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The Imani Christian Academy in Pittsburgh presented its 2015 Leadership in Service Education Award to Waynesburg University Saturday, Sept. 26, at the 13th annual Imani Gala.

A private school for students in grades pre-K through12, Imani works to transform the lives of inner-city children by improving their literacy and academic skills, teaching self-discipline and developing character.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Imani Christian Academy through this award,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.  “Imani is a shining example of an institution transforming lives.”

Waynesburg University’s tradition of service learning has been established over time, resulting in strong programs that integrate faith and service with academics, preparing students not only for careers but also to be agents of positive change in their communities and the world.

Through partnerships with more than 40 local, regional and international service agencies, Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff contribute at least 50,000 hours of service learning and community/civic engagement hours annually.

Each year, hundreds of students dedicate their fall, winter, spring and summer breaks to service. Through University-organized trips, students travel the world and serve others, utilizing skills they have gained within their classes.

For more than a decade, students have been volunteering at The Pittsburgh Project (TPP). Assisting Pittsburgh homeowners with home improvements and volunteering as tutors with an after-school mentoring program, students serve TPP on weekend retreats as well as week-long service experiences. 

Additionally, Waynesburg is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service. This scholarship program offers financial assistance to selected students with a high level of demonstrated financial need in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, another unique scholarship opportunity, enables young women to study and serve abroad. Recently, recipients have studied and served on environmental stewardship initiatives in Costa Rica and Australia, instructed English classes in Peru, taught mathematics in Sri Lanka and built clean water wells in India.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUHC14_1085.jpgWaynesburg University will welcome alumni, staff, faculty and students alike to its annual Homecoming celebration Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. The weekend will encompass a variety of events that invite participation from both alumni and current students.

“We want our alumni to feel special from the moment they step on campus to the last event,” said Mary Fox, event planner for the University. “For over 160 years, our alumni have been crucial to the growth of Waynesburg University. This weekend is just one of the ways we honor them."

During the two-day celebration, alumni will be invited to participate in athletic events, a reception with President and Mrs. Douglas G. Lee, a 5K run and walk, campus tours and more. Alumni will also have the opportunity to reconnect with nine academic and affinity groups, the largest number of groups present at Homecoming to date, in addition to 11 class reunions.

Current students, along with staff and faculty, will also join the celebration at athletic events and Jacketfest, where any student club or organization can host a booth.

“There are more ways than ever before for students to get involved,” said Fox. “Our alumni so often express how much they enjoy meeting current students while they are on campus.”

The University encourages alumni to reconnect with friends and network with fellow Waynesburg alumni as the campus celebrates Homecoming 2015.

Registration for Homecoming 2015 events is suggested. For a complete schedule of events or to register, visit www.waynesburgunited.com/homecoming15.

The Homecoming 2015 Weekend schedule:

Friday, Oct. 2

  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – President’s Reception at President and Mrs. Lee’s home (reservations required)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Women’s Tennis Match vs. St. Vincent College
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Perfect Round, where alumni will celebrate reunion years (reservations suggested)

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • 8:30 a.m. – Waynesburg University Homecoming 5k Run and Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All Alumni Check In at Johnson Commons or John F. Wiley Stadium
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Academic and Affinity Groups beginning in Johnson Commons. Alumni may tour their old departments and classrooms with their classmates.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Jacketfest in Johnson Commons. Bring your family and explore the unique offerings of Waynesburg University clubs and organizations.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-go Brunch in Benedum Dining Hall
  • 10:45 a.m. – Men’s Tennis Match vs. Fairmont State University
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Class of 1965 Brunch with President and Mrs. Lee at their home (reservations required)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game: Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets vs. Grove City College Wolverines at John F. Wiley Stadium
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent at the Back Gate
  • Post-Game – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout at the back gate of the John F. Wily Stadium (reservations required)

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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For some of the students with which you work, the question of whether to attend a secular or Christian institution may be an important part of their decision process. This can be a difficult topic, as these students try to discern where God is leading them in the midst of such transition and change. While individuals searching for their true calling and direction in life can certainly follow God’s will at secular schools, there are advantages to attending a Christian college or university. Here are the top three…

 

3. Academic instruction.  In many cases, choosing a Christian institution means choosing a smaller setting. According to collegestats.org, 817 of the country’s religiously affiliated schools have less than 5,000 students. And nearly 400 of those have less than 1,000. So what’s that mean for your academics? It means smaller class sizes, more hands-on learning opportunities and much more individualized attention from faculty. Also, often times, those professors will share the Christian perspective on the subject matters they teach (after laying out all of the other viewpoints, as well), allowing students to explore and discover in an informed manner.

2. Service opportunities.  Matthew 20:28 reads, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”  Thus, it’s no surprise that the types of institutions that bear Christ’s name provide boundless opportunities for their students to serve the world around them. Whether it’s traveling halfway across the globe to work with impoverished youth or giving back locally with the vocational skills learned in the classroom and laboratory, these experiences prove life altering for so many. And the best schools will seek not only to provide these outlets at their respective institutions, but also to equip their students for a lifetime of servitude for the glory of God.

1. Students' holistic development.  To many (including myself!), the No. 1 reason to consider a Christian college or university is the opportunity to develop holistically as a person. From top to bottom, teh faculty and staff at these institutions care about so much more than just what letter goes down in the grade book. They pour their heart, soul and precious time into students to ensure that they're not only better job prospects, but that they're also better men and women of God. And at a time when fiscal responsibility is on the top of everyone's priority list, that type of college experience is a value that's worth every single penny.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_XC-service-project.jpgWith December upon us, the fall athletic season is either in the books or nearing completion for collegiate programs all across the country. At Waynesburg University, all of those varsity athletic teams recently wrapped up their 2014 campaigns, and the squads produced no shortage of success.

 

Two of these teams—football and women’s cross country—excelled both on and off the field (or course).

 

Football earned a share of second place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) by defeating previously unbeaten Washington and Jefferson in the regular season finale. The Yellow Jackets qualified for an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) bowl game for the fourth consecutive season, hosting one of the contests for the second time in three years.

 

When the PAC announced its all-conference teams, Waynesburg landed 17 players on the squads, including a league-best five first-team offensive selections. The Yellow Jackets, who finished 8-3 overall, also took home the PAC Team Sportsmanship Award.

 

In the classroom, three players were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 4 Division III Football Team, and two of those players—senior John Sikora and junior Mike Lopuchovsky—were honored as Academic All-Americans.

 

Women’s cross country finished second at the PAC Championships, falling just short of dethroning now-26-time champion Grove City. Individually, six runners earned All-PAC status at the event, including three first-team honorees, and head coach Chris Hardie was named Coach of the Year.

 

The future certainly looks bright for the Yellow Jackets, too, as four of their All-PAC performers were freshmen and one was a sophomore. One of those freshmen, Julie Gerber, led the charge by finishing second overall.

 

Off the course, the Yellow Jacket women teamed up with the men’s squad to complete a service project in Gettysburg (see above photo).

 

Football and cross country were not the only Waynesburg teams to experience success this fall, either. Here are a few other achievements, both on and off the field, of the Yellow Jacket athletic program:

  • Men’s soccer qualified for the PAC Championship Tournament for the first time since the current format began back in 2005.
  • Women’s soccer qualified for the ECAC Division III South tournament.
  • Volleyball hosted its annual Dig Pink match to benefit breast cancer research and prevention.


To learn more about Yellow Jacket athletics, visit www.waynesburgsports.com.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tyler-Dapson-photo-for-SAC-blog.jpgBeing a broadcaster takes diligence, preparation and a lot of practicing; you can’t make it in the business if you don’t know the games.

The Waynesburg University broadcasting camp, run by Lanny Frattare, is a wonderfully delightful and easy way to start your career. The camp shows you basics of the business and the basics of how to announce different sports. This experience is an excellent building block.

I know from my experience that I gained a new aspect on how this business works, how much more I can know, and how much preparation is put into each and every single program, whether it is radio play-by-play for the majors or something like a high school football game. No matter what you do, make it look and sound professional, for that portrays a good image of yourself and gives you practice and experience under your belt.

On the topic of being prepared, I began sweating profusely knowing that I had to do baseball play-by-play at the camp, for I knew I didn't know baseball that well, but I knew the basics. I calmed down after I found out that we weren’t going live, that we had a partner, and that, no matter what, the Waynesburg University broadcasting team and my newly made friends had my back.

Speaking of newly made friends, I came to the camp and instantly couldn’t help thinking, “This is going to be super awkward. I won’t get to know many of these people, and I will probably be a loner, or I will be behind in what I know.” That wasn’t the case. The group I went with was great. We all understood that some of us were new, that some people didn’t watch all sports 24/7 and that we would be friends.

Once I got in my room after stepping out of my parents car, I saw that my roommate wasn’t there. At first, I got a little excited because I thought I would have no roommate, but my roommate showed. Hs name was Tanner Widomski, and Tanner and I ended up spending a lot of time hanging out and talking. He was in the same case as I was—he was new in the broadcasting world. So some nights Tanner and I would look over pages and practice together. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better roommate. He and I were just like brothers.

All of us created a relationship with one another. We all talked sports, we all had our favorites, we all had rivals/ teams we hated, yet we all got along. Sometimes there would be heated discussions, yet we all were friends. My favorite thing about this camp was that I can honestly see these guys and girls going out and being broadcasters and announcers. I bet in as little as 10 years one of these kids will be doing the dream, making it happen.

I'd like to thank Lanny Frattare so much for this experience. Thanks, Lanny, for being a great and wonderful role model. Thank you to all the students, staff and professors who joined Lanny.

That’s the Waynesburg experience. It was unbelievable.

-Tyler Dapson
Munnsville, NY

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