Waynesburg University’s Colleges Against Cancer club will host its ninth annual Mini Relay for Life Sunday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Johnson Commons. The public is cordially invited to attend the event and participate in the myriad of activities scheduled throughout the day.

Mini Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which also serves to promote awareness about cancer and honor cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives after battling the disease. According to Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, the money raised will benefit programs in Greene County such as cancer research, Road to Recovery, cancer prevention and others.

The theme of the Mini Relay is “Relay Around the World.” Activities new to the event this year include a balloon artist and a magician. The day will also feature an opening ceremony, karaoke, choir and dance performances and survivorship hour. 

“[Mini Relay] is a great way to educate, promote awareness and honor survivors and lost loved ones,” said Hardie.

Hardie said the fundraising goal for this year’s event is $20,000, which can be reached through online fundraising done by the various relay teams in addition to money raised during the event itself. 

The 2016 Mini Relay for Life officers are:

  • President: Nicole Zimmel, a senior early childhood education major from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (Slippery Rock Area High School)
  • Vice President: Allison Cote, a junior early childhood education major from Brewer, Maine (Brewer High School)
  • Survivorship Chair: Megan Bayles, a senior public relations major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Event Chair: Makayla Vidosh, a senior early childhood education major from Gallaway, Ohio (Hilliard Bradley High School)
  • Online Chair: Chelsey Withers, a junior public relations and communication major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (North Hills High School)
  • Fundraising Chair: Samantha Christensen, a junior biology pre-med major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Alpha Omega Academy)
  • Education Chair: Kristen Wilson, a senior secondary chemistry education major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Washington High School)

For more information, contact Hardie at khardie@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3461.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-23-Southpointe-CEO-Award.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a co-recipient of the Southpointe CEO Association’s World Class CEO Award for 2016.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Southpointe CEO Association in this way,” said Lee. “This award reflects the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community. Together, we bring life to our mission of inspiring and challenging our students to pursue lives of leadership and purpose.”

Lee, along with co-recipient Charles Keller, senior counsel at the law firm of Peacock Keller, will be honored Thursday, June 16, at a dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. 

“President Lee provides the leadership of Waynesburg University through his commitment to our mission,” said Heidi Szuminsky, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations. “His passion for our students is extraordinary. He truly embodies our mission, and the numerous accolades received by the University during his tenure are a result of his leadership.”

Lee joined Waynesburg University as executive vice president in October 2009. He was unanimously elected president of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. Prior to Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the Law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He also established and sold a multi-line insurance business after college graduation.

Under Lee’s leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. The University is a Pittsburgh Business Times “Best Place to Work for 2015” and recognized internationally as one of the most beautiful Christian college campuses in the world by Christian Universities Online. 

In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccredited Waynesburg University for a 10-year period. Currently, Lee is leading the $23 million revitalization of the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall, which is creating a state-of-the-art academic facility for the sciences.

Lee was named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013 and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®. He is an elder at the Presbyterian Church, has served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia and the FBI Citizens Academy. 

He is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He has also served on the Boards of the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia and Howe Cemetery. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as line officer and executive officer.

An endurance athlete, Lee is a finisher of three Ironman Triathlons and six marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and Death Valley Marathon.

Located south of Pittsburgh, the Southpointe CEO Association is supported and directed by CEOs in the Southpointe business park. In keeping with the public-private partnership that gave birth to Southpointe, the association brings local, national and international leaders together for informative events and works with government officials on all levels to build upon and expand the region's business success.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-22-Charter-Day---Gilchrist.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 166th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 22. The celebration was held in the University’s Roberts Chapel.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, the Rev. Dr. James Gilchrist, senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, served as the Charter Day speaker. 

In his convocation address, “The Deep Logic,” Gilchrist said that every -ology, whether it be biology, meteorology or psychology, reflects something of the Word of God.

“A well-educated Christian finds connections in the deeper logic of things,” Gilchrist said as he shared examples of early modern scientists who were also devout Christians, citing great minds like Isaac Newton, who wrote almost as much about the Bible as physics, and Galileo Galilei, who was a devout Catholic.  

Gilchrist also urged the upcoming generation of leaders to do a better job than those before them.

“The world desperately needs the kinds of qualities that are cultivated at a truly Christian university,” he said. “I hope that you find those qualities here, and I hope that you go out and share them with the world.” 

During the convocation, Lee presented Gilchrist with the University’s A.B. Miller Leadership Award in recognition of Gilchrist’s exemplary spiritual and social leadership.

“In honor of the public spirit exemplified by former Waynesburg University President Alfred Brashear Miller and in recognition of your embodiment of the highest principles of this institution, Waynesburg University honors you,” said Lee.

b2ap3_thumbnail_3-22-Charter-Day---Beiter.jpgThe award cited the ways in which Gilchrist has foreseen the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. 

Gilchrist’s outreach through mission work has led him to travel throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Recently, he traveled with members of Westminster to Malawi and India. Gilchrist is a regular participant in the Council on Foreign Relations Workshop on Religion and International Affairs.

He teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Dickinson College.

Also during the ceremony, Lee conferred upon Charles Beiter the title of professor emeritus of English. Beiter, who joined the University in 1966, retired from his full-time position in May 2015.

“For nearly 50 years, you have devoted yourself through a number of roles and service on countless committees, leading and inspiring students, colleagues, administration and the Waynesburg University community as a whole,” Lee said of Beiter. “Today, we recognize you as a highly respected educator and acknowledge all the ways that you have challenged and encouraged your students to lead lives of purpose.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-21-WCCC-nursing-agreement.JPGOfficials of Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) and Waynesburg University recently signed an agreement to ensure that students who completed the nursing associate degree program at WCCC will transfer to a parallel baccalaureate degree program at the university.

The agreement, which applies to the university’s RN to BSN program, was signed by Dana Cook Baer, interim provost at Waynesburg University, and WCCC President Tuesday Stanley.

“This articulation agreement with Waynesburg University will provide WCCC nursing students with a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which is a professional and personal goal for many,” said Stanley.

To be eligible, WCCC students must complete the associate degree nursing program, be in good standing with no history of academic probation and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. 

“We are pleased to partner with WCCC to provide an opportunity for students who want to obtain education and training in quality nursing programs at a time when the country and the region need well-trained and compassionate health care professionals,” said Baer.

“The agreement aligns with the Institute of Medicine’s proposed nursing education initiative to increase the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees in nursing from 50 to 80 percent by 2020,” said Rebecca Gediminsksas, interim dean of health professions/ natural sciences. 

In Pennsylvania, only 27 percent of nurses have attained a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

“Intrinsic to nursing education is instilling that learning is lifelong and further education is imperative,” said Gediminsksas.

At WCCC, 484 students are currently enrolled in the college’s associate degree nursing programs conducted at the Youngwood campus and WCCC centers in Greene and Indiana counties.  

“Our curriculum at Waynesburg University builds on what students have learned in their associate degree nursing program and is not a repeat of courses,” said Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgDr. Richard Pierce, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently published in the 20th anniversary issue of Windhover, a literary journal published by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Pierce’s poem, “Let Fire Come Down,” is a prayer poem in which the speaker fervently asks God to change his heart, to make him feel better, and to love and serve Him and others.

“Anytime someone publishes your work or asks you to give a public reading, it is a good feeling,” said Pierce. “So much of a writer’s life is spent behind the scenes – or rather in front of the page or a computer screen – it is nice to feel appreciated and to meet other writers and readers.”

Pierce was also invited to lead a public reading of his poetry at the February 2015 Windhover Writers’ Festival in Belton, Texas, in which his participation is seen as a benefit to his creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“It can help me keep them abreast of contemporary Christian literary writers they should study,” said Pierce.

Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Ohio University and the University of Illinois and a doctorate in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University.

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