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University to host Mock Crime Scene for prospective students

The specialty visit event will be held March 16

Matthew Stultz Feb 7, 2019

Waynesburg University will host Mock Crime Scene, a specialty visit day for prospective students, Saturday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required online.

The event will begin with check in on the second floor of the Stover Campus Center beginning at 8:15 a.m. Lunch is included as part of the event for students.

“This Mock Crime Scene event, hosted by Waynesburg’s Department of Criminal Justice and Social Science, has been conducted annually for over fifteen years and has introduced thousands of high school students interested in criminal justice to subject-matter experts in the field and exposed them to valuable training in crime scene investigation,” said James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and director of security operations and emergency management.

Session topics will include firearms identification and the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), crime scene analysis and photography, bombing and improvised explosive device (IED) post blast, and crime scene and drug identification.

Participants will also experience a Laser Shot demonstration on the University’s newly updated system. Laser Shot enables students to gain first-hand experience in conflict resolution, judgment, tactics and weapons familiarization.

Laser Shot is a top leader 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.

Additionally, a parent workshop will be held in McCance Auditorium (inside Buhl Hall) from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. to share specific information about the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Science, in addition to general Waynesburg admissions topics.

Guest clinicians will include Melissa Laukaitis, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency; Nancy Love, a scientist at the Allegheny County Medical Examiners Office; and A.J. Maloney and Ryan Rennig, special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Pittsburgh Field Office.

The event will also feature Waynesburg University faculty, including Tanda; Adam Jack, chairperson of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Science; Dr. Ken Cairns, assistant professor of criminal justice; Mike Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science; Kristin Clingerman, assistant professor of criminal justice; and Kevin McClincy, instructor of criminal justice.

After the event concludes, families will have the option to participate in guided campus tours with the admissions staff.

Registration Information

To register, visit, or for more information, contact Bob Barnhart, admissions counselor, at 724-852-3346 or