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Nine alumni and one friend of Waynesburg University will travel to Guatemala to serve at the Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos Sunday, July 14 through Sunday, July 21. During the mission trip, alumni will participate in activities with children as well as partake in a manual project geared toward improving the Center.

The trip will be led by Heidi Szuminsky, a 2005 alumna and director of donor and alumni relations at Waynesburg University, and Vikki Beppler, a 2011 alumna and alumni relations representative at Waynesburg University.

"We are thrilled to offer our alumni an opportunity to serve the children of Guatemala this summer," said Szuminsky.

All alumni volunteers served at the center during their time as students of Waynesburg University and are looking forward to giving back, once again, as alumni. Szuminsky, who has served at the center nine times in the past, credits Waynesburg for her desire to continue serving.

"Students at Waynesburg learn to live out their faith by serving others,” said Szuminsky. “When they graduate, they often continue that lifestyle of service in their professions and their everyday lives. This trip gives our alumni the chance to return to Guatemala and continue the relationships they built with the precious children who live at the Center."

Caption: A group of Waynesburg University students and their trip leader tackle a maintenance project at the Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos in Guatemala.

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Dr. H. Mathilda Horst was reelected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the May 18, 2013 board meeting. Horst serves as the director of surgical intensive care and as the program director for the Surgical Care Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Her three-year term will begin July 1, 2013.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Horst join the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees,” said Waynesburg University President Timothy R. Thyreen. “Her renowned contributions to the world of medicine, coupled with her dedication to advancing the mission of Waynesburg University, provide an excellent addition to the Board.”

Horst graduated from Waynesburg University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Shortly after, Horst attended Jefferson Medical College, from which she graduated in 1974. From Jefferson, she continued to further her education in Detroit where she believed she would become a family doctor, but soon learned her real love was surgery.

In Detroit, Horst fulfilled her surgical medical residency and was part of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. Her specialized training in critical care took place at the University of Pittsburgh.

The acclaimed surgeon specializes in general surgery and trauma surgery. Her clinical and special medical interests include emergency surgery and the critical care of surgical patients.

In addition to a thriving career, Horst has served on the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees for much of the University's recent history. She served from 1997 to 2005, from 2007 to June of 2012 and now again in July of 2013.

Over the years, Horst has been distinguished in more ways than one. Her recognitions include the Society of Critical Care Medicine Distinguished Service Award in 2008, Chancellor of the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2005, the Joseph L. Ponka Outstanding Surgical Teacher Award in 1989 and 2006, and in 2007 the Department of Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital named a room after Horst in the simulation center. In 1997, Horst was awarded the Shubin-Weil Award for Excellence in Critical Care, becoming the first female surgeon to receive the honor. In 1998, Waynesburg University honored Horst with the Margaret Bell Miller Award.

Horst has remained humble through multiple inspiring accomplishments and continues to grace Waynesburg University with her dedication, leadership and faith. She said that attending Waynesburg gave her “a strong foundation and the resources needed to succeed,” something she has not stopped doing since her graduation from the University in 1970.

“Dr. Horst continues to serve as an excellent example of what a Waynesburg University graduate can do in the medical field and in the world,” said Mr. Doug Lee, President Elect of Waynesburg University. “We're proud to welcome her to the Board of Trustees.”

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William Dumire

William G. Dumire has joined Waynesburg University as the Executive Director of Information Technologies, the University announced today. Dumire will direct the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources.

“William Dumire brings to Waynesburg University an impressive background in information technology as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education,” said Timothy R. Thyreen, President of Waynesburg University. “His skill set and experience will further advance this fine University and its mission.”

Dumire will also serve as a liaison with University offices in the procurement and support for technological resources, help lead technological strategic planning initiatives and provide leadership to the Information Technology staff, Help Desk and Student Technician staff.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position and am elated to be joining this great University,” Dumire said. “I consider it a great privilege to participate in Waynesburg University's mission of educating students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.”

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Dumire served as the Director of Information Technology Services for the School of Dentistry and the Director of Information Technology Quality Assurance for the Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University. In those roles, he helped lead major institutional initiatives and provided information technology management with innovative and visionary leadership.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Dumire join Waynesburg University,” said Doug Lee, President Elect at Waynesburg University. “His experience, vision and commitment will serve the University well.”

Prior to his higher education career, Dumire worked in the private sector, providing information technology support and leadership to various organizations. With more than fifteen years serving in higher education, healthcare and private sector environments, Dumire brings diverse expertise to Waynesburg University.

Dumire is a member of the Suncrest United Methodist Church in Morgantown, W.Va., where he and his wife, Teresa, have served on various committees and have actively participated in worship services for the past 18 years.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems and a Master of Information Systems.

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The Teaching with Primary Sources program at Waynesburg University will offer a free online professional development workshop series for teachers and librarians through WebQuest. Workshops will take place every Thursday beginning July 11 through August 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

A WebQuest is an Internet-based research activity designed for the classroom to promote inquiry and higher-order thinking. Participants will investigate how this teaching tool can enhance learning and will develop an inquiry lesson using primary sources from the Library of Congress.

The five-week workshop includes weekly chat sessions supplemented by reading and project development outside of class. This workshop is designed for teachers and librarians, grades 6-12.

There is no cost and participants earn up to 24 PA Act 48 activity hours. Act 48 continuing professional education requirements go back into effect July 1, 2013.

Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete the six online modules before attending.

Visit to locate modules.

Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours. Space is limited. To register online visit:

For more information contact Sue Wise, associate director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3377.

Teaching with Primary Sources is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Waynesburg University Teaching with Primary Sources program is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library's vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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The Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business recently selected Waynesburg University as a Global Leadership Project Partner for its Global Leadership Forum, an intensive four-week program that runs from May 28 to June 20.

As the demanding flagship program in Carnegie Bosch Institute's leadership seminar lineup, the Global Leadership Forum delivers innovative executive development and value to client companies and participants worldwide.

“The Carnegie Bosch Institute Global Leadership Forum is internationally respected, and we are proud to be a project partner,” said Robin L. King, senior vice president of enrollment and university relations. “We know that through this process, Waynesburg University will expand its global scope.”

The focus of the project is based on the University's commitment to prepare students for their lives after graduation by better enabling them to deal with global challenges while at the same time making them more valuable for future employers.

Attended by a diverse set of companies across many industries and with representatives from varied cultural backgrounds and countries, the program enables participants to gain different perspectives of topics with broad economic and international scope.

The highly interactive program incorporates lectures, case studies, experiential small group workshops, individual and team coaching, learning stewardship and innovative project work with real-life business partners.

“We truly welcome Waynesburg University as a strategic project partner,” said Sylvia B. Vogt, adjunct professor of management and president of the Carnegie Bosch Institute. “Carnegie Bosch Institute is uniquely positioned at the intersection of industry and academia. The purpose of our project partnerships is to provide companies and regional organizations a new executive viewpoint on a strategic issue of international or global relevance.”

The mission of Carnegie Bosch Institute is to improve international management and its impact on leadership by enhancing the understanding of both of managers and researchers of fundamental issues related to global business.

Carnegie Bosch Institute was established in 1990 through a major endowment provided by the Bosch Group.

Above, Carnegie Bosch Institute Global Leadership program participants are pictured with Waynesburg University students during a recent visit to campus.

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