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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-CF_Best-Value-CJ.pngWaynesburg University's criminal justice program was recently nationally recognized as a best value in the 2017 College Factual "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings published by USA Today. The criminal justice program placed in the top 10 percent, ranking No. 25 out of 373 similar school programs in the nation and ranked No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania.

"We are thrilled to have the Criminal Justice Administration Program recognized as a best value, particularly being number one in Pennsylvania," said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and associate professor of criminal justice. "The hands-on nature of our program, paired with the recognition of a cost effective education, will certainly set us apart from other schools."

College Factual measures a variety of factors in determining top ranked colleges by major, such as early career and mid-career earnings; major focus and market share; post-graduate resources; related major focus, breadth and concentration; accreditation; and overall school quality.

Additionally, Waynesburg University earned the distinction as a "Best College for the Money," ranking No. 147 out of the 1,208 schools identified across the nation by College Factual.

In recent months, the University has also been recognized as a best value by U.S. News & World Report, College Factual, The Economist, The Brookings Institute and Educate to Career.

For more information about Waynesburg University's criminal justice program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/criminal-justice-administration.

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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Officials from The People’s Police Academy in Vietnam and the Political General Department will travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Sept. 30, to visit Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) and Waynesburg University for the first Public Security and Leadership United States Conference.

The four-day conference will include an in-depth study of criminal justice education and training, security operations, and emergency prevention and response. Additional topics include terrorism, human trafficking, and firearms and explosives.

PTC and Waynesburg University faculty have prepared customized training requested by the delegation in the following areas: criminal procedures in the United States; use of force; traffic stops; cameras and protection; terrorism prevention; crime scene investigation and fingerprinting; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bomb and arson response; ATF explosives detection; K-9 demonstrations; laser shot simulated firearms demonstrations; criminal investigation; firearms and explosives; forensic laboratory services; patriot training; and lethal weapons training.

Additionally, the delegation will participate in training with Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 911 EOC Center – Allegheny County, Mobile Command Center, Mobile Crime Lab, Heinz Field Terrorism Team, Pennsylvania State Police Airborne Law Enforcement, the National Response Team and the City of Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay.

According to PTC President Greg DeFeo, this event is a mutual opportunity for academic and cultural advancement.

“That Pittsburgh Technical College and our School of Criminal Justice have been selected to provide training for our contemporaries in public safety and education is an incredible honor for us. Everyone at PTC - students, faculty and our administrative team alike - are eager to host a memorable visit,” said DeFeo.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, is responsible for coordinating the events held on Waynesburg’s main campus.

“This training demonstrates and accomplishes Waynesburg University’s willingness to partner with other colleges in the region in a productive, educational environment,” said Tanda. “Waynesburg will provide instruction from our criminal justice faculty on investigations, crime scene analysis and forensic laboratory examination.”

Details, logistics and translation for the visit have been coordinated by Susan Amorose, president at the American English Institute and chief global officer for the American Scholar Group.

The Vietnamese delegation will consist of government officials, teaching professionals and executive leadership of Vietnamese police and fire organizations.

About Pittsburgh Technical College

Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical College is located on a 180-acre campus in North Fayette, west of Pittsburgh.  PTC awards associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in more than 30 programs in areas such as business, criminal justice, hospitality, design, healthcare, nursing, information technology, trades technology, and energy and electronics technology.  PTC also offers program through PTC Online and culinary programs through the American Academy of Culinary Arts, AACA.  PTC’s campus offers on-campus resident halls, student activities, intramural sports, and community service programs.

PTC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For the sixth consecutive year, PTC was recognized by its employees as one of the region’s Top Places to Work in a 2016 study commissioned by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is designated a Military Friendly School for the seventh consecutive year, and is selected a STEM Jobs Approved College for 2015.

For information about PTC, visit www.ptcollege.edu, or PTC’s School of Criminal Justice, visit www.ptcollege.edu/programs/school-of-criminal-justice.

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.

For more information about Waynesburg University’s criminal justice program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/criminal-justice-administration.

About the American English Institute

American English Institute seeks to establish the standard for American English by functioning both as an accreditation body that instills the correct pedagogy for educators and as an educator of the language. Guiding students from beginning to advanced levels, the institute fosters proficiency in all the linguistic domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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 Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

awise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7675

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kaitlyn-Marteney_20150630-180026_1.jpgKaitlyn Marteney, a 2015 forensic accounting and criminal justice alumna, hasn’t wasted any time utilizing the skills she acquired through a number of courses and her two academic majors at Waynesburg University.

Marteney serves as a corporate internal auditor for Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials, and is responsible for familiarizing herself with the appropriate policies surrounding the audit, as well as data analytics on provided documents.

“What I love about auditing is that every day is different. I preplan for audits for about two weeks and then spend the next three to four weeks performing the audit at the respective plant,” she said. “My audits are constantly changing; they may be similar, but are never the same. Each plant has a different means of operations; therefore, we have a different audit scope.”

Marteney is flown to various plant locations including Berkeley, California; Rockville, Maryland; Wilmington, North Carolina; Whippany, New Jersey; and Baytown, Texas.

Throughout the audit, Marteney is required to meet with key personnel from the plant to gain a better understanding of its operations. At the conclusion of the audit, Marteney and her audit team compile a report with their overall findings and related recommendations.

A perfect blend of accounting and criminal justice, Marteney chose auditing as a result of the way the two fields converge. A career that offers something different each day, Marteney is grateful for the structure of her undergraduate education, and the diversity of course requirements that have prepared her for her current work. Accounting and auditing principles, interview/interrogation techniques, knowledge related to breaches in security, and presentation and communication skills are just a few of the many competencies she utilizes daily.

In addition to her Waynesburg University education, Marteney is grateful for the spiritual guidance she received as a student at Waynesburg.

“The Waynesburg Business Department has taught me how to be a Christian in the workplace and not lose sight of my values,” she said. “My Waynesburg University career has shaped me to be full of integrity and faith. [Waynesburg alumni] view our careers as a calling and not just a job.”

Marteney is thankful for professors like James Tanda, instructor of Criminal Justice, and Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of Business Administration, and the importance they place on enriching the lives of their students.

“They have led me to where I am today,” she said. “Both of these professors have gone out of their way to meet with me and answer any questions that I have had over my four years at Waynesburg. It's great to know that your professors know you on a personal level and want to see you succeed.”

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Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department recently welcomed two guests who brought legends of the Pittsburgh Mob to life. 

Ed Reiser and Bruce Teitelbaum, longtime experts in the field of criminal justice, visited Waynesburg University to share insight into the world of organized crime, or mob activity, with criminal justice administration students. They began by debunking the myths that organized crime exists only in cities like Chicago and New York.

“Pittsburgh also had a very active organized crime family that dates back to the turn of the 19th century at least,” said Reiser, a retired special agent for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division.

As members of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), Reiser and Teitelbaum spent years unraveling cases involving the Pittsburgh Mob. 

According to Reiser, the investigations leading to the successful prosecution of members of the Genovese organized crime family in Pittsburgh spanned seven years, from 1984 through 1990, and resulted in the indictments of more than 60 individuals for 182 separate violations of federal laws.

After decades of investigating organized crime, both men agree on the secret to ending mob violence.

“When you are conducting an investigation of organized crime, you have to have an insider,” Reiser said. “If you try to use outsiders to testify, fear is always there to keep people from cooperating with the government.”

Reiser graduated from Robert Morris College in 1975 and immediately began working in the Examination Division of the IRS. He worked in the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS from 1977 until his retirement in 2010. He has received eight awards for superior performance at the IRS and has been awarded numerous other honors from the OCDETF and other organizations.

Teitelbaum, who graduated from Duquesne Law School in 1980, worked as a United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania until his retirement in 2012. In this position, he served as the lead attorney and section chief for the Organized Crime and Narcotics sections. Teitelbaum was also the lead attorney for the OCDETF, and he now practices law at a private firm.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_imagerrrr.jpgWaynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club participated in the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge at Heinz Field Saturday, Dec. 6, to raise money for Special Olympics. 

Approximately 20 students joined Waynesburg University instructor of criminal justice James Tanda in the plunge. The Criminal Justice Club raised more than $1,500 leading up to the event. This was the second year that the club participated. In two years, the club has raised more than $2,500. 

The Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge Weekend is Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s largest fundraiser, grossing more than 1 million dollars during the first four years. Individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, take the plunge into the Ohio River on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. 

Student representatives from freshmen to seniors gave up their Saturday to join more than 1,800 other plungers in the freezing rain for the cause. This year, the air temperature was 39 degrees and the water temperature was 38 degrees at the time of the plunge.

“Our goal was to follow the University's mission of service to this very needy cause while also connecting our criminal justice and forensic science students to a network of law enforcement, attorneys, federal agencies and others in the profession,” said Tanda.   “This year's donation will be used to help further the mission of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and help support the more than 20,000 athletes served in the commonwealth.”

According to Tanda, half of the money raised by Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Club will go directly to Greene County's Special Olympics program, which Waynesburg's Criminal Justice Club resurrected last year.

Tanda has plunged every year since the event’s inception - both as an agent with his former federal agency - and now leading Waynesburg's involvement in the service project.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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