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b2ap3_thumbnail_oland.jpgOver the course of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ improbable regular season that has seen the Pirates reach the postseason, a number of Waynesburg University students had the opportunity to work for or with the baseball team that has shocked the nation.

While Lanny Frattare, an assistant professor for the Department of Communication, is known for his 33 years as the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a number of other members of Waynesburg University’s community have spent time at PNC Park this season.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, four Waynesburg students all worked the Pittsburgh Pirates’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Senior Kyle Oland, a media relations intern for the Pirates, senior Brandon Reed, a production intern for Root Sports, sophomore Creg Milko, a freelancer with MLB Network and junior Nick Farrell, an intern for SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan, worked in different areas of the communications field.

“It screams volumes that four of our students are working with a major league team,” said Frattare. “All four are making Waynesburg University proud, but more important, all four are making themselves proud.”

Farrell, who spent much of his summer reporting on the various Pittsburgh professional sports teams as an intern for SportsRadio 93.7, said he ran into a number of current and former Waynesburg students during his internship.

During these moments, Farrell said he took great pride in knowing his University was producing such talented individuals in the Pittsburgh media market. The Pirates’ game in August stood out in Farrell’s mind as the greatest of those moments.

“I was sitting in the Pirates’ Press Box at PNC Park before the game, and I got a text message from Creg Milko asking if I was at the game,” said Farrell. “I had already known Kyle [Oland] and Brandon [Reed] were working the game, and it was one of those moments where you realize how well everyone from your school is doing.”

Throughout the summer, the four students were able to experience different aspects of working in professional sports while applying skills learned at Waynesburg University.

“To have just one student working for a major company would be impressive for any university,” said Milko, “but to have four students, all working for different media outlets shows why [Waynesburg’s Department of Communication] is one of the most well-rounded programs out there.”

Oland, who received a full-season internship with the Pirates, is still serving as a media relations intern within Pittsburgh’s front office.

The public relations student worked to promote the players and coaches through traditional and social media tactics, while providing members of the local and national media with information about the team on a daily basis. Oland said that his time with the Pirates has been the best experience of his life.

“I can honestly say that had I not attended Waynesburg University, I would not be in the position I am today,” said Oland. “During my four years at Waynesburg, not only have I learned how to be a professional, but I have developed as a leader and a positive representation of what the University hopes its students become.”

Reed, an electronic media major, is currently interning with Roots Sports at its North Shore studios, cutting voice-overs and highlights for the pre-game, post-game and game-break segments of Pirates’ television broadcasts.

Farrell, a sports broadcasting student, gathered pregame and postgame sound bites in the Pirates’ locker room for use on the Pirates Pregame Show and later use on 20/20 Sports Updates.

Milko, a sports broadcasting student, worked as a runner for MLB Network. The sophomore answered to the Operations Producer for that night’s broadcast and was responsible for assisting that night’s announcers with any requests they needed.

“Nick, Kyle, Creg and Brandon have displayed the commitment necessary to be successful,” said Frattare. “I am convinced, after spending four-plus years on the Waynesburg University campus, that a significant number of our students are devoted to working hard and developing their skills.  Practice, perseverance and patience are critical for the advancement of a novice communicator and the elevation of said communicator to the ranks of a seasoned professional.”

All four students agreed that for the Department of Communication to have four of its students all working the same game shows the quality of students at Waynesburg.

“From my experiences, it seems like those professionals are beginning to recognize Waynesburg as having one of the best programs around,” said Farrell. “I think that it’s a reflection of the Department’s dedication to providing students opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom.”

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Experience a variety of musical talents Thursday, Oct. 17, as the Waynesburg University Music Program offers its first Chamber Works Concert of the semester. The concert will be held in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel at noon. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert will include performances by the Chamber Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Beauty Shop & Barber Shop Quartets and the Lamplighters Touring Choir.

“As percussionists, we can make nearly anything into an instrument,” said Ryan Frost, lecturer of fine arts at Waynesburg University and a faculty musician. “This piece is a great example of using common household items to create music, similar to the internationally-known percussion group, ‘Stomp.’”

The audience is encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the hour-long event. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3420.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_homecoming-court-resized.jpgWaynesburg University recently announced its 2013 Homecoming Court. The crowning of the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen will take place during halftime of the University’s homecoming game against the Thiel College Tomcats Saturday, Oct. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium.

The Homecoming Court includes:

  • Anastasia Barr, a senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major from Avella, Pa. (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Jasmine Blackwell, a senior English, secondary education (creative writing) major from Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area High School)
  • Kimber Blair, a senior public relations major from Newcastle, Pa. (Laurel Junior-Senior High School)
  • Daniel Czajkowski, a senior criminal justice administration major from Fredrick, Md. (Spencerville Adventist Academy)
  • Aaron D ‘Amore, a senior mathematics major from Butler, Pa. (Butler Area Senior High School)
  • Elaine Hasek, a senior mathematics, secondary education major from Valencia, Pa. (Mars Area High School)
  • Kylee Horvath, a senior information technology major from Edinburg, Pa. (Mohawk Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Spenser Sargent, a senior environmental science major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Steven Snow, a senior criminal justice administration major from Butler, Pa. (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Dominic Zappa, a senior accounting major from Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway Senior High School)

Pictured above - from left to right in the back row: Spenser Sargent, Dan Czajkowski, Dominic Zappa, Steven Snow and Aaron D 'Amore. Pictured from left to right in front row: Kylee Horvath, Kimber Blair, Elaine Hasek, Jasmine Blackwell and Anastasia Barr.

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Waynesburg University will host fall visitation days for transfer students, high school students and their families Monday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

“Visitation Days are important for any prospective student to participate in, as it is a great way to experience what Waynesburg University is like. A visit to campus is one the most vital steps a student can make to help assist them in their college search process,” said Jessica Sumpter, director of admissions at the University.

Registration in the Stover Student Center begins at 8:30 a.m. on both Monday, Oct.14, and Saturday, Nov. 2. After check-in, students have the opportunity to take a campus tour, interact with current students and meet with faculty members in their major of interest. Students and families can also learn more about admissions and financial aid. Lunch will be provided on campus in the Benedum Dining Hall.

Attending visitation days allows interested students to see the mission and values of Waynesburg University firsthand. As the University stands firm in its values of faith, learning and service, students are pushed to rise to the challenge of becoming leaders, stewards and scholars.

Approximately 2,400 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 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 15 annual domestic and international service mission trips offered during fall, winter and spring breaks.

For more information or to register for a fall visitation day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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