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b2ap3_thumbnail_img296.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee recently visited Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea, as part of a delegation of presidents from the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU).

The visit, which was funded by Hannam University, facilitated discussions about exchange programs for both students and faculty, as well as the potential of other partnerships.

Hannam University’s location in what is commonly referred to as Korea's Silicon Valley provides opportunities for Hannam University and its partners to be engaged in global technology research. Lee and others were given a tour of this area as well as companies that operate within it.

Founded by Presbyterian missionaries in 1956, Hannam has an enrollment of more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students on its two campuses. As a Christian university, Hannam has a uniquely Christian atmosphere that places emphasis on truth, freedom and service. Hannam became the first school outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico to join the APCU in 2016.

“Through the generosity of Hannam University, the APCU and our University, I was able to begin a dialogue with an institution across the Pacific whose mission and heritage closely parallel that of the University,” Lee said. “We look forward to the future of this relationship.”

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Waynesburg University has been named a national College of Distinction for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes American higher education institutions for their commitment to the implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices.

The University was also named a Christian College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and, for the first time, a College of Distinction in Business, Education and Nursing.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Waynesburg University as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Waynesburg’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of High-Impact Educational Practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

According to Colleges of Distinction, the selection process includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention rates, alumni success, strategic plan and student satisfaction, among other factors. Schools are also accepted on the basis of meeting requirements in four categories, including student engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Waynesburg University stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”

For more information, or to view Waynesburg’s profile, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

About Waynesburg University

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_6-18-Most-Beautiful-Campus.jpgWaynesburg University was recently named one of “The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campuses in the World” by Christian Universities Online. Ranked at No. 22, the University was one of three Pennsylvania institutions recognized.

The schools recognized not only provide a high-quality education and thorough devotion to Christian principles, but are also aesthetically pleasing, “boasting some of the loveliest looking campuses anywhere on Earth,” according to the Christian Universities Online website.

“Whether because of their lush green spaces, breathtaking surroundings or inspired architecture, these places of learning can offer locations in which to study, rest and play,” the article stated.

Waynesburg’s historic campus was recognized for its proximity to borough parks, its classic American architecture as captured by Hanna and Miller Halls, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the balance of exemplary historical edifices with modern facilities.

The Waynesburg University main campus spans 70 acres and is located in the foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania. To view an aerial video of campus, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=32GPgbhmthg.

For more information, visit www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/most-beautiful-christian-universities-in-the-world.

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_5-14-Mindy-Walls.jpgMindy Walls, West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will be joining Waynesburg University as the W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the fall.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Walls join the University,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Her experience in strategic management and university-level teaching, as well as her diverse background in entrepreneurship, law, public affairs and the development of academic programs, perfectly aligns with our vision for this position.”

In her role as West Virginia University’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Walls designed a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to connect the work of WVU’s individual colleges and centers across campus.

“I look forward to being a part of Waynesburg University’s unique and profound mission,” Walls said. “In joining the University’s faculty, I believe that my skills and experience will allow me to make a meaningful contribution to the entire campus community, further enhancing the University’s outstanding reputation.”

Walls was integral in securing $1.4 million in federal funding for the development of WVU’s Women’s Business Center, which opened in February 2017 and provides training and counseling to community-based businesses, as well as WVU’s LaunchLab Network, which is an applied innovation center for students.

At WVU, she also served as a Visiting Associate Professor and the Interim Director of the EQuad Program for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Entrepreneurship Center Director for the College of Business and Economics.

Walls also served as the Senior Director of Corporate Development at Chesapeake Energy and has five years of experience practicing energy-related law.

Active in her community, Walls currently serves as board chair of the WVU Women’s Business Center Advisory Board; Vice President of Programs and Events for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a national organization for entrepreneurship educators; a member of the BBT Monongalia – Preston Advisory Board; and a member of the Finance Council at Saint Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Morgantown.

Walls holds a juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.

Waynesburg University’s W. Robert Stover Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a faculty position, was endowed through a recent $2 million gift from the Stover Foundation, which was the lead gift in the University’s O.A.K.S. (Opportunity And Knowledge Strengthened) Campaign. The O.A.K.S. Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising initiative for the future of the University.

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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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