b2ap3_thumbnail_Phillips_Colin_1.JPGIn his first week interning with Representative Pat Tiberi in the Capitol complex in Washington D.C., Colin Phillips got lost searching for the House Parking Authority. Quick to learn and eager to make an impact, the junior history and political science major at Waynesburg University knew the Capitol well enough to give tours by the end of the summer.

 

“While in the office, I had a multitude of tasks including answering constituent calls, sorting constituent mail, taking things to other offices or the House Republican Cloak Room and  completing projects for other staffers,” Phillips said. “But one of my favorite things to do was give tours because it allowed me to directly talk to constituents and get to know them on a personal level.”

 

As an intern for Tiberi, a Republican from Ohio’s 12th District, Phillips said his favorite summer experience was taking part in a GOP press conference about student loans.

 

“GOP Representatives, including the speaker John Boehner, walked down the steps right next to me and talked about how they wished to avoid the doubling of student loan interest rates,” Phillips said. “This was my favorite moment because I was able to be part of something important and because I am directly impacted by what they were talking about.”

 

Looking to add even more to his resume, Phillips applied for the internship based on the one he completed prior to his sophomore year. In the summer of 2012, he interned with the Ohio Board of Regents, which is the state agency for higher education in Ohio.

 

“Because I worked with state government in 2012, I wanted a new perspective and decided to look into a national government internship,” Phillips said. “Through both positions, I have seen myself become more independent and more open about my political thought.”

 

Phillips began both internships with a strong base of political knowledge as a result of his history and political science courses at Waynesburg University, as well as his involvement with the University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

 

“Mr. Phillips stands out among his peers for his steady determination, positive attitude and high standards of integrity,” said Dr. Larry Stratton, the director of the Stover Center. “When he gently speaks, everyone listens. I expect that he will flourish in law school and as a political leader thereafter.”

 

As a Stover Scholar, Phillips regularly meets with cultural, religious and political leaders from across the nation.

 

“The Stover Scholarship and the opportunities that it has afforded me as well as the people I’ve met is something that could only have happened at Waynesburg University,” Phillips said.

 

Phillips, who keeps busy as a member of the men’s tennis team, an officer in the Waynesburg University Young Republicans Club, a member in concert choir, the football team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, says his extracurricular activities prepared him for the internship in many ways.

 

“My campus activities have made me think about what is coming next, which allowed me to do things before the Congressman and staffers asked me to do them,” Phillips said. “I really care about the work I do. Instead of the work being boring and tedious and me putting little into it, I try to do what is expected and then some. Those are things that Waynesburg University has helped me to appreciate.”

 

 

 

 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Carolyn-Highland.JPGPriority application offers a number of perks. For Carolyn Highland, a junior biology major with minors in chemistry and English, a 4.0 GPA and a bevy of leadership roles at Waynesburg University, those perks come as a result of hard work. When she applied early to Miami University’s Chemistry & Biochemistry summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, she was accepted almost immediately and had the opportunity to tailor her summer internship to her unique interests.

“Although most of the other students in my program worked as assistants to graduate student researchers for the summer, I was given my own project,” Highland said. “I examined quantities and structures of tannins, or plant-produced macromolecules, in several species of Juniper plants.”

She was selected from a pool of thousands nationwide to participate in an (REU) Program, an initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).Programs pair students with professionals in the field of science based on research interests.

“Carolyn’s project required her to learn new concepts and new techniques.  Learning how to approach a new area of study and integrate new information with things learned in a formal classroom setting is an important professional accomplishment,” said Dr. Ann E. Hagerman, Highland’s internship supervisor and research professor at Miami University. “She is a good student and her background is quite strong.  She is well prepared to continue her studies.”

The undergraduate research associate spent 40 to 50 hours a week in Miami University’s science lab, immersed in her research of Tannins, which exhibit antioxidant properties for human health. She hopes to continue her research after graduating from Waynesburg University and to earn a doctorate in biochemistry.

Highland, who balances her academics and Waynesburg University biology club membership with involvement in Student Senate at the vice president level, said that Waynesburg’s mission of faith, serving and learning played an enormous role at her internship.

“It is very, very important that scientists record and report their results with absolute honesty and respect the earth and its inhabitants,” Highland said. “Sometimes, doing the most ethical thing in research is not the easiest, but Waynesburg teaches students to be honest and do what’s right, no matter what.”

Those teachings, coupled with rigorous Waynesburg coursework and a significant internship opportunity, prepared Highland to begin her junior year, validated her career goals and introduced her to a new level of analysis.

“The ability to perform an experiment is important in research, but only secondary to the ability to think through and understand the reasons for its potential outcomes,” Highland said. “The excellent classroom and laboratory instruction I received at Waynesburg combined with the REU internship gave me the opportunity to begin transforming my way of thinking from that of a student to that of a scientist.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Brittany-Nimal-resized.jpgSince the fall of 2010, Brittany Nimal, a senior forensic accounting major at Waynesburg University, has served as a student worker in the University’s business office. There, she completes the bank reconciliations each month and maintains and updates spreadsheets pertaining to different accounts in the office.

“Brittany has proven herself over the past three years as a very dependable and highly driven person,” said Laura Cross, a senior accountant at Waynesburg University and a member of the University’s business office. “She is someone we can always count on. She has always utilized her time in the office to take a genuine interest in learning as much as she can to help prepare for her future.”

During her hours in the business office, Nimal accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience, making her search for a summer 2013 internship that much easier. When she came across a recruitment table in the campus student union in the spring of 2013, Nimal knew her experience would stand out.

She spoke with a representative from the Bureau of Prisons, who, impressed with Nimal’s hands-on experience, encouraged her to contact the Business Office Supervisor at the Morgantown, W.Va., Institute. Nimal scheduled an interview and shared her highly developed skill set with her soon-to-be supervisor at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Federal Correctional Institute Morgantown.

“Brittany was our first student from Waynesburg University; we were impressed with her skill and knowledge base,” said Pam Miller, Nimal’s internship supervisor at FCI Morgantown. “She is obviously very intelligent, but her professionalism is her most outstanding quality. Everyone who met and worked with her was impressed with her kind attitude, genuine willingness to learn and professional etiquette.”

At the correctional institute, Nimal completed audit reviews, verifying questions about different areas and operations within the organization.

“I wanted experience in a different area of my field to help me decide which path I may want to pursue later,” Nimal said.

According to Miller, Nimal’s greatest accomplishment was handling the components of a new sector of accounting with grace and competence.

“Brittany was exposed to different components of accounting; thus, giving her a broader perspective of opportunities available within the government,” Miller said. “Hopefully, this introduction to the diverse accounting modules will help her make sound career choices and aid her in discovering areas that are most interesting to her.”  

Though she was initially nervous about working in an unfamiliar division of finance, Nimal said that her studies helped prepare her for experiences and situations she could encounter in a correctional environment.

“Waynesburg has helped me to appreciate the experience and take advantage of all the opportunities I received,” Nimal said.  “I made great connections by being at FCI Morgantown, and I now have federal connections that can help me get a job or lend advice later down the road.”

 

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If you’re driving through Waynesburg or enjoying life on campus, you might switch on Waynesburg University’s campus radio station and hear a booming voice with a slight accent hosting a specialty show or broadcasting an event. That voice belongs to Alfonso Ferrari, a Tucson, Arizona, native and a junior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major at Waynesburg University.

In the summer of 2013, Ferrari returned to his home state – but not for a summer relaxing on his parents’ couch. He committed to a challenging internship with one of the best radio stations in Arizona, Arizona Sports 620 KTAR.

“There is no better place for radio in the state of Arizona, and the station is highly regarded at the national level as well,” Ferrari said. “My favorite part was interacting with the hosts; I grew up listening to them. I really enjoyed learning how things are done there.”

Ferrari’s responsibilities included editing sound used for promos and previews as well as highlights from Arizona Diamondback radio broadcasts, editing and uploading podcasts and interviews to the station website, documenting every show and finding newsworthy stories.

He felt challenged by having to multi-task his many roles at the station, but said that working for Waynesburg’s radio station helped him to learn more than just on-air duties.

“I learned how to edit and upload sound, and the programs we use at Waynesburg are similar, if not the same, as what is really being used in the profession,” Ferrari said. “Working for Waynesburg’s station as well as all of my communication courses, most notably radio station management, prepared me very well.”

Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University and past voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates for 33 years, has mentored Ferrari through his radio courses and has watched him progress into a “top notch” broadcaster. Frattare remembers when Ferrari visited campus as a high school junior for the University’s annual Sports Announcing Camp.

“From the moment Alfonso arrived on campus, I knew he was an individual with a promising future,” Frattare said. “The fact that he wanted to travel to Pennsylvania from Arizona to investigate sports announcing convinced me that he was dedicated.  I was elated when he told me that he would be enrolling at Waynesburg University.”

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As an information technology intern for the summer of 2013, one could reasonably expect Alexander Tenenbaum to sit behind a computer all day, troubleshooting issues and programming for clients. But the junior information technology major, known for his resourcefulness, faithfulness and perseverance, strategically secured an internship that perfectly blended not one, but two of his greatest passions.

Looking for an experience that would advance him both professionally and spiritually, Tenenbaum signed on with the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in Boston, Mass. There, he completed information technology work and evangelized to college campuses including MIT, University of Massachusetts Boston and Northeastern University.

“Including me, there were eight interns from all across the country. On the Crusade team, we each had a ‘day job’ as well as a special assignment. Mine was spiritual development,” Tenenbaum said. “I helped to prepare and host bible studies for the interns.”

Through the many challenges of living with strangers, away from home and in a new city, Tenenbaum persevered so that he could learn more about his career field and spread God’s word in the process.

“It is so important to be Christ-like to people,” Tenenbaum said. “Visible actions like fixing houses and feeding the homeless are important but temporary. The houses will eventually need fixed again and the homeless will need fed again. Meanwhile, our spiritual interactions with them impacts eternity.” 

Tenenbaum said he felt prepared to host such interactions thanks to his participation in a prayer group at Waynesburg University and through his public speaking experiences and sociology classes. Working at the University’s Help Desk in information technology between classes made him stand out when applying to the internship program.

“My sociology classes have really helped me to understand why people of different religions and cultures believe the things that they do,” Tenenbaum said. “Waynesburg University has taught me to be more confident in my beliefs and to trust the Lord above all else.”

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