Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club will participate in the annual Waynesburg Borough Halloween parade sponsored by the Lions Club to support the Special Olympics Greene County Program. The parade will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, immediately following the Borough’s trick-or-treating tradition behind the Greene County Office Building.

The Criminal Justice Club is partnering with the Special Olympics Greene County management team to create awareness of the Special Olympics program in the county. Both organizations have chosen to participate in this event because of the large amount of community members who attend the parade each year. Their goal is to inform the community of the program as well as the benefits for individuals with intellectual disabilities to sign up as athletes. In addition, both organizations are looking to attract volunteers.

“This is one of the many events the Criminal Justice Club participates in to help spread awareness of the Special Olympics program,” said Todd Breninghouse, senior criminal justice administration major and president of the Criminal Justice Club. “Special Olympics is such a meaningful and amazing organization, and we want to make sure the community is well aware of the opportunities one can gain from being a part of it.”

The Criminal Justice Club and the Special Olympics Greene County management team will walk behind the Special Olympics athletes in the parade wearing Special Olympics T-shirts in support of the organization. Also, the two teams will be distributing candy promoting the program during the parade.

For more information, contact Randi Chambers, manager of Special Olympics Greene County at 724-998-8109.

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. The organizations empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir will offer a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The choir, made up of 50 students and faculty members, will be accompanied by the Waynesburg University Music Program chamber ensemble.

The performance will consist of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, which is a choral-orchestral 19th century piece performed in Latin and the best known of Faure’s works. It is written for an orchestra, organ, chorus and two soloists. “Pie Jesu” is the most well-known section of this opus.

According to Melanie Catana, director of choral music at the University, the Requiem is intended as a prayer for God’s mercy at life’s end. The concert is intentionally occurring close to All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 1, when loved ones who have passed away are traditionally remembered and honored.

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Waynesburg University has been ranked in the top 100 of a national Social Mobility Index (SMI), which rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status.

Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University is the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

Developed by CollegeNET and PayScale, the SMI ranks schools based on access, affordability and the ability to advance students’ economic mobility. Gaining international attention, the SMI has been featured in the Daily Mail, a British daily newspaper.

“This ranking sheds light on the affordability of a Waynesburg University degree, and equally as important, the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Our students graduate with the knowledge necessary to lead fiscally sound lives and with the résumés necessary to secure their desired jobs, fully equipping them to become contributing members of society.”

More than 900 colleges and universities were compared based on criteria that included tuition, the economic background of the student body, the graduation rate and early career salary for graduates.

According to the study's statement of purpose, the SMI shows that “through wise policy-making, colleges and universities can be part of improving both economic opportunity and social stability in our country.” Waynesburg’s high ranking and the supporting data indicate that the University is already fulfilling that need. 

These findings have also led to recognition for Waynesburg University in a ranking index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC), which has consistently ranked Waynesburg’s value in the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide.

ETC describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government’s College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.” The University ranked No. 104 out of the 1,224 schools listed in ETC’s College Rankings Index for 2015.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1627.JPGDr. Shari Payne has joined Waynesburg University as vice president for enrollment, the University announced today. Payne will oversee all recruitment aspects of the admissions process.

“With 20 years of experience in admissions, financial aid and academic affairs, Dr. Payne and her innovative leadership will be a valuable asset to Waynesburg University,” said Douglas G. Lee, Waynesburg University president. “Her dedication to service and to having a positive impact on the lives of others aligns with our mission, making her a great fit for the University.” 

In her role, Payne will direct an overarching recruitment plan in order to bring a high achieving and diverse student body to Waynesburg, with the goal of maintaining the academic excellence of the University. 

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Payne served as the vice president for enrollment management at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where she was responsible for student enrollment, including the recruitment of new students and the retention of continuing students. 

She previously served in various roles at Robert Morris University, including dean of engaged learning, director of academic of operations and director of financial aid. 

Payne holds an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in communications and information systems from Robert Morris University and a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_BobRandolph.jpgDr. Robert Randolph, chairperson for Waynesburg University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages, was recently invited to serve as pastor-in-residence at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

Randolph spent the week of October 12 at the oldest Lutheran seminary in the Americas, where he preached during three chapel services. In addition, Randolph visited classes and had the opportunity to interact with the seminary community.

“I am honored to have been selected to be this year’s pastor-in-residence at such a distinguished seminary,” said Randolph. “In doing so, I am the latest in a list of invitees that dates back 33 years.”

In 1982, Dr. Oscar V. Carlson established an annual fund to invite a parish pastor to preach to the Seminary community and visit classes. Reflecting the characteristics of Carlson, the pastors who are selected each year must be considered an effective parish pastor, a preacher of excellence and a life-long scholar.

As a pastor at a Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, Randolph states that he was selected because he is a man who wears many hats.

“The original impulse to select me for the residency came from a poem I sent to the Seminary Ridge Review, a publication of the Seminary,” said Randolph. “The selection committee became interested in how one could write published poetry, be a department chair at a university and be pastor at a church. They were interested in knowing how I balance those things and how they informed each other.”

Randolph was able to incorporate his work as a published poet into his sermons he preached to the Seminary. This residency was especially important to him because it combined his lifelong love for poetry and pastoring into one impactful experience for both him and the Seminary community.

“I am sincere about loving poetry and trusting in God, and that sincerity, along with telling true stories about my church work in the small congregation I serve, led people to see that my heart is pretty much where I say it is. With me, what you see is what you get,” said Randolph.

During the same week, 21 Waynesburg University students served nearby at Gettysburg National Military Park and Daniel Lady Farm. The students were able to attend one of Randolph’s chapel services at the Seminary and witness his teachings to the community.

Gettysburg Seminary is a graduate and professional theological school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, preparing outreach oriented pastors, mission leaders and public theologians for the 21st century and world.

The Seminary provides leaders and scholars with biblical, theological and practical insight in a robust integrative learning environment.

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