Ezekiel Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology at Waynesburg University, and Victoria Kapp, junior psychology major, will lead eight University students to Sebis, Romania, from Tuesday, May 20, to Tuesday, June 3, to serve with Barnabas Ministries, a non-profit ministry that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of orphans, the elderly and poor families in Romania.

“I went to Romania the summer after my freshman year and fell in love with it,” said Kapp. “I want our team to fall in love with the people and the culture just as I did. But most importantly, I want God to completely wreck their hearts and change their lives. The service we will be doing is important, but I really want our focus to be on God and His heart for us in our time there.”

Service will include working with children in the community, reaching out to impoverished gypsy families and manual labor. Specific service will be dependent on interests of the group and needs of the ministry.

Students participating in this mission trip include:

  • Devin Coughlin, a junior international culture and political science major from Belvidere, N.J. (Belvidere High School)
  • Dakota Dawson, a junior psychology major from Charleroi, Pa. (Charleroi Area High School)
  • Jessie Kiner, a sophomore nursing major from Millerstown, Pa. (Greenwood High School)
  • James Law, a junior youth ministry major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)
  • David O'Donoghue, a freshman undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Casey Riker, a freshman psychology major, from Gibsonia, Pa. (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)
  • Alex Sherman, a junior exercise science major from New Milford, CT (New Milford High School)
  • Jordan Smallwood, a sophomore psychology major from New Salem, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School

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Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University, will lead nine University students to Jackson, Miss., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to partner with the John M. Perkins Foundation for a week of service at the Spencer Perkins Center. The center’s mission is to train and equip a new generation of indigenous leaders who are driven by the love of God to pass on the torch of reconciliation, community and youth development in West Jackson.

“I hope the students have the opportunity to spread the Christian mission of Waynesburg University while helping a great organization,” Sherman said. “I also hope they learn about Christian community development – something that Dr. John Perkins will provide a lot of valuable insights about. Hopefully, they’ll take back a better understanding of how they can help spread the teachings of Christ to their local communities.”

The group will work on various building projects in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Students will study racial reconciliation and community development issues with Dr. John M. Perkins about an area that has a history of racial segregation and large scale poverty.

Students participating in the mission trip include:

  • Charles Cook, a sophomore pre-med major from Cheswick, Pa.( Twentynine Palms High School)
  • Joshuah Dains, a junior business management major from Clarksville, Pa.(Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Kristen Sniezek, a sophomore nursing major from Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area High School)
  • Mary Hoffman, a sophomore secondary education major from Butler, Pa. (Butler Area Senior High School)
  • Rachel Wilson, a sophomore undeclared major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
  • Shonah Russell, a junior education major from Sabattus, Maine (Northern High School)
  • SiReno Mattie, a senior creative writing major from Rices Landing, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Stephanie Tress, a sophomore forensic science major from McMurray, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Victoria Berggren, a sophomore nursing major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School

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Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership at Waynesburg University, will lead eight University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.

“Urban Promise fits with the mission of Waynesburg University – faith learning and serving,” said Calvario. “An outcome from this trip is for us to see first-hand and learn about the challenges that are facing our urban centers throughout America as well as begin to understand the employment, housing, socioeconomic, educational system and challenges people face in the community.”

Service will consist of working with children in Urban Promise’s kindergarten through 12th grade school as well as its after school program. Waynesburg students will assist with homework, spiritual development, arts and crafts, and athletic games.

Remaining time will be spent on labor projects in Urban Promise’s school and other ministries. Students will learn about the city of Camden and the poverty and social justice issues that exist there.

Students participating in this mission trip include:

  • Makalah Beazell, a senior early childhood and special education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (West Greene High School)
  • Kaitlyn Berkebile, a senior early childhood and special education major from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
  • Morgan Brumbaugh, a senior early childhood education major from Williamsburg, Pa. (Central High School)
  • Jamie Dolan, a freshman psychology major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Jacob Fleegle, a junior secondary education and political science double major from Jennerstown, Pa. (North Star High School)
  • Bret Hoffman, a junior forensic accounting major from Washington, Pa. (Washington High School)
  • Zachary Morgan, a senior sports management major from Greencastle, Pa. (Grace Academy)
  • Katharine Shultz, a senior human services major from Venetia, Pa. (Peters Township High School)

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Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, May 18, on the campus of Waynesburg University. The celebration will honor approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. 

The Rev. Thomas M. Hall II, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, will present his message, “Where Have All the Heroes Gone?” at the Baccalaureate service. Laura E. Ellsworth, partner at Jones Day, an elite international law firm, will address the Class of 2014 as the Commencement speaker.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

Graduates will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal and academic journeys as they experience the day’s momentous events. The Baccalaureate and Commencement speakers will offer inspirational guidance as each member of the Class of 2014 begins a new chapter in his or her life. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Both Ellsworth and Hall will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

The Rev. Thomas M. Hall II

b2ap3_thumbnail_Rev-Tom-Hall-Feb-2014_20140423-200816_1.jpgHall is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.  Since being called to the church in 2009, Hall’s passion for the heart of Pittsburgh has advanced the region in spirituality and sustainability.

He is president of the Pittsburgh Downtown Ministerium and is on the board of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Hall also serves on the Bethlehem Haven Board and the Council of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.

A retired Air Force colonel, Hall began his military career in 1974 after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy. In the military, he served as an intelligence analyst and as a headquarters staff officer. His international experience includes chairing the 15-nation NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee and commanding the 11th Operations Group. Rev. Hall’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal. In 2004 he completed a 30-year career in the Air Force as a full colonel. 

The esteemed leader earned a Master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and a master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Laura E. Ellsworth

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ellsworth-Photo.jpgNamed one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” Laura Ellsworth practices as a partner at Jones Day, an elite international law firm.

She serves as the vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and on the boards of Imani Christian Academy, Governor Tom Corbett’s appointed Council on Privatization and Innovation, and the Allegheny Conference on Economic Development.

Ellsworth is partner-in-charge of the Jones Day Pittsburgh office. She has been involved extensively in electronic discovery and currently serves on the Jones Days’ e-Discovery Committee. Since joining Jones Day in 1992, she has practiced a wide range of complex commercial litigation including high-profile, multi-jurisdictional product liability and bankruptcy cases.

She has been named one of the best lawyers in America for commercial litigation and was recognized as a "leader in her field" by Chambers USA in 2009. Ellsworth was recognized as a "leader in the law" by the Legal Intelligencer and as one of the top female litigators in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Law Weekly.

Ellsworth received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1980, then graduated magna cum laude with her Juris doctorate in 1983 from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her bar admissions in the state of Pennsylvania.

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The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development workshop series for educators.  The TPS Level III: Coaches Academy for Teachers workshop will take place every Thursday beginning May 15 through June 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Participants will gain a basic understanding of adult learning theory, peer coaching strategies and facilitation techniques through sample activities, peer discussion and independent reading from a variety of professional organizations. As a culminating project, participants design a strategy and plan to coach colleagues to effectively use digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress to better support student learning.

Coaches Academy for Teachers is an advanced, online professional development course. The six-week workshop includes synchronous chat sessions supplemented by independent reading, peer discussions and project development outside of class. Participants can earn up to 20 PDE Act 48 activity hours.  

Graduates of TPS Level I are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete the six online modules before attending.  To locate modules, visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/. Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours.

Space is limited. To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CoachesAcademy. For more information, contact Sue Wise at swise@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3377. 

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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