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During Waynesburg University’s Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5, the Department of Communication will hold a program for its alumni.

According to Richard Krause, professor and chair of the Department of Communication, the event will be hosted on the fourth floor of Buhl Hall, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity to reconnect with our alumni,” said Krause. “I think all [academic] departments and many of the faculty here at Waynesburg take seriously the relationships they have with their students.”

While Krause did not want to disclose all events planned for the day, he did say that the day would celebrate the Department of Communication’s past.

“We want to have an opportunity to have conversations with our former students,” he said. “Celebrate what they achieved when they were here. Celebrate what we are achieving now and talk about what we can do to make the future even better.”

Krause said that all the Department of Communication’s staff will be in attendance, along with some current students.

“We want our alumni to be able to connect with our current students,” Krause said. “I want our alumni to be a part of this. I want them to be part of the [Department of Communication’s] growth and the goals we have.”

Anyone planning on attending can RSVP or direct any questions to Krause at 724-852-3240 or rkrause@waynesburg.edu.

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

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On February 15, the Waynesburg University community was blessed with the presence of a Waynesburg alumna, Anne Bannister. Since graduating in 2009, Banister has committed her life to serving the world around her by applying the skills she gained at Waynesburg University. She spoke to faculty and students in McCance Auditorium about her life after graduation through a lecture titled “Mountains Between Us: Educate, Equip, Empower.”

During her time at Waynesburg University, Banister pursued a degree in communications with a minor in service leadership. Originally, she was unsure of attending a small school, but after visiting Waynesburg University for the first time, she got a sensation that something bigger was going on and that God was present on campus. She soon found that her academic experience would extend much further than the classroom.

“In the fall of 2006, one of my friends invited me to attend a viewing of Invisible Children during Waynesburg's ‘Who's Your Neighbor Week,'” Banister said. “I was absolutely shocked by the genocide in the 20 year war. This really sparked my interest in picking up my minor in service leadership and my interest in helping those in need.”

The staff and faculty at Waynesburg University pushed her to work harder and to achieve more. Before graduating, Anne produced four documentaries for four nonprofit organizations, including the West Waynesburg Jesus Distributor, PeaceWorks, World Vision and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“The faculty at Waynesburg University really did encourage me to be the best that I could be,” Banister said. “The hands on, real world application along with the leadership aspect that Waynesburg focuses on pushed me out of my comfort zone and has really given me more than adequate preparation for what I am doing now.”

Since graduation, Banister has been working with organizations in the small country of Nepal. Located South of China, Nepal is a developing country that suffers from poor health, social inequality and a lack of government support.

“A lot of people are required to fend for themselves,” Banister said. “The country consists of a lot of farming; it's a physically demanding environment there.”

Banister has been fighting for equal rights in Nepal through working with the charity the Edge of Seven, an organization that invests in projects that further alleviate women in developing countries of social inequalities, along with giving them education, health and economic opportunities.

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Two Waynesburg University alumna have made an impact and gained attention for their dedication to maintaining the University's mission of faith, service and learning after their graduation dates.

Margaret Graham, a 2010 public relations and sociology graduate, and Sarah Spicuzza, a 2011 communications and advertising graduate, have continued life after college with Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE).

PULSE, an organization committed to cultivating a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh, places individuals in nonprofit organizations throughout the city to perform volunteer service for 35 hours a week.

Both Graham and Spicuzza work directly with the skill sets they learned at Waynesburg University, such as social media, newsletter writing and annual report writing for the nonprofit organizations to which they are assigned. Spicuzza serves as an executive assistant at Serving Leaders, and Graham serves as the communication coordinator at East Liberty Development Inc.

“PULSE provides a great opportunity to explore vocation and calling while receiving the support of a community and the hands-on experience in a potential career field,” Graham said. 

Both women have been recognized for their service by an online, higher education magazine, and Graham was recently named one of Western Pennsylvania's 2012 "Rising Stars," by Get Involved!, Inc. These awards are presented annually to 21 local young professionals ages 21-29 in the nonprofit, business and governmental sectors who dedicate their time and talent to community organizations and who are making a positive difference.

As Graham and Spicuzza near the end of their leadership experience with PULSE, they remember fondly their accomplishments at both Waynesburg University and with the PULSE program and look forward to a lifetime of service.

"PULSE is an extension of the great things that Waynesburg was able to offer me. Graduating from PULSE is like graduating college all over again,” Spicuzza said. “I am excited to see what God has in store for me.”


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WCTV, Waynesburg University's television station, has recently undergone improvements that will allow for better broadcasting to the campus and community. The re-designed and newly renovated television studio will not only improve the quality of University productions and student experience, but also the potential for Univeristy recruitment.

Casey Zell, a senior electronic media student and producer of the Greene Room, a WCTV production, knows that she made the right decision to attend Waynesburg University because of the hands-on experience she gained immediately as a freshman.

That hands-on experience will culminate this year when she steps foot into a completely remodeled television studio.

“A brand new set, combined with ample opportunities to gain real world experience, is the perfect platform for anyone interested in television production,” Zell said. “Having a new set will help attract prospective students, because we can now offer something that we never could before.”

Bill Molzon, assistant professor of communication and director of TV Operations at Waynesburg University, led the project since its contracting in summer 2011. Molzon hired FX Group, a design company specializing in broadcast TV set design, sports, weather and entertainment scenery and lighting design, to develop the station's new aesthetic.

“The goal and challenge was to create an illusion of depth because TV is so two-dimensional,” Molzon said. “The design also had to be very flexible for our different shows.”

This flexibility included the design and purchase of three graphic panels meant to rotate as back drops for the station's three student-produced shows: Live at Five, Jacket Sports Weekly and the Greene Room. The revamped station also includes new lighting instruments that will create texture and depth for the set.

“Our department has been very blessed to work with so closely with the [University's] senior administration on this project,” Richard Krause, chair of the department of communication said. “The University's continued support of this project will greatly benefit the students' experience.”

The department of communication supplemented the University's gift of a remodeled set, flat screen televisions and advanced lighting technology, with two new television cameras to record the broadcasts of communication students. Zell believes that the new studio will benefit her work as well as the department of communication.

“The shows we produce and the content we put on the air is the product of everything we have learned through our classes and experience; it's how we market ourselves to future employers through things like our demo reels and resumes,” Zell said. “The visual quality of our productions is extremely important, because our work represents who we are and we represent the department.”

The department anticipates that, in addition to benefiting current broadcast and electronic media students, the new studio will intrigue prospective students and will open more opportunities for recruitment techniques.

“This is a new instructional resource for our students as well as a vehicle to promote the entire institution,” Molzon said. “Shows filmed in the new studio can be used for the University's website content and social media websites like YouTube.”

As a result of the remodeling and a partnership with a live streaming company, the department of communication will now be able to stream some of the studio productions live on the Internet as well as archive videos for prospective students to watch on demand. The on demand feature will allow viewers to watch archived episodes of the finished and edited studio productions.

Molzon looks forward to the opportunities that his broadcast and electronic media students will have as a result of the new set and the new streaming technology. He especially awaits the conclusion of the project, expected by the end of February 2012, for the current students' sake.

“We have such a great caliber of students and they are really deserving of a new set for their shows,” Molzon said. “With the new studio, they can truly showcase what they have learned at Waynesburg University, and that footage will show the quality of our program.”

 

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