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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-13-best-colleges-RU-Best-Value_2017_20160913-174632_1.pngWaynesburg University has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, under the “Regional Universities – North” category. 

The ranking identifies the top 15 Best Value Schools in the northern region of the country. Ranked at No. 7, Waynesburg qualified as a Best Value School due to the high quality of academic programs combined with low costs. 

“Our commitment to both quality academics and high value has consistently led us to be recognized as a top value school,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “A Waynesburg University education provides students with a strong foundation for successful careers and lifelong fiscal responsibility.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Value School rankings take in to consideration a school’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

As described by U.S. News & World Report, only schools in or near the top half of the ranking categories are included in the value rankings because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90 percent of Waynesburg students received some form of financial aid, and 98 percent of 2015 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation.

Additionally, tuition, room and board at Waynesburg is more than $11,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges. 

The University processes aid from a wide variety of sources, including federal, state and institutional aid programs. In the 2015-16 academic year, it awarded more than $36 million in aid to its students. This aid included academic scholarships, federal, state and institutional grants, work-study opportunities and student or parent educational loans.

For first-time freshman students, the University offers two types of renewable, four-year scholarships: Achievement Awards and Competitive Scholarship Programs.

Achievement Awards range between $6,000 and $15,000 annually and are based on the combination of each applicant’s cumulative high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Competitive Scholarship Programs can cover from $1,000 to full tuition, room and board annually. 

For more information on financial aid and scholarships at Waynesburg University, contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid at 724-852-3208 or finaid@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Freshman-service_20160822-194726_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in several service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 20. Noble Energy sponsored the event.

Service projects included the development of a five-mile trail at the Greene County Airport; the restoration of a five-mile nature trail that loops through the woods behind the Greene County Historical Society; the cleaning and reorganizing of the Historical Society’s Collick Schoolhouse; and the relocating of artifacts into the Civil War Cabin.

The approximately 500 volunteers also assisted the Corner Cupboard Food Bank with preparing boxes for pantry distribution and helped build a community garden consisting of five raised beds which will provide fresh produce to individuals in need.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, addressed the volunteers following the service projects. 

“I look at you, and you are the future,” she said. “We need leaders like you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for Greene County today. God bless you.” 

This service initiative, during which the freshman class served alongside faculty, staff, Bonner scholars and upperclassmen, was a part of New Student Orientation Weekend. 

“I love that Waynesburg does a lot of service because I love to volunteer; I really enjoy making someone’s day and helping others,” said Jenna Bartley, a freshman computer science major from Irwin, Pennsylvania. “We are so blessed to be able to make a difference in this community and meet a lot of great people while doing it.”

Noble Energy, Inc. is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. For more information, please visit www.nobleenergyinc.com.  

Stacey Brodak, Senior Advisor Government, Community and Media Relations, said, “Noble Energy’s purpose is ‘Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives,’ and we take that very seriously. We strive to find projects and partnerships that provide long-term sustainable benefits for the areas where we operate. All of the projects involved in this partnership with Waynesburg University were impactful, and the community garden, pumpkin patch and orchard project are outstanding models for all communities. Waynesburg University and each of the agencies we worked with were very appreciative and most gracious. It personally made me very proud to give back to my home county.”

 

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Waynesburg University will begin classes this week with seven new faculty members who have joined the undergraduate and graduate teaching communities.

“We are pleased to welcome these new faculty members to the Waynesburg University campus community,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “Each one of them brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom that will further enhance the positive learning experience of our students."

Dr. David Corbett will serve as an assistant professor of business administration. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from California University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Argosy University.

Jayne Olshanksi has been named an assistant professor of accounting. She received her B.S. degree and M.B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Jody Rawlings has joined the University as an instructor of nursing. She received her B.A. and B.S. degrees from Waynesburg University and her M.S. degree from Excelsor College.

Dr. Fawn Robinson has been named an assistant professor of counseling. She received her B.S.B.A. degree from Clarion University, her M.A. degree from Slippery Rock University and her Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Joseph Shaffer will serve as an assistant professor of athletic training, the director of the Athletic Training Program and an assistant athletic trainer for the University. He received his B.S. degree from Lock Haven University and his M.S. degree from West Virginia University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

William Stough has joined the University as an instructor of business administration. He received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Waynesburg University and is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Joshua Sumpter will serve as an instructor of biblical and ministry studies and assistant chaplain for the University. He received his B.A. degree from Ashland University, his M.A. degree from Waynesburg University and a M.Div. degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_CoD_Yearly_Badge_16_17_500px.pngWaynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction in recognition of its innovative application of high impact educational practices. 

“We’re so happy to award Waynesburg University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

To be named a College of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions, which include engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes. Each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation.

Institutions that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“The value of a Waynesburg University degree combined with our distinct mission and programs set us apart,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This recognition is a testament to that.” 

Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. 

“Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Waynesburg, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

Waynesburg University has also been named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.

For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-27-Dana_Baer.jpgDr. Dana Cook Baer has been named provost of Waynesburg University, the University announced today. In her role, she will serve as the chief academic officer of the University as well as a member of the senior administrative team. 

“Dr. Baer has served the University for nearly 20 years as a professor, department chair and assistant provost,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “She brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience to this position.” 

Dr. Baer joined the University fulltime as a professor of criminal justice administration in 1998. Previously, she has served the University in various roles, including interim provost, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, interim chair of the departments of business administration as well as English and foreign languages, assistant provost for first-year studies and dean of undergraduate studies.

In these faculty and administrative roles, she has managed budgets, curriculum, advising and assessment, as well as student and personnel issues. She also has experience in working with external accrediting organizations and institutional policy development. 

“The long-standing history of success of Waynesburg University is attributable to an exceedingly talented and selfless team of faculty and staff members, administrators, board members and students who are committed to learning and serving for the glory of God,” Dr. Baer said. “I have been blessed to be a part of this team for many years. Now, I am honored to serve the campus community in this new role.”

Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Baer was a partner in the law firm of Marriner & Crumrine. She also served as law clerk for the Honorable Thomas D. Gladden, P.J., Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Baer received the University’s Lucas Hathaway Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2000, and in 2005, The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution named her the recipient of the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington & Jefferson College and a Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law. 

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