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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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Spring.jpgWaynesburg University will welcome transfer students, high school students and their families for Spring Visitation Days Saturday, April 2, and Saturday, April 16.

On each Visitation Day, registration will begin at 8:15 in Roberts Chapel. Following registration, the University will offer tours of the campus, and students will have the opportunity to meet with current students and faculty members in their desired areas of study. Students and parents will be invited to learn about scholarships and financial aid, as well as the admissions process, and all visitors can enjoy lunch in Benedum Dining Hall.

“Spring Visitation Days at Waynesburg University are designed to provide prospective students and their families an informative and engaging day,” said Jacqueline Palko, the university’s director of admissions. “Students visiting the campus in the spring are often juniors and sophomores beginning their college search, but we always welcome seniors who are still searching for the right college.”

Visitation Days enable interested students to experience the mission and values of Waynesburg University firsthand. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, service and learning so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.

Approximately 2,500 students are currently enrolled in Waynesburg University’s doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 70 academic concentrations are offered at the University, which maintains its status as one of the least expensive private institutions in Pennsylvania.

In addition to rigorous academics, service is at the forefront of a Waynesburg University education. Students, faculty and staff annually contribute more than 50,000 hours of service, working with more than 50 local, regional, domestic and international partners. University students have the opportunity to choose from approximately 18 annual domestic and international service mission trips offered during fall, winter and spring breaks.

For more information or to register for a Spring Visitation Day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0043.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run public relations firm, Red Brick Communications, earned National Affiliation in January. Red Brick Communications is an organization available to Waynesburg University students through the institution’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter.

National Affiliation is an honor bestowed upon PRSSA’s most accomplished student-run public relations firms, deeming them well-structured, professional and credible. To receive National Affiliation, a firm must demonstrate that it meets the standards set by PRSSA, some of which include being ethically based and outcome-driven, displaying accountability, and possessing professional and faculty support.

“I am beyond excited about receiving National Affiliation for the firm because it is a true testament to the dedication we have put into our clients' work,” said Jordan Mitrik, firm director at Red Brick Communications and senior public relations major. “I know how much effort was put into achieving this goal, and having it become a reality is something truly incredible.”

According to PRSSA, there are more than 100 student-run public relations firms throughout the United States. Of these student-run public relations firms, only 26 are Nationally Affiliated. Red Brick Communications is the only agency in Pennsylvania possessing this honor.

“To be Nationally Affiliated means that we are part of the best - it means that our hard work is being recognized and that we meet the standards set by PRSSA,” said Natalie Gloady, assistant firm director at Red Brick Communications and junior public relations major. “It shows that our firm, and our PRSSA Chapter, is dedicated to the work that we do, along with the public relations field overall.”

The firm began working to achieve this honor a year and a half ago. The National Affiliation application was an extensive process, one that required much time and commitment from the firm director and staff members.

“Jordan has done an excellent job leading the students within the firm,” said Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication. “National Affiliation recognizes the outstanding work that Jordan and other members of the firm have done. This accomplishment is significant for our Chapter and the Department of Communication.”

Founded in 2011, Red Brick Communications is a fully-functioning public relations agency, staffed entirely by Waynesburg University students. The firm offers pro bono public relations services to regional nonprofit organizations, including Waynesburg University’s Business Club, Corner Cupboard Food Bank, the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Special Olympics of Greene County.

“I am so blessed to oversee such talented communication students as firm director and be an integral part of a firm that has achieved such a distinguished honor,” said Mitrik.

For more information about Red Brick Communications and its services, please contact Mitrik at mit3036@student.waynesburg.edu, or visit the agency’s website, http://redbrick-communications.squarespace.com/.

For the list of Nationally Affiliated firms operated by PRSSA, visit http://prssa.prsa.org/chapters/firms/Affiliated_Firms/.

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The Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences will host its annual spring Mock Crime Scene event Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the University’s campus. The event is directed toward high school students interested in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science or Waynesburg University in general.

Students and parents will gather in Stover Campus Center at the start of the event for an in-briefing, and then separate activities will be offered for parents, while participating students spend the morning in sessions with experts in various fields. Students will rotate through four stations featuring guest presenters, who vary from year to year and may include experts in ballistics, DNA collection, fingerprints, forensic analysis, prosecution and more. Lunch is provided, and students and parents may meet after lunch with the Office of Admissions for campus tours or to ask any questions.

James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and coordinator of the event, said the goal of the event is to raise awareness among high school students about Waynesburg’s major disciplines related to criminal justice.

“It is also designed to clear up myths and misconceptions often exhibited on television and give the 16- to 18-year-old students firsthand exposure to professionals and the methods used in current day crime scene investigation,” said Tanda.

Interested students can contact the Office of Admissions or Bob Barnhart, admissions counselor, at 724-852-3346 for more information or to reserve a spot for the event. Space is limited.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-28-50-Christian-Colleges-with-the-Lowest-Debt-Burden-copy.jpgWaynesburg University has been recognized once again for value, ranking No. 12 on a national list measuring low debt burden among Christian colleges and universities nationwide.

The list, “The Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden,” was published by Christian Universities Online (CUO), an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education. 

Featuring Christian liberal arts colleges and universities whose 2014 graduating class had the lowest average debt burden, this ranking seeks to provide useful data to parents and students who are endeavoring to make an informed decision in choosing the best Christian institution to meet their needs, according to CUO’s website.

“Understanding that the long term impact which student loan debt can have on a graduate, this ranking attempts to highlight schools that have done an excellent job in caring for their students not only academically, but also financially,” stated CUO’s associate editor Anna-Rebekah Orr.

CUO compiled their ranking by examining publicly available data from U.S. News & World Report on institutions of higher education that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), using the “average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class” to rank the schools. 

This ranking follows Waynesburg’s recent recognition as a top value in several other studies, including those conducted by The Brookings Institution, CollegeNET, The Economist and Educate To Career (ETC).

Brookings scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed.

CollegeNET’s national Social Mobility Index rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

Waynesburg University also ranked in the top 100 nationwide in The Economist’s recently released, first-ever college rankings, which measured four-year, non-vocational American colleges based on alumni earnings above expectation.

ETC’s outcome-based index has consistently ranked Waynesburg University a top value college. ETC describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government’s College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.”

For more information, visit www.waynesburg.edu/ranking.

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