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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9468.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.

Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa., was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Nancy and Lance Szymanik of Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

“It is an honor to be recognized as valedictorian, but it means more that I share this honor with four peers,” Szymanik said. “Being one of five valedictorians for the Class of 2014 reminds me I did not get to this position by myself. I could only accomplish the things I did because of the help I received from faculty, friends and family.”

Szymanik was one of approximately 15 Bonner Scholars in her class at Waynesburg University. As a Bonner Scholar, she completed eight to 10 hours of service to the community each week. She was also a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and was a resident assistant at the University.

In 2012, Szymanik traveled to the Republic of Ghana to teach children as a scholarship recipient of the Vira I. Hienz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

Szymanik is actively seeking an elementary teaching position in Pennsylvania or Virginia.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9478.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.

Corin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa, was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Ronald and Donna Schipani, who reside in Duquesne, Pa.

“Having four years of my perseverance, work ethic and involvement recognized is truly a blessing,” she said. “I give glory to God for my accomplishments during my time at Waynesburg University."

As a student, Schipani served as the graphic design editor for the Yellow Jacket newspaper, graphic design editor for the Muse & Stone literary magazine, student designer in the offices of University Relations and Student Services, design intern for Pittsburgh Quarterly and graphic designer and operator for Waynesburg University Sports Network.

She was a member of the University’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication honorary society, and the Waynesburg University American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student group. 

Schipani was a recipient of the University’s A.B. Miller Scholarship, Communication Department Scholarship and Margaret Bell Miller Scholarship.

She plans to work as a graphic designer for a publication.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9485.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.

Daniel Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md., was named one of five valedictorians and delivered the valedictory to the University. He is the son of Vincent and Diana Czajkowski of Frederick, Md.

During his valedictory, he urged graduates to remember that, because Waynesburg is a unique institution, the Class of 2014 is comprised of unique graduates.

“Remember that achievement is not measured by money earned or items owned, but by lives touched and institutions transformed,” he said. “Remember that success is not derived from the title behind your name, but from the title of Him in whose name you go forth.”

As a scholar of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, Czajkowski had many opportunities during his time at Waynesburg University to meet with cultural, political and religious leaders across the nation. He is an alumnus of the American Studies Program and spent summers interning for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Congressman Keith Rothfus.

As a senior, he served as Waynesburg’s Student Senate president and Criminal Justice Club president. He was a member of Peer Education and the International Justice Mission, and was a recipient of the Criminal Justice Administration Program Scholarship and the James D. South Memorial Prize.

“Waynesburg University has not only inspired me to think critically about faith and calling, it has taught me to use my abilities, education and talents in such a way that they benefit others,” he said. “Waynesburg University produces servant leaders, and I am proud to be one of them.”

Currently pursuing a variety of career opportunities, Czajkowski said that whether he chooses to serve in the military, in law enforcement or on Capitol Hill, he intends to dedicate his life to public service.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9475.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.

Alyssa Brooke Crile, an early childhood education major from Washington, Pa., was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Scott Crile of Waynesburg and Lisa Hegedus and stepfather Gary Hegedus of Washington.

“Serving as one of the valedictorians of Waynesburg University's Class of 2014 is a great honor,” Crile said. “Waynesburg has prepared me for a life as an educator. All of the skills and strategies that I have gained from Waynesburg will help me to pursue my career. I will always be learning something new as I continue in my profession, but Waynesburg helped me to grow and continued to foster my passion for education.”

As a student, Crile was a member and treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. As a member of this honor society, she traveled to the National Conference in Dallas, Texas, in the fall of 2013.  She also tutored at Kids' Cafe in West Waynesburg and was a member of DRUS Womens' Honorary Society.

Crile is actively seeking an elementary teaching position in a district that encourages growth, teamwork and a passion for helping students to succeed. In the meantime, she will be substituting in Allegheny, Greene and Washington counties.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_lacount.jpgOne Waynesburg University faculty member was honored with the title of professor emeritus and three others received the University’s 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s Chapel Service in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, April 29.

On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Dr. Robert LaCount, professor of chemistry, the title of professor emeritus. LaCount retired from his full-time position in August 2013. He joined the University in 1965, and during his 49 years of service to the University, he eagerly incorporated the education of Waynesburg University students into his groundbreaking research.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are awarded annually. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence. A second award recognizes a faculty member with a relatively recent history of teaching excellence, and the third award is given to a non-full-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

Dr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing and chair of the University’s Department of Business Administration, received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

A colleague stated, “Although a tough professor, the students have nothing but respect for Dr. McClung. He understands all aspects of business and incorporates real-life scenarios into class room learnings whenever possible.” Additionally, the nomination stated, “Dr. McClung empowers his faculty members. He wants each of us to be successful and will take whatever means necessary to help us be successful.”

Another nomination noted that Gordon has “dedicated an inordinate amount of time to both the University and his students.”

McClung, who joined the University in 2007, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of business administration from West Virginia University.

Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a relatively recent history of teaching excellence.

A student nomination stated, “In class, he has great patience with his students, teaches the material in a relatable manner and maintains a fun learning environment. When not in class, I have seen numerous occasions when he stays later than scheduled to help a student with a photography or design concept.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hathaway.jpgAnother nomination said, “Let us not forget how Dr. Sherman stays consistent with the school’s passion for service, going on multiple mission trips with the school. He has a passion for everything he does and exhibits the character of Christ.”

Sherman also serves as the advisor of Lambda Pi Eta, an honor society for communication students.

He joined the University in 2011 and holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Ph. D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Carol Guthrie received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Guthrie is a lecturer of mathematics.

“Carol has consistently shown a genuine love and dedication to teaching,” a colleague stated. “She always has current and former students in her office being tutored.”

A student nomination noted, “She doesn’t just teach the book, the mundane lessons and the repetitive formulas, she engages her students and pushes them to better understand math.” 

The nomination continued, “She has made a difference in the teaching climate of Waynesburg by simply showing her passion for what she does. You can clearly see the love she has not only for math, but for her students each and every day she teaches.”

Guthrie joined the University in 2009 and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master of education in mathematics and computer science from California University of Pennsylvania.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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