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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-5-YJ-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, has been named the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper across four states, which is unprecedented in the University’s history. While the newspaper has been named a finalist for the award in the past, this year, the newspaper was named the first-place winner for the first time.

“This is, without a doubt, the biggest recognition in the newspaper’s nearly 130-year history,” said Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, faculty advisor for the Yellow Jacket and instructor of communication.

To earn first place, the Yellow Jacket overtook finalist newspapers at Central Michigan University and Kent State University, which have an undergraduate population of approximately 20,000 and 40,000 students, respectively.

The award is one of a series of Mark of Excellence awards, recognizing the best in student journalism, given by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). SPJ is a national, prestigious organization of professional and student journalists. Waynesburg’s SPJ region, Region 4, includes Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and part of Pennsylvania. The Yellow Jacket is therefore up against a large number of accomplished college newspapers for the Best All-Around award.

“It’s an unbelievable honor,” said Kimmi Baston, executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. “To be named, effectively, the best newspaper in the region above schools that are 20 or 30 times larger than us is true validation for the hours and hours of hard work the staff puts in.”

The Yellow Jacket received this honor when several members of the staff attended the regional SPJ conference in Detroit, Michigan, on March 31 and April 1. At the Mark of Excellence Award Ceremony, the staff also received nine group and individual awards, including their first-ever recognition for a photo illustration. In writing categories, which are divided into small and large schools, the staff swept both finalist spots and the winning spot in two different categories, General News and Sports Writing, and earned first place in In-Depth Reporting.

“This was an incredible weekend of firsts for The Yellow Jacket,” said Dr. Szuminsky. “We’ve had success in the past at SPJ but we’ve never had so many first-place awards. And to sweep all three awards in two of the categories – and key categories, like general news and sports writing – speaks volumes about the quality of student work being done at Waynesburg.”

All four of the staff’s first-place entries will now move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition and be judged against the first-place winners from the rest of the country’s regions.

Staff group and individual awards include:

  • Finalist, Breaking News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Thomas More women’s basketball team stripped of 2014-15 title” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Incoming freshmen still largely unaware of housing policy” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Shanksville: Stories are shared and respects are paid at Flight 93 Memorial” by junior Shon Meade
  • Winner, General News Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Ongoing drug issues addressed throughout community” by graduate Anthony Conn and sophomores Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch
  • Winner, In-Depth Reporting (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Ongoing drug issues addressed throughout community” by graduate Anthony Conn, senior Kimmi Baston and sophomores Teghan Simonton and Mattie Winowitch
  • Finalist, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “Thomas More women’s basketball team stripped of 2014-15 title” by senior Jacob Meyer
  • Finalist, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “The journey of the 2016 Women’s Cross Country team” by senior Jacob Meyer and sophomore Luke Goodling
  • Winner, Sports Writing (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “D-III sports about more than professional aspirations, students say” by senior Kimmi Baston
  • Finalist, Photo Illustration (Small: 1-9,999 Students): “’I Do’ doesn’t have to wait” by junior Shon Meade

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_LucasHathaway-1.jpgThree Waynesburg University faculty members received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards during the University’s chapel service Tuesday, April 4.

The Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Awards are presented annually and include three awards. One recognizes a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence, a second recognizes a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subjects and the third honors a part-time faculty member at any Waynesburg University site.

Dr. Jenny Jellison, associate professor of psychology, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Excellence Award for a faculty member with a teaching excellence in introductory subjects.

A student nomination stated, “Her attention to student interests makes all the difference. If I am having a bad day, her class makes my day brighter.”

Another nomination noted that “quality teaching seems to come naturally to her – like breathing air.”

Jellison has been with the University since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College as well as a master’s degree in general experimental psychology and doctorate in psychology, both from the University of Toledo.

Edward Powers, professor of theatre, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

One nomination noted Powers’ dedication to the theatre program by sharing, “He regularly spends many 12-hour days, breaks and weekends on campus, leaving well after 11 p.m. to prep and plan productions.”

Another nomination stated, “He has dedicated his life to serving WU through his creative endeavors, teaching, service and faith. His passion for theatre helps students connect with the arts in the classroom. He puts his heart and soul into every production.”

Powers joined Waynesburg University in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theatre, history and English from Austin Peay State University, in addition to a Master of Fine Arts in theatre and communication arts from the University of Memphis.

Lurea Doody, who is a lecturer in chemistry, received the 2017 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member.

“Dedicated to her work and no matter what you need, she is there for you,” a nomination stated.

Doody has been described as an “excellent mentor, educator and scientist” who has taught classes in biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and education at Waynesburg University as a full-time or part-time instructor since 1997.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in earth sciences from Waynesburg University, as well as a teaching certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. Doody is currently pursuing a doctorate in science education at Duquesne University.

The Lucas-Hathaway Charitable Trust has established an endowed fund that provides two annual teaching excellence awards for full-time faculty members and one award for a part-time faculty member. Faculty members were nominated by students, faculty or alumni. Each recipient received a commemorative plaque and a $1,200 award. The Trust is funded by J. Richard Lucas and C. Joan Hathaway Lucas, members of the class of 1950.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University will host its tenth annual Relay for Life Sunday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the University’s Johnson Commons. The public is invited to attend and participate in the scheduled activities throughout the day.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS). All of the monies collected from Waynesburg’s event will stay within Greene County to benefit programs such as cancer research, Road to Recovery, ACS Hope Lodge, one-on-one peer support, cancer prevention and assistance with the 24-hour ACS hotline.

“The purpose of this event is to educate and promote awareness about cancer,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “It is also an event to honor those that lost their lives to cancer and those who have survived the brave battle.”

The theme of this year’s event is “Kick Cancer Off the Board,” and the goal is to raise $15,000.

Activities will include an opening ceremony featuring President Douglas G. Lee, lip sync battle, survivorship hour, pie a professor and luminaria ceremony, among others.

The 2017 Relay for Life officers are:

  • President: Allison Cote, senior early childhood/special education major from Brewer, Maine (Brewer High School)
  • Vice President: Nicole Zimmel, senior early childhood/special education major from Slippery Rock (Slippery Rock Area High School)
  • Education Chair: Kristen Wilson, senior chemistry/secondary education major from Washington (Washington High School)
  • Community Chair: Brandon Bosley, senior biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Edwardsville (Champion High School
  • Publicity Chair: Lindsay Orzechowski, senior digital design major from Erie (Fort LeBoeuf High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will present their annual spring concert Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert will feature the Lamplighter Concert Choir and Symphonic Band. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band, led by Professor of Instrumental Music Dr. Ronda DePriest, will complete a year-long cycle of film music. The band will feature the scores of John Williams, including “1941,” “Lincoln,” “The Terminal,” “War Horse” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Jeremy Olisar, instructor of music, will perform as the clarinet soloist with the band on “The Terminal.”

The Lamplighter Concert Choir will continue their exploration of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The choir will present familiar hymns such as “Amazing Grace,” in addition to three pieces based on Psalms 23, 121 and 148, and Rene Clausen’s “The Prayer,” which incorporates a prayer by Mother Theresa.

Dr. Sora Lee, Lamplighter accompanist and jury/recital accompanist for the University, will also perform.

The concert will mark the final musical event for seniors in both ensembles.

“It will be bittersweet in terms of the wonderful senior class that is such a vital part of our ensemble,” said DePriest. “Their commitment to presenting great wind band music on the Waynesburg campus will be evident during this concert, and their future presence in the ensemble will be greatly missed.”

A reception will follow the concert in the Marsh Center, directly below Roberts Chapel.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Melinda Rush at 724-852-7638 or msrush@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will be on the campus of Waynesburg University Thursday, March 30, for a Recruitment Information Day.

“I am very pleased that the CIA has agreed to come to campus, as they normally recruit at very large universities,” said Marie Coffman, director of the Career Center. “Rarely do you have the chance to speak with agents one-on-one and hear about the different departments within the CIA.”

The schedule will offer participants a meet and greet with CIA officers, an information session and networking sessions. Students who submitted resumes prior to the event will have the opportunity for one-on-one advising sessions with CIA officers. The event is open to all students across all majors, although only freshmen are invited to apply for an internship.

Students from various regional schools, including Bethany College, Franciscan University, Geneva College, Grove City College, Penn State Fayette, Saint Francis University, Saint Vincent College, Seton Hill University, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University, West Liberty University and Wheeling Jesuit University, will attend the event.

Waynesburg criminal justice administration majors have a history of earning a number of posts with federal agencies. Recent graduates have been employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, United States Secret Service, and United States Customs and Border Patrol. This summer, a Waynesburg University student will participate in an internship with the National Security Agency, in addition to others who will intern with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Recently, Waynesburg University's Criminal Justice Program was nationally recognized as a best value in the 2017 College Factual "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings published by USA Today. The program placed in the top 10 percent, ranking No. 25 out of 373 similar school programs in the nation and ranked No. 1 in the state of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/criminal-justice-administration.

For more information about the event, contact Coffman at 724-852-3399 or mcoffman@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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