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Waynesburg University’s director of faith and mission Rev. Carolyn Poteet will move into the new position of director of international programs as the University works to increase global literacy for its students, the University announced today. 

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to, once again, use my international experience to bless the Waynesburg community and deepen our relationships with God’s people around the world,” Poteet said.

With her experience at World Vision, an international, Christian humanitarian organization, combined with her familiarity with Waynesburg University, Poteet brings to her new position a strong background in international outreach as well as a vital understanding of the mission of Waynesburg University.

“Focusing on international opportunities is one of the priorities in our strategic plan,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for Student Services at the University. “Rev. Poteet’s international experience, coupled with her passion for the mission of Waynesburg University, makes her the perfect choice to effectively represent the University at various schools and organizations abroad. She brings broad international experience having worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.”

For several years, Poteet worked for World Vision, an organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

She developed and managed grant-funded programming as an international program development officer at World Vision. Poteet acquired more than $100 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Food Program, UNHCR and UNICEF through her grant-proposals.

Poteet is an ordained Presbyterian minister and previously served as the associate pastor and minister for Christian education and young families at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C.

Rev. James Tinnemeyer, who joined the University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry in July, will now also serve as the University chaplain.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_homecoming-14.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 11. Throughout the weekend, a number of activities will be held for students, alumni and members of the community.

“Homecoming is a very special event for our alumni,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “I look forward to greeting Waynesburg graduates and sharing with them all of the exciting things happening on our campus.”

The weekend will offer a variety of scheduled activities, including athletic events, a 5K walk/run, class reunions and more. The Yellow Jacket football team will take on Case Western Reserve University at 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday, Oct. 11.

Registration for Homecoming 2014 is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit www.waynesburgunited.com/homecoming14 or call 724-852-3256.

The Homecoming Weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 10

  • 1 p.m. – Golf at Rohanna’s Golf Course (reservation required)
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Reception at the President’s house (reservation required)
  • 6 p.m. – Recent Graduates are invited to join current students in Johnson Commons for a picnic, followed by a pep rally and Waynesburg Idol Finale on our outdoor stage.
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Lodge at Rohanna’s (reservation required)

Saturday, Oct. 11

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk registration (Johnson Commons). Please pre-register online at myconnect.waynesburg.edu or by calling 724-852-3206.
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk shotgun start (Johnson Commons)
  • 9 a.m. to noon – The Paul R. Stewart Museum will be open
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Campus Bookstore will be open
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – All alumni who check in at Orange Alumni Tent (Johnson Commons) will receive two complimentary game tickets. Alumni can also check in at the front and back gates of John F. Wiley Stadium from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. - Volleyball Trimatch vs. Saint Vincent and Pitt Greensburg (Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – JacketFest (Johnson Commons), a family-friendly event featuring booths, activities and giveaways from a number of student clubs and organizations
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-Go Brunch (Benedum Dining Hall)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game (John F. Wiley Stadium)
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent (John F. Wiley Stadium back gate)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Hospitality Room (Stover Campus Center)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Women’s Tennis vs. Alderson-Broaddus College (Waynesburg University Tennis Courts)
  • Postgame – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout (John F. Wiley Stadium - reservation required)

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Three new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) program with the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new Graduate and Professional Studies faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “The strength of these programs rests on the quality of our faculty. Each of our new faculty members brings a commitment to the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving in addition to their strengths in educators.”

Lina Hixson will serve as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from LaRoche College and M.S.N. from Duquesne University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Devon Manderino has been named professor of counseling. She received her B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Kathy Palombo has joined the University as coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing Program and instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from California University of Pennsylvania and M.S.N. from Waynesburg University.

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Six new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University undergraduate teaching community as classes began this week.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new undergraduate faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “Each brings not only expertise in their respective disciplines, but a commitment to Christian higher education. We are excited for these new faculty members to join us in supporting the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Dr. Mark Ahlseen has been named associate professor of business administration. He received his B.S. degree from Taylor University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Bradley Davis has joined the University as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and is a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chad Keys will serve as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. Deana Mack has been named assistant professor of education. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University.

Laurel Miner has joined the University as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from Duquesne University and M.S.N. degree from Walden University.

Dr. J. Christian Ola will serve as assistant professor of business administration. He received his B.A. from Grove City College; his M.B.A. from Duquesne University and just recently his Ph.D. from Anderson University. 

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Matriculation_Group_20140821-200124_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2014-2015 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 21, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

President Lee spoke to the class of 2018 about his own matriculation experience at Waynesburg in 1977, asking them to remember and record their feelings about the momentous day. He went on to say that each student is a reflection of the many Waynesburg University alumni who have become leaders in education, healthcare, ministry, science, politics and more, calling students to live out the University’s motto, Fiat Lux.

“Today, Waynesburg’s history becomes your heritage. Be proud, be confident. Become the light that God intends you to be,” President Lee said. “With His abundant grace, we are here to help you do that. Fiat Lux. Let there be light.”

During the ceremony, names were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

The University welcomed students representing 53 different majors and a variety of different states, including but not limited to California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Virginia.

The 2018 class includes six Scout Scholarship recipients, six Stover Scholarship recipients, 15 Bonner Scholarship recipients and one Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honor Scholarship recipient.

The incoming class had the opportunity to participate in more than 15 different events that the Waynesburg University Admissions Office hosted throughout the year in addition to personal visit opportunities.

Jessica Sumpter, director of admissions at Waynesburg University, said that the Admissions Office staff and campus community is excited to welcome the many students with whom they aided in the college search and selection process.

“We are excited for the students to finally be able to experience all that Waynesburg University has to offer,” said Sumpter. “We could not be more thrilled that the incoming students have chosen to come to Waynesburg University!”

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, August 21. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 24, and classes will begin Monday, August 25.

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