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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Feldner.jpgLuke Feldner, senior forensic accounting major

Assurance intern at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Most hours of an accounting internship are spent behind a desk, possibly within a cubicle, in an office completing various tasks. However, Luke Feldner’s internship at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pa., allowed him to gain experience outside of the office as well by traveling to the “happiest place on Earth”: Walt Disney World. 

Feldner traveled to Orlando, Fla., to attend the International Intern Leadership Conference that Ernst & Young hosts annually for its interns around the world. During the weeklong conference, Feldner listened to speakers and attended workshops where he gained invaluable knowledge as an accounting pre-professional. 

In Pittsburgh, where he spent the majority of his internship, Feldner was assigned to audit teams for various corporate clients. He traveled with Ernst & Young employees to the clients’ headquarters to review their public financial statements for accuracy and reasonableness in accordance with a year-end audit. Some of the clients Feldner worked with include: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Rice Energy, Inc., Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (Wabtec) and Westinghouse Electric Company. 

Feldner says that his internship “exceeded his expectations.” He acknowledges God, his classes and co-curricular activities at Waynesburg University for his rewarding time as an intern. 

“I felt prepared to work with audit teams due to the team aspect of the cross country and track and field teams I am a member of, as well as the knowledge I learned in the classroom,” said Feldner. “God granted me the opportunity to take a tremendous leap of faith. Through it, God never let me fall.” 

 

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