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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-7-Barnard.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.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania, was named one of four valedictorians. She is the daughter of Gary and Jean Barnard.

“I always strive to do my best,” said Barnard. “The goal of my education is to become the best possible educator and leader. I hope to affect those I teach and interact with in a positive manner.”

At Waynesburg, Barnard was involved as a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education and the Drus Women’s Honorary Society. She was a cast member in Waynesburg’s production of “The Addam’s Family” and participated in cross country for two seasons.

Barnard most values her experiences in the Department of Education.

“In my major, specifically, early childhood education, I value the countless hours spent in the classroom,” said Barnard. “I was in the classroom starting the fall of my freshman year all the way until two days before graduation. This taught me many things that I couldn’t learn in [class].”

Barnard will be traveling to either Argentina or Uruguay for one year through the Young Adults in Global Mission program sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

“Through the program I will work closely with a congregation in my community as well as a nonprofit organization,” she added. “It is a program of mission through accompaniment. I will walk with my community with a spirit of trust, interdependence, solidarity and mutuality.”

Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate, from Elon, North Carolina; Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; and Robert Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, were also named valedictorians.

Leon delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony.

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-Flick.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 7, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Sydney Marie Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, was named one of four valedictorians. She is the daughter of Joe and Tina Flick.

Flick was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, Mill-Isbell Endowment Memorial Fund and the John L. Ross Memorial Scholarship.

During her time at Waynesburg, Flick was a member of the Criminal Justice Club, serving as president, and was involved as a peer educator.

“What I value most about my Waynesburg University education is the hands-on experience and personalized learning that each and every course offers,” shared Flick.

She will begin working as a case manager this summer for Appalachian Youth Services and concurrently pursue a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate, from Elon, North Carolina; and Robert Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, were also named valedictorians.

Leon delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony.

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_5-7-Eng.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.

Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate from Elon, North Carolina, was named one of four valedictorians. She is the daughter of Edward and Donna Eng.

“It is very special and exciting to be recognized for all the hard work that I’ve dedicated to my academics,” said Eng. “It is also a humbling experience to be recognized for this title knowing that there are so many dedicated, intelligent, and hard-working students that I go to class with every day.”

Eng is a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Senior Award, the Dr. Boris M. Ivezic Memorial Prize in Economics and the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American in Basketball award.

At Waynesburg, she was a member of the Business Club, Student Investment Club, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, as well as a player for the University’s women’s basketball and lacrosse teams.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for everything that I have learned in my courses at Waynesburg,” added Eng. “I’m extremely grateful for all my current and past professors for everything that they have invested in my academic, personal, and professional development.”

Eng plans to immediately pursue her certified public accountant license and earn a job in either auditing or taxes.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; and Robert Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, were also named valedictorians.

Leon delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony.

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

724-852-76785 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University honored its baccalaureate and commencement speakers during its 166th Commencement Exercises Sunday, May 6.

David Barensfeld, president and CEO of Ellwood Group Inc., was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and the Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg, senior pastor of The Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pennsylvania, was presented the Timothy & Carolyn Thyreen Service Leadership Award for his church’s exemplary and transformational servant leadership.

The following citations were read:

b2ap3_thumbnail_5-6-Barensfeld.jpgDavid Barensfeld

David Barensfeld, for your hardworking and entrepreneurial spirit, as evidenced by a successful career as the leader of Ellwood Group Incorporated, Waynesburg University honors you.

For nearly four decades, you have led Ellwood Group Incorporated to new and continued growth. Overcoming obstacles with vision, commitment and strategic risk, you have risen to the challenges of a changing world market.

Your efforts in supporting a robust American manufacturing sector and your vision for the sustainability of tomorrow have set you apart, reflecting your passion for your work and the future of our country.

As you strive to influence positive change in today’s society through civic engagement, you are an inspiration to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Similarly, your attention to the stewardship of God’s creation is exemplary.

Your ambition, influential career, and moral and business philosophies serve as examples to Waynesburg University students as they prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow. For that, we are pleased to recognize you.

In gratitude and respect for your achievements and for the ways in which you parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

b2ap3_thumbnail_5-6-Broberg-Award.jpgThe Church of the Covenant

This Award celebrates Timothy and Carolyn Thyreen’s legacy of serving others and is presented to those who exemplify servant leadership in their daily lives, resulting in a transformational effect on their area of focus. For decades, the Church of the Covenant has actively and enthusiastically participated in Christ’s ministry, with an impact reaching both nearby neighbors and communities in the far reaches of the world.

The Church of the Covenant has foreseen the challenges and opportunities of transformational service, and its parishioners have seized the opportunity to help others through active, hands-on service locally and in Haiti, New Mexico and West Virginia.

As the congregation unites to provide volunteers and financial support with the goal of meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of others, their thoughtful and strategic service has tangible results that make a difference in the lives of many.

Beyond those tangible results are those which are immeasurable; as the church’s mission teams and volunteers meet despair with hope and suffering with strength, they bring light and love into the hearts of those they serve.

In honor of the servant leadership exemplified by former Waynesburg University President Timothy Thyreen and former First Lady Carolyn Thyreen, and in recognition of its embodiment of the highest principles of this institution, Waynesburg University honors the Church of the Covenant.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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