b2ap3_thumbnail_10-24-McCracken-Legacy-Award.JPGWaynesburg University was awarded the 2017 McCracken Legacy Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce at an Oct. 21 dinner held in the Benedum Dining Hall on the Waynesburg University campus. The McCracken Legacy Award is awarded annually to a business or organization in Greene County. 

Jeff McCracken presented the award on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

“This award is so special because it comes from the hearts of the people of this community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It is also special because many at the University know the legacy of the McCracken family. They have touched many lives over the years with kindness and generosity and demonstrate what true American entrepreneurism is.”

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the award recipient must have demonstrated ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people as well as a commitment to social responsibility and exemplary community involvement. The business or organization selected for the award must also have demonstrated a positive social and/or economic impact on the community and exemplary civic community leadership. 

Special guests included Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta and Pennsylvania State Representative Pam Snyder, and both commended the University for its service to the county and its commitment to educating students. 

Bartolotta lauded how Waynesburg makes good people, while Snyder remarked that sometimes we forget to appreciate what’s in our backyard but Waynesburg University is a crown jewel of Greene County.

Greene County Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader also spoke.

Waynesburg University has been a leader in the local and regional economy for many years and is one of the premier partners for economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Waynesburg University community contributes approximately 50,000 service learning and community/civic engagement hours each year. Those hours provide a total annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million.

The University is proud to be one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg. Bonners contribute approximately 17,290 hours of service locally each year.

The Waynesburg University Bonner Program has developed meaningful, longstanding relationships with partner organizations in and around Greene County. Through this long-term approach, these local organizations benefit from ongoing weekly service contributed by students while students experience personal and professional growth.

With the numerous educational centers at the University, business partners and community members alike benefit from the University’s distinctive offerings. Examples include training exercises for law enforcement in the criminal justice facilities and monthly labs for homeschooled students.

Waynesburg University also has a long-standing history of supporting the local community. The University has donated more than $500,000 in recent years to the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, construction and fire safety equipment, as well as contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-24-FirstEnergy-edu-grant.jpgThe FirstEnergy Foundation has awarded Waynesburg University’s Department of Education a $5,000 grant for the purchase of iPads.

The iPads will be used in college classrooms to teach future educators how to integrate technology into daily lessons for K-12 students. 

“FirstEnergy recognizes the value of a strong, well-educated work force for the future,” said Randy Durr, manager of external affairs for FirstEnergy.  “We’re pleased to support this effort to equip future educators with the tools they need to assure their students succeed.”

Through the use of the iPads, Waynesburg University students will learn how to find appropriate applications that support the objectives they are teaching and how to actively engage students in the activity. Students will also learn how to use data from applications to make instructional decisions. 

“We are excited to have the grant money to purchase iPads for the Education Department,” said Yvonne Weaver, chairperson for the University’s Education Department and instructor of education. “Faculty will use various iPad applications to help our future teachers learn how to infuse technology into their lessons. This is one way to teach students how to differentiate instruction to meet individual needs in a classroom.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-23-Voices-from-Field-Ed.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Education recently hosted Dr. Rob Furman, who presented “Are You Future Ready?” as part of the Department’s “Voices from the Field” speaker series.

Furman is an educator, leader, principal, scholar, speaker and published author, and is currently the principal at South Park Elementary Center in the South Park School District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The presentation focused on how technology can play a significant role in preparing students for achievement in the future and includes information about the skills needed to move education forward in a productive and effective manner.

“I think Dr. Furman’s message was clear that teachers are facilitators of learning these days,” said senior education major Cassandra Kemp. “I appreciated how he connected [his presentation] to our part of rural, western Pennsylvania in pointing out that if our schools don’t have funding to have a piece of technology for every student, that there are ways for us to bring in only one piece of technology as a model.”

Furman was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Research and Publication Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD). His writing also earned him the distinction of being named to the 2015 Top 100 Educational Blogs list by #60 National, and he was a 2014 Pittsburgh-Tribune Review Total Media Newsmaker.

Furman holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University, master’s degree in educational administration from Duquesne University and a doctorate in instructional leadership.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-23-Overnight-Visit.jpgWaynesburg University’s Office of Admissions will host an overnight visitation Sunday, Nov. 12, through Monday, Nov. 13. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. in the Stover Campus Center on the Waynesburg University campus. The event is open to high school seniors only.

“The overnight visitation is a great opportunity for students to experience Waynesburg University in a different light,” said Kyle DiGiandomenico, admission counselor. “For some students, engaging with professors, current students and prospective students allows them to feel more comfortable and confident in their [college] choice.”

Upon registration, students will meet their host and check in to their dorm room. That evening, students will participate in a pizza party, group activity and Upper Room, a student-led worship service. On Monday, students will have breakfast in the Benedum Dining Hall and attend classes according to their personalized itinerary.

Parent tours will also be held on Monday at three times: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All tours will depart from the Admissions Office in Miller Hall.

“Our goal for these types of visits is for students to reassure themselves that Waynesburg is the right fit for them,” said DiGiandomenico.

Waynesburg enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students, with more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study and has most recently been ranked nationally as a top school for value by MONEY Magazine and College Factual.

For more information, contact DiGiandomenico at 724-852-3446 or kdigiand@waynesburg.edu. To register, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/admissions/overnight-visit.

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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-19-Fall-Open-House.jpgWaynesburg University will host an Open House Saturday, Nov. 18, for high school students, transfer students and their families. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with registration in Roberts Chapel.

The Open House will include information regarding the admissions process, financial aid and student activities. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty in their area of interest and participate in a guided campus tour. The event will end with lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

Waynesburg University currently enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students and offers more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study.

Waynesburg was recently named to MONEY Magazine’s 2017-2018 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list, and 97 percent of 2016 graduates have reported working full time or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393 or email admissions@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 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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