Rebecca Lane, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa., recently received one of only eight Good Citizen Scholarships distributed throughout the Commonwealth. 

Eight Good Citizen scholarships were awarded this year for $1,500 each.

“The Education Department's mission is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession,” said Debra Clarke, chair of the Education Department at Waynesburg University. “Rebecca eagerly aligned herself with the mission as a freshman. It has been uplifting to watch her develop her service agenda and her leadership skills over the past three years.”

The Good Citizen Scholarship is made possible by two endowments established at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).  These scholarships are reserved for students who have shown an extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities. 

Lane, a Bonner Scholar at Waynesburg University and a Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholar, was selected for her commitment to both local and global service leadership. 

She regularly volunteers with Open Arms Drop in Center and Eldercare in Waynesburg, Pa. She also facilitates crafts for young people at the Open Door in Pittsburgh, Pa., each week and is a YoungLife Leader at West Greene High School. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the Waynesburg University education honorary society. 

As a student at Waynesburg, Lane has participated in several service trips such as repairing a house with The Pittsburgh Project, feeding the homeless with the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., and teaching students who are deaf in Nassau, Bahamas. Last summer, she spent two months in Kingston, Jamaica, assisting a child with walking abilities and adapting activities to allow for more inclusion.

“My volunteerism in college has prepared me beyond measure to meet the needs of any community,” Lane said. “Each volunteer site, each mission trip and each leadership role has taught, shaped and molded me into an effective teacher who not only teaches students, but deeply cares for them as well as serving the community in which they live.”

Each college and university belonging to AICUP is asked to select one application to submit for the competition. Lane was selected due to her personal growth as a student at Waynesburg University and her continuous integration of faith and service into learning. 

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Waynesburg University Celebrating the Arts 2014 will present Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 2, on Waynesburg’s campus. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the classic murder mystery. "The Mousetrap" holds the distinction of being the longest running play in the world, now in its 62nd year in London, England. 

"A good murder mystery can still entertain and intrigue audiences today," said Waynesburg University director and professor of theatre Edward L. Powers. "I've not directed a murder mystery here as of yet, and I thought this would provide an enjoyable evening at the theatre during the summer.” 

In “The Mousetrap,” Mollie and Giles Ralston have just opened a country inn outside of London, England. They are excited about their weekend guests. However, after all have arrived and a snowstorm has cut them off from the nearest town, one of the guests is killed. A detective arrives convinced that someone in the house is the culprit; an inevitable investigation ensues. 

"Theatre is for the whole community, and we certainly look forward to three exciting nights of performance," said Powers.

Cast and crew:

•Mollie Ralston: Tome J. Custer, a community member  

•Giles Ralston: Jordan Thompson a 2010 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Christopher Wren: Ryan P. Bistarkey, a 2010 Waynesburg University education alumus 

•Miss Casewell: Laura Gonnella, a community member 

•Mrs. Boyle: Ellen M. Weekly, a community member 

•Major Metcalf: Mike Winland, a 2011 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Mr. Paravicini: SiReno Mattie, a senior English (creative writing) major at Waynesburg University 

•Detective Sgt. Trotter: Sable Griedel, a 2012 Waynesburg University education alumna 

•Assistant director: Katie Shultz, a senior human services (education) major and theater minor at Waynesburg University

•Lights and sound: David O'Donoghue, a sophomore undeclared major at Waynesburg University

•Scenery and props: Mickey Acor, a community member 


Tickets cost $5 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at For more information, call 724-852-3226. 

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Beginning in the fall of 2014, Waynesburg University will offer a new concentration, project management, within its Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program. 

The project management concentration joins six other MBA degree options including applied business, energy management, finance, human resources/leadership, health systems administration and market development. 

According to Janice Crile, assistant professor and director of Graduate Programs in Business Administration at Waynesburg University, the concentration is designed to prepare students to assume and successfully execute leadership and management responsibilities. 

“This overall program is designed to prepare and educate students on the fundamentals of project management,” Crile said. “It will enable them to lead projects and programs in their own fields with a general understanding of the depth managing a project.”

Students pursuing an MBA with a focus in project management will study project management software, practice portfolio management principles, create a risk management plan and prepare to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. 

“Project managers are in high demand and are used in a variety of industries from the energy field to healthcare,” said Crile. “The MBA Program continually strives to develop curriculum that helps our graduates excel in the workplace. It is Waynesburg University’s goal to expand the program to meet the needs of corporate America.” 

The MBA Program at Waynesburg University consists of 36 credits in total. Required courses make up 27 of these, and the remaining nine come from electives to be chosen according to a selected concentration. MBA Courses are offered located at four convenient centers in the Pittsburgh region including Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Headshot.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 18. Laura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, delivered the commencement address.

Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa., was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Scott and Susan Berkebile of Friedens, Pa.

“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing people who have helped me to achieve this honor,” Berkebile said. “It is a blessing and truly shows how commitment and dedication pay off.”

During her studies at Waynesburg, Berkebile was vice president of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and a member of the University’s Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student group. She was a member of DRUS Honorary Society for women and served on the University’s Student Activities Board. 

Active in service, Berkebile attended two University service trips to Urban Promise Ministries in Camden, N.J., and participated in local service initiatives. She was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Class Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award. 

“I have grown both mentally and spiritually during my time at the University,” she said. “Waynesburg has helped me to establish a solid foundation and a variety of skills that will help me to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Berkebile hopes to continue to grow professionally and ignite curiosity and a love for learning in young children. 

The 2014 Valedictorians include:

•Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa.

•Alyssa Brooke Crile, an early childhood education major from Washington, Pa.

•Daniel Vincent Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md.

•Corin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa.

•Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

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WCTV, the Waynesburg University student television station, recently earned a bronze award from the 35th annual Telly Awards for its piece titled “The Buzz: November 11, 2013.” 

Waynesburg’s piece stood out among nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.  

“The Buzz” is a show that focuses on feature stories in Waynesburg, the nation and the entertainment world. It began in the fall of 2013 under the direction of Kelly Witas, a 2014 communication (electronic media) alumna and former general manager of WCTV.

“This is such a big honor for WCTV,” said Witas. “So many of us put our hearts into these shows, and it’s great to get recognition for that work. It’s also a great end to my college career.”

The winning episode of “The Buzz” featured stories about a 10-year-old boy who suffers from Aspergers, the Boston Red Sox winning the Major League Baseball championship and the Waynesburg University fall play. 

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other but are judged against a high standard of merit.  

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “WCTV’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

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