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Twelve Waynesburg University students will spend part of their spring break from Saturday, March 7, through Saturday, March 14, working with Strong Missions. Located in Carrillos, Costa Rica, Strong Missions is a Christian organization that specializes in serving and providing for the needs of low income Costa Rican individuals. Christopher Kellner, resident director at Waynesburg University, and Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of international programs, will serve as trip leaders.

During the trip, students will assist with construction projects as well as participate in the Strong Missions Loaves and Fishes Feeding Program, aimed to provide feeding education and extracurricular programs to families.

“I am looking forward for the opportunity to experience a culture different from my own,” said Michael Stroud, a junior forensic science major. “I have completed a lot of service trips in the United States so I am excited to travel outside of the country and provide service to those who need it.”

Students participating in the trip include:

•    Devin Coughlin, a senior international culture major from Oxford, N.J. (Belvidere High School)
•    Joshuah Dains, a senior business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
•    Emma Emiliani, a senior criminal justice administration major from Canton, Pa. (Canton Area Junior-Senior High School)
•    Kara Evans, a freshman computer security and forensics major from Concord, Calif. (Berean Christian High School)
•    Cody Hillberry, a senior sociology major from Sycamore, Pa. (Home School)
•    Parker Kantos, a junior sociology (pre-law) major from Waupaca, Wis. (Waupaca High School)
•    Jessica Marabello, a junior mathematics major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Bishop Canevin High School)
•    Derrion May, a junior marine biology major from Belleville, Ill. (Belleville High School East)
•    Shelby O’Brien, a senior psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Keystone Oaks High School)
•    DeRon Scott, a junior English (creative writing) major from San Diego, Calif. (Julian Charter School)
•    Michael Stroud, a junior forensic science major from Lockport, N.Y. (Lockport High School)
•    Victoria Whitty, a junior biology (pre-med) major from New Wilmington, Pa. (Wilmington Area High School)

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Twenty-three students will spend their spring break in Concord, N.C., from Saturday, March 7, through Saturday, March 14. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents.

Students participating in the Habitat work camp mission trip include:

•    Nicole Aponick, a senior psychology major from Harrisburg, Pa. (Trinity High School)
•    Victoria Berggren, a junior psychology major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
•    Holly Berkey, a freshman accounting major from Friedens, Pa. (North Star High School)
•    Charles Cook, a junior biology (pre-med) major from Cheswick, Pa. (Twentynine Palms High School)
•    Heidi Evans, a sophomore nursing major from Anchorage, Alaska (East Anchorage High School)
•    Sara Faiad, a senior psychology major from South Fork, Pa. (Forest Hills High School)
•    Mary Hoffman, a junior English (creative writing) major from Butler, Pa. (Butler Area Senior High School)
•    Amanda Hooker, a junior psychology major from Bedford, Pa. (Bedford High School)
•    Erin Kern, a senior psychology major from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
•    Joseph Kondash, a senior digital design major from State College, Pa. (State College Area High School)
•    Mary Krepp, a senior sociology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Allegheny Senior High School)
•    James Law, a senior biblical ministry major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)
•    Cody Lemke, a senior psychology major from Stow, Ohio (Woodridge High School)
•    Philip Littlejohn, a senior athletic training major from Union Springs, N.Y. (Southern Cayuga Central School)
•    Kaitlyn Marteney, a senior forensic accounting major from Berlin, Pa. (Berlin Brothers Valley High School)
•    Amber Martin, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Book Park, Ohio (Midpark High School)
•    Steven McHenry, a senior business management major from Knox, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)
•    Anna Narehood, a freshman forensic chemistry major from Frenchville, Pa. (Clearfield Area High School)
•    James Sneed, a senior finance major from Moseley,Va. (Powhatan High School)
•    Kristen Sniezek, a junior nursing major from Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area High School)
•    Travis Sumner, a sophomore forensic accounting major from Eighty Four, Pa. (Canon McMillan High School)
•    Brianna Watt, a senior special education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
•    Dylan Ziegler, a senior biblical ministry major from Knox, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)

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Twenty Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weeklong work camp Saturday, March 7, through Friday, March 13. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program, will serve as the trip leader.

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is a Christian community development organization that serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs. TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Students participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners.

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project service trip include:

•    David Berg, a freshman computer security and forensics major from Lititz, Pa. (Warwick High School)
•    Andrew Brunette, a freshman electronic media major from Aliquippa, Pa. (Hopewell Senior High School)
•    Melanie Byler, a freshman athletic training major from Salisbury, Pa. (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
•    Melanie Ferguson, a junior psychology major from Cuba, Ohio (Wilmington High School)
•    Daniel Garcia, a senior mathematics major from South Gate, Calif. (South Gate Senior High School)
•    Moesha Godwin, a freshman forensic science major from the Bronx, N.Y. (Harry S. Truman High School)
•    Sydney Green, a freshman nursing major from Markleysburg, Pa. (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
•    Amanda Groft, a freshman nursing major from Hanover, Pa. (New Oxford High School)
•    Mandy Hart, a freshman international culture major from Fort Loudon, Pa. (Fannett Metal High School)
•    Abigail Kingston, a freshman sociology major from Fombell, Pa. (Riverside High School)
•    Kenneth Knouse, a freshman history major from Catawissa, Pa. (Southern Columbia Area High School)
•    John Lydic, a junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Verona, Pa. (Penn Hills Senior High School)
•    Austin MacGregor, a freshman psychology major from Saxonburg, Pa. (Evangel Heights Christian Academy)
•    Nicholas Merrill, a freshman electronic media major from Zelienople, Pa. (Portersville Christian School)
•    Emily Nowakowski, a sophomore nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
•    Patrick O’Regan, a freshman criminal justice administration major from Hanover, Pa. (South Western High School)
•    Alexis Prettiman, a freshman international culture major from Jeannette, Pa. (Penn-Trafford High School)
•    Torre Remish, a sophomore psychology major from Belle Vernon, Pa. (Charleroi Area High School)
•    Nicole Romero, a freshman forensic science major from Cudahy, Calif. (King Drew Magnet High School)
•    Victoria Tibbens, a freshman international business major from Oakmont, Pa. (Riverview High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1538.jpgMeet Jerry Lawman, a junior international business major at Waynesburg University. This semester, he will be interning at Bosch in Germany and will share his experiences right here on the Waynesburg blog. 

I am a junior International Business major here at Waynesburg and I am currently interning in the Controlling Department for Bosch in Ludwigsburg, Germany. I knew from the beginning that this international internship was going to be a huge step out of my comfort zone, especially because I’ve never traveled outside of the U.S. 

It was my first flight overseas and I arrived in Stuttgart, Germany on January 28 with no plans on where to stay until I moved into my apartment February 1. I figured it would be a fun experience to figure everything out when I got there, and it was! I met so many helpful people. 

My first step was to get a German SIM card for my phone. From there, two men helped me book a hostel and helped me carry my luggage all the way there. I was shocked by how helpful they were. They said they have a saying in China, “If you are going to help someone, you help them all the way through.” 

After my jet lag wore off the next day, I started to explore the city of Stuttgart. It is one of the biggest cities I have ever been to. This is also the first time I have ever used public transportation, so the trains and buses took me a couple days to figure how everything worked. My stay at the hostel was a great experience, however. I met people from all over the world like Argentina, Jordan, Australia, India, Turkey and Germany as well. Many of them are now my friends on Facebook and we will probably stay in touch. 

I met many other people on the streets while exploring; because I was lost, people would help me get to where I needed to go and some of these people I am now friends with. It is just crazy how many people you meet when you go to a different country like this.  

I finally moved in to my apartment the day before I started work and my landlord was very helpful to me and helped me find out how to register at the town hall and even let me use some extra bedding because I could not pack my own bedding. It is a furnished six person shared apartment, however, and there will be all interns living here who will work for Porsche and Komet. 

They helped me find out my route for my first day of work and other things that would have been hard to do by myself. It takes me about 40 minutes to get to work and I arrive about 20 to 30 minutes early every day. I made sure to make a good first impression by wearing a suit my first day and wearing a nice shirt and tie every day after. 

I was introduced to everyone in the controlling department where I will work, and everyone speaks at least a little English so I can communicate with everyone. The first few days I started to learn some of my tasks and what I will be doing. A lot of my work will involve Excel, but the first few days I had to learn Excel in German so it was very difficult at first. 

I am trying to learn as much as I can from the two other interns, as they will be done with their internships in a couple weeks - then I will be the only intern in this department. Our main tasks include resources controlling, business planning, monthly business reporting and other controlling related activities. 

In my first week of work, I tried to show my willingness to learn and perform, as well as show them how I can be proactive and a strong team player. Being the only American in my department at Bosch is definitely a great experience to learn about cultures different from my own. 

About Bosch: Bosch home appliances is part of BSH, BSH Home Appliances Group, based in Munich, Germany. As part of the third largest appliance manufacturer in the world, Bosch has been selling high performance German-engineered major home appliances and cooking appliances in the United States since 1991. Known nationwide for raising the standards in appliance quietness, efficiency and integrated design, Bosch frequently receives top ratings in leading consumer publications and is the winner of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Energy Star® Sustained Excellence Award. With U.S. headquarters in Irvine, CA, the company operates an appliance park in New Bern, North Carolina, comprised of state-of-the-art factories for dishwashers, ranges, ovens and cooktops.


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b2ap3_thumbnail_201x201x0001q-WizardOfOz.jpg.pagespeed.ic.-fKhdTouFE.jpgWaynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Resources Program (TPS) will hold a free online synchronous professional development series for school librarians and media specialists. Coaches Academy for Librarians will meet each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting February 25 and running through April 1.

Coaches Academy for Librarians is an advanced TPS Level III course designed to help school librarians and media specialists develop the skills and knowledge to lead teachers in using Library of Congress digitized sources effectively across curriculum. Participants earn up to 20 CEU Hours (optional 10 more post-course).

The course will be facilitated by librarian and TPS Consultant, Jennifer Hanson, and is intended to help participants develop leadership skills and gain knowledge about educational uses of the Library of Congress resources. 

Participants will experience live audio chat sessions, peer collaboration and discussion and independent reading and project development. 

Participants who have not completed TPS Level I are asked to complete a pre-requisite, TPS BASICS, before September 3. Login information is provided upon registration for Coaches Academy for Librarians.   

Space is limited. Register at:  

For more information, contact Sue Wise, Associate Director of the TPS Program at Waynesburg University, at or 724-852-3377.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Waynesburg University provides professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers. TPS at Waynesburg University works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania use the Library's digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.


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