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b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2014-05-12-at-4.27.16-PM.pngAt a time when higher education is under the microscope, studies abound concerning which schools place the highest percentage of students in graduate schools and jobs, which lead to the highest annual income, and the list could continue. Instead of focusing on the names of institutions, however, what about looking into what students actually do during their four years?

A recent Gallup Poll did just that, finding students who “forged meaningful connections with professors or mentors” are the same people “who feel happy and engaged in their jobs [and] are the most productive” as a result.

At Waynesburg University, 93 percent of first-year students and 91 percent of seniors rated their overall experience as “excellent” or “good,” according to the University’s 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results. Additionally, NSSE reported that Waynesburg students talked about career plans with a faculty member 28 percent more than students at other Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools.

What exactly does that look like? Mike Cipoletti, Director of the Forensic Science program, said he knows every student in the program, from the freshmen to the seniors—a direct result of the University’s 14:1 student/faculty ratio. Cipoletti said the seniors spend plenty of time in his office, especially close to graduation.

"That’s why most of us are here,” he said. “We come to a small institution like this, so we can have more face time and interaction with the students. It’s not even just on the academic side of things—it’s the personal interactions, too. It’s trying to help these students figure out how to become leaders, how to become service-oriented people, how to give back to their communities, and you know, that’s the best part about it.”

Provost Dr. Jacquelyn Core agrees, citing the University’s commitment to service as another way students and faculty forge close ties with one another.

“When a student is serving right alongside a faculty member, it adds more depth to the relationship, and it’s all about that ability to form relationships,” Core said. “I also think it goes both ways because it helps faculty members to feel more invested in the students, too.”

As the survey undertaken by Gallup—which polled 30,000 graduates of all ages in all 50 states—proved, Waynesburg’s mentor-like approach to teaching, academic advising and career counseling works. And the institution’s 96 percent career path rate (for those still wondering about those buzzwords) further illustrates that point.

Students are not only furthering their education in graduate schools and obtaining jobs in their respective fields, they are excelling in whatever path they choose.

Take Ryan Devlin, for example. A 2007 Waynesburg alumnus, Devlin received the honor of Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year” and also became a finalist for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award. He, too, cites the holistic approach to a Waynesburg education as a major factor in his success.

“[Waynesburg is] just a great place where everyone is a mentor to you, and it’s not just about having a great college professor—it’s about everyone here,” Devlin said. “One of the things that’s really unique about Waynesburg University is that it really educates the entire student.”

Part of how the University “educates the entire student,” as Devlin put it, is through the school’s liberal arts philosophy. Core, in her role as Provost, is of the opinion that this approach to education is simply invaluable.

“I truly believe that you cannot put a price tag on the type of well-rounded person you can become through a liberal arts education,” Core said. “It’s really easy outside of a liberal arts background to get pigeon-holed in your field of study. You may become an expert in that field but not get the background needed to become a good citizen in all parts of society, whether that is servant leadership, environmental stewardship or whatever that might be. I think there’s a level of knowledge with a liberal arts education that makes you more conversant in a wider range of societal issues.”

For those still interested in a few of those buzzwords and rankings mentioned above, check out http://www.waynesburg.edu/ranking to learn more about Waynesburg’s recent distinctions.

 

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As the semester draws to a close, 73 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others during the University’s winter break. University faculty and staff will lead six mission service trips through December and January.

The service trips include partnerships with Missions Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala, Trans World Radio in Bonaire and various non-profit organizations in Greene County.

Mission Academy Education Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Dr. Julie Bausman, assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University, will lead a group of five University students to Nassau, Bahamas, for a mission service trip during winter break. From Sunday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 10, the team will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to teach first and second grade reading and math lessons. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Mission Academy Medical Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Sixteen Waynesburg University Nursing students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, to assist with operations of a health clinic for Haitian refugees. The students will spend Sunday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan.10, at the Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, where they will work with Mission Academy Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving Bahamian and Haitian communities.

Terri Small, professor of nursing at the University, will lead the trip, along with her husband, Steve, a pharmacist, and Wendy Edgar, a nurse practitioner and adjunct faculty in the University’s nursing department.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Twelve students will travel to Carillos, Costa Rica, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 22, to partner with Strong Missions, a ministry supporting the local churches of Carrillos. Christopher Kellner, resident director at the University, will lead the team as they provide construction aid for churches and homes as well as education and day care services. Ashley Kelver, a women’s resident director, and her husband, Joshua, will also help to lead the trip.

Patzun, Gautemala

Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Thursday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 11, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Heidi Szuminsky, director of donor and alumni relations at Waynesburg, will lead the team. While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with the replacement of a driveway at the facility.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

Twelve students from the University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry in the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the station’s opening on Bonaire.

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; and Jacquelyn Core, University provost, will lead the team of students.

Greene County Immersion – Greene County, Pa.

Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various service projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students willserve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen.

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead these local service projects.

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724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead local service projects. Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students will serve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen. 

Students participating in the service projects include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • David Leach, a junior mathematics major from Flushing, Ohio
  • Jess Leiby, a junior wellness and physiology major from Tamaqua, Pa.
  • Jennifer Lingg, a junior accounting major from Ellicott City, Md.
  • John Sikora, a junior political science major from Masury, Ohio
  • Shelby Staggers, junior nursing major from Amity, Pa.
  • Clarice Tice, a senior athletic training major from Millerton, Pa.
  • Dominick Zappa, a senior accounting major from Monroeville, Pa.

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Twelve students from the Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the station’s opening on Bonaire. 

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; and Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs, will lead the team of students. 

“We hope that the trip will enrich the students by engaging them in the Christian mission of both Waynesburg University and TWR,” said Sherman. “A big part of being a Christian is to be active in spreading Christ’s teachings and our students will be doing just that.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Megan Bayles, a sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Carmichaels, Pa. (Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Kara Bemer, a junor public relations major from Parma Heights, Ohio (Valley Forge High School)
  • Lucas Deithorn, a junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Brownsville, Pa. (Bethlehem Center High School)
  • Victoria Kramer, a junior digital design major from South Riding, Va. (Freedom High School)
  • Katherine Mansfield, a junior journalism major from Washington, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Creg Milko, a sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Dawson, Pa. (Frazier High School)
  • Abby Pittinaro, a junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Carlynton Junior-Senior High School)
  • Megan Potosky, a junior digital design major from Sarver, Pa. (Freeport Area Senior High School)
  • Brandon Rainelli, a junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Apollo, Pa. (Apollo-Ridge High School)
  • Jennifer Schouppe, a sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Beaver, Pa. (North Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Dillon Tierny, a sophomore electronic media major from Fair Lawn, N.J. (Fair Lawn High School)
  • Molly Winters, a junior public relations major from Beaver Falls, Pa. (Blackhawk High School)

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Twelve students will travel to Carillos, Costa Rica, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 22, to partner with Strong Missions, a ministry supporting the local churches of Carrillos. Christopher Kellner, resident director at the University, will lead the team as they provide construction aid for churches and homes as well as education and day care services. Ashley Kelver, a women’s resident director, and her husband, Joshua, will also help to lead the trip. 

“My goal for this trip is to connect our University and the trip members to a community I love dearly: Carrillos, Costa Rica,” Kellner said. “I hope for a fair exchange where both we and those we meet are blessed. Most of all I hope that love will be shown and grown within us all.”

Students participating in the mission service trip include: 

  • Jennifer Brown, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Latrobe, Pa. (Greater Latrobe High School) 
  • Derrick Conner, a senior nursing major from Smithfield, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School) 
  • Joshua Hennig, a sophomore history major from Butler, Pa. (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Brooke Larson, a senior communication major from Dunkirk, Md. (Shiloh Christian Academy) 
  • Raymond Melone, a junior engineering (mathematics) major from Philadelphia, Pa. (Franklin Towne Charter High School) 
  • Kiersten Neff, a senior forensic science major from Johnstown, Pa. (Greater Johnstown High School) 
  • Becca Perlmutter, a junior marketing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School) 
  • Laura Shawver, a junior art major from Avella, Pa. 
  • Carrie Sneller, a senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Trinity High School) 
  • Amanda Stillings, a sophomore arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)
  • William Sungala, a junior engineering (mathematics) major from Denbo, Pa. (Bethlehem Center High School) 
  • Jaimie White, a senior nursing major from Wattsburg, Pa. (Seneca High School) 

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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