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Waynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently named a regional winner in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual awards contest for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. 

“The SPJ awards are the top of the line for student journalism contests, and this category is akin to a best in show award that judges the entire publication, so we are quite excited,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University and faculty adviser to the Yellow Jacket. 

Nick Farrell, a senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major and the executive editor of the Yellow Jacket, took home two regional awards for General News Reporting. The awards recognize his article on past Waynesburg University president A.B. Miller’s diary returning to campus and his series on the University’s student senate changes. 

“Having the piece on Miller's diary recognized was a gratifying experience for me, especially since I found out about the award a few weeks before President Lee's inauguration and at a time when the campus community is greatly in touch with its history,” Farrell said. 

Farrell enjoyed the opportunity to tell Lee about the Yellow Jacket award in person, in Lee’s office where the diary is kept. 

“The Yellow Jacket's role is to serve the campus community, and we have a history of exceeding that call to service that dates back to the early 1900s,” Farrell said. “To be recognized individually for my work is quite an honor, but I'm most pleased by the fact the entire staff has been recognized for its outstanding commitment to the weekly execution of reporting news factually and effectively.”

While the Yellow Jacket typically wins at least one award from SPJ each year, this is the first time it has won an SPJ Best All-Around award in nearly a decade. The Yellow Jacket won SPJ All-Around awards in both 2004 and 2005, a time when Szuminsky, then a student at Waynesburg University, was editor of the paper.

In April, the Yellow Jacket will learn how it placed in region four. First place winners move on to the national SPJ competition. Farrell, too, will learn how he placed among other young journalists from across the region. 

“No matter how the placing works out, we know that the preeminent journalism organization thinks the Jacket is one of the top three papers in this region,” said Szuminsky.

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To commemorate the Inauguration of 15th Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and the University’s longstanding tradition of service, Waynesburg University will hold a Day of Service Saturday, March 22, in the community and beyond. Alumni across the globe will connect with current students, faculty, staff and friends of the University to serve in honor of President Lee.

Surrounding the Tuesday, March 25 Inauguration, the University will host a historic, multi-day event including the Day of Service.  Students, faculty and staff will contribute service hours and activities at community organizations including the Greene County United Way, the Humane Society, the Red Cross SAFE Program, Rolling Meadows Nursing Home and many more.

“The Day of Service is a celebration of Waynesburg University’s commitment to servant leadership for almost two centuries,” said President Lee. “I’m excited to see the campus and community come together to help those in need.”

Others will create their own Day of Service initiatives tailored to students’ skills and interests.

Waynesburg nursing students have partnered with Cornerstone Care “Dancing with a Pink Ribbon” to provide free clinical breast exams for campus and community members via the Cornerstone Care Mobile Medical Unit that day. Open to the public, the unit will be located in front of the Waynesburg University gymnasium on Wayne Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Day of Service.  A nurse practitioner will perform the exams at no cost. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Call Sharon Heath at 724-852-1001 ex. 304 to sign up or for more information. The Dancing with a Pink Ribbon event is made possible by funds from the Susan G. Komen Grant.

The University’s  Department of English hosted “Pass the Biscuits” at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg Wednesday, Feb. 26, to raise money for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg in honor of the Day of Service. The students, faculty and staff raised $531 for the food bank, an amount matched by the Waynesburg Giant Eagle up to $500 for a total of $1,031.

Though the primary focus of the day is service to Greene County, Waynesburg University alumni are eager to unite with their alma mater through service in any location, including a 2009 alumna who will serve Moldova to help restore a home for human trafficking victims during the Day of Service. Registered alumni include a wide span volunteers, with graduation years as early as 1955 and as recent as 2013 and service locations from North Dakota to New Hampshire.

The University is also accepting donations for the Salvation Army Day of Service project with drop-boxes across campus.

According to Mary Fox, Waynesburg University Event Planner, the event will bring together alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the community.

“The University embraces this day to direct the service focus to Greene County,” Fox said. “As an institution based on service, the Day of Service will be a great way to celebrate our mission and our community.”

For more information about the Day of Service or activities at any of the Day of Service sites, contact Mary Fox at mfox@waynesburg.edu or by phone at 724-852-7677.

To learn more about the Inauguration of President Lee, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/inauguration.

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The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development workshop series for teachers and librarians called TPS Level II Online: WebQuesting at the Library of Congress.

The five-week workshop series will take place Thursdays beginning March 20 through April 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants can earn up to 24 PA Act 48 activity hours during the series.

The workshop, designed for teachers and librarians of grades six through 12, includes weekly chat sessions supplemented by reading and project development outside of class. Participants will design a WebQuest applicable to their individual classrooms.

A WebQuest is an Internet-based research activity designed for the classroom to promote inquiry and higher-order thinking. Participants will investigate how this teaching tool can enhance learning and will develop an inquiry lesson using primary sources from the Library of Congress. 

Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete the six online modules before attending. Visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/ to locate modules.

Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours. Space is limited. To register online visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WebQuesting

For more information, contact Sue Wise, associate director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377.

The TPS program 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. The Waynesburg University TPS program 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_bob-randolph.jpgThe Department of English at Waynesburg University will host “Pass the Biscuits” at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., to raise money for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg. 

"Pass the Biscuits" is a response by Dr. Bob Randolph, writer in residence at Waynesburg University, and the Department of English at Waynesburg University to the Day of Service planned in honor of Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and his upcoming inauguration.

The event, held a few days before the Day of Service, will showcase the strengths of the Department of English as faculty members will read poetry and essays.  Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission at Waynesburg University, will pray at the event and students will perform music.

Attendance is encouraged for students, faculty, staff and members of the Waynesburg community. Admission is free and a collection will be taken to support the Corner Cupboard’s work.  The Waynesburg Giant Eagle will match the amount raised at the benefit up to $500.

"It is wonderful to me that people are willing to share their strengths, in this case writing, music and prayer, to come together and help others who need it,” Randolph said. “That's a joyful thing; it has been, and still remains, the spirit of Waynesburg University.  It should be a great night."

The First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg is located in walking distance of campus at 169 W. College St., Waynesburg, Pa.

For more information, contact Dr. Bob Randolph at rrandolp@waynesburg.edu, or by phone at 724-852-3473.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Vira-Heinz-2014.jpgThrough the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, Waynesburg University has selected six young women to study abroad this summer. Waynesburg is one of only 15 higher education institutions across Pennsylvania to participate in the Program and was granted six scholarships rather than the traditional three. 

Collectively, the women received more than $37,600 in scholarship money through the Vira I. Heinz Program.

Pat Bristor, associate dean of students and the Waynesburg University coordinator of the Vira I. Heinz Program for almost 20 years, said that the young women represent the best of Waynesburg University. 

“We are pleased to have such bright young women at Waynesburg University who are interested in the world around them,” said Bristor. “To have six women chosen speaks to the quality of our academics, faith integration and service opportunities.”

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership prepares women for tomorrow's global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development and community service. Typically, three women from each institution are admitted into the one-year program and receive a scholarship of at least $5,000 to put toward the cost of an international experience of their choosing.

Juniors Ellen Limback, Rebecca Shindelar and Allyson Wernert and sophomores Caley Blankenbuehler, Cassandra Gates and Madison Perretta are the 2014 Waynesburg University recipients of scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. The scholarships will afford these women the opportunity to travel and study overseas through various study abroad programs.

Limback, an early childhood education (special education) major from Mars, Pa., will study in Cuzco, Peru, through Projects Abroad, one of the world’s leading international volunteer organizations.

While there, she will work in a small village school helping to teach children English. She looks forward to experiencing a different culture, improving her Spanish language skills and developing her teaching experience. 

Shindelar, a junior human services (social science) major from Bemidji, Minn., will travel to Brasov, Romania, also through Projects Abroad. She will volunteer at an orphanage and take two online summer courses. 

“Through my courses in the humanities, I have been equipped with knowledge about the need to interact with and explore the depth of culture and different styles of living in other places around the world,” Shindelar said. 

Allyson Wernert, a junior international studies (international culture) and political science major from Finleyville, Pa., will take her talents to Tokyo, Japan, this summer through Sophia University. She will take classes in Japanese language and culture. Wernert hopes to meet and make friends from all over the world.

Blankenbuehler, a mathematics (secondary education) major from West Newton, Pa., will spend her summer in Southern India through Projects Abroad. There, she will teach English and mathematics to students. 

“At Waynesburg I’ve learned a lot about what it's like to be a Christian and I have developed a relationship with God, so I know that He will be there with me through my whole trip,” Blankenbuehler said. 

Gates, a chemistry (biochemistry) major from Penn Hills, Pa., will travel to Costa Rica through International Studies Abroad (ISA). She will study the Spanish language and environmental studies and participate in volunteer work projects such as species monitoring and trail cleaning.

“I am most looking forward to the experiences and growth that will come with the scholarship,” Gates said. “I have the chance to meet other women who value becoming global leaders. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to do this.”

Perretta, a sophomore sociology major from Beaver Falls, Pa., will study through IES Abroad’s Summer Psychology Program in Vienna, Austria. She will learn about different methods of communicating with and treating individuals with mental illnesses.

“As a student at Waynesburg University, I've been given incredible opportunities to push myself academically and as a leader on campus,” Perretta said. “This has led me to become prepared to be a leader on campus and, in the future, a leader abroad.”  

Scholarship recipients were required to complete an application, submit academic and personal letters of reference and a proposal for their intended plans. The proposal included a budget for the trip including the cost of airfare, classes, housing and meals, among other items. Applicants were also required to explain how the trip related to their academic areas of study and future plans.

Upon receiving the application and proposals, interviews were held in front of a committee. The students were selected based on their proposal, their leadership on campus, and how well the committee felt they would represent Waynesburg University and the United States abroad. 

The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion. 

The Program has three principal components: the international experience, the Community Engagement Experience and two weekend-long, intensive leadership development retreats. During the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following their international experiences, the awardees meet in Pittsburgh. These trainings provide the awardees with a foundation of skills necessary to maximize cultural learnings while abroad and to engage their leadership skills in their own communities upon their return.

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