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For some of the students with which you work, the question of whether to attend a secular or Christian institution may be an important part of their decision process. This can be a difficult topic, as these students try to discern where God is leading them in the midst of such transition and change. While individuals searching for their true calling and direction in life can certainly follow God’s will at secular schools, there are advantages to attending a Christian college or university. Here are the top three…

 

3. Academic instruction.  In many cases, choosing a Christian institution means choosing a smaller setting. According to collegestats.org, 817 of the country’s religiously affiliated schools have less than 5,000 students. And nearly 400 of those have less than 1,000. So what’s that mean for your academics? It means smaller class sizes, more hands-on learning opportunities and much more individualized attention from faculty. Also, often times, those professors will share the Christian perspective on the subject matters they teach (after laying out all of the other viewpoints, as well), allowing students to explore and discover in an informed manner.

2. Service opportunities.  Matthew 20:28 reads, “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”  Thus, it’s no surprise that the types of institutions that bear Christ’s name provide boundless opportunities for their students to serve the world around them. Whether it’s traveling halfway across the globe to work with impoverished youth or giving back locally with the vocational skills learned in the classroom and laboratory, these experiences prove life altering for so many. And the best schools will seek not only to provide these outlets at their respective institutions, but also to equip their students for a lifetime of servitude for the glory of God.

1. Students' holistic development.  To many (including myself!), the No. 1 reason to consider a Christian college or university is the opportunity to develop holistically as a person. From top to bottom, teh faculty and staff at these institutions care about so much more than just what letter goes down in the grade book. They pour their heart, soul and precious time into students to ensure that they're not only better job prospects, but that they're also better men and women of God. And at a time when fiscal responsibility is on the top of everyone's priority list, that type of college experience is a value that's worth every single penny.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_XC-service-project.jpgWith December upon us, the fall athletic season is either in the books or nearing completion for collegiate programs all across the country. At Waynesburg University, all of those varsity athletic teams recently wrapped up their 2014 campaigns, and the squads produced no shortage of success.

 

Two of these teams—football and women’s cross country—excelled both on and off the field (or course).

 

Football earned a share of second place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) by defeating previously unbeaten Washington and Jefferson in the regular season finale. The Yellow Jackets qualified for an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) bowl game for the fourth consecutive season, hosting one of the contests for the second time in three years.

 

When the PAC announced its all-conference teams, Waynesburg landed 17 players on the squads, including a league-best five first-team offensive selections. The Yellow Jackets, who finished 8-3 overall, also took home the PAC Team Sportsmanship Award.

 

In the classroom, three players were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 4 Division III Football Team, and two of those players—senior John Sikora and junior Mike Lopuchovsky—were honored as Academic All-Americans.

 

Women’s cross country finished second at the PAC Championships, falling just short of dethroning now-26-time champion Grove City. Individually, six runners earned All-PAC status at the event, including three first-team honorees, and head coach Chris Hardie was named Coach of the Year.

 

The future certainly looks bright for the Yellow Jackets, too, as four of their All-PAC performers were freshmen and one was a sophomore. One of those freshmen, Julie Gerber, led the charge by finishing second overall.

 

Off the course, the Yellow Jacket women teamed up with the men’s squad to complete a service project in Gettysburg (see above photo).

 

Football and cross country were not the only Waynesburg teams to experience success this fall, either. Here are a few other achievements, both on and off the field, of the Yellow Jacket athletic program:

  • Men’s soccer qualified for the PAC Championship Tournament for the first time since the current format began back in 2005.
  • Women’s soccer qualified for the ECAC Division III South tournament.
  • Volleyball hosted its annual Dig Pink match to benefit breast cancer research and prevention.


To learn more about Yellow Jacket athletics, visit www.waynesburgsports.com.

 

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Jessica Lukowich, senior forensic science major

Medical technician intern at UPMC Hamot Medical Laboratory in Erie, Pa. 

Students in laboratory classes at Waynesburg University conduct research and experiments with some of the most advanced science technology and tools available. For Jessica Lukowich, gaining experience in these labs helped her find her passion as well as an internship last summer. 

The senior forensic science major worked at UPMC Hamot Medical Laboratory in Erie, Pa., as a medical technician intern where she observed and assisted in a variety of labs including blood bank, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, histology, phlebotomy and urinalysis. 

In addition, she assisted in an autopsy, prepared slides with patients’ blood samples, prepared tissue samples for analysis, learned to type and screen blood types, loaded samples onto analysis instruments, learned to interpret results and assisted with quality assurance checks. 

While in the lab, Lukowich said she felt like she helped make a difference because doctors relied on the results from her tests to determine the best treatment for their patients. She added that through Waynesburg classes and her internship, she has seen growth in her knowledge as well as her determination to succeed. 

“I want to work in some type of biology or chemistry lab when I graduate from Waynesburg,” said Lukowich. “Having experience with lab procedures in class and seeing how they operate really drew me to this internship.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Cochran_20141205-150814_1.jpgIsaiah Cochran, senior biology (pre-med) major

Catalyst SCRPT intern at Harvard University in Boston, Mass.

Isaiah Cochran spent the summer of 2014 interning at an institution where many scholars dream to study and research. The senior pre-med major gained both research and hands-on experience as a Catalyst SCRPT intern at Harvard University. 

Cochran worked mostly in the laboratory alongside Dr. Charles Nelson, a cognitive neuroscience professor, where he studied the 4:1 male to female ratio seen in neurological disorders. In addition, he assisted with clinical observations in regards to Autism Spectrum Disorder, completed a biostatistics course and shadowed physicians. 

Cochran, who interned at Yale University in the summer of 2013, attributes much of his success and the opportunities presented to him to Waynesburg University. 

“I have learned so much at Waynesburg. The professors give us a support system. They know you and they know what will make you successful,” Cochran said. “I have had this fire in me to change the world since I was in eighth grade. With the opportunities that I have been given, I know that it is just a matter of time before I do.”

 

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Joshuah Dains, senior business management major

North America accounting/finance intern at Mylan, Inc., in Morgantown, W. Va.

When Joshuah Dains was searching for internship opportunities last winter, he was not only looking for an organization that had a great global reputation, but also a place where he could make a difference in people’s lives. Dains was able to accomplish this at Mylan, Inc., in Morgantown, W. Va.

As an accounting/finance intern, he worked with the Existing Product Forecasting Department. Throughout his internship, Dains met with various departments within the organization to collect data, created reports to send to end users and performed the economic forecast for the coming quarter. 

In addition, Dains and another intern were given the responsibility to work with a Mylan product and improve its performance in the public’s eye. 

“The finance team assigned us a product to research, analyze data and make a recommendation on what we would do with this product in the future to increase sales,” said Dains. “This project gave me the ability to reach out to different departments and really get an in-depth look at what it takes to sell a successful pharmaceutical product.” 

Through his internship at Mylan, the current president of Waynesburg’s Student Senate learned how to incorporate his faith into his work in the corporate setting. Dains is now confident in expressing his faith in any situation.

“Before my internship began, I researched the attributes of a Christian businessman to figure out what it would take to carry my faith into the professional work place,” said Dains. “Now that my internship experience is completed, I can approach any work with earnest, knowing that the decisions I make at work further enhance my personal faith and what I have learned in classes.” 

 

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