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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-25-Unity-Trail-dedication.jpgWaynesburg University, in conjunction with the EQT Foundation, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Waynesburg Unity Trail Wednesday, April 25. Completed in 2017, the trail project was funded through a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation.

“One of the priorities of the EQT Foundation is to support projects that enhance the wellbeing of communities and the residents who live there," said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation manager. "By encouraging active lifestyles and providing educational opportunities along the way, this new trail gives students, faculty and nearby residents a reason to experience the beauty and wonder that await outside their doors.”

The event included remarks by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee; Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations; Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology; and Rossi.

A dedication sign at the beginning of the trail reads, “Built by the students of Waynesburg University to promote creation care and cooperation with the Borough of Waynesburg.”

The Waynesburg Unity Trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.

“I am grateful to EQT for funding this project and for the 2000 hours of community service that have been logged so far by students at Waynesburg University,” said Paladino. “The goal of the Unity Trail is becoming a reality. We have engaged the community and the University in a partnership of environmental stewardship by creating a place for all to take quiet walks in the forest and to appreciate that nature teaches us many things. It is our hope that more community members will get involved with work and activities on the Unity Trail.”

The University’s goal is for the trail to be a safe place for students to learn, research and spend time with nature, while also offering the greater Waynesburg community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature in an urban setting.

About the EQT Foundation

The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the nation’s leading energy producer, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home, and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation.

About Waynesburg 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 awise@waynesburg.edu 

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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 www.waynesburg.edu/cyber.

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 awise@waynesburg.edu

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