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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-10-CJ-laser-shot.jpgWaynesburg University recently unveiled its new Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in the University’s CSI Center.

The simulator will enable criminal justice students to gain experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and weapons familiarization and will also be available to area law enforcement agencies for training purposes.

“We are honored to share this resource with the surrounding community by offering training opportunities to regional law enforcement agencies,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office, Fayette County and Greene County Drug Task forces, Greene County District Attorney's Office, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Greene County and Washington County Probation offices, Pennsylvania State Police and the Waynesburg Borough Police Department attended the initial training session on March 20.

Waynesburg University first purchased a Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in 2011, at the time as the only institution of higher education in the region to offer this type of training. The upgraded system doubles the number of use of force scenarios available, where participants utilize verbal de-escalation and other techniques, preparing for various possible outcomes.

“I commend Waynesburg University for integrating this simulator technology into their curriculum,” said Louis Weiers, supervisory special agent with the ATF. “The type of immersive training that the students as well as my fellow law enforcement partners will be undergoing will better prepare these crime fighters for the encounters that they will be having in the streets.”

Offering students the opportunity to learn technical skills from experienced professionals in a hands-on setting from day one, Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was recently ranked in the top five percent nationwide in College Factual’s ranking, published by USA Today.

“We are teaching the next generation of law enforcement professionals the use-of-force continuum from their freshman year through their senior year,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation Program. “We have 41 freshmen this year in the program. All 41 have used this system, so it’s not something students have to wait until their senior year to utilize.”

Laser Shot is one of the fastest growing leaders in firearm and force option training solutions for military and law enforcement professionals. Recognized worldwide for its innovative training products, Laser Shot incorporates both patented and COTS technologies in developing accurate, dependable and effective training systems.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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As a general rule of thumb, every semester of college is busier than the last. Responsibilities, obligations, jobs, homework and activities grow until, by junior and senior year, finding time to take a deep breath seems unlikely. And every time you seem to get caught up on your work for a moment, the grown-up voice in the back of your head whispers (or, more likely, shouts), “Now, what are you going to do after you graduate?”

Enter the rapidly increasing sense of panic.

You only have to glance at my planner to know I’m feeling it. Three part-time jobs, five classes worth of homework and projects (not to mention classes themselves), five organizations that meet regularly, the internship hunt, friends, family, keeping up with life’s responsibilities, and running a newspaper that needs hours of my time every day. Sound a little like your life? I figured. College students everywhere have a lot on their plates.

But one of the great things about being a college student at Waynesburg University is that my fellow students are some of the most special people I will ever have the joy of meeting. The more time I spend with them, the more I realize I couldn’t make it through one day without them. Here’s why:

1.      Waynesburg isn’t just a campus – it’s a community.
With such a small student body, I know upwards of half the people I pass on the sidewalk every day. And I even have a kinship with the ones I don’t know. Something as simple as having a door held open for me (there’s a lot of that around here) reminds me that we’re all going through this college experience together, and there’s support around every corner.

2.      This is where you find your people.
It’s one thing to find a close group of friends (also an easy task at WU), but it’s a whole other thing to find your people. I’m lucky enough to have two sets of people: my roommates, three girls whose personalities click so perfectly with mine that it seems too good to be true, and my staff at the Yellow Jacket newspaper, who have truly become a family. Together, all of my people make my days infinitely brighter, pick me up every time I fall and remind me why I’m here at Waynesburg. They’re my friends, sure, but it’s more than that – they’re the very foundation of the life I’m building in college.
It’s the Waynesburg culture that will allow you to find groups like mine that light your path and make it possible for you to have the best college experience imaginable.

3.      Everyone’s busy – which is why we all take the time to help each other out.
I know that doesn’t seem to make much sense, but somehow, it’s the reality on our campus. Maybe it’s the fact that we all know how it feels, or that we sometimes seek an escape from our own responsibilities. Either way, you’re never alone when you’re stuck in the middle of a hectic day or week. There is always someone willing to lighten the load. And in my case, my friends have only to look at my face to know when I’m overwhelmed, and they come to the rescue without me saying a word.

4.      These students are unlike any others.
Every college and university boasts this about their students – but at Waynesburg, it’s the real deal. This statement is the culmination of all of the points above. You’d be hard-pressed to find a campus more filled with empathy, love and community, and the students prove it every day. When a 20-something thinks to text me and let me know the sidewalk he knows I’ll be walking on is icy, when finding encouraging notes on my desk becomes a regular occurrence, when my cell phone is flooded with ‘good luck’ messages on the day everyone knows I have a big interview – those are the moments I know for sure why I was called here: the people.

There are so many wonderful things about Waynesburg University, but in my opinion, my fellow students are by far the best. My friends and classmates really are something special, and I’m grateful beyond words to have them in my life. No matter how much college-induced stress comes crashing down on me, I know I’ll always find my way back to the top thanks to my Waynesburg family.

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Four professors from Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing recently presented poster sessions at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.b2ap3_thumbnail_1-21-AACN-Conference.JPG

Dr. Deborah Lewis, assistant professor of nursing and director of the RN/MSN Program, and Coleen Cardamone, instructor of nursing, presented an electronic poster entitled “Evaluation of Practice Experience in an RN to BSN Program.” The presentation focused on the assessment and evaluation of practice experience in the Waynesburg RN to BSN program.

“We received positive feedback from many participants who were interested in our practice experience process and evaluation,” said Lewis. “Additionally, Coleen and I attended sessions about teaching and learning directly related to RN to BSN students.”

Dr. Sara Clutter, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Teresa Small, professor of nursing, presented “Four Generations in the Classroom” during the opening session. Their objectives were to identify two challenges for professors when teaching four generations in one classroom, identify two challenges for students from different generations and plan two teaching strategies of interventions to facilitate learning by students in at least two different generations.

In addition to approximately 48 poster presentations, the conference featured four keynote speakers, eight concurrent sessions and a total of nine abstract sessions from which participants could choose to attend.

“Overall, we all found the conference to be very beneficial,” said Small. “We look forward to sharing the information gained with our peers in the Department of Nursing.”

Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

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

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_student-in-lab-for-academics-blog.jpgAt Waynesburg University, academic excellence extends far beyond the walls of a classroom. Top-notch instruction—that which also weaves the principles of faith, ethics and moral leadership into the course work—is bolstered by a robust array of hands-on learning opportunities, from Nursing Simulation and Marine Biology Labs to a remote TV production truck and Lasershot Firearms Simulator.

As a result of these facilities, co-curricular organizations possess the opportunity to grow and flourish, preparing students professionally. For example, the University’s American Chemical Society student chapter recently received the “Outstanding Chapter Award” for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America achieved Star Chapter status for the third-straight year, and President Megan Bayles, a senior, earned PRSSA’s National Gold Key Award, the organization’s highest individual honor.

The University now also has agreements with multiple professional schools, affording students benefits ranging from expedited application reviews to guaranteed admission interviews, among others. These professional schools include the:

  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy Program
  • Chatham University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program
  • Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program

These types of opportunities and experiences provide Waynesburg students a distinct advantage upon graduation. Utilizing the knowledge imparted by committed faculty members, graduates regularly achieve 100% pass rates on national exams in fields such as Nursing and Athletic Training. Furthermore, the Class of 2014 achieved a 95% placement rate, which means 95% of responding students were either working full-time, in graduate/professional school or in the military within one of year of graduation.

Alumni such as Dr. Autumn Lemley, D.O. (’09) and Ryan Devlin (’07) reach new heights in their educational and professional careers as a result of their Waynesburg education. Lemley went on to graduate from West Virginia’s School of Osteopathic Medicine and now practices at Cornerstone Care and Monongalia General Hospital as a Family Medicine Resident. Devlin was named the 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and became the first person ever from the state to be one of the three finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Stories like those of Autumn and Ryan abound among Waynesburg graduates, and so many attribute their success in large part to their time at Waynesburg. To learn more about what alumni are doing and where students are interning, visit waynesburg.edu/outcomes.

For more numbers on academics at Waynesburg, see the bulleted list below:

  • 70+ major concentrations
  • 3 five-year integrated bachelor’s to master’s programs
  • 18 students in an average class
  • 13:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 100% of academic departments offering hands-on learning, research and/or internship opportunities
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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-18-Central-Greene.jpgWaynesburg University and the Central Greene School District (CGSD) have established a mutually beneficial partnership, through which University students begin gaining real-world experience as early as their freshman year while supporting CGSD kindergarten teachers with larger-than-normal enrollment.

“This partnership between Waynesburg and CGSD is one of a kind,” said Annette Vietmeier, director of curriculum, instruction and technology for Central Greene School District. “It provides opportunities to grow and impact our community in ways not being done anywhere else. The commitment of the pre-service teacher is incredible as they gain the ability to put theory into practice.” 

The partnership, which began four years ago, has enabled Waynesburg students to gain valuable field experience and has helped CGSD support the class sizes and needs of their students with no additional cost to the district.

In return, Central Greene faculty and administration have made themselves available to facilitate mock interviews and offer various training and professional development sessions for Waynesburg students. Staff members from Waynesburg’s Department of Education have also offered their service to the district’s literacy and strategic planning teams.

Waynesburg students have been afforded a substantial amount of hands-on learning from Central Greene’s mentors who have engaged them in classroom activity from the first day. Students also participate in Central Greene’s teacher training and professional development sessions throughout the school year.

“This experience is unlike any other college or university in the region,” said Yvonne Weaver, interim chair of the Department of Education and field placement coordinator and certification officer for Waynesburg University. “Our students spend significant time in the classroom during their freshman, sophomore and junior years, ultimately allowing them to be career and profession ready.”

The partnership has grown from nine student teachers at the kindergarten level to 47 student teachers kindergarten through 12th grade. Waynesburg University also supports field experiences in school districts throughout Greene, Washington and Fayette counties.

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

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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