b2ap3_thumbnail_campus-photo.jpgWaynesburg University will host spring Visitation Days for transfer students, high school students and their families Saturday, April 11, and Saturday, April 18.

Registration in Roberts Chapel begins at 8:30 a.m. both days. After check-in, students have the opportunity to take a tour of the campus, meet with faculty and staff in their elected majors, learn about admissions and financial aid and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

“Visitation Days are designed to provide prospective students and their families a very informative day,” said Robin King, senior vice president of enrollment and university relations. “The events of the day highlight the mission of Waynesburg University as well as our excellent academic programs and outcomes.”

The purpose of Visitation Days is to provide prospective students and their families with the opportunity to experience Waynesburg University. For many students, this is their first visit to campus, so it is important that they get a chance to tour it, meet with professors and learn more about the admissions and financial aid process.

Visitation Days enable interested students to experience the mission and values of Waynesburg University firsthand. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, service and learning so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.

Approximately 2,500 students are currently enrolled in Waynesburg University’s doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 70 academic concentrations are offered at the University, which maintains its status as one of the least expensive private institutions in Pennsylvania.

In addition to rigorous academics, service is at the forefront of a Waynesburg University education. Students, faculty and staff annually contribute more than 50,000 hours of service, working with more than 50 local, regional, domestic and international partners. University students have the opportunity to choose from approximately 18 annual domestic and international service mission trips offered during fall, winter and spring breaks.

For more information or to register for a spring visitation day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled1.pngThe Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted Girl Scout Day Saturday, March 21. Organized in conjunction with the West Virginia Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, the Forensic Science Club and the Criminal Justice Club, the program was designed for Girl Scout troop members to earn a badge while learning about the sciences. 

The one-day event offered the Special Agent Cadette BREATHE Badge, which requires Girl Scout Cadettes to be exposed to an introduction to forensic science and other crime-solving techniques. 

Traveling from West Virginia, six Cadette Troops with Scouts ranging from the ages of 11 to 14 participated in the event. 

To satisfy the requirements of the Special Agent Badge, Waynesburg University planned five workshops in which the girls participated. The workshops included fingerprinting, interviewing and interrogations, participating in a mock crime scene, presumptive blood testing and touring the forensics laboratory. 

“The forensic science and criminal justice clubs are frequently seeking to increase opportunities for young girls to be involved in the sciences,” said Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University. “Subjects like physics and chemistry can be very intimidating for young girls; therefore, we like to give them a fun and approachable way to experience the sciences for themselves.”

According to Musko, the Forensic Science Club and Criminal Justice Club both have a dedication to service. Reflecting Waynesburg University’s mission, both clubs are constantly seeking out ways to utilize their knowledge and enthusiasm for the field. 

The workshops were run by Waynesburg University faculty as well as current juniors and seniors in the forensic science and criminal justice clubs. This event afforded the opportunity for current students to develop presentation and leadership skills as well as participate in a service-oriented project.  

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America aims to empower girls and to help teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid and earning badges by acquiring practical skills.

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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_1271.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 165th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 24. The celebration was held in the University’s Roberts Chapel.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Bishop Loran E. Mann, founder and senior pastor of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, served as the Charter Day speaker. During Bishop Mann’s Charter Day Convocation Address, “Get Out of the Boat,” he referenced Matthew 14:22-33, the narrative of Christ walking on water.

“In order to walk on the water, one must first get out of the boat,” Bishop Mann said. “That principle is basic to the success of any endeavor. Only those who shed the safety of containment do the impossible.”

Bishop Mann urged those present to commit themselves anew to “out of the boat, out of the box” thinking, methods and procedures.

“It begins when we become inspired by what we see. Sometimes it appears as opposition, but it’s actually God’s way of getting us where He really wants us – out of the boat,” said Bishop Mann, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University in 2010 for his desire and commitment to live out his dreams as they relate to his God-given talents and serving others.

Bishop Mann shared famous examples of “out of the boat, out of the box” thinking, including Wilbur and Orville Wright’s debut of the fixed-wing aircraft and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

Bishop Mann’s ministry spans more than forty years and includes spiritual, educational, social and recreational components.

He is actively involved in the worldwide ministry of the Church of God in Christ. In April of 2000, he was appointed Commissioner of Television for the denomination by Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly, the legislative branch of the church.

In March 2005, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell appointed Bishop Mann as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. This commission and his oversight establishes policy for all public television stations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bishop Mann began global ministry in 2005 when he established the Worldwide Gospel Network to provide religious programming via internet around-the-clock, seven days a week.

A respected former broadcast journalist, Bishop Mann received numerous awards over his twenty-one year career as News Anchor/Reporter for WPXI-TV, Channel 11, the Pittsburgh affiliate of NBC.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_JA_press_5.jpgWaynesburg University will host a concert, “An Evening with Jared Anderson,” Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free with representation of a ticket, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Anderson, a Christian worship leader from Colorado Springs, Colo., grew up in New Life Church where he served for many years as part of New Life Worship and the Desperation Band. An alumnus of Oral Roberts University, Anderson has been writing and recording songs that have been recognized by the Christian Copyright Licensing International Chart.

Anderson has released four solo albums with Integrity Music, titled “Where to Begin,” “Where Faith Comes From,” “Live From My Church” and “The Narrow Road.” Anderson’s newest single, “Where I am Right Now,” is available for purchase online.

Anderson also wrote the hit songs “Ready Now,” “Glorified” and “Amazed,” and collaborated with New Life Worship to write “The Great I Am,” “Overcome” and “Love Devine.”

Visit http://waynesburg.ticketleap.com/jared-anderson/  to order tickets or for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgWaynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently recognized with five awards from two preeminent professional journalism organizations.

The student-run paper was named a finalist for two top regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and was awarded three statewide awards for individual excellence in reporting from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA).

Selected as a finalist for the Region 4 Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper by SPJ for the second consecutive year, the Yellow Jacket will learn how it placed in its region later in March at a conference at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. First place regional winners will move on to the national SPJ competition.

"These two consecutive awards show great progress not just at the paper, but in our own development as journalists," said Nick Farrell, senior communication major and executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. "I have no doubt that those staff members who choose to continue careers in journalism after college will continue the success we started here."

Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and co-advisor for the Yellow Jacket at Waynesburg University, said that the Best All-Around category "is basically a best-in-show award that takes into account the entire paper and is judged regardless of school."

"Last year's winner, for example, has an enrollment of 28,000, and we were right there behind them with only 1,500," Szuminsky said. "For us to be one of the three finalists for this award means we've got one of the three best non-daily student newspapers in a four-state region for back-to-back years – that's pretty impressive for a small school such as this."

SPJ also named the Yellow Jacket a finalist in the Best In-Depth Reporting (Small School) category for the coverage of Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee’s inauguration last spring.

SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

Additionally, PNA recognized the Yellow Jacket with three Student Keystone Press Awards in Division II, the category for four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000 students within the commonwealth.

The Yellow Jacket’s PNA awards include first place in the category "Ongoing News Coverage" for the series "Administration overhauls academic calendar" by Farrell, John Lydic, Jacob Meyer and Kimmi Baston; first place in the "Feature Story" category for "Nursing a life of stress" by Rebecca Burcham; and an honorable mention for sports story "Jacket football writes history with a tale of two kicks" by Farrell.

"It's hard to overstate how proud I am of these student journalists," Szuminsky said. "To win two first place awards and an honorable mention in such diverse categories speaks to the depth and breadth of the coverage of the Yellow Jacket that the students put out each and every week. They pour so much of their time and talent into the newspaper that it's incredibly gratifying to see them recognized for their work at a state-wide level."

The Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.

"As editor, few things have been more gratifying than these awards," Farrell said. "They're a reminder of how important good journalism is in our society and how much my classmates and I have grown through our instruction at Waynesburg. I hope that future writers at the Yellow Jacket continue to evolve with the paper, not for the sake of awards, but for the betterment of our campus community."

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