b2ap3_thumbnail_9-13-best-colleges-RU-Best-Value_2017_20160913-174632_1.pngWaynesburg University has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, under the “Regional Universities – North” category. 

The ranking identifies the top 15 Best Value Schools in the northern region of the country. Ranked at No. 7, Waynesburg qualified as a Best Value School due to the high quality of academic programs combined with low costs. 

“Our commitment to both quality academics and high value has consistently led us to be recognized as a top value school,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “A Waynesburg University education provides students with a strong foundation for successful careers and lifelong fiscal responsibility.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Value School rankings take in to consideration a school’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

As described by U.S. News & World Report, only schools in or near the top half of the ranking categories are included in the value rankings because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90 percent of Waynesburg students received some form of financial aid, and 98 percent of 2015 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation.

Additionally, tuition, room and board at Waynesburg is more than $11,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges. 

The University processes aid from a wide variety of sources, including federal, state and institutional aid programs. In the 2015-16 academic year, it awarded more than $36 million in aid to its students. This aid included academic scholarships, federal, state and institutional grants, work-study opportunities and student or parent educational loans.

For first-time freshman students, the University offers two types of renewable, four-year scholarships: Achievement Awards and Competitive Scholarship Programs.

Achievement Awards range between $6,000 and $15,000 annually and are based on the combination of each applicant’s cumulative high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Competitive Scholarship Programs can cover from $1,000 to full tuition, room and board annually. 

For more information on financial aid and scholarships at Waynesburg University, contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid at 724-852-3208 or finaid@waynesburg.edu.

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Dr. Karen Younger (Humanities) was the invited guest lecturer at the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable in Sewickley on Aug. 17. Her topic was “Lincoln’s Emancipation Plan in the Border States.”

Dr. Chad Sherman and Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) presented about framing newspaper coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. Both were elected to board positions for the regional division of AEJMC. Szuminsky also presented during a teaching tips session at the conference.

Dr. Robert Bonser (Athletic Training) had a journal article accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports and Rehabilitation entitled, “Changes to Hamstring Range of Motion Following Neurodynamic Sciatic Sliders: A Critically Appraised Topic.” The abstract can be found here, and the article will be published soon. 

Dr. Bonser successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Idaho in late July. The dissertation is entitled, “Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Conditions from a Regional Interdependence Perspective: A dissertation of Clinical Practice Improvement.”

A poem by Dr. Bob Randolph (English), “Ambushed,” is out in Chiron Review (Issue 104, Summer 2016) on page 115.

Dr. Elizabeth Wang (Computer Science) attended the International Conference on Computing and Missions at Lancaster Bible College to present a paper on behalf of Alex Tenenbaum (Class of 2015). The paper is entitled, “The Role of Technology in Missions.” 

Norma J. Harper (Office of the Provost) began her 55th year at the University on Aug. 6. 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Freshman-service_20160822-194726_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in several service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 20. Noble Energy sponsored the event.

Service projects included the development of a five-mile trail at the Greene County Airport; the restoration of a five-mile nature trail that loops through the woods behind the Greene County Historical Society; the cleaning and reorganizing of the Historical Society’s Collick Schoolhouse; and the relocating of artifacts into the Civil War Cabin.

The approximately 500 volunteers also assisted the Corner Cupboard Food Bank with preparing boxes for pantry distribution and helped build a community garden consisting of five raised beds which will provide fresh produce to individuals in need.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, addressed the volunteers following the service projects. 

“I look at you, and you are the future,” she said. “We need leaders like you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for Greene County today. God bless you.” 

This service initiative, during which the freshman class served alongside faculty, staff, Bonner scholars and upperclassmen, was a part of New Student Orientation Weekend. 

“I love that Waynesburg does a lot of service because I love to volunteer; I really enjoy making someone’s day and helping others,” said Jenna Bartley, a freshman computer science major from Irwin, Pennsylvania. “We are so blessed to be able to make a difference in this community and meet a lot of great people while doing it.”

Noble Energy, Inc. is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. For more information, please visit www.nobleenergyinc.com.  

Stacey Brodak, Senior Advisor Government, Community and Media Relations, said, “Noble Energy’s purpose is ‘Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives,’ and we take that very seriously. We strive to find projects and partnerships that provide long-term sustainable benefits for the areas where we operate. All of the projects involved in this partnership with Waynesburg University were impactful, and the community garden, pumpkin patch and orchard project are outstanding models for all communities. Waynesburg University and each of the agencies we worked with were very appreciative and most gracious. It personally made me very proud to give back to my home county.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_matriculation.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2016-2017 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 18, 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.

“The members of the faculty and staff in this room and around this University are committed to educating each of you to live a life of purpose for the glory of God,” Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee said at the ceremony. “That is not only a statement, but the passionate mission of this University.”

Lee encouraged the students to practice perseverance in all endeavors, just as those before them at Waynesburg University have done throughout the decades.  

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students 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 more than 440 students representing 62 different majors and academic areas of interest and 17 states, including Alaska, California, Maine and Vermont.

Nearly $5 million in institutional-sponsored scholarships and grants have been awarded to the incoming class, including four Stover Scholarships, 15 Bonner Scholarships and eight Scout Scholarships.

“The entire campus community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the freshman class,” said Jacqueline Palko, director of admissions at Waynesburg University. “We are thrilled they have finally arrived, ready to begin their new journey at Waynesburg!”

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, August 18. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 21, and classes will begin Monday, August 22.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-10-MBU.jpgWaynesburg University’s fourth annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, will provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff at Waynesburg University.

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 21 merit badges, including American Heritage, Chemistry, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Arts, Indian Lore and Personal Management. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university. 

Cost for the day is $15 and includes lunch, a Class B shirt, a patch and instruction by Waynesburg University faculty. Space will not be held for scouts until payment is made. All spaces are first come, first served. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but shirts and patches are not guaranteed. Registration is limited to 300 scouts.

Adult participants who plan to attend merit badge sessions must be in Class A/Field Uniform and must present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Alternate activities will be provided for adult participants who do not wish to accompany scouts to badge sessions or who are not appropriately registered with the BSA.  

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, visit the website above or contact 724-852-7660.

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