Sándor Mécs, a senior communication (journalism) major at Waynesburg University, will travel to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., to present at the 28th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native will present his paper titled, “Burnham's Managerial Revolution: The Unexamined Reality of Contemporary Class Conflict.”

“Sándor Mécs' powerful paper engages the insights of political theorist James Burnham's 1941 classic ‘The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World’ about the global emergence of the bureaucratic state and updates Burnham's model for the 21st century,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law and director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “Mr. Mecs's creative research reintroduces Burnham's analysis – a former Marxist who later helped William F. Buckley, Jr. launch the conservative journal ‘National Review’ in the late 1950s – to contemporary public discourse.”

Mécs has worked closely alongside Stratton to prepare his paper.

“Dr. Stratton was always available for me to talk to,” Mécs said. “He not only appreciated what I was doing, but was actively enthused by what I was doing – and that is priceless. That’s more than I could have hoped for.”

Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

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Waynesburg University will host a Spring Overnight Visitation for high school seniors Sunday, March 30, through Monday, March 31. The visitation will give prospective students the opportunity to experience student life while interacting with University students.

Upon arriving at Waynesburg University, prospective students will be paired with a current student who will serve as an overnight host. Participants will experience life in academic programs, campus facilities, residence halls and student life.

“The Overnight Visitation is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to see first-hand what it’s like to be a student here,” said Kari Calvario, admissions counselor at Waynesburg University. “This is their chance to interact with current students and professors, worship with our students and live a day in the life of our students.”

The Spring Overnight Visitation will host approximately 50 high school seniors. Space is limited and fills quickly. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the beginning of March.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-Paul-Carrol.jpgGuitarist, composer and musical theatre director, Paul Carrol Binkley, will perform in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. Reservations are suggested.

A highly regarded Nashville, Tenn., musician, Binkley is known for his abilities as an acoustic guitarist, performing in live shows and recordings for Music City acts. He has backed performers such as country group Alabama, but also records regularly as a solo artist. His albums include Closer to Home, Flying Colors, Passages for Acoustic Guitar and Silent Serenade. 

He has played on television programs including the Grand Ole Opry, Church Street Station and Nashville Now. Binkley has served as musical director for the Mockingbird Theatre, the Nashville Children's Theater and the National Shakespeare Festival. 

In addition to his work on the acoustic guitar, Binkley also composes. He took home top honors in the Young Composers Competition twice and has performed at both the Atlanta Arts Festival and the Mid-South Jazz Festival.

His formal education includes training from Austin Peay State University, Boston's Berklee College of Music and Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.  

In conjunction with the Feb. 20 concert, the Fine Arts Department will host two master classes with Binkley. The Friday noon master class experience in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel will be open to the public with free admission. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley. 

For concert reservations, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley/. Tickets will be available Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lanny-Head-Shot.jpgWaynesburg University will host its fifth annual Sports Announcing Camp Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, 2014, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Hosted by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the camp will afford high school students the opportunity to learn alongside well-known professionals in the field.

The camp will include various workshops throughout the week, where students will be given the opportunity to work hands-on in the field with past and present professionals in the sports announcing industry.

“As we prepare for the fifth annual sports announcing camp, I am proud of the commitment we have made to offering high school students an opportunity to experience what a career in sports broadcasting is all about,” Frattare said. “Our camp provides an excellent balance of theory, hands-on experience and fun.”

Camp teachers and mentors include:

  • Lanny Frattare is known as one of the most recognizable personalities and voices in Pittsburgh and major league baseball. He spent 33 years as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast team, before joining the Waynesburg University teaching staff. His stay with the Pirates is the longest of any play-by-play announcer in team history.
  • Rob King’s enthusiasm for sports was brought to Pittsburgh in 2000, where he now spends much of his time in the studio and at the games for Root Sports. Prior to his work with Root Sports, he spent five years in Syracuse, where he was the sports director at CBS affiliate WTVH and hosted a radio show on WHEN-AM.
  • John Steigerwald, now an internet talk show host at www.tribweb.com and a Sunday columnist for the Observer-Reporter, served as a sports anchor with WTAE-TV from 1978 to 1985. He also worked for KDKA-TV as a sports anchor until 2007. His books, “Just Watch the Game” and “Just Watch the Game (Again),” have received great reviews and give a look into his 40-year history in Pittsburgh sports media.
  • Paul Steigerwald has recently entered his seventh season as the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Root Sports. He spent six seasons as the radio voice of the Penguins and the previous 14 seasons as the color commentator on Penguins TV and radio broadcasts. Steigerwald has worked in the industry since 1979 when his career started with the Johnstown Red Wings.

To register, call 1-800-225-7393 or visit sportsannouncingcamp.waynesburg.edu by April 30. Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_PRSSA.jpgSeven members of the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter traveled to the PNC Park Hall of Fame Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 28, to work the 2014 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards. The annual ceremony celebrates the brightest stars and best work in Pittsburgh’s public relations community. 

The students arrived before the event began and assisted with set up, schedule review and prep work. During the ceremony, students managed the registration table, communicating with more than 180 public relations practitioners from the Pittsburgh area. Members were also responsible for handing out the awards to the winners. 

“Having the opportunity to help plan and execute the Renaissance Awards with our parent Chapter is invaluable,” said Molly Winters, junior public relations major and the president of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter. “It shows the professionals we look up to that we are extremely dedicated and are willing to go the extra mile to get that knowledgeable experience.”

This is the second consecutive year the Waynesburg Chapter sent members to work the event after establishing a professional relationship with Dan Ayer, president of PRSA Pittsburgh and co-chair of the 2014 Renaissance Awards, in the fall of 2012. 

“Multiple members of PRSA Pittsburgh have had the opportunity to work with Waynesburg University students in the past,” said Ayer. “When it came time to look for help with our biggest and most high profile event, it was a no-brainer to ask Waynesburg.”

Because of the great impression the students made on Ayer at last year’s event, he contacted Richard Krause, chairman of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to the Waynesburg University PRSSA, in the fall of 2013 to not only ask if his students could help work the event again, but also for an intern to take control of the call for entries and online entry submission process for the award categories. 

Jordan Mitrik, a sophomore public relations major and historian of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter, worked alongside Ayer and his team prior to the ceremony. Mitrik managed the entry process, confirmed with the Pittsburgh agencies of their entries as well as categorized them into the appropriate award sections. Once completed, the work done by Mitrik was sent to PRSA Los Angeles to judge the entries and select the winners of the 2014 PRSA Renaissance Awards. 

“The students from Waynesburg University were essential to the success of the Renaissance Awards,” said Ayer. “By knowing that we had such a dedicated and capable group to help, the board was able to focus on making the event even stronger this year.”

Not only did the students work the event, but they also had the opportunity to network with working professionals in the public relations field. Winters said getting the chance to extend the Chapter’s skills and interact with Waynesburg PRSSA’s parent Chapter at the Renaissance Awards was very beneficial. 

“Working with our parent Chapter is extremely important to us, because the work we are doing as students is going to reflect how we act as professionals one day,” said Winters. “We strive to be like our parent Chapter professionals, so working alongside them is very beneficial to us.”

Chartered in 2010, the award-winning Waynesburg University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America strives to prepare members for their future profession through experience, opportunity and achievement.

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