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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ellsworth_Laura-execinresfa13.jpgLaura Ellsworth was elected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the September 2014 board meeting. She will begin her new term in February of 2015. 

“We are excited to welcome Laura Ellsworth to the Board of Trustees at Waynesburg,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her heart for service and extensive background in leadership and workforce development align with the mission of Waynesburg University.” 

Named one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” Ellsworth practices as a partner at Jones Day, an elite international law firm. Since joining Jones Day in 1992, she’s practiced a wide range of complex commercial litigation including high-profile, multi-jurisdictional product liability and bankruptcy cases. 

She has been involved extensively in electronic discovery and currently serves on the Jones Days’ e-Discovery Committee. Mrs. Ellsworth is Partner-in-Charge of the Jones Day Pittsburgh office.

She has been named one of the best lawyers in America for commercial litigation and was recognized as a "leader in her field" by Chambers USA in 2009. Ellsworth was recognized as a "leader in the law" by the Legal Intelligencer and as one of the top female litigators in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

Ellsworth received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a University Scholar, a contributor to the Law Review and a recipient of the Order of the Coif. 

She serves as the vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and on the boards of the Governor’s appointed Council on Privatization and Innovation and the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development.

Ellsworth works closely with the Imani Christian Academy as a board member and co-teacher. Imani Christian Academy began in 1993 as an alternative to public education, with 30 students in a single-family house in Swissvale, which is east of Pittsburgh. The vision for Imani was born out of a desire to create a learning environment free of violence and focused on developing positive self-esteem in children, with Christ as the center and foundation of their education.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-6-New-trustee-Meloy.jpgMary Ann Meloy was elected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the September 2014 board meeting. She will begin her new term in February of 2015.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Mary Ann Meloy to serve on to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her broad experience, intelligence and enthusiasm will be a great asset to the University.”

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Meloy is a widely-recognized specialist in the areas of government affairs, public affairs and media relations. She possesses vast experience at the federal, state and local levels of government.

Serving on President Ronald Reagan’s staff as associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Mrs. Meloy represented the President of the United States to a broad cross-section of special interest constituencies and other national and international organizations, as well as the national media.  Coordination with all White House Offices, all agencies of the federal government and with members of the Congress were essential to this role.

Mrs. Meloy’s public service includes the responsibility for the direct administration of two major departments of government in Pennsylvania: Deputy Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Aging.  She also served on the Pennsylvania State Tax Equalization Board; the State Healthcare Coordinating Council, of which she was the Chair of the Plan Development Committee; and was a founding member of the board of the Keystone State Head Injury Foundation.

She has completed the Governor’s Senior Management Development Program at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mrs. Meloy is married to Walter D. Meloy, a Pittsburgh, Pa., businessman, and is the mother of two daughters and grandmother of two grandsons.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1269039805_md.jpgWaynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will be held Monday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Charles DiSalvo, the Woodrow A. Potesta Professor of Law at West Virginia University, will present the convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

DiSalvo teaches one of the few law school courses in the United States on civil disobedience. He has represented civil disobedients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, written widely on the subject of civil disobedience and the law, and lectured on the subject here and abroad. He is an expert on Mohandas Gandhi’s law practice. (Before he took up the cause of Indian independence from British rule, Gandhi served as an attorney in South Africa from 1893 to 1911 – a time during which Gandhi invented and experimented with his philosophy of nonviolence.) 

DiSalvo has recently published a book on Gandhi’s life as a lawyer in which he argues that Gandhi was led into civil disobedience by the failures of the South African legal system.

He was educated at St. John Fisher College (B.A., history), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., East Asian studies), and the University of Southern California (J.D.), where he was a member of the Southern California Law Review. Upon his graduation from law school, he was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship to practice poverty law for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky.

He is the co-founder of the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest.

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During Christmas break, 36 Waynesburg University students will travel to different countries to serve others. University faculty and staff will lead three mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests. 

The projects include partnerships with the Mission Academy Ministries in Nassau, Bahamas, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala and Trans World Radio (TWR) in the Caribbean island, Bonaire. 

Mission Academy Ministries – Nassau, Bahamas

Nine students from Waynesburg University’s Education Department will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, during their Christmas break for a mission service trip. From Sunday, Jan. 4, to Saturday, Jan. 10, the students will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to assist in public school classes and build relationships with teachers and students. 

They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. Dr. Julia Bausman and Deana Mack, assistant professors of education at Waynesburg University, will lead the team of students.

Nutritional Center – Patzun, Guatemala

Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 10, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Laurie Steere, resident director at the University, will lead the team. 

While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with building a cinder block wall around the perimeter of the backyard at the facility.

Trans World Radio – Caribbean island of Bonaire

Seven students from the Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas breaking working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR in creating production schedules, radio lines, videos and promotional materials. 

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Karen Younger, assistant professor of history, will lead the team of students.

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Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 10, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Laurie Steere, resident director at the University, will lead the team. While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with building a cinder block wall around the perimeter of the backyard at the facility. 

Two Waynesburg University students who have participated in the trip in past years chose to book flights for Saturday, Dec. 20, so they would have extra time with the children. These students will spend their entire Christmas break in Guatemala. 

Kyle Digiandomenico, senior psychology major from Martins Ferry, Ohio (Bridgeport High School); and Emily Nowakowski, sophomore nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School) will travel to Guatemala early. 

According to Bristor, she and the students are most excited to see the children at the center.

“I have been going for years and it is exciting to get off the bus to children cheering your name,” said Bristor. “However, it is also very sad that the majority of the children are the same children as when I first went there.”

Additional students participating in the trip include:

•Sheleena Adams, junior criminal justice major from Cranberry, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)

•Anna Artkowsky, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)

•Rebekah Clendaniel, junior criminal justice major from Paxinos, Pa. (Meadowbrook Christian School)

•Heidi Dains, sophomore business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Joshuah Dains, senior business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Chelsea Dicks, senior journalism major from Jefferson, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Sara Faiad, senior psychology major from South Fork, Pa. (Forest Hills High School)

•Alyssa Fratto, sophomore engineering major from Melcroft, Pa. (Connellsville Area Senior High School)

•Amelia Graves, sophomore international business major from West Falls, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)

•MacKenzie Hammer, junior chemistry major from McKees Rocks, Pa. (Montour High School)

•Rebekah Hotek, senior exercise science major from Front Royal, Va. (Home School)

•Sarah Kirk, junior nursing major from Valencia, Pa. (Plum Senior High School)

•Kendle Parsons, senior psychology major from Brownsville, Pa. (Brownsville Area Senior High School)

•Cullin Piatt, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School)

•Gracious Shavers, senior human services major from Ginowan City, Japan (Zion Christian Academy)

•Whitney Thomas, junior criminal justice major from Meyersdale, Pa. (Meyersdale Area High School)

•Julie Wise, senior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio (Mathews High School)

•Kaitlyn Wood, junior sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa. (Pennsylvania Home Schoolers)

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