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.