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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-31-Rain-Day-Boys_20180801-165154_1.JPGJuly 29th is traditionally Rain Day in Greene County, Pennsylvania, a local holiday that celebrates annual rainfall on that particular day.

This year, however, also marked the 100th anniversary of a World War I battle near Courmont, France, that took the lives of 18 Greene County boys – soldiers in Company K, 110th Infantry, 28th Division – frequently referred to as the Rain Day Boys.

While many attended a memorial service honoring the 18 fallen at the Greene County Courthouse in Waynesburg, some Greene County residents payed homage at the actual site of the battle near Grimpettes Woods in France.

Present at the memorial service in France was Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, who gave remarks and laid a wreath upon the monument placed at the top of the hill overlooking the battle site, which remains a working farm to this day.

“They came to this land, not seeking to conquer, but to end a war and defend the principles of democracy,” Lee said as he addressed those in attendance. “Each one came here— bringing the future hopes and dreams of their families and their communities...

“And so, today, near the wheat fields that sweep up to these Grimpettes Woods, in this land that knows the blood of our sons, we remember their sacrifice.”

The journey to the battlefield was inspired by the research of Glenn Toothman and Candice Buchanan, who published “The Rain Day Boys: The Greene That Lay Near Grimpettes Woods,” a book about the young men and the battle that claimed their lives, many of whom were students or graduates of Waynesburg College.

Toothman, founder/CEO of Memory Medallion Inc. and a former Greene County District Attorney, and Buchanan, a board-certified genealogist with a master's degree in public history from Duquesne University, both attended the memorial service at the battlefield.

In addition to the individuals from the United States attending the service, there were a number of residents of the local communities in attendance. The mayors from the French towns of Courmont, Sierges and Ronchere laid wreaths at the monument.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_img296.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee recently visited Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea, as part of a delegation of presidents from the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU).

The visit, which was funded by Hannam University, facilitated discussions about exchange programs for both students and faculty, as well as the potential of other partnerships.

Hannam University’s location in what is commonly referred to as Korea's Silicon Valley provides opportunities for Hannam University and its partners to be engaged in global technology research. Lee and others were given a tour of this area as well as companies that operate within it.

Founded by Presbyterian missionaries in 1956, Hannam has an enrollment of more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students on its two campuses. As a Christian university, Hannam has a uniquely Christian atmosphere that places emphasis on truth, freedom and service. Hannam became the first school outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico to join the APCU in 2016.

“Through the generosity of Hannam University, the APCU and our University, I was able to begin a dialogue with an institution across the Pacific whose mission and heritage closely parallel that of the University,” Lee said. “We look forward to the future of this relationship.”

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