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b2ap3_thumbnail_Karen-Fisher-Younger.jpgDr. Karen Fisher Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities at Waynesburg University, will appear in a documentary film, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia,” which will be produced by the Emmy-Award-winning studio History Making Productions.

The writer of the documentary requested to interview Younger after reading a scholarly article she wrote which was published in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in July 2010. The article, based on Younger’s doctoral dissertation, discussed females’ role in the American colonization movement in Philadelphia in the 1830s-40s.

“The American colonization movement was an early anti-slavery movement that predated the rise of abolitionism,” said Younger. “The movement advocated freeing slaves and resettling them in Liberia, Africa. It attracted some of the most well-known men and women of the era, but an examination of northern female participation had been virtually ignored by historians.”

Younger will be interviewed this month for the first episode of the documentary, which is about abolitionist pioneers of the 19th century.

“I’m always excited to be able to share what I know with the public,” said Younger. “It’s a validation of my scholarship, and this particular opportunity seems really fun.”

To learn more about the History program at Waynesburg University, visit waynesburg.edu/history.

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_stolfer.jpgDr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, will offer a podium presentation based on her scholarly paper at the University of Kentucky’s 13th Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop.

The paper was accepted for presentation at the workshop, which will be held May 11 and 12, after Stolfer submitted an abstract of the paper in October 2016.

“The event will provide networking opportunities with nursing scholars throughout the nation,” said Stolfer. “The newly gleaned information will be shared with faculty peers and students to enhance student engagement.”

Titled “Active Student Learning in the Psych Clinical Setting: The Nursing Education Group,” Stolfer’s paper details an activity for nursing students during their psych clinical experience. She explains how an instructor can guide a Nursing Education Group to research and discuss topics related to clinical psychology work. As psych clinical work can be an uncomfortable experience for students, the Nursing Education Group can help them to become more self-confident and comfortable in a clinical setting.

Stolfer also presented a scholarly paper at the University of Kentucky Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop in May 2015. She believes academic work and presentations are essential to her role as a Waynesburg faculty member and Certified Nurse Educator.

“As I tell my students on the first day of class, nursing is a wonderful way to do God’s work,” said Stolfer. “Not only is caring for others essential, but wisdom and knowledge also is important to foster the students’ professional growth.”

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_Soracco_20170430_-641_20170430-214437_1.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Soracco_20170430_-390.jpgWaynesburg University held its 165th Commencement exercises Sunday, April 30, honoring approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Mrs. Aradhna Oliphant, President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., delivered the Commencement Address, “Essence of Leadership.” 

“I love that this university believes so much in the concept of servant leadership, which in my experience is the only real and lasting leadership that we can offer each other,” she said. 

Oliphant explored attributes of great leadership, noting that true leaders remain curiously humble, are present and get involved. These attributes, she said, have been shared by the leaders she has admired and learned from the most. 

“To the class of 2017, let me say this: This wonderful, beautiful, mission-centric university has taught you to engage life with faith and spirituality at your core,” she said. “That is a gift, but it is a gift with consequences.  You might even call it a sacred trust. As the theologian Henri J.M. Nouwen has put it, ‘the spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.’”

Oliphant concluded with a challenge to graduates, urging them to be the leaders who remain curious, who show up and who get involved. 

“Three simple traits. May you be those leaders; may you show the way,” she said. 

Taylor Garrett, a math (secondary education) graduate from Aurora, Ohio, was named valedictorian and delivered the valedictory to the University. Freddie Fields, who received a Master of Business Administration degree, represented the graduate program students. 

Matthew Joseph Rinaudo, a criminal justice administration graduate from Alpharetta, Pennsylvania, was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States of America during the ceremony. 

Prior to the commencement exercises, Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore, the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “On the Road with Jesus,” during which he referenced Luke 24:13-31 and two paradoxes found within those verses. 

The first, he said, is the paradox of meeting the living Lord who is right beside you on the road but who encounters you as a stranger you do not recognize. 

“The second paradox goes like this: Often it is just when God seems most absent in our life that God is most profoundly present,” said Migliore, who encouraged the graduates to remain dedicated to engaging with and helping strangers throughout their lives. 

“During your studies at this university, many of you have been blessed by having the experience of meeting and helping strangers in various service programs,” he said. “I hope you won’t give the practice up. There are countless strangers out there on the road waiting to walk beside you and to bless you and be blessed by you.” 

The University awarded the following degrees to graduates:  Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Waynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, April 30.

Taylor Mae Garrett, a math (secondary education) major with a minor in Spanish from Aurora, Ohio, was named the valedictorian of her class. She is the daughter of Chris and Pamela Garrett.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to share a few words on how my experiences at Waynesburg shaped the way that I view the world and how I want to affect the world through my future actions,” said Garrett. “I hope I conveyed my appreciation and pride in this institution and in my fellow classmates.”

As a student, Garrett was the president of both the Waynesburg Outdoor Club and Venture Crew 1849. She was a member of EcoStewards and the Waynesburg Recycling Task Force, most recently serving as the director of recycling challenge.

Garrett was a Leadership Scholar and a member of both the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. As an incoming freshman, she was the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship, a scholarship which honors an Ohio student who displays extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills and majors in the area of math or science.

“Waynesburg University has provided me with a myriad of incredible opportunities,” said Garrett. “The people that I have met along the way will continue to be the most important and meaningful part of my time at Waynesburg. The community at Waynesburg is what drew me to apply when I initially visited, and it is what I will most cherish about my time at Waynesburg.”

Upon graduating from Waynesburg, Garrett plans to take a gap year to serve in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through a program offered by the Presbyterian Church USA called Young Adult Volunteers.

“My hope and prayer is that through completing a program with an intentional focus on vocational discernment, I can better understand where God is calling me,” said Garrett. “I know that I want to teach, and I love teaching; however, I am not yet sure of where I want to teach and in what capacity.”

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Aradhna Oliphant and the Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, April 30.

Oliphant is the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. and Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. The degrees were conferred upon Oliphant and Migliore for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.

The following citations were read:

Aradhna Oliphant

Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant, for your wholly inspirational and innovative work ethic, as evidenced by a successful career in leadership development and a multitude of professional posts, Waynesburg honors you.

As you guide Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. as President and CEO, you inspire our region’s leaders to strive for excellence and to remain engaged in their communities and the world, encouraging countless individuals to pursue lives of purpose. 

Your unwavering drive for community building is reflected in your involvement with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Your demonstrated passion for community engagement and serving others mirrors the efforts of Waynesburg University to instill such admirable qualities in its students.

Recognized for your innovation and leadership as a Woman of Distinction by several area civic organizations and most recently in 2015 as one of the top twenty-five most influential people in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine, you are an inspiration to young women who wish to change the world.

Your ambition, influential career, and moral and business philosophies serve as examples to Waynesburg University students as they prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow. For that, we are pleased to recognize you.

In gratitude and respect for your achievements and for the ways in which you parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. 

Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore

Rev. Daniel Migliore, in recognition of your distinguished career in theology education and the inspiration you have provided to a generation’s worth of leaders in religion, Waynesburg University honors you. 

A distinguished teacher, leader and reverend, your voice has influenced and motivated individuals throughout our nation. Your work has set you apart as an outstanding role model and inspirational leader in education and religion.

An accomplished author, you have introduced countless minds to Christian theology, and in doing so, you have inspired others to understand Christ’s love. Through your bestselling textbook, you have illuminated the minds of eager learners across the country. 

With more than four decades dedicated to educating and inspiring others, you are an inspiration to us. It is because of the meaningful and extensive impact you have made through your life’s work that we are pleased to recognize and honor you.

In sincere respect and admiration for your steadfast commitment to all those you so diligently serve and teach, and for the ways in which you share Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with distinct honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

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