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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-25-Unity-Trail-dedication.jpgWaynesburg University, in conjunction with the EQT Foundation, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Waynesburg Unity Trail Wednesday, April 25. Completed in 2017, the trail project was funded through a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation.

“One of the priorities of the EQT Foundation is to support projects that enhance the wellbeing of communities and the residents who live there," said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation manager. "By encouraging active lifestyles and providing educational opportunities along the way, this new trail gives students, faculty and nearby residents a reason to experience the beauty and wonder that await outside their doors.”

The event included remarks by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee; Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations; Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology; and Rossi.

A dedication sign at the beginning of the trail reads, “Built by the students of Waynesburg University to promote creation care and cooperation with the Borough of Waynesburg.”

The Waynesburg Unity Trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.

“I am grateful to EQT for funding this project and for the 2000 hours of community service that have been logged so far by students at Waynesburg University,” said Paladino. “The goal of the Unity Trail is becoming a reality. We have engaged the community and the University in a partnership of environmental stewardship by creating a place for all to take quiet walks in the forest and to appreciate that nature teaches us many things. It is our hope that more community members will get involved with work and activities on the Unity Trail.”

The University’s goal is for the trail to be a safe place for students to learn, research and spend time with nature, while also offering the greater Waynesburg community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature in an urban setting.

About the EQT Foundation

The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the nation’s leading energy producer, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home, and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Cyber-Financial-Crime-Conf-SBrady.jpgWaynesburg University will offer a Cyber and Financial Crime Conference Tuesday, May 8.

The conference will have three tracks, including CPA & Forensic Accounting, Law Enforcement and Cyber Security. Professionals in each of the three areas are invited to attend the conference. The cost is $35. To register, visit www.waynesburg.edu/cyber.

The conference will address timely topics in the fields of cyber security and financial crimes. Presentations will be made on the following topics: Internet Crime, Digital Currencies, The Dark Net, Digital Evidence Recovery, Cyber Security Breaches, Email and Computer Disruptions and Compromises, Money Laundering and Employment Tax.

A welcome will be offered by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, and the keynote address will be given by Robert Cessar, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, on the subject of health care fraud and the opioid crisis.

Scott Brady

Brady is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on September 18, 2017, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 14, 2017. As United States Attorney, Scott oversees the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the federal government has an interest throughout the twenty-five counties in Western Pennsylvania.

Robert Cessar

Cessar joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1990 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the White Collar Crimes Unit. In 2002, he was appointed the First Assistant United States Attorney. In 2009, he was appointed Acting United States Attorney. In 2011, he joined the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and in 2017, he was appointed the head of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Other speakers include:

  • Kurt Petro, Cyber Crime Scene Specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center
  • Cathy Hill, Carolyn Ross and Caroline Adams, Management and Program Analysts with the FBI, currently detailed to Internet Crime Compliant Center
  • Michael McKeown, FBI Supervisory Special Agent at the Pittsburgh Field Office Cyber Division
  • Justin A. Sarvey, FBI IT Forensic Examiner
  • Robert Kickbush, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Leuenberger, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation
  • Janet Isman, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Employment Tax Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania

For more information, contact Sarah Bell at 724-852-7790.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B6448.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B6445.JPGWaynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards and recognized donors at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 7. Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin received the Golden Key Award, while Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

“We take our selection process very seriously and while we have many people that contribute to Waynesburg University, we always search for those who go above and beyond in their contributions to our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “This year’s recipients are no exception, and we are very proud to award them this deserving recognition.”

The Golden Key Award is presented by Waynesburg University to alumni or friends of the University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University.

This year’s recipients, Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Vance Chichin, were recognized for their service to others and support of the University. Having spent their entire careers in the field of education, the Chichins have established the Dr. Chester and Yvonne Vance Chichin Endowed Scholarship to spread their passion for education and to help provide opportunities for future educators.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission.

The University also recognized Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas this year for all the ways in which they have impacted Waynesburg University students through generous contributions and belief in the University’s mission.

Dr. Chester and Mrs. Yvonne Chichin

Chester served as a school psychologist for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and completed graduate work at Duquesne University, University of Sarasota and University of Pittsburgh.

Yvonne spent 35 years as an elementary teacher in the New Castle Area School District. Additionally, she trained and served as a content reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Professional Educator Program Review and was certified as a Praxis III assessor for the Ohio Department of Education. She also is a part-time faculty member at Youngstown State University, supervising student teachers. Yvonne earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg and a master’s degree in education from Westminster College.

Together, they established the Dr. Chester and Yvonne Vance Chichin Endowed Scholarship at Waynesburg University. They are involved in church activities and attend various cultural and charitable events. They share a love of travel and spending time with family and friends, and often vacation at their favorite spot, Siesta Key Beach in Florida.

Mr. Peter and Mrs. Deanie Rameas

Peter’s teaching career included serving as a teacher at the Waynesburg Youth Development Center and Intermediate Unit 1, principal of Monessen Junior/Senior High School and an administrator with the Central Greene School District. Peter has served as president of the Central Greene School Board, Waynesburg Lions Club and Waynesburg University Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in special education, in addition to his Principal’s Certification from California University of Pennsylvania.

Deanie spent her career as a reading specialist for the Central Greene School District. She has held the position of president of the East Franklin Parent Teacher Association and various board and committee roles with the First Baptist Church of Waynesburg. Deanie earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University. She received her Reading Specialist Certification from California University of Pennsylvania and completed training in Reading Recovery from Duquesne University.

Together, they serve as members of the Waynesburg University Alumni Council. They have four children, Dr. Amy Diamond, Patrick Rameas, Amanda Gansor and Andrew Rameas (deceased).

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-10-Broberg.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_David-black-and-white-2018.jpgWaynesburg University will hold its annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and David E. Barensfeld will address the Class of 2018 as the Commencement speaker.

The celebration will honor more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s off-campus sites in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg

Rev. Broberg currently serves as pastor and head of staff of The Church of the Covenant in Washington. He previously served as assistant to the president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and pastorates in Michigan, Iowa and Virginia.

Broberg has also served interim pastorates at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair.

He has been a member of several boards, including the Presbyterian Foundation, New Wilmington Mission Conference and the Presbyterian Endowment Education and Resources Network. Additionally, he has chaired the Major Gifts Committee and Planned Giving Committee of the National Capital Presbytery, as well as various committees with the Pittsburgh Presbytery and Pittsburgh Presbytery Foundation.

Currently, he is the president of the board for Camp Pine Springs in Jennerstown and is a member of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees.

Broberg attended Dickinson College and the Dickinson School of Law, Princeton Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) by the Washington Presbytery.

In 2012, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Waynesburg University.

David E. Barensfeld

Barensfeld currently serves as the president and CEO of Ellwood Group, Inc. and is the chairman of its board of directors. Ellwood Group is a manufacturer of specialty steel and nickel ingots, forgings and iron castings as components for large capital equipment. The company has eight divisions with plants in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Ontario.

He joined Ellwood City Forge in 1979 and became president and chief executive officer of Ellwood Group in 1983. In 2017, he became chairman of the board of directors.

Since 2016, Barensfeld has been the chairman of the board of directors for Commonwealth Partners, Harrisburg. In Pittsburgh, he serves on the board of directors of Elizabeth Carbide Die, the Heinz History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C.

Barensfeld earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania, his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and his Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon 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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Orch-Jazz-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will host a Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsh Center. The event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program, said this performance gives student musicians the chance to showcase their growth in skill during the year.

“Every semester, members of our small ensembles’ program improve in skill level and difficulty level of standard repertoire for each ensemble,” said DePriest. “Many student musicians are also involved in our larger ensembles and find a growth in quality opportunities available to them for great music-making while here at Waynesburg.”

This event concludes a succession of different musical events hosted by the program, all performed within a week-long period. DePriest said this is an exciting time to see the progress groups have made.

“Nearing the end of the semester is a particularly busy time, both for ensemble instructors and student musicians,” she said. “The final performances of each semester show a culmination of knowledge and repertoire gained throughout the course of the school term. The music is often more challenging, so there is a sense of growth on the part of each member of the ensemble that I look forward to witnessing.”

For more information about the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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