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b2ap3_thumbnail_sumpter.pngJosh Sumpter
Instructor of Biblical & Ministry Studies and Assistant Chaplain

After spending some time as an adjunct professor, Josh started as a full-time employee at Waynesburg University on August 1, 2016. He assists Reverend Jim Tinnemeyer in being a resource to our students in regards to campus ministry and Christian life at Waynesburg University, regularly assisting with Chapel on Tuesday mornings and serves as a support system for the variety of Campus Ministries that take place on campus. His office is located in Buhl Hall 213, but you can usually catch him floating around the Stover Student Center as well.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I was previously employed as a youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg, PA. It was an incredible ministry opportunity that allowed me to partner with the incredible students at Waynesburg University. It was in that partnership that I began to enter the world of teaching as an adjunct in 2015 within the Biblical & Ministry Studies Program. When the need arose for an assistant chaplain and faculty member within the department, it seemed like a perfect match for my gifts, goals and calling.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve got two! First, Robert’s Chapel is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spaces on campus. Second, the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse is a favorite location because I love rooting for the WU basketball teams!

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

As the assistant chaplain, I try to be a resource to others across campus. Over the years, I have led devotionals and prayer times with the WU men's basketball team.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

It was a blessing for me to preach during the Chapel service in which over 600+ people attended, including the entire freshmen class. It was standing room only!

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

I get the behind-the-scenes look at how hard our Chapel Worship Teams & Upper Room Worship Team work to be effective in leading worship! It has been a joy to spend time with such talented students!

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Homecoming is a time of excitement and memories! It is great to see generations of alumni return to campus to celebrate the way that Waynesburg University played a role in their life!

Click here to learn more about Biblical & Ministry Studies at Waynesburg University!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_coffman.pngMarie Coffman
Director of Career Services

Marie has been a member of the Waynesburg University family for 29 years, spending the last 14 in Career Services. As director, she guides services and programs that help students develop the necessary professional skills to achieve their goals, advance their professions and serve their communities. Marie's office is located on the third floor of Stover Campus Center in room 307.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I moved back to the area from Clarksburg, WV, and accepted a temporary position in Admissions. Less than a year later, I was offered a full-time position. Since that time, I have received my bachelor's and MBA degrees and now lead our Career Services Center.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

Roberts Chapel is my favorite spot because it's beautiful! It's not the only place on campus, but the main place where you can worship, pray and celebrate our Father in Heaven!

What's your favorite fun fact about WU?

We were one of the first colleges to offer degrees to women!

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

I was elected to be PERC (Pittsburgh Education Recruitment Consortium) President for two years running, and I am currently a member of many organizations that help connect students with employers and graduate schools.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

There are so many, but each time a student comes into my office beaming because they were selected for a full-time job or an internship - that's memorable for me!

Click here to learn more about Career Services!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Science_Day_2015_6_of_11.jpgEvonne Baldauff
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Forensic Science

What started as a split appointment between Waynesburg University and a local tech company, Evonne can hardly believe how the time has flown 9 years later. You can often find her in the glass hallway on the 5th floor of the recently-renovated Stewart Science Center, enjoying the opportunity to hang out with students and talk chemistry.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

We have a lab in Stewart Hall on the 5th floor with huge windows that has a fantastic view of Greene County. It is particularly beautiful on dark, stormy days!

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

I research coffee! We have been collaborating with a local roaster in Pittsburgh to try to help develop a set of metrics that will allow a barista to know if their beans are good for brewing. Specifically, what is happening chemically to the beans once they have been roasted that will yield a really great cup of coffee vs. a mediocre flavor? Using our instrumentation, we have been working to identify what is happening in the beans compared with the flavor of the produced coffee. My students presented some of this information at a recent conference. It's a great project because we can potentially make a real impact and we get to drink a lot of coffee!

What's your favorite annual event?

The Haunted Lab, which is hosted by our ACS Student Chapter [of which Evonne is the advisor]. It is a service event open to campus and community that aims to get people interested in chemistry. It is a ton of work to set up, but a lot of fun. As my son has gotten older he has really begun to enjoy it more, which I absolutely love.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

For Christmas last year, my department members surprised me with a group picture. They posed as a Christmas tree complete with tinsel, Santa hats and reindeer noses in front of a Periodic Table. I can't help but laugh whenever I look at it. I think they had a lot of fun taking it too!

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

The renovation of Stewart Hall has been a huge change, as that is where I predominantly spend my days! The new labs are beautiful and provide a fantastic teaching environment!

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Because I am SO bad at keeping up with social media, Homecoming provides a hopeful opportunity for me to reconnect with former students and to learn what they are doing with their degrees!

To learn more about Evonne and the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, click here!

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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_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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