b2ap3_thumbnail_Agape.jpgWaynesburg University recently established an agreement with Agape College, located in northeastern India, through which Agape will recruit international students in Nagaland, India, for Waynesburg University.

“Waynesburg’s strategic goals include the increase of our global literacy and diversity – building student understanding of an engagement with the world around us,” said Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of international programs at Waynesburg University.

“The partnership with Agape will directly contribute to these goals. We also hope that these international students will gain the skills and wisdom they need to be world changers, growing in faith, learning and serving here at Waynesburg.”

Agape College was founded in 1991 and has established strong relationships among the Christian communities of Nagaland. Nagaland is one of three majority-Christian states in India, thus providing an opportunity for Waynesburg and its Christian-based mission to further its international presence and partnerships.

“Agape College is excited to become a partner with Waynesburg University,” said Agape College President Dr. Louis Ao. “This partnership will expand opportunities for students from India to pursue an American college education with over 70 major concentrations offered at a highly rated Christian university.”

International student applicants to Waynesburg are eligible for merit scholarship consideration based on their high school academic achievement and SAT scores.

Agape, an independent, non-denominational Bible college, is accredited by the Asia Theological Association.

Agape will begin the recruiting process immediately for the 2016-17 academic year. For more information, contact Poteet at cpoteet@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3302, or Dr. Keshito Awomi, principal at Agape College, at dr.awomi@gmail.com or 879-432-6104.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ConferenceLogoJPEG.jpgWaynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host a regional conference Friday, April 8, through Saturday, April 9, 2016. The event, which will take place on Waynesburg’s campus, will afford attendees the opportunity to network with public relations professionals and expand their knowledge of the field.

“Caffeinate Your Career,” the slogan defining Waynesburg PRSSA’s regional conference, symbolizes stimulating your career to ensure success in the professional world.

“It [the theme] is intended to play off of the running joke in PR: that we all run on coffee due to the demands of our positions,” said Samantha Peer, senior public relations major and co-director of the regional conference. “Within the event, we plan to incorporate coffee-themed speakers and favors, as well as a community outreach initiative centered around coffee.”

PRSSA chooses approximately 10 of its chapters to host regional conferences each year. Chapters interested in hosting a regional conference must submit a bid form to PRSSA Headquarters outlining the conference’s budget, logistics, promotion plan, schedule and theme. Bid forms are reviewed and chapters are chosen by PRSSA Headquarters, as well as its national president and vice president of regional conferences.

“The process of bidding for the regional conference was challenging and nerve wracking, but exciting at the same time,” said Peer. “Basically, when bidding, you are planning everything, start to finish, so that your Chapter presents itself as though it is prepared to take on this large responsibility.”

Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA, expresses his excitement to host a regional conference, as it will recognize the hard work and dedication of the institution’s public relations students.

“Hosting a regional conference has been one of our Chapter’s goals since its inception, and now, just five short years later, we are fulfilling that objective,” said Krause. “This is a large feat, especially since we are the smallest university that was chosen to host a conference. However, I have confidence in our students and their abilities to execute a well-planned, professional event.”

For more information about Waynesburg University PRSSA’s regional conference, “Caffeinate Your Career,” please visit info.waynesburg.edu/caffeinateyourcareer.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-17-Stover-DC.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Scholars met with seven prominent leaders during their recent trip to Washington, D.C., on November 2 and 3.  

The prominent legal, political, and journalist leaders included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Washington Post columnist George Will, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), U.S. Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), POLITICO executive editor Peter Canellos, and lawyer Cleta Mitchell.  

The twenty-one Stover Scholars first met with the executive editor of POLTICO, Peter Canellos, at the global news and information company’s headquarters in Arlington, VA, and discussed the trends and innovation of online journalism.  Next, the scholars visited with Cleta Mitchell, partner and political lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP, at the Metropolitan Club where Mitchell reviewed accountability and the IRS. 

The next day the group first met with Delaware Senator Tom Carper and then Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, who both described their political careers and their quest bipartisanship within today’s Congress.

The scholars then walked to the U.S. Supreme Court for a meeting with Justice Clarence Thomas. During the nearly two-hour private session, the students were impressed with his kindness and generosity. Freshman Stover Scholar Christine Dawson from Wexford, PA, said, “I will always cherish our amazing encounter with Justice Thomas, who encouraged us to stand up for what is right, to work hard, and to not define ourselves by other people’s opinions.”  

Elizabeth Trump, a freshman Stover Scholar from Uniontown, PA, detailed her experience with the Justice as “indescribable.”  She noted, “This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget, and will reflect upon for the rest of my life.” 

Next, the Stover Scholars visited the City Tavern Club in Georgetown and discussed the 2016 Presidential Election with political analyst George Will and his career as a newspaper columnist and political commentator.  

b2ap3_thumbnail_11-17-Stover-DC-2.jpgFinally, the group met with Pennsylvania U.S. Representative Tim Murphy at the House Office Building. While waiting for a call to vote, Murphy discussed the recent Speaker of the House change and the progress of his mental health legislation.

Freshman Stover Scholar Tyler McCoy from Jamestown, Ohio, appreciated meeting men and women from an array of professions. He stated, “Being able to hear how each of them view the business of our government helped me to better understand how our government works, and how moral leadership is necessary in all careers.”  

Another Stover Scholar, Paige Carter, a junior form Coraopolis, PA, said, “This trip in particular always reaffirms my belief that moral perspective and wise advisement is imperative for aspiring leaders. One day, I hope to be the springboard of political discernment to future leaders as current leaders have been to me.”  

Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of the Stover Center, commented, “The insights the array of leaders provided the Stover Scholars during their whirlwind visit to Washington, D.C., will guide the students for their entire lives.” 

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Waynesburg University ranked in the top 100 nationwide in The Economist’s recently released, first-ever college rankings, which measured four-year, non-vocational American colleges based on alumni earnings above expectation.

“Consistently ranked as a top school within systems analyzing value, Waynesburg University has emerged as a national leader in this category,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

According to The Economist, Waynesburg University graduates earn an average of $5,214 more than expected, a figure which places the University in the 92nd percentile of colleges and universities nationwide. The University ranked No. 94 out of the 1,275 schools analyzed.

As described by The Economist, their rankings are based on the premise that “the economic value of a university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere.”

To compile their ranking, The Economist analyzed information from the U.S. Department of Education’s college scorecard, including SAT scores, sex ratio, race breakdown, college size, whether a university was public or private and the mix of subjects that students chose to study. Other information ranged from the religious affiliation of a college to the wealth of the state and prevailing wages in the city where the school is located.

In recent weeks, Waynesburg has also been recognized by the Brookings Institution and CollegeNET.

Brookings scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed.

CollegeNET’s national Social Mobility Index rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

For more information on these rankings, visit www.waynesburg.edu/ranking

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0063-2.jpgMegan Bayles, senior public relations major from Carmichaels, recently earned the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Gold Key Award.

The National Gold Key Award is the highest individual honor bestowed upon members of PRSSA, and is given annually to seniors that excel in their academic study of public relations, have pursued ambitious professional development opportunities and are leaders in their PRSSA Chapter.

“I feel extremely honored to be a recipient of the National Gold Key Award,” said Bayles. “As one of PRSSA's highest honors, I feel as though all of my hard work is being rewarded; however, the notoriety and prestige of this award not only celebrates my hard work, but it also represents the amazing public relations program Waynesburg University has to offer.”

To be eligible, applicants must have held a PRSSA leadership position, completed at least one public relations internship, have a GPA of at least 3.4 in their major and intend to become a PRSA Associate Member within one year of graduating.

Bayles, Waynesburg University’s first recipient of this award, met all of the requirements for this award. She serves as Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter President and has interned at the Intermediate Unit 1, a regional educational agency located in Coal Center, as well as at Elias/Savion, a marketing and public relations agency, located in Pittsburgh.

“Megan is very deserving of this recognition,” said Richard Krause, chairperson of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter. “She is a very effective leader who invests so much time in the Chapter.”

This is not the first time Bayles has received national attention for her work as a public relations student. Last fall, Bayles received first place in the Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship competition, an award granted annually to students that demonstrate dedication to the field, practical experience, academic excellence and proven leadership.

Bayles’ award is indicative of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter’s continued success amongst other chapters.

“Megan's receipt of this award is another acknowledgement of the rapid development of the chapter from a local entity to one that now receives national recognition,” said Krause. “It indicates that we are certainly competitive with other larger, successful national chapters, and it should encourage other members of the Chapter to pursue their dreams and aspirations with renewed vigor.”

Bayles received a plaque in recognition of her award and was honored at the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta November 7.

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