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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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