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Bob Randolph (English) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Randolph also had a poem accepted for inclusion in an anthology about coffee. The poem is titled, “Cup of Blues,” and the anthology is scheduled to be published in the fall.

Richard Pierce (English) participated in a poetry reading at “The Windhover Writers’ Festival” at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.

Jim Tanda (Criminal Justice) lead the Criminal Justice Club as they participated in the annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Club Team had 26 plungers and has raised $5,500 this year. In the last five years, the Criminal Justice Club has raised more than $20,000. Four students from the education department also participated in the Plunge.

Adam Jack (Criminal Justice) Skyped with a West Middlesex High School Career Development class in February to discuss the career of a detective.

Waynesburg University’s Nursing Program was recognized as the No. 2 RN program in Pennsylvania by for the second consecutive year.

Waynesburg’s Nursing Program was also named a 2017-18 Nursing College of Distinction.

Melany Chrash (Nursing) presented at the Hospice and Palliative Team Retreat in early February at Stonewall Jackson Resort in West Virginia. Her topic was “Dealing with Grief: Self-Care for the Nurse.”

Amanda Machesky (Nursing) accepted the position of ATI Champion, making her the program resource person for faculty regarding ATI testing and resources. She began training for this role last month.

Sara Clutter (Nursing) participated in a Leadership in Nursing Practice Webinar.

Jennifer Roy (Business Administration) became a member of North American Society for Sport Management.

William Stough (Business Administration) attended a continuing education conference – PICPA’s 45th Annual Western PA Tax Conference in January.

Xela Batchelder (Arts Administration) presented as a guest speaker for the Graduate Arts Administration Program and Theatre Arts Program of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Her talk was titled, “Festivals Around The Globe.”

Batchelder also represented the Association of Arts Administrator Educators at the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference in New York City. She led a session titled, “Starting Your Next Act!” for others in the arts administration field.

Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) administered the 2018 art adjudication portion of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Robert Bonser (Athletic Training) submitted a journal article to the Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. The tile of the document is “Evaluating the Relationship Between Clinical Assessments of Apparent Hamstring Tightness: A Correlation Analysis.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-23-Deliotte-speaker.jpgWaynesburg University will host two members of the international accounting firm, Deloitte, Thursday, March 29, at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall.

Dan Potetz, a firm partner, and Michael Sorkin, a senior auditor, will talk to students about careers in public accounting.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about careers, public accounting and hear a first-hand account of what it’s like to work for one of the largest accounting firms in the world.

William Stough, assistant professor of business administration, said students will benefit from meeting with Deloitte and that these types of interactions are imperative to the success of students.

“This is an important contact for the University’s business students who will seek careers in public accounting,” he said. “This could be the path for them to work for a Big Four accounting firm. It is also important for us to understand what we need to be teaching our students to better prepare them for public accounting careers.”

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Waynesburg University will host a presentation called, “Where Have All the Chestnuts Gone and Can We Get Them Back?” Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Research and Economic Development (CRED).

The presentation will be led by Mark Double, a research associate in Agricultural Sciences at West Virginia University. Double has expertise in forest ecology, plant pathology and other areas of plant and soil sciences, and has published several research studies relating to this field.

Double will discuss the historic importance of the American chestnut to the economy and environment of the region, as well as their decline in the past century. He will also present information on recent efforts to restore the American chestnut through hybridization and genetic engineering techniques.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6074_20180322-125823_1.jpgWaynesburg University has received two 2018 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education from CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

The University received a gold award for its in-house production of the 2015-16 Annual Report and a bronze award in the category of “PR and Marketing - Special Event Promo” for its 2016 Day of Giving campaign.

“Our University is fortunate to have a very talented team of professionals on staff developing our marketing materials that beautifully reflect the mission of our University,” said Stacey Brodak, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations. “These awards bring positive recognition to our University and we are proud of our University Relations’ team for their excellent work.”

The awards were presented Thursday, March 15, at the Marriott Penn Square in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Waynesburg University was one of 49 organizations to receive awards from among the 495 entries submitted. Judges represented experts in the field of communications and included designers, writers, educators, corporate executives and media professionals.

CUPRAP is a voluntary organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education and enhancing the professional development of its members. Members come from private and public colleges and universities, junior colleges, community colleges, independent schools, as well as other organizations involved in higher education.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_LH.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s Charter Day celebration Tuesday, March 20.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

“It is always a privilege to recognize our outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments in the classroom,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer. “This award is a unique honor, as it allows students and colleagues to recognize the exceptional work of each honoree.”

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

“This faculty member models the Christian values of Waynesburg University and encourages his students to embrace ethics and morals in everything they do,” said Baer.

One student stated, “he is a true professional and treats everyone with fairness and respect. He inspires and motivates me to do my best academically and professionally. I am a better person because of this teacher.”

Tanda joined Waynesburg University in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in criminal investigation from Waynesburg University.

Dr. James Hepburn, professor of psychology and director of graduate programs in counseling, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

"Students appreciate this professor’s vast knowledge, experience and humor, and they know him as a kind, genuine, caring and compassionate teacher,” said Baer.

A student nomination noted, “he did an excellent job in helping me understand that language is a friend of a counselor and that counseling is a gift.”

Dr. Hepburn has been with the University since 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Carroll College and a master’s degree in psychology, along with a doctorate in clinical psychology, from Duquesne University.

Rev. Christy Wise, lecturer of biblical ministry studies and communication, received the 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“This teacher is dedicated to her work. I feel like she really cares about my well-being,” a student nomination stated.

A colleague described her as one who “teaches with integrity and enthusiasm, and really cares that students understand the content. It’s a joy to be confident in the way in which she teaches the Bible.”

Rev. Wise joined Waynesburg as a part-time instructor in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from California University of Pennsylvania.

She holds a permanent license as a minister from the American Baptist Church Leadership Institute of Western Pennsylvania and was ordained by the American Baptist Church.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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