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b2ap3_thumbnail_matriculation.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2016-2017 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 18, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

“The members of the faculty and staff in this room and around this University are committed to educating each of you to live a life of purpose for the glory of God,” Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee said at the ceremony. “That is not only a statement, but the passionate mission of this University.”

Lee encouraged the students to practice perseverance in all endeavors, just as those before them at Waynesburg University have done throughout the decades.  

During the ceremony, the names of matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

The University welcomed more than 440 students representing 62 different majors and academic areas of interest and 17 states, including Alaska, California, Maine and Vermont.

Nearly $5 million in institutional-sponsored scholarships and grants have been awarded to the incoming class, including four Stover Scholarships, 15 Bonner Scholarships and eight Scout Scholarships.

“The entire campus community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the freshman class,” said Jacqueline Palko, director of admissions at Waynesburg University. “We are thrilled they have finally arrived, ready to begin their new journey at Waynesburg!”

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, August 18. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 21, and classes will begin Monday, August 22.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-10-MBU.jpgWaynesburg University’s fourth annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, will provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff at Waynesburg University.

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 21 merit badges, including American Heritage, Chemistry, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Arts, Indian Lore and Personal Management. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit 

Cost for the day is $15 and includes lunch, a Class B shirt, a patch and instruction by Waynesburg University faculty. Space will not be held for scouts until payment is made. All spaces are first come, first served. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but shirts and patches are not guaranteed. Registration is limited to 300 scouts.

Adult participants who plan to attend merit badge sessions must be in Class A/Field Uniform and must present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Alternate activities will be provided for adult participants who do not wish to accompany scouts to badge sessions or who are not appropriately registered with the BSA.  

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, visit the website above or contact 724-852-7660.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CoD_Yearly_Badge_16_17_500px.pngWaynesburg University was recently named a national College of Distinction in recognition of its innovative application of high impact educational practices. 

“We’re so happy to award Waynesburg University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Waynesburg for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

To be named a College of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions, which include engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes. Each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation.

Institutions that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“The value of a Waynesburg University degree combined with our distinct mission and programs set us apart,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This recognition is a testament to that.” 

Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. 

“Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Waynesburg, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

Waynesburg University has also been named a Christian College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.

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Kourtney Skinner, recent athletic training alumna, presented two abstracts at last month’s National Athletic Trainers’ Association convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

Skinner’s abstracts were titled “A Validation Case Study: The Use of Electromyographic Biofeedback for Post-ACL Rehabilitation” and “Elastic Rehabilitation Devices to Increase Lower Extremity Neuromuscular Control: A Systematic Review.”

“I gained a lot of information about how to transition into the job field,” said Skinner. “I was able to meet a lot of new people that could potentially help me in the future with finding a job.”

Waynesburg’s athletic training faculty guided Skinner through her main points of research, in addition to preparing her for the professional aspect of attending and presenting at a national conference. Skinner credits her education at Waynesburg for helping develop organizational and professional skills.

Skinner’s future plans include seeking a job at the high school level and earning a master’s degree within the next two years.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s mission is to represent, engage and foster the continued growth and development of the athletic training profession and athletic trainers as unique health care providers. 

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 American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently awarded a $500 grant, and chapter advisor, Dr. Evonne Baldauff, has been accepted to publish in an upcoming Symposium Series eBook by ACS Publications.

The $500 grant from the ACS National Undergraduate Programs Office is to be used in developing a new outreach activity designed to engage with local high school chemistry students.

“Our chapter is well-versed in outreach,” said Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “Having that experience and being able to show how successful we have been in the past is something that the reviewers want to see.”

Kristen Wilson, senior chemistry (secondary education) major and president of Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter, prepared the grant application that consisted of a project justification, budget and timeline. 

Wilson worked directly with Matt Brandstetter, chemistry teacher at Waynesburg Central High School (WCHS), to determine the type of program that would best meet the needs of his students.

The program, named “College-Chemistry Connection,” will allow Waynesburg University students to host monthly instrument sessions with the students in Brandstetter’s AP Chemistry class. The high school students will receive a lesson from University students on how to use a particular instrument followed by hands-on time. 

Because of the overall success of Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter, Baldauff was invited to write a chapter for publishing by the ACS on best methods in working with ACS student chapters. Her chapter was recently accepted and will be published in a Symposium Series volume tentatively titled “Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Members.”

“The chapter was written based on my experiences while serving as the chapter advisor by using student opinion and perspective to guide the content,” said Baldauff. “It is a great way to be recognized for the efforts we annually undertake and also serves as a way for us to assist other ACS student chapters.”

Baldauff’s chapter offers practical advice by encouraging other chapters to get more faculty involved, work to create community within the group and host quality, worthwhile events that will generate pride among the membership.

Earlier this year, Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter received the ACS’s “Outstanding Award” for the fifth consecutive year.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree level in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

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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