Three new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) program with the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new Graduate and Professional Studies faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “The strength of these programs rests on the quality of our faculty. Each of our new faculty members brings a commitment to the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving in addition to their strengths in educators.”

Lina Hixson will serve as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from LaRoche College and M.S.N. from Duquesne University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Devon Manderino has been named professor of counseling. She received her B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Kathy Palombo has joined the University as coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing Program and instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from California University of Pennsylvania and M.S.N. from Waynesburg University.

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Six new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University undergraduate teaching community as classes began this week.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new undergraduate faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “Each brings not only expertise in their respective disciplines, but a commitment to Christian higher education. We are excited for these new faculty members to join us in supporting the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Dr. Mark Ahlseen has been named associate professor of business administration. He received his B.S. degree from Taylor University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Bradley Davis has joined the University as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and is a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chad Keys will serve as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. Deana Mack has been named assistant professor of education. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University.

Laurel Miner has joined the University as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from Duquesne University and M.S.N. degree from Walden University.

Dr. J. Christian Ola will serve as assistant professor of business administration. He received his B.A. from Grove City College; his M.B.A. from Duquesne University and just recently his Ph.D. from Anderson University. 

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8-25-freshmen-service-project.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in a service project at Ryerson Station State Park Saturday, Aug. 23. CONSOL Energy sponsored the event, providing the necessary tools as well as long sleeved t-shirts for volunteers. Sherwin-Williams and the Salvation Army also provided tools and materials for the volunteers’ use.

The nearly 500 volunteers included upperclassmen Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders as well as University faculty and staff who served alongside the freshman class. The Bonner Scholars also honed their leadership skills by leading the freshmen groups.

Labeled with “Coming together to make a change,” the t-shirts donated by CONSOL illustrated the combined efforts of CONSOL, Waynesburg University and Ryerson Station State Park. The t-shirts were designed by Michelle Dunseath, a Waynesburg University digital design student from Donora, Pa.

Representatives from both CONSOL and Waynesburg are hopeful that this will be the first of many collaborative projects at Ryerson.

“We are proud to partner with two very important community organizations in Waynesburg for what we hope will become an annual event,” said Jessica Kearns, external relations specialist at CONSOL. “As a natural resource company, we recognize the importance of environmental management, and we practice responsible use of the land, water and air in our operational areas. This project provided us the opportunity to work together with local students to encourage civic engagement and community development.”

With the goal of raising the level of recreational experiences for people visiting Ryerson, volunteers served at various locations in the park on projects such as removing invasive plant species, staining benches and guardrails at the campground and removing litter along roads in the park.

Before heading to the park, CONSOL representatives and the president of the Waynesburg University Student Senate, Joshuah Dains of Clarksville, gave motivational talks on the importance of community engagement to the student audience.

The day ended with Park Ranger Alan Johnson thanking the students for doing a year’s worth of work in one day.

In alignment with the University’s mission of connecting faith, learning and serving, also often referred to as connecting the heart, head and hands, the first two days of Freshmen Orientation Weekend were devoted to faith and learning, with the third focusing on service through the project at Ryerson.

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Matriculation_Group_20140821-200124_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2014-2015 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 21, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

President Lee spoke to the class of 2018 about his own matriculation experience at Waynesburg in 1977, asking them to remember and record their feelings about the momentous day. He went on to say that each student is a reflection of the many Waynesburg University alumni who have become leaders in education, healthcare, ministry, science, politics and more, calling students to live out the University’s motto, Fiat Lux.

“Today, Waynesburg’s history becomes your heritage. Be proud, be confident. Become the light that God intends you to be,” President Lee said. “With His abundant grace, we are here to help you do that. Fiat Lux. Let there be light.”

During the ceremony, names were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

The University welcomed students representing 53 different majors and a variety of different states, including but not limited to California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Virginia.

The 2018 class includes six Scout Scholarship recipients, six Stover Scholarship recipients, 15 Bonner Scholarship recipients and one Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honor Scholarship recipient.

The incoming class had the opportunity to participate in more than 15 different events that the Waynesburg University Admissions Office hosted throughout the year in addition to personal visit opportunities.

Jessica Sumpter, director of admissions at Waynesburg University, said that the Admissions Office staff and campus community is excited to welcome the many students with whom they aided in the college search and selection process.

“We are excited for the students to finally be able to experience all that Waynesburg University has to offer,” said Sumpter. “We could not be more thrilled that the incoming students have chosen to come to Waynesburg University!”

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, August 21. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 24, and classes will begin Monday, August 25.

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Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer new athletic administration options through its Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL).

Developed in conjunction with athletic directors and coaches, the strategic curriculum will train and qualify prospective athletic directors. The program will also accredit current coaches and athletic directors, Amateur Athletic Union coaches and community coaches, among others. A 10 percent discount will be offered to individuals employed at all WPIAL schools for the first year only.

“Today’s athletic director is responsible for a wide variety of administrative duties,” said Dr. Lawrence G. Kushner, assistant professor and program director for the Graduate Education Program at Waynesburg University. “A comprehensive training program in athletic administration is long overdue in Pennsylvania.”

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) requires athletic directors to be nationally certified through NIAAA-approved programs. The athletic administration offerings at Waynesburg University are currently in the approval process.

Main concepts within the curriculum include contemporary issues, facilities and event management, fundraising, sports budgets and fiscal practices and sports law.

The three new athletic administration options include:

  • A Concentration in Athletic Administration (15 credits)
  • An M.Ed. in Athletic Administration (30 credits)
  • An M.Ed. in Athletic Administration with Principal Certification (39 credits)

The M.Ed. in Athletic Administration with Principal Certification consists of fieldwork as well as coursework. Act 48 credits are available.

Courses within the Concentration in Athletic Administration will be offered on Saturdays at the University’s Southpointe Center. Other courses meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., also at Southpointe. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. The M.Ed. Program can be completed in two years or less.

The M.Ed. Program affords students the opportunity to earn graduate credits toward their Instructional II Certification. Students have the ability to choose a concentration from multiple options that will prepare them to become master teachers and school leaders. Concentrations in Online Teaching, Curriculum and Instructional Leadership and Autism Spectrum Disorders are also available.

For more information, contact Dr. Kushner at lkushner@waynesburg.edu or 724-743-2260.

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