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Isaiah Cochran, a Waynesburg University junior from Akron, Ohio, was elected the pre-medical trustee for the 2014-2015 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Board of Trustees. The election was held in New Orleans in March, and the biology (pre-med) major assumed his position May 1.

Waynesburg University hosted its fourth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium April 26, 2014. The event showcased 54 student presenters. It featured two oral presentations and 24 poster presentations. Topics covered a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations included research about Alzheimer’s, artificial sweeteners, Christian community development, effects of fatigue, food chain length and nutrition awareness.


Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, recently contributed to a report stating that SARM, one of five innate immunity adaptors, stabilizes cell proteins and protects the nucleus from self-destructing during stress brought on by inflammation in response to various types of infections. Sethman and his research partner’s report, published in August of 2013 in PLOS ONE, began with the cloning of the gene into various forms.

In the spring of 2013, Waynesburg University alumna Stacey Pavlik (’09, science/biology) became a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow. She is one of only 77 Fellows chosen from approximately 2,000 applicants to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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The Department of Business Administration at Waynesburg University was awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Department of Business Administration  affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgDr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing and chair of the University’s Department of Business Administration, received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence. 


In the fall of 2013, the Department of Business at Waynesburg University became an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education. The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business, and it exists for the purposes of advancing academic quality and excellence in business education throughout the world.

Neeley Lantz was named Instructor of Business Administration at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. She received her B.S. degree from West Virginia University and her M.B.A. from Waynesburg University. Lantz teaches Business Foundations I, Principles of Management and Personnel/Human Resources Management.

In May of 2013, two Waynesburg University faculty members were recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for their outstanding public service to the community. Anthony Bocchini, professor of business administration, and Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration, received certificates through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

In April of 2013, Waynesburg University debuted its first official chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business management and administration. Twenty-one students from the University’s Department of Business Administration were inducted into the society.

Dr. Sut Sakchutchawan, associate professor of international business and director of the International Studies Program at Waynesburg University, was recently informed that his article, “In Search of Strategic Innovation in Global Logistics Competition: Operations, Measurement and Cases,” was published in Vol. 20, Number 2 of The Business Review, Cambridge. He also presented a research paper at the International Academy of Business and Economics conference in Thailand from June 15 to 17, 2013

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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was awarded the Star Chapter Award for meeting specific chapter and professional development goals. The chapter was one of 27 from around the country honored with the prestigious award. A chapter must meet eight of the 10 Star Chapter requirements to earn the national award.  

Seven members of the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter traveled to the PNC Park Hall of Fame Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 28, to work the 2014 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards. The annual ceremony celebrates the brightest stars and best work in Pittsburgh’s public relations community. 

Sándor Mécs, a senior communication (journalism) major at Waynesburg University, traveled to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., to present at the 28th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native presented his paper titled, “Burnham's Managerial Revolution: The Unexamined Reality of Contemporary Class Conflict.” 

Waynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently named a regional winner in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual awards contest for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. 

Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) held its fourth annual PR Week celebration Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11, 2014. This week-long event recognizes the hard work and dedication public relations majors show within the field of public relations throughout the academic year. 

Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a relatively recent history of teaching excellence.

WCTV, the Waynesburg University student television station, recently earned a bronze award from the 35th annual Telly Awards for its piece titled “The Buzz: November 11, 2013.” Waynesburg’s piece stood out among nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.  

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From Friday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, members of Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the 2013 PRSSA National Conference: Foundation for Innovation, hosted by Drexel University.

Brandon Szuminsky was named Instructor of Communication at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Waynesburg University. In the summer of 2013, he waspublished within an edited anthology marking the 75th anniversary of the iconic “War of the Worlds” broadcast. Szuminsky co-authored “Mediating Misinformation: Hoaxes and the Digital Turn,” one of the chapters within “War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis.”

Kyle Oland, a senior public relations major from Westminster, Md., and Nick Farrell, a senior sports broadcasting major from Lower Burrell, Pa., took home the second and third place prizes, respectively, at the annual Gertrude Gordon Contest conducted by the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh.

Waynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter celebrated the public relations field with a week long event Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18, 2013. PR week celebrates the study of public relations by offering professional presentations, networking opportunities and activities relevant to the communication field.

The Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket won a Region One Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for its in-depth reporting of the University’s announcement of Mr. Doug Lee as president elect. Six members of the Yellow Jacket staff attended the Region 1 Spring Conference Friday, April 12 through Saturday, April 13, 2013 to accept the award.

Molly Winters, a junior public relations major, and Brittany Semco, a junior public relations and design major, traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., to represent Waynesburg University at the 2013 Public Relations Student Society of America National Assembly Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7, 2013. 

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The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

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On October 21, 2013, Waynesburg University students enrolled in instructor of criminal justice James Tanda’s terrorism class welcomed Edward Bender, a visiting guest speaker from the National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Ala. During his Waynesburg University presentation, Bender touched on many historic cases with first-hand accounts and details not found in history books.

The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the annual Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Oct. 19. The event afforded high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside experts in various criminal justice and forensic science areas.

Waynesburg University hosted its annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 16, through Friday, June 21, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants gained valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities.

James Tanda was a Supervisory Special Agent for the Department of Justice and joined Waynesburg University in January, 2013, as an Instructor of Criminal Justice.  He received his B.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an AFT Certified Explosives Specialist.

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Cody Catalina, a senior history (secondary education) major from Brownsville, Pa., and Chelsea Heckman, an early childhood education major from Greenville, Pa., were named the recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Lewis Scholarship, given by Charles R. and Ada G. Lewis of Highland Avenue in Gettysburg, for the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University English education alumnus and Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year,” was named one of the four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award. He is also one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

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Fourteen Waynesburg University early childhood education majors who are members of the University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, traveled to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,  to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Dr. Robert Kefferstan, professor of education at Waynesburg University, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Kefferstan was nominated by Dr. Doris Johnson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, at a recent full board meeting. This marks his first election to the Professional Advisory Board.

Waynesburg University partnered with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host CAMP Tech Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 9, 2013. Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists traveled to Waynesburg University for a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. 

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