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The opportunity to be a part of a program founded upon the principles that embody who he is has restored Dan Czajkowski's hope in the world.

Ironically, more than five years ago when the program was established, Waynesburg alumnus Dr. W. Robert Stover (1942), the man for whom the program is named, approached Waynesburg University President Timothy R. Thyreen with concerns about the direction in which the United States was heading. From that conversation, Waynesburg University's Stover Scholar Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership was developed with the purpose of finding young women and men exactly like Dan Czajkowski.

“Centered on the first principles of our nation and ethical Christian leadership, the Stover Scholar Program seeks to bring Christianity into the public sphere,” Czajkowski said. “The Program is consistent with the University's mission to integrate faith, serving and learning, and encourages its scholars to be faithful servants to the public good.”

Through his involvement in the Program, Czajkowski, a junior criminal justice administration major, has found assurance that there are others, like him, “who desire to make a difference by walking in integrity and committing themselves to lives of public service.”

“Our world needs men and women who will stand with moral fortitude against popular culture, and I am fortunate to be in a program that supports my desire to do that,” Czajkowski said.

Czajkowski's testimony is validation that the Stover Scholar Program is achieving precisely what it was intended to achieve.

“Waynesburg University's Stover Scholar Program is committed to developing leaders who embrace the constitutional principles that guided the Founding Fathers in an effort to positively impact the direction of American politics and law,” said University President Timothy R. Thyreen.

Appropriately, from an early age, Dan Czajkowski was captivated by the notions of law and justice which inherently led him on a path to find a career within the criminal justice system.

“I am passionate about righting wrongs, and I desire to find the career where I would be most capable of bringing justice to the world around me,” Czajkowski said.

Regardless of what his next step might be, there is no doubt in the minds of those who know him best that Czajkowski will be effectively prepared to fill a significant role.

“Daniel Czajkowski is a well-respected leader at Waynesburg University with a gentle and friendly disposition which makes his strong analytical insights very persuasive among his peers and professors,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

Stratton reflected upon Czajkowski's role in a play put on last September during Waynesburg University's Constitution Day celebration in which the Stover Scholars reenacted the debates surrounding the 1787 Constitutional Convention and ratification. Stratton said Czajkowski fittingly played the role of future President James Monroe, which led him to his next thought.

“It is not hard to imagine Daniel Czajkowski occupying the Oval Office himself one day,” Stratton said.

His courses and the opportunities afforded by Waynesburg University have served as deliberate steps toward his future goals, whether that is working in law enforcement or a government career.

“Waynesburg is very effective at producing career-ready graduates. What sets Waynesburg apart in preparing its graduates for life after college is the emphasis it places on how a graduate uses the skill set that he or she developed while at Waynesburg,” he said.

Czajkowski is certain that the Criminal Justice Administration Program, specifically its curriculum and opportunities for experiential learning, has effectively prepared him for the challenges ahead.

“My time working seasonally for a police department speaks especially to the quality of our Criminal Justice program, as I felt head and shoulders above my peers in the amount of understanding I had of my field compared to students from other colleges,” he said.

Similarly, Waynesburg's social science curriculum, according to Czajkowski, has complemented his education by enhancing his knowledge and understanding of both government and governance.

Czajkowski plans to pursue a master's degree in Public Administration following his graduation from Waynesburg University. Although he has theories of what his future will hold, ultimately he said his plans will rely on God's plan for his life.

“I will continue to dedicate my talents to God and seek to use them for His glory and honor,” he said. “Although I am currently pursuing a path in law enforcement, I am open to God's leading in my life and am anxious to see where He will guide me.”

In the spring of 2013, Czajkowski will spend his semester in Washington, D.C., studying through the Best Semester's American Studies Program. The Program is one of 12 off-campus study abroad programs offered through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


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Fedoris resized 600Since the age of 13, Jillian Fedoris has struggled with an issue that most young adults never have to worry about. That same issue led her to Waynesburg University, where she would pursue a degree to aid others experiencing the same condition. After doctors diagnosed her with diabetes at a young age, Fedoris committed her life to educating children about the disease.
 
“Being diabetic is not something horrible,” Fedoris said. “A lot of people that are diabetic don't tell others because they don't want to share the sappy story, but I want everyone to know and to be educated so that I can help more people.”

This semester, the senior nursing major worked with pediatric patients and newly diagnosed diabetics at Jefferson Regional Hospital through her externship. She worked to educate about diabetes, a chronic disease that deals with high blood sugar levels and the clear misconceptions that children and youth might have.

“Taking care of yourself and believing that you can do well with diabetes is important, because if you don't, it will take advantage of your body,” Fedoris said. “Education and prevention are key.”

Fedoris strives to combine the knowledge and skills she's learned at Waynesburg University and throughout her clinical experience to service. She has worked as a diabetic counselor with Camp Crestfield, a Slippery Rock, Pa., Christian summer camp that offers camping experiences for diabetic youth, since the age of 17.

Her job as a Diabetic Counselor involves monitoring campers' diabetes during camp activities such as eating, hiking, swimming and sleeping. Her nursing experience allows her to check campers' blood sugars at night, and count their carbohydrate intake during the day.

By combining her passion for serving others with her advanced nursing knowledge and personal experience, Fedoris aims to live a full life while taking care of others.

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For three months this summer, Brittany Walton will take her passion for service to an unfamiliar environment. The junior biblical ministry studies major will learn the challenges and blessings of an urban environment, will serve alongside diverse groups of students, and will share her faith with people from around the country.

A desire to help others recognize God's calling for their lives led Brittany Walton to the Center for Student Missions (CSM). Brittany will join with the staff of the CSM San Francisco site as a city host this summer. As a city host, Brittany, a Waynesburg, Pa., native, will guide groups through Oakland, Calif., and introduce them to diverse service opportunities including sites that deal with poverty, gang violence, drugs and prostitution.

“Only when we try to understand the lost and broken, can we truly help them. After all, we are all broken, formerly lost people ourselves,” Brittany said. “CSM encourages the people who serve with them to give up former biases about the people who live in the city, and to love them despite their brokenness.”

CSM, a Christian organization that hosts week-long urban mission trips for high school and college groups across the nation, hires young people based on leadership skills, a desire to serve God and enthusiasm for service.

“CSM is important to me because the ministry focuses on the issues that are found in the heart of major cities and strives to love those who live lives of judgment,” she said. “It encourages the adolescents who serve with CSM to really get to know the individuals of the city, whether it be a homeless man sitting on the street, or a child who has known nothing but a life of drugs and abuse.”

A desire to spend her summer serving others led Brittany to contact the director of San Francisco's CSM location to arrange an interview via Skype. After surviving the preliminary application and interview process, Brittany was asked by CSM staff to visit a CSM location for a face-to-face interview.

“I could have chosen Philadelphia, Pa., which is the closest site to Waynesburg, but I really wanted to show them that I was very serious about this internship. I saved up some money and sold my laptop for a plane ticket to San Francisco during Thanksgiving break,” Brittany said. “I shadowed the city hosts to gain a better understanding of what they did, and I had a face-to-face interview with the CSM director at an Ethiopian restaurant in the city.”

Needless to say, Brittany's visible desire to serve San Francisco through CSM earned her a position as one of five city hosts. She anticipates the challenges of working with an urban ministry to not be much different than her service in Waynesburg, Pa.

“My heart breaks often in Waynesburg when I see the devastating issues that Greene County faces daily, so I know that a big city such as San Francisco will break my heart substantially,” she said. “But I am at peace with that, because I want my heart to break for what breaks God's heart. It is that brokenness that allows us to do amazing things for Him.”

Her faith and service-related activities and leadership roles as a student at Waynesburg University have shaped Brittany's desire to serve with CSM this summer. On campus, Brittany leads a prayer ministry called Selah and serves as the Praise and Worship Coordinator for Adelpha, a Christian leadership sisterhood created to encourage women on campus in their faith.

“Without Waynesburg University and its ministries, I'm not sure that I would even be a Christian,” she said. “With the help of Upper Room, Chapel, Selah and Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) staff and mentors on campus, I accepted the precious gift of salvation and gained the desire to work with children and youth.”


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Danielle Tustin, a senior criminal justice administration major from Burgettstown, Pa., spent the fall 2011 semester in Seville, Spain, where she studied Spanish at Accento de Trinity, immersed herself in Spanish culture and discovered she loved Flamenco dancing.

Meanwhile, more than 11,000 miles away, Jacob Waltemeyer, a 2012 psychology alumnus from Riverside, Calif., discovered beauty in the Australian countryside and participated in a cultural studies program while living alongside Australian students.

Both Waynesburg University students embraced the opportunity to venture away from the University's main campus to learn and grow in faith and returned to Waynesburg with newfound revelations and worldly perspectives.

Likewise, Emily Schubert, a senior psychology major from Medina, Ohio, gained a new appreciation for both England and the United States while studying abroad during the fall 2011 semester through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities' (CCCU) Scholars' Semester in Oxford Program.

The Scholars' Semester in Oxford Program is one of several CCCU Best Semester Programs available to Waynesburg University students. With 11 semester programs and one summer program, Best Semester provides students with ample opportunities to refine their worldview through classes and cultural interaction.

“I gained a new level of confidence from studying abroad,” Schubert said as she reflected on the challenges of adjusting to life on a new continent. “It's amazing how traveling to a foreign country, living there for a few months and successfully completing Oxford courses will do that.”

Schubert and the friends she made in England had regular Bible Study sessions and discussions about faith, which she considered a phenomenal growing and learning experience.

“My semester abroad was definitely a time of learning a lot,” she said.

She eventually came to know the lay of the land quite well, daily traversing the streets of Oxford on the bike she rented.

“By the end of my trip, tourists were coming to me for directions!” Schubert said.

The University's remarkable selection of endorsed programs and partnerships span the globe. The programs offer a wide selection from which students can choose an opportunity that best fits their own academic, professional and personal goals.

Anthony Cooper, a senior, sociology (pre-law) major from Lewisburg, Pa., who spent the spring 2012 semester in England with the Scholars' Semester in Oxford Program, explored Dublin and Rome when he wasn't attending classes, seminars and writing research papers.

“My experience abroad helped me grow in so many different aspects of my life,” said Cooper.

“It taught me much as well as exposed cultures I was unfamiliar with, and eventually instilled in me a deeper desire to learn and travel, and to experience as much of the world as possible.”

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For Hannah Szymanik, a recipient of the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year, studying abroad meant the realization of a life-long dream.

“I've always wanted to teach in Africa,” said the junior early childhood/special education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa. “And over the summer, I did just that. I taught math and English in a classroom of 41 students in Cape Coast, Ghana.”

Each year, up to five Waynesburg University ladies are offered an experience to study abroad through a $5,000 scholarship.

Angele Hagy, another recipient of the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year, said the scholarship impacted her life in ways unimaginable, ways she is still discovering even after the experience, she said. The junior early childhood/special education major from Pittsburgh also traveled to Cape Coast, Ghana, in summer 2012.

“Not only did my scholarship and study abroad experience give me the opportunity to learn more about other cultures, but it has broadened my global perspective, making me much more aware of global issues. It has given me the opportunity to reflect on how blessed my life here is in the United States,” said Hagy, who worked with Hoops Care International (HCI) to empower youth in the community through sports.

Students return to Waynesburg with refined worldviews, expanded cultural experiences and, according to Karen Moyer, a senior sociology (pre-law) major from Conneaut Lake, Pa., who studied abroad with Best Semester's Scholars' Semester in Oxford Program in the spring, “the key to understanding.”

“Before I left to study abroad, I fantasized about returning as a more intelligent individual with all the answers,” Moyer said. “Now that my experience is complete, I have realized I gained something more valuable than that – questions. The right questions are the key to understanding.”


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Waynesburg University's commitment to faith, service and learning is continuously expressed through the passion and dedication of its students, faculty and staff. To honor those that exemplify the spirit of service, Waynesburg's annual service award is bestowed upon an individual and student group that embody what it means to wholeheartedly serve others while making a difference in the world.

Announced during the University's chapel service Tuesday, April 10, Leeann Danley, an elementary and special education major from West Finley, Pa., and Waynesburg University's student chapter of Colleges Against Cancer were named the 2012 recipients of the award.

Danley has served with a number of organizations and ministries including the Waynesburg Senior Center and Tuesday night dinners at St. Anns, among others. She has participated in several mission trips including an extended trip to El Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños in Guatemala over Christmas and New Year's last December.

Calling the award a blessing, Danley believes her service experiences at Waynesburg have given her an opportunity to give thanks to God “for giving her the gifts and time to serve His people in Greene County and in other parts of the world.”

“The award is more than a piece of wood to hang on the wall; it symbolizes the many men and women who did more than just receive a classroom education at this University,” she said. “They selflessly dedicated and invested themselves in the lives of others. They learned about a need, and used their time and abilities to make changes happen.”

Danley is one of the many students profoundly affected by the ways in which Waynesburg University instills its mission in its students.

“Over the past four years, I have been one of the torchbearers who has carried and shared the University's deeply-rooted commitment to faith, serving and learning,” she said.

Other individual nominees for the award included Andrew Dennis, a senior business management major from McKeesport, Pa.; Kaitlyn Karan, a senior nursing major from Sarver, Pa.; Jessica Malingowski, a senior forensic accounting major from Finleyville, Pa.; Sarah Markwardt, a senior biblical ministries and international studies major from Uniontown, Pa.; and Mary Sallach, a junior athletic training major from Erie, Pa.

Colleges Against Cancer, led by Kelley Hardie, assistant director of student activities, received the 2012 Harry E. Gardner club or organization award. Kaitlyn Karan, president of CAC, accepted the award.

Since 2007, the organization has devoted itself to raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. In addition to the Gardner Award, the chapter was recently named the Outstanding Organization of the Year for Greene County by the American Cancer Society.

Most notably, CAC has raised more than $60,000 in five years through its annual Mini-Relay for Life. This spring, the chapter raised more than $23,000 through the University's 5th Annual Mini-Relay. An estimated 600 people participated in the event.

Other group nominees for the award included the American Chemical Society and the EcoStewards.


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