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A Waynesburg University Graduate Counseling Program faculty member, as well as a faculty-and-student team, recently had scholarly papers accepted for presentation at national conferences.

Dr. Devon Manderino, assistant professor of counseling, will present 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., later this month. 

Additionally, 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, will present 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. 

“Waynesburg University students and faculty are committed both to adding to new knowledge about relevant counseling topics and serving the Christian mission of the institution,” Tracy said. “Both of these projects represent those commitments, as well as receiving the approval from peer reviewers.”

Manderino studied how spirituality has been directly linked to positive outcomes in counseling, while spiritual crises contribute to psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and psychosis. Despite this recognized link, counselor training related to spirituality is inconsistent and untested.

She said her project was aimed at developmentally educational activities that may significantly improve counselor trainee competency levels regarding the role of spirituality and religion in counseling.

Smith, Tracy and Lepore’s poster focused on the prevalence of school violence incidents, which have illuminated the need for a better understanding of the factors that predict mental health outcomes for students, teachers, school administrators, first responders and adjacent school communities.

“In almost all instances of school violence, somebody close to the perpetrator knew of the plan before it happened; however, in most cases the warning signs become clear only after the event takes place,” Smith said.

The poster outlines a model for understanding community needs that result from exposure to school violence with treatment strategies that may help affected communities heal and move forward.

“This project proposed the development of a collaborative system for students, teachers, parents and community members to provide children with emotional and social skills training, and when necessary, report concerns about the threat of violence,” Tracy said.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Molly-Winters.jpgMy journey with the Pittsburgh CLO began in May as I picked out my best work attire and paired it with all things pink, because after all, a girl oozes confidence in pink. Before I knew it, I was standing on the sixth floor of the Benedum Center and was staring at dark red walls, show posters and theater-esque lighting. I was impressed. I took a deep breath, reminded myself how much Waynesburg University had prepared me for this moment and hopped off the elevator. I was soon greeted by a smiling Aja Jones, public relations and marketing manager at Pittsburgh CLO and my new boss.

This summer was a wonderful whirlwind. Pittsburgh CLO’s Summer Season offered six shows, and I saw each one about three times each (cue the relentless show tune singing). Working as the public relations and marketing intern, I gained a profound respect for theater, and I am grateful for that eye opening opportunity. My office hours were Monday through Friday 9 to 5, but I also worked many nights during the week as well as some weekends. The theater world is hard to categorize as “typical,” so I was constantly learning many new aspects of public relations and theater.

Some of my favorite assignments were:

  • Attending every dress rehearsal and taking notes for the executive producer
  • Attending Pittsburgh Today Live interviews at KDKA
  • Pitching story ideas to Pittsburgh newspapers
  • Planning the Opening Night Cast Party for each show
  • Taking pictures at the social media display during shows
  • Writing press releases and web stories for the shows

Waynesburg University prepared me with all of the essential tools and the proper mindset that I needed to succeed in my internship. Many of my courses, such as Public Relations Writing and Production, Special Event Planning, Creativity Theory and Introduction to Theater, among others, helped me immensely. My professors always urge my classmates and I to get out of our comfort zone and try something new. I am forever indebted to this University for everything it has instilled in me and for forming me into the professional I’ve aimed to be.

I learned a lot about myself this summer, as a person and a professional. I learned that my integrity is a lot stronger than I thought, and I don’t give myself as much credit as I should. I realized that it is so easy to be consumed by doubt, but I must learn to have faith in myself and my work because, at the end of the day, I will always find a solution.

Thank you, Pittsburgh CLO, for the summer of a lifetime and thank you, Waynesburg University, for enabling me to pursue my dreams.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_nursing_-20.jpgWaynesburg University will host Nursing Awareness Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 9. Events will begin at 9:15 a.m. in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University.

The event is designed for prospective students and their families to inquire about nursing as a career path and the Nursing Program at Waynesburg University.

Spend the day exploring the University’s sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and nursing students. Learn how Waynesburg University nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations. Discover how the simulation lab provides an effective environment for students to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills for clinical practice. Prospective students will also be given the opportunity to have a discussion with student representatives of Waynesburg University’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

“Nursing Awareness Day is held as a recruitment event that specifically highlights the Nursing Program, allowing prospective students to observe faculty in the lab and ask current students general questions about the program,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing.

In addition to its Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Waynesburg University also offers a Master of Science degree in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, which will be highlighted during Nursing Awareness Day, provides a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to work in a challenging health care environment. The day will include tours, meetings with faculty, financial aid information and lunch.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393. For complete information about Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing, visit www.waynesburg.edu.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_constitution-day-2014.jpgThe Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership celebrated Constitution Day Wednesday, Sept. 17, with a student written production, “In God We Pray?: Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al.”

The play examined the spectrum of judicial opinion interpreting the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment religion clauses, which state, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  The celebration was attended by members of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg, the Central Greene School District gifted program, The Linsly School and many local homeschoolers.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Laura-Shawver-1.JPGWaynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will hold a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 24 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will display the artwork of senior art major Laura Shawver. An opening reception will be held Monday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Shawver’s exhibit will feature batik, ceramics, drawings, linoleum and woodblock prints, paintings and photography that she has created during her four years at Waynesburg University. Various works will be available for purchase. 

The Art Program at Waynesburg University enables students to mold, paint and sketch works of their imagination while providing the tools to grasp a comprehensive knowledge of techniques and history. Students hone abilities through class discussion, demonstrations and exhibits.

Senior art exhibitions take place each semester to provide veteran art students with a platform to showcase the products of a practiced creative process. Students spend four years creating and preserving pieces they are most proud of for this very occasion.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

Call 724-852-3274 for more information.

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

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