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Waynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction for the second consecutive year in recognition of its continued dedication to high-impact educational practices.

b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-COD-PA.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-COD-1718.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-COD-Christian.jpg“We are honored to name Waynesburg University as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg University for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

Institutions that are named a College of Distinction must demonstrate results in the Four Distinctions, which include engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

The assessment process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success, satisfaction measures and more.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select the best schools that are 100 percent focused on the student experience, and producing the most well-rounded graduates that are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Waynesburg University, is proof that institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one, and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

Waynesburg was also named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.

For more information or to view Waynesburg’s profile, visit collegesofdistinction.com.

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools and resources for students, parents and high school counselors. 

About Waynesburg University

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_Homecoming-0502.jpgWaynesburg University will host its annual Homecoming celebration Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30. The weekend will invite alumni, staff, faculty and students to join together for a variety of events.

During the two-day celebration, the University will sponsor its 21st Annual Waynesburg University Homecoming 5K Run and Walk, a 50th Reunion Brunch for the Class of 1967 and the Alumni Tent during halftime of the 1:30 p.m. football game on Saturday with the 5th Quarter Steak Cookout immediately following.

“Homecoming is a great time for alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with each other and celebrate being a graduate of Waynesburg University,” said Victoria Beppler, associate director of alumni relations. “There will be many opportunities throughout the weekend to learn more about the history of the University and to get a feel for the current campus life.”

The 6th Annual JacketFest will be held in Johnson Commons beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. This is a family friendly event in which current students and alumni can connect. Various Waynesburg University clubs and organizations will be present to offer something unique and entertaining.

Also on Saturday, the Paul R. Stewart Museum will feature its new exhibit “Do I Know What I’m Doing: The Multifaceted James D. “Fuzzy” Randolph.” The display will illustrate the captivating life, interests and talents of this extraordinary and beloved member of the Waynesburg family who passed away Nov. 10, 2016.

That evening, an encore presentation of “Dearly Beloved,” a comedy described as “the wackiest wedding you’ll ever attend,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. 

The special performance will mark Edward L. Powers’ 50th major production at Waynesburg. Powers is a professor of theatre and has been the director of the Theatre Program for 17 years.

Registration for many of the Homecoming events is either suggested or required. To register, visit waynesburgunited.com/homecoming17.

The full Homecoming 2017 Weekend schedule:

Friday, Sept. 29

  • Noon – Golf at Greene County Country Club (reservations required)
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Walking History Tour (reservations suggested)
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – President’s Reception at President and Mrs. Lee’s home (reservations required)
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at the Greene County Country Club, where alumni will celebrate reunion years (reservations suggested)

Saturday, Sept. 30

  • 8:30 a.m. – 21st Annual Waynesburg University Homecoming 5k Run and Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Registration is also available online.
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Paul R. Stewart Museum Open House and Tours
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Walking History Tour (reservations suggested)
  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Cross Country and Track Reunion (reservations suggested)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All Alumni Check In at Johnson Commons (or John F. Wiley Stadium from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Jacketfest in Johnson Commons. Bring your family and explore the unique offerings of Waynesburg University clubs and organizations.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-go Brunch in Benedum Dining Hall
  • 11 a.m. – Dedication of the Waynesburg Unity Trail
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Class of 1967 Brunch with President and Mrs. Lee at their home (reservations required)
  • 1 p.m. – Women’s Tennis Match at the Athletic Field Complex (4260 W. Roy Furman Highway)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game: Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets vs. Grove City College Wolverines at John F. Wiley Stadium
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent at the Back Gate
  • Post-Game – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout at the back gate of the John F. Wily Stadium (reservations required)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Encore Presentation of “Dearly Beloved” (reservations required)

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Waynesburg University will host Nursing as a Career Day Thursday, Oct. 5, for high school students interested in pursuing nursing. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.

“Nursing as a Career Day is an important recruitment event that not only highlights the Nursing Program but also allows prospective students to interact with faculty in the lab and ask questions to current students,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing.

The day will highlight Waynesburg’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; it will include tours, meetings with faculty, financial aid information and lunch. Additionally, prospective students will be given the opportunity to have a discussion with student representatives of Waynesburg University’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore the University’s sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and nursing students. Specifically, students will learn how Waynesburg’s nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations and discover how the simulation lab provides an effective environment for students to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills for clinical practice.

Waynesburg University’s Nursing Program has consistently been recognized for excellence both regionally and nationally. Earlier this year, RegisteredNursing.org ranked Waynesburg’s baccalaureate program No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Nursing Schools Almanac has ranked Waynesburg No. 49 in the nation, earning a spot in the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools considered.

To register, go to waynesburg.edu/visit and select Group Visit. For more information about the undergraduate Nursing Program, visit waynesburg.edu/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 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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Waynesburg University began classes Monday, Aug. 28, and welcomed five new faculty members to the undergraduate and graduate teaching communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome a great group of new faculty who truly embody the mission of Waynesburg University,” said Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “Our new faculty members have a range of experience that will benefit our students and our campus.”

Anthony Boone has been named an assistant professor of counseling. He received his B.A. degree from Richard Stockton College and his M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from Duquesne University.

Jennifer Roy will serve as an instructor of business administration. She received her B.A. degree from Boston University and her M.B.A. degree from Queens University of Charlotte.

Paula Sexton has joined the University as an instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. degree from West Virginia University and her M.S.N. degree from Waynesburg University.

Melinda Roeder-Skrbin will serve as an instructor of communication. She received her B.A. degree from Duquesne University and her M.A. degree from Gonzaga University.

Takashi Suyama has been named an assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California San Diego.

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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Waynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in 23 service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 26. The event was held in conjunction with the University’s New Student Orientation weekend.

“It was so amazing to witness the Waynesburg University Class of 2021 volunteer at 23 local non-profit organizations within Greene County,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “Our hope is that our new students will fall in love with these local service organizations and want to return as a regular volunteer.”

The approximately 560 volunteers assisted with maintenance and outdoor cleanup work at sites such as First Presbyterian Church, Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery, the Mission House, the Ronald McDonald House and the Humane Society of Greene County. Volunteers also participated in projects that benefited Adopt-A-Highway, Greene County Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.

Other service included hosting games and fellowship with the residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, school clothes distribution on behalf of the Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach and store organization for the Cherry Door and Hidden Treasure thrift stores.

The freshman class served alongside Fiat Lux faculty and staff instructors, Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University, and the new student day of service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the Greene County community that surrounds Waynesburg University,” said Hardie.

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, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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