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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aladdin.jpgPresident and CEO of Aladdin Food Management Services Tom Cusimano and Aladdin District Manager Joe DeSalvo presented a gift to Waynesburg University Monday, Oct. 20. Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee accepted the check on behalf of the University.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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Tonks.jpgRJ Tonks, senior junior sports management major and marketing minor

Intern, Carrick Brain Centers in Marietta, Ga. 

When considering internship possibilities, RJ Tonks found a way to combine his passion for athletics and marketing with a very personal passion for health and rehabilitation. Tonks, who suffers from a rare virus that affects his hand eye coordination, mobility, speech, balance and fine motor skills, chose an organization he knows very well, Carrick Brain Centers. The Centers have treated his condition for the past three years and have dramatically improved the symptoms. 

He spoke with Dr. Ted Carrick, chief of Functional Neurology at the centers, about applying for an internship with the place that changed his life. Not only did he assist with the marketing activities of the Center, but Tonks also received rehabilitation treatments throughout the summer. 

As an intern, he happily shared his story with potential patients, distributed marketing materials to current patients, scheduled patients' appointments, filed paperwork and patient files and ran notes to doctors.  

“Waynesburg University helped me to be professional in an office setting and in compiling marketing materials,” he said. “The mission of the University guided me in my interactions with patients. Aside from gaining a bunch of knowledge about marketing, I'm even more compassionate towards individuals with disabilities.”  

 

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Giuliani.jpgHayden Giuliani, senior athletic training major  

Intern, Pro Performance RX in Morgantown, W.Va. 

Hayden Giuliani’s summer internship with Pro Performance RX, a regional leader for fitness training, sport training, rehabilitation and overall health training, was a natural fit. After observing there as part of her Waynesburg University athletic training clinical rotation, she proved to the training staff that she could succeed in a summer setting as well. 

“Being able to put a client through a workout on my own and see her progress from week to week was the best part,” Giuliani said. “It felt like I had proven myself, and all the work was worth it.”

Giuliani, who serves as the vice president of Waynesburg’s Athletic Training Student Association and who plays varsity basketball and participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said that she entered the internship with a “very good foundation of knowledge” on strength and conditioning.

“Being an athletic training major gives me a step above exercise science majors at other colleges in some ways, because I must learn more about how the total body works and what can affect it,” she said. “I ended up making a name for myself with all the trainers and stood the test of being independent as a trainer, which was extremely encouraging and beneficial to my future.” 

 

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Ferko-2.jpgRobin Ferko, senior forensic science major

Intern, Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

After a fire has struck a home, it is up to the county’s fire marshal to visit the scene, investigate the damage and determine the cause of the fire. Most people may find this job intimidating, but Robin Ferko finds it thrilling. 

Ferko spent her summer months as an intern for the Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. A senior forensic science major, Ferko found herself applying what she had learned from Waynesburg University into her everyday duties and responsibilities. As an intern, Ferko was on constant call in case of a fire emergency. 

In one case, Ferko and the team found evidence of arson. 

“Someone got arrested based on the evidence we collected,” she said. “It was amazing to be able to contribute in that way and see my work make a difference.”

When arriving at a scene, she examined the buildings affected by fires to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state and local fire codes were met. As an investigator, she helped to determine the origin and cause of fires by digging through debris, taking photographs and sketching out the scene. 

“It is one thing to have mock crime scenes and practice at school, but it is another to actually put the tape on and collect evidence that will go to the lab,” said Ferko. “My studies at Waynesburg University definitely prepared me for the fire scenes I encountered.” 

 

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Brittany Stowe, junior arts administration major

Box office intern at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

It takes more than setting props and placing actors on a stage in front of a live audience to produce a musical theater performance. What often goes unnoticed is how audience members receive their tickets, get into the theater and find their seats every night for a performance. An integral team in musical theater must run like a well-oiled machine in order to make every show a success. 

At the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., Brittany Stowe recognized this and worked to ensure that every performance ran as smoothly as possible. Stowe, the box office intern, was able to take what she learned in her arts administration classes at Waynesburg and apply lessons to her everyday duties and responsibilities. 

Stowe answered phone calls from patrons interested in purchasing tickets for the Opera Theater’s summer events. Once tickets were purchased, Stowe confirmed ticket orders, organized them and shipped them to the appropriate customers. During performance nights, Stowe assisted in running the box office and selling tickets at the door.  

 “I really enjoyed the Opera Theater,” said Stowe. “I made so many connections through all the company activities and performances. It was a great experience.”

 

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