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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Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development series for teachers, librarians and professors presented by the University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. The Librarians as Leaders workshop will be held Wednesday evenings from Feb. 26 to April 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Designed by and facilitated by librarian and TPS educational consultant Jennifer Hanson, the six-week workshop includes synchronous chat sessions supplemented by independent reading, peer discussions and project development outside of class. Participants can earn up to 28 PDE Act 48 activity hours over the course of the online series. 

School librarians will develop the skills and knowledge needed to bring Library of Congress TPS to colleagues. Participants will have a unique opportunity to advance their own learning and become a TPS coach in their school. 

Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete six online modules before attending. To locate the modules, visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/. Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours. 

Space is limited. To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LibrariansAsLeaders . For more information, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or swise@waynesburg.edu.

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. 

Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CSI-Resized.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and the Office of Admissions will host the spring Mock Crime Scene Workshop Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Mock Crime Scene Workshop provides high school students the opportunity to analyze crime scenes and collect and process evidence alongside Waynesburg University students and faculty, as well as experts in the field. 

Students will attend technical workshops in the morning and then apply what they've learned in mock crime scenes or active response scenarios in the afternoon. Workshops related to arrest techniques, interview and interrogation practices and a firearms training simulator will also be offered.

“The goal of the event is to provide the high school students with a better perspective of what careers in law enforcement and forensic science are really like,” said Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science. “Hopefully we are helping students determine if criminal justice or forensics is a viable option for them to pursue as a major course of study.”

Under the instruction of University students, faculty and representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, by the end of the day, students will be able to apply the principles and techniques learned to a challenging crime scene. 

To register, or for more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-225-7393.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_randolph_amy_cover-2_1-1-2_20140130-200504_1.jpgDr. Amy Randolph, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently named the 2013 winner of the Astounding Beauty Ruffian (ABR) Press poetry chapbook competition, resulting in the publication of her chapbook. In addition to publication, the award also included a $10,000 cash prize.

Selected from more than 450 entries, Randolph’s chapbook, “A Particular Sorrow, a Tree,” is a long poem presented in segments. Many of the segments in her poem deal with experiences such as loss, self-doubt and spiritual doubt, while other segments are firmly rooted in images of hope and spiritual endurance.

“The ineffable, ethereal quality these poems contain gives them so much mystery that I can't even describe it,” said Sherry Beasely, owner of ABR Press. “I read the poems so much in an effort to see if there was some concrete thing, and, not really finding one, liked the manuscript all the more for it. These poems are deep and pure and they seem to truly come from Amy’s soul. We received a lot of good work, but Amy’s manuscript trumped all the rest.”

Kristine Schiffbauer, instructor of visual communication at Waynesburg University, designed the chapbook cover using a photograph taken by Dr. Robert Randolph, writer-in-residence at the University and Randolph’s husband, while the Randolphs lived in Texas.

"I feel blessed and honored that my manuscript was chosen,” said Randolph. “As a poet, I consider this a strong affirmation not only of my own writing but of the value of all poetry in a culture (our culture, specifically) in which the genre often seems not to play a significant role in people’s lives. This is why I'm so grateful for Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and the work they do – clearly not for profit, but out of a genuine love of poetry and a commitment to producing beautiful books."

Randolph holds a Ph.D. from Binghampton University as well as a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from Texas State University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Doug-Lee.jpgDouglas G. Lee, President of Waynesburg University, has been named to The Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 People list of 2013.

According to the Pennsylvania Business Central, the Top 100 People list includes top executives from some of the most successful companies, along with business people from all levels who have made a major impact in their community and business-to-business world throughout the past year.

“I am honored to be recognized by The Pennsylvania Business Central in this way,” Lee said. “In accordance with our mission, Waynesburg University has always placed high significance on serving the local community as well as contributing to the growth and development of the region.”

Lee was elected President of Waynesburg University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. He joined Waynesburg University as Executive Vice President in October 2009.

Prior to joining Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC where he was a practice group leader in the Labor and Employment Department of the firm. He was active at Waynesburg University, being instrumental in the formation of the University’s Alumni Council and serving as the first President. He later served as a member of the Board of Trustees in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of the Academic Matters Committee and as Board Secretary.

He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, having spoken and written extensively on Workers Compensation and Labor and employment law topics.

Lee is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia. He is an Eagle Scout and has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association Board of Directors, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia, and the Howe Cemetery Board. He was a volunteer fireman for more than 13 years.

Lee holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Waynesburg University.  

Pennsylvania Business Central, based in State College, is a biweekly business publication serving a sixteen-county region in central Pennsylvania.

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