Fourteen Waynesburg University students will spend the first two weeks of summer break serving in Patzun, Guatemala. University groups have been traveling to Guatemala for nearly 15 years, and this year’s group will continue the annual trip by serving at the Centro Nutricional Y Hogar de Ninos, a children’s nutrition center.

Led by Associate Dean of Students Pat Bristor and graduate assistant Ryan Smith, the students will serve at the center from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 14.

According to Bristor, the center often doesn’t know what projects will need completed until Waynesburg students arrive, so the group could engage in work such as painting, cleaning, concrete work or simply spending time with the children at the center.

While the children are in school, some students will teach English in their classrooms. Nursing students on the trip may also have the opportunity to observe the treatment of patients at the hospital attached to the center.

This year, Waynesburg is providing the center with several new laptop computers purchased through the fundraising efforts of students participating in the trip. The computers will help to upgrade the children’s computer center, which will enable them to more quickly and skillfully complete their schoolwork.

Bristor, who has been a part of the University’s Guatemala trip for 10 years, believes the students participating will come home with a greater understanding of the world and their role in it.

“They’re going to learn an awful lot about themselves,” she said. “I think that they’ll be humbled, and my hope is that they’ll come back and begin to be advocates for the children or people in need in general.”

She also looks forward to seeing continued growth in the children at the center, some of whom have been there since her first years on the trip. The children are thrilled each year when the Waynesburg group arrives, said Bristor, and she loves to see how much they’ve learned since she saw them last.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Sadie Breon, a junior psychology major from Lock Haven (Central Mountain High School)
  • Andrew Brunette, a junior biblical ministry studies major from Aliquippa (Hopewell Senior High School)
  • Marian Chearney, a junior nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Mary Beth Cocchi, a junior nursing major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Amy Crotinger, a junior nursing major from Horsham (Home School)
  • Hannah Filapose, a junior nursing major from Irwin (Yough Senior High School)
  • Natalie Fortna, a junior nursing major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Alyssa Fratto, a senior marketing major from Melcroft (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Sydney Green, a junior nursing major from Farmington (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Michelle Keith, a junior middle-level education major from Rochester (Freedom Area High School)
  • Nicholas Lies, a junior English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Emily Nowakowski, a senior psychology major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Hannah Pierce, a freshman nursing major from Smock (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Elizabeth Trump, a junior biology pre-med major from Fairchance (Albert Gallatin Area Senior 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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Eight Waynesburg University students will travel to Taipei, Taiwan, to serve for three weeks during summer break. Led by University Professor and Librarian IV Richard Blake, along with co-leader Sandy Chen-Blake, the group will serve at Christ’s College, a Presbyterian school specializing in teaching and training in English, music and education.

While in Taipei from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 21, the students will participate in meals and activities with Christ’s College students, in addition to visiting classrooms on campus. The group will join Christ’s College students as they observe and join in Christian programming at local elementary schools. They will also find opportunities to volunteer at after-church feeding programs and assist during worship times at Grace Home Churches, which serve marginalized, inner-city congregations.

“[The students] will return having made new international friends and a sense for how others do mission in a country that is only five percent Christian,” said Blake. “The emphasis is on learning how faith works by the locals rather than exporting our version of religion, except to be supportive of their efforts as we accompany Christ’s College’s students, faculty and personnel in their Christian outreach.”

Blake also said Waynesburg students will return home having been immersed in the history and culture of Taiwan, as they will have the opportunity to travel around the country and visit significant cultural and worship sites.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Mariah Castle, a junior psychology major from Canton (Canton Area Junior-Senior High)
  • Janelle Chuah, a junior biology pre-med major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (K12 International Academy)
  • Destiny McCune, a junior biblical ministry studies major from New Castle (New Castle Junior-Senior High School)
  • Kortney Orwig, a junior biblical ministry studies major from Pittsburgh (North Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Torre Remish, a senior psychology major from Belle Vernon (Charleroi Area High School)
  • Kathleen Renk, a freshman with an undetermined major from Pittsburgh (City Charter High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Toms River, New Jersey (Toms River High School North)
  • Katherine Staronka, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Burnham (Mifflin County 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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During the first week of summer break, nine Waynesburg University students will participate in a mission trip in Tuba City, Arizona. The group will serve at the Tuba City Boarding School from Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 8.

Situated on a Navajo reservation, Tuba City Boarding School provides a quality, secure learning environment for Native American children. Led by Mary Hamilla, academic and major decision counselor, and Kylee Sargent, Help Desk coordinator, the Waynesburg students will be prepared to provide tutoring, maintenance work, event setup or offer whatever service the school needs.

Hamilla hopes the University students and members of the boarding school community build relationships that bridge cultures throughout the week.

“We hope that the Navajo and Hopi people with whom we come into contact will view us as resources,” said Hamilla. “We hope for mutual growth and wisdom between Tuba City students and Waynesburg University students.”

As she prepares to lead the trip for the first time, Hamilla also looks forward to being immersed in a new culture and becoming closer with the students participating in the trip.

“I am excited to spend an intensive week with this small group of Waynesburg students,” said Hamilla. “Service trips are a unique opportunity to engage in a shared, meaningful project, and they invariably lead to a bond among participants.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Michaela Callander, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Amber Cofield, a junior sociology major from Millersville, Maryland (Calvary Baptist Church Academy)
  • Jennifer Gabrielcik, a junior forensic science major from Avonmore (West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School)
  • Cassandra Kemp, a senior history major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Danielle Kemp, a senior nursing major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Joanna Peters, a sophomore human services major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)
  • Victoria Rossignol, a freshman sociology major from Norridgewock, Maine (Temple Academy Christian School)
  • Maranda Valentino, a senior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson High School)
  • Savannah Walker, a senior psychology major from Westminster, Maryland (Westminster 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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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will host an Applied Music Recital Thursday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC). The recital is free and open to the public.

The Applied Music Recital features students who have successfully completed the requirements of their applied music lessons and have been invited by the Music Program faculty to perform.

“This recital represents a huge milestone in the students’ progress toward a solid musical repertoire for his or her portfolio,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program.

Waynesburg University offers opportunities for applied individual lessons in the following areas: brass, percussion, strings, voice and woodwinds. Students participate in weekly lessons to develop and broaden skill sets and solo repertoire.

For more information, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420 or rdepries@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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b2ap3_thumbnail_CEOs17-Outstanding-CEOs-LOGO.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2017 Outstanding CEO and Top Executive Award. 

“It is an honor to be selected for the Outstanding CEO and Top Executive Award,” said Lee. “This award is a reflection of the unparalleled dedication and hard work of the administration, faculty and staff with whom I am privileged to serve.” 

The 2017 Outstanding CEOs and Top Executives Awards honor Western Pennsylvania's outstanding business leaders. The winners include CEOs and company presidents at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh region. Lee accepted his award at the Westin Convention Center Wednesday, April 12.

“It was no surprise to our University community that he was selected for this award,” said Heidi Szuminsky, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “Not only has he led the University to new heights, gaining national attention and rankings based on student outcomes, but he has led the University in a way that has garnered deep respect and affection from the entire University family. We are proud to call him our President.”

As stated on the Pittsburgh Business Time’s website, those chosen for the honor will have demonstrated vital leadership and customer service philosophy, outstanding employee relationships, contributions to the community and evidence that they have shaped their company's products or services to help lead their business to success. 

Lee joined Waynesburg University as Executive Vice President in October 2009, working closely with then President Timothy Thyreen. He was unanimously elected President of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013.

Under Lee's leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. Studies published by The Brookings Institution, The Economist, USA Today and MONEY Magazine have placed Waynesburg University in the top 10 percent nationwide for this type of category. In September 2016, Waynesburg University was ranked No. 7 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Value School for the North” ranking.

Also under Lee’s leadership, the University has been recognized regionally by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a Best Place to Work for 2015 and internationally as one of the most beautiful Christian college campuses in the world. In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) awarded Waynesburg University reaccreditation for a ten-year period, and in September 2015, the University was awarded Imani Christian Academy’s 2015 Leadership in Service Education Award. The University has also been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years. 

Currently, Lee is serving as the Chair of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents' Council and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania. 

Lee was recently chosen as a co-recipient of the Southpointe CEO Association’s World Class CEO Award for 2016 and was named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013. He was also the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) General Greene District of the Laurel Highlands Council's 2015 Good Citizen Award and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, having spoken and written extensively on workers' compensation and labor and employment law topics. 

He is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He has also served on the Boards of the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia and Howe Cemetery. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as line officer and executive officer.

An endurance athlete, Lee is a finisher of three Ironman Triathlons and six marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and Death Valley Marathon.

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