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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-18-Most-Beautiful-Campus.jpgWaynesburg University was recently named one of “The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campuses in the World” by Christian Universities Online. Ranked at No. 22, the University was one of three Pennsylvania institutions recognized.

The schools recognized not only provide a high-quality education and thorough devotion to Christian principles, but are also aesthetically pleasing, “boasting some of the loveliest looking campuses anywhere on Earth,” according to the Christian Universities Online website.

“Whether because of their lush green spaces, breathtaking surroundings or inspired architecture, these places of learning can offer locations in which to study, rest and play,” the article stated.

Waynesburg’s historic campus was recognized for its proximity to borough parks, its classic American architecture as captured by Hanna and Miller Halls, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the balance of exemplary historical edifices with modern facilities.

The Waynesburg University main campus spans 70 acres and is located in the foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania. To view an aerial video of campus, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=32GPgbhmthg.

For more information, visit www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/most-beautiful-christian-universities-in-the-world.

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 one of only 22 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_6-18-Christmas-Belles.jpgThe Theatre Program at Waynesburg University will present “Christmas Belles,” Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s main campus.

“Christmas Belles” tells the story of a church Christmas program that spins hilariously out of control and includes squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.

The play is the sequel to “Dearly Beloved,” which was presented last summer by Waynesburg’s Theatre Program, and includes the return of the main characters, the three Futrelle sisters.

“These characters were so much fun last summer that I thought it might be fun to revisit them,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre and director of the Theatre Program. “And seeing a little bit of Christmas in the summer might also be cute and clever.”

Returning in their roles from “Dearly Beloved” are Sable Griedel as Honey Raye, Laura Gonella as Frankie, Tome Custer as Twink, Jordan Thompson as Dub, Dan Wozniak as John Curtis, Emily Haywood as Gina Jo and Ben Zyra as Justin. Michelle Scheponik will appear as Miss Geneva with Claire Kreider as Patsy. Ellen Weekly will join the cast as Rhonda Lynn, as well as Christian Wilson as Raynerd Chisum.

“Join us for more Texas hilarity with a heavy dose of the holidays,” said Powers.

Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased in advance at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/belles.

For more information, call 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 one of only 22 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_5-30-YJ-ASPA-awards.jpgThe student-run newspaper at Waynesburg University, The Yellow Jacket, was recently notified of two awards from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). They include First Place with Special Merit and Most Outstanding Cover or Front Page.

“This award showcases the caliber of student work at The Yellow Jacket,” said Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator and one of the advisors to The Yellow Jacket. “These awards, as well as the other awards The Yellow Jacket has received this year, are a reflection of hardworking students and an outstanding Department of Communication that fosters student growth through hands-on experience.”

Waynesburg was one of fifteen schools nationwide to be recognized for the first place with special merit distinction and the only small school category newspaper on the list. The other fourteen schools come from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The ASPA scores school publications on a point system and awards first, second and third place recognition. Publications with special and outstanding design and content may receive first place with special merit.

The special category award for Most Outstanding Cover or Front Page was awarded to the newspaper for its Dec. 7, 2017, issue, designed by Mattie Winowitch, executive editor. It marks the first time that the paper has won this special category.

The ASPA annual contest recognizes excellent school yearbooks, magazines and newspapers. According to ASPA, the contest also provides applicants with advice on advertising placement, cover design, graphics, headlining, photography, page design and story layout, among other items.

Earlier this year, The Yellow Jacket won nine Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 4 and eight awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA).

Two students, Winowitch, and Luke Goodling, sports editor, will represent SPJ Region 4 in the National Mark of Excellence Award competition for receiving first-place awards at the regional level.

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 one of only 22 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_5-8-Ohio-Honors.jpgWaynesburg University recently announced Andrew Gordon, son of Neil and Elvira Gordon, as the 2018 recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship. The Strongsville, Ohio, native will enroll as a biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major at Waynesburg in the fall.

The Ohio Honors Scholarship is presented to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences. In addition to majoring in mathematics or science, eligible students must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills.

The scholarship pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Over the course of a student’s four years at the University, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient.

“I cannot express the overwhelming gratitude I have for the Taussig family, as well as Waynesburg, for fully supporting my undergraduate education,” he said. “I can feel assured that this scholarship provides me with the means by which I can give back to the Waynesburg University community, as well as serve the people of all walks of life as a physician in the future.”

Gordon will graduate June 1 from the Buckeye Online School for Success. During his high school tenure, he was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in the National Fine Arts Festival of the Assemblies of God, once winning first place for a classical piano solo.

He is very involved with his church as a worship leader and as a member of the missions board. Additionally, he participates in a multicultural ministry called Pinagpala (Blessed) Fellowship, a Filipino outreach and home group program, and serves in the Greater Cleveland Brown Bag Ministry.

Gordon’s career goal is to become a primary care physician.

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 one of only 22 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_5-7-Leon.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Robert (R.J.) Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, was named one of four valedictorians and delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony. He is the son of Bobby and Jeanette Leon.

“The honor of being named valedictorian is quite humbling,” said Leon. “I believe it’s a testament to the time and dedication I have put into my school work and academics here at Waynesburg.”

Leon received the Stover Scholars Program Scholarship and participated in Waynesburg’s Stover Scholars Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

He was a member of the Business Club and Student Investment Club, serving as president from 2016 through 2018, as well as participating in athletics as the punter for the football team.

“There’s one distinct factor in Waynesburg’s education that sets itself apart from the competition: relationships,” said Leon. “I have developed phenomenal relationships with advisors and coaches that will lead to mentors for life. I have also developed personal relationships with my fellow classmates, which will help grow my network of connections when entering the business world.”

During his time as a student, Leon earned a competitive internship at JPMorgan Chase. He served as a two-month summer intern in the Chase Leadership Development Program, working specifically on the Consumer Bank Risk Management Quality Assurance team at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

“The most memorable experience from my time at Waynesburg is to witness my growth and maturation from the time I started as a freshman until now,” added Leon. “It’s pretty remarkable how Waynesburg’s experience transformed and molded me into a person eager to start my professional career.”

Leon recently accepted a position as a risk management analyst with JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate from Elon, North Carolina; and Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, were also named valedictorians.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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