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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b2ap3_thumbnail_image001.jpgDr. Darryl Husenits, CONSOL Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, was recently awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award.

The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.” 

Husenits worked with representatives from Waynesburg as well as Dr. George Smith, general manager of value chain at CONSOL Energy and an alumnus of the University’s MBA Program, and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, manager of e-services at CONSOL Energy, to develop strategic curriculum for an Energy Management Concentration for the University’s MBA Program. The Energy Management Concentration was launched in 2012.

“This team was able to help Waynesburg design and implement our concentration in Energy Management,” said David Mariner, dean of graduate and professional studies at Waynesburg University. “We always look for ways to improve and enhance our curriculum. Husenits, Smith and Cooper were instrumental with this process.”

According to Mariner, through communication with students and employers, the University determined that there was a need to implement curriculum into the MBA degree that was geared toward the energy industry.

“We noticed an increase in enrollment from students working in the energy field,” Mariner said. “It was an easy choice to reach out to Dr. Husenits because of his experience and education, not to mention he was an alumnus of our MBA Program. Dr. Husenits then helped us to connect to Dr. Smith and Dr. Cooper.”

According to Husenits, the University’s Energy Management Concentration fills a void in higher education, as “it provides students with a broad view of the energy sector and will help students to make decisions that will add value to their employers.”

“The focus of the program is to deliver value to students by covering strategic industry drivers such as safety, compliance (internal and external), continuous improvement and risk analysis. This concentration also provides practical application processes in Project Management as well as Supply Chain Management,” said Husenits, who has taught courses for the concentration since its inception.

Husenits holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Seton Hill University, an MBA in applied business from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. in information systems and communication from Robert Morris University. 

Waynesburg University’s 36-credit MBA Program can be completed in two years or less. Students can set their own degree pace with an exclusive “step in – step out” class format. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg. Saturday morning classes are offered at the Southpointe location.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or jcrile@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_whiteman.jpgDr. Kimberly Whiteman, assistant professor and co-director of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Nursing Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Waynesburg University, recently published an article in Critical Care Nurse, a peer reviewed journal. 

The article, “Choosing the best evidence to guide clinical practice: Application of AACN levels of evidence,” was published in the April 2014 edition. 

The article was a result of the work of the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). As a member of that group, Whiteman shares authorship.

“The group was charged with revising the organization’s level of evidence hierarchy in 2011,” Whiteman said. “During the revisions, the group also decided to include a visual pyramid with the levels. Most of the research was around other organizations and their levels compared to AACN’s and on the current trends in evidence-based practice.”  

The level of evidences and evidence-based care pyramid will be introduced at the organizations National Teaching Institute in Denver, Colo., May 18 through 22.  

AACN is the world’s largest nursing specialty organization with more than 100,000 members. Most of the members are directly related to patient care, either as bedside nurses or supporting bedside nurses. 

“The organization strives to give the membership the tools that are needed to provide care for patients that is based on current evidence,” Whiteman said. “Projects such as this one permit nurses to use a common language to critique and apply evidence.” 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9792.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual Commencement exercises Sunday, May 18, honoring approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

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, during which she shared personal stories and words of wisdom from inspirational leaders including Mother Theresa and Maya Angelou.

Ellsworth urged graduates not to be afraid of failure, reminding them that people who have failed have learned to overcome obstacles.

“Failure makes us stronger and better,” she said. “It’s up to us to choose how we are going to learn from it.”

She also reminded graduates that every individual has the ability to bring something unique to the floor, no matter how junior or how senior they are.

“This is an obligation,” Ellsworth said. “The pace of change is astronomical, and it provides great opportunity. You have gifts to give.”

The following graduates were named valedictorians:

  • 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.
  • b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9737.jpgCorin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa.
  • Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.

Czajkowski delivered the valedictory to the University on behalf of the valedictorians. Elizabeth Hardy represented the graduate program students.

Two graduates, Samuel A. Lombardo, a criminal justice administration major from Canonsburg, Pa., and Ryan E. Walters, a finance major from Pleasant Unity, Pa., were commissioned Second Lieutenants in the Army of the United States of America during the Commencement ceremony.

Prior to Commencement exercises, Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “Where Have All the Heroes Gone?” to graduates and their parents, during which he referenced Luke 8:26-39.

He urged graduates to let God step into their lives so that they can live out His calling.

“Heroes say ‘I will be who God calls me to be,’ in a world where others say ‘Be all you can be,’” Hall said.

He quoted Saint Catherine of Siena, stating, “Be who God wants you to be, and you’ll set the world on fire.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_9321.jpgWaynesburg University awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Arts degree, the Master of Business Administration degree, the Master of Education degree, the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Management and Leadership degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology degree and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

To view photos from Baccalaureate and Commencement, visit www.waynesburg.edu/2014grads.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0191.jpgLaura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 18.

The degrees were conferred upon Ellsworth and Hall for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.

The following citations were read:

Laura E. Ellsworth, J.D.

Laura Ellsworth, for your wholly inspirational work ethic, as evidenced by a successful career in complex litigation and a multitude of professional posts, Waynesburg honors you.
Your commitment to advancing the state of professional law practice has spanned the globe in both accolades and experience, and your work is held in the highest regard in the Pittsburgh region.

As one of the “5o Best Women in Business,” you have served as an example to young women who wish to change the world. Through your notable publications and accomplishments, you have encouraged young people, including Waynesburg University students, to pursue lives of purpose.

Your demonstrated passion for justice and ethical leadership rings clear and mirrors the efforts of Waynesburg University to instill such admirable qualities in its students.

Your heart for service shines brightest in your work with the Imani Christian Academy as a board member and co-teacher. By uniting your love for the children at Imani and your passion for workforce development, you create opportunities for students at Imani to experience success.

Your authorship and experience speaks to a high level of professional development and a desire for continued education. These characteristics align with Waynesburg University’s drive to instill a passion for lifetime learning coupled with faith and service.

For the ways in which you have illuminated issues of justice and fought for your moral convictions, Waynesburg appreciates you.

For your undeniable drive, genuine leadership ability and pronounced passion for the legal field, it is with great honor that Waynesburg University confers upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Rev. Thomas M. Hall II

Rev. Thomas Hall, in recognition of your unwavering commitment to the members of your congregation and all those you compassionately serve, Waynesburg University honors you.

Your passion for the heart of Pittsburgh has advanced the region in spirituality and sustainability. As your influence has shaped leaders and your words have molded Christians, so, too, have your hands helped form a city ripe with opportunity.

As you lead your community with quiet strength and example-based guidance, you create a space in which new leaders can mature and prosper. 

For your civic-minded allegiance and your talent for awakening non-believers to the wonders of Christ, Waynesburg University thanks you.

In your many years of patriotic support to your country, you served as an intelligence analyst, a chairman of the 15-nation NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee and a commander of the 11th Operations Group. For your service to the United States of America as a retired Air Force colonel with many military decorations, Waynesburg University appreciates you.

Experienced and applauded by many, your civic engagement stands as an excellent example in conviction, leadership and service, the very components of a faith-based life that Waynesburg University encourages students to embody.

For your distinguished contributions to your community, your country and the Kingdom of God, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

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