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Five Waynesburg University students will spend fall break serving in Wheeling, W.Va., at Laughlin Memorial Chapel. Julie Wise, a graduate assistant in Student Services at the University, the group will assist with the Chapel’s weekly community programming from Monday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 20.

Laughlin Memorial Chapel provides after school programming for children that helps them gain experience important for the rest of their lives. The program includes homework, social activities and a nutritious dinner. Wise said she hopes the students participating in the trip understand the impact they can make on children’s lives even through small acts of kindness.

“It is as simple as helping them with homework or getting dinner to their table,” said Wise. “The kids love when [University] students are there and that’s what it’s all about – showing the kids we care and want to help them.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Jenna Gearhart, sophomore forensic science major from Huntsville, Ala. (Bel Air High School)
  • Luke Goodling, sophomore communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Washington, Vt. (Home School)
  • Torre Remish, senior psychology major from Belle Vernon (Charleroi Area High School)
  • Ashley Ritenour, junior computer science major from Dunbar (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Cassaundra Zadinski, sophomore psychology major from Bridgeville (South Fayette 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_GettysburgService.jpgThis month, 33 Waynesburg University students will participate in four Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trips during fall break. Led by University faculty and staff members, students will serve in Gettysburg, Pa.; the local Greene County area; and Wheeling, W.Va.

Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, Pa.

Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library at the University, will lead 16 students on a trip to Gettysburg, Pa., from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 20. The group will partner with Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association at the Daniel Lady Farm to assist with landscaping, ground maintenance and other tasks to help beautify historic locations.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn about Civil War history and build an appreciation for the importance of serving at historic sites.

Greene County Habitat for Humanity – Waynesburg, Pa.

Six University students will work with Green County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 20. The group will gather insight into the Greene County community as they work on a home-building project for someone in need.

The trip will be led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program; Chaley Knight, university counselor; Jessica Sumpter, assistant dean of Student Services; Jody Rawlings, instructor of nursing; Marie Coffman, director of Career Services and Placement; and Matthew Pioch, resident director.

Greene County Immersion – Waynesburg, Pa.

Led by Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, six students will serve across the Greene County community from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Oct. 21. The group will attend to the needs of seven organizations in Waynesburg and the surrounding area, including non-profit organizations and churches.

By being immersed in the local community through service, students will have the chance to connect with service sites and continue to build relationships throughout their time at Waynesburg.

Laughlin Chapel – Wheeling, W.Va.  

Five students will be serving at Laughlin Chapel in Wheeling, W.Va., from Monday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 20. Julie Wise, a graduate assistant in Student Services at the University, will lead the group in assisting with the Chapel’s weekly after school programming for children in the area.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-4-Homecoming-court.jpgWaynesburg University recently announced its 2016 Homecoming Court. The crowning of the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen will take place during halftime of the University’s homecoming game against Geneva College Saturday, Oct. 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at John F. Wiley Stadium. 

The Homecoming Court includes:

  • Luke Carter, senior accounting major from Saegertown (Saegertown High School)
  • Stacey Martin, senior human services major from Washington (McGuffey High School) 
  • Anne McGlaughlin, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh (Brentwood High School)
  • Benjamin Neff, senior psychology major from Bentleyville (Bentworth High School) 
  • Emily Nowakowski, senior psychology major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Evan Pennington, senior criminal justice administration major from Allison Park (Central Catholic High School)
  • Torre Remish, senior psychology major from Belle Vernon (Charleroi High School) 
  • Kathryn Romanchuck, senior nursing major from Mount Airy, Md. (home schooled)  
  • Travis Sumner, senior forensic accounting major from Bentleyville (Canon-McMillan High School)

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band fall concert, “Movie Magic,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel.

This presentation will begin the Symphonic Band’s yearlong exploration of the vast world of movie themes. A variety of musical styles encompassing silent films, dramas, historical pieces, animated films and blockbuster soundtracks will be celebrated.

Musical themes will be presented that bring attendees back to many of their favorite movie memories. Themes from great composers, such as Leonard Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Randy Edelman, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others will be brought to life.

Concertgoers will be inspired by the melodies that set the stage for many facets of the human experience.

No reservations are necessary for the event.

For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ashley-Franczyk.JPGWith a passion for clinical medicine, recent graduate Ashley Franczyk is now attending Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program, where she will earn her Master of Science in physician assistant studies.

Franczyk began her program in June 2016 in Marietta, Ohio, where she is striving toward her ultimate goal of becoming a pediatric oncology physician assistant.

“My future goal is to not only become an excellent healthcare professional, but to impact and educate my patients to live healthy lives,” said Franczyk.

Looking back at her time at Waynesburg, Franczyk credits the Department of Biology, Environmental Science and Athletic Training, along with the challenging courses for preparing her for graduate school. Additionally, she speaks highly of the influence faculty and staff at Waynesburg have had on her.

“Dr. Hamilton was a tremendous influence on me; his human physiology course allowed me to discover my passion for medicine, the human body and the physiological responses of the body to disease,” said Franczyk. “Jane Owen was also not only an excellent mentor to me throughout my four years at Waynesburg, but also a great friend to me. Without her support, I would not be as successful as I am today.”

Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and serving helped guide Franczyk’s undergraduate experience. After she participated in medical study abroad trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, she came to the realization that patient care and clinical medicine was the path she wanted to take.

“Throughout my career and life, I will always practice these values and remember where they were instilled in me, which was at Waynesburg University,” said Franczyk.

Franczyk said she was challenged and that allowed her to push herself academically in ways she never experienced prior to attending Waynesburg. She noted that challenging courses made her an extremely dedicated and hard worker in her academics pursuits.

“Physician Assistant school is tremendously rigorous, and the education I received at Waynesburg has prepared me for this next chapter of my education,” said Franczyk. “I am so blessed and honored to have attended Waynesburg University and I will always remember the faith and service I have learned there and will apply it to my profession throughout my life.”

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