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Michael Campbell, 2014 Nursing 

Registered Nurse, St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. – Intermediate Care Unit

Michael Campbell spends his 12-hour work shifts constantly moving and staying active. Working in the intermediate care unit at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh Pa., Campbell is very busy dealing with multiple patients with varying degrees of illnesses. 

As a registered nurse, he records patient medical histories and symptoms, provides patient care and interprets cardiac rhythms. 

Securing a job just one month after graduation, Campbell earned his bachelor of science in nursing at Waynesburg University in May at 31 years old. 

Although wearing the many hats of student, husband and father seemed challending at times, Campbell said Waynesburg’s Nursing Program prepared him to enter the workforce with confidence. He adds that the Program provided him with the foundation he needed to become a nurse. 

“Waynesburg gave me the challenge I was looking for while providing me the skills and knowledge I needed to start a career as a nurse,” said Campbell. “I was able to have clinical at multiple hospitals, which allowed me to decide what hospital was the right fit for me once I graduated.”

 

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Wharrey.jpgShawn Wharrey, 2013 Biology (Pre-Vet) 

Student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

When Shawn Wharrey stepped onto Waynesburg University’s campus during his senior year of high school, he knew Waynesburg was the right fit. With small class sizes and a beautiful campus as its backdrop, he could see himself earning a degree at Waynesburg. 

Five years later, the Waynesburg University alumnus finds himself beginning his second year of veterinary school at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At veterinary school, Wharrey has sparked an interest in one day helping small animals and exotic animals such as birds, reptiles and rabbits. In addition, he is interested in working in the field of aquatic medicine and aquaculture. 

Although the transition from a university of 1,400 students to a university of more than 60,000 students seemed a bit overwhelming for Wharrey, the former Student Senate President and active biology club member adjusted quite nicely. He is currently one of two delegates for the Ohio State University’s Student American Veterinary Medical Association Chapter, where he attends delegate meetings to discuss current issues and concerns of university students. 

“Waynesburg offered me the opportunity to truly get a great education as well as grow in my faith and service,” said the former biology/pre-med major. “Being involved in many different organizations, I learned a lot about leadership and being a voice for others. Waynesburg helped me realize how important it is to serve others and to stand up for things you believe in.” 

 

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Smithyman.jpgCarly Smithyman, 2013 Accounting 

Intermediate Financial Analyst at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Less than 18 months after graduating from Waynesburg University in 2013, Carly Smithyman’s life has flipped 180 degrees. Smithyman went from being a student and captain of two athletic teams on campus to a newlywed and full-time employee at one of the most prestigious medical centers in the country. Although the change was drastic, she has loved every minute of it. 

Smithyman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with minors in finance and management, is an intermediate financial analyst in a financial management rotational program at UPMC in Pittsburgh Pa. In the office, she writes a quarterly report to reflect UPMC’s fiscal year. Smithyman’s main task is to ensure that all UPMC physicians stay on track with their supply costs so they continue to meet targets and excel in their line of business. 

“This job is a great opportunity for me because it is an accelerated program that allows me to assume a management role in two years when it would typically take five,” said Smithyman.

She believes the business classes she completed at Waynesburg as well as the extra-curricular activities she was involved in helped pave the way to a successful first year as a graduate. Overall, her time at Waynesburg was a “very fortunate experience.”

“Having the opportunity to get involved in many activities along my journey at Waynesburg enabled me to solidify my current job in October of my senior year,” said Smithyman. “It was a great feeling to know that all of my hard work and determination paid off.”

 

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Picture1.jpgNicole Briggeman, 2010 Forensic Science 

Assistant district attorney at Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office in Asheville, N.C.

An average day at work for Nicole Briggeman begins with her looking through the district court calendar of Buncombe County, N.C., and examining what type of cases she will be handling that day. She then takes notes and prepares herself for any curveballs that might be thrown her way. 

As an assistant district attorney at Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office in Asheville, N.C., Briggeman handles misdemeanor and traffic cases where she negotiates pleas, dismisses cases and conducts trials. Briggeman said she encounters a variety of charges on a daily basis, such as individuals who drive while intoxicated, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and simple assaults. 

Briggeman graduated from Waynesburg University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. Looking back on her decision to choose Waynesburg University, she realized her alma mater has aided in her transition from college to her current job as assistant district attorney. 

“Waynesburg University prepared me for the workforce by showing me the value of having a small community that can support you,” said Briggeman. “Waynesburg has also helped me learn the important lesson that you can do anything and everything you put your mind to.”

Briggeman also holds a Juris Doctorate from Campbell University.

 

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir, featuring approximately 20 Waynesburg University students, will present a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Upper Room and the Lamplighters Touring Choir will join together for a special service of worship, praise and prayer.
Performing annually since 1961, the Lamplighters come together and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each semester, the students tour numerous local nursing homes and churches to spread the gospel through song, testimony and community service.

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Melanie Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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