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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-10-CJ-laser-shot.jpgWaynesburg University recently unveiled its new Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in the University’s CSI Center.

The simulator will enable criminal justice students to gain experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and weapons familiarization and will also be available to area law enforcement agencies for training purposes.

“We are honored to share this resource with the surrounding community by offering training opportunities to regional law enforcement agencies,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office, Fayette County and Greene County Drug Task forces, Greene County District Attorney's Office, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Greene County and Washington County Probation offices, Pennsylvania State Police and the Waynesburg Borough Police Department attended the initial training session on March 20.

Waynesburg University first purchased a Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in 2011, at the time as the only institution of higher education in the region to offer this type of training. The upgraded system doubles the number of use of force scenarios available, where participants utilize verbal de-escalation and other techniques, preparing for various possible outcomes.

“I commend Waynesburg University for integrating this simulator technology into their curriculum,” said Louis Weiers, supervisory special agent with the ATF. “The type of immersive training that the students as well as my fellow law enforcement partners will be undergoing will better prepare these crime fighters for the encounters that they will be having in the streets.”

Offering students the opportunity to learn technical skills from experienced professionals in a hands-on setting from day one, Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was recently ranked in the top five percent nationwide in College Factual’s ranking, published by USA Today.

“We are teaching the next generation of law enforcement professionals the use-of-force continuum from their freshman year through their senior year,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation Program. “We have 41 freshmen this year in the program. All 41 have used this system, so it’s not something students have to wait until their senior year to utilize.”

Laser Shot is one of the fastest growing leaders in firearm and force option training solutions for military and law enforcement professionals. Recognized worldwide for its innovative training products, Laser Shot incorporates both patented and COTS technologies in developing accurate, dependable and effective training systems.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-26-CIA-Dujmovic.jpgThis week, Waynesburg University offers unique opportunities for students to learn more about careers with the CIA.

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Administration Program hosted Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic, a former intelligence officer for the CIA, Monday, Feb. 26.

Dr. Dujmovic, who currently serves as visiting assistant professor of politics and director of the Intelligence Studies Program at The Catholic University of America, spoke to students in specific criminal justice courses and addressed more than 100 students in an evening lecture.

“Dr. Dujmovic’s impressive service, career work and historical knowledge of the CIA’s casework and intelligence gathering is invaluable information to introduce to our criminal justice students,” said James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management. “It was particularly beneficial for our students who have an interest in intelligence gathering and analysis, counter-terrorism or homeland security.”

While employed at the CIA, Dr. Dujmovic was a speechwriter for the director of central intelligence, editor of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) and manager of analysts working on Southeast Asian issues.

Additionally, he was a member of the CIA history staff, where he served on the editorial board of the Journal Studies in Intelligence and directed the Oral History program. Much of his historical work with the CIA was classified, but his unclassified work on agency operations, culture and historiography has appeared in various books and journals.

“Dr. Dujmovic provided Waynesburg’s criminal justice students with a unique perspective and valuable insight as a highly trained expert into a secretive U.S. Intelligence Agency that most people do not have access to,” said Tanda.

Dr. Dujmovic’s visit will be followed by a March 1 on-campus recruitment event with representatives from the CIA. The event will offer students an information question and answer session and networking sessions with CIA officers. Separate one-on-one sessions will be held for pre-selected students.

In addition to Waynesburg University, students from Bethany College, Carlow University, Chatham University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Geneva College, Grove City College, La Roche College, Penn State Fayette, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, Saint Vincent College, Washington & Jefferson College, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Westminster College, will attend the event.

Waynesburg criminal justice administration majors have a history of earning a number of posts with federal agencies. Recent graduates have been employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, United States Secret Service and United States Customs and Border Patrol.

“Our criminal justice program continues to expand its curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level to include high-level intelligence courses which expose our students to twenty-first century national security challenges and careers in the federal government,” added Tanda.

For the second consecutive year, Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was nationally recognized as a best value in the 2018 College Factual “Best Colleges Nationwide” rankings published by USA Today. The program placed in the top 5 percent, ranking No. 12 out of 382 similar school programs in the nation and No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/cja.

For more information about the recruitment event, contact Marie Coffman at 724-852-3399 or mcoffman@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 one of only 22 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_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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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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