Waynesburg University recently executed two affiliation agreements with Chatham University in order to provide more opportunities for graduates as they approach their chosen career paths. 

Established with Chatham University’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) and Chatham’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT), the agreements will guarantee interviews to participants for consideration into the MOT or DPT program, providing that they maintain a specified GPA and receive satisfactory GRE scores.

Of the interviewees, up to two Waynesburg University students will be guaranteed acceptance into the MOT and DPT programs, respectively, provided they meet the academic criteria. 

“We are thrilled for our students to have secured paths into graduate school,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Waynesburg University. “Guaranteed admission removes pressure from our students during their undergraduate education, allowing them to focus on their studies. It’s wonderful to already know where you will end up before you ever start, something not every university can offer prospective students.” 

Beginning in the fall of 2015, students who declare intent to complete the Master of Occupational Therapy Program or Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member from Chatham University during their sophomore or junior year for guidance and information about the program.  

For both the MOT and DPT programs, the bachelor’s degree will be awarded by Waynesburg University and, upon completion, the graduate degree will be awarded by Chatham University. 

The goal of these agreements is to improve placement opportunities for Waynesburg students by allowing them to form relationships with the leaders of these regional programs. 

Chatham University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a clinical doctorate degree designed to prepare its graduates for practice in physical therapy at the successful completion of seven terms of study. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/pt/.

The goal of the Chatham’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is to educate competent occupational therapy practitioners to assist individuals of all ages to achieve maximum independence in daily life activities. Upon completion of this program, graduates are prepared to practice evidence-based occupational therapy in a variety of healthcare and community settings, provided that they pass the national certification exam and obtain state licensure as needed. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/ot/.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bill.jpgWaynesburg University has promoted two senior administrators, effective July 1. 

Bill Dumire has been named Vice President for Information Technology Systems and Chief Information Officer, and Heidi Szuminsky has been named Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations.

“These two individuals’ vision and leadership have been invaluable,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Not only do they show commitment to our mission, they embody it. Their innovative thinking will continue to enhance the strategic direction of our University.” 

Dumire joined the University in 2013 as the Executive Director of Information Technologies with more than fifteen years of information technology support and leadership experience in higher education, healthcare and private sector environments. 

He directs the overall management and operation of campus-wide information technology resources. Among his accomplishments since joining Waynesburg, he has led the design, planning and implementation of a new information system infrastructure to better support the current and future needs of the University.

Dumire holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems and a Master of Information Systems.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Heidi.jpgIn her ten years of employment at Waynesburg, Szuminsky has served in various leadership roles. In her most recent role as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, she has guided the alumni relations and development team to inform and engage graduates of the University and to promote philanthropic giving. 

Active in the community, Szuminsky serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg and as a member of the Southwest Regional Medical Center Advocacy Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greene County Tourism Promotion Agency.

Szuminsky holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a Master of Business Administration degree from Waynesburg University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative, earning a certificate in Leadership Development.

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Waynesburg University is now accepting applications for its new Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation (MACI) program, which will begin in the fall of 2015. 

“The MACI program was created to enhance the investigative abilities of working law enforcement officers, as well as those aspiring to have a career in criminal justice,” said Adam Jack, chairperson for the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department and assistant professor of criminal justice. “The course instructors are experts in their various fields, providing the students with valuable insights from years of casework and training.

Criminal Investigation is a 500 level graduate program for professionals and students who have completed the requisite undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice Administration or have comparable training, skills or professional experience relating to the field.

The program consists of courses such as Advanced Criminal Investigation, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Advanced Interview and Interrogation, Research in the Justice System and Effective Criminal Profiling.

Students pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Investigation will learn about ethical decision-making and leadership in the field as well as build upon their investigative skills. 

The Criminal Investigation courses will be offered at Waynesburg University’s main campus as well as the Southpointe, Monroeville and Seven Fields centers. Select courses can be completed online. 

For more information, contact James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, at jtanda@waynesburg.edu or Jack at ajack@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-17-community-bank-pledge_20150617-152722_1.jpgWaynesburg University has received a pledge from Community Bank toward the renovation of the University’s Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. 

“We are grateful for the generous support from Community Bank,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This gift will certainly help us to provide a quality science facility for both the community and the region."

The $23 million renovation of Stewart Science Hall is the University’s largest renovation project in its history and will provide students with new laboratories and classrooms. The extensive six-year renovation project began in 2012 and is currently in its fourth phase. Phase four involves the full demolition and renovation of the third floor, which will house the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.  

Located near the center of downtown Waynesburg, Stewart Science Hall is an integral part of the continued development of the Borough of Waynesburg. The building’s location improves the mixed-use nature of the commercial district and provides a steady source of economic activity.

Stewart Science Hall also makes possible community outreach activities such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. 

Over the past 50 years, the number of students attending class in Stewart Science Hall has nearly tripled. Similarly, the number of academic programs offered within the building has grown to include more than 15 areas of study. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-10-bush.jpgDr. James Bush, professor of mathematics at Waynesburg University, is serving as an educational consultant and assisting in the efforts of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), whose goal is "transforming education, [and] changing the lives of tens of thousands of students in the process."

NMSI, a Dallas-based nonprofit that has been working to improve access to and quality of performance on the Advanced Placement examinations in a growing number of schools across the country, is committed to making a difference by "improving how STEM subjects are taught, fostering student interest in math and science and building a college-ready culture." 

In 2013, The Heinz Endowment joined NMSI and provided a three-year, $930,637 grant to Pittsburgh Brashear High School and Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy (Sci-Tech), expecting an increase of 292 percent over the life of the grant on qualifying scores for the two schools in AP mathematics, science and English.

Proving its worth, the grant has led both schools to tremendous success, scoring among the top schools in the state and holding the largest percentages of improvement as a result of the grant and the extra help afforded by NMSI.

According to a September 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, at Brashear, the number of AP exams in mathematics, science and English earning a qualifying score doubled, from 33 in 2013 to 66 in 2014. At Sci-Tech, the number earning qualifying scores on the same tests tripled, from nine in 2013 to 32 in 2014.

The outcome is a result of the grant money that is used to provide extra help from the National Math and Science Initiative utilizing the expertise and passion of consultants like Dr. Bush. Specifically, Bush conducted several six-hour Saturday sessions throughout the school year during which he reviewed advanced statistical concepts and test-taking strategies with student participants. In addition, Bush will also lead a NMSI Summer Institute for AP Statistics teachers in August. During the week-long workshop, Bush will cover the entire AP curriculum.   

"My goal is to first review the course content for the AP Statistics Curriculum, and second to work with the teachers in developing fun and innovative ways to enhance students' understanding of statistics," he said.

NMSI has trained more than 50,000 teachers, and has a goal to produce another 25,000 new math and science teachers by 2025, equipping teachers with the best tools and techniques to inspire and engage students in math and science instruction. Bush is excited to be a part of this mission.

"Statistics is a very difficult course to teach. Few teachers have had formal training in statistics beyond one or two college courses," he said. "Also, statistics educators are often isolated, being the sole teacher of the subject in their school or district. I am honored to have the opportunity to share my love and passion for statistics with a new generation of teachers and to facilitate the exchange of ideas."

In addition to his work with the Initiative, Bush recently presented a breakout session titled “Motivating Topics in Statistics” using film and television clips at the United States Council on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) at Penn State in May. 

From June 11-17, Bush will assist in the annual AP Statistics Reading which includes more than 800 statistics teachers (high school and college) from across the country. These educators will work together to score approximately 209,000 AP Statistics examinations, each with six open-ended questions. Bush will help to score the international exams, exams given to students in American schools in different countries.

For more information, visit www.nms.org.

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