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b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2014-10-23-at-10.44.40-AM.pngWaynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was awarded the Star Chapter Award for meeting specific chapter and professional development goals for the second consecutive year.

“It is especially gratifying to achieve this accomplishment in consecutive years given we have just begun our fifth year as a chapter,” said Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “We are well ahead of the long-term goals and objectives that we established for the public relations major and the PRSSA chapter when we first started the process.”

The Public Relations Student Society of America National Committee evaluates the performance of PRSSA chapters and awards the recognition to chapters that meet at least eight of the following 10 requirements:

  • Conduct a high school outreach session and/or promote Affiliate membership to a nearby community college
  • Confirm attendance by at least one Chapter member at National Conference, National Assembly, a Regional Conference or Leadership Rally
  • Confirm that at least 10 percent of graduating seniors applied for PRSA Associate Membership
  • Confirm that at least one Chapter member applies for an individual National PRSSA scholarship or award
  • Confirm that the Chapter applied for at least one national PRSSA award
  • Extend an invitation to students/faculty from other disciplines to attend at least one Chapter meeting
  • Gain positive attention for the Chapter in at least one campus or community publication or other media
  • Give attention to ethics in at least one chapter meeting
  • Initiate and complete at least one community service project
  • Strengthen the Chapter’s relationship with its Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) sponsor chapter

In just its fifth year of existence, Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA is one of 328 schools nationally associated with PRSSA, the student counterpart of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Waynesburg’s Chapter was one of 31 from around the country honored with Star Chapter status.

“This recognition means that our Chapter is one of the best in the nation,” said Megan Bayles, junior public relations major and the president of Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “This award shows that we are doing things right, and we are offering our members all of the opportunities needed to succeed in the fast-paced world of public relations.”

Bayles added that receiving the Star Chapter Award reflects the hard work and dedication of the Chapter’s members and executive board.

“Gaining the honor of Star Chapter is not an easy feat to accomplish,” said Bayles. “It takes motivated members with innovative ideas and strong work ethics as well as strong and active leadership from advisers and our executive board. I feel so blessed to be part of a chapter with such great potential and such amazing members.”

The Chapter’s next goals are to apply for the Dr. F.H. Teahan Chapter Awards sponsored by PRSSA as well as to obtain National Affiliation for the Chapter’s student-run firm, Red Brick Communications.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aladdin.jpgPresident and CEO of Aladdin Food Management Services Tom Cusimano and Aladdin District Manager Joe DeSalvo presented a gift to Waynesburg University Monday, Oct. 20. Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee accepted the check on behalf of the University.

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Tonks.jpgRJ Tonks, senior junior sports management major and marketing minor

Intern, Carrick Brain Centers in Marietta, Ga. 

When considering internship possibilities, RJ Tonks found a way to combine his passion for athletics and marketing with a very personal passion for health and rehabilitation. Tonks, who suffers from a rare virus that affects his hand eye coordination, mobility, speech, balance and fine motor skills, chose an organization he knows very well, Carrick Brain Centers. The Centers have treated his condition for the past three years and have dramatically improved the symptoms. 

He spoke with Dr. Ted Carrick, chief of Functional Neurology at the centers, about applying for an internship with the place that changed his life. Not only did he assist with the marketing activities of the Center, but Tonks also received rehabilitation treatments throughout the summer. 

As an intern, he happily shared his story with potential patients, distributed marketing materials to current patients, scheduled patients' appointments, filed paperwork and patient files and ran notes to doctors.  

“Waynesburg University helped me to be professional in an office setting and in compiling marketing materials,” he said. “The mission of the University guided me in my interactions with patients. Aside from gaining a bunch of knowledge about marketing, I'm even more compassionate towards individuals with disabilities.”  

 

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Giuliani.jpgHayden Giuliani, senior athletic training major  

Intern, Pro Performance RX in Morgantown, W.Va. 

Hayden Giuliani’s summer internship with Pro Performance RX, a regional leader for fitness training, sport training, rehabilitation and overall health training, was a natural fit. After observing there as part of her Waynesburg University athletic training clinical rotation, she proved to the training staff that she could succeed in a summer setting as well. 

“Being able to put a client through a workout on my own and see her progress from week to week was the best part,” Giuliani said. “It felt like I had proven myself, and all the work was worth it.”

Giuliani, who serves as the vice president of Waynesburg’s Athletic Training Student Association and who plays varsity basketball and participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said that she entered the internship with a “very good foundation of knowledge” on strength and conditioning.

“Being an athletic training major gives me a step above exercise science majors at other colleges in some ways, because I must learn more about how the total body works and what can affect it,” she said. “I ended up making a name for myself with all the trainers and stood the test of being independent as a trainer, which was extremely encouraging and beneficial to my future.” 

 

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Ferko-2.jpgRobin Ferko, senior forensic science major

Intern, Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

After a fire has struck a home, it is up to the county’s fire marshal to visit the scene, investigate the damage and determine the cause of the fire. Most people may find this job intimidating, but Robin Ferko finds it thrilling. 

Ferko spent her summer months as an intern for the Allegheny County Fire Marshal in Pittsburgh, Pa. A senior forensic science major, Ferko found herself applying what she had learned from Waynesburg University into her everyday duties and responsibilities. As an intern, Ferko was on constant call in case of a fire emergency. 

In one case, Ferko and the team found evidence of arson. 

“Someone got arrested based on the evidence we collected,” she said. “It was amazing to be able to contribute in that way and see my work make a difference.”

When arriving at a scene, she examined the buildings affected by fires to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state and local fire codes were met. As an investigator, she helped to determine the origin and cause of fires by digging through debris, taking photographs and sketching out the scene. 

“It is one thing to have mock crime scenes and practice at school, but it is another to actually put the tape on and collect evidence that will go to the lab,” said Ferko. “My studies at Waynesburg University definitely prepared me for the fire scenes I encountered.” 

 

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