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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-31-Rain-Day-Boys_20180801-165154_1.JPGJuly 29th is traditionally Rain Day in Greene County, Pennsylvania, a local holiday that celebrates annual rainfall on that particular day.

This year, however, also marked the 100th anniversary of a World War I battle near Courmont, France, that took the lives of 18 Greene County boys – soldiers in Company K, 110th Infantry, 28th Division – frequently referred to as the Rain Day Boys.

While many attended a memorial service honoring the 18 fallen at the Greene County Courthouse in Waynesburg, some Greene County residents payed homage at the actual site of the battle near Grimpettes Woods in France.

Present at the memorial service in France was Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who gave remarks and laid a wreath upon the monument placed at the top of the hill overlooking the battle site, which remains a working farm to this day.

“They came to this land, not seeking to conquer, but to end a war and defend the principles of democracy,” Lee said as he addressed those in attendance. “Each one came here— bringing the future hopes and dreams of their families and their communities...

“And so, today, near the wheat fields that sweep up to these Grimpettes Woods, in this land that knows the blood of our sons, we remember their sacrifice.”

The journey to the battlefield was inspired by the research of Glenn Toothman and Candice Buchanan, who published “The Rain Day Boys: The Greene That Lay Near Grimpettes Woods,” a book about the young men and the battle that claimed their lives, many of whom were students or graduates of Waynesburg College.

Toothman, founder/CEO of Memory Medallion Inc. and a former Greene County District Attorney, and Buchanan, a board-certified genealogist with a master's degree in public history from Duquesne University, both attended the memorial service at the battlefield.

In addition to the individuals from the United States attending the service, there were a number of residents of the local communities in attendance. The mayors from the French towns of Courmont, Sierges and Ronchere laid wreaths at the monument.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_BSN-Nike-social.jpgWaynesburg University is pleased to announce a new partnership with BSN SPORTS and Nike as the Yellow Jacket’s official apparel sponsor, effective this July.

Through BSN SPORTS, Nike will serve as the exclusive outfitter for all 20 Yellow Jacket athletic teams.

“Waynesburg University is pleased to sign this agreement that strengthens its partnership with BSN Sports,” said Larry Marshall, Waynesburg University’s Director of Athletics. “The quality of the companies we are partnering with will enhance the athletic experience for our students.”

The five-year agreement includes numerous incentives in the form of discounts and rewards along with incentives for on-field achievements.

“We are excited to partner with Waynesburg University and NIKE in elevating the performance and impact of their athletics program.  This strategic partnership provides the finest apparel and athletic products to the Yellow Jacket athletic teams and benefits each student athlete representing the community on the athletic field or court,” said Todd Northrop, Vice President for Collegiate Select. “We are proud to be their partner and pleased that we can elevate the student-athlete experience.”

The agreement is part of BSN SPORTS Collegiate Select Program, which aims to make BSN SPORTS a one-stop provider for all collegiate athletic, intramural, club and staff apparel and equipment to all DI, DII, DIII, NJCAA and NAIA schools. 


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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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