b2ap3_thumbnail_Cochran.jpgIsaiah Cochran, a Waynesburg University junior from Akron, Ohio, was recently elected the pre-medical trustee for the 2014-2015 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Board of Trustees. The election was held in New Orleans in March, and the biology (pre-med) major will assume his position May 1.

As pre-medical trustee, Cochran will work directly with the national president of AMSA. In his position, he will also work with the five pre-medical region directors as a liaison between the national and local levels of the organization.

“I honestly think initiating the chapter at Waynesburg University was key [to the election],” Cochran said. “In my speech, they could hear how much I enjoy this organization and how I want to make a difference. I truly hope this position helps me to help others in the pre-medical track across the country reach their goals.”

Previously, Cochran served as president of the Waynesburg Chapter of AMSA, which he initiated as a freshman. As a sophomore, Cochran was elected one of five national pre-medical region directors for AMSA, with the responsibility to oversee more than 105 university and college AMSA chapters across 12 states. During his tenure in that position, AMSA recruited more than 3,000 new members in all five regions.

Within his new position, Cochran hopes to build membership and to continue talking about advocacy on a larger scale as he has done with the Global Health Fund in recent years. The Global Health Fund is a non-profit organization that focuses on fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.  

In addition to his newly appointed title within AMSA, Cochran has also been selected for a fellowship at Harvard Medical School in neuroscience and translational methods for the summer of 2014. Last summer, Cochran was selected from a pool of thousands nationwide to participate in the Sackler/National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Integrated Research at the Frontiers of the Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at Yale University's Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute.

With a half-century history of medical student activism, AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_GinsbergHeadshot---Copy.jpgWaynesburg University’s Christ and Culture Lecture Series featuring Andrew Ginsberg will be held in a three-part event Monday, April 14, through Tuesday, April 15. Ginsberg will present lectures Monday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m., and he will also speak during the University’s Chapel service Tuesday at 11 a.m. All events will be held in Roberts Chapel.

During his Monday lecture, Ginsberg, who has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare technology, will present “Does Christ have a place in Healthcare Technology?” The title of his Tuesday evening lecture is “A Long Walk to Faith,” and during the 11 o’clock event on Tuesday, Ginsberg will present his testimony, “Jesus, my Messiah.”

Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Ginsberg serves as the vice president and director of advancement at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, a nationwide college ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty.

He will share his experiences as a Jewish follower of Christ and will address many of the issues he faced as a Christian in the healthcare industry. These issues range from evolution to the ethics of genetic testing and include other areas of conflict and conversation between faith and science.

His previous roles have been in marketing, strategy and general management in healthcare, including vice president of marketing for LabCorp and a number of leadership and strategy roles for SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). He has lived and worked in the U.S. and Europe and has led teams on six continents.

Ginsberg graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Genetics Certificate. He also studied at Emmanuel College at Cambridge. 

In addition to the chapel sermon and Christ and Culture Lecture, Ginsberg will speak to Waynesburg University genetics and nursing classes and will meet with campus ministry leaders.

For additional information, contact Rev. Carolyn Poteet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724-852-3302.

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Directed by Edward Powers, director of the theater program and professor of theater at Waynesburg University, the Waynesburg University Theater Program will host an evening of one-act plays, Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The three one-act plays bring student work to life as students perform their scripts written from a recent playwriting course. Original one-act plays are showcased and presented in a workshop format.

“Each of these stories offers an opportunity for actor and director to build a character and a situation from the ground up,” said Powers. “The playwright has given them the words, and now the other theater artists are striving to bring these words to life.”

Reservations are strongly suggested. Seats may be reserved by calling 724-852-3226.

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A student art exhibition will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Tuesday, April 22, through Friday, May 2.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an opening reception Tuesday, April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The student art exhibition will showcase the best student work of the fall semester.

The exhibit will showcase a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures and a variety of two- and three-dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

For more information, call 724-852-3247.

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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold its fourth annual PR Week celebration Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11. This week-long event recognizes the hard work and dedication public relations majors show within the field of public relations throughout the academic year.

PR Week is comprised of high-profile guests who travel to Waynesburg University to speak about their personal wealth of experiences in public relations. Students also receive the opportunity to network and gain further insight into the industry.

The week will include an alumni and sports panel, a Mini Bateman Competition and a Communication Carnival. In addition to those events, four speakers will discuss PRSA National Board, blogging, healthcare public relations and marketing communications.

Geri Evans, MA, APR, PRSA Board Member
Evans is an experienced public relations professional, public speaker, presentation coach, writer, consultant, educator and business owner. As the president of the Evans PR Group, she has counseled clients extensively in the areas of message development, media training and presentation skills, among others. 

Cooper Munroe, Co-Founder of the Motherhood.com
The Motherhood is an award-winning web network. Munroe was recently named one of the top 10 “Power Moms” on the web by Parents Magazine. The Motherhood campaigns are known for being smart, original and creating huge impact on moms across the country.

Jaime Dray, Marketing and Communication Specialist for ARDEX Americas
Dray is an experienced and innovative public relations professional and an enthusiastic social and digital media specialist. With more than seven years of experience, she has worked for regional marketing agencies as well as national nonprofits and corporations. ARDEX is the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of premium floor installation products. 

Joy Eggleston, Senior Public Affairs Officer at Southwest Regional Medical Center
Eggleston serves as the Public Affairs Officer in the healthcare sector of public relations. She will bring a dynamic view to PR Week through speaking on behalf of healthcare in public relations.

Under the supervision of Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and Chapter advisor, PR Week was founded and developed extensively to reward students for their year-long work ethic and to provide essential learning opportunities outside of the classroom setting. Krause originally designed the week with the help of students and now relies on them to assist in contacting and introducing speakers, coordinating facilities and performing evaluation measures.

“The programs are designed to give our current students knowledge of the public relations industry,” Krause said. “We have a very strong list of speakers and the range is intentionally diverse. The speakers will provide students with insight about agency, healthcare, corporate and energy fields of public relations.”

PRSSA would like to invite any Waynesburg University student, particularly those studying advertising, marketing and business, to participate in the week’s events. PR Week focuses on informing those who are interested in learning more about the field and networking with various professionals.

Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter enhances the education of public relations students by advocating rigorous academic standards, creating valuable networking opportunities and enriching professional development within the field. As an affiliation with its parent chapter Public Relations Society of American (PRSA), the PRSSA chapter of Waynesburg University gains tools to support advocacy from the society and encourage individual leaders to adopt their own initiatives to support their communities.

For more information, contact Richard Krause at 724-852-3240 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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