Waynesburg 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.
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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations
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