Posted by on in Achievements

Amy Randolph (English) had a poem, “Study in Yellow,” accepted for publications in Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. Calyx is available in the magazine section of Barnes & Noble, and Randolph’s work should appear in one of the two 2018 issues.

Chad Sethman (Biology) successfully coordinated the 7th annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium on Friday, April 7. This event gave students the opportunity to present scholarly projects in which they were involved while at Waynesburg University.

Neeley Shaw’s (Business Administration) final dissertation manuscript was approved in February and she successfully defended her dissertation in March. Shaw also went to the IACBE site visit for Keuka College in New York.

Jeremy Olisar (Fine Arts) performed in California University of Pennsylvania’s production of The Spelling Bee March 29-April 2.

Jim Cope (Fine Arts) performed in Washington High School’s music production.

Matthew Komula (Fine Arts) served as music director and conductor for Trinity High School’s production of The Wizard of Oz March 29-April 1.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) presented Autism Endorsement Program to junior and senior education majors. Eight seniors and six juniors showed an interest in the program. Janice Crile (Graduate Business and Education) and Weaver met with students who indicated the interest.

Jane Olshanski (Business Administration) attended AICPA webinar for Tax Updates.

Anthony Bocchini (Business Administration) was named the president of SBD.

Kimberly Stephens and Kimberly Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the Community Stakeholders Session at UPMC Passavant for Magnet Site Visit. Stephens and Whiteman were two presenters of “Good Catch Campaign: Improving Perioperative Culture of Safety” at the STTI Epsilon Phi Scholars Night at Duquesne University. At the same event, Stephens contributed to the presentation titled, “It’s All About the Timing for Falls Risk Assessment.” Stephens and Whiteman participated in the poster presentation of “Good Catch Campaign” during the AONE Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, as well.

Lina Hixon (Nursing) also presented at the STTI Epsilon Phi Scholars Night. Her presentation was titled, “An Examination of Faith Community Nursing Interventions in the Promotion of Successful Aging.”


Hits: 690

Posted by on in Achievements

Dr. Karen Fisher Younger (Humanities) was asked to be a part of a documentary film titled, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia” as a result of her research article, “Philadelphia’s Ladies’ Liberia School Association and the Rise and Decline of Northern Female Colonization and Support.” 

Jill Sunday (English, Writing Center) had two creative nonfiction pieces, “Facebook Ghosts” and “Clairhaven Street” accepted for publication by Appalachian Anthology of Literature, forthcoming in April. Sunday also was first runner up for The Donald Murray Prize in Creative Nonfiction for her piece “Essential Truths of ‘The Sermon in the Suicide.’”

Dr. Janet Paladino (Biology) is working with close to 40 students in Service Learning, Environmental Science majors, Ecostewards and the Biology Department on the trail this semester.  She expects that they will be able to log over 800 hours of service work on the trail by April.  She is also working with the community to get access to a small portion of the trail that the borough owns.

Edward L. Powers (Fine Arts) directed his 49th major production at Waynesburg University through the spring musical, "The Addams Family.” The show featured 25 student actors, 12 student technicians and 3 student musicians. Significant contributions were also made by art students who helped paint the scenery as well as student ushers. Overall, more than 45 students were involved in some capacity in this production. The success of the 2017 musical also relied on the time and talents of Dr. Ronda DePriest, Melanie Catana, Andrew Heisey, Dr. Xela Batchelder, Jim DePriest, and Melinda Rush.  During its four performances, "The Addams Family" entertained well over 800 audience members.

Dr. Bob Randolph (English) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dr. Randolph also had a chapbook of poetry accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.

Dr. Taunya Tinsley (Graduate Counseling) served on a panel sponsored by the Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues in Counseling titled, “Honoring both Religious/Spiritual and Sexual Diversity Simultaneously: Is it Possible?” Dr. Tinsley was also nominated for a board position with ASERVIC, which she accepted; the election will be held in the fall. Dr. Tinsley serves as the Chair of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Mentoring Program, and will continue in this role during the 2017-18 year. Dr. Tinsley was nominated as president-elect for AMCD and accepted the nomination; the election will be held in the fall.

Dr. Jamie Dessart (English) has had a paper, “Iron Man’s a Woman?  The Great Tradition Meets Transculturalism,” accepted for presentation at the Popular Cultural Association annual conference, in Seattle, April 11-16, 2017.

Dr. Rick Pierce (English) read at the Climacus Conference in late February at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Louisville, Kentucky.  The conference theme was “Encountering God.”  Rick read by invitation to the conference.  He gave two readings, one for 15 minutes, and one for 30 minutes, the latter followed by a q & a.  Both readings have been posted to Ancient Faith Ministries—a well-known Orthodox website.  

Dr. Julia Bausman (Education) is continuing her research at Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach Center. Her research is titled, “Survey of Elementary Students’ Attitudes Toward School and Homework Before and After They Attend a Christian After-school Tutoring Program.”

Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) assisted with the Scholastic Art and Writing regional awards ceremony at California University of Pennsylvania. Heisey serves on the Scholastic Board. Heisey and The James D. Randolph Kiltie Band played at CMA Church of Morgantown as the closing act at the church’s annual talent show.

Dr. Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) spoke at The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh’s Northside in Pittsburgh in mid-February.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) is attending the PAC-TE Spring Conference in early April – Pathways for Collaboration: Higher Education and P-12 Partnership.

The American Midland Naturalist this January includes a paper by Dr. Wayne Rossiter (Biology) and alumnus Gabrielle King. Dr. Rossiter has established a new relationship with Janet Clayton (a West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Biologist) and will be helper her do freshwater mussel surveys and relocations, as well as mudpuppy surveys on Dunkard Creek.

Melva Hartzog (Graduate Counseling) was selected into the 2017 Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Mentoring Program class.


Noteworthy Student News:

The Yellow Jacket student newspaper won 11 regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and five statewide awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, making 16 total awards for the 2016 calendar year. This surpasses the record of 11 total awards set last year. This year marks the third year out of the past four that SPJ has recognized the Yellow Jacket as one of top three non-daily newspapers in the four-state region. Dr. Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) advises the Yellow Jacket.

Richard Antinone (DNP Student) spoke as a guest speaker on the Pilgrimage Advance Team, Nursing and Nursing Students, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers, Ltd.: Volunteer and Medical Professionals Conference in Miami, Florida.

Hits: 583

Posted by on in Achievements

Bob Randolph (English) had a chapbook of poetry accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Dr. Randolph was also once again nominated for a Pushcart Award.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) had a paper accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2017 Association of Arts Administrator Educators (AAAE) Conference May 31 through June 2, at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Kathy Stolfer (Nursing) had her abstract accepted for paper presentation at the 13th Annual Faculty Development Workshop at the University of Kentucky. Her abstract is titled “Active Student Learning in the Psych Clinical Setting: The Nursing Education Group.”

Jill Sunday’s (English) essay, “Essential Truths, or the Sermon in the Suicide” is the runner-up for the Donald Murray Prize in Creative Nonfiction. It will be published in the March issue of “Writing on the Edge,” a journal published by the University of California, Davis.

Jill Sunday also participated as a panelist during the fourth-annual WU Go Girl event at Waynesburg University. This event was aimed at mentoring and empowering women, and Sunday discussed a range of topics, including inequality, inspiration, social media and more.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for a concert on February 20 at the Carnegie Library Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) took three art majors to the Scholastic Art and Writing Adjudication for the South Western Region of PA, held at California University of Pennsylvania. Heisey administered the digital adjudication of over 300 works of art from students in grades 7 through 12.  

Andrew Heisey was also asked to be the guest speaker for the Elementary Chapel at Trinity Christian School in Morgantown. West Virginia. He played bagpipes for the students, taught them what bagpipes are and where they originated.  His message inspired them to look for their God-given talents and then use them to honor him.



Hits: 589

Posted by on in Achievements

Richard Krause (Communication) attended the PRSA Renaissance Awards in Pittsburgh Jan. 26 with several students and alumni. Waynesburg University’s student chapter was recognized as the PRSSA Chapter of the Year at the event.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) attended the 60th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference and was accepted to represent the Association of Arts Administrator Educators on Jan. 7. Dr. Batchelder also attended the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s “Road Show” in New York.

Dana Baer and Marie Leichliter-Krause (Academic Affairs) attended the 2016 Annual Middle States Commission on Higher Education Conference in Philadelphia in December to learn more about the new accreditation standards, network with peers from member institutions, and attend sessions on a range of topics relevant to Waynesburg University. The materials from this conference are available on the N drive.

William Stough (Business Administration) attended the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Conference, where he participated in sessions on ethics and accounting and auditing.

Julie Bausman (Education), Kerry Purnell (Registrar’s Office), Chad Sherman (Communication), Melinda Rush (Fine Arts), Anthony Jarrell (Student Services), and Sarah Bell (Academic Affairs) led the Faith, Learning, and Service Immersion Trips offered through the University during the winter break.

Eddie Powers (Fine Arts) joined the Lamplighters Concert Choir in performing Bach’s Magnificat in Pittsburgh. Powers also emceed TUBACHRISTMAS on campus before the holidays.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civil Orchestra for a concert in late December.

Hits: 659

Posted by on in Achievements

The Department of Nursing received a 100% NCLEX pass rate for 2016. This is the 7th time Waynesburg University’s Nursing program received this distinction.

The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted two events as part of the ACS Symposium Series. The first symposium (Nov. 2) in the new series featured student internship presentations; the second (Nov. 17) hosted a speaker from John Hopkins’ chemistry department. The department also hosted two homeschool labs, welcoming 24 local students to campus. Evonne Baldauff spearheaded these events.

Faith Musko (Forensic Science) coordinated fingerprinting workshops at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary School, where 53 students attended. 

Merit Badge University was held on Oct. 29. Twenty-six Waynesburg faculty and staff members volunteered at the event. The University hosted more than 300 Boy Scouts as part of this initiative.

Lina Hixon (Nursing) attended “Health Policy and Law,” a webinar, in November. The focus of the webinar was strategies for class activities to enhance the applicability of health policy to clinical practice. Hixon also attended “HP2020: Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators on Environmental Quality” to receive updates on real-life scenarios regarding air quality improvement in NYC.

Eddie Powers was involved in his 48th major production at Waynesburg University during the fall show, “Fools” by Neil Simon. Professor Power has selected “The Addams Family” for the spring musical. Several nights following the fall play, Professor Powers observed and assisted in rehearsals for “The Insanity of Mary Girard” a one-act play directed by a student.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) attended the World Fringe Congress representing Pittsburgh Fringe in Montreal, Canada on November 16-18 and USAFF (US Association of Fringe Festivals) on November 19th.  Xela continues to be the USAFF secretary and on two of the three committees for USAFF (Marketing and New Festivals). 

Xela Batchelder continues to review film submissions for the Ethografilm Festival which will be in Paris, France in the spring (as well as showings in Asia and Africa). Dr. Batchelder advised the Association of Arts Administrator Educators executive on Edinburgh for their upcoming conference (first overseas) in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Batchelder also wrote a conference paper application for the Association of Arts Administrator Educators annual conference.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for a concert Dec. 17 at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater.

Amy Randolph (English) planned and facilitated this year’s High School Creative Writing Workshop, Nov. 18. About 80 students attended the event.

Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) facilitated the third-annual Knox Writing Contest on campus. About 20 students attended the event, where they interviewed Lanny Frattere (Communication).

Chad Keyes (Chemistry) attended the 50th annual MAALACT (Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers) in October.

Rea Redd (Library) signed a contract with Southern Illinois University Press for the publication of his essay titled “The Turning Points within the 1864 Presidential Election” in the collection of essays “Turning Points In the American Civil War.” Publication date is expected during mid-2017.

Rick Pierce (English) will read poetry at the Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent, in Louisville, Kentucky.  The conference dates are February 24-25, 2017.  It is organized by St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville.  He is scheduled to read for an hour, with a question and answer period to follow.  He will read from his chapbook, The Book of Mankey, some earlier poems, and some recent poems.

Wayne Rossiter (Biology) submitted a paper to Freshwater Science, and it was accepted. The paper is expected to be published in or after December 2016. Rossiter was also interviewed by Janet Mefferd, host of a national syndicated Christian radio talk show.

Rossiter was asked to review a paper for the journal Ecology, and he was asked to review a paper for  Freshwater Science. The Ecology review is in, and the other will be finished next week.

Karen Younger (Humanities) was the guest preacher at Claysville United Presbyterian Church in Claysville Oct. 9.

Younger was the invited speaker at a PCUSA spiritual retreat at Seven Springs Resort Oct. 21-23.

Elizabeth Wang (Computer Science) attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College Eastern Conference at Frostburg University, Oct. 28-29.

Paul Sielski (Mathematics) gave a math presentation at Mapletown Junior-Senior High School in late September.

Jim Bush (Mathematics) gave a live webinar for the Consortium for Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education.

Richard Blake and John Thompson (Library) hosted a workshop for Honors freshman in database research and citation creation software and personal file folders. Thompson also offered this workshop for Stover Scholars.

Brandon Szuminsky (Communication) successfully defended his dissertation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in late October. His graduation ceremony was on December 17.

Larry Stratton (Stover Center) coordinated the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission’s quarterly meeting at Waynesburg University through the Stover Center in October.

Stratton spoke at the National Economics Teaching Association annual conference in Tampa, Florida, on the topic, “Connecting Constitutional Law to Economic History.” Stratton also discussed leadership and the Constitution at “Leadership Washington County” in Southpointe on Oct. 18. Dr. Stratton also discussed the Presidential Election and the Constitution at Noble Energy’s Southpointe headquarters at a forum titled, “Burgers, Brew, and Election News!”

Adam Jack (Criminal Justice) attended the Chesapeake Bay IAI conference at WVU in October.

Jack trained 10 Greene County Probation Officers in Use in Force of utilizing the Lasershot System in the CSI House (16 hours).

Chemistry faculty participated in National Chemistry week Oct. 24-28. The faculty and students celebrated Monday with the Periodic Table of Cupcakes, Tuesday with a Green Chemistry Webinar and Wednesday with a Mole Day Party. Additionally, 71 people attended the Haunted Lab hosted by the Chemistry department in late October.

Evonne Baldauff (Chemistry) and several student volunteers hosted the second session of College Chemistry Connection. Waynesburg Central students and teachers attended.

Eighteen students attended the Homeschool Lab hosted by the Chemistry Department. Evonne Baldauff and student volunteers were involved in the event.

Brad Davis, Heidi Fletcher and Chemistry students attended the SACP monthly meeting at Duquesne University.

Kelley Solomon (Education) attended WV State Reading Conference Nov. 16-18.

The Business Administration department hosted WU Biz Games. Gordon McClung and Jayne Olshanski were involved in the success of this event.

Tony Bocchini (Business Administration) completed professional training, “Accounting Ethics: Rules of Conduct.”

Eight accounting students and professor Jayne Olshanski (Business Administration) joined Bill Coates (Institutional Advancement) and Marie Coffman (Career Center) for the first-ever Waynesburg University visitation day at Schneider Downs, LLC.

Neeley Shaw (Business Administration) went to Canon-McMillan High School and talked to three Entrepreneurship classes about Waynesburg’s program. About 70 high school students participated.

Several Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing faculty and students presented posters at the 2016 Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Nursing Conference in Gettysburg:

·         Kathleen Rosatti (MSN student), Sandralee Hartman, Christin Wentzel, Neil Amina, and Helen Burns presented a poster titled, “From Idea to Implementation: Development of a Nursing Professional Practice Evaluation Model.” This presentation was awarded the 3rd Place Poster Award.

·         Kimberly Whiteman, Kimberly Stephens, Brenda Swanson-Biearman, Mary Barkhymer, and Michele Lozito (DNP Graduate) presented a poster titled, “Good Catch Campaign: Improve the Perioperative Culture of Safety.”

·         Whiteman, Stephens, Swanson-Biearman, Melanie Heuston, and Elizabeth Tedesco (DNP Graduate) presented on “Implementation of Sepsis Alert Program in Medical-Surgical Units.”

Kimberly Stephens (GPS Nursing) also presented several posters alongside students and alumni at the 2016 Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference in Pittsburgh. Kimberly Whiteman (GPS Nursing) attended this conference, as well.

Deb Lewis (GPS Nursing) attended “Quality Improvement: A Guide for Integration in Nursing Webinar,” “Writing Success Strategies for Scholars in the Health Sciences Webinar,” “ANA How to Effectively Teach Ethics to Nursing Students Webinar,” and “Online Orientation to Support Distance Learners Webinar.”

Amy Randolph (English) facilitated a creative writing reading in McCance Auditorium in late October.

Bob Randolph (English) was one of six invited authors to comprise a panel to discuss writing and read from their work at Bowlby Library in Waynesburg in late October.

The education department hosted a Voices from the Field session, “Teacher Certification Horror Stories,” on Oct. 13. Ryan Devlin, 2007 WU graduate and 2013 PA Teacher of the Year, was the speaker at the event.

Devon Manderino (Graduate Counseling) and Bob Mehalik, a counseling doctoral student, offered a multicultural training at Centerville Clinics, Inc. The training was entitled, “Culture change in the workforce and what it means to healthcare.” The focus was on what culture is, what culture looks like in healthcare/medical health, and ways to offer culturally-competent care.

William Batchelder (Humanities) published, “The Counsel of Despair? Albert J. Nock on Self-Government” in the online journal The Imaginative Conservative on Sept. 22.

Karen Younger (Humanities) authored the introduction to a new edition of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which was released in September by Race Point Publishing.

James Hepburn (Graduate Counseling) was accepted to present a workshop with one of Waynesburg’s doctoral counseling students, Nick Summa, at the Pennsylvania Counseling Association conference in November. Additionally, another doctoral student, Michelle Steimer, was accepted to co-present a workshop that focuses on the military population.

Several nursing faculty members presented posters at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders 37th Annual Educational Conference in Farmington.  Kimberly Stephens (Graduate Nursing),  Kelly Heatherington and Peggy Hayden (part-time MSN faculty), Dr. Brenda Swanson-Biearman (part-time DNP faculty), and Anne Ward (part-time RN-BSN faculty) participated in the conference. Twelve current students and eight Waynesburg University alumni also presented as part of the event.

Yvonne Weaver (Education) attended the PA Education Dean’s Forum and Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education conference in Harrisburg Oct.26-28.

Jamie Dessart (English) had a paper accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association annual meeting in San Diego in March.

John Tiech (PT English) started writing high school football stories for the Herald-Standard newspaper.


Noteworthy student news:

Six Waynesburg University music majors passed auditions and secured a spot in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choir of 2016. This is the first year for Waynesburg University Music students to represent at the Collegiate Choral Festival, which was held Nov. 4 and 5 at Susquehanna University.

Forensic Science Club students also worked as part of communities that Care, while ACS members performed demos for droves of Pittsburgh regional students at ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center on Oct. 20 & 21.

During Fall Break, six Criminal Justice students and three Social Sciences students completed the Crisis Hotline Certification Training provided by the S.T.T.A.R.S. Program of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services Care Center in Waynesburg. The training consisted of 30 hours, Monday through Friday.

Hits: 959