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b2ap3_thumbnail_Robert-Leon.jpgProfessional experience is important in building a healthy resume, which is exactly why finance major Robert Leon began exploring internship opportunities for the summer. Approaching his junior year of college, he wanted the opportunity to intern at a small firm to gain some practical experience since his resume was somewhat bleak in the financial sector.

Leon’s search process led him to an amazing opportunity with financial giant JPMorgan Chase (JPMC). The worst thing, he thought, was that they would just say no. Not having high hopes, Leon was surprised to receive an email notifying him that his application had passed the first round of screening and he was selected as a candidate.

The next step was to write two essays, one that explained why he would like to intern with JPMC and one that shared his interest in the financial sector. Two weeks after submitting his essays, Leon received another email that said he was chosen for an interview. Leon describes the whole interview process as a surreal experience.

The interview was a two-day event in Dallas, Texas, which consisted of various meetings, seminars and a face-to-face interview. During the interview process, JPMC also offered advice on how to transition from the classroom to corporate America, information that will be extremely helpful entering the workforce.

Leon’s professors at Waynesburg spent a few weeks prepping him with mock interviews to better prepare him with possible questions and build his confidence.

“It was quite intimidating coming from a small school, but from sitting down and talking with the other students, I felt strongly about my preparation and the coursework that Waynesburg University has provided me,” said Leon. “I could go toe-to-toe with any of those students and I credit a lot of that to the diligence and constant challenges that Dr. Ola has given me.”

Leon competed against 19 other candidates from many high profile national schools. He was offered the position about a week after the Dallas interview event.

Leon’s acceptance led him to JPMC’s corporate offices in Columbus, Ohio, to serve as a two-month summer intern in the Chase Leadership Development Program, serving on the Consumer Bank Risk Management Quality Assurance team.

Much of his work included checking controls and running tests in different proprietary applications to ensure that fraud alerts are triggered in different transactions, which was a completely new area for Leon and presented him with some challenges along the way.

“Just within the first two weeks, I learned far more than I would have expected,” said Leon. “It wasn’t a job of making copies and getting coffee; I was [quickly] doing practical work to help add value to the team.”

In addition to learning the job responsibilities and managing his schedule, Leon was challenged by the international scope of his team, half of which was located in Mumabi, India. This presented Leon with a time zone and language barrier that he didn’t expect going into the internship.

“We have conference calls or telepresence meetings to get everyone together, but you can’t just walk down the hall to ask a question,” said Leon. “Patience and understanding were the only ways to describe how to handle those situations.”

Fortunately, Leon describes, everyone was very helpful with whatever questions he had. He shared that questions were encouraged because it shows that you are engaged in your work.

Overall, the experience was everything Leon had hoped for and more.

“The internship has shown me what corporate culture is like and what is expected on a daily basis,” said Leon. “You have to use a creative mindset along with a strong analytical framework to figure out the problem and a way to deliver what is expected.”

Waynesburg has helped Leon in learning this mindset for approaching problems and handling a professional workload. He has a new level of appreciation for the liberal arts education he is receiving at the University and realized it has allowed him to appreciate the views and ideas of others more easily.

Even through his participation on Waynesburg sports teams, he has built professional skills that are important in the work force, such as time-management and prioritization.

“In the professional world, the to-do list never ends; there is always work to do, but you have to set your priorities for each day,” said Leon. “My experience in managing school work and sports has been a great asset to rely on in the workplace and helped me to show a willingness to take on multiple projects at one time.”

Being able to have this experience at such an early age has been a blessing for Leon. The opportunities, both educationally and professionally, can be endless moving forward.

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Waynesburg University’s undergraduate and graduate business programs were recently granted first-time accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for a seven-year period.

“This achievement evidences the excellence of the Waynesburg University Business Administration Program, including its faculty members, staff, students and alumni,” said Dana Cook Baer, interim provost and professor of criminal justice. “The IACBE recognized that our business faculty members are committed to helping students achieve positive academic and vocational outcomes by providing a comprehensive and quality educational experience.”

The IACBE was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). To achieve accreditation, the Department of Business Administration underwent a rigorous self-evaluation, a comprehensive and independent peer review and demonstrated compliance with appropriate principles outlined by the IACBE.

“Accreditation for the Master of Business Administration Program confirms what we have always known, that our curriculum, our faculty and, most importantly, our student outcomes are on par with other programs. It was a gratifying experience to work with my colleagues and the IACBE,” said Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration and assistant professor of business administration.

The University was commended for excellent performance in the following areas: the University’s commitment to provide support for assisting faculty in pursuing doctoral studies and the University’s dedication to preserving the historical presence of the campus and the current business building at the Waynesburg campus.

Waynesburg University’s accreditation status will be recognized at the 2017 IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting in April 2017 in San Francisco, California.

“The commitment and support from the University has been tremendous, and this achievement is reflective of the collective efforts from everyone,” said Dr. Christian Ola, chair of the Department of Business Administration and assistant professor of business administration. “Additionally, the entire Department of Business Administration worked in unison to make this happen. I’m proud to be a part of this team.”

The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-4-Bosch_Jerry-Lawman.jpgWaynesburg University has formed an agreement with Bosch through which international business students will have the opportunity to apply for a reserved internship position at the company. 

Each year, the global supplier of technology and services with nearly 360,000 employees in more than 50 countries, will reserve two rotational six-month internship positions in Ludwigsburg, Germany, for a Waynesburg University international business major. 

Qualified students can apply for the internships, which will be offered in the Controlling Department of one of Bosch’s Automotive Division Business Units. The internships will provide students with experience in global business practices and intercultural exposure in the heart of the automotive industry at a time of globally changing consumer trends.

Jerry Lawman, a senior international business student from Poland, Ohio, can attest to the benefits of an international internship with Bosch. From February to July this year, he served as the first Bosch intern from Waynesburg University.

“It was a great pleasure to have Jerry on our international team working parallel with another intern from China,” said Alexander Firsching, a senior vice president at Bosch. “He represented how international we are, and especially in the interaction with the business in the region. It is always helpful to have people from the Americas or Asia on the team.”

Bosch provided Lawman with the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of a successful international business. He said that his Waynesburg University business classes helped him to develop the skills necessary to complete the tasks he was assigned.

"My classes really familiarized me with what I would need to know for this internship,” he said.  “In particular, a lot of the classes I have taken involved learning about business terms, concepts and strategies that are needed for a successful internship experience.”

As part of his internship, Lawman attended monthly meetings with Bosch’s Controlling Department, as well as weekly meetings with his mentor to discuss what he had learned from his experiences working at Bosch.

“This internship has really helped me see how important controlling is for international business,” he said. “I learned a lot about how companies have to set goals and adapt to changes internally and externally.”

Lawman also had unique learning opportunities outside of the office. While in Germany, he took advantage of time off during weekends and public holidays by traveling to more than 10 countries, including France, Hungary and the Netherlands. As a result, he has had the chance to learn about cultures and grow his love for travel.

“Waynesburg has taught me the importance of service and selflessness,” he said. “My Waynesburg experience has given me so many opportunities to grow and to better myself as a person.”

Upon graduation from Waynesburg University, Lawman plans to pursue his master’s degree and hopes to continue his work with Bosch. His time there has inspired him to seek additional opportunities abroad, including travel, mission trips and study.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_intern.JPGThaddeus Statler, a senior Waynesburg University business management major interning with Aflac, was recently named the winner of the company’s nationwide 2015 Elevate! Intern contest.

The Elevate! Intern contest, which ran from February 9 to May 8, was a contest for all interns associated with Aflac. It measured total accounts opened as well as the overall production of interns.  

The Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, native sold the most policies of all Aflac interns and opened three new accounts during the contest time frame. 

“Waynesburg University prepared me for this opportunity,” said Statler. “I have taken a few classes that I was able to apply towards understanding people and the product I was offering, as well as the presentation of that product. Being comfortable with people was my most valuable resource, which the climate at Waynesburg has definitely influenced.”

Statler also acknowledges his relationship with his business professors in his successes.

“I am most specifically thankful to Professor [Neely] Lantz and Professor [Christian] Ola, as they helped educate me on topics I would be using at my internship,” said Statler. “Their openness and willingness to talk on their own time, give me personal advice and even share their own experiences with me was more than I could have asked.”

For his accomplishment, Statler will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Columbus, Georgia, to visit Aflac headquarters.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Josh-Dains_20150617-173735_1.jpgJoshuah 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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