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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kimber.jpgFor months, Kimber Blair consulted with two Waynesburg University mentors about the possibility of moving to Texas for the summer to pursue an internship at Mary Kay’s corporate headquarters. The mentors, vastly different in profession – one an adviser of service leadership and the other a journalism professor – gave her exactly what she needed.

“My Bonner Scholar adviser helped me process my options and which one would be best for me, and my professor helped by taking the extra time to review my resume and give advice on phone interviewing,” Blair said. “They were both such great listeners, especially when I lost confidence in myself and my fears and doubts took over. Their guidance and encouragement helped me get to Mary Kay, and I am so thankful for them.”

Blair, a senior public relations and interactive design major, has served as a Bonner Scholar since her freshman year. The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholar program, one of only 23 programs across the nation, selects approximately 15 students each year and encourages community service through a required 140 hours of service per student, per semester.
Blair said that her service opportunities have helped teach her about leadership, and she also named the chair of the Waynesburg University Department of Communication in helping to position her for such a successful internship.

“One thing I have learned from Professor Krause is to take advantage of and learn from the experiences of the professionals,” Blair said. “I have learned to ask for contact information or a business card, be professional in emails and phone calls and always edit my work before sending it. “

With those actions in mind, Blair began the long, laborious application process for a spot with Mary Kay’s eBusiness Department in Dallas, Texas. After a rigorous series of networking, phone interviews, resumes and writing samples, a position within the eBusiness department of the corporation presented itself. In May of 2013, she flew down to the Lone Star State to begin her internship, helping to launch new web applications to Mary Kay's global market.

“The characteristic that stood out the most about Kimber was her enthusiasm for any assignment given to her,” said Erika Butler, an Information Services Technology Global eBusiness project leader at Mary Kay and Blair’s direct supervisor. “A lot of what she did for Mary Kay was outside her comfort zone, but you wouldn’t have known that by talking to her or reviewing her work.”

In the office, she wrote and tested cases for the company’s information technology systems management and created an Excel sheet that included more than 1500 words and phrases to be translated into German. Depending on the day, she participated in departmental and company-wide meetings and gave feedback on Mary Kay webpages, advertisements and products.

As one of 30 total interns at Mary Kay Inc., Blair was given ample occasions to stand out, and she made a point to do so from the beginning.

“I was working  in a building full of people who had years of experience in marketing, writing, leadership, information technology, media and branding, and I decided to shape that opportunity and create iLunch,” Blair said.

Her launch of iLunch, a weekly luncheon for all company interns, placed her in the direct gaze of various directorial members of the company who liked what they saw.

The luncheon featured an internal senior-level professional who would inspire and network with the young men and women. 

“We had a couple of vice presidents, the chief legal officer and secretary, the IT regional business advisor and Mary Kay’s CEO David Holl speak with us,” Blair said. “Mr. Holl shared with us stories about his experiences as a leader of one of the top private corporations in Dallas. I hope to use his insights to guide me as a leader on campus and in the work place.”

Blair, who has served in leadership positions across campus since her freshman year, now leads the campus design club, campus worship sound production, a local after-school tutoring program for youth and more.

“Kimber has an amazing work ethic. She sets very lofty goals for herself and consistently meets and exceeds them,” said Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication and a faculty adviser of the design club at Waynesburg University. “She's doing amazing things at Waynesburg University, and it should surprise no one that she did great things at Mary Kay.”

The driven young woman returned to campus with greater confidence in her leadership abilities and first-hand proof of what her mentors assured her – that she could venture out of her comfort zone and succeed.

“From my internship, I have gained more confidence in myself and my work,” said Blair. “I realized it’s a good feeling to have people rooting for me and believing in me, even when I don't believe in myself.”

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Ready to board a plane to serve on a mission trip in Guatemala, Zander Shashura received the news:  Bayer Corporation was interested in hiring him as an intern. At 3 a.m., standing in an airport, about to leave the country, the opportunity stood as proof of God’s faithfulness to the senior business management major.

Soon after he returned to U.S. soil, Shashura accepted a position with a subsidiary of the Bayer Group, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), in Pittsburgh. BMS is a world-leading materials provider and the leading producer of high-performance plastics in North America. With a global presence, BMS works to find solutions for the challenges of today’s world, focusing on the use of renewable energies.

As part of the controlling services department for BMS, Shashura’s tasks consisted largely of analyzing data, assisting the control team, attending daily business meetings and diagnosing and solving problems—all of which he practiced as a business major at Waynesburg University.

“Zander is successful because of his preparation,” said Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of accounting. “He puts the time in before, during and after class that is necessary to allow him to comprehend and master material.  He approaches his work life with that same passion, making it impossible for people not to notice and respect him.”

In addition to being a hardworking student, as a scholar in the Stover Scholar Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, Shashura has acquired the skills to set him apart as an honorable leader, both during his internship and in society.

“Zander is a distinguished scholar who always inspires others with his good cheer and fresh insights which invariably draw upon his deep Christian faith and his commitment to uphold the constitutional vision of America’s Founding Fathers,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “In the years ahead, he will undoubtedly become a strong ethical leader in the American business community.”

Due to his involvement in both class and scholarship, Shashura was more than prepared to start his journey this summer. Through his experience at Waynesburg and the Stover Program, Shashura felt confident conversing with top management at Bayer in a professional business setting.

The challenging aspects for the Fredericktown, Pa., native, encompassed learning the ins and outs of a large corporation.

“The most difficult parts for me were learning how all of the computer systems work, how Bayer does things and overcoming the many times I felt lost with what I was doing,” said Shashura. “These challenges were good, however, because they humbled me and made me a better problem solver.”

Through the experience, Shashura was given more than a chance to see the inner-workings of a global company and get his foot in the door. He was given the opportunity to see a glimpse into his future and know, with a little trust, things will always fall into place.

“This opportunity is a tremendous blessing to me and a reminder that God has everything under control,” said Shashura. “I simply need to trust in Him.”

Though he gives his gratitude to Professor Chicarelli, Dr. Stratton and the people he met and worked with at Bayer, his praises are firstly sent to God for choosing him to be the one to stand out for the position.

“I want to give all the glory to God for providing me with this opportunity,” said Shashura. “I know it was not because of myself or anything that I did— it was all Him and He deserves the glory for it all.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bromenshenkel_Trenton_3.JPGDuring the summer of 2013, Trenton Bromenshenkel, a sophomore Biochemistry major at Waynesburg University, lived the life of a practicing physician. As part of the prestigious UC Davis Pre-Medical Surgical Internship, Mentorship and Research Program, Bromenschenkel worked next to experts in the surgical field approximately 20 hours a week from May 31 to August 24, gaining crucial hands-on experience.

As an intern, Bromenschenkel was responsible for attending conferences, covering rounds, seeing patients in the intensive care unit and working in pre-operative, post-operative and operating rooms. He also studied extensively outside of the hospital, reading medical books, researching and writing papers.

“My favorite experiences were in the OR,” said Bromenschenkel. “I had the opportunity to see some amazing operations ranging from kidney transplants to spinal surgery to laparoscopic cholecystectomies. I even saw an operation with the da Vinci machine, a minimally-invasive robot operated by a surgeon.”

The UC Davis Pre-Medical Surgical Internship, Mentorship and Research Program exposes its interns to the field of surgery in a professional medical environment. Hosted by the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., medical students are given the opportunity to work hands-on within a 650-bed, Level 1 Trauma Center under the guidance of practicing surgical physicians.

“This was the only internship I was interested in for the summer,” said Bromenschenkel. “I realize I should have applied elsewhere, but the program offered a unique exposure to medicine and the life of a physician.”

The El Dorado, Calif., native, who chose Waynesburg for its strong science department, small classroom sizes and many scholarship opportunities, learned of the UC Davis internship program after he attended the annual UC Davis Pre-Health & Pre-Medical National Conference as a high school senior.

Bromenschenkel worked diligently to put together a strong application composed of a series of essays, letters of recommendation and a curriculum vitae. After his application was reviewed and an interview conducted, Bromenschenkel became one of the youngest pre-medical surgical interns in a group of upperclassmen and post-graduate students.

“My acceptance into the program has meant a great deal to me,” said Bromenschenkel. “Getting an internship like this is rare for a rising sophomore and has given me a huge boost for future applications.”

Surprisingly, maintaining a hectic schedule was nothing new for Bromenschenkel.

As a student at Waynesburg, Bromenschenkel is a leadership scholar, a resident assistant in Thayer Hall and is involved in ACS (American Chemical Society), AMSA (American Medical Student Association), Biology Club, Society for Analytical Chemists in Pittsburgh (SACP), swing dancing and WOE (Waynesburg Outdoor Experience).  He also tutors chemistry and math on campus.

"To me, what makes Trenton stand out as a leader among leaders is that he doesn't try to stand out but rather has a behavioral style of quiet confidence, a clear vision of his goals and an absolute commitment to achieving them," said Mary Cummings, vice president for student services at Waynesburg University.

Through this experience, Bromenschenkel has not only shown his ability to succeed, he has found his calling to become a trauma surgeon.

“This program has definitely cemented my commitment to medicine,” said Bromenschenkel. “I feel like now I know why I’m going through my undergrad and am excited to continue on to medical school.”

The knowledge Bromenschenkel gained in the medical field at UC Davis Hospital will prove to be invaluable as he progresses through his academic career, but equally important, the continual dedication of Waynesburg University students to achieve success has proven that any feat can be accomplished.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Internship-Picture.jpgRyan Condello, a senior business management major from Arlington, Texas, began preparing for his future in business as a student at Waynesburg University, but little did he know his newfound skills and knowledge would lead to something bigger than scoring well on exams during his undergraduate career.

During the academic year, Condello is active on campus as the acting vice president of the Investments Club and section leader for the Symphonic Band. And after the spring 2013 term concluded, he was ready to put his effort toward something equally fulfilling—a summer internship as a sales management intern for Sherwin Williams.

“Several aspects of the program appealed to me,” said Condello.  “The fact that it relates so closely to my major had a profound impact on my decision.”

Condello’s ambitious character, as described by Gordon McClung, professor of marketing at Waynesburg University, facilitated his transition into the position at the renowned paint company.

“Ryan is a very well rounded student with a personality and demeanor that works well for managing others,” said McClung. “These characteristics of Ryan's made him an ideal candidate for the Sherwin Williams internship program.  His strong work ethic served him well during his tenure as an intern, as demonstrated by the highly positive evaluations he received.”

During his internship, Condello spent 40 hours per week applying practice and theory to real-world situations, where he was able to have his voice heard by management.

“My favorite internship experience was being privileged enough to present my findings and recommendations on company email capture rate policies to members of upper management,” said Condello.

In addition, Condello had the privilege of learning new concepts he will later be able to apply to his own life and future career.

“The growth that I have seen from my experience with Sherwin Williams has been twofold,” said Condello.  “Firstly, I was able to learn exactly how a multinational corporation functions in a variety of areas.  Secondly, I gained a more vast understanding of what post-graduate life will incorporate.”

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Hearing of Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA)’s search for another intern at their Western, Md., location, Nadine Leishman, a junior sports management major at Waynesburg University, knew she had to interview for the summer 2013 position, but the thought of leading camp activities left her on edge.

“Most people don’t know this, but I am dyslexic,” said Leishman.

Despite her fears, after receiving word of her acceptance, the Frederick, Md., native headed back to Maryland to begin her journey with FCA, an organization focused on incorporating faith into athletics.

“I was so nervous at first to read in front of people and the campers I had to lead in my huddles, but my boss, Scott Myers, was able to help me through that struggle,” said Leishman.

According to Scott Myers, FCA area director, the fears Leishman faced this summer were all a part of God’s plan for her.

“When we have a weakness, it forces us to look outside of our own abilities for strength and answers,” said Myers. “What I encouraged her to do was to embrace her weakness and don’t try to hide it.  Instead, share it with others and talk about how God is going to use this in her life.”

As a member of the Waynesburg University lacrosse team and a student previously involved with FCA athletics for the past four years, Leishman was given a chance to use her faith to make a difference in the lives of others as she worked at overcoming her battle with dyslexia.

“Nadine is an outstanding young woman with a strong faith and a passion for athletics,” said Dr. Gordon McClung, chair of the business administration department at Waynesburg University. “Her commitment to Christ and desire to help others provided an excellent foundation for her internship.”

Helping to foster her faith into what it is today, Leishman credits Waynesburg University and its mission for giving her the confidence necessary to minister to those around her during her internship.

“The mission statement at Waynesburg really helped me through this internship because I am living out my faith,” said Leishman. “But I am also seeing others grow in their faith. I was able to serve others’ needs at the camps and show campers that people care for them and want to be there to help them.”

Three days a week, Leishman served as a Student Athlete Leadership Training intern with a team of four other interns, giving her abundant opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.

During the day, Leishman updated rosters for camp, promoted the local Power Camp and other camps to athletes and youth, and contacted high school students and coaches about helping to serve with camp activities. Leishman also attended meetings and sat in on phone conferences with FCA staff, getting a firsthand look at the way the organization is run.

Leishman’s favorite part of her internship was being able to share her knowledge of lacrosse and her faith with the young girls who attended the FCA’s local Power Camp.

“It was the greatest experience I think I could have ever had,” said Leishman. “Getting to teach what I know about the sport of lacrosse to young girls that are willing to learn more about the sport and watching the girls grow in their faith was the best experience I could have ever had.”

Leishman did more than prove she can do anything she puts her mind to, she has proven to others that weaknesses don’t have to limit the ability to overcome fears and succeed.

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