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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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Waynesburg University will host its first annual “Not So Typical Easter Egg Hunt” for children in the community Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.b2ap3_thumbnail_EggHunt.png

The event will take place on the new Waynesburg Unity Trail and will feature a shift from the traditional egg hunt. The eggs used will look like real bird eggs from the native birds in the area, and children will learn about the concept of biodiversity. Instead of candy, each egg will be stuffed with a sticker of the bird that lays it.

Janet Paladino, associate professor of biology, helped create the Unity Trail and orchestrate the event. She said the activities will give children the opportunity to learn about nature and appreciate the spring season.

“We invite you to come and discover the new Unity Trail on the Campus of Waynesburg University,” said Paladino “Spring is a time when we can share experiences in nature with our children. We hope that our Easter egg hunt will help them learn that eggs at Eastertime are filled with more than just candy.”

For more information about the “Not So Typical Easter Egg Hunt,” contact Paladino at 724-852-3281.

The creation of the Unity Trail was made possible through a grant from the EQT Foundation.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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Celine Colbert, urban service forester with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, will present an educational seminar on urban forests Thursday, Oct. 27, at noon, in the Center for Research and Economic Development on Waynesburg University’s campus.

“During my talk, I will dive into the many values of urban forests to emphasize why the urban forest trail project is so valuable to the University,” said Colbert. “I will also discuss Environmental Stewardship and its importance in urban forestry.”

Following her presentation, Colbert will spend time providing an evaluation of the newly renovated Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail, which was funded by a recent $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation.

The urban forest trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.

Colbert is hopeful her visit will help share the importance of urban forestry.

“Urban forests provide vast benefits from improved mental and physical health to storm water retention to thriving economies and so much more,” she said. “Many studies have proven that healthier trees are correlated with healthier and happier people.”

For more information about the seminar or Waynesburg’s urban forest trail, contact Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology, at 724-852-3281 or jpaladin@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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ashley-Franczyk.JPGWith a passion for clinical medicine, recent graduate Ashley Franczyk is now attending Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program, where she will earn her Master of Science in physician assistant studies.

Franczyk began her program in June 2016 in Marietta, Ohio, where she is striving toward her ultimate goal of becoming a pediatric oncology physician assistant.

“My future goal is to not only become an excellent healthcare professional, but to impact and educate my patients to live healthy lives,” said Franczyk.

Looking back at her time at Waynesburg, Franczyk credits the Department of Biology, Environmental Science and Athletic Training, along with the challenging courses for preparing her for graduate school. Additionally, she speaks highly of the influence faculty and staff at Waynesburg have had on her.

“Dr. Hamilton was a tremendous influence on me; his human physiology course allowed me to discover my passion for medicine, the human body and the physiological responses of the body to disease,” said Franczyk. “Jane Owen was also not only an excellent mentor to me throughout my four years at Waynesburg, but also a great friend to me. Without her support, I would not be as successful as I am today.”

Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and serving helped guide Franczyk’s undergraduate experience. After she participated in medical study abroad trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, she came to the realization that patient care and clinical medicine was the path she wanted to take.

“Throughout my career and life, I will always practice these values and remember where they were instilled in me, which was at Waynesburg University,” said Franczyk.

Franczyk said she was challenged and that allowed her to push herself academically in ways she never experienced prior to attending Waynesburg. She noted that challenging courses made her an extremely dedicated and hard worker in her academics pursuits.

“Physician Assistant school is tremendously rigorous, and the education I received at Waynesburg has prepared me for this next chapter of my education,” said Franczyk. “I am so blessed and honored to have attended Waynesburg University and I will always remember the faith and service I have learned there and will apply it to my profession throughout my life.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Walking-Trail-New.jpgWaynesburg University recently received a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation to fund the Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail project.

“The EQT Foundation is pleased to partner with Waynesburg on the development of this natural resource for both the University and the community at-large,” said Charlene Petrelli, EQT Foundation President. “EQT is committed to developing natural gas responsibly in order to protect the environment and preserve the area’s natural beauty.  This trail will create an inviting space on campus that will educate our region’s students, and connect them with the environment in a way they haven’t experienced on campus before.”

The Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.

“The Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail will provide educational opportunities for University students, K-12 students in the borough and community members to have a place to enjoy nature while learning about natural species and restored ecosystems,” said Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology.

Funds from the grant will help provide an outdoor classroom; construction of a foot bridge along the walking trail; the clearing of invasive species, undesirable vegetation and debris; signage for the development of a 0.5 mile interpretative trail; walking trail improvements and additions; bird feeders; additional native trees and vegetation; and student internships.

The University’s goal is for the forest and walking trail area to be a place for students to learn, research and spend time with nature, while also offering the greater Waynesburg community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature in an urban setting.

“This project provides a chance for the University and the community to work together to create a valuable resource for both educational and recreational opportunities in a forest ecosystem,” said Paladino.

About the EQT Foundation: EQT Corporation and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. For more than the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts.

About Waynesburg University: 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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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