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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, 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.

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Paul R. Stewart Museum

Did you know that Waynesburg University has its very own museum? The basement of Miller Hall is dedicated to the historic preservations of this University. After taking a stroll through the museum, I took a moment to ponder why I hadn’t gone to see it sooner in my college career! There are so many interesting artifacts like course catalogues from the 1800s, drawings from one of the first female graduates and an old football used to win the championship game decades ago. Even though current students weren’t a part of those times, we are still connected and folded into the purpose of this institution. It was fascinating to see how much the University has grown since 1849 and how the traditions from that era have remained steady and strong.

Read the syllabus AND keep it handy

Let me make this very clear. The syllabus is your best friend. Do not make the mistake of shoving it far into the bottom of your backpack on the first day of class and never looking at it again. Keep a syllabus for each class handy so you can refer back to it when necessary.

*True Story* - Recently, I had a professor who started handing out an exam immediately after walking into the classroom. Unfortunately, most of the class, including myself, did not remember there was an exam that day. The professor proceeded to explain that the *syllabus* has every exam clearly listed out for the entire semester. Don’t be the student to make this same mistake! Read the syllabus, highlight and mark down dates in your planner. Your future self will thank you.

Seniors, take your resume to Marie Coffman

If you’re like me and the sound of the word “resume” makes you shudder in despair, I suggest you take a trip to the third floor of Stover and knock on Marie Coffman’s door. She is the Director of Career Services and Placement and is an aid to any student who needs help with resumes, cover letters, references, etc. After speaking to several of my classmates, I felt strongly encouraged to seek her assistance with my future career planning. Waynesburg University has a plethora of people who are here to help students. Utilize these resources while you can!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2001.JPGIt was a mini Yellow Jacket reunion at West Virginia University (WVU) on Monday, Oct. 6,  as four current and former Waynesburg Army ROTC participants witnessed the enlistment and contracting of Waynesburg sophomore Matthew Rinaudo. Rinaudo, a criminal justice major, signed his three-year scholarship offer with the Mountaineer Battalion. 

Waynesburg University is an ROTC partner with WVU, the host institution. Joining Rinaudo were (pictured left to right) junior Charles Cook, junior Aaron Palmer, Rinaudo and 2nd Lt. Sam Lombardo, a 2014 criminal justice administration alumnus. Lombardo, who was commissioned through WVU in May, is working as a Gold Bar Recruiter at WVU until he reports for Military Police Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in late November. Cook, a biology major from Cheswick, Pa., is a two-year scholarship recipient while Palmer, a junior sports management major from Leesburg, Va., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient and a member of the Yellow Jacket football team.


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b2ap3_thumbnail_Molly-Winters.jpgMy journey with the Pittsburgh CLO began in May as I picked out my best work attire and paired it with all things pink, because after all, a girl oozes confidence in pink. Before I knew it, I was standing on the sixth floor of the Benedum Center and was staring at dark red walls, show posters and theater-esque lighting. I was impressed. I took a deep breath, reminded myself how much Waynesburg University had prepared me for this moment and hopped off the elevator. I was soon greeted by a smiling Aja Jones, public relations and marketing manager at Pittsburgh CLO and my new boss.

This summer was a wonderful whirlwind. Pittsburgh CLO’s Summer Season offered six shows, and I saw each one about three times each (cue the relentless show tune singing). Working as the public relations and marketing intern, I gained a profound respect for theater, and I am grateful for that eye opening opportunity. My office hours were Monday through Friday 9 to 5, but I also worked many nights during the week as well as some weekends. The theater world is hard to categorize as “typical,” so I was constantly learning many new aspects of public relations and theater.

Some of my favorite assignments were:

  • Attending every dress rehearsal and taking notes for the executive producer
  • Attending Pittsburgh Today Live interviews at KDKA
  • Pitching story ideas to Pittsburgh newspapers
  • Planning the Opening Night Cast Party for each show
  • Taking pictures at the social media display during shows
  • Writing press releases and web stories for the shows

Waynesburg University prepared me with all of the essential tools and the proper mindset that I needed to succeed in my internship. Many of my courses, such as Public Relations Writing and Production, Special Event Planning, Creativity Theory and Introduction to Theater, among others, helped me immensely. My professors always urge my classmates and I to get out of our comfort zone and try something new. I am forever indebted to this University for everything it has instilled in me and for forming me into the professional I’ve aimed to be.

I learned a lot about myself this summer, as a person and a professional. I learned that my integrity is a lot stronger than I thought, and I don’t give myself as much credit as I should. I realized that it is so easy to be consumed by doubt, but I must learn to have faith in myself and my work because, at the end of the day, I will always find a solution.

Thank you, Pittsburgh CLO, for the summer of a lifetime and thank you, Waynesburg University, for enabling me to pursue my dreams.

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