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James Tanda (Criminal Justice) attended the pinning ceremony in Washington D.C. for Tevaughn Davis, a recent Waynesburg University graduate, who completed training at the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department in July.

Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) presented research on St. George at Grove City College. The Herald-Standard newspaper published information on his work.

Teresa Robinette (Graduate Nursing) participated in a poster presentation and roundtable discussion on “Recruitment and Social Media” at the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professional Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Kim Stephens and Kim Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the 2017 Academic Service Partnership Summit at Cumberland Woods in Cranberry.

Stephens and Robinette attended the 12th Annual Clinical Research Forum: Nurses Influencing Empirical Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Practice and Research. The conference was held at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Lina Hixon (RN-BSN) attended Recruiting and Retaining Nursing Students using PRIMES sponsored by Robert Morris University.

Eighteen attended Faculty Development Day at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville center.


Summer Camps

Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp hosted 23 students on campus June 12-16. Lanny Frattare (Communication) led the annual event.

From June 18-23, Waynesburg University hosted CSI Camp with Faith Musko and Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) at the helm of camp initiatives. Forty-seven students attended the camp.

The University hosted campers and staff from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Miller Summer Youth Institute on campus for the first time. This event kicked off with leadership training sessions from July 7-9. Campers arrived on July 9 and stayed through July 15. As part of this camp, students earned two college credits from Waynesburg University; 9 high school students and 5 college students attended. Rev. Jim Tinnemeyer (Student Services) worked hard to develop this partnership and served as an instructor during the camp.

STEAM Camp was held on campus July 16-20. Chevron sponsored the event for the second consecutive year for which 23 students registered. The camp included the following faculty: Robert Bonser (Athletic Training), Marietta Wright (Biology), Heidi Fletcher (Chemistry), James Bush (Mathematics), Paul Sielski (Mathematics), Chris Cink (Biology), Melanie Catana (Fine Arts), Janet Paladino (Environmental Science), Evonne Baldauff (Chemistry) and Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts).

Yvonne Weaver (Education) worked with representatives at the local Intermediate Unit to host Camp Tech at Waynesburg University. The first week was held July 10-14 at Waynesburg University’s Southpointe center, and the second week took placed the week of July 31 at the University’s main campus.


Special Note from the Office of Academic Affairs: Camps at Waynesburg University would not be possible without the incredible maintenance, security, IT and dining services teams on campus. Employees in these four areas work extra hours and take on additional tasks to enable the University to be able to host these events throughout the summer. Thank you so much!

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Bob Randolph (English) will have a poem titled, “Sad Man in the Moon” in an anthology of poems about the moon published by Outrider Press. The anthology should be out by October. There will be readings from the anthology in June in Chicago at the Chicago Printer’s Row Literary Festival.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) spoke in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the Association of Arts Administrator Educators Conference, of which the Waynesburg University Arts Administration program is now a member. Batchelder was asked to host workshops at the Rochester Fringe Festival in September.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for the final Dvorak concert on May 20.

Jay Aultman-Moore (Humanities) presented a paper titled “Exile and Beauty in Robinson’s Gilead and Home: Jack Boughton” at the Eastern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature at Grove City College April 1.

Jenny Jellison (Humanities) attended the Annual Conference of the Comparative Cognition Society in Melbourne Beach, Florida, April 22 through 23.

Bill Batchelder (Humanities) gave a presentation on the Magna Carta and the Medieval and Modern Conceptions of Liberty at the Gilliam Center at James Madison University in Virginia on April 18.

Keith Rieder (Humanities) presented a lecture on treating traumatic stress disorder at Highland Hospital in Clarksburg, WV on May 5.

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Amy Randolph (English) had a poem, “Study in Yellow,” accepted for publications in Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. Calyx is available in the magazine section of Barnes & Noble, and Randolph’s work should appear in one of the two 2018 issues.

Chad Sethman (Biology) successfully coordinated the 7th annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium on Friday, April 7. This event gave students the opportunity to present scholarly projects in which they were involved while at Waynesburg University.

Neeley Shaw’s (Business Administration) final dissertation manuscript was approved in February and she successfully defended her dissertation in March. Shaw also went to the IACBE site visit for Keuka College in New York.

Jeremy Olisar (Fine Arts) performed in California University of Pennsylvania’s production of The Spelling Bee March 29-April 2.

Jim Cope (Fine Arts) performed in Washington High School’s music production.

Matthew Komula (Fine Arts) served as music director and conductor for Trinity High School’s production of The Wizard of Oz March 29-April 1.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) presented Autism Endorsement Program to junior and senior education majors. Eight seniors and six juniors showed an interest in the program. Janice Crile (Graduate Business and Education) and Weaver met with students who indicated the interest.

Jane Olshanski (Business Administration) attended AICPA webinar for Tax Updates.

Anthony Bocchini (Business Administration) was named the president of SBD.

Kimberly Stephens and Kimberly Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the Community Stakeholders Session at UPMC Passavant for Magnet Site Visit. Stephens and Whiteman were two presenters of “Good Catch Campaign: Improving Perioperative Culture of Safety” at the STTI Epsilon Phi Scholars Night at Duquesne University. At the same event, Stephens contributed to the presentation titled, “It’s All About the Timing for Falls Risk Assessment.” Stephens and Whiteman participated in the poster presentation of “Good Catch Campaign” during the AONE Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, as well.

Lina Hixon (Nursing) also presented at the STTI Epsilon Phi Scholars Night. Her presentation was titled, “An Examination of Faith Community Nursing Interventions in the Promotion of Successful Aging.”


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Dr. Karen Fisher Younger (Humanities) was asked to be a part of a documentary film titled, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia” as a result of her research article, “Philadelphia’s Ladies’ Liberia School Association and the Rise and Decline of Northern Female Colonization and Support.” 

Jill Sunday (English, Writing Center) had two creative nonfiction pieces, “Facebook Ghosts” and “Clairhaven Street” accepted for publication by Appalachian Anthology of Literature, forthcoming in April. Sunday also was first runner up for The Donald Murray Prize in Creative Nonfiction for her piece “Essential Truths of ‘The Sermon in the Suicide.’”

Dr. Janet Paladino (Biology) is working with close to 40 students in Service Learning, Environmental Science majors, Ecostewards and the Biology Department on the trail this semester.  She expects that they will be able to log over 800 hours of service work on the trail by April.  She is also working with the community to get access to a small portion of the trail that the borough owns.

Edward L. Powers (Fine Arts) directed his 49th major production at Waynesburg University through the spring musical, "The Addams Family.” The show featured 25 student actors, 12 student technicians and 3 student musicians. Significant contributions were also made by art students who helped paint the scenery as well as student ushers. Overall, more than 45 students were involved in some capacity in this production. The success of the 2017 musical also relied on the time and talents of Dr. Ronda DePriest, Melanie Catana, Andrew Heisey, Dr. Xela Batchelder, Jim DePriest, and Melinda Rush.  During its four performances, "The Addams Family" entertained well over 800 audience members.

Dr. Bob Randolph (English) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dr. Randolph also had a chapbook of poetry accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.

Dr. Taunya Tinsley (Graduate Counseling) served on a panel sponsored by the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues in Counseling titled, “Honoring both Religious/Spiritual and Sexual Diversity Simultaneously: Is it Possible?” Dr. Tinsley was also nominated for a board position with ASERVIC, which she accepted; the election will be held in the fall. Dr. Tinsley serves as the Chair of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Mentoring Program, and will continue in this role during the 2017-18 year. Dr. Tinsley was nominated as president-elect for AMCD and accepted the nomination; the election will be held in the fall.

Dr. Jamie Dessart (English) has had a paper, “Iron Man’s a Woman?  The Great Tradition Meets Transculturalism,” accepted for presentation at the Popular Cultural Association annual conference, in Seattle, April 11-16, 2017.

Dr. Rick Pierce (English) read at the Climacus Conference in late February at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Louisville, Kentucky.  The conference theme was “Encountering God.”  Rick read by invitation to the conference.  He gave two readings, one for 15 minutes, and one for 30 minutes, the latter followed by a q & a.  Both readings have been posted to Ancient Faith Ministries—a well-known Orthodox website.  

Dr. Julia Bausman (Education) is continuing her research at Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach Center. Her research is titled, “Survey of Elementary Students’ Attitudes Toward School and Homework Before and After They Attend a Christian After-school Tutoring Program.”

Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) assisted with the Scholastic Art and Writing regional awards ceremony at California University of Pennsylvania. Heisey serves on the Scholastic Board. Heisey and The James D. Randolph Kiltie Band played at CMA Church of Morgantown as the closing act at the church’s annual talent show.

Dr. Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) spoke at The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh’s Northside in Pittsburgh in mid-February.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) is attending the PAC-TE Spring Conference in early April – Pathways for Collaboration: Higher Education and P-12 Partnership.

The American Midland Naturalist this January includes a paper by Dr. Wayne Rossiter (Biology) and alumnus Gabrielle King. Dr. Rossiter has established a new relationship with Janet Clayton (a West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Biologist) and will be helper her do freshwater mussel surveys and relocations, as well as mudpuppy surveys on Dunkard Creek.

Melva Hartzog (Graduate Counseling) was selected into the 2017 Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Mentoring Program class.


Noteworthy Student News:

The Yellow Jacket student newspaper won 11 regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and five statewide awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, making 16 total awards for the 2016 calendar year. This surpasses the record of 11 total awards set last year. This year marks the third year out of the past four that SPJ has recognized the Yellow Jacket as one of top three non-daily newspapers in the four-state region. Dr. Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) advises the Yellow Jacket.

Richard Antinone (DNP Student) spoke as a guest speaker on the Pilgrimage Advance Team, Nursing and Nursing Students, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers, Ltd.: Volunteer and Medical Professionals Conference in Miami, Florida.

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Bob Randolph (English) had a chapbook of poetry accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Dr. Randolph was also once again nominated for a Pushcart Award.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) had a paper accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2017 Association of Arts Administrator Educators (AAAE) Conference May 31 through June 2, at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Kathy Stolfer (Nursing) had her abstract accepted for paper presentation at the 13th Annual Faculty Development Workshop at the University of Kentucky. Her abstract is titled “Active Student Learning in the Psych Clinical Setting: The Nursing Education Group.”

Jill Sunday’s (English) essay, “Essential Truths, or the Sermon in the Suicide” is the runner-up for the Donald Murray Prize in Creative Nonfiction. It will be published in the March issue of “Writing on the Edge,” a journal published by the University of California, Davis.

Jill Sunday also participated as a panelist during the fourth-annual WU Go Girl event at Waynesburg University. This event was aimed at mentoring and empowering women, and Sunday discussed a range of topics, including inequality, inspiration, social media and more.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for a concert on February 20 at the Carnegie Library Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) took three art majors to the Scholastic Art and Writing Adjudication for the South Western Region of PA, held at California University of Pennsylvania. Heisey administered the digital adjudication of over 300 works of art from students in grades 7 through 12.  

Andrew Heisey was also asked to be the guest speaker for the Elementary Chapel at Trinity Christian School in Morgantown. West Virginia. He played bagpipes for the students, taught them what bagpipes are and where they originated.  His message inspired them to look for their God-given talents and then use them to honor him.



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