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

Sydney Marie Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, was named one of four valedictorians. She is the daughter of Joe and Tina Flick.

Flick was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, Mill-Isbell Endowment Memorial Fund and the John L. Ross Memorial Scholarship.

During her time at Waynesburg, Flick was a member of the Criminal Justice Club, serving as president, and was involved as a peer educator.

“What I value most about my Waynesburg University education is the hands-on experience and personalized learning that each and every course offers,” shared Flick.

She will begin working as a case manager this summer for Appalachian Youth Services and concurrently pursue a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate, from Elon, North Carolina; 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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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-76785 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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_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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