Sándor Mécs, a senior communication (journalism) major at Waynesburg University, will travel to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., to present at the 28th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native will present his paper titled, “Burnham's Managerial Revolution: The Unexamined Reality of Contemporary Class Conflict.”

“Sándor Mécs' powerful paper engages the insights of political theorist James Burnham's 1941 classic ‘The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World’ about the global emergence of the bureaucratic state and updates Burnham's model for the 21st century,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “Mr. Mecs's creative research reintroduces Burnham's analysis – a former Marxist who later helped William F. Buckley, Jr. launch the conservative journal ‘National Review’ in the late 1950s – to contemporary public discourse.”

Mécs has worked closely alongside Stratton to prepare his paper.

“Dr. Stratton was always available for me to talk to,” Mécs said. “He not only appreciated what I was doing, but was actively enthused by what I was doing – and that is priceless. That’s more than I could have hoped for.”

Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

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Waynesburg University will host a Spring Overnight Visitation for high school seniors Sunday, March 30, through Monday, March 31. The visitation will give prospective students the opportunity to experience student life while interacting with University students.

Upon arriving at Waynesburg University, prospective students will be paired with a current student who will serve as an overnight host. Participants will experience life in academic programs, campus facilities, residence halls and student life.

“The Overnight Visitation is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to see first-hand what it’s like to be a student here,” said Kari Calvario, admissions counselor at Waynesburg University. “This is their chance to interact with current students and professors, worship with our students and live a day in the life of our students.”

The Spring Overnight Visitation will host approximately 50 high school seniors. Space is limited and fills quickly. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the beginning of March.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lanny-Head-Shot.jpgWaynesburg University will host its fifth annual Sports Announcing Camp Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, 2014, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Hosted by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the camp will afford high school students the opportunity to learn alongside well-known professionals in the field.

The camp will include various workshops throughout the week, where students will be given the opportunity to work hands-on in the field with past and present professionals in the sports announcing industry.

“As we prepare for the fifth annual sports announcing camp, I am proud of the commitment we have made to offering high school students an opportunity to experience what a career in sports broadcasting is all about,” Frattare said. “Our camp provides an excellent balance of theory, hands-on experience and fun.”

Camp teachers and mentors include:

  • Lanny Frattare is known as one of the most recognizable personalities and voices in Pittsburgh and major league baseball. He spent 33 years as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast team, before joining the Waynesburg University teaching staff. His stay with the Pirates is the longest of any play-by-play announcer in team history.
  • Rob King’s enthusiasm for sports was brought to Pittsburgh in 2000, where he now spends much of his time in the studio and at the games for Root Sports. Prior to his work with Root Sports, he spent five years in Syracuse, where he was the sports director at CBS affiliate WTVH and hosted a radio show on WHEN-AM.
  • John Steigerwald, now an internet talk show host at www.tribweb.com and a Sunday columnist for the Observer-Reporter, served as a sports anchor with WTAE-TV from 1978 to 1985. He also worked for KDKA-TV as a sports anchor until 2007. His books, “Just Watch the Game” and “Just Watch the Game (Again),” have received great reviews and give a look into his 40-year history in Pittsburgh sports media.
  • Paul Steigerwald has recently entered his seventh season as the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Root Sports. He spent six seasons as the radio voice of the Penguins and the previous 14 seasons as the color commentator on Penguins TV and radio broadcasts. Steigerwald has worked in the industry since 1979 when his career started with the Johnstown Red Wings.

To register, call 1-800-225-7393 or visit sportsannouncingcamp.waynesburg.edu by April 30. Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development series for teachers, librarians and professors presented by the University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. The Librarians as Leaders workshop will be held Wednesday evenings from Feb. 26 to April 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Designed by and facilitated by librarian and TPS educational consultant Jennifer Hanson, the six-week workshop includes synchronous chat sessions supplemented by independent reading, peer discussions and project development outside of class. Participants can earn up to 28 PDE Act 48 activity hours over the course of the online series. 

School librarians will develop the skills and knowledge needed to bring Library of Congress TPS to colleagues. Participants will have a unique opportunity to advance their own learning and become a TPS coach in their school. 

Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete six online modules before attending. To locate the modules, visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/. Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours. 

Space is limited. To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LibrariansAsLeaders . For more information, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or swise@waynesburg.edu.

TPS 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 and 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_randolph_amy_cover-2_1-1-2_20140130-200504_1.jpgDr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize.

Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments. Many of the segments in her poem deal with experiences such as loss, self-doubt and spiritual doubt, while other segments are firmly rooted in images of hope and spiritual endurance.

“The ineffable, ethereal quality these poems contain gives them so much mystery that I can't even describe it,” said Sherry Beasely, owner of ABR Press. “I read the poems so much in an effort to see if there was some concrete thing, and, not really finding one, liked the manuscript all the more for it. These poems are deep and pure and they seem to truly come from Amy’s soul. We received a lot of good work, but Amy’s manuscript trumped all the rest.”

Kristine Schiffbauer, instructor of visual communication at Waynesburg University, designed the chapbook cover using a photograph taken by Dr. Robert Randolph, writer-in-residence at the University and Randolph’s husband, while the Randolphs lived in Texas.

"I feel blessed and honored that my manuscript was chosen,” said Randolph. “As a poet, I consider this a strong affirmation not only of my own writing but of the value of all poetry in a culture (our culture, specifically) in which the genre often seems not to play a significant role in people’s lives. This is why I'm so grateful for Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and the work they do – clearly not for profit, but out of a genuine love of poetry and a commitment to producing beautiful books."

Randolph holds a Ph.D. from Binghampton University as well as a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from Texas State University.

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