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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-10-Camp-Tech.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Education hosted the Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) Camp Tech Monday, July 30, through Friday, August 3. Forty-four students from Greene and Washington counties, as well as West Virginia, participated in the event.

Camp Tech is a summer camp for students in 3rd grade through 8th grade that allows them opportunities to explore new ideas and work in the technology field. The main objective of the camp is to provide students with fun and engaging educational opportunities.

“Camp Tech allows students to not only use new and upcoming technology to help prepare them for back to school but gives them the opportunity to collaborate and make new friends,” said Sarah D’Urzo, coordinator for innovation and design at the IU1.

Students rotated through four sessions, including Alice Programming, Minecraft World Builder, Engineering: Car Crash Challenge and CODE Raider: Tech Tool Exploration.

Camp Tech is offered three times throughout the summer. In addition to the recent week at Waynesburg's main campus, camps were held at Waynesburg's Southpointe center and Washington and Jefferson College.

The IU1 and Waynesburg University collaborate throughout the year on multiple projects, such as student outreach programs - Student Forum and Academic Competition, educational initiatives and pre-service teacher initiatives.

For more information about Camp Tech and similar events, contact D'Urzo at sarah.durzo@iu1.org. For information about Waynesburg's Education Program, contact Yvonne Weaver at 724-852-3308 or yweaver@waynesburg.edu.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-7-MBU.PNGWaynesburg University will host its sixth annual Merit Badge University Saturday, Nov. 3. The event, held at the University’s main campus, will begin with check in at 8 a.m. in the Marisa Fieldhouse and conclude at 3 p.m.

Cost is $20 and covers each scout’s lunch, patch, t-shirt and instruction. All spaces are first come, first served. To sign up, visit waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university. Walk-in registrants will be accepted as space allows, but patches are not guaranteed.

The event provides scouts with the opportunity to earn merit badges while being exposed to a wide spectrum of academic disciplines by qualified instructors at Waynesburg University.

The merit badges being offered include American heritage, aviation, bird study, chemistry, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, cycling, emergency preparedness, family life, geocaching, graphic arts, Indian lore, personal fitness, personal management and photography.

Adults who wish to be involved may attend the merit badge sessions alongside the scouts or participate in a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) leader training, as designated by the Laurel Highlands Council. Adults who select either option should be in Class A/Field Uniform and present evidence of their BSA registration and current Youth Protection Training. Cost is $20.

The BSA is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The society provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

To learn more, visit the registration link above, or call 724-852-7790.

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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Dr. Michele Lozito, a 2017 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate from Waynesburg University, had her capstone project published in the June 2018 issue of the AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) Journal.

Dr. Lozito’s article, titled “Good Catch Campaign: Improving the Perioperative Culture of Safety,” focused on improving patient safety through the implementation of a Good Catch Campaign that consisted of formal education, standardized event reporting and debriefing sessions.

“We designed this project to increase the reporting of good catches and to improve the culture of safety in our facility with the assumption that changing these factors could ultimately prevent WSPEs (wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors),” stated Dr. Lozito in the article.

Throughout the six-month post-implementation period, staff members reported 391 good catches and completed relevant survey tools that showed improvement in the areas of communication openness, feedback and communication about error, frequency of event reporting, non-punitive response to error and organizational learning and continuous improvement.

Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the DNP Program and associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg, saw first-hand Dr. Lozito’s passion for improving patient safety and quality of care.

“She worked tirelessly to help the operating room staff create a culture of safety, which research demonstrates, ultimately prevents errors,” shared Dr. Whiteman. “It was my privilege to work with her during the program and to be part of her meaningful capstone work.”

Having research such as Dr. Lozito’s Good Catch Campaign published in a national journal can be a helpful and educational reference for professionals.

“When students improve patient safety or solve a clinical problem in the workplace, patients and their families benefit,” added Dr. Whiteman. “When we take the time and effort to disseminate the projects, nurses at other institutions can transfer the knowledge gained to their workplace and strive to obtain similar improvements.”

The DNP Program at Waynesburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

Waynesburg’s Department of Nursing has recently been recognized as a top nursing school by Nursing Schools Almanac and ranked in the top 5 percent for value nationwide by College Factual, published in USA Today.

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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Waynesburg University has been named a national College of Distinction for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes American higher education institutions for their commitment to the implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices.

The University was also named a Christian College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and, for the first time, a College of Distinction in Business, Education and Nursing.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Waynesburg University as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Waynesburg’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of High-Impact Educational Practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

According to Colleges of Distinction, the selection process includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention rates, alumni success, strategic plan and student satisfaction, among other factors. Schools are also accepted on the basis of meeting requirements in four categories, including student engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Waynesburg University stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”

For more information, or to view Waynesburg’s profile, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

About Waynesburg University

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-18-Most-Beautiful-Campus.jpgWaynesburg University was recently named one of “The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campuses in the World” by Christian Universities Online. Ranked at No. 22, the University was one of three Pennsylvania institutions recognized.

The schools recognized not only provide a high-quality education and thorough devotion to Christian principles, but are also aesthetically pleasing, “boasting some of the loveliest looking campuses anywhere on Earth,” according to the Christian Universities Online website.

“Whether because of their lush green spaces, breathtaking surroundings or inspired architecture, these places of learning can offer locations in which to study, rest and play,” the article stated.

Waynesburg’s historic campus was recognized for its proximity to borough parks, its classic American architecture as captured by Hanna and Miller Halls, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the balance of exemplary historical edifices with modern facilities.

The Waynesburg University main campus spans 70 acres and is located in the foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania. To view an aerial video of campus, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=32GPgbhmthg.

For more information, visit www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/most-beautiful-christian-universities-in-the-world.

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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