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Three new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) program with the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new Graduate and Professional Studies faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “The strength of these programs rests on the quality of our faculty. Each of our new faculty members brings a commitment to the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving in addition to their strengths in educators.”

Lina Hixson will serve as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from LaRoche College and M.S.N. from Duquesne University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Devon Manderino has been named professor of counseling. She received her B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Kathy Palombo has joined the University as coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing Program and instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from California University of Pennsylvania and M.S.N. from Waynesburg University.

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Six new faculty members joined the Waynesburg University undergraduate teaching community as classes began this week.

“The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome our new undergraduate faculty members,” said Dr. Jamie Jacobs, dean for institutional effectiveness and planning at the University. “Each brings not only expertise in their respective disciplines, but a commitment to Christian higher education. We are excited for these new faculty members to join us in supporting the Waynesburg University mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Dr. Mark Ahlseen has been named associate professor of business administration. He received his B.S. degree from Taylor University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Bradley Davis has joined the University as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and is a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chad Keys will serve as assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. Deana Mack has been named assistant professor of education. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University.

Laurel Miner has joined the University as instructor of nursing. She received her B.S.N. from Duquesne University and M.S.N. degree from Walden University.

Dr. J. Christian Ola will serve as assistant professor of business administration. He received his B.A. from Grove City College; his M.B.A. from Duquesne University and just recently his Ph.D. from Anderson University. 

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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b2ap3_thumbnail_randolph_amy_cover-2_1-1-2_20140130-200504_1.jpgDr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize.

Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments. Many of the segments in her poem deal with experiences such as loss, self-doubt and spiritual doubt, while other segments are firmly rooted in images of hope and spiritual endurance.

“The ineffable, ethereal quality these poems contain gives them so much mystery that I can't even describe it,” said Sherry Beasely, owner of ABR Press. “I read the poems so much in an effort to see if there was some concrete thing, and, not really finding one, liked the manuscript all the more for it. These poems are deep and pure and they seem to truly come from Amy’s soul. We received a lot of good work, but Amy’s manuscript trumped all the rest.”

Kristine Schiffbauer, instructor of visual communication at Waynesburg University, designed the chapbook cover using a photograph taken by Dr. Robert Randolph, writer-in-residence at the University and Randolph’s husband, while the Randolphs lived in Texas.

"I feel blessed and honored that my manuscript was chosen,” said Randolph. “As a poet, I consider this a strong affirmation not only of my own writing but of the value of all poetry in a culture (our culture, specifically) in which the genre often seems not to play a significant role in people’s lives. This is why I'm so grateful for Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and the work they do – clearly not for profit, but out of a genuine love of poetry and a commitment to producing beautiful books."

Randolph holds a Ph.D. from Binghampton University as well as a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from Texas State University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kathy-Stolfer-Resized.jpgDr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, recently presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Nursing Education Conference in New Orleans, La.

Her presentation, “RN-BSN Courses: The Clinical Piece,” focused on the creation of required clinical components for RN-BSN courses according to what AACN mandates.

“I was very honored to be accepted, based on the fact that 339 abstract submissions were received and only 35 percent were accepted, which included podium and poster presentations,” Stolfer said. “My podium presentation was well-received, and I had a packed room!”

The annual conference presented issues of vital importance to baccalaureate and pre-licensure nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assist deans and directors to implement those standards; influence the nursing profession to improve health care; and promote public support for professional nursing education, research and practice.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kimberly-Stephens-Resized.jpgThe research of  Dr. Kimberly Stephens, assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg and co-director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, and Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing, was recently published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal. 

Stephens served as the primary writer and presenter of their manuscript titled, “Simulation to Improve Pediatric Patient Outcomes: University and Hospital Collaborative,” which served as part of her capstone project and one of the criteria to graduate from Waynesburg University’s DNP Program. 

She and Mosser presented the research at multiple national and regional conferences and earned an Emerging Learning & Integrated Technologies Education (ELITE) National Dissemination Symposium Poster Presentation Quality Award for using simulation as a teaching strategy. 

The manuscript detailed Stephens’ instruction and implementation of best practices for intravenous ( IV) insertion, particularly in pediatric health. The DNP capstone project requires students to identify an issue in the healthcare field and develop the research and educational techniques to help solve the issue. 

“This study resulted in an improvement in practice at the institutional level and provides an example of how collaboration between academic and practice institutions can result in successful outcomes for patients,” Mosser said.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Nancy-Mosser-Resized.jpgAccording to the paper’s abstract, “Through the use of simulation technology and debriefing techniques at the pediatric PIV insertion program, pediatric PIV insertion skills improved.” 

As a graduate of Waynesburg University’s DNP Program, an assistant professor and co-director of Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs at the University and a practicing nursing professional, Stephens said that continued professional development, such as submitting her paper to the journal, is important.

“You have to be constantly involved,” Stephens said. “We want to bring the best practices, guidelines and technology to our classrooms and patients.”

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