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WCTV, the Waynesburg University student television station, recently earned a bronze award from the 35th annual Telly Awards for its piece titled “The Buzz: November 11, 2013.” 

Waynesburg’s piece stood out among nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.  

“The Buzz” is a show that focuses on feature stories in Waynesburg, the nation and the entertainment world. It began in the fall of 2013 under the direction of Kelly Witas, a 2014 communication (electronic media) alumna and former general manager of WCTV.

“This is such a big honor for WCTV,” said Witas. “So many of us put our hearts into these shows, and it’s great to get recognition for that work. It’s also a great end to my college career.”

The winning episode of “The Buzz” featured stories about a 10-year-old boy who suffers from Aspergers, the Boston Red Sox winning the Major League Baseball championship and the Waynesburg University fall play. 

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.

A prestigious panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other but are judged against a high standard of merit.  

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “WCTV’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its fourth annual PR Week celebration Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11. This week-long event recognizes the hard work and dedication public relations majors show within the field of public relations throughout the academic year.

PR Week is comprised of high-profile guests who travel to Waynesburg University to speak about their personal wealth of experiences in public relations. Students also receive the opportunity to network and gain further insight into the industry.

The week will include an alumni and sports panel, a Mini Bateman Competition and a Communication Carnival. In addition to those events, four speakers will discuss PRSA National Board, blogging, healthcare public relations and marketing communications.

Geri Evans, MA, APR, PRSA Board Member
Evans is an experienced public relations professional, public speaker, presentation coach, writer, consultant, educator and business owner. As the president of the Evans PR Group, she has counseled clients extensively in the areas of message development, media training and presentation skills, among others. 

Cooper Munroe, Co-Founder of the Motherhood.com
The Motherhood is an award-winning web network. Munroe was recently named one of the top 10 “Power Moms” on the web by Parents Magazine. The Motherhood campaigns are known for being smart, original and creating huge impact on moms across the country.

Jaime Dray, Marketing and Communication Specialist for ARDEX Americas
Dray is an experienced and innovative public relations professional and an enthusiastic social and digital media specialist. With more than seven years of experience, she has worked for regional marketing agencies as well as national nonprofits and corporations. ARDEX is the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of premium floor installation products. 

Joy Eggleston, Senior Public Affairs Officer at Southwest Regional Medical Center
Eggleston serves as the Public Affairs Officer in the healthcare sector of public relations. She will bring a dynamic view to PR Week through speaking on behalf of healthcare in public relations.

Under the supervision of Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and Chapter advisor, PR Week was founded and developed extensively to reward students for their year-long work ethic and to provide essential learning opportunities outside of the classroom setting. Krause originally designed the week with the help of students and now relies on them to assist in contacting and introducing speakers, coordinating facilities and performing evaluation measures.

“The programs are designed to give our current students knowledge of the public relations industry,” Krause said. “We have a very strong list of speakers and the range is intentionally diverse. The speakers will provide students with insight about agency, healthcare, corporate and energy fields of public relations.”

PRSSA would like to invite any Waynesburg University student, particularly those studying advertising, marketing and business, to participate in the week’s events. PR Week focuses on informing those who are interested in learning more about the field and networking with various professionals.

Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter enhances the education of public relations students by advocating rigorous academic standards, creating valuable networking opportunities and enriching professional development within the field. As an affiliation with its parent chapter Public Relations Society of American (PRSA), the PRSSA chapter of Waynesburg University gains tools to support advocacy from the society and encourage individual leaders to adopt their own initiatives to support their communities.

For more information, contact Richard Krause at 724-852-3240 or by e-mail at rkrause@waynesburg.edu.

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Communication

Writer for the “Willis Report” at Fox Business Network

New York, N.Y.

Additional Info:

  • Internship with “Cavuto” on the FOX Business Network, 2010
  • Production Assistant at Fox Business Network
  • Bachelor of Arts, Waynesburg University, 2011

“Students interested in a career in television have countless avenues from which to choose, and Waynesburg University offers classes and experiences in all of those avenues and allows students to use the facilities in their free time to practice. As a student, I had the opportunity to work my way up from crewing newscasts and remotes to producing, anchoring and eventually managing the station. You can’t have better preparation than that.”

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Waynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently named a regional winner in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual awards contest for the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. 

“The SPJ awards are the top of the line for student journalism contests, and this category is akin to a best in show award that judges the entire publication, so we are quite excited,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University and faculty adviser to the Yellow Jacket. 

Nick Farrell, a senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major and the executive editor of the Yellow Jacket, took home two regional awards for General News Reporting. The awards recognize his article on past Waynesburg University president A.B. Miller’s diary returning to campus and his series on the University’s student senate changes. 

“Having the piece on Miller's diary recognized was a gratifying experience for me, especially since I found out about the award a few weeks before President Lee's inauguration and at a time when the campus community is greatly in touch with its history,” Farrell said. 

Farrell enjoyed the opportunity to tell Lee about the Yellow Jacket award in person, in Lee’s office where the diary is kept. 

“The Yellow Jacket's role is to serve the campus community, and we have a history of exceeding that call to service that dates back to the early 1900s,” Farrell said. “To be recognized individually for my work is quite an honor, but I'm most pleased by the fact the entire staff has been recognized for its outstanding commitment to the weekly execution of reporting news factually and effectively.”

While the Yellow Jacket typically wins at least one award from SPJ each year, this is the first time it has won an SPJ Best All-Around award in nearly a decade. The Yellow Jacket won SPJ All-Around awards in both 2004 and 2005, a time when Szuminsky, then a student at Waynesburg University, was editor of the paper.

In April, the Yellow Jacket will learn how it placed in region four. First place winners move on to the national SPJ competition. Farrell, too, will learn how he placed among other young journalists from across the region. 

“No matter how the placing works out, we know that the preeminent journalism organization thinks the Jacket is one of the top three papers in this region,” said Szuminsky.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_PRSSA.jpgSeven members of the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter traveled to the PNC Park Hall of Fame Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 28, to work the 2014 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards. The annual ceremony celebrates the brightest stars and best work in Pittsburgh’s public relations community. 

The students arrived before the event began and assisted with set up, schedule review and prep work. During the ceremony, students managed the registration table, communicating with more than 180 public relations practitioners from the Pittsburgh area. Members were also responsible for handing out the awards to the winners. 

“Having the opportunity to help plan and execute the Renaissance Awards with our parent Chapter is invaluable,” said Molly Winters, junior public relations major and the president of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter. “It shows the professionals we look up to that we are extremely dedicated and are willing to go the extra mile to get that knowledgeable experience.”

This is the second consecutive year the Waynesburg Chapter sent members to work the event after establishing a professional relationship with Dan Ayer, president of PRSA Pittsburgh and co-chair of the 2014 Renaissance Awards, in the fall of 2012. 

“Multiple members of PRSA Pittsburgh have had the opportunity to work with Waynesburg University students in the past,” said Ayer. “When it came time to look for help with our biggest and most high profile event, it was a no-brainer to ask Waynesburg.”

Because of the great impression the students made on Ayer at last year’s event, he contacted Richard Krause, chairman of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to the Waynesburg University PRSSA, in the fall of 2013 to not only ask if his students could help work the event again, but also for an intern to take control of the call for entries and online entry submission process for the award categories. 

Jordan Mitrik, a sophomore public relations major and historian of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter, worked alongside Ayer and his team prior to the ceremony. Mitrik managed the entry process, confirmed with the Pittsburgh agencies of their entries as well as categorized them into the appropriate award sections. Once completed, the work done by Mitrik was sent to PRSA Los Angeles to judge the entries and select the winners of the 2014 PRSA Renaissance Awards. 

“The students from Waynesburg University were essential to the success of the Renaissance Awards,” said Ayer. “By knowing that we had such a dedicated and capable group to help, the board was able to focus on making the event even stronger this year.”

Not only did the students work the event, but they also had the opportunity to network with working professionals in the public relations field. Winters said getting the chance to extend the Chapter’s skills and interact with Waynesburg PRSSA’s parent Chapter at the Renaissance Awards was very beneficial. 

“Working with our parent Chapter is extremely important to us, because the work we are doing as students is going to reflect how we act as professionals one day,” said Winters. “We strive to be like our parent Chapter professionals, so working alongside them is very beneficial to us.”

Chartered in 2010, the award-winning Waynesburg University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America strives to prepare members for their future profession through experience, opportunity and achievement.

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