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b2ap3_thumbnail_SASJ.jpgWhen I was about eight years old, I would play sports video games on my PlayStation, such as Madden, NHL, NBA Live and MLB the Show, and I would act as the announcer. My mom noticed how enthusiastically I was doing both the play-by-play and the commentary because I practiced announcing all the time. Two years later when my mom saw an ad in a magazine for the Waynesburg University Sports Announcing and Sports Journalism Camp, she suggested I should attend the camp when I get to high school to see if I wanted to make sports announcing my career.

After having to wait several years, I was finally able to sign up for the camp during my junior year of high school. The camp was held in June at the school’s beautiful campus in Greene County. When I arrived at the camp, I noticed everything was very organized. To check in, a table was set up outside of the dorms where Assistant Camp Director Dave Floyd, along with Camp Director and former Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare, were there to greet everyone. When I walked into my dorm room, I realized that not only was I going to learn about how to become a sports announcer and sports journalist, but I was going to experience life on a college campus. I had a nice roommate and got to know him very well as we had a lot of things in common; I felt as though I made a good friend.

The camp was divided into numerous sessions offering different topics. During the first session, Lanny had us stand up and introduce ourselves. I paid close attention to what everybody had to say, so I would know the people I would be with for the rest of that week. When we would eat meals together at the cafeteria in Benedum Hall, we got to know a lot about each other. When my parents were driving me to the camp, my mom said that the other campers would probably be sports fanatics like me – she was right. All of the other twenty-one campers were sports fanatics, and that’s how we all became close to each other.

On the second day of camp, it was very cool to meet and learn from famous sports announcers and writers from the Pittsburgh market. They included Mark Kaboly (Senior Pittsburgh Steelers Writer for The Athletic Pittsburgh), Bill Hillgrove (radio announcer for the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh), John Steigerwald (former TV sports anchor) and Paul Steigerwald (former Pittsburgh Penguins play-by-play announcer). During the group session, they explained their individual journeys of how they became successful announcers and writers. What I learned from these guest speakers was that it’s not easy to become an announcer or writer and that the only way to succeed is through working hard and never giving up. There were times in all four of their lives when they thought they should stop trying to become an announcer or a writer, but they kept working hard and knew announcing and writing is what they wanted to do. Eventually, they received their big breaks and were able to live their dream jobs.

After the four guest speakers were done talking, all of the campers formed small groups and met with each of the guest speakers. We talked to them for such a long time and enjoyed the conversations so much that when Waynesburg University Professor Richard Krause told us we had to go eat lunch, we were actually disappointed that we had to stop and leave.

During the breakout sessions, we learned about professionalism and effective live announcing. We also learned the art of preparing for games; interviewing techniques; how to report sports on TV and on the radio; how to read off a teleprompter; and how to announce specifically for baseball, football and basketball games at all levels. If we wanted to, we had the opportunity to be on the radio live for 30 minutes and experience hosting our own radio show.

On Wednesday afternoon, Lanny wanted us to get a taste of the sports media industry, so we did practical exercises as we interviewed Tyler Godwin, a Waynesburg University baseball player, in the TV studio. We were also able to experience reading an ad in the radio production room, recording a radio sports report in the radio office, reading a sports report off a teleprompter for television and writing a sports story with information we gathered from a sports press conference. Additionally, we interviewed Lanny, pretending that we were on the radio, and we talked about sports on the radio with another one of our fellow campers for twenty minutes.

If you come to this camp, you will have a taste of everything professional sports media people do. What I liked about the practical exercises was that the instructors always offered us valuable feedback and told us how to become better at each job.

One special event during the camp was attending and working a Washington Wild Things baseball game. When my partner and I announced two innings of the game, we learned that when it comes to announcing you have to be prepared and knowledgeable. We felt like we were prepared, but then at the end we realized we could have been more prepared. I actually was not nervous when I started because the counselors did a great job telling us to be ourselves and preparing us to not be stressed out. They told us that when they attended this camp in the past and announced at the Wild Things game, they did awful, but that after starting at Waynesburg University as students, they became more comfortable.

During a few nights throughout the week, the campers and counselors gathered in the TV room in the halls and bonded. We told stories to each other that were so personal and deep that it brought all of us closer together. I have to give credit to the counselors at this camp, including Jack Hillgrove, Alex Lyons, Rachel Mangan, Mitch Montani and Brandon Rossi, for making us feel comfortable and making the whole camp feel like a big family. We all became so close that on Thursday night before the Wild Things game we created a group chat, so we could keep in touch after we left. There were also a lot of fun games that we played at the camp, such as Jeopardy, whiffle ball, basketball and charades. We even participated in a bean bag toss tournament.

I would personally like to thank Dave Floyd, Lanny Frattare, Bill Hillgrove, Mark Kaboly, Paul Steigerwald, John Steigerwald, Richard Krause, Tyler Godwin and Melinda Roeder, as well as anyone else who made camp so much fun. They all taught me so much. I would not hesitate to come back to this camp again next year. So, if you are thinking about having a job as a sports announcer or sports journalist, this camp will definitely help you decide if you are up to the challenge to make it your career.

Brentaro Yamane (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_student-in-lab-for-academics-blog.jpgAt Waynesburg University, academic excellence extends far beyond the walls of a classroom. Top-notch instruction—that which also weaves the principles of faith, ethics and moral leadership into the course work—is bolstered by a robust array of hands-on learning opportunities, from Nursing Simulation and Marine Biology Labs to a remote TV production truck and Lasershot Firearms Simulator.

As a result of these facilities, co-curricular organizations possess the opportunity to grow and flourish, preparing students professionally. For example, the University’s American Chemical Society student chapter recently received the “Outstanding Chapter Award” for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America achieved Star Chapter status for the third-straight year, and President Megan Bayles, a senior, earned PRSSA’s National Gold Key Award, the organization’s highest individual honor.

The University now also has agreements with multiple professional schools, affording students benefits ranging from expedited application reviews to guaranteed admission interviews, among others. These professional schools include the:

  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy Program
  • Chatham University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program
  • Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program

These types of opportunities and experiences provide Waynesburg students a distinct advantage upon graduation. Utilizing the knowledge imparted by committed faculty members, graduates regularly achieve 100% pass rates on national exams in fields such as Nursing and Athletic Training. Furthermore, the Class of 2014 achieved a 95% placement rate, which means 95% of responding students were either working full-time, in graduate/professional school or in the military within one of year of graduation.

Alumni such as Dr. Autumn Lemley, D.O. (’09) and Ryan Devlin (’07) reach new heights in their educational and professional careers as a result of their Waynesburg education. Lemley went on to graduate from West Virginia’s School of Osteopathic Medicine and now practices at Cornerstone Care and Monongalia General Hospital as a Family Medicine Resident. Devlin was named the 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and became the first person ever from the state to be one of the three finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Stories like those of Autumn and Ryan abound among Waynesburg graduates, and so many attribute their success in large part to their time at Waynesburg. To learn more about what alumni are doing and where students are interning, visit waynesburg.edu/outcomes.

For more numbers on academics at Waynesburg, see the bulleted list below:

  • 70+ major concentrations
  • 3 five-year integrated bachelor’s to master’s programs
  • 18 students in an average class
  • 13:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 100% of academic departments offering hands-on learning, research and/or internship opportunities
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With Thanksgiving just a day away, the busy fall travel season is all wrapped up for many admissions professionals across the country. No more rushing from high school to high school, no more standing behind a college fair table and no more late afternoons on Panera’s Wi-Fi—at least until early Spring.

 

Now in my fourth year as an admissions representative at Waynesburg University, I have the hustle and bustle of four of those travel seasons under my belt. And while there are many more seasoned than I, I certainly had the pleasure of experiencing a great deal over the course of those four autumns.

 

From wings in Buffalo and cheesesteaks in Philly, to crème pie in Boston and BBQ in Texas, I always tried to sample the local cuisine. When I found myself with a brief bit of downtime, I even attempted to hit a few of the sites, Fenway Park and Maine’s rocky coast included.

 

Despite the personal perks, though, I speak on behalf of the entire Admissions staff here when I say our favorite part is simply interacting with all of the individuals we meet over the course of the fall, from the typical sit-down in a high school guidance office to a chance encounter like the one I had in Dallas with a man born in Waynesburg’s hospital 60-70 years prior. The interest in and connections to our small university in Southwestern Pennsylvania never cease to excite me.

 

Last October, I happened to be in northern New Jersey during Waynesburg’s Fall Break. Two current students who I had met in the area in years prior stopped by my table at two separate events to say hello. They recalled and reminisced about their own college search, which seemed like such a short time prior. It’s those conversations that make the fall travel season such an enjoyable experience, and it’s those relationships that can make a job in admissions so rewarding.

 

So on this, the eve of Thanksgiving, we in the Admissions Office want to pause and reflect on what we’re thankful for—for safe travels, quality conversations, and delightful students and families we have the pleasure of working with, day in and day out.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Waynesburg University. "Let us come before him with thanksgiving..." -Psalm 95:2a

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With so many colleges and universities out there to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where all to apply. After filling out a few applications, you may look at the next school on your list and think to yourself, “Why should I apply here?” Well, if you’re asking that about Waynesburg University, this list is your answer! Here are the top five reasons to apply to Waynesburg:

1. People.  Cliché? Maybe. But to so many, the best part of Waynesburg truly is its people. From President Lee to the Residence Life staff to the coaches, all are here committed to our mission of Christian faith, scholarship and service, and to your holistic development as a person.

2. Hands-on learning.  Hands-on learning is a staple here, and in almost every major, that starts freshman year. Whether you’re assessing injuries on the football field, analyzing blood spatter in the Forensic Science Lab or broadcasting events from the University’s remote TV truck, you won’t just be sitting in a classroom. When you are, though, it’ll only be with about 18 others. As a result, your professors will know you and invest themselves in your learning.

3. Achievement Awards.  Depending on where you’re at with your cumulative high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you could be in line for anywhere from $9,000 to $15,000 per year in Achievement Awards. If you apply and are accepted, you’ll find out right on your acceptance letter how much, if any, you may qualify for. This, along with other Financial Aid, could help defray the total cost of attending Waynesburg, which is already more than $11,000 less than other private, four-year institutions!

4. Fun.  We understand you need some downtime in the midst of your academic coursework and activities. Whether you’re off to practice, enjoying Bingo night, taking a trip to Pittsburgh or just hanging with friends in the residence halls, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. Oh, and traditions that students enjoy? We’ve got those, too. Pumpkin Bowling, the Campus Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and the President’s Breakfast are but a few.

5. It’s free!  Not much to explain here. If you apply online, it won’t cost you a penny!

As you can see, no matter what your criteria, Waynesburg has something for you. Don’t wait; apply today!

Plus, if you apply and are accepted within the next few weeks, you may also be eligible to apply for some of our Competitive Scholarship Programs. You don’t want to miss out on those additional opportunities!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_possible-photo-for-small-liberal-arts-blog-2_20150910-135855_1.jpgBig school, or small school? That’s the question a lot of individuals face when choosing a college. And in the long list of factors that goes into choosing a college, size and type often find themselves placed near the top in terms of importance. To help with this critical question in the college search process, here are the top five reasons to consider a small, liberal arts college or university…

5. Community.  It’s rare to walk anywhere on a smaller campus and not see someone you know. Sheer numbers play a major role in that, but so does the fact that everyone on campus seems to be involved in something. If you play a sport, host a show on the school radio station, perform in the musical and work in the bookstore, you might be a student at one of these schools. Seems like a busy life, but the camaraderie is hard to beat at larger institutions.
4. Scholarships and financial aid.  Sure, big, public universities may have a cheaper sticker price, but when it comes to the bottom line, small schools often surprise prospective students with their affordability. The combination of scholarships and need-based institutional aid, which typically isn’t available at larger colleges, makes this possible.
3. Small classes taught by professors.  Because graduate and doctoral programs are not as prevalent at smaller liberal arts schools, often times, teaching assistants don’t exist, and if they do, they’re not in front of the classroom. Faculty members are the ones teaching the undergraduate students, and it’s almost always in a smaller setting. No 300-seat auditoriums here; you’ll know your classmates and be able to interact with them in a more intimate classroom environment.
2. Grad schools and employers value it.  As Lynn O’Shaughnessy put it in her 2010 article on cbsnews.com, “liberal arts colleges…teach kids how to think, talk and write,” and while simple, that’s exactly what employers are looking for. Furthermore, according to O’Shaughnessy’s article, “liberal arts schools dominate the list of the top 10 institutions that produce the most students who ultimately earn doctorates.” Why is this? Graduate and professional schools are looking for the right mix of academic ability, research experience and leadership roles outside of the classroom—exactly what students can prove and acquire at smaller liberal arts colleges
1. You know your professors, and they know you.  While learning from professors in small classes is great, an even bigger benefit is getting to know your professors on a personal level and gaining hands-on experience right alongside them. The connections you make with those individuals become invaluable as you search for graduate schools and/or employment. They’ve all been out there in the field doing the work themselves, and now they’re helping little ol' you do the same.

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