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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ashley-Franczyk.JPGWith a passion for clinical medicine, recent graduate Ashley Franczyk is now attending Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program, where she will earn her Master of Science in physician assistant studies.

Franczyk began her program in June 2016 in Marietta, Ohio, where she is striving toward her ultimate goal of becoming a pediatric oncology physician assistant.

“My future goal is to not only become an excellent healthcare professional, but to impact and educate my patients to live healthy lives,” said Franczyk.

Looking back at her time at Waynesburg, Franczyk credits the Department of Biology, Environmental Science and Athletic Training, along with the challenging courses for preparing her for graduate school. Additionally, she speaks highly of the influence faculty and staff at Waynesburg have had on her.

“Dr. Hamilton was a tremendous influence on me; his human physiology course allowed me to discover my passion for medicine, the human body and the physiological responses of the body to disease,” said Franczyk. “Jane Owen was also not only an excellent mentor to me throughout my four years at Waynesburg, but also a great friend to me. Without her support, I would not be as successful as I am today.”

Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and serving helped guide Franczyk’s undergraduate experience. After she participated in medical study abroad trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, she came to the realization that patient care and clinical medicine was the path she wanted to take.

“Throughout my career and life, I will always practice these values and remember where they were instilled in me, which was at Waynesburg University,” said Franczyk.

Franczyk said she was challenged and that allowed her to push herself academically in ways she never experienced prior to attending Waynesburg. She noted that challenging courses made her an extremely dedicated and hard worker in her academics pursuits.

“Physician Assistant school is tremendously rigorous, and the education I received at Waynesburg has prepared me for this next chapter of my education,” said Franczyk. “I am so blessed and honored to have attended Waynesburg University and I will always remember the faith and service I have learned there and will apply it to my profession throughout my life.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Drew-Brown.JPGJunior communications (sports broadcasting and sports information) major Drew Brown has always shown a strong interest in video editing and production work. This past spring, Brown began to put those skills to work at ROOT Sports in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, fulfilling a dream come true.

“Ranging back to when I was in ninth grade, I always told myself I was going to apply for an internship at ROOT Sports once I went to college, in hopes that I could further my career in the field of video production,” said Brown.

In March, Brown started a year-long role as an in-studio video production intern. He works alongside the ROOT Sports game day production staff, assisting with the creation of highlight packages that are used for Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins pregame and postgame shows, as well as in-game highlights.

Other responsibilities have included the creation of video packages pertaining to storylines and talking points which are discussed on the pregame and postgame shows. Brown has also experienced writing “shot sheets” for the on-air talent personalities, such as Rob King, Stan Savran, Paul Alexander and Dan Potash.

All of his work so far has certainly exceeded Brown’s expectations, providing him with an experience that is grateful to have.

“I have enjoyed it more than any other job or internship I have worked before,” said Brown. “I spend my days at work doing something I have wanted to do since I was 14 years old.”

Even though he doesn’t always consider his work to be “work,” the internship has provided a few challenges, namely how quickly projects move.

“Working on the fly has been one of the more challenging aspects,” said Brown. “My “Around the League” videos, for example, where I am cutting together plays and highlights from other MLB or NHL games, need to be done at a quick, busy rate.”

Of course, the exciting aspects of his job have outweighed the challenges. Brown’s timing for experiencing the Stanley Cup playoffs could not have been more perfect. Because of ROOT Sports’ coverage of the Penguins, Brown was able to see the Stanley Cup in person and take pictures with it.

Another fun experience for Brown was being interviewed for a series of commercials that have been airing on the station.

“A quote of mine was used in an Andrew McCutchen commercial,” he said. “Seeing myself on TV along with receiving texts from friends and family saying they saw me has been a cool feeling.”

Brown realizes how fortunate he has been to study with professors such as Bill Molzon and Lanny Frattare at Waynesburg University. Their knowledge and expertise, combined with his ROOT Sports experiences, will be priceless in the future.

“This experience has given me the chance to see the daily operations of a major sports network, one like I hope to work for one day,” said Brown.

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Two Waynesburg University students traveled this summer from their hometowns in Western Pennsylvania to intern at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Both had the opportunity to serve as undergraduate researchers in graduate student laboratories, though in different areas.

Junior Emily Ankrom, a biology major at Waynesburg, worked in the R.B. Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, which focuses on DNA nanotechnology.

Ankrom, with the help of a graduate student mentor, spent the summer researching how to visualize DNA liquid crystals. While Ankrom’s classes at Waynesburg significantly helped her understand scientific research concepts, she had little experience with DNA nanotechnology, which she said was one of the biggest difficulties of the internship.

“It was challenging right off the bat to enter into a research lab that focused on subject material almost completely foreign to me,” said Ankrom. “I had to spend quite a lot of time on my own, researching background information and reading scientific papers to understand what I would be doing.”

Thankfully, Ankrom had graduate students in the lab with her to mentor and guide her work. She loved being able to see firsthand how much Purdue’s graduate students and professors love what they do.

Ankrom is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Biology Club at Waynesburg. Other students in those organizations showed her how valuable an undergraduate research position could be and helped her apply. Now that she has research experience under her belt, Ankrom has solidified her aspirations to go to graduate school after Waynesburg.

“Before this research internship, I had no clue what grad school was like,” said Ankrom. “Being able to peer into the landscape of graduate school research has helped me visualize the journey I will be embarking on.”

Sophomore Lauren Petrina also secured a position as an undergraduate researcher at Purdue, but she was placed in a different lab than Ankrom. An engineering-chemistry major, Petrina worked in Professor Hilkka Kenttamaa’s lab, specializing in understanding crude oil.

Petrina entered into her research internship at Purdue just after her freshman year at Waynesburg, an unusual circumstance. Waynesburg professors in charge of the American Chemical Society, of which Petrina is a member, encouraged her to apply, though they warned her that freshmen usually don’t get accepted.

But a few months later, Petrina was in a lab with graduate students, getting more hands-on experience than she ever expected.

“I thought I was just going to be an assistant to the graduate students – that is not the case at all,” said Petrina. “I was able to ask questions, contribute my thoughts and feedback and even make suggestions.”

Petrina’s research included analyzing heavy crude oil to understand whether it can be converted to light crude oil, which is used in cars. Supplies of light crude oil have been depleted, so petroleum companies work with labs like Petrina’s to discover whether heavy crude oil is useful. Petrina said she would not have been able to complete her work without having taken Waynesburg’s organic and inorganic chemistry classes.

Like Ankrom, Petrina said the passion of the graduate students in her lab was evident, and she is grateful for the opportunity to work with them.

“If I decide to go to graduate school, I will already be ahead of the game because I will have had experience in a graduate laboratory,” said Petrina. “All of the knowledge I gained through this internship will be useful for the rest of my life.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-3-Homecoming-pre.jpgWaynesburg University will welcome alumni, staff, faculty and students to its annual Homecoming celebration Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8. The weekend festivities will include a variety of events that invite both alumni and current students’ participation.

During the two-day celebration, alumni will be invited to participate in athletic events, a reception with President and Mrs. Douglas G. Lee, a 5K run and walk, campus tours and more, including 10 class reunions.

The fifth annual JacketFest will also take place during Homecoming; it is a family-friendly event featuring booths, activities and giveaways from a number of student clubs and organizations.

“It is fun to see alumni share their Waynesburg memories with their families and friends,” said Mary Fox, event planner for the University. “Current students will be creating memories that will become part of their Waynesburg story.”

Homecoming 2016 will celebrate 40 years of remote TV productions and the 20th anniversary of the Department of Communication. An open house will be held and tours of the department will be available, including a tour of the TV production truck during the second half of the Homecoming football game.

Waynesburg will also honor the 50th anniversary of the undefeated 1966 NAIA National Championship football team during the weekend. The team, with 11 wins in all, earned the best record in school history, the West Penn Conference crown and the Washington, D.C., Touchdown Club’s choice as the number one small college team in the nation.

“I have been working with some of the 1966 team members, and they are very eager to reunite for the weekend activities, including spending time with the current Yellow Jacket squad,” said Fox.

The University encourages alumni to reconnect with friends and network with fellow Waynesburg alumni as the campus celebrates Homecoming 2016.

For a complete schedule of events, visit

The Homecoming 2016 Weekend schedule:

Friday, Oct. 7

  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – President’s Reception at President and Mrs. Lee’s home (reservations required)
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Greene County Country Club, where alumni will celebrate reunion years (reservations suggested)

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • 8:30 a.m. – Waynesburg University Homecoming 5k Run and Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.
  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – 1966 Championship Team Breakfast with 1966/2016 football team meeting to follow (reservations suggested)
  • 10 a.m. – Women’s Tennis Match vs. Fairmont State University
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – All Alumni Check In at Johnson Commons or John F. Wiley Stadium
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – JacketFest in Johnson Commons. Bring your family and explore the unique offering of Waynesburg University clubs and organizations.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-Go-Brunch in Benedum Dining Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – A Celebration of Communication at WU held on the fourth floor of Buhl for an Open House and tours of the television production truck at Wiley Stadium.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Class of 1965 Brunch with President and Mrs. Lee at their home (reservations required)
  • Prior to Kick-Off – We will recognize the undefeated 1966 NAIA National Championship Football Team on the field at John F. Wiley Stadium.
  • 1:30 p.m. –Football Game: Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets vs. Geneva College Golden Tornadoes at John F. Wiley Stadium
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent at the Back Gate
  • Post-Game – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout at the back gate of the John F. Wiley Stadium (reservations required)

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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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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