Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently awarded a $500 grant, and chapter advisor, Dr. Evonne Baldauff, has been accepted to publish in an upcoming Symposium Series eBook by ACS Publications.

The $500 grant from the ACS National Undergraduate Programs Office is to be used in developing a new outreach activity designed to engage with local high school chemistry students.

“Our chapter is well-versed in outreach,” said Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “Having that experience and being able to show how successful we have been in the past is something that the reviewers want to see.”

Kristen Wilson, senior chemistry (secondary education) major and president of Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter, prepared the grant application that consisted of a project justification, budget and timeline. 

Wilson worked directly with Matt Brandstetter, chemistry teacher at Waynesburg Central High School (WCHS), to determine the type of program that would best meet the needs of his students.

The program, named “College-Chemistry Connection,” will allow Waynesburg University students to host monthly instrument sessions with the students in Brandstetter’s AP Chemistry class. The high school students will receive a lesson from University students on how to use a particular instrument followed by hands-on time. 

Because of the overall success of Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter, Baldauff was invited to write a chapter for publishing by the ACS on best methods in working with ACS student chapters. Her chapter was recently accepted and will be published in a Symposium Series volume tentatively titled “Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Members.”

“The chapter was written based on my experiences while serving as the chapter advisor by using student opinion and perspective to guide the content,” said Baldauff. “It is a great way to be recognized for the efforts we annually undertake and also serves as a way for us to assist other ACS student chapters.”

Baldauff’s chapter offers practical advice by encouraging other chapters to get more faculty involved, work to create community within the group and host quality, worthwhile events that will generate pride among the membership.

Earlier this year, Waynesburg’s ACS student chapter received the ACS’s “Outstanding Award” for the fifth consecutive year.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree level 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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Waynesburg University will present “The Curious Savage," a lighthearted comedy by John Patrick, Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The story revolves around Mrs. Ethel Savage, a wealthy widow, who wants to use her fortune to help others. However, her grown stepchildren are determined to keep the fortune for themselves, so they have “mom” committed to a sanitarium. While there, Mrs. Savage meets several of the residents. These emotionally scarred and delicate people are brought to believe in themselves a bit more as she interacts with them, and they, in turn, give Mrs. Savage a new outlook on life. 

"This is an old play that I remember seeing at a community theater in my hometown in the 1970’s, but I still think it has something to say to us in 2016," said Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “That's one of the treasures of theater; we can still be entertained and enlightened by the old stories.”

Since 2002, Waynesburg University has presented a community theater show each summer. Directed by Powers, the production features Waynesburg University students and several members of the local community. 

The cast includes Brittany Blair-Martin, Alaina Camps, Kevin Conley, Tome J. Custer, Michelle Frye, Laura Gonnella, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Ellen M. Weekly, Christian Wilson, Ben Zyra, and a special appearance by Bryn Lahew. 

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/savage. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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_photo-1.jpgWaynesburg University has been named to MONEY Magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” list, a ranking system that examined three primary factors: educational quality, affordability and alumni success. 

Included on the list are 705 four-year U.S. colleges and universities that, according to MONEY’s website, “deliver the most value – that is, a great education at an affordable price that prepares students for rewarding careers.” 

MONEY measured comparative value by assessing how well students at each school did verses what’s expected for students with similar economic and academic backgrounds, as well as the college’s mix of majors.

“This ranking is another reminder of the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “We offer a distinctive educational experience at an affordable cost, preparing our graduates for successful careers and lives of purpose.”  

In recent months, Waynesburg University has also been ranked nationally as a top school for educational value by The Economist, the Brookings Institution, CollegeNet and Christian Universities Online. These ranking systems examined data such as outcomes, value and job placement.

Waynesburg graduates consistently achieve high placement rates. Ninety-five percent of 2014 graduates and 97 percent of 2013 graduates reported working or studying in their chosen field within one year of graduation.

Additionally, the University’s tuition, room and board is more than $11,500 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges, according to College Board. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-12Top-Counseling-Schools-Best-Value-2016.jpgWaynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling have been ranked a top value in Pennsylvania based on data that was provided in part by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs (CACREP). 

“This recognition represents the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community including our faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Dr. Taunya Tinsley, director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and associate professor of counseling. “Our team works together to offer curriculums that are rigorous, challenging and rewarding as we seek to inspire students to a life of leadership and purpose.”

Compiled by Top Counseling Schools (TCS), the ranking primarily examined program completion rates, job placement rates and licensing exam pass rates, as well as accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

The ranking cited the University’s accredited programs in addiction counseling and mental health counseling, in addition to single-digit class sizes, National Counselor Exam (NCE) pass rates just under 90 percent, and job placement rates of virtually 100 percent shortly after graduation.

The University’s Addictions Counseling Program is the only CACREP-accredited program in Pennsylvania and one of seven in the United States.

Top Counseling Schools’ purpose is to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions by providing pertinent and objective information that counseling students and professionals find relevant to the field of counseling.

For more information on Waynesburg’s Graduate Programs in Counseling, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/graduate. For more information on the ranking, visit http://www.topcounselingschools.org. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_JK.jpgThree Waynesburg University students attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) Central Eastern Regional Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, in May 2016. Two students, Jelena Kyle and Brandon Bosley, presented research at the conference.

Kyle, a forensic science alumna, presented her poster, “The classification of key odorants in coffee using solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography mass spectrometry.” The goal of her research was to determine what chemically changes in coffee beans over time.

“I not only gained experience from presenting my poster to a large group of professionals, but I also gained a few contacts, as well as some helpful tips as I travel onto graduate school and continue to do research,” said Kyle.

Even though Kyle graduated prior to attending the meeting, she still wanted to go and present her research so that she could continue to support Waynesburg University.

“I have realized now that no matter what, you may leave Waynesburg, but Waynesburg never really leaves you,” said Kyle.

Bosley, a senior forensic science major, presented his research that examined how heat affects the presumptive and confirmatory forensic analysis of human blood. His poster was titled “Does temperature effect confirmatory analysis of blood, red blood cell morphology and DNA degradation.”

“For me, the meeting was important for the biological and medical lectures and how chemistry was involved,” said Bosley. “I am excited to get into my biochemistry and upperclassman biology classes to see how I can tie in the information that I learned at the conference.”

Bosley credits his classes at Waynesburg with enabling him to relate and process the material presented at the conference.

“My upperclassman science classes gave me the background and ability to understand some complex material that the professionals were rattling off like it was everyday language,” said Bosley.

Kristen Wilson, a senior chemistry (secondary education) major, also attended the conference and had the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, learn about the process of conducting research and discover possible graduate school opportunities.

“I gained a lot of knowledge about the chemistry education research that is taking place right now, which helps me understand how the field is growing,” said Wilson. “It also made me more prepared and excited for my Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer at North Dakota State University.”b2ap3_thumbnail_BB_20160711-145956_1.jpg

Wilson insists that her Waynesburg experience has helped her grow as a professional, while building her resume and understanding the value of research, all of which she is excited to bring back to campus.

“I am able to bring back to my classes at Waynesburg an excitement and interest in research that conferences, such as this one, instill in me,” said Wilson.

ACS regional meetings provide a smaller venue than the national meeting and reflect the diverse professional interests of their geographic regions. These meetings feature technical programs on a variety of topics, poster sessions and expositions.

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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