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Penn State Fayette welcomes five new faculty members

10/8/2009 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus welcomes five new faculty members to its campus community:  Larry Grayson, Ph.D., is the new program coordinator for Mining Technology; Lindsey Jones, Ph.D., has joined the campus’s English department; Michael Ridenour Jr., joined the faculty as a business instructor; Bohdan Schatschneider, Ph.D. is a chemistry professor; and Lawrence Udeigwe is instructing mathematics courses.

Dr. Grayson, in addition to coordinating for the Mining Technology program, will be teaching mining classes at Penn State Fayette. He earned his bachelor of arts in mathematics from California University of Pennsylvania, his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in engineering of mines, as well as his doctorate in engineering from West Virginia University. Dr. Grayson is also a professor and program officer for mining engineering in the department of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State’s University Park. He is the author and/or co-author of more than 125 publications and has made more than 60 presentations worldwide.

Dr. Jones was formerly a graduate assistant and fixed-term lecturer at Penn State University, and a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University. She has published several articles and currently has two in progress. Dr. Jones, whose dissertation was entitled “By his common talke”: Representations of Linguistic Difference on the Early English Stage, received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Youngstown State University. She received her master’s degree and doctorate, both in English, from Penn State University.

Ridenour is already a part of the Penn State Fayette family. He was an adjunct professor at the Fayette campus and will now be instructing business courses full-time. Ridenour earned his bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Washington & Jefferson College and his master of science in accountancy from Saint Vincent College.

Dr. Schatschneider has much research experience, including working as an assistant at the University of California, where he designed and conducted experiments to examine the effect of temperature and pressure on the crystal/molecular structure and vibrational dynamics of molecular solids. At Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Schatschneider worked again as a research assistant. There he designed experimental procedures for the examination of the electronic energy levels of organo-metallic complexes. Dr. Schatschneider received both his bachelor of science and master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University. He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California.

Udeigwe has taught calculus, algebra, trigonometry and theoretical mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Delaware. At Duquesne University, he taught math, physics, computer science and statistics. Udeigwe attended Duquesne University, where he received his bachelor of science in mathematics and his bachelor of art in computer science. He received his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Delaware, in which his thesis was Identification of objects in an acoustic waveguide.

New Faculty

New faculty at Penn State Fayette include: (from left) Chemistry Professor Dr. Bohdan Schatschneider, Assistant Professor of English Dr. Lindsey Jones, Instructor of Mathematics Lawrence Udeigwe, Instructor of Business Michael Ridenour Jr., and Program Coordinator and Instructor of Mining Technology Dr. Larry Grayson.

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