b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0043.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run public relations firm, Red Brick Communications, earned National Affiliation in January. Red Brick Communications is an organization available to Waynesburg University students through the institution’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter.

National Affiliation is an honor bestowed upon PRSSA’s most accomplished student-run public relations firms, deeming them well-structured, professional and credible. To receive National Affiliation, a firm must demonstrate that it meets the standards set by PRSSA, some of which include being ethically based and outcome-driven, displaying accountability, and possessing professional and faculty support.

“I am beyond excited about receiving National Affiliation for the firm because it is a true testament to the dedication we have put into our clients' work,” said Jordan Mitrik, firm director at Red Brick Communications and senior public relations major. “I know how much effort was put into achieving this goal, and having it become a reality is something truly incredible.”

According to PRSSA, there are more than 100 student-run public relations firms throughout the United States. Of these student-run public relations firms, only 26 are Nationally Affiliated. Red Brick Communications is the only agency in Pennsylvania possessing this honor.

“To be Nationally Affiliated means that we are part of the best - it means that our hard work is being recognized and that we meet the standards set by PRSSA,” said Natalie Gloady, assistant firm director at Red Brick Communications and junior public relations major. “It shows that our firm, and our PRSSA Chapter, is dedicated to the work that we do, along with the public relations field overall.”

The firm began working to achieve this honor a year and a half ago. The National Affiliation application was an extensive process, one that required much time and commitment from the firm director and staff members.

“Jordan has done an excellent job leading the students within the firm,” said Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication. “National Affiliation recognizes the outstanding work that Jordan and other members of the firm have done. This accomplishment is significant for our Chapter and the Department of Communication.”

Founded in 2011, Red Brick Communications is a fully-functioning public relations agency, staffed entirely by Waynesburg University students. The firm offers pro bono public relations services to regional nonprofit organizations, including Waynesburg University’s Business Club, Corner Cupboard Food Bank, the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Special Olympics of Greene County.

“I am so blessed to oversee such talented communication students as firm director and be an integral part of a firm that has achieved such a distinguished honor,” said Mitrik.

For more information about Red Brick Communications and its services, please contact Mitrik at mit3036@student.waynesburg.edu, or visit the agency’s website, http://redbrick-communications.squarespace.com/.

For the list of Nationally Affiliated firms operated by PRSSA, visit http://prssa.prsa.org/chapters/firms/Affiliated_Firms/.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences will host its annual spring Mock Crime Scene event Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the University’s campus. The event is directed toward high school students interested in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science or Waynesburg University in general.

Students and parents will gather in Stover Campus Center at the start of the event for an in-briefing, and then separate activities will be offered for parents, while participating students spend the morning in sessions with experts in various fields. Students will rotate through four stations featuring guest presenters, who vary from year to year and may include experts in ballistics, DNA collection, fingerprints, forensic analysis, prosecution and more. Lunch is provided, and students and parents may meet after lunch with the Office of Admissions for campus tours or to ask any questions.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and coordinator of the event, said the goal of the event is to raise awareness among high school students about Waynesburg’s major disciplines related to criminal justice.

“It is also designed to clear up myths and misconceptions often exhibited on television and give the 16- to 18-year-old students firsthand exposure to professionals and the methods used in current day crime scene investigation,” said Tanda.

Interested students can contact the Office of Admissions or Bob Barnhart, admissions counselor, at 724-852-3346 for more information or to reserve a spot for the event. Space is limited.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-28-50-Christian-Colleges-with-the-Lowest-Debt-Burden-copy.jpgWaynesburg University has been recognized once again for value, ranking No. 12 on a national list measuring low debt burden among Christian colleges and universities nationwide.

The list, “The Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden,” was published by Christian Universities Online (CUO), an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education. 

Featuring Christian liberal arts colleges and universities whose 2014 graduating class had the lowest average debt burden, this ranking seeks to provide useful data to parents and students who are endeavoring to make an informed decision in choosing the best Christian institution to meet their needs, according to CUO’s website.

“Understanding that the long term impact which student loan debt can have on a graduate, this ranking attempts to highlight schools that have done an excellent job in caring for their students not only academically, but also financially,” stated CUO’s associate editor Anna-Rebekah Orr.

CUO compiled their ranking by examining publicly available data from U.S. News & World Report on institutions of higher education that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), using the “average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class” to rank the schools. 

This ranking follows Waynesburg’s recent recognition as a top value in several other studies, including those conducted by The Brookings Institution, CollegeNET, The Economist and Educate To Career (ETC).

Brookings scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed.

CollegeNET’s national Social Mobility Index rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

Waynesburg University also ranked in the top 100 nationwide in The Economist’s recently released, first-ever college rankings, which measured four-year, non-vocational American colleges based on alumni earnings above expectation.

ETC’s outcome-based index has consistently ranked Waynesburg University a top value college. ETC describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government’s College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.”

For more information, visit www.waynesburg.edu/ranking.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Benito-Stallings.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel, Monday, January 18. 

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Benito Stallings, philanthropy advisor at Waynesburg University, served as the speaker. In his address, “Loving One Another as Christ Has Loved Us,” Stallings explored the questions of “What is love?,” “Why do we love?” and “How do we love?” 

Turning to Scripture to answer these questions, Stallings stated that the message of the gospel is a message of love. He focused his exploration of how to love on laying down one’s life “for the justice and well-being of our fellow brothers and sisters who may be different from us.” 

Stallings recounted King’s great example of love and service towards all individuals, both through the Civil Rights Movement and through his life in general. He also shared a few examples of the Civil Rights Movement with ties to Waynesburg University. 

“[Waynesburg] University’s faith in Christ inspires its students to learn about the world around them and leads them to seek to lay down their lives in service,” Stallings said, referencing the University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Through traveling on behalf of the University, Stallings has met an array of Waynesburg alumni, and has been touched by the stories he has heard from 1950’s and 1960’s graduates.

“I must have talked to a half dozen ministers who graduated from Waynesburg and decided to integrate their churches during a time when integration would get you harassed by the Ku Klux Klan,” Stallings said. “A retired history professor told me the story of how he helped integrate Florida State University in the early 60’s.”

Stallings also noted that the University’s tradition of loving one another goes back further than the 50’s and 60’s, citing Waynesburg’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and women’s suffrage. 

“To the student body, I say keep pursuing Christ and loving others in the way that you’re doing, and I firmly believe you’ll change the world. By God’s grace we’ll see senators, governors, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers coming from Waynesburg who will lay down their lives and challenge and inspire others to do the same.”

Stallings’ background includes community outreach, fundraising, budget management, organizing and motivating volunteers, preaching and teaching. Currently, he is seeking ordination into the priesthood within the Anglican Church.

Stallings is active within his church in Pittsburgh as a leadership figure for outreach and evangelism, primarily to college students and recent college graduates, and as a co-founder of the Southside Anglican Church Forum on Race Relations. 

Civically engaged in the city of Pittsburgh, Stallings was selected to become one of 50 young professionals to participate in the Leadership Development Initiative XXIII (LDI) last year. LDI is an extension of Leadership Pittsburgh, both of which are highly selective leadership training programs designed to improve the city of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Stallings was the associate director of development at Penn State University. Stallings earned his bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences with a minor in meteorology from Penn State University.

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Waynesburg University presented Waynesburg Borough with a new police car Monday, November 21. From left to right: Waynesburg Borough Police Chief Rob Toth, Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and Waynesburg Borough Mayor Duncan Berryman.

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