Twelve Waynesburg University students will spend Spring Break working with Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County in Concord, North Carolina. The trip will begin Sunday, Feb. 26, and end Friday, March 3.
Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will lead the trip. While in Concord, the group will work with Habitat for Humanity to advance the building of a new home for a family in need.
Habitat does not give away free homes, but instead works alongside families to provide needed housing and end their poverty loop, which helps the overall economic prospects of the family. Sherman said he hopes students on the trip gain an understanding of how Habitat works and the issues that lead to poverty in America, in addition to realizing how they can make a difference for people in need of reliable housing.
Sherman is excited about continuing the University’s relationship with Habitat and watching the students develop skills in a number of areas.
“I look forward to seeing students help a great organization that is always short-staffed,” said Sherman. “The students can use their unique skills to help in many ways, from swinging a hammer, to cutting wood, to having simple fellowship with the workers and family.”
Students participating in the trip include:
- Jessica Bish, senior business management major from Pittsburgh (North Allegheny Senior High School)
- Audrey Domasky, junior public relations major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
- Marissa Lusky, junior criminal justice administration major from Converse, Texas (Shaler Area High School)
- Amber Martin, senior biblical ministry studies major from Strongsville, Ohio (Midpark High School)
- Tyler Miller, senior criminal justice administration major from Furlong (Central Bucks High School West)
- Alyssa Pittman, junior forensic accounting major from Saint Thomas (James Buchanan High School)
- Kelsey Schmale, freshman forensic science major from Spring City (Owen J. Roberts High School)
- Aleesha Thomas, junior criminal justice administration major from Claysville (Avella Area Junior-Senior High School)
- Robert Turbett, sophomore engineering (math) major from Boyertown (Brandywine Heights Area High School)
- Lettie Wilson, sophomore psychology major from Claysville (McGuffey High School)
- Kyla Wolper, sophomore communication (electronic media) major from Ambler (Wissahickon High School)
- Patience Yobp, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Valencia (Mars Area 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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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