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Melanie Catana (Fine Arts) was the women’s choir guest conductor at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District I Honors Choir held at Trinity High School.

Andy Heisey (Fine Arts) spoke at the Association of Christian Schools International Professional Development Forum held at Grove City College. Heisey led a session titled, “Using Art History to teach Biblical Principles.”

Kelley Solomon (Education) represented the Education Department by presenting at the 2017 West Virginia Reading Association Conference in November. Her presentation was titled, “Critical Literacy: Thinking in All Directions.”

The Education Department hosted an Early Literacy Summit in conjunction with Laurel Highlands School District, Intermediate Unit 1 and Scholastic. Approximately 20 preschool and kindergarten teachers participated, along with Waynesburg University junior and senior early childhood majors.

Kimberly Stephens and Kimberly Whiteman (Graduate Nursing), along with Amber Egyud DNP, RN, Brenda Swanson-Bierman DNP, MPH, RN, and Marge DiCuccio MSN, RN, had an article titled “Implementation of Human Trafficking Education and Treatment Algorithm in the Emergency Department” published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing, Volume 43, Issue 6, in November. Stephens, Whiteman and Swanson-Beirman worked alongside Elizabeth R. Tedesco DNP, RN, CEN, PHRN and Melanie Heuston DNP, RN, NEA-BC to also have and article titled “Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Sepsis Care and Survival within a Tertiary Care Emergency Department” published in the same edition of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Stephens and Whiteman attended the SWPONL Fall 2017 Education and Networking Session – Resiliency in Nursing: Implications for Nurse Leaders in Pittsburgh.

Stephens also attended the 20107 Annual West Virginia Organization of Nursing Leadership Conference in Morgantown.

Paula Sexton (Nursing) gave a poster presentation at the Annual West Virginia Organization of Nursing Leadership Conference.

Lina Hixson (RN-BSN) attended the AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The James D. Randolph Kiltie Band performed as part of Jefferson’s Veteran’s Parade for the third year on Nov. 11. The Kiltie Band also performed at the Rogersville United Methodist Church as part of their Veteran’s Service.

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Deana Mack presented at Kappa Delta Pi’s 2017 Convocation Oct. 26 to 28 in Pittsburgh. Her workshop was titled “Respond to Your Students’ Needs, Provide Choice, and Conquer Writing Standards All in One? Yes, It’s Possible!”

Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) provided a Drugs of Abuse Workshop for the Greene County Life Skills Teacher Conference in Waynesburg on Oct. 6. Cipoletti also participated in Bentworth Career Day on Oct. 18.

Cipoletti gave an invited lecture on Forensic Aspects of Animal Abuse Investigations at the Animal Law Conference at Duquesne University on Oct. 7. He also lectured on Drug Awareness and the Opioid Crisis at a Public Forum on Drugs at St. Hugh’s Church in Carmichaels on Oct. 18. Finally, Cipoletti lectured on Drug Awareness for Red Ribbon Week at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School in Waynesburg on Oct. 24.

Brad Davis (Chemistry) accompanied 11 students to the monthly Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh meeting on Oct. 2.

The Department of Chemistry hosted the monthly Homeschool Lab on Oct. 13. Four Waynesburg students and nine community students attended the event.

Wayne Rossiter (Biology) was awarded a NetVUE mini-grant to take students behind the scenes at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Jamie Dessart (English) had a paper accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference which will take place in March. Her paper is titled “I am No Man’s Land: Transforming the Feminine in Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman.”

Jill Sunday (Writing Center, English) had a paper accepted for publication at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Her paper is titled “Help Me, Obi Wan Kenobi: From the Mentor Sentence to Fan Fiction in the Composition Process.”

Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) presented a paper titled “Ecumenism of Blood: Hospitality in an Age of Martyrdom in Boko Haram Areas of Nigeria” at Franciscan University from Oct. 26 to 28. Olagoke also attended West Virginia University's recent Conference on Aging.

Lina Hixson (RN-BSN) attended the PSNA event “Challenges and Triumphs of Developing the Global Nursing Role in Resource-Poor Settings” on Oct. 10.

Jennifer Roy (Business Administration) was invited to attend a Pearson VIP Focus Group on Mini Sims that is currently under development by the publisher.

Jayne Olshanski (Business Administration) completed continuing education to renew her certified public account license. Olshanski also attended an accounting consortium luncheon to attract major accounting recruiters.

William Stough (Business Administration) attended a continuing education seminar on Excel for eight hours of CPE.

Beth Savage (DNP) gave a poster presentation at the 2017 Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Educational Conference: Nurse Leaders – Managing the Present, Anticipating the Future. Her poster was titled “A Qualitative Exploration of the Security Practices of Registered Nurses.” Seven Waynesburg University graduates also presented at this conference.

Andrew Heisey and Jeremy Olisar (Fine Arts) delivered the second "Getting to Know WU" presentation of the semester on the James D. Randolph Kiltie Band.

Sora Lee (Fine Arts) was selected as an accompanist for the WVU Bavarian Summer Voice and Piano Collaborative Workshop and performed in the Rubinsteinsaal at the Steinway-Haus in Munich. Lee also was awarded a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.


Noteworthy Student News:

The following English students had papers accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference:

  • Steven Caumo, “The Archetypal Mother of Evil: Grendel’s Mother, Cersei Lannister, and Sarah Palmer”
  • Rachael Crosbie, “Feminine Interpretation of Deities
  • Tessa Masula, “Wielding the Wand: Minerva McGonagall Does it Better”
  • Shawn White, “I’m Weird, I’m a Weirdo: Riverdale’s Transcendence and Conformity to YA Tropes “
  • Zachery Yonko, “Cool Backstory, Bro: Why the Vulture Transcends All Other Marvel Villains”

The ACS Student Chapter, Forensic Science Club, AMSA and the WU Honors Program hosted Dr. John Wherthey to speak on his medical practice.

The ACS Student Chapter hosted events for National Chemistry Week (Oct. 23-28) including periodic table of cookies, professional development webinar on chemistry, volunteering for ChemFest at the Carnegie Science Center, hosting a Mole Day party and more.

DNP students Connie Henry, Tamara Burket and Lynda Nester gave a poster presentation at the 2017 Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders Educational Conference: Nurse Leaders – Managing the Present, Anticipating the Future. Their presentations were titled:

  • Henry: “Addressing Compassion Fatigue in an Urban Teaching Hospital”
  • Burket: “Implementation of the Critical Care Pain Observation Tool for Detection of Pain in Nonverbal Adults in a Critical Care Unit”
  • Nester: “Reducing Preventable Readmissions in Patients with Heart Failure”
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Jill Sunday (English) had a paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the International Writing Center Association Conference in Chicago in November. The paper is titled, “The Writing Center Director Who Came in from the Cold.”

Bob Randolph’s (English) poem, “The Mayor,” appeared in The Ibis Head Review, Volume 2, number 3 (Fall 2017).

Xela Batchelder (Arts Administration) led two workshops at the Rochester Fringe in Rochester, New York. Batchelder spent time working at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh over the summer.

Melanie Catana (Fine Arts) attended the American Choral Directors Conference at Elizabethtown College.

Jeremy Olisar and Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts) attended the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming held at Shady Side Academy this summer.

Heisey also spoke to community members at Mercer Library during a session about Geocaching.

Eddie Powers (Fine Arts) attended the Memphis Film Festival.

Powers also produced and directed “Dearly Beloved,” his 50th major production at Waynesburg University. A reprise of the show took place during Homecoming weekend.

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James Tanda (Criminal Justice) attended the pinning ceremony in Washington D.C. for Tevaughn Davis, a recent Waynesburg University graduate, who completed training at the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department in July.

Ezekiel Olagoke (Sociology) presented research on St. George at Grove City College. The Herald-Standard newspaper published information on his work.

Teresa Robinette (Graduate Nursing) participated in a poster presentation and roundtable discussion on “Recruitment and Social Media” at the Graduate Nursing Admissions Professional Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Kim Stephens and Kim Whiteman (Graduate Nursing) attended the 2017 Academic Service Partnership Summit at Cumberland Woods in Cranberry.

Stephens and Robinette attended the 12th Annual Clinical Research Forum: Nurses Influencing Empirical Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Practice and Research. The conference was held at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Lina Hixon (RN-BSN) attended Recruiting and Retaining Nursing Students using PRIMES sponsored by Robert Morris University.

Eighteen attended Faculty Development Day at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville center.


Summer Camps

Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp hosted 23 students on campus June 12-16. Lanny Frattare (Communication) led the annual event.

From June 18-23, Waynesburg University hosted CSI Camp with Faith Musko and Mike Cipoletti (Forensic Science) at the helm of camp initiatives. Forty-seven students attended the camp.

The University hosted campers and staff from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Miller Summer Youth Institute on campus for the first time. This event kicked off with leadership training sessions from July 7-9. Campers arrived on July 9 and stayed through July 15. As part of this camp, students earned two college credits from Waynesburg University; 9 high school students and 5 college students attended. Rev. Jim Tinnemeyer (Student Services) worked hard to develop this partnership and served as an instructor during the camp.

STEAM Camp was held on campus July 16-20. Chevron sponsored the event for the second consecutive year for which 23 students registered. The camp included the following faculty: Robert Bonser (Athletic Training), Marietta Wright (Biology), Heidi Fletcher (Chemistry), James Bush (Mathematics), Paul Sielski (Mathematics), Chris Cink (Biology), Melanie Catana (Fine Arts), Janet Paladino (Environmental Science), Evonne Baldauff (Chemistry) and Andrew Heisey (Fine Arts).

Yvonne Weaver (Education) worked with representatives at the local Intermediate Unit to host Camp Tech at Waynesburg University. The first week was held July 10-14 at Waynesburg University’s Southpointe center, and the second week took placed the week of July 31 at the University’s main campus.


Special Note from the Office of Academic Affairs: Camps at Waynesburg University would not be possible without the incredible maintenance, security, IT and dining services teams on campus. Employees in these four areas work extra hours and take on additional tasks to enable the University to be able to host these events throughout the summer. Thank you so much!

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Bob Randolph (English) will have a poem titled, “Sad Man in the Moon” in an anthology of poems about the moon published by Outrider Press. The anthology should be out by October. There will be readings from the anthology in June in Chicago at the Chicago Printer’s Row Literary Festival.

Xela Batchelder (Fine Arts) spoke in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the Association of Arts Administrator Educators Conference, of which the Waynesburg University Arts Administration program is now a member. Batchelder was asked to host workshops at the Rochester Fringe Festival in September.

Ronda DePriest (Fine Arts) performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra for the final Dvorak concert on May 20.

Jay Aultman-Moore (Humanities) presented a paper titled “Exile and Beauty in Robinson’s Gilead and Home: Jack Boughton” at the Eastern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature at Grove City College April 1.

Jenny Jellison (Humanities) attended the Annual Conference of the Comparative Cognition Society in Melbourne Beach, Florida, April 22 through 23.

Bill Batchelder (Humanities) gave a presentation on the Magna Carta and the Medieval and Modern Conceptions of Liberty at the Gilliam Center at James Madison University in Virginia on April 18.

Keith Rieder (Humanities) presented a lecture on treating traumatic stress disorder at Highland Hospital in Clarksburg, WV on May 5.

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