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Ferdinand Dolfi

Secretary, Institutional Advancement

He is married to Susan (Edgar) Dolfi ’99 and they have two grown children, Adam Dolfi and Anne Marie Rizaldy, and three grandchildren, Amea and Aeden Rizaldy and Avery Dolfi.

Ferd is a talented pianist and organist and has held several music director positions at various churches over the years.

He and Susan enjoy geocaching and have cached all over Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, New York and New Jersey. In addition to that, he is an avid collector of postcards and vintage paper.

What do you do?

I actually have two jobs, one being Data Processor in the Institutional Advancement Office at Waynesburg University and Music Director at First United Methodist Church in Waynesburg. As Data Processor, I maintain the University’s alumni and friends data. I also run reports and lists for various University alumni and friends events, mailings and regional gatherings. My position as music director involves all aspects of music planning, accompanying and solo, and playing the organ, piano and keyboard. I also perform at various other venues in the Waynesburg area.  

How has Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and serving helped guide you through your life?

It has helped me understand what we as Christians are to focus on in helping our fellow neighbor. Through my music, I strive to bring the word of God to all listening. I have been involved in church music almost all my life. I see first-hand how music comforts and soothes those hurting in one way or the other.

What is one thing that the pandemic has taught you about yourself?

It has taught me to have a greater appreciation for things we take for granted, water, food, medicine, etc. I try not to waste and conserve as much as possible. I enjoy being home more now because I was on the go all the time before. I have more time with my family now, too.

What have you strived to keep consistent as many things are changing?

My daily routine of preparing for work, church and time with my family. Even if I am working remotely, I do the same routine as if I was going to my workplace. When we did not have in-person church, I would watch the church service on YouTube each Sunday. We started to have in-person church in June, which was semi back to normal.

What steps do you take to prioritize wellness in your life?

I make sure I have a mask on at all times and wash my hands all the time. I try to balance work and rest periods during the day. I take walks with the dogs for fresh air and try to limit stress during this very stressful time.

How do you serve others?

I serve others through my music ministry in all walks of my life. I also help at my local church with various programs like the shoebox ministry.

Do you have a hidden talent or skill that few people know about?

I can jump on a pogo stick for a long period of time. I probably am the most non-athletic person around.

What is the first place you will visit when travel restrictions are lifted?

New York City, my second home. I had relatives that lived in Queens, which I visited since I was a baby, sometimes twice a year. I like big cities and all the culture and entertainment that is provided.

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