b2ap3_thumbnail_Ansley-02929288-C10_20140421-195835_1.jpgWaynesburg University has chosen Ansley Thomas of Westerville, Ohio, as the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship. The prestigious award is given to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Through this scholarship, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of his or her four years at Waynesburg.

In addition to being an Ohio resident, recipients must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills. The recipient must also major in one of the areas of math or science.

“This scholarship means the world to me,” Thomas said. “It takes a load off of my shoulders that I never knew could be lifted and will make graduate school possible for me. I'm going to work that much harder at Waynesburg to be sure that I've earned it.”

A senior at Westerville Central High School, Thomas maintains a high-ranking position in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plays the flute in her school’s Symphonic Band. Thomas is also largely involved in her church’s youth group, children ministries and an annual mission trip project called REACH, a national organization that helps to rebuild or improve homes of those in need.

Thomas is the daughter of Stuart and Kay Thomas. She plans to pursue a degree in biology and is open to where God may lead her in her future career.

“At the moment, I'm open to any career that connects to biology,” Thomas said. “I am confident that once I have learned more about the field of biology, I'll find where I belong. My one clear goal is to find a career that I can feel passionate about and do some good for the world through it.”

The high school senior is looking forward to making new friends and building a stronger relationship with Christ at Waynesburg, but she’s also excited to learn more about the person she is and is meant to become.

“I hope to learn, not just about biology, but about myself,” Thomas said. “I want to learn where it is that God is leading me.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Unknown.jpgJohn Olon has joined Waynesburg University as chief financial officer, the University announced today. Olon will provide executive level direction and management oversight for financial planning, budgeting and budget analysis. 

“Mr. Olon will certainly be an asset to Waynesburg University,” said University President Douglas G. Lee. “With his experience, educational background and strong analytical mind, he will serve the Business Office and University well.”

Olon will also direct and coordinate the institution's debt financing and debt service payments, risk management and insurance and purchasing and contract services, as well as accounting and business operations, finance controls and reporting and investment oversight.

“I am happy to have been asked to join the Waynesburg family,” he said. “There is a lot of excitement here, and I look forward to being a part of it.”

Olon brings to Waynesburg University an impressive background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education.

With a blend of experience in both the higher education and corporate industries, Olon most recently served as the vice president of financial planning and analysis at Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he directed short- and long-term forecasting, analysis, store performance tracking, supply chain costing and competitor comparisons to promote strategic decision making and to develop earnings guidance.

Previously, he served in a variety of roles at the Education Management Corporation, most recently as vice president/assistant controller. In this role, he directed enterprise accounting operations including general ledger, revenue, fixed assets and financial reporting.

Olon has additional corporate experience as the manager of corporate financial planning and analysis of ALCOA, Inc., the world’s leading producer of aluminum, miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina.

A certified public accountant, Olon holds a master’s of science degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University.

He is an active member of Saints John and Paul Parish and is involved in community fundraising committees, including active involvement in support of the Anna Seethaler Hospital (TASH) in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_waynesburg-2-0054.jpgWaynesburg University’s fourth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and will showcase 54 student presenters.  The Symposium will feature two oral presentations and 24 poster presentations. 

The oral presentation session will begin at 1 p.m., and the poster session will run from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout both presentations.

Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, organized the event. Each year, he sees an increase in participation as students continue to recognize the valuable experience to share their research with the Waynesburg University science community. 

“This symposium gives students the opportunity to present the results of their independent research and scholarly work outside of the classroom in a more multi-disciplinary professional setting,” Sethman said.

Topics will cover a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations include research about Alzheimer’s, artificial sweeteners, Christian community development, effects of fatigue, food chain length and nutrition awareness. 

For more information, contact Chad Sethman at 724-852-3265 or csethman@waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University will hold its Spring Concert in two parts this year. Musical Scavenger Hunt Part I will be held Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Roberts Chapel. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Musical Scavenger Hunt Part II will be held Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is free for both events, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The Music Program at Waynesburg University is taking the next step in its growth with this two- night offering,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and chair of the University’s Department of Fine Arts.  “Each concert will be unique, and we hope our audience will choose to spend an hour or so with us for one or both evenings.”

Part I of the Musical Scavenger Hunt will feature musical selections from the Lamplighters Concert Choir as well as vocal solo and small ensemble contributions. After the concert, guests are invited to visit with students and faculty at the reception in the Marsh Center, hosted by the Waynesburg University Music Program. No reservations are necessary.

Part II of the Musical Scavenger Hunt will continue at the GPAC the following day. The concert will feature the Symphonic Band as well as instrumental solo and small ensemble contributions. Reserved seating is available. For reservations, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/spring-concert-2014. After the concert, guests are invited to visit with students and faculty at the reception in the GPAC Lobby, hosted by the Waynesburg University Music Program.

For more information on these events, contact Dr. Ronda Depriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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Waynesburg University will host its seventh annual Mini-Relay for Life Sunday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Johnson Commons. Every spring, Waynesburg students rally together to generate awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A representative from each student group on campus must walk for an hour at a time, making sure a team member is always on the course. The public is cordially invited to attend and enjoy food, games and prizes.

During this year’s “superhero” themed relay, campus organizations sell food and products as well as host activities to engage the campus and community in the fundraising cause. Organizations are also encouraged to fundraise as teams or individually before the event.

“It is crucial for each student group to fundraise,” said Theresa Butler, junior accounting major and president of the Relay for Life. “Without each different club and organization, it would be impossible to host the biggest event on campus and reach our overall goal.”

The event will commence with a morning Ecumenical service led by Reverend Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission at the University, an opening ceremony led by University President Douglas G. Lee and a revamped version of ‘Why We Relay.’ Additional activities will include a karate demonstration, music, student talent, inflatables, caricature artists and the Sheetz truck, among others.

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services, has implemented seven mini relays at Waynesburg. According to Hardie, Relay for Life gives the community hope because everyone is striving to make a difference in finding a cure for cancer. Every year, Hardie and the relay captains establish a certain monetary goal.

“This year we hope to reach an overall goal of $18,000,” said Butler. “If every team reaches their individual goals, this will be 100 percent possible.”

The Mini Relay for Life will conclude with an acoustic Upper Room service and a closing ceremony with an American Cancer Society Representative.

“If you really take time to consider the people who are battling cancer, survived cancer or lost the fight to cancer, they're all heroes, and that is why we do Relay for Life,” said Victoria Kapp, junior psychology major and publicity officer for Relay for Life.

The 2014 Relay for Life officers are:

  • President: Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown
  • Vice President: Emily Weiss, a junior nursing major from Pittsburgh
  • Survivorship: Katie Schultz, a junior education major from Venetia and Anastasia Barr, a senior sports broadcasting and information major from Avella
  • Publicity: Victoria Kapp, a junior psychology major from Shippensville
  • Fundraising: Luke Feldner, a junior forensic accounting major from West Lafayette
  • Event Chair: Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata

For more information, contact khardie@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3402.

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