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James Tanda (Criminal Justice) coordinated Waynesburg’s involvement in the joint international training week for Vietnamese Law Enforcement officials in September.  Meetings started in July and August and a full delegation of 20 Law Enforcement officials were brought to campus by the American Scholar Group, seeking training in U.S. Policing, tactics, first response, criminal investigation, fire, explosion, and firearms. The training session, hosted by WU, was Sept. 29 with a full day of instruction, guest speakers, and work through interpreters.  Adam Jack (Criminal Justice), Tanda, and Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) instructed sessions for the delegation.  The Criminal Justice Club was involved, sponsoring parts of the day, and CJ student ambassadors participated in the event.

Sigma Beta Delta (Business honorary) was selected as an outstanding chapter for the 2015-16 academic year. Out of about 250 chapters, only three are awarded this honor each year. Dr. Tony Bochinni serves as president, and Neeley Shaw serves as chapter adviser.

Dr. Janet Paladino (Environmental Science) and Bill Coates (Institutional Advancement) wrote a proposal that resulted in $20,000 grant from EQT to restore/develop the urban forest trail.  Plans for the trail include the addition of an outdoor classroom, developing signage for the trail, building a bridge, planting additional native trees and vegetation, and erecting bird feeders.

Dr. Wayne Rossiter (Biology) attended the Athanatos Christian Arts & Apologetics Festival. He gave five presentations in all, mostly related to his books.  Dr. Rossiter’s first book was reviewed in SALVO magazine (June issue).   He was also a consultant on the science curriculum for Regina Academies (a Catholic private school group). He participated in designing some of the curriculum guidelines, which were approved by the board in June. 

Dr. Taunya Tinsley (GPS Counseling) successfully defended her dissertation at the United Theological Seminary. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Church as a Multicultural Sports Team: A Model for Ministry leadership Development for God’s Coaching Staff.” Dr. Tinsley will graduate on Dec. 16. 

Dr. Tinsley presented at the first annual Faith and Mental Health Conference in Brandywine, Md., Sept. 9. She presented on three topics: “Fostering the Relationship between Clergy and Mental Health,” “Educating Clergy and Lay Leaders,” and “Mental Health Challenges affecting Youth and the Elderly.” 

Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) presented at the SPJ/RTDNA national conference, Excellence in Journalism 2016 in New Orleans. He moderated a four-person Teaching Marathon panel and served as emcee of the national student journalism awards ceremony and served as Waynesburg’s campus chapter delegate. 

Faith Musko (Forensic Science) attended the National Science Foundation Sponsored Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars Forensic Science Workshop at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) was part of a group of scholars from the U.S. and Canada (14 participants) in the Calvin College Christian Scholars Conference in June; the presentation was entitled “Bodies of Christ, the Saga of the Son of God in America.”  Collective and individual presentations were given.  Dr. Olagoke is currently using one of the books read for the conference in his Cultural Differences class.

Dr. Olagoke was also part of 12 scholars and professors for the St. Johns/St. Benedict University, Collegeville, conference on Writing for a Broader Public in July. He gave two presentations. One of presentation is being peer-reviewed for publication.  

Dr. Olagoke had full scholarship/grant to cover the entire cost, transportation/air fare, food and accommodation at the two conferences above through the Lilly Endowment Foundation.

Adam Jack did a live stream lecture and tour of the CSI House to a Biotechnology/Forensics Class from Greensburg-Salem High School in late September. 

Dr. Julia Bausman applied to conduct research entitled, “Survey of Elementary Students’ Attitudes Toward School and Homework Before and After They Attend a Christian After-School Tutoring Program.”

RN to BSN student Carol Manown spoke at Mon Valley Hospital Innovations series on June 30, 2016. The topic was “How Do I Live With Cancer.” Ms. Manown is the clinical coordinator of the Mon Valley Hospital Cancer Center. During evidence-based practice courses at Waynesburg, she worked on survivorship plans for cancer patients. 

On Dr. Tony Bochinni’s (Business) recommendation, business major Victoria Robinson was selected as a Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants PB Chapter Scholarship recipient. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-28-b-f-maiz-speaker_Walker.jpgWaynesburg University’s b.f. maiz Lecture series will host Dr. Jeanne Murray Walker Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Admission is free, and the public is cordially welcome to attend.

Walker, head of the creative writing concentration at the University of Delaware, will present samples of her work as she reads poems and discusses the plays she has written.

Currently, Walker serves on the Editorial Board of Image and Shenandoah magazines, and is the collaborating editor of Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith. Previously, she was the poetry editor for Christianity and Literature.

Dr. Walker has published eight volumes of poetry, as well as individual poems in numerous journals, such as Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Century and Best American Poetry.  She is also a playwright, and her plays have been performed across the United States, as well as in London.  Additionally, Dr. Walker has published a memoir, “The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s,” about the decade she and her sister cared for their mother.

Dr. Walker has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and eight Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships.

The b.f. maiz Center, named after the late poet b.f. maiz, continues to magnify the poet’s lifelong concerns with poetry, peace and poetic justice. Dr. Walker is invited to campus as part of the b.f. maiz Center’s activities.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-28-Fall-visitation-day.jpgWaynesburg University will host a fall Visitation Day Saturday, Nov. 5, for high school students, transfer students and their families. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with registration in Roberts Chapel.

Following registration, students can participate in admissions and financial aid sessions, tour campus, meet with faculty in their elected major and enjoy lunch in the Benedum Dining Hall. The day concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, learning and serving so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world. Visiting the University in person allows interested students to see the mission and values of Waynesburg firsthand.

Waynesburg currently enrolls approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and offers more than 70 academic concentrations for students to study. The University has been consistently ranked nationally as a top school for value.

Although this is the last Visitation Day of the fall semester, personal visits are offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sumpter.pngJosh Sumpter
Instructor of Biblical & Ministry Studies and Assistant Chaplain

After spending some time as an adjunct professor, Josh started as a full-time employee at Waynesburg University on August 1, 2016. He assists Reverend Jim Tinnemeyer in being a resource to our students in regards to campus ministry and Christian life at Waynesburg University, regularly assisting with Chapel on Tuesday mornings and serves as a support system for the variety of Campus Ministries that take place on campus. His office is located in Buhl Hall 213, but you can usually catch him floating around the Stover Student Center as well.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I was previously employed as a youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg, PA. It was an incredible ministry opportunity that allowed me to partner with the incredible students at Waynesburg University. It was in that partnership that I began to enter the world of teaching as an adjunct in 2015 within the Biblical & Ministry Studies Program. When the need arose for an assistant chaplain and faculty member within the department, it seemed like a perfect match for my gifts, goals and calling.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve got two! First, Robert’s Chapel is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spaces on campus. Second, the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse is a favorite location because I love rooting for the WU basketball teams!

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

As the assistant chaplain, I try to be a resource to others across campus. Over the years, I have led devotionals and prayer times with the WU men's basketball team.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

It was a blessing for me to preach during the Chapel service in which over 600+ people attended, including the entire freshmen class. It was standing room only!

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I get the behind-the-scenes look at how hard our Chapel Worship Teams & Upper Room Worship Team work to be effective in leading worship! It has been a joy to spend time with such talented students!

BONUS: What does Homecoming at WU mean to you?

Homecoming is a time of excitement and memories! It is great to see generations of alumni return to campus to celebrate the way that Waynesburg University played a role in their life!

Click here to learn more about Biblical & Ministry Studies at Waynesburg University!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-CF_Best-Value-Nursing.pngWaynesburg University's nursing program was recently recognized as a best value in the 2017 College Factual "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings published by USA Today. The nursing program placed in the top 5 percent, ranking No. 14 out of 483 similar programs in the nation.

"It is such an honor for Waynesburg’s nursing program to be recognized on a national level," said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing. "It is wonderful to see the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students to be validated through such prestigious rankings.”

College Factual measures a variety of factors in determining top ranked colleges by major, such as early career and mid-career earnings; major focus and market share; post-graduate resources; related major focus, breadth and concentration; accreditation; and overall school quality.

Additionally, Waynesburg University earned the distinction as a "Best College for the Money," ranking No. 147 out of the 1,208 schools identified across the nation by College Factual.

The Nursing Program was also recently named a top nursing school in the United States by the Nursing Schools Almanac. Waynesburg, ranked No. 49, was among the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools that were considered.

Over the years, Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the-art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

For more information about Waynesburg University's nursing program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/nursing.

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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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