b2ap3_thumbnail_simonton2.jpgFreshman Waynesburg University student Teghan Simonton placed second in this year’s Gertrude Gordon Memorial Fund Writing Contest. The contest, held March 18 at Point Park University and hosted by the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh, awards monetary prizes to the top three writers from the competition each year.

While Waynesburg journalism students have consistently placed in the annual contest, it is atypical for a freshman to compete and win. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors; Simonton was able to compete because she has earned enough credits to have sophomore status at the University.

“I am extremely grateful and surprised to be chosen as one of the winners,” said Simonton. “I entered as a way to gain more experience, but I tried my best to write a decent article. Finding out I won second place was very exciting and rewarding.”

Simonton, a dual major in communication (journalism) and public relations, traveled to the contest with five other Waynesburg University students and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication at Waynesburg University. The students, in conjunction with students from other area colleges, conducted a one-hour group interview with Janera Solomon, executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh. They were then given two hours to write feature stories about Solomon which were judged by local journalists.

The first and third place winners of the contest are from Point Park University and Edinboro University, respectively. 

Simonton is heavily involved in activities in the Department of Communication at the University, and she said those experiences helped to prepare her for the contest.

“Professor Szuminsky is constantly making himself available to give me advice and answer questions about my writing,” said Simonton. “On top of that, being able to practice at a superb newspaper like The Yellow Jacket and finding mentors in older staff members has been infinitely valuable to me.”

In the future, Simonton feels the contest experience will benefit her by expanding her skills and knowledge of the field of journalism.

“This contest made me really excited about journalism,” she said. “I am so grateful I got to listen to Janera Solomon and write a noteworthy piece about her, because that is exactly what I love about this profession: writing about real people and their lives. I am excited to have more opportunities like this in the future.”

The Gertrude Gordon Memorial Fund Writing Contest has been held by the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh for 60 years. It is conducted in memory of Gertrude Gordon, a pioneer for female journalists in the Pittsburgh area. After her death, her family created the scholarship reserve which funds the contest prizes today.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-12-Baston.jpgA Waynesburg University junior communication (journalism) major was recently awarded the 2015 Press Club Scholarship and the 2015 Sally Kalson Memorial Scholarship.

Kimberly Baston, from North Huntington, Pennsylvania, received $2,500 for each scholarship. She will be recognized by the Press Club at their Golden Quill Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 12, and will be honored by the Guild at a special luncheon on Tuesday, April 19. Both events will be held in Pittsburgh.

“I am honored and beyond excited to have been chosen for both of these awards,” said Baston. “The two organizations and the causes they stand for are so reputable, especially in the Pittsburgh region, and I couldn’t ask to be affiliated with two better groups of professionals.”

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania offers the Press Club Scholarship to students who are residents of western Pennsylvania, studying journalism or similar major and plan to pursue a career in print journalism or another journalism field.

The Sally Kalson Memorial Scholarship is presented by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh in memory of the Guild’s late Vice President Sally Kalson. It is awarded to two students who are residents of western Pennsylvania or attend a college or university in western Pennsylvania and planning on a career in print journalism or a newspaper-related profession.

Baston was required to submit a one-page essay for each scholarship that outlined her goals in journalism, one sample of a published work, a resume and a letter of recommendation.

“The Press Club specifically told me they were extremely impressed by the work sample I submitted, which was a story published in the Yellow Jacket this semester,” said Baston. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized for some of the hard work that I do in the field of journalism.”

Baston credits her professor, Waynesburg University instructor of journalism and co-advisor for the Yellow Jacket, Brandon Szuminsky, for having the opportunity and skills to earn these scholarships.

“He has been indispensable during my three years at Waynesburg,” said Baston. “Nearly everything I know about journalism, I have learned from him and the hands-on experience he provides me.”

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_4-12-Tenenbaum.jpgWaynesburg University information technology alumnus Alexander Tenenbaum was recently notified that his research paper, “The Role of Technology in Missions,” has been selected for presentation this summer at the 2016 International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM) at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Tenenbaum’s research paper was the result of his senior project at Waynesburg, in which he studied how technologies impact missionaries. He surveyed various missionaries from across the world to investigate how technology aids in their mission work.

“My goal for this project was to learn more about how technology impacts the daily lives of missionaries from across the world,” said Tenenbaum. “Ultimately, technology is never an end in itself, but a means to help proclaim the Gospel across the world.”

Tenenbaum’s research included information from missionaries in developing countries such as Papua New Guinea, Italy, the Netherlands and Kenya. He spent time learning about each mission, their culture and how technology is integrated with their ministry. His paper highlighted newer technologies that help with missions, such as language translation and medicine.

“Alex carefully analyzed the survey responses and came up with many good findings,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science at Waynesburg University. “I found his topic very interesting and thought it was a great idea to connect computer technologies with missions.”

Wang assisted Tenebaum with his Institutional Review Board application for Waynesburg University and guided him in producing the project into a publishable paper.

“Alexander graduated with departmental honor and is a good student and strong Christian,” said Wang. “I am proud that he will use the computer science knowledge that he learned at Waynesburg to serve people and glorify God in mission fields.”

Wang will present the paper on Tenenbaum’s behalf because he will be on an overseas trip during the conference.

Tenenbaum graduated from Waynesburg University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology.  He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in missiology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The ICCM is an annual gathering of scholars who are interested in both computers and missions. The conference aims to promote effective use of technologies in mission fields.

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_WUSC15_027.jpgA combined concert presented by the Waynesburg University Lamplighter Concert Choir and Symphonic Band will be held in Roberts Chapel Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The choir’s portion of the concert, to be directed by Melanie Catana, director of choral music, is centered around Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana,” featuring poetry-based works by American composers such as Leonard Bernstein and Martin Shaw. The Symphonic Band, led by Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music, will focus on American hymn tunes and include works by composers William Schuman, Jack Stamp and more. The two groups will perform John Rutter’s “Look at the World” as a combined number.

Both groups are comprised of students from all degree areas at the University, and the Symphonic Band also includes community members. According to DePriest, the groups provide an opportunity for students to continue their music education, and she believes the experience gained is valuable.

“I think the students would tell you that it kind of feeds their spirits a little bit, and we hope sharing that with others will do the same for the audience,” said DePriest.

After the concert, a reception will be held for musicians and audience members in the Marsh Center in the lower level of the Chapel.

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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Waynesburg University’s small musical ensembles will showcase their work at Chamber Works II Thursday, April 21, at noon in the Marsh Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music, anticipates that the University’s woodwind quintet, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble and the James Randolph Kiltie Band will be among the groups contributing to the concert. The student-comprised ensembles are led by part-time faculty members of the University.

Not included in this semester’s Chamber Works concert is the chamber orchestra group, who will be holding their own concert Saturday, April 23. This is the group’s first isolated performance and will be entitled “Around the World in 80 Days.”

“This is the first time they’ve done a concert all on their own, which shows some growth in the program,” said DePriest. “We’re hoping it becomes a unit that can stand alone.”

Now in its eighth year, the Chamber Works program offers students in small ensembles a chance to focus on individual musical skills and develop leadership skills within their ensemble. Chamber Works concerts are offered twice each semester for the campus and local communities.

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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