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Bob Randolph (English) had a sermon accepted for presentation at the Conference on Sermon Studies, which will be hosted in Montreal Oct. 11 through Oct. 14 by Marshall University’s Center for Sermon Studies.

A six-person team from Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was selected by Police Chief Scott Shubert to light the torch at PNC Park, starting the summer games for the State Special Olympics June 1. The team raised hundreds of dollars for the local Greene County Special Olympic Program, and Jim Tanda (Criminal Justice) and Bob Barnhart (Admissions) were two of the runners at this year’s event.

Lina Hixson (RN-BSN) attended the Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in June.

Hixson also had the final revisions of her Faith Community Nursing manuscript accepted by the publisher of the Journal of Christian Nursing; the article will appear in the Oct.-Dec. 2018 issue.

Sara Clutter (Nursing) presented her research at the University of Kentucky’s 2018 Faculty Development Workshop in Lexington, Kentucky, in May.

Waynesburg University hosted a Cyber and Financial Crime Conference following graduation in May. The event was led by Kevin McClincy (Criminal Justice), and 68 professionals and students attended the conference.


Summer Camps:

  • Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp, 22 students (Lanny Frattare, Communication; Dave Floyd, Development & Alumni Relations)
  • CSI Camp, 58 students (Faith Musko & Mike Cipoletti, Forensic Science)
  • STEAM Camp, 21 students (Andy Heisey, Fine Arts; Evonne Baldauff, Brad Davis and Tak Suyama, Chemistry; Chris Cink, Wayne Rossiter, Bryan Hamilton and Janet Paladino, Biology & Environmental Science; Richard Leipold and Paul Sielski, Mathematics & Computer Science)
  • Camp Tech, 44 students, Intermediate Unit 1 (Yvonne Weaver, Education)
  • Summer Youth Institute (held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), 7 students (Rev. Jim Tinnemeyer, Student Services)
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Bob Randolph (English) was invited to deliver a paper at a Conference sponsored by Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. The conference theme is “Liberal Education” with the more focused question, “Can a liberal education make you a better discerner of truth?”

Sara Clutter (Nursing) received notice that the abstract she submitted on “The Effect of Low-Tech, Low Cost Artistic and Journalistic Interventions on Self-Reported Student-Perceived Stress During Classroom Activities at the University Level” was accepted for podium presentation. The presentation is scheduled for May 10 at the University of Kentucky’s 14th Annual Faculty Development Workshop.

Kathy Stolfer (Nursing) attended the AACN Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. from March 24-27.

Joanne Sorensen (DNP) co-authored an article, “A Nursing Leadership Immersion Program: Succession Planning Using Social Capital,” that was published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

Kimberly Whitman and Kimberly Stephens (Graduate Nursing) attended the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium.

Lina Hixon (RN to BSN) received notice that an abstract she submitted to the 6th Biennial Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference was accepted for podium presentation at the conference, which will be held June 18-21.

Eddie Powers (Fine Arts) devoted hours to the preparation and execution of the spring musical on campus. Powers also assisted with the Performing Arts Series program in February.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) served as an adjudicator for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Concert Band Contest hosted at California University of Pennsylvania on March 22. DePriest will also serve as a guest conductor and clinician for the Region 27J Middle School Honor Band Festival at Prairie View Middle School in Brighton, Colorado, on April 21.

Rea Redd (Eberly Library) had a chapter titled, “The Turning Points Within the 1864 Presidential Election and the Doom of the Confederacy” published in “The Turning Points of the American Civil War (Southern Illinois University Press).”

Larry Stratton (Stover Center) and the Stover Scholars traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 22 and 23. They met with many prominent officials, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Swiss Ambassador to the United States Martin Dahinden, Former Assistant Attorney General Charles Cooper, Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law Professor Charles Abernathy and Cato Institute Vice President Gene Healy. The group also toured National Public Radio and met with National Security Editor Phil Ewing and Movie Editor Bob Mondello.

The Stover Center also sponsored a lecture in Alumni Hall titled, “Economic Liberty and the Criminal Law” by South Texas College of Law Houston Associate Professor Jack Blackman on March 15.  

Adam Jack (Criminal Justice) was asked to be the graduation speaker at Grove City High School on June 1.

Kevin McClincy (Criminal Justice) is organizing a Cyber and Financial Crime Conference to be held on May 8 at Waynesburg University. The conference focuses on three groups: Law Enforcement, CPA and Forensic Accounting, and Cyber Security.

Megan Van Fosson (Graduate Education) was selected to serve on an advisory council with Boston Harvard’s Children’s Hospital for Children’s Literacy.


Student News:

Janelle Chuah (biology major) was accepted to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Program at WVU.

Derek McMonagle (business administration major) earned a job with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

Josh Sneeringer (business administration major) landed an internship with Stanley, Black and Decker.

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Bob Randolph (English) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Randolph also had a poem accepted for inclusion in an anthology about coffee. The poem is titled, “Cup of Blues,” and the anthology is scheduled to be published in the fall.

Richard Pierce (English) participated in a poetry reading at “The Windhover Writers’ Festival” at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.

Jim Tanda (Criminal Justice) lead the Criminal Justice Club as they participated in the annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Club Team had 26 plungers and has raised $5,500 this year. In the last five years, the Criminal Justice Club has raised more than $20,000. Four students from the education department also participated in the Plunge.

Adam Jack (Criminal Justice) Skyped with a West Middlesex High School Career Development class in February to discuss the career of a detective.

Waynesburg University’s Nursing Program was recognized as the No. 2 RN program in Pennsylvania by for the second consecutive year.

Waynesburg’s Nursing Program was also named a 2017-18 Nursing College of Distinction.

Melany Chrash (Nursing) presented at the Hospice and Palliative Team Retreat in early February at Stonewall Jackson Resort in West Virginia. Her topic was “Dealing with Grief: Self-Care for the Nurse.”

Amanda Machesky (Nursing) accepted the position of ATI Champion, making her the program resource person for faculty regarding ATI testing and resources. She began training for this role last month.

Sara Clutter (Nursing) participated in a Leadership in Nursing Practice Webinar.

Jennifer Roy (Business Administration) became a member of North American Society for Sport Management.

William Stough (Business Administration) attended a continuing education conference – PICPA’s 45th Annual Western PA Tax Conference in January.

Xela Batchelder (Arts Administration) presented as a guest speaker for the Graduate Arts Administration Program and Theatre Arts Program of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Her talk was titled, “Festivals Around The Globe.”

Batchelder also represented the Association of Arts Administrator Educators at the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference in New York City. She led a session titled, “Starting Your Next Act!” for others in the arts administration field.

Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) administered the 2018 art adjudication portion of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Robert Bonser (Athletic Training) submitted a journal article to the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. The tile of the document is “Evaluating the Relationship Between Clinical Assessments of Apparent Hamstring Tightness: A Correlation Analysis.”

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Richard Pierce (English) had a poem titled “First Century Fishing” published in Saint Katherine Review.

Robert Randolph (English) had a poem titled “Bones and Moonlight” accepted by Appalachia Journal. The poem is forthcoming in the December 2018 issue.

Jamie Dessart (English) and Jill Sunday (Writing Center) will both be reading academic papers at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Indianapolis. In addition, the following students will read academic papers at the conference: Shawn White, Tessa Masula, Rachael Crosbie, Zachary Yonko and Steven Caumo. Three alumni – Nicole Drew, Hanna Megna and Kari Hanlin – will also present.

Xela Batchelder (Business Administration) represented AAAE at the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in New York City Jan. 11-16.

Lina Hixon (RN-BSN) had an abstract titled “Faith Community Nurses’ Documentation Reveals Most Commonly Delivered and Attended Services” accepted for poster presentation at the 30th annual ENRS Scientific Conference in Newark, New Jersey, in April.

Kimberly Stephens (Graduate Nursing) attended the 2018 AACN Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida.

Tammi Lining (MSN Administration) received an honorable mention from Pittsburgh Magazine “Excellence in Nursing” Awards.


Student news:

Waynesburg’s PRSSA chapter was named Best Student Chapter at the annual Renaissance Awards in Pittsburgh on January 25. Senior Public Relations major Maura Fenske received the Bob O’Gara scholarship at the Renaissance Awards.

Connie Henry (DNP student) co-authored the article “Efficacy of Different Cooling Technologies for Therapeutic Temperature Management: A Prospective Intervention Study.” The article was published in Resuscitation: Official Journal of the European Resuscitation Council’s February 2018 issue.

Judy Adams (DNP student) presented the results of her capstone at the Update in Care of HIV Infection World AIDS Day 2017 Conference.

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The American Chemical Society student chapter was recognized in a chemistry publication for performing 104 annual events. The recognition lists Waynesburg’s ACS chapter in the top five most active chapters in the country.

Brad Davis (Chemistry) was recently selected to serve as the Pittsburgh ACS Section Chair-elect for 2018.

The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted homeschool labs on Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. They also hosted a Mock Crime Scene on Nov. 11. Through the department, Waynesburg’s ACS chapter hosted a “getting to know your professor” presentation on Dec. 5; Brad Davis was the speaker.

Six Waynesburg University students were selected to attend the PITTCON national conference in March to serve as Student Aids (through SACP with the assistance of Brad Davis).

Kimberly Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the Dean’s Roundtable meeting at West Penn Hospital.

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