Waynesburg University will host its tenth annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 21, through Friday, June 26, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants will gain valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities. 

All workshops are interconnected through a series of evidence and crime scenes, designed with a hands-on approach to learning. Students will learn how to properly collect, preserve and analyze evidence. 

During this six-day, five-night experience, students are given the opportunity to study with experts in forensic science as well as professionals from various fields including state and federal agencies. This year, camp topics will include scene processing, burial remains excavation, surveillance and search warrant execution, forensic analysis of biological evidence and questioned documents analysis. 

Participants of the camp will train with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Biometric Center of Excellence, Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Services, Bureau of Alcohol and the tobacco and Firearms (ATF), as well as representatives from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department. The camp will enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of forensic topics, as well as allow them to make valuable connections with professionals and fellow peers in the field. 

“The camp affords participating students a chance to experience the realities of the professions in which they have found some interest,” said Michael Cipoletti, camp director, director of the Forensic Science Program and assistant professor of forensic science at Waynesburg University. “Students’ perspectives are typically formed from popular television shows or books; this camp gives them the ability to work with real professionals, ask them what their jobs are like and how they got to where they are.” 

Individuals entering 11th grade, 12th grade or who are spring 2015 high school graduates are eligible to attend the camp.

Participating Waynesburg University faculty include: 

•Mike Cipoletti, camp director, director of the Forensic Science Program and assistant professor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, previously worked for the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab. He served as a forensic scientist and lab system quality specialist in chemistry and drug identification.

•John Mcllwain, camp advisor and adjunct instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, has taught for 16 years. He began his professional career as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer in Germany. Mcllwain left the military in 1977 and became a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He conducted investigations of the Federal Firearms Laws for 11 years.

•Faith Musko, camp advisor and instructor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, is a former toxicologist and forensic chemist with AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis, Ind. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the American Chemical Society and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.

•Adam Jack, camp co-creator, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and assistant professor of forensic science at Waynesburg University, is a former forensic detective with the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office and police officer in Rostraver Township, Pa. He is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and has testified as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation and fingerprints.

•Marietta Wright, camp workshop presenter and assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, previously conducted molecular biology research in type I diabetes at the University of Pittsburgh. Her main areas of interest are cell and molecular biology, genetics, DNA profiling and scientific teaching.

•James Tanda, camp advisor and instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, brings a wealth of experience to the program. Prior to joining the University, James worked as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for 27 years and has also served as a Contracted Explosives Specialist with the U.S. Government.

To register, visit csicamp.waynesburg.edu or call 724-225-7393.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Music Program will offer its first Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, Feb. 26, at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Experience a variety of musical styles with performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental Combos, Percussion Ensemble, Pipe and Drum Band and Woodwind Ensemble.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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Students of Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry will travel to the Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, Saturday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, March 28, to work the Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl. 

The Science Bowl is an academic competition where regional teams from middle and high schools showcase their expertise and compete against one another in a question-and-answer format similar to the television show Jeopardy. Questions cover biology, math, chemistry, physics, energy, and earth and space science. 

The Waynesburg students attending the event will assist in a variety of volunteer work to aid in the planning and execution process. At the event, students will assist with set up, schedule review, prep work, officiating the competition and other additional roles. 

“Volunteering at the Science Bowl engages our students in a situation through which they are able to use their scientific prowess to benefit the community,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Waynesburg University. “The event requires a lot of coordination and we hope to help in any way that is beneficial.”

In addition to sending volunteers, Waynesburg University is serving as a sponsor for the event. Waynesburg’s sponsorship will help offset the cost of team materials and prizes, lunch and snacks for participants as well as incidental expenses related to maintaining the quality of the event. 

“Waynesburg decided to be a sponsor for the Science Bowl to build excitement for the sciences at the middle school and high school levels,” said Robin King, senior vice president of enrollment and university relations. “I also see this as an opportunity for our students to showcase Waynesburg University while being involved in the event.” 

According to Baldauff, sponsoring and participating in the Science Bowl is a “fantastic” resource to get local middle school and high school students invested in science. She sends volunteers to show Waynesburg University’s support of their efforts.

“When our students volunteer to serve in this capacity, it represents to others the strong commitment that Waynesburg University places on education and involvement in the community,” said Baldauff.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band Mid-Winter Concert will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. There will be a reception immediately following the performance. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The Symphonic Band will perform familiar melodies from a variety of folk song traditions. 

No reservations are necessary for this event. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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The faculty of the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will hold a Faculty Art Exhibition, Monday, Feb. 16, through Friday, March 20, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening reception Monday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The Faculty Art Exhibition will feature paintings from Ron Jesiolowski, a ceramic sculpture by Andrew Heisey, a sculpture from Kathleen Rearick and a drawing/cartooning from Dr. Donald Simpson. 

Monday’s opening reception begins with a visual art exhibition in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery and moves to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center for presentations in vocal, instrumental and theatrical arts.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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