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For more than 150 years, National City and PNC have helped build strong communities through executive lead- ership, strategic investments and employee volunteerism. Together in 2009, morethan$50millionisexpectedtobespentin communities to encourage home own- ership, economic development and partnerships with community-based orga- nizations.

Through PNC’s Grow Up Great pro- gram, a 10-year, $100 million investment in early childhood education, at-risk children are helped to prepare for school and life.

Protecting the environment is an investment in everyone’s interest. PNC has been at the forefront of green busi- ness practices for more than a decade and has more LEED-certified green buildings than any company on Earth.

Additionally, PNC is listed as a “Business Week 50” top performing company(2008), is one of FORTUNE mag- azine’s “Most Admired Companies” (2008), and is a “CIO 100” for Technology Excellence, CIO Magazine (2003-2007).

These accolades are important be- cause they recognize the same thing customers do - PNC has the people, products and tools to help customers succeed in all aspects of their financial lives.

Through excellence in Retail Banking, Wealth Management and Institutional Investments, Corporate and Institutional Banking, Global Investment Servicing and Asset Management, PNC presents a world of possibilities for National City customers and for the communities where we all live and work.We are looking for a bright future. Together.

dnP student instrumental in Va partnership Named one of “the country’s finest nurs- ing schools” by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Waynesburg University’s De- partment of Nursing is one of five programs across the country to establish a partnership with the VA Nursing Academy. The an- nouncement, recently made by the VA, ex- pands the number of collaborations between the VA Nursing Academy and nursing schools from 10 to 15.

“The expanded role of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the education of nurses will ensure the department has the nurses needed to continue our world-class health

care for Veterans,” said Dr. Linda D. Johnson, director of VA Nursing Academy, in a news release from the VA. “The VA Nursing Acad- emy expands the teaching faculty, improves recruitment and retention, and creates new educational and research opportunities.”

Erika Dorsett, a student in Waynesburg University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice pro- gram, was instrumental in establishing on-site classes at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

  • Highland Drive Division. Waynesburg

University’s RN to BSN program began offer- ing classes in its 13-month blended program at the VAPHS in March 2009.

“In her role as Professional Development Coordinator at VA Pittsburgh, Erika is work- ing to enhance the application of scientific evidence in the VA’s initiatives to prioritize pa- tient safety and quality care,” said Dr. Lynette Jack, director of Accelerated Health Programs at Waynesburg University. “She will serve as a co-project director for the partnership with Waynesburg University. The extensive activities undertaken during this partnership will be the basis of Erika’s DNP practicum activities and capstone project, which are directed toward refining leadership skills and improving patient care outcomes.”

Waynesburg University’s onsite delivery at VAPHS features a cohort model, with a 30 to 48-credit curriculum which can be completed in three to four terms. Prior to the onsite delivery, VA nurses who wished to complete a BSN were encouraged to attend the University’s program at one of its regional centers convenient to the student.

The relationship history with VAPHS goes beyond enrolled students. The nursing programs within the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies division employ working professional nurses and other health care professionals with a minimum of a master’s degree to teach in evening and week- end classes. Currently, 10 VAPHS employees teach in the RN to BSN, the Master of Sci- ence in Nursing and/or the DNP programs at Waynesburg University. In addition, more than a dozen VA professional nurses have served as preceptors for master’s students during the development and implementation of capstone projects.

The VA Nursing Academy enables competitively selected VA-nursing school partnerships to expand the number of nursing faculty, enhance the professional and schol- arly development of nurses, increase student enrollment by about 1,000 students and promote innovations in nursing education.

Other schools joining the VA Nursing Academy this year include Western Carolina University (Asheville, N.C.), University of Alabama (Birmingham, Ala.), University of Hawaii at Monoa (Honolulu) and Pace Uni- versity (Manhattan and Brooklyn, N.Y.).

Waynesburg University is a private, comprehensive Christian university offering doctoral, graduate and undergraduate pro- grams in more than 70 academic concentra- tions. Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a contemporary campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 27 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

mark your Calendars for summer Fun!

Greene County Day at Kennywood Park is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th. Tickets will be available in May. Plan to join your fellow Greene countians for a fun filled day at our hometown amusement park

  • Kennywood!

On June 22nd, join fel- low chamber members for Waynesburg Chamber Day at the Washington WildThings for a picnic and ball game. And if that date does not work for you, use the form on the Chamber website to order tickets for any game this season and the Wild Things will upgrade your seats AND donate $2 per ticket to the Chamber’s Educational Scholarship Fund!

Two ways to SAVE this summer and have FUN at the same time!

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