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Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists will travel to Waynesburg University Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9 for CAMP Tech. The camp will offer a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. Sessions will take place on the third floor of Waynesburg University's Miller Hall.

Campers will have the opportunity to work with new technology while gaining 21st-century skills such as problem solving, creativity, collaboration and digital media literacy.

“This is not your typical summer camp experience,” said Debbie Clarke, chair of Waynesburg's Department of Education. “Some of the campers will work in teams using math, science and engineering skills to build and program a LEGO Mindstorm NXT robot, while others will explore a cross-curricular environment on iPads. Some campers will even learn to write animation programs on a virtual canvas.”

Waynesburg University is partnering with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host the camp. IU1 is a public educational agency providing leadership and services to schools and communities in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties.

Organizers say the program offers experiences that aren't typically provided in public schools.

“CAMP Tech was started to provide students with summer STEM learning,” said Sarah D'Urzo, IU1 media coordinator. “At the time, it was not widely available, and the program was able to bring programs such as robotics to students who might not otherwise have had the opportunity or access. We continue to add sessions to our camp that are of great interest and value to the students. Robotics and computer programming continue to be areas of high career growth in our economy, and with our newest offering, Minecraft, we offer an expressive avenue for displaying untethered creative thinking from the students.”

CAMP Tech is funded by IU1's Center for STEM Education and camp registration fees.


D'Urzo is excited about the camp's growth, and she hopes that this is the first of many years for the camp at Waynesburg University.

“CAMP Tech has been around for seven years,” D'Urzo said. “This is the first year that it has expanded to include two more locations, with the hope to reach more students in the IU1 service areas of Fayette and Greene counties.”

Morning sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions will take place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Each session costs $60; however, students may attend the whole day for a discounted rate of $100, space permitting.

Those interested in CAMP Tech are encouraged to register early. Space is limited to 16 campers in each session, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and to register online, visit www.iu1stemcenter.org/camptech.php (registration deadline: July 29).

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With an office overlooking the busy streets of Fifth Avenue in New York, N.Y., Rebecca (Lewis) Caruso, a 1979 alumna, has traveled a long way from her days as an English major at Waynesburg College. Her experience at Waynesburg has led to a highly successful public relations career and her position as the Executive Vice President for Corporate Communications at L'Oreal USA.


The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter invited Caruso to speak to students as part of the Chapter's third annual PR Week. Caruso happily accepted the invitation to speak about her career, her passion and her role as a vice president for a large company.


In her current role, Caruso oversees all external communications efforts, including media relations, government relations, sustainable development, philanthropy and crisis communications for L'Oreal USA. She also manages two L'Oreal programs that recognize women researchers in the field of science and advocate career opportunities in science to young women.


“Our programs recognize and help advance women and girls in science,” Caruso said. “As the mother of two daughters, I certainly appreciate the importance of the roles that women play in science but science is also a strong part of L'Oreal's DNA. We're all about science and over half of our scientists are women. We really walk the talk.”


After graduating from Waynesburg College with a bachelor's degree in English, Caruso went on to receive her graduate degree in corporate communications in 1984. Caruso started her first job as the assistant director of public relations for a Pittsburgh college. It was in this position that Caruso discovered her passion for working with the media.


This new found passion led Caruso to a variety of positions in the Mid-West. She worked for a number of companies in communication roles, including Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate; the world's largest public relations firm, Edelman; American Motors; Chrysler; and McDonald's. She moved back to the East Coast after joining Toys “R” Us as Vice President of Corporate Communications for six years where she built the company's first corporate communications department before ultimately accepting her current position with L'Oreal.


“One of the things I have liked best about my career is that I moved around a bit and have had lots of opportunities that were completely out of my comfort zone,” Caruso said. “It's been a wonderful experience.”


Looking back, Caruso acknowledges that her involvement and studies at Waynesburg helped prepare her to take the path to where she is today.


“I always think back fondly on my Waynesburg experience,” she said. “The education I received has served me well for as far as I've come.”


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Last month, Waynesburg University debuted its first official chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business management and administration. Twenty-one students from the University's Department of Business Administration were inducted into the society.

Anthony Bocchini, president of Sigma Beta Delta and professor of business administration at Waynesburg University, hosted the induction ceremony. Bocchini has looked forward to the induction of the University's first Sigma Beta Delta members for years.

“Waynesburg University does a good job of recognizing academic success and this is just another way to get that done,” Bocchini said. “My hope would be that all of the students in the business department would get interested and hopefully be able to join us one day.”

Both president of Waynesburg University Timothy R. Thyreen and president-elect Mr. Douglas Lee addressed the students at the ceremony. A reception followed the conclusion of the ceremony.

Students inducted include:

• Justin Bensema, a senior finance major from Greensburg (Greensburg Central Catholic High School)
• Kurt Bonnet, a senior business management major from Eighty Four (Canon-McMillan High School
• Matthew Crawford, a senior accounting major from Evans City (Butler Area Senior High School)
• Dana Della Loggia, a junior accounting major from Hershey (Mount Calvary Christian School)
• Alexander Henry, a junior business management major from Bridgeville (Philip High School)
• Wesley Hershelman, a junior finance major from Linesville (Conneaut Area Senior High School)
• Madison Klein, a junior marketing major from Uniontown (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
• Carmen May, a senior marketing major from Mill Run (Connellsville Area Senior High)
• Kelly Mehal, a junior exploring major from Tarentum (Saint Joseph High School)
• Katlyn Moore, a senior finance major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
• Brittany Nimal, a forensic accounting major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School)
• Colin Packroni, a senior business management major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
• Emilee Ravotti, a senior business management major from Leechburg (Lenape Area Technical School)
• Zander Shashura, a junior business management major from Fredericktown (Bethlehem Center High School)
• Carly Smithyman, a senior accounting major from Jefferson Hills (Thomas Jefferson High School)
• Brooke Steele, a senior accounting major from Connellsville (Connellsville Area Senior High)
• Samantha Styche, a junior accounting major from Moon Township (Moon Area School High School)
• Clair Vehar, a senior accounting major from Holbrook (Waynesburg Central High School)
• Emilee Wagner, a senior sports management major from Beavertown (Midd-West High School)
• Melissa Yoder, a junior finance major from Hollsopple (Conemaugh Township Area High School)
• Dominic Zappa, a junior accounting major from Monroeville (Gateway Senior High School)


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Two Waynesburg University faculty members were recently recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for their outstanding public service to the community. Anthony Bocchini, professor of business administration, and Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration, received certificates through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.


The pair acted as Service Learning Mentors for Waynesburg University accounting students who volunteered for the VITA Program. The Program provides free income tax preparation services, both federal and state, to individuals with income below certain thresholds. It is sponsored by the IRS and coordinated by Community Action Southwest, specifically, AmeriCorps Vista.


Chicarelli instructs the Waynesburg University service learning class that participates in the program. The class helps accounting, finance and business students to fulfill the University's service requirement, while also sharpening their skill set.


“This Program gives students first-hand experiences in working with those who are less fortunate and providing a necessary service for community members in need,” Chicarelli said. “Many of our accounting students enjoy the program because it really does an excellent job of incorporating their chosen career field with community service.”


"Service is a part of the Waynesburg University mission, and our students volunteering for the VITA Program is an excellent example of Waynesburg University accomplishing that mission," Bocchini said.

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One of Waynesburg University's academic trailblazers will spend the summer honing his research skills alongside seven other students selected from across the nation.


To say that Friday, Feb. 22, was a good day for Waynesburg University sophomore men's tennis player Isaiah Cochran may be an understatement. The Akron, Ohio, native opened the 2013 spring season by going 2-0 in the Yellow Jackets' 7-2 win at Pitt-Greensburg. However, he had even better news waiting for him in his e-mail inbox.


The day after his wins against UPG, Cochran was finally able to make his usual check of his electronic messages, but what he found was far from usual. The standout student-athlete, who is a pre-med major at Waynesburg, learned that he was offered a place in the Sackler/NSF REU: Integrated Research at the Frontiers of the Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences at Yale University's Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute for the summer of 2013.


The Waynesburg sophomore will spend 10 weeks in New Haven, Conn., taking part in a program that will help prepare him for his desired career as a neurologist. Cochran's once-in-a-lifetime experience begins May 26.


The Sackler/NSF REU program provides research training for eight students for 10 weeks at Yale's Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute where students have the opportunity to train under the mentorship of faculty members through research. In accordance with the program leadership team, students selected for the program choose a research project from three areas: mechanics of cellular processes, protein function and misfolding, or technology and method development for integrated research.


During the Sackler/NSF REU program, Cochran will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and seminars ranging from laboratory methods to applying to graduate school. He will also present his work at a research symposium, which will be held in conjunction with Yale's SURF program and the CEMRI CRISP REU program at Yale.


“Medicine is not about self-glory; it is about doctoring, whether you have ‘Dr.' in front of your name or not,” said Cochran. “There is a revolution coming in medicine and it is geared towards patient equality.”


Devoted to making a difference in the medical world, Cochran traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring to attend the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) convention, where he had the chance to meet a number of pre-medical, medical, physical-therapy and pre-physician assistant students from across the country.


On the first night of the convention, Cochran gave a speech in front of 1,500 people for the pre-medical region one director position for AMSA, a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. Cochran spoke of his drive for change and the steps he would take to help others reach their goals in the field. Two days later, he was informed of his victory in the election. He is now one of only five students in the country holding a regional director position.


Now, Cochran has the ability to assist and inform students in 12 states from Pennsylvania to Maine, including approximately 105 universities possessing AMSA chapters in the region.


As he continues his journey at Waynesburg, Cochran hopes to see more pre-professional students from the University reach their aspirations in the health care field. Starting the AMSA chapter at Waynesburg and participating in the Sackler/NSF REU program are only the beginning steps towards his determination to make a difference for future students.


“I am a trailblazer and don't care about my own glory,” said Cochran. “I want to see students come to Waynesburg because of what we have to offer in science. I want students with drive and a passion for our mission statement to come here and I want them to have the chance to reach their ultimate potential in healthcare.”


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