A Waynesburg University Graduate Counseling Program faculty member, as well as a faculty-and-student team, recently had scholarly papers accepted for presentation at national conferences.

Dr. Devon Manderino, assistant professor of counseling, will present her original research on spirituality in counseling at the North Atlantic Regional Conference of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervision in Providence, R.I., later this month. 

Additionally, Laura Smith, a graduate counseling student; Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling; and Dr. Mark Lepore, an adjunct faculty member, will present their clinical poster, “Risk and Resiliency: The Prevention and Aftermath of School Violence,” at the Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association in Orlando, Fla., in April. 

“Waynesburg University students and faculty are committed both to adding to new knowledge about relevant counseling topics and serving the Christian mission of the institution,” Tracy said. “Both of these projects represent those commitments, as well as receiving the approval from peer reviewers.”

Manderino studied how spirituality has been directly linked to positive outcomes in counseling, while spiritual crises contribute to psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and psychosis. Despite this recognized link, counselor training related to spirituality is inconsistent and untested.

She said her project was aimed at developmentally educational activities that may significantly improve counselor trainee competency levels regarding the role of spirituality and religion in counseling.

Smith, Tracy and Lepore’s poster focused on the prevalence of school violence incidents, which have illuminated the need for a better understanding of the factors that predict mental health outcomes for students, teachers, school administrators, first responders and adjacent school communities.

“In almost all instances of school violence, somebody close to the perpetrator knew of the plan before it happened; however, in most cases the warning signs become clear only after the event takes place,” Smith said.

The poster outlines a model for understanding community needs that result from exposure to school violence with treatment strategies that may help affected communities heal and move forward.

“This project proposed the development of a collaborative system for students, teachers, parents and community members to provide children with emotional and social skills training, and when necessary, report concerns about the threat of violence,” Tracy said.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_nursing_-20.jpgWaynesburg University will host Nursing Awareness Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 9. Events will begin at 9:15 a.m. in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University.

The event is designed for prospective students and their families to inquire about nursing as a career path and the Nursing Program at Waynesburg University.

Spend the day exploring the University’s sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and nursing students. Learn how Waynesburg University nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations. Discover how the simulation lab provides an effective environment for students to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills for clinical practice. Prospective students will also be given the opportunity to have a discussion with student representatives of Waynesburg University’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

“Nursing Awareness Day is held as a recruitment event that specifically highlights the Nursing Program, allowing prospective students to observe faculty in the lab and ask current students general questions about the program,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing.

In addition to its Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Waynesburg University also offers a Master of Science degree in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, which will be highlighted during Nursing Awareness Day, provides a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to work in a challenging health care environment. The day will include tours, meetings with faculty, financial aid information and lunch.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393. For complete information about Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing, visit www.waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_constitution-day-2014.jpgThe Waynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership celebrated Constitution Day Wednesday, Sept. 17, with a student written production, “In God We Pray?: Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al.”

The play examined the spectrum of judicial opinion interpreting the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment religion clauses, which state, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  The celebration was attended by members of the Rotary Club of Waynesburg, the Central Greene School District gifted program, The Linsly School and many local homeschoolers.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Laura-Shawver-1.JPGWaynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will hold a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 24 in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will display the artwork of senior art major Laura Shawver. An opening reception will be held Monday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Shawver’s exhibit will feature batik, ceramics, drawings, linoleum and woodblock prints, paintings and photography that she has created during her 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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Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its first Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, Oct. 2. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert will include performances by the Chamber Strings Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles and the University Pipe and Drum Band.

The concert allows the Waynesburg University student-ensembles to perform a great variety of styles of music. It also gives them the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of peers, teachers and friends.

The audience is encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the hour-long event. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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