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Systems Librarian and Theological Cataloger, Eberly Library

John Thompson has worked at Waynesburg University for 16 years in the beautiful Eberly Library, where he maintains the library computer system (used for ordering, cataloging and checking out books), and personally selects books on religion and theology to be added to the library’s collection. John can be found on the library’s main floor, facing the Guesman Reading and Reflection Room.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I grew up in Waynesburg and graduated from high school here. But I went to college near Chicago and went to library school at the University of Chicago. I had different library jobs in Chicago for about 20 years, but soon after I got married this job opened up and I decided it was a good idea to move back to Waynesburg.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The “Skylight Conference Room” on the top floor of the library. From there I can see the street that I live on.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Working with my Fiat Lux class to clear a remote cemetery in 2015. When we went there the place was completely overgrown, and there were so many students that it was quite chaotic. But everyone got involved in their own tasks and by the time we were done, the fence was painted, the brush was cleared away, some of the tombstones had been restored, and we had a lot to be proud of!

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

The biggest change seems to be the fact that the university is able to attract students who are more engaged, more willing to serve, and more serious about their Christian faith.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I am honored to be able to help students to grow in their Christian faith while they are in college. First, I try to select the most helpful books to buy for our library’s theology collection. Second, I am the faculty sponsor for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. In this, I try to bring both Orthodox and non-Orthodox students to a deeper appreciation of the Orthodox faith through prayer, discussion, and attendance at Orthodox services. Third, I teach Biblical & Ministry Studies classes as an adjunct professor. I have taught Introduction to the New Testament in the past; right now I am teaching Readings in New Testament Greek. This is an excellent way to learn more about the origins of the Christian faith.

For more information on Eberly Library and the work John and his team do, click here!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-22-Vira-Heinz.JPGFour Waynesburg University students were recently selected to receive travel scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

The Vira I. Heinz Program, an initiative of The Heinz Endowments, is intended to empower young women to address global issues by offering opportunities for international education, leadership development and community service. 

Waynesburg scholarship recipients this year include sophomore Anna Bartman and juniors Marla Holland, Chelsea Tessitore and Ashley Young, who will study overseas this summer. 

Typically, each Pennsylvania college or university that participates in the program is granted scholarships for three students. This year, as has been the case for several previous years, Waynesburg was granted more than its share of spots.

According to Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and coordinator of the Vira I. Heinz Program at the University, the tendency to be granted more than three spots is due to the quality of Waynesburg students. 

“We have exceptional female students who really present themselves well and represent both the institution and the U.S. well,” said Bristor.

The program provides scholarships of at least $5,000 for women who have never been out of the United States to study abroad for the summer, and Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions to participate in the program. The four Waynesburg women selected will collectively receive nearly $30,000 for their trips. 

Students were selected after applying for the program by creating a proposal outlining their intended plans for studying and engaging in a foreign community, followed by interviews in front of a committee. They will participate in a year-long program which includes spring and fall retreats at the University of Pittsburgh, a summer of travel, an experience report and a community engagement experience. 

Bartman, a biology pre-med major from Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, plans to travel to Maynooth, Ireland. She will work to raise awareness of the health care struggles families face in other parts of the world, which will further her career aims of providing medical care to those in need.

Holland, a psychology major from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, will study at the University of Sydney in Australia. There, she plans to learn about how women perform and are treated, specifically in sports, in Australian culture and subsequently help to empower all women.

Tessitore, a nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will travel to New Delhi, India, as part of the Traditional Medicine and Health Care Practices Program. Her ultimate goal is to provide health care to as many people as possible, especially those who don’t usually have access to it. 

Young, a sociology major from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, plans to spend the summer in Prague, Czech Republic, where she will take classes and work with the Children, Youth and Families Program to further her goal of working with children and families in the foster and adoption systems.

The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to their work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive. 

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-21-Charter-Day-post.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 21. The University also honored the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program during the ceremony, which was held in Roberts Chapel. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Timothy R. Thyreen, Chancellor of Waynesburg University, served as the Charter Day speaker. 

In his convocation address, “All Things Good Must Be Taught Again…Forever,” Thyreen reflected on the importance of the University’s founding mission and significance of the Bonner Scholar Program.

“The Bonner gift came at an early time in my presidency, when Carolyn and I were attempting to bring the college back to its Christian roots without the means to do so,” said Thyreen.

Thyreen shared a quote by Wayne Meisel, former president of the Bonner Foundation, who once said, “There is no other college or campus that embodies the hope and promise of the Bonner Foundation more so than Waynesburg College.”

The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars Program has been so successful, Thyreen said, because Bonner students are not the only students at Waynesburg who serve. With students, faculty and staff contributing more than 50,000 hours of service yearly, the University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.

Closing his remarks with a reference to Micah 6:8, Thyreen urged those in attendance to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

“As a Waynesburg University student, you are challenged to discover your gifts, develop them and give God the glory,” he said. 

As president of Waynesburg University from 1990 to 2013, Thyreen was responsible for unprecedented growth at the University. Among his many accomplishments, Thyreen led Waynesburg University to become the first institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to establish a Bonner Scholar Program. 

Today, the University remains one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bonner-Celebration-1752.jpgMore than 230 volunteers from Waynesburg University served at 25 locations throughout Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties over the weekend. 

This day of service commemorated the 25th anniversary of the University’s Bonner Scholar Program, which is a unique scholarship program that provides financial assistance in return for weekly service hours. Bonner alumni also served in their own communities, including one who resides in Amman, Jordan.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University,” said Kelley Hardie, Director of the Center for Service Leadership and Bonner Scholarship Program. “The Day of Service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the 25th Anniversary of the Bonner Scholarship Program at Waynesburg University.”

Bonner Scholars served as leaders at each of the service sites, guiding volunteers as they assisted with various tasks, including landscaping and painting at the Eva K. Bowlby Library; home repairs with Greene County Habitat for Humanity; and preparing for Hidden Treasure Thrift Store’s opening by organizing inventory. 

Other service sites included 2nd Sam 9, the American Cancer Society of Greene County, the Greene County Historical Society, Light of Life Rescue Mission Donation Center and Washington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, among others.

The economic impact provided by current Bonner scholars alone, not even counting their predecessors, estimates nearly $1.1 million for their more than 45,000 hours combined.

Waynesburg is one of just 21 Bonner affiliated schools in the country and the only one in Pennsylvania. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, the University fosters a program with 60 students, who each serve an average of 10 hours per week. 

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-16-DeVito-Lecture.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest lecturer Dennis Yablonsky on Wednesday, March 29, as part of the Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series.

Yablonsky will offer his lecture, “Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region,” at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Yablonsky is the Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations, which include the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. A native of the Pittsburgh region, Yablonsky has an accomplished career in dynamic business growth and economic development.

He began his career leading two successful software companies, Cincom Systems in Cincinnati and the Carnegie Group in Pittsburgh. Yablonsky helped grow Cincom Systems into a $125 million global organization and turned the Carnegie Group into a $32 million publically traded company. Following these successes, he became the founding CEO of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, innovative models for technology-based economic development.

From February 2003 to October 2008, Yablonsky served as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, where he led the formulation of an economic stimulus program and helped develop the Governor’s $650 million energy fund. He adopted his current position in March 2009.

Today, Yablonsky serves on the boards of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), Vibrant Pittsburgh, the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. He is also a member of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Board of Fellows and a recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Point Park University for his leadership in the Pittsburgh region. Dennis and his wife, Veronica, live in the Pittsburgh area and are the parents of two grown daughters.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations or 724-852-7675

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