b2ap3_thumbnail_9-20-CF_Best-Value-CJ.pngWaynesburg University's criminal justice program was recently nationally recognized as a best value in the 2017 College Factual "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings published by USA Today. The criminal justice program placed in the top 10 percent, ranking No. 25 out of 373 similar school programs in the nation and ranked No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania.

"We are thrilled to have the Criminal Justice Administration Program recognized as a best value, particularly being number one in Pennsylvania," said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and associate professor of criminal justice. "The hands-on nature of our program, paired with the recognition of a cost effective education, will certainly set us apart from other schools."

College Factual measures a variety of factors in determining top ranked colleges by major, such as early career and mid-career earnings; major focus and market share; post-graduate resources; related major focus, breadth and concentration; accreditation; and overall school quality.

Additionally, Waynesburg University earned the distinction as a "Best College for the Money," ranking No. 147 out of the 1,208 schools identified across the nation by College Factual.

In recent months, the University has also been recognized as a best value by U.S. News & World Report, College Factual, The Economist, The Brookings Institute and Educate to Career.

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

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-Lamplighters.jpgThe Waynesburg University Lamplighters choir will offer a Disney-themed sing-along concert in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Lamplighters will also offer the concert at an assembly at Waynesburg Central Elementary School on the morning of Oct. 13.

The choir will lead the audience in singing along to songs from Toy Story, The Lion King, Frozen and more. Disney characters from the movies represented may even make an appearance at the concert. Melanie Catana, director of choral music, said the concert is perfect for young children and hopes the music brings messages of joy and friendship to those who take part.

According to Catana, University students in the Lamplighters choir have been requesting to perform a Disney concert for years.

“We are already having a ball in rehearsal just preparing for this concert,” said Catana. “It is just a good time – singing purely for the love of it.”

Catana invites University students, in addition to children and parents in the community, to attend the concert and take part in the fun.

“The choir and the audience are both the performers for this event – we need all Disney lovers and singers on deck,” she said.

Tickets will be provided at the door prior to the event. For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@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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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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