October 2017 Academic Updates

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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.

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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”