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Dana Baer, professor of criminal justice, attended the Pennsylvania Bar training held in Washington County on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice, instructed Post-Blast Investigation courses in Alabama for seven weeks during the summer of 2014. Tanda also instructed Hostage Negotiators for the State at State Correctional Institution SCI-Greene Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.  

The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and the Office of Admissions hosted the fall Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

Approximately 17 criminal justice administration students completed internships at various agencies over the course of the summer of 2014.  The experiences ranged from legal research to probation and parole to hands-on law enforcement.  

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club participated in the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge at Heinz Field Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, to raise money for Special Olympics. 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. 

Eight Waynesburg University Criminal Justice students assisted the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in training exercises Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. 

The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 28, 2015.  

Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the University’s Criminal Justice Department and Department of Public Safety, held an Active Shooter Learning Drill Sunday, April 12, 2015. Similar to other mock events held on campus, such as the Mock Crime Scene event and Sports Broadcasting Camp, the drill was highly participative as an experiential learning opportunity. Approximately seventy criminal justice administration majors had the opportunity to be a part of the exercise and learn alongside professionals who have also chosen a life of service in public safety. 

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department welcomed two guests who brought legends of the Pittsburgh Mob to life in April of 2015. 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. 

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club hosted a Special Olympics Meet-and-Greet event Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the Waynesburg University Gymnasium. In conjunction with the Special Olympics Greene County Program, the purpose of the event was to inform the community of the local program and the benefits of participating. 

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The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

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On October 21, 2013, Waynesburg University students enrolled in instructor of criminal justice James Tanda’s terrorism class welcomed Edward Bender, a visiting guest speaker from the National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Ala. During his Waynesburg University presentation, Bender touched on many historic cases with first-hand accounts and details not found in history books.

The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the annual Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Oct. 19. The event afforded high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside experts in various criminal justice and forensic science areas.

Waynesburg University hosted its annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 16, through Friday, June 21, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants gained valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities.

James Tanda was a Supervisory Special Agent for the Department of Justice and joined Waynesburg University in January, 2013, as an Instructor of Criminal Justice.  He received his B.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an AFT Certified Explosives Specialist.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CSI-Resized.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions will host the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

Students will attend technical workshops in the morning and then apply what they've learned in mock crime scenes or active response scenarios in the afternoon. Workshops related to arrest techniques, interview and interrogation practices and a firearms training simulator will also be offered.

“The goal of the event is to provide the high school students with a better perspective of what careers in law enforcement and forensic science are really like,” said Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science. “Hopefully we are helping students determine if criminal justice or forensics is a viable option for them to pursue as a major course of study.”

Under the instruction of University students, faculty and representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, by the end of the day, students will be able to apply the principles and techniques learned to a challenging crime scene. 

To register, or for more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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On October 21, 2013, Waynesburg University students enrolled in instructor of criminal justice James Tanda’s terrorism class welcomed Edward Bender, a visiting guest speaker from the National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Ala.

More than 100 Waynesburg University students from classes including terrorism, criminal investigations, criminal justice, forensic science, criminalistics, criminal law, white collar crime, interview & interrogation and private security attended Bender’s instructional presentation involving crime scene investigation, laboratory analysis, evidence collection and case studies globally spanning the last 25 years.

“Waynesburg students could see that expertise come through with detailed and animated descriptions of Bender’s firsthand accounts of examining the World Trade Center truck bomb and the Oklahoma City federal building bombing,” said Tanda.

Tanda and Bender worked closely together for more than 22 years in the field on bomb scenes and in explosives investigative training environments. They continue to stay close to the explosives law enforcement community as they are both contracted subject matter experts at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research.

Bender earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in 1979.  His career in forensic chemistry began that same year in the Instrumental Analysis Section of the FBI Laboratory with an emphasis on explosives and trace evidence examination. He continued his career at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Laboratory in 1990, specializing in the chemical analysis of explosives, explosive effects and trace evidence.  After 34 years of service to the Department of Justice as an expert in his field, Bender retired from ATF’s Washington National Laboratory in 2012.

Although Bender worked on hundreds of criminal investigations at the federal, state and international levels, some of his more notable investigations included the bombing of the Embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, the attempted assassination of president Ronald Reagan, the “Unibomber" serial bombing case, the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires and the 1996 TWA Flight 800 investigations.

During his Waynesburg University presentation, Bender touched on many of these historic cases with first-hand accounts and details not found in history books.

Bender has 26 peer reviewed scientific publications including contributions to three books. He has taught numerous post-blast investigation courses and has given lectures in nearly every state in the country.  He has also taught explosives investigations throughout the world including international law enforcement academies in Africa, Hungary and Thailand.

He currently teaches more than 20 classes a year for the homemade explosives course at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research as well as a pipe bomb analysis course at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Western Regional CPC in Chilliwack, British Colombia. 

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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CSI Camp Students in HAZMAT suits

Hello All!

I'm back! So as I promised in my last blog entry, here's an update for the past day or so.

On Wednesday, the campers started off their day with a little burial excavation - dirt, sunshine, skeletons, and shovels (What more do you need?!) After being taken through the steps of how to excavate a burial site, the students were split into teams, and allowed to uncover their own sites, figuring out what happened to the body in the ground (insert second disclaimer here - no real bodies were used!)

After the excavation, the campers were given some free time while we had a cookout. They played some games and enjoyed the amazing weather that we have had this week.

It was after the fun and sun that the real work began though, as the students had to put on their HAZMAT suits (also known as hazardous materials suits - picture giant ghostbuster looking outfits, minus the air tanks and fancy equipment) and begin processing arson scenes. The students were required to use everything that they learned from the ATF and the Pennsylvania State Trooper/Fire Marshal that they talked to earlier this week. The campers really seemed to enjoy that, and having taken a class this past semester on responding to biological and chemical weapons, I could definitely relate to them - for class, we had to wear the suits, and while they were super hot inside, it was pretty awesome to walk around in crime scenes covered head to toe in the suits. Plus they look pretty ridiculous in a totally awesome way.

On Thursday we spent most of the day at the FBI CJIS Division in Clarksburg, WV. Without giving everything away, we were able to tour some of the facility, speak with FBI profilers, learn about biometrics (and seeing where exactly your fingerprints go when you get entered into the system ), watch the bomb squad dogs sniff out explosives, and learn about some of the hardships that officers face in the line of duty. We even got to go to the gift store too and stock up on our FBI souvenirs - parents, if you are lucky, maybe your camper brought you something back!

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Last, but certainly not least, we spent the past 2 hours listening to Dr. Cyril Wecht, a world reknowned forensic pathologist. Dr. Wecht has completed over 18,000 autopsies, and has consulted on major cases.

I would just like to take a minute to thank our presenters! We are so fortunate to have professionals from such diverse backgrounds and fields represented at CSI camp.

Stay tuned for more!

-Caiti

Caiti Fillipi is a student blogger and the Waynesburg University CSI Camp coordinator. She is a junior in Forensic Science.


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