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Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively scoring above the national average for accredited counseling programs. One Waynesburg University student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees nationwide. More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for the exam. 

Dr. Darryl Husenits, CONSOL Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, was awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award. The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.”

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Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration (MBA) students traveled to Ireland from Friday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, as part of an international business class. Fourteen students and four guests attended the trip with trip leaders Domenic Marian, lecturer in the MBA program, and Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration.

In August of 2013, Dr. Mary Dee Fisher was named Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the MSN program at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S.N. degree from LaRoche College, the M.S.N. from the University of Pittsburgh and the D.N.P. from Carlow University; Dr. Deborah Lewis was named Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the RN-BSN Program at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Carlow University and her MSN and DNP from Waynesburg University; Teresa Robinetti was named Coordinator of the RN-BSN Program at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Waynesburg University; Teddi Thorpe was named Coordinator of the MSN Program at Waynesburg University.  She received her M.S.N. from Waynesburg University and her B.S.N from Duquesne University; and Sherri Stonecipher was named Director of Enrollment and Professional Development for Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs.  She received her M.S.N and her B.S.N. from Waynesburg University and has worked with the program since January of 2013.  

Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration students enrolled in the energy management concentration partnered with regional companies such as Fairmont Supply, Fenner Dunlop, Jennmar Corporation, Pipeco Services and Trumbull Corporation for their project management course. Dr. Darryl Husenits, Dr. George Smith and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, all part-time graduate faculty and experts in the energy field, taught the 27 students enrolled in the course.

The Waynesburg University counseling program partnered with the American Red Cross Thursday, April 25, 2013, to host a disaster mental health training session at the Waynesburg University Southpointe Center. Specialists from the American Red Cross trained 65 first and second year counseling students in Psychological First Aid (PFA) techniques as part of the University’s Counseling Trauma Survivors course.   

 

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Dr. Jamie Jacobs joined Waynesburg University as the dean of institutional effectiveness and planning in February of 2014. In her role, Dr. Jacobs provides administrative oversight for the University’s institutional effectiveness, assessment and accreditation processes.

John Olon joined Waynesburg University as chief financial officer in April of 2014. Olon provides executive level direction and management oversight for financial planning, budgeting and budget analysis.  

b2ap3_thumbnail_CBI.jpgJuniors Ellen Limback, Rebecca Shindelar and Allyson Wernert and sophomores Caley Blankenbuehler, Cassandra Gates and Madison Perretta were selected as the 2014 Waynesburg University recipients of scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. The scholarships will afford these women the opportunity to travel and study overseas through various study abroad programs.

 

Waynesburg University hosted its seventh annual Mini-Relay for Life April 27. Grant Strouse, a junior chemistry major at Waynesburg University, shared his story of cancer survival at the event. Strouse was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer that attacks the lymph nodes, as a sophomore in March of 2013. He withdrew from classes for two semesters and underwent six rounds of chemotherapy during a 23-week span. At Relay, he said that cancer taught him that when God is really all you have, He is all you need. Strouse believes that the Lord brought him through the worst time of his life, and promised others that God would do the same for them.


In October of 2013, Rev. Caroline Poteet joined Waynesburg University as the director of faith and mission. In her role, she serves as a member of the senior administrative team with the goal of fostering the spiritual formation in the University community. 

In September of 2013, Dr. Jacquelyn J. Core was named Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Waynesburg University, the University announced today. In her role, she serves as the chief academic officer of the University as well as a member of the senior administrative team.

In June of 2013, William G. Dumire joined Waynesburg University as the Executive Director of Information Technologies, the University announced today. Dumire directs the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources.

The Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business selected Waynesburg University as a Global Leadership Project Partner for its Global Leadership Forum, an intensive four-week program that runs from May 28 to June 20, 2013.  As the demanding flagship program in Carnegie Bosch Institute’s leadership seminar lineup, the Global Leadership Forum delivers innovative executive development and value to client companies and participants worldwide.

Dr. H. Mathilda Horst was re-elected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the May 18, 2013 board meeting. Horst serves as the director of surgical intensive care and as the program director for the Surgical Care Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Her three-year term began July 1, 2013.

Junior Gabrielle King and sophomores Rebecca Lane, Ellen Limback and Katie Shultz were named the 2013 Waynesburg University recipients of scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. The scholarships afford these women the opportunity to travel and study overseas through various study abroad programs.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tinnemeyer_20140710-173220_1.jpgRev. James Tinnemeyer has joined Waynesburg University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry, the University announced today.

The vision for the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry is to provide a resource for developing and sharing service and leadership skills in the various fields of ministry.

“We are pleased to have Rev. Tinnemeyer in this role,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “With his leadership experience in all aspects of congregational life, he brings to the University a diverse professional background.”

Tinnemeyer, who has experience in leading worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and administration, as well as fundraising and law, said he looks forward to the opportunity to bring people together to explore and grow as Christian leaders in churches, vocations and neighborhoods.

“I am most excited about the people at Waynesburg – what a great community of faith and learning!” Tinnemeyer said. “Every time I have been to the University to preach or speak, I have been so impressed by the wonderful students, faculty, administrators and staff.”

Since 2005, Tinnemeyer served at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, which has 950 members. There, he was the acting senior pastor, head of staff and previously executive pastor. Among his responsibilities, Tinnemeyer led Sunday worship, offered weekly pastoral visitation and periodic pastoral counseling and oversaw and monitored all of the church’s financials.

He also served in leadership roles with various committees at the church, including the stewardship, representative/nominating and communications committees. Additionally, Tinnemeyer periodically led young adult fellowship meetings and taught adult education classes, confirmation classes and college ministry.

Through its 2008 Capital Campaign, “Building Community,” Shadyside Presbyterian Church raised $5 million for renovations to the church under Tinnemeyer’s leadership.

A member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, Tinnemeyer serves on various committees for the organization.

Previously, Tinnemeyer served as associate pastor at Oakmont Presbyterian Church in Oakmont, Pa., and as an associate attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., and Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Tinnemeyer holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

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

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Last year at this time I was disembarking the Semester at Sea M.V. Explorer in Antalya, Turkey. The next three days were spent soaking up the sun on Turkey’s absolutely gorgeous beaches with an iced mint tea in hand. Fast forward one year, and I’m sitting at my Hasbro desk working with a team leader on what could possibly be one of the biggest portfolio pieces of my career thus far.

It’s not Turkey, but I’d say its better.

Due to the confidential nature of the piece, I cannot disclose exactly what it is. However, I can tell you that it is extremely important to promoting the company’s incredibly positive public image. This is what I love about my majors.

I can promote the company’s mission and positive public relations using graphic design. While the writing in a design is the meat of the message, the artwork is the first impression. You know what they say - “first impressions last.” It’s my job as a graphic designer to make that first impression a good one. From there, the reader/viewer can delve into the writing with the exact mindset and message that we want them to have.

This week also brought the development of another important project. I am now in charge of rethinking and redesigning the main Hasbro building’s internal directional signage. The building itself is the size of a standard city square block.

On account of the size, getting around is difficult without prior directional knowledge. I started my inventory of what signs we already have and where there is a lack of directional signage. I will be working on every aspect of this project from planning to working with the printer to make sure every sign comes out exactly the way I want it. 

Now, seven weeks in to my internship, I have made many friends with coworkers and become very comfortable with the company culture. Spontaneous inner-cubicle Nerf gun wars helped with that (Hasbro and Nerf are Franchise/Partner Brands).  

I look forward to continuing my projects next week and enjoying the holiday weekend, even though I’ll be spending it in Rhode Island and not somewhere off in the Mediterranean.

See you next week.

Brittany Semco is a senior design and public relations major at Waynesburg University.

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The first day of summer not only brought with it more tourists and typical Rhode Island beach traffic, but the further development of my logo project at Hasbro (detailed in my last entry). It seems that after the first two options I make for every design, I hit a major roadblock. See what I did there. It takes some deep thought and usually a fresh start to get to a point where the idea is finally “outside of the box.”

Some research on shapes and typography led me to a place where I could start to process exactly what message the company needed to convey with the logo and an idea that I believed would maximize the name of the entity with its mission and purpose (of which I cannot disclose). 

Because of the helpful nature of Waynesburg University’s professors, I was able to send my advisers and a mentor my logo prototype and get some excellent feedback. From there, I was able to improve the logo more than what I ever expected. Getting this feedback and “peer review” was a necessary step before sending the logo to my supervisor at Hasbro. It probably saved my supervisor a lot of time because now I can give him/her the best option possible.

The logo design process for this particular logo helped me tremendously in the process of another, which was given to me last week. I have already made strides toward what I think is a good option for the team. Time and more thought will tell if that is true.

During these last two weeks I have also had the opportunity to take some short online classes. When I had time between projects, I would take some of these classes and I have already learned more than I thought a video could teach me. I learned the science behind product photography and positioning objects in ways that make sense for say, a catalog or an advertisement. 

I learned about designing online portfolios in preparation for the design of my own to showcase all I have done during this terrific internship. I also learned that different shapes influence the feel of a logo. For instance, a circle conveys the idea of flow and movement, while a square gives the impression of structural integrity and rigidness. So a circle may be good for a medical facility to convey its current and dynamic nature, while an academic institution would benefit from a square logo to show its structured nature.

Most importantly, during these past few weeks I have learned the value of dedication to a project. It may seem that your first idea is awesome, but I promise you, the next one will be better because you have given the subject matter more thought.  Stay tuned for next week.

Brittany Semco is a senior design student at Waynesburg University. 

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