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Dr. Lina Hixson joined the University as instructor of nursing of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) program with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. She received her B.S.N. from LaRoche College, M.S.N. from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. 

Dr. Devon Manderino was named professor of counseling of the GAPS program with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. She received her B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University. Dr. Manderino presented her original research on spirituality in counseling at the North Atlantic Regional Conference of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervision in Providence, R.I. in October of 2014.  

Dr. Helen McCracken joined Waynesburg University as the director of Graduate Programs in Education Monday, Nov.10, 2014. McCracken will coordinate aspects of the Graduate Education Programs including oversight of all degree, certification, endorsement and advanced studies programs, as well as student recruitment, retention and advising.

Kathy Palombo joined the University as coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing Program and instructor of nursing with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. She received her B.S.N. from California University of Pennsylvania and M.S.N. from Waynesburg University.

Laura Smith, a graduate counseling student; Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling; and Dr. Mark Lepore, an adjunct faculty member, presented their clinical poster, “Risk and Resiliency: The Prevention and Aftermath of School Violence,” at the Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association in Orlando, Fla., in April 2015.  

Waynesburg University began offering a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through its reputable Graduate and Professional Studies Program in the fall of 2014. The program is intended to prepare individuals for employment as counselor educators in colleges and universities and as leaders in clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling or school counseling.

Waynesburg University began offering new athletic administration options through its Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) in the fall of 2014. 

Waynesburg University’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program hosted a panel discussion and debate at the University’s Monroeville Center Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. In an effort to promote interprofessional opportunities, the DNP Program invited six first-year medical students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to participate in the debate about healthcare utilization. 

Beginning in the fall of 2015, Waynesburg University will offer a new master’s degree in Criminal Investigation.

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Ronda DePriest, associate professor of Instrumental Music and director of the Music Program, was Fellow Conductor for the UNC Symphonic Band at the Northern Colorado Symposium, held in January 2015. 

Dr. Cory Goehring, facilitator of the Composition program, attended the annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, in Tampa, Florida, March 18-21, 2015.  

Andy Heisey, assistant professor of art, was a judge for the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition at California University on Jan. 17, 2015. Heisey was guest artist at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Leadership Conference in November 2014. Andy made a clay mural throughout the three day conference and participated in two large group sessions of 700 high school students.

Heisey built the "Can-Dee Cane" sculpture and won "The People's Choice" award and "the Structural Integrity” award at CanStruction 2014 held in Waynesburg on Dec. 5, 2014. Heisey was “Artist in Residence” at Perelman Jewish Day School in Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2014.

Philip Hurd, a senior music ministry major, and Allyson Georgian, a junior forensic accounting major, were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. The 68th annual festival was held Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Bloomsburg University. 

Waynesburg University hosted a Senior Art Exhibition for Jason Propst Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 10, 2015. An opening reception took place Monday, March 23, 2015. 

Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts held a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit displayed the artwork of senior art major Laura Shawver. An opening reception was held Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

 

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Julia Paganelli, Waynesburg University alumna, had an essay and a book review published in the online journal Cleaver Magazine, as well as a poem published in the online magazine, Connotation Press. 

Dr. Richard Pierce, assistant professor of English, had three poems accepted for publication in Relief: A Christian Literacy Expression. He also had a poetry chapbook accepted for publication with Cooper Dillon Publishers.

Dr. Robert Randolph, chairperson for the English and Foreign Languages Department, had a three page poem, “My Lord, You,” accepted for publication in the April 2015 issue of Seminary Ridge Review.

Jill Sunday, director of the writing center, had a paper accepted for presentation at the International Writing Center Association annual conference in Orlando, Fla. in October 2014. 

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Dr. Julie Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Kelley Solomon, assistant professor of education, attended the NCTM annual conference in November 2014. Dr. Bausman also participated in the Mathematics Design Collaborative train the trainer sessions at Intermediate Unit 1 in the fall of 2014.

Debra Clarke, chairperson for the Education Department and assistant professor of Education, and Yvonne Weaver, field placement coordinator and certification officer, attended the Pennsylvania Education Dean’s Forum (deans, chairs, and other key education department personnel) and Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (PAC-TE) conference in Harrisburg Oct. 21—24, 2014. Weaver also participated in the Mathematics Design Collaborative train the trainer sessions at Intermediate Unit 1 in the fall of 2014.

Rebecca Lane, senior early childhood education major with a certification in special education, was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) Mary Ravita Memorial Scholarship.  She received one of only eight Good Citizen Scholarships distributed throughout the Commonwealth. Rebecca was recognized at the organization’s annual conference in November.  

Dr. Deana Mack was named assistant professor of education in the fall of 2015. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University. Dr. Mack also served as editor for the second edition of the Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education (POMLE) on-line journal, Betwixt and Between.  The second edition of the journal was released March 3, 2015. Dr. Mack participated in the Mathematics Design Collaborative train the trainer sessions at Intermediate Unit 1 in the fall of 2014.

In the Spring 2015 semester, Abigail Standley, sophomore early childhood education major, combined a former graduate student’s memorial and the support of the Department of Education to create a sustainable program for children in the Community Action Southwest preschool program at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School in Jefferson, Pa. Standley designed and presented a supplemental gardening unit for her preschool classroom, during which the students planted flower seeds and took a field trip to a nearby greenhouse, where they learned about gardening and growing plants.

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Dana Baer, professor of criminal justice, attended the Pennsylvania Bar training held in Washington County on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice, instructed Post-Blast Investigation courses in Alabama for seven weeks during the summer of 2014. Tanda also instructed Hostage Negotiators for the State at State Correctional Institution SCI-Greene Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.  

The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and the Office of Admissions hosted the fall Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

Approximately 17 criminal justice administration students completed internships at various agencies over the course of the summer of 2014.  The experiences ranged from legal research to probation and parole to hands-on law enforcement.  

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club participated in the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge at Heinz Field Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, to raise money for Special Olympics. The Criminal Justice Club raised more than $1,500 leading up to the event. This was the second year that the club participated. In two years, the club has raised more than $2,500. 

Eight Waynesburg University Criminal Justice students assisted the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in training exercises Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. 

The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 28, 2015.  

Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the University’s Criminal Justice Department and Department of Public Safety, held an Active Shooter Learning Drill Sunday, April 12, 2015. Similar to other mock events held on campus, such as the Mock Crime Scene event and Sports Broadcasting Camp, the drill was highly participative as an experiential learning opportunity. Approximately seventy criminal justice administration majors had the opportunity to be a part of the exercise and learn alongside professionals who have also chosen a life of service in public safety. 

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department welcomed two guests who brought legends of the Pittsburgh Mob to life in April of 2015. Ed Reiser and Bruce Teitelbaum, longtime experts in the field of criminal justice, visited Waynesburg University to share insight into the world of organized crime, or mob activity, with criminal justice administration students. 

Waynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club hosted a Special Olympics Meet-and-Greet event Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the Waynesburg University Gymnasium. In conjunction with the Special Olympics Greene County Program, the purpose of the event was to inform the community of the local program and the benefits of participating. 

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