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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Friday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The event will feature Patricia Kirk, professor and essayist from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. Kirk will also offer a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, on the second floor of Eberly Library. The public is invited to attend.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by the faculty of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. During the student workshops, teachers can attend a workshop facilitated by Kirk.

Kirk is the author of two spiritual memoirs, “Confessions of an Amateur Believer” and “A Field Guide to God; A Seeker’s Manual;” a food memoir, “Starting from Scratch: A Wandering Cook in Search of Home;” a self-help book, “Easy Burdens: Doing the Stress-Free, Guilt-Free Work of God;” and a collection of essays, “The Gospel of Christmas: Reflections for Advent.” Her essays and other writings have been published in such journals as Quarterly West, Guideposts and The International Journal of Children’s Spirituality.

For more information, contact Amy Randolph at 724-852-3430.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4551.JPGWaynesburg University recently announced its 2014 Homecoming Court. The crowning of the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen will take place during halftime of the University’s homecoming game against Case Western Reserve University Saturday, Oct. 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium.

The Homecoming Court includes:

  • Kenneth Cline, senior accounting major from Bloomingdale, Ohio (Indian Creek High School)
  • Jessica Gavin, senior athletic training major from Youngstown, Ohio (Chaney High School)
  • Rebecca Lane, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa. (Laurel Junior-Senior High School)
  • Cara Petrone, senior forensic science major from Canonsburg, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Jacob Shultz, senior athletic training major from Hermitage, Pa. (Hickory High School)
  • Kristen Stone, senior forensic science major from Burgettstown, Pa. (Burgettstown Area Middle/High School)
  • Phillip Szalla, senior criminal justice administration major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (South Park High School)
  • Shelby Tabrosky, senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major from Glenshaw, Pa. (Shaler Area High School)
  • RJ Tonks, senior sports management major from Greensburg, Pa. (Greater Latrobe Senior High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_SRMC.jpgA Waynesburg University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)  student and three faculty members recently joined forces with a representative from Southwest Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in an effort to decrease readmission rates at the hospital through the implementation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit.

Through the quality-improvement project, the team was able to reduce readmissions at SRMC to 8 percent, which is significantly less than the national rate of 19 percent. Readmission, as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a return hospitalization to an acute care hospital following a prior acute care admission within 30 days of discharge.

Dr. Carol J. Adams, now a graduate of the University’s DNP Program, led the team. The project was her DNP Program capstone project. Dr. Kimberly Stephens and Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-directors of the DNP Program and assistant professors of nursing at the University, and Hal Kersteen, a part-time faculty member, along with Jeanne Katruska, director of case management at Southwest Regional Medical Center, collaborated on the project.

An article detailing the project was recently published in the July 2014 edition of “Quality Management in Health Care.” The article, “Implementation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit to Decrease All-Cause Readmission Rates at a Rural Community Hospital,” states that the project aimed to:

  • Use the methodology outlined by Joint Commission Resources-Hospital Engagement Network and Project Re-Engineered Discharge (Project RED) to redesign the discharge process,
  • Reduce hospital 30-day all-cause readmission rates, and
  • Improve patient/family involvement in the discharge process.

“The partnership with Waynesburg University provided valuable insight to the discharge process, which has the potential to benefit many other hospitals,” explained Katruska.  “We are proud of the progress we made and continue to see readmission rates, which are significantly less than national averages. The process aligns perfectly with our commitment to continually improve the quality of care we provide to patients in our community.”

As part of Waynesburg’s DNP Program, students are required to lead an evidence-based practice change throughout a healthcare system that affects patient outcomes.

“Carol worked with the University, the hospital and the Joint Commission to implement a program that improved the discharge process and decreased hospital readmission rates,” said Dr. Whiteman. “I am very proud of Carol’s work and the outcomes achieved for patients and Southwest Regional Medical Center as a result of her work.”

Waynesburg University established its fully accredited DNP Program in 2007 as one of the first 25 DNP programs in the United States.

The University’s DNP Program differs from Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs because the focus is on evidence-based practice and systems leadership that has an immediate impact on the quality of health care delivery; graduates from traditional Ph.D. programs develop programs of original research.

According to Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University, Waynesburg’s DNP Program serves as a natural extension to the University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program with a concentration in administration, but also is appropriate for those with education, informatics and advanced practice backgrounds. 

“In this program, students enhance their understanding of principles of leadership and are ready to assume an active role in promoting the highest quality health care delivery from a values-based perspective,” Mosser said.

Among the students in the University’s DNP Program are administrators, educators, executive leaders, certified registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists from all over the country.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 23 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

Southwest Regional Medical Center is Greene County’s only acute care hospital.  The facility has 49-beds and offers 24-hour emergency services, a full range of diagnostic imaging specialties, a fully accredited laboratory, cardiology services, hyperbaric wound care and home health services.  Southwest Regional Medical Center is also accredited by The Joint Commission. 

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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University will offer its fall institute online, a free professional development opportunity through the Library of Congress, Tuesday evenings from October 28 through November 18, from 5:30 to 6:30.

Participants of TPS and the Common Core will have the opportunity to earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours and can expect an overview of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program.

Participants will learn strategies and methods useful for teaching with primary sources, how to select and use primary sources from and how to integrate classroom activities with Common Core Standards. Participants can also expect independent reading, asynchronous collaboration and project development.

All educators are encouraged to explore online resources by expanding their understanding of The Library of Congress and discovering effective strategies for teaching with primary sources.

Register online at

For more information, contact Sue Wise at 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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The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University will hold its annual Science Day Thursday, Dec. 4. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student.

Intended to excite high school students about science, participants will enjoy hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. A question-and-answer session will be offered to provide prospective students with the opportunity to ask undergraduates about the college experience.

Special presentations in chemistry, biology and forensic science will occur in addition to a tour of the marine biology lab, all hosted by professors and students.

Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, believes high school students will benefit from attending Science Day.

“Science Day is important because it gives high school students the opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to study science at a college level,” said Baldauff. “While on campus, students will interact with faculty and current undergraduates and experience the exciting programs we have in the sciences at Waynesburg University.”

For more information, contact Baldauff at or 724-852-3617.

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