Nine Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weekend work camp Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13. Dave Calvario, dean of students and director of the Center for Service Leadership, will serve as trip leader.

“The Pittsburgh Project serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs,” Calvario said. “It is a Christian Community Development organization.”

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Students participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners.

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project weekend trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, a freshman journalism major from North Huntingdon, Pa.
  • Craig Collins, a freshman biology major from Carmichaels, Pa.
  • James Glisan, a sophomore biblical ministry major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Nathan Hsueh, a junior computer security and forensics major from Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Paige Lane, a freshman athletic training major from West Lafayette, Ohio
  • Taryn Leiter, a freshman arts administration major from Erie, Pa.
  • Ben Little, a sophomore sociology major from McKeesport, Pa.
  • Hannah Szymanik, a senior special education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.
  • James Witte, a junior political science major from Waynesburg, Pa.

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The Department of Education at Waynesburg University will host the Intermediate Unit One Camp Tech Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 8, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Camp Tech is a summer camp for students entering grades three through eight in the fall of 2014. Campers will work with new and upcoming technology while gaining 21st century skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning.

“Waynesburg University is pleased to once again host the Intermediate Unit One summer Camp Tech. We think that the new, full day format will provide camp participants with several expanded and innovative educational activities,” said Debra Clarke, chair of the Department of Education and assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University. “We are excited about the opportunities that Camp Tech will bring to our Greene County area elementary and middle school students.”

Students will rotate through four sessions each day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Sessions include Lego Mind Storm NXT Robotics, Adventures in Programming, Build my World with Minecraft and Discovering Rocketry with the Space Agency Program.

In the sessions, students will work together in teams to solve various challenges in programming, robotics, cross-circular environments and the science of space. 

Registration begins Monday, March 24 and ends Friday, June 6, and space is limited to 48 participants at each site. To register, visit www.iu1.org/services/innovation-and-design

Students must attend all day. The registration fee is $120 for the week, which includes all sessions and daily snacks. Lunch will not be provided; students are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. 

Other Camp Tech sites include California University, June 23 through 27; Washington and Jefferson College, July 21 through 25; and Connellsville Junior High School, July 28 through August 1. 

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real world lessons. Students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work and global enterprise.

For more information about Camp Tech at any location, contact Sarah D’Urzo, at sarah.durzo@iu1.org or 724.938.3241 x282. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_kathleen_abernathy_corp.gifGeorgetownb2ap3_thumbnail_abernathy-charles_2.png University law professor Charles F. Abernathy and former federal communications commissioner Kathleen Quinn Abernathy will lead a lecture titled, “Washington, D.C. Behind the Veil: Reflections on both the Constitution and Federal Communications Law,” as part of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership Lecture Series, Wednesday, April 9. 

The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. 

According to Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law, the Stover Center is privileged to welcome the Abernathys to Waynesburg University as “stellar” examples of American political, intellectual and professional leadership.

“Professor Charles Abernathy is one of America’s premier constitutional scholars and teachers who has an international following as an interpreter of American jurisprudence,” Stratton said. “Former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy used her analytic skills to update communications law for the digital age and is a widely respected corporate executive.”  

Kathleen Quinn Abernathy was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2001 and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate.  She shaped American communications law regarding broadband communications, broadcast, cable, satellite and wireless both on the FCC and as a Washington, D.C., lawyer.  She is currently executive vice president of external affairs at Frontier Communications Corporation.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a Juris doctorate degree from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law.

Charles F. Abernathy, professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, is the author of several books and articles including the first modern case book on federal civil rights law, “Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation,” and the premier introduction to the American legal system for international lawyers, “Law in the United States.”  He is the co-author of “The Law of Equal Employment Opportunity.”  He was a Fulbright Professor of Law in Egypt from 1983 to 1984 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Juris doctorate and a master of law degree from Harvard University. 

Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is committed to creatively transforming the ethical state of the polis, bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square.

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b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR7922.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the Inauguration of its fifteenth president, Douglas G. Lee, with a multi-day event centering around a formal installation service March 25.

An occasion that is both rare and symbolic in the history of Waynesburg University, the event’s theme of “Celebrating our Heritage” put emphasis on honoring the University’s longstanding traditions of faith, servant leadership and academic excellence as well as distinguished alumni from the 1800s and early 1900s. The day also marked the University’s 165th year and the 164th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Delegates from institutions of higher education and learned societies from across the country joined the University faculty, trustees and principle administrative officers in procession at the academic ceremony in a packed Roberts Chapel.

Lee’s inaugural address focused on the University’s founding principles as well as its current state.

“With our feet planted firmly on our foundation and our eyes and minds to the future, we will combine the best of the past with the best of the present to produce leaders and scholars for tomorrow,” he said.

Lee discussed the virtues of a liberal arts, globally conscious and Christ-driven education for Waynesburg University students. He thanked Waynesburg’s faculty and staff for their commitment to shaping young minds and preparing students for “lives of purpose for the glory of God.”

Heavily referencing the University’s mission, which dates back to 1849, Lee showed gratitude and humility for the leaders who came before him.

“Fueled by the prayers and work of the generations before us, we are not afraid of the future because we have been strengthened by the past,” he said. “We have survived wars, depressions and lean, hard years, and through this process have grown stronger than ever with a resolution and commitment to faith and learning exemplified by the words carved in stone on our library and cast in bronze plaques on our buildings.”

He also challenged his colleagues, friends and guests to join him on a journey of continued faith and courage and to remain confident in the University’s students.

b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR7904.jpg“While the issues they [our students] face are large, we will not let them lose confidence because we will not lose confidence in them.” Lee said. “We must be the great encouragers.”

Echoing sentiments from the various speakers throughout the service, Lee spoke about the quality of student that Waynesburg University readies for the world.

He asserted his confidence that the University’s students, faculty, staff and alumni make an impact in the lives of others through service, describing one of the aims of a Waynesburg University education as “developing students with the personal integrity that comes when the connections between faith, learning and serving are so many and so intertwined that a life's purpose is not mere existence but transformational.”

Mark Fox, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, conducted the investiture of Lee prior to the President’s inaugural address. Fox praised Lee’s reverence for the University’s heritage and his commitment to the success of the students, stating that Lee’s attention to the past is evident in his vision for the future. 

“Widely respected for his creative pattern of intellectual leadership, he has embraced the challenges of today’s changing world, serving as a pillar of sound judgment while further advancing the University’s vital role as a leader in Christian higher education.”

Fox described Lee as “a man of great faith who embodies the very characteristics the University strives to instill within its students,” and noted that Lee is a servant leader who leads by putting others first.

“President Lee, the board of trustees has chosen you as president of Waynesburg University,” Fox said. “Yours will be the great privilege and responsibility of leading the University as it continues in its mission of inspiring and challenging students to lives of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.”

He also urged Lee to “draw inspiration from the students who aspire to become world changers; from the alumni who serve as examples of success; and from the faculty and staff who nurture and challenge the spirit of their students while remaining accomplished scholars and discoverers in their own right.”

Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen presented the University’s great Chain of Office to Lee, which is the symbol of the high office Lee now holds.

Following the investiture, Dr. Carolyn Thyreen presented a Bible that belonged to Margaret Bell Miller, the wife of Waynesburg University’s third president, A.B. Miller, to President Lee’s wife, Kathryn Lee.

“Today, Mrs. Miller’s Bible is passed down through the first ladies of the institution, a tangible symbol of Mrs. Miller’s steadfast devotion to faith, a reminder of our heritage and an inspiration to the individuals who lead Waynesburg University today,” Fox said.

Before the investiture, greetings were delivered from the United States House of Representatives on behalf of U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy by his deputy chief of staff Lou Lazzaro; the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Tim Solobay; and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Representative Pam Snyder.

Greetings were also delivered on behalf of the faculty by the University’s most senior professor, Dr. Charles A. Beiter, professor of English; from the staff by Norma Harper, the University’s longest serving employee; from the alumni by Jack Hinds, class of 1975; and from the student body by Daniel Czajkowski, Student Senate president.

Prior to the ceremony, Lee delivered remarks to University students in the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, where they viewed the event via a live feed.

b2ap3_thumbnail__SOR8233.jpgSurrounding the Inauguration, the University hosted a historic, multi-day event that kicked off Saturday, March 22, with a Day of Service. Locally, approximately 250 volunteers contributed service hours at community organizations including the Greene County United Way, the Humane Society, the Red Cross SAFE Program, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home and many more. Alumni with graduation years as early as 1955 and as recent as 2013 also served in their own communities, spanning from North Dakota to New Hampshire to Moldova.

The Tuesday events concluded with a concert for the University community, “An Evening with Michael W. Smith,” in Roberts Chapel. Smith is a Grammy-winning Christian singer.

A Worship Service led by the Rev. Dr. Stuart D. Broberg, a member of the Board of Trustees and pastor of the Church of the Covenant, was held Monday, March 24.

Lee was elected President of Waynesburg University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013.

Prior to joining Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC where he was a practice group leader in the Labor and Employment Department of the firm. He was active at Waynesburg University, being instrumental in the formation of the University’s Alumni Council and serving as the first President. He later served as a member of the Board of Trustees in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Academic Matters Committee and as Board Secretary.

He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, having spoken and written extensively on Workers Compensation and Labor and employment law topics.

Lee is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia. He is an Eagle Scout and has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association Board of Directors, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia, and the Howe Cemetery Board. He was a volunteer fireman for more than 13 years.

Lee holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Waynesburg University.  

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Waynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently named a regional winner in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual awards contest for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. 

“The SPJ awards are the top of the line for student journalism contests, and this category is akin to a best in show award that judges the entire publication, so we are quite excited,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University and faculty adviser to the Yellow Jacket. 

Nick Farrell, a senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major and the executive editor of the Yellow Jacket, took home two regional awards for General News Reporting. The awards recognize his article on past Waynesburg University president A.B. Miller’s diary returning to campus and his series on the University’s student senate changes. 

“Having the piece on Miller's diary recognized was a gratifying experience for me, especially since I found out about the award a few weeks before President Lee's inauguration and at a time when the campus community is greatly in touch with its history,” Farrell said. 

Farrell enjoyed the opportunity to tell Lee about the Yellow Jacket award in person, in Lee’s office where the diary is kept. 

“The Yellow Jacket's role is to serve the campus community, and we have a history of exceeding that call to service that dates back to the early 1900s,” Farrell said. “To be recognized individually for my work is quite an honor, but I'm most pleased by the fact the entire staff has been recognized for its outstanding commitment to the weekly execution of reporting news factually and effectively.”

While the Yellow Jacket typically wins at least one award from SPJ each year, this is the first time it has won an SPJ Best All-Around award in nearly a decade. The Yellow Jacket won SPJ All-Around awards in both 2004 and 2005, a time when Szuminsky, then a student at Waynesburg University, was editor of the paper.

In April, the Yellow Jacket will learn how it placed in region four. First place winners move on to the national SPJ competition. Farrell, too, will learn how he placed among other young journalists from across the region. 

“No matter how the placing works out, we know that the preeminent journalism organization thinks the Jacket is one of the top three papers in this region,” said Szuminsky.

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