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b2ap3_thumbnail_PRSSA-Resized.jpgFrom Friday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, members of Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the 2013 PRSSA National Conference: Foundation for Innovation, hosted by Drexel University.

Brandon Szuminsky was named Instructor of Communication at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Waynesburg University. In the summer of 2013, he waspublished within an edited anthology marking the 75th anniversary of the iconic “War of the Worlds” broadcast. Szuminsky co-authored “Mediating Misinformation: Hoaxes and the Digital Turn,” one of the chapters within “War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis.”

Kyle Oland, a senior public relations major from Westminster, Md., and Nick Farrell, a senior sports broadcasting major from Lower Burrell, Pa., took home the second and third place prizes, respectively, at the annual Gertrude Gordon Contest conducted by the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh.

Waynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter celebrated the public relations field with a week long event Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18, 2013. PR week celebrates the study of public relations by offering professional presentations, networking opportunities and activities relevant to the communication field.

The Waynesburg University Yellow Jacket won a Region One Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for its in-depth reporting of the University’s announcement of Mr. Doug Lee as president elect. Six members of the Yellow Jacket staff attended the Region 1 Spring Conference Friday, April 12 through Saturday, April 13, 2013 to accept the award.

Molly Winters, a junior public relations major, and Brittany Semco, a junior public relations and design major, traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., to represent Waynesburg University at the 2013 Public Relations Student Society of America National Assembly Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7, 2013. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CSI-Resized.jpgOn 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. During his Waynesburg University presentation, Bender touched on many historic cases with first-hand accounts and details not found in history books.

The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions hosted the annual Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, Oct. 19. The event afforded high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside experts in various criminal justice and forensic science areas.

Waynesburg University hosted its annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 16, through Friday, June 21, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants gained valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities.

James Tanda was a Supervisory Special Agent for the Department of Justice and joined Waynesburg University in January, 2013, as an Instructor of Criminal Justice.  He received his B.A. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an AFT Certified Explosives Specialist.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgFourteen 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, traveled to Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,  to attend the 49th Biennial Convocation of KDP.

Dr. Robert Kefferstan, professor of education at Waynesburg University, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Kefferstan was nominated by Dr. Doris Johnson, Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, at a recent full board meeting. This marks his first election to the Professional Advisory Board.

Waynesburg University partnered with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host CAMP Tech Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 9, 2013. Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists traveled to Waynesburg University for a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgThe Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University held a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades seven through twelve Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The event featured Robert Cording, English and creative writing professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

In 2013, two distinguished publications, The Hollins Critic and Consequence Magazine, 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. Consequence Magazine will publish Randolph’s “When You Can’t Help the Children Dying from War” in its next issue. 

Dr. Cory Goehring was named Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University in August of 2013. He received his B.S. from Washington and Jefferson College; an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dunbar-art.jpgThe Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University hosted E-3 Day: Explore, Enrich, Excel Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The event, described as “a fine arts immersion day,” was geared toward all fine arts students, grades 9 through 12. It featured a series of workshops, master classes and competitions in all areas of the fine arts.

Waynesburg University’s Fine Arts Department held a Senior Art Exhibition Monday, October 21 through Friday, November 15, 2013. The exhibit displayed the artwork of senior, Hannah Dunbar. Her exhibit featured ceramics, charcoal and pencil drawings, paintings and photography pieces that she created over her four years at Waynesburg University.

The Waynesburg University Players presented “The Uninvited,” written by Tim Kelly and directed by Edward L. Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University. The show ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band presented their 2013 concert Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, on the campus of Waynesburg University. In connection with the Crosby Lecture Series and Todd Green’s presentation of music from around the world, the concert offerings encompassed music from Hungary, Russia, Japan and Africa.

The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts and the Music Program hosted the annual Spring Concert titled “Poems, Patterns & Polyphonies” Saturday, April 20, 2013. Concert music featured songs and arrangements from the Classical, Romantic and Twentieth-Century repertoire.

Directed by Edward L. Powers, associate professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Players presented the Spring Musical “Anything Goes” Wednesday, April 3, through Saturday, April 6, 2013.

In March of 2013, five Waynesburg University students traveled to Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa., to participate in the 66th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. Ryan Condello, a junior business management major from McMurray (Upper Saint Clair High School); Mark Fordyce, a senior business management major from New Freeport (West Greene High School) ; Brittany Nimal, a junior forensic accounting major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School); Emily Roper, a senior biblical and ministries studies (children and youth) major from Shippensburg (Shippensburg High School); and Jonathan Zeleny, a senior arts administration major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School) participated.

The Music Program at Waynesburg University hosted a special Faculty Recital Thursday, March 7, 2013.  The University’s fine arts faculty shared their vocal talents along with piano and string instrument expertise.

Waynesburg University hosted pianist Teresa Walters Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, as part of the University’s Performing Art Series. The mesmerizing performances by Teresa Walters on today's international concert stages inspire unanimous praise. Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano,” she is described by Austrian National Television as "that rare musical phenomenon" and "one of the world's most significant pianists."

Carmen May, a senior art major from Mill Run, Pa., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

Waynesburg University hosted a modern translation of the Greek tragedy “Antigone” Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The famous tragedy by Sophocles was performed by an alumni cast.

Emily Dubberke, a senior art major from Bridgeport, W.Va., presented a collection of her work produced during her four years at Waynesburg University. An opening reception was held Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery.

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