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Waynesburg University will host a presentation called, “Where Have All the Chestnuts Gone and Can We Get Them Back?” Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Research and Economic Development (CRED).

The presentation will be led by Mark Double, a research associate in Agricultural Sciences at West Virginia University. Double has expertise in forest ecology, plant pathology and other areas of plant and soil sciences, and has published several research studies relating to this field.

Double will discuss the historic importance of the American chestnut to the economy and environment of the region, as well as their decline in the past century. He will also present information on recent efforts to restore the American chestnut through hybridization and genetic engineering techniques.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6074_20180322-125823_1.jpgWaynesburg University has received two 2018 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education from CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

The University received a gold award for its in-house production of the 2015-16 Annual Report and a bronze award in the category of “PR and Marketing - Special Event Promo” for its 2016 Day of Giving campaign.

“Our University is fortunate to have a very talented team of professionals on staff developing our marketing materials that beautifully reflect the mission of our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations. “These awards bring positive recognition to our University and we are proud of our University Relations’ team for their excellent work.”

The awards were presented Thursday, March 15, at the Marriott Penn Square in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Waynesburg University was one of 49 organizations to receive awards from among the 495 entries submitted. Judges represented experts in the field of communications and included designers, writers, educators, corporate executives and media professionals.

CUPRAP is a voluntary organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education and enhancing the professional development of its members. Members come from private and public colleges and universities, junior colleges, community colleges, independent schools, as well as other organizations involved in higher education.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_LH.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s Charter Day celebration Tuesday, March 20.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

“It is always a privilege to recognize our outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments in the classroom,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “This award is a unique honor, as it allows students and colleagues to recognize the exceptional work of each honoree.”

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

“This faculty member models the Christian values of Waynesburg University and encourages his students to embrace ethics and morals in everything they do,” said Baer.

One student stated, “he is a true professional and treats everyone with fairness and respect. He inspires and motivates me to do my best academically and professionally. I am a better person because of this teacher.”

Tanda joined Waynesburg University in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

Dr. James Hepburn, professor of psychology and director of graduate programs in counseling, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

"Students appreciate this professor’s vast knowledge, experience and humor, and they know him as a kind, genuine, caring and compassionate teacher,” said Baer.

A student nomination noted, “he did an excellent job in helping me understand that language is a friend of a counselor and that counseling is a gift.”

Dr. Hepburn has been with the University since 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Carroll College and a master’s degree in psychology, along with a doctorate in clinical psychology, from Duquesne University.

Rev. Christy Wise, lecturer of biblical ministry studies and communication, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“This teacher is dedicated to her work. I feel like she really cares about my well-being,” a student nomination stated.

A colleague described her as one who “teaches with integrity and enthusiasm, and really cares that students understand the content. It’s a joy to be confident in the way in which she teaches the Bible.”

Rev. Wise joined Waynesburg as a part-time instructor in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from California University of Pennsylvania.

She holds a permanent license as a minister from the American Baptist Church Leadership Institute of Western Pennsylvania and was ordained by the American Baptist Church.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Emeriti.jpgDuring a special presentation at Waynesburg University’s recent Charter Day convocation, Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Anthony Bocchini, Dr. Nancy Mosser, Susan Phillips and Dr. Marilyn Roberts the title of professor emeritus.

Bocchini, professor of business administration, taught in Waynesburg’s Business Administration Department for 40 years. As a certified public accountant and certified management accountant, he was instrumental in the creation of the University’s Master of Business Administration degree program.

He was a 2012 recipient of the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Mosser, professor of nursing, was involved with the Waynesburg University Nursing Program for more than three decades and served 15 of those years as the chair and director of the Department of Nursing. Under her leadership, the Nursing Program was consistently recognized for value and excellence locally, regionally and nationally.

She received the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.

Phillips, professor of art, accumulated nearly 40 years of service to Waynesburg, including serving many years as the chair of the Fine Arts Department and as a faculty marshal.

She was awarded the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and was a past recipient of the WQED Multimedia Award.

Dr. Roberts, professor of English, taught at Waynesburg for 26 years. Throughout her tenure, she held various roles and responsibilities within the Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Emeriti.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_LH.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Nzmabi2.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 168th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 20, with a special convocation in Roberts Chapel.

During the ceremony, four retired faculty members were honored with the title of Professor Emeritus and three faculty members received the University’s 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards.

On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Anthony Bocchini, Dr. Nancy Mosser, Susan Phillips and Dr. Marilyn Roberts the title of Professor Emeritus. Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer presented the teaching excellence awards to Dr. James Hepburn, James Tanda and Rev. Christy Wise.

CEO and Head of School at Imani Christian Academy Paulo Nzambi served as the Charter Day speaker. In his convocation address, “The Present and its Possibilities,” Nzambi highlighted the significance of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

During his speech, Nzambi explored pivotal historic moments during which that particular Bible verse may have provided motivation, ranging from the founding of the United States of America to the founding of Waynesburg University.

“History has suggested to me that great achievement often results when the present reality conflicts with an inspirational or aspirational possibility,” Nzambi said. “The very power of Philippians 4:13 becomes real in these moments.” 

“I always imagined that when Waynesburg’s founders challenged the present and raised the possibility of establishing an institution of higher learning on this very ground, they were steadied by their belief that they could do all through Christ who strengthened them,” Nzambi said, as he referenced the University’s history as one of the first institutions of higher education in the nation to educate men and women equally.

Nzambi’s diverse professional background has encompassed the areas of education, law and the nonprofit sector.

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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