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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mike-Cipoletti.jpgWaynesburg University will host its annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 22, through Friday, June 27, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants will gain valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities.

All workshops are interconnected through a series of evidence and crime scenes, designed with a hands-on approach to learning. Students will learn how to properly collect, preserve and analyze evidence. 

During this six-day, five-night experience, students are given the opportunity to study with experts in forensic science as well as professionals from various fields including state and federal agencies. This year, camp topics will include scene processing, interviewing and interrogation techniques, fingerprinting, DNA profiling, Hazmat evidence collection, surveillance and search warrant execution techniques.

This year’s camp will also feature a new workshop titled Forensic Analyzation of Evidence, better known as Forensic Science. Students will have the opportunity to analyze evidence as illustrated in popular crime drama television series.

“By adding this component, we would like to give students the opportunity to conduct a few of these tests themselves in order to obtain a real-life perspective on how much time, energy and knowledge it takes to be in this career field,” said Faith Musko, camp advisor and instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University.

Students interested in forensic science and criminal justice will train with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol and the Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), as well as crime scene investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police and other municipal police departments. The camp will enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of forensic topics, as well as allow them to make valuable connections with professionals and fellow peers in the field.

Individuals entering 11th grade, 12th grade or who are spring 2014 high school graduates are eligible to attend the camp.

Participating Waynesburg University faculty include: 

•Mike Cipoletti, camp director, director of the Forensic Science Program and assistant professor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, previously worked for the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab. He served as a forensic scientist and lab system quality specialist in chemistry and drug identification.

•John Mcllwain, camp advisor and instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, has taught for 16 years. He began his professional career as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer in Germany. Mcllwain left the military in 1977 and became a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He conducted investigations of the Federal Firearms Laws for 11 years.

•Faith Musko, camp advisor and instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, is a former toxicologist and forensic chemist with AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis, Ind. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the American Chemical Society and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.

•Adam Jack, camp co-creator, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and assistant professor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, is a former forensic detective with the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office and police officer in Rostraver Township, Pa. He is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and has testified as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation and fingerprints.

•Marietta Wright, camp workshop presenter and assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, previously conducted molecular biology research in type I diabetes at the University of Pittsburgh. Her main areas of interest are cell and molecular biology, genetics, DNA profiling and scientific teaching.

To register, visit or call 724-225-7393.


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Waynesburg University will host Jonathan Waterman as the Glenn A. & Jane L. Crosby Lecture Series speaker Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. A book signing will follow the lecture. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Waterman’s hour-long lecture “Plastic Garbage Patch,” is based on his 2,500-mile sailing journey from San Diego to Honolulu. During this voyage, Waterman worked as the ship journalist of the 132-foot brigantine Robert C. Seamans, studying the amount of plastic and Japanese tsunami debris in the water along with 37 researchers. His National Geographic dispatches of the findings on the pollution in the Pacific Ocean can be found at:

Jonathan Waterman has held several titles such as a magazine editor, park ranger and wilderness guide, but what he most identifies himself as is a writer and photographer. Frequently supported by the National Geographic Society, his renowned adventurous undertakings include his solo trip of the Northwest Passage, winter ascent of Denali’s Cassin Ridge and descent of the Colorado River to sea.

Waterman has received much recognition for the 12 books he has written, including magazine awards, a Special Achievement Award from the National Park Service, a literary fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Emmy. Some of his titles include “Northern Exposures: An Adventuring Career in Stories and Images,” “Arctic Crossing” and “In the Shadow of Denali.”

For more information about Waterman, visit

The Glenn A. & Jane L. Crosby Lectures, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event culminates in a final public lecture.


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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-Paul-Carrol.jpgGuitarist, composer and musical theatre director, Paul Carrol Binkley, will perform in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. Reservations are suggested.

A highly regarded Nashville, Tenn., musician, Binkley is known for his abilities as an acoustic guitarist, performing in live shows and recordings for Music City acts. He has backed performers such as country group Alabama, but also records regularly as a solo artist. His albums include Closer to Home, Flying Colors, Passages for Acoustic Guitar and Silent Serenade. 

He has played on television programs including the Grand Ole Opry, Church Street Station and Nashville Now. Binkley has served as musical director for the Mockingbird Theatre, the Nashville Children's Theater and the National Shakespeare Festival. 

In addition to his work on the acoustic guitar, Binkley also composes. He took home top honors in the Young Composers Competition twice and has performed at both the Atlanta Arts Festival and the Mid-South Jazz Festival.

His formal education includes training from Austin Peay State University, Boston's Berklee College of Music and Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.  

In conjunction with the Feb. 20 concert, the Fine Arts Department will host two master classes with Binkley. The Friday noon master class experience in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel will be open to the public with free admission. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit 

For concert reservations, visit Tickets will be available Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CSI-Resized.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions will host the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

Students will attend technical workshops in the morning and then apply what they've learned in mock crime scenes or active response scenarios in the afternoon. Workshops related to arrest techniques, interview and interrogation practices and a firearms training simulator will also be offered.

“The goal of the event is to provide the high school students with a better perspective of what careers in law enforcement and forensic science are really like,” said Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science. “Hopefully we are helping students determine if criminal justice or forensics is a viable option for them to pursue as a major course of study.”

Under the instruction of University students, faculty and representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, by the end of the day, students will be able to apply the principles and techniques learned to a challenging crime scene. 

To register, or for more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kimber.jpgFor months, Kimber Blair consulted with two Waynesburg University mentors about the possibility of moving to Texas for the summer to pursue an internship at Mary Kay’s corporate headquarters. The mentors, vastly different in profession – one an adviser of service leadership and the other a journalism professor – gave her exactly what she needed.

“My Bonner Scholar adviser helped me process my options and which one would be best for me, and my professor helped by taking the extra time to review my resume and give advice on phone interviewing,” Blair said. “They were both such great listeners, especially when I lost confidence in myself and my fears and doubts took over. Their guidance and encouragement helped me get to Mary Kay, and I am so thankful for them.”

Blair, a senior public relations and interactive design major, has served as a Bonner Scholar since her freshman year. The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholar program, one of only 23 programs across the nation, selects approximately 15 students each year and encourages community service through a required 140 hours of service per student, per semester.
Blair said that her service opportunities have helped teach her about leadership, and she also named the chair of the Waynesburg University Department of Communication in helping to position her for such a successful internship.

“One thing I have learned from Professor Krause is to take advantage of and learn from the experiences of the professionals,” Blair said. “I have learned to ask for contact information or a business card, be professional in emails and phone calls and always edit my work before sending it. “

With those actions in mind, Blair began the long, laborious application process for a spot with Mary Kay’s eBusiness Department in Dallas, Texas. After a rigorous series of networking, phone interviews, resumes and writing samples, a position within the eBusiness department of the corporation presented itself. In May of 2013, she flew down to the Lone Star State to begin her internship, helping to launch new web applications to Mary Kay's global market.

“The characteristic that stood out the most about Kimber was her enthusiasm for any assignment given to her,” said Erika Butler, an Information Services Technology Global eBusiness project leader at Mary Kay and Blair’s direct supervisor. “A lot of what she did for Mary Kay was outside her comfort zone, but you wouldn’t have known that by talking to her or reviewing her work.”

In the office, she wrote and tested cases for the company’s information technology systems management and created an Excel sheet that included more than 1500 words and phrases to be translated into German. Depending on the day, she participated in departmental and company-wide meetings and gave feedback on Mary Kay webpages, advertisements and products.

As one of 30 total interns at Mary Kay Inc., Blair was given ample occasions to stand out, and she made a point to do so from the beginning.

“I was working  in a building full of people who had years of experience in marketing, writing, leadership, information technology, media and branding, and I decided to shape that opportunity and create iLunch,” Blair said.

Her launch of iLunch, a weekly luncheon for all company interns, placed her in the direct gaze of various directorial members of the company who liked what they saw.

The luncheon featured an internal senior-level professional who would inspire and network with the young men and women. 

“We had a couple of vice presidents, the chief legal officer and secretary, the IT regional business advisor and Mary Kay’s CEO David Holl speak with us,” Blair said. “Mr. Holl shared with us stories about his experiences as a leader of one of the top private corporations in Dallas. I hope to use his insights to guide me as a leader on campus and in the work place.”

Blair, who has served in leadership positions across campus since her freshman year, now leads the campus design club, campus worship sound production, a local after-school tutoring program for youth and more.

“Kimber has an amazing work ethic. She sets very lofty goals for herself and consistently meets and exceeds them,” said Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication and a faculty adviser of the design club at Waynesburg University. “She's doing amazing things at Waynesburg University, and it should surprise no one that she did great things at Mary Kay.”

The driven young woman returned to campus with greater confidence in her leadership abilities and first-hand proof of what her mentors assured her – that she could venture out of her comfort zone and succeed.

“From my internship, I have gained more confidence in myself and my work,” said Blair. “I realized it’s a good feeling to have people rooting for me and believing in me, even when I don't believe in myself.”

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