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Unknown-1.jpgWaynesburg University presented the Greene County Historical Society with a donation Friday, Oct. 3, to help cover expenses associated with the display of a special exhibit, “The Civil War in Pennsylvania.” The exhibit is on loan to the Historical Society from the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The opening reception for the exhibit is Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Stover.jpgThe Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with Tucker and Arensberg Partner Robert L. McTiernan Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, to discuss his involvement in the 1989 Supreme Court nativity scene case Allegheny County v. Greater Pittsburgh ACLU. McTiernan discussed Allegheny County’s unsuccessful legal strategy to defend the nativity scene in the Allegheny County Courthouse from the ACLU’s constitutional challenge. McTiernan also provided insights to the Stover Scholars about law school and entering the practice of law. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_homecoming-14.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 11. Throughout the weekend, a number of activities will be held for students, alumni and members of the community.

“Homecoming is a very special event for our alumni,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “I look forward to greeting Waynesburg graduates and sharing with them all of the exciting things happening on our campus.”

The weekend will offer a variety of scheduled activities, including athletic events, a 5K walk/run, class reunions and more. The Yellow Jacket football team will take on Case Western Reserve University at 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium Saturday, Oct. 11.

Registration for Homecoming 2014 is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit www.waynesburgunited.com/homecoming14 or call 724-852-3256.

The Homecoming Weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 10

  • 1 p.m. – Golf at Rohanna’s Golf Course (reservation required)
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Reception at the President’s house (reservation required)
  • 6 p.m. – Recent Graduates are invited to join current students in Johnson Commons for a picnic, followed by a pep rally and Waynesburg Idol Finale on our outdoor stage.
  • 7 p.m. – All Alumni Celebration at The Lodge at Rohanna’s (reservation required)

Saturday, Oct. 11

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk registration (Johnson Commons). Please pre-register online at myconnect.waynesburg.edu or by calling 724-852-3206.
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk shotgun start (Johnson Commons)
  • 9 a.m. to noon – The Paul R. Stewart Museum will be open
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Campus Bookstore will be open
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – All alumni who check in at Orange Alumni Tent (Johnson Commons) will receive two complimentary game tickets. Alumni can also check in at the front and back gates of John F. Wiley Stadium from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. - Volleyball Trimatch vs. Saint Vincent and Pitt Greensburg (Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – JacketFest (Johnson Commons), a family-friendly event featuring booths, activities and giveaways from a number of student clubs and organizations
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Come-and-Go Brunch (Benedum Dining Hall)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Football Game (John F. Wiley Stadium)
  • Halftime – Alumni Tent (John F. Wiley Stadium back gate)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Hospitality Room (Stover Campus Center)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Women’s Tennis vs. Alderson-Broaddus College (Waynesburg University Tennis Courts)
  • Postgame – 5th Quarter Steak Cookout (John F. Wiley Stadium - reservation required)

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