Waynesburg University’s student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, recently got word that it received eight awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA), for work published in the 2017 calendar year.

The PNA is a nonprofit trade association for print and online media in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each year, student and professional journalists are given the opportunity to submit entries for the Keystone Press Awards, in categories including general news, profile and feature writing and photography, among others.

Staff members and alumni from The Yellow Jacket won a total of eight awards in the Division II category, for four year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000. This is four more awards than the publication received from the organization last year, which had been a record-breaking year. For Mattie Winowitch, junior journalism major and executive editor of The Yellow Jacket, this is an exciting accomplishment.

“This is a moment that I have been waiting for from the moment I first sat in my executive editor chair this past August,” said Winowitch. “And to be able to say that I helped lead my staff to accomplish this difficult and amazing feat is more than I could ever ask for.”

Winowitch attributes the success to the hard work of staff members and the leadership of The Yellow Jacket advisors. The newspaper has a longstanding reputation for being professionally recognized—winning 4 awards from PNA and 11 from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2017. Winowitch is excited to maintain that momentum.

“The Yellow Jacket has a deep history of being award-winning, and by maintaining that pattern, we are further showing the world that we are very skilled at what we do,” she said. “With each award, we are putting Waynesburg University on the map, and I think that’s pretty cool.”

Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator and one of The Yellow Jacket advisors, was ecstatic to hear about the awards. She said the accolades are testament to the hard work the staff puts into publication each week.

“I am incredibly proud of The Yellow Jacket staff for all of their work this year,” said Bell. “Winning a record-breaking eight PNA Keystone Press Awards is a reflection of how dedicated and multi-talented the newspaper staff is. Being selected to receive awards in a range of categories – from featuring writing and sports to photography and layout – speaks volumes to the quality of student journalism at The Yellow Jacket.”

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-2-PAS-Aint-I-A-Woman-Poster.jpgWaynesburg University will host The Core Ensemble for a Performing Arts Series (PAS) installment, “Ain’t I a Woman,” Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Core Ensemble, a series of chamber music theatre works that combines several performance elements and focuses on celebrating diversity, has visited Waynesburg University before. Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, arranged this visit and is confident that the group will live up to expectations.

“Core Ensemble was with us a few years ago in our Performing Arts Series presentation “Of Ebony Embers,” said DePriest. “It is certain that we will experience a similar success with this year’s PAS presentation of “Ain’t I a Woman!” The individual performers are [professionals] in every sense of the word, and the collective ensemble shows tremendous mastery of their art.”

DePriest said the event gives students, faculty and staff the unique opportunity to have an exciting performance, with many musical and theatrical elements, brought right to them.

“Often, we are limited by time and logistics in terms of the number of art, theater and music events to which we can travel to attend,” she said. “The Performing Arts Series brings these professional artists to us.”

For more information about the Performing Arts Series, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420, or email rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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Waynesburg University will offer fine arts studies for community members through its new Fine Arts Academy, beginning this spring.

The Fine Arts Academy is open to anyone who shows motivation to study in comprehensive collegiate music and art settings. Curriculum includes weekly lessons on major instrument/voice, as well as classes in written music theory, aural skills and art.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Andrew Heisey, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts. “We have great professors and great facilities. I want people to be able to come and see what we have here.”

Heisey will be teaching the first pottery class this spring. Eventually, he hopes to include more professors, as well as local artists, who can teach their skills in art and music.

This spring marks the Fine Arts Academy’s soft opening, to gauge interest in the community. Heisey said he is planning a camp program for this summer, and the Academy will be fully pursued in the fall.

Classes will be held Saturday mornings, and students will have the opportunity to schedule additional private lessons. All classes follow the Waynesburg University calendar from September to April.

Academy students will have the opportunity to participate in both solo and chamber ensemble performances near the end of each semester, as well as in large ensemble concerts throughout the year.

For a complete schedule of classes and tuition and fees, visit waynesburg.edu/arts-academy or contact Heisey at 724-852-3274.

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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will present a Symphonic Band Mid-Winter Concert Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

According to Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, this year’s Mid-Winter Concert will be a special one. That is because the Symphonic Band will be able to present to the public material used in the 2018 Conducting Symposium, featuring music by Charles Carter, Aaron Copland, Charles R. Young, Claude T. Smith and John Philip Sousa.

“After a hiatus of four years, our annual Conducting Symposium is back,” said DePriest. “The student members of this year’s Symphonic Band have not had the opportunity to approach our repertoire in this setting during their time at Waynesburg.”

DePriest said the Conducting Symposium gives students the “opportunity to study music in an in-depth manner with professional instrumentalists and an internationally known conductor.”

“We have not presented a concert utilizing this material in the past eight Conducting Symposia, so this will be a treat for our audience and Symphonic Band members alike,” said DePriest.

The concert marks one of the Music Program’s first events of the semester. DePriest said she is looking forward to continuing the program’s work inspiring different musical groups and individuals.

“Our goals continue to be connected to the daily singing and playing of our ensembles and individual musicians,” she said. “I am proud that Waynesburg continues to support these students in terms of offering quality music classes of which the whole student body can be a part. The self-expression that our music students find within themselves and choose to share with others is a pleasure to witness.”

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 one of only 22 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_1-24-Colleen-Nelson.jpgThe Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host a visiting artist exhibit from Monday, January 29, until Friday, February 23. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The visiting artist will be Colleen Nelson, a local freelance reporter. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, most people don’t know that Nelson is also a strong prolific artist in the community. Her work, which Heisey described as “almost Post-Impressionist style,” will stretch all the way from the 1980s to the present.

“In her written work, she frequently documents our community, and her artwork is no different,” said Heisey. “She has been creating images of historic Waynesburg for years.”

Heisey hopes students learn from Nelson’s unique style, as well as her resiliency in pursuing her artwork.

“One thing I hope people will glean from Ms. Nelson’s work is that you can always fulfill your dreams,” he said. “Never let someone tell you that you cannot do what you love. Even though Colleen makes her living writing for the papers, she still can follow her passions in the visual arts.”

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