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Waynesburg University’s Department of English and Foreign Languages will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students and their teachers Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Registration and check in will begin at 9:40 a.m.

The workshop will feature Shannon Reed, instructor of English at Allegheny College, and former lecturer of English at Waynesburg University.

The goal of the workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercise provided by workshop facilitators.

Dr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at the University, believes the event also benefits Waynesburg’s English and creative writing majors.

“I hope they gain a sense of the positive role they as writers can play in the community,” said Randolph.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by Department of English and Foreign Languages faculty and students. During the student workshops, teachers will attend a workshop facilitated by Reed. Following the workshops, there will be a luncheon and student reading.

Reed is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Washington Post. Her other credits include Poets & Writers Magazine, Guernica, The Guardian, Vulture and Eater, among others.

She is also a playwright. Her plays have been produced in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh.

Registration is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register or for more information, contact Randolph by email at arandolp@waynesburg.edu.

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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Recent graduate Hanna Megna’s next step is to further her education in the nation’s capital.

On Aug. 29, 2016, Megna will begin earning her Master of Arts degree in contemporary English literature at George Washington University in Washington District of Columbia.

Excited and ready for her next level of study, Megna is looking forward to examining literature on a theoretical level with her professors. As she reflects back on her time at Waynesburg, Megna praises the value of the education she received at the university.

“The classes Dr. Jamie Dessart offers on theory have given me a really great base of knowledge,” said Megna. “I will be able to go into my graduate level classes with a working knowledge of concepts that my peers will only just be starting to acknowledge.”

Dr. Dessart encouraged Megna to submit a research paper to the National Pop Culture and American Culture Association’s annual conference. Megna said that the research for the paper was “both exhausting and exhilarating.” After submitting the paper, Megna was accepted to present her work in Seattle, which gave her the confirmation that this was part of God’s plan for her life. Additionally, she knew that pursuing her master’s degree was the next step in His plan.

During her time at Waynesburg, Megna said that she was able to grow because of the people that surrounded her. She was able to be independent in an environment that cared about her well-being.

“I was living on my own, but the faculty around me cared about me as a person and were always there when I needed advice,” said Megna. “I was making my own choices, but I had the input of those who had years of wisdom and knowledge.”

Megna worked at the Writing Center on campus with Jill Sunday and had independent study courses with Dr. Dessart that helped her not only gain knowledge, but also an understanding of how to apply her knowledge to both her class texts and everyday life. Megna said that she would not be where she is in her life without those two extraordinary women.

Megna furthered her knowledge outside of the classroom by being the treasurer and the president of Sigma Tau Delta during her time at Waynesburg. She credits the honor society as a great chance to be around like-minded individuals and be able to plan events that incorporated the entire department.

Looking into the future, Megna’s goal is to teach creative writing and contemporary literature at the collegiate level.

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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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