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Mark Christnerb2ap3_thumbnail_christner.png
Head Men's Basketball Coach/Athletic Administrator

Entering his seventh year at Waynesburg University, Coach Christner continues to lead the men of our basketball program, as well as work with the NCAA, PAC and other athletic personnel on campus to ensure compliance of our 17 varsity sports under the mandate of NCAA Division III athletics. Coach Christner's office is located on the 3rd floor of Marisa Fieldhouse.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I was seeking an opportunity to lead a NCAA Division III head coaching position after working as an assistant at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. I applied, interviewed and accepted the job in April 2010.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Center court of the Fieldhouse! It symbolizes a new start every day.

What’s your favorite annual event?

I’m a big fan of Pumpkin Bowling in Johnson Commons: a great, festive event.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

We’ve had a lot of great moments; pretty neat to see 24 guys graduate and move on to contribute to society after their time here. Each year when we have someone go through graduation it is unmistakably the highlight of the year.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

Being involved in the daily happenings of student-athletes is such a cool thing. We don’t take it for granted, and we take our job seriously. We want our students to be prepared for life after college. It’s pretty neat to be able to use basketball as a vehicle. Seeing men grow within a team framework throughout the year is simply the best.

To learn more about all Waynesburg University athletics, visit waynesburgsports.com!

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Dr. Karen Fisher Youngerb2ap3_thumbnail_younger.png
Chair, Humanities; Assistant Professor, History

Since 2012, Dr. Younger has taught American and religious history from her main classroom in Buhl 216. Now overseeing the Humanities department, Dr. Younger can be found in her office in Buhl 212.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

GOD’S PROVIDENCE! My husband received a call to a church in Pittsburgh in 2010, which meant I had to leave my job as the Manging Director of the Civil War Era Center at Penn State. I truly believed I would NEVER find, and then be hired for, a tenure–track position in the Pittsburgh area. In fact, I was contemplating returning to church ministry when the position opened up at Waynesburg. The fact that I was hired AND that Waynesburg is a Christian University is a dream come true. Really, it’s been a great life lesson for me: God is faithful.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Buhl 216. It’s the room I teach all my classes, where I try to inspire students to love to learn, and where I have come to know so many amazing Waynesburg students.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

In 1880 Susan B. Anthony visited Waynesburg College to advocate for women’s suffrage.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

My round-trip commute is 2 hours.

What makes WU a special place to work?

Everything! I get to be an unapologetic Christian in and out of the classroom. I work with extremely talented faculty. I’m encouraged by a terrific staff. I’ve made great friends. I travel with students around the world. What’s not to love?

Dr. Younger will be appearing in a documentary film, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia,” which will be produced by the Emmy-Award-winning studio History Making Productions. Read more about that here!

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Jenny Jellisonb2ap3_thumbnail_jellison2.png
Associate Professor of Psychology

For almost 13 years, Jenny has taught classes and advised psychology majors in what she describes as her "dream job." Her office can be found in 225 Buhl Hall, where she surrounds herself with things that make her smile, including graduation photos of some of her closest past students.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

That we were one of the first colleges to have ever offered degrees to women. I’m very proud to work at a university with that kind of history.

What’s your favorite annual event?

I don’t know if this counts, but I love meeting the new freshmen on the Friday before classes start. Each of them is a potentially awesome new person that I could have in my life for at least the next 4yrs. My students make my job the joy that it is – they make me laugh every single day, they share their stories with me, and they challenge me. So, the new students to me are like new books I can’t wait to read. Plus, I assume they are nervous and overwhelmed by this new, big step, so I love making them smile and (hopefully) breathe a little easier.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

When we became a university! I still have the t-shirt we got, and I remember gathering EVERYONE all around the front of Stover and taking the big, overhead picture. It was exciting to be a part of something so historical.

What makes WU a special place to work?

The love and respect we have for each other. Even when we don’t agree with each other, we are loving and respectful. Other workplaces – even other universities – have politics and backstabbing and people who treat each other badly. I can’t imagine how toxic that would be; WU has spoiled me. Here, we pray for each other and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. I feel supported. I also love that a large part of my job performance assessment is based on how well I serve the students. That was something I wanted in a full-time job from the beginning. At bigger universities, professors are often more concerned with getting published, and undergrads get shoved off to the side. Our students are the most important people on this campus, so I appreciate being at a university that agrees with me on that.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I get to tell people all about the stuff I’m interested in, and they have to listen! Also, I literally shape lives. I get to help young people find their way in life, discover their strengths, and realize their passions. I think people sometimes underestimate how unfinished young adults are – they’re still so scared, insecure, and (sometimes) lost. I love being one of the people in their lives who calms them down, lifts them up, and helps them figure it all out.

For more information on the Psychology program at Waynesburg University, click here!

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John Thompsonb2ap3_thumbnail_thompson.png
Systems Librarian and Theological Cataloger, Eberly Library

John Thompson has worked at Waynesburg University for 16 years in the beautiful Eberly Library, where he maintains the library computer system (used for ordering, cataloging and checking out books), and personally selects books on religion and theology to be added to the library’s collection. John can be found on the library’s main floor, facing the Guesman Reading and Reflection Room.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I grew up in Waynesburg and graduated from high school here. But I went to college near Chicago and went to library school at the University of Chicago. I had different library jobs in Chicago for about 20 years, but soon after I got married this job opened up and I decided it was a good idea to move back to Waynesburg.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The “Skylight Conference Room” on the top floor of the library. From there I can see the street that I live on.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Working with my Fiat Lux class to clear a remote cemetery in 2015. When we went there the place was completely overgrown, and there were so many students that it was quite chaotic. But everyone got involved in their own tasks and by the time we were done, the fence was painted, the brush was cleared away, some of the tombstones had been restored, and we had a lot to be proud of!

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

The biggest change seems to be the fact that the university is able to attract students who are more engaged, more willing to serve, and more serious about their Christian faith.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I am honored to be able to help students to grow in their Christian faith while they are in college. First, I try to select the most helpful books to buy for our library’s theology collection. Second, I am the faculty sponsor for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. In this, I try to bring both Orthodox and non-Orthodox students to a deeper appreciation of the Orthodox faith through prayer, discussion, and attendance at Orthodox services. Third, I teach Biblical & Ministry Studies classes as an adjunct professor. I have taught Introduction to the New Testament in the past; right now I am teaching Readings in New Testament Greek. This is an excellent way to learn more about the origins of the Christian faith.

For more information on Eberly Library and the work John and his team do, click here!

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Laura Cossb2ap3_thumbnail_coss_20170223-151948_1.png
Assistant Controller

As a Waynesburg University graduate, Laura Coss ('05, '12) was ecstatic for the opportunity to return to her alma mater to continue her career. Eight years later, Laura is now the Assistant Controller and is involved with many finance-related matters at WU. You can find Laura in the Business Office on the second floor of Miller Hall.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

Have I mentioned lately how much fun accounting is? I know I've found the best fit in a career for me because it's super exciting when things balance!

What's your most memorable WU moment?

Accepting my MBA degree, with my seven-month-old daughter looking on is my most memorable moment. That day allowed me to truly understand and reflect on where the value of my education and experiences at WU had taken me. It's always important to take in those moments and give thanks.

What makes WU a special place to work?

WU is different from other companies I've worked for because there is something very special about the sense of community that is so important to the working environment here at WU. I've worked with many people through the years here that have shown me the importance of helping each other and working toward a common goal.

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

I see multiple programs developing and new hands-on experiences so crucial to students' learning (like the Trading Room [in Hanna Hall]). I've watched Roberts Chapel being constructed each day outside of our windows and the renovation of Stewart Science Hall. It's very exciting to see the transformation of our institution and how much it is positively impacting the advancement of our students.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I find it interesting to be able to apply the knowledge developed as a WU student to my career now as a staff member of WU. (Shout out to Professor Bocchini for the straight-forward accounting basis!)

Interested in Laura's line of work? Learn more about our undergraduate business programs here!

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