b2ap3_thumbnail_FireFighterCheck.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the second of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.

This donation, along with the first, was given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who served as a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company for nine years, emphasized the importance of contributing to the long-term safety of the community.

“For many years, the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company has been a key component of the community’s safety,” said Lee. “As a former member, I am proud Waynesburg University can help support this vital service to the community.”

Lee, along with Robin L. King, senior vice president for enrollment and university relations, and Mary Cummings, vice president for student services, presented the donation to Jeff Marshall, fire chief.

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support for fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck from 2005 to 2007. 

The University also donated over $430,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment. 

Waynesburg University provides over $1 million in scholarships to Greene County students and over 50,000 hours of community service to the region annually, contributed by Waynesburg students, faculty and staff. 

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The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development workshop series for teachers and librarians called TPS Level II Online: WebQuesting at the Library of Congress.

The five-week workshop series will take place Thursdays beginning March 20 through April 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants can earn up to 24 PA Act 48 activity hours during the series.

The workshop, designed for teachers and librarians of grades six through 12, includes weekly chat sessions supplemented by reading and project development outside of class. Participants will design a WebQuest applicable to their individual classrooms.

A WebQuest is an Internet-based research activity designed for the classroom to promote inquiry and higher-order thinking. Participants will investigate how this teaching tool can enhance learning and will develop an inquiry lesson using primary sources from the Library of Congress. 

Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete the six online modules before attending. Visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/ to locate modules.

Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours. Space is limited. To register online visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WebQuesting

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3377.

The TPS program is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006.

Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Waynesburg University TPS program is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library's vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jamie_Jacobs_HighRes.jpgDr. Jamie Jacobs has joined Waynesburg University as the dean of institutional effectiveness and planning, the University announced today. In her role, Dr. Jacobs provides administrative oversight for the University’s institutional effectiveness, assessment and accreditation processes.

“There is no person who could possibly be a better fit for this position than Dr. Jacobs,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Waynesburg University. “She will play an integral role in the future of our institution, and the excitement which has followed her arrival has been palpable.”

Dr. Jacobs will also be responsible for data management, grant writing, institutional documents, institutional reporting and supporting various institutional objectives.

“I am very excited to contribute to the continued excellence of Waynesburg University and am already working with faculty and staff on several exciting projects,” said Dr. Jacobs. “I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to be a part of the Waynesburg University community.”

With experience in administration roles and as a faculty member, Dr. Jacobs brings to Waynesburg University a diverse background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Dr. Jacobs served in various roles at West Virginia University (WVU), most recently as the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. As the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, Jacobs was responsible for program operations and assessment. She also assisted with programmatic accreditation and evaluated services and recommended evidence-based practices.

Previously at WVU, Dr. Jacobs worked as a clinical therapist for the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and an assistant professor for the Department of Political Science.

WVU repeatedly recognized Dr. Jacobs for her exceptional work as an educator. Among her many awards are the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award (2003), the Golden Apple Outstanding Teacher (2002) and the Department of Political Science Outstanding Teacher Award (2002).

Published extensively, Dr. Jacobs’ recent titles include “NGOS, the European Union and the Case of the Environment,” (with Anthony Zito) in Transition Activism in the UN and EU: A Comparative Study and “Civil Society in Argentina: Opportunities and Challenges for National and Transnational Organisation,” (with Martin Maldonado) in the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Dr. Jacobs has presented at a wide range of conferences, including the National Association of Social Workers Spring Continuing Education Conference in Charleston, W.Va., in 2013.

She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in counseling from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Active in her community, Dr. Jacobs currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the Morgantown Dog Owners Group and on the Advisory Panel for City of Morgantown dog parks. Since 2011, she has been an associate advisor of Venturing Crew 21. Venturing, a co-ed youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for men and women aged 14 through 20, provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring leaders.

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From Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a total of 93 Waynesburg University students and 10 faculty and staff members will spend spring break serving at various organizations. Four mission trips will provide students the opportunity to serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad.

The trips include Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn.; Meeting God in Missions in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic; Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C.; and The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Center for Student Missions – Nashville, Tenn.

A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., with trip leaders Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

Meeting God In Missions – Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic

Twelve Waynesburg University students and trip leaders Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, and Julio Quintero, assistant professor of Spanish, will partner with the Whitefields Foundation to serve in Haitian villages in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic.

Students will participate in construction and repair work, hair ministry, Vacation Bible School, medical and dental work (with second-year medical students from Penn State), prayer walks and spending time with the children.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, 25 Waynesburg University students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

All participating students have previously served with Habitat for Humanity.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty-five Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa., with trip leaders Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

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From Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a team of 25 Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa, will serve as trip leaders.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give vulnerable homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

“The trip will be a great and humbling experience,” said Tharp. “Our projects during the week will be helping various homeowners that are unable to do the projects on their own.”

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project mission trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, a freshman journalism major from North Huntingdon, Pa.
  • Ashley Blair, a sophomore psychology major from Masontown, Pa.
  • Dana Della Loggia, a senior accounting major from Hershey, Pa.
  • Andrya Durr, a sophomore pre-biology major from Greensboro, Pa.
  • Alyssa Fratto, a freshman engineering major from Melcroft, Pa.
  • Sean Giles, a freshman forensic science major from Wyomissing, Pa.
  • James Glisan, a sophomore biblical ministry major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Emily Hackman, a freshman electronic media major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Josh Hennigh, a freshman athletic training major from Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Natalie Herr, a freshman nursing major from Peach Bottom, Pa.
  • Jacob Horne, a freshman criminal justice major from Leckrone, Pa.
  • Katelyn Hunsicker, a freshman psychology major from Reading, Pa.
  • Philip Hurd, a senior Sports Broadcasting major from Prattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Anna Kelley, a freshman nursing major from Baltimore, Md.
  • Emily Nowakowski, a freshman nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Denis O’Donoghue, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pa.
  • Josh Ombiri, a freshman computer science major from Mount Lebanon, Pa.
  • Zach Payne, a freshman accounting major from Irwin, Pa.
  • Tyler Romanowicz, a freshman criminal justice major from Altoona, Pa.
  • Zachary Simpson, a sophomore psychology major from Canonsburg, Pa.
  • Amy Smith, a freshman forensic science major from Fairlawn, Ohio
  • Lauren Stough, a senior nursing major from Cranberry Township, Pa.
  • Joseph Vassallo, a freshman pre-law major from Rochester, N.Y.
  • Marissa Vizcaino, a freshman forensic accounting major from Albuquerque, N.M.

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