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James Tanda (Criminal Justice) coordinated Waynesburg’s involvement in the joint international training week for Vietnamese Law Enforcement officials in September.  Meetings started in July and August and a full delegation of 20 Law Enforcement officials were brought to campus by the American Scholar Group, seeking training in U.S. Policing, tactics, first response, criminal investigation, fire, explosion, and firearms. The training session, hosted by WU, was Sept. 29 with a full day of instruction, guest speakers, and work through interpreters.  Adam Jack (Criminal Justice), Tanda, and Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) instructed sessions for the delegation.  The Criminal Justice Club was involved, sponsoring parts of the day, and CJ student ambassadors participated in the event.

Sigma Beta Delta (Business honorary) was selected as an outstanding chapter for the 2015-16 academic year. Out of about 250 chapters, only three are awarded this honor each year. Dr. Tony Bochinni serves as president, and Neeley Shaw serves as chapter adviser.

Dr. Janet Paladino (Environmental Science) and Bill Coates (Institutional Advancement) wrote a proposal that resulted in $20,000 grant from EQT to restore/develop the urban forest trail.  Plans for the trail include the addition of an outdoor classroom, developing signage for the trail, building a bridge, planting additional native trees and vegetation, and erecting bird feeders.

Dr. Wayne Rossiter (Biology) attended the Athanatos Christian Arts & Apologetics Festival. He gave five presentations in all, mostly related to his books.  Dr. Rossiter’s first book was reviewed in SALVO magazine (June issue).   He was also a consultant on the science curriculum for Regina Academies (a Catholic private school group). He participated in designing some of the curriculum guidelines, which were approved by the board in June. 

Dr. Taunya Tinsley (GPS Counseling) successfully defended her dissertation at the United Theological Seminary. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Church as a Multicultural Sports Team: A Model for Ministry leadership Development for God’s Coaching Staff.” Dr. Tinsley will graduate on Dec. 16. 

Dr. Tinsley presented at the first annual Faith and Mental Health Conference in Brandywine, Md., Sept. 9. She presented on three topics: “Fostering the Relationship between Clergy and Mental Health,” “Educating Clergy and Lay Leaders,” and “Mental Health Challenges affecting Youth and the Elderly.” 

Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) presented at the SPJ/RTDNA national conference, Excellence in Journalism 2016 in New Orleans. He moderated a four-person Teaching Marathon panel and served as emcee of the national student journalism awards ceremony and served as Waynesburg’s campus chapter delegate. 

Faith Musko (Forensic Science) attended the National Science Foundation Sponsored Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars Forensic Science Workshop at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) was part of a group of scholars from the U.S. and Canada (14 participants) in the Calvin College Christian Scholars Conference in June; the presentation was entitled “Bodies of Christ, the Saga of the Son of God in America.”  Collective and individual presentations were given.  Dr. Olagoke is currently using one of the books read for the conference in his Cultural Differences class.

Dr. Olagoke was also part of 12 scholars and professors for the St. Johns/St. Benedict University, Collegeville, conference on Writing for a Broader Public in July. He gave two presentations. One of presentation is being peer-reviewed for publication.  

Dr. Olagoke had full scholarship/grant to cover the entire cost, transportation/air fare, food and accommodation at the two conferences above through the Lilly Endowment Foundation.

Adam Jack did a live stream lecture and tour of the CSI House to a Biotechnology/Forensics Class from Greensburg-Salem High School in late September. 

Dr. Julia Bausman applied to conduct research entitled, “Survey of Elementary Students’ Attitudes Toward School and Homework Before and After They Attend a Christian After-School Tutoring Program.”

RN to BSN student Carol Manown spoke at Mon Valley Hospital Innovations series on June 30, 2016. The topic was “How Do I Live With Cancer.” Ms. Manown is the clinical coordinator of the Mon Valley Hospital Cancer Center. During evidence-based practice courses at Waynesburg, she worked on survivorship plans for cancer patients. 

On Dr. Tony Bochinni’s (Business) recommendation, business major Victoria Robinson was selected as a Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants PB Chapter Scholarship recipient. 

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Dr. Karen Younger (Humanities) was the invited guest lecturer at the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable in Sewickley on Aug. 17. Her topic was “Lincoln’s Emancipation Plan in the Border States.”

Dr. Chad Sherman and Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) presented about framing newspaper coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. Both were elected to board positions for the regional division of AEJMC. Szuminsky also presented during a teaching tips session at the conference.

Dr. Robert Bonser (Athletic Training) had a journal article accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports and Rehabilitation entitled, “Changes to Hamstring Range of Motion Following Neurodynamic Sciatic Sliders: A Critically Appraised Topic.” The abstract can be found here, and the article will be published soon. 

Dr. Bonser successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Idaho in late July. The dissertation is entitled, “Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Conditions from a Regional Interdependence Perspective: A dissertation of Clinical Practice Improvement.”

A poem by Dr. Bob Randolph (English), “Ambushed,” is out in Chiron Review (Issue 104, Summer 2016) on page 115.

Dr. Elizabeth Wang (Computer Science) attended the International Conference on Computing and Missions at Lancaster Bible College to present a paper on behalf of Alex Tenenbaum (Class of 2015). The paper is entitled, “The Role of Technology in Missions.” 

Norma J. Harper (Office of the Provost) began her 55th year at the University on Aug. 6. 


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