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b2ap3_thumbnail_CSI-Camp-2016-172.jpgWaynesburg University will offer its 11th annual Crime Scene Investigation Camp for current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The camp will run from Sunday, June 18, through Friday, June 23.

Participants will learn from certified experts in the University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and be offered hands-on experience in related fields. Professors from the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and the Biology Program will also present their expertise.

Each day of the camp is filled with hands-on activities and engaging sessions about criminal justice and investigation that will show students what to expect from a major and/or career in those fields. Professors at the University who have spent years working in their respective fields, which include law enforcement, criminal investigation and forensics, will share their expertise and demonstrate essential skills.

“We want [attendees] to learn more about law enforcement and forensics to help them make informed decisions about what they might want to study in college or pursue as a career, and we want them to find out what it’s like to be a student at WU,” said Mike Cipoletti, camp director and assistant professor of forensic science.

The deadline for camp registration is May 5, and the fee is $500, which includes meals, housing and materials for the week. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and a $100 deposit is required. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for participants who register and place their deposit before April 17. Participants can attain the scholarship application upon registering.

To register, visit waynesburg.edu/csicamp or call 800-225-7393.

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

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science will hold its annual Science Day event Thursday, Dec. 8. The event will primarily host prospective students who will have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student at the University.

Science Day will offer presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities directed by Waynesburg faculty, in addition to discussions about what it is like to study science in college and the benefits of pursuing a degree in science.

“Science Day at Waynesburg University aims to expose students in the surrounding areas to the benefits of pursuing a degree in science,” said Brad Davis, assistant professor of chemistry. “It also provides the opportunity for our expert faculty to showcase their teaching and for visiting students to see our modern labs and beautiful campus.”

The University will also host an additional Science Day event for local high school students during the spring semester, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

For more information, contact Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, at ebaldauf@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3617.

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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Students in the Waynesburg University Forensic Science Club will hold a community outreach event in conjunction with a local drug and alcohol awareness group Wednesday, Nov. 9. The University students leading the event will work with Communities That Care, an organization that focuses on educating at-risk youth, to hold the event at West Sides in Waynesburg.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening games, and then the participants will be presented with an informational session about the risk, effects and community issues associated with heroin use. University students will lead participants through a mock crime scene and an interview with a suspected heroine user regarding a friend who overdosed. The event will end at approximately 8:30 p.m.

This is the second consecutive year that Waynesburg students will collaborate with Communities That Care for the presentation. The event is one of many that showcase University students’ desire to use their talents and education to serve the surrounding community.

For more information, contact Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science, at 724-852-7716 or fmusko@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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-Mock-Crime-Scene-Workshop.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science will host a fall Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The workshop, hosted in conjunction with the University’s Office of Admissions, provides high school students with the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as local experts in the field.

“The Mock Crime Scene weekend gives the current students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet prospective students and show them, through experience, what they can expect by attending Waynesburg University,” said Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. “Our goal is to excite them about our programs, the opportunities available to them and assist them with making lasting connections with our community.”

Students who attend will have hands-on training from skilled experts in the forensic sciences and have the opportunity to utilize those practices by applying them at a crime scene. The variety of sessions offered will help prospective students decide on pursuing a career in forensic science or criminal justice.

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

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Melanie-Kauffman.jpgMelanie Kauffman might have only spent one year so far at Waynesburg University, but the junior forensic science transfer student has wasted no time benefiting from her Waynesburg professors, education and experiences.

“Since I have only had two semesters at Waynesburg, I’ve only taken a handful of classes, however, in various ways, all of the classes I have taken are applicable to my work and have prepared me for this laboratory experience,” said Kauffman.

The laboratory experience she speaks of has been a three month internship as an inclusion analyst in the quality control laboratory of North American Hoganas in Hollsopple, Pennsylvania, also known as the Stony Creek plant.

Hoganas is an international company known for making a wide variety of products, such as metal powders, alloys for surface protection of exposed surfaces, brazing filler metals and pastes, as well as inductors and electric drive systems. North American Hoganas is one of three branches in North America and specializes mostly in the mass production of powdered metals.

Kauffman learned of the internship opportunity through her father, who works in the Maintenance Department at North American Hoganas.

“One night at school, I called home to talk with my parents and I had mentioned to them that I was looking for a summer internship,” said Kauffman. “And it turned out that very day my dad had a meeting where they explained to employees that they were accepting internship applications for the Stony Creek plant.”

Upon submitting her application materials, Kauffman was invited to tour the plant where she completed standard paperwork, discussed the specifics of her potential job and took a critical thinking test. This visit was in lieu of a traditional interview, which is standard for most internship applicants.

“They merely took me on the basis of my resume,” said Kauffman.

Kauffman was able to build her academic resume and expand her general wealth of knowledge by enrolling in Dr. Chad Keyes’ organic chemistry class last year. A class, she said, that prepared her the most for her internship.

“Through his energetic lectures, I was able to learn a vast array of chemical reactions, molecular structures and how various microscopes can aid in meticulous analyzation,” said Kauffman.

Kauffman’s internship has been equally rewarding and challenging. Her favorite part, though, is having the opportunity to eat lunch with her dad every day and having a small glimpse into his role at the plant.

Additionally, she has become part of the lab’s family and learned various methodologies for her work.

“I have constantly improved my meticulous analyzation of the inclusions and preparation processes,” said Kauffman. “This is something that I think will be very beneficial in my future.”

Oddly enough, these same benefits have also been the most challenging for her, in addition to learning the wide range of testing and machinery in the lab.

All in all, Kauffman’s experience at North American Hoganas will no doubt propel her into her final years of study at Waynesburg and beyond.

“By obtaining this laboratory experience and making these connections with the wonderful people at North American Hoganas, I have taken a step forward to polishing my resume, gaining hands-on experience and acquiring skills that can only be obtained on a day-to-day basis that will further aid me in my future endeavors,” said Kauffman.

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