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Waynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, received word that it won nine Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4.

The Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization that advocates for the rights of the press and the First Amendment, awards professional and student journalists for outstanding work in categories such as photography, general news, in-depth reporting and more. Region 4 includes Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

“As Executive Editor, I am more proud than ever to be able to represent such a fantastic student-run publication,” said Mattie Winowitch, executive editor of The Yellow Jacket. “The Yellow Jacket means a lot to me, and each award we receive makes me extremely proud.”

The newspaper’s staff members received nine awards in categories including feature writing, general news, feature photography and sports writing. The exact placement for each category was announced at the Region 4 Conference, hosted at Point Park University, Saturday, March 9.

Recipients this year included Winowitch; Teghan Simonton, managing editor of The Yellow Jacket, Luke Goodling, sports editor; Mitchell Kendra, copy chief; and Waynesburg University alumnus Jacob Meyer. Winowitch received first place for feature writing, and Goodling first place for sports writing.

As first-place recipients, Winowitch and Goodling will represent Region 4 in SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence Award competition. Last year, four staff members at The Yellow Jacket won a national Mark of Excellence Award for in-depth reporting – the first ever instance of national recognition for The Yellow Jacket. Winowitch and Simonton were among last year’s winners, along with alumni Kimmi Baston and Anthony Conn.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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2-13-Ginger-Haring.jpgWaynesburg University’s Computer Science Program hosted Ginger Haring, a digital forensics analyst with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) in Morgantown, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Haring met with several Waynesburg students majoring in computer security and forensics, criminal justice administration and forensic science. Also in attendance were Kathryn Waddel, instructor of computer science, Dr. Richard Leipold, chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics and professor of computer science, and Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science.

Haring’s primary focus in her work as a digital forensics analyst is in the investigation of criminal activity involving child pornography, although she stated that she also does work in cases involving illegal drug activity.

Haring relayed her general work experiences including all of the precautionary procedures that must be followed to insure proper handling of evidence. She also discussed several of the software tools used in her department to capture and maintain evidence and any associated data.

Another reason for Haring’s visit was to welcome students to apply for an internship in her department, or to visit her labs to see how digital forensics is applied in law enforcement. Two previous students from Waynesburg University have already completed successful internships with the Crimes Against Children Unit of the WVSP, namely Aaron Schuster and Alexandra Zanaglio. Haring hopes that other Waynesburg Students will also want to intern with her digital forensics unit.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Aerial-Stills-20.jpgWaynesburg University has received a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the amount of $850,000 toward two-year support of the University’s community development efforts.

“This funding will result in projects within the University that will have a direct impact on the continued development of the local community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Investments in the University’s service learning and graduate programs will enable us to achieve the positive, community-focused outcomes proposed in the grant.”

Through the grant, the University aims to increase its regional outreach by implementing a comprehensive, strategic plan that utilizes both its undergraduate and graduate programs in distinct yet complimentary ways.

This approach will include enhancements to Waynesburg University’s service learning offerings and the expansion of specific graduate programs.

Currently, University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours of service to the local community each year. This provides an annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million. By strategically coordinating volunteer service programs with government, business and community leaders, the University will be able to expand the size and scope of community involvement with increased, longer-lasting impact.

Additionally, through key input from regional employers and community leaders, the University plans to tailor its graduate programs’ curriculums to closely match current and future workforce needs, better serving the region.

For 70 years, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the competitive future and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania and in the protection, preservation, and restoration of America’s environmental heritage.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4M0B7842_20180117-212237_1.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a ceremony in Roberts Chapel Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Marilyn House West, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., served as the speaker.

In her message, titled “A High-Octane Leader Who Would Have Been Welcome at Waynesburg University Today,” West explored King’s leadership qualities.

“King was a visionary with inherent talent and skills that lifted him up and could lift up others,” West said as she urged those in attendance to rise to King’s legacy and the legacy of all who are walking in his shoes today.

Special music was provided by Thomas Faye, a sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond and serves on several others.

She is the recipient of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Richmond’s 2015 Outstanding Women Award, and she was recognized by Style Weekly with a 2016 Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She was inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2017.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-8-MLK-Jr-Day.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with participation in the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15, followed by a special convocation Tuesday, Jan. 16.

On Monday, Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars will lead other students along with faculty and staff in a series of on-campus service activities that will support local charities and service organizations.

On Tuesday, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel, Waynesburg University Board of Trustees Chair Marilyn House West will serve as the speaker during the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

West is the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., a Richmond, Virginia, based planning and consulting company with specialization in management, education and planning services. West and her team have served clients ranging from government agencies to large corporations and school systems.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond. She serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Metro Transportation Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Villa.

In 2015, West was honored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Richmond with its 2015 Outstanding Women Award, which recognizes women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to the community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and inspiring achievements.

In 2016, she was recognized by Style Weekly with an Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She will be inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame later this month.

West received Waynesburg University’s Margaret Bell Miller Leadership Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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