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b2ap3_thumbnail_headshot.jpgJordan Mitrik, a junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa., recently won the Bob O’Gara Student Scholarship from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He accepted the award at the 2015 PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards Thursday, Jan. 29. 

This is the first time that a Waynesburg student has received the award, which is given annually to one outstanding public relations student in the Pittsburgh region. Mitrik met all of the scholarship requirements including high standards of achievement in academics, involvement in extracurricular activities, evidence of personal character, leadership and citizenship and demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the profession and practice of public relations. 

“I am truly honored to represent western Pennsylvania and the participating PRSSA Chapters as the scholarship recipient,” Mitrik said. “When people mention big names in the Pittsburgh public relations market, Bob O'Gara's name is always in the mix. He is a true advocate for students and a leader in the industry. He is a role model to me and I could not be more humbled to receive this type of recognition.”

Mitrik serves as the vice president of Waynesburg’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter and as the director of Waynesburg University’s public relations student-run firm, Red Brick Communications. He works in the Office of University Relations as a student writer and as a recruiter for the University’s Department of Communication. 

In addition to his public relations responsibilities, Mitrik is president and captain of Waynesburg University's Men's Club Volleyball team, is a Leadership Scholar and is a member of Lambda Pi Eta,Waynesburg’s communication honor society. 

During his acceptance speech, Mitrik thanked God, his family, the Renaissance Awards Committee and Waynesburg University for his success. 

“It took determination, motivation and lots of coffee to bring me here today,” said Mitrik. “During moments of doubt, God was always involved. He placed me at Waynesburg University to experience these things and to bring me to this moment.” 

Eight members of the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter traveled to the event to volunteer and network. The annual ceremony celebrates the brightest stars and best work in Pittsburgh’s public relations community. 

The students arrived before the event began and assisted with set up, schedule review and prep work. During the ceremony, students managed the registration table, communicating with more than 150 public relations practitioners from the Pittsburgh area. Members were also responsible for handing out the awards to the winners. 

This is the third consecutive year the Waynesburg Chapter sent members to work the event after establishing a close connection with its parent Chapter, PRSA Pittsburgh.  

Chartered in 2010, the award-winning Waynesburg University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America strives to prepare members for their future profession through experience, opportunity and achievement.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mary-Cummings.jpgThe Corpob2ap3_thumbnail_HonorRoll-Logo1.pngration for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently notified Waynesburg University of its selection to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University's seventh consecutive year receiving the honor.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

“Receiving this award for the seventh year in a row demonstrates the continued commitment of our students, faculty and staff to live out the service component of our mission by engaging in our community," said Mary Cummings, vice president of Student Services. “By integrating service with the academic programs at our University, we prepare our students for a life of community engagement not only during their undergraduate experience, but after graduation as well.”

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which academic service-learning courses are offered.

Waynesburg University students contribute more than 50,000 service hours annually. Through its more than 50 local and regional agencies and a continuously expanding network of international agencies, Waynesburg University encourages students to become servant-leaders through a number of partnerships.

The University offers approximately 16 service mission trips per academic year. The trips are held during the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. The University also participates in a number of weekend-long service projects in the local community and beyond.

In addition to volunteer hours, the University offers a service leadership minor constructed around service-learning courses. During the semester-long courses, students perform a set amount of hours of community service with a non-profit organization.

The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar Schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Waynesburg is committed to the program which was created to offer scholarship assistance to students performing significant amounts of community service throughout their time at Waynesburg. Approximately 60 (15 per class) Waynesburg University students are involved with the program each year.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University will host Chamber Music Theatre’s Core Ensemble Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Marsh Center. Core Ensemble will perform the Chamber Music Theatre work, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance.” 

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. 

Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, “Of Ebony Embers” examines the lives of three African American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. 

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Jamyl Dobson portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. The trio performs chamber music ranging from new and traditional concert pieces to vernacular styles such as jazz, tango, folk and spiritual primarily by African American and Latin American composers. 

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reservations are suggested. To register, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/of-ebony-embers. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) will hold TPS Online Institute and Pennsylvania Common Core, a free Level I workshop. TPS Level I Online Institute will be held four Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10, and running through Tuesday, March 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All educators are invited to participate and will have the opportunity to earn up to 15 PDE Act 48 Activity Hours. 

TPS Online Institute aims to expand educators’ understanding of the Library of Congress and help them discover effective strategies for teaching with primary sources. 

Participants can expect to learn strategies and methods useful for teaching with primary sources, how to align classroom activities with Common Core standards and foster project development, group discussion and peer collaboration. 

Space is limited. To register, visit: https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=371467 

For more information, contact Sue Wise at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377. 

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, TPS at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Elizabeth-Wang_20150122-184323_1.jpgIGI Global, an international publishing company of progressive academic research, books and journals, recently accepted and published the literary works of Waynesburg University associate professor of computer science Dr. Elizabeth Wang. 

The book, “Big Data Analytics in Bioinformatics and Healthcare,” was co-edited by Wang, Ruowang Li from Pennsylvania State University and William Perrizo from North Dakota State University. 

As author and co-editor, Wang’s responsibilities of editing a research reference book included organizing a list of contacts to submit chapter proposals, drafting and reviewing the proposals, creating an Editorial Review Board to assist in reviewing the chapters and preparing a final manuscript to be read by IGI Global. 

“The book project provided me a tremendous opportunity to work with many scholars and researchers all over the world,” said Wang. “Besides the authors from at least 12 countries, we worked with about 20 reviewers and the editorial advisory board members. It was a great learning and collaborating experience!”

According to IGI Global, the book merges the field of biology, technology and medicine and presents a comprehensive study on the emerging information processing applications necessary in the field of electronic medical record management. 

Aside from Wang’s book being available for purchase at a variety of U.S. outlets such as Amazon, many foreign publishers, primarily in China and Asia, have purchased rights to translate the book into their own language to benefit researchers who do not speak English. 

In addition to a master’s degree of art from St. John’s University, Minn., and a master’s degree in computer science from Minnesota State University of St. Cloud, Wang holds a Ph.D. in computer science from North Dakota State University. Her research interests include data mining, data warehouse, bioinformatics and parallel computing.

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