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Waynesburg University will host a presentation called, “Where Have All the Chestnuts Gone and Can We Get Them Back?” Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Research and Economic Development (CRED).

The presentation will be led by Mark Double, a research associate in Agricultural Sciences at West Virginia University. Double has expertise in forest ecology, plant pathology and other areas of plant and soil sciences, and has published several research studies relating to this field.

Double will discuss the historic importance of the American chestnut to the economy and environment of the region, as well as their decline in the past century. He will also present information on recent efforts to restore the American chestnut through hybridization and genetic engineering techniques.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-20-PICPA_Colgan.jpgWaynesburg University business students recently met and networked with the chairman of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Michael Colgan. Colgan visited campus last month to speak to the Business Club about the future of the accounting profession.

“Students had the opportunity to learn the latest thinking about the profession,” said Jayne Olshanski, assistant professor of accounting. “Much of [Colgan’s] talk supported what is taught in the classroom at Waynesburg. However, students benefit doubly when they hear news of the profession from an authority like the CEO/Executive Director of the PICPA.”

According to Olshanski, Colgan spoke to students about changes to the field and its technology, the Certified Public Accountants exam and important job skills for the coming years – including critical thinking, creativity, judgement and decision making.

“It was rewarding to learn that many of the skills that Waynesburg University fosters in students, such as critical thinking, service orientation and judgement, were on the top 10 job skills list for the future.”

Olshanski said students were “energized” by the presentation. She said the Business Club regularly hosts speakers such as Colgan as part of its Professional Development Series, which is open to everyone on campus. Later this semester, the Business Club will host a Pittsburgh-area partner from Deloitte, a multinational accounting organization, to speak about public accounting in the greater Pittsburgh area.

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 will host its first annual “Not So Typical Easter Egg Hunt” for children in the community Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.b2ap3_thumbnail_EggHunt.png

The event will take place on the new Waynesburg Unity Trail and will feature a shift from the traditional egg hunt. The eggs used will look like real bird eggs from the native birds in the area, and children will learn about the concept of biodiversity. Instead of candy, each egg will be stuffed with a sticker of the bird that lays it.

Janet Paladino, associate professor of biology, helped create the Unity Trail and orchestrate the event. She said the activities will give children the opportunity to learn about nature and appreciate the spring season.

“We invite you to come and discover the new Unity Trail on the Campus of Waynesburg University,” said Paladino “Spring is a time when we can share experiences in nature with our children. We hope that our Easter egg hunt will help them learn that eggs at Eastertime are filled with more than just candy.”

For more information about the “Not So Typical Easter Egg Hunt,” contact Paladino at 724-852-3281.

The creation of the Unity Trail was made possible through a grant from the EQT Foundation.

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During spring break, 54 Waynesburg University students will be participating in service trips across the country and abroad. Led by University faculty and staff members, students will serve in Antietam, Maryland; Concord, North Carolina; Nassau, Bahamas; Brooksville, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antietam National Battlefield Park – Antietam, Maryland

Eight students will travel to Antietam, Maryland, with Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Steward Museum.

During the trip, students will help maintain the Antietam National Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, North Carolina

Led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Erin Kern, graduate assistant for student activities, nine students will travel to North Carolina to serve Habitat for Humanity.

This is the eighth year Waynesburg University students are returning to Concord. During the trip, students will work with a single family to help build their new home: framing the house, roofing, installing windows and more.

Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision, National Aviary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eighteen students will be serving the Pittsburgh community during spring break, working with organizations including the Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision and the National Aviary.

Led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, this trip is designed specifically for first-year Bonner Scholars at Waynesburg University.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Brooksville, Florida

Seven students will be serving with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation during spring break. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, students will help restore hiking trails, remove invasive species and maintain state parks and wildlife.

Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene – Nassau, Bahamas

During spring break, 12 students will be travelling to Nassau, Bahamas, for international service. Led by Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing, and Lina Hixson, interim director of the RN/BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing, students will provide health services to patients in the area.

The group will set up a health clinic in the church, assess patients and distribute medications to Haitian refugees without access to healthcare.

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

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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During spring break, seven students will be serving with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Brooksville, Florida. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, the group will leave Sunday, March 4, and return Saturday, March 10.

According to Sethman, students will help restore a hiking trail at Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area and remove different invasive species from the area. They will also serve at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and perform maintenance at Lakewood Christian Retreat Center.

“This will benefit students by giving them a hands-on experience working with various agencies on environmental projects that impact local Florida ecosystems,” said Sethman. “Many students have never been exposed to the unique types of habitats that we will encounter and the trip will be a great ecological learning experience.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Jessica Carter, junior marine biology major from Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania (Cameron High School)
  • Theodore Clayton, junior biology major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Colleen Cook, freshman nursing major from Arcadia, California (Arcadia High School)
  • Micaela Danley, freshman business management major from Ellsworth, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Sara Hlatky, senior biology major from Dilliner, Pennsylvania (Mapletown Junior-Senior High School)
  • Ariana Human-McKinnon, freshman biochemistry major from Jerome, Idaho (Canyon Ridge High School)
  • Whitney Rogers, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

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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