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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-3-Homecoming-pre.jpgWaynesburg University will welcome alumni, staff, faculty and students to its annual Homecoming celebration Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8. The weekend festivities will include a variety of events that invite both alumni and current students’ participation.

During the two-day celebration, alumni will be invited to participate in athletic events, a reception with President and Mrs. Douglas G. Lee, a 5K run and walk, campus tours and more, including 10 class reunions.

The fifth annual JacketFest will also take place during Homecoming; it is a family-friendly event featuring booths, activities and giveaways from a number of student clubs and organizations.

“It is fun to see alumni share their Waynesburg memories with their families and friends,” said Mary Fox, event planner for the University. “Current students will be creating memories that will become part of their Waynesburg story.”

Homecoming 2016 will celebrate 40 years of remote TV productions and the 20th anniversary of the Department of Communication. An open house will be held and tours of the department will be available, including a tour of the TV production truck during the second half of the Homecoming football game.

Waynesburg will also honor the 50th anniversary of the undefeated 1966 NAIA National Championship football team during the weekend. The team, with 11 wins in all, earned the best record in school history, the West Penn Conference crown and the Washington, D.C., Touchdown Club’s choice as the number one small college team in the nation.

“I have been working with some of the 1966 team members, and they are very eager to reunite for the weekend activities, including spending time with the current Yellow Jacket squad,” said Fox.

The University encourages alumni to reconnect with friends and network with fellow Waynesburg alumni as the campus celebrates Homecoming 2016.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

The Homecoming 2016 Weekend schedule:

Friday, Oct. 7

  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – President’s Reception at President and Mrs. Lee’s home (reservations required)
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Greene County Country Club, where alumni will celebrate reunion years (reservations suggested)

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • 8:30 a.m. – Waynesburg University Homecoming 5k Run and Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.
  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – 1966 Championship Team Breakfast with 1966/2016 football team meeting to follow (reservations suggested)
  • 10 a.m. – Women’s Tennis Match vs. Fairmont State University
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All Alumni Check In at Johnson Commons or John F. Wiley Stadium
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – JacketFest in Johnson Commons. Bring your family and explore the unique offering of Waynesburg University clubs and organizations.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-Go-Brunch in Benedum Dining Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – A Celebration of Communication at WU held on the fourth floor of Buhl for an Open House and tours of the television production truck at Wiley Stadium.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Class of 1965 Brunch with President and Mrs. Lee at their home (reservations required)
  • Prior to Kick-Off – We will recognize the undefeated 1966 NAIA National Championship Football Team on the field at John F. Wiley Stadium.
  • 1:30 p.m. –Football Game: Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets vs. Geneva College Golden Tornadoes at John F. Wiley Stadium
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent at the Back Gate
  • Post-Game – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout at the back gate of the John F. Wiley Stadium (reservations required)

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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James Tanda (Criminal Justice) coordinated Waynesburg’s involvement in the joint international training week for Vietnamese Law Enforcement officials in September.  Meetings started in July and August and a full delegation of 20 Law Enforcement officials were brought to campus by the American Scholar Group, seeking training in U.S. Policing, tactics, first response, criminal investigation, fire, explosion, and firearms. The training session, hosted by WU, was Sept. 29 with a full day of instruction, guest speakers, and work through interpreters.  Adam Jack (Criminal Justice), Tanda, and Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) instructed sessions for the delegation.  The Criminal Justice Club was involved, sponsoring parts of the day, and CJ student ambassadors participated in the event.

Sigma Beta Delta (Business honorary) was selected as an outstanding chapter for the 2015-16 academic year. Out of about 250 chapters, only three are awarded this honor each year. Dr. Tony Bochinni serves as president, and Neeley Shaw serves as chapter adviser.

Dr. Janet Paladino (Environmental Science) and Bill Coates (Institutional Advancement) wrote a proposal that resulted in $20,000 grant from EQT to restore/develop the urban forest trail.  Plans for the trail include the addition of an outdoor classroom, developing signage for the trail, building a bridge, planting additional native trees and vegetation, and erecting bird feeders.

Dr. Wayne Rossiter (Biology) attended the Athanatos Christian Arts & Apologetics Festival. He gave five presentations in all, mostly related to his books.  Dr. Rossiter’s first book was reviewed in SALVO magazine (June issue).   He was also a consultant on the science curriculum for Regina Academies (a Catholic private school group). He participated in designing some of the curriculum guidelines, which were approved by the board in June. 

Dr. Taunya Tinsley (GPS Counseling) successfully defended her dissertation at the United Theological Seminary. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Church as a Multicultural Sports Team: A Model for Ministry leadership Development for God’s Coaching Staff.” Dr. Tinsley will graduate on Dec. 16. 

Dr. Tinsley presented at the first annual Faith and Mental Health Conference in Brandywine, Md., Sept. 9. She presented on three topics: “Fostering the Relationship between Clergy and Mental Health,” “Educating Clergy and Lay Leaders,” and “Mental Health Challenges affecting Youth and the Elderly.” 

Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) presented at the SPJ/RTDNA national conference, Excellence in Journalism 2016 in New Orleans. He moderated a four-person Teaching Marathon panel and served as emcee of the national student journalism awards ceremony and served as Waynesburg’s campus chapter delegate. 

Faith Musko (Forensic Science) attended the National Science Foundation Sponsored Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars Forensic Science Workshop at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) was part of a group of scholars from the U.S. and Canada (14 participants) in the Calvin College Christian Scholars Conference in June; the presentation was entitled “Bodies of Christ, the Saga of the Son of God in America.”  Collective and individual presentations were given.  Dr. Olagoke is currently using one of the books read for the conference in his Cultural Differences class.

Dr. Olagoke was also part of 12 scholars and professors for the St. Johns/St. Benedict University, Collegeville, conference on Writing for a Broader Public in July. He gave two presentations. One of presentation is being peer-reviewed for publication.  

Dr. Olagoke had full scholarship/grant to cover the entire cost, transportation/air fare, food and accommodation at the two conferences above through the Lilly Endowment Foundation.

Adam Jack did a live stream lecture and tour of the CSI House to a Biotechnology/Forensics Class from Greensburg-Salem High School in late September. 

Dr. Julia Bausman applied to conduct research entitled, “Survey of Elementary Students’ Attitudes Toward School and Homework Before and After They Attend a Christian After-School Tutoring Program.”

RN to BSN student Carol Manown spoke at Mon Valley Hospital Innovations series on June 30, 2016. The topic was “How Do I Live With Cancer.” Ms. Manown is the clinical coordinator of the Mon Valley Hospital Cancer Center. During evidence-based practice courses at Waynesburg, she worked on survivorship plans for cancer patients. 

On Dr. Tony Bochinni’s (Business) recommendation, business major Victoria Robinson was selected as a Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants PB Chapter Scholarship recipient. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-28-b-f-maiz-speaker_Walker.jpgWaynesburg University’s b.f. maiz Lecture series will host Dr. Jeanne Murray Walker Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Admission is free, and the public is cordially welcome to attend.

Walker, head of the creative writing concentration at the University of Delaware, will present samples of her work as she reads poems and discusses the plays she has written.

Currently, Walker serves on the Editorial Board of Image and Shenandoah magazines, and is the collaborating editor of Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith. Previously, she was the poetry editor for Christianity and Literature.

Dr. Walker has published eight volumes of poetry, as well as individual poems in numerous journals, such as Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Century and Best American Poetry.  She is also a playwright, and her plays have been performed across the United States, as well as in London.  Additionally, Dr. Walker has published a memoir, “The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s,” about the decade she and her sister cared for their mother.

Dr. Walker has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and eight Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships.

The b.f. maiz Center, named after the late poet b.f. maiz, continues to magnify the poet’s lifelong concerns with poetry, peace and poetic justice. Dr. Walker is invited to campus as part of the b.f. maiz Center’s activities.

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_9-28-Fall-visitation-day.jpgWaynesburg University will host a fall Visitation Day Saturday, Nov. 5, for high school students, transfer students and their families. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with registration in Roberts Chapel.

Following registration, students can participate in admissions and financial aid sessions, tour campus, meet with faculty in their elected major and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall. The day concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. Visiting the University in person allows interested students to see the mission and values of Waynesburg firsthand.

Waynesburg currently enrolls approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and offers more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study. The University has been consistently ranked nationally as a top school for value.

Although this is the last Visitation Day of the fall semester, personal visits are offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sumpter.pngJosh Sumpter
Instructor of Biblical & Ministry Studies and Assistant Chaplain

After spending some time as an adjunct professor, Josh started as a full-time employee at Waynesburg University on August 1, 2016. He assists Reverend Jim Tinnemeyer in being a resource to our students in regards to campus ministry and Christian life at Waynesburg University, regularly assisting with Chapel on Tuesday mornings and serves as a support system for the variety of Campus Ministries that take place on campus. His office is located in Buhl Hall 213, but you can usually catch him floating around the Stover Student Center as well.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I was previously employed as a youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg, PA. It was an incredible ministry opportunity that allowed me to partner with the incredible students at Waynesburg University. It was in that partnership that I began to enter the world of teaching as an adjunct in 2015 within the Biblical & Ministry Studies Program. When the need arose for an assistant chaplain and faculty member within the department, it seemed like a perfect match for my gifts, goals and calling.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve got two! First, Robert’s Chapel is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spaces on campus. Second, the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse is a favorite location because I love rooting for the WU basketball teams!

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

As the assistant chaplain, I try to be a resource to others across campus. Over the years, I have led devotionals and prayer times with the WU men's basketball team.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

It was a blessing for me to preach during the Chapel service in which over 600+ people attended, including the entire freshmen class. It was standing room only!

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I get the behind-the-scenes look at how hard our Chapel Worship Teams & Upper Room Worship Team work to be effective in leading worship! It has been a joy to spend time with such talented students!

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Homecoming is a time of excitement and memories! It is great to see generations of alumni return to campus to celebrate the way that Waynesburg University played a role in their life!

Click here to learn more about Biblical & Ministry Studies at Waynesburg University!

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