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Local genealogist and Waynesburg University alumna Candice Buchanan recently published a book, “A Waynesburg College Family: The Legacy of Alfred Brashear & Margaret Kerr (Bell) Miller."

b2ap3_thumbnail_12-7-Miller-book.jpgThe Millers helped to lead Waynesburg University (then Waynesburg College) to be one of the first institutions of higher learning in the nation to educate men and women equally. In the book, Buchanan explores the Millers’ role in the College’s successful implementation of coeducation. As a uniquely partnered couple, working so hard together, the Millers set a powerful example for their children, students and colleagues, according to Buchanan.

Buchanan’s work also focuses on the two-fold legacy of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Miller at Waynesburg, both as leaders within the College and as parents to their eight children.

“Ms. Buchanan did a superb job of telling the story of the Miller family,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who accepted archival copies recently presented to the University. “Our University and our community are extremely fortunate to have someone with her dedication and ability devoted to such a meaningful project.”

Buchanan conducted research through documented student testimonies about the Millers in addition to family records and photographs. Throughout the book, she shares the history of Dr. Miller’s experiences at Waynesburg College as a student through his tenure as president, as well as Mrs. Miller’s days as a teacher.

“I am a third-generation Waynesburg graduate,” said Buchanan. “I have ancestors who actually studied under Alfred and Margaret and being part of the Waynesburg legacy is how I can connect to that couple.”

Buchanan earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Waynesburg University and Master of Arts in history from Duquesne University. She is the head of research and production at, in addition to being a genealogy consultant for Memory Medallion, Inc. She is a certified genealogist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Washington, D.C.

To purchase the book, visit or The book is also available in the University’s Eberly Library. 

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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For as long as he can remember, Colin Phillips has been fascinated by politics. From a young age, his parents instilled in him the belief that as a citizen of the United States of America, he has the power to make a difference through the use of politics.

A 2015 graduate of Waynesburg University, the history alumnus will begin coursework for his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, this fall. This program will allow Phillips to entirely bypass the master’s program, and immediately begin working toward his Ph.D., an opportunity afforded to him as a result of his undergraduate success and impressive GRE scores.

Phillips’s involvement with Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars Program, a program dedicated to the study of U.S. government and policy, also helped to cement his aspirations and work toward his calling.

Through this program, Phillips received the opportunity to further his knowledge of the United States government and Constitution through various discussions and experiences.

“Through this program, I not only was able to be around successful people in government who were able to shed light on how they got to where they are at, but also was able to have in-depth looks at current matters in our society and apply both moral reasoning to them, as well as Christian ethics,” Phillips said. “Through this, and the gain of a firm understanding [of] the Constitution, the Stover Program allows for its scholars to certainly have an experience that puts them ahead of the others that they encounter outside Waynesburg University.”

In addition, Phillips believes that having strong mentors in Dr. Waddel, professor of political science, and Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, taught him, motivated him and encouraged him to understand leadership and cultivate change.

“Both men played an enormous role in growing my knowledge and interest in politics,” said Phillips. “My private casual discussions with them about life and other matters turned out to be very influential. They both proved to be very caring and interested in my future, making sure that I had what I needed to go on and be successful. I was truly blessed to have them while at Waynesburg.”

Phillips believes that his time spent as an undergraduate student and a variety of interactions at Waynesburg University helped to further develop his leadership skills.  It wasn’t long before he found himself becoming more of a leader both inside the classroom and out, citing these skills as incredibly useful in his various internship experiences.

Due to these past internships with United States Representative Pat Tiberi, Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Board of Reagents, Phillips has been able to map out a potential future for himself.   As a result, upon completion of graduate school, he intends to pursue a career in politics.

“With these experiences, I was able to get a first hand look at how different sectors of our government work,” Phillips said.  “In doing so, I was able to see what things I liked, what changes I would make and plan out a path for myself within politics."

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Phillips.jpgColin Philips, senior history and political science major

Public Liaison Intern, Ohio Governor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio 

When the Ohio Speaker of the House entered a meeting room in the Ohio Governor’s Office asking, “Who here goes to Waynesburg University?” Colin Philips proudly raised his hand.  

“My favorite experience was meeting with State Representative Batchelder, whose son also attends Waynesburg,” Philips said. “I had time to talk with him about Waynesburg University in front of the other interns.”

When he wasn’t meeting with prominent legislators and leaders, Philips helped with constituent affairs in the office. He handled data entry and organization of many large petitions and responded to constituent mail, all while gaining experience in a political office during a campaign year. 

Luckily, Philips is well-versed in Ohio politics as a result of last summer’s internship with Rep. Pat Tiberi from Ohio, as well as his many meetings, tours and classes as a Stover Scholar at Waynesburg. 

“My studies at Waynesburg, and especially the Stover Center, have provided me with knowledge of how one really makes an impact on those around them in a short period of time,” he said. “My studies allowed me to be knowledgeable with the things I worked on, while experiences with politicians through the Stover Center allowed me to see how to be most effective while in a political office.”

The Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is an interdisciplinary scholarly center dedicated to bringing insights from the U.S. Constitution’s Founding Era and from Christianity to bear in the contemporary public square. Stover Scholars have outstanding opportunities to broaden their horizons and to deepen their understanding – from meetings with politicians such as U.S. Senator Bob Casey and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to internships on Capitol Hill. 


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ColbyElbridge_WEB_HIGH_0.jpgElbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), will present his foreign policy address, “Why We Should Worry about China, and What We Can Do about It,” Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7: 30 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the third floor of Miller Hall.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear, in person, from someone who works at the very influential Center for a New American Security, which is a major Washington, D.C., foreign policy think tank,” said Dr. William Batchelder, assistant professor of history at Waynesburg University.

In his position at CNAS, Colby focuses on strategic deterrence, nuclear weapons, conventional force, intelligence and related issues. 

He has also served as the policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission and a staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

According to the WMD Commission Report, the WMD Commission was charged with assessing whether the Intelligence Community was sufficiently authorized to identify, warn and support U.S. government efforts to respond to resources associated with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other related threats of the 21st century and their employment by foreign powers, including terrorists, terrorist organizations and private networks. 

Colby has also worked with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and the State Department. 

For more information, contact Dr. Batchelder at 724-852-3331 or 

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History and Pre-Law

Associate Editor of Penn State Law Review and law student

State College, Pa.

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  • Juris Doctorate, Pennsylvania State University, Expected Spring of 2015

“The greatest thing about smaller schools like Waynesburg is that while you’re there you learn that opportunities are most often created by your own option.  I learned to see opportunity in every situation, and I brought those lessons with me into the workforce and now into law school.”

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