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Christopher Bataglia

Senior from Roaming Shores, Ohio

Christopher carefully balances his academic work with his other responsibilities, as a Bonner Scholar, an intern in the Center for Student Learning, and president of the University’s Sociology and Human Services Club. He has served with many organizations, including as a legal advocate at Domestic Violence Services of Southwest PA and a tutor at WWJD After School Program. He has also served at Erin’s Café at the First United Methodist Church.

Christopher recently completed an internship with the Bonner Foundation and hopes to work in an AmeriCorps position in Cleveland, Ohio, focusing on poverty alleviation.

What made you choose Waynesburg? 

I initially found Waynesburg through their Scout Scholarship because I am an Eagle Scout. I was drawn to and chose Waynesburg University because of their commitment to service. I was selected as a Bonner Scholarship recipient and have grown in my leadership within the program.

What is your major?

My majors are Sociology (Family Studies) and Political Science. Being at a small school in a small program, you can get a lot of individualized attention to your academics. I also have learned a lot from my academic advisors. They have helped me plan my courses at Waynesburg University and plan for my future endeavors.

How have you grown while at Waynesburg University?

I have grown in my passion for service and for advocating on behalf of underserved communities. Through the Sociology Program, I have learned the theory and skills working in the community, while being able to apply those skills in my Bonner Program service. My experiences at Waynesburg have shaped my future career path and my calling in life.

What special opportunities have you had at WU and how did you grow through them?

Through the Bonner Program, I have had so many opportunities that I am so grateful for. Last summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Bonner Foundation under their president, Bobby Hackett. I interned as the National Know Your Issue intern, where I worked on implementing public policy research and analysis throughout the Bonner network.

What are your professional goals/plans for the future, and how is WU helping you work toward them?

Advocating on behalf of underserved communities is central to my calling in life. Addressing inequalities in our society and achieving justice for all communities is something that I am passionate about. I always adhere to Matthew 25:40 and remember Christ’s love for vulnerable communities. My plans are to take a gap year and serve as an AmeriCorps member. After that, I plan to attend law school and eventually work in public interest and administrative law. The Bonner Program has given me so many resources to advance my career through funding and trainings. Dr. Stratton is also a great resource for pre-law students at Waynesburg.

Is there someone at WU who has been a mentor to you or who has had a positive influence on your life? Please tell us about them.

My advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, has been a great mentor to me, and I have learned a lot from our conversations and taking his courses. He is an amazing resource on this campus, and I am so thankful for my time under his guidance. Even though we have different cultural and geographical experiences and exposure, we are able to talk about important issues. He gives his students a unique and important perspective on this campus that is necessary for being informed citizens.

What’s your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the third floor of the Eberly Library. I find it the best place to study and the quietest place on campus. 

What is your favorite WU tradition?

My favorite WU tradition is the Thanksgiving dinner served by faculty, and I also love going to the Christmas tree lighting at the Greene County Courthouse. 

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We're proud to be one of only 21 universities in the country to offer the prestigious Bonner Scholarship Program. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship opportunity offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.