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Waynesburg University presents donation to Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company in memory of long-time member

Posted by Ashley Wise on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 14:03 PM

Waynesburg University presents donationWaynesburg University presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the first of five installments totaling $50,000 to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s new 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.

The first donation was given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011 who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure, including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

He was also an important figure in many other local organizations, including: First Baptist Church of Waynesburg where he served as moderator, head usher and deacon; a member of the Board of Directors at First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County; president of the Central Greene School Board; Melvin Jones awardee of the Waynesburg Lions Club; Paul Harris Fellow of the Waynesburg Rotary Club; and a Shriner of the Masonic Lodge #153 F&AM.

“Mr. Fox led a life exemplary of faith, serving and learning.  For many years, he was a leader in the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, an organization that plays a key role in protecting our community.  Our gift in his memory is a very fitting way to recognize both Mr. Fox’s service and the service of the fire company,” said President Timothy R. Thyreen.

In addition to his community involvement, Mr. Fox was a local businessman serving as mechanic, partner, owner and president of Fox Ford, Inc. in Waynesburg from 1946 until the time of his death.  Fox expanded Fox Ford, Inc. to become an integral regional business through his connections and time served as a member and president of the Pennsylvania Automobile Association.

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University is not the first.  The University presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck from 2005 to 2007.

“The Waynesburg-Franklin Township Fire Department appreciates the partnership and support that is given from Waynesburg University,” said Jeff Marshall, fire chief.

The University also donated over $430,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment.

Waynesburg University provides over $1 million in scholarships to Greene County students and over 50,000 hours of community service to the region annually, contributed by Waynesburg students, faculty and staff.


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University hosts forensic science conference for educators

Posted by Ashley Wise on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

forensic science conference attendeeWaynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted the American Academy of Forensic Science Educators Conference from Tuesday, August 7, through Thursday, August 9, on the campus of Waynesburg University.  

“The teachers had the opportunity to receive professional, hands-on forensic training from some of the area’s top experts in serology, DNA identification, trace evidence, latent print and impression evidence, crime scene processing and drug identification,” said Mike Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science and director of the forensic science program.

According to the American Academy of Forensic Science, the goal of the conference was to increase science teachers’ knowledge of the forensic sciences and to assist them as they enrich and/or develop challenging, innovative curricula.

“I have gained the tools, skills and confidence necessary to teach forensics for the first time,” said Maggie Chambers, a biology and forensics high school teacher from Redmond, Wash. “This opportunity to network and share ideas with experts and other teachers has been invaluable.”

Waynesburg University faculty members, including Cipoletti; Adam Jack, assistant professor of forensic science and chair of criminal justice and social science; and Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, led a majority of the sessions including General Crime Scene Processing, DNA Analysis and Interpretation, Latent Print Development and Drug Identification.

Waynesburg University coordinated additional speakers including Detective Tim Sethman (Westmoreland County), Peter Alex (FBI Criminal Justice Information Services), Sara Bittner (Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office), Trooper Rich Hunter (Pennsylvania State Police) and Allison Murtha (RJ Lee Group).

“All of the presenters are experienced trainers and/or educators, so they were able to share ideas and tips that the teachers may be able to use in their own classrooms and labs,” Cipoletti said.

Among the conference attendees were educators from all over the country, including Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Virginia and Washington.

“I came to this conference looking to enhance my background knowledge in forensics, and I have certainly learned a lot,” said Karen Wickersham, a high school teacher from Troy, Mich. “ I’ll leave here with a lot of new ideas.” 


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Waynesburg University CSI Camp to feature Dr. Cyril H. Wecht

Posted by Ashley Wise on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 @ 07:06 AM

Dr. Cyril Wecht to speak at Waynesburg UniversityAs a part of Waynesburg University’s Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Camp, Dr. Cyril H. Wecht will speak on various infamous and monumental forensic cases Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Wecht, a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author and lecturer, served the people of Allegheny County as their elected coroner for 20 years. He is the author of more than 475 professional publications, along with several popular non-fiction books; an editorial board member of 18 national and international publications; and editor of 35 books. Dr. Wecht frequently appears as a guest on national TV and radio shows to discuss various medical-legal and scientific subjects.

Formerly chairman of the Department of Pathology and president of the medical staff at St. Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh, Dr. Wecht received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Maryland.

Currently, he is a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh schools of Medicine and Public Health; an adjunct professor at Duquesne University’s schools of Law, Pharmacy and Health Sciences; a distinguished professor at Carlow University; and chairman of the Advisory Board of The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

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The University’s CSI camp enables students interested in forensic science to obtain hands-on training from certified experts in various disciplines of forensic science. The training provided enhances the students’ understanding of forensic topics and allows them to make valuable connections with professionals and fellow peers in the field.


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Education Department to host children's book fair April 19 - 21

Posted by George Cicci on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

Waynesburg University MonogramThe Waynesburg University Education Department will host a Scholastic Book Fair from noon to 5 p.m. April 19-20 in Alumni Hall and April 21 in 325 Miller Hall.

The book fair will feature newly released works, award-winning titles, children’s classics and current bestsellers for K-12 students.

“Scholastic Book Fairs bring children, educators and families together to celebrate reading and learning,” said Fran Boyd, associate professor of education at Waynesburg University.

Cash, checks and major credit cards will be accepted, with part of the proceeds going to the Waynesburg University Reading Clinic for the purchase of books.

The clinic provides children in grades K-4 with a fun, personalized literacy experience in a supportive environment, according to Boyd. In the fall, the clinic will expand to include grades 5-8. 

“Teacher candidates at Waynesburg have a rich opportunity to implement the techniques they are learning with real children in a warm and nurturing setting,” she said. “This outreach is in alignment with the philosophies and mission of the University itself, and it has a more far-reaching impact as our graduates from the education programs take jobs across the nation.”

For more information about the book fair or reading clinic, call 724-852-3383 or e-mail

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Waynesburg University PR Week 2012

Posted by George Cicci on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 @ 16:04 PM

Waynesburg University PR Week

In only it's second year, Waynesburg University PRSSA's "PR Week" has become the premier Public Relations event in South Western Pennsylvania.

Jamie Rempel, a senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa., coordinated the Chapter’s second annual PR week as a class project. Though the project began in the fall of 2012, Rempel’s passion for planning PR week inspired her to continue working toward the execution of the event. 

“PR week celebrates the growth we have had in the public relations major,” Rempel said. “As a Chapter, this event is recognition of how we are expanding networking opportunities, providing professional development and ensuring that each member feels that they are involved and a part of something that is making a real difference in the field.”

Join us for a week of networking and education from April 16-19 as we present webinars, documentaries, and talks by industry leaders from:

  • FedEx Ground
  • Dishart Communications & Crisis Management Consultants
  • Axicom
  • The Center for Parent / Youth Understanding
  • Western PA Clean Water Action

All events are free and open to the public.

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