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b2ap3_thumbnail_dessart.pngJamie Dessart
Professor of English

Jamie is in the midst of her 16th year at Waynesburg University, where she teaches composition and literature while also advising students. Her office is located on the 3rd floor of Buhl Hall.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

Funny story: I never actually applied for the job at WU. Dr. Marilyn Roberts, who at the time was chair of the English department, got my CV through her husband (who worked at another school in the area that shall remain nameless), and he passed my credentials on to her. So, it was a surprise to get the call. The second I drove up between Stewart Hall and the gym for my campus interview, I fell in love with the place and the rest is history!

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve always loved the top floor of Eberly Library with its quiet spaces, great views from the windows and hidden rooms. It’s a great place to sit and read.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

Along with teaching and advising students, I serve on the Curriculum Committee as well as the Assessment Committee. I actually like doing the work of organizing curriculum proposals and keeping up with changing ideas about how to assess our goals.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

I’m going to cheat and say the moment at every graduation day when the faculty process through the lines of graduating seniors. Seeing those smiling faces, some I’ve seen every day, some I’ve had only once in class, truly reminds me of how God works on our campus.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

Sharing things I love and watching students get excited about it. A student just said he’d never enjoyed a writing class until he was in mine. That’s the special part of the job.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-10-Homecoming-King-Queen.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2016 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Saturday, Oct. 10, at a ceremony held during halftime of the Homecoming football game. Travis Sumner and Emily Nowakowski were named king and queen, respectively.

Sumner, a senior forensic science major and business management minor, is the son of Robert and Joyce Sumner of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania. He is a student ambassador, orientation leader and a Fiat Lux mentor. Sumner is also the vice president of the University’s business club, a member of the criminal justice club and co-host of the radio show, Down the Hollow.

Sumner has participated in many of the University’s service and learning projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

When he graduates, Sumner will seek a master’s degree in digital forensics and cyber security. Ultimately, he plans to work as a forensic accountant or auditor for a government agency.

Nowakowski, a senior psychology major and Spanish minor, is the daughter of Larry and Kim Nowakowski of Bridgeport, Ohio. She is a Bonner Scholar, captain of the University’s women’s volleyball team and a student ambassador.

Nowakowski also serves as a member of the leadership team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has participated in service trips to Guatemala and Taiwan.

After graduation, Nowakowski plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling.

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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_JD-Lydic-2.JPGRecent sports broadcasting and sports information graduate, J.D. Lydic, has uprooted to Erie, Pennsylvania, to start his career in the news industry.

Lydic is currently a multimedia journalist for WICU and WSEE of Erie News Now, an NBC affiliated television station. He is responsible for coming in to work each day with multiple stories, and his news director chooses which stories are classified as newsworthy.

In a single day, Lydic goes out into the community to record video and conduct interviews. He then returns to the studio to edit his footage into a short news package that is accompanied by a script he prepares after the video editing is complete. Complete packages are then posted onto the station’s website with a written story.

When Lydic thinks back to his time at Waynesburg, he recounts how he was prepared for the workforce.

“Waynesburg allowed me to get on-air experience in television,” he said. “I was taught how to be part of the community and what makes a good news story.”

Lydic attributes professors Lanny Frattare, Melinda Roeder, Brandon Szuminsky and Bill Molzon for helping him become a great broadcaster with a wide skill set that made him more marketable when searching for his first job out of college.

Thus far, Lydic has learned that it is a busy world in news and the deadlines come quickly, as he is responsible for all aspects of creating a story.

“I have learned that it takes a lot of work and the starting things young reporters are asked to do can be many,” he said. “You must work through it all to become successful.”

Lydic also noted that Waynesburg’s mission taught him how to be a servant in the community by using his talents as a voice for the public.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_vikki.pngVikki Beppler ('11, '14)
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Despite graduating with a degree in public relations in 2011, Vikki Beppler never really left Waynesburg University. She began her career in Alumni Relations shortly after graduation and obtained her MBA from WU in 2014. You can find her in the Office of Institutional Advancement on the second floor of Miller Hall, where she keeps over 16,000 alumni engaged and connected with their alma mater!

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I have two. First is the fourth floor of Buhl Hall where I spent a lot of time as a student and where I met my husband, Josh. The second is the bench that sits behind Miller Hall and faces Johnson Commons. If you find the right time during the fall season, you can sit there and watch the leaves cascade from the trees; it's absolute perfection. Plus, there's a great view of Roberts Chapel.

What's your favorite fun fact about WU?

Bruce Springsteen and Kansas played a concert here in the 1970s!

What's your favorite annual event?

Homecoming! And I'm not just saying that. I love meeting alumni who haven't been back to campus since they've graduated (sometimes it's been decades since they're been back!) and hear how much it's changed.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

I got to ring the Hanna Hall Bell at Commencement in 2015. It was quite an honor!

How has WU changed in the time you have worked here?

You wouldn't think a lot has changed in five years, but it definitely has! When I started, Roberts Chapel was just being completed, and they were just starting to work on renovating Stewart Science Hall. It's been exciting to see so much growth here.

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Homecoming, to me, is exactly what it sounds like - a time for alumni to come home to WU and celebrate with us. There's so much to do and see, and I can't wait for October 7-8!

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Greene County’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will have the help of six Waynesburg University students from Sunday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 20. As the students serve during their fall break this semester, they will work on one or more of Habitat’s larger home building projects.

The students will be led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program; Chaley Knight, university counselor; Jessica Sumpter, assistant dean of Student Services; Jody Rawlings, instructor of nursing; Marie Coffman, director of Career Services and Placement; and Matthew Pioch, resident director.

Tharp said that because students work on just one part of a home, they often don’t see the finished product. However, they usually have the chance to meet and work with the home’s future owner, which Tharp hopes illustrates to students the impact their work has another’s life.

“Often, we do not see the end of a project – it can be discouraging for students,” said Tharp. “Our hope is students will be able to see the fruits of their labor and know that the work they do is important.”

Another goal of the trip, according to Tharp, is to expose students to the Greene County community and the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

“I hope [the trip] provides students with a new insight to Greene County and also encourages them to serve, whether with Habitat or other organizations,” said Tharp.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Moesha Godwin, junior psychology major from Bronx, N.Y. (Harry S. Truman High School)
  • Rebecca Iannotta, junior athletic training major from Stanhope, N.J. (Veritas Christian Academy)
  • Andrew McClellan, junior marketing major from Eighty Four (Trinity Area School District)
  • Morgan McNab, freshman forensic science major from Damascus, Md. (Damascus High School)
  • Joseph Pavlic, junior criminal justice administration major from Belle Vernon (Belle Vernon Area High School)
  • Patience Yobp, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Valencia (Mars Area High School)

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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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