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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-7-Eng.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate from Elon, North Carolina, was named one of four valedictorians. She is the daughter of Edward and Donna Eng.

“It is very special and exciting to be recognized for all the hard work that I’ve dedicated to my academics,” said Eng. “It is also a humbling experience to be recognized for this title knowing that there are so many dedicated, intelligent, and hard-working students that I go to class with every day.”

Eng is a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Senior Award, the Dr. Boris M. Ivezic Memorial Prize in Economics and the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American in Basketball award.

At Waynesburg, she was a member of the Business Club, Student Investment Club, Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, as well as a player for the University’s women’s basketball and lacrosse teams.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for everything that I have learned in my courses at Waynesburg,” added Eng. “I’m extremely grateful for all my current and past professors for everything that they have invested in my academic, personal, and professional development.”

Eng plans to immediately pursue her certified public accountant license and earn a job in either auditing or taxes.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; and Robert Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, were also named valedictorians.

Leon delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony.

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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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-6-Valedictorians.jpgWaynesburg University held its 166th Commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional sites in Cranberry, Penn Center East and Southpointe.

Mr. David Barensfeld, president and CEO of Ellwood Group Inc., delivered the Commencement Address, “Let’s Make Something of It.”

Barensfeld’s vision and leadership of Ellwood Group have led to economic power as well as prosperity and security in small towns across the United States. Described by Barensfeld as the “village blacksmith to the world,” Ellwood Group makes steel forgings that are assembled into high tech equipment for shipment around the world.

During his commencement address, Barensfeld shared the philosophy that has led his company to success, including strategic risk, hard work and “ownership as stewardship.”

“For me, the word steward means you don’t feel that you are the sole owner of your business, with arbitrary freedom to sell it or shut it down on your own whim,” Barensfeld said. “Instead, you owe an on-going duty to your stakeholders—your customers, your employees and your shareholders—to do your best to try and carry on in good times and in bad, and to try and do better tomorrow than you did today.”

Barensfeld also explored the effects of real charity and the importance of successful entrepreneurs serving humanitarian needs, reminding those in attendance that while we are our brother’s keeper, we should also remember that he is our equal.

The following graduates were named valedictorians: Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate from Elon, North Carolina; Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; and R.J. Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio.

Leon delivered the valedictory to the University. Dr. Thomas DeGeorge, who received a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision, represented the graduate and professional studies students.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg, senior pastor of The Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pennsylvania, and longtime Waynesburg University Trustee, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “The Not Too Hidden Secret,” during which he referenced Colossians 1:21-29 and shared some background on the University’s return to its Christian roots, a vision which began more than 25 years ago.

“We dreamed – it could be a place where service and learning were brought together in the best and brightest of students. It could be a place where faith was central to everything else that went on here,” said Broberg, who also expressed his joy at the University’s successful transformation.

Broberg concluded by issuing a challenge to graduates.

“Don’t just settle for moving a little molehill,” he said. “Only settle on moving a mountain in the power of God. It is no secret what God can do.”

The University awarded the following degrees to graduates: Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-14-STEAM-Camp.pngWaynesburg University will host its annual STEAM Camp Sunday, July 15, to Thursday, July 19. The camp, which promotes learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, is open to high school students. Check in will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15.

The cost is $250 and includes instruction, all camp activities, lodging in the University’s upperclassman residence halls and hot meals throughout the week. To register, visit waynesburg.edu/steamcamp. The deadline to register is Friday, June 29.

All campers participate in the same evening programs but select their own traditional class sessions, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. This year’s sessions include: physiology or digital animation; bird study or artificial intelligence; animal disease or synthesis of vanillin; microbiology and microscopy or inorganic synthesis; and math and planetary science or separations.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students who are in need of financial assistance. To apply, complete the form on the registration webpage. All scholarship requests must be received by June 1. Successful recipients will be notified no later than June 15.

For more information, contact Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator, at sbell@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7790.

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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This summer, 47 Waynesburg University students will serve on Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips in four different international and domestic locations.

Students will travel to Wheeling, West Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Salinas, Puerto Rico; and Patzun, Guatemala.

Laughlin Memorial Chapel – Wheeling, West Virginia

Seven Waynesburg University students will serve at Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling, West Virginia, from Monday, May 7, to Friday, May 11.

Led by Evonne Baldauff, chairperson for the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, students will work with teachers and students at a high school to perform chemistry demos, and then tutor at an after school program at the Chapel.

Nashville Rescue Mission – Nashville, Tennessee

Waynesburg University’s Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Nashville, Tennessee, from Monday, May 7, to Sunday, May 13. The group will work with the Nashville Rescue Mission on improvement projects around the city, in addition to giving performances to share the Gospel through music.

Melanie Catana, director of choral music, is leading the trip. She said she is excited for students to use their musical skills to benefit others.

Camp Caribe – Salinas, Puerto Rico

Eight Waynesburg University students will serve in Camp Caribe, a missionary camp in Puerto Rico, led by Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. The group will serve from Monday, May 7, to Tuesday, May 15.

Bush has led students to Camp Caribe four times previously, but he said this trip will likely be very different because the camp was hit hard by Hurricane Maria, and he anticipates helping with repairs.

Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala

Fifteen students will serve in Guatemala this summer, May 7 through 21. Led by Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, and Ryan Smith, assistant director of student activities, students will assist at an orphanage and perform daily service projects, including maintenance to the building, interacting with the children and more.

The University has been travelling to Guatemala for nearly 16 years. This year, Bristor is looking forward to teaching the children English, helping them with homework and conducting an oral hygiene workshop, among other projects.

For more information about the Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services, at 724-852-3461.

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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