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Alexander Wees

Senior from Irwin, Pennsylvania

On campus, Alexander is involved with a variety of clubs, including serving as the vice president for Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society and secretary for the Biology Club. Alexander is also a Student Senator, a member of the EcoStewards Club and the WU’s Line Improv Club, and a peer tutor.

As a Stover Scholar in the University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, Alexander has met a variety of different people in law, politics and finance, among other professional fields. These interactions have enabled him to learn more about previously unfamiliar fields and expand his view of the professional world.

At home, Alexander is active with his local church, Amplify Church East, and is a volunteer firefighter at Adamsburg and Community Volunteer Fire Department. A lover of the outdoors, Alexander enjoys camping, fishing and hiking in his free time. He is an Eagle Scout with three palms and returns to his home troop whenever possible to provide guidance to the next generation of Boy Scouts.

What made you choose Waynesburg?

I came to Waynesburg almost on accident. Initially, it was not even on my list of colleges, but during a Christian college fair, I met one of the admissions counselors and decided to come to an open house. At that open house, I felt like I belonged and that I was meant to be here, so I applied and ended up here.

What is your major?

I am a Biology and Environmental Science major. These programs are very rigorous, but I really enjoy them because I have had the opportunity to learn about a variety of subjects and broaden my knowledge in my field. I chose multiple majors because I was already a biology major, and I wanted to take some more specialized classes in the area of conservation because that is the field I’d like to work in.

How have you grown while at Waynesburg University?

While at Waynesburg, I have grown primarily in my faith. I took “Intro to New Testament” as part of my general education requirements, and it opened my eyes to exactly what is in the Bible and what it means. I grew up in the church and heard most of the Sunday School stories, but it was great to dive deeper. I also took a class called “Faith and Learning” where I was able to wrestle with some challenging topics of integrating faith with science, and it helped me to further solidify my views on faith in the science world.

What special opportunities have you had while at WU?

I was granted the opportunity at WU to be a part of the Stover Scholars program. It really helped me grow in my worldview and to discuss difficult legal and political topics with my peers. I have had the chance to meet many important political figures, like former Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

What are your professional goals for the future?

In the future, I hope to work in one of Pennsylvania’s conservation-focused agencies like the Game Commission or the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, or in the environmental department of an engineering or consulting firm. 

Is there someone at WU who has been a mentor to you or who has had a positive influence on your life?

One mentor I have had at Waynesburg is Dr. Janet Paladino. She is the advisor for the Environmental Science Majors. She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the field, and she has helped me in my endeavors at Waynesburg whether it be in getting an internship or doing research. Dr. Paladino is very kind, and she is always ready to help her students and I appreciate all she has done to help me.

What is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the Unity Trail. It is right on the edge of campus and is very quiet. It is the only place within walking distance where someone can be within God’s creation and truly disconnect from the stresses of the world.

What is your favorite WU tradition?

My favorite tradition at WU is the President’s Breakfast during Finals Week. President and Mrs. Lee are very kind, considerate people, and not often do the students get to really speak to them and I enjoy that opportunity.

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Study life and living organisms in preparation for an exciting career in physical therapy, secondary teaching, or research. You'll take courses in structural, biochemical, and biophysical mechanisms with an emphasis on critical thinking and the scientific method. Develop an understanding of not only what science has learned, but the process of scientific enquiry.