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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jenny-Schouppe.jpgJennifer Schouppe, a junior communication major with a focus in journalism and electronic media from Beaver, Pa., was recently named the winner of the 2015 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship. 

The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association (PWPA) offers the Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship to current junior, senior and graduate students pursuing a career in print journalism. The scholarship is named in honor of Teresa Spatara, a career journalist with The Herald in Sharon, Pa., who passed away in 2013. 

“I’m very honored to receive this scholarship,” said Schouppe. “I’m thankful for my professors who bring their real-world experiences from the field into the classroom. Their teachings and advice definitely had a part in helping me to achieve this accomplishment.” 

Schouppe, Waynesburg University’s first recipient of the scholarship, met all of the scholarship requirements including proven journalistic ability, dedication to a newspaper career and general merit. 

Schouppe recently received the position as the chief photographer for Waynesburg University’s award-winning student news publication, the Yellow Jacket. She is the programming director for Waynesburg University’s Society of Professional Journalists student chapter and an intern at McMillen Photography. 

“Winning the PWPA scholarship is a wonderful recognition of Jenny’s hard work both in her journalism classes and with the student newspaper,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and co-advisor for the Yellow Jacket. “As she heads into her senior year, we feel strongly that Jenny is going to be an integral part of the Yellow Jacket next year, and it’s good to see the PWPA shares our high opinion of her.”

Schouppe’s scholarship will wrap up an award-filled semester for Waynesburg University’s journalism program.

“Jenny’s scholarship is a wonderful capper to a great semester for the journalism program at Waynesburg University that saw the newspaper staff win six state and regional awards,” said Szuminsky. “It’s a great confirmation that a student can have both the myriad of benefits of a small-school education and still have great opportunities to grow as young journalists.” 

Schouppe was awarded $1,500. She will attend the PWPA luncheon on May 30 in Gettysburg to give a brief acceptance speech.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-15Ohio-Honors_Payne-Wissler.jpgWaynesburg University has selected Payne Wissler of Chillicothe, Ohio, as the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship. 

The prestigious award is given to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Through this scholarship, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of his or her four years at Waynesburg.

In addition to being an Ohio resident, recipients must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills. The recipient must also major in one of the areas of math or science.

Wissler demonstrates the ways in which he parallels the University’s commitment to faith, learning and service through his involvement with a number of extra-curricular and volunteer activities including Fellowship of Christian Students; national honor society; orchestra; student council; athletics; 4-H; Young Life; and tutoring and mentoring students in high-risk, low-income neighborhoods, among many others. In addition, Wissler holds a 4.267 GPA, which includes a number of honors courses. 

An active member of Walnut Street United Methodist Church for more than 10 years and a Sunday school teacher and Vacation Bible School leader for more than six years, Wissler has proven his natural gift of leadership, his commitment to his faith and the importance he places as serving as a positive role model.

“He is loved by children, respected by adults, and looked up to by his peers,” said Lori Lossie, Lead Pastor at Walnut Street United Methodist Church.

For Wissler, being selected as the recipient has changed the way he views his undergraduate education, he said.

“Because the scholarship covers both room and board, I will be able to focus on advancing my education, my faith and my service to the community without many of the burdens that college students typically face,” he said.

Wissler calls the scholarship an “enormous blessing” and is inspired by donors Jeffrey and Regina Taussig.

“Their generosity is life changing and their belief in Waynesburg University is one of the many reasons I chose Waynesburg University,” he said. “I hope to one day be able to set up a scholarship for a student as a legacy like the Taussigs were generous enough to do for me and many others. The words ‘thank you’ cannot completely capture the gratitude I wish to express to the Taussigs, but through my hard work and dedication while at Waynesburg I will strive to honor their generous blessing.”

Wissler credits the university’s “state of the art science facilities, acclaimed faculty and staff, and authentic and friendly students,” as additional reasons for his choice and confidence in Waynesburg.

“I am so excited to begin this next chapter of life at Waynesburg University,” Wissler said. I look forward to spending the next four years diving into all that Waynesburg University has to offer.”

Upon graduation, Wissler plans to pursue a career in dentistry.

Wissler is the son of Eric and Vicki Wissler. 

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During the spring semester, a Waynesburg University education student designed and implemented a hands-on, educational program for a local preschool class as a service project, providing students with an out-of-the-box learning experience. 

Abigail Standley, sophomore early childhood education major from Gahanna, Ohio, combined a former graduate student’s memorial and the support of the Department of Education to create a sustainable program for children in the Community Action Southwest preschool program at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School. 

Standley designed and presented a supplemental gardening unit for her preschool classroom, during which the students planted flower seeds and took a field trip to a nearby greenhouse, where they learned about gardening and growing plants.

The project began with a conversation between Standley and Pam Abbe, tutor coordinator and director of the Knox Learning Center at Waynesburg. Abbe’s daughter, Leah Abbe Zwerver, passed away June 14, 2008, after completing graduate studies at the University. Abbe developed a fund in her daughter’s memory with the goal of providing support to Waynesburg University Student Services for one-on-one cultural and environmental experiences between University students and public school students.

Standley decided to honor the goals of this memorial fund with her service learning project at the preschool. She worked closely with Debra Clarke, chair of the Department of Education and assistant professor of education, to develop and carry out the idea. Clarke attests that the process, in addition to working toward an admirable cause, helped Standley grow immensely as a student and servant.

All education majors at the University receive field placements each semester in a local classroom, where they are expected to assist the classroom teacher and complete tasks assigned by the teacher. 

“The project was intended to provide a special experience for the children at the field placement and to honor the memory of a former Waynesburg University student and local community member,” said Clarke. “Many, many hours of service were dedicated to the project planning and implementation. Standley learned a lot as she worked on the special service project.”

While field placements for sophomore level education students only require 12 weeks of twice a week, two-hour sessions in their assigned classroom, Standley plans to continue her service project for the duration of her time at the University.

“My entire goal of this project for this semester was to start out small and grow big by the time I graduate in 2017,” said Standley. “My ultimate goal is to have this be a permanent service project on campus in which all University students can participate. This would consist of University students going into local school districts to give them out-of-the-box opportunities within their educational experience.”

According to Clarke, Standley has exemplified the goals of the Department of Education, which aims to reflect the University’s mission of faith, learning and service in all activities.

“The Department of Education’s mission is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession,” said Clarke. “Standley certainly embraced learning and developed quality leadership skills as she dedicated her efforts to the service activity."

As Standley continues to strengthen the relationship between the University and local schools, Clarke foresees the benefits of the initiative both for Standley’s future and for the future of the Department of Education.

“Standley learned to persevere, to be flexible, and to be open to the ideas of others. Overall, she acquired numerous planning and preparation skills that she will use as she completes her final two years of study in the Department of Education and prepares to move into her own classroom,” said Clarke. “Her project will serve as a role model for future students as they work to maximize the learning and service opportunities provided through the Department of Education's field experience requirements.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fire-dept.jpgOn May 6, Waynesburg University presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the third of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine. 

This donation, along with the previous two, was given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, along with Heidi Szuminsky, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, presented the donation to Jeff Marshall, fire chief. 

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support for fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck.  

The University also donated over $430,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_8784.JPGWaynesburg University’s campus rang with a celebratory sound during this year’s Commencement exercises, thanks to the generosity of the Class of 2015.

The senior class gift funded the restoration of the bell that once hung in the cupola of Hanna Hall, and on Sunday, the Class of 2015 became the first class to have that bell mark their graduation in more than a century.

Cast in 1875, the bell once proclaimed each new day of learning at Waynesburg University – welcoming both men and women to an institution of higher learning that was one of the first in the nation to educate both equally. Today, Hanna Hall remains one of the two oldest buildings in America with that historic distinction.

Now on display next to Hanna Hall in Cusick Court, the bell was removed from the cupola more than a century ago because it was too heavy for the structure. Emblazoned on the bell is the Latin phrase “Pro veritate et virtute,” which translates to “For truth and courage.” A plaque will accompany the bell in its new, permanent location to explain its history, the meaning of the Latin phrase and the significance of the generosity of the class of 2015.

“The whole thing behind the bell is that it ties our history into the present day,” said Joshuah Dains, Student Senate president and a member of the senior class gift committee. “To me, this reaffirms the school's mission by returning a landmark to our campus that existed in the University’s early years and connects current students to that rich past.”

Vincent Allen Inc. Metal Restoration in Pittsburgh returned the bell to its original state by shining the bell’s metal surface and removing the grime that developed during years of storage.

“I'm extremely proud and overwhelmed by how many seniors and their families have given to make this project possible,” said Vikki Beppler, assistant director of Alumni Relations. “We’ve had more student gifts given than in years past. I'm really proud of the seniors stepping up and raising the money on their own.”

This year’s senior class gift of $8,000, which included donations from future alumni and their families, funded the entire project.

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