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Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, April 30, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and Aradhna Oliphant will address the Class of 2017 as the Commencement speaker. 

The celebration will honor approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. 

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. 

Both Oliphant and Migliore will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

b2ap3_thumbnail_migliore.jpgRev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore

Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he taught for 47 years. He is also an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

During his tenure as the Charles Hodge Professor of Systemic Theology, he also served as the Director of Doctoral Studies, Chairman of the Department of Theology and Editor of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Additionally, he spent time as a visiting professor of theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Seattle University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Migliore is the author of several books, including “Rachel's Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope,” (with Kathleen D. Billman); “The Power of God and the Gods of Power;” and “Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology,” which is the bestselling theological introduction in colleges and seminaries across the United States.

In his retirement, Migliore has remained active in conducting research and writing in his academic specialization, as well as the theology and ethics of Karl Barth. He continues to preach and lecture at various congregations and conferences throughout the country.

Migliore is a member of the American Theological Society, having served as president during the 2007-08 term; a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton; and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Karl Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Migliore holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s degree and doctorate from Princeton University.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Aradhna-Oliphant.jpgAradhna Oliphant

Aradhna Oliphant is the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), a premiere resource for community leadership identification, connection and development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Deeply committed to community building, Oliphant is actively engaged with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors.  She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards including the national Association of Leadership Programs, The Pittsburgh Parking Authority, The Forbes Funds, Thornburgh Forum at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Advisory Committee for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, among others. 

She was invited by Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the steering committee that oversaw the work of the transition teams, and in 2015, she was appointed as a Commissioner for the County Government Review Commission that is constituted once every ten years to review Allegheny County’s structure and make recommendations.  

Oliphant also serves as Vice President of the International Women’s Forum of Pittsburgh and is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVIII – an experience that truly anchored her in the region.  

She has been recognized for her innovation and leadership as a Woman of Distinction by several area civic organizations and most recently in 2015 as one of the top twenty-five most influential people in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Born and raised in India, Oliphant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Bhopal University.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-21-Charter-Day-post.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 21. The University also honored the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program during the ceremony, which was held in Roberts Chapel. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Timothy R. Thyreen, Chancellor of Waynesburg University, served as the Charter Day speaker. 

In his convocation address, “All Things Good Must Be Taught Again…Forever,” Thyreen reflected on the importance of the University’s founding mission and significance of the Bonner Scholar Program.

“The Bonner gift came at an early time in my presidency, when Carolyn and I were attempting to bring the college back to its Christian roots without the means to do so,” said Thyreen.

Thyreen shared a quote by Wayne Meisel, former president of the Bonner Foundation, who once said, “There is no other college or campus that embodies the hope and promise of the Bonner Foundation more so than Waynesburg College.”

The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars Program has been so successful, Thyreen said, because Bonner students are not the only students at Waynesburg who serve. With students, faculty and staff contributing more than 50,000 hours of service yearly, the University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.

Closing his remarks with a reference to Micah 6:8, Thyreen urged those in attendance to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

“As a Waynesburg University student, you are challenged to discover your gifts, develop them and give God the glory,” he said. 

As president of Waynesburg University from 1990 to 2013, Thyreen was responsible for unprecedented growth at the University. Among his many accomplishments, Thyreen led Waynesburg University to become the first institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to establish a Bonner Scholar Program. 

Today, the University remains one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bonner-Celebration-1752.jpgMore than 230 volunteers from Waynesburg University served at 25 locations throughout Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties over the weekend. 

This day of service commemorated the 25th anniversary of the University’s Bonner Scholar Program, which is a unique scholarship program that provides financial assistance in return for weekly service hours. Bonner alumni also served in their own communities, including one who resides in Amman, Jordan.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University,” said Kelley Hardie, Director of the Center for Service Leadership and Bonner Scholarship Program. “The Day of Service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the 25th Anniversary of the Bonner Scholarship Program at Waynesburg University.”

Bonner Scholars served as leaders at each of the service sites, guiding volunteers as they assisted with various tasks, including landscaping and painting at the Eva K. Bowlby Library; home repairs with Greene County Habitat for Humanity; and preparing for Hidden Treasure Thrift Store’s opening by organizing inventory. 

Other service sites included 2nd Sam 9, the American Cancer Society of Greene County, the Greene County Historical Society, Light of Life Rescue Mission Donation Center and Washington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, among others.

The economic impact provided by current Bonner scholars alone, not even counting their predecessors, estimates nearly $1.1 million for their more than 45,000 hours combined.

Waynesburg is one of just 21 Bonner affiliated schools in the country and the only one in Pennsylvania. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, the University fosters a program with 60 students, who each serve an average of 10 hours per week. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-17-fire-dept-donation.jpgWaynesburg University recently presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the final of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.

The donations were given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, along with Heidi Szuminsky, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, presented the donation to Jeff Marshall, Fire Chief, and Ron Fox, President of the fire company. 

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support for fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck.  

The University has also donated more than $460,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Honor-Roll.jpgThe Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced that Waynesburg University was named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s eighth consecutive year receiving the honor.

Waynesburg University was one of 115 schools on the General Community Service Honor Roll with distinction and only one of 12 in the state of Pennsylvania identified with distinction.

“We are honored to receive this award, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our students, faculty and staff,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Their dedication to service continues to have a profound impact.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which academic service-learning courses are offered.

Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 service hours annually. Through its more than 50 local and regional agencies and a continuously expanding network of international agencies, Waynesburg University encourages students to become servant-leaders through a number of partnerships.

The University offers approximately 16 service mission trips each academic year. The trips are held during the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. The University also participates in a number of weekend-long service projects in the local community and surrounding region.

In addition to volunteer hours, the University offers a service leadership minor constructed around service-learning courses. During the semester-long courses, students perform a set amount of hours of community service with a non-profit organization.

The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar Schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Waynesburg is committed to the program which was created to offer scholarship assistance to students performing significant amounts of community service throughout their time at Waynesburg. Approximately 60 (15 per class) Waynesburg University students are involved with the program each year.

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).

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