b2ap3_thumbnail_StarChapterwithMegan.jpgWaynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was honored as a Star Chapter for the third consecutive year Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

PRSSA is present in four countries and oversees approximately 344 Chapters and 11,000 members. This year, only 43 of the organization’s chapters received Star Chapter status, placing Waynesburg University PRSSA in the top 13 percent.

“Receiving this recognition from PRSSA National is such an incredible and rewarding accomplishment,” said Jordan Mitrik, vice president of Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA and firm director of Red Brick Communications. “This award means that our Chapter is among the best of the best and we are creating an innovative working environment for public relations students. It also reflects the overall strength of the public relations program at Waynesburg University.”

The Star Chapter recognition is awarded to PRSSA chapters that meet at least eight of 10 requirements set by the organization’s national headquarters. Requirements include attending a PRSSA national event, completing a community service initiative, conducting a high school outreach program and earning Chapter media recognition.

“We are very pleased to have received Star Chapter status for the third consecutive year. This award recognizes the diligent work of our students and staff,” said Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. "Our student leaders have done a wonderful job with the Chapter. The accomplishments of the past year have been simply amazing!"

Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter plans to apply for Star Chapter status again in 2016. As of November 18, 2015, the Chapter has met six of the ten requirements for next year’s award.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU_CHRIST14_074.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts and Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert, “A Concert of Carols,” Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. There is no reserved seating.

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir and Symphonic Band as well as several Greene County high school instrumentalists will perform arrangements of works such as “Amen, Go Tell It,” “O Holy Night,” “Three Noels” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Edward Powers, professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, will present a poetry reading as well.

“Most of the pieces chosen for this concert use Christmas carols from all types of musical traditions,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the music program. “Educationally speaking, a knowledge of the history of carols is needed to develop a sense of the breadth of humanity’s response to the Christmas season throughout the ages and around the world.”

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit the students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at 724-852-3420 or repries@waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was chosen to participate in Ketchum’s global initiative, Mindfire!

Ketchum is a full-service public relations agency with more than 130 offices in 70 countries that specialize in brand management, corporate communications and public relations. The company, which was named as one of the world’s top five public relations firms, is globally headquartered in New York City, and represents 19 of the world’s top 50 brands.

Mindfire! is Ketchum’s exclusive, award-winning initiative, driven by the advice of Thomas Edison, “to have a great idea, have a lot of them.” Mindfire! acts as a crowdsourcing platform, allowing both undergraduate and graduate students to work directly with the organization’s prestigious clients, including Polaris, 7-Eleven, Delta, Cottonelle and IKEA.

“Working with Ketchum and its well-known client list is an amazing opportunity for Chapter members to gain real-world public relations experience and exposure in the field,” said Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “Being chosen to participate in Mindfire! is a true honor, and I am excited to see where this partnership will lead.”

Each year, 40 of the world’s top colleges and universities are chosen to participate in the Mindfire! initiative. Students at the chosen colleges and universities are provided with challenge prompts via an online profile system. After reading each prompt, students can submit ideas and solutions for review. For each challenge, one winner is chosen and issued a prize.

In return for their ideas, students participating in Mindfire! are provided with points, which lead to incentives, including career counseling, gift cards, job and internship postings, workshops and webinar access. Points are issued for various actions, such as winning a challenge, submitting an idea, and commenting on and promoting others’ ideas.

“Beyond exposure and prizes, Mindfire! positions students to create fresh and original ideas without boundaries or fear,” said Ronald Tolson Jr., manager of Mindfire! “Sometimes what we may deem as a crazy idea, could be the best solution. We tell students that it just takes one unique idea to change the world.”

For more information about Waynesburg University PRSSA and its participation in Ketchum’s Mindfire! iniative, please contact Megan Bayles, president of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter, at bay2547@student.waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University has hosted a performance of the nationally known TUBACHRISTMAS concert on campus for more than five years. This year, the concert will take place Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on the University’s campus. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

All are welcome to participate in the concert as a performer. Interested tuba and baritone/euphonium players can register for a $10 fee on the day of the concert at 5 p.m. in the GPAC. Rehearsal will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. TUBACHRISTMAS merchandise will be available in the GPAC lobby.

“The event is great for all audiences, especially families, so we hope both the Waynesburg University and Greene County community will join us for this Christmas season carol sing-along,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at the University.

The concert will feature a variety of Christmas carols, specially arranged by composer Alec Wilder to recognize the artistry of tuba music composers in the past.

Harvey Phillips created TUBACHRISTMAS in 1974 honoring tubist William J. Bell. In more than 280 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries, tuba and euphonium players gather every Christmas season to pay homage to the artists and teachers of their heritage. This year is the 42nd anniversary of TUBACHRISTMAS.

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Top selected artwork of the semester will be displayed Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11, at Waynesburg University’s Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit, held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery, is open to the public, free of charge.

Chosen by the faculty of Waynesburg’s Department of Fine Arts, the pieces displayed will showcase a variety of mediums. Drawings, prints, metal work, ceramics, sculptures and a number of two- and three-dimensional works will be included. Each art professor submitted a selection of their students’ work to showcase the best of the best from different classes.

“A lot of the students here aren’t art majors,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art. “I love to see students realize they have an art talent. I have seen so many students this semester surprise themselves.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, or by appointment. For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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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