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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-5-ACS-Chapter-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for the sixth consecutive year. The award, a result of the chapter’s activities for the 2014-15 academic year, was recently presented at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California.

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

More than 400 student chapter reports were submitted for review by The Society Committee on Education. There were 314 awards given, including 55 outstanding, 99 commendable and 160 honorable mention awards.

“Winning the outstanding award is a wonderful recognition for the efforts that our students undertake through various activities, events and projects,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University. “Receiving this award also validates that the work we do is meaningful to the audiences we serve, which is very important as we strive to be excellent representatives of the University.”

Led by Baldauff and Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry, the student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year, such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, among many others. The chapter also assisted with the undergraduate portion of the Central Regional Meeting of the ACS in Pittsburgh.

According to Baldauff, the reviewing committee noted that there were only five weeks out of the academic year when the chapter was not involved in an event or project.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

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, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Students of Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry will travel to the Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, Saturday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, March 28, 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 cover biology, math, chemistry, physics, energy, and earth and space science. 

The Waynesburg students attending the event will assist in a variety of volunteer work to aid in the planning and execution process. At the event, students will assist with set up, schedule review, prep work, officiating the competition and other additional roles. 

“Volunteering at the Science Bowl engages our students in a situation through which they are able to use their scientific prowess to benefit the community,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Waynesburg University. “The event requires a lot of coordination and we hope to help in any way that is beneficial.”

In addition to sending volunteers, Waynesburg University is serving as a sponsor for the event. Waynesburg’s sponsorship will help offset the cost of team materials and prizes, lunch and snacks for participants as well as incidental expenses related to maintaining the quality of the event. 

“Waynesburg decided to be a sponsor for the Science Bowl to build excitement for the sciences at the middle school and high school levels,” said Robin King, senior vice president of enrollment and university relations. “I also see this as an opportunity for our students to showcase Waynesburg University while being involved in the event.” 

According to Baldauff, sponsoring and participating in the Science Bowl is a “fantastic” resource to get local middle school and high school students invested in science. She sends volunteers to show Waynesburg University’s support of their efforts.

“When our students volunteer to serve in this capacity, it represents to others the strong commitment that Waynesburg University places on education and involvement in the community,” said Baldauff.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgThe Waynesburg University American Chemical Society chapter (ACS) was instrumental in planning undergraduate programming at the recent ACS Central Eastern Regional Meeting (CERM) held Wednesday, Oct. 29, through Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Doubletree Hotel in Greentree, Pa.

“Planning all of the undergraduate programming for CERM 2014 was a great opportunity for our ACS chapter,” said Evonne Baldauff, chairperson for the chemistry and forensic science department and associate professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University. “Our students were instrumental in designing, organizing and implementing all of the undergraduate events during this meeting.”  

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.

Five sessions were offered for students during Friday’s event including an undergraduate research poster session, a networking and resume luncheon, a workshop on how to be a successful student chapter, a keynote speaker and a social event for the students. 

“This proved to be a significant amount of work, yet the results were worth the effort,” Baldauff said. “The activities were successful and well-attended by undergraduates from a wide representation of colleges and universities in the region.  We are very pleased with the overall experience.”

Waynesburg University students involved in planning CERM 2014: 

•Andrew Heinle, a senior forensic science major from Brackenridge (Highlands High School)

•Cassie Gates, a junior chemistry major from Penn Hills (Penn Hills Senior High School)

•Chrissy Kaste, a senior forensic science major from Waynesburg (Phoenixville Area High School)

•Corey Rugh, a senior biology major from Smithfield (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)

•Dylan Matt, a junior forensic science major from Springfield, Ohio (Home schooled)

•Grant Strouse, a junior chemistry major from Millersburg, Ohio (West Holmes High School)

•Mackenzie Hammer, a junior chemistry major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)

•Marlana Pratt, a junior biology major from Mapleville, R.I. (Burrillville High School)

•Nicolas Frazee, a senior mathematics major from New Kensington (Saint Joseph High School)

•Tara Faggioli, a senior chemistry major from Jefferson Hills (Thomas Jefferson High School)

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgWaynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fifth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year. 

More than 400 student chapter annual activity reports were reviewed by the Society Committee on Education (SOCED). As a result of the reports, 280 awards were given, including 44 “Outstanding,” 85 “Commendable,” and 151 “Honorable Mention” awards. Waynesburg University was one of only 44 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

Under the direction of Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry at Waynesburg University, and Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Waynesburg University, the ACS student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community and the Food Chemistry and Green Chemistry programs offered to local Girl Scout members, among many others. 

Student chapter members also provide service to the department, work to foster community within the group through social events offered throughout the academic year, and participate in National Chemistry Week including volunteering at ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center and hosting the Periodic Table of Cupcakes on campus. 

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Tom Barton read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

For more information, contact Baldauff at 724-852-3617.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University will hold its annual Science Day Thursday, Dec. 4. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student.

Intended to excite high school students about science, participants will enjoy hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. A question-and-answer session will be offered to provide prospective students with the opportunity to ask undergraduates about the college experience.

Special presentations in chemistry, biology and forensic science will occur in addition to a tour of the marine biology lab, all hosted by professors and students.

Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, believes high school students will benefit from attending Science Day.

“Science Day is important because it gives high school students the opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to study science at a college level,” said Baldauff. “While on campus, students will interact with faculty and current undergraduates and experience the exciting programs we have in the sciences at Waynesburg University.”

For more information, contact Baldauff at ebaldauf@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3617.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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