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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently notified Waynesburg University of its selection to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University's seventh consecutive year receiving the honor.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0573.JPG and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

“Receiving this award for the seventh year in a row demonstrates the continued commitment of our students, faculty and staff to live out the service component of our mission by engaging in our community," said Mary Cummings, vice president of Student Services. “By integrating service with the academic programs at our University, we prepare our students for a life of community engagement not only during their undergraduate experience, but after graduation as well.”

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which academic service-learning courses are offered.


b2ap3_thumbnail_ryersonservice2.jpgWaynesburg University students contribute more than 50,000 service hours annually. Through its more than 50 local and regional agencies and a continuously expanding network of international agencies, Waynesburg University encourages students to become servant-leaders through a number of partnerships.

The University offers approximately 16 service mission trips per academic year. The trips are held during the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. The University also participates in a number of weekend-long service projects in the local community and beyond.

In addition to volunteer hours, the University offers a service leadership minor constructed around service-learning courses. During the semester-long courses, students perform a set amount of hours of community service with a non-profit organization.

The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar Schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Waynesburg is committed to the program which was created to offer scholarship assistance to students performing significant amounts of community service throughout their time at Waynesburg. Approximately 60 (15 per class) Waynesburg University students are involved with the program each year.

 

 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University will host Chamber Music Theatre’s Core Ensemble Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Marsh Center. Core Ensemble will perform the Chamber Music Theatre work, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance.” 

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. 

Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, “Of Ebony Embers” examines the lives of three African American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. 

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Jamyl Dobson portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. The trio performs chamber music ranging from new and traditional concert pieces to vernacular styles such as jazz, tango, folk and spiritual primarily by African American and Latin American composers. 

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reservations are suggested. To register, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/of-ebony-embers. 

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Waynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) will hold TPS Online Institute and Pennsylvania Common Core, a free Level I workshop. TPS Level I Online Institute will be held four Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10, and running through Tuesday, March 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All educators are invited to participate and will have the opportunity to earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours. 

TPS Online Institute aims to expand educators’ understanding of the Library of Congress and help them discover effective strategies for teaching with primary sources. 

Participants can expect to learn strategies and methods useful for teaching with primary sources, how to align classroom activities with Common Core standards and foster project development, group discussion and peer collaboration. 

Space is limited. To register, visit: https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=371467 

For more information, contact Sue Wise at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377. 

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Elizabeth-Wang_20150122-184323_1.jpgIGI Global, an international publishing company of progressive academic research, books and journals, recently accepted and published the literary works of Waynesburg University associate professor of computer science Dr. Elizabeth Wang. 

The book, “Big Data Analytics in Bioinformatics and Healthcare,” was co-edited by Wang, Ruowang Li from Pennsylvania State University and William Perrizo from North Dakota State University. 

As author and co-editor, Wang’s responsibilities of editing a research reference book included organizing a list of contacts to submit chapter proposals, drafting and reviewing the proposals, creating an Editorial Review Board to assist in reviewing the chapters and preparing a final manuscript to be read by IGI Global. 

“The book project provided me a tremendous opportunity to work with many scholars and researchers all over the world,” said Wang. “Besides the authors from at least 12 countries, we worked with about 20 reviewers and the editorial advisory board members. It was a great learning and collaborating experience!”

According to IGI Global, the book merges the field of biology, technology and medicine and presents a comprehensive study on the emerging information processing applications necessary in the field of electronic medical record management. 

Aside from Wang’s book being available for purchase at a variety of U.S. outlets such as Amazon, many foreign publishers, primarily in China and Asia, have purchased rights to translate the book into their own language to benefit researchers who do not speak English. 

In addition to a master’s degree of art from St. John’s University, Minn., and a master’s degree in computer science from Minnesota State University of St. Cloud, Wang holds a Ph.D. in computer science from North Dakota State University. Her research interests include data mining, data warehouse, bioinformatics and parallel computing.

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Julie Tischer, 2013

Microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia

Julie Tischer, a 2013 Waynesburg University alumna, was recently published in a peer-reviewed journal as part of a research group at the University of Georgia. 

Her article, "Proteomic Analysis of the Acidocalcisome, an Organelle Conserved from Bacteria to Human Cells," was published in PLOS Pathogens, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published monthly by PLOS, a nonprofit organization. Tischer and the additional authors studied the proteins that are on the surface of an organelle in order to determine how it functions in the cells.

The journal addressed questions such as: 

•What proteins are associated with this organelle called the acidocalcisome? 

•What are the individual functions of these identified proteins?

•Are these proteins essential for the survival of the cell?

•How are these proteins contributing to the overall activity of the acidocalcisome?

Tischer, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is currently a microbiology Ph.D. student and research associate at the University of Georgia. At the university, she works in the Terns lab studying the CRISPR-Cas adaptive immune system found in bacteria and archaea. 

“During my first semester, I worked diligently on the acidocalcisome project to generate data for the journal,” said Tischer. “My results during that six-week rotation went into producing a few of the figures in the paper, making me an author.”

Tischer adds that the classes and staff at Waynesburg University helped prepare her for the research program as well as her published journal article. 

“Waynesburg University set me up for success in the field of biology research by providing me with an exceptional foundation in biology education and encouraging me to pursue research opportunities beyond Waynesburg,” said Tischer. “In addition, the professional and passionate professors really inspired me to pursue a career in research and teaching.”

 

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