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This May, 26 Waynesburg University students will spend a portion of their summer break at numerous service sites. University faculty and staff will lead two Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, covering a variety of academic and professional interests. 

The projects include partnerships with Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida, and the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown, New Jersey.

Lamplighters Touring Choir – Morristown, N.J.

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Morristown, New Jersey, from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8, and use their singing talents to benefit others. During the weeklong trip, the 16 students will perform seven concerts at various Christian schools, senior care centers and retreat centers.

Apart from singing, the students will also be completing renovations as well as painting and cleaning at the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown. Melanie Catana, director of choral music at Waynesburg University, Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Nelson Fox, the choir’s pianist, will serve as trip leaders.

Camp Boggy Creek – Eustis, Fla.

Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Eustis, Florida, from Wednesday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 14, to serve Camp Boggy Creek, a camp that serves children aged 7 to 16 who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The trip will be co-led by Jennifer Shiring, nurse director of student health services, and Amy Wilson, student health care nurse at Waynesburg University.

The participating students and faculty will serve as cabin counselors for the weeklong service trip. In this capacity, they will take care of the daily needs of the 10 campers in their perspective cabins. They also will have the opportunity to lead by example and provide an exciting and empowering experience for the campers.

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_Wayesburg--0019.jpgA student art exhibition will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 22.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an opening reception Monday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The student art exhibition will showcase the best student work of the spring semester.

The exhibit will highlight a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures and a variety of two- and three- dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

The Art Program at Waynesburg University exposes students to the creative process and provides them with practical experience in using the tools and techniques of the visual artist. Students develop self-awareness, as they find opportunities to progress according to their own abilities.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Donor-Dinner-1.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the annual Donor Recognition and Awards Dinner held Tuesday, March 22, during the University's Charter Day celebration. The Golden Key Award was presented to Dr. Fred and Marcia McEwen, while the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to John J. Pauliny and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny.

The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to an alumnus or friend of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way.

This year’s recipients, Dr. Fred and Marcia McEwen, were recognized for their steadfast devotion to Christian higher education, heartfelt sacrifice and genuine care for others. Together, they have impacted Waynesburg University as selfless donors and loyal advocates.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission.

The Alumni Council recognized both John J. Pauliny and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny for their distinguished and respective careers of serving the needs of others. They have committed their lives to create a lasting impact on Waynesburg University students, past, present and future. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Donor-Dinner-2.jpgDr. Fred and Marcia McEwen

Dr. Fred B. McEwen served as professor of English at Waynesburg University for 35 years and was chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages for six of those years. Prior to joining Waynesburg, Fred taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Morris Harvey College.

He also served as the assistant to the dean of general studies while at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, Fred received the status of Professor Emeritus at Waynesburg. He is also a recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award.

Fred’s wife, Marcia McEwen, spent 27 years as the public relations coordinator for the Washington Hospital. She received many awards for her written work, such as annual reports, advertisements and external publications. Marcia was also very active in the community by serving on the boards of the American Heart Association, Bradford House and Washington Area Humane Society.

Fred and Marcia are founding sponsors for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pa.

John J. and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny

John J. and Becky (Sweeting) Pauliny graduated from Waynesburg College in 1969 and 1970, respectively.

John earned a degree in business administration and immediately landed a job at Price Waterhouse & Company in New York City. He was an accountant in the audit and tax departments, eventually becoming a partner in charge of the tax department in the Baltimore office.

He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the finance committee for HopeWell Cancer Support and Hillendale Country Club and is a board member for Golfers’ Charitable Association and Maryland State Golf Association.

Becky earned a degree in mathematics, and she first worked as a programmer and analyst before making the decision to become a stay-at-home mom. While raising her children, she volunteered extensively in the Baltimore County Public Schools system and Hunt’s Memorial United Methodist Church, where she chaired the Vacation Bible School program and administration council.

Becky also served HopeWell Cancer Support, first as an office volunteer and later as chairman of the board. She is currently active on the board of governors for Hillendale Country Club.

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Waynesburg University’s West Coast Swing (WCS) Club, known as “Sting Swing” on campus, will host dance lessons for local high school students Saturday, April 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Auxiliary Gym at Waynesburg University. Admission for the event is $10 per person or $15 for two. All high school students are welcome, and no previous dance experience is necessary.

Participants will learn basic dance techniques from professional WCS instructor Faith Musko and Waynesburg University Sting Swing members that can be applied to any music style. With prom season just around the corner, Sting Swing is looking to offer community members new styles of dance they may be unfamiliar with while showcasing their passion for dancing.

“Our event, ‘Swing Into Prom,’ is a great way for the Sting Swing members to share our love of dance with Greene and Washington County and provide high school students with a usable skill for prom and beyond,” said Musko.

Students will be invited to participate in two hours of WCS dance lessons, with one hour of social dancing to practice and perfect their new dance moves.

“West Coast Swing can be danced to nearly every genre of music heard on the radio,” said Musko. “Typical artists utilized for dancing include Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Ellie Golding, Sam Smith, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony and many others.”

Reservations can be made ahead of time or students can sign up at the event. To register, contact Musko at or 724-852-7716. Reservations are highly encouraged.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_yellow_jacket_logo2.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-produced newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, recently earned nine awards from two prestigious journalism organizations, the highest number of awards the newspaper has accrued in a single year.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a national organization of journalists, named the Waynesburg newspaper as a finalist in four different categories for a total of five awards, and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) announced three first place awards and an honorable mention for the newspaper staff.

The SPJ Mark of Excellence competition divides entrants into small schools (1-9,999 students) and large schools (10,000+ students) for some categories. For the year 2015, members of the Yellow Jacket staff are finalists in the following categories: Jacob Meyer in Feature Writing (Small), Sports Writing (Small), and General News (Small); Tim Neral in Non-Fiction Magazine Writing; and Nika Anschuetz in General News (Small).

“Being named a finalist for the SPJ awards tells us that the students took no worse than what is essentially third place in our four-state region, which is a huge honor,” said Brandon Szuminsky, faculty adviser for The Yellow Jacket.

The finalists for these awards were selected from among entrants across SPJ Region 4, which includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. A group of students will travel in April to the SPJ Region 4 and 5 Spring Conference in Cincinnati to learn how the newspaper placed. First-place winners in each category will move on to the national SPJ competition.

“We’ve never been selected for five Mark of Excellence awards before, and I’m honored to lead the staff that accomplished it,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of The Yellow Jacket. “The Mark of Excellence Awards are prestigious accolades, so I’m thrilled that Waynesburg is represented so heavily among the winners.”

SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

In addition to collecting five Mark of Excellence Awards, The Yellow Jacket received four Student Keystone Press awards from the PNA in Division II, which includes four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000.

In the Ongoing News Coverage category, The Yellow Jacket won first place for a series entitled “University bans off-campus living,” by Rebecca Burcham, Rob Longo and Jacob Meyer, and received an honorable mention for “Mather Mine: The forgotten tragedy,” by Chelsea Dicks. The series “University bans off-campus living” also won first place for Public Service/Enterprise Package. In the Sports Story category, Meyer won first place for his feature article “The hardest thing imaginable.”

“To bring in three first place awards after being compared to schools across the state is truly a testament to the incredible amount of work our writers put into each and every piece,” said Baston. “I was proud of each of these stories when we published them in 2015, and I’m incredibly proud and excited that the PNA recognized the exceptional work of the students who wrote them.”

The Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.
“While The Yellow Jacket staff has a long list of awards, this is the most awards we’ve ever won in a single academic year. Last year we were pretty happy to win five awards between SPJ and PNA, so to win nine this year has us ecstatic,” said Szuminsky. “These awards are confirmation that students are doing great work and are getting a high-quality journalism education at Waynesburg that will prepare them for their future careers.”

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