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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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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