The Department of Nursing received a 100% NCLEX pass rate for 2016. This is the 7th time Waynesburg University’s Nursing program received this distinction.
The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted two events as part of the ACS Symposium Series. The first symposium (Nov. 2) in the new series featured student internship presentations; the second (Nov. 17) hosted a speaker from John Hopkins’ chemistry department. The department also hosted two homeschool labs, welcoming 24 local students to campus, and offered fingerprinting workshops at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School, where 53 students attended. Evonne Baldauff spearheaded these events.
Merit Badge University was held on Oct. 29. Twenty-six Waynesburg faculty and staff members volunteered at the event. The University hosted more than 300 Boy Scouts as part of this initiative.
Lina Hixon (Nursing) attended “Health Policy and Law,” a webinar, in November. The focus of the webinar was strategies for class activities to enhance the applicability of health policy to clinical practice. Hixon also attended “HP2020: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators on Environmental Quality” to receive updates on real-life scenarios regarding air quality improvement in NYC.
Eddie Powers was involved in his 48th major production at Waynesburg University during the fall show, “Fools” by Neil Simon. Professor Power has selected “The Addams Family” for the spring musical. Several nights following the fall play, Professor Powers observed and assisted in rehearsals for “The Insanity of Mary Girard” a one-act play directed by a student.
Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) attended the World Fringe Congress representing Pittsburgh Fringe in Montreal, Canada on November 16-18 and USAFF (US Association of Fringe Festivals) on November 19th. Xela continues to be the USAFF secretary and on two of the three committees for USAFF (Marketing and New Festivals).
Xela Batchelder continues to review film submissions for the Ethografilm Festival which will be in Paris, France in the spring (as well as showings in Asia and Africa). Dr. Batchelder advised the Association of Arts Administrator Educators executive on Edinburgh for their upcoming conference (first overseas) in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Batchelder also wrote a conference paper application for the Association of Arts Administrator Educators annual conference.
Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for a concert Dec. 17 at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater.
Amy Randolph (English) planned and facilitated this year’s High School Creative Writing Workshop, Nov. 18. About 80 students attended the event.
Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) facilitated the third-annual Knox Writing Contest on campus. About 20 students attended the event, where they interviewed Lanny Frattere (Communication).
Chad Keyes (Chemistry) attended the 50th annual MAALACT (Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers) in October.
Rea Redd (Library) signed a contract with Southern Illinois University Press for the publication of his essay titled “The Turning Points within the 1864 Presidential Election” in the collection of essays “Turning Points In the American Civil War.” Publication date is expected during mid-2017.
Rick Pierce (English) will read poetry at the Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent, in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference dates are February 24-25, 2017. It is organized by St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville. He is scheduled to read for an hour, with a question and answer period to follow. He will read from his chapbook, The Book of Mankey, some earlier poems, and some recent poems.
Wayne Rossiter (Biology) submitted a paper to Freshwater Science, and it was accepted. The paper is expected to be published in or after December 2016. Rossiter was also interviewed by Janet Mefferd, host of a national syndicated Christian radio talk show.
Rossiter was asked to review a paper for the journal Ecology, and he was asked to review a paper for Freshwater Science. The Ecology review is in, and the other will be finished next week.
Karen Younger (Humanities) was the guest preacher at Claysville United Presbyterian Church in Claysville Oct. 9.
Younger was the invited speaker at a PCUSA spiritual retreat at Seven Springs Resort Oct. 21-23.
Elizabeth Wang (Computer Science) attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College Eastern Conference at Frostburg University, Oct. 28-29.
Paul Sielski (Mathematics) gave a math presentation at Mapletown Junior-Senior High School in late September.
Jim Bush (Mathematics) gave a live webinar for the Consortium for Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education.
Richard Blake and John Thompson (Library) hosted a workshop for Honors freshman in database research and citation creation software and personal file folders. Thompson also offered this workshop for Stover Scholars.
Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) successfully defended his dissertation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in late October. His graduation ceremony was on December 17.
Larry Stratton (Stover Center) coordinated the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission’s quarterly meeting at Waynesburg University through the Stover Center in October.
Stratton spoke at the National Economics Teaching Association annual conference in Tampa, Florida, on the topic, “Connecting Constitutional Law to Economic History.” Stratton also discussed leadership and the Constitution at “Leadership Washington County” in Southpointe on Oct. 18. Dr. Stratton also discussed the Presidential Election and the Constitution at Noble Energy’s Southpointe headquarters at a forum titled, “Burgers, Brew, and Election News!”
Adam Jack (Criminal Justice) attended the Chesapeake Bay IAI conference at WVU in October.
Jack trained 10 Greene County Probation Officers in Use in Force of utilizing the Lasershot System in the CSI House (16 hours).
Chemistry faculty participated in National Chemistry week Oct. 24-28. The faculty and students celebrated Monday with the Periodic Table of Cupcakes, Tuesday with a Green Chemistry Webinar and Wednesday with a Mole Day Party. Additionally, 71 people attended the Haunted Lab hosted by the Chemistry department in late October.
Evonne Baldauff (Chemistry) and several student volunteers hosted the second session of College Chemistry Connection. Waynesburg Central students and teachers attended.
Eighteen students attended the Homeschool Lab hosted by the Chemistry Department. Evonne Baldauff and student volunteers were involved in the event.
Brad Davis, Heidi Fletcher and Chemistry students attended the SACP monthly meeting at Duquesne University.
Kelley Solomon (Education) attended WV State Reading Conference Nov. 16-18.
The Business Administration department hosted WU Biz Games. Gordon McClung and Jayne Olshanski were involved in the success of this event.
Tony Bocchini (Business Administration) completed professional training, “Accounting Ethics: Rules of Conduct.”
Eight accounting students and professor Jayne Olshanski (Business Administration) joined Bill Coates (Institutional Advancement) and Marie Coffman (Career Center) for the first-ever Waynesburg University visitation day at Schneider Downs, LLC.
Neeley Shaw (Business Administration) went to Canon-McMillan High School and talked to three Entrepreneurship classes about Waynesburg’s program. About 70 high school students participated.
Several Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing faculty and students presented posters at the 2016 Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Nursing Conference in Gettysburg:
· Kathleen Rosatti (MSN student), Sandralee Hartman, Christin Wentzel, Neil Amina, and Helen Burns presented a poster titled, “From Idea to Implementation: Development of a Nursing Professional Practice Evaluation Model.” This presentation was awarded the 3rd Place Poster Award.
· Kimberly Whiteman, Kimberly Stephens, Brenda Swanson-Biearman, Mary Barkhymer, and Michele Lozito (DNP Graduate) presented a poster titled, “Good Catch Campaign: Improve the Perioperative Culture of Safety.”
· Whiteman, Stephens, Swanson-Biearman, Melanie Heuston, and Elizabeth Tedesco (DNP Graduate) presented on “Implementation of Sepsis Alert Program in Medical-Surgical Units.”
Kimberly Stephens (GPS Nursing) also presented several posters alongside students and alumni at the 2016 Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference in Pittsburgh. Kimberly Whiteman (GPS Nursing) attended this conference, as well.
Deb Lewis (GPS Nursing) attended “Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in Nursing Webinar,” “Writing Success Strategies for Scholars in the Health Sciences Webinar,” “ANA How to Effectively Teach Ethics to Nursing Students Webinar,” and “Online Orientation to Support Distance Learners Webinar.”
Amy Randolph (English) facilitated a creative writing reading in McCance Auditorium in late October.
Bob Randolph (English) was one of six invited authors to comprise a panel to discuss writing and read from their work at Bowlby Library in Waynesburg in late October.
The education department hosted a Voices from the Field session, “Teacher Certification Horror Stories,” on Oct. 13. Ryan Devlin, 2007 WU graduate and 2013 PA Teacher of the Year, was the speaker at the event.
Devon Manderino (Graduate Counseling) and Bob Mehalik, a counseling doctoral student, offered a multicultural training at Centerville Clinics, Inc. The training was entitled, “Culture change in the workforce and what it means to healthcare.” The focus was on what culture is, what culture looks like in healthcare/medical health, and ways to offer culturally-competent care.
William Batchelder (Humanities) published, “The Counsel of Despair? Albert J. Nock on Self-Government” in the online journal The Imaginative Conservative on Sept. 22.
Karen Younger (Humanities) authored the introduction to a new edition of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which was released in September by Race Point Publishing.
James Hepburn (Graduate Counseling) was accepted to present a workshop with one of Waynesburg’s doctoral counseling students, Nick Summa, at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association conference in November. Additionally, another doctoral student, Michelle Steimer, was accepted to co-present a workshop that focuses on the military population.
Several nursing faculty members presented posters at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders 37th Annual Educational Conference in Farmington. Kimberly Stephens (Graduate Nursing), Kelly Heatherington and Peggy Hayden (part-time MSN faculty), Dr. Brenda Swanson-Biearman (part-time DNP faculty), and Anne Ward (part-time RN-BSN faculty) participated in the conference. Twelve current students and eight Waynesburg University alumni also presented as part of the event.
Yvonne Weaver (Education) attended the PA Education Dean’s Forum and Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education conference in Harrisburg Oct.26-28.
Jamie Dessart (English) had a paper accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association annual meeting in San Diego in March.
John Tiech (PT English) started writing high school football stories for the Herald-Standard newspaper.
Noteworthy student news:
Six Waynesburg University music majors passed auditions and secured a spot in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choir of 2016. This is the first year for Waynesburg University Music students to represent at the Collegiate Choral Festival, which was held Nov. 4 and 5 at Susquehanna University.
Forensic Science Club students also worked as part of communities that Care, while ACS members performed demos for droves of Pittsburgh regional students at ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center on Oct. 20 & 21.
During Fall Break, six Criminal Justice students and three Social Sciences students completed the Crisis Hotline Certification Training provided by the S.T.T.A.R.S. Program of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services Care Center in Waynesburg. The training consisted of 30 hours, Monday through Friday.