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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Dr. Robert Randolph, writer-in-residence and chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University, has recently had four works accepted for publication by the Chiron Review, BOAAT Press and Journal for the Assembly of the Expanded Perspectives on Learning.

b2ap3_thumbnail_2-11-Bob-Randolph.jpgRandolph’s poem, “Ambused,” will be published in the Chiron Review, a publication that hosts a wide range of contemporary creative writing. According to Randolph, the poem is a love poem with an element of grief.

BOAAT Press, an online journal of poetry, fiction, essays and photography, will publish Randolph’s poem, “Some Things About an Old Man,” in an upcoming issue. Randolph explained that it is a poem about an old man walking alone through a town, realizing the fact that he is old yet full of memories, holidays and celebrations.

Also to be published are a short essay, “My Mother’s Letters,” and a poem, “Final Journals,” both in the Journal for the Assembly of the Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Randolph said that his essay was inspired by a letter he received from his mother before she passed that he always carries with him and reads often.

“My published works give me the opportunity to share what matters to me,” said Randolph. “Reading and writing allow us all to be in the world in powerful, eventful and true ways.”

He has published 47 individual poems in 40 different journals, in addition to 11 essays in scholarly journals. Most recently, he was chosen as pastor-in-residence at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

Randolph holds a bachelor’s in English from Wilmington University, a master’s and doctorate in English from Southern Illinois University, as well as master’s degree in theology from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a master’s in counseling from Waynesburg University.

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_WUSC15_058.jpgThe Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University will offer its first Chamber Works performance of the semester Thursday, Feb. 25, at noon in the Marsh Center. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

A number of small ensembles, which consist of a limited group of students who meet with one another once a week, will perform pieces at the concert. Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the University’s Music Program, said small ensembles not only enrich the musical culture on Waynesburg’s campus, but also help to expand and develop involved students’ musical skills.

“Students often need or desire an opportunity to maintain and increase their playing and singing abilities,” said DePriest. “Small ensembles are vital to students learning techniques that make them independent performers in an ensemble where there is no room to hide.”

Chamber Works concerts are offered twice per semester. Contact 724-852-7638 for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_061.jpgFor the second year in a row, the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will present a Mid-Winter Concert. The concert will be held in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5:15 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band, consisting of students from a multitude of academic majors in addition to some faculty, will perform a variety of ensemble-friendly pieces such as a fanfare, a suite and a fast circus march.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at the University, works with the band for six weeks leading up to the concert and considers it a blessing to be able to share the art of music with others.

“I can’t imagine a day without an opportunity to share music,” she said.

For more information, contact 724-852-7638.

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