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b2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B6448.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B6445.JPGWaynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards and recognized donors at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 7. Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin received the Golden Key Award, while Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

“We take our selection process very seriously and while we have many people that contribute to Waynesburg University, we always search for those who go above and beyond in their contributions to our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “This year’s recipients are no exception, and we are very proud to award them this deserving recognition.”

The Golden Key Award is presented by Waynesburg University to alumni or friends of the University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University.

This year’s recipients, Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin, were recognized for their service to others and support of the University. Having spent their entire careers in the field of education, the Chichins have established the Dr. Chester and Yvonne Vance Chichin Endowed Scholarship to spread their passion for education and to help provide opportunities for future educators.

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

The University also recognized Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas this year for all the ways in which they have impacted Waynesburg University students through generous contributions and belief in the University’s mission.

Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Chichin

Chester served as a school psychologist for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and completed graduate work at Duquesne University, University of Sarasota and University of Pittsburgh.

Yvonne spent 35 years as an elementary teacher in the New Castle Area School District. Additionally, she trained and served as a content reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Professional Educator Program Review and was certified as a Praxis III assessor for the Ohio Department of Education. She also is a part-time faculty member at Youngstown State University, supervising student teachers. Yvonne earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg and a master’s degree in education from Westminster College.

Together, they established the Dr. Chester and Yvonne Vance Chichin Endowed Scholarship at Waynesburg University. They are involved in church activities and attend various cultural and charitable events. They share a love of travel and spending time with family and friends, and often vacation at their favorite spot, Siesta Key Beach in Florida.

Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas

Peter’s teaching career included serving as a teacher at the Waynesburg Youth Development Center and Intermediate Unit 1, principal of Monessen Junior/Senior High School and an administrator with the Central Greene School District. Peter has served as president of the Central Greene School Board, Waynesburg Lions Club and Waynesburg University Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in special education, in addition to his Principal’s Certification from California University of Pennsylvania.

Deanie spent her career as a reading specialist for the Central Greene School District. She has held the position of president of the East Franklin Parent Teacher Association and various board and committee roles with the First Baptist Church of Waynesburg. Deanie earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University. She received her Reading Specialist Certification from California University of Pennsylvania and completed training in Reading Recovery from Duquesne University.

Together, they serve as members of the Waynesburg University Alumni Council. They have four children, Dr. Amy Diamond, Patrick Rameas, Amanda Gansor and Andrew Rameas (deceased).

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

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 Waynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 1. Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim received the Golden Key Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Daniel Dvorchak.

The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to alumni or friends 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, Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim, were recognized for their compassionate care for others and support of the University. Together, the Yims have established the Dr. Alice and Chang Yim Endowed Scholarship for nursing students. They have a demonstrated history of philanthropy dedicated to the needs of nursing homes and college scholarships for nursing students who wish to work with the elderly.

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

The Alumni Council recognized Daniel Dvorchak for his commitment to the University through generous contributions to The Daniel M. Dvorchak Endowed Scholarship. He has been dedicated to creating an impact on Waynesburg University students that will last for many years to come. 

Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim

Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim, natives of Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai, China, respectively, moved to the U.S. in the 1950s to pursue college education. Chang earned his graduate degree at Columbia University in Missouri, while his wife attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After college, the couple moved to Dalton, Georgia, where they live today. 

Chang and Alice have spent their lives as entrepreneurs, delving into multiple business opportunities. In the 1980s, they started a heating pad and hand warmer company called HeatMax and an antistatic garment company called Aesops. Alice continues to run Aesops today, and while the couple sold HeatMax in 2006, their oldest son still works for the company. Alice also manages a multi-unit rental property and volunteers at a local school in the media center/library.

Both Chang and Alice have a passion for giving freely of their time, love and financial resources, especially to the elderly. They aim to instill in young people a deep respect for the elderly. Most of their philanthropy and time is dedicated to the needs of nursing homes and college scholarships for nursing students who wish to work with the elderly.

The Yims have three grown sons who live in Georgia, Missouri and Washington, and nine grandchildren. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_4-4-Distinguished-Alumni.jpgDaniel Dvorchak

Daniel Dvorchak graduated from Waynesburg College in 1968 with a degree in business administration. 

After graduation, he quickly accepted a position in sales with Republic Steel Corporation. In 1989, he founded Storagecraft, Inc., a steel storage equipment company located in Orlando, Florida. The company quickly grew into a successful venture and was acquired by List Industries in 2004. Today, the company has expanded nationwide with distribution centers in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, with more than 150 employees. 

A graduate of South Union High School in Uniontown, Daniel was inducted into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame with the 1961 South Union High School Track Team. Daniel also played football at Waynesburg and was on the Yellow Jacket 1966 National Championship team, which was later inducted into the Washington-Greene County Sports Hall of Fame.

Today, Daniel is retired and lives in Bonita Springs, Florida, with his longtime fiancée Vicki Hollingsworth. He enjoys playing golf, reading and keeping in touch with his former Yellow Jacket teammates.

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Waynesburg University alumnus and current FBI Special Agent Glenn Booth recently visited the University to offer a lecture to students. The lecture, which took place on Friday, March 24, was given to an audience which included students from a variety of criminal justice courses at the University.

During the lecture, Booth shared his experiences as an FBI agent working in New York City on September 11, 2001. He explained how the FBI responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11, detailing their minute-by-minute response plan following the first plane crash. He also discussed the FBI’s response to the attacks in the months and years afterward and the FBI’s continued work to identify victims of the attacks.

Glenn Booth

Booth graduated from Waynesburg College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a certification in secondary education. After earning a master’s degree in history from the University of Maine, he taught and worked in administration at the University of Arkansas. In 1998, Booth joined the FBI in New York City, then transferred to Reno, Nevada, where he worked on a variety of crimes from kidnappings to prison assaults. Today, he is assigned to the Philadelphia office and focuses on violent crimes against children.

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_4-12-Tenenbaum.jpgWaynesburg University information technology alumnus Alexander Tenenbaum was recently notified that his research paper, “The Role of Technology in Missions,” has been selected for presentation this summer at the 2016 International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM) at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Tenenbaum’s research paper was the result of his senior project at Waynesburg, in which he studied how technologies impact missionaries. He surveyed various missionaries from across the world to investigate how technology aids in their mission work.

“My goal for this project was to learn more about how technology impacts the daily lives of missionaries from across the world,” said Tenenbaum. “Ultimately, technology is never an end in itself, but a means to help proclaim the Gospel across the world.”

Tenenbaum’s research included information from missionaries in developing countries such as Papua New Guinea, Italy, the Netherlands and Kenya. He spent time learning about each mission, their culture and how technology is integrated with their ministry. His paper highlighted newer technologies that help with missions, such as language translation and medicine.

“Alex carefully analyzed the survey responses and came up with many good findings,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science at Waynesburg University. “I found his topic very interesting and thought it was a great idea to connect computer technologies with missions.”

Wang assisted Tenebaum with his Institutional Review Board application for Waynesburg University and guided him in producing the project into a publishable paper.

“Alexander graduated with departmental honor and is a good student and strong Christian,” said Wang. “I am proud that he will use the computer science knowledge that he learned at Waynesburg to serve people and glorify God in mission fields.”

Wang will present the paper on Tenenbaum’s behalf because he will be on an overseas trip during the conference.

Tenenbaum graduated from Waynesburg University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology.  He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in missiology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The ICCM is an annual gathering of scholars who are interested in both computers and missions. The conference aims to promote effective use of technologies in mission fields.

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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will display a guest art exhibition Monday, Jan. 25, through Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception January 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibition, “The Art of Clay,” will feature the work of local and national artists such as Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art and art director at Waynesburg University; Jim and Linda Winegar, owners of Winegar Pottery in Waynesburg; and ceramic artists Christine Colby from Florida and Susan Phillips from Pennsylvania. Two Waynesburg University alumni, John Joseph Smith (’15) and Jimmy Law (’15), will also have some of their work displayed at the exhibition.

Heisey believes the concept behind the art exhibit can best be described through the words of Susan Peterson, a nationally known and former ceramics instructor: “Claywork is full of paradoxes. It is one of the most technically challenging of art media, and yet it is used by children. It is one of the most ancient media, made of the stuff of the Earth itself, and yet it is also at the forefront of modern materials science.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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