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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-23-Voices-from-Field-Ed.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Education recently hosted Dr. Rob Furman, who presented “Are You Future Ready?” as part of the Department’s “Voices from the Field” speaker series.

Furman is an educator, leader, principal, scholar, speaker and published author, and is currently the principal at South Park Elementary Center in the South Park School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The presentation focused on how technology can play a significant role in preparing students for achievement in the future and includes information about the skills needed to move education forward in a productive and effective manner.

“I think Dr. Furman’s message was clear that teachers are facilitators of learning these days,” said senior education major Cassandra Kemp. “I appreciated how he connected [his presentation] to our part of rural, western Pennsylvania in pointing out that if our schools don’t have funding to have a piece of technology for every student, that there are ways for us to bring in only one piece of technology as a model.”

Furman was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Research and Publication Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD). His writing also earned him the distinction of being named to the 2015 Top 100 Educational Blogs list by #60 National, and he was a 2014 Pittsburgh-Tribune Review Total Media Newsmaker.

Furman holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University, master’s degree in educational administration from Duquesne University and a doctorate in instructional leadership.

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 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, Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_AWBeattie-Signing-1.jpgA.W. Beattie Career Center and Waynesburg University are partnering to provide the opportunity for A.W. Beattie students to earn Waynesburg University credits while in high school, enabling them to get a head start on their bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.

Today, officials of the two institutions signed an articulation agreement, which will provide a pathway for qualified A.W. Beattie students to enroll in the Early Childhood Education Program at Waynesburg University. Upon enrollment at Waynesburg, eligible students will be awarded six academic credits. 

“Waynesburg values the educational experience that A.W. Beattie provides for its students,” said Dr. Shari Payne, vice president for enrollment at Waynesburg University.  “This agreement is a way for us to help their students build on that experience so they can achieve their career goals in the most efficient way possible.”

The agreement was signed by Dr. Dana Cook Baer, provost at Waynesburg University, and Eric Heasley, executive director of A.W. Beattie, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

“A.W. Beattie Career Center is focused on the development of multiple college and career pathways for student success,” said Heasley. “Post-secondary and employer partnerships are the back bone of providing students access to the skills needed within the workforce.”

The primary objective of the agreement is to maximize credit transferability while retaining all Waynesburg University academic requirements and providing a rigorous program of study. Only those students who matriculate to Waynesburg will be granted Waynesburg credit.

To be eligible, A.W. Beattie students must have completed the curriculum as outlined in the A.W. Beattie Career Center Program of Studies catalog, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and have a test score of at least 75 percent on the respective written and performance sections of the NOCTI Exam.

For more information, contact Waynesburg’s Undergraduate Admissions Office at admissions@waynesburg.edu or 800-225-7393.

A.W. Beattie Career Center is consistently rated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as one of the top performing career centers for high school students who are enrolled in post-secondary education, employed in their field of study or engaged in military services one year after graduation.

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 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, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-18-Central-Greene.jpgWaynesburg University and the Central Greene School District (CGSD) have established a mutually beneficial partnership, through which University students begin gaining real-world experience as early as their freshman year while supporting CGSD kindergarten teachers with larger-than-normal enrollment.

“This partnership between Waynesburg and CGSD is one of a kind,” said Annette Vietmeier, director of curriculum, instruction and technology for Central Greene School District. “It provides opportunities to grow and impact our community in ways not being done anywhere else. The commitment of the pre-service teacher is incredible as they gain the ability to put theory into practice.” 

The partnership, which began four years ago, has enabled Waynesburg students to gain valuable field experience and has helped CGSD support the class sizes and needs of their students with no additional cost to the district.

In return, Central Greene faculty and administration have made themselves available to facilitate mock interviews and offer various training and professional development sessions for Waynesburg students. Staff members from Waynesburg’s Department of Education have also offered their service to the district’s literacy and strategic planning teams.

Waynesburg students have been afforded a substantial amount of hands-on learning from Central Greene’s mentors who have engaged them in classroom activity from the first day. Students also participate in Central Greene’s teacher training and professional development sessions throughout the school year.

“This experience is unlike any other college or university in the region,” said Yvonne Weaver, interim chair of the Department of Education and field placement coordinator and certification officer for Waynesburg University. “Our students spend significant time in the classroom during their freshman, sophomore and junior years, ultimately allowing them to be career and profession ready.”

The partnership has grown from nine student teachers at the kindergarten level to 47 student teachers kindergarten through 12th grade. Waynesburg University also supports field experiences in school districts throughout Greene, Washington and Fayette counties.

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_Bethany-Orndoff.jpgAs a little girl, Bethany Orndoff never looked forward to missing school when she was sick. In fact, sick days made her sad. The sadness stemmed from her love of learning, and the emotion would soon prove to be an indicator of her future career.

“I chose to be a teacher because I've known that's what I've wanted to be for as long as I can remember,” she said.

Knowing how much she enjoyed math and inspired by Rebecca Wilson, her high school math teacher and fellow Waynesburg University alumna, Orndoff continued to walk the path that would ultimately lead her to her beloved career.

Currently teaching grades 9 through 11, Orndoff is responsible for creating and implementing lesson plans and making changes as she sees necessary based on the needs of her students.

Recognizing the importance of her position, Orndoff strives each day to be a light to each student.

“The great thing about being a teacher is the amount of lives I will impact. Right now, I see just fewer than 100 students a day — imagine the amount of students I will have seen in 10 years! To be a part of a student's life is something I will always cherish,” she said.

In teaching, Orndoff said she also identifies the opportunities to be a mentor.

“Students come to me with questions, and I am there to give advice,” she said.

Orndoff genuinely enjoys her students and is grateful for a career that allows her the opportunity to experience something new each day.

“I enjoy waking up and going to my classroom and greeting my students as they walk in,” she said. “I am the teacher that has a smile on her face every day, in every class, and I am smiling because I know that I'm where I belong.”

Partial to her alma mater, Orndoff said that she believes “only the best come from Waynesburg University.”

“The reason for that is how well the University prepares us for the real world,” she said. “I had all of the tools necessary to succeed, and that's what I did. I was able to secure a job and started the day after graduation. In the education field, that is unheard of."

Orndoff specifically credits Debra Clarke, assistant professor of education and chair of the Department of Education at Waynesburg University, and Yvonne Weaver, certification officer & field placement coordinator at Waynesburg University.

“They helped me evolve into a professional educator,” she said. “I have always turned to them for advice and their doors are always open for me. Their leadership and mentoring have allowed to me to be where I am today, and I am forever grateful."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_McCracken.jpgDr. Helen McCracken joined Waynesburg University as the director of Graduate Programs in Education Monday, Nov.10, 2014. McCracken will coordinate aspects of the Graduate Education Programs including oversight of all degree, certification, endorsement and advanced studies programs, as well as student recruitment, retention and advising.

“We are privileged to make Dr. McCracken a part of our team,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of Waynesburg University. “She brings with her a wealth of experience, allowing us to take our graduate education program to new levels.”

McCracken brings to Waynesburg University an impressive background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education. She has extensive experience in K-12 education, serving a number of years in the Canon-McMillan school district, most recently as the superintendent.  

She has also worked as an assistant professor at California University of Pennsylvania in its Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership, both instructing and developing programs.  

She holds a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s degrees from both Robert Morris University (MBA) and California University of Pennsylvania (M.Ed.). 

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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