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National Center for Explosives Training and Research expert visits Waynesburg forensic and criminal justice students

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 14:10 PM

On October 21, 2013, Waynesburg University students enrolled in instructor of criminal justice James Tanda’s terrorism class welcomed Edward Bender, a visiting guest speaker from the National Center for Explosives Training and Research in Huntsville, Ala.

More than 100 Waynesburg University students from classes including terrorism, criminal investigations, criminal justice, forensic science, criminalistics, criminal law, white collar crime, interview & interrogation and private security attended Bender’s instructional presentation involving crime scene investigation, laboratory analysis, evidence collection and case studies globally spanning the last 25 years. 

“Waynesburg students could see that expertise come through with detailed and animated descriptions of Bender’s firsthand accounts of examining the World Trade Center truck bomb and the Oklahoma City federal building bombing,” said Tanda.

Tanda and Bender worked closely together for more than 22 years in the field on bomb scenes and in explosives investigative training environments. They continue to stay close to the explosives law enforcement community as they are both contracted subject matter experts at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research. 

Bender earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in 1979.  His career in forensic chemistry began that same year in the Instrumental Analysis Section of the FBI Laboratory with an emphasis on explosives and trace evidence examination. He continued his career at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Laboratory in 1990, specializing in the chemical analysis of explosives, explosive effects and trace evidence.  After 34 years of service to the Department of Justice as an expert in his field, Bender retired from ATF’s Washington National Laboratory in 2012.

Although Bender worked on hundreds of criminal investigations at the federal, state and international levels, some of his more notable investigations included the bombing of the Embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, the attempted assassination of president Ronald Reagan, the “Unibomber" serial bombing case, the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires and the 1996 TWA Flight 800 investigations.

During his Waynesburg University presentation, Bender touched on many of these historic cases with first-hand accounts and details not found in history books.

Bender has 26 peer reviewed scientific publications including contributions to three books. He has taught numerous post-blast investigation courses and has given lectures in nearly every state in the country.  He has also taught explosives investigations throughout the world including international law enforcement academies in Africa, Hungary and Thailand.

He currently teaches more than 20 classes a year for the homemade explosives course at the National Center for Explosives Training and Research as well as a pipe bomb analysis course at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Western Regional CPC in Chilliwack, British Colombia.  

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Topics: forensic science news, Criminal Justice news

University to host creative writing workshop

Posted by Ashley Wise on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 13:10 PM

Bob21MS LgThe Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The event will feature Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Cording will also offer a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, on the second floor of the Eberly Library. The public is invited to attend.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by the faculty of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, a “slam,” during which students are encouraged to take pride in publicly sharing their work and lunch. During the student workshops, teachers can attend a workshop facilitated by Cording.

Cording has published six collections of poems and has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as The Nation, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Poetry, Kenyon, New England Review, Orion and The New Yorker.

For more information, contact Amy Randolph at 724- 852-3430.

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Topics: english news, creative writing news

Third annual Harvest Festival unites community members, campus

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

describe the imageWaynesburg University’s Student Senate will host a campus and community Harvest Festival Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Commons. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Prior to the event, the Waynesburg University residence life staff will host trick-or-treating on Washington Street in Waynesburg. Cara Petrone, a junior forensic science major from Canonsburg, Pa., and social vice president of Student Senate, hopes that the community will participate in both events.

She planned the event to promote campus and community relations as well as raise funds for local needs. Her Student Senate committee, the Event Planning and Promotion Task Force, has worked to put the event pieces together throughout the fall semester.

“I would like the community to see how much Waynesburg cares about them,” Petrone said. “We are having this event to help the children in the community that are in need of winter items. I think that inviting the community to campus helps show them that we are living up to our mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Campus clubs and organizations will dress in Halloween costumes and sell various Halloween and harvest-themed snacks and activities to raise money for Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up, a Western Pennsylvania-based non-profit that raises money for outerwear for those in need.

For the first time, WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, will host its annual Pumpkin Bowling during the event.

In the event of inclement weather, Harvest Festival will take place in the Stover Campus Center.

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Topics: harvest festival, student senate news, project bundle up

Waynesburg University to partner with Northumbria for forensic offerings

Posted by Ashley Wise on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

Dr. Jon Robinson, director of international business for the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, recently visited Waynesburg University to discuss study abroad opportunities with students and to develop a new partnership with Waynesburg’s forensics programs.

University Provost Dr. Jacquelyn Core is excited about expansion of the relationship with Northumbria.

“Northumbria students and Waynesburg University students studying forensic science will participate in semester long exchanges to learn more about the study of forensic science in another country,” Core said. “Northumbria became interested in a student exchange after hearing about the success of our forensic science program and the placements and career opportunities available to graduates of our program.  It is a tremendous advantage that they recognize the strength of our forensics program.” 

The principal lecturer in English and Scottish sixteenth century literature who earned both his bachelor’s degree and doctorate degree at Northumbria spoke to Waynesburg University students about Newcastle or “Geordie” culture and about what they might experience by studying abroad.

“By studying abroad, Waynesburg University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the world and about themselves,” Robinson said. “It shapes them for life.”

The University hopes to start the exchange program in fall of 2014.

“It will be so exciting for our forensic science students to learn from their faculty and for their students to learn from ours,” said Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Chemistry and Forensic Science Department at Waynesburg University.

Waynesburg University signed an agreement with Northumbria in January 2011 to endorse programs in which Waynesburg students can study. Since then, a number of students have spent a semester in Newcastle and three have applied to study there during the spring of 2014.

According to Dr. Sut Sakchutchawan, associate professor of business administration and the
director of International Studies at Waynesburg University, many Waynesburg faculty members met with Robinson to strengthen Waynesburg’s relationship with Northumbria.

“After two years of Waynesburg University students having the opportunity to study abroad at Northumbria, it would be a great opportunity for the University to explore a higher level of educational collaboration,” Sakchutchawan said.

Northumbria is the largest university in the north east, with 33,000 students from more than 125 countries. Based in the popular, safe and vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria offers some of the best academic and social experiences possible.

“Studying abroad is a good thing, but when we can create connections between specific departments, that is a great thing,” Robinson said. “It’s so important to bring people together from different cultures, backgrounds and ideas; we hope to break down barriers and make these institutions more global.”

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Topics: forensic science news

Education students to attend international conference

Posted by Kayla Longstreth on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

Fourteen Waynesburg University early childhood education majors who are members of the University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, will travel to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26 to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Educators and teacher candidates from across the United States and around the world will attend the conference’s professional development activities.

The conference will offer more than 150 educational sessions aimed for professional development and will include workshops on leadership or policy, research or action research and practice or instructional strategies.

Debra Clarke, chair of the Department of Education and assistant professor of education, and Yvonne Weaver, education department field placement coordinator and certification officer at the University, will accompany the students.

Clarke will present a workshop, “Capes aren’t just for super heroes: Using the teacher CAPE to support all learners.” 
“During the workshop, I will introduce the participants to CAPE, a strategy that gives 21st century teachers the super powers to effectively plan instruction that supports the needs of all learners in the inclusive classroom,” Clarke said.

Students attending the conference include:

• Jena Blissman, Chapter President a senior from Greensburg, Pa. (Greater Latrobe)
• Morgan Brumbaugh, Chapter Vice President, a senior from Williamsburg, Pa. (Central High School)
• Makalah Beazell, Chapter Secretary, a senior from Waynesburg, Pa. (West Greene High School)
• Lauren Boscaljon, Chapter Treasurer, a senior from Waynesburg, Pa. (home school)
• Kaitlyn Berkebile, Chapter Fundraising Co-Chair, a senior from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
• Shannon Falleroni, Chapter Fundraising Co-Chair, a senior from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
• Tanya Aul, a senior from Kane, Pa. (Kane Area High School)
• Alyssa Crile, a senior from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
• Angele Hagy, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School)
• Ali Hulsey, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif. (Garces Memorial High School)
• Stephanie Sapic, a senior from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
• Stephanie Stancliffe, a senior from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
• Hannah Szymanik, a senior from Mount Holly Springs, Pa. (Boiling Springs High School)
• Chelsea Watson, a senior from Jeannette, Pa. (Jeannette High School)


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Topics: conference, Education news

Waynesburg students to present fall theater production

Posted by Ashley Wise on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

The Waynesburg University Players will present “The Uninvited,” written by Tim Kelly and directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 2. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

"The Uninvited” is a good old fashioned ghost story," said Powers. "Something we've never done on our stage."

The stage will bring to life Pam Fitzgerald and her brother, Roddy, who are looking to get away from the rigors of London when they find an old country house on the west coast of England. But every house comes with a history, and this house is no different.

Reservations are highly suggested. This play is not recommended for small children. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Edward Powers at 724-852-3226 or

The cast and crew include:

  • Katie Shultz, a junior human services/education major from Venetia (Peters Township High School
  • Briana Hozak, a senior sociology major from Home (Marion Center Area High School)
  • Adam Tapparo, a sophomore sociology major from Beaver (Beaver Area High School)
  • Mike Merten, a freshman history major from Columbia, N.J. (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Larissa Bray, a sophomore mathematics major from Murrysville (Trinity Christian School)
  • Mariah West, a junior criminal justice major from Mindan, Nev. (Sierra Lutheran High School)
  • Emily Haywood, a sophomore digital design major from Claysville (McGuffey High School)
  • Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata (Ephrata Senior High School)
  • John Flanigan IV, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md. (Calvary Christian Academy)
  • Olivia Long, a junior business management major from Burgettstown (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Assistant Directors: Amanda Stillings, a sophomore arts administration (theater) major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School) and Jordan Totty, a junior forensic science major from Temecula (Cornerstone Christian School)
  • Stage Managers: Brittany Stowe, a sophomore psychology major from Millville, N.J. (Millville Senior High School) and Austin Orth, a sophomore computer science major from Meyersdale (Lighthouse Christian Academy)
  • Assistant Stage Managers: Emily Mielcarek, a freshman international culture major from Orchard Park, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School) and Kristen Wilson, a freshman chemistry/secondary education major from Washington (Washington High School)

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Topics: Fine Arts News

University announces Teaching with Primary Sources workshop

Posted by Ashley Wise on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development series for teachers, librarians and professors presented by the University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. TPS and Pennsylvania Common Core will be held Tuesday evenings from October 29 to November 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards focus on student literacy, critical thinking and application of content knowledge in the classroom. The TPS program equips teachers with methods and tools for using the Library’s digitized collection of primary sources to address the newly adopted standards. This program builds teaching skills necessary for leading students in the development of literacy skills across the curriculum.

To register, visit For more information, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Topics: TPS news

University writer-in-residence published

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Bob RandolphTwo distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, recently accepted the literary works of Waynesburg University writer-in-residence Dr. Robert Randolph.

Randolph’s poem “All are Lamps” was published in The Hollins Critic, one of America’s leading literary journals. According to Randolph, inspiration for the poem stemmed from an experience in Thessaloniki, Greece, about 18 years ago.

Consequence Magazine, an internationally recognized literary magazine dedicated to revealing the culture and effects of war, will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue.

He currently has several works awaiting approval from various publications, including three poems entered in independent journals, one poem entered in an international contest and one scholarly paper entered for consideration in an Amsterdam, Netherlands, conference.

Randolph has published poems and stories in approximately 40 national and international journals and nine essays in scholarly journals. In addition, he has delivered papers on five occasions, the most recent of which was in London in 2012.

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Topics: english news, Writing news, humanities news, Dr. Robert Randolph

Waynesburg students to attend national conference

Posted by Kyle Oland on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 13:10 PM

From Friday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 29, members of Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will travel to Philadelphia to participate in the 2013 PRSSA National Conference: Foundation for Innovation, hosted by Drexel University.

The annual event, which brings together college chapters from around the country, gives public relations students an opportunity to attend a number of sessions led by professionals in the different areas of public relations.

In addition, the conference allows students to build a strong foundation in public relations while learning how to succeed in an innovative industry.

“I cannot wait to learn more about public relations and be able to take the information presented at the conference and apply it to my final two years of school in my studies,” said Jordan Mitrik, a sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. “I am hoping to take from National Conference a whole new side of public relations I have yet to experience.”

Over the course of the five-day conference, Waynesburg’s students will not only have an opportunity to network with professionals, but also generate ideas for improving Waynesburg’s PRSSA chapter and student-run public relations firm, Red Brick Communications.

Mitrik said he and the other members attending will go through a number of brain-storming activities with students from other universities and colleges to better progress the field of public relations in their respective regions.

Organizations scheduled to have presenters include: Burson-Marstellar, the Chicago Cubs, Edelman Digital, Google Analytics, General Motors Company, Hilton Worldwide, LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Richard Krause, the faculty advisor for Waynesburg’s chapter of PRSSA, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, said having his students attend conferences such as the 2013 PRSSA National Conference are aspects of higher education he believes are vital to succeeding in the professional work force.

“Our vision is to have students introduced and networking with working professionals in the field,” said Krause. “This conference will be a tremendous opportunity for our students, and I expect them to gain much from this experience.”

Added Mitrik: “As a sophomore, I am grateful for the opportunity to attend National Conference and expand our knowledge on our chosen field of study.”

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Topics: Department of Communication, Waynesburg University, PRSSA, PR, 2013 National Conference

Haunted Lab to offer local children fun, educational experience

Posted by Ashley Wise on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

WU Haunted LabWaynesburg University’s American Chemical Society’s Student Chapter will host its annual Haunted Lab event Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Stewart Science Hall on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The Haunted lab is an all-ages event designed to showcase unique chemistry experiments with a seasonal twist.  Attendees will be able to both observe demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities,” said Evonne Baldauff, assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science.

Designed to promote science education by showcasing fun and exciting demonstrations, all ages can benefit from this event. Participants will be guided throughout the experiment and activity stations run by University students and faculty members on the third floor of Stewart Science Hall. It will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to walk through the Haunted Lab.

This year’s activity stations include boogie monster’s toothpaste, glowing worms, spooky slime and the fire rainbow.

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Topics: chemistry news