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b2ap3_thumbnail_chem-lab-for-academics-blog.jpgAt Waynesburg University, academic excellence extends far beyond the walls of a classroom. Top-notch instruction—that which also weaves the principles of faith, ethics and moral leadership into the course work—is bolstered by a robust array of hands-on learning opportunities, from Nursing Simulation and Marine Biology Labs to a remote TV production truck and Lasershot Firearms Simulator.

As a result of these facilities, co-curricular organizations possess the opportunity to grow and flourish, preparing students professionally. For example, the University’s American Chemical Society student chapter recently received the “Outstanding Chapter Award” for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America achieved Star Chapter status for the second-straight year, and President Megan Bayles, a junior, became the first ever from Southwestern Pennsylvania to earn the prestigious Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship, given each year to only three students in the entire country.

The University now also has an agreement with the highly-rated West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, affording students the chance at expedited application review and an early admission interview, among other benefits.

These types of opportunities and experiences provide Waynesburg students a distinct advantage upon graduation. Utilizing the knowledge imparted by committed faculty members, graduates regularly achieve 100% pass rates on national exams in fields such as Nursing and Athletic Training. Furthermore, the Class of 2013 achieved a 97% placement rate, which means 97% of responding students were either working full-time, in graduate/professional school or in the military within one of year of graduation.

Alumni such as Dr. Autumn Lemley, D.O. ('09), Daniel Czajkowski ('14) and Ryan Devlin ('07) reach new heights in their educational and professional careers as a result of their Waynesburg education. Lemley went on to graduate from West Virginia's School of Osteopathic Medicine and now practices at Cornerstone Care and Monongalia General Hospital as a Family Medicine Resident. Czajkowski used his unique experiences in Waynesburg's Stover Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership to prepare him for a job on Capitol Hill as a Staff Assistant of Congressman Keith Rothfuss. Devlin was named the 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and became the first person ever from the state to be one of the three finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Stories like those of Autumn, Daniel and Ryan abound among Waynesburg graduates, and so many attribute their success in large part to their time at Waynesburg. To learn more about what alumni are doing and where students are interning, visit waynesburg.edu/outcomes.

For more numbers on academics at Waynesburg, see the bulleted list below:

  • 70+ major concentrations
  • 3 five-year integrated bachelor’s to master’s programs
  • 20 students in an average class
  • 14:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 100%of academic departments offering hands-on learning, research and/or internship opportunities

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ellsworth_Laura-execinresfa13.jpgLaura Ellsworth was elected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the September 2014 board meeting. She will begin her new term in February of 2015. 

“We are excited to welcome Laura Ellsworth to the Board of Trustees at Waynesburg,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her heart for service and extensive background in leadership and workforce development align with the mission of Waynesburg University.” 

Named one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” Ellsworth practices as a partner at Jones Day, an elite international law firm. Since joining Jones Day in 1992, she’s practiced a wide range of complex commercial litigation including high-profile, multi-jurisdictional product liability and bankruptcy cases. 

She has been involved extensively in electronic discovery and currently serves on the Jones Days’ e-Discovery Committee. Mrs. Ellsworth is Partner-in-Charge of the Jones Day Pittsburgh office.

She has been named one of the best lawyers in America for commercial litigation and was recognized as a "leader in her field" by Chambers USA in 2009. Ellsworth was recognized as a "leader in the law" by the Legal Intelligencer and as one of the top female litigators in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

Ellsworth received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a University Scholar, a contributor to the Law Review and a recipient of the Order of the Coif. 

She serves as the vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and on the boards of the Governor’s appointed Council on Privatization and Innovation and the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development.

Ellsworth works closely with the Imani Christian Academy as a board member and co-teacher. Imani Christian Academy began in 1993 as an alternative to public education, with 30 students in a single-family house in Swissvale, which is east of Pittsburgh. The vision for Imani was born out of a desire to create a learning environment free of violence and focused on developing positive self-esteem in children, with Christ as the center and foundation of their education.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-6-New-trustee-Meloy.jpgMary Ann Meloy was elected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the September 2014 board meeting. She will begin her new term in February of 2015.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Mary Ann Meloy to serve on to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her broad experience, intelligence and enthusiasm will be a great asset to the University.”

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Meloy is a widely-recognized specialist in the areas of government affairs, public affairs and media relations. She possesses vast experience at the federal, state and local levels of government.

Serving on President Ronald Reagan’s staff as associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, Mrs. Meloy represented the President of the United States to a broad cross-section of special interest constituencies and other national and international organizations, as well as the national media.  Coordination with all White House Offices, all agencies of the federal government and with members of the Congress were essential to this role.

Mrs. Meloy’s public service includes the responsibility for the direct administration of two major departments of government in Pennsylvania: Deputy Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Aging.  She also served on the Pennsylvania State Tax Equalization Board; the State Healthcare Coordinating Council, of which she was the Chair of the Plan Development Committee; and was a founding member of the board of the Keystone State Head Injury Foundation.

She has completed the Governor’s Senior Management Development Program at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mrs. Meloy is married to Walter D. Meloy, a Pittsburgh, Pa., businessman, and is the mother of two daughters and grandmother of two grandsons.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1269039805_md.jpgWaynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will be held Monday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Charles DiSalvo, the Woodrow A. Potesta Professor of Law at West Virginia University, will present the convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

DiSalvo teaches one of the few law school courses in the United States on civil disobedience. He has represented civil disobedients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, written widely on the subject of civil disobedience and the law, and lectured on the subject here and abroad. He is an expert on Mohandas Gandhi’s law practice. (Before he took up the cause of Indian independence from British rule, Gandhi served as an attorney in South Africa from 1893 to 1911 – a time during which Gandhi invented and experimented with his philosophy of nonviolence.) 

DiSalvo has recently published a book on Gandhi’s life as a lawyer in which he argues that Gandhi was led into civil disobedience by the failures of the South African legal system.

He was educated at St. John Fisher College (B.A., history), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., East Asian studies), and the University of Southern California (J.D.), where he was a member of the Southern California Law Review. Upon his graduation from law school, he was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship to practice poverty law for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky.

He is the co-founder of the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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During Christmas break, 36 Waynesburg University students will travel to different countries to serve others. University faculty and staff will lead three mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests. 

The projects include partnerships with the Mission Academy Ministries in Nassau, Bahamas, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala and Trans World Radio (TWR) in the Caribbean island, Bonaire. 

Mission Academy Ministries – Nassau, Bahamas

Nine students from Waynesburg University’s Education Department will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, during their Christmas break for a mission service trip. From Sunday, Jan. 4, to Saturday, Jan. 10, the students will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to assist in public school classes and build relationships with teachers and students. 

They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. Dr. Julia Bausman and Deana Mack, assistant professors of education at Waynesburg University, will lead the team of students.

Nutritional Center – Patzun, Guatemala

Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 10, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Laurie Steere, resident director at the University, will lead the team. 

While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with building a cinder block wall around the perimeter of the backyard at the facility.

Trans World Radio – Caribbean island of Bonaire

Seven students from the Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas breaking working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR in creating production schedules, radio lines, videos and promotional materials. 

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Karen Younger, assistant professor of history, will lead the team of students.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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