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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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Jessica Lukowich, senior forensic science major

Medical technician intern at UPMC Hamot Medical Laboratory in Erie, Pa. 

Students in laboratory classes at Waynesburg University conduct research and experiments with some of the most advanced science technology and tools available. For Jessica Lukowich, gaining experience in these labs helped her find her passion as well as an internship last summer. 

The senior forensic science major worked at UPMC Hamot Medical Laboratory in Erie, Pa., as a medical technician intern where she observed and assisted in a variety of labs including blood bank, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, histology, phlebotomy and urinalysis. 

In addition, she assisted in an autopsy, prepared slides with patients’ blood samples, prepared tissue samples for analysis, learned to type and screen blood types, loaded samples onto analysis instruments, learned to interpret results and assisted with quality assurance checks. 

While in the lab, Lukowich said she felt like she helped make a difference because doctors relied on the results from her tests to determine the best treatment for their patients. She added that through Waynesburg classes and her internship, she has seen growth in her knowledge as well as her determination to succeed. 

“I want to work in some type of biology or chemistry lab when I graduate from Waynesburg,” said Lukowich. “Having experience with lab procedures in class and seeing how they operate really drew me to this internship.”

 

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Kelly-Brady.jpgKelly Brady, 2011 Forensic Science 

Forensic technician at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia, Pa.

Working a full-time job while earning a master’s degree may be difficult for some, but for Kelly Brady, juggling both came easily.

A 2011 graduate of Waynesburg University, the former forensic science major currently works as a forensic technician at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, where she performs autopsies, extracts fluids and organs from decedents for toxicology, takes photographs of decedents and releases them to funeral homes. Just recently, she earned her master’s degree in forensic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Reflecting on her time at Waynesburg University, the former vice president of Waynesburg’s Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a chemistry honorary society, chapter credits her alma mater for preparing her for life after college.

“Waynesburg University gave me countless opportunities to network with people in my field and to gain as much knowledge as possible,” said Brady. “I feel that all of the coursework and extracurricular activities at Waynesburg were beneficial and prepared me for the workforce because I was able to see what my field was really like.” 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and the Office of Admissions will host the fall Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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 gain 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 vast array of workshops offered will help students to determine if they can see a forensic science or criminal justice career in their futures. 

“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.” 

Every year, typically more than 40 current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors attend the event. 

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mike-Cipoletti.jpgWaynesburg University will host its annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 22, through Friday, June 27, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants will gain valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities.

All workshops are interconnected through a series of evidence and crime scenes, designed with a hands-on approach to learning. Students will learn how to properly collect, preserve and analyze evidence. 

During this six-day, five-night experience, students are given the opportunity to study with experts in forensic science as well as professionals from various fields including state and federal agencies. This year, camp topics will include scene processing, interviewing and interrogation techniques, fingerprinting, DNA profiling, Hazmat evidence collection, surveillance and search warrant execution techniques.

This year’s camp will also feature a new workshop titled Forensic Analyzation of Evidence, better known as Forensic Science. Students will have the opportunity to analyze evidence as illustrated in popular crime drama television series.

“By adding this component, we would like to give students the opportunity to conduct a few of these tests themselves in order to obtain a real-life perspective on how much time, energy and knowledge it takes to be in this career field,” said Faith Musko, camp advisor and instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University.

Students interested in forensic science and criminal justice will train with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol and the Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), as well as crime scene investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police and other municipal police departments. The camp will enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of forensic topics, as well as allow them to make valuable connections with professionals and fellow peers in the field.

Individuals entering 11th grade, 12th grade or who are spring 2014 high school graduates are eligible to attend the camp.

Participating Waynesburg University faculty include: 

•Mike Cipoletti, camp director, director of the Forensic Science Program and assistant professor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, previously worked for the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab. He served as a forensic scientist and lab system quality specialist in chemistry and drug identification.

•John Mcllwain, camp advisor and instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, has taught for 16 years. He began his professional career as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer in Germany. Mcllwain left the military in 1977 and became a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He conducted investigations of the Federal Firearms Laws for 11 years.

•Faith Musko, camp advisor and instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, is a former toxicologist and forensic chemist with AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis, Ind. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the American Chemical Society and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.

•Adam Jack, camp co-creator, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and assistant professor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, is a former forensic detective with the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office and police officer in Rostraver Township, Pa. He is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and has testified as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation and fingerprints.

•Marietta Wright, camp workshop presenter and assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, previously conducted molecular biology research in type I diabetes at the University of Pittsburgh. Her main areas of interest are cell and molecular biology, genetics, DNA profiling and scientific teaching.

To register, visit csicamp.waynesburg.edu or call 724-225-7393.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

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