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Bob Randolph (English) was invited to deliver a paper at a Conference sponsored by Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. The conference theme is “Liberal Education” with the more focused question, “Can a liberal education make you a better discerner of truth?”

Sara Clutter (Nursing) received notice that the abstract she submitted on “The Effect of Low-Tech, Low Cost Artistic and Journalistic Interventions on Self-Reported Student-Perceived Stress During Classroom Activities at the University Level” was accepted for podium presentation. The presentation is scheduled for May 10 at the University of Kentucky’s 14th Annual Faculty Development Workshop.

Kathy Stolfer (Nursing) attended the AACN Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. from March 24-27.

Joanne Sorensen (DNP) co-authored an article, “A Nursing Leadership Immersion Program: Succession Planning Using Social Capital,” that was published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

Kimberly Whitman and Kimberly Stephens (Graduate Nursing) attended the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium.

Lina Hixon (RN to BSN) received notice that an abstract she submitted to the 6th Biennial Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference was accepted for podium presentation at the conference, which will be held June 18-21.

Eddie Powers (Fine Arts) devoted hours to the preparation and execution of the spring musical on campus. Powers also assisted with the Performing Arts Series program in February.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) served as an adjudicator for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Concert Band Contest hosted at California University of Pennsylvania on March 22. DePriest will also serve as a guest conductor and clinician for the Region 27J Middle School Honor Band Festival at Prairie View Middle School in Brighton, Colorado, on April 21.

Rea Redd (Eberly Library) had a chapter titled, “The Turning Points Within the 1864 Presidential Election and the Doom of the Confederacy” published in “The Turning Points of the American Civil War (Southern Illinois University Press).”

Larry Stratton (Stover Center) and the Stover Scholars traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 22 and 23. They met with many prominent officials, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Swiss Ambassador to the United States Martin Dahinden, Former Assistant Attorney General Charles Cooper, Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law Professor Charles Abernathy and Cato Institute Vice President Gene Healy. The group also toured National Public Radio and met with National Security Editor Phil Ewing and Movie Editor Bob Mondello.

The Stover Center also sponsored a lecture in Alumni Hall titled, “Economic Liberty and the Criminal Law” by South Texas College of Law Houston Associate Professor Jack Blackman on March 15.  

Adam Jack (Criminal Justice) was asked to be the graduation speaker at Grove City High School on June 1.

Kevin McClincy (Criminal Justice) is organizing a Cyber and Financial Crime Conference to be held on May 8 at Waynesburg University. The conference focuses on three groups: Law Enforcement, CPA and Forensic Accounting, and Cyber Security.

Megan Van Fosson (Graduate Education) was selected to serve on an advisory council with Boston Harvard’s Children’s Hospital for Children’s Literacy.


Student News:

Janelle Chuah (biology major) was accepted to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Program at WVU.

Derek McMonagle (business administration major) earned a job with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

Josh Sneeringer (business administration major) landed an internship with Stanley, Black and Decker.

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When Jennifer Armstrong, a 2002 Waynesburg University alumna, thinks back to her time as an athletic training major, she remembers the friendly atmosphere. With only 15 people in her class, Armstrong said strong friendships were formed through clinic hours, travelling with different sports teams, studying and spending time together outside of class. But even more than that, Armstrong remembers how the Athletic Training Program prepared her for success in the professional world.

“Our faculty pushed us and prepared us for what a career in athletic training would really be like,” said Armstrong. “It’s a behind-the-scenes, thankless job, but it is so rewarding. I’m so thankful for my time at [Waynesburg University] and all of my amazing experiences.”

Today, Armstrong is the head athletic trainer/teacher at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia; and in the past three months, she has been recognized by numerous professional bodies for her stellar work.

In early January, she received the Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association Vito Perriello Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year, which is given annually to a trainer in a secondary school setting.

Later that same month, Armstrong won the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. After being nominated by a colleague, Armstrong was recognized for making “outstanding contributions in furthering her high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school education.” Only 10 athletic trainers in the nation receive this award; Armstrong is representing Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Then, in March, Armstrong was awarded the National Athletic Training Association Servant’s Heart Award, which recognizes secondary school trainers in each district for service to the profession, schools and communities.

“I feel very humbled and blessed that people think so highly of me as an [athletic trainer] that they would nominate me for these amazing awards,” Armstrong said. “I am so happy to be one of the people who can help bring awareness to the athletic training profession, as well as represent E.C. Glass and my community nationally.”

On a typical day at E.C. Glass, Armstrong is responsible for the first aid and emergency response, evaluation of injuries, rehabilitation, concussion management and other needs of approximately 750 athletes. She attends the practices and games of all sports, working with both athletes and coaches. She also teaches athletic training courses to approximately 50 junior and senior students.

Outside of school, Armstrong is a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association and an adjunct instructor at Central Virginia Community College. She is chair of the Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer’s Committee, and a preceptor for athletic training students at Liberty University and Lynchburg College.

Armstrong said it is challenging to achieve a balance with so many responsibilities, but her career field is so rewarding.

“My favorite part about being an [athletic trainer] is the relationships that I am able to form with student-athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators,” she said. “I am always striving to be the difference in someone’s life through my career…this profession allows me to impact so many young people’s lives.”

Armstrong said that being a health care professional means putting others’ needs first—something she is looking forward to for the rest of her career. She loves where her career path has led her, and she wants to continue advancing the profession as a whole.

“I am always trying to advocate for the profession,” she said. “I want to continue to educate high schools locally, statewide, regionally and nationally that having an [athletic trainer] is not a luxury but a necessity.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Cyber-Financial-Crime-Conf-SBrady.jpgWaynesburg University will offer a Cyber and Financial Crime Conference Tuesday, May 8.

The conference will have three tracks, including CPA & Forensic Accounting, Law Enforcement and Cyber Security. Professionals in each of the three areas are invited to attend the conference. The cost is $35. To register, visit

The conference will address timely topics in the fields of cyber security and financial crimes. Presentations will be made on the following topics: Internet Crime, Digital Currencies, The Dark Net, Digital Evidence Recovery, Cyber Security Breaches, Email and Computer Disruptions and Compromises, Money Laundering and Employment Tax.

A welcome will be offered by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, and the keynote address will be given by Robert Cessar, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, on the subject of health care fraud and the opioid crisis.

Scott Brady

Brady is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on September 18, 2017, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 14, 2017. As United States Attorney, Scott oversees the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the federal government has an interest throughout the twenty-five counties in Western Pennsylvania.

Robert Cessar

Cessar joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1990 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the White Collar Crimes Unit. In 2002, he was appointed the First Assistant United States Attorney. In 2009, he was appointed Acting United States Attorney. In 2011, he joined the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and in 2017, he was appointed the head of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Other speakers include:

  • Kurt Petro, Cyber Crime Scene Specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center
  • Cathy Hill, Carolyn Ross and Caroline Adams, Management and Program Analysts with the FBI, currently detailed to Internet Crime Compliant Center
  • Michael McKeown, FBI Supervisory Special Agent at the Pittsburgh Field Office Cyber Division
  • Justin A. Sarvey, FBI IT Forensic Examiner
  • Robert Kickbush, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Leuenberger, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation
  • Janet Isman, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Employment Tax Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania

For more information, contact Sarah Bell at 724-852-7790.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B6448.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B6445.JPGWaynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards and recognized donors at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 7. Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin received the Golden Key Award, while Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

“We take our selection process very seriously and while we have many people that contribute to Waynesburg University, we always search for those who go above and beyond in their contributions to our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “This year’s recipients are no exception, and we are very proud to award them this deserving recognition.”

The Golden Key Award is presented by Waynesburg University to alumni or friends of the University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University.

This year’s recipients, Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin, were recognized for their service to others and support of the University. Having spent their entire careers in the field of education, the Chichins have established the Dr. Chester and Yvonne Vance Chichin Endowed Scholarship to spread their passion for education and to help provide opportunities for future educators.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission.

The University also recognized Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas this year for all the ways in which they have impacted Waynesburg University students through generous contributions and belief in the University’s mission.

Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Chichin

Chester served as a school psychologist for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and completed graduate work at Duquesne University, University of Sarasota and University of Pittsburgh.

Yvonne spent 35 years as an elementary teacher in the New Castle Area School District. Additionally, she trained and served as a content reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Professional Educator Program Review and was certified as a Praxis III assessor for the Ohio Department of Education. She also is a part-time faculty member at Youngstown State University, supervising student teachers. Yvonne earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg and a master’s degree in education from Westminster College.

Together, they established the Dr. Chester and Yvonne Vance Chichin Endowed Scholarship at Waynesburg University. They are involved in church activities and attend various cultural and charitable events. They share a love of travel and spending time with family and friends, and often vacation at their favorite spot, Siesta Key Beach in Florida.

Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas

Peter’s teaching career included serving as a teacher at the Waynesburg Youth Development Center and Intermediate Unit 1, principal of Monessen Junior/Senior High School and an administrator with the Central Greene School District. Peter has served as president of the Central Greene School Board, Waynesburg Lions Club and Waynesburg University Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in special education, in addition to his Principal’s Certification from California University of Pennsylvania.

Deanie spent her career as a reading specialist for the Central Greene School District. She has held the position of president of the East Franklin Parent Teacher Association and various board and committee roles with the First Baptist Church of Waynesburg. Deanie earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University. She received her Reading Specialist Certification from California University of Pennsylvania and completed training in Reading Recovery from Duquesne University.

Together, they serve as members of the Waynesburg University Alumni Council. They have four children, Dr. Amy Diamond, Patrick Rameas, Amanda Gansor and Andrew Rameas (deceased).

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-10-Broberg.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_David-black-and-white-2018.jpgWaynesburg University will hold its annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and David E. Barensfeld will address the Class of 2018 as the Commencement speaker.

The celebration will honor more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s off-campus sites in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg

Rev. Broberg currently serves as pastor and head of staff of The Church of the Covenant in Washington. He previously served as assistant to the president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and pastorates in Michigan, Iowa and Virginia.

Broberg has also served interim pastorates at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair.

He has been a member of several boards, including the Presbyterian Foundation, New Wilmington Mission Conference and the Presbyterian Endowment Education and Resources Network. Additionally, he has chaired the Major Gifts Committee and Planned Giving Committee of the National Capital Presbytery, as well as various committees with the Pittsburgh Presbytery and Pittsburgh Presbytery Foundation.

Currently, he is the president of the board for Camp Pine Springs in Jennerstown and is a member of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees.

Broberg attended Dickinson College and the Dickinson School of Law, Princeton Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) by the Washington Presbytery.

In 2012, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Waynesburg University.

David E. Barensfeld

Barensfeld currently serves as the president and CEO of Ellwood Group, Inc. and is the chairman of its board of directors. Ellwood Group is a manufacturer of specialty steel and nickel ingots, forgings and iron castings as components for large capital equipment. The company has eight divisions with plants in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Ontario.

He joined Ellwood City Forge in 1979 and became president and chief executive officer of Ellwood Group in 1983. In 2017, he became chairman of the board of directors.

Since 2016, Barensfeld has been the chairman of the board of directors for Commonwealth Partners, Harrisburg. In Pittsburgh, he serves on the board of directors of Elizabeth Carbide Die, the Heinz History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C.

Barensfeld earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania, his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and his Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or

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