b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_0207.JPGWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 1.

Kayla Diane Bleckley, a creative writing major with a minor in psychology from Latrobe, was named one of two valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of William and Diane Bleckley.

“To be named valedictorian alongside another extraordinarily hardworking Waynesburg University student is an honor I am blessed and privileged to receive,” said Bleckley. “Though I am extremely proud to be one of the Class of 2016 valedictorians, I consider my accomplishment a testament to the constant support and opportunities my parents have worked tirelessly to provide for me and the high quality of educators found at this institution.”

As a student, Bleckley was a staff member of Waynesburg’s literary magazine, “Muse & Stone,” most recently serving as the student executive editor. She was vice president of the University’s Upsilon Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society as well as a member of the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Waynesburg University Honors Academy.

She was the recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship and the Margaret Bell Miller Scholarship. During her studies, she received the James E. Garvin and Caroline Parkinson Garvin Prize in Humanities in 2014, in addition to the Waynesburg University English Department Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

“I think the liberal arts education I received at Waynesburg has been essential in helping me determine what vocation I feel called to pursue and in providing me with the resources to be successful,” said Bleckley.

Bleckley plans to obtain a master’s degree in counseling and pursue a vocation as a certified counselor.

Jessica Marie Marabello, a mathematics (secondary education) major from Pittsburgh, was also named valedictorian and delivered the valedictory to the University.

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Morristown, N.J., from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8, and use their singing talents to benefit others. During the weeklong trip, the 16 students will perform seven concerts at various Christian schools, senior care centers and retreat centers to share the Good News of Christ.

Apart from singing, the students will also be completing renovations as well as painting and cleaning at the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown. Melanie Catana, director of choral music at Waynesburg University, Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Nelson Fox, the choir’s pianist, will serve as trip leaders.

“Our main objective for this mission trip is to practice being a servant leader like Christ,” said Catana. “I want the students to bring life to the works they do for other people. Through our devotions and service, I want them to become closer to God.”

The Lamplighters Touring Choir have served various locations around the country for more than 50 years, originating back to 1961. James “Fuzzy” Randolph, who founded the Lamplighters, decided to take the group during its first year to sing at local Greene County churches. The act of using the choir’s musical abilities to make a positive impact continued and has since developed into a University mission trip.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Allie Christopher, freshman exercise science major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Kayla Goncalves, sophomore music ministry major from Boca Raton, Fla. (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Amelia Graves, junior English major from West Falls, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Katie Kondrick, sophomore history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Austin Orth, senior computer science major from Meyersdale (Lighthouse Christian Academy)
  • Stephen Patula, freshman music ministry major from Kazard, Ky. (Hazard High School)
  • Kelsey Prough, freshman forensic science major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Rebecca Rosser, senior music ministry major from Sweet Valley (Lake-Lehman High School)
  • Lydia Rostosky, junior music ministry major from McMurray (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Briana Ryan, freshman music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Jonathan St. Laurent, senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major from Aliquippa (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Veronica Steen, freshman biblical ministry studies major from Trenton, N.J. (Bordentown Regional High School)
  • Stephanie Tress, senior forensic science major from McMurray (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Robert Tyler Turbett, freshman engineering major from Boyertown (Brandywine Heights Area High School)
  • Lori Williams, senior human services major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)
  • Lingen Yogo, junior mathematics major from Washington (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)

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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Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Eustis, Florida, from Wednesday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 14, to serve Camp Boggy Creek, a camp that serves children aged 7 to 16 who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The trip will be co-led by Jennifer Shiring, nurse director of student health services, and Amy Wilson, student health care nurse at Waynesburg University.

The participating students and faculty will serve as cabin counselors for the weeklong service trip. In this capacity, they will take care of the daily needs of the 10 campers in their perspective cabins. They also will have the opportunity to lead by example and provide an exciting and empowering experience for the campers.

“I am looking forward to interacting with the campers,” said Shiring. “Most of my nursing background has been spent caring for children. I love the mind of a child as they grow and develop.”

Since this is the University’s first service trip to Camp Boggy Creek, founded in 1996 by actor Paul Newman and U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Shiring anticipates that the students will leave with a deeper understanding of the challenges children suffering from illnesses face every day and recognizing they made a positive impact on others.

“I hope they have a wonderful experience, make new friends as well as return knowing they were able to help provide a normal childhood experience to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity,” said Shiring.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Mikayla Amick, junior nursing from Bloomsburg (Home School)
  • Holly Bachman, junior athletic training major from Butler (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Marian Chearney, sophomore nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Gabrielle Coy, freshman public relations major from Clymer (Penns Manor Area High School)
  • Sydney Green, sophomore nursing major from Farmington (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Amanda Lucas, freshman exercise science major from Penn Run (Penns Manor Area High School)
  • Abbie Miller, junior athletic training major from Red Lion (Red Lion Area Senior High School)
  • Kelby Rudash, sophomore nursing major from Maidsville, W.Va. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Grace Sumney, freshman nursing major from Bentlyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Natalie Vincent, junior nursing major from Houston (Chartiers-Houston High School)

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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This May, 26 Waynesburg University students will spend a portion of their summer break at numerous service sites. University faculty and staff will lead two Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, covering a variety of academic and professional interests. 

The projects include partnerships with Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida, and the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown, New Jersey.

Lamplighters Touring Choir – Morristown, N.J.

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Morristown, New Jersey, from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8, and use their singing talents to benefit others. During the weeklong trip, the 16 students will perform seven concerts at various Christian schools, senior care centers and retreat centers.

Apart from singing, the students will also be completing renovations as well as painting and cleaning at the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown. Melanie Catana, director of choral music at Waynesburg University, Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Nelson Fox, the choir’s pianist, will serve as trip leaders.

Camp Boggy Creek – Eustis, Fla.

Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Eustis, Florida, from Wednesday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 14, to serve Camp Boggy Creek, a camp that serves children aged 7 to 16 who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The trip will be co-led by Jennifer Shiring, nurse director of student health services, and Amy Wilson, student health care nurse at Waynesburg University.

The participating students and faculty will serve as cabin counselors for the weeklong service trip. In this capacity, they will take care of the daily needs of the 10 campers in their perspective cabins. They also will have the opportunity to lead by example and provide an exciting and empowering experience for the campers.

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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Waynesburg University’s undergraduate and graduate business programs were recently granted first-time accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for a seven-year period.

“This achievement evidences the excellence of the Waynesburg University Business Administration Program, including its faculty members, staff, students and alumni,” said Dana Cook Baer, interim provost and professor of criminal justice. “The IACBE recognized that our business faculty members are committed to helping students achieve positive academic and vocational outcomes by providing a comprehensive and quality educational experience.”

The IACBE was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). To achieve accreditation, the Department of Business Administration underwent a rigorous self-evaluation, a comprehensive and independent peer review and demonstrated compliance with appropriate principles outlined by the IACBE.

“Accreditation for the Master of Business Administration Program confirms what we have always known, that our curriculum, our faculty and, most importantly, our student outcomes are on par with other programs. It was a gratifying experience to work with my colleagues and the IACBE,” said Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration and assistant professor of business administration.

The University was commended for excellent performance in the following areas: the University’s commitment to provide support for assisting faculty in pursuing doctoral studies and the University’s dedication to preserving the historical presence of the campus and the current business building at the Waynesburg campus.

Waynesburg University’s accreditation status will be recognized at the 2017 IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting in April 2017 in San Francisco, California.

“The commitment and support from the University has been tremendous, and this achievement is reflective of the collective efforts from everyone,” said Dr. Christian Ola, chair of the Department of Business Administration and assistant professor of business administration. “Additionally, the entire Department of Business Administration worked in unison to make this happen. I’m proud to be a part of this team.”

The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

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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