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b2ap3_thumbnail_MBU-8.jpgWaynesburg University’s second annual Merit Badge University, planned for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, will provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified faculty and staff at Waynesburg University.

Provost and vice president for academic affairs Dr. Jacquelyn Core explained, “Our institutional mission of faith, learning and serving makes offering this service to Boy Scouts a natural fit for Waynesburg University. We are excited to continue our long scouting tradition which dates back to the beginning of scouting when alumnus Governor Edward Martin began the first Boy Scout troop in Greene County.”

The one-day event will take place on the campus of Waynesburg University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will offer 30 merit badges, including eight Eagle required merit badges. Badges include American Business, Aviation, Digital Technology, Electricity, Fingerprinting and Orienteering. For a complete list of merit badges or to register, visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university-at-waynesburg-university-2014.

Cost for the day is $10 and includes lunch, a shirt, a patch and instruction by Waynesburg University faculty. Space will not be held for Scouts until payment is made. All spaces are first come, first served. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but shirts and patches are not guaranteed to those registering after October 1. Registration is limited to 300 Scouts.

Adult participants who plan to attend merit badge sessions must be in Class A/Field Uniform and must present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Alternate activities will be provided for adult participants who do not wish to accompany Scouts to badge sessions or who are not appropriately registered with the BSA. 

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For more information, visit the website above or contact 724-852-7660.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Rebecca Lane, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa., recently received one of only eight Good Citizen Scholarships distributed throughout the Commonwealth. 

Eight Good Citizen scholarships were awarded this year for $1,500 each.

“The Education Department's mission is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession,” said Debra Clarke, chair of the Education Department at Waynesburg University. “Rebecca eagerly aligned herself with the mission as a freshman. It has been uplifting to watch her develop her service agenda and her leadership skills over the past three years.”

The Good Citizen Scholarship is made possible by two endowments established at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).  These scholarships are reserved for students who have shown an extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities. 

Lane, a Bonner Scholar at Waynesburg University and a Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholar, was selected for her commitment to both local and global service leadership. 

She regularly volunteers with Open Arms Drop in Center and Eldercare in Waynesburg, Pa. She also facilitates crafts for young people at the Open Door in Pittsburgh, Pa., each week and is a YoungLife Leader at West Greene High School. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the Waynesburg University education honorary society. 

As a student at Waynesburg, Lane has participated in several service trips such as repairing a house with The Pittsburgh Project, feeding the homeless with the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., and teaching students who are deaf in Nassau, Bahamas. Last summer, she spent two months in Kingston, Jamaica, assisting a child with walking abilities and adapting activities to allow for more inclusion.

“My volunteerism in college has prepared me beyond measure to meet the needs of any community,” Lane said. “Each volunteer site, each mission trip and each leadership role has taught, shaped and molded me into an effective teacher who not only teaches students, but deeply cares for them as well as serving the community in which they live.”

Each college and university belonging to AICUP is asked to select one application to submit for the competition. Lane was selected due to her personal growth as a student at Waynesburg University and her continuous integration of faith and service into learning. 

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Dr. Robert LaCount, professor of chemistry, the title of professor emeritus. LaCount retired from his full-time position in August 2013. He joined the University in 1965, and during his 49 years of service to the University, he eagerly incorporated the education of Waynesburg University students into his groundbreaking research. 

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fourth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year. 

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fourth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year. Waynesburg University was one of only 53 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society’s Student Chapter hosted its annual Haunted Lab event Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants were guided throughout the experiment and activity stations run by University students and faculty members on the third floor of Stewart Science Hall.

In 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office assigned Patent No. 8,440,015 to Robert LaCount, chemistry professor at Waynesburg University, as well as Douglas Kern, 1990 and 2006 Waynesburg University alumnus, and John Baltrus, a research chemist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), for a thermal method that retains yet passivates carbon and/or other components in fly ash.

Tiffany Onifer, a junior chemistry major from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, presented the research she completed with Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry, at the undergraduate research symposium at West Virginia University Saturday, March 16, 2013. She won second place with her research presentation titled, “The characterization of prepared immobilized β-cyclodextrin beads and their binding affinity with enkephalin neuropeptides in microdialysis sampling.”

Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University, recently received a 2013 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) at the annual Pittsburgh Conference. Her proposal was one of 12 selected for funding from 49 proposals received for consideration. 

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Isaiah Cochran, a Waynesburg University junior from Akron, Ohio, was elected the pre-medical trustee for the 2014-2015 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Board of Trustees. The election was held in New Orleans in March, and the biology (pre-med) major assumed his position May 1.

Waynesburg University hosted its fourth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium April 26, 2014. The event showcased 54 student presenters. It featured two oral presentations and 24 poster presentations. Topics covered a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations included research about Alzheimer’s, artificial sweeteners, Christian community development, effects of fatigue, food chain length and nutrition awareness.


Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, recently contributed to a report stating that SARM, one of five innate immunity adaptors, stabilizes cell proteins and protects the nucleus from self-destructing during stress brought on by inflammation in response to various types of infections. Sethman and his research partner’s report, published in August of 2013 in PLOS ONE, began with the cloning of the gene into various forms.

In the spring of 2013, Waynesburg University alumna Stacey Pavlik (’09, science/biology) became a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow. She is one of only 77 Fellows chosen from approximately 2,000 applicants to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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The Department of Business Administration at Waynesburg University was awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Department of Business Administration  affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgDr. Gordon McClung, professor of marketing and chair of the University’s Department of Business Administration, received the 2014 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence. 


In the fall of 2013, the Department of Business at Waynesburg University became an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education. The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business, and it exists for the purposes of advancing academic quality and excellence in business education throughout the world.

Neeley Lantz was named Instructor of Business Administration at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. She received her B.S. degree from West Virginia University and her M.B.A. from Waynesburg University. Lantz teaches Business Foundations I, Principles of Management and Personnel/Human Resources Management.

In May of 2013, two Waynesburg University faculty members were recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for their outstanding public service to the community. Anthony Bocchini, professor of business administration, and Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration, received certificates through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

In April of 2013, Waynesburg University debuted its first official chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business management and administration. Twenty-one students from the University’s Department of Business Administration were inducted into the society.

Dr. Sut Sakchutchawan, associate professor of international business and director of the International Studies Program at Waynesburg University, was recently informed that his article, “In Search of Strategic Innovation in Global Logistics Competition: Operations, Measurement and Cases,” was published in Vol. 20, Number 2 of The Business Review, Cambridge. He also presented a research paper at the International Academy of Business and Economics conference in Thailand from June 15 to 17, 2013

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