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Brian Carrb2ap3_thumbnail_brian_carr_1409077982.png
Director of the Center for Student Success and Disability Services

Over his 10 years at Waynesburg University, Brian has taken on numerous responsibilities. Currently, he prepares schedules for all new and returning students, serves as the advising director (which includes advising students exploring or changing majors, as well as international students) and manages WU's Academic Mentoring Program and early alert system, all while serving as the point person for students with documented disabilities, determining appropriate accommodations for those students and coordinating testing accommodations for students requiring them. When he is in his office, Brian can be found "in the depths of the bottom floor of Eberly Library...walk in opposite direction of natural light!"

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’d have to say the tree-lined sidewalk right outside of Miller Hall (in between Miller Hall and the Chapel). I remember walking that sidewalk right before the start of my interview and felt such peace. It’s such a picturesque sight and its beauty can be enjoyed during all four seasons; from the pristine white branches after a new-fallen snow to the radiant sun streaks that peek through the ample shade in the summer. Do yourself a favor: pause and just take a moment to take in God’s glorious artwork. You just have to watch out for falling acorns in the Fall (or are squirrels throwing them at us?).

What’s your favorite annual event?

You mean besides vacation and Christmas? Many won’t be able to relate to this, but it’s the Department of Communication's Annual NFL Mock Draft in April. Professor Richard Krause gets to play the role of an NFL draft analyst (he may have missed his calling) and all the students who participate act as NFL General Managers for a day!

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Wow…there have been many, but how awesome it was when recent graduate RJ Tonks, a wheelchair-bound student, walked during the procession at the Commencement ceremonies! From the day we first met, he pronounced that as his goal, and it was such an awe-inspiring moment when it came to fruition.

What makes WU a special place to work?

Here comes the cliché: it’s the relationships with students and colleagues. In serving the Lord, we’re so blessed to work collectively to help shape, educate and positively influence the lives of our students, who are the future of this world. We also have the opportunity to be a light to our colleagues. For instance, it’s been such an honor and privilege to work so closely with the recently retired Chuck Beiter, professor emeritus of English. As a personal mentor, he’s taught me so much. Admired and respected by many for his passion for doing what is best for our students, he exemplifies Waynesburg University’s mission.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I think it’s safe to say that there are probably not many — if any — university employees in the country who have the combination of responsibilities of my current role. If there is another out there, I’d love to share stories. In addition, my job is a really integrated position. I work so closely with students and a multitude of offices and departments on campus. Serving as a student advocate, I’m also responsible for representing faculty and administration, preserving academic integrity and upholding University policies. Though it comes with its share of challenges, the “many hats” I wear allow me to work not only with many students but also many of the fine people working at WU.

For more information on the Center for Student Success and Disability Services at Waynesburg University, click here!

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Attention soon-to-be graduates: Congratulations! The day you have been anticipating is right around the corner.b2ap3_thumbnail_commencement.png

You have put a colossal number of hours into earning your degree, and your hard work will soon be rewarded. But before you can update your education status on Facebook and LinkedIn, here are a few (simple) tasks you need to complete that will help make the next few months go a little more smoothly:

1. Confirm with the Registrar’s Office that all your transcripts and payments are in order.

If you are graduating in May, you have already completed your Degree Audit and application for graduation. With that important step out of the way, contact the Office of the Registrar to ensure that all of your paperwork and payments are updated and complete. Those who work in the office are knowledgeable and excited to help you graduate – so contact them to double check everything! If you have any extra concerns about your eligibility, contact your adviser.

2. Order your graduation regalia and memorabilia.

This is probably the most exciting thing on this list because it is a tangible representation that graduation is fast-approaching! Visit the WU Bookstore to order memorabilia, and complete the Graduation Order and Attendance form to reserve your spot at Commencement and place your cap and gown order.

3. Undergraduates - schedule a senior exit interview.

This is a time for seniors to reflect on their experiences at Waynesburg and speak with a University representative about their future plans! Graduating seniors can provide feedback and schedule group or individual meeting times by completing the Graduation Interview survey here.

4. Don't forget your tickets!

All graduates, family and friends are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony when held outside, but in the case of inclement weather, graduates attending the ceremony will receive two electronic tickets via email for the indoor ceremony. Don’t forget to have these tickets on hand in case of an inclement weather call! And don’t worry – even if the ceremony is moved inside, there are various viewing sites on campus for all guests. Graduates and their families are also invited to celebrate at the Graduate’s Luncheon on the day of Commencement. Tickets for this luncheon can be purchased here.

5. Connect with Alumni Relations!

Follow Waynesburg University Alumni on social media and stay connected with all things Waynesburg after you graduate. Visit Waynesburg United for more information.

For a complete list of items to check off the list before April 30, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/commencement. Enjoy the celebration of your success!

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Jenny Jellisonb2ap3_thumbnail_jellison2.png
Associate Professor of Psychology

For almost 13 years, Jenny has taught classes and advised psychology majors in what she describes as her "dream job." Her office can be found in 225 Buhl Hall, where she surrounds herself with things that make her smile, including graduation photos of some of her closest past students.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

That we were one of the first colleges to have ever offered degrees to women. I’m very proud to work at a university with that kind of history.

What’s your favorite annual event?

I don’t know if this counts, but I love meeting the new freshmen on the Friday before classes start. Each of them is a potentially awesome new person that I could have in my life for at least the next 4yrs. My students make my job the joy that it is – they make me laugh every single day, they share their stories with me, and they challenge me. So, the new students to me are like new books I can’t wait to read. Plus, I assume they are nervous and overwhelmed by this new, big step, so I love making them smile and (hopefully) breathe a little easier.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

When we became a university! I still have the t-shirt we got, and I remember gathering EVERYONE all around the front of Stover and taking the big, overhead picture. It was exciting to be a part of something so historical.

What makes WU a special place to work?

The love and respect we have for each other. Even when we don’t agree with each other, we are loving and respectful. Other workplaces – even other universities – have politics and backstabbing and people who treat each other badly. I can’t imagine how toxic that would be; WU has spoiled me. Here, we pray for each other and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. I feel supported. I also love that a large part of my job performance assessment is based on how well I serve the students. That was something I wanted in a full-time job from the beginning. At bigger universities, professors are often more concerned with getting published, and undergrads get shoved off to the side. Our students are the most important people on this campus, so I appreciate being at a university that agrees with me on that.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I get to tell people all about the stuff I’m interested in, and they have to listen! Also, I literally shape lives. I get to help young people find their way in life, discover their strengths, and realize their passions. I think people sometimes underestimate how unfinished young adults are – they’re still so scared, insecure, and (sometimes) lost. I love being one of the people in their lives who calms them down, lifts them up, and helps them figure it all out.

For more information on the Psychology program at Waynesburg University, click here!

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Systems Librarian and Theological Cataloger, Eberly Library

John Thompson has worked at Waynesburg University for 16 years in the beautiful Eberly Library, where he maintains the library computer system (used for ordering, cataloging and checking out books), and personally selects books on religion and theology to be added to the library’s collection. John can be found on the library’s main floor, facing the Guesman Reading and Reflection Room.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I grew up in Waynesburg and graduated from high school here. But I went to college near Chicago and went to library school at the University of Chicago. I had different library jobs in Chicago for about 20 years, but soon after I got married this job opened up and I decided it was a good idea to move back to Waynesburg.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The “Skylight Conference Room” on the top floor of the library. From there I can see the street that I live on.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Working with my Fiat Lux class to clear a remote cemetery in 2015. When we went there the place was completely overgrown, and there were so many students that it was quite chaotic. But everyone got involved in their own tasks and by the time we were done, the fence was painted, the brush was cleared away, some of the tombstones had been restored, and we had a lot to be proud of!

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

The biggest change seems to be the fact that the university is able to attract students who are more engaged, more willing to serve, and more serious about their Christian faith.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I am honored to be able to help students to grow in their Christian faith while they are in college. First, I try to select the most helpful books to buy for our library’s theology collection. Second, I am the faculty sponsor for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. In this, I try to bring both Orthodox and non-Orthodox students to a deeper appreciation of the Orthodox faith through prayer, discussion, and attendance at Orthodox services. Third, I teach Biblical & Ministry Studies classes as an adjunct professor. I have taught Introduction to the New Testament in the past; right now I am teaching Readings in New Testament Greek. This is an excellent way to learn more about the origins of the Christian faith.

For more information on Eberly Library and the work John and his team do, click here!

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Laura Cossb2ap3_thumbnail_coss_20170223-151948_1.png
Assistant Controller

As a Waynesburg University graduate, Laura Coss ('05, '12) was ecstatic for the opportunity to return to her alma mater to continue her career. Eight years later, Laura is now the Assistant Controller and is involved with many finance-related matters at WU. You can find Laura in the Business Office on the second floor of Miller Hall.

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

Have I mentioned lately how much fun accounting is? I know I've found the best fit in a career for me because it's super exciting when things balance!

What's your most memorable WU moment?

Accepting my MBA degree, with my seven-month-old daughter looking on is my most memorable moment. That day allowed me to truly understand and reflect on where the value of my education and experiences at WU had taken me. It's always important to take in those moments and give thanks.

What makes WU a special place to work?

WU is different from other companies I've worked for because there is something very special about the sense of community that is so important to the working environment here at WU. I've worked with many people through the years here that have shown me the importance of helping each other and working toward a common goal.

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

I see multiple programs developing and new hands-on experiences so crucial to students' learning (like the Trading Room [in Hanna Hall]). I've watched Roberts Chapel being constructed each day outside of our windows and the renovation of Stewart Science Hall. It's very exciting to see the transformation of our institution and how much it is positively impacting the advancement of our students.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I find it interesting to be able to apply the knowledge developed as a WU student to my career now as a staff member of WU. (Shout out to Professor Bocchini for the straight-forward accounting basis!)

Interested in Laura's line of work? Learn more about our undergraduate business programs here!

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