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Guy Montecalvo has joined Waynesburg University as the program coordinator for the Athletic Administration and Coaching option of the University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. 

Montecalvo, former athletic director of the Canon-McMillan School District, is a well-respected and experienced member of the athletic community.

With nearly four decades of experience in coaching, physical education and athletic administration, Montecalvo brings to Waynesburg an impressive background. Prior to his position at Canon-McMillan, he was a teacher and the head football and track and field coach for Washington School District. 

Among his many awards and honors are the 2014 PSADA Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year (2014), the Post-Gazette All-Star Educator Award (1991), the NAACP Human Rights Award (2003) and WPIAL Coach of the Year (1993, 2001). He is also an eleven-time recipient of the Washington/Greene County Coach of the Year award and has been the featured speaker at numerous football and track clinics including the Ohio State Clinic, the Penn State Clinic, the West Virginia Clinic, PSADA Conference, the PSFCA Football Clinic, the Western Pa. Track Clinic and numerous Division 2 and 3 schools.

Dr. Helen McCracken, director of Graduate Education Programs at Waynesburg University and former superintendent at the Canon-McMillan School District, worked closely with Montecalvo for several years prior to joining Waynesburg. 

“I can attest to Coach Montecalvo’s passion for athletics, his commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people, and his overall contributions to our community through the integrity he consistently embodied,” Dr. McCracken said. “I am pleased and honored to be working with him again. I look forward to providing a stellar program that can put forth the same levels of sound educational philosophies and dedication to the success of members of the athletic community that he exemplified during the several years of our previous working relationship.”

According to Montecalvo, in Pennsylvania, there is no mandatory certification for the position of athletic administrator. Additionally, other than Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certification, there are no educational requirements for men and women who coach at the interscholastic level.  

“After serving in both roles for many years, I feel that there is an urgent need to prepare prospective educators who wish to pursue this level of work,” Montecalvo said. “Our program will address the need that has developed to support new athletic administrators to adequately handle the complexities of the position, as well as provide professional development for the experienced athletic administrator.”

The M.Ed. Program’s Athletic Administration and Coaching option provides comprehensive training to coaches to assist them in meeting the new PIAA Coaching and First Aid requirement that goes into effect July 2016. 

Current and prospective coaches are also offered the opportunity to earn credits toward their Instructional II certificate as well as in-depth programming on the concepts of sports law, contemporary issues in athletics, sports budget and fiscal practices, event and facilities management, fundraising, and coaching and first aid.

Beyond preparing students, Montecalvo believes the program will position graduates to exceed expectations in the job market. 

“We feel that our students will enhance their ability and be given an edge over competitors in securing jobs in this market,” said Montecalvo. 

The courses will be offered at the University’s Southpointe location and will be held for eight-week periods on weekday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Montecalvo at gmonteca@waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University recently executed two affiliation agreements with Chatham University in order to provide more opportunities for graduates as they approach their chosen career paths. 

Established with Chatham University’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) and Chatham’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT), the agreements will guarantee interviews to participants for consideration into the MOT or DPT program, providing that they maintain a specified GPA and receive satisfactory GRE scores.

Of the interviewees, up to two Waynesburg University students will be guaranteed acceptance into the MOT and DPT programs, respectively, provided they meet the academic criteria. 

“We are thrilled for our students to have secured paths into graduate school,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Waynesburg University. “Guaranteed admission removes pressure from our students during their undergraduate education, allowing them to focus on their studies. It’s wonderful to already know where you will end up before you ever start, something not every university can offer prospective students.” 

Beginning in the fall of 2015, students who declare intent to complete the Master of Occupational Therapy Program or Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member from Chatham University during their sophomore or junior year for guidance and information about the program.  

For both the MOT and DPT programs, the bachelor’s degree will be awarded by Waynesburg University and, upon completion, the graduate degree will be awarded by Chatham University. 

The goal of these agreements is to improve placement opportunities for Waynesburg students by allowing them to form relationships with the leaders of these regional programs. 

Chatham University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a clinical doctorate degree designed to prepare its graduates for practice in physical therapy at the successful completion of seven terms of study. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/pt/.

The goal of the Chatham’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is to educate competent occupational therapy practitioners to assist individuals of all ages to achieve maximum independence in daily life activities. Upon completion of this program, graduates are prepared to practice evidence-based occupational therapy in a variety of healthcare and community settings, provided that they pass the national certification exam and obtain state licensure as needed. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/ot/.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bill.jpgWaynesburg University has promoted two senior administrators, effective July 1. 

Bill Dumire has been named Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer, and Heidi Szuminsky has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations.

“These two individuals’ vision and leadership have been invaluable,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Not only do they show commitment to our mission, they embody it. Their innovative thinking will continue to enhance the strategic direction of our University.” 

Dumire joined the University in 2013 as the Executive Director of Information Technologies with more than fifteen years of information technology support and leadership experience in higher education, healthcare and private sector environments. 

He directs the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources. Among his accomplishments since joining Waynesburg, he has led the design, planning and implementation of a new information system infrastructure to better support the current and future needs of the University.

Dumire holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems and a Master of Information Systems.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Heidi.jpgIn her ten years of employment at Waynesburg, Szuminsky has served in various leadership roles. In her most recent role as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, she has guided the alumni relations and development team to inform and engage graduates of the University and to promote philanthropic giving. 

Active in the community, Szuminsky serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg and as a member of the Southwest Regional Medical Center Advocacy Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Tourism Promotion Agency.

Szuminsky holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Business Administration degree from Waynesburg University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative, earning a certificate in Leadership Development.

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Waynesburg University is now accepting applications for its new Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation (MACI) program, which will begin in the fall of 2015. 

“The MACI program was created to enhance the investigative abilities of working law enforcement officers, as well as those aspiring to have a career in criminal justice,” said Adam Jack, chairperson for the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department and assistant professor of criminal justice. “The course instructors are experts in their various fields, providing the students with valuable insights from years of casework and training.

Criminal Investigation is a 500 level graduate program for professionals and students who have completed the requisite undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice Administration or have comparable training, skills or professional experience relating to the field.

The program consists of courses such as Advanced Criminal Investigation, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Advanced Interview and Interrogation, Research in the Justice System and Effective Criminal Profiling.

Students pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Investigation will learn about ethical decision-making and leadership in the field as well as build upon their investigative skills. 

The Criminal Investigation courses will be offered at Waynesburg University’s main campus as well as the Southpointe, Monroeville and Seven Fields centers. Select courses can be completed online. 

For more information, contact James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, at jtanda@waynesburg.edu or Jack at ajack@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-17-community-bank-pledge_20150617-152722_1.jpgWaynesburg University has received a pledge from Community Bank toward the renovation of the University’s Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. 

“We are grateful for the generous support from Community Bank,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This gift will certainly help us to provide a quality science facility for both the community and the region."

The $23 million renovation of Stewart Science Hall is the University’s largest renovation project in its history and will provide students with new laboratories and classrooms. The extensive six-year renovation project began in 2012 and is currently in its fourth phase. Phase four involves the full demolition and renovation of the third floor, which will house the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.  

Located near the center of downtown Waynesburg, Stewart Science Hall is an integral part of the continued development of the Borough of Waynesburg. The building’s location improves the mixed-use nature of the commercial district and provides a steady source of economic activity.

Stewart Science Hall also makes possible community outreach activities such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. 

Over the past 50 years, the number of students attending class in Stewart Science Hall has nearly tripled. Similarly, the number of academic programs offered within the building has grown to include more than 15 areas of study. 

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