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2-13-Ginger-Haring.jpgWaynesburg University’s Computer Science Program hosted Ginger Haring, a digital forensics analyst with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) in Morgantown, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Haring met with several Waynesburg students majoring in computer security and forensics, criminal justice administration and forensic science. Also in attendance were Kathryn Waddel, instructor of computer science, Dr. Richard Leipold, chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics and professor of computer science, and Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science.

Haring’s primary focus in her work as a digital forensics analyst is in the investigation of criminal activity involving child pornography, although she stated that she also does work in cases involving illegal drug activity.

Haring relayed her general work experiences including all of the precautionary procedures that must be followed to insure proper handling of evidence. She also discussed several of the software tools used in her department to capture and maintain evidence and any associated data.

Another reason for Haring’s visit was to welcome students to apply for an internship in her department, or to visit her labs to see how digital forensics is applied in law enforcement. Two previous students from Waynesburg University have already completed successful internships with the Crimes Against Children Unit of the WVSP, namely Aaron Schuster and Alexandra Zanaglio. Haring hopes that other Waynesburg Students will also want to intern with her digital forensics unit.

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Richard Pierce (English) had a poem titled “First Century Fishing” published in Saint Katherine Review.

Robert Randolph (English) had a poem titled “Bones and Moonlight” accepted by Appalachia Journal. The poem is forthcoming in the December 2018 issue.

Jamie Dessart (English) and Jill Sunday (Writing Center) will both be reading academic papers at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Indianapolis. In addition, the following students will read academic papers at the conference: Shawn White, Tessa Masula, Rachael Crosbie, Zachary Yonko and Steven Caumo. Three alumni – Nicole Drew, Hanna Megna and Kari Hanlin – will also present.

Xela Batchelder (Business Administration) represented AAAE at the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in New York City Jan. 11-16.

Lina Hixon (RN-BSN) had an abstract titled “Faith Community Nurses’ Documentation Reveals Most Commonly Delivered and Attended Services” accepted for poster presentation at the 30th annual ENRS Scientific Conference in Newark, New Jersey, in April.

Kimberly Stephens (Graduate Nursing) attended the 2018 AACN Doctoral Education Conference in Naples, Florida.

Tammi Lining (MSN Administration) received an honorable mention from Pittsburgh Magazine “Excellence in Nursing” Awards.


Student news:

Waynesburg’s PRSSA chapter was named Best Student Chapter at the annual Renaissance Awards in Pittsburgh on January 25. Senior Public Relations major Maura Fenske received the Bob O’Gara scholarship at the Renaissance Awards.

Connie Henry (DNP student) co-authored the article “Efficacy of Different Cooling Technologies for Therapeutic Temperature Management: A Prospective Intervention Study.” The article was published in Resuscitation: Official Journal of the European Resuscitation Council’s February 2018 issue.

Judy Adams (DNP student) presented the results of her capstone at the Update in Care of HIV Infection World AIDS Day 2017 Conference.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-5-MBU-March-Madness.pngWaynesburg University’s Merit Badge University will present a sports-themed “March Madness” event Saturday, March 24. The day will begin with check in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Marisa Fieldhouse/Gymnasium and conclude at 1 p.m.

Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn one of the following three merit badges: Athletics, Personal Fitness and Sports. Cost is $15 for the event, which will include lunch, a patch, a T-shirt and instruction. To register, visit the March Madness MBU tab at

“We are thrilled to continue our tradition of offering scouting programs on campus,” said Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator. “March Madness Merit Badge University provides a great opportunity to connect with the local Boy Scouts community.”

All participating Scouts are responsible for bringing their own blue card and proof of completed pre-requisites. Scouts who do not complete pre-requisites before the day of the event will receive a partial merit badge.

Scouts are permitted to wear their Class B/Activity Uniform at the event.

Registration is limited. For more information, email or call 724-852-7790.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter has received the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance PRSSA Chapter of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The Chapter was recognized at the Renaissance Awards held last week.

Members of the Waynesburg University Chapter feel honored to be the only chapter to receive the award, which was presented for the first time in 2017.

“To be chosen as their first two winners both times was pretty incredible, and I have our chapter members to thank for that,” said Maura Fenske, senior public relations major and president of the Waynesburg University PRSSA chapter. “They’ve really worked tirelessly to make the chapter the success that it is, so to be able to recognize them with this award is really rewarding for me and for us as an executive board.”

The Chapter has received PRSSA Star Chapter Status nationally for five consecutive years and had members receive numerous national and regional awards according to faculty adviser and Department Chair Richard Krause.

“The students have invested significantly in this chapter, and they have accomplished many of our long-term goals in a relatively short time,” said Krause. “They have set a very high standard for future public relations students to follow.”

Amanda Troncone, junior public relations major and vice president of the chapter, said she believes the award shows the quality of the programs available at Waynesburg University.

“We are being recognized by our parent chapter for two years in a row that we are the best chapter that they have. I think that also challenges us, moving forward, to continue to push for excellence,” said Troncone.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-2-Fenske.jpgMaura Fenske, a senior public relations major at Waynesburg University, recently received the 2018 Bob O’Gara Student Scholarship Award from the Pittsburgh chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Fenske was recognized last week at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards, which recognized outstanding work in the public relations industry.

To receive this scholarship, a student must show excellent communication skills, academic achievement, moral leadership and knowledge in the field of public relations.

“Winning the O’Gara was definitely unexpected, and it was a huge honor for me,” said Fenske. “For the committee to award me the scholarship that represents such a huge name and the Pittsburgh Public Relations industry is really humbling, and I’m glad to be able to represent not only the chapter, but the Department [of Communication] and the University in this way.”

Fenske has led Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for two years and has demonstrated excellent leadership during this time, according Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and PRSSA faculty adviser at Waynesburg University.

“Maura has been an effective leader for our chapter,” said Krause. “Under her leadership, the chapter has continued to receive national recognition and achieve many of its long term goals.”

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