Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology, attended and instructed at the Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought in Enugu, Nigeria. Dr. Olagoke also wrote an abstract on immigration that was accepted for presentation at Eastern Sociological Society in February of 2015. 

Dr. Keith Rieder, professor of psychology, presented for the Hostage Negotiators for the State Correctional Facilities in Pittsburgh, Fayette, and Greene Counties in January 2015. Dr. Reider also began serving on the Lay Ministry Committee for the Washington District of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church and teaching at the Lay Ministry School on Pastoral Care by Laity in February of 2015.


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Sara Clutter, associate professor of nursing, was recognized as a reviewer in two new publications: the Grove, S.K., Gray, J.R., & Burns, N. (2015) for her research titled “Understanding nursing research: Building an evidence-based practice” (6th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier and Melnyk, B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015) for research titled “Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice” (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. She also spoke at WVU’s Ph.D. residency event in October 2014.``

Erin Martin received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Martin is a lecturer in nursing.

Laurel Miner joined the University as instructor of nursing in the fall of 2014. She received her B.S.N. from Duquesne University and M.S.N. degree from Walden University.

“Progression Testing,” the work of Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing, was accepted to be published in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Education in August of 2014.

Kimberly Stephens, co-director of DNP program and assistant professor of nursing, presented two poster presentations at the 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL) Nursing Leadership Conference in October 2014.

Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the DNP Program and assistant professor of nursing, presented three poster presentations at the 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL) Nursing Leadership Conference in October 2014.

Nursing students enrolled in Clinical Prevention and Population Health provided health education counseling and blood pressure screening at the Washington County Senior Expo on Sept. 18, 2014, and provided health education on oral health through the Smiles for Life Program for Greene County children aged K- 6th grade Sept. 26 and 29, 2014.

Waynesburg University sent 45 undergraduate nursing and pre-med students to the Women’s Health Conversations Conference Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the Westin Convention Center Ballroom in Pittsburgh, Pa. Almost 1,000 women and 50 speakers from across the country attended the annual conference, which includes sessions and classes including book signings; breast cancer awareness; concussion discussions; a diabetes panel; diet and exercise expertise; the art of medicine; the healthcare system; stress, risk and sleep issues and more. 

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reaccredited Waynesburg University’s nursing programs for the next ten years. The University was notified by the CCNE Board of Commissioners in November of 2014 that its baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), master's degree in nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs met all four CCNE accreditation standards with no compliance concerns related to the key elements of any of the standards.

The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in November of 2014. The University’s program was one of only three baccalaureate programs out of 37 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This year’s feat marks the program’s sixth year of achieving the 100 percent pass rate.

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Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, presented his presentation, “Battle of the AP Readers: What matters most in an intro stats course?”, at the APAC Conference in July 2014. Dr. Bush also served as a consultant for Cornerstone Care’s Oral Health Assessment Project, worked with Community Action Southwest on analysis of data and wrote examination questions for PARCC assessments in February of 2015.

Dr. Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science, presented the paper “Outlier Detection on High Dimensional Mixed-Attribute Data” at the 2nd Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining in Suzhou, China, March 2014.  Her research book project: “Big Data Analytics in Bioinformatics and Healthcare,” was published by the IGI Global publisher.


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Dr. William Batchelder, assistant professor of history, published a two-part opinion article on the Scottish Independence referendum on Nomocracy in Politics, an online political theory journal. 


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Dr. Lina Hixson joined the University as instructor of nursing of the Graduate and Professional Studies program with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. She received her B.S.N. from LaRoche College, M.S.N. from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. 

Dr. Devon Manderino was named professor of counseling with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. She received her B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University. Dr. Manderino presented her original research on spirituality in counseling at the North Atlantic Regional Conference of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervision in Providence, R.I. in October of 2014.  

Dr. Helen McCracken joined Waynesburg University as the director of Graduate Programs in Education Monday, Nov.10, 2014. McCracken will coordinate aspects of the Graduate Education Programs including oversight of all degree, certification, endorsement and advanced studies programs, as well as student recruitment, retention and advising.

Kathy Palombo joined the University as coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing Program and instructor of nursing with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. She received her B.S.N. from California University of Pennsylvania and M.S.N. from Waynesburg University.

Laura Smith, a graduate counseling student; Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling; and Dr. Mark Lepore, an adjunct faculty member, presented their clinical poster, “Risk and Resiliency: The Prevention and Aftermath of School Violence,” at the Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association in Orlando, Fla., in April 2015.  

Waynesburg University began offering a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through its reputable Graduate and Professional Studies Program in the fall of 2014. The program is intended to prepare individuals for employment as counselor educators in colleges and universities and as leaders in clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling or school counseling.

Waynesburg University began offering new athletic administration options through its Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) in the fall of 2014. 

Waynesburg University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program hosted a panel discussion and debate at the University’s Monroeville Center Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. In an effort to promote interprofessional opportunities, the DNP Program invited six first-year medical students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to participate in the debate about healthcare utilization. 

Beginning in the fall of 2015, Waynesburg University will offer a new master’s degree in Criminal Investigation.

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