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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-20-Comm-White-House.jpgSenior communication majors Kyle Dawson and Tyler Wolfe accompanied Bill Molzon, assistant professor of communication and director of TV operations, to the White House Oct. 5 and 6 to attend and report on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship ceremony with President Barack Obama.

Dawson and Wolfe, who are both involved in TV productions at the University, recorded the event and produced video footage reporting on the ceremony. Many other Washington and Pittsburgh media outlets were also in attendance to document Obama’s congratulatory speech offered to the Penguins following their Stanley Cup win this summer.

Molzon said his goal in taking students to the event was “to create a learning experience for the students that can’t be duplicated in the classroom.” The students agreed that the trip was invaluable for learning about TV production and covering major events.

It was the fifth time that Molzon took Waynesburg students to Washington for such an event. The first time was in 1991 after the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup.

Molzon coordinated this year’s trip with the White House Press Office and Waynesburg alumnus Bill Ingalls, a project manager and senior photographer for NASA. Ingalls lives in the Washington area and has hosted Molzon and his students on each of the trips, including this one.

“I call him our D.C. field producer because he knows the city like the back [of his hand],” said Molzon. “He gave [Dawson] and [Wolfe] a personal D.C. tour.”

The group arrived at the White House early Thursday, Oct. 6 to set up equipment in the White House East Room. They were able to set up their camera in a prime location since some Pittsburgh news stations did not make it to the 9 a.m. set time.

“It’s not every day that you get to be in a room in the White House, which not many people have the privilege to be in, let alone with all kinds of big-time media members, all of the Penguins’ team and families, on top of dignified and notable government officials and, to top that all off, the President of the United States,” said Dawson.

Dawson and Wolfe also had the opportunity to observe the morning daily briefing given by the White House press secretary in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

Wolfe, who served as the TV camera operator during the ceremony, said he enjoyed learning from the media professionals in attendance.

“We got to network with a bunch of professional photographers from the networks that have been doing this for decades,” said Wolfe, “as well as see part of the daily briefing that is given to the press.”

Molzon emphasized that networking is an important part of covering the White House ceremony. Meeting people who work in bigger media markets can open opportunities. For instance, one media member informed Molzon of a possible TV journalism internship that may be available at the White House in the future.

Dawson said the experiences exemplified the wide array of real-world experience offered by the Department of Communication on a regular basis.

“We were the only student or college media members in attendance at the event,” said Dawson. “I think that says something about the department here and the opportunities we receive. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”

For more information about Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/communication. 

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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This summer, Rob McKinney, junior sports broadcasting and sports information major, learned exactly what it meant to work in the news business.

The news industry has a history of early mornings that start well before 9 a.m. This is the time during which McKinney thrives in action. He began interning with WJPA Radio Station in Washington, Pennsylvania, in May 2016.

McKinney’s title as news reporter led him to covering a variety of events. He covered Washington County council meetings and different trials. He also worked Saturday morning news.

“I went into the station at 3:30 a.m. and read the day’s updated news every top of the hour,” said McKinney. “My favorite experience thus far was my first Saturday morning by myself.”

McKinney noted that he may have made his share of mistakes, but learned quickly what to and not to do in just eight short hours. He also had the opportunity to interview Governor Tom Wolf and State Representative Pam Snyder while working on different news stories. Through all of his early mornings, McKinney persisted because he said that he loves what he does and that it is worth it when you have a passion for the field of broadcast.

When he reflects on how his experience at Waynesburg helped him prepare for his summer internship, he noted that Lanny Frattare has helped him become the professional he is today.

“I applied to this internship because my advisor, Lanny Frattare, gave me the opportunity, and I knew it would give me tremendous professional experience,” said McKinney. “All of my radio and announcing classes with Lanny helped prepare my voice and my pacing to be an effective broadcaster.”

McKinney’s internship was not exactly what he had expected because he did not think he would be able to be as involved as he was. When thinking about his future endeavors, McKinney speaks highly of his internship with WJPA.

“My internship helped me by showing me how professional radio works,” said McKinney. “I hope to be on television one day reporting the news, and working with news currently can only help.”

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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society was recently selected as an outstanding chapter for the 2015-2016 academic year. Out of 250 chapters, the selection committee chooses just three chapters each year for this distinction.

The Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is made up of business, management and administration students. To be selected as an exceptional chapter, the society had to meet certain criteria, including induction rate, exceptional administration involvement and an extensive fellowship application submitted in the spring.

The Waynesburg University chapter was commended for their exemplary performance in chapter operations and administration.

“For us to receive an award that is based on exemplary performance in chapter operations and management shows the students that we, as faculty members, hold ourselves to the same high standards of achievement as we hold them,” said Neeley Shaw, chapter advisor for Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and instructor of business administration. “The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication we have to our students in the business department.”

Anthony Bocchini, president of Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and professor of business administration, and Shaw, began working on expanding their membership in the spring of last year.

Bocchini and Shaw are committed to growing the chapter and continually holding their students to a level of excellence they know they can achieve.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dessart.pngJamie Dessart
Professor of English

Jamie is in the midst of her 16th year at Waynesburg University, where she teaches composition and literature while also advising students. Her office is located on the 3rd floor of Buhl Hall.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

Funny story: I never actually applied for the job at WU. Dr. Marilyn Roberts, who at the time was chair of the English department, got my CV through her husband (who worked at another school in the area that shall remain nameless), and he passed my credentials on to her. So, it was a surprise to get the call. The second I drove up between Stewart Hall and the gym for my campus interview, I fell in love with the place and the rest is history!

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I’ve always loved the top floor of Eberly Library with its quiet spaces, great views from the windows and hidden rooms. It’s a great place to sit and read.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

Along with teaching and advising students, I serve on the Curriculum Committee as well as the Assessment Committee. I actually like doing the work of organizing curriculum proposals and keeping up with changing ideas about how to assess our goals.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

I’m going to cheat and say the moment at every graduation day when the faculty process through the lines of graduating seniors. Seeing those smiling faces, some I’ve seen every day, some I’ve had only once in class, truly reminds me of how God works on our campus.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

Sharing things I love and watching students get excited about it. A student just said he’d never enjoyed a writing class until he was in mine. That’s the special part of the job.

To learn more about English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University, click here!

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-10-Homecoming-King-Queen.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2016 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Saturday, Oct. 10, at a ceremony held during halftime of the Homecoming football game. Travis Sumner and Emily Nowakowski were named king and queen, respectively.

Sumner, a senior forensic science major and business management minor, is the son of Robert and Joyce Sumner of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania. He is a student ambassador, orientation leader and a Fiat Lux mentor. Sumner is also the vice president of the University’s business club, a member of the criminal justice club and co-host of the radio show, Down the Hollow.

Sumner has participated in many of the University’s service and learning projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

When he graduates, Sumner will seek a master’s degree in digital forensics and cyber security. Ultimately, he plans to work as a forensic accountant or auditor for a government agency.

Nowakowski, a senior psychology major and Spanish minor, is the daughter of Larry and Kim Nowakowski of Bridgeport, Ohio. She is a Bonner Scholar, captain of the University’s women’s volleyball team and a student ambassador.

Nowakowski also serves as a member of the leadership team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has participated in service trips to Guatemala and Taiwan.

After graduation, Nowakowski plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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