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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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-15-Harris-art.pngSydney Harris, a senior art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open her senior art exhibition with a reception Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, which is open to the public, will be on display through Thursday, March 29.

Harris’ exhibit will showcase a variety of styles, including ceramic, jewelry, paintings, drawings and digital prints.

“It is an amazing feeling knowing that you have worked so hard for the past couple years to reach this point,” said Harris. “I am so proud to be able to show all of my hard work to the public [and] see how far I have truly come on this journey here at Waynesburg.”

Harris shared that her favorite work in the display is a series of pieces that combine glass with pottery. Pottery is one of her passions that she has been studying for many years.

“I learned from a past teacher about this technique where you melt glass into the pottery and it makes this crackle effect,” said Harris. “These pieces show my love for nature in its simplest forms.”

Harris gives much credit to her success and learning over the past few years at Waynesburg to her professors.

“They have been so supportive and without that kind of a positive environment, I cannot even imagine where I would be today as an artist,” she said. “I am proud to say that I am a part of this program and will always speak highly of it to others.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-852-3247.

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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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_2-5-MBU-March-Madness.pngWaynesburg University’s Merit Badge University will present a sports-themed “March Madness” event Saturday, March 24. The day will begin with check in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Marisa Fieldhouse/Gymnasium and conclude at 1 p.m.

Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn one of the following three merit badges: Athletics, Personal Fitness and Sports. Cost is $15 for the event, which will include lunch, a patch, a T-shirt and instruction. To register, visit the March Madness MBU tab at http://www.waynesburg.edu/merit-badge-university.

“We are thrilled to continue our tradition of offering scouting programs on campus,” said Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator. “March Madness Merit Badge University provides a great opportunity to connect with the local Boy Scouts community.”

All participating Scouts are responsible for bringing their own blue card and proof of completed pre-requisites. Scouts who do not complete pre-requisites before the day of the event will receive a partial merit badge.

Scouts are permitted to wear their Class B/Activity Uniform at the event.

Registration is limited. For more information, email scouting@waynesburg.edu or call 724-852-7790.

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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The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter has received the PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance PRSSA Chapter of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The Chapter was recognized at the Renaissance Awards held last week.

Members of the Waynesburg University Chapter feel honored to be the only chapter to receive the award, which was presented for the first time in 2017.

“To be chosen as their first two winners both times was pretty incredible, and I have our chapter members to thank for that,” said Maura Fenske, senior public relations major and president of the Waynesburg University PRSSA chapter. “They’ve really worked tirelessly to make the chapter the success that it is, so to be able to recognize them with this award is really rewarding for me and for us as an executive board.”

The Chapter has received PRSSA Star Chapter Status nationally for five consecutive years and had members receive numerous national and regional awards according to faculty adviser and Department Chair Richard Krause.

“The students have invested significantly in this chapter, and they have accomplished many of our long-term goals in a relatively short time,” said Krause. “They have set a very high standard for future public relations students to follow.”

Amanda Troncone, junior public relations major and vice president of the chapter, said she believes the award shows the quality of the programs available at Waynesburg University.

“We are being recognized by our parent chapter for two years in a row that we are the best chapter that they have. I think that also challenges us, moving forward, to continue to push for excellence,” said Troncone.

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