Blog

Subcategories from this category: Uncategorized

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)

Hits: 139

b2ap3_thumbnail_lee_20171117-173224_1.jpg

Dear Waynesburg University Family and Friends,

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Day of Giving such an amazing success.  Last year when we started this event, we had a goal of 250 gifts.  This year, we have achieved 1,152 gifts.  This is a reflection of the amazing people in our Waynesburg University community.  Our faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and friends of the University keep the lamp glowing brightly.  Kathie and I are grateful for each and every one of you.  
We wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Douglas Lee
President
Waynesburg University

To learn more about the 2017 WU Day of Giving, click here!

Hits: 1516

Posted by on in Blog

Mark Christnerb2ap3_thumbnail_christner.png
Head Men's Basketball Coach/Athletic Administrator

Entering his seventh year at Waynesburg University, Coach Christner continues to lead the men of our basketball program, as well as work with the NCAA, PAC and other athletic personnel on campus to ensure compliance of our 17 varsity sports under the mandate of NCAA Division III athletics. Coach Christner's office is located on the 3rd floor of Marisa Fieldhouse.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I was seeking an opportunity to lead a NCAA Division III head coaching position after working as an assistant at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. I applied, interviewed and accepted the job in April 2010.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Center court of the Fieldhouse! It symbolizes a new start every day.

What’s your favorite annual event?

I’m a big fan of Pumpkin Bowling in Johnson Commons: a great, festive event.

What's your most memorable WU moment?

We’ve had a lot of great moments; pretty neat to see 24 guys graduate and move on to contribute to society after their time here. Each year when we have someone go through graduation it is unmistakably the highlight of the year.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

Being involved in the daily happenings of student-athletes is such a cool thing. We don’t take it for granted, and we take our job seriously. We want our students to be prepared for life after college. It’s pretty neat to be able to use basketball as a vehicle. Seeing men grow within a team framework throughout the year is simply the best.

To learn more about all Waynesburg University athletics, visit waynesburgsports.com!

Hits: 2849

Posted by on in Blog

Dr. Karen Fisher Youngerb2ap3_thumbnail_younger.png
Chair, Humanities; Assistant Professor, History

Since 2012, Dr. Younger has taught American and religious history from her main classroom in Buhl 216. Now overseeing the Humanities department, Dr. Younger can be found in her office in Buhl 212.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

GOD’S PROVIDENCE! My husband received a call to a church in Pittsburgh in 2010, which meant I had to leave my job as the Manging Director of the Civil War Era Center at Penn State. I truly believed I would NEVER find, and then be hired for, a tenure–track position in the Pittsburgh area. In fact, I was contemplating returning to church ministry when the position opened up at Waynesburg. The fact that I was hired AND that Waynesburg is a Christian University is a dream come true. Really, it’s been a great life lesson for me: God is faithful.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Buhl 216. It’s the room I teach all my classes, where I try to inspire students to love to learn, and where I have come to know so many amazing Waynesburg students.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

In 1880 Susan B. Anthony visited Waynesburg College to advocate for women’s suffrage.

Tell us something we may not know about your job at WU.

My round-trip commute is 2 hours.

What makes WU a special place to work?

Everything! I get to be an unapologetic Christian in and out of the classroom. I work with extremely talented faculty. I’m encouraged by a terrific staff. I’ve made great friends. I travel with students around the world. What’s not to love?

Dr. Younger will be appearing in a documentary film, “The Daring Women of Philadelphia,” which will be produced by the Emmy-Award-winning studio History Making Productions. Read more about that here!

Hits: 3423

Posted by on in Blog

Brian Carrb2ap3_thumbnail_brian_carr_1409077982.png
Director of the Center for Student Success and Disability Services

Over his 10 years at Waynesburg University, Brian has taken on numerous responsibilities. Currently, he prepares schedules for all new and returning students, serves as the advising director (which includes advising students exploring or changing majors, as well as international students) and manages WU's Academic Mentoring Program and early alert system, all while serving as the point person for students with documented disabilities, determining appropriate accommodations for those students and coordinating testing accommodations for students requiring them. When he is in his office, Brian can be found "in the depths of the bottom floor of Eberly Library...walk in opposite direction of natural light!"

What's your favorite spot on campus?

I’d have to say the tree-lined sidewalk right outside of Miller Hall (in between Miller Hall and the Chapel). I remember walking that sidewalk right before the start of my interview and felt such peace. It’s such a picturesque sight and its beauty can be enjoyed during all four seasons; from the pristine white branches after a new-fallen snow to the radiant sun streaks that peek through the ample shade in the summer. Do yourself a favor: pause and just take a moment to take in God’s glorious artwork. You just have to watch out for falling acorns in the Fall (or are squirrels throwing them at us?).

What’s your favorite annual event?

You mean besides vacation and Christmas? Many won’t be able to relate to this, but it’s the Department of Communication's Annual NFL Mock Draft in April. Professor Richard Krause gets to play the role of an NFL draft analyst (he may have missed his calling) and all the students who participate act as NFL General Managers for a day!

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Wow…there have been many, but how awesome it was when recent graduate RJ Tonks, a wheelchair-bound student, walked during the procession at the Commencement ceremonies! From the day we first met, he pronounced that as his goal, and it was such an awe-inspiring moment when it came to fruition.

What makes WU a special place to work?

Here comes the cliché: it’s the relationships with students and colleagues. In serving the Lord, we’re so blessed to work collectively to help shape, educate and positively influence the lives of our students, who are the future of this world. We also have the opportunity to be a light to our colleagues. For instance, it’s been such an honor and privilege to work so closely with the recently retired Chuck Beiter, professor emeritus of English. As a personal mentor, he’s taught me so much. Admired and respected by many for his passion for doing what is best for our students, he exemplifies Waynesburg University’s mission.

What do you consider the most special or unique part of your job?

I think it’s safe to say that there are probably not many — if any — university employees in the country who have the combination of responsibilities of my current role. If there is another out there, I’d love to share stories. In addition, my job is a really integrated position. I work so closely with students and a multitude of offices and departments on campus. Serving as a student advocate, I’m also responsible for representing faculty and administration, preserving academic integrity and upholding University policies. Though it comes with its share of challenges, the “many hats” I wear allow me to work not only with many students but also many of the fine people working at WU.

For more information on the Center for Student Success and Disability Services at Waynesburg University, click here!

Hits: 2972