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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUPRSSA.jpgWaynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (WUPRSSA) was recently awarded the Star Chapter Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award was presented at the PRSSA 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Waynesburg’s chapter was one of 42 chapters granted star chapter status out of the more than 350 student chapters throughout the country. Chapters are selected based upon the completion of specific criteria, such as the completion of community service projects, high school outreach and association with regional and national Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) events, meetings and conferences.

“The recognition places us among the elite PRSSA chapters nationally,” said Richard Krause, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Communication Department. “It demonstrates how strong our academic program is here, and, as a result, it provides us with a great recruiting opportunity.”

Krause attended the conference with six chapter members:

  • Maura Fenske, junior public relations major from Wintersville, Ohio (Wood County Christian School)
  • Natalie Gloady, senior public relations major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Washington High School)
  • Cassidy Graham, senior public relations and digital design major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • Zachary Sniadach, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  (Brentwood High School)
  • Amanda Troncone, sophomore public relations major from Tioga, Pennsylvania (Williamson High School)
  • Taylor White, senior public relations major and journalism minor from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)

According to Krause, students who attend the conference benefit from a variety of workshops and presentations. Students also have the opportunity to network with influential practitioners in the public relations field from across the country.

“The conference has also served to reinforce the work that we do here,” said Krause. “Students are discovering that we have something really special in place at Waynesburg University.”

In addition to the chapter award, 2016 Waynesburg public relations graduate, Jordan Mitrik, was presented with the PRSSA National Gold Key Award. The award, which is the highest individual honor bestowed upon PRSSA members, recognizes outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership in the PRSSA.

Mitrik submitted an application during his senior year at Waynesburg which highlighted his work and leadership positions with WUPRSSA, the student-run firm Red Brick Communications, and internships and other field-related experience.

“Winning this award is a reminder of the hard work and dedication I put in during the four years as a public relations student and member of WUPRSSA,” said Mitrik. “It truly is an honor that my efforts have been recognized, and it only pushes me to do bigger and better things in the industry now as a professional.”

Mitrik is currently employed at Brunner, a full-service marketing and advertising agency, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the board and blog coordinator for PRSA Pittsburgh.

“Few people understand how difficult it is to receive the Gold Key, and we have had students receive it in consecutive years,” said Krause.

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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Waynesburg University senior chemistry major Kristen Wilson, from Washington, Pennsylvania, was recently selected as the recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) 2016 JoAnne Day Student of the Year award in the Technical Category.

Wilson earned the award based upon her participation in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this past summer at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota, where she conducted chemistry education research. She studied under the direction of Dr. James Nyachwaya, assistant professor of chemistry education.

“I worked on analyzing how well students can make connections between different contexts by using their content-specific knowledge,” said Wilson.

Additionally, she had to submit a current resume, a paper describing how she and her university have benefited from the REU and letters of recommendation.

Wilson considers winning the award as “extremely unique.” It will provide for her another way to stick out from the crowd and be more competitive as she applies for jobs.

PennACE annually recognizes undergraduate students enrolled in member institutions who have completed an internship or co-op assignment. Students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program select one of the three categories that best represents their field: Technical Award, Liberal Arts Award or Business Award.

Wilson will receive a plaque and $250 in the spring. She will also be recognized at PennACE’s 2017 Annual Conference at Pennsylvania State University in April 2017 and be featured on their website.

She credits her success to the entire Chemistry Department at Waynesburg University.

“All of the chemistry professors had been encouraging me to apply for REUs and they helped me through the entire process,” said Wilson. “Dr. Baldauff has been a very large credit to my success as she has been so encouraging and helpful to my success.”

Wilson will graduate from Waynesburg in the spring. She has yet to decide whether she will apply for a high school chemistry teacher position or pursue graduate school for chemistry education research.

“I had never considered graduate school until after the research this summer, but I loved it so much I may want to continue with my education,” said Wilson.

Read more about Wilson’s internship experience by visiting our website: http://www.waynesburg.edu/blog/internship-spotlight-kristen-wilson.

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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At the start of the new year, 10 Waynesburg University students will travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to serve with Mustard Seed Communities. Led by Anthony Jarrell, a resident director at the University, and Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, the group will serve from Saturday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 7.

While in Jamaica, the group will be assisting Mustard Seed Communities by engaging in treatment and activities with children who have disabilities and have been abandoned. The students may also do maintenance work for the facilities there. Jarrell said he is looking forward to helping the organization and also to showing students the value of service.

“My hope for our students is that this trip, as with every University experience, is eye-opening,” said Jarrell. “My hope is that the mission of faith, learning and service comes to life in a way that our students can internalize these commitments to their own lives.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Marian Chearney, junior nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Ruth Costanza, senior nursing major from Cranberry Township (Home School)
  • Hanna Filapose, junior nursing major from Irwin (Yough Senior High School)
  • Rachel Friend, freshman psychology major from Markleysburg (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Katelyn Hunsicker, senior psychology major from Reading (Muhlenberg High School)
  • Abigail Kingston, junior sociology major from Fombell (Riverside High School)
  • Kirsten Lykens sophomore nursing major from Duncansville (Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School)
  • Kelsey Prough, sophomore sociology major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Nicole Romero, senior biology major from Cudahy, Calif. (King Drew Magnet High School)
  • Amy Smith, senior biology secondary education major from Fairlawn, Ohio (Copley 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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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Nine Waynesburg University students will travel to the island of Bonaire in the Netherland Antilles from Saturday, Dec. 31, to Saturday, Jan. 7, to serve with Trans World Radio (TWR). The students, led by Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Chad Sherman and Melinda Rush, a secretary at the University, will assist TWR with their mission of spreading the Word of God to as many people as possible through mass media.

Spending part of their Winter Break in Bonaire, the students will be focused on helping TWR assess their audience for their local FM station so they can learn more about who is listening to their content. The group, which includes several communication majors, will help record content for TWR’s FM station and coordinate social media posts for the year 2017. TWR is also in need of maintenance work around their facilities, which students will also address during the trip.

“[TWR] is very short-staffed and in desperate need of extra hands to complete the smaller tasks that can get in the way of developing a great radio station,” said Sherman. “I hope our help will allow the TWR-Bonaire staff to dedicate more time to their AM broadcast, which is sent out thousands of miles to millions of potential listeners.”

Sherman said he hopes the trip will help students learn more about Christian media ministry and understand the challenges TWR faces due to their location on an island in the Caribbean. Additionally, he believes the service trip is an opportunity for students to learn practical skills they can apply elsewhere.

“That’s the unique thing about this specific trip; it’s very vocational,” said Sherman. “Students get to practice what they’re being taught in the classroom.”

As the participating students live out Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and service, Sherman hopes they develop a passion for service and grow in their relationship with God.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, senior communication (journalism) major from North Huntingdon (Norwin Senior High School)
  • Alexis Boudreau, senior digital design major from Milton, Vt. (Milton Junior-Senior High School)
  • Zachary Imbrogno, sophomore with an undeclared major from Pittsburgh (Central Catholic High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Nicholas Lies, junior English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Brennen McCall, junior communication (electronic media) major from Cabot (Evangel Heights Christian Academy)
  • Shon Meade, junior communication (electronic media) major from Ellwood City (Riverside Junior-Senior High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, sophomore biblical and ministry studies major from Toms River, N.J. (Toms River High School North)
  • Elaina Spahmer, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Greenville, N.Y. (Greenville 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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During Waynesburg University’s Winter Break, 11 University students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas and serve at The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene. Led by Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, the students will serve from Sunday, Jan. 1, to Sunday, Jan. 8.

In previous years, Waynesburg students taught at an inner-city school in Nassau, but the school calendar was altered after a hurricane in the Bahamas in October. Now, University students will work with children at The Nazareth Center and the Victory Chapel teaching reading and writing, math, science, music, art and outdoor games.

Bausman said the goal of the service trip to help local students who struggle academically to get excited about learning and to share with them the love of Christ. The group’s efforts will also serve as outreach to the local community that was affected by the hurricane by illustrating that the Victory Chapel can be a help to the community.

Bausman said she looks forward to watching her students experience a new teaching environment and put to use the skills they’ve gathered at Waynesburg.

“The students have spent many hours planning lessons and activities, and yet know that we will also have to be flexible because things will change as we go into new situations,” said Bausman. “I am hoping that the students will see the importance of service and how their expertise is beneficial in serving others.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Melissa Bachorski, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Tori Bailey, junior criminal justice administration major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Arlington High School)
  • Michaela Callander, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Allie Christopher, sophomore biology secondary education major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Caroline Frye, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg (Home School)
  • Carolena Gasbarro, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Shana Helsley, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Altoona (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Hannah McPeek, freshman middle level education major from McMurray (Peters Township High School)
  • McKenzie Shaffer, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh (Upper Saint Clair High School)
  • Elizabeth Sible, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Coraopolis (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Joshua Stewart, freshman music ministry major from Waynesburg (Colonel Richardson 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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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