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Dr. Jacquelyn J. Core has joined Waynesburg University as the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, the University announced today. In her role, she will facilitate the University's strategic and institutional effectiveness and direct grant writing to support instructional objectives.

Dr. Core will serve as the institutional liaison to accrediting and regulatory agencies in higher education and will provide information necessary for institutional compliance.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Core to Waynesburg University. Her extensive knowledge of regulations regarding accreditation, and her understanding of the educational process will enhance Waynesburg University's educational opportunities,” said Timothy R. Thyreen, Waynesburg University President.

Dr. Core earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from West Virginia University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also earned her Ph.D. and Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University. While in law school, she received the prestigious Order of the Barristers Award and was Associate Chief Justice of the Appellate Moot Court Board.

“I am excited to be a part of the mission and blessed to be joining the team at such a dynamic institution,” said Dr. Core. “It will be my honor to contribute to the ongoing success and growth of Waynesburg University and to have an opportunity to impact the lives of so many incredible students.”

Dr. Core comes to Waynesburg University from West Virginia University where she was the Senior Deputy General Counsel for Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor in the Medical Education Department. There, she assisted with accreditation, federal and state compliance, strategic and institutional planning and reorganization.

Her legal duties included assisting with student and faculty issues, compliance and contracts and providing administrative advice for 52 separately accredited ACGME residency and fellowship programs, 4 accredited health schools and a public health school currently in the accreditation process.

Prior to her time at West Virginia University, Dr. Core was a partner in the firm of Steptoe & Johnson where she tried more than 30 cases including education, employment and medical negligence cases and gained significant regulatory and employment counseling experience as well as comprehensive risk management and risk reduction experience.

“Dr. Core's considerable background in higher education coupled with her strong Christian commitment will serve the university well,” said Executive Vice President Douglas G. Lee.

Dr. Jacquelyn Core is an Executive Board Member of the Mountaineer Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. With the Boy Scouts of America, she has completed Wood Badge leadership Training and serves as the Cubmaster of Pack 696, an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 93, and the Advisor of Venturing Crew 21. In addition, she has received the Celtic Cross Award, the highest scouting award in the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Core has always been active in her community, serving on the boards of the Greater Uniontown Arts and Heritage Consortium, Arts Monongahela, Laurel Run of Big Sandy Watershed Association, the P. Pendleton Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is an elder at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, Pa.

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Five Waynesburg University students will travel to the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse to present at the 27th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13.

The students represent a variety of majors and research topics, from the “Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance” to “Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith.”

Anthony Cooper, a senior pre-law major and Stover Scholar, will present his paper titled, "An Invisible Theorist: Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith," which looks at the moral and economic philosophy of Smith.

“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.”

Cooper has 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.

“Mr. Cooper's profound paper strengthens public discourse by elaborating upon capitalism's basis in morality and ethics,” Stratton said. “His research assessed Smith's position in juxtaposition with social theorists Karl Marx, John Rawls and Robert Nozick, among others.”

Cooper defines being a Stover Scholar as being paramount to his development both as a scholar and an individual. He is proud to represent the University alongside his peers in finance and biology at the national event.

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.

The National Conference, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

Senior biology students Jeff Johns and Kelsey Geehring will present about “Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance Between Pathogenic MRSA and Non-Pathogenic Microbes,” and “The Effect of Lactobacillus Acidophilus on the Health of Human Skin,” respectively.

Brittany Nimal, a junior forensic accounting major, and Justin Bensema, a senior finance major, will present their paper titled, “SARBANES OXLEY: WAS IT WORTH IT?”

Cooper, Johns and Geehring will also present at Waynesburg University's third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University.



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Waynesburg University's third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and will feature 51 student presenters. The Symposium will feature eight oral presentations and 20 poster presentations.

Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, organized the event to emphasize the University's opportunities for research while also allowing University students to gain experience in a professional environment.

“Engaging in research helps students to develop essential practical skills by applying their knowledge in order to solve problems and make advancements to our understanding of a particular field,” Sethman said. “This research symposium is an opportunity for underclass students to become oriented in the practice of research and to sample potential projects and ideas for their future research participation.”

Sethman said the event will celebrate the work of both Waynesburg students and faculty.

“Many disciplines have their own research forums; however, our annual Symposium aims to bring together students and faculty from many diverse disciplines in order to collectively celebrate the research contributions that all of our students make in their respective fields here at Waynesburg University,” Sethman said.

The Symposium schedule will include:

Oral Presentation Session I - 1 p.m.
• “Effects of Food Source (Rotifer) Density on Oxygen Concentration During Early Clownfish Development” Shawn Wharrey
• “An Invisible Theorist: Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith” Anthony Cooper
• “Contemporary Legal Issues of Energy and Property” Karen Moyer
• “The Effects of Music Therapy on Procedural Pain in Pediatric Patients” Lynae Byler, Amanda Leadbeater, Marissa Minto and Katlin Unrue

Oral Presentation Session II - 2 p.m.
• “The Effects of Circumcision on Acquisition and Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections” Alyson Clark, Amanda Immel, Chelsey Root and Brenda Saenz
• “Parents Hesitant of Childhood Vaccinations & the Role of Healthcare Providers” Maggie Collins, Christina Hann, Lacey Lake, Brittnee Moncure and Chrissy Truchok
• “Does alternative pain therapy influence the perception of pain in full term laboring women?” Jenna Griffith, Brittney Nard, Lauren Patterson and Debra Rush
• “To Aspirate or Not To Aspirate, That is the Question?” Courtney Bigam and Nicole Brooks

Poster Session – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Chad Sethman at 724-852-3265.


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Many people enjoy watching professional wrestling on television for the entertainment value, but few realize that the men and women who commit their lives to the sport obtain real injuries in the process of entertaining. Larry Heck, a 1992 Waynesburg University graduate, addresses those injuries off camera.


For 12 years, he has traveled everywhere from Amsterdam to Afghanistan with the team of entertainers and has bandaged, stretched and rehabilitated hundreds of professional athletes. His work has built friendships with television superstars and has positioned Heck for a prosperous, fulfilling life doing what he loves.


“It's true what they say, ‘Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life,'” Heck said. “If that is the case I haven't gone to work in 12 years.”


When Heck visited his alma mater to speak to an athletic training class in March, he explained to students that his success has come as a result of hard work, humility and an attitude of continuous learning.


“I was in the very first class of athletic training at Waynesburg,” Heck said. “We were expected to come in and get our hands dirty from the very beginning.”


After graduating, Heck continued to “get his hands dirty” by taking every opportunity to learn from athletic trainers across the nation. He moved to Texas to take his athletic training licensure exam and volunteered at a local health sciences facility during the process so that he could continue networking and gaining experience. Connections from his volunteer work led him to accept a position within minor league baseball, then, minor league hockey.


Heck returned to the United States a few years later to coordinate outreach efforts about athletic training and health management for Health South, one of the nation's largest healthcare providers specializing in rehabilitation.


Twelve years ago, he received a call from the WWE and accepted a position training some of the world's best known entertainment athletes.


Now a veteran athletic trainer, Heck still remembers sitting in classes at Waynesburg University and wondering how he could build a successful career. When speaking to current students, he says that he wouldn't be where he is today without networking and continuously building his skill set.


Heck said he graduated with an amount of athletic training knowledge and skills that undergraduates at other Universities may never experience.


“One of the benefits of Waynesburg is the fact that it's not a large University; my biggest class was 24 students,” Heck said. “The athletic training program really helped me because I was able to start working immediately. In any field of athletic training, the more clinical knowledge and skills you have, the better it will help you to prepare for the future.”


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Waynesburg University's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter will celebrate the public relations field with a weeklong event Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18. PR Week celebrates the study of public relations by offering professional presentations, networking opportunities and activities relevant to the communication field.

The week is open to all Waynesburg University students including advertising, marketing and business students interested in learning more about the field and meeting working professionals.

Throughout the week, experienced industry professionals will travel to Waynesburg University to speak about the various facets within the field of public relations. Distinguished guests and Department of Communication alumni will discuss corporate communication, firm culture, social media analytics and more.

PR Week was founded and developed extensively through the guidance of Waynesburg University's PRSSA Chapter and the Chapter's adviser, Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication. Krause originally designed the week with the help of students and now relies on them to assist in contacting and introducing speakers, coordinating facilities and performing evaluation measures.

“The programs are designed to give our current students knowledge of the public relations industry,” Krause said. “We have a very strong list of speakers and the range is intentionally diverse. The speakers will provide students with insight about agency, healthcare, corporate, energy and many other fields of public relations.”

Waynesburg University's PRSSA Chapter enhances the education of public relations students by advocating rigorous academic standards, creating valuable networking opportunities and enriching professional development within the field. As an affiliation with its parent chapter Public Relations Society of American (PRSA), the PRSSA chapter of Waynesburg University gains tools to support advocacy from the society and encourage individual leaders to adopt their own initiatives to support their communities.

For more information, contact Richard Krause at 724-852-3240 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Schedule for Third Annual Waynesburg University Public Relations Week

Monday, April 15 (Professional Development and Education)

11 a.m. – 1p.m. Stover Center
Young Professionals Alumni panel/reception

2– 4 p.m. Buhl Humanities Building
Rebecca Caruso, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications & External Affairs for
L'Oréal USA

6:30 – 8 p.m. Buhl Humanities Building
Bob O'Gara, Committee chair, Student Liaison of PRSA-Pittsburgh and professor at Point Park University

Tuesday, April 16 (Public Relations Industries)

9:30 – 11 a.m. Buhl Humanities Building
Lisa Cassidy, Campaign Marketing Manager for UPMC Health Plan

3– 5 p.m. Buhl Humanities Building
Shannon Baker, Director of Public Relations and Social Media for Gatesman + Dave

6:30 – 8 p.m. Buhl Humanities Building
George Stark, Director of External Affairs and Brittany Thomas, Coordinator of External Affairs for Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation

Wednesday, April 17 (Internal Communications/Employee Relations)

8 – 9:30 a.m. Benedum Hall
Breakfast with the Professionals

Noon – 1 p.m. Buhl Humanities Building
PRSSA Induction

6:30 – 8 p.m. McCance Auditorium
PR Internship Presentations

Thursday, April 18 (University Relations)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Buhl Humanities Building
George Cicci, Director of Integrated Marketing at Waynesburg University

4 – 5 p.m. Buhl Humanities Building
Pam Cunningham, Instructor, Department of Communication at Waynesburg University

5:15 – 7 p.m. Buhl Humanities Building
Movie Night: “Wag the Dog”



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