Tonks.jpgRJ Tonks, senior junior sports management major and marketing minor

Intern, Carrick Brain Centers in Marietta, Ga. 

When considering internship possibilities, RJ Tonks found a way to combine his passion for athletics and marketing with a very personal passion for health and rehabilitation. Tonks, who suffers from a rare virus that affects his hand eye coordination, mobility, speech, balance and fine motor skills, chose an organization he knows very well, Carrick Brain Centers. The Centers have treated his condition for the past three years and have dramatically improved the symptoms. 

He spoke with Dr. Ted Carrick, chief of Functional Neurology at the centers, about applying for an internship with the place that changed his life. Not only did he assist with the marketing activities of the Center, but Tonks also received rehabilitation treatments throughout the summer. 

As an intern, he happily shared his story with potential patients, distributed marketing materials to current patients, scheduled patients' appointments, filed paperwork and patient files and ran notes to doctors.  

“Waynesburg University helped me to be professional in an office setting and in compiling marketing materials,” he said. “The mission of the University guided me in my interactions with patients. Aside from gaining a bunch of knowledge about marketing, I'm even more compassionate towards individuals with disabilities.”  

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2001.JPGIt was a mini Yellow Jacket reunion at West Virginia University (WVU) on Monday, Oct. 6,  as four current and former Waynesburg Army ROTC participants witnessed the enlistment and contracting of Waynesburg sophomore Matthew Rinaudo. Rinaudo, a criminal justice major, signed his three-year scholarship offer with the Mountaineer Battalion. 

Waynesburg University is an ROTC partner with WVU, the host institution. Joining Rinaudo were (pictured left to right) junior Charles Cook, junior Aaron Palmer, Rinaudo and 2nd Lt. Sam Lombardo, a 2014 criminal justice administration alumnus. Lombardo, who was commissioned through WVU in May, is working as a Gold Bar Recruiter at WVU until he reports for Military Police Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in late November. Cook, a biology major from Cheswick, Pa., is a two-year scholarship recipient while Palmer, a junior sports management major from Leesburg, Va., is a four-year ROTC scholarship recipient and a member of the Yellow Jacket football team.

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUHC14_1577.jpgWaynesburg University crowned its 2014 Homecoming King and Queen Saturday, Oct. 11, at a ceremony held during halftime of the Homecoming football game. RJ Tonks and Shelby Tabrosky were named king and queen, respectively.

Tonks, a senior sports management major from Greensburg, Pa. (Greater Latrobe Senior High School), is the son of Ron Tonks and Jani Rybacki, of Greensburg Pa. 

He is a member of the Waynesburg University business club and his community service includes volunteering at Open Arms and 2nd SAM 9 Inc., a local non-profit that provides vocational training for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities. 

As a student at Waynesburg, Tonks has been involved in intense therapy to improve his mobility. He has hopes of walking unassisted at graduation in May of 2015. Tonks hopes to work for a professional sports team in the future and eventually own his own athletic complex. 

Tabrosky, a senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major from Glenshaw, Pa. (Shaler Area High School), is the daughter of Roy and Kim Tabrosky of Glenshaw, Pa. 

She is the leader of the Upper Room team at Waynesburg University and has served at a variety of service sites during her four years at Waynesburg. Tabrosky, who plays on the Waynesburg University softball team, is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has served as broadcaster and producer of WCYJ-FM and WCTV for four years. Tabrosky is a member of the honors academy and Lambda Pi Eta. 

Her career goal is to become a play-by-play announcer and work to spread the word of the Lord through media. 

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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Sponsored by the Observer Publishing Company, Waynesburg University will host the John C. Knox Writing Contest for high school students Saturday, Nov. 1, on the campus of Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa.

The first place winner will receive a $500 cash prize, while the second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200, respectively. Additionally, the first-place winner’s article will be published in the award-winning Waynesburg University student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket. All participants will receive a t-shirt.

“This contest is a recognition of the importance of writing for students of all ages,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University. “The Department of Communication and the Observer-Reporter have teamed up on this because we want to encourage young writers, especially ones that are interested in journalism, to follow their passion and maybe be rewarded for their talents."

The contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and instructions, followed by an hour-long news conference and then a two-hour writing period. Students will participate in a one-hour press conference with Lanny Frattare, the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates for 33 years and an assistant professor at Waynesburg.

“The contest is designed to give students an encapsulated experience on what it’s like to write a journalistic profile story with one of the most interesting local media personalities in Pittsburgh, Lanny Frattare,” said Szuminsky.

Afterward, they will write a feature article based on the press conference. Articles will be judged by local newspaper journalists as well as members of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and the University’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The contest is open to all students in grades 10 through 12 in public, private and home schools within the following Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland; West Virginia: Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Wetzel; and Ohio: Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe.

Lunch will be provided free of charge in the University’s cafeteria following the writing period. Optional campus tours will be offered following lunch.

Space for the event is limited. Register now at waynesburg.edu/knox-writing. Registration is open until Friday, Oct. 17. 

For more information, contact Brandon Szuminsky at bszumins@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3427.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Rebecca-Lane.JPGRebecca Lane, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa., recently received the 2014 Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) Mary Rovito Memorial Scholarship.

Lane is a Bonner Scholar at Waynesburg University and a Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership Scholar. The $3,000 PASCD scholarship will defray Lane’s tuition cost.

“I think I received this scholarship because they saw something deeper than just the pursuit of a degree,” Lane said. “For me, being a teacher isn’t about summers off and holiday breaks. It’s about getting to be intentional with my students as I teach them academics and prepare them for life.”

The PASCD committee chose Lane based on her academic standing, leadership, written expression and interest in teaching. The committee closely considered professor and advisor recommendations and Lane’s numerous extracurricular activities before selecting her for the award.

“Our mission as the Education Department faculty is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession,” said Debbie Clarke, chair of the Education Department at Waynesburg University. "Rebecca’s commitment to our mission is evident in everything that she does as a teacher candidate and a student leader in the Education Department. We applaud her accomplishments; she is an excellent role model for our current and future students.”

Lane regularly volunteers with Open Arms Drop in Center and Eldercare in Waynesburg, Pa. She also facilitates crafts for young people at the Open Door in Pittsburgh, Pa., each week and is a YoungLife Leader at West Greene High School. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the Waynesburg University education honorary society.

As a student at Waynesburg, Lane has participated in several service trips such as repairing a house with The Pittsburgh Project, feeding the homeless with the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., and teaching students who are deaf in Nassau, Bahamas. Last summer, she spent two months in Kingston, Jamaica, assisting a child with walking abilities and adapting activities to allow for more inclusion.

“I am wildly passionate about what God has called me to do; therefore, I do it to the best of my ability,” Lane said. “I believe that my role as an educator has the ability to cause a ripple effect that can transform the world, especially with the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through me. Each student is an opportunity to change the world.”

Lane will attend the PASCD 62nd Annual Conference Opening General Session Sunday, Nov. 23, in Hershey, Pa., to give an acceptance speech highlighting her desire to be a teacher.

In addition to being honored during the conference, she will be highlighted in the PASCD Conference Program, newsletter and website.

PASCD is an organization committed to the improvement of curriculum development, supervision, instruction, promotion of professional growth and education of children.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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