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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-27-Ohio-Honors.jpgWaynesburg University recently announced Kimberly Taylor of Rocky River, Ohio, as the 2017 Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship recipient.

The scholarship is presented to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and it pays the complete tuition and room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. More than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of a student’s four years at the University.

Eligible students must be an Ohio student, display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills and major in the area of math or science.

Taylor’s exceptional 4.592 GPA and involvement in multiple community and school activities, events and groups make her a deserving recipient of the scholarship.

“It is a great honor to have been selected,” said Taylor. “I feel sure now that Waynesburg is the right choice for me. It was meant to be.”

The Rocky River High School senior is a member of the school’s National Honor Society and French National Honor Society chapters.

Taylor is involved in many of Rocky River’s music ensembles, such as choir, jazz ensemble, marching band, pep band, show choir and wind ensemble. She currently serves as the vice president of the band and a squad leader and section leader in marching band.

Additionally, Taylor often performs music at various community events. She is also president of the school’s drama club where she has performed in multiple plays and musicals.

Away from school, Taylor’s greatest joy is horseback riding. She currently serves as a riding instructor at a summer Christian Horse Camp at Marmon Valley Farm in Zanesfield, Ohio.

Receipt of the scholarship has validated Taylor’s choice to pursue a career in chemistry and made the ability of travel during college more of a reality.

“I can focus more on chemistry and building relationships in that field,” added Taylor. “It has also made a study abroad or mission trip opportunity more likely.”

Taylor plans to major in chemistry and pursue a career in forensic science.

She is the daughter of Kirk and Becky Taylor of Rocky River, Ohio.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will host an Applied Music Recital Thursday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC). The recital is free and open to the public.

The Applied Music Recital features students who have successfully completed the requirements of their applied music lessons and have been invited by the Music Program faculty to perform.

“This recital represents a huge milestone in the students’ progress toward a solid musical repertoire for his or her portfolio,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program.

Waynesburg University offers opportunities for applied individual lessons in the following areas: brass, percussion, strings, voice and woodwinds. Students participate in weekly lessons to develop and broaden skill sets and solo repertoire.

For more information, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420 or rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-7-Spring-Visitation.jpgWaynesburg University will host a Spring Visitation Day Saturday, April 22, for interested high school students and their families. Registration will take place at 9 a.m. in Roberts Chapel.

Following registration and a student activities fair, the University will present information about the admissions process and financial aid. Students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty in their area of interest and participate in a campus tour. The event will end with lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall.

“Spring Visitation Day is a great way for high school sophomores and juniors to begin their college search and get their first look at Waynesburg University,” said Jackie Palko, director of admissions. “This is the perfect opportunity for families who prefer a large group setting.”

Waynesburg University enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduate students, with more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study.  The University has consistently been ranked nationally as a top school for value, including being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School in their 2017 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking.

To register, visit waynesburg.edu/visit, email admissions@waynesburg.edu or call 1-800-225-7393. Questions should be directed to Renee McElligott, senior associate director of admissions and campus visit manager.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-5-YJ-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, has been named the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper across four states, which is unprecedented in the University’s history. While the newspaper has been named a finalist for the award in the past, this year, the newspaper was named the first-place winner for the first time.

“This is, without a doubt, the biggest recognition in the newspaper’s nearly 130-year history,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, faculty advisor for the Yellow Jacket and instructor of communication.

To earn first place, the Yellow Jacket overtook finalist newspapers at Central Michigan University and Kent State University, which have an undergraduate population of approximately 20,000 and 40,000 students, respectively.

The award is one of a series of Mark of Excellence awards, recognizing the best in student journalism, given by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). SPJ is a national, prestigious organization of professional and student journalists. Waynesburg’s SPJ region, Region 4, includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and part of Pennsylvania. The Yellow Jacket is therefore up against a large number of accomplished college newspapers for the Best All-Around award.

“It’s an unbelievable honor,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. “To be named, effectively, the best newspaper in the region above schools that are 20 or 30 times larger than us is true validation for the hours and hours of hard work the staff puts in.”

The Yellow Jacket received this honor when several members of the staff attended the regional SPJ conference in Detroit, Michigan, on March 31 and April 1. At the Mark of Excellence Award Ceremony, the staff also received nine group and individual awards, including their first-ever recognition for a photo illustration. In writing categories, which are divided into small and large schools, the staff swept both finalist spots and the winning spot in two different categories, General News and Sports Writing, and earned first place in In-Depth Reporting.

“This was an incredible weekend of firsts for The Yellow Jacket,” said Dr. Szuminsky. “We’ve had success in the past at SPJ but we’ve never had so many first-place awards. And to sweep all three awards in two of the categories – and key categories, like general news and sports writing – speaks volumes about the quality of student work being done at Waynesburg.”

All four of the staff’s first-place entries will now move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition and be judged against the first-place winners from the rest of the country’s regions.

Staff group and individual awards include:

  • Finalist, Breaking News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Thomas More women’s basketball team stripped of 2014-15 title” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Incoming freshmen still largely unaware of housing policy” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Shanksville: Stories are shared and respects are paid at Flight 93 Memorial” by junior Shon Meade
  • Winner, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Ongoing drug issues addressed throughout community” by graduate Anthony Conn and sophomores Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch
  • Winner, In-Depth Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Ongoing drug issues addressed throughout community” by graduate Anthony Conn, senior Kimmi Baston and sophomores Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch
  • Finalist, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Thomas More women’s basketball team stripped of 2014-15 title” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “The journey of the 2016 Women’s Cross Country team” by senior Jacob Meyer and sophomore Luke Goodling
  • Winner, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “D-III sports about more than professional aspirations, students say” by senior Kimmi Baston
  • Finalist, Photo Illustration (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “’I Do’ doesn’t have to wait” by junior Shon Meade

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_LucasHathaway-1.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s chapel service Tuesday, April 4.

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.

Dr. Jenny Jellison, associate professor of psychology, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

A student nomination stated, “Her attention to student interests makes all the difference. If I am having a bad day, her class makes my day brighter.”

Another nomination noted that “quality teaching seems to come naturally to her – like breathing air.”

Jellison has been with the University since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College as well as a master’s degree in general experimental psychology and doctorate in psychology, both from the University of Toledo.

Edward Powers, professor of theatre, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

One nomination noted Powers’ dedication to the theatre program by sharing, “He regularly spends many 12-hour days, breaks and weekends on campus, leaving well after 11 p.m. to prep and plan productions.”

Another nomination stated, “He has dedicated his life to serving WU through his creative endeavors, teaching, service and faith. His passion for theatre helps students connect with the arts in the classroom. He puts his heart and soul into every production.”

Powers joined Waynesburg University in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theatre, history and English from Austin Peay State University, in addition to a Master of Fine Arts in theatre and communication arts from the University of Memphis.

Lurea Doody, who is a lecturer in chemistry, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“Dedicated to her work and no matter what you need, she is there for you,” a nomination stated.

Doody has been described as an “excellent mentor, educator and scientist” who has taught classes in biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and education at Waynesburg University as a full-time or part-time instructor since 1997.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in earth sciences from Waynesburg University, as well as a teaching certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. Doody is currently pursuing a doctorate in science education at Duquesne University.

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.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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