b2ap3_thumbnail_1-28-50-Christian-Colleges-with-the-Lowest-Debt-Burden-copy.jpgWaynesburg University has been recognized once again for value, ranking No. 12 on a national list measuring low debt burden among Christian colleges and universities nationwide.

The list, “The Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden,” was published by Christian Universities Online (CUO), an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education. 

Featuring Christian liberal arts colleges and universities whose 2014 graduating class had the lowest average debt burden, this ranking seeks to provide useful data to parents and students who are endeavoring to make an informed decision in choosing the best Christian institution to meet their needs, according to CUO’s website.

“Understanding that the long term impact which student loan debt can have on a graduate, this ranking attempts to highlight schools that have done an excellent job in caring for their students not only academically, but also financially,” stated CUO’s associate editor Anna-Rebekah Orr.

CUO compiled their ranking by examining publicly available data from U.S. News & World Report on institutions of higher education that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), using the “average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class” to rank the schools. 

This ranking follows Waynesburg’s recent recognition as a top value in several other studies, including those conducted by The Brookings Institution, CollegeNET, The Economist and Educate To Career (ETC).

Brookings scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed.

CollegeNET’s national Social Mobility Index rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

Waynesburg University also ranked in the top 100 nationwide in The Economist’s recently released, first-ever college rankings, which measured four-year, non-vocational American colleges based on alumni earnings above expectation.

ETC’s outcome-based index has consistently ranked Waynesburg University a top value college. ETC describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government’s College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.”

For more information, visit www.waynesburg.edu/ranking.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jill-Sunday.jpgJill Sunday, director of the Writing Center at Waynesburg University, has recently been accepted as a Book Reviewer for The Los Angeles Review of Books (LAR).

Established in 2003, LAR is a literary journal that is published twice a year in print and monthly online. LAR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, interviews and book reviews that mirror Los Angeles itself: sprawling, unexpected and unpredictable.

As a book reviewer, Sunday will review prose titles for LAR in a freelance capacity.

“I get to do what I love most: read and tell others how I think each particular book fits into our human awareness,” said Sunday.

The opportunity became available to Sunday after a friend who reviews for LAR mentioned that the literary journal was in search for additional reviewers. After submitting her curriculum vitae and a writing sample, Sunday was asked to begin reviewing books.

Having already submitted her first review, she is excited to use her extensive English background to facilitate communication between other writers.

“I am an avid reader and writer, and one of my teaching focuses is creative nonfiction writing,” said Sunday. “I am very interested in reading and discussing what others have written. Stories are our human heartbeat.”

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Four professors from Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing recently presented poster sessions at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.b2ap3_thumbnail_1-21-AACN-Conference.JPG

Dr. Deborah Lewis, assistant professor of nursing and director of the RN/MSN Program, and Coleen Cardamone, instructor of nursing, presented an electronic poster entitled “Evaluation of Practice Experience in an RN to BSN Program.” The presentation focused on the assessment and evaluation of practice experience in the Waynesburg RN to BSN program.

“We received positive feedback from many participants who were interested in our practice experience process and evaluation,” said Lewis. “Additionally, Coleen and I attended sessions about teaching and learning directly related to RN to BSN students.”

Dr. Sara Clutter, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Teresa Small, professor of nursing, presented “Four Generations in the Classroom” during the opening session. Their objectives were to identify two challenges for professors when teaching four generations in one classroom, identify two challenges for students from different generations and plan two teaching strategies of interventions to facilitate learning by students in at least two different generations.

In addition to approximately 48 poster presentations, the conference featured four keynote speakers, eight concurrent sessions and a total of nine abstract sessions from which participants could choose to attend.

“Overall, we all found the conference to be very beneficial,” said Small. “We look forward to sharing the information gained with our peers in the Department of Nursing.”

Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgThree poems written by Waynesburg University’s Dr. Richard Pierce have been selected for publication in Image journal. Pierce, an assistant professor of English at the University, submitted poems entitled “Go Gentle,” “Father Rodney,” and “Salt of Sodom,” all of which will appear in a future issue of Image.

Image, an internationally-read quarterly, features artistic works grounded in religious faith or featuring spiritual grappling. Pierce submitted his three poems because he felt they aligned with the publication’s focus on faith and art.

“Being published in Image means very much to me, and I am very thankful for the opportunity,” said Pierce. “It has been a dream of mine for quite a while.  If you are a writer of faith, you want to be published in Image.”

The poems were submitted after Pierce sought revisions and feedback from a number of colleagues, both at the University and outside of it. He believes his experiences writing poetry and getting published have a direct influence on the tools and skills he teaches creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“This publication helps me to teach students the important lesson that perseverance and patience are imperative to becoming a good writer,” said Pierce.

Pierce also published a poetry chapbook, “The Book of Mankey,” in 2015 and has had upwards of a dozen other poems published in various poetry collections and reviews.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Benito-Stallings.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel, Monday, January 18. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Benito Stallings, philanthropy advisor at Waynesburg University, served as the speaker. In his address, “Loving One Another as Christ Has Loved Us,” Stallings explored the questions of “What is love?,” “Why do we love?” and “How do we love?” 

Turning to Scripture to answer these questions, Stallings stated that the message of the gospel is a message of love. He focused his exploration of how to love on laying down one’s life “for the justice and well-being of our fellow brothers and sisters who may be different from us.” 

Stallings recounted King’s great example of love and service towards all individuals, both through the Civil Rights Movement and through his life in general. He also shared a few examples of the Civil Rights Movement with ties to Waynesburg University. 

“[Waynesburg] University’s faith in Christ inspires its students to learn about the world around them and leads them to seek to lay down their lives in service,” Stallings said, referencing the University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Through traveling on behalf of the University, Stallings has met an array of Waynesburg alumni, and has been touched by the stories he has heard from 1950’s and 1960’s graduates.

“I must have talked to a half dozen ministers who graduated from Waynesburg and decided to integrate their churches during a time when integration would get you harassed by the Ku Klux Klan,” Stallings said. “A retired history professor told me the story of how he helped integrate Florida State University in the early 60’s.”

Stallings also noted that the University’s tradition of loving one another goes back further than the 50’s and 60’s, citing Waynesburg’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and women’s suffrage. 

“To the student body, I say keep pursuing Christ and loving others in the way that you’re doing, and I firmly believe you’ll change the world. By God’s grace we’ll see senators, governors, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers coming from Waynesburg who will lay down their lives and challenge and inspire others to do the same.”

Stallings’ background includes community outreach, fundraising, budget management, organizing and motivating volunteers, preaching and teaching. Currently, he is seeking ordination into the priesthood within the Anglican Church.

Stallings is active within his church in Pittsburgh as a leadership figure for outreach and evangelism, primarily to college students and recent college graduates, and as a co-founder of the Southside Anglican Church Forum on Race Relations. 

Civically engaged in the city of Pittsburgh, Stallings was selected to become one of 50 young professionals to participate in the Leadership Development Initiative XXIII (LDI) last year. LDI is an extension of Leadership Pittsburgh, both of which are highly selective leadership training programs designed to improve the city of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Stallings was the associate director of development at Penn State University. Stallings earned his bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences with a minor in meteorology from Penn State University.

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