b2ap3_thumbnail_MBU-8.jpgWaynesburg University’s second annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, will provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff at Waynesburg University.

Provost and vice president for academic affairs Dr. Jacquelyn Core explained, “Our institutional mission of faith, learning and serving makes offering this service to Boy Scouts a natural fit for Waynesburg University. We are excited to continue our long scouting tradition which dates back to the beginning of scouting when alumnus Governor Edward Martin began the first Boy Scout troop in Greene County.”

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 30 merit badges, including eight Eagle required merit badges. Badges include American Business, Aviation, Digital Technology, Electricity, Fingerprinting and Orienteering. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university-at-waynesburg-university-2014.

Cost for the day is $10 and includes lunch, a shirt, a patch and instruction by Waynesburg University faculty. Space will not be held for Scouts until payment is made. All spaces are first come, first served. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but shirts and patches are not guaranteed to those registering after October 1. Registration is limited to 300 Scouts.

Adult participants who plan to attend merit badge sessions must be in Class A/Field Uniform and must present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Alternate activities will be provided for adult participants who do not wish to accompany Scouts to badge sessions or who are not appropriately registered with the BSA. 

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, visit the website above or contact 724-852-7660.

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Rebecca Lane, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa., recently received one of only eight Good Citizen Scholarships distributed throughout the Commonwealth. 

Eight Good Citizen scholarships were awarded this year for $1,500 each.

“The Education Department's mission is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession,” said Debra Clarke, chair of the Education Department at Waynesburg University. “Rebecca eagerly aligned herself with the mission as a freshman. It has been uplifting to watch her develop her service agenda and her leadership skills over the past three years.”

The Good Citizen Scholarship is made possible by two endowments established at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).  These scholarships are reserved for students who have shown an extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities. 

Lane, a Bonner Scholar at Waynesburg University and a Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholar, was selected for her commitment to both local and global service leadership. 

She regularly volunteers with Open Arms Drop in Center and Eldercare in Waynesburg, Pa. She also facilitates crafts for young people at the Open Door in Pittsburgh, Pa., each week and is a YoungLife Leader at West Greene High School. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the Waynesburg University education honorary society. 

As a student at Waynesburg, Lane has participated in several service trips such as repairing a house with The Pittsburgh Project, feeding the homeless with the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., and teaching students who are deaf in Nassau, Bahamas. Last summer, she spent two months in Kingston, Jamaica, assisting a child with walking abilities and adapting activities to allow for more inclusion.

“My volunteerism in college has prepared me beyond measure to meet the needs of any community,” Lane said. “Each volunteer site, each mission trip and each leadership role has taught, shaped and molded me into an effective teacher who not only teaches students, but deeply cares for them as well as serving the community in which they live.”

Each college and university belonging to AICUP is asked to select one application to submit for the competition. Lane was selected due to her personal growth as a student at Waynesburg University and her continuous integration of faith and service into learning. 

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Waynesburg University Celebrating the Arts 2014 will present Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 2, on Waynesburg’s campus. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the classic murder mystery. "The Mousetrap" holds the distinction of being the longest running play in the world, now in its 62nd year in London, England. 

"A good murder mystery can still entertain and intrigue audiences today," said Waynesburg University director and professor of theatre Edward L. Powers. "I've not directed a murder mystery here as of yet, and I thought this would provide an enjoyable evening at the theatre during the summer.” 

In “The Mousetrap,” Mollie and Giles Ralston have just opened a country inn outside of London, England. They are excited about their weekend guests. However, after all have arrived and a snowstorm has cut them off from the nearest town, one of the guests is killed. A detective arrives convinced that someone in the house is the culprit; an inevitable investigation ensues. 

"Theatre is for the whole community, and we certainly look forward to three exciting nights of performance," said Powers.

Cast and crew:

•Mollie Ralston: Tome J. Custer, a community member  

•Giles Ralston: Jordan Thompson a 2010 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Christopher Wren: Ryan P. Bistarkey, a 2010 Waynesburg University education alumus 

•Miss Casewell: Laura Gonnella, a community member 

•Mrs. Boyle: Ellen M. Weekly, a community member 

•Major Metcalf: Mike Winland, a 2011 Waynesburg University communication alumnus 

•Mr. Paravicini: SiReno Mattie, a senior English (creative writing) major at Waynesburg University 

•Detective Sgt. Trotter: Sable Griedel, a 2012 Waynesburg University education alumna 

•Assistant director: Katie Shultz, a senior human services (education) major and theater minor at Waynesburg University

•Lights and sound: David O'Donoghue, a sophomore undeclared major at Waynesburg University

•Scenery and props: Mickey Acor, a community member 

 

Tickets cost $5 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/the-mouse-trap/. For more information, call 724-852-3226. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tinnemeyer_20140710-173220_1.jpgRev. James Tinnemeyer has joined Waynesburg University as the director of the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry, the University announced today.

The vision for the Center for Leadership and Christian Ministry is to provide a resource for developing and sharing service and leadership skills in the various fields of ministry.

“We are pleased to have Rev. Tinnemeyer in this role,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “With his leadership experience in all aspects of congregational life, he brings to the University a diverse professional background.”

Tinnemeyer, who has experience in leading worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and administration, as well as fundraising and law, said he looks forward to the opportunity to bring people together to explore and grow as Christian leaders in churches, vocations and neighborhoods.

“I am most excited about the people at Waynesburg – what a great community of faith and learning!” Tinnemeyer said. “Every time I have been to the University to preach or speak, I have been so impressed by the wonderful students, faculty, administrators and staff.”

Since 2005, Tinnemeyer served at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, which has 950 members. There, he was the acting senior pastor, head of staff and previously executive pastor. Among his responsibilities, Tinnemeyer led Sunday worship, offered weekly pastoral visitation and periodic pastoral counseling and oversaw and monitored all of the church’s financials.

He also served in leadership roles with various committees at the church, including the stewardship, representative/nominating and communications committees. Additionally, Tinnemeyer periodically led young adult fellowship meetings and taught adult education classes, confirmation classes and college ministry.

Through its 2008 Capital Campaign, “Building Community,” Shadyside Presbyterian Church raised $5 million for renovations to the church under Tinnemeyer’s leadership.

A member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, Tinnemeyer serves on various committees for the organization.

Previously, Tinnemeyer served as associate pastor at Oakmont Presbyterian Church in Oakmont, Pa., and as an associate attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., and Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Tinnemeyer holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ETC-Rankings-Logo-RGB-TopCollege-02-Small-copy.jpgWaynesburg University has been ranked a top value college in an outcome-based college rankings index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC), which describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government's College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.”

“The Index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the over 1,200 colleges ranked within our system,” said ETC founder Michael R. Havis. “We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to persons who are similarly situated in other colleges.”

Waynesburg University ranked No. 104 out of the more than 1,200 schools listed in the nationwide ETC College Rankings Index. Included in the ranking are four-year colleges with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students.

According to ETC, colleges in the top third of the ETC Index have a relatively high percentage of graduates employed in their field of study and the earnings of graduates are relatively high. In addition, a majority of students graduate in four or five years and loan default rates are very low.

Waynesburg University’s career path analysis report states that 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. Additionally, according to the federal government's College Scorecard, the loan default rate for Waynesburg graduates is 4.5 percent, which is substantially lower than the national average of 14.7 percent.

The ETC Index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students, according to a description of the index on the group's website.

Waynesburg University was also recently selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School – Regional Universities (North) in the 2014 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, which identifies the top 15 “Best Value Schools” in the northern region of the country.

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