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Dr. Evonne A. Baldauff, chairperson for the chemistry and forensic science department and associate professor of chemistry, attended the 2015 ACS Leadership Institute.

Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

Dr. Bradley Davis was named the assistant professor of chemistry in the fall of 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chad Keyes was named assistant professor of chemistry in the fall of 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fifth consecutive year in December of 2014. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year. Waynesburg University was one of only 44 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

The Waynesburg University ACS chapter was instrumental in planning undergraduate programming at the ACS Central Eastern Regional Meeting (CERM) held Wednesday, Oct. 29, through Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel in Greentree, Pa. Prior to the event, the ACS chapter wrote a grant and was awarded $2,800 from the ACS undergraduate office. The monetary award was used to plan and fund the meeting. 

Students of Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science traveled to the Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, and Saturday, March 28, 2015, to work the Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl. The Science Bowl is an academic competition where regional teams from middle and high schools showcase their expertise and compete against one another in a question-and-answer format similar to the television show Jeopardy. Questions covered biology, math, chemistry, physics, energy, and earth and space science. In addition to sending volunteers, Waynesburg University served as a sponsor for the event. 

The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted Girl Scout Day Saturday, March 21, 2015. Organized in conjunction with the West Virginia Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, the Forensic Science Club and the Criminal Justice Club, the program was designed for Girl Scout troop members to earn a badge while learning about the sciences. According to Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science, the Forensic Science Club and Criminal Justice Club both have a dedication to service. Reflecting Waynesburg University’s mission, both clubs are constantly seeking ways to utilize their knowledge and enthusiasm for the field. 

The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University hosted Science Day Thursday, April 16, 2015. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants had the opportunity to spend the day as a science student, enjoying hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. 

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Dr. Mark Ahlseen was named associate professor of business administration in the fall of 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Taylor University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Scott Byrd, senior accounting major, was voted as the Boris Ivezic scholarship award winner in economics for the 2014- 2015 academic year.

Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration, Dr. Christian Ola, chairperson for the business administration department and assistant professor of business administration, and Neely Lantz, instructor of business administration, served as moderators for the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., in October 2014. Chicarelli also presented at the AAA (American Accounting Association) Feb. 27- 28, 2015. 

Dr. Ola’s paper, “Stock Market Response to CEO Changes: Does Gender Matter?” was accepted for publication in the 2015 edition of International Journal of Business and Management.


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Isaiah Cochran, senior biology pre-medical major, obtained a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Harvard University, focusing on autism spectrum disorder in the summer of 2014. Cochran was also elected to American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) Global Health Chair in the spring of 2015.

Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, took a group of students to the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) National Convention in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2015. 

Michelle Hopkins, junior environmental science major, conducted an Environmental Protection Agency stream assessment summer internship in the summer of 2014.

Derrion May, junior marine biology major, completed an internship with Clemson Camp Sewee program as a Marine Science instructor/counselor in the summer of 2014.

Catelynn Pagone, junior forensic science major, completed an internship at Pittsburgh Zoo/Aquarium in the summer of 2014.

Dr. Janet Paladino, associate professor of biology, and Quincy Hathaway, senior environmental science major, were guests of the Greene County Conservation District in November 2014 for their project, “The Use of the Ames Assay to Detect Adverse Biological Effects Resulting from Exposure to By-Products of the Coal and Natural Gas Industries.” Hathaway also studied nanotechnology through a Research Experience for Undergraduates at West Virginia University in the summer of 2014. 

Dr. Wayne Rossiter, assistant professor of biology, was a speaker at the 2014 Momentum Conference for Teens for Christ in July. Dr. Rossiter also signed a contract to become an editorial subject chief for the Journal of Coastal Life Medicine in December of 2014.

Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subject.

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Brandon Daughtry, senior athletic training major, presented a poster presentation at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual meeting in Philadelphia (Jan. 9-12, 2015).  

Emily Mullady, senior athletic training major, Jake Shultz, senior athletic training major, and Savannah Paladin, junior athletic training major, volunteered as medical staff for the Special Olympics Winter Games in Johnston, Pa. in February of 2015.

Dr. Drue Stapleton, athletic training program director, assistant professor of athletic training and assistant athletic trainer, attended an Athletic Training Educators conference in Dallas, Texas in February of 2015.


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Waynesburg University recently created an affiliation agreement with the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine with the goal of enhancing placement opportunities for Waynesburg graduates.

According to Dr. Jacquelyn Core, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Waynesburg University, the main benefit to participating in these agreements is the opportunity to make early connections between the students and the people who may ultimately make the final decision on their admission status into a graduate program. 

Participating students will be matched with a faculty mentor from the WVU School of Medicine to help them navigate and prepare for the application process and a future in medicine. Participating students are also guaranteed an interview during the admissions process, as long as they maintain a specified GPA and receive satisfactory MCAT or GRE scores. 

“The interview is everything,” said Core. “There will be lots of qualified applicants, but if you cannot get the interview, there is no way to advance, so the guaranteed interview is a really big deal.” 

Core added that the University has connected with additional schools with graduate-level engineering, law, physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs to establish similar agreements. She hopes agreements with these programs will come into fruition soon.

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