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b2ap3_thumbnail_StarChapterwithMegan.jpgWaynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was honored as a Star Chapter for the third consecutive year Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

PRSSA is present in four countries and oversees approximately 344 Chapters and 11,000 members. This year, only 43 of the organization’s chapters received Star Chapter status, placing Waynesburg University PRSSA in the top 13 percent.

“Receiving this recognition from PRSSA National is such an incredible and rewarding accomplishment,” said Jordan Mitrik, vice president of Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA and firm director of Red Brick Communications. “This award means that our Chapter is among the best of the best and we are creating an innovative working environment for public relations students. It also reflects the overall strength of the public relations program at Waynesburg University.”

The Star Chapter recognition is awarded to PRSSA chapters that meet at least eight of 10 requirements set by the organization’s national headquarters. Requirements include attending a PRSSA national event, completing a community service initiative, conducting a high school outreach program and earning Chapter media recognition.

“We are very pleased to have received Star Chapter status for the third consecutive year. This award recognizes the diligent work of our students and staff,” said Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. "Our student leaders have done a wonderful job with the Chapter. The accomplishments of the past year have been simply amazing!"

Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter plans to apply for Star Chapter status again in 2016. As of November 18, 2015, the Chapter has met six of the ten requirements for next year’s award.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU_CHRIST14_074.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts and Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert, “A Concert of Carols,” Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. There is no reserved seating.

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir and Symphonic Band as well as several Greene County high school instrumentalists will perform arrangements of works such as “Amen, Go Tell It,” “O Holy Night,” “Three Noels” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Edward Powers, professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, will present a poetry reading as well.

“Most of the pieces chosen for this concert use Christmas carols from all types of musical traditions,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the music program. “Educationally speaking, a knowledge of the history of carols is needed to develop a sense of the breadth of humanity’s response to the Christmas season throughout the ages and around the world.”

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit the students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at 724-852-3420 or repries@waynesburg.edu.

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Waynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was chosen to participate in Ketchum’s global initiative, Mindfire!

Ketchum is a full-service public relations agency with more than 130 offices in 70 countries that specialize in brand management, corporate communications and public relations. The company, which was named as one of the world’s top five public relations firms, is globally headquartered in New York City, and represents 19 of the world’s top 50 brands.

Mindfire! is Ketchum’s exclusive, award-winning initiative, driven by the advice of Thomas Edison, “to have a great idea, have a lot of them.” Mindfire! acts as a crowdsourcing platform, allowing both undergraduate and graduate students to work directly with the organization’s prestigious clients, including Polaris, 7-Eleven, Delta, Cottonelle and IKEA.

“Working with Ketchum and its well-known client list is an amazing opportunity for Chapter members to gain real-world public relations experience and exposure in the field,” said Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA. “Being chosen to participate in Mindfire! is a true honor, and I am excited to see where this partnership will lead.”

Each year, 40 of the world’s top colleges and universities are chosen to participate in the Mindfire! initiative. Students at the chosen colleges and universities are provided with challenge prompts via an online profile system. After reading each prompt, students can submit ideas and solutions for review. For each challenge, one winner is chosen and issued a prize.

In return for their ideas, students participating in Mindfire! are provided with points, which lead to incentives, including career counseling, gift cards, job and internship postings, workshops and webinar access. Points are issued for various actions, such as winning a challenge, submitting an idea, and commenting on and promoting others’ ideas.

“Beyond exposure and prizes, Mindfire! positions students to create fresh and original ideas without boundaries or fear,” said Ronald Tolson Jr., manager of Mindfire! “Sometimes what we may deem as a crazy idea, could be the best solution. We tell students that it just takes one unique idea to change the world.”

For more information about Waynesburg University PRSSA and its participation in Ketchum’s Mindfire! iniative, please contact Megan Bayles, president of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter, at bay2547@student.waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ConferenceLogoJPEG.jpgWaynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will host a regional conference Friday, April 8, through Saturday, April 9, 2016. The event, which will take place on Waynesburg’s campus, will afford attendees the opportunity to network with public relations professionals and expand their knowledge of the field.

“Caffeinate Your Career,” the slogan defining Waynesburg PRSSA’s regional conference, symbolizes stimulating your career to ensure success in the professional world.

“It [the theme] is intended to play off of the running joke in PR: that we all run on coffee due to the demands of our positions,” said Samantha Peer, senior public relations major and co-director of the regional conference. “Within the event, we plan to incorporate coffee-themed speakers and favors, as well as a community outreach initiative centered around coffee.”

PRSSA chooses approximately 10 of its chapters to host regional conferences each year. Chapters interested in hosting a regional conference must submit a bid form to PRSSA Headquarters outlining the conference’s budget, logistics, promotion plan, schedule and theme. Bid forms are reviewed and chapters are chosen by PRSSA Headquarters, as well as its national president and vice president of regional conferences.

“The process of bidding for the regional conference was challenging and nerve wracking, but exciting at the same time,” said Peer. “Basically, when bidding, you are planning everything, start to finish, so that your Chapter presents itself as though it is prepared to take on this large responsibility.”

Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to Waynesburg’s Chapter of PRSSA, expresses his excitement to host a regional conference, as it will recognize the hard work and dedication of the institution’s public relations students.

“Hosting a regional conference has been one of our Chapter’s goals since its inception, and now, just five short years later, we are fulfilling that objective,” said Krause. “This is a large feat, especially since we are the smallest university that was chosen to host a conference. However, I have confidence in our students and their abilities to execute a well-planned, professional event.”

For more information about Waynesburg University PRSSA’s regional conference, “Caffeinate Your Career,” please visit info.waynesburg.edu/caffeinateyourcareer.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0063-2.jpgMegan Bayles, senior public relations major from Carmichaels, recently earned the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Gold Key Award.

The National Gold Key Award is the highest individual honor bestowed upon members of PRSSA, and is given annually to seniors that excel in their academic study of public relations, have pursued ambitious professional development opportunities and are leaders in their PRSSA Chapter.

“I feel extremely honored to be a recipient of the National Gold Key Award,” said Bayles. “As one of PRSSA's highest honors, I feel as though all of my hard work is being rewarded; however, the notoriety and prestige of this award not only celebrates my hard work, but it also represents the amazing public relations program Waynesburg University has to offer.”

To be eligible, applicants must have held a PRSSA leadership position, completed at least one public relations internship, have a GPA of at least 3.4 in their major and intend to become a PRSA Associate Member within one year of graduating.

Bayles, Waynesburg University’s first recipient of this award, met all of the requirements for this award. She serves as Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter President and has interned at the Intermediate Unit 1, a regional educational agency located in Coal Center, as well as at Elias/Savion, a marketing and public relations agency, located in Pittsburgh.

“Megan is very deserving of this recognition,” said Richard Krause, chairperson of the Department of Communication and faculty adviser to the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter. “She is a very effective leader who invests so much time in the Chapter.”

This is not the first time Bayles has received national attention for her work as a public relations student. Last fall, Bayles received first place in the Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship competition, an award granted annually to students that demonstrate dedication to the field, practical experience, academic excellence and proven leadership.

Bayles’ award is indicative of Waynesburg University’s PRSSA Chapter’s continued success amongst other chapters.

“Megan's receipt of this award is another acknowledgement of the rapid development of the chapter from a local entity to one that now receives national recognition,” said Krause. “It indicates that we are certainly competitive with other larger, successful national chapters, and it should encourage other members of the Chapter to pursue their dreams and aspirations with renewed vigor.”

Bayles received a plaque in recognition of her award and was honored at the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta November 7.

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