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For Heidi Dains, the choice to attend Waynesburg University did not happen at the most advantageous time, but fortunately for Dains, the choice has proven to be the right one.  Dains transferred to Waynesburg University a year after beginning her undergraduate education, and despite the challenges associated with transitioning to a new school, she has never looked back.

“My Waynesburg experience has opened my eyes to what an education can and should be. I’m very thankful to have made the transition to Waynesburg and I think that it was a very smart move in terms of getting the most out of my higher education.”

This summer, Heidi Dains, a junior business management major at Waynesburg University, is spending her time as an intern in the Customer Relations department of Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

On a typical day at Mylan, Dains handles calls from distributors and wholesalers regarding shipments, as well as interacting with other related departments.  This internship has allowed her to gain everyday experience through observation of and participation in transactions, deals and the process of communication internally and via outside parties.  In addition, Dains has had the opportunity to shadow people in both her department and neighboring departments, so as to gain a better understanding of what their jobs entail.  

Dains believes that her Waynesburg education has helped to prepare her by teaching her the importance of hard work and dedication.

“You need to be able to voice your opinion and have the courage and knowledge to successfully make moves in the right direction and you’ll get to where you want to be,” said Dains.  “The classes that I’ve taken at Waynesburg have proven helpful during my internship because we are taught real-life skills and all completely relative material.”

In addition, Dains has found the supportive atmosphere of the Waynesburg community to be beneficial in helping her to grow as an individual.

“Waynesburg is different because you build strong relationships with your professors, and those who have more experience are always willing to help you no matter what,” she said.  “You’re not just another student, because someone is always looking out for you and your best interest.”

For Dains, Neely Lantz, instructor of business administration, has proven to be one of those people. In addition, Dains credits Lantz for helping her to set up her internship opportunity and for being someone she could count on for advice and resources.

Upon her graduation from Waynesburg University, Dains plans to attend graduate school, with the ultimate goal of starting her own business or making a career out of something she loves.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Josh-Dains_20150617-173735_1.jpgJoshua Dains, a 2015 business management alumnus, is employed as a financial analyst at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, West Virginia.

As a company that is focused on providing the world’s 7 billion people with access to high-quality medicine, Dains said he is blessed to daily witness the passion of a group of people running a business that saves lives and provides jobs.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” he said. “I am able to use my education and apply it to my role as a financial analyst, knowing full well that the work I am doing is helping people across the globe.”

Dains responsibilities include running through a variety of scenarios and figuring out which propositions make the most business sense for the company, as well as analyzing historical data.

Although a large portion of his current success has come from lessons learned in the classroom, Dains said his undergraduate career was much more comprehensive.

“I feel as though my time prepared me very holistically,” he said. “I was able to receive a great education, but I also feel like my time at [Waynesburg University] was made exceptional by being able to be involved in a multitude of organizations.”

Dains said his involvement allowed him to develop people skills and learn how to work with individuals with conflicting views.

“I am able to rely on those past experiences. Whether at school or the workplace, people are everywhere. I feel like Waynesburg taught me how to handle all of these interactions and thrive in all environments,” he said.

Additionally, Dains participated in eight service trips during his time at Waynesburg University, adding even more dimension to his undergraduate experience. Teamwork, communication skills and growth in his faith are among the additional life lessons that Dains said he knows he will carry with him into the future.

“I now feel as though I can walk comfortably in my faith wherever I go, and much of that feeling can be credited to these trips,” he said.

Also contributing to Dains’ holistic experience is the value that Waynesburg University places on proficient and student-centered faculty members. Dains specifically credits Dr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing, for challenging him throughout his journey.

“He is able to connect with students in the classroom, posing questions that he knew we would soon face in the real world,” Dains said. “He also tested us out of the classroom, going the extra mile to help us with career advice and allowing us to learn from his experiences in the professional world.”

Although Dains holds a lengthy list of lessons and skills he’s gained from his undergraduate experience, he places more value on the one that has taken him some time to grasp.

“I feel that because of Waynesburg University, I have developed the passion for leading and helping others. Going into college, I did a decent amount of volunteer work, but I never really understood the full picture. I didn’t realize exactly why I was doing it, other than it sounded like the right thing to do, until I got to Waynesburg. I can now tie it in with my faith knowing that I can serve in an office setting just as much as at an orphanage,” he said. “Service to people is needed everywhere, and that is the biggest thing I’ve taken away from Waynesburg University.”

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Smithyman.jpgCarly Smithyman, 2013 Accounting 

Intermediate Financial Analyst at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Less than 18 months after graduating from Waynesburg University in 2013, Carly Smithyman’s life has flipped 180 degrees. Smithyman went from being a student and captain of two athletic teams on campus to a newlywed and full-time employee at one of the most prestigious medical centers in the country. Although the change was drastic, she has loved every minute of it. 

Smithyman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with minors in finance and management, is an intermediate financial analyst in a financial management rotational program at UPMC in Pittsburgh Pa. In the office, she writes a quarterly report to reflect UPMC’s fiscal year. Smithyman’s main task is to ensure that all UPMC physicians stay on track with their supply costs so they continue to meet targets and excel in their line of business. 

“This job is a great opportunity for me because it is an accelerated program that allows me to assume a management role in two years when it would typically take five,” said Smithyman.

She believes the business classes she completed at Waynesburg as well as the extra-curricular activities she was involved in helped pave the way to a successful first year as a graduate. Overall, her time at Waynesburg was a “very fortunate experience.”

“Having the opportunity to get involved in many activities along my journey at Waynesburg enabled me to solidify my current job in October of my senior year,” said Smithyman. “It was a great feeling to know that all of my hard work and determination paid off.”


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Business Administration, minors in Accounting and Marketing

Senior Financial Analyst at Volvo CE Region Americas (North America, Latin America and Canada)

Shippensburg, Pa.

Additional Info:

  • Operations Production Intern at Volvo CE, Graduate Assistant at Shippensburg University
  • Education | Bachelor of Arts and Science, Waynesburg University, 2009
  • Master of Business Administration degree, Shippensburg University, 2010

“My experiences at Waynesburg University, both inside and outside of the classroom, coupled with the encouragement of the faculty and professors there, helped me to earn summer internships, and eventually a Graduate Assistantship at Shippensburg University, where I earned my MBA.  The two degrees, along with the foundation and encouragement received at Waynesburg, were critical in earning an analytical role at a Global Manufacturing and Sales company.”

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