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2013 WU Matriculation

In celebration of the new academic year, a Sunday Vesper Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 25, in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. The public is cordially invited to attend.

The service of dedication, praise and thanksgiving is intended to emphasize that the University has re-affirmed its original mission of 1849.

The Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson, the University's interim director of Christian life, will discuss the need to find time for the Lord in his sermon, “Call Time.”

“We need to realize and find strength in the fact that our time and our life is in the hands of the Lord,” Wilson said. “And we need to realize we might find strength and comfort if we just take time to come aside and look to Him.”

Dr. Jacquelyn Core, acting provost, and Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, will serve as liturgists, giving the evening prayers and readings. Melanie V. Catana, instructor of vocal music and director of choral music at the University, will lead the congregational singing, and Janna Kisner, lecturer in fine arts, will serve as the organist.

Waynesburg University's 2013-2014 academic school year officially began Thursday, August 22, with the University's annual matriculation ceremony, during which President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class. Classes will begin Monday, August 26.

Photo: The incoming freshman class gathers outside of Roberts Chapel following the matriculation ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and his wife, Kathryn, are pictured in the front of the group.

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Waynesburg University's 2013-2014 academic school year will officially begin Thursday, August 22, with the University's annual matriculation ceremony. The ceremony will take place in Roberts Chapel at 2 p.m. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders will welcome the freshman class.

“We expect great things from the class of 2017,” said President Lee. “We look forward to inspiring each and every student to lives of purpose and leadership as they embark on this new chapter of their lives.”

Waynesburg University will welcome approximately 460 new students, representing 23 states. The class of 2017 includes residents of Pennsylvania, the New England states and Pennsylvania's bordering states as well as Alaska, California, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico and North Carolina.

“Because of our rigorous academic programs and Christian mission, more students have been attracted to Waynesburg University than ever before,” said Robin L. King, senior vice president for enrollment and university relations.

Over the summer, the University had a waitlist for qualified applicants due to reaching capacity in residence halls.

During the ceremony, names will be announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.

Matriculation will mark the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with their faculty advisors, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

Freshmen will move into their residence halls Thursday, August 22. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday, August 25, and classes will begin Monday, August 26.

Photo: Last year's freshman class gathers outside of Roberts Chapel following the 2012 matriculation ceremony.

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Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration students enrolled in the energy management concentration have partnered with regional companies such as Fairmont Supply, Fenner Dunlop, Jennmar Corporation, Pipeco Services and Trumbull Corporation for their project management course.

“The MBA program at Waynesburg University prides itself on bridging classroom activities with real business experiences,” said Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration at Waynesburg. “Students gain invaluable skills through experiential learning and can immediately apply what they have learned to their careers.”

Dr. Darryl Husenits, Dr. George Smith and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, all part-time graduate faculty and experts in the energy field, teach the 27 students enrolled in the course. According to Dave Mariner, dean of graduate and professional studies at Waynesburg University, students were grouped into teams and introduced to the partner companies.

“The participating companies asked the students to investigate projects related to the natural gas industry,” Mariner said.

Student teams were required to research the impact of natural gas on the energy market and their respective company, as well as the pricing of natural gas and how the company could gain entry or expand into the industry. One company even asked students to investigate the conversion of their fleet from gasoline to natural gas and the impact of cost as well as the return on investment.

Students enrolled in the energy management concentration complete coursework in energy management, supply chain management and project management as well as the required coursework in accounting, finance, organizational behavior, management information systems, economics, international business, marketing, statistics and strategic management.

The Master of Business Administration degree at Waynesburg University builds on the University's strong undergraduate tradition in business. The Waynesburg program concentrates on the functional areas of business — accounting, finance, management and marketing while stressing technical, conceptual and theoretical skills. Students in the program study business as it relates to an interdependent and constantly changing environment, recognizing various business problems and identifying alternative courses of conduct. Given the curriculum of the program, the candidates for the MBA degree develop quantitative techniques for business and economic analysis, study interpersonal relationships within organizations, and integrate the various areas of business through case studies and written and oral presentations.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has assigned Patent No. 8,440,015 to Robert LaCount, chemistry professor at Waynesburg University, as well as Douglas Kern, 1990 and 2006 Waynesburg University alumnus, and John Baltrus, a research chemist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), for a thermal method that retains yet passivates carbon and/or other components in fly ash. The research resulted from a project sponsored by the Combustion Byproducts Recycling Consortium (CBRC), which is funded by NETL.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee expressed his pride and support of LaCount's commitment to continued education, research and the environment as evidenced by this new patent.

“Dr. LaCount is a fine example of how Waynesburg University faculty and staff live out the University's mission of 1849,” said President Lee. “His long-standing dedication to academic excellence in the field of chemistry serves as an excellent example to our students.”

Fly ash is the finely divided residue resulting from the combustion of ground or powdered coal and is a major by-product of coal-fired electric generating plants. Finding alternate uses for this byproduct benefits the environment by diverting it from landfills. Fly ash is most popularly used as a component of concrete. Approximately 30 percent of U.S fly ash is recycled this way, replacing a portion of the portland cement normally required. In addition to the direct environmental advantage of utilizing a potential waste stream to substitute for an ingredient that would otherwise have to be produced through an energy-intensive process, incorporation of fly ash improves concrete performance and quality.

Some fly ash is not suitable for use in concrete because its chemical composition, including high carbon content, would require excessive amounts of air entrainment agents–surfactants used to increase the workability of a concrete mixture and its durability through freeze-thaw cycles when cured.

The invention titled, “Fly Ash Carbon Passivation,” provides a means whereby a greater percentage of U.S. fly ash can be recycled by incorporation into concrete mixtures. The patent describes a thermal method for inactivating the carbon and/or other components in fly ash while retaining them in the fly ash. The process, which involves heating the fly ash to between 400

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Dr. Sut Sakchutchawan, associate professor of international business and director of the international studies program at Waynesburg University, recently presented a research paper at an international conference in Thailand.

The International Academy of Business and Economics conference took place at the Centara Convention Center at Central World in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme of the conference was "Research / Teaching Excellence in Business and Economics."

Sakchutchawan's research paper, "The Impact of Governance and Complexity of Uniform Customs and Technology on Operations Management: Third Party Logistics Case Studies," discusses the superior capacity of third party logistics providers utilized by international firms to maintain their high efficiency in operations management. Key success factors of superior services were illustrated in terms of case studies.

The International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) is a leading global organization of academic scholars, business executives, students and public policy makers in business, economics and related fields.

The objective of IABE is to promote international exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge and ideas in teaching, research and managerial best practices to help improve nations' productivity and competitiveness.

“The conference provided the most innovative business teaching and research to faculty and education leaders worldwide,” said Sakchutchawan.

In addition to a post doctorate in management from the University of Toledo, Sakchutchawan holds a Ph.D. from Union Institute and University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ramkhamhaeng State University, a Master of Arts degree from Thammasat State University and a Master of Business Administration from National University.


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