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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1627.JPGDr. Shari Payne has joined Waynesburg University as vice president for enrollment, the University announced today. Payne will oversee all recruitment aspects of the admissions process.

“With 20 years of experience in admissions, financial aid and academic affairs, Dr. Payne and her innovative leadership will be a valuable asset to Waynesburg University,” said Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University president. “Her dedication to service and to having a positive impact on the lives of others aligns with our mission, making her a great fit for the University.” 

In her role, Payne will direct an overarching recruitment plan in order to bring a high achieving and diverse student body to Waynesburg, with the goal of maintaining the academic excellence of the University. 

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Payne served as the vice president for enrollment management at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where she was responsible for student enrollment, including the recruitment of new students and the retention of continuing students. 

She previously served in various roles at Robert Morris University, including dean of engaged learning, director of academic of operations and director of financial aid. 

Payne holds an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in communications and information systems from Robert Morris University and a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_BobRandolph.jpgDr. Robert Randolph, chairperson for Waynesburg University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages, was recently invited to serve as pastor-in-residence at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

Randolph spent the week of October 12 at the oldest Lutheran seminary in the Americas, where he preached during three chapel services. In addition, Randolph visited classes and had the opportunity to interact with the seminary community.

“I am honored to have been selected to be this year’s pastor-in-residence at such a distinguished seminary,” said Randolph. “In doing so, I am the latest in a list of invitees that dates back 33 years.”

In 1982, Dr. Oscar V. Carlson established an annual fund to invite a parish pastor to preach to the Seminary community and visit classes. Reflecting the characteristics of Carlson, the pastors who are selected each year must be considered an effective parish pastor, a preacher of excellence and a life-long scholar.

As a pastor at a Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, Randolph states that he was selected because he is a man who wears many hats.

“The original impulse to select me for the residency came from a poem I sent to the Seminary Ridge Review, a publication of the Seminary,” said Randolph. “The selection committee became interested in how one could write published poetry, be a department chair at a university and be pastor at a church. They were interested in knowing how I balance those things and how they informed each other.”

Randolph was able to incorporate his work as a published poet into his sermons he preached to the Seminary. This residency was especially important to him because it combined his lifelong love for poetry and pastoring into one impactful experience for both him and the Seminary community.

“I am sincere about loving poetry and trusting in God, and that sincerity, along with telling true stories about my church work in the small congregation I serve, led people to see that my heart is pretty much where I say it is. With me, what you see is what you get,” said Randolph.

During the same week, 21 Waynesburg University students served nearby at Gettysburg National Military Park and Daniel Lady Farm. The students were able to attend one of Randolph’s chapel services at the Seminary and witness his teachings to the community.

Gettysburg Seminary is a graduate and professional theological school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, preparing outreach oriented pastors, mission leaders and public theologians for the 21st century and world.

The Seminary provides leaders and scholars with biblical, theological and practical insight in a robust integrative learning environment.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-22-Woodward-award.JPGWaynesburg University trustee John D. Woodward Jr. received the Career Intelligence Medal on October 16, 2015, in recognition of his exemplary service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for twenty-one years. 

Woodward served as a CIA operations officer for most of his career, with duty in several war zones. He also had management positions in the Agency's Directorate of Science and Technology. 

Woodward was especially commended for his work as the first Chief of Operations for the Intelligence Community's Counter Biological Weapons Program, where he succeeded in advancing the program's mission impact and relevance with respect to overseas operations and community engagement.

During his government career, he also served as the Director of Biometrics at the Department of Defense, where he spearheaded efforts to use biometric technology to identify national security threats in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.   

Woodward retired from the CIA earlier this year. In July, he accepted an appointment as a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University in Boston, where he teaches national security-related courses.

The CIA medal ceremony was held at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh with Woodward’s family and friends in attendance. 

Woodward is a native of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, where his mother, Olga Woodward, a former Washington County Recorder of Deeds, still resides. He has been a Waynesburg University trustee since 2010.

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The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University will hold its annual Science Day Thursday, Dec. 10. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student.

Intended to excite high school students about science, participants will enjoy hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. A question-and-answer session will be offered to provide prospective students with the opportunity to ask undergraduates about the college experience.

Special presentations in chemistry, biology and forensic science will occur in addition to a tour of the marine biology lab, all hosted by professors and students.

Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, believes high school students will benefit from attending Science Day.

“Science Day is important because it gives high school students the opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to study science at a college level,” said Baldauff. “While on campus, students will interact with faculty and current undergraduates and experience the exciting programs we have in the sciences at Waynesburg University.”

The University will also host an additional Science Day event for prospective students during the spring semester, Thursday, April 14.

For more information, contact Baldauff at or 724-852-3617.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Frankenstein.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “Frankenstein,” Wednesday, Nov. 4, through Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“Frankenstein,” is adapted by Victor Gialanella from the classic novel by Mary Shelley, and is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Set in 19th century Switzerland, the story revolves around the experiments of Dr. Victor Frankenstein as he tries to comprehend the secrets of life and death.

Frankenstein has a desire to make a life that is good and beautiful, but in his attempt to be Creator, his “invention” brings about death and destruction.

“I felt that our actors, as well as our technical crew, would have an enjoyable and challenging time putting the show together,” said Edward Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “Technically, we are going to be trying some things we haven't done in quite a while. The actors are being challenged with some very demanding roles.”

Reservations are suggested. Due to some intense scenes, this show is not recommended for young children. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or

The cast and crew include:

  • Victor: Michael Merten, junior history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Alphonse: Theodore Clayton, freshman chemistry major from Greensburg (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Henry: Shawn White, sophomore English (creative writing) major from Amity (Trinity High School)
  • Herr Mueller: Steven Caumo, freshman English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Metz: Ronald Loebker, sophomore engineering mathematics major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • Schmidt: Nicholas Merrill, sophomore communication (electronic media) major from Zelienople (Portersville Christian School)
  • The Creature: Dawson Laabs, senior computer security and forensics major from Washington (Washington High School)
  • Frau Mueller: Brittany Stowe, senior arts administration major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)
  • Elizabeth: Emily Haywood, senior criminal justice major from Claysville (McGuffey Area High School)
  • Justine: Sara Lesher, sophomore criminal justice major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Delacey: Emily Mielcarek, junior international cultures major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Gretchen: Bryn Lahew
  • Maid: Jaime Stanny, freshman with an undecided major from Imperial (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Maid: Tessa Masula, freshman English secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Mich. (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • Coachman: Matthew Desrosiers, freshman criminal justice major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Constable: Matthew Colaluca, sophomore forensic science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Director: Edward Powers
  • Assistant Directors: Haleigh McKee, sophomore computer security and forensics major from Mansfield (Mansfield Junior-Senior High School) and Stephen Patula, freshman music ministry major from Hazard, Ky. (Hazard High School)
  • Stage Managers: Megan Cook, freshman digital design major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School) and Michelle Frye, sophomore advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area High School)
  • Assistant Stage Managers: Elisabeth Gray, sophomore art major from Morgantown, W.Va. (Morgantown High School) and Joanna Peters, freshman marine biology from Frederick, Md. (Covenant Community School)
  • Running Crew: Jenna Gearhart, freshman forensic science major from Bel Air, Md. (Bel Air High School) and Jacob Restanio, sophomore engineering mathematics major from Houston (Chartiers-Houston High School)

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