b2ap3_thumbnail_1-19-Richard-Pierce.jpgDr. Richard Pierce, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently published in the 20th anniversary issue of Windhover, a literary journal published by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Pierce’s poem, “Let Fire Come Down,” is a prayer poem in which the speaker fervently asks God to change his heart, to make him feel better, and to love and serve Him and others.

“Anytime someone publishes your work or asks you to give a public reading, it is a good feeling,” said Pierce. “So much of a writer’s life is spent behind the scenes – or rather in front of the page or a computer screen – it is nice to feel appreciated and to meet other writers and readers.”

Pierce was also invited to lead a public reading of his poetry at the February 2015 Windhover Writers’ Festival in Belton, Texas, in which his participation is seen as a benefit to his creative writing students at Waynesburg.

“It can help me keep them abreast of contemporary Christian literary writers they should study,” said Pierce.

Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Ohio University and the University of Illinois and a doctorate in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University.

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During spring break, 48 Waynesburg University students will serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad. University faculty and staff will lead three Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The projects include partnerships with The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa., Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C., and Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weeklong work camp Sunday, March 6, through Friday, March 11. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program, will serve as the trip leader.

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is a Christian community development organization that serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs. TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

Eighteen students will spend their spring break in Concord, N.C., from Sunday, March 6, through Saturday, March 12. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Ten Waynesburg University students will spend part of their spring break from Saturday, March 5, through Sunday, March 13, working with Strong Missions. 

Located in Carrillos, Costa Rica, Strong Missions is a Christian organization that specializes in serving and providing for the needs of low income Costa Rican individuals. Christopher Kellner, resident director at Waynesburg University, and Mary Cummings, senior vice president for Student Services and Enrollment, will serve as trip leaders.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU-Spring.jpgWaynesburg University will welcome transfer students, high school students and their families for Spring Visitation Days Saturday, April 2, and Saturday, April 16.

On each Visitation Day, registration will begin at 8:15 in Roberts Chapel. Following registration, the University will offer tours of the campus, and students will have the opportunity to meet with current students and faculty members in their desired areas of study. Students and parents will be invited to learn about scholarships and financial aid, as well as the admissions process, and all visitors can enjoy lunch in Benedum Dining Hall.

“Spring Visitation Days at Waynesburg University are designed to provide prospective students and their families an informative and engaging day,” said Jacqueline Palko, the university’s director of admissions. “Students visiting the campus in the spring are often juniors and sophomores beginning their college search, but we always welcome seniors who are still searching for the right college.”

Visitation Days enable interested students to experience the mission and values of Waynesburg University firsthand. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students to make connections between faith, service and learning so they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.

Approximately 2,500 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, faculty and staff 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 18 annual domestic and international service mission trips offered during fall, winter and spring breaks.

For more information or to register for a Spring Visitation Day, call 1-800-225-7393.

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Waynesburg University’s Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series will host a guest lecturer Monday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Admission to the lecture is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

The event will feature an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of “Concussion,” the book that inspired the movie starring Will Smith. “Concussion” follows the story of Dr. Bennett Omalu, who made a startling discovery about the damage done to an NFL football player’s brain after game-related injuries. 

Laskas’ lecture will explore Omalu’s journey from publishing a research article, to being featured in GQ through Laskas’ own writing, to being the subject of a bestselling book and, now, a movie. 

Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of seven books, including “Concussion,” “Hidden America” and the award-winning trilogy of memoirs: “Fifty Acres and Poodle,” “The Exact Same Moon” and “Growing Girls.” Most of her longform journalism now appears in GQ, where she is a correspondent writing about a wide variety of subjects. She has been writing for national magazines for 20 years, with work appearing in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and many others. 

She has won more than a dozen Gold Quill awards for Excellence in Journalism and was a finalist in feature writing at the 2007 National Magazine Awards. Laskas serves as director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing. 

The Rosetta Kormuth DeVito series was created to explore topics related to business, culture and the arts. The lecture series addresses a variety of current topics that are of interest to graduate and undergraduate students and the community. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0043.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run public relations firm, Red Brick Communications, earned National Affiliation in January. Red Brick Communications is an organization available to Waynesburg University students through the institution’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter.

National Affiliation is an honor bestowed upon PRSSA’s most accomplished student-run public relations firms, deeming them well-structured, professional and credible. To receive National Affiliation, a firm must demonstrate that it meets the standards set by PRSSA, some of which include being ethically based and outcome-driven, displaying accountability, and possessing professional and faculty support.

“I am beyond excited about receiving National Affiliation for the firm because it is a true testament to the dedication we have put into our clients' work,” said Jordan Mitrik, firm director at Red Brick Communications and senior public relations major. “I know how much effort was put into achieving this goal, and having it become a reality is something truly incredible.”

According to PRSSA, there are more than 100 student-run public relations firms throughout the United States. Of these student-run public relations firms, only 26 are Nationally Affiliated. Red Brick Communications is the only agency in Pennsylvania possessing this honor.

“To be Nationally Affiliated means that we are part of the best - it means that our hard work is being recognized and that we meet the standards set by PRSSA,” said Natalie Gloady, assistant firm director at Red Brick Communications and junior public relations major. “It shows that our firm, and our PRSSA Chapter, is dedicated to the work that we do, along with the public relations field overall.”

The firm began working to achieve this honor a year and a half ago. The National Affiliation application was an extensive process, one that required much time and commitment from the firm director and staff members.

“Jordan has done an excellent job leading the students within the firm,” said Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication. “National Affiliation recognizes the outstanding work that Jordan and other members of the firm have done. This accomplishment is significant for our Chapter and the Department of Communication.”

Founded in 2011, Red Brick Communications is a fully-functioning public relations agency, staffed entirely by Waynesburg University students. The firm offers pro bono public relations services to regional nonprofit organizations, including Waynesburg University’s Business Club, Corner Cupboard Food Bank, the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Special Olympics of Greene County.

“I am so blessed to oversee such talented communication students as firm director and be an integral part of a firm that has achieved such a distinguished honor,” said Mitrik.

For more information about Red Brick Communications and its services, please contact Mitrik at mit3036@student.waynesburg.edu, or visit the agency’s website, http://redbrick-communications.squarespace.com/.

For the list of Nationally Affiliated firms operated by PRSSA, visit http://prssa.prsa.org/chapters/firms/Affiliated_Firms/.

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