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b2ap3_thumbnail_JD-Lydic-2.JPGRecent sports broadcasting and sports information graduate, J.D. Lydic, has uprooted to Erie, Pennsylvania, to start his career in the news industry.

Lydic is currently a multimedia journalist for WICU and WSEE of Erie News Now, an NBC affiliated television station. He is responsible for coming in to work each day with multiple stories, and his news director chooses which stories are classified as newsworthy.

In a single day, Lydic goes out into the community to record video and conduct interviews. He then returns to the studio to edit his footage into a short news package that is accompanied by a script he prepares after the video editing is complete. Complete packages are then posted onto the station’s website with a written story.

When Lydic thinks back to his time at Waynesburg, he recounts how he was prepared for the workforce.

“Waynesburg allowed me to get on-air experience in television,” he said. “I was taught how to be part of the community and what makes a good news story.”

Lydic attributes professors Lanny Frattare, Melinda Roeder, Brandon Szuminsky and Bill Molzon for helping him become a great broadcaster with a wide skill set that made him more marketable when searching for his first job out of college.

Thus far, Lydic has learned that it is a busy world in news and the deadlines come quickly, as he is responsible for all aspects of creating a story.

“I have learned that it takes a lot of work and the starting things young reporters are asked to do can be many,” he said. “You must work through it all to become successful.”

Lydic also noted that Waynesburg’s mission taught him how to be a servant in the community by using his talents as a voice for the public.

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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band fall concert, “Movie Magic,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel.

This presentation will begin the Symphonic Band’s yearlong exploration of the vast world of movie themes. A variety of musical styles encompassing silent films, dramas, historical pieces, animated films and blockbuster soundtracks will be celebrated.

Musical themes will be presented that bring attendees back to many of their favorite movie memories. Themes from great composers, such as Leonard Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Randy Edelman, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others will be brought to life.

Concertgoers will be inspired by the melodies that set the stage for many facets of the human experience.

No reservations are necessary for the event.

For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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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In April 2015, Mackenna Drazich, a sophomore public relations major, attended a health fair at Waynesburg University, not knowing that it would forever change both her life and someone else’s.

At the fair, which was held in conjunction with the football team’s annual “Be the Match” event, Drazich signed up for the National Bone Marrow Registry. The hope is to find a match for patients that are in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Several months after joining the registry, Drazich received a phone call saying she was a potential match. After receiving the news, Drazich went through further testing, and was soon notified that she was indeed a match.

“I had mixed feelings about having some pain and having surgery for the first time in my life, but it was still the easiest decision of my life,” Drazich said. “I was going to save this person’s life.”

Drazich went through a number of tests to ensure that she was the best match for the recipient. The bone marrow was extracted from the hipbones through the lower back.

“The surgery went great,” said Drazich. “I walked around very slowly for the next couple of days and got tired easily.”

In a month’s time, Drazich’s bone marrow will regenerate, and she said she felt about 75 percent of her normal self at ten-days post surgery.

“I am forever changed and humbled to be chosen to do such a thing,” added Drazich. “I give credit to my mom for instilling me with a love to do God’s work in serving others.”

The recipient is a woman with Leukemia, and after she receives the bone marrow, she and Drazich will essentially have identical immune systems. The recipient will undergo intense chemotherapy, in hopes that her body will accept Drazich’s bone marrow.

This was the second annual Be the Match drive hosted by Waynesburg University football team. Be the Match On Campus is a national program that encourages college- age students to have recruitment drives for the National Marrow Donor Program. The event educates students on Be the Match’s mission to help patients get the transplant they need to save their life.

The football team’s event successfully registered 163 students.

Visit bethematch.org for more information or to sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program.

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The Department of Business Administration at Waynesburg University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Department of Business Administration has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs.

At its meeting in San Diego, Calif., April 7, through April 8, 2014, the IACBE Board of Commissioners determined the Department of Business Administration at Waynesburg University has developed an appropriate outcome assessment plan; has satisfied candidacy requirements relating to its business programs, resources and operational processes; and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review.

“The recognition of the quality of the Waynesburg University business programs by IACBE is a reflection of the excellent work of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Gordon McClung, chair of the Department of Business Administration and professor of marketing at Waynesburg University. “We will continue to work to enhance the quality of our academic programs to better prepare students to take on their role as leaders in both their business and community.”

Nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

With a mission to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, it has accredited over 1,000 business and business-related programs in Asia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, 66215, USA.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_GNP.jpgWaynesburg University will host the 44th Anniversary Gross National Product (GNP) concert Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.

GNP, a band formed at the New Jersey Shore in the mid 1960’s, has celebrated their reunion in the form of a spring concert every year at Waynesburg University since they started performing during the 1970 spring semester. The reunion has branched out to include other musical talents from the University and the region.

Band members of GNP include Bill Molzon ’73, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University and coordinator of the annual GNP concert, Jeannie Clark Fisher, Scott Buttfield, Linc Davis, Charlie Behrend and Tom Minson.

“I’m looking forward to producing another GNP reunion concert,” said Molzon. “The show has become a very nice town-gown event. People from the community and the University attend the concert for a night of quality performances.”

According to Molzon, musicians will be traveling from Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create a variety of music. Area musicians will also perform. The concert will include both contemporary and classic rock, jazz, country, bluegrass and other types of music.

For more information or directions to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, call 724-852-3270. 

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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