b2ap3_thumbnail_JK.jpgThree Waynesburg University students attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) Central Eastern Regional Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, in May 2016. Two students, Jelena Kyle and Brandon Bosley, presented research at the conference.

Kyle, a forensic science alumna, presented her poster, “The classification of key odorants in coffee using solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography mass spectrometry.” The goal of her research was to determine what chemically changes in coffee beans over time.

“I not only gained experience from presenting my poster to a large group of professionals, but I also gained a few contacts, as well as some helpful tips as I travel onto graduate school and continue to do research,” said Kyle.

Even though Kyle graduated prior to attending the meeting, she still wanted to go and present her research so that she could continue to support Waynesburg University.

“I have realized now that no matter what, you may leave Waynesburg, but Waynesburg never really leaves you,” said Kyle.

Bosley, a senior forensic science major, presented his research that examined how heat affects the presumptive and confirmatory forensic analysis of human blood. His poster was titled “Does temperature effect confirmatory analysis of blood, red blood cell morphology and DNA degradation.”

“For me, the meeting was important for the biological and medical lectures and how chemistry was involved,” said Bosley. “I am excited to get into my biochemistry and upperclassman biology classes to see how I can tie in the information that I learned at the conference.”

Bosley credits his classes at Waynesburg with enabling him to relate and process the material presented at the conference.

“My upperclassman science classes gave me the background and ability to understand some complex material that the professionals were rattling off like it was everyday language,” said Bosley.

Kristen Wilson, a senior chemistry (secondary education) major, also attended the conference and had the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, learn about the process of conducting research and discover possible graduate school opportunities.

“I gained a lot of knowledge about the chemistry education research that is taking place right now, which helps me understand how the field is growing,” said Wilson. “It also made me more prepared and excited for my Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer at North Dakota State University.”b2ap3_thumbnail_BB_20160711-145956_1.jpg

Wilson insists that her Waynesburg experience has helped her grow as a professional, while building her resume and understanding the value of research, all of which she is excited to bring back to campus.

“I am able to bring back to my classes at Waynesburg an excitement and interest in research that conferences, such as this one, instill in me,” said Wilson.

ACS regional meetings provide a smaller venue than the national meeting and reflect the diverse professional interests of their geographic regions. These meetings feature technical programs on a variety of topics, poster sessions and expositions.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science recently received a $6,000 grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) for the purchase of a new spectrometer.

According to the SSP, a record number of applications were received but only 11 institutions were chosen. Waynesburg will be purchasing a new Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer with the funds.

“Grants like this are important because they help us to acquire modern instrumentation that we can use to educate our students and prepare them to work as chemists,” said Dr. Evonne Balduff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “It greatly enables us to make purchases that we would otherwise not be able to achieve without significant planning and saving.”

The spectrometer will be used in a number of chemistry labs to help students develop skills in acquiring and deciphering infrared spectra. Waynesburg’s forensic science courses will also have the opportunity to use the instrument.

“Learning infrared is an important skill for our students to gain, whether they hope to go to graduate school or work in the chemistry industry,” said Baldauff.

The SSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region through the support of member education programs, teacher and student awards, a wide variety of educational programs and grant programs for high schools, colleges and beginning university professors.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CEO_20160617-165655_1.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a co-recipient of the Southpointe CEO Association’s World Class CEO Award for 2016. Lee, along with co-recipient Charles Keller, senior counsel at the law firm of Peacock Keller, were honored Thursday, June 16, at a dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. 

“I am honored to be recognized by the Southpointe CEO Association,” said Lee. “This award reflects the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community. Together, we bring life to our mission of inspiring and challenging our students to pursue lives of leadership and purpose.”

Located south of Pittsburgh, the Southpointe CEO Association is supported and directed by CEOs in the Southpointe business park. In keeping with the public-private partnership that gave birth to Southpointe, the association brings local, national and international leaders together for informative events and works with government officials on all levels to build upon and expand the region's business success.

Lee joined Waynesburg University as executive vice president in October 2009. He was unanimously elected president of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. Prior to Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the Law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He also established and sold a multi-line insurance business after college graduation.

Under Lee’s leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. The University is a Pittsburgh Business Times “Best Place to Work for 2015” and recognized internationally as one of the most beautiful Christian college campuses in the world by Christian Universities Online. 

In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccredited Waynesburg University for a 10-year period. Currently, Lee is leading the $23 million revitalization of the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall, which is creating a state-of-the-art academic facility for the sciences.

Lee was named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013 and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®. He is an elder at the Presbyterian Church, has served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia and the FBI Citizens Academy. 

He is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He has also served on the Boards of the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia and Howe Cemetery. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as line officer and executive officer.

An endurance athlete, Lee is a finisher of three Ironman Triathlons and six marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and Death Valley Marathon.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Stem_logo.pngWaynesburg University will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camp Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22, sponsored through a $20,000 contribution from Chevron Appalachia LLC.

“We are proud to partner with Waynesburg University to provide creative, hands-on learning opportunities in a STEM summer camp setting for students in southwest Pennsylvania,” said Trip Oliver, manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron. “Chevron is investing in rural communities, in particular, to strengthen STEM education and active learning, and we were excited to be introduced to Waynesburg’s STEM camp and to support the forward-thinking leadership of Waynesburg University.”

Students will select from three available sessions: Nanotech Materials or Synthesis and Analysis, Field Biology or Forensic Science, and Microscopy or STEM Variety Session. The variety session will include a range of topics from artificial intelligence to engineering, geology and more. Sessions will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

The camp is open to all high school students and costs $250 which includes all activities, including lab experiments, lodging in the University’s upperclassman residence halls and hot meals throughout the week. A detailed schedule is available online at waynesburg.edu/stemcamp16.

A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be offered to students in need of financial assistance. To apply for a scholarship, students will need to register online and prepare an essay detailing their passion for STEM fields and why they would like to attend the camp. Essays are to be submitted electronically to Sarah Bell at sbell@waynesburg.edu by June 27.

“Hosting STEM Camp allows faculty at Waynesburg University to share our knowledge and experience with high school students in hopes that they will recognize that pursuing science helps to develop a curiosity about the world around us,” said Evonne Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science.

To register, visit waynesburg.edu/stemcamp16 by July 1. For more information, contact Bell at 724-852-7790 or sbell@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-9-Ohio-honors.jpgWaynesburg University has selected Marissa Appleby of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship.

The prestigious award is given to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Through this scholarship, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of his or her four years at Waynesburg.

In addition to being an Ohio resident, recipients must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills. The recipient must also major in one of the areas of math or science.

“I would like to thank the Taussigs and the scholarship committee members for giving me this incredible opportunity,” said Appleby. “This will allow me to focus on my education without having to worry about financial obligations.”

In the past year, Appleby was diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“The cost of that was financially overwhelming for my family, so this is a true blessing,” said Appleby. “I believe being awarded this scholarship and attending Waynesburg University will change my life for the better.”

Appleby is excited about the new community she will join when she becomes a Yellow Jacket in the fall. She said she experienced the warmth and kindness of Waynesburg when she visited campus, and she cannot wait for orientation day.

Appleby plans to major in biology and would like to pursue genetics counseling at a children’s hospital as a career.

As a high school senior at Woodridge High School, Appleby was involved in a number of activities including National Honor Society; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Drama Club; Helping Everyone Achieve Respect and Tolerance (HEART) Committee; Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); and the Interact Club.

Appleby is a student ambassador for the HEART Committee, which is the anti-bullying committee for Woodridge High School.  She provides support for 9th grade students when they need help or guidance.

FCCLA and the Interact Club enabled her to be involved in the local community.

“We did a lot of volunteer work for events at the high school and helped with fundraisers for the school or outside organizations,” said Appleby about FCCLA.

Appleby is active within her church and is part of Teen Leadership, Royal Family Kids Camp and youth group activities. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art.

She is the daughter of John and Janet Appleby.

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