Megan Bayles, junior public relations major, received first place in a national public relations scholarship competition. Bayles is the first student from Southwestern Pennsylvania to have received the Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship. The award is granted annually to three public relations students who demonstrate dedication to the field, practical experience, academic excellence and proven leadership. Winners were announced at the PRSSA National Conference in Washington, D.C. in October of 2014. For first place, Bayles received a $5,000 award. An article Bayles wrote was the focus of a feature article published in the Winter 2015 edition of Forum—the online national newsletter for PRSSA.
Jordan Mitrik, junior public relations major, received the Bob O’Gara Scholarship. He was recognized at the 2015 PRSA Renaissance Awards, which were held on Jan. 29, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh.
Bill Molzon, assistant professor of communication and director of TV Operations, became the University Relations Manager for the Pittsburgh section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Jennifer Schouppe, a junior communication major with a focus in journalism and electronic media, was named the winner of the 2015 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship in May of 2015. The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association (PWPA) offers the Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship to current junior, senior and graduate students pursuing a career in print journalism.
Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, accompanied three students to the Society of Professional Journalists Ted Scripps Leadership Institute Nov. 14-16, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Students networked in this small-group conference with 20 other professional journalists, college students, and SPJ staffers.
In the summer of 2014, WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student radio station, received its license renewal from the Federal Communications Commission.
The fifth annual sports announcing camp took place Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, 2014, and hosted 23 students. The five-year total for the camp is 160 students (150 different students).
Twenty-eight students from the Department of Communication completed internships over the summer of 2014 with companies including WPXI-TV; the Carnegie Science Center; Hasbro, Inc.; the Pony League (International) Baseball Association; Pittsburgh CLO; and Cornerstone Television, Inc.
The Yellow Jacket was named a finalist for two top regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in March of 2015.
The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) also recognized the Yellow Jacket in March of 2015 with three Student Keystone Press Awards in Division II, the category for four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000 students within the commonwealth. The Yellow Jacket’s PNA awards include first place in the category “Ongoing News Coverage” for the series “Administration overhauls academic calendar” by Nicholas Farrell, senior sports broadcasting/sports information major, John Lydic, junior sports broadcasting/sports information major, Jacob Meyer, sophomore journalism major, and Kimmi Baston, sophomore journalism major; first place in the “Feature Story” category for “Nursing a life of stress” by Rebecca Burcham, senior journalism major; and an honorable mention for sports story “Jacket football writes history with a tale of two kicks” by Farrell.
The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter hosted its fifth annual Public Relations Week April 13 to 17, 2015. The week consisted of 12 programs, all of which were held on the main campus of Waynesburg University. Public Relations Week includes a series of professional development events and workshops intended for students pursuing communication-related fields.