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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-22-Woodward-award.JPGWaynesburg University trustee John D. Woodward Jr. received the Career Intelligence Medal on October 16, 2015, in recognition of his exemplary service to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for twenty-one years. 

Woodward served as a CIA operations officer for most of his career, with duty in several war zones. He also had management positions in the Agency's Directorate of Science and Technology. 

Woodward was especially commended for his work as the first Chief of Operations for the Intelligence Community's Counter Biological Weapons Program, where he succeeded in advancing the program's mission impact and relevance with respect to overseas operations and community engagement.

During his government career, he also served as the Director of Biometrics at the Department of Defense, where he spearheaded efforts to use biometric technology to identify national security threats in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.   

Woodward retired from the CIA earlier this year. In July, he accepted an appointment as a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University in Boston, where he teaches national security-related courses.

The CIA medal ceremony was held at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh with Woodward’s family and friends in attendance. 

Woodward is a native of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, where his mother, Olga Woodward, a former Washington County Recorder of Deeds, still resides. He has been a Waynesburg University trustee since 2010.

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The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University will hold its annual Science Day Thursday, Dec. 10. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants have the opportunity to spend the day as a science student.

Intended to excite high school students about science, participants will enjoy hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. A question-and-answer session will be offered to provide prospective students with the opportunity to ask undergraduates about the college experience.

Special presentations in chemistry, biology and forensic science will occur in addition to a tour of the marine biology lab, all hosted by professors and students.

Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, believes high school students will benefit from attending Science Day.

“Science Day is important because it gives high school students the opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to study science at a college level,” said Baldauff. “While on campus, students will interact with faculty and current undergraduates and experience the exciting programs we have in the sciences at Waynesburg University.”

The University will also host an additional Science Day event for prospective students during the spring semester, Thursday, April 14.

For more information, contact Baldauff at or 724-852-3617.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Frankenstein.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “Frankenstein,” Wednesday, Nov. 4, through Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“Frankenstein,” is adapted by Victor Gialanella from the classic novel by Mary Shelley, and is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Set in 19th century Switzerland, the story revolves around the experiments of Dr. Victor Frankenstein as he tries to comprehend the secrets of life and death.

Frankenstein has a desire to make a life that is good and beautiful, but in his attempt to be Creator, his “invention” brings about death and destruction.

“I felt that our actors, as well as our technical crew, would have an enjoyable and challenging time putting the show together,” said Edward Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. “Technically, we are going to be trying some things we haven't done in quite a while. The actors are being challenged with some very demanding roles.”

Reservations are suggested. Due to some intense scenes, this show is not recommended for young children. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or

The cast and crew include:

  • Victor: Michael Merten, junior history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Alphonse: Theodore Clayton, freshman chemistry major from Greensburg (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Henry: Shawn White, sophomore English (creative writing) major from Amity (Trinity High School)
  • Herr Mueller: Steven Caumo, freshman English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Metz: Ronald Loebker, sophomore engineering mathematics major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • Schmidt: Nicholas Merrill, sophomore communication (electronic media) major from Zelienople (Portersville Christian School)
  • The Creature: Dawson Laabs, senior computer security and forensics major from Washington (Washington High School)
  • Frau Mueller: Brittany Stowe, senior arts administration major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School)
  • Elizabeth: Emily Haywood, senior criminal justice major from Claysville (McGuffey Area High School)
  • Justine: Sara Lesher, sophomore criminal justice major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Delacey: Emily Mielcarek, junior international cultures major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Gretchen: Bryn Lahew
  • Maid: Jaime Stanny, freshman with an undecided major from Imperial (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Maid: Tessa Masula, freshman English secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Mich. (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • Coachman: Matthew Desrosiers, freshman criminal justice major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Constable: Matthew Colaluca, sophomore forensic science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Director: Edward Powers
  • Assistant Directors: Haleigh McKee, sophomore computer security and forensics major from Mansfield (Mansfield Junior-Senior High School) and Stephen Patula, freshman music ministry major from Hazard, Ky. (Hazard High School)
  • Stage Managers: Megan Cook, freshman digital design major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School) and Michelle Frye, sophomore advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area High School)
  • Assistant Stage Managers: Elisabeth Gray, sophomore art major from Morgantown, W.Va. (Morgantown High School) and Joanna Peters, freshman marine biology from Frederick, Md. (Covenant Community School)
  • Running Crew: Jenna Gearhart, freshman forensic science major from Bel Air, Md. (Bel Air High School) and Jacob Restanio, sophomore engineering mathematics major from Houston (Chartiers-Houston High School)

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The Waynesburg University Center for Service Leadership will host a service event to celebrate “Make a Difference Day,” Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Make A Difference Day” is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company and TEGNA Inc., in collaboration with Points of Light. With millions of volunteers from across the nation uniting in a common mission to improve the lives of others, it is one of the largest national days of community service.

For more than two decades, “Make A Difference Day” has been celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in October and connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of communities and promotes civic engagement.

The University’s event, “WU Make a Difference Day,” is sponsored by USA Today and is focused on serving the local community. The project will benefit Greene County residents through several service opportunities including academic tutoring, animal safety, educational awareness programs, environmental stewardship and youth programs.

“A day of service provides the Waynesburg University community the opportunity to utilize their talents, skills and passions to address the needs within Greene County and make a difference,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services.

Waynesburg University students, faculty, staff and alumni can choose from 11 local service sites in which to participate, such as Crisis Pregnancy Center, Humane Society of Greene County, Lion’s Club Park and World Vision.

The University’s football team is also sponsoring a fundraising event in conjunction with “WU Make a Difference Day” that will benefit Kurt Detwiler, a former football player who was injured in a car accident. Service participants will assist in hosting a spaghetti dinner at First Baptist Church. 

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences are teaming up for a community outreach event at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School Thursday, Oct. 22.

All fourth graders at the school will have the opportunity to participate in four workshops covering information about the importance of shoeprints in criminal investigation. A group of University juniors and seniors from the Forensic Science and Criminal Justice clubs will lead each workshop.

The elementary students will rotate through the 15-minute workshops, which are entitled, “Class Characteristics of Footwear,” “Individual Characteristics of Footwear,” “Footwear Recovery and Lifting” and “Analysis of Crime Scene Footwear Impressions.” Under the guise of investigating a case about a lunch thief, participants will learn about why footwear impression evidence is important, how to collect imprints and how to analyze them to identify suspects or culprits.

Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science at the University, emphasizes that if students want to pursue a future in criminal justice, they will be required to master a wide variety of skills.

“To obtain a career in investigation requires an individual to wear many hats which all require an inquisitive nature,” said Musko. “This inquisitive nature involves both analytical and critical thinking skills, which is a necessary part of student development. By giving the students at Jefferson-Morgan a crime scene to solve, we are giving them a fun and thrilling way to enhance these skills.”

For more information, contact Faith Musko at 724-853-7716 or

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