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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-5-YJ-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, has been named the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper across four states, which is unprecedented in the University’s history. While the newspaper has been named a finalist for the award in the past, this year, the newspaper was named the first-place winner for the first time.

“This is, without a doubt, the biggest recognition in the newspaper’s nearly 130-year history,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, faculty advisor for the Yellow Jacket and instructor of communication.

To earn first place, the Yellow Jacket overtook finalist newspapers at Central Michigan University and Kent State University, which have an undergraduate population of approximately 20,000 and 40,000 students, respectively.

The award is one of a series of Mark of Excellence awards, recognizing the best in student journalism, given by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). SPJ is a national, prestigious organization of professional and student journalists. Waynesburg’s SPJ region, Region 4, includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and part of Pennsylvania. The Yellow Jacket is therefore up against a large number of accomplished college newspapers for the Best All-Around award.

“It’s an unbelievable honor,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. “To be named, effectively, the best newspaper in the region above schools that are 20 or 30 times larger than us is true validation for the hours and hours of hard work the staff puts in.”

The Yellow Jacket received this honor when several members of the staff attended the regional SPJ conference in Detroit, Michigan, on March 31 and April 1. At the Mark of Excellence Award Ceremony, the staff also received nine group and individual awards, including their first-ever recognition for a photo illustration. In writing categories, which are divided into small and large schools, the staff swept both finalist spots and the winning spot in two different categories, General News and Sports Writing, and earned first place in In-Depth Reporting.

“This was an incredible weekend of firsts for The Yellow Jacket,” said Dr. Szuminsky. “We’ve had success in the past at SPJ but we’ve never had so many first-place awards. And to sweep all three awards in two of the categories – and key categories, like general news and sports writing – speaks volumes about the quality of student work being done at Waynesburg.”

All four of the staff’s first-place entries will now move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition and be judged against the first-place winners from the rest of the country’s regions.

Staff group and individual awards include:

  • Finalist, Breaking News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Thomas More women’s basketball team stripped of 2014-15 title” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Incoming freshmen still largely unaware of housing policy” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Shanksville: Stories are shared and respects are paid at Flight 93 Memorial” by junior Shon Meade
  • Winner, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Ongoing drug issues addressed throughout community” by graduate Anthony Conn and sophomores Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch
  • Winner, In-Depth Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Ongoing drug issues addressed throughout community” by graduate Anthony Conn, senior Kimmi Baston and sophomores Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch
  • Finalist, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Thomas More women’s basketball team stripped of 2014-15 title” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “The journey of the 2016 Women’s Cross Country team” by senior Jacob Meyer and sophomore Luke Goodling
  • Winner, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “D-III sports about more than professional aspirations, students say” by senior Kimmi Baston
  • Finalist, Photo Illustration (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “’I Do’ doesn’t have to wait” by junior Shon Meade

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_LucasHathaway-1.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s chapel service Tuesday, April 4.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

Dr. Jenny Jellison, associate professor of psychology, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

A student nomination stated, “Her attention to student interests makes all the difference. If I am having a bad day, her class makes my day brighter.”

Another nomination noted that “quality teaching seems to come naturally to her – like breathing air.”

Jellison has been with the University since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College as well as a master’s degree in general experimental psychology and doctorate in psychology, both from the University of Toledo.

Edward Powers, professor of theatre, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

One nomination noted Powers’ dedication to the theatre program by sharing, “He regularly spends many 12-hour days, breaks and weekends on campus, leaving well after 11 p.m. to prep and plan productions.”

Another nomination stated, “He has dedicated his life to serving WU through his creative endeavors, teaching, service and faith. His passion for theatre helps students connect with the arts in the classroom. He puts his heart and soul into every production.”

Powers joined Waynesburg University in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theatre, history and English from Austin Peay State University, in addition to a Master of Fine Arts in theatre and communication arts from the University of Memphis.

Lurea Doody, who is a lecturer in chemistry, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“Dedicated to her work and no matter what you need, she is there for you,” a nomination stated.

Doody has been described as an “excellent mentor, educator and scientist” who has taught classes in biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and education at Waynesburg University as a full-time or part-time instructor since 1997.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in earth sciences from Waynesburg University, as well as a teaching certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. Doody is currently pursuing a doctorate in science education at Duquesne University.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

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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 Waynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 1. Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim received the Golden Key Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Daniel Dvorchak.

The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to alumni or friends of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way.

This year’s recipients, Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim, were recognized for their compassionate care for others and support of the University. Together, the Yims have established the Dr. Alice and Chang Yim Endowed Scholarship for nursing students. They have a demonstrated history of philanthropy dedicated to the needs of nursing homes and college scholarships for nursing students who wish to work with the elderly.

Each year, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission. 

The Alumni Council recognized Daniel Dvorchak for his commitment to the University through generous contributions to The Daniel M. Dvorchak Endowed Scholarship. He has been dedicated to creating an impact on Waynesburg University students that will last for many years to come. 

Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim

Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim, natives of Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai, China, respectively, moved to the U.S. in the 1950s to pursue college education. Chang earned his graduate degree at Columbia University in Missouri, while his wife attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After college, the couple moved to Dalton, Georgia, where they live today. 

Chang and Alice have spent their lives as entrepreneurs, delving into multiple business opportunities. In the 1980s, they started a heating pad and hand warmer company called HeatMax and an antistatic garment company called Aesops. Alice continues to run Aesops today, and while the couple sold HeatMax in 2006, their oldest son still works for the company. Alice also manages a multi-unit rental property and volunteers at a local school in the media center/library.

Both Chang and Alice have a passion for giving freely of their time, love and financial resources, especially to the elderly. They aim to instill in young people a deep respect for the elderly. Most of their philanthropy and time is dedicated to the needs of nursing homes and college scholarships for nursing students who wish to work with the elderly.

The Yims have three grown sons who live in Georgia, Missouri and Washington, and nine grandchildren. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_4-4-Distinguished-Alumni.jpgDaniel Dvorchak

Daniel Dvorchak graduated from Waynesburg College in 1968 with a degree in business administration. 

After graduation, he quickly accepted a position in sales with Republic Steel Corporation. In 1989, he founded Storagecraft, Inc., a steel storage equipment company located in Orlando, Florida. The company quickly grew into a successful venture and was acquired by List Industries in 2004. Today, the company has expanded nationwide with distribution centers in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, with more than 150 employees. 

A graduate of South Union High School in Uniontown, Daniel was inducted into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame with the 1961 South Union High School Track Team. Daniel also played football at Waynesburg and was on the Yellow Jacket 1966 National Championship team, which was later inducted into the Washington-Greene County Sports Hall of Fame.

Today, Daniel is retired and lives in Bonita Springs, Florida, with his longtime fiancée Vicki Hollingsworth. He enjoys playing golf, reading and keeping in touch with his former Yellow Jacket teammates.

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Waynesburg University will host its tenth annual Relay for Life Sunday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Johnson Commons. The public is invited to attend and participate in the scheduled activities throughout the day.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS). All of the monies collected from Waynesburg’s event will stay within Greene County to benefit programs such as cancer research, Road to Recovery, ACS Hope Lodge, one-on-one peer support, cancer prevention and assistance with the 24-hour ACS hotline.

“The purpose of this event is to educate and promote awareness about cancer,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “It is also an event to honor those that lost their lives to cancer and those who have survived the brave battle.”

The theme of this year’s event is “Kick Cancer Off the Board,” and the goal is to raise $15,000.

Activities will include an opening ceremony featuring President Douglas G. Lee, lip sync battle, survivorship hour, pie a professor and luminaria ceremony, among others.

The 2017 Relay for Life officers are:

  • President: Allison Cote, senior early childhood/special education major from Brewer, Maine (Brewer High School)
  • Vice President: Nicole Zimmel, senior early childhood/special education major from Slippery Rock (Slippery Rock Area High School)
  • Education Chair: Kristen Wilson, senior chemistry/secondary education major from Washington (Washington High School)
  • Community Chair: Brandon Bosley, senior biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Edwardsville (Champion High School
  • Publicity Chair: Lindsay Orzechowski, senior digital design major from Erie (Fort LeBoeuf High School)

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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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host the second Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, April 13, at noon. The concert, which will take place in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel, is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. Donations can be made at the concert to benefit Relay for Life. Refreshments will be offered at a reception afterward.

Twice each semester, the University’s Music Program presents Chamber Works concerts to showcase the hard work and talents of small ensembles. The ensembles and repertoire featured vary at each concert; at a given event, attendees may hear performances from a brass, percussion or woodwind ensemble, a guitarist or pianist, or a beauty or barber shop quartet.

Small ensembles are taught by University instructors outside of general music classes and provide students opportunities for leadership within the group and individual creativity. Students in small musical groups are also exposed to a wider variety of musical genres than is possible in large ensembles. Chamber Works concerts illustrate the hours of practice dedicated and students’ passion for their craft.

For more information, contact Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, 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

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