b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_8530.jpgThe Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, and The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 3.

The degrees were conferred upon Zubik and Paris for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.

The following citations were read:

Most Reverend David A. Zubik, D.D.

Bishop David A. Zubik, in recognition of your enthusiastic devotion to proclaiming the Good News, Waynesburg University honors you.

For four decades, you have led a life guided by Christ and have remained dedicated to furthering the doctrine of the Catholic faith. Indeed, forty years ago on this very day, the third of May, the Catholic Church ordained you a priest.

A strong, influential pastoral figure, your life shines as an extraordinary example of faith, service and leadership. Your deep conviction to God ignites that same passion in others as you serve the Greater Glory.

For your unwavering commitment to and passion for your calling, we admire you. For the ways in which your personal mission relates to Waynesburg University’s longstanding traditions of faith and servant leadership, we are pleased to recognize you.

On this anniversary of your ordination, for your distinguished contributions to your community and the Kingdom of God, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Reverend Dr. Peter J. Paris

Reverend Dr. Peter J. Paris, in recognition of your steadfast commitment to the Christian faith and to all those you so diligently serve and teach, Waynesburg University honors you.

A distinguished scholar, professor, author and reverend, your voice has influenced people around the world. Your unwavering dedication to Christian social ethics has set you apart as an outstanding role model and an inspirational academic leader in religion and society.

Your scholarly work and ministry have expounded the certain truth that our society is strongest when we value the differences among us, and your personal commitment to your own walk with faith inspires others to walk boldly with Christ as well. 

For your devotion to enacting positive change in communities across the globe, we commend you. For the meaningful and extensive impact you make through your work as a passionate educator and reverend, we are pleased to recognize you.

In gratitude and respect for your achievements and for the ways in which you parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

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This May, 51 Waynesburg University students will spend a portion of their summer break serving at domestic and international sites. University faculty and staff will lead five service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

Students will travel to Mustard Seed Communities in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Rome, Italy; Camp Caribe in Salinas, Puerto Rico; Christ’s College in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Tuba City Boarding school in Tuba City, Ariz.

Mustard Seed Communities – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Fifteen University students will serve with Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Monday, May 4, to Saturday, May 9. MSC works to provide a caring, dignified living environment for disadvantaged citizens such as disabled persons and abandoned children. Students will work with the organization to complete physical labor tasks and provide companionship for residents of one MSC village.

Russell Schneider, resident director, and Mary Cummings, vice president for Student Services, will lead the trip. Schneider, who has visited the village before, hopes that serving in a culture different than Waynesburg will broaden students’ appreciation for service.

Rome, Italy

From Monday, May 18, to Wednesday, May 27, a group of 11 students will travel to Italy, touring historic and modern sites each day of the trip. They will gather photographs and create other artistic works that capture the essence of Italy. Upon returning to Waynesburg, the students will create an exhibit of their work to share with local elementary and/or high school students.

The exhibit will be displayed from Friday, September 4, through Friday, September 18, at the Artbeat Gallery in downtown Waynesburg.

Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, and Dr. Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs, will lead the students on the trip.

Camp Caribe – Salinas, Puerto Rico

In the town of Salinas, Puerto Rico, mission-oriented Camp Caribe awaits the arrival of nine Waynesburg University students who will serve there from Monday, May 4, to Monday, May 11. The camp is focused on helping children form a relationship with God. The University students will serve by laying cement and completing other physical tasks at the camp and in the surrounding community, and they will also interact with the camp coordinators and campers.

Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Maria Shepas, head coach of the women’s lacrosse team, will lead the trip. Bush believes the trip will lead to a heightened appreciation for service for the students participating.

Christ’s College – Taipei, Taiwan

Five Waynesburg University students will serve this summer in Taipei, Taiwan, at Christ’s College from Monday, May 4, to Thursday, May 21. Led by Richard Blake, a librarian and professor at the University, and Sandy Chen-Blake, translator, the group will minister to the Taiwanese at various sites associated with the College in Taipei.

Christ’s College is connected to a home for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults, and the University students plan to serve those persons by sharing faith stories and mission-oriented testimonials. Blake believes exposure to Christians in a foreign country will help the participating students to begin understanding religion in different cultures.

Tuba City Boarding School – Tuba City, Ariz.

Eleven students will travel to Tuba City, Ariz., to serve at the Tuba City Boarding School from Monday, May 4, to Sunday, May 10. The group will tutor Navajo and Hopi children at the school and assist in any housekeeping or administrative tasks needed by the school.

The trip will be led by Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education, and Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program. Pazzynski feels the University students and Native American children will be equally affected by the trip, as students grow in their faith and maturity and the children served will have an opportunity to learn about a culture outside of their own.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sim-man.JPGThe Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation recently presented a gift to Waynesburg University to help fund a simulation manikin, SimMan 3G, which will be used to simulate patient care experiences in the University’s Nursing Simulation Lab.

An advanced patient simulator that can display multiple physiological symptoms, SimMan 3G will provide the most up-to-date simulation education for the sophomore, junior and senior level nursing students in Waynesburg’s Department of Nursing.

Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the University’s Department of Nursing, said that SimMan 3G will enhance the education of the nursing students.

“A viable nursing program must have simulation experiences for students,” said Mosser. “In today’s highly technical health care environment, providing nursing care for patients with complex, multi-system health care disorders can be an overwhelming experience for student nurses. SimMan 3G will allow them to experience realistic learning situations in the simulation lab with an advanced high-fidelity simulator, before caring for patients.”

With more than 65 separate features, SimMan 3G can simulate spontaneous breathing, seizure activity, bleeding at multiple sites, patient voices, secretion and intubation capabilities and laryngospasm. These features enable students to gain experience in the areas of airway skills and complication management, cardiac assessment and interventions, respiratory and cardiac monitoring, circulatory assessment and pharmacological drug recognition, among others.

Built in 2008, the University’s Nursing Simulation Lab includes eight rooms with audio-video digital recording, remote-viewing capabilities and high-fidelity simulators. The lab provides a safe and effective environment for students to learn and to apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lucas-Hathaway_2015_10_of_12.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s chapel service Tuesday, April 7.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are awarded annually. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence. A second award recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects, and the third award is given to a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

Michael Cipoletti, Assistant Professor of Forensic Science, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

“Mike’s efforts to provide our undergraduates with novel research opportunities are notable,” said Evonne Baldauff, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Assistant Professor of Chemistry. “He takes time to mentor each student, reviewing proper instrument usage and technique, requires students to investigate scientific literature, and encourages students to present their findings on campus and at regional conferences.”

Cipoletti joined the University in 2008 and holds a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Lucas-Hathaway_2015_9_of_12.jpgMarietta Wright, Assistant Professor of Biology, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

“Dr. Wright consistently is recognized by her students for her commitment to excellence in student learning, particularly in her introductory Biology classes but also in more advanced courses,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning. “In addition, they cite her strengths as an advisor and as a faculty member who embodies the caring spirit of Waynesburg University.”

Wright joined the University in 2005 and holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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

“Erin Martin is consistently described by students as an excellent clinical instructor who provides students with reality-based, real-world clinical experiences,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, Professor of Nursing and Chair and Director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “She holds students to high standards and is respected by them for her extensive background in critical care nursing. The Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University is fortunate to have Erin Martin as a clinical faculty member.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_Lucas-Hathaway_2015_5_of_12.jpgMartin joined the University in 2006 and holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Waynesburg University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgWaynesburg University, in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the University’s Criminal Justice Department and Department of Public Safety, will hold an Active Shooter Learning Drill Sunday, April 12.

“This learning exercise clearly integrates all aspects of the Waynesburg University mission of connecting faith, learning and service,” said Mary Cummings, the University’s vice president of Student Services. “While we pray that our community will never need to engage in this type of situation in a real-life event, we are committed to providing learning opportunities to prepare students. In this case, we are preparing criminal justice students for their futures as they have chosen a life of service in a public safety related role.”

Similar to other mock events held on campus, such as the Mock Crime Scene event and Sports Broadcasting Camp, the drill will be highly participative as an experiential learning opportunity. Approximately seventy criminal justice administration majors will have the opportunity to be a part of the exercise and learn alongside professionals who have also chosen a life of service in public safety.

“The Department of Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences is strategically staffed with faculty who can provide both academic learning to students as well as incorporate practical experience from their real-world positions in the field,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences and current Greene County detective. “We are fortunate to have Criminal Justice Instructor James Tanda leading this exercise. He was previously the supervisory special agent and the team leader of the Special Response Team with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).”

Other agents from the ATF’s Pittsburgh office, along with Pennsylvania State Police Waynesburg Barracks, Waynesburg Police Department, Greene County Sherriff’s Department, Greene County Emergency Services, Waynesburg Fire Department, Southwest Regional Medical Center and EMS Southwest will be participating in the drill.

“Waynesburg University is fortunate to have strong relationships with the various law enforcement and other agencies participating in the drill and is grateful for their willingness to join the drill,” Tanda said. “This is truly an example of a win-win scenario.  Our students have the opportunity to learn while the agencies have an opportunity to practice various protocols and cross-agency communication tactics they have already been trained to do.”

The drill will take place in Buhl Hall and will include the use of two external congregation points outside of the building. Emergency vehicles will be parked in front of Buhl Hall and in the Stover parking lot.  There will be several rounds of varying scenarios taking place with learning discussions interspersed between each.

“We want all students and the community to know in advance that this is just a drill in order to avoid concern when there are multiple emergency response vehicles and personnel on campus,” said Mike Humiston, director of Public Safety. “The area will be marked off with tape and signs. We will also be using e2campus, our campus security alert system, to remind students that this is only a drill during the event. We ask that everyone not involved in the drill please go about their normal business and not attempt to become spectators, take photographs or video the drill.”

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