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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mary-Hoffman.jpgEnglish (secondary education, creative writing) alumna, Mary Hoffman, is headed to Dayton, Ohio, to pursue her passion for teaching and learning. Hoffman was accepted to the University of Dayton’s Lalanne Program, a two-year graduate program with a tuition-free master’s degree, accompanied with two years of teaching in an urban Catholic school.

Over the next two years, Hoffman will teach sixth and seventh-grade students and engage in research.

“I am excited to continue my passion for research by conducting a two-part action research for my graduate degree,” said Hoffman, whose research will examine the effects of daily writing on seventh-grade classroom reading levels. “The research will be part of my teaching experience, so I can apply what I am learning in my courses directly toward my career.”

The support that Hoffman received from the faculty in Waynesburg’s Department of English and Foreign Languages and Department of Education encouraged her career choice in education and research.

“My professors were encouraging and supportive at Waynesburg and always had my best interest at heart,” she said. “I’m confident that Waynesburg has fully prepared me for both my first year of teaching and the coursework at University of Dayton.”

Additionally, Hoffman worked at the Writing Center and helped both undergraduate and graduate students with their papers; this where she learned the best practices to teach writing to others. Jill Moyer Sunday, director of the Writing Center, helped further Hoffman’s interest in research by encouraging her to present at the International Writing Centers Association Conference.

Stepping out of her comfort zone, Hoffman was a copy editor for the student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, for one year, which exposed her to a different style of writing. She was also a member of the orientation board as an orientation leader, the senior class gift committee and the Student Activities Board.

Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and serving had a profound impact on Hoffman during her time at the University.

“Waynesburg’s mission shaped my classroom experience, therefore, shaping my career, even as a graduate student,” she said. “The professors at Waynesburg incorporated faith, learning and serving into their everyday lives, something I hope to do for my students, as well."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgDr. Richard Pierce, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently published in the 20th anniversary issue of Windhover, a literary journal published by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Pierce’s poem, “Let Fire Come Down,” is a prayer poem in which the speaker fervently asks God to change his heart, to make him feel better, and to love and serve Him and others.

“Anytime someone publishes your work or asks you to give a public reading, it is a good feeling,” said Pierce. “So much of a writer’s life is spent behind the scenes – or rather in front of the page or a computer screen – it is nice to feel appreciated and to meet other writers and readers.”

Pierce was also invited to lead a public reading of his poetry at the February 2015 Windhover Writers’ Festival in Belton, Texas, in which his participation is seen as a benefit to his creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“It can help me keep them abreast of contemporary Christian literary writers they should study,” said Pierce.

Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Ohio University and the University of Illinois and a doctorate in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Dr. Robert Randolph, writer-in-residence and chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University, has recently had four works accepted for publication by the Chiron Review, BOAAT Press and Journal for the Assembly of the Expanded Perspectives on Learning.

b2ap3_thumbnail_2-11-Bob-Randolph.jpgRandolph’s poem, “Ambused,” will be published in the Chiron Review, a publication that hosts a wide range of contemporary creative writing. According to Randolph, the poem is a love poem with an element of grief.

BOAAT Press, an online journal of poetry, fiction, essays and photography, will publish Randolph’s poem, “Some Things About an Old Man,” in an upcoming issue. Randolph explained that it is a poem about an old man walking alone through a town, realizing the fact that he is old yet full of memories, holidays and celebrations.

Also to be published are a short essay, “My Mother’s Letters,” and a poem, “Final Journals,” both in the Journal for the Assembly of the Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Randolph said that his essay was inspired by a letter he received from his mother before she passed that he always carries with him and reads often.

“My published works give me the opportunity to share what matters to me,” said Randolph. “Reading and writing allow us all to be in the world in powerful, eventful and true ways.”

He has published 47 individual poems in 40 different journals, in addition to 11 essays in scholarly journals. Most recently, he was chosen as pastor-in-residence at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

Randolph holds a bachelor’s in English from Wilmington University, a master’s and doctorate in English from Southern Illinois University, as well as master’s degree in theology from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a master’s in counseling from Waynesburg University.

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, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Jill-Sunday.jpgJill Sunday, director of the Writing Center at Waynesburg University, has recently been accepted as a Book Reviewer for The Los Angeles Review of Books (LAR).

Established in 2003, LAR is a literary journal that is published twice a year in print and monthly online. LAR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, interviews and book reviews that mirror Los Angeles itself: sprawling, unexpected and unpredictable.

As a book reviewer, Sunday will review prose titles for LAR in a freelance capacity.

“I get to do what I love most: read and tell others how I think each particular book fits into our human awareness,” said Sunday.

The opportunity became available to Sunday after a friend who reviews for LAR mentioned that the literary journal was in search for additional reviewers. After submitting her curriculum vitae and a writing sample, Sunday was asked to begin reviewing books.

Having already submitted her first review, she is excited to use her extensive English background to facilitate communication between other writers.

“I am an avid reader and writer, and one of my teaching focuses is creative nonfiction writing,” said Sunday. “I am very interested in reading and discussing what others have written. Stories are our human heartbeat.”

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgThree poems written by Waynesburg University’s Dr. Richard Pierce have been selected for publication in Image journal. Pierce, an assistant professor of English at the University, submitted poems entitled “Go Gentle,” “Father Rodney,” and “Salt of Sodom,” all of which will appear in a future issue of Image.

Image, an internationally-read quarterly, features artistic works grounded in religious faith or featuring spiritual grappling. Pierce submitted his three poems because he felt they aligned with the publication’s focus on faith and art.

“Being published in Image means very much to me, and I am very thankful for the opportunity,” said Pierce. “It has been a dream of mine for quite a while.  If you are a writer of faith, you want to be published in Image.”

The poems were submitted after Pierce sought revisions and feedback from a number of colleagues, both at the University and outside of it. He believes his experiences writing poetry and getting published have a direct influence on the tools and skills he teaches creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“This publication helps me to teach students the important lesson that perseverance and patience are imperative to becoming a good writer,” said Pierce.

Pierce also published a poetry chapbook, “The Book of Mankey,” in 2015 and has had upwards of a dozen other poems published in various poetry collections and reviews.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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