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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-5-ACS-Chapter-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for the sixth consecutive year. The award, a result of the chapter’s activities for the 2014-15 academic year, was recently presented at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California.

The congratulatory letter from ACS President Diane Grob Schmidt read as follows: “Professors Evonne Baldauff and Robert LaCount, faculty advisors of the chapter, deserve special commendation. Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Baldauff and Professor LaCount’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country. We extend our warmest congratulations to the students and Professors Baldauff and LaCount for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors!”

More than 400 student chapter reports were submitted for review by The Society Committee on Education. There were 314 awards given, including 55 outstanding, 99 commendable and 160 honorable mention awards.

“Winning the outstanding award is a wonderful recognition for the efforts that our students undertake through various activities, events and projects,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University. “Receiving this award also validates that the work we do is meaningful to the audiences we serve, which is very important as we strive to be excellent representatives of the University.”

Led by Baldauff and Dr. Robert LaCount, professor emeritus of chemistry, the student chapter was highly involved in campus and community outreach activities throughout the year, such as monthly labs for homeschooled students, a Haunted Lab open to the campus and local community, among many others. The chapter also assisted with the undergraduate portion of the Central Regional Meeting of the ACS in Pittsburgh.

According to Baldauff, the reviewing committee noted that there were only five weeks out of the academic year when the chapter was not involved in an event or project.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

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_3-31-PITTCON.JPGChelsie Gaton, a senior forensic science major at Waynesburg University, and Trenton Bromenschenkel, a senior biochemistry major at Waynesburg University, recently served as student aides at the PITTCON Conference and Exposition for Laboratory Science in Atlanta, Ga.

Gaton and Bromenschenkel were involved with judging and managing poster sessions. They worked on the program committee and were responsible for set-up tasks such as signage and technology for presentation sessions, in addition to being greeters. Gaton also spent time serving on the registration committee.

“PITTCON is several things, but it is primarily a trade show for instrumental chemists,” said Bromenschenkel. “Those in device manufacturing are able to show off their new products and connect with new customers while those in the commercial industry are able to network and learn the latest advancements.”

Networking with scientists in the field from all over the world is a great benefit to college students who attend PITTCON.

“The people I made connections with gave me great advice about job searching that I will be able to utilize,” said Gaton. “I was also given different opportunities at the conference to utilize new science equipment being developed, such as micropipettes and pH probes.”

Both students agree that their prior coursework at Waynesburg was valuable in preparing them to participate at the conference.

“The instrumental class I took at Waynesburg helped me understand the technical side of the instrumentals at the show,” said Bromenschenkel. “I also attended a lecture by a Nobel Prize in chemistry winner and had no problem understanding the material, which is a testament to the quality of education I am receiving.”

“I learned a great deal of new information and I am able to understand the concepts,” said Gaton. “I will also encourage others at Waynesburg to attend the conference in the future.”

The conference and exposition hosts approximately 16,000 attendees from over 90 countries and hosts a wide variety of constituencies from life sciences, pharmaceutical discovery and QA, food safety, environmental, bioterrorism and other emerging markets.

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, Assistant Director of University Relations

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The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University will hold its annual Science Day Thursday, Dec. 10. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student.

Intended to excite high school students about science, participants will enjoy hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. A question-and-answer session will be offered to provide prospective students with the opportunity to ask undergraduates about the college experience.

Special presentations in chemistry, biology and forensic science will occur in addition to a tour of the marine biology lab, all hosted by professors and students.

Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, believes high school students will benefit from attending Science Day.

“Science Day is important because it gives high school students the opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to study science at a college level,” said Baldauff. “While on campus, students will interact with faculty and current undergraduates and experience the exciting programs we have in the sciences at Waynesburg University.”

The University will also host an additional Science Day event for prospective students during the spring semester, Thursday, April 14.

For more information, contact Baldauff at ebaldauf@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3617.

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Waynesburg University’s fifth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium will be held Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall (Miller Hall, third floor). The event is open to the public and will showcase 23 student presenters, including two oral presentations and 14 poster presentations. 

The oral presentation session will begin at 1 p.m., and the poster session will run from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout both presentations.

“The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for academic scholars across disciplines to showcase their studies, to collaborate to identify novel ways ofb2ap3_thumbnail_Learn-More-CTA.png identifying problems or questions and to generate data that contributes to insightful solutions,” said Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology.

Topics will cover a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations include research about anthropogenic pollution, DNA samples, ergonomics in nursing, nutrition and supplements and the West Nile virus.

“The ultimate goal of the symposium is for the students to be able to make the transition from knowledge gained in the classroom to putting that knowledge to use to investigate questions and generate new information,” said Sethman. “Gaining proficiency at communicating their findings is also an important part of career development for our students.”

For more information, contact Sethman at 724-852-3265 or csethman@waynesburg.edu.

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Cody Catalina, a senior history (secondary education) major from Brownsville, Pa., and Chelsea Heckman, an early childhood education major from Greenville, Pa., were named the recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Lewis Scholarship, given by Charles R. and Ada G. Lewis of Highland Avenue in Gettysburg, for the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University English education alumnus and Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year,” was named one of the four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award. He is also one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

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Fourteen Waynesburg University early childhood education majors who are members of the University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, traveled to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,  to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Dr. Robert Kefferstan, professor of education at Waynesburg University, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Kefferstan was nominated by Dr. Doris Johnson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, at a recent full board meeting. This marks his first election to the Professional Advisory Board.

Waynesburg University partnered with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host CAMP Tech Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 9, 2013. Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists traveled to Waynesburg University for a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. 

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