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Ferko-2.jpgRobin Ferko, senior forensic science major

Intern, Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

After a fire has struck a home, it is up to the county’s fire marshal to visit the scene, investigate the damage and determine the cause of the fire. Most people may find this job intimidating, but Robin Ferko finds it thrilling. 

Ferko spent her summer months as an intern for the Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. A senior forensic science major, Ferko found herself applying what she had learned from Waynesburg University into her everyday duties and responsibilities. As an intern, Ferko was on constant call in case of a fire emergency. 

In one case, Ferko and the team found evidence of arson. 

“Someone got arrested based on the evidence we collected,” she said. “It was amazing to be able to contribute in that way and see my work make a difference.”

When arriving at a scene, she examined the buildings affected by fires to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state and local fire codes were met. As an investigator, she helped to determine the origin and cause of fires by digging through debris, taking photographs and sketching out the scene. 

“It is one thing to have mock crime scenes and practice at school, but it is another to actually put the tape on and collect evidence that will go to the lab,” said Ferko. “My studies at Waynesburg University definitely prepared me for the fire scenes I encountered.” 

 

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Brittany Stowe, junior arts administration major

Box office intern at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

It takes more than setting props and placing actors on a stage in front of a live audience to produce a musical theater performance. What often goes unnoticed is how audience members receive their tickets, get into the theater and find their seats every night for a performance. An integral team in musical theater must run like a well-oiled machine in order to make every show a success. 

At the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa., Brittany Stowe recognized this and worked to ensure that every performance ran as smoothly as possible. Stowe, the box office intern, was able to take what she learned in her arts administration classes at Waynesburg and apply lessons to her everyday duties and responsibilities. 

Stowe answered phone calls from patrons interested in purchasing tickets for the Opera Theater’s summer events. Once tickets were purchased, Stowe confirmed ticket orders, organized them and shipped them to the appropriate customers. During performance nights, Stowe assisted in running the box office and selling tickets at the door.  

 “I really enjoyed the Opera Theater,” said Stowe. “I made so many connections through all the company activities and performances. It was a great experience.”

 

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Waynesburg University’s Student Senate will host a campus and community Harvest Festival Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Johnson Commons. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Prior to the event, the Waynesburg University Residence Life staff will host trick-or-treating on Washington Street in Waynesburg. Cara Petrone, a senior forensic science major from Canonsburg, Pa., and social vice president of Student Senate, hopes to bring in more community members to show the passion for service at Waynesburg University.

She planned the event to promote campus and community relations as well as raise funds for local needs. The preceding year raised more than $400; Petrone hopes to surpass that number this year.

“This year we are doing more community outreach, hopefully with local schools and businesses,” Petrone said. “We want to be able to raffle items from local businesses and to have a lot more community participation.”

Campus clubs and organizations will dress in Halloween costumes and sell various Halloween and harvest-themed snacks and activities to raise money for Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up, a Western Pennsylvania-based non-profit that raises money for outerwear for those in need.

Every club that participates gets to keep half of the money raised. There will be a $50 prize given to the club that raises the most money and to the club that has the best costumes.

WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, will host its annual Pumpkin Bowling during the event.

In the event of inclement weather, the Harvest Festival will take place in Stover Campus Center.

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

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Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society’s Student Chapter will host its annual Haunted Lab event Tuesday, Oct. 28. The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Stewart Science Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Designed to promote science education by showcasing fun and exciting demonstrations, all ages can benefit from this event. Participants will be guided throughout the experiment and activity stations run by University students and faculty members.

“From glowing slime to rainbow flames, the Haunted Lab offers a unique opportunity to explore more than 25 Halloween themed demonstration and activities performed by Waynesburg University faculty and students,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Chemistry and Forensic Science Department.

For more information, contact Dr. Baldauff at 724-852-7617.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tanner-Downing-2.JPGWaynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will hold a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Nov. 14, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will display the artwork of senior art major Tanner Downing. An opening reception will be held Monday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Downing’s exhibit will feature watercolor and acrylic paintings, pencil and pen drawings and sculptures he has created during his 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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