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 “Why faith?” I heard some of my classmates ask towards the end of class. “Why not focus more on learning instead?”

I sat quietly in the corner of the room listening to the conversation between my classmates, and realized I had never really thought much about it before. Waynesburg University and faith had always gone hand-in-hand for me. It’s one of the many reasons I chose this school. But what is it that makes faith such an important element to a Christian campus like Waynesburg? That’s what my classmates wanted to know, and that was the question that kept drumming through my head for the rest of the day.

As my classmates began packing their things, quickly transitioning into various other conversations, I remained silent, thinking. Even as I exited the room, my thumbs hooked through the straps of my book bag, the question kept presenting itself to me. Why faith?

When I reflect back on my college career I remember weekly Chapel services, Sunday night student-led worship services, heart-to-hearts with professors—all things that have influenced my experience at Waynesburg. Everything I have learned throughout my four years here has somehow referenced back to my faith, causing me to grow in ways I never imagined I could.

So, why is faith so important? In my own words, this is what I came up with:

  • Faith is the foundation, not only to Waynesburg University, but also in many of our lives—it’s where things began. When we look back at our history, not only as a University, but also as a country, faith was the driving force that got us on our feet, something we proudly fought for and defended. With that foundation, even when the walls shake and crumble, there is always hope for restoration.
  • Faith is a source of joy, hope and love. I know how hard it is not to fall into the selfish, materialistic ways of society. What’s in it for me seems to be the mantra of the world today. Through my experience, this constant push to be perfect only leads to self-destruction, but when we focus our lives on faith instead, we realize just how perfect we are in God’s eyes. It’s not about what we wear, what we look like or how much money we have; it’s about finding ourselves lost in the beautiful, boundless love of Christ. Through faith, we can experience a joyful, hopeful, loving way of life, free of charge.
  • Faith pushes our boundaries. One of the things I have loved and hated most about my faith is that it challenges me to think beyond my reasoning and pushes me out of my comfort zone. Faith is not about being comfortable and it’s certainly not easy, but when we find ourselves wrapped up in it, the end result is nothing short of rewarding. When I find myself questioning anything, including my faith, I find myself learning. This is what makes the pairing of faith and learning together so endearing to me. A well-developed faith often comes through trial and error, much like learning a skill in the classroom. Sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t, but just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean the answer isn’t out there. Often times it takes patience and a willingness to accept things through a fresh set of eyes.
  • Faith gives us something to look forward to both today and in the future to come. When everything else seems to fall apart, faith is the crutch we are given to help us stand. God wants us to come to Him with our problems. He wants us to know that through Him all things are possible. With Him, nothing can tear us a part. Through our faith, we know God has promised us a future, even as we step into the unknown. This gives me the strength to get out of bed each morning despite my racing anxieties of what the future holds. For, I am a child of God.


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Just as March quickly faded into April like the swatches on a color wheel, graduation has become less of a dream and more of a reality. Going to Waynesburg and earning my undergraduate degree has been my life for the last four years—a life I have looked forward to and a life that has shown me I can handle more than I thought. Change is on the horizon and the more I think about it, the more nervous I become.

“What’s next?” people ask.

“I’m not sure,” I respond in honesty. 

It’s no secret to those who know me that I am not someone who embraces change easily. I have the same morning routine no matter the day of the week; I’ve gone to the same church my entire life and lived in the same town; I’ve always done what’s comfortable.

I hear my classmates talk about their plans to go on to graduate school and then get their doctorates. I’m proud of them. Their plans sound so crisp and attractive, but are those same plans for me? 

I’ve sat in my classes trying to absorb everything I can, grasping at each and every word as if they are the last remnants of some sort of ancient colony. I’ve collected those words, organized them and placed them inside a clear glass case in hopes that, one day, I can help future generations learn from and admire them as I did. Even as I go back through everything I have stored in my memory bank, my mind wildly races: am I really ready for this?

Of course you are, God answers. Have I not gotten you this far?

My faith is a constant reminder to me of what’s in store for my future, even when I have no idea where my life is going. There is no question I’m entering a time of change. My life is going to be flipped inside out, washed, pressed and hung to dry, but one thing will always remain the same: the love my Savior has for me.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.." Jeremiah 29: 11

This very verse has gotten me through my entire undergraduate career and is sure to get me through even more as I enter the new stages of my life. Even when the prospects of college, jobs, marriage, kids and a mortgage seemed like distant fairytales, God was preparing my heart for them, watching me transform into the person He wants me to be.

I know this journey is far from over, but with the things I have learned as a student at Waynesburg and in prayer, I also know I have the ability to harness my nerves so God can lead me to the place I’m meant to be.

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The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars will host Empty Bowls Greene County Sunday, April 6, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Greene County Fairgrounds Building 9. Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes a meal, handcrafted bowl and a donation to the Weekend Food Program. Ages 12 and under eat for free, but will not receive a handmade bowl.

Empty Bowls Greene County is a luncheon and fundraiser designed to help fight hunger. Attendants will enjoy soups provided by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at the Greene County Career and Technology Center, and breads provided by Rising Creek Bakery. They will also have the opportunity to select from a variety of hand-crafted ceramic bowls, made by Waynesburg University students and the local Artbeat.

Hand-crafted items by local artisans will be up for bid during a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Greene County Weekend Food Program. Tickets can be purchased at Artbeat and the Community Foundation of Greene County on High Street.

The event will host guest speaker Donna Dire, a Social Worker from Graysville Elementary School. Dire will share the ways in which she has seen the Weekend Food Program have a direct impact on young children and real life stories from parents and children.

Organizations such as Produce to People, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, AmeriCorps VISTA and Urban League – SNAP will be in attendance to educate the local community about hunger.

For questions or additional information, please contact Steven Snow at:


Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

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Nine Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weekend work camp Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13. Dave Calvario, dean of students and director of the Center for Service Leadership, will serve as trip leader.

“The Pittsburgh Project serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs,” Calvario said. “It is a Christian Community Development organization.”

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Students participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners.

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project weekend trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, a freshman journalism major from North Huntingdon, Pa.
  • Craig Collins, a freshman biology major from Carmichaels, Pa.
  • James Glisan, a sophomore biblical ministry major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Nathan Hsueh, a junior computer security and forensics major from Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Paige Lane, a freshman athletic training major from West Lafayette, Ohio
  • Taryn Leiter, a freshman arts administration major from Erie, Pa.
  • Ben Little, a sophomore sociology major from McKeesport, Pa.
  • Hannah Szymanik, a senior special education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.
  • James Witte, a junior political science major from Waynesburg, Pa.


Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or

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When Ali Hulsey found out she’d be rooming with Susie Godwin prior to the girls’ freshman year at Waynesburg University, Ali figured they’d get along. What the Bakersfield, Cal., native didn’t realize is that she and Susie, of Buckhannon, W.Va., would room together all four years and become best friends in the process. Waynesburg has a way of doing that with total strangers, and below, Ali and Susie share just how it happened to them…





Ali Hulsey


Susie Godwin




Bakersfield, Cal.


Buckhannon, W.Va.

The moment I stepped on campus I knew it was where I wanted to go. The people were all so friendly, and it instantly felt like home. The Education Department was great and had a lot of wonderful people working in it. Then to top it off the idea of living in the snow seemed intriguing.

Why WU?

I heard about WU from a friend who was, at the time, attending the university.  When I visited WU, I loved the campus and the friendly people. I also knew I wanted to play soccer, and Waynesburg seemed like a good fit!

Early Childhood Development and Special Education


Secondary English Education

Waynesburg University Student Ambassador, Kappa Delta Pi (education honorary),
Council for Exceptional Children,
Resident Assistant,
Yellow Jackets sports fan!

Activities at WU

Women’s Soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Tau Delta (English honorary), DRUS (women’s honorary), Waynesburg University Student Ambassador

We really have no idea why we were paired; it was all random. I did not even fill out a roommate match sheet.  The only thing I requested was Burns Hall, which is where we were placed, but that is the only reason we can think of.

How did you become roommates?

I am from West Virginia and my roommate is from California. We were randomly assigned as roommates freshman year and have lived together ever since. I filled out a new student form and listed Elementary Education as a potential major, so that may have influenced how we became roommates.

We have done lots of traveling together, from road trips to UNC to visit her sister, flights to California to visit my family, a mission trip to Peru, and even spontaneous drives on the back roads of Waynesburg just exploring God’s beautiful creations on a nice day with the windows down and music up.

Best memory as roommates

My best memories as roommates would have to be all the soccer games and soccer related activities we experienced together. Ali was the team’s biggest fan, and I loved the memories we created throughout the soccer seasons.

Get to know him/her for who he/she is. Moving in, I hoped Susie and I would have a good relationship and such, but I never expected her to be my best friend. As I got to know her she quickly became my best friend and someone I could truly see myself living with for the rest of my college career.

Tips for incoming freshmen
who will be roommates

I would advise to be considerate and willing to share space. I would also encourage roommates to spend time together and get to know each other, as well. Getting to know a new roommate in college can be so rewarding and can lead to a lifelong friendship. Make the most out of your college experience!

COFFEE! And a lot more coffee… here in South 312 coffee is a daily staple not just for us but for all our friends, “The South Hall Family,” who often stop in and help themselves to our coffee.

Top item(s) necessary for living in the residence halls

My roommate and I love coffee, so that is a must!

Absolutely. I couldn’t imagine my college career with any other roommate, and truthfully I don’t even want to try to image that. The memories we have had and the relationship we have developed over the last four years is a greater blessing than words can ever describe. My roommate is a part of my life that I could never change.

If you had to do it all over again, would you still live together? Why?

I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Ali and I came to college as strangers, and after four years as roommates, I am leaving college with a best friend and memories I will cherish for a lifetime.

When asked if they had anything else to add, both Alie and Susie commented on the family-like sense of community in the residence halls. They encourage all incoming students to get to know the other residents in their hall, as they can become best friends who share unforgettable memories for four years at Waynesburg and beyond.

Upon graduation, both Ali and Susie plan to pursue their master's degree in education, and they hope to stick around Waynesburg to do so. What will come of their living situation as a result? Not surprisingly, they already have an apartment lined up together in the area. They figure, after four successful years in the residence halls, they want to see what a fifth year as roommates has in store!

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