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Dear Waynesburg University Family and Friends,

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Day of Giving such an amazing success.  Last year when we started this event, we had a goal of 250 gifts.  This year, we have achieved 1,152 gifts.  This is a reflection of the amazing people in our Waynesburg University community.  Our faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and friends of the University keep the lamp glowing brightly.  Kathie and I are grateful for each and every one of you.  
We wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Douglas Lee
President
Waynesburg University

To learn more about the 2017 WU Day of Giving, click here!

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Education, in conjunction with Scholastic Education and Laurel Highlands School District, recently hosted an Early Literary Summit for pre-K and kindergarten teachers, administrators, directors and Waynesburg education students.

“We are always looking for various partnerships with school districts so students can learn about current practices in the field,” said Yvonne Beverina Weaver, instructor of education and chair of the Education Department. “Our students had the opportunity to hear how teachers implement whole-group independent reading strategies, small group instruction and the use of learning centers. They also learned about the importance of family and community engagement.”

The event featured three speakers: Jenni Brasington, senior director of Consultative Services for Scholastic Education and a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement, Kerry Walters, national training and development specialist for Scholastic Education and Cathy Yount, director of early learning at Scholastic Education.

Participants earned professional development credit through The Intermediate Unit 1, and Waynesburg education students were provided an opportunity to engage with active professionals in the field, in addition to the experts from Scholastic Education.

Brasington has more than 25 years of experience working with pre-K through 12th-grade schools as an administrator, early childhood coordinator and school counselor. Most recently, she served as the director of Family and Community Engagement for Acelero Learning.

She is the author of “Family Friendly Walk-Through” and the co-author of the “Family Engagement Assessment,” a tool that measures a school’s capacity for developing effective partnerships with families.

Brasington holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in school counseling.

Walters has teaching experience at the pre-K and elementary school level, and has served as an educational consultant leading professional development sessions and curriculum training for teachers throughout the country.

Walters holds a degree in elementary education from York College.

Yount served 22 years as a public and private school teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. She taught language arts and reading from pre-K through 11th-grade, in addition to serving as an instructional coach and new teacher trainer for the sixth largest school district in the county.

She has authored early literacy curriculum and served on numerous state education committees building early learning standards and guiding state adoption processes.

Yount holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

For more information about Waynesburg’s Education Department, visit waynesburg.edu/education.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-8-nur-cj.jpgWaynesburg University nursing, criminal justice and communication students gained hands-on experience during a Mock Emergency Training Exercise Tuesday, Nov. 7.

While nursing students responded to a mock incident in the University’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, communication students were tasked with attending a mock press conference and covering the event. Criminal justice students served as actors during the incident. All students had the opportunity to learn alongside professionals who have chosen a life of service in public safety.

“This critical incident training for the nursing program also provided a multitude of other educational benefits to our criminal justice students and communication students, as well as collaborative first responder training opportunity for our local police department and the University's Public Safety Department,” said Jim Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and Waynesburg University’s director of security operations and emergency management.

Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the University’s Department of Public Safety, conducted the multi-disciplinary training exercise in the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. The simulation was designed for senior nursing students in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health course. 

Organized by Tanda, Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing, and Eve Weaver, instructor of nursing, this academic training exercise was designed primarily to provide nursing students with a highly participative, experiential learning opportunity. 

“Health care providers need to be prepared and are often targets of various forms of violence,” said Stolfer. “The simulation event was designed to better prepare our nursing students for such an event through an inter-professional collaborative approach.”

Previously, the University held a similar learning drill in April 2015 in Buhl Hall, in coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Deana Mack presented at Kappa Delta Pi’s 2017 Convocation Oct. 26 to 28 in Pittsburgh. Her workshop was titled “Respond to Your Students’ Needs, Provide Choice, and Conquer Writing Standards All in One? Yes, It’s Possible!”

Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) provided a Drugs of Abuse Workshop for the Greene County Life Skills Teacher Conference in Waynesburg on Oct. 6. Cipoletti also participated in Bentworth Career Day on Oct. 18.

Cipoletti gave an invited lecture on Forensic Aspects of Animal Abuse Investigations at the Animal Law Conference at Duquesne University on Oct. 7. He also lectured on Drug Awareness and the Opioid Crisis at a Public Forum on Drugs at St. Hugh’s Church in Carmichaels on Oct. 18. Finally, Cipoletti lectured on Drug Awareness for Red Ribbon Week at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School in Waynesburg on Oct. 24.

Brad Davis (Chemistry) accompanied 11 students to the monthly Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh meeting on Oct. 2.

The Department of Chemistry hosted the monthly Homeschool Lab on Oct. 13. Four Waynesburg students and nine community students attended the event.

Wayne Rossiter (Biology) was awarded a NetVUE mini-grant to take students behind the scenes at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Jamie Dessart (English) had a paper accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference which will take place in March. Her paper is titled “I am No Man’s Land: Transforming the Feminine in Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman.”

Jill Sunday (Writing Center, English) had a paper accepted for publication at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Her paper is titled “Help Me, Obi Wan Kenobi: From the Mentor Sentence to Fan Fiction in the Composition Process.”

Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) presented a paper titled “Ecumenism of Blood: Hospitality in an Age of Martyrdom in Boko Haram Areas of Nigeria” at Franciscan University from Oct. 26 to 28. Olagoke also attended West Virginia University's recent Conference on Aging.

Lina Hixson (RN-BSN) attended the PSNA event “Challenges and Triumphs of Developing the Global Nursing Role in Resource-Poor Settings” on Oct. 10.

Jennifer Roy (Business Administration) was invited to attend a Pearson VIP Focus Group on Mini Sims that is currently under development by the publisher.

Jayne Olshanski (Business Administration) completed continuing education to renew her certified public account license. Olshanski also attended an accounting consortium luncheon to attract major accounting recruiters.

William Stough (Business Administration) attended a continuing education seminar on Excel for eight hours of CPE.

Beth Savage (DNP) gave a poster presentation at the 2017 Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Educational Conference: Nurse Leaders – Managing the Present, Anticipating the Future. Her poster was titled “A Qualitative Exploration of the Security Practices of Registered Nurses.” Seven Waynesburg University graduates also presented at this conference.

Andrew Heisey and Jeremy Olisar (Fine Arts) delivered the second "Getting to Know WU" presentation of the semester on the James D. Randolph Kiltie Band.

Sora Lee (Fine Arts) was selected as an accompanist for the WVU Bavarian Summer Voice and Piano Collaborative Workshop and performed in the Rubinsteinsaal at the Steinway-Haus in Munich. Lee also was awarded a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

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Noteworthy Student News:

The following English students had papers accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference:

  • Steven Caumo, “The Archetypal Mother of Evil: Grendel’s Mother, Cersei Lannister, and Sarah Palmer”
  • Rachael Crosbie, “Feminine Interpretation of Deities
  • Tessa Masula, “Wielding the Wand: Minerva McGonagall Does it Better”
  • Shawn White, “I’m Weird, I’m a Weirdo: Riverdale’s Transcendence and Conformity to YA Tropes “
  • Zachery Yonko, “Cool Backstory, Bro: Why the Vulture Transcends All Other Marvel Villains”

The ACS Student Chapter, Forensic Science Club, AMSA and the WU Honors Program hosted Dr. John Wherthey to speak on his medical practice.

The ACS Student Chapter hosted events for National Chemistry Week (Oct. 23-28) including periodic table of cookies, professional development webinar on chemistry, volunteering for ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center, hosting a Mole Day party and more.

DNP students Connie Henry, Tamara Burket and Lynda Nester gave a poster presentation at the 2017 Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Educational Conference: Nurse Leaders – Managing the Present, Anticipating the Future. Their presentations were titled:

  • Henry: “Addressing Compassion Fatigue in an Urban Teaching Hospital”
  • Burket: “Implementation of the Critical Care Pain Observation Tool for Detection of Pain in Nonverbal Adults in a Critical Care Unit”
  • Nester: “Reducing Preventable Readmissions in Patients with Heart Failure”
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The Lamplighters Touring Choir will be presenting their Fall Concert Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Melanie Catana, assistant professor of music, directs the choir, which is made of 18 students from a variety of majors and classes. At the Fall Concert, the students will sing pieces from GLAD’s A Capella Project—a Christian rock group—and will also collaborate with the South Hills Children’s Choir.

“I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing the children’s choir and the Lamplighters perform together,” said Catana. “I am also excited for the Lamplighters to perform the GLAD songs that we are preparing.”

Catana said that in their rehearsals, the choir students work extensively to combine vocal skill with faith and Biblical learning.

“One of the most important elements to our choir is that we spend time talking about our faith in Jesus, together and in small groups,” she said. “Our choir wants to be able to share the Good News of Christ by maintaining active and healthy individual relationships with the Lord. Prayer and devotions on Biblical passages are what keep us focused on our calling as a group: to be a choir that ministers God’s message of salvation and love through meaningful and beautiful music.”

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or email mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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