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Waynesburg University Prayer Chapel

In Chapel on Tuesday, our Christ and Culture guest, Jamie Smith, preached on Colossians 3:12-17. Jamie highlighted Paul's exhortation to the Colossian Christians that they “put on Jesus Christ.” Jamie's exposition of Paul's exhortation included the suggestion that to “put on Jesus Christ,” that is to be “clothed” with Christ, takes practice, repetition, rhythms of an embodied worship whereby we inculcate a faithfully directed love for God and desire for the Kingdom. This metaphor of putting off the old – associated with the misguided rhythms of a life apart from the Spirit of Christ – and putting on the new - moving in step with the Spirit – weaves its way throughout Paul's writings. Let the sampling of this metaphor, found in this week's readings, encourage you to “practice” putting on Christ and thereby focus your love for the sake of the Kingdom and the world in which we live. We do so with full confidence that we will indeed, one day, be fully clothed, sharing in Christ's glory.



Peace, Tom


    • Romans 13:8-14


    • Galatians 3:23-29


    • Colossians 3:1-17


    • Ephesians 4:17-32


    • Ephesians 6:10-20 2


    • Corinthians 5:1-10 1


    • Corinthians 15:35-58


Tom Ribar is the Waynesburg University Chaplain. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


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Waynesburg University's Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science was recently selected to host the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) Educators Conference, which commenced August 7 through August 9.

To be selected to host the conference, an institution must meet AAFS's criteria as a “major institution of higher education, preferably one with a forensic science program in place and under the direction of an AAFS fellow/member.”

“People on a national level must be noticing the undergraduate, graduate and service work we are accomplishing as a University,” said Mike Cipoletti, associate member of AAFS, assistant professor of forensic science and director of the University's forensic science program.

According to Cipoletti, the success and reputation of quality associated with the University's Crime Scene Investigation Camp for high school students may have been an important factor in being selected to host the conference.

Additionally, the faculty of the University's forensic science program has made a concerted effort to establish connections with working professionals and agencies to provide students with cutting-edge forensic science knowledge. Because of this, the University was able to coordinate expert speakers for the conference, including Detective Tim Sethman (Westmoreland County), Peter Alex (FBI Criminal Justice Information Services), Sara Bittner (Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office), Trooper Rich Hunter (Pennsylvania State Police) and Allison Murtha (RJ Lee Group).

“All of the presenters are experienced trainers and/or educators, so they were able to share ideas and tips that the teachers may be able to use in their own classrooms and labs,” Cipoletti said.

University faculty members, including Cipoletti; Adam Jack, assistant professor of forensic science and chair of criminal justice and social science; and Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, led a majority of the sessions including General Crime Scene Processing, DNA Analysis and Interpretation, Latent Print Development and Drug Identification.

Among the conference attendees were educators from all over the country, including Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Virginia and Washington.

“I have gained the tools, skills and confidence necessary to teach forensics for the first time,” said Maggie Chambers, a biology and forensics high school teacher from Redmond, Wash. “This opportunity to network and share ideas with experts and other teachers has been invaluable.”

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The American Volleyball Coaches Association recently awarded the Waynesburg University volleyball team as a recipient of the 2011-12 AVCA Team Academic Award. The award recognizes teams that have both a dedication to the sport of volleyball and to excellence in the classroom.

Established in the 1992-93 academic year, the award was set up to honor collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

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Selecting 100 out of 1,100 students for their student research fellowship program from top schools around the country, the Mayo Clinic became the source of real-life moments that will forever change the perceptions of one Waynesburg University student.

After hearing about his classmates' experiences in their internships the previous summer, Corey Rearick, a senior biology pre-med major from New Castle, Pa., decided it was time to experience his studies hands-on. Hoping for the best, he applied to 20 different internships, including the Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic, a community consisting of several hospitals, clinics, research facilities and medical schools, houses several of the world's best surgeons and specialists and was voted the third best hospital in the United States.

“I applied to the Mayo Clinic thinking it would be way too prestigious for me,” said Rearick. “However, they got back to me in the first week of February. I immediately accepted.”

Though he represented one of the smaller schools at his internship, Rearick never felt at a disadvantage, claiming the only difference between his experience and those from Ivy League schools was his need to explain where Waynesburg was located to everyone he met.

“My Waynesburg education stacked up pound for pound with that of my colleagues from Berkley and Yale,” said Rearick, jokingly adding, “Thankfully the kidney functions the same at Yale and Duke as it does at Waynesburg.”

During his time at the Mayo Clinic, Rearick focused on the Nephrology and Hypertension Division, which was rated number one in nephrology in the United States. During his research, Rearick characterized and quantified an anatomical aspect of the kidney.

“I counted tubules then used statistics to relate the number of tubules to kidney diseases,” said Rearick.

For the core of his research, he counted 1,200 kidney biopsies. His mentor, one of the nation's top nephrologists, did not expect the biopsies to be completed before the end of the summer, but Rearick refused to settle with “incomplete.” With the true determination of a Waynesburg student, he concluded the biopsies two weeks before his departure.

Rearick believes the knowledge he gained through his research with the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the ACS 2012 convention in San Diego, Calif., helped prepare him for his internship. With the guidance of professors like Dr. Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University, he was easily able to apply his studies at Waynesburg to actual research.

“Corey is a very competent student that not only remembers the material from his previous courses but can apply that knowledge in a laboratory setting,” said Fletcher. “As his research advisor, I have seen many examples of his talents, and have been impressed by his work ethic and his ability to learn new concepts.”

Through the course of his internship, Rearick not only learned a lot academically, but he also learned more about the medical field and his personal aspirations. After shadowing a few doctors and getting a glimpse of his future, he began to see the beauty in the intimate moments between patient and doctor, and patient and family—the moments where hope, trust and prayer become the strongest entities available.

“I walked away from those moments knowing that I wanted to spend the rest of my life in them,” said Rearick. “I know now that I want to be the ‘great hands' that people fall into when their situation is helpless.”

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After scoring two goals, including the game winner against Franciscan back on Friday, Aug. 31, Waynesburg sophomore Ray Melone was named the first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Offensive Player of the Week of the 2012 season. The second-year Yellow Jacket standout scored the first goal of the season in the 5-0 victory over Franciscan and added the second tally of the evening to put his team up 2-0 early in the second half. Melone's award-winning performance tripled his career goal output.

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