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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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-31-Relay-for-Life.jpgWaynesburg University’s Colleges Against Cancer Chapter presented the American Cancer Society with a check for nearly $25,000 Tuesday, May 31. 

The funds, raised through the Chapter’s annual Mini Relay for Life in April and throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, will help cover the costs of lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, connect cancer patients with trained patient navigators, assist with one-on-one peer support and help provide patients with transportation to and from treatments. The funds will also support cancer research. 

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, and senior Nicole Zimmel, vice president and former president of the Colleges Against Cancer Chapter, presented the check to American Cancer Society Representative Steve Gillis. Gillis, a 2008 Waynesburg alumnus, was instrumental in the first Mini Relay for Life 10 years ago.

“All monies raised at the Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life will benefit Greene County and [several] American Cancer Society programs,” said Hardie.

Approximately $9,000 was raised through online fundraising this year. 

“Students were able to utilize their social media networks to reach family and friends nationwide to contribute to their team fundraising goal,” said Hardie. “This strategy enabled the Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life to exceed their original event goal by almost $5,000.”

Members of the local community also supported the Mini Relay for Life.

“There were many community members that supported the event through the day-of and fundraisers that occurred through the academic year,” said Hardie. “A total of 12 cancer survivors within Greene County were also present and participated in the Survivorship Program.”

The Waynesburg University Mini Relay for Life had 29 teams consisting of clubs, organizations, athletic teams and scholarship programs that were able to achieve their specific team goals.

“Colleges Against Cancer has already started the planning process for the Waynesburg University 2017 Mini Relay for Life,” added Hardie. “A kick-off meeting will be hosted in October 2016 in order to continue the momentum for next year’s event.”

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