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Waynesburg University’s Colleges Against Cancer club will host its ninth annual Mini Relay for Life Sunday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Johnson Commons. The public is cordially invited to attend the event and participate in the myriad of activities scheduled throughout the day.

Mini Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which also serves to promote awareness about cancer and honor cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives after battling the disease. According to Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, the money raised will benefit programs in Greene County such as cancer research, Road to Recovery, cancer prevention and others.

The theme of the Mini Relay is “Relay Around the World.” Activities new to the event this year include a balloon artist and a magician. The day will also feature an opening ceremony, karaoke, choir and dance performances and survivorship hour. 

“[Mini Relay] is a great way to educate, promote awareness and honor survivors and lost loved ones,” said Hardie.

Hardie said the fundraising goal for this year’s event is $20,000, which can be reached through online fundraising done by the various relay teams in addition to money raised during the event itself. 

The 2016 Mini Relay for Life officers are:

  • President: Nicole Zimmel, a senior early childhood education major from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (Slippery Rock Area High School)
  • Vice President: Allison Cote, a junior early childhood education major from Brewer, Maine (Brewer High School)
  • Survivorship Chair: Megan Bayles, a senior public relations major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Event Chair: Makayla Vidosh, a senior early childhood education major from Gallaway, Ohio (Hilliard Bradley High School)
  • Online Chair: Chelsey Withers, a junior public relations and communication major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (North Hills High School)
  • Fundraising Chair: Samantha Christensen, a junior biology pre-med major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Alpha Omega Academy)
  • Education Chair: Kristen Wilson, a senior secondary chemistry education major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Washington High School)

For more information, contact Hardie at or 724-852-3461.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-4-ACS-Conference.jpgFour Waynesburg University students presented abstracts at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, Calif., in March 2016.

“The benefits of attending national conferences are both varied and extensive,” said Evonne Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Chemistry and Forensic Science Department. “Students gain experience presenting their research thus improving their communication skills and providing them a sense of ownership of their work in the lab.”

Trenton Bromenschenkel, senior biochemistry major, presented an abstract that focused on finding easy ways to remove ethanol from small engines using molecular sieves. He studied how effective the sieves were with multiple extractions along with their saturation limits.

“I didn’t realize how many students like me are conducting research across the nation,” said Bromenschenkel. “I also learned about new developments in the biomedical research field. There are some very innovative scientists performing research.”

Cassandra Gates, senior biochemistry major, shared her abstract that focused on the chemical analysis of coffee to predict quality and balance. Her research was conducted through a variety of analytical techniques by testing both beans and coffee in brewed form.

“My coursework at Waynesburg has provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform my research and present,” said Gates. “I would not have been able to comprehend and think critically about the research of others without the chemistry knowledge I received from my classes.”

Brian Karns, senior forensic science major, focused on how crime scene reconstruction of shootings could benefit from data collected from trace materials on recovered bullets or the terminal ballistic pathway. In his study, full-metal jacket, soft-point and hollow-point 9 mm rounds were fired through common structural materials and their paths were terminated in ballistic gelatin.

“In addition to the lectures, I had the opportunity to meet a few people in my field and network, which will hopefully benefit me as I begin looking for a job,” said Karns.

Jelena Kyle, senior forensic science major, conducted research on the vast number of compounds in a single cup of coffee which include thirteen key aroma compounds. She used a headspace-solid phase micro-extraction technique along with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to characterize the compounds, in addition to the variable of time.

“It was really great meeting chemists from all over the world,” said Kyle. “I even received a job offer when I was presenting my poster, which was pretty cool.”

A conference such as the ACS National Meeting and Exposition also provides students with the opportunities to attend research presentations, networking seminars, graduate school recruitment events and career development workshops.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wayesburg--0019.jpgA student art exhibition will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 22.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an opening reception Monday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The student art exhibition will showcase the best student work of the spring semester.

The exhibit will highlight a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures and a variety of two- and three- dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

The Art Program at Waynesburg University exposes students to the creative process and provides them with practical experience in using the tools and techniques of the visual artist. Students develop self-awareness, as they find opportunities to progress according to their own abilities.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Donor-Dinner-1.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the annual Donor Recognition and Awards Dinner held Tuesday, March 22, during the University's Charter Day celebration. The Golden Key Award was presented to Dr. Fred and Marcia McEwen, while the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to John J. Pauliny and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny.

The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to an alumnus or friend of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way.

This year’s recipients, Dr. Fred and Marcia McEwen, were recognized for their steadfast devotion to Christian higher education, heartfelt sacrifice and genuine care for others. Together, they have impacted Waynesburg University as selfless donors and loyal advocates.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission.

The Alumni Council recognized both John J. Pauliny and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny for their distinguished and respective careers of serving the needs of others. They have committed their lives to create a lasting impact on Waynesburg University students, past, present and future. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Donor-Dinner-2.jpgDr. Fred and Marcia McEwen

Dr. Fred B. McEwen served as professor of English at Waynesburg University for 35 years and was chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages for six of those years. Prior to joining Waynesburg, Fred taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Morris Harvey College.

He also served as the assistant to the dean of general studies while at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, Fred received the status of Professor Emeritus at Waynesburg. He is also a recipient of the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award.

Fred’s wife, Marcia McEwen, spent 27 years as the public relations coordinator for the Washington Hospital. She received many awards for her written work, such as annual reports, advertisements and external publications. Marcia was also very active in the community by serving on the boards of the American Heart Association, Bradford House and Washington Area Humane Society.

Fred and Marcia are founding sponsors for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pa.

John J. and Rebecca “Becky” (Sweeting) Pauliny

John J. and Becky (Sweeting) Pauliny graduated from Waynesburg College in 1969 and 1970, respectively.

John earned a degree in business administration and immediately landed a job at Price Waterhouse & Company in New York City. He was an accountant in the audit and tax departments, eventually becoming a partner in charge of the tax department in the Baltimore office.

He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the finance committee for HopeWell Cancer Support and Hillendale Country Club and is a board member for Golfers’ Charitable Association and Maryland State Golf Association.

Becky earned a degree in mathematics, and she first worked as a programmer and analyst before making the decision to become a stay-at-home mom. While raising her children, she volunteered extensively in the Baltimore County Public Schools system and Hunt’s Memorial United Methodist Church, where she chaired the Vacation Bible School program and administration council.

Becky also served HopeWell Cancer Support, first as an office volunteer and later as chairman of the board. She is currently active on the board of governors for Hillendale Country Club.

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