Hive Five with Brandon Szuminsky

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b2ap3_thumbnail_szuminsky.pngBrandon Szuminsky (’05, '09)
Instructor of Communication and Advisor of The Yellow Jacket student newspaper

Brandon is the faculty lead for the journalism program in the Department of Communication, where he also teaches media studies and research courses. He works with students to produce the award-winning student newspaper and advises the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He can usually be found in his office at 413 Buhl Hall or the newspaper office.

How did you end up at Waynesburg University?

I came to campus as a Communication major in fall of 2001 because I was blown away by the quality of the COM programs. While I was here I fell in love with journalism and led the student newspaper for a few years. I also met the woman of my dreams (in a COM class no less!). After graduation, I spent several years working for local newspapers before returning in 2008 when I had a chance to try out a night class in the English Department. Teaching was never something I had intended on doing but I immediately fell in love. Shortly thereafter, I started working on my PhD and was lucky enough to be hired full-time in the Department of Communication, giving me a chance to again be a part of the programs that helped shape my life.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I should say the newspaper office, or my classrooms… but I’ll be sappy and say the classroom Buhl 316, because that’s where, during freshman year, I first met my future wife.

What’s your favorite fun fact about WU?

The student newspaper was called The Yellow Jacket before many of the sports teams had the moniker.  When Prexie Stewart became president the college paper was renamed The Yellow Jacket (from The Collegian) and then the name was adopted by all the teams.

What’s your most memorable WU moment?

Helping lead the Guatemala service trip for the first time. It was my first experience with international service and it profoundly changed my worldview. 

What’s your favorite annual event?

Nothing beats Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s just so enjoyable to see so much of the campus community in one place and get a chance to flip the roles a bit and serve the students. Plus, turkey and stuffing!

BONUS: What’s your biggest challenge?

Trying to get freshmen to spell my last name correctly!

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