Twenty-three students will spend their spring break in Concord, N.C., from Saturday, March 7, through Saturday, March 14. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents.

Students participating in the Habitat work camp mission trip include:

•    Nicole Aponick, a senior psychology major from Harrisburg, Pa. (Trinity High School)
•    Victoria Berggren, a junior psychology major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
•    Holly Berkey, a freshman accounting major from Friedens, Pa. (North Star High School)
•    Charles Cook, a junior biology (pre-med) major from Cheswick, Pa. (Twentynine Palms High School)
•    Heidi Evans, a sophomore nursing major from Anchorage, Alaska (East Anchorage High School)
•    Sara Faiad, a senior psychology major from South Fork, Pa. (Forest Hills High School)
•    Mary Hoffman, a junior English (creative writing) major from Butler, Pa. (Butler Area Senior High School)
•    Amanda Hooker, a junior psychology major from Bedford, Pa. (Bedford High School)
•    Erin Kern, a senior psychology major from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
•    Joseph Kondash, a senior digital design major from State College, Pa. (State College Area High School)
•    Mary Krepp, a senior sociology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Allegheny Senior High School)
•    James Law, a senior biblical ministry major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)
•    Cody Lemke, a senior psychology major from Stow, Ohio (Woodridge High School)
•    Philip Littlejohn, a senior athletic training major from Union Springs, N.Y. (Southern Cayuga Central School)
•    Kaitlyn Marteney, a senior forensic accounting major from Berlin, Pa. (Berlin Brothers Valley High School)
•    Amber Martin, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Book Park, Ohio (Midpark High School)
•    Steven McHenry, a senior business management major from Knox, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)
•    Anna Narehood, a freshman forensic chemistry major from Frenchville, Pa. (Clearfield Area High School)
•    James Sneed, a senior finance major from Moseley,Va. (Powhatan High School)
•    Kristen Sniezek, a junior nursing major from Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area High School)
•    Travis Sumner, a sophomore forensic accounting major from Eighty Four, Pa. (Canon McMillan High School)
•    Brianna Watt, a senior special education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
•    Dylan Ziegler, a senior biblical ministry major from Knox, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)

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Twenty Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weeklong work camp Saturday, March 7, through Friday, March 13. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program, will serve as the trip leader.

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is a Christian community development organization that serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs. TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Students participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners.

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project service trip include:

•    David Berg, a freshman computer security and forensics major from Lititz, Pa. (Warwick High School)
•    Andrew Brunette, a freshman electronic media major from Aliquippa, Pa. (Hopewell Senior High School)
•    Melanie Byler, a freshman athletic training major from Salisbury, Pa. (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
•    Melanie Ferguson, a junior psychology major from Cuba, Ohio (Wilmington High School)
•    Daniel Garcia, a senior mathematics major from South Gate, Calif. (South Gate Senior High School)
•    Moesha Godwin, a freshman forensic science major from the Bronx, N.Y. (Harry S. Truman High School)
•    Sydney Green, a freshman nursing major from Markleysburg, Pa. (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
•    Amanda Groft, a freshman nursing major from Hanover, Pa. (New Oxford High School)
•    Mandy Hart, a freshman international culture major from Fort Loudon, Pa. (Fannett Metal High School)
•    Abigail Kingston, a freshman sociology major from Fombell, Pa. (Riverside High School)
•    Kenneth Knouse, a freshman history major from Catawissa, Pa. (Southern Columbia Area High School)
•    John Lydic, a junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Verona, Pa. (Penn Hills Senior High School)
•    Austin MacGregor, a freshman psychology major from Saxonburg, Pa. (Evangel Heights Christian Academy)
•    Nicholas Merrill, a freshman electronic media major from Zelienople, Pa. (Portersville Christian School)
•    Emily Nowakowski, a sophomore nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
•    Patrick O’Regan, a freshman criminal justice administration major from Hanover, Pa. (South Western High School)
•    Alexis Prettiman, a freshman international culture major from Jeannette, Pa. (Penn-Trafford High School)
•    Torre Remish, a sophomore psychology major from Belle Vernon, Pa. (Charleroi Area High School)
•    Nicole Romero, a freshman forensic science major from Cudahy, Calif. (King Drew Magnet High School)
•    Victoria Tibbens, a freshman international business major from Oakmont, Pa. (Riverview High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_201x201x0001q-WizardOfOz.jpg.pagespeed.ic.-fKhdTouFE.jpgWaynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Resources Program (TPS) will hold a free online synchronous professional development series for school librarians and media specialists. Coaches Academy for Librarians will meet each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting February 25 and running through April 1.

Coaches Academy for Librarians is an advanced TPS Level III course designed to help school librarians and media specialists develop the skills and knowledge to lead teachers in using Library of Congress digitized sources effectively across curriculum. Participants earn up to 20 CEU Hours (optional 10 more post-course).

The course will be facilitated by librarian and TPS Consultant, Jennifer Hanson, and is intended to help participants develop leadership skills and gain knowledge about educational uses of the Library of Congress resources. 

Participants will experience live audio chat sessions, peer collaboration and discussion and independent reading and project development. 

Participants who have not completed TPS Level I are asked to complete a pre-requisite, TPS BASICS, before September 3. Login information is provided upon registration for Coaches Academy for Librarians.   

Space is limited. Register at:  

For more information, contact Sue Wise, Associate Director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.


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Philip Hurd, a senior music ministry major from Prattsburgh, N.Y., and Allyson Georgian, a junior forensic accounting major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, were recently selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. 

The 68th annual festival will be held Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, at Bloomsburg University. Founded in 1948, the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band is the oldest continually operating band of its kind in the United States.

Each year, students from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are recommended by their band directors, submit applications and are chosen to participate by a selection committee.

“This year, we are sending a music ministry major and a music minor as our emissaries to this fine ensemble,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program at Waynesburg University. “I am always proud to see our students take advantage of opportunities that are open to them, whether those opportunities present themselves on our campus or in surrounding communities.”

For more information, call 724-852-3420. 

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Waynesburg University will host its sixth annual Sports Announcing Camp Monday, June 15, through Friday, June 19, 2015, on the campus of Waynesburg University. The camp is hosted by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The purpose of the camp is to 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. 

“The sports announcing camp gives young individuals an opportunity to learn the basics of sports broadcasting,” said Frattare. “It has helped many decide if their interest in the field is strong enough to justify it as a major in college. Those of us who conduct the camp are proud to showcase the Waynesburg University campus and broadcasting program to perspective students.”

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.

•John Steigerwald, now an internet talk show host at 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 eighth 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.

•Bill Hillgrove serves as the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers football and basketball. Following his lengthy tenure as WTAE sports director, he remains its Steeler Insider. His distinguished career earned him the National Football Foundation's 2007 Chris Schenkel Award. 

According to Frattare, the campers will be given the chance to announce a Washington Wild Things baseball game, conduct radio and television interviews, take part in "talk radio" segments, read a public service announcement and read radio and television sports reports.

“The camp, in my opinion, offers the perfect balance of broadcast theory, practical experience and fun,” said Frattare. “As the former voice of the Pirates, I am inspired each year by the number of young people who have the dream of becoming sports announcers.”

For more information or to register, visit Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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