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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Donor-Dinner-1.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the annual Donor Recognition and Awards Dinner held Tuesday, March 22, during the University's Charter Day celebration. The Golden Key Award was presented to Dr. Fred and Marcia McEwen, while the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to John J. Pauliny and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny.

The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to an alumnus or friend of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way.

This year’s recipients, Dr. Fred and Marcia McEwen, were recognized for their steadfast devotion to Christian higher education, heartfelt sacrifice and genuine care for others. Together, they have impacted Waynesburg University as selfless donors and loyal advocates.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission.

The Alumni Council recognized both John J. Pauliny and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny for their distinguished and respective careers of serving the needs of others. They have committed their lives to create a lasting impact on Waynesburg University students, past, present and future. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Donor-Dinner-2.jpgDr. Fred and Marcia McEwen

Dr. Fred B. McEwen served as professor of English at Waynesburg University for 35 years and was chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages for six of those years. Prior to joining Waynesburg, Fred taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Morris Harvey College.

He also served as the assistant to the dean of general studies while at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, Fred received the status of Professor Emeritus at Waynesburg. He is also a recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award.

Fred’s wife, Marcia McEwen, spent 27 years as the public relations coordinator for the Washington Hospital. She received many awards for her written work, such as annual reports, advertisements and external publications. Marcia was also very active in the community by serving on the boards of the American Heart Association, Bradford House and Washington Area Humane Society.

Fred and Marcia are founding sponsors for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pa.

John J. and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny

John J. and Becky (Sweeting) Pauliny graduated from Waynesburg College in 1969 and 1970, respectively.

John earned a degree in business administration and immediately landed a job at Price Waterhouse & Company in New York City. He was an accountant in the audit and tax departments, eventually becoming a partner in charge of the tax department in the Baltimore office.

He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the finance committee for HopeWell Cancer Support and Hillendale Country Club and is a board member for Golfers’ Charitable Association and Maryland State Golf Association.

Becky earned a degree in mathematics, and she first worked as a programmer and analyst before making the decision to become a stay-at-home mom. While raising her children, she volunteered extensively in the Baltimore County Public Schools system and Hunt’s Memorial United Methodist Church, where she chaired the Vacation Bible School program and administration council.

Becky also served HopeWell Cancer Support, first as an office volunteer and later as chairman of the board. She is currently active on the board of governors for Hillendale Country Club.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jim-Gilchrist.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate its 167th year and the 166th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 22. The convocation will be held in Waynesburg University’s Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

“Charter Day is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of Waynesburg University and reflect on our hallmark values of faith, learning and serving,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

The Rev. Dr. James Gilchrist, senior pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, will address those in attendance.

Gilchrist’s outreach through mission work has led him to travel throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Recently, he traveled with members of Westminster to Malawi and India. He is a regular participant in the Council on Foreign Relations Workshop on Religion and International Affairs.

Gilchrist also teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Dickinson College.

Gilchrist holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Arts in history as well as a doctoral degree in history and policy, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-10-charter-day.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate its 166th year and the 165th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 24. The convocation will be held in Waynesburg University’s Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

“Each year on Charter Day, we reflect upon the University community and its traditions of faith, service and academic rigor,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “For 166 years, our students, faculty and staff have established lives defined by leadership and service. This is a time to celebrate the profound impact they have had on the world.”

Bishop Loran E. Mann, founder and senior pastor of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, will address those in attendance. The Rev. Dr. Mann’s ministry spans more than forty years and includes spiritual, educational, social and recreational components.

Bishop Mann is actively involved in the worldwide ministry of the Church of God in Christ. In April of 2000, he was appointed Commissioner of Television for the denomination by Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly, the legislative branch of the church.

In March 2005, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell appointed Bishop Mann as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. This commission and his oversight establishes policy for all public television stations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bishop Mann began global ministry in 2005 when he established the Worldwide Gospel Network to provide religious programming via internet around-the-clock, seven days-a-week.

A respected former broadcast journalist, Bishop Mann received numerous awards over his twenty-one year career as News Anchor/Reporter for WPXI-TV, Channel 11, the Pittsburgh affiliate of NBC.

Bishop Mann attended the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing further studies in religion at Liberty University.

In 2010, Waynesburg University awarded Bishop Mann an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his desire and commitment to live out his dreams as they relate to his God-given talents and serving others.

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Waynesburg University celebrated its 163rd year and the 162nd anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 20. For the first time, the celebration was held in Roberts Chapel, which was formally dedicated September 24, 2011, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

As the Chapel stands as a symbol of God's grace that has guided the University for more than 160 years, this historic event marked the realization of a dream of many: the University and local community joining together to celebrate the University's charter and many accomplishments on University grounds.

“Charter Day is a time to reflect upon the University community of which I am so proud,” said Waynesburg University President Timothy R. Thyreen. “The profound impact our students have on the world is a direct result of our commitment to faith, learning and serving, and we are elated to celebrate 163 years of inspiring every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose.”

Introduced by Thyreen, The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, senior pastor of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, served as the Charter Day speaker.

During Barnes' Charter Day Convocation Address, “Remembering to Move Ahead,” he noted that God expects the University to have paid attention during the journey to the present and to have trust and faith at all times.

“Don't assume God will part the waters for Waynesburg University's journey,” Barnes said. “Faith will get you through the water, and God will make the way.”

While celebrating 162 years of God's faith in the University, like a child on a swing, we must lean back into our traditions and kick ahead, moving higher and higher, he continued.

“The story of this University and God's kingdom is far from over,” Barnes said. “You have to remember that God has been with you as you move forward.”

Barnes was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church in 1981 and served nine years as a senior pastor of The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., before joining the Pittsburgh Seminary in 2002. 

Barnes is the author of numerous articles and is in demand as a preacher and lecturer at churches, denominational events and seminaries. His published books include “Searching for Home,” which was awarded the Book of the Year Award by Christianity Today.

In addition to Barnes' address, Charter Day included a formal procession of faculty and recognition of the 52 students chosen for the 2012 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges directory.

The students were selected by the Waynesburg University nominating committee comprised of University officials including deans, faculty members and department chairs. The criteria for the nomination of students given to the selection committee by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges included choosing students who “enhance the positive image of American youth through their contributions to community and school.”





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