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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-9-MLK-Day-Tinsley_20170109-181626_1.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special convocation to be held Monday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Dr. Taunya Tinsley, associate professor of counseling and director of graduate programs in counseling at the University, will be the speaker. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Tinsley is a licensed professional counselor with more than 20 years of experience working at the secondary and collegiate levels. Her experiences include working with culturally diverse educators, students and athletes in a variety of athletic conferences, such as the Big Ten, Big East, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as well as the National Football League (NFL), National Football Foundation and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dr. Tinsley is the owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultation services. Additionally, she is the clinical director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center.

Outside of the workplace, she has been very involved in the community, having served as the secretary of the Ethics Concern Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors of Athletics and secretary of the entire organization. Dr. Tinsley has also been president of the Pennsylvania College Counseling Association and president of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augsburg College, a master’s degree in higher education administration and college student development from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Duquesne University.

Dr. Tinsley most recently completed requirements for a certificate in missional theology from Biblical Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.

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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The Department of Nursing received a 100% NCLEX pass rate for 2016. This is the 7th time Waynesburg University’s Nursing program received this distinction.

The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted two events as part of the ACS Symposium Series. The first symposium (Nov. 2) in the new series featured student internship presentations; the second (Nov. 17) hosted a speaker from John Hopkins’ chemistry department. The department also hosted two homeschool labs, welcoming 24 local students to campus. Evonne Baldauff spearheaded these events.


Faith Musko (Forensic Science) coordinated fingerprinting workshops at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School, where 53 students attended. 

Merit Badge University was held on Oct. 29. Twenty-six Waynesburg faculty and staff members volunteered at the event. The University hosted more than 300 Boy Scouts as part of this initiative.

Lina Hixon (Nursing) attended “Health Policy and Law,” a webinar, in November. The focus of the webinar was strategies for class activities to enhance the applicability of health policy to clinical practice. Hixon also attended “HP2020: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators on Environmental Quality” to receive updates on real-life scenarios regarding air quality improvement in NYC.

Eddie Powers was involved in his 48th major production at Waynesburg University during the fall show, “Fools” by Neil Simon. Professor Power has selected “The Addams Family” for the spring musical. Several nights following the fall play, Professor Powers observed and assisted in rehearsals for “The Insanity of Mary Girard” a one-act play directed by a student.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) attended the World Fringe Congress representing Pittsburgh Fringe in Montreal, Canada on November 16-18 and USAFF (US Association of Fringe Festivals) on November 19th.  Xela continues to be the USAFF secretary and on two of the three committees for USAFF (Marketing and New Festivals). 

Xela Batchelder continues to review film submissions for the Ethografilm Festival which will be in Paris, France in the spring (as well as showings in Asia and Africa). Dr. Batchelder advised the Association of Arts Administrator Educators executive on Edinburgh for their upcoming conference (first overseas) in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Batchelder also wrote a conference paper application for the Association of Arts Administrator Educators annual conference.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for a concert Dec. 17 at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater.

Amy Randolph (English) planned and facilitated this year’s High School Creative Writing Workshop, Nov. 18. About 80 students attended the event.

Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) facilitated the third-annual Knox Writing Contest on campus. About 20 students attended the event, where they interviewed Lanny Frattere (Communication).

Chad Keyes (Chemistry) attended the 50th annual MAALACT (Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers) in October.

Rea Redd (Library) signed a contract with Southern Illinois University Press for the publication of his essay titled “The Turning Points within the 1864 Presidential Election” in the collection of essays “Turning Points In the American Civil War.” Publication date is expected during mid-2017.

Rick Pierce (English) will read poetry at the Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent, in Louisville, Kentucky.  The conference dates are February 24-25, 2017.  It is organized by St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville.  He is scheduled to read for an hour, with a question and answer period to follow.  He will read from his chapbook, The Book of Mankey, some earlier poems, and some recent poems.

Wayne Rossiter (Biology) submitted a paper to Freshwater Science, and it was accepted. The paper is expected to be published in or after December 2016. Rossiter was also interviewed by Janet Mefferd, host of a national syndicated Christian radio talk show.

Rossiter was asked to review a paper for the journal Ecology, and he was asked to review a paper for  Freshwater Science. The Ecology review is in, and the other will be finished next week.

Karen Younger (Humanities) was the guest preacher at Claysville United Presbyterian Church in Claysville Oct. 9.

Younger was the invited speaker at a PCUSA spiritual retreat at Seven Springs Resort Oct. 21-23.

Elizabeth Wang (Computer Science) attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College Eastern Conference at Frostburg University, Oct. 28-29.

Paul Sielski (Mathematics) gave a math presentation at Mapletown Junior-Senior High School in late September.

Jim Bush (Mathematics) gave a live webinar for the Consortium for Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education.

Richard Blake and John Thompson (Library) hosted a workshop for Honors freshman in database research and citation creation software and personal file folders. Thompson also offered this workshop for Stover Scholars.

Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) successfully defended his dissertation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in late October. His graduation ceremony was on December 17.

Larry Stratton (Stover Center) coordinated the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission’s quarterly meeting at Waynesburg University through the Stover Center in October.

Stratton spoke at the National Economics Teaching Association annual conference in Tampa, Florida, on the topic, “Connecting Constitutional Law to Economic History.” Stratton also discussed leadership and the Constitution at “Leadership Washington County” in Southpointe on Oct. 18. Dr. Stratton also discussed the Presidential Election and the Constitution at Noble Energy’s Southpointe headquarters at a forum titled, “Burgers, Brew, and Election News!”

Adam Jack (Criminal Justice) attended the Chesapeake Bay IAI conference at WVU in October.

Jack trained 10 Greene County Probation Officers in Use in Force of utilizing the Lasershot System in the CSI House (16 hours).

Chemistry faculty participated in National Chemistry week Oct. 24-28. The faculty and students celebrated Monday with the Periodic Table of Cupcakes, Tuesday with a Green Chemistry Webinar and Wednesday with a Mole Day Party. Additionally, 71 people attended the Haunted Lab hosted by the Chemistry department in late October.

Evonne Baldauff (Chemistry) and several student volunteers hosted the second session of College Chemistry Connection. Waynesburg Central students and teachers attended.

Eighteen students attended the Homeschool Lab hosted by the Chemistry Department. Evonne Baldauff and student volunteers were involved in the event.

Brad Davis, Heidi Fletcher and Chemistry students attended the SACP monthly meeting at Duquesne University.

Kelley Solomon (Education) attended WV State Reading Conference Nov. 16-18.

The Business Administration department hosted WU Biz Games. Gordon McClung and Jayne Olshanski were involved in the success of this event.

Tony Bocchini (Business Administration) completed professional training, “Accounting Ethics: Rules of Conduct.”

Eight accounting students and professor Jayne Olshanski (Business Administration) joined Bill Coates (Institutional Advancement) and Marie Coffman (Career Center) for the first-ever Waynesburg University visitation day at Schneider Downs, LLC.

Neeley Shaw (Business Administration) went to Canon-McMillan High School and talked to three Entrepreneurship classes about Waynesburg’s program. About 70 high school students participated.

Several Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing faculty and students presented posters at the 2016 Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Nursing Conference in Gettysburg:

·         Kathleen Rosatti (MSN student), Sandralee Hartman, Christin Wentzel, Neil Amina, and Helen Burns presented a poster titled, “From Idea to Implementation: Development of a Nursing Professional Practice Evaluation Model.” This presentation was awarded the 3rd Place Poster Award.

·         Kimberly Whiteman, Kimberly Stephens, Brenda Swanson-Biearman, Mary Barkhymer, and Michele Lozito (DNP Graduate) presented a poster titled, “Good Catch Campaign: Improve the Perioperative Culture of Safety.”

·         Whiteman, Stephens, Swanson-Biearman, Melanie Heuston, and Elizabeth Tedesco (DNP Graduate) presented on “Implementation of Sepsis Alert Program in Medical-Surgical Units.”

Kimberly Stephens (GPS Nursing) also presented several posters alongside students and alumni at the 2016 Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference in Pittsburgh. Kimberly Whiteman (GPS Nursing) attended this conference, as well.

Deb Lewis (GPS Nursing) attended “Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in Nursing Webinar,” “Writing Success Strategies for Scholars in the Health Sciences Webinar,” “ANA How to Effectively Teach Ethics to Nursing Students Webinar,” and “Online Orientation to Support Distance Learners Webinar.”

Amy Randolph (English) facilitated a creative writing reading in McCance Auditorium in late October.

Bob Randolph (English) was one of six invited authors to comprise a panel to discuss writing and read from their work at Bowlby Library in Waynesburg in late October.

The education department hosted a Voices from the Field session, “Teacher Certification Horror Stories,” on Oct. 13. Ryan Devlin, 2007 WU graduate and 2013 PA Teacher of the Year, was the speaker at the event.

Devon Manderino (Graduate Counseling) and Bob Mehalik, a counseling doctoral student, offered a multicultural training at Centerville Clinics, Inc. The training was entitled, “Culture change in the workforce and what it means to healthcare.” The focus was on what culture is, what culture looks like in healthcare/medical health, and ways to offer culturally-competent care.

William Batchelder (Humanities) published, “The Counsel of Despair? Albert J. Nock on Self-Government” in the online journal The Imaginative Conservative on Sept. 22.

Karen Younger (Humanities) authored the introduction to a new edition of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which was released in September by Race Point Publishing.

James Hepburn (Graduate Counseling) was accepted to present a workshop with one of Waynesburg’s doctoral counseling students, Nick Summa, at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association conference in November. Additionally, another doctoral student, Michelle Steimer, was accepted to co-present a workshop that focuses on the military population.

Several nursing faculty members presented posters at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders 37th Annual Educational Conference in Farmington.  Kimberly Stephens (Graduate Nursing),  Kelly Heatherington and Peggy Hayden (part-time MSN faculty), Dr. Brenda Swanson-Biearman (part-time DNP faculty), and Anne Ward (part-time RN-BSN faculty) participated in the conference. Twelve current students and eight Waynesburg University alumni also presented as part of the event.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) attended the PA Education Dean’s Forum and Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education conference in Harrisburg Oct.26-28.

Jamie Dessart (English) had a paper accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association annual meeting in San Diego in March.

John Tiech (PT English) started writing high school football stories for the Herald-Standard newspaper.


Noteworthy student news:

Six Waynesburg University music majors passed auditions and secured a spot in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choir of 2016. This is the first year for Waynesburg University Music students to represent at the Collegiate Choral Festival, which was held Nov. 4 and 5 at Susquehanna University.

Forensic Science Club students also worked as part of communities that Care, while ACS members performed demos for droves of Pittsburgh regional students at ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center on Oct. 20 & 21.

During Fall Break, six Criminal Justice students and three Social Sciences students completed the Crisis Hotline Certification Training provided by the S.T.T.A.R.S. Program of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services Care Center in Waynesburg. The training consisted of 30 hours, Monday through Friday.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUPRSSA.jpgWaynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (WUPRSSA) was recently awarded the Star Chapter Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award was presented at the PRSSA 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Waynesburg’s chapter was one of 42 chapters granted star chapter status out of the more than 350 student chapters throughout the country. Chapters are selected based upon the completion of specific criteria, such as the completion of community service projects, high school outreach and association with regional and national Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) events, meetings and conferences.

“The recognition places us among the elite PRSSA chapters nationally,” said Richard Krause, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Communication Department. “It demonstrates how strong our academic program is here, and, as a result, it provides us with a great recruiting opportunity.”

Krause attended the conference with six chapter members:

  • Maura Fenske, junior public relations major from Wintersville, Ohio (Wood County Christian School)
  • Natalie Gloady, senior public relations major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Washington High School)
  • Cassidy Graham, senior public relations and digital design major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • Zachary Sniadach, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  (Brentwood High School)
  • Amanda Troncone, sophomore public relations major from Tioga, Pennsylvania (Williamson High School)
  • Taylor White, senior public relations major and journalism minor from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)

According to Krause, students who attend the conference benefit from a variety of workshops and presentations. Students also have the opportunity to network with influential practitioners in the public relations field from across the country.

“The conference has also served to reinforce the work that we do here,” said Krause. “Students are discovering that we have something really special in place at Waynesburg University.”

In addition to the chapter award, 2016 Waynesburg public relations graduate, Jordan Mitrik, was presented with the PRSSA National Gold Key Award. The award, which is the highest individual honor bestowed upon PRSSA members, recognizes outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership in the PRSSA.

Mitrik submitted an application during his senior year at Waynesburg which highlighted his work and leadership positions with WUPRSSA, the student-run firm Red Brick Communications, and internships and other field-related experience.

“Winning this award is a reminder of the hard work and dedication I put in during the four years as a public relations student and member of WUPRSSA,” said Mitrik. “It truly is an honor that my efforts have been recognized, and it only pushes me to do bigger and better things in the industry now as a professional.”

Mitrik is currently employed at Brunner, a full-service marketing and advertising agency, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the board and blog coordinator for PRSA Pittsburgh.

“Few people understand how difficult it is to receive the Gold Key, and we have had students receive it in consecutive years,” said Krause.

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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Waynesburg University senior chemistry major Kristen Wilson, from Washington, Pennsylvania, was recently selected as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) 2016 JoAnne Day Student of the Year award in the Technical Category.

Wilson earned the award based upon her participation in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this past summer at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota, where she conducted chemistry education research. She studied under the direction of Dr. James Nyachwaya, assistant professor of chemistry education.

“I worked on analyzing how well students can make connections between different contexts by using their content-specific knowledge,” said Wilson.

Additionally, she had to submit a current resume, a paper describing how she and her university have benefited from the REU and letters of recommendation.

Wilson considers winning the award as “extremely unique.” It will provide for her another way to stick out from the crowd and be more competitive as she applies for jobs.

PennACE annually recognizes undergraduate students enrolled in member institutions who have completed an internship or co-op assignment. Students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program select one of the three categories that best represents their field: Technical Award, Liberal Arts Award or Business Award.

Wilson will receive a plaque and $250 in the spring. She will also be recognized at PennACE’s 2017 Annual Conference at Pennsylvania State University in April 2017 and be featured on their website.

She credits her success to the entire Chemistry Department at Waynesburg University.

“All of the chemistry professors had been encouraging me to apply for REUs and they helped me through the entire process,” said Wilson. “Dr. Baldauff has been a very large credit to my success as she has been so encouraging and helpful to my success.”

Wilson will graduate from Waynesburg in the spring. She has yet to decide whether she will apply for a high school chemistry teacher position or pursue graduate school for chemistry education research.

“I had never considered graduate school until after the research this summer, but I loved it so much I may want to continue with my education,” said Wilson.

Read more about Wilson’s internship experience by visiting our website:

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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At the start of the new year, 10 Waynesburg University students will travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to serve with Mustard Seed Communities. Led by Anthony Jarrell, a resident director at the University, and Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, the group will serve from Saturday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 7.

While in Jamaica, the group will be assisting Mustard Seed Communities by engaging in treatment and activities with children who have disabilities and have been abandoned. The students may also do maintenance work for the facilities there. Jarrell said he is looking forward to helping the organization and also to showing students the value of service.

“My hope for our students is that this trip, as with every University experience, is eye-opening,” said Jarrell. “My hope is that the mission of faith, learning and service comes to life in a way that our students can internalize these commitments to their own lives.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Marian Chearney, junior nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Ruth Costanza, senior nursing major from Cranberry Township (Home School)
  • Hanna Filapose, junior nursing major from Irwin (Yough Senior High School)
  • Rachel Friend, freshman psychology major from Markleysburg (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Katelyn Hunsicker, senior psychology major from Reading (Muhlenberg High School)
  • Abigail Kingston, junior sociology major from Fombell (Riverside High School)
  • Kirsten Lykens sophomore nursing major from Duncansville (Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School)
  • Kelsey Prough, sophomore sociology major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Nicole Romero, senior biology major from Cudahy, Calif. (King Drew Magnet High School)
  • Amy Smith, senior biology secondary education major from Fairlawn, Ohio (Copley High School)

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

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