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
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