so much. Admired and respected by many for his passion for doing what is best for our students, he exemplifies Waynesburg University’s mission.

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

I think it’s safe to say that there are probably not many — if any — university employees in the country who have the combination of responsibilities of my current role. If there is another out there, I’d love to share stories. In addition, my job is a really integrated position. I work so closely with students and a multitude of offices and departments on campus. Serving as a student advocate, I’m also responsible for representing faculty and administration, preserving academic integrity and upholding University policies. Though it comes with its share of challenges, the “many hats” I wear allow me to work not only with many students but also many of the fine people working at WU.

For more information on the Center for Student Success and Disability Services at Waynesburg University, click here!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-6-A.Randolph-published.jpgDr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, will have her poem, “Study in Yellow,” published in a future issue of CALYX, a Journal of Art and Literature by Women.

“Study in Yellow” was written in response to an exercise Randolph assigned to her creative writing students and can be interpreted as a poem about the creative process and how the act of writing a poem creates both a poem and poet.

“It’s always affirming experience when the editors of a prestigious journal find one’s work strong enough to appear in the journal’s pages,” said Randolph.

Randolph also recognizes the benefit to the University and prospective students.

“I believe it’s always a benefit when a faculty member publishes work related to his or her field of study,” she said. “When students are searching for a college or university that offers an undergraduate degree in creative writing, faculty publishing credentials can be vital in the student’s decision making.”

CALYX Journal is a forum for women’s creative work and has been the recipient of the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, the Stanley H. Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts, Pushcart Prizes and American Literary Magazine Awards.

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

724-852-7792 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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Bob Randolph (English) will have a poem titled, “Sad Man in the Moon” in an anthology of poems about the moon published by Outrider Press. The anthology should be out by October. There will be readings from the anthology in June in Chicago at the Chicago Printer’s Row Literary Festival.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) spoke in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the Association of Arts Administrator Educators Conference, of which the Waynesburg University Arts Administration program is now a member. Batchelder was asked to host workshops at the Rochester Fringe Festival in September.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for the final Dvorak concert on May 20.

Jay Aultman-Moore (Humanities) presented a paper titled “Exile and Beauty in Robinson’s Gilead and Home: Jack Boughton” at the Eastern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature at Grove City College April 1.

Jenny Jellison (Humanities) attended the Annual Conference of the Comparative Cognition Society in Melbourne Beach, Florida, April 22 through 23.

Bill Batchelder (Humanities) gave a presentation on the Magna Carta and the Medieval and Modern Conceptions of Liberty at the Gilliam Center at James Madison University in Virginia on April 18.

Keith Rieder (Humanities) presented a lecture on treating traumatic stress disorder at Highland Hospital in Clarksburg, WV on May 5.

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Amy Randolph (English) had a poem, “Study in Yellow,” accepted for publications in Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. Calyx is available in the magazine section of Barnes & Noble, and Randolph’s work should appear in one of the two 2018 issues.

Chad Sethman (Biology) successfully coordinated the 7th annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium on Friday, April 7. This event gave students the opportunity to present scholarly projects in which they were involved while at Waynesburg University.

Neeley Shaw’s (Business Administration) final dissertation manuscript was approved in February and she successfully defended her dissertation in March. Shaw also went to the IACBE site visit for Keuka College in New York.

Jeremy Olisar (Fine Arts) performed in California University of Pennsylvania’s production of The Spelling Bee March 29-April 2.

Jim Cope (Fine Arts) performed in Washington High School’s music production.

Matthew Komula (Fine Arts) served as music director and conductor for Trinity High School’s production of The Wizard of Oz March 29-April 1.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) presented Autism Endorsement Program to junior and senior education majors. Eight seniors and six juniors showed an interest in the program. Janice Crile (Graduate Business and Education) and Weaver met with students who indicated the interest.

Jane Olshanski (Business Administration) attended AICPA webinar for Tax Updates.

Anthony Bocchini (Business Administration) was named the president of SBD.

Kimberly Stephens and Kimberly Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the Community Stakeholders Session at UPMC Passavant for Magnet Site Visit. Stephens and Whiteman were two presenters of “Good Catch Campaign: Improving Perioperative Culture of Safety” at the STTI Epsilon Phi Scholars Night at Duquesne University. At the same event, Stephens contributed to the presentation titled, “It’s All About the Timing for Falls Risk Assessment.” Stephens and Whiteman participated in the poster presentation of “Good Catch Campaign” during the AONE Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, as well.

Lina Hixon (Nursing) also presented at the STTI Epsilon Phi Scholars Night. Her presentation was titled, “An Examination of Faith Community Nursing Interventions in the Promotion of Successful Aging.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-16-Gettysburg-monuments.pngWaynesburg University recently adopted two monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park. The monuments will be maintained and preserved during the University’s annual fall Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trip to Gettysburg.

The adopted monuments include the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry – West of Sickles and the 1st Regiment US Sharpshooters (Andrews SS-MA) – Zeigler’s Grove.

Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, is the team leader for the Gettysburg service trips and presented the project to the University in an effort to form a long-term service agreement between Waynesburg University and the Gettysburg National Military Park.

“Students who participate in these service learning trips to care for our adopted monuments will help to preserve our nation’s heritage of freedom and the beauty of the natural environment,” said Redd. “The monuments represent the stories of soldiers, several of whom are Waynesburg alumni and Medal of Honor recipients.”

Redd will volunteer with the students to help educate them and make connections between their real-life experiences and American history.

“The monuments are also memorials to Gettysburg civilians who performed heroic deeds in caring for the wounded or burying the dead,” added Redd. “Learning their stories will help students think about how to respond should they ever find themselves living through the kind of local devastation that followed the battle of Gettysburg.”

The roles and responsibilities of the adoption agreement state that tasks may include raking, seeding, erosion control, litter pick up, brush clearing, fence repair and/or restoration, clearing/restacking stone walls, painting, weed and/or exotic plant removal and other general work as directed by park personnel.

“Students will now have the opportunity to learn about history outside of the classroom by volunteering on the battlefield,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “One of the many goals of our service trips is for students to make the connections between academics and service, and this certainly fulfills that mission.”

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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