Guest has not set their biography yet University’s baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently ranked No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania by

“We are extremely proud of our nursing program at Waynesburg,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Nursing Program. “Our many national and state rankings are a testament to our dedicated, skilled and caring faculty, as well as our hard working and motivated students.”

Waynesburg earned a score of 98.64 out of a possible 100. The methodology used by was based upon analyzing current and historical National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rates. Programs reviewed included schools that offer a Diploma in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing Degree. Waynesburg was ranked first among the baccalaureate programs evaluated.

Waynesburg’s program was one of only two baccalaureate programs in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN in 2016. The program has achieved a 100 percent pass rate seven times since 2008.’s mission is to promote excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed. The organization is comprised of registered nurses who care deeply about the profession and provide the resources future nurses need to succeed.

Waynesburg’s nursing program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a state-of-the-art simulation lab and experienced faculty members. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The Department also offers accredited Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs.

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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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Systems Librarian and Theological Cataloger, Eberly Library

John Thompson has worked at Waynesburg University for 16 years in the beautiful Eberly Library, where he maintains the library computer system (used for ordering, cataloging and checking out books), and personally selects books on religion and theology to be added to the library’s collection. John can be found on the library’s main floor, facing the Guesman Reading and Reflection Room.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I grew up in Waynesburg and graduated from high school here. But I went to college near Chicago and went to library school at the University of Chicago. I had different library jobs in Chicago for about 20 years, but soon after I got married this job opened up and I decided it was a good idea to move back to Waynesburg.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The “Skylight Conference Room” on the top floor of the library. From there I can see the street that I live on.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Working with my Fiat Lux class to clear a remote cemetery in 2015. When we went there the place was completely overgrown, and there were so many students that it was quite chaotic. But everyone got involved in their own tasks and by the time we were done, the fence was painted, the brush was cleared away, some of the tombstones had been restored, and we had a lot to be proud of!

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

The biggest change seems to be the fact that the university is able to attract students who are more engaged, more willing to serve, and more serious about their Christian faith.

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

I am honored to be able to help students to grow in their Christian faith while they are in college. First, I try to select the most helpful books to buy for our library’s theology collection. Second, I am the faculty sponsor for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. In this, I try to bring both Orthodox and non-Orthodox students to a deeper appreciation of the Orthodox faith through prayer, discussion, and attendance at Orthodox services. Third, I teach Biblical & Ministry Studies classes as an adjunct professor. I have taught Introduction to the New Testament in the past; right now I am teaching Readings in New Testament Greek. This is an excellent way to learn more about the origins of the Christian faith.

For more information on Eberly Library and the work John and his team do, click here!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Vira2017-1.jpgFour Waynesburg University students were recently selected to receive travel scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

The Vira I. Heinz Program, an initiative of The Heinz Endowments, is intended to empower young women to address global issues by offering opportunities for international education, leadership development and community service. 

Waynesburg scholarship recipients this year include sophomore Anna Bartman and juniors Marla Holland, Chelsea Tessitore and Ashley Young, who will study overseas this summer. 

Typically, each Pennsylvania college or university that participates in the program is granted scholarships for three students. This year, as has been the case for several previous years, Waynesburg was granted more than its share of spots.

According to Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and coordinator of the Vira I. Heinz Program at the University, the tendency to be granted more than three spots is due to the quality of Waynesburg students. 

“We have exceptional female students who really present themselves well and represent both the institution and the U.S. well,” said Bristor.

The program provides scholarships of at least $5,000 for women who have never been out of the United States to study abroad for the summer, and Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions to participate in the program. The four Waynesburg women selected will collectively receive nearly $30,000 for their trips. 

Students were selected after applying for the program by creating a proposal outlining their intended plans for studying and engaging in a foreign community, followed by interviews in front of a committee. They will participate in a year-long program which includes spring and fall retreats at the University of Pittsburgh, a summer of travel, an experience report and a community engagement experience. 

Bartman, a biology pre-med major from Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, plans to travel to Maynooth, Ireland. She will work to raise awareness of the health care struggles families face in other parts of the world, which will further her career aims of providing medical care to those in need.

Holland, a psychology major from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, will study at the University of Sydney in Australia. There, she plans to learn about how women perform and are treated, specifically in sports, in Australian culture and subsequently help to empower all women.

Tessitore, a nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will travel to New Delhi, India, as part of the Traditional Medicine and Health Care Practices Program. Her ultimate goal is to provide health care to as many people as possible, especially those who don’t usually have access to it. 

Young, a sociology major from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, plans to spend the summer in Prague, Czech Republic, where she will take classes and work with the Children, Youth and Families Program to further her goal of working with children and families in the foster and adoption systems.

The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to their work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-21-Charter-Day-post.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 21. The University also honored the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program during the ceremony, which was held in Roberts Chapel. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Timothy R. Thyreen, Chancellor of Waynesburg University, served as the Charter Day speaker. 

In his convocation address, “All Things Good Must Be Taught Again…Forever,” Thyreen reflected on the importance of the University’s founding mission and significance of the Bonner Scholar Program.

“The Bonner gift came at an early time in my presidency, when Carolyn and I were attempting to bring the college back to its Christian roots without the means to do so,” said Thyreen.

Thyreen shared a quote by Wayne Meisel, former president of the Bonner Foundation, who once said, “There is no other college or campus that embodies the hope and promise of the Bonner Foundation more so than Waynesburg College.”

The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars Program has been so successful, Thyreen said, because Bonner students are not the only students at Waynesburg who serve. With students, faculty and staff contributing more than 50,000 hours of service yearly, the University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.

Closing his remarks with a reference to Micah 6:8, Thyreen urged those in attendance to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

“As a Waynesburg University student, you are challenged to discover your gifts, develop them and give God the glory,” he said. 

As president of Waynesburg University from 1990 to 2013, Thyreen was responsible for unprecedented growth at the University. Among his many accomplishments, Thyreen led Waynesburg University to become the first institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to establish a Bonner Scholar Program. 

Today, the University remains one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bonner-Celebration-1752.jpgMore than 230 volunteers from Waynesburg University served at 25 locations throughout Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties over the weekend. 

This day of service commemorated the 25th anniversary of the University’s Bonner Scholar Program, which is a unique scholarship program that provides financial assistance in return for weekly service hours. Bonner alumni also served in their own communities, including one who resides in Amman, Jordan.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University,” said Kelley Hardie, Director of the Center for Service Leadership and Bonner Scholarship Program. “The Day of Service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the 25th Anniversary of the Bonner Scholarship Program at Waynesburg University.”

Bonner Scholars served as leaders at each of the service sites, guiding volunteers as they assisted with various tasks, including landscaping and painting at the Eva K. Bowlby Library; home repairs with Greene County Habitat for Humanity; and preparing for Hidden Treasure Thrift Store’s opening by organizing inventory. 

Other service sites included 2nd Sam 9, the American Cancer Society of Greene County, the Greene County Historical Society, Light of Life Rescue Mission Donation Center and Washington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, among others.

The economic impact provided by current Bonner scholars alone, not even counting their predecessors, estimates nearly $1.1 million for their more than 45,000 hours combined.

Waynesburg is one of just 21 Bonner affiliated schools in the country and the only one in Pennsylvania. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, the University fosters a program with 60 students, who each serve an average of 10 hours per week. 

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