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Dear WU,

I recently registered for my last semester with you, and I can’t help but feel upset about this end to an important ritual of my college career. Somehow, I can’t picture myself anywhere but where I am now.

As you know, when I began looking at schools as a high school senior, you were on the list with two other Christian universities. I toured those other two schools, liking much of what I saw and even applied to them, thinking of how my future would be if I were to attend one of them.

I toured you last and there was an immediate change. Although I had my heart set on an equestrian school, I didn’t get the same feeling with those other schools because you were the one that made me feel as though I belonged.

There has been a lot of push and pull in our relationship throughout the years: classes I didn’t want to take, but ended up liking; class assignments that nearly pushed me over the edge, but I overcame; and exams that kept me up nights worrying over, but the end result always turned out better than I imagined.

I am now able to see that you only challenged me because you knew I could do it, no matter how many times I said I couldn’t, and I want to apologize for being so stubborn.

I have not always liked you, especially on the days where I received nothing but papers scribbled over in red ink—slashes and lines through my creative thoughts like a connect-the-dot activity sheet. I cried over those days more times than I feel comfortable confessing to you. What I couldn’t see at the time, however, was how much all of those scribbles would allow me to grow into a much better writer.

So much has happened over these past four years, some of which has been life-altering. It’s difficult to think of where my life would be if I would not have chosen you. You helped to peel back the layers of my insecurities as a person, writer and Christian, giving me chances to grow beyond the expectations I had originally placed for myself. My whole self-concept has changed, thanks to you.

Do you remember when I went for my interview with the Admissions Department as a freshman for a Student Ambassador position? I walked into that interview like a typical freshman: naïve and irrational. I remember adamantly saying the words “I will do anything you need, but I will never give a tour” to the admissions counselor, fully knowing that was in the job description. She and you had a good laugh, I’m sure.

The first time I gave a tour, I was so nervous I couldn’t remember anything I had rehearsed, but I made it through. To my surprise, families even began to tell me they couldn’t believe I had ever been shy. I give you the credit for those statements. Had it not been for you, I would have quit and crawled back into my comfortable shell of invisibility.

Through you, I went from being an insecure introvert to a confident, somewhat more sociable young woman who is no longer afraid of people looking at her because she knows she is important.

They say coming to college is part of a transitional phase of life which helps set the foundations for our future goals and careers, but to me it has been so much more than that. Finding my way to you has been a type of reawakening in my life.

During these past four years, I’ve repeatedly lost and regained confidence in my abilities; I’ve had my heart broken and restored again (like so many my age); I’ve lost high school friendships and gained stronger, less selfish ones; I’ve lost sight of my faith only to find a stronger, more cognizant version; and most importantly, I’ve learned who I am as a person and who I want to become as I continue to grow.

My final registration signifies this chapter in my life is about to end and as I sit here writing this letter to you, I hate to think this journey is almost over. Like a friend, you have become close to my heart and I know, even once I’m gone, that is where you will remain.

Thank you for all you have done for me, both good and bad, for they have made me who I am today.

Kayla Longstreth

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9750.jpgWaynesburg University Master of Business Administration (MBA) students traveled to Ireland from Friday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 12, as part of an international business class. Fourteen students and four guests attended the trip with trip leaders Domenic Marian, lecturer in the MBA program, and Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration.
“The MBA Program’s annual International Business trip brings our students to the global classroom through business meetings with international companies,” said Crile. “Throughout the week the group participates in seminars, tours and excursions that help to broaden their outlook and bring back to their companies new ideas. The goal is to push students out of their comfort zone and to test their business acumen outside of the classroom.”
The eight-day international business trip, which was intended to immerse students into global business practices, consisted of several meetings, tours and excursions covering more than 700 miles and three cities in Ireland. Highlights included tours of Connemara, Blarney Castle and Galway, and business visits to Brian de Staic Jewelry, the Guinness Storehouse and Vistakon (a Johnson and Johnson Company).

“The trip gave me much insight into the culture of the Irish, including how that culture relates to the workplace,” said Genna Steele, a student in the MBA program and executive assistant to the Provost at Waynesburg University. “For example, in our business meeting with Vistakon, the Senior Vice President said they have a job to do and they do it. They don’t have meetings about meetings.”

Other trip activities included visits to the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Trinity College in Dublin, the U.S. Embassy and Tullamore Dew Distillery.

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There are thousands, if not millions, of things I have learned as a student at Waynesburg, all of which have helped to shape me into the person I have and am becoming today.

Academically, I have learned about acrylic painting and drawing; American, British and World literature; human biology and environmental biology; fiction, nonfiction and poetry; photography and design; psychology and sociology; and much more.

Spiritually, I have learned what it means to listen to the Word and reflect on God’s promises—to trust in Him and, through Him, make a difference.

Yet, through all of these things I have learned, there is always something a professor says that resonates beyond everyday learning. These special sayings make us think without asking any questions. Sometimes unaware, the professor continues on with the lecture as you sit in silence pondering that small, profound thought—that pertinent piece of wisdom.

I experienced this feeling a couple of weeks ago as I was sitting in my intermediate poetry class. We were discussing the power of language and art, and how difficult it is to stop thinking about reason and focus on the experience as it stands before you. A tree is a tree, a sparrow is a sparrow, and these things are better described as what they are. They do not need to be decorated with adjectives and metaphors to stand on their own.

It is easy to state what something is, but to describe it in its natural form as is with no formula or reasoning was something completely unnatural for me. In high school, I was taught there is one single interpretation to every piece of writing, but coming to college, I have come to realize this is not exactly true. A true poem, as well as any piece of creative writing, needs no interpretation or thought provoking message. There is no formula—it is what it is.

As I was trying to wrap my head around this new concept, I heard these words from my professor as she continued on.

“You can prepare yourself for math and science, but it doesn’t prepare you for being human.”

Then it hit me.

We can spend our time trying to create the best new thing known to man, but even that does not change what we are: human. Whether it is writing the next acclaimed novel or creating a cure for cancer, we are all the same. We all hurt, we all fail and we all have weaknesses, but that is the beautiful part of being human.

To some degree, we all paint our lives with certain characteristics, dreams, goals and titles to make us stand out, but in the end we all are human. Just as a tree is a tree and a sparrow is a sparrow. We do not always have to separate ourselves from the rest of world. Sometimes just being is enough to enjoy the true beauty of living.

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Twenty-one Waynesburg University students will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 5, to assist with ongoing home repairs managed by The Pittsburgh Project.


The team is comprised of students from both a service learning class led by Dave Calvario, dean of students and director of the center for service leadership, and an urban history course led by Ezekial Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology. Students will assist with working on homes for the elderly or individuals on a fixed income who are not able to perform general upkeep on their property.


The Pittsburgh Project is a Christian Community Development Organization dedicated to developing and strengthening servant leaders while also upholding the dignity of vulnerable homeowners.


“Through The Pittsburgh Project, homeowners served are able to remain in their homes and feel good about the condition of where they are living,” Calvario said.


Students attending the trip are listed as follows:

• Emily Bosworth, a senior sociology major from Waynesburg, Pa.
• Rachel Brown, a sophomore social science major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Jackie Collius, a senior history major from Penndel, Pa.
• Devin Coughlin, a junior international studies major from Belvidere, NJ
• Alex Crow, a senior sociology major from Carlisle, Pa.
• McKee Dixon, a senior accounting major from Moon Township, Pa.
• Cassy Dowler, a senior biblical ministry studies major from Latrobe, Pa.
• Andrya Durr, a sophomore pre-medical major from Greensboro, Pa.
• Samantha Ervin, a senior criminal justice administration major from Irwin, Pa.
• Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata, Pa.
• Cody Hillberry, a junior sociology major from Sycamore, Pa.
• Dave Houseman, a senior criminal justice administration major from Jacobs Creek, Pa.
• Briana Hozak, a senior sociology major from Home, Pa.
• Mary Krepp, a junior sociology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Brendan Omicioli, a senior biblical ministry studies major from Gowanda, NY
• Brittany Orndoff, a junior sociology major from Waynesburg, Pa.
• Austin Orth, a sophomore computer science major from Meyersdale, Pa.
• Madison Perretta, a sophomore sociology major from Beaver Falls, Pa.
• Rachel Red-Horse, a sophomore early childhood education major from Sacramento, Calif.
• Gracious Shavers, a junior education major from Ginowan City, Japan
• Alex Tenenbaum, a junior information technology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.




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724.852.7675 or


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I have always believed that service is an important part of society, but before my time at Waynesburg University, I had never been the type to give it. Not because I ever thought I was too good to serve, but more because I had never felt good enough to serve. Joining the Waynesburg community meant having to serve at some point during my college career, and I was anxious of how I could make a difference.

Little did I know, enrolling in service learning would change my life forever.

Having always loved animals, I chose to conduct my service work at the Humane Society of Greene County. Walking in on my first day, I had no idea what to expect.

When the director began discussing what I could do to help, I began praying they would involve no animal interaction whatsoever. In fact, on my first two days I kept busy scrubbing the inside and outside of every door in the building, setting packages of food on the shelves and working the front desk, answering phones and interacting with customers. I wanted to help the cause, but at a distance. Still, I felt my heart yearning for more.

That's when I was approached with a new request.

The director began talking with me about some of my passions and when I mentioned photography and writing, her face lit up. With a new website and an overload of incoming animals, I was asked if I could help. I could see where the conversation was going, but I wasn't sure I could do what she wanted me to.

Taking photographs of and writing articles about these animals meant getting up close and personal with every single one of them. It broke my heart to think I would have to see their suffering firsthand and tell them they wouldn't find what they were looking for from me; I couldn't give them the love and stability they were desperately searching to find.

But seeing the hope the director had, I accepted her proposition.

As I began working, I realized I had a lot to offer. I was nervous about using my gifts to serve, but God gave me the opportunity to shine and what began as a course requirement quickly developed into a passion for the greater good—helping animals find their “forever homes.”

In the words of Frederick Buechner, "The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

To me, volunteering at the Human Society has not been fulfilling community service hours. It is a commitment fueled by a passion to make a difference in the lives of the animals, who can't do it for themselves. I know I made the right decision when I walked through those doors on the first day.

I know I was led there to make a difference the best way I can—through the gifts God has provided me. I thank Him, and the staff at the shelter, for encouraging me and allowing me to find my passion for serving.

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