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The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter has received the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance PRSSA Chapter of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The Chapter was recognized at the Renaissance Awards held last week.

Members of the Waynesburg University Chapter feel honored to be the only chapter to receive the award, which was presented for the first time in 2017.

“To be chosen as their first two winners both times was pretty incredible, and I have our chapter members to thank for that,” said Maura Fenske, senior public relations major and president of the Waynesburg University PRSSA chapter. “They’ve really worked tirelessly to make the chapter the success that it is, so to be able to recognize them with this award is really rewarding for me and for us as an executive board.”

The Chapter has received PRSSA Star Chapter Status nationally for five consecutive years and had members receive numerous national and regional awards according to faculty adviser and Department Chair Richard Krause.

“The students have invested significantly in this chapter, and they have accomplished many of our long-term goals in a relatively short time,” said Krause. “They have set a very high standard for future public relations students to follow.”

Amanda Troncone, junior public relations major and vice president of the chapter, said she believes the award shows the quality of the programs available at Waynesburg University.

“We are being recognized by our parent chapter for two years in a row that we are the best chapter that they have. I think that also challenges us, moving forward, to continue to push for excellence,” said Troncone.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-2-Fenske.jpgMaura Fenske, a senior public relations major at Waynesburg University, recently received the 2018 Bob O’Gara Student Scholarship Award from the Pittsburgh chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Fenske was recognized last week at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards, which recognized outstanding work in the public relations industry.

To receive this scholarship, a student must show excellent communication skills, academic achievement, moral leadership and knowledge in the field of public relations.

“Winning the O’Gara was definitely unexpected, and it was a huge honor for me,” said Fenske. “For the committee to award me the scholarship that represents such a huge name and the Pittsburgh Public Relations industry is really humbling, and I’m glad to be able to represent not only the chapter, but the Department [of Communication] and the University in this way.”

Fenske has led Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for two years and has demonstrated excellent leadership during this time, according Richard Krause, chair of the Department of Communication and PRSSA faculty adviser at Waynesburg University.

“Maura has been an effective leader for our chapter,” said Krause. “Under her leadership, the chapter has continued to receive national recognition and achieve many of its long term goals.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-2-PAS-Aint-I-A-Woman-Poster.jpgWaynesburg University will host The Core Ensemble for a Performing Arts Series (PAS) installment, “Ain’t I a Woman,” Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Core Ensemble, a series of chamber music theatre works that combines several performance elements and focuses on celebrating diversity, has visited Waynesburg University before. Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, arranged this visit and is confident that the group will live up to expectations.

“Core Ensemble was with us a few years ago in our Performing Arts Series presentation “Of Ebony Embers,” said DePriest. “It is certain that we will experience a similar success with this year’s PAS presentation of “Ain’t I a Woman!” The individual performers are [professionals] in every sense of the word, and the collective ensemble shows tremendous mastery of their art.”

DePriest said the event gives students, faculty and staff the unique opportunity to have an exciting performance, with many musical and theatrical elements, brought right to them.

“Often, we are limited by time and logistics in terms of the number of art, theater and music events to which we can travel to attend,” she said. “The Performing Arts Series brings these professional artists to us.”

For more information about the Performing Arts Series, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420, or email rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University will offer fine arts studies for community members through its new Fine Arts Academy, beginning this spring.

The Fine Arts Academy is open to anyone who shows motivation to study in comprehensive collegiate music and art settings. Curriculum includes weekly lessons on major instrument/voice, as well as classes in written music theory, aural skills and art.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Andrew Heisey, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts. “We have great professors and great facilities. I want people to be able to come and see what we have here.”

Heisey will be teaching the first pottery class this spring. Eventually, he hopes to include more professors, as well as local artists, who can teach their skills in art and music.

This spring marks the Fine Arts Academy’s soft opening, to gauge interest in the community. Heisey said he is planning a camp program for this summer, and the Academy will be fully pursued in the fall.

Classes will be held Saturday mornings, and students will have the opportunity to schedule additional private lessons. All classes follow the Waynesburg University calendar from September to April.

Academy students will have the opportunity to participate in both solo and chamber ensemble performances near the end of each semester, as well as in large ensemble concerts throughout the year.

For a complete schedule of classes and tuition and fees, visit waynesburg.edu/arts-academy or contact Heisey at 724-852-3274.

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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will present a Symphonic Band Mid-Winter Concert Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

According to Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, this year’s Mid-Winter Concert will be a special one. That is because the Symphonic Band will be able to present to the public material used in the 2018 Conducting Symposium, featuring music by Charles Carter, Aaron Copland, Charles R. Young, Claude T. Smith and John Philip Sousa.

“After a hiatus of four years, our annual Conducting Symposium is back,” said DePriest. “The student members of this year’s Symphonic Band have not had the opportunity to approach our repertoire in this setting during their time at Waynesburg.”

DePriest said the Conducting Symposium gives students the “opportunity to study music in an in-depth manner with professional instrumentalists and an internationally known conductor.”

“We have not presented a concert utilizing this material in the past eight Conducting Symposia, so this will be a treat for our audience and Symphonic Band members alike,” said DePriest.

The concert marks one of the Music Program’s first events of the semester. DePriest said she is looking forward to continuing the program’s work inspiring different musical groups and individuals.

“Our goals continue to be connected to the daily singing and playing of our ensembles and individual musicians,” she said. “I am proud that Waynesburg continues to support these students in terms of offering quality music classes of which the whole student body can be a part. The self-expression that our music students find within themselves and choose to share with others is a pleasure to witness.”

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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