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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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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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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-16-Charter-Day-Pre.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate its 168th year and the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at convocation Tuesday, March 21, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. The University will also honor the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program.

“On Charter Day, we reflect on our history and reaffirm our commitment to our values of faith, learning and serving,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This year, we are also celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of our Bonner Scholar Program. This program has had an immeasurable impact on the community and the students who are a part of it, and it is a privilege to reflect on it during this milestone.”

Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen, whose involvement at and dedication to the University has spanned more than three decades, will deliver the Charter Day address.

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.

In commemoration of the program’s anniversary, the University will hold a Day of Service called “25 for 25” on March 18. During the “25 for 25,” students, faculty, staff and alumni will serve at 25 different locations throughout Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties.

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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The Yellow Jacket newspaper, a student-run news publication at Waynesburg University, recently earned a record number of awards from two prestigious journalism organizations. For the year 2016, The Yellow Jacket has accrued 16 awards, breaking the previous year’s record of nine awards. 

Between staff, group and individual awards, the newspaper was named as a finalist for 11 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a national organization of journalism professionals. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) awarded the Yellow Jacket a total of five awards, announcing one first place award, one second place award, and three honorable mentions for Waynesburg.

The SPJ Mark of Excellence competition assesses college newspapers by dividing entrants into small schools (1-9,999 students) and large schools (10,000+ students) for some categories. Seven Yellow Jacket staff members were named finalists among small schools in categories including General News, In-Depth Reporting, Sports Writing, Feature Writing and others for a total of 10 awards.

The Yellow Jacket was also named a finalist for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper award, which assesses all non-daily newspapers regardless of school size.

“Any time a student wins an award from SPJ, it’s a reminder that the curriculum and program we have for journalism students at Waynesburg is really preparing students for the real world,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, faculty advisor for the Yellow Jacket and instructor of communication. “To win such prestigious awards only further reinforces that students are getting a great education and still enjoying all the benefits of a small-school setting.”

The finalists for these Mark of Excellence awards were selected from among entrants across SPJ Region 4, which includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. A group of students will travel to the SPJ Region 4 Spring Conference in Detroit, Michigan, at the end of March to learn how the newspaper placed. First-place winners in each category will move on to the national SPJ competition.

“We set a record last year with five SPJ awards, two of them being first place,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. “Even before finding out our placement, to have surpassed our record by so much is such an amazing accomplishment for the entire Yellow Jacket staff.”

SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Waynesburg University’s previous record number of Mark of Excellence Awards was five.

In addition to collecting 11 awards from SPJ, the Yellow Jacket received five Student Keystone Press awards from the PNA in Division II, which includes four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000.

In the General News category, senior Jacob Meyer earned second place for his story “Thomas More women’s basketball stripped of 2014-15 title.” Senior Kyle Dawson earned first place in the Sports Story category for his story “From fringe to spotlight.”

The Yellow Jacket earned honorable mentions in General News (“Dreams will live on” by senior Kimmi Baston), Ongoing News Coverage (“Community addresses ongoing drug use and overdose problem” by senior Kimmi Baston, sophomores Teghan Simoton and Mattie Winowitch and 2016 graduate Anthony Conn) and Sports Story (“NCAA sanctions baseball team for practice violations” by Kimmi Baston). 

“We’re being compared to schools with great journalism programs all across the state, and we’re more than measuring up,” said Baston. “I’m incredibly proud of the individuals whose hard work and countless hours earned them this recognition.”

The Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.

“Winning awards like these is great for resumes and bragging rights, but more importantly they’re a testament to the high quality education that students can get in the Department of Communication,” said Szuminsky. “We believe we’re doing what we say we will when it comes to providing students with real benefits, and this is outside validation and support for that idea.” 

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724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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