b2ap3_thumbnail_strouse.jpgGrant Strouse, a junior chemistry major at Waynesburg University, shared his story of cancer survival at the University’s annual mini-Relay-for-Life Sunday, April 27, 2014. 

Strouse was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer that attacks the lymph nodes, as a sophomore in March of 2013. He withdrew from classes for two semesters and underwent six rounds of chemotherapy during a 23-week span.

During that time, Strouse said he was encouraged by the Waynesburg University community. 

“Shortly after I was diagnosed, I received multiple emails, texts and cards from friends and fellow students asking if there was any way that they could help,” Strouse said. “It made me feel like I was part of something bigger, part of a family here in Waynesburg.”

After a strenuous battle with many “bumps in the road,” Strouse was declared in remission August 15 of the same year. He is expected to graduate from Waynesburg University next December.

“When you’ve beaten cancer, graduating college doesn’t seem like that difficult of a task,” he said. “Being a cancer survivor isn’t just an achievement, but a mindset. We celebrate the many survivors of this horrible disease, we remember those who we have lost and we strive for the day when cancer is no more.” 

At Relay, he spoke about the initial mourning process he underwent when he learned he had cancer. 

“I experienced a complete flood of confusion, denial and anger,” he said. “Specifically, I was angry with God. I was at a point in my life where I thought that I had everything figured out. I was going to graduate on time and start my life.”

He told the crowd that his feelings of confusion and anger ceased when a close atheist friend began attending church to pray for Strouse’s recovery. 

“Then the realization hit me. As Christians, we are called to deny ourselves, to lay down our bodies to be used for the furthering of His Kingdom, no matter the circumstances we are under, no matter where we are in our lives,” Strouse said.

He said that cancer taught him that when God is really all you have, He is all you need. Strouse believes that the Lord brought him through the worst time of his life, and promised others that God would do the same for them. 

“As a cancer survivor, I have learned more about life and death than most 22 year olds should know; the glaring realization that we are not, in fact, invincible,” Strouse said. “I’ve also learned that strength and perseverance are not about how much you can lift or how far you can run, but it is a measure of your endurance, the ability to stare down a daunting task and overcome it.” 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Don-wilson1.jpgRev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson was reelected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the February 2014 board meeting. Wilson previously served as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees almost every year since 2000 and as the interim director of Christian life at Waynesburg University. He will begin his new term in May of 2014.

“Reverend Wilson has a long history of faithful counsel and involvement at Waynesburg University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We appreciate his longstanding commitment to Waynesburg’s mission and are pleased to welcome him to the University’s Board of Trustees once again.” 

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1964 from Waynesburg University and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 

In 1992, Waynesburg University awarded Wilson an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his professional achievements, his community service activities and his significant leadership and involvement with the University. He also served on the University’s Alumni Council from 1991 to 1999.

Wilson served for more than 30 years as the pastor of Lebanon United Presbyterian in West Middlesex, Pa. He fulfilled interim appointments as the Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery and pastor of First Baptist Church of Waynesburg, First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg and Hewitt Presbyterian Church in Rices Landing.

He also served as the Protestant Chaplain at the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility of Mercer, Pa., where he developed a drug and alcohol self-help program. For more than 20 years, Wilson served the West Middlesex Area School Board and has acted as a consultant to the County Courts in Youth Services for a number of years.

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James R. Lowe Jr. was reelected to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees during the February 2014 board meeting. Lowe previously served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1972 until 1995. He will begin his new term in May of 2014. 

“We gladly welcome Mr. Lowe’s return to the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “He has achieved excellence in his profession and is a strong example of faith and service. We are confident that he will be a great asset to the University.” 

Lowe graduated from Waynesburg University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies. In September of that year, he joined the IBM Corporation in Pittsburgh. Until his retirement from IBM 30 years later, Lowe was tasked with the worldwide responsibility of identifying and resolving IBM product deficiencies for five IBM media sectors. 

In addition to his many honors, Lowe served as IBM’s representative on President Jimmy Carter’s National Taskforce on Ridesharing in 1979.

As the Manger of Information Systems Technology at IBM Corporate Headquarters, Lowe was invited to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1986 to speak to groups of IBM customers and prospective customers about IBM’s implementation of office automation.

After retiring from IBM in 1993, Lowe became project director of the Taxation and Revenue Information Management System (TRIMS). He worked on a project to develop a fourth generation language technology tax and revenue system for the state of New Mexico. 

In 1999, Lowe rejoined IBM as a member of a special group of IBM retirees devoted to recruiting new employees from acquisitions and outsourcing opportunities. 

A man of faith and service, Lowe has contributed to all of the communities in which he has lived. He has coached boys and girls soccer, as well as Little League baseball. In the past, Lowe has served on the Secretarial Advisory Board for The Berkeley School and the chairperson of Sacred Heard Academy Advisory Council. 

He is active in his church as a past Sunday school superintendent and a junior achievement advisor at New Life Baptist Academy in Placitas, N.M., where he lived for many years. 

Lowe is married to Marian (Stith) Lowe, and the two have three children and three grandchildren. They reside in El Dorado Hills, Calif., and have enjoyed travelling through Europe, the Far East, Indonesia and the South Pacific. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_lacount.jpgOne Waynesburg University faculty member was honored with the title of professor emeritus and three others received the University’s 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s Chapel Service in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, April 29.

On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Dr. Robert LaCount, professor of chemistry, the title of professor emeritus. LaCount retired from his full-time position in August 2013. He joined the University in 1965, and during his 49 years of service to the University, he eagerly incorporated the education of Waynesburg University students into his groundbreaking research.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are awarded annually. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence. A second award recognizes a faculty member with a relatively recent history of teaching excellence, and the third award is given to a non-full-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

Dr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing and chair of the University’s Department of Business Administration, received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

A colleague stated, “Although a tough professor, the students have nothing but respect for Dr. McClung. He understands all aspects of business and incorporates real-life scenarios into class room learnings whenever possible.” Additionally, the nomination stated, “Dr. McClung empowers his faculty members. He wants each of us to be successful and will take whatever means necessary to help us be successful.”

Another nomination noted that Gordon has “dedicated an inordinate amount of time to both the University and his students.”

McClung, who joined the University in 2007, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of business administration from West Virginia University.

Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a relatively recent history of teaching excellence.

A student nomination stated, “In class, he has great patience with his students, teaches the material in a relatable manner and maintains a fun learning environment. When not in class, I have seen numerous occasions when he stays later than scheduled to help a student with a photography or design concept.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_Hathaway.jpgAnother nomination said, “Let us not forget how Dr. Sherman stays consistent with the school’s passion for service, going on multiple mission trips with the school. He has a passion for everything he does and exhibits the character of Christ.”

Sherman also serves as the advisor of Lambda Pi Eta, an honor society for communication students.

He joined the University in 2011 and holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Ph. D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Carol Guthrie received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Guthrie is a lecturer of mathematics.

“Carol has consistently shown a genuine love and dedication to teaching,” a colleague stated. “She always has current and former students in her office being tutored.”

A student nomination noted, “She doesn’t just teach the book, the mundane lessons and the repetitive formulas, she engages her students and pushes them to better understand math.” 

The nomination continued, “She has made a difference in the teaching climate of Waynesburg by simply showing her passion for what she does. You can clearly see the love she has not only for math, but for her students each and every day she teaches.”

Guthrie joined the University in 2009 and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master of education in mathematics and computer science from California University of Pennsylvania.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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As the semester draws to a close, 26 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others before heading home for the summer. University faculty and staff will lead three mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The projects include partnerships with the John Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Miss., Urban Promise in Camden, N.J. and Barnabas Ministries in Sebis, Romania.

John Perkins Foundation – Jackson, Miss.

Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication at the University, will lead nine Waynesburg University students to Jackson, Miss., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to partner with the John M. Perkins Foundation for a week of service at the Spencer Perkins Center. The center’s mission is to train and equip a new generation of indigenous leaders who are driven by the love of God to pass on the torch of reconciliation, community and youth development in West Jackson.

The group will work on various building projects in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Students will study racial reconciliation and community development issues with Dr. John M. Perkins about an area that has a history of racial segregation and large-scale poverty.

Urban Promise – Camden, N.J.

Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership at the University, will lead eight Waynesburg University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.

Service will consist of working with children in Urban Promise’s kindergarten through 12th grade school as well as its after school program. Waynesburg students will assist with homework, spiritual development, arts and crafts, and athletic games.

Remaining time will be spent on labor projects in Urban Promise’s school and other ministries. Students will learn about the city of Camden and the poverty and social justice issues that exist there.

Barnabas Ministries – Sebis, Romania

Ezekiel Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology at the University, and Victoria Kapp, junior psychology major, will lead eight University students to Sebis, Romania, from Tuesday, May 20, to Tuesday, June 3, to serve with Barnabas Ministries, a legal non-profit ministry who helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of orphans, the elderly and poor families in Romania.

Service will include working with children in the community, reaching out to impoverished gypsy families and manual labor. Specific service will be dependent on interests of the group and needs of the ministry.

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