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.

For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com

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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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Waynesburg University will present “The Curious Savage," a lighthearted comedy by John Patrick, Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The story revolves around Mrs. Ethel Savage, a wealthy widow, who wants to use her fortune to help others. However, her grown stepchildren are determined to keep the fortune for themselves, so they have “mom” committed to a sanitarium. While there, Mrs. Savage meets several of the residents. These emotionally scarred and delicate people are brought to believe in themselves a bit more as she interacts with them, and they, in turn, give Mrs. Savage a new outlook on life. 

"This is an old play that I remember seeing at a community theater in my hometown in the 1970’s, but I still think it has something to say to us in 2016," said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “That's one of the treasures of theater; we can still be entertained and enlightened by the old stories.”

Since 2002, Waynesburg University has presented a community theater show each summer. Directed by Powers, the production features Waynesburg University students and several members of the local community. 

The cast includes Brittany Blair-Martin, Alaina Camps, Kevin Conley, Tome J. Custer, Michelle Frye, Laura Gonnella, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Ellen M. Weekly, Christian Wilson, Ben Zyra, and a special appearance by Bryn Lahew. 

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/savage. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_photo-1.jpgWaynesburg University has been named to MONEY Magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” list, a ranking system that examined three primary factors: educational quality, affordability and alumni success. 

Included on the list are 705 four-year U.S. colleges and universities that, according to MONEY’s website, “deliver the most value – that is, a great education at an affordable price that prepares students for rewarding careers.” 

MONEY measured comparative value by assessing how well students at each school did verses what’s expected for students with similar economic and academic backgrounds, as well as the college’s mix of majors.

“This ranking is another reminder of the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We offer a distinctive educational experience at an affordable cost, preparing our graduates for successful careers and lives of purpose.”  

In recent months, Waynesburg University has also been ranked nationally as a top school for educational value by The Economist, the Brookings Institution, CollegeNet and Christian Universities Online. These ranking systems examined data such as outcomes, value and job placement.

Waynesburg graduates consistently achieve high placement rates. Ninety-five percent of 2014 graduates and 97 percent of 2013 graduates reported working or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation.

Additionally, the University’s tuition, room and board is more than $11,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges, according to College Board. 

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