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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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Guy Montecalvo has joined Waynesburg University as the program coordinator for the Athletic Administration and Coaching option of the University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. 

Montecalvo, former athletic director of the Canon-McMillan School District, is a well-respected and experienced member of the athletic community.

With nearly four decades of experience in coaching, physical education and athletic administration, Montecalvo brings to Waynesburg an impressive background. Prior to his position at Canon-McMillan, he was a teacher and the head football and track and field coach for Washington School District. 

Among his many awards and honors are the 2014 PSADA Region 4 Athletic Director of the Year (2014), the Post-Gazette All-Star Educator Award (1991), the NAACP Human Rights Award (2003) and WPIAL Coach of the Year (1993, 2001). He is also an eleven-time recipient of the Washington/Greene County Coach of the Year award and has been the featured speaker at numerous football and track clinics including the Ohio State Clinic, the Penn State Clinic, the West Virginia Clinic, PSADA Conference, the PSFCA Football Clinic, the Western Pa. Track Clinic and numerous Division 2 and 3 schools.

Dr. Helen McCracken, director of Graduate Education Programs at Waynesburg University and former superintendent at the Canon-McMillan School District, worked closely with Montecalvo for several years prior to joining Waynesburg. 

“I can attest to Coach Montecalvo’s passion for athletics, his commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people, and his overall contributions to our community through the integrity he consistently embodied,” Dr. McCracken said. “I am pleased and honored to be working with him again. I look forward to providing a stellar program that can put forth the same levels of sound educational philosophies and dedication to the success of members of the athletic community that he exemplified during the several years of our previous working relationship.”

According to Montecalvo, in Pennsylvania, there is no mandatory certification for the position of athletic administrator. Additionally, other than Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certification, there are no educational requirements for men and women who coach at the interscholastic level.  

“After serving in both roles for many years, I feel that there is an urgent need to prepare prospective educators who wish to pursue this level of work,” Montecalvo said. “Our program will address the need that has developed to support new athletic administrators to adequately handle the complexities of the position, as well as provide professional development for the experienced athletic administrator.”

The M.Ed. Program’s Athletic Administration and Coaching option provides comprehensive training to coaches to assist them in meeting the new PIAA Coaching and First Aid requirement that goes into effect July 2016. 

Current and prospective coaches are also offered the opportunity to earn credits toward their Instructional II certificate as well as in-depth programming on the concepts of sports law, contemporary issues in athletics, sports budget and fiscal practices, event and facilities management, fundraising, and coaching and first aid.

Beyond preparing students, Montecalvo believes the program will position graduates to exceed expectations in the job market. 

“We feel that our students will enhance their ability and be given an edge over competitors in securing jobs in this market,” said Montecalvo. 

The courses will be offered at the University’s Southpointe location and will be held for eight-week periods on weekday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Montecalvo at

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