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b2ap3_thumbnail_Josh-Dains_20150617-173735_1.jpgJoshua Dains, a 2015 business management alumnus, is employed as a financial analyst at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, West Virginia.

As a company that is focused on providing the world’s 7 billion people with access to high-quality medicine, Dains said he is blessed to daily witness the passion of a group of people running a business that saves lives and provides jobs.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” he said. “I am able to use my education and apply it to my role as a financial analyst, knowing full well that the work I am doing is helping people across the globe.”

Dains responsibilities include running through a variety of scenarios and figuring out which propositions make the most business sense for the company, as well as analyzing historical data.

Although a large portion of his current success has come from lessons learned in the classroom, Dains said his undergraduate career was much more comprehensive.

“I feel as though my time prepared me very holistically,” he said. “I was able to receive a great education, but I also feel like my time at [Waynesburg University] was made exceptional by being able to be involved in a multitude of organizations.”

Dains said his involvement allowed him to develop people skills and learn how to work with individuals with conflicting views.

“I am able to rely on those past experiences. Whether at school or the workplace, people are everywhere. I feel like Waynesburg taught me how to handle all of these interactions and thrive in all environments,” he said.

Additionally, Dains participated in eight service trips during his time at Waynesburg University, adding even more dimension to his undergraduate experience. Teamwork, communication skills and growth in his faith are among the additional life lessons that Dains said he knows he will carry with him into the future.

“I now feel as though I can walk comfortably in my faith wherever I go, and much of that feeling can be credited to these trips,” he said.

Also contributing to Dains’ holistic experience is the value that Waynesburg University places on proficient and student-centered faculty members. Dains specifically credits Dr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing, for challenging him throughout his journey.

“He is able to connect with students in the classroom, posing questions that he knew we would soon face in the real world,” Dains said. “He also tested us out of the classroom, going the extra mile to help us with career advice and allowing us to learn from his experiences in the professional world.”

Although Dains holds a lengthy list of lessons and skills he’s gained from his undergraduate experience, he places more value on the one that has taken him some time to grasp.

“I feel that because of Waynesburg University, I have developed the passion for leading and helping others. Going into college, I did a decent amount of volunteer work, but I never really understood the full picture. I didn’t realize exactly why I was doing it, other than it sounded like the right thing to do, until I got to Waynesburg. I can now tie it in with my faith knowing that I can serve in an office setting just as much as at an orphanage,” he said. “Service to people is needed everywhere, and that is the biggest thing I’ve taken away from Waynesburg University.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bethany-Orndoff.jpgAs a little girl, Bethany Orndoff never looked forward to missing school when she was sick. In fact, sick days made her sad. The sadness stemmed from her love of learning, and the emotion would soon prove to be an indicator of her future career.

“I chose to be a teacher because I've known that's what I've wanted to be for as long as I can remember,” she said.

Knowing how much she enjoyed math and inspired by Rebecca Wilson, her high school math teacher and fellow Waynesburg University alumna, Orndoff continued to walk the path that would ultimately lead her to her beloved career.

Currently teaching grades 9 through 11, Orndoff is responsible for creating and implementing lesson plans and making changes as she sees necessary based on the needs of her students.

Recognizing the importance of her position, Orndoff strives each day to be a light to each student.

“The great thing about being a teacher is the amount of lives I will impact. Right now, I see just fewer than 100 students a day — imagine the amount of students I will have seen in 10 years! To be a part of a student's life is something I will always cherish,” she said.

In teaching, Orndoff said she also identifies the opportunities to be a mentor.

“Students come to me with questions, and I am there to give advice,” she said.

Orndoff genuinely enjoys her students and is grateful for a career that allows her the opportunity to experience something new each day.

“I enjoy waking up and going to my classroom and greeting my students as they walk in,” she said. “I am the teacher that has a smile on her face every day, in every class, and I am smiling because I know that I'm where I belong.”

Partial to her alma mater, Orndoff said that she believes “only the best come from Waynesburg University.”

“The reason for that is how well the University prepares us for the real world,” she said. “I had all of the tools necessary to succeed, and that's what I did. I was able to secure a job and started the day after graduation. In the education field, that is unheard of."

Orndoff specifically credits Debra Clarke, assistant professor of education and chair of the Department of Education at Waynesburg University, and Yvonne Weaver, certification officer & field placement coordinator at Waynesburg University.

“They helped me evolve into a professional educator,” she said. “I have always turned to them for advice and their doors are always open for me. Their leadership and mentoring have allowed to me to be where I am today, and I am forever grateful."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Alfonso-Ferrari.jpgA deep-rooted love of America’s favorite pastime, two legendary voices and an unwavering desire to answer God’s call have led Alfonso Ferrari to his current profession.

Ferrari, a 2015 sports broadcasting/sports information graduate, was recently named the official radio voice of the Pennsylvania Rebellion. The Rebellion, a member of the National Pro Fastpitch Softball League, is located in Washington, Pennsylvania, and holds a nearly 50-game schedule, allowing Ferrari to share his love of sports announcing with a national audience.

From the time he was 5 years old, Ferrari said he could recall feeling as if he were meant to work in some aspect of baseball, a sport he calls his “first love.” Validating his aspirations, Ferrari, a native of Tucson, Arizona, grew up listening to Greg Schulte, announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who would become one of the two legendary voices responsible for further fueling his passion for the industry.

“As I got older I knew that I wanted to be an announcer,” he said. “I knew that is where God had designed my steps to go.”

Ferrari is responsible for traveling with The Rebellion, announcing both home and away games, and daily preparing information related to The Rebellion and the opposing team, a vital role of an effective broadcaster.

Ferrari credits his Waynesburg University education for his ability to land and accept his current position.

“The education I received taught me what the broadcasting field is like, and taught me the skills that are necessary to be successful,” he said.

Ferrari specifically credits Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University and play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 33 years (1976-2008), for his choice to attend Waynesburg University.

“I knew I would be learning from a man who had been where I wanted to go,” he said.

That choice, and Frattare’s involvement in it, would prove to be a wise one as Ferrari’s undergraduate years unfolded.

“He inspired me and taught me what I needed to do to be successful,” he said. “His taking the time to meet with me to go over my work and tell me what I needed to work on and improve was instrumental.”

Determined to follow in the footsteps of the man he had grown up listening to, Ferrari dreams of the day that he, too, will be a recognized voice for D-Back fans around the world.

“[My] current position is the beginning of the journey that will lead to my dream,” he said.

As he puts his time in to advance in a competitive industry, Ferrari hopes that he will someday be the same light and example that his role models have been for him.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Clarice-Tice.jpgClarice Tice, 2014

Athletic Trainer at Waverly High School in Waverly, N.Y., and a tech at ProCare Physical Therapy in Athens, Pa.

When Clarice Tice entered the workforce, she felt confident in her abilities to succeed as a result of the strong athletic training background she gained as an undergraduate at Waynesburg University.

“Having the many different opportunities Waynesburg afforded me, such as clinicals, really equipped me for my job,” said Tice. “Being able to complete athletic training hours at the local high school for a semester was extremely helpful.”

Employed by ProCare Physical Therapy, Tice instructs a variety of patients on proper exercise. In the afternoon, she travels to Waverly High School where she works every practice and game for the middle and high school students.

As a former student who was heavily involved in extracurricular activities on campus, Tice believes that participating in these opportunities was very beneficial for her career.

“Make the most of the time you have at Waynesburg and take all the opportunities and learning experiences you can,” said Tice. “They will help shape and mold you as a professional.”

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Julie Tischer, 2013

Microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia

Julie Tischer, a 2013 Waynesburg University alumna, was recently published in a peer-reviewed journal as part of a research group at the University of Georgia. 

Her article, "Proteomic Analysis of the Acidocalcisome, an Organelle Conserved from Bacteria to Human Cells," was published in PLOS Pathogens, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published monthly by PLOS, a nonprofit organization. Tischer and the additional authors studied the proteins that are on the surface of an organelle in order to determine how it functions in the cells.

The journal addressed questions such as: 

•What proteins are associated with this organelle called the acidocalcisome? 

•What are the individual functions of these identified proteins?

•Are these proteins essential for the survival of the cell?

•How are these proteins contributing to the overall activity of the acidocalcisome?

Tischer, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is currently a microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia. At the university, she works in the Terns lab studying the CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune system found in bacteria and archaea. 

“During my first semester, I worked diligently on the acidocalcisome project to generate data for the journal,” said Tischer. “My results during that six-week rotation went into producing a few of the figures in the paper, making me an author.”

Tischer adds that the classes and staff at Waynesburg University helped prepare her for the research program as well as her published journal article. 

“Waynesburg University set me up for success in the field of biology research by providing me with an exceptional foundation in biology education and encouraging me to pursue research opportunities beyond Waynesburg,” said Tischer. “In addition, the professional and passionate professors really inspired me to pursue a career in research and teaching.”

 

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