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A student-and-professor team at Waynesburg University has conducted significant research regarding the transmission of antibiotic resistance between pathogenic MRSA and non-pathogenic microbes.

“We are the first to ever look at this type of research and are hoping to publish this by the end of summer,” said Jeffrey L. Johns Jr., who graduated from Waynesburg University in May.

Johns and his mentor, Dr. Chad R. Sethman, assistant professor of biology, together studied the carriage rates of genes that encode for antibiotic resistance in pathogenic and non-pathogenic microbes in relationship to MRSA.

The former biology (pre-med) student dedicated his last two years of study at Waynesburg University to this research, with the goal of investigating how various microbiological events contribute to the development of nasal carriage of MRSA among college students.

“We hypothesized that non-pathogenic microbes are harboring these genes and are going undetected in clinical settings,” Johns said. “If these bacteria are harboring this gene and passing it to pathogenic microbes, this could be one of the reasons for the major outbreaks.”

To date, no other published reports regarding the dynamics of carriage rates of antibiotic resistant S.epidermidis exist.

“Jeff was well-known among the science faculty for his proactive academic nature and his eagerness to engage in the most challenging courses and course activities,” said Dr. Sethman. “He has great potential for becoming a very successful scientist.”

The Upper Burrell, Pa., native plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine next fall.

“Conducting your own research at the undergraduate level shows that not only can you take an exam and do well, but also that you can apply the knowledge you have gained to a practical application,” Johns said.

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The Waynesburg University Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program will host Teaching with Primary Sources Level 1 Summer Institute Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the main campus of Waynesburg University. The program is free and lunch will be provided.

Teachers interested in techniques to address the newly adopted Common Core State Standards are encouraged to attend. Common Core State Standards focus on student literacy, critical thinking and application of content knowledge in the classroom. The TPS program equips teachers with methods and tools from the Library of Congress's digitized collection of primary sources to address this critical need. Teachers and librarians engage in model learning activities and collaborate with colleagues in pairs and small groups.

The Summer Institute is open to teachers, librarians and professors. Participants will earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 activity hours. The moratorium on submitting PDE Act 48 hours will be lifted July 1, 2013. Register for this two day workshop at

If you have questions about the workshop or would like to learn more, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. It was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot then officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. It continues to serve educators throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania by working with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library's vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Anthony Cooper, 2013 graduate of Waynesburg University, was recently notified that his research paper, "An Invisible Theorist: Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith," will be published in the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference-specific journal this year.

The former Stover Scholar recently presented the paper, which looks at the moral and economic philosophy of Smith, at the 27th annual NCUR at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

“Most Americans agree that the country needs change; this paper addresses the question of whether the philosophy of Smith could reshape America,” Cooper said. “A general conclusion is that a proper mixture of morality and community are the prevailing sentiments necessary for the required changes.”

Students who presented at the conference had the opportunity to submit their papers for possible publication. After review by the proceedings board, participants were then selected. The journal is set for release in November 2013.

“This is a huge accomplishment for me, as it is a great feeling to see my hard work manifested in something material,” said Cooper.

Cooper worked closely alongside Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, to prepare his paper.

“Anthony Cooper's important paper about economist Adam Smith's moral vision will serve as a model of astute scholarship and thoughtful insights for students of all generations,” said Dr. Stratton. “His defense of capitalism from Smith's perspective makes a significant contribution to contemporary economic and political debates. The Stover Center is very proud of his achievements, which will undoubtedly continue.”

Cooper plans to attend Loyola University of Chicago to pursue a two year master's degree in philosophy.

Through the Stover Scholars Program, students have an outstanding chance to understand the U.S. Constitution, to witness the workings of government, to prepare for the responsibilities of leadership and to benefit from a generous scholarship. Although the program focuses on issues related to history, government, politics and policy, it is open to students in every major and can provide a strong preparation for virtually any professional calling.

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The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation recently announced Waynesburg University alumna Stacey Pavlik ('09, science/biology), as a 2013 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow. She is one of only 77 Fellows chosen from approximately 2,000 applicants.

As a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow, Pavlik will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a special intensive master's program that will prepare her to teach math and/or science in a high-need Ohio school.

The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship recruits accomplished career changers and outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The 2013 Fellows are the third class of new teacher candidates to be prepared through the program since the Fellowship was launched in Ohio in 2010.

"These Fellows in Ohio, and our partner institutions, are providing national models of how to meet a critical need in education: getting strong math and science teachers into high-need schools," said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “This year's Fellows are amazing people—deeply committed to young people and accomplished in their fields. They are going to make us all proud, and they will change countless lives."

Pavlik, a 2009 alumna from New Middleton, Ohio, completed her bachelor's degree in biology at Waynesburg University and a master's degree in biology at an Ohio university. She is an avid birdwatcher and camper and won the North American Bluebird Society award for her thesis research.

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Junior public relations major Kyle Oland is taking his Waynesburg University education to the big leagues, literally. This summer, Oland will work with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park as a media relations intern.

Throughout his internship, Oland will compile media and press kits, write for and the Pirates website and interview players and coaches.

“The opportunities I have been offered in my classes have helped me develop professionally,” Oland said. “My classes at Waynesburg gave me the skills to stand out as a young professional.”

As a freshman, Oland took advantage of Waynesburg's opportunities to grow academically and professionally by writing for The Yellow Jacket, the campus newspaper, as a freshman, where he now serves as Sports Editor and joining the campus public relations Chapter. It was this commitment and dedication to professional development that made him stand out from among the 133 other students who applied for the internship with the Pirates.

In addition to his active participation within the Department of Communication at the University, Oland also serves as a student assistant within the Waynesburg Sports Information Office; an experience he knows will aid him as he works with the MLB this summer. He continues to build his resume through networking– a strategy he calls invaluable.

“Networking is so important,” Oland said. “It's critical to keep in contact with everyone you meet, because they may be able help you in your career and offer opportunities for you to grow professionally and build your resume.”

During his time with the Pirates, Oland hopes to gain more experience in sports journalism and public relations, while also continuing to network within the field. During his internship, Oland says he will emulate the professionalism he has learned from his professors at Waynesburg.

“I feel that through my involvement within the Department of Communication at Waynesburg, and my outside experiences, I am setting myself up to stand out in life,” said Oland.

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