b2ap3_thumbnail_3-21-WCCC-nursing-agreement.JPGOfficials of Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) and Waynesburg University recently signed an agreement to ensure that students who completed the nursing associate degree program at WCCC will transfer to a parallel baccalaureate degree program at the university.

The agreement, which applies to the university’s RN to BSN program, was signed by Dana Cook Baer, interim provost at Waynesburg University, and WCCC President Tuesday Stanley.

“This articulation agreement with Waynesburg University will provide WCCC nursing students with a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which is a professional and personal goal for many,” said Stanley.

To be eligible, WCCC students must complete the associate degree nursing program, be in good standing with no history of academic probation and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. 

“We are pleased to partner with WCCC to provide an opportunity for students who want to obtain education and training in quality nursing programs at a time when the country and the region need well-trained and compassionate health care professionals,” said Baer.

“The agreement aligns with the Institute of Medicine’s proposed nursing education initiative to increase the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees in nursing from 50 to 80 percent by 2020,” said Rebecca Gediminsksas, interim dean of health professions/ natural sciences. 

In Pennsylvania, only 27 percent of nurses have attained a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

“Intrinsic to nursing education is instilling that learning is lifelong and further education is imperative,” said Gediminsksas.

At WCCC, 484 students are currently enrolled in the college’s associate degree nursing programs conducted at the Youngwood campus and WCCC centers in Greene and Indiana counties.  

“Our curriculum at Waynesburg University builds on what students have learned in their associate degree nursing program and is not a repeat of courses,” said Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgDr. Richard Pierce, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently published in the 20th anniversary issue of Windhover, a literary journal published by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Pierce’s poem, “Let Fire Come Down,” is a prayer poem in which the speaker fervently asks God to change his heart, to make him feel better, and to love and serve Him and others.

“Anytime someone publishes your work or asks you to give a public reading, it is a good feeling,” said Pierce. “So much of a writer’s life is spent behind the scenes – or rather in front of the page or a computer screen – it is nice to feel appreciated and to meet other writers and readers.”

Pierce was also invited to lead a public reading of his poetry at the February 2015 Windhover Writers’ Festival in Belton, Texas, in which his participation is seen as a benefit to his creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“It can help me keep them abreast of contemporary Christian literary writers they should study,” said Pierce.

Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Ohio University and the University of Illinois and a doctorate in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Spring.jpgWaynesburg University will welcome transfer students, high school students and their families for Spring Visitation Days Saturday, April 2, and Saturday, April 16.

On each Visitation Day, registration will begin at 8:15 in Roberts Chapel. Following registration, the University will offer tours of the campus, and students will have the opportunity to meet with current students and faculty members in their desired areas of study. Students and parents will be invited to learn about scholarships and financial aid, as well as the admissions process, and all visitors can enjoy lunch in Benedum Dining Hall.

“Spring Visitation Days at Waynesburg University are designed to provide prospective students and their families an informative and engaging day,” said Jacqueline Palko, the university’s director of admissions. “Students visiting the campus in the spring are often juniors and sophomores beginning their college search, but we always welcome seniors who are still searching for the right college.”

Visitation Days enable interested students to experience the mission and values of Waynesburg University firsthand. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, service and learning so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.

Approximately 2,500 students are currently enrolled in Waynesburg University’s doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 70 academic concentrations are offered at the University, which maintains its status as one of the least expensive private institutions in Pennsylvania.

In addition to rigorous academics, service is at the forefront of a Waynesburg University education. Students, faculty and staff annually contribute more than 50,000 hours of service, working with more than 50 local, regional, domestic and international partners. University students have the opportunity to choose from approximately 18 annual domestic and international service mission trips offered during fall, winter and spring breaks.

For more information or to register for a Spring Visitation Day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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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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