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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-CF_Best-for-Money.pngWaynesburg University was recently ranked a “Best College for the Money” in College Factual’s 2017 “Best Colleges Nationwide” ranking, which was published by USA Today earlier this month. Waynesburg, ranked No. 147, was in the top 15 percent of the 1,208 schools identified across the nation.

Waynesburg was also recognized as a best value for nursing, ranking in the top 5 percent of schools nationally, and a best value for criminal justice, ranking in the top 10 percent nationwide.

“Once again, Waynesburg University has been recognized on a national level as a top value,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Ensuring that the cost of a Christian higher education remains affordable for our students is one of our major priorities.”

According to College Factual, overall rankings are based on criteria across four categories: student body caliber, educational resources, degree completion and post-graduation earnings.

Additionally, College Factual ranks schools for best value by estimating the actual average cost for an undergraduate degree, using the quality results from the best colleges ranking and personalized factors, such as location, cost and financial aid.

In the past year, Waynesburg University has been consistently ranked a top value nationwide by CollegeNET, “The Economist,” the Brookings Institute and Educate To Career.

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_9-19-Collage-show.pngThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host an art show entitled “The Art of Collage” from Monday, Oct. 10, to Friday, Nov. 11. An opening reception will be held for the show Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Artists are invited to submit their collage artwork to be featured in the show. The goal of the show is to answer the question, “what is a collage?” and to showcase the diversity of collage art. As such, artists’ work can be creative, unique and unusual. Artists interested in participating should contact Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art at the University, before Sept. 30. Artwork will need to arrive at the University by Oct. 7.

Collage has been a staple art form since it was created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Heisey said he hopes the exhibit serves to illustrate to students the variety of forms collages can take, from collaged videos to wood landscapes.

“Every art exhibit here in the Benedum Art Gallery is to educate our students about various art styles and forms,” said Heisey.

For more information or to enter artwork in the show, contact Heisey at 724-852-3274 or aheisey@waynesburg.edu.

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_9-19-Knox-writing-contest.jpgWaynesburg University will host the third annual John C. Knox Writing Contest Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsored by the Observer Publishing Company, the contest is free and open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in writing or journalism. Students attending public, private or home schools in 14 different Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia counties are eligible to register; the registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 28.

The contest, hosted by the University’s Department of Communication and student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will begin at 9:30 a.m. After a welcome, students will enter a one-hour press conference with a local newsmaker, followed by a two-hour writing period during which participants will craft feature stories about the object of the press conference.

Following the contest, lunch will be provided free of charge in the University dining hall. Optional campus tours will be available after lunch.

Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at the University and coordinator of the event, said he hopes the high school students come out of the contest with an understanding of the Waynesburg experience and an idea of what a career in writing or journalism may be like.

“The most important thing for me about the contest is the way it can serve as an encouragement for high school students who care about writing and have an interest in journalism,” said Szuminsky. “These are increasingly important skill sets, and the contest is one small way to help nurture the next generation of writers and journalists.”

Participating students’ work will be judged by local journalists, members of the University chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and members of the Department of Communication.

A total of $1,000 will be awarded to the contest winners: $500 to the first-place winner, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The first-place winner will also see their story published in the University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt.

To register, visit www.waynesburg.edu/knox-writing. For more information, contact Szuminsky at 724-852-3247 or bszumins@waynesburg.edu.

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_Science_Day_2015_6_of_11.jpgEvonne Baldauff
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Forensic Science

What started as a split appointment between Waynesburg University and a local tech company, Evonne can hardly believe how the time has flown 9 years later. You can often find her in the glass hallway on the 5th floor of the recently-renovated Stewart Science Center, enjoying the opportunity to hang out with students and talk chemistry.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

We have a lab in Stewart Hall on the 5th floor with huge windows that has a fantastic view of Greene County. It is particularly beautiful on dark, stormy days!

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

I research coffee! We have been collaborating with a local roaster in Pittsburgh to try to help develop a set of metrics that will allow a barista to know if their beans are good for brewing. Specifically, what is happening chemically to the beans once they have been roasted that will yield a really great cup of coffee vs. a mediocre flavor? Using our instrumentation, we have been working to identify what is happening in the beans compared with the flavor of the produced coffee. My students presented some of this information at a recent conference. It's a great project because we can potentially make a real impact and we get to drink a lot of coffee!

What's your favorite annual event?

The Haunted Lab, which is hosted by our ACS Student Chapter [of which Evonne is the advisor]. It is a service event open to campus and community that aims to get people interested in chemistry. It is a ton of work to set up, but a lot of fun. As my son has gotten older he has really begun to enjoy it more, which I absolutely love.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

For Christmas last year, my department members surprised me with a group picture. They posed as a Christmas tree complete with tinsel, Santa hats and reindeer noses in front of a Periodic Table. I can't help but laugh whenever I look at it. I think they had a lot of fun taking it too!

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

The renovation of Stewart Hall has been a huge change, as that is where I predominantly spend my days! The new labs are beautiful and provide a fantastic teaching environment!

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Because I am SO bad at keeping up with social media, Homecoming provides a hopeful opportunity for me to reconnect with former students and to learn what they are doing with their degrees!

To learn more about Evonne and the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, click here!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-13-best-colleges-RU-Best-Value_2017_20160913-174632_1.pngWaynesburg University has been selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, under the “Regional Universities – North” category. 

The ranking identifies the top 15 Best Value Schools in the northern region of the country. Ranked at No. 7, Waynesburg qualified as a Best Value School due to the high quality of academic programs combined with low costs. 

“Our commitment to both quality academics and high value has consistently led us to be recognized as a top value school,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “A Waynesburg University education provides students with a strong foundation for successful careers and lifelong fiscal responsibility.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Value School rankings take in to consideration a school’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-16 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

As described by U.S. News & World Report, only schools in or near the top half of the ranking categories are included in the value rankings because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90 percent of Waynesburg students received some form of financial aid, and 98 percent of 2015 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation.

Additionally, tuition, room and board at Waynesburg is more than $11,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges. 

The University processes aid from a wide variety of sources, including federal, state and institutional aid programs. In the 2015-16 academic year, it awarded more than $36 million in aid to its students. This aid included academic scholarships, federal, state and institutional grants, work-study opportunities and student or parent educational loans.

For first-time freshman students, the University offers two types of renewable, four-year scholarships: Achievement Awards and Competitive Scholarship Programs.

Achievement Awards range between $6,000 and $15,000 annually and are based on the combination of each applicant’s cumulative high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Competitive Scholarship Programs can cover from $1,000 to full tuition, room and board annually. 

For more information on financial aid and scholarships at Waynesburg University, contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid at 724-852-3208 or finaid@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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