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When Jennifer Armstrong, a 2002 Waynesburg University alumna, thinks back to her time as an athletic training major, she remembers the friendly atmosphere. With only 15 people in her class, Armstrong said strong friendships were formed through clinic hours, travelling with different sports teams, studying and spending time together outside of class. But even more than that, Armstrong remembers how the Athletic Training Program prepared her for success in the professional world.

“Our faculty pushed us and prepared us for what a career in athletic training would really be like,” said Armstrong. “It’s a behind-the-scenes, thankless job, but it is so rewarding. I’m so thankful for my time at [Waynesburg University] and all of my amazing experiences.”

Today, Armstrong is the head athletic trainer/teacher at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia; and in the past three months, she has been recognized by numerous professional bodies for her stellar work.

In early January, she received the Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association Vito Perriello Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year, which is given annually to a trainer in a secondary school setting.

Later that same month, Armstrong won the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. After being nominated by a colleague, Armstrong was recognized for making “outstanding contributions in furthering her high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school education.” Only 10 athletic trainers in the nation receive this award; Armstrong is representing Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Then, in March, Armstrong was awarded the National Athletic Training Association Servant’s Heart Award, which recognizes secondary school trainers in each district for service to the profession, schools and communities.

“I feel very humbled and blessed that people think so highly of me as an [athletic trainer] that they would nominate me for these amazing awards,” Armstrong said. “I am so happy to be one of the people who can help bring awareness to the athletic training profession, as well as represent E.C. Glass and my community nationally.”

On a typical day at E.C. Glass, Armstrong is responsible for the first aid and emergency response, evaluation of injuries, rehabilitation, concussion management and other needs of approximately 750 athletes. She attends the practices and games of all sports, working with both athletes and coaches. She also teaches athletic training courses to approximately 50 junior and senior students.

Outside of school, Armstrong is a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association and an adjunct instructor at Central Virginia Community College. She is chair of the Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer’s Committee, and a preceptor for athletic training students at Liberty University and Lynchburg College.

Armstrong said it is challenging to achieve a balance with so many responsibilities, but her career field is so rewarding.

“My favorite part about being an [athletic trainer] is the relationships that I am able to form with student-athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators,” she said. “I am always striving to be the difference in someone’s life through my career…this profession allows me to impact so many young people’s lives.”

Armstrong said that being a health care professional means putting others’ needs first—something she is looking forward to for the rest of her career. She loves where her career path has led her, and she wants to continue advancing the profession as a whole.

“I am always trying to advocate for the profession,” she said. “I want to continue to educate high schools locally, statewide, regionally and nationally that having an [athletic trainer] is not a luxury but a necessity.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Orch-Jazz-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will host a Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsh Center. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program, said this performance gives student musicians the chance to showcase their growth in skill during the year.

“Every semester, members of our small ensembles’ program improve in skill level and difficulty level of standard repertoire for each ensemble,” said DePriest. “Many student musicians are also involved in our larger ensembles and find a growth in quality opportunities available to them for great music-making while here at Waynesburg.”

This event concludes a succession of different musical events hosted by the program, all performed within a week-long period. DePriest said this is an exciting time to see the progress groups have made.

“Nearing the end of the semester is a particularly busy time, both for ensemble instructors and student musicians,” she said. “The final performances of each semester show a culmination of knowledge and repertoire gained throughout the course of the school term. The music is often more challenging, so there is a sense of growth on the part of each member of the ensemble that I look forward to witnessing.”

For more information about the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-5-Vira-Heinz_20180409-193500_1.jpgFive Waynesburg University students were recently selected to receive travel scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.

The program is an initiative of the Heinz Endowments. The purpose is to prepare women for global challenges by means of leadership development, travel and community service. Universities and colleges across Pennsylvania participate in the program, which provides scholarships of at least $5,000 to recipients who have never left the United States before. Collectively, the Waynesburg University recipients will receive more than $30,000.

Waynesburg scholarship recipients this year include Tessa Masula, Sara Byler, Samantha Bruffy, Rebekah Rhodes and Megan Leiter.

While colleges and universities are typically only awarded three scholarships to grant to students, Waynesburg University has often been awarded more than its share. According to Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, when an institution does not fill all three spots, the remaining scholarships become available to alternates from other schools. Waynesburg University students have consistently been chosen for the extra scholarships.

“I think it’s just that [our applicants] are much more well-prepared, have a pretty good idea of where they want to go, what they want to study, how it’s going to fit into their major, how it’s going to fit into their career,” said Bristor.

Bristor said each student recipient created a detailed proposal to outline their plans for studying and engaging in a foreign community.

Masula, junior English literature and secondary education major, will study acting and literature in England at the Globe Theater. There, she plans to learn about British Fantasy and the origins of influential stories that have stood the test of time.

Byler, junior sociology major, will study in Meknes, Morocco. She will spend four weeks taking classes on Islamic politics and culture and Arabic, before spending another four weeks in a service learning program connected to a nonprofit.

Leiter, sophomore nursing major, will study in Amsterdam, Netherlands, taking a global health class and a course about mental health in an international context. Leiter would like to participate in medical missions in the future, and she is excited to expand her knowledge on healthcare.

Bruffy, senior chemistry major, will travel with the Counsel for International Education Exchange to study public health issues in Gaborone, Botswana. Bruffy plans to pursue a career in medical research and is looking forward to working with a program focused on scientific and social health problems.

Rhodes, sophomore nursing major, will travel to India to take classes in Hindi, Indian culture and traditions and healthcare. She hopes to learn about the country’s healthcare system, with plans to be a nurse and missionary in India in the future.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Music Program will host Chamber Works II Thursday, April 19, at noon in the Marsh Center. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Chamber ensembles perform twice a semester, but according to Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program, each time the groups perform is special.

“The Chamber Works noon concerts are unique in that each offering will present a wide variety of genres, both from our small ensembles and, occasionally, from one or two solo offerings from our applied studios.”

For more information about Chamber Works II, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-4-Art-Exhibit.jpgThe Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host the Spring Student Art Exhibition beginning Monday, April 16, to Friday, April 27, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition will kick off with an opening night reception at 6 p.m. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition is held every semester to showcase the work of students currently taking art classes. This semester’s show will include the work of approximately 50 students. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, the show gives the students—most of whom are not art majors—the chance to see their work in a new light.

“This show is a great opportunity for them to see their work in a gallery in a professional setting,” said Heisey. “It changes your work when it is in the gallery. A drawing for class that has been in a sketchbook is matted, hung on the wall with gallery lights on it, is no longer paper with a drawing on it. Now it is a piece of artwork. It is a great experience for any young artist to see their work displayed in this way.”

Heisey said each art professor will select work from their classes to exhibit in the gallery. For more information about the Spring Student Art Exhibition, contact Heisey at 724-852-3274 or email aheisey@waynesburg.edu.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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