Officials from The People’s Police Academy in Vietnam and the Political General Department will travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Sept. 30, to visit Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) and Waynesburg University for the first Public Security and Leadership United States Conference.

The four-day conference will include an in-depth study of criminal justice education and training, security operations, and emergency prevention and response. Additional topics include terrorism, human trafficking, and firearms and explosives.

PTC and Waynesburg University faculty have prepared customized training requested by the delegation in the following areas: criminal procedures in the United States; use of force; traffic stops; cameras and protection; terrorism prevention; crime scene investigation and fingerprinting; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bomb and arson response; ATF explosives detection; K-9 demonstrations; laser shot simulated firearms demonstrations; criminal investigation; firearms and explosives; forensic laboratory services; patriot training; and lethal weapons training.

Additionally, the delegation will participate in training with Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 911 EOC Center – Allegheny County, Mobile Command Center, Mobile Crime Lab, Heinz Field Terrorism Team, Pennsylvania State Police Airborne Law Enforcement, the National Response Team and the City of Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay.

According to PTC President Greg DeFeo, this event is a mutual opportunity for academic and cultural advancement.

“That Pittsburgh Technical College and our School of Criminal Justice have been selected to provide training for our contemporaries in public safety and education is an incredible honor for us. Everyone at PTC - students, faculty and our administrative team alike - are eager to host a memorable visit,” said DeFeo.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, is responsible for coordinating the events held on Waynesburg’s main campus.

“This training demonstrates and accomplishes Waynesburg University’s willingness to partner with other colleges in the region in a productive, educational environment,” said Tanda. “Waynesburg will provide instruction from our criminal justice faculty on investigations, crime scene analysis and forensic laboratory examination.”

Details, logistics and translation for the visit have been coordinated by Susan Amorose, president at the American English Institute and chief global officer for the American Scholar Group.

The Vietnamese delegation will consist of government officials, teaching professionals and executive leadership of Vietnamese police and fire organizations.

About Pittsburgh Technical College

Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical College is located on a 180-acre campus in North Fayette, west of Pittsburgh.  PTC awards associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in more than 30 programs in areas such as business, criminal justice, hospitality, design, healthcare, nursing, information technology, trades technology, and energy and electronics technology.  PTC also offers program through PTC Online and culinary programs through the American Academy of Culinary Arts, AACA.  PTC’s campus offers on-campus resident halls, student activities, intramural sports, and community service programs.

PTC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For the sixth consecutive year, PTC was recognized by its employees as one of the region’s Top Places to Work in a 2016 study commissioned by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is designated a Military Friendly School for the seventh consecutive year, and is selected a STEM Jobs Approved College for 2015.

For information about PTC, visit www.ptcollege.edu, or PTC’s School of Criminal Justice, visit www.ptcollege.edu/programs/school-of-criminal-justice.

About Waynesburg University

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.

For more information about Waynesburg University’s criminal justice program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/criminal-justice-administration.

About the American English Institute

American English Institute seeks to establish the standard for American English by functioning both as an accreditation body that instills the correct pedagogy for educators and as an educator of the language. Guiding students from beginning to advanced levels, the institute fosters proficiency in all the linguistic domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-26-Tinsley-presents.jpgDr. Taunya Tinsley, director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and associate professor of counseling at Waynesburg University, recently presented at the first annual Faith and Mental Health Conference hosted by Gabriel’s Lyric Therapeutic Services LLC in Brandywine, Maryland.

Tinsley presented “Fostering the Relationship between Clergy and Mental Health Professionals” and served as a panelist for two discussions: “Educating Clergy and Ministry Lay Leaders” and “Mental Health Challenges Affecting Youth and the Elderly.”

“My participation allowed me to see firsthand that clergy and mental health professionals are hungry for learning how to integrate the spiritual and Christian perspective within the clinical mental health counseling process,” said Tinsley.

The conference included more than 50 clergy and mental health professionals from across the nation. Rev. Dr. John Welch, dean of students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, served as the conference facilitator.

The mission of Gabriel’s Lyric Therapeutic Services LLC is to empower individuals, organizations and families through holistic therapeutic services.

Tinsley earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, having recently defended her doctoral dissertation, “The Church as a Multicultural Sports Team: A Model for Ministry Leadership Development for God’s Coaching Staff.”

Tinsley also holds a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

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_9-27-Data-Center.jpgWaynesburg University recently opened a state-of-the-art data center, located within the newly renovated $23 million Paul R. Stewart Science Hall.

A highly specialized facility, the data center will host the most critical information technology services, equipment, infrastructure and operations in a centralized location for the University’s main campus and all remote locations.

As Waynesburg University continues to explore partnerships with local communities, foundations, institutions of learning and other national and international organizations, as well as develop long-term entrepreneurial engagements, the new data center offers the necessary, high-tech infrastructure required to build, maintain and expand the information technology resources required for such initiatives. 

“In essence, the data center serves as the technical backbone upon which partnerships, engagements, economic development and outreach programs can be fully supported,” said William Dumire, Waynesburg University’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

The center will also maximize the University’s overall service and equipment organization, dramatically reducing downtime, expediting necessary repairs and enabling the University to rapidly deploy new services and equipment over time.

“The data center allows Waynesburg University to carry out all daily operational and educational activities that rely heavily on the various technological systems used throughout the University,” said Dumire.

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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The first Chamber Works concert of the year will be hosted by the Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts on Thursday, Oct. 6 at noon. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend the event, located in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel. 

The University is home to a number of small student ensembles that allow students from a variety of majors to showcase their musical talent in a specifically tailored small-group setting. Each of the two Chamber Works concerts during the semester feature a variety of small ensembles. Attendees have the opportunity to potentially hear woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz or other kinds of music.

Chamber Works concerts allow the campus and local community to experience what students in small ensembles work to perfect during weekly meetings and rehearsals. University small ensembles are available to serve using their musical talent at local organizations. 

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-Mock-Crime-Scene-Workshop.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science will host a fall Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The workshop, hosted in conjunction with the University’s Office of Admissions, provides high school students with the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as local experts in the field.

“The Mock Crime Scene weekend gives the current students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet prospective students and show them, through experience, what they can expect by attending Waynesburg University,” said Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. “Our goal is to excite them about our programs, the opportunities available to them and assist them with making lasting connections with our community.”

Students who attend will have hands-on training from skilled experts in the forensic sciences and have the opportunity to utilize those practices by applying them at a crime scene. The variety of sessions offered will help prospective students decide on pursuing a career in forensic science or criminal justice.

For more information or to register, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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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