b2ap3_thumbnail_Jamie_Jacobs_HighRes.jpgDr. Jamie Jacobs has joined Waynesburg University as the dean of institutional effectiveness and planning, the University announced today. In her role, Dr. Jacobs provides administrative oversight for the University’s institutional effectiveness, assessment and accreditation processes.

“There is no person who could possibly be a better fit for this position than Dr. Jacobs,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Waynesburg University. “She will play an integral role in the future of our institution, and the excitement which has followed her arrival has been palpable.”

Dr. Jacobs will also be responsible for data management, grant writing, institutional documents, institutional reporting and supporting various institutional objectives.

“I am very excited to contribute to the continued excellence of Waynesburg University and am already working with faculty and staff on several exciting projects,” said Dr. Jacobs. “I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to be a part of the Waynesburg University community.”

With experience in administration roles and as a faculty member, Dr. Jacobs brings to Waynesburg University a diverse background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Dr. Jacobs served in various roles at West Virginia University (WVU), most recently as the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. As the director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, Jacobs was responsible for program operations and assessment. She also assisted with programmatic accreditation and evaluated services and recommended evidence-based practices.

Previously at WVU, Dr. Jacobs worked as a clinical therapist for the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and an assistant professor for the Department of Political Science.

WVU repeatedly recognized Dr. Jacobs for her exceptional work as an educator. Among her many awards are the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award (2003), the Golden Apple Outstanding Teacher (2002) and the Department of Political Science Outstanding Teacher Award (2002).

Published extensively, Dr. Jacobs’ recent titles include “NGOS, the European Union and the Case of the Environment,” (with Anthony Zito) in Transition Activism in the UN and EU: A Comparative Study and “Civil Society in Argentina: Opportunities and Challenges for National and Transnational Organisation,” (with Martin Maldonado) in the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Dr. Jacobs has presented at a wide range of conferences, including the National Association of Social Workers Spring Continuing Education Conference in Charleston, W.Va., in 2013.

She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in counseling from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Active in her community, Dr. Jacobs currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the Morgantown Dog Owners Group and on the Advisory Panel for City of Morgantown dog parks. Since 2011, she has been an associate advisor of Venturing Crew 21. Venturing, a co-ed youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for men and women aged 14 through 20, provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring leaders.

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From Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a total of 93 Waynesburg University students and 10 faculty and staff members will spend spring break serving at various organizations. Four mission trips will provide students the opportunity to serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad.

The trips include Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn.; Meeting God in Missions in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic; Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C.; and The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Center for Student Missions – Nashville, Tenn.

A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., with trip leaders Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

Meeting God In Missions – Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic

Twelve Waynesburg University students and trip leaders Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, and Julio Quintero, assistant professor of Spanish, will partner with the Whitefields Foundation to serve in Haitian villages in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic.

Students will participate in construction and repair work, hair ministry, Vacation Bible School, medical and dental work (with second-year medical students from Penn State), prayer walks and spending time with the children.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, 25 Waynesburg University students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

All participating students have previously served with Habitat for Humanity.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty-five Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa., with trip leaders Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

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From Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a team of 25 Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa, will serve as trip leaders.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization 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 vulnerable homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

“The trip will be a great and humbling experience,” said Tharp. “Our projects during the week will be helping various homeowners that are unable to do the projects on their own.”

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project mission trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, a freshman journalism major from North Huntingdon, Pa.
  • Ashley Blair, a sophomore psychology major from Masontown, Pa.
  • Dana Della Loggia, a senior accounting major from Hershey, Pa.
  • Andrya Durr, a sophomore pre-biology major from Greensboro, Pa.
  • Alyssa Fratto, a freshman engineering major from Melcroft, Pa.
  • Sean Giles, a freshman forensic science major from Wyomissing, Pa.
  • James Glisan, a sophomore biblical ministry major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Emily Hackman, a freshman electronic media major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Josh Hennigh, a freshman athletic training major from Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Natalie Herr, a freshman nursing major from Peach Bottom, Pa.
  • Jacob Horne, a freshman criminal justice major from Leckrone, Pa.
  • Katelyn Hunsicker, a freshman psychology major from Reading, Pa.
  • Philip Hurd, a senior Sports Broadcasting major from Prattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Anna Kelley, a freshman nursing major from Baltimore, Md.
  • Emily Nowakowski, a freshman nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Denis O’Donoghue, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pa.
  • Josh Ombiri, a freshman computer science major from Mount Lebanon, Pa.
  • Zach Payne, a freshman accounting major from Irwin, Pa.
  • Tyler Romanowicz, a freshman criminal justice major from Altoona, Pa.
  • Zachary Simpson, a sophomore psychology major from Canonsburg, Pa.
  • Amy Smith, a freshman forensic science major from Fairlawn, Ohio
  • Lauren Stough, a senior nursing major from Cranberry Township, Pa.
  • Joseph Vassallo, a freshman pre-law major from Rochester, N.Y.
  • Marissa Vizcaino, a freshman forensic accounting major from Albuquerque, N.M.

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A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission, will serve as trip leaders.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting the Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

“When most people think of Nashville, they think of country music, a booming industry; yet there are many people who find it difficult to make ends meet,” Bristor said. “Our hope is to gain a better understanding of the issues of hunger and homelessness. We will participate in a program called the Urban Exposure. During this event, we will be out with those on the streets, listening to their stories and lending a helping hand.”

Students participating in the Nashville mission trip include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • Sara Carpenter, a freshman forensic science major from Erie, Pa.
  • Kenny Cline, a junior accounting major from Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • Julie Collins, a senior mathematics major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Ryan Condello, a senior business management major from McMurray, Pa.
  • Joy Engle-Young, a junior education major from Holbrook, Pa.
  • John Flanigan, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md.
  • Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Kaelee Franko, a junior psychology major from Butler, Pa.
  • Emily Hoffman, a junior education major from Salisbury, Md.
  • Mindy Hooven, a sophomore nursing major from Fayetteville, Pa.
  • Rebecca Lane, a junior special education major from Ellwood City, Pa.
  • Rachel Lovely, a junior pre-med major from Windber, Pa.
  • Derrion May, a sophomore marine biology major from Belleville, Ill.
  • Kristen McClure, a sophomore nursing major from Reading, Pa.
  • Nick Merlino, a sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Emily Priester, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Chelsea Ritter, a senior international business major from New Tripoli, Pa.
  • Kim Ryan, a junior criminal justice major from Masontown, Pa.
  • DeRon Scott, a sophomore creative writing major from San Diego, Calif.
  • Karl Shaley, a senior biblical ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Gracious Shaver, a junior education major from Ginowan City, Japan
  • Katie Shultz, a junior education major from Venetia, Pa.
  • Ryan Smith, a junior international culture major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Rachel Snavely, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Manheim, Pa.
  • Emily Wiedner, a freshman arts administration major from Somerset, Pa.
  • Tori Whitty, a sophomore pre-med major from New Wilmington, Pa.
  • Lori Williams, a sophomore education major from Mount Clare, W.Va.
  • Kristen Wilson, a freshman education major from Washington, Pa.
  • Julie Wise, a junior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio
  • Kaitlyn Wood, a sophomore sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa.

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Twelve Waynesburg University students will serve in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic, from Saturday, March 8, through Saturday, March 15. Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, and Julio Quintero, assistant professor of Spanish, will serve as trip leaders.

For the trip, Waynesburg University is partnering with the Whitefields Foundation, an organization based in Pittsburgh, Pa., with a mission focused on building new bridges of reconciliation through cross-cultural relationships in the transformational power of the Gospel. Students will serve in Haitian villages, participating in construction and repair work, hair ministry, Vacation Bible School, medical and dental work (with second-year medical students from Penn State), prayer walks and spending time with the children.

“Our service will be in the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic, or the Bateyes as they are known there,” Calvario said. “Some of the Bateyes do not have electric or running water. The Haitians who work in the sugar cane fields work long days and do not receive a livable wage.”

Students participating in the Dominican Republic mission trip include:

  • Elaine Burns, a freshman special education major from Ocean Springs, Miss.
  • Northe Campbell-Escalante, a senior exercise science major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Kyle Digiandomenico, a junior psychology major from Martins Ferry, Ohio
  • Cassy Dowler, a senior biblical ministry major from Latrobe, Pa.
  • Dan Garcia, a junior mathematics major from South Gate, Calif.
  • Danielle Goreczny, a senior business management major from Aspinwall, Pa.
  • Mary Hoffman, a sophomore education major from Butler, Pa.
  • Brandi Kukler, a sophomore with an undeclared major from Belle Vernon, Pa.
  • Jessica Marabello, a sophomore education major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Cherylynn Shird, a senior sociology major from Washington, D.C.
  • Mary Spencer, a junior English major from Allison Park, Pa.
  • Bonnie Strang, a sophomore education major from McMurray, Pa.

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