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b2ap3_thumbnail_West.pngMarilyn House West has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees at Waynesburg University. The Elizabeth, Pa., native is a 1967 graduate of the University and has served as a trustee for many years. 

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the board and the administration to continue the vibrant and unequivocal success of a University that stands on high standards and provides rich and diverse learning opportunities for student success,” said West, who is the first female and first minority to lead the University’s board in its history.

West is the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., a Richmond, Virginia based planning and consulting company with specialization in management, education and planning services. West and her team have served clients ranging from government agencies to large corporations and school systems. 

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond.  She serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Metro Transportation Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Villa.

In 2015, West was honored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Richmond with its 2015 Outstanding Women Award, which recognizes women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to the community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and inspiring achievements.  In 2016, she was recognized by Style Weekly with an Executive Woman in Business Achievement Award. She will be inducted in the Virginia Business Hall of Fame later this month.

West received Waynesburg University’s Margaret Bell Miller Leadership Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.

“Over the years, Mrs. West has been an inspiration of leadership,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “I could not be more pleased with her election to chair of our board. I have no doubt that her commitment to our alma mater will aid in its continued advancement.”

West began her record of leadership while still a student at Waynesburg University in the 1960s. At that time, she was asked to pledge a national sorority by its local members. In pledging, she would become the first African-American member of the sorority. 

In response to the membership invitation, the national organization froze the assets of the local sorority and threatened to revoke their national charter. West and the students in the sorority at Waynesburg chose to withdraw from the national sorority rather than refuse her membership. 

West and the University students received national acclaim for making this bold move. Telegrams, letters from individuals, colleges, churches and other organizations from across the country shared words of congratulations and praise for this action.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Summer-Visit-1.jpgWaynesburg University will offer two Summer Visitation Days for prospective students and their families Friday, June 23, and Friday, July 14. Registration begins at 9 a.m. both days in Roberts Chapel.

“Summer Visitation Days are a great way for high school students to begin their college search and get their first look at Waynesburg University,” said Jackie Palko, director of undergraduate admissions. “They provide a great first look for families who prefer a large group setting.”

Both events will include information regarding the admissions process, financial aid and student activities. Students attending will have the opportunity to meet with faculty in their area of interest and participate in a guided campus tour. The visit will end with lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

Waynesburg University enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students, with more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study.  The University has consistently been ranked nationally as a top school for value, including being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking.

For more information or to register, visit waynesburg.edu/visit, email admissions@waynesburg.edu or call 1-800-225-7393. Questions should be directed to Renee McElligott, senior associate director of admissions and campus visit manager.

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_Karen-Fisher-Younger.jpgDr. Karen Fisher Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities at Waynesburg University, will appear in a documentary film, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia,” which will be produced by the Emmy-Award-winning studio History Making Productions.

The writer of the documentary requested to interview Younger after reading a scholarly article she wrote which was published in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in July 2010. The article, based on Younger’s doctoral dissertation, discussed females’ role in the American colonization movement in Philadelphia in the 1830s-40s.

“The American colonization movement was an early anti-slavery movement that predated the rise of abolitionism,” said Younger. “The movement advocated freeing slaves and resettling them in Liberia, Africa. It attracted some of the most well-known men and women of the era, but an examination of northern female participation had been virtually ignored by historians.”

Younger will be interviewed this month for the first episode of the documentary, which is about abolitionist pioneers of the 19th century.

“I’m always excited to be able to share what I know with the public,” said Younger. “It’s a validation of my scholarship, and this particular opportunity seems really fun.”

To learn more about the History program at Waynesburg University, visit waynesburg.edu/history.

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_stolfer.jpgDr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, will offer a podium presentation based on her scholarly paper at the University of Kentucky’s 13th Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop.

The paper was accepted for presentation at the workshop, which will be held May 11 and 12, after Stolfer submitted an abstract of the paper in October 2016.

“The event will provide networking opportunities with nursing scholars throughout the nation,” said Stolfer. “The newly gleaned information will be shared with faculty peers and students to enhance student engagement.”

Titled “Active Student Learning in the Psych Clinical Setting: The Nursing Education Group,” Stolfer’s paper details an activity for nursing students during their psych clinical experience. She explains how an instructor can guide a Nursing Education Group to research and discuss topics related to clinical psychology work. As psych clinical work can be an uncomfortable experience for students, the Nursing Education Group can help them to become more self-confident and comfortable in a clinical setting.

Stolfer also presented a scholarly paper at the University of Kentucky Annual Nursing Faculty Development Workshop in May 2015. She believes academic work and presentations are essential to her role as a Waynesburg faculty member and Certified Nurse Educator.

“As I tell my students on the first day of class, nursing is a wonderful way to do God’s work,” said Stolfer. “Not only is caring for others essential, but wisdom and knowledge also is important to foster the students’ professional growth.”

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_Soracco_20170430_-641_20170430-214437_1.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Soracco_20170430_-390.jpgWaynesburg University held its 165th Commencement exercises Sunday, April 30, honoring approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Mrs. Aradhna Oliphant, President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., delivered the Commencement Address, “Essence of Leadership.” 

“I love that this university believes so much in the concept of servant leadership, which in my experience is the only real and lasting leadership that we can offer each other,” she said. 

Oliphant explored attributes of great leadership, noting that true leaders remain curiously humble, are present and get involved. These attributes, she said, have been shared by the leaders she has admired and learned from the most. 

“To the class of 2017, let me say this: This wonderful, beautiful, mission-centric university has taught you to engage life with faith and spirituality at your core,” she said. “That is a gift, but it is a gift with consequences.  You might even call it a sacred trust. As the theologian Henri J.M. Nouwen has put it, ‘the spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.’”

Oliphant concluded with a challenge to graduates, urging them to be the leaders who remain curious, who show up and who get involved. 

“Three simple traits. May you be those leaders; may you show the way,” she said. 

Taylor Garrett, a math (secondary education) graduate from Aurora, Ohio, was named valedictorian and delivered the valedictory to the University. Freddie Fields, who received a Master of Business Administration degree, represented the graduate program students. 

Matthew Joseph Rinaudo, a criminal justice administration graduate from Alpharetta, Pennsylvania, was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States of America during the ceremony. 

Prior to the commencement exercises, Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore, the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “On the Road with Jesus,” during which he referenced Luke 24:13-31 and two paradoxes found within those verses. 

The first, he said, is the paradox of meeting the living Lord who is right beside you on the road but who encounters you as a stranger you do not recognize. 

“The second paradox goes like this: Often it is just when God seems most absent in our life that God is most profoundly present,” said Migliore, who encouraged the graduates to remain dedicated to engaging with and helping strangers throughout their lives. 

“During your studies at this university, many of you have been blessed by having the experience of meeting and helping strangers in various service programs,” he said. “I hope you won’t give the practice up. There are countless strangers out there on the road waiting to walk beside you and to bless you and be blessed by you.” 

The University awarded the following degrees to graduates:  Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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