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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_LH.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s Charter Day celebration Tuesday, March 20.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

“It is always a privilege to recognize our outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments in the classroom,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “This award is a unique honor, as it allows students and colleagues to recognize the exceptional work of each honoree.”

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

“This faculty member models the Christian values of Waynesburg University and encourages his students to embrace ethics and morals in everything they do,” said Baer.

One student stated, “he is a true professional and treats everyone with fairness and respect. He inspires and motivates me to do my best academically and professionally. I am a better person because of this teacher.”

Tanda joined Waynesburg University in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

Dr. James Hepburn, professor of psychology and director of graduate programs in counseling, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

"Students appreciate this professor’s vast knowledge, experience and humor, and they know him as a kind, genuine, caring and compassionate teacher,” said Baer.

A student nomination noted, “he did an excellent job in helping me understand that language is a friend of a counselor and that counseling is a gift.”

Dr. Hepburn has been with the University since 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Carroll College and a master’s degree in psychology, along with a doctorate in clinical psychology, from Duquesne University.

Rev. Christy Wise, lecturer of biblical ministry studies and communication, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“This teacher is dedicated to her work. I feel like she really cares about my well-being,” a student nomination stated.

A colleague described her as one who “teaches with integrity and enthusiasm, and really cares that students understand the content. It’s a joy to be confident in the way in which she teaches the Bible.”

Rev. Wise joined Waynesburg as a part-time instructor in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from California University of Pennsylvania.

She holds a permanent license as a minister from the American Baptist Church Leadership Institute of Western Pennsylvania and was ordained by the American Baptist Church.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Emeriti.jpgDuring a special presentation at Waynesburg University’s recent Charter Day convocation, Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Anthony Bocchini, Dr. Nancy Mosser, Susan Phillips and Dr. Marilyn Roberts the title of professor emeritus.

Bocchini, professor of business administration, taught in Waynesburg’s Business Administration Department for 40 years. As a certified public accountant and certified management accountant, he was instrumental in the creation of the University’s Master of Business Administration degree program.

He was a 2012 recipient of the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Mosser, professor of nursing, was involved with the Waynesburg University Nursing Program for more than three decades and served 15 of those years as the chair and director of the Department of Nursing. Under her leadership, the Nursing Program was consistently recognized for value and excellence locally, regionally and nationally.

She received the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.

Phillips, professor of art, accumulated nearly 40 years of service to Waynesburg, including serving many years as the chair of the Fine Arts Department and as a faculty marshal.

She was awarded the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and was a past recipient of the WQED Multimedia Award.

Dr. Roberts, professor of English, taught at Waynesburg for 26 years. Throughout her tenure, she held various roles and responsibilities within the Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Emeriti.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_LH.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Nzmabi2.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 168th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 20, with a special convocation in Roberts Chapel.

During the ceremony, four retired faculty members were honored with the title of Professor Emeritus and three faculty members received the University’s 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards.

On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Anthony Bocchini, Dr. Nancy Mosser, Susan Phillips and Dr. Marilyn Roberts the title of Professor Emeritus. Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer presented the teaching excellence awards to Dr. James Hepburn, James Tanda and Rev. Christy Wise.

CEO and Head of School at Imani Christian Academy Paulo Nzambi served as the Charter Day speaker. In his convocation address, “The Present and its Possibilities,” Nzambi highlighted the significance of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

During his speech, Nzambi explored pivotal historic moments during which that particular Bible verse may have provided motivation, ranging from the founding of the United States of America to the founding of Waynesburg University.

“History has suggested to me that great achievement often results when the present reality conflicts with an inspirational or aspirational possibility,” Nzambi said. “The very power of Philippians 4:13 becomes real in these moments.” 

“I always imagined that when Waynesburg’s founders challenged the present and raised the possibility of establishing an institution of higher learning on this very ground, they were steadied by their belief that they could do all through Christ who strengthened them,” Nzambi said, as he referenced the University’s history as one of the first institutions of higher education in the nation to educate men and women equally.

Nzambi’s diverse professional background has encompassed the areas of education, law and the nonprofit sector.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-PICPA_Colgan.jpgWaynesburg University business students recently met and networked with the chairman of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Michael Colgan. Colgan visited campus last month to speak to the Business Club about the future of the accounting profession.

“Students had the opportunity to learn the latest thinking about the profession,” said Jayne Olshanski, assistant professor of accounting. “Much of [Colgan’s] talk supported what is taught in the classroom at Waynesburg. However, students benefit doubly when they hear news of the profession from an authority like the CEO/Executive Director of the PICPA.”

According to Olshanski, Colgan spoke to students about changes to the field and its technology, the Certified Public Accountants exam and important job skills for the coming years – including critical thinking, creativity, judgement and decision making.

“It was rewarding to learn that many of the skills that Waynesburg University fosters in students, such as critical thinking, service orientation and judgement, were on the top 10 job skills list for the future.”

Olshanski said students were “energized” by the presentation. She said the Business Club regularly hosts speakers such as Colgan as part of its Professional Development Series, which is open to everyone on campus. Later this semester, the Business Club will host a Pittsburgh-area partner from Deloitte, a multinational accounting organization, to speak about public accounting in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University will host its first annual “Not So Typical Easter Egg Hunt” for children in the community Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.b2ap3_thumbnail_EggHunt.png

The event will take place on the new Waynesburg Unity Trail and will feature a shift from the traditional egg hunt. The eggs used will look like real bird eggs from the native birds in the area, and children will learn about the concept of biodiversity. Instead of candy, each egg will be stuffed with a sticker of the bird that lays it.

Janet Paladino, associate professor of biology, helped create the Unity Trail and orchestrate the event. She said the activities will give children the opportunity to learn about nature and appreciate the spring season.

“We invite you to come and discover the new Unity Trail on the Campus of Waynesburg University,” said Paladino “Spring is a time when we can share experiences in nature with our children. We hope that our Easter egg hunt will help them learn that eggs at Eastertime are filled with more than just candy.”

For more information about the “Not So Typical Easter Egg Hunt,” contact Paladino at 724-852-3281.

The creation of the Unity Trail was made possible through a grant from the EQT Foundation.

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