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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-9-Cyber-Financial-Crime-Conf-SBrady.jpgWaynesburg University will offer a Cyber and Financial Crime Conference Tuesday, May 8.

The conference will have three tracks, including CPA & Forensic Accounting, Law Enforcement and Cyber Security. Professionals in each of the three areas are invited to attend the conference. The cost is $35. To register, visit www.waynesburg.edu/cyber.

The conference will address timely topics in the fields of cyber security and financial crimes. Presentations will be made on the following topics: Internet Crime, Digital Currencies, The Dark Net, Digital Evidence Recovery, Cyber Security Breaches, Email and Computer Disruptions and Compromises, Money Laundering and Employment Tax.

A welcome will be offered by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, and the keynote address will be given by Robert Cessar, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, on the subject of health care fraud and the opioid crisis.

Scott Brady

Brady is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on September 18, 2017, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 14, 2017. As United States Attorney, Scott oversees the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the federal government has an interest throughout the twenty-five counties in Western Pennsylvania.

Robert Cessar

Cessar joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1990 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the White Collar Crimes Unit. In 2002, he was appointed the First Assistant United States Attorney. In 2009, he was appointed Acting United States Attorney. In 2011, he joined the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and in 2017, he was appointed the head of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Other speakers include:

  • Kurt Petro, Cyber Crime Scene Specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center
  • Cathy Hill, Carolyn Ross and Caroline Adams, Management and Program Analysts with the FBI, currently detailed to Internet Crime Compliant Center
  • Michael McKeown, FBI Supervisory Special Agent at the Pittsburgh Field Office Cyber Division
  • Justin A. Sarvey, FBI IT Forensic Examiner
  • Robert Kickbush, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Leuenberger, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation
  • Janet Isman, Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Employment Tax Coordinator for the Western District of Pennsylvania

For more information, contact Sarah Bell at 724-852-7790.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-10-CJ-laser-shot.jpgWaynesburg University recently unveiled its new Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in the University’s CSI Center.

The simulator will enable criminal justice students to gain experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and weapons familiarization and will also be available to area law enforcement agencies for training purposes.

“We are honored to share this resource with the surrounding community by offering training opportunities to regional law enforcement agencies,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office, Fayette County and Greene County Drug Task forces, Greene County District Attorney's Office, Greene County Sheriff's Department, Greene County and Washington County Probation offices, Pennsylvania State Police and the Waynesburg Borough Police Department attended the initial training session on March 20.

Waynesburg University first purchased a Laser Shot Firearms Training Simulator in 2011, at the time as the only institution of higher education in the region to offer this type of training. The upgraded system doubles the number of use of force scenarios available, where participants utilize verbal de-escalation and other techniques, preparing for various possible outcomes.

“I commend Waynesburg University for integrating this simulator technology into their curriculum,” said Louis Weiers, supervisory special agent with the ATF. “The type of immersive training that the students as well as my fellow law enforcement partners will be undergoing will better prepare these crime fighters for the encounters that they will be having in the streets.”

Offering students the opportunity to learn technical skills from experienced professionals in a hands-on setting from day one, Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program was recently ranked in the top five percent nationwide in College Factual’s ranking, published by USA Today.

“We are teaching the next generation of law enforcement professionals the use-of-force continuum from their freshman year through their senior year,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation Program. “We have 41 freshmen this year in the program. All 41 have used this system, so it’s not something students have to wait until their senior year to utilize.”

Laser Shot is one of the fastest growing leaders in firearm and force option training solutions for military and law enforcement professionals. Recognized worldwide for its innovative training products, Laser Shot incorporates both patented and COTS technologies in developing accurate, dependable and effective training systems.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WS-Stage---Balcony-Shot---541552_10205228366163472_7363951503342158215_n.jpgWaynesburg University will host the Gross National Product’s (GNP) 48th Anniversary Concert Saturday, April 21. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free and doors open at 7 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.

GNP is a spring musical reunion for original band members and area musicians. Performers include Waynesburg University faculty, staff, students and alumni. The band first performed on the Waynesburg campus in 1970.

GNP was formed in the mid-1960s in New Jersey. Original band members, who will perform together April 21, include Bill Molzon, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University, Scott Buttfield, Tom Minson, Charlie Behrend and Jeannie Clark Fisher.

“This year’s show includes a variety of musical styles ranging from contemporary and classic rock, to bluegrass and country, to jazz,” Molzon said. “The musicians look forward to seeing each other and to performing for such a loyal audience. It’s a big show in a small town.”

“The McCollum brothers from Waynesburg will be in this year’s show. They are talented musicians and played in several local bands during the past 30 years. Dave McCollum is a WU alumnus and will make the trip from Atlanta. Jim McCollum is the group’s drummer. Mark McCollum was Band Director at West Greene Middle-Senior High School and Margaret Bell Miller Middle School. His sons Kian and Patrick also will perform. Jay Van Scyoc from Waynesburg will play bass.”

“It’s a multi-faceted event,” said Molzon. “In addition to being a concert for the campus and the community, it’s an educational opportunity for the school’s TV students. They use the school’s TV production truck to feed the wall monitors in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The chair of the communication department, Richard Krause, supports this type of learning experience.”

For more information or directions to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, call 724-852-3270. 

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Emeriti.jpgDuring a special presentation at Waynesburg University’s recent Charter Day convocation, Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Anthony Bocchini, Dr. Nancy Mosser, Susan Phillips and Dr. Marilyn Roberts the title of professor emeritus.

Bocchini, professor of business administration, taught in Waynesburg’s Business Administration Department for 40 years. As a certified public accountant and certified management accountant, he was instrumental in the creation of the University’s Master of Business Administration degree program.

He was a 2012 recipient of the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Mosser, professor of nursing, was involved with the Waynesburg University Nursing Program for more than three decades and served 15 of those years as the chair and director of the Department of Nursing. Under her leadership, the Nursing Program was consistently recognized for value and excellence locally, regionally and nationally.

She received the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.

Phillips, professor of art, accumulated nearly 40 years of service to Waynesburg, including serving many years as the chair of the Fine Arts Department and as a faculty marshal.

She was awarded the Waynesburg University Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and was a past recipient of the WQED Multimedia Award.

Dr. Roberts, professor of English, taught at Waynesburg for 26 years. Throughout her tenure, she held various roles and responsibilities within the Department of English and Foreign Languages and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Emeriti.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_LH.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-CD_Nzmabi2.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 168th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 20, with a special convocation in Roberts Chapel.

During the ceremony, four retired faculty members were honored with the title of Professor Emeritus and three faculty members received the University’s 2018 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards.

On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Anthony Bocchini, Dr. Nancy Mosser, Susan Phillips and Dr. Marilyn Roberts the title of Professor Emeritus. Provost Dr. Dana Cook Baer presented the teaching excellence awards to Dr. James Hepburn, James Tanda and Rev. Christy Wise.

CEO and Head of School at Imani Christian Academy Paulo Nzambi served as the Charter Day speaker. In his convocation address, “The Present and its Possibilities,” Nzambi highlighted the significance of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

During his speech, Nzambi explored pivotal historic moments during which that particular Bible verse may have provided motivation, ranging from the founding of the United States of America to the founding of Waynesburg University.

“History has suggested to me that great achievement often results when the present reality conflicts with an inspirational or aspirational possibility,” Nzambi said. “The very power of Philippians 4:13 becomes real in these moments.” 

“I always imagined that when Waynesburg’s founders challenged the present and raised the possibility of establishing an institution of higher learning on this very ground, they were steadied by their belief that they could do all through Christ who strengthened them,” Nzambi said, as he referenced the University’s history as one of the first institutions of higher education in the nation to educate men and women equally.

Nzambi’s diverse professional background has encompassed the areas of education, law and the nonprofit sector.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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