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b2ap3_thumbnail_Rebecca-Lane.JPGRebecca Lane, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa., recently received the 2014 Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) Mary Rovito Memorial Scholarship.

Lane is a Bonner Scholar at Waynesburg University and a Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholar. The $3,000 PASCD scholarship will defray Lane’s tuition cost.

“I think I received this scholarship because they saw something deeper than just the pursuit of a degree,” Lane said. “For me, being a teacher isn’t about summers off and holiday breaks. It’s about getting to be intentional with my students as I teach them academics and prepare them for life.”

The PASCD committee chose Lane based on her academic standing, leadership, written expression and interest in teaching. The committee closely considered professor and advisor recommendations and Lane’s numerous extracurricular activities before selecting her for the award.

“Our mission as the Education Department faculty is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession,” said Debbie Clarke, chair of the Education Department at Waynesburg University. "Rebecca’s commitment to our mission is evident in everything that she does as a teacher candidate and a student leader in the Education Department. We applaud her accomplishments; she is an excellent role model for our current and future students.”

Lane regularly volunteers with Open Arms Drop in Center and Eldercare in Waynesburg, Pa. She also facilitates crafts for young people at the Open Door in Pittsburgh, Pa., each week and is a YoungLife Leader at West Greene High School. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the Waynesburg University education honorary society.

As a student at Waynesburg, Lane has participated in several service trips such as repairing a house with The Pittsburgh Project, feeding the homeless with the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., and teaching students who are deaf in Nassau, Bahamas. Last summer, she spent two months in Kingston, Jamaica, assisting a child with walking abilities and adapting activities to allow for more inclusion.

“I am wildly passionate about what God has called me to do; therefore, I do it to the best of my ability,” Lane said. “I believe that my role as an educator has the ability to cause a ripple effect that can transform the world, especially with the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through me. Each student is an opportunity to change the world.”

Lane will attend the PASCD 62nd Annual Conference Opening General Session Sunday, Nov. 23, in Hershey, Pa., to give an acceptance speech highlighting her desire to be a teacher.

In addition to being honored during the conference, she will be highlighted in the PASCD Conference Program, newsletter and website.

PASCD is an organization committed to the improvement of curriculum development, supervision, instruction, promotion of professional growth and education of children.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer new athletic administration options through its Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL).

Developed in conjunction with athletic directors and coaches, the strategic curriculum will train and qualify prospective athletic directors. The program will also accredit current coaches and athletic directors, Amateur Athletic Union coaches and community coaches, among others. A 10 percent discount will be offered to individuals employed at all WPIAL schools for the first year only.

“Today’s athletic director is responsible for a wide variety of administrative duties,” said Dr. Lawrence G. Kushner, assistant professor and program director for the Graduate Education Program at Waynesburg University. “A comprehensive training program in athletic administration is long overdue in Pennsylvania.”

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) requires athletic directors to be nationally certified through NIAAA-approved programs. The athletic administration offerings at Waynesburg University are currently in the approval process.

Main concepts within the curriculum include contemporary issues, facilities and event management, fundraising, sports budgets and fiscal practices and sports law.

The three new athletic administration options include:

  • A Concentration in Athletic Administration (15 credits)
  • An M.Ed. in Athletic Administration (30 credits)
  • An M.Ed. in Athletic Administration with Principal Certification (39 credits)

The M.Ed. in Athletic Administration with Principal Certification consists of fieldwork as well as coursework. Act 48 credits are available.

Courses within the Concentration in Athletic Administration will be offered on Saturdays at the University’s Southpointe Center. Other courses meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., also at Southpointe. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. The M.Ed. Program can be completed in two years or less.

The M.Ed. Program affords students the opportunity to earn graduate credits toward their Instructional II Certification. Students have the ability to choose a concentration from multiple options that will prepare them to become master teachers and school leaders. Concentrations in Online Teaching, Curriculum and Instructional Leadership and Autism Spectrum Disorders are also available.

For more information, contact Dr. Kushner at lkushner@waynesburg.edu or 724-743-2260.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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Rebecca Lane, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa., recently received one of only eight Good Citizen Scholarships distributed throughout the Commonwealth. 

Eight Good Citizen scholarships were awarded this year for $1,500 each.

“The Education Department's mission is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession,” said Debra Clarke, chair of the Education Department at Waynesburg University. “Rebecca eagerly aligned herself with the mission as a freshman. It has been uplifting to watch her develop her service agenda and her leadership skills over the past three years.”

The Good Citizen Scholarship is made possible by two endowments established at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).  These scholarships are reserved for students who have shown an extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities. 

Lane, a Bonner Scholar at Waynesburg University and a Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholar, was selected for her commitment to both local and global service leadership. 

She regularly volunteers with Open Arms Drop in Center and Eldercare in Waynesburg, Pa. She also facilitates crafts for young people at the Open Door in Pittsburgh, Pa., each week and is a YoungLife Leader at West Greene High School. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the Waynesburg University education honorary society. 

As a student at Waynesburg, Lane has participated in several service trips such as repairing a house with The Pittsburgh Project, feeding the homeless with the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., and teaching students who are deaf in Nassau, Bahamas. Last summer, she spent two months in Kingston, Jamaica, assisting a child with walking abilities and adapting activities to allow for more inclusion.

“My volunteerism in college has prepared me beyond measure to meet the needs of any community,” Lane said. “Each volunteer site, each mission trip and each leadership role has taught, shaped and molded me into an effective teacher who not only teaches students, but deeply cares for them as well as serving the community in which they live.”

Each college and university belonging to AICUP is asked to select one application to submit for the competition. Lane was selected due to her personal growth as a student at Waynesburg University and her continuous integration of faith and service into learning. 

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Cody Catalina, a senior history (secondary education) major from Brownsville, Pa., and Chelsea Heckman, an early childhood education major from Greenville, Pa., were named the recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Lewis Scholarship, given by Charles R. and Ada G. Lewis of Highland Avenue in Gettysburg, for the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University English education alumnus and Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year,” was named one of the four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award. He is also one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

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Fourteen Waynesburg University early childhood education majors who are members of the University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, traveled to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,  to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Dr. Robert Kefferstan, professor of education at Waynesburg University, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Kefferstan was nominated by Dr. Doris Johnson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, at a recent full board meeting. This marks his first election to the Professional Advisory Board.

Waynesburg University partnered with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host CAMP Tech Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 9, 2013. Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists traveled to Waynesburg University for a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Headshot.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 18. Laura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, delivered the commencement address.

Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa., was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Scott and Susan Berkebile of Friedens, Pa.

“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing people who have helped me to achieve this honor,” Berkebile said. “It is a blessing and truly shows how commitment and dedication pay off.”

During her studies at Waynesburg, Berkebile was vice president of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and a member of the University’s Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student group. She was a member of DRUS Honorary Society for women and served on the University’s Student Activities Board. 

Active in service, Berkebile attended two University service trips to Urban Promise Ministries in Camden, N.J., and participated in local service initiatives. She was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Class Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award. 

“I have grown both mentally and spiritually during my time at the University,” she said. “Waynesburg has helped me to establish a solid foundation and a variety of skills that will help me to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Berkebile hopes to continue to grow professionally and ignite curiosity and a love for learning in young children. 

The 2014 Valedictorians include:

•Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa.

•Alyssa Brooke Crile, an early childhood education major from Washington, Pa.

•Daniel Vincent Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md.

•Corin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa.

•Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

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