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During spring break, 43 Waynesburg University students will travel around the East Coast to participate in four Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trips. Led by University faculty members, students will serve in Brooksville, Florida, Concord, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission – Brooksville, Fla.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will welcome 10 University students from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 5. Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, will lead the group.

During the trip, students will help the commission’s Conservation Center to clean up, repair and maintain parts of an 850-acre wildlife area. In addition to learning about natural habitats and preservation from the experience, students will have a chance to apply the information learned in science courses to a real environment.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, N.C.

Dr. Chad Sherman, associate professor of communication, and Dr. Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will lead 12 students as they serve with Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3.

The University has partnered with Habitat for several years, and this year’s group will continue that relationship as they advance the building of a new home for a family in need. The project will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the issues that lead to poverty in America and how they can help make a difference.

Center for Student Missions – Philadelphia

Six students will spend spring break in Philadelphia serving with the Center for Student Missions, an organization that matches groups with service opportunity in the city. Led by Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, associate professor of sociology, the group will serve from Monday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, March 2.

The students will serve at several different organizations, including St. John’s Hospice, Whosoever Gospel Mission and the Philadelphia Furniture Bank. Olagoke believes the experience will teach students about a variety of sociological issues in real life, such as diversity and social stratification.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh

Led by Josh Sumpter, instructor of biblical ministry studies and assistant University chaplain, 15 students will work with The Pittsburgh Project from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3. The Pittsburgh Project is located on the North Side of Pittsburgh and focuses on home repairs for city residents who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons.

Sumpter hopes students will make their mark not only through the physical results of manual labor, but also through the spiritual connections they form by spending time with homeowners in need.

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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During Waynesburg University’s spring break, six University students will travel to Philadelphia to serve at a number of organizations in need. The group will leave Monday, Feb. 27, and return Thursday, March 2.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, associate professor of sociology, will lead the students as they work through the Center for Student Missions in Philadelphia, an organization which matches groups with service opportunities in the city. Throughout the trip, students will serve with St. John’s Hospice, Whosoever Gospel Mission and the Philadelphia Furniture Bank, among others.

Olagoke believes that experiencing the city, and especially its populations in need, will be an excellent opportunity for students to apply what they learn in sociology classes to the real world. He teaches about culture, diversity, socialization, poverty, social stratification, ageism and more in his classes, and he hopes students can connect these topics to what they see in Philadelphia. The trip is also an opportunity for students to bond and learn from one another outside the walls of the classroom.

In addition to a valuable experience for the participating students, Olagoke knows that their work will make a real difference in the lives of those they serve.

“From past experience, people always appreciate a helping hand one way or the other,” said Olagoke. “The joy noticeable on the faces of people served tells a lot about the power of human touch and interaction in a positive way.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Shane Livermore, freshman with an undeclared major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Richard Lloyd, sophomore business management major from Ridgeley, West Virginia (Fort Hill High School)
  • Moriah Sivavec, junior early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Emily Stowell, sophomore sociology (urban studies) major from Havertown (Haverford High School)
  • Carissa Swab, senior human services (education) major from Greensburg (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Beau Walmer, senior biblical ministry studies major from Elizabethtown (Elizabethtown 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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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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Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Brooksville, Florida, during spring break to serve at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The trip, which will run from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 5, is intended to apply what students learn in science courses at the University to a real-life environment.

Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, will lead the trip. Throughout the week, students will work with the commission’s Conservation Center to maintain and restore habitats in an 850-acre wildlife area. The group will repair wildlife survey equipment, clean up debris and invasive species from a natural drainage system and remove other invasive species from a recently burned area.

Sethman said the work will enhance the educational capabilities of the Conservation Center and help them to preserve native habitats, which will in turn allow the public community to benefit from the center’s offerings. He hopes students have the chance to apply their classroom skills in this new environment.

“I am looking forward to seeing the students engaging in an exciting service-learning opportunity that is relevant to their career interests,” said Sethman, “and will provide them with unique knowledge and skills that can only be obtained outside of the classroom.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Megan Bandi, sophomore marine biology major from Shelocta (West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School)
  • Taylor Clarkson, freshman marine biology major from Frankfort, Ohio (Adena High School)
  • Emily Hackman, senior communication (electronic media) major from Ephrata (Lancaster Catholic High School)
  • Sara Hackman, junior criminal justice administration major from Ephrata (Lancaster Catholic High School)
  • Zachary McKenzie, freshman marine biology major from Lancaster, New York (Lancaster Central High School)
  • Douglas Pollock, junior marine biology major from Beaver Falls (Blackhawk High School)
  • Bailey Reggetz, freshman biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Kira Schmale, freshman environmental science major from Spring City (Owen J. Roberts High School)
  • Kassi Straub, sophomore forensic science major from Aqua (Chambersburg Area Senior High School)
  • Jordan Wherthey, freshman biology (pre-med) major from Johnstown (Bishop McCort 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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s longtime partnership with The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) will continue this spring as 15 students spend their break serving with the organization. The group will stay at TPP’s dorm facility on the North Side of Pittsburgh from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3.

Joshua Sumpter, instructor of biblical ministry studies and assistant chaplain at the University, will lead the trip. Waynesburg has been working with TPP for many years, and students frequently help the organization repair the homes of Pittsburgh residents who are in a vulnerable position for a variety of reasons.

Sumpter anticipates the outcome of the trip will be twofold, as students work with homeowners in both visible and spiritual ways.

“From projects like painting landscaping and repair work, we hope to complete tangible projects that will be a blessing to the homeowners,” he said. “But even more than that, we hope to bring the love of Christ into their home and to them through time spent with each resident during the week.”

With Waynesburg’s proximity to Pittsburgh, the trip will be an opportunity for students to realize the needs of people very close to home and a reminder to find ways to serve our neighbors, said Sumpter. He also believes the trip will emphasize the character of students’ servant hearts.

“Waynesburg students are special,” said Sumpter. “They have a deep concern for loving and serving their neighbors. I am excited to lead, journey with and witness how this team serves the residents in Pittsburgh.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Sara Byler, freshman sociology (family studies) major from Salisbury (Salisbury-Elk Lick High School)
  • Rachel Frederick, freshman nursing major from Uniontown (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
  • Lynsey Griffon, freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Blandon (Fleetwood Area High School)
  • Kaleb Jefferson, freshman English literature major from Federalsburg, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Samantha Larson, freshman nursing major from Oakdale, California (Big Valley Christian High School)
  • Nick Lies, English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Mason Miller, freshman business management major from Bethel Park (21st Century Cyber Charter School)
  • Rebekah Mohnkern, freshman nursing major from Petersburg (Home School)
  • Harry Oakes, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Derwood, Maryland (Home School)
  • Hugh O’Neil, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Fenelton (Butler Area Senior High School)
  • Hannah Pierce, freshman nursing major from Smock (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Rebekah Rhodes, freshman nursing major from Hagerstown, Maryland (North Hagerstown High School)
  • Sara Scott, sophomore nursing major from Pitcairn (Gateway Senior High School)
  • Andrew Sloboda, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Butler (Portersville Christian School)
  • Naomi Swaney, freshman with an undeclared major from Cranberry Township (Seneca Valley Senior 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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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