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Beginning in the fall of 2014, Waynesburg University will offer a new concentration, project management, within its Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program. 

The project management concentration joins six other MBA degree options including applied business, energy management, finance, human resources/leadership, health systems administration and market development. 

According to Janice Crile, assistant professor and director of Graduate Programs in Business Administration at Waynesburg University, the concentration is designed to prepare students to assume and successfully execute leadership and management responsibilities. 

“This overall program is designed to prepare and educate students on the fundamentals of project management,” Crile said. “It will enable them to lead projects and programs in their own fields with a general understanding of the depth managing a project.”

Students pursuing an MBA with a focus in project management will study project management software, practice portfolio management principles, create a risk management plan and prepare to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. 

“Project managers are in high demand and are used in a variety of industries from the energy field to healthcare,” said Crile. “The MBA Program continually strives to develop curriculum that helps our graduates excel in the workplace. It is Waynesburg University’s goal to expand the program to meet the needs of corporate America.” 

The MBA Program at Waynesburg University consists of 36 credits in total. Required courses make up 27 of these, and the remaining nine come from electives to be chosen according to a selected concentration. MBA Courses are offered located at four convenient centers in the Pittsburgh region including Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or jcrile@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_image001.jpgDr. Darryl Husenits, CONSOL Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, was recently awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award.

The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.” 

Husenits worked with representatives from Waynesburg as well as Dr. George Smith, general manager of value chain at CONSOL Energy and an alumnus of the University’s MBA Program, and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, manager of e-services at CONSOL Energy, to develop strategic curriculum for an Energy Management Concentration for the University’s MBA Program. The Energy Management Concentration was launched in 2012.

“This team was able to help Waynesburg design and implement our concentration in Energy Management,” said David Mariner, dean of graduate and professional studies at Waynesburg University. “We always look for ways to improve and enhance our curriculum. Husenits, Smith and Cooper were instrumental with this process.”

According to Mariner, through communication with students and employers, the University determined that there was a need to implement curriculum into the MBA degree that was geared toward the energy industry.

“We noticed an increase in enrollment from students working in the energy field,” Mariner said. “It was an easy choice to reach out to Dr. Husenits because of his experience and education, not to mention he was an alumnus of our MBA Program. Dr. Husenits then helped us to connect to Dr. Smith and Dr. Cooper.”

According to Husenits, the University’s Energy Management Concentration fills a void in higher education, as “it provides students with a broad view of the energy sector and will help students to make decisions that will add value to their employers.”

“The focus of the program is to deliver value to students by covering strategic industry drivers such as safety, compliance (internal and external), continuous improvement and risk analysis. This concentration also provides practical application processes in Project Management as well as Supply Chain Management,” said Husenits, who has taught courses for the concentration since its inception.

Husenits holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Seton Hill University, an MBA in applied business from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. in information systems and communication from Robert Morris University. 

Waynesburg University’s 36-credit MBA Program can be completed in two years or less. Students can set their own degree pace with an exclusive “step in – step out” class format. Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg. Saturday morning classes are offered at the Southpointe location.

For more information, contact Janice Crile at 724-743-2269 or jcrile@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_whiteman.jpgDr. Kimberly Whiteman, assistant professor and co-director of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Nursing Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Waynesburg University, recently published an article in Critical Care Nurse, a peer reviewed journal. 

The article, “Choosing the best evidence to guide clinical practice: Application of AACN levels of evidence,” was published in the April 2014 edition. 

The article was a result of the work of the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). As a member of that group, Whiteman shares authorship.

“The group was charged with revising the organization’s level of evidence hierarchy in 2011,” Whiteman said. “During the revisions, the group also decided to include a visual pyramid with the levels. Most of the research was around other organizations and their levels compared to AACN’s and on the current trends in evidence-based practice.”  

The level of evidences and evidence-based care pyramid will be introduced at the organizations National Teaching Institute in Denver, Colo., May 18 through 22.  

AACN is the world’s largest nursing specialty organization with more than 100,000 members. Most of the members are directly related to patient care, either as bedside nurses or supporting bedside nurses. 

“The organization strives to give the membership the tools that are needed to provide care for patients that is based on current evidence,” Whiteman said. “Projects such as this one permit nurses to use a common language to critique and apply evidence.” 

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Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively scoring above the national average for accredited counseling programs. One Waynesburg University student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees nationwide. 

More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for the exam.

“The NCE is the national benchmark for knowledge and skills in the counseling profession,” said Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling at Waynesburg. “Waynesburg University’s Program has reached a point in its evolution that makes it comparable to similar programs at large universities.”

The NCE is used for two purposes: national counselor certification and state counselor licensure. The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is designed to be general in nature. It is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
Satisfactory performance on the NCE is one of the criteria used by the National Board for Certified Counselors to identify professionals who may be eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree and doctoral programs in counseling. To achieve accreditation, programs voluntarily submit a self-study that is reviewed against the CACREP Standards by counselors and counselor educators to ensure that students receive a quality educational experience.

Courses within Waynesburg University’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Programs are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one or two nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Monroeville, Seven Fields, Southpointe and Waynesburg.

For more information, contact Tracy at stracy@waynesburg.edu or 724-743-2259.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Deborah-Lewis-resized.jpgDr. Deborah Lewis, director of the RN to BSN Program at Waynesburg University, was selected to present at the 6th Annual Best Practice in Nursing Education Conference March 21, 2014 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Her abstract, “You want me to do what?  Practice Experience in an RN to BSN program,” outlines the ways in which Waynesburg University’s RN to BSN Program provides practice experience and “allows theory to inform students’ practice and their practice to inform theory with the use of adult learning principles in the classroom.”  

Lewis submitted her abstract to share with other local educators and nurses the process of practice experience in Waynesburg's RN to BSN Program. 

“The students have a required one credit of service learning,” she said. “I think this, along with their other experiences such as the Intro to the New Testament course, gives students the background for looking at their professional and personal life in a different way.”

Sponsored by the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and Pennsylvania League for Nursing Area VI, the conference aims to bring together nursing educators from across the region to discuss best practices.

Lewis’s presentation will include the learning objectives, method of instruction and content covered in her poster.

Waynesburg University's RN to BSN Program is designed specifically to meet the needs of working RNs who are motivated to meet personal educational goals and want to enhance their career options. The Program is structured in a user-friendly format that allows adult students to balance work and family responsibilities with school-related efforts.

 

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