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b2ap3_thumbnail_student-in-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 third-straight year, and President Megan Bayles, a senior, earned PRSSA’s National Gold Key Award, the organization’s highest individual honor.

The University now also has agreements with multiple professional schools, affording students benefits ranging from expedited application reviews to guaranteed admission interviews, among others. These professional schools include the:

  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy Program
  • Chatham University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program
  • Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program

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 2014 achieved a 95% placement rate, which means 95% 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) 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. 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 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
  • 18 students in an average class
  • 13:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 100% of academic departments offering hands-on learning, research and/or internship opportunities
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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgThree poems written by Waynesburg University’s Dr. Richard Pierce have been selected for publication in Image journal. Pierce, an assistant professor of English at the University, submitted poems entitled “Go Gentle,” “Father Rodney,” and “Salt of Sodom,” all of which will appear in a future issue of Image.

Image, an internationally-read quarterly, features artistic works grounded in religious faith or featuring spiritual grappling. Pierce submitted his three poems because he felt they aligned with the publication’s focus on faith and art.

“Being published in Image means very much to me, and I am very thankful for the opportunity,” said Pierce. “It has been a dream of mine for quite a while.  If you are a writer of faith, you want to be published in Image.”

The poems were submitted after Pierce sought revisions and feedback from a number of colleagues, both at the University and outside of it. He believes his experiences writing poetry and getting published have a direct influence on the tools and skills he teaches creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“This publication helps me to teach students the important lesson that perseverance and patience are imperative to becoming a good writer,” said Pierce.

Pierce also published a poetry chapbook, “The Book of Mankey,” in 2015 and has had upwards of a dozen other poems published in various poetry collections and reviews.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Benito-Stallings.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel, Monday, January 18. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Benito Stallings, philanthropy advisor at Waynesburg University, served as the speaker. In his address, “Loving One Another as Christ Has Loved Us,” Stallings explored the questions of “What is love?,” “Why do we love?” and “How do we love?” 

Turning to Scripture to answer these questions, Stallings stated that the message of the gospel is a message of love. He focused his exploration of how to love on laying down one’s life “for the justice and well-being of our fellow brothers and sisters who may be different from us.” 

Stallings recounted King’s great example of love and service towards all individuals, both through the Civil Rights Movement and through his life in general. He also shared a few examples of the Civil Rights Movement with ties to Waynesburg University. 

“[Waynesburg] University’s faith in Christ inspires its students to learn about the world around them and leads them to seek to lay down their lives in service,” Stallings said, referencing the University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Through traveling on behalf of the University, Stallings has met an array of Waynesburg alumni, and has been touched by the stories he has heard from 1950’s and 1960’s graduates.

“I must have talked to a half dozen ministers who graduated from Waynesburg and decided to integrate their churches during a time when integration would get you harassed by the Ku Klux Klan,” Stallings said. “A retired history professor told me the story of how he helped integrate Florida State University in the early 60’s.”

Stallings also noted that the University’s tradition of loving one another goes back further than the 50’s and 60’s, citing Waynesburg’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and women’s suffrage. 

“To the student body, I say keep pursuing Christ and loving others in the way that you’re doing, and I firmly believe you’ll change the world. By God’s grace we’ll see senators, governors, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers coming from Waynesburg who will lay down their lives and challenge and inspire others to do the same.”

Stallings’ background includes community outreach, fundraising, budget management, organizing and motivating volunteers, preaching and teaching. Currently, he is seeking ordination into the priesthood within the Anglican Church.

Stallings is active within his church in Pittsburgh as a leadership figure for outreach and evangelism, primarily to college students and recent college graduates, and as a co-founder of the Southside Anglican Church Forum on Race Relations. 

Civically engaged in the city of Pittsburgh, Stallings was selected to become one of 50 young professionals to participate in the Leadership Development Initiative XXIII (LDI) last year. LDI is an extension of Leadership Pittsburgh, both of which are highly selective leadership training programs designed to improve the city of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Stallings was the associate director of development at Penn State University. Stallings earned his bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences with a minor in meteorology from Penn State University.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-18-Central-Greene.jpgWaynesburg University and the Central Greene School District (CGSD) have established a mutually beneficial partnership, through which University students begin gaining real-world experience as early as their freshman year while supporting CGSD kindergarten teachers with larger-than-normal enrollment.

“This partnership between Waynesburg and CGSD is one of a kind,” said Annette Vietmeier, director of curriculum, instruction and technology for Central Greene School District. “It provides opportunities to grow and impact our community in ways not being done anywhere else. The commitment of the pre-service teacher is incredible as they gain the ability to put theory into practice.” 

The partnership, which began four years ago, has enabled Waynesburg students to gain valuable field experience and has helped CGSD support the class sizes and needs of their students with no additional cost to the district.

In return, Central Greene faculty and administration have made themselves available to facilitate mock interviews and offer various training and professional development sessions for Waynesburg students. Staff members from Waynesburg’s Department of Education have also offered their service to the district’s literacy and strategic planning teams.

Waynesburg students have been afforded a substantial amount of hands-on learning from Central Greene’s mentors who have engaged them in classroom activity from the first day. Students also participate in Central Greene’s teacher training and professional development sessions throughout the school year.

“This experience is unlike any other college or university in the region,” said Yvonne Weaver, interim chair of the Department of Education and field placement coordinator and certification officer for Waynesburg University. “Our students spend significant time in the classroom during their freshman, sophomore and junior years, ultimately allowing them to be career and profession ready.”

The partnership has grown from nine student teachers at the kindergarten level to 47 student teachers kindergarten through 12th grade. Waynesburg University also supports field experiences in school districts throughout Greene, Washington and Fayette counties.

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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will display a guest art exhibition Monday, Jan. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception January 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition, “The Art of Clay,” will feature the work of local and national artists such as Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art and art director at Waynesburg University; Jim and Linda Winegar, owners of Winegar Pottery in Waynesburg; and ceramic artists Christine Colby from Florida and Susan Phillips from Pennsylvania. Two Waynesburg University alumni, John Joseph Smith (’15) and Jimmy Law (’15), will also have some of their work displayed at the exhibition.

Heisey believes the concept behind the art exhibit can best be described through the words of Susan Peterson, a nationally known and former ceramics instructor: “Claywork is full of paradoxes. It is one of the most technically challenging of art media, and yet it is used by children. It is one of the most ancient media, made of the stuff of the Earth itself, and yet it is also at the forefront of modern materials science.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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