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b2ap3_thumbnail_carrie.pngCarrie McAfee
Senior Designer for University Relations

Since 2013, Carrie has been responsible for designing all marketing and publications for Waynesburg University, including the Annual Report, The Lamp and Unscripted. She can be found on the second floor of Miller Hall in the Office of University Relations.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I have always wanted to combine my love for design with my faith - to love what I do everyday while serving God. I believe He opened a pathway for me to do so and pointed me in WU's direction.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I would have to say Johnson Commons - it's peaceful but full of energy at the same time!

What's your favorite fun fact about WU?

I love the fingerprints in the bricks of Miller Hall and the story behind them. The fact that the students were so devoted to the school that they hand-crafted bricks inspires me. The building is our students' work of art.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

A lot of design work relies on problem solving and psychology. A lot of thought is put into the layout, photography, color usage and messaging. In that respect, I am very fortunate to design for a University that has a rich history, beautiful campus and an impressive student body.

What's your favorite part of a new academic year?

I always enjoy getting new student workers who bring fresh ideas for projects with them!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-6-Nursing-Career-Day.jpgWaynesburg University will host Nursing as a Career Day for high school students interested in pursuing nursing on Thursday, Oct. 6. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University.

“Nursing as a Career Day is held as a recruitment event that specifically highlights the Nursing Program, allowing prospective students to observe faculty in the lab and ask current students general questions about the program,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing.

The day will highlight Waynesburg’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; it will include tours, meetings with faculty, financial aid information and lunch. Additionally, prospective students will be given the opportunity to have a discussion with student representatives of Waynesburg University’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore the University’s sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and nursing students. Specifically, students will learn how Waynesburg’s nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations and discover how the simulation lab provides an effective environment for students to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills for clinical practice.

In addition to its Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Waynesburg University also offers a RN to BSN program, Master of Science degree in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Recently, Waynesburg University was ranked a top nursing school nationwide by the Nursing Schools Almanac. Waynesburg, ranked No. 49, was among the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools that were considered.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393 or go to and select Group Visit. For complete information about Waynesburg University’s undergraduate nursing program, 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, Associate Director of University Relations

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Dr. Karen Younger (Humanities) was the invited guest lecturer at the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable in Sewickley on Aug. 17. Her topic was “Lincoln’s Emancipation Plan in the Border States.”

Dr. Chad Sherman and Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) presented about framing newspaper coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. Both were elected to board positions for the regional division of AEJMC. Szuminsky also presented during a teaching tips session at the conference.

Dr. Robert Bonser (Athletic Training) had a journal article accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports and Rehabilitation entitled, “Changes to Hamstring Range of Motion Following Neurodynamic Sciatic Sliders: A Critically Appraised Topic.” The abstract can be found here, and the article will be published soon. 

Dr. Bonser successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Idaho in late July. The dissertation is entitled, “Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Conditions from a Regional Interdependence Perspective: A dissertation of Clinical Practice Improvement.”

A poem by Dr. Bob Randolph (English), “Ambushed,” is out in Chiron Review (Issue 104, Summer 2016) on page 115.

Dr. Elizabeth Wang (Computer Science) attended the International Conference on Computing and Missions at Lancaster Bible College to present a paper on behalf of Alex Tenenbaum (Class of 2015). The paper is entitled, “The Role of Technology in Missions.” 

Norma J. Harper (Office of the Provost) began her 55th year at the University on Aug. 6. 


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b2ap3_thumbnail_StoverLogo_WU.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will present “Steeling and Dealing: President Truman’s Seizure of the Steel Mills,” Thursday, Sept. 15, at noon in the University’s Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Written by Stover Scholars Andrew J. Stanko, Olivia Schultz-Falandes and Tyler McCoy, “Steeling and Dealing” dramatizes the landmark 1952 Supreme Court case, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer.

The production portrays President Truman’s decision to seize the nation’s steel mills during the Korean Conflict and the political and legal drama that ensued, leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s six to three ruling that Truman overstepped constitutional limits on executive power.

The play re-enacts the Supreme Court justices’ reactions to Truman’s actions and demonstrates how the case has shaped legal discourse relating to executive authority in times of both war and peace ever since.

“I am excited that the Stover Scholars conceived this drama of President Truman’s seizure of the Steel Mills during the Korean Conflict and the Supreme Courts’ decision to stop him,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. “The Steel Seizure Case is the constitutional touchstone to address the limits on presidential power.”

Dr. Stratton also noted that the production is relevant in today’s political climate.

“The Stover Scholars portray this story in a compelling manner, which will resonate with students of all ages,” added Dr. Stratton. “The play underscores the importance of the separation of powers to preserve our liberties.”

Edward L. Powers, professor of theater at Waynesburg University, will direct the production. The performance is sponsored by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

The cast list includes:

  • Aide – Christine Dawson, a sophomore nursing major from Wexford, PA
  • Top Advisor – Joanna Scott, a junior nursing major from Greencastle, PA
  • President Truman – John Wicker a senior, marketing major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Philip Perlman – Daniel Kephart, a sophomore history and English literature major from Washington, PA
  • Reporter – Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a sophomore political science and history major from North Adams, MA
  • Clarence Randall – Brandon VanTine a senior political science major from New Kensington, PA
  • Mrs. Henry – Elizabeth Trump a sophomore biology (pre-med) major from Fairchance, PA
  • Mr. Henry – Timothy DeNofrio, a freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Altoona, PA
  • Judge Pine – Vincent Morrow a junior biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Mr. Bromley – Harrison Scott a freshman biochemistry major from Greencastle, PA
  • Mr. Kiendl – Ryan Schwertfeger a senior communication major from Oakland, NJ
  • Mr. Baldridge – Andrew Stanko a senior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Lewisburg, PA
  • John Davis – Tyler McCoy a sophomore history major from Jamestown, OH
  • Justice Burton – Katherine McGonigal a freshman finance major from Wheeling, WV
  • Justice Jackson – Nicholas Cordova a junior political science major from Youngstown, OH
  • Chief Justice Vinson – Brendan Keany a senior communication major from East Aurora, NY
  • Justice Black – Micah Stanko a sophomore political science major from Clarksville, PA
  • Justice Clark – Fridolin Firsching, a Stover Intern from Munich, Germany

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_szuminsky.pngBrandon Szuminsky (’05, '09)
Instructor of Communication and Advisor of The Yellow Jacket student newspaper

Brandon is the faculty lead for the journalism program in the Department of Communication, where he also teaches media studies and research courses. He works with students to produce the award-winning student newspaper and advises the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He can usually be found in his office at 413 Buhl Hall or the newspaper office.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I came to campus as a Communication major in fall of 2001 because I was blown away by the quality of the COM programs. While I was here I fell in love with journalism and led the student newspaper for a few years. I also met the woman of my dreams (in a COM class no less!). After graduation, I spent several years working for local newspapers before returning in 2008 when I had a chance to try out a night class in the English Department. Teaching was never something I had intended on doing but I immediately fell in love. Shortly thereafter, I started working on my PhD and was lucky enough to be hired full-time in the Department of Communication, giving me a chance to again be a part of the programs that helped shape my life.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I should say the newspaper office, or my classrooms… but I’ll be sappy and say the classroom Buhl 316, because that’s where, during freshman year, I first met my future wife.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

The student newspaper was called The Yellow Jacket before many of the sports teams had the moniker.  When Prexie Stewart became president the college paper was renamed The Yellow Jacket (from The Collegian) and then the name was adopted by all the teams.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Helping lead the Guatemala service trip for the first time. It was my first experience with international service and it profoundly changed my worldview. 

What’s your favorite annual event?

Nothing beats Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s just so enjoyable to see so much of the campus community in one place and get a chance to flip the roles a bit and serve the students. Plus, turkey and stuffing!

BONUS: What’s your biggest challenge?

Trying to get freshmen to spell my last name correctly!

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