b2ap3_thumbnail_10-20-Comm-White-House.jpgSenior communication majors Kyle Dawson and Tyler Wolfe accompanied Bill Molzon, assistant professor of communication and director of TV operations, to the White House Oct. 5 and 6 to attend and report on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship ceremony with President Barack Obama.

Dawson and Wolfe, who are both involved in TV productions at the University, recorded the event and produced video footage reporting on the ceremony. Many other Washington and Pittsburgh media outlets were also in attendance to document Obama’s congratulatory speech offered to the Penguins following their Stanley Cup win this summer.

Molzon said his goal in taking students to the event was “to create a learning experience for the students that can’t be duplicated in the classroom.” The students agreed that the trip was invaluable for learning about TV production and covering major events.

It was the fifth time that Molzon took Waynesburg students to Washington for such an event. The first time was in 1991 after the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup.

Molzon coordinated this year’s trip with the White House Press Office and Waynesburg alumnus Bill Ingalls, a project manager and senior photographer for NASA. Ingalls lives in the Washington area and has hosted Molzon and his students on each of the trips, including this one.

“I call him our D.C. field producer because he knows the city like the back [of his hand],” said Molzon. “He gave [Dawson] and [Wolfe] a personal D.C. tour.”

The group arrived at the White House early Thursday, Oct. 6 to set up equipment in the White House East Room. They were able to set up their camera in a prime location since some Pittsburgh news stations did not make it to the 9 a.m. set time.

“It’s not every day that you get to be in a room in the White House, which not many people have the privilege to be in, let alone with all kinds of big-time media members, all of the Penguins’ team and families, on top of dignified and notable government officials and, to top that all off, the President of the United States,” said Dawson.

Dawson and Wolfe also had the opportunity to observe the morning daily briefing given by the White House press secretary in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

Wolfe, who served as the TV camera operator during the ceremony, said he enjoyed learning from the media professionals in attendance.

“We got to network with a bunch of professional photographers from the networks that have been doing this for decades,” said Wolfe, “as well as see part of the daily briefing that is given to the press.”

Molzon emphasized that networking is an important part of covering the White House ceremony. Meeting people who work in bigger media markets can open opportunities. For instance, one media member informed Molzon of a possible TV journalism internship that may be available at the White House in the future.

Dawson said the experiences exemplified the wide array of real-world experience offered by the Department of Communication on a regular basis.

“We were the only student or college media members in attendance at the event,” said Dawson. “I think that says something about the department here and the opportunities we receive. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”

For more information about Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/communication. 

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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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society was recently selected as an outstanding chapter for the 2015-2016 academic year. Out of 250 chapters, the selection committee chooses just three chapters each year for this distinction.

The Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is made up of business, management and administration students. To be selected as an exceptional chapter, the society had to meet certain criteria, including induction rate, exceptional administration involvement and an extensive fellowship application submitted in the spring.

The Waynesburg University chapter was commended for their exemplary performance in chapter operations and administration.

“For us to receive an award that is based on exemplary performance in chapter operations and management shows the students that we, as faculty members, hold ourselves to the same high standards of achievement as we hold them,” said Neeley Shaw, chapter advisor for Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and instructor of business administration. “The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication we have to our students in the business department.”

Anthony Bocchini, president of Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and professor of business administration, and Shaw, began working on expanding their membership in the spring of last year.

Bocchini and Shaw are committed to growing the chapter and continually holding their students to a level of excellence they know they can achieve.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-10-Homecoming-King-Queen.jpgWaynesburg University’s 2016 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Saturday, Oct. 10, at a ceremony held during halftime of the Homecoming football game. Travis Sumner and Emily Nowakowski were named king and queen, respectively.

Sumner, a senior forensic science major and business management minor, is the son of Robert and Joyce Sumner of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania. He is a student ambassador, orientation leader and a Fiat Lux mentor. Sumner is also the vice president of the University’s business club, a member of the criminal justice club and co-host of the radio show, Down the Hollow.

Sumner has participated in many of the University’s service and learning projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

When he graduates, Sumner will seek a master’s degree in digital forensics and cyber security. Ultimately, he plans to work as a forensic accountant or auditor for a government agency.

Nowakowski, a senior psychology major and Spanish minor, is the daughter of Larry and Kim Nowakowski of Bridgeport, Ohio. She is a Bonner Scholar, captain of the University’s women’s volleyball team and a student ambassador.

Nowakowski also serves as a member of the leadership team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has participated in service trips to Guatemala and Taiwan.

After graduation, Nowakowski plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling.

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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Greene County’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will have the help of six Waynesburg University students from Sunday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 20. As the students serve during their fall break this semester, they will work on one or more of Habitat’s larger home building projects.

The students will be led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program; Chaley Knight, university counselor; Jessica Sumpter, assistant dean of Student Services; Jody Rawlings, instructor of nursing; Marie Coffman, director of Career Services and Placement; and Matthew Pioch, resident director.

Tharp said that because students work on just one part of a home, they often don’t see the finished product. However, they usually have the chance to meet and work with the home’s future owner, which Tharp hopes illustrates to students the impact their work has another’s life.

“Often, we do not see the end of a project – it can be discouraging for students,” said Tharp. “Our hope is students will be able to see the fruits of their labor and know that the work they do is important.”

Another goal of the trip, according to Tharp, is to expose students to the Greene County community and the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

“I hope [the trip] provides students with a new insight to Greene County and also encourages them to serve, whether with Habitat or other organizations,” said Tharp.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Moesha Godwin, junior psychology major from Bronx, N.Y. (Harry S. Truman High School)
  • Rebecca Iannotta, junior athletic training major from Stanhope, N.J. (Veritas Christian Academy)
  • Andrew McClellan, junior marketing major from Eighty Four (Trinity Area School District)
  • Morgan McNab, freshman forensic science major from Damascus, Md. (Damascus High School)
  • Joseph Pavlic, junior criminal justice administration major from Belle Vernon (Belle Vernon Area High School)
  • Patience Yobp, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Valencia (Mars Area High School)

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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During Waynesburg University’s fall break, six students will serve on a Greene County Immersion service trip. Led by Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, the students will serve with seven community organizations in Greene County from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Oct. 21.

Students will work with 2nd Sam 9, Communities that Care, Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach, Greene County Historical Society, St. Ann’s Good Neighbor Dinner Program and West Sides Youth Group.

As the students attend to community needs throughout the week, Hardie hopes they will decide to continue serving at one or more of the organizations even after the trip has ended.

“I love this trip because it provides students with the opportunity to volunteer locally and gives a wide range of service opportunities,” said Hardie. “The intention of this service trip is to stretch students outside of their comfort zones and hopefully fall in love with one of the service sites.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Austin Anderson, senior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Elgin, Ill. (Westminster Christian School)
  • Alex Coleman, junior biblical ministry studies (children and youth) major from Summerville (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Brad Gillespie, junior psychology major from Glenshaw (Shaler Area High School)
  • Nicholas Lies, sophomore English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Grace Sumney, sophomore nursing major from Bentleyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Elizabeth White, senior psychology major from Ben Avon (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)

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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