Dr. Julie Bausman, assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University, will lead a group of five University students to Nassau, Bahamas, for a mission service trip during winter break. From Sunday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 10, the team will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to teach first and second grade reading and math lessons. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Mission Academy Ministries is a non-profit organization with a passionate commitment to helping students grow closer to Christ through life-changing mission trips, day events and retreats.  

“Our desire is to share our abilities and talents with the children in the school,” Bausman said. “We are excited about the opportunity to learn about education in another country as well. This trip will further our goal of learning to be leaders who transform their world for the glory of God.”

Students participating in the trip include:

•Robi Arbogast, a sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School) 

•Jenny Hage, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from New Brighton, Pa. (New Brighton Area Senior High School) 

•Shakila Kienholz, a sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Erie, Pa. (Fort Le Boeuf High School)

•Rebecca Lane, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa. (Laurel Junior-Senior High School) 

•Brianna Watt, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)

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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. There is no reserved seating.

Those who have attended previous years and those who have yet to attend are encouraged to come and enjoy a mix of holiday standards as well as arrangements of works not commonly heard, performed by the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band.

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit with students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center, hosted by the Waynesburg University Music Program.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Machesky-Resized.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Danielle-McGinnis-Resized.pngAmanda Machesky and Danielle McGinnis, both instructors of nursing at Waynesburg University, recently attended a Robert Wood Johnson conference and won first place for their poster presentation. 

They presented their poster, “Integrating the Movie ‘Wit’ to Depict Therapeutic and Non-Therapeutic Communication into a First Semester Nursing Course for Second Degree Nursing Students,” at the New Careers in Nursing Sixth Annual Summit. 

McGinnis, who serves as the co-faculty adviser for the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania Waynesburg University chapter alongside Machesky, said that the pair won the Innovative Program Design for Accelerated Students Award because their poster “truly depicted what it means to be innovative.” 

For the conference, which took place in Washington, D.C., the pair created an abstract, submitted work online and developed a poster, which they also submitted online. 

“We worked on the abstract for several months and once this opportunity presented itself, we tied up loose ends and tailored the abstract to conference requirements,” McGinnis said.

In addition to presenting their poster at the conference, Machesky and McGinnis attended breakout sessions, networking events, panels, the keynote address and workshops.

“There are many different roles you take on and responsibilities that many are not aware that are required of you as a nurse educator; this award has helped to validate what I do,” Machesky said.  “It gives merit to my teaching strategies and methods. Having earned this award as a peer-voted award helps me to recognize that things I am doing are highly valued and respected by notable nurse educators from across the country.”

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program is a national program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The program is designed to help alleviate the national nursing shortage, increase the diversity of nursing professionals, expand capacity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and enhance the pipeline of potential nurse faculty.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Elizabeth-Wang.jpgElizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science at Waynesburg University, will be presenting her paper titled “Fast Outlier Detection on Mixed-Attribute Data” at an international conference this spring. The 2nd Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining (AIDM 2014) will be held March 10 through March 12, 2014, in Suzhou, China.

Outlier detection is one of the primary steps in data mining applications such as fraud and intrusion detection, and clinical diagnosis.

“Data mining and fraud detection in particular are my main research interest,” said Wang. “Among the eight journals, 32 refereed conference papers and eight book chapters that I have published, more than half of them are on data mining. Constant research keeps me updated with the cutting edge researches in data mining areas.”

Though the majority of outlier detection approaches are designed for numeric or categorical datasets, Wang notes real-life data, such as business transactions and clinical records, also contain categorical and numeric datasets. The notion of developing “an outlier detection method on mixed-attribute real world data” is the main focus of Wang’s paper.

The idea to conduct this research came to Wang in the summer of 2012 and carried through to the summer of 2013. After much reading, experiments, programming and brain storming, her observations transpired into a concrete concept with which she found success.

Wang has represented Waynesburg in several international conferences and has added significant research elements to the University through her many publications. This year, in addition to presenting, Wang may also have the opportunity to serve as a session chair AIDM 2014.

Wang holds a B.E. from Beijing University of Science, an M.A. from St. John’s University, an M.S. from St. Cloud University and a Ph.D. from North Dakota State University.

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Hosted by the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and the Waynesburg University Music Program, TUBACHRISTMAS will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on the steps of the Greene County Courthouse. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Local tuba and baritone/euphonium players are invited to take part in the annual performance. Concert registration is at 4:30 p.m., followed by rehearsal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University.

TUBACHRISTMAS is meant to recognize musical heritage and honor all great artists and teachers whose legacy has provided high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.

Performers will include any interested tuba, euphonium and baritone players in the area. Audience members will become part of an established tradition throughout the world and enjoy their favorite holiday tunes as never before through the rich, organ-like sound of this low-brass ensemble.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist and teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas in 1902. The traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who died December 24, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium and was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of these instruments.

Register online at waynesburg.edu/web/music. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3420.

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