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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-15-Cummings.jpgMary Cummings, Waynesburg University’s Senior Vice President for Graduate Programs, has been selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2018 Women of Influence Awards.

“Mrs. Cummings’ hardworking and entrepreneurial spirit has led to more than just professional success; it has also made a significant impact on future leaders and our region,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Cummings was honored during an awards event Wednesday, March 14, at the Westin Convention Center.

Recognizing the region's most influential business women at both for-profits and nonprofits, the Awards honor women from every industry and profession who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for other women and are leaving a mark on the western Pennsylvania business community, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times’ website.

In her current role, Cummings leads Waynesburg University’s charge to develop innovative learning opportunities for graduate students in the region. Previously, she worked to bridge academics and community outreach by developing initiatives to connect skilled student volunteers with nonprofits as the University’s Vice President for Student Services.

Cummings also worked at Carnegie Mellon University’s Carnegie Bosch Institute, where she developed and facilitated executive education leadership programs for international executives.

Cummings has served as an adjunct professor in Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs since 2009, teaching Marketing, Organizational Behavior and International Business.

Prior to her higher education career, Cummings served as an international business executive in various capacities for more than 20 years. Her significant accomplishments include serving international start-up organizations and leading operational improvements and customer service in Mexico City, Mexico; Prague, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece; Bratislava, Slovakia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Rome, Italy.

Cummings is extensively involved in the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program, which matches breast cancer survivors to people living with breast cancer, providing patients who need support with understanding and hope. She also serves on the boards for the Catholic Endowment for Educational Development, The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, Ten Thousand Villages and Leadership Washington County.

Cummings received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.

Cummings and her husband, Mike, have a 17-year-old son, Aidan.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, received word that it won nine Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4.

The Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization that advocates for the rights of the press and the First Amendment, awards professional and student journalists for outstanding work in categories such as photography, general news, in-depth reporting and more. Region 4 includes Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

“As Executive Editor, I am more proud than ever to be able to represent such a fantastic student-run publication,” said Mattie Winowitch, executive editor of The Yellow Jacket. “The Yellow Jacket means a lot to me, and each award we receive makes me extremely proud.”

The newspaper’s staff members received nine awards in categories including feature writing, general news, feature photography and sports writing. The exact placement for each category was announced at the Region 4 Conference, hosted at Point Park University, Saturday, March 9.

Recipients this year included Winowitch; Teghan Simonton, managing editor of The Yellow Jacket, Luke Goodling, sports editor; Mitchell Kendra, copy chief; and Waynesburg University alumnus Jacob Meyer. Winowitch received first place for feature writing, and Goodling first place for sports writing.

As first-place recipients, Winowitch and Goodling will represent Region 4 in SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence Award competition. Last year, four staff members at The Yellow Jacket won a national Mark of Excellence Award for in-depth reporting – the first ever instance of national recognition for The Yellow Jacket. Winowitch and Simonton were among last year’s winners, along with alumni Kimmi Baston and Anthony Conn.

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2-13-Ginger-Haring.jpgWaynesburg University’s Computer Science Program hosted Ginger Haring, a digital forensics analyst with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) in Morgantown, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Haring met with several Waynesburg students majoring in computer security and forensics, criminal justice administration and forensic science. Also in attendance were Kathryn Waddel, instructor of computer science, Dr. Richard Leipold, chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics and professor of computer science, and Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science.

Haring’s primary focus in her work as a digital forensics analyst is in the investigation of criminal activity involving child pornography, although she stated that she also does work in cases involving illegal drug activity.

Haring relayed her general work experiences including all of the precautionary procedures that must be followed to insure proper handling of evidence. She also discussed several of the software tools used in her department to capture and maintain evidence and any associated data.

Another reason for Haring’s visit was to welcome students to apply for an internship in her department, or to visit her labs to see how digital forensics is applied in law enforcement. Two previous students from Waynesburg University have already completed successful internships with the Crimes Against Children Unit of the WVSP, namely Aaron Schuster and Alexandra Zanaglio. Haring hopes that other Waynesburg Students will also want to intern with her digital forensics unit.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aerial-Stills-20.jpgWaynesburg University has received a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the amount of $850,000 toward two-year support of the University’s community development efforts.

“This funding will result in projects within the University that will have a direct impact on the continued development of the local community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Investments in the University’s service learning and graduate programs will enable us to achieve the positive, community-focused outcomes proposed in the grant.”

Through the grant, the University aims to increase its regional outreach by implementing a comprehensive, strategic plan that utilizes both its undergraduate and graduate programs in distinct yet complimentary ways.

This approach will include enhancements to Waynesburg University’s service learning offerings and the expansion of specific graduate programs.

Currently, University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours of service to the local community each year. This provides an annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million. By strategically coordinating volunteer service programs with government, business and community leaders, the University will be able to expand the size and scope of community involvement with increased, longer-lasting impact.

Additionally, through key input from regional employers and community leaders, the University plans to tailor its graduate programs’ curriculums to closely match current and future workforce needs, better serving the region.

For 70 years, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the competitive future and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania and in the protection, preservation, and restoration of America’s environmental heritage.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B7842_20180117-212237_1.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Marilyn House West, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., served as the speaker.

In her message, titled “A High-Octane Leader Who Would Have Been Welcome at Waynesburg University Today,” West explored King’s leadership qualities.

“King was a visionary with inherent talent and skills that lifted him up and could lift up others,” West said as she urged those in attendance to rise to King’s legacy and the legacy of all who are walking in his shoes today.

Special music was provided by Thomas Faye, a sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond and serves on several others.

She is the recipient of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Richmond’s 2015 Outstanding Women Award, and she was recognized by Style Weekly with a 2016 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She was inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2017.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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