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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-31-Relay-for-Life.jpgWaynesburg University’s Colleges Against Cancer Chapter presented the American Cancer Society with a check for nearly $25,000 Tuesday, May 31. 

The funds, raised through the Chapter’s annual Mini Relay for Life in April and throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, will help cover the costs of lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, connect cancer patients with trained patient navigators, assist with one-on-one peer support and help provide patients with transportation to and from treatments. The funds will also support cancer research. 

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, and senior Nicole Zimmel, vice president and former president of the Colleges Against Cancer Chapter, presented the check to American Cancer Society Representative Steve Gillis. Gillis, a 2008 Waynesburg alumnus, was instrumental in the first Mini Relay for Life 10 years ago.

“All monies raised at the Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life will benefit Greene County and [several] American Cancer Society programs,” said Hardie.

Approximately $9,000 was raised through online fundraising this year. 

“Students were able to utilize their social media networks to reach family and friends nationwide to contribute to their team fundraising goal,” said Hardie. “This strategy enabled the Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life to exceed their original event goal by almost $5,000.”

Members of the local community also supported the Mini Relay for Life.

“There were many community members that supported the event through the day-of and fundraisers that occurred through the academic year,” said Hardie. “A total of 12 cancer survivors within Greene County were also present and participated in the Survivorship Program.”

The Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life had 29 teams consisting of clubs, organizations, athletic teams and scholarship programs that were able to achieve their specific team goals.

“Colleges Against Cancer has already started the planning process for the Waynesburg University 2017 Mini Relay for Life,” added Hardie. “A kick-off meeting will be hosted in October 2016 in order to continue the momentum for next year’s event.”

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-27-Dana_Baer.jpgDr. Dana Cook Baer has been named provost of Waynesburg University, the University announced today. In her role, she will serve as the chief academic officer of the University as well as a member of the senior administrative team. 

“Dr. Baer has served the University for nearly 20 years as a professor, department chair and assistant provost,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “She brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience to this position.” 

Dr. Baer joined the University fulltime as a professor of criminal justice administration in 1998. Previously, she has served the University in various roles, including interim provost, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, interim chair of the departments of business administration as well as English and foreign languages, assistant provost for first-year studies and dean of undergraduate studies.

In these faculty and administrative roles, she has managed budgets, curriculum, advising and assessment, as well as student and personnel issues. She also has experience in working with external accrediting organizations and institutional policy development. 

“The long-standing history of success of Waynesburg University is attributable to an exceedingly talented and selfless team of faculty and staff members, administrators, board members and students who are committed to learning and serving for the glory of God,” Dr. Baer said. “I have been blessed to be a part of this team for many years. Now, I am honored to serve the campus community in this new role.”

Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Baer was a partner in the law firm of Marriner & Crumrine. She also served as law clerk for the Honorable Thomas D. Gladden, P.J., Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Baer received the University’s Lucas Hathaway Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2000, and in 2005, The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution named her the recipient of the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington & Jefferson College and a Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-16-Yellow-Jacket-ASPA.jpgThe American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) recently awarded Waynesburg University’s student-produced newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, the First Place with Special Merit Award and the Most Outstanding University Newspaper Award.

The First Place with Special Merit Award was awarded to 36 winners nationwide based upon outstanding design and content, and the Most Outstanding University Newspaper Award was presented to only three of those school newspapers. This was Waynesburg’s first time earning the “most outstanding” award, earning 955 of the possible 1,000 points.

“The Yellow Jacket has a long history of being recognized by regional and statewide organizations, but to get an award like this against national competition is obviously very special,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and co-advisor of The Yellow Jacket. “To win this award is really a testament to both the quality of our students and the opportunities they have in the Department of Communication.”

The ASPA annual contest recognizes school yearbooks, magazines and newspapers that excel in overall design and content. According to ASPA, the contest also provides applicants with advice on advertising placement, cover design, graphics, headlining, photography, page design and story layout, among other items.

Earlier in the year, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a national organization of journalists, named the newspaper as a finalist in four different categories for a total of five awards, and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) announced three first place awards and an honorable mention for the newspaper staff.

“The wide variety of recognition the staff received this year shows that they are excelling across the board,” said Szuminsky. “I am glad that ASPA and these other organizations are seeing what we see every day: that Waynesburg University has a stellar group of young journalists.”

In total, The Yellow Jacket collected 11 awards during the 2015-16 academic year, the first time in the paper’s history the number of awards reached double digits.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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_5-10-Summer-visit-days.jpgWaynesburg University will offer two Summer Visitation Days for transfer students, high school students and their families Friday, June 24, and Friday, July 15.

“The best ways to see if a college is right for you is to visit their campus,” said Jacqueline Palko, director of admissions for Waynesburg University. “This gives students the opportunity to interact with current students, experience the campus environment and possibly find their future favorite faculty member.”

Registration begins at 9 a.m. both days in Roberts Chapel. After registration, students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff in their elected majors, learn about admissions and financial aid, take a tour of the campus and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall. Students and parents will follow the same schedule.

The purpose of the Summer Visitation Days is to provide prospective students and their families with the opportunity to experience Waynesburg University. For many students, this is their first visit to campus, so it is important that they get a chance to tour it, meet with professors and learn more about the admissions and financial aid processes.

Waynesburg University is home to approximately 1,400 undergraduate students and offers more than 70 academic concentrations. The University is consistently ranked as a top school for value nationwide and maintains its status as one of the least expensive private institutions in Pennsylvania.

For more information or to register for a Summer Visitation Day, call 1-800-225-7393, email admissions@waynesburg.edu or visit www.waynesburg.edu/visit.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-5-ACS-Chapter-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for the sixth consecutive year. The award, a result of the chapter’s activities for the 2014-15 academic year, was recently presented at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California.

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

More than 400 student chapter reports were submitted for review by The Society Committee on Education. There were 314 awards given, including 55 outstanding, 99 commendable and 160 honorable mention awards.

“Winning the outstanding award is a wonderful recognition for the efforts that our students undertake through various activities, events and projects,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University. “Receiving this award also validates that the work we do is meaningful to the audiences we serve, which is very important as we strive to be excellent representatives of the University.”

Led by Baldauff and Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry, the student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year, such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, among many others. The chapter also assisted with the undergraduate portion of the Central Regional Meeting of the ACS in Pittsburgh.

According to Baldauff, the reviewing committee noted that there were only five weeks out of the academic year when the chapter was not involved in an event or project.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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