b2ap3_thumbnail_Headshot.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 18. Laura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, delivered the commencement address.

Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa., was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Scott and Susan Berkebile of Friedens, Pa.

“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing people who have helped me to achieve this honor,” Berkebile said. “It is a blessing and truly shows how commitment and dedication pay off.”

During her studies at Waynesburg, Berkebile was vice president of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and a member of the University’s Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student group. She was a member of DRUS Honorary Society for women and served on the University’s Student Activities Board. 

Active in service, Berkebile attended two University service trips to Urban Promise Ministries in Camden, N.J., and participated in local service initiatives. She was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Class Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award. 

“I have grown both mentally and spiritually during my time at the University,” she said. “Waynesburg has helped me to establish a solid foundation and a variety of skills that will help me to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Berkebile hopes to continue to grow professionally and ignite curiosity and a love for learning in young children. 

The 2014 Valedictorians include:

•Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa.

•Alyssa Brooke Crile, an early childhood education major from Washington, Pa.

•Daniel Vincent Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md.

•Corin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa.

•Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

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Waynesburg University will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Scouts Camp Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25. Boy Scouts entering sixth grade through current high school seniors are invited to attend.

Today, the University announced a commuter option for the camp. Scouts can come to campus for the day, be provided lunch and dinner and still be home after the evening session. Commuters can expect to be on campus from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The total cost for the commuter option of STEM camp is $250, while the camper option is $450. Both commuter and camper costs include instruction for five Merit Badges.

Waynesburg University will offer 13 different badges including chemistry, digital technology, engineering, environmental science, geocaching and sustainability, among others. Scouts may choose their five badges when registering.

Waynesburg University will offer small camp classes with individualized instruction. All classes will be taught by University professors who are experts in the merit badge field.

“We are thrilled to continue the tradition of scouting at Waynesburg University with this camp opportunity,” said University Provost Dr. Jacquelyn Core. “As a scout leader, it is important that merit badge instruction be of high quality, and the Boy Scouts of America works hard to ensure that merit badge counsellors are appropriately qualified.  At Waynesburg University, we are uniquely positioned with a cadre of experts in science, technology, engineering and math, capable and excited to teach scouts these skills.  Who better to teach these skills than University professors teaching in their fields of expertise?”

Registration is limited to the first 50 scouts. The $450 camper cost includes lodging in air conditioned dorms, three meals a day in the dining facilities of the University, a t-shirt, a patch and all activities. Scouts can provide a roommate preference to room with a friend.

Activities include evening campfires and fun, hands-on STEM activities. Scouts will work on Boy Scouts of America (BSA) NOVA science awards during camp. The Boy Scouts of America's NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with fun activities and exposure to STEM-related fields.

To register, visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/STEMcamp.

Waynesburg University’s history of scouting initiatives and education will continue with STEM for Scouts Camp, as well as its second annual Merit Badge University Saturday, Oct. 25, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

The Boy Scouts of America 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, contact scouting@waynesburg.edu.

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The Waynesburg University Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program will host Teaching with Primary Sources Level 1 Summer Institute Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main campus of Waynesburg University. The program is free, and past participants are welcome to attend.

Teachers and librarians interested in techniques to address the newly adopted Pennsylvania Core Standards are encouraged to attend. Pennsylvania Core Standards focus on application of content knowledge in the classroom, critical thinking and student literacy.

Teachers and librarians will engage in model learning activities and collaborate with colleagues in pairs and small groups. The TPS Program equips teachers with methods and tools from the Library of Congress’s digitized collection of primary sources to address this critical need.

Summer Institute participants will earn up to 16 PDE Act 48 activity hours. Registration for the four-day workshop is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Level1-Registration.

For more information, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or swise@waynesburg.edu.

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. It was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot then officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. It continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania by working with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Waynesburg University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charleroi Area Firefighters Annual Scholarship for students at Waynesburg University.

Through the scholarship, recipients can receive up to $10,000 over the course of four years at Waynesburg. One $2,500 Charleroi Area Firefighters Scholarship will be awarded annually, pending an applicant that meets all requirements.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be serving in good standing as a junior firefighter or firefighter in one of the following three volunteer fire departments: Charleroi Station 33, Fallowfield Township Station 47 or Lock 4 Station 22.

The successful candidate must also have a history of demonstrated exemplary service to the community, a good academic record in his/her high school studies and strength of character in his/her personal life.
In addition, the recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and meet Waynesburg University financial aid criteria.

In certain special circumstances, such as physical disability, an individual may not be able to handle the rigors of being a junior firefighter or firefighter, but nonetheless may have made outstanding contributions to the fire department through administrative, logistical or other service. In such a case, the applicant and department must thoroughly document his or her fire department contributions.

University trustee John D. Woodward Jr. established the scholarship in honor of his parents, Olga O. Woodward and the late John D. Woodward, both lifelong residents of the Charleroi area and dedicated public servants. 

In explaining the motivation behind the scholarship, Mrs. Woodward, a former Fallowfield Township Supervisor, said, "Our volunteer firefighters give so much to the community, oftentimes in dangerous and demanding circumstances. With this scholarship, we want to show our appreciation for their efforts. We selected Waynesburg University because of its deep emphasis on learning, service and faith."

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WCTV, the Waynesburg University student television station, recently earned a bronze award from the 35th annual Telly Awards for its piece titled “The Buzz: November 11, 2013.” 

Waynesburg’s piece stood out among nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.  

“The Buzz” is a show that focuses on feature stories in Waynesburg, the nation and the entertainment world. It began in the fall of 2013 under the direction of Kelly Witas, a 2014 communication (electronic media) alumna and former general manager of WCTV.

“This is such a big honor for WCTV,” said Witas. “So many of us put our hearts into these shows, and it’s great to get recognition for that work. It’s also a great end to my college career.”

The winning episode of “The Buzz” featured stories about a 10-year-old boy who suffers from Aspergers, the Boston Red Sox winning the Major League Baseball championship and the Waynesburg University fall play. 

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other but are judged against a high standard of merit.  

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “WCTV’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

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