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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-11-ACS-Regional-Mtg-JK.jpgIn a few short weeks, Jelena Kyle, recent forensic science alumna, will be continuing her education across the Atlantic Ocean. Kyle will be pursuing a master’s degree in forensic science at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom.

Kyle first learned of Northumbria through Dr. Evonne Balduaff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, who, at the time, was exploring a future study abroad program with the school.

“We would always joke that I was going to go there for graduate school, but I don’t think either of us thought that one day I actually would,” said Kyle.

Baldauff and Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science, once visited Northumbria and upon their return, shared how amazing it was as a school. This was when Kyle made a decision that Northumbria was where she wanted to continue her education.

Kyle’s professors at Waynesburg have helped shape her into the person she has become today. In addition to Baldauff and Cipoletti, Kelly Wilczynski, chemical hygiene officer and safety coordinator, and Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science, have become personal and academic influencers to Kyle.

In addition to being her professor, Baldauff was her research advisor and saw firsthand the amount of time and dedication that Kyle devoted to her studies in the chemistry lab.

“I am surprised that she didn’t get sick of me for how much time I spent up there on the fifth floor of Stewart Hall,” said Kyle. “The joke was that I was either going to become the mascot or that I should just bring my mattress and move in.”

Musko was Kyle’s biggest cheerleader and the one who pushed her harder every day to do her best. Another friend and Kyle coined the phrase, “Musko Wednesdays,” which became a time when they held conversations with Musko in her office about anything from school to politics to TV.

“It might not seem like much, but it was honestly one of the biggest stress relievers for me,” said Kyle.

Kyle credits the structure of Waynesburg’s forensic science curriculum for helping her with choosing a career. At Waynesburg, students experience all disciplines in the forensic science field rather than being forced to choose a specific discipline from the start.

“Not many colleges other than Waynesburg offer this,” said Kyle. “I was able to study a little bit of every division so I would be better suited to then pick what it was I wanted to do as a career.”

Indeed, that is how Kyle decided that she wanted to become a latent fingerprint examiner and work for the counterfeiting division of the Secret Service.

In September, Kyle will begin her coursework at Northumbria, and she is very eager to do so.

“I think I am most excited about going to a different country for my degree,” said Kyle. “I am going to learn so much over there, not just from my new professors, but from the culture and area.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Admissions-visits.jpgWaynesburg University will host a fall visitation day on Saturday, Sept. 17, and a Saturday information session on Saturday, Oct. 15, for transfer students, high school students and their families.

“Visitation days at Waynesburg University are designed to provide prospective students and their families an informative and engaging day,” said Jacqueline Palko, director of admissions. “Not only will students and their families learn about our mission and excellent academic programs and outcomes, but they will also interact with current students and faculty members.”

Registration for the Sept. 17 fall visitation day will begin at 9 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. After registration, students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff in their elected majors, learn about admissions and financial aid, take a tour of the campus and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall. Students and parents will follow the same schedule. The day concludes around 1:30 p.m.

On Oct. 15, the University will host its first Saturday information session, which will offer students and their families a quick first look at Waynesburg. The day will only include an information session with an admissions counselor and a student-led campus tour.

“Trying to schedule a college visit during the week can be stressful for some families,” said Palko. “Offering a quick Saturday information session will allow students and their families some flexibility and allow them to still enjoy their weekend.”

Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. Attending the University in person for any of these visits allows interested students to see the mission and values of Waynesburg firsthand.

Waynesburg currently enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students, with more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study and has consistently been ranked nationally as a top school for value.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393.

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, Associate Director of University Relations

awise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7675

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b2ap3_thumbnail_matriculation.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2016-2017 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 18, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

“The members of the faculty and staff in this room and around this University are committed to educating each of you to live a life of purpose for the glory of God,” Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee said at the ceremony. “That is not only a statement, but the passionate mission of this University.”

Lee encouraged the students to practice perseverance in all endeavors, just as those before them at Waynesburg University have done throughout the decades.  

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

The University welcomed more than 440 students representing 62 different majors and academic areas of interest and 17 states, including Alaska, California, Maine and Vermont.

Nearly $5 million in institutional-sponsored scholarships and grants have been awarded to the incoming class, including four Stover Scholarships, 15 Bonner Scholarships and eight Scout Scholarships.

“The entire campus community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the freshman class,” said Jacqueline Palko, director of admissions at Waynesburg University. “We are thrilled they have finally arrived, ready to begin their new journey at Waynesburg!”

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, August 18. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 21, and classes will begin Monday, August 22.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-10-MBU.jpgWaynesburg University’s fourth annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, will provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff at Waynesburg University.

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 21 merit badges, including American Heritage, Chemistry, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Arts, Indian Lore and Personal Management. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university. 

Cost for the day is $15 and includes lunch, a Class B shirt, a patch and instruction by Waynesburg University faculty. Space will not be held for scouts until payment is made. All spaces are first come, first served. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but shirts and patches are not guaranteed. Registration is limited to 300 scouts.

Adult participants who plan to attend merit badge sessions must be in Class A/Field Uniform and must present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Alternate activities will be provided for adult participants who do not wish to accompany scouts to badge sessions or who are not appropriately registered with the BSA.  

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, visit the website above or contact 724-852-7660.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CoD_Yearly_Badge_16_17_500px.pngWaynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction in recognition of its innovative application of high impact educational practices. 

“We’re so happy to award Waynesburg University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

To be named a College of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions, which include engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes. Each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation.

Institutions that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“The value of a Waynesburg University degree combined with our distinct mission and programs set us apart,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This recognition is a testament to that.” 

Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. 

“Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Waynesburg, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

Waynesburg University has also been named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.

For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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