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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Ben-Hur.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Gur_20170220-164457_1.jpgWaynesburg University will host guest speakers Dr. Zipora “Tsipy” Gur and Avi Ben-Hur Monday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lectureship. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Ben-Hur’s topic will address the current challenges facing the new Trump administration in the Middle East.

He is the director of education and current scholar in residence for Classrooms Without Borders (CWB), a non-profit educational organization in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Ben-Hur is also on the faculty of the University of Haifa Tourism School, and is an examiner for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism Licensing Board.

Gur, who will share specific information about CWB and its mission, is the executive director and founder of CWB.

She has worked in the field of Jewish education for more than 35 years, creating cutting-edge programs in professional development and teacher training, supervising and mentoring teachers, teaching high school students and developing new programs to stimulate students in the classroom.

The Glenn A. and Jane L. Crosby Humanities Lectureship, funded by 1950 Magna Cum Laude graduates of Waynesburg University, Glenn A. and Jane Lichtenfels Crosby, bring to the University visiting scholars who are distinguished in their disciplines. During the visit, the scholars often interact with faculty, staff and students, giving guest lectures in classes, formal presentations and informal group talks. The event culminates in a final public lecture.

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.b2ap3_thumbnail_2-20-Jewish-Federation.jpg

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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-17-fire-dept-donation.jpgWaynesburg University recently presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the final of five installments totaling $50,000, to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.

The donations were given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011, who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83.  Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure including president for 28 years.  His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, along with Heidi Szuminsky, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, presented the donation to Jeff Marshall, Fire Chief, and Ron Fox, President of the fire company. 

This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University continues the University’s long-standing support for fire safety in the community. Previously, the University had presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck.  

The University has also donated more than $460,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment.  

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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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