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Waynesburg University’s third annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, 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.

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 31 merit badges, including Aviation, Cycling, Engineering, Environmental Science, Indian Lore and Scouting Heritage. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit 

Cost for the day is $10 and includes lunch, a Class B 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. 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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Recent changes to Waynesburg University’s Honors Program will allow qualified students, regardless of their chosen academic major, the ability to participate more fully in the prestigious program. Incoming students with a 3.7 and a 1200 SAT/26 ACT are encouraged to apply, or contact Dr. William Batchelder, the Honors Program Director, for more information.

The points-based system requires accepted students to earn 20 Honors Academic Points and 10 Honors Experiential Points over four years; Honors Academic Points can be earned in many ways, including taking honors classes, attending and presenting papers at conferences, and attending honors colloquia on campus. Honors Experiential Points can be earned many ways, including service to campus clubs, peer tutoring and mission trips.

“The innovative changes to the Waynesburg University Honors Program resulted in a dynamic academic program that encourages students to challenge themselves to personal development in faith, learning and serving,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, Waynesburg University Provost. “I am excited for our Honors Students as they work with Dr. Batchelder to build a culture of intellectual engagement on campus.”

The Waynesburg University Honors Program is designed to create a culture of intellectual engagement. Through enhanced learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, the Honors Program seeks to cultivate intellectual curiosity, encourage reflective and meditative engagement with significant texts, and develop critical thinking across the disciplines. The goal of the program is the development of engaged and thoughtful Christian leaders through the pursuit of a challenging liberal arts experience.

Students who participate in the Waynesburg University Honors Program will have the opportunity to experience early course registration; sign up for select Honors-only classes, including special topics courses; organize collaborative Honors projects; meet with experts and distinguished guests; attend exclusive workshops, discussions and events; present at conferences; and be eligible for significant national and international scholarships.

Students who successfully complete the honors program have this achievement recognized at Commencement, in their transcripts and on their diplomas.

Active participation in the honors program will teach Honors Students how to remain intellectually engaged lifelong learners.

"I very much look forward to working with our academically gifted students to help them develop as scholars and as Christian women and men," Batchelder said.

For more information, contact Batchelder at

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Waynesburg University recently created an affiliation agreement with the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine with the goal of enhancing placement opportunities for Waynesburg graduates.

According to Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Waynesburg University, the main benefit to participating in these agreements is the opportunity to make early connections between the students and the people who may ultimately make the final decision on their admission status into a graduate program. 

Participating students will be matched with a faculty mentor from the WVU School of Medicine to help them navigate and prepare for the application process and a future in medicine. Participating students are also guaranteed an interview during the admissions process, as long as they maintain a specified GPA and receive satisfactory MCAT or GRE scores. 

“The interview is everything,” said Core. “There will be lots of qualified applicants, but if you cannot get the interview, there is no way to advance, so the guaranteed interview is a really big deal.” 

Core added that the University has connected with additional schools with graduate-level engineering, law, physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs to establish similar agreements. She hopes agreements with these programs will come into fruition soon.

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Waynesburg University will present “Relationships: An Evening of Short Plays about Love and Romance,” Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

“The GPAC will be alive with humorous and touching plays about falling in love, proposing marriage, finding new relationships and the pitfalls that come with these scenarios,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. 

Waynesburg University alumni, current students and community members will come together to perform the short plays. The production will include two shows, “The Kentucky Marriage Proposal” by Alice H. Houstle and “The Dancers” by Horton Foote, in addition to several two- and three- person scenes. 

The selected stories will feature a honeymooning couple experiencing their first fight, a farmer’s marriage proposal to his neighbor’s daughter, two college graduates wondering if marriage is right for them, a lonely man’s attempts to rekindle a past relationship and two teenagers’ discovery of the overall unimportance of popularity.   

“We're excited to have familiar faces from the community returning to our stage, but equally as excited about so many area high school students who are new to our Waynesburg University theater program.”

Tickets will be available at the door.  For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

The cast includes:

  • Tome J. Custer
  • Michael Winland
  • Ian M. Bish
  • Ellen M. Weekly
  • Laura Gonnella
  • Jeromy Mackey
  • Morgan N. Seely
  •  Jordan Thompson
  • Caleb Jackson
  • Claire V. Needes
  • Cole Leathers
  • Sarah Snee
  • Sydney Shultz
  • Bradley Gillespie

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b2ap3_thumbnail_intern.JPGThaddeus Statler, a senior Waynesburg University business management major interning with Aflac, was recently named the winner of the company’s nationwide 2015 Elevate! Intern contest.

The Elevate! Intern contest, which ran from February 9 to May 8, was a contest for all interns associated with Aflac. It measured total accounts opened as well as the overall production of interns.  

The Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, native sold the most policies of all Aflac interns and opened three new accounts during the contest time frame. 

“Waynesburg University prepared me for this opportunity,” said Statler. “I have taken a few classes that I was able to apply towards understanding people and the product I was offering, as well as the presentation of that product. Being comfortable with people was my most valuable resource, which the climate at Waynesburg has definitely influenced.”

Statler also acknowledges his relationship with his business professors in his successes.

“I am most specifically thankful to Professor [Neely] Lantz and Professor [Christian] Ola, as they helped educate me on topics I would be using at my internship,” said Statler. “Their openness and willingness to talk on their own time, give me personal advice and even share their own experiences with me was more than I could have asked.”

For his accomplishment, Statler will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Columbus, Georgia, to visit Aflac headquarters.

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