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Waynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was chosen to participate in Ketchum’s global initiative, Mindfire!

Ketchum is a full-service public relations agency with more than 130 offices in 70 countries that specialize in brand management, corporate communications and public relations. The company, which was named as one of the world’s top five public relations firms, is globally headquartered in New York City, and represents 19 of the world’s top 50 brands.

Mindfire! is Ketchum’s exclusive, award-winning initiative, driven by the advice of Thomas Edison, “to have a great idea, have a lot of them.” Mindfire! acts as a crowdsourcing platform, allowing both undergraduate and graduate students to work directly with the organization’s prestigious clients, including Polaris, 7-Eleven, Delta, Cottonelle and IKEA.

“Working with Ketchum and its well-known client list is an amazing opportunity for Chapter members to gain real-world public relations experience and exposure in the field,” said Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “Being chosen to participate in Mindfire! is a true honor, and I am excited to see where this partnership will lead.”

Each year, 40 of the world’s top colleges and universities are chosen to participate in the Mindfire! initiative. Students at the chosen colleges and universities are provided with challenge prompts via an online profile system. After reading each prompt, students can submit ideas and solutions for review. For each challenge, one winner is chosen and issued a prize.

In return for their ideas, students participating in Mindfire! are provided with points, which lead to incentives, including career counseling, gift cards, job and internship postings, workshops and webinar access. Points are issued for various actions, such as winning a challenge, submitting an idea, and commenting on and promoting others’ ideas.

“Beyond exposure and prizes, Mindfire! positions students to create fresh and original ideas without boundaries or fear,” said Ronald Tolson Jr., manager of Mindfire! “Sometimes what we may deem as a crazy idea, could be the best solution. We tell students that it just takes one unique idea to change the world.”

For more information about Waynesburg University PRSSA and its participation in Ketchum’s Mindfire! iniative, please contact Megan Bayles, president of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter, at bay2547@student.waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University has hosted a performance of the nationally known TUBACHRISTMAS concert on campus for more than five years. This year, the concert will take place Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on the University’s campus. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

All are welcome to participate in the concert as a performer. Interested tuba and baritone/euphonium players can register for a $10 fee on the day of the concert at 5 p.m. in the GPAC. Rehearsal will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. TUBACHRISTMAS merchandise will be available in the GPAC lobby.

“The event is great for all audiences, especially families, so we hope both the Waynesburg University and Greene County community will join us for this Christmas season carol sing-along,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at the University.

The concert will feature a variety of Christmas carols, specially arranged by composer Alec Wilder to recognize the artistry of tuba music composers in the past.

Harvey Phillips created TUBACHRISTMAS in 1974 honoring tubist William J. Bell. In more than 280 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries, tuba and euphonium players gather every Christmas season to pay homage to the artists and teachers of their heritage. This year is the 42nd anniversary of TUBACHRISTMAS.

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With Thanksgiving just a day away, the busy fall travel season is all wrapped up for many admissions professionals across the country. No more rushing from high school to high school, no more standing behind a college fair table and no more late afternoons on Panera’s Wi-Fi—at least until early Spring.

 

Now in my fourth year as an admissions representative at Waynesburg University, I have the hustle and bustle of four of those travel seasons under my belt. And while there are many more seasoned than I, I certainly had the pleasure of experiencing a great deal over the course of those four autumns.

 

From wings in Buffalo and cheesesteaks in Philly, to crème pie in Boston and BBQ in Texas, I always tried to sample the local cuisine. When I found myself with a brief bit of downtime, I even attempted to hit a few of the sites, Fenway Park and Maine’s rocky coast included.

 

Despite the personal perks, though, I speak on behalf of the entire Admissions staff here when I say our favorite part is simply interacting with all of the individuals we meet over the course of the fall, from the typical sit-down in a high school guidance office to a chance encounter like the one I had in Dallas with a man born in Waynesburg’s hospital 60-70 years prior. The interest in and connections to our small university in Southwestern Pennsylvania never cease to excite me.

 

Last October, I happened to be in northern New Jersey during Waynesburg’s Fall Break. Two current students who I had met in the area in years prior stopped by my table at two separate events to say hello. They recalled and reminisced about their own college search, which seemed like such a short time prior. It’s those conversations that make the fall travel season such an enjoyable experience, and it’s those relationships that can make a job in admissions so rewarding.

 

So on this, the eve of Thanksgiving, we in the Admissions Office want to pause and reflect on what we’re thankful for—for safe travels, quality conversations, and delightful students and families we have the pleasure of working with, day in and day out.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Waynesburg University. "Let us come before him with thanksgiving..." -Psalm 95:2a

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Top selected artwork of the semester will be displayed Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11, at Waynesburg University’s Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit, held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery, is open to the public, free of charge.

Chosen by the faculty of Waynesburg’s Department of Fine Arts, the pieces displayed will showcase a variety of mediums. Drawings, prints, metal work, ceramics, sculptures and a number of two- and three-dimensional works will be included. Each art professor submitted a selection of their students’ work to showcase the best of the best from different classes.

“A lot of the students here aren’t art majors,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art. “I love to see students realize they have an art talent. I have seen so many students this semester surprise themselves.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, or by appointment. For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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_Agape.jpgWaynesburg University recently established an agreement with Agape College, located in northeastern India, through which Agape will recruit international students in Nagaland, India, for Waynesburg University.

“Waynesburg’s strategic goals include the increase of our global literacy and diversity – building student understanding of an engagement with the world around us,” said Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of international programs at Waynesburg University.

“The partnership with Agape will directly contribute to these goals. We also hope that these international students will gain the skills and wisdom they need to be world changers, growing in faith, learning and serving here at Waynesburg.”

Agape College was founded in 1991 and has established strong relationships among the Christian communities of Nagaland. Nagaland is one of three majority-Christian states in India, thus providing an opportunity for Waynesburg and its Christian-based mission to further its international presence and partnerships.

“Agape College is excited to become a partner with Waynesburg University,” said Agape College President Dr. Louis Ao. “This partnership will expand opportunities for students from India to pursue an American college education with over 70 major concentrations offered at a highly rated Christian university.”

International student applicants to Waynesburg are eligible for merit scholarship consideration based on their high school academic achievement and SAT scores.

Agape, an independent, non-denominational Bible college, is accredited by the Asia Theological Association.

Agape will begin the recruiting process immediately for the 2016-17 academic year. For more information, contact Poteet at cpoteet@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3302, or Dr. Keshito Awomi, principal at Agape College, at dr.awomi@gmail.com or 879-432-6104.

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