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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0191.jpgLaura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 18.

The degrees were conferred upon Ellsworth and Hall for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.

The following citations were read:

Laura E. Ellsworth, J.D.

Laura Ellsworth, for your wholly inspirational work ethic, as evidenced by a successful career in complex litigation and a multitude of professional posts, Waynesburg honors you.
Your commitment to advancing the state of professional law practice has spanned the globe in both accolades and experience, and your work is held in the highest regard in the Pittsburgh region.

As one of the “5o Best Women in Business,” you have served as an example to young women who wish to change the world. Through your notable publications and accomplishments, you have encouraged young people, including Waynesburg University students, to pursue lives of purpose.

Your demonstrated passion for justice and ethical leadership rings clear and mirrors the efforts of Waynesburg University to instill such admirable qualities in its students.

Your heart for service shines brightest in your work with the Imani Christian Academy as a board member and co-teacher. By uniting your love for the children at Imani and your passion for workforce development, you create opportunities for students at Imani to experience success.

Your authorship and experience speaks to a high level of professional development and a desire for continued education. These characteristics align with Waynesburg University’s drive to instill a passion for lifetime learning coupled with faith and service.

For the ways in which you have illuminated issues of justice and fought for your moral convictions, Waynesburg appreciates you.

For your undeniable drive, genuine leadership ability and pronounced passion for the legal field, it is with great honor that Waynesburg University confers upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Rev. Thomas M. Hall II

Rev. Thomas Hall, in recognition of your unwavering commitment to the members of your congregation and all those you compassionately serve, Waynesburg University honors you.

Your passion for the heart of Pittsburgh has advanced the region in spirituality and sustainability. As your influence has shaped leaders and your words have molded Christians, so, too, have your hands helped form a city ripe with opportunity.

As you lead your community with quiet strength and example-based guidance, you create a space in which new leaders can mature and prosper. 

For your civic-minded allegiance and your talent for awakening non-believers to the wonders of Christ, Waynesburg University thanks you.

In your many years of patriotic support to your country, you served as an intelligence analyst, a chairman of the 15-nation NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee and a commander of the 11th Operations Group. For your service to the United States of America as a retired Air Force colonel with many military decorations, Waynesburg University appreciates you.

Experienced and applauded by many, your civic engagement stands as an excellent example in conviction, leadership and service, the very components of a faith-based life that Waynesburg University encourages students to embody.

For your distinguished contributions to your community, your country and the Kingdom of God, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

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

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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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