After scoring two goals, including the game winner against Franciscan back on Friday, Aug. 31, Waynesburg sophomore Ray Melone was named the first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Offensive Player of the Week of the 2012 season. The second-year Yellow Jacket standout scored the first goal of the season in the 5-0 victory over Franciscan and added the second tally of the evening to put his team up 2-0 early in the second half. Melone's award-winning performance tripled his career goal output.
With Eyes Open Wide
Evan Kephart is a senior Biblical Ministry Studies major and is studying abroad in Israel this semester.
“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
The two quotes above described my first full day here is Israel with great precision. Today we began by having devotions and meetings about emergency procedures in the event that something might happen. While it was sobering, realizing that this can be a dangerous place, it was also freeing knowing that this place isn't in fact as randomly dangerous as Detroit or Chicago. There are much fewer random acts of violence against persons and everything is political. Otherwise, these people have learned to co-exist in ways that we Americans have lots to learn about. For those of you who might be wondering, I feel completely safe. My greatest worry is that I will do something dumb and get myself hurt. But our staff has taken very good care of us so far and I trust them to keep us well throughout the semester.
Today was quite an adventure. After our meetings we took a bus tour around the city. It is incredible how large the city is and how close it is to neighboring communities. For instance, where we are staying is about fifteen minutes drive from the old city of Jerusalem and from the Institute we are only minutes walk away from Bethlehem. I can stand on the roof of our study center and see the Church of the Nativity. Our tour took us through both Palestinian and Israeli communities and settlements. To see and hear about the area, the conflict, and the politics of the region was very overwhelming. There was so much information to take in as well as so many sites to marvel at. We stopped for lunch and I had my first, real, falafel. It was quite delicious, although the lack of meat and the abundance of veggies here is something I'll have to get used to. No more midnight McDonald's runs. After lunch we entered the Old City of Jerusalem through the Damascus gate. The Old City at one point was the entire city of Jerusalem and contains many of the historical locations. I cannot explain to you the feeling I had in the old city. We stopped at the Austrian Hospice inside the city and climbed to the roof to look our over the city. From there I could see the Dome of the Rock, the Area where the Western Wall is, and the church of the Holy Sepulchre. To be in that place and see those sites was beyond my wildest imagination. These places that I've heard so much about, right in from of my eyes. The craziest part was that we didn't stop to marvel, to learn everything we could or soak in every bit of culture. Not because our group is shallow or against that, but because these things would become part of our normal lives. As we explored our leaders talked to us about what would be within our boundaries, and what was outside our boundaries. In the months to come, I will not only be seeing these places, but the Old City will become one of my main shopping sites. I can come down on my free time with friends and explore to my hearts content! I will be in essence free to explore much of the city of Jerusalem! Its a crazy thought to think that in a month or so I will be familiar with the city of Jerusalem to the point where I know where to go to get goods and I have no problem with the winding streets or the soldiers with guns or the fact that I can't read half the signs because they are in Arabic.
That is why I chose the second quote, because for Israelis, none of this is new. All the conflict, all the holy sites, all the soldiers with huge guns, that's not abnormal for them. That's just life. They do it every day and may not think twice about how special it is. Already in my first day or two here I've thought about home and the things I might be missing. Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited to be here and to experience all that God has to teach me. But I'm beginning to realize how special my home is and the people are who live there. We may not have a Dome of the Rock, or Church of the Nativity, but I know we have great skylines, awesome food, and the people there are just as special as the people here. Remember that the next time you get bored.
As special as you all are, and despite how much I love you, I ain't coming back yet, Israel is wonderful. Hopefully I'll be able to post picture in the near future. Thank you again for your prayers. To use my beginner Arabic, it's time for me to Yala (Go).
Peace, my friends.
Evan Kephart is a senior Biblical Ministry Studies Major and is studying abroad in Israel this semester.
Today's weather forecast: sunny and mid-80s. Beautiful day! Walking through the parks this morning, I was thinking about all the things you can do on a day like today within just a one-hour radius of Waynesburg University. So many options!
Below are the top five places to be around Waynesburg when the weather's nice. Freshmen, take note!
5. On a riverside trail. Whether you prefer to walk, run or bike, there are plenty of trails nearby that gently wind along a scenic waterway. The Greene River Trail starts at Green Cove and follows Ten Mile Creek for a bit before coming alongside the Monongahela River. The trail includes a section that runs through Rices Landing, where a few local places afford the opportunity for a brief respite and quick bite to eat. Chances to enjoy the waterfront views also follow the mighty Mon south into West Virginia, where multiple trails exist in and around the Morgantown area. For maps or more information on some of these trails, try this link: http://www.montrails.org/maps.shtml.
4. Exploring the town of Waynesburg. Spend your morning perusing High Street, maybe stopping by Waynesburg Press for a refreshing iced latte. (View the Waynesburg Press menu here: http://www.waynesburgpress.com/.) Then, when afternoon comes and it starts to heat up, head over to the Alpha Aquatic Center—more commonly known as the Waynesburg Waterpark—and hit the pool!
3. Pittsburgh. Located just an hour north of Waynesburg, America's most livable city (according to forbes.com) provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy a nice day. Ride the incline up to scenic Mount Washington; dine al fresco downtown in Market Square (Primanti's recommended); or if you're lucky, catch a Pirates game at PNC Park, considered one of Major League Baseball's best stadiums. (And the Buccos are still in that playoff race, too! …knock on wood.) Check out http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/ to find out what's happening dahntahn (For you out-of-towners, that's Pittsburghese for downtown.) this weekend.
2. Coopers Rock or the Laurel Highlands. You can go south or east, and either way, you'll run into the Appalachian Mountains. Head south on Interstate-79, then hit I-68, and take that to Coopers Rock State Forest. There, you'll find some great views and an awesome spot to hike, boulder and rock climb. Travel east instead, and you'll hit the Laurel Highlands. Eight state parks, an amusement/water park and even famous architecture are just a sampling of what the area has to offer. Explore it further by clicking here: http://www.laurelhighlands.org/index.asp.
1. On campus at Waynesburg University! That's right; the best place to enjoy the nice weather is right on campus! Find some shade and study up, throw the Frisbee around Johnson Commons, play some music on the steps of Roberts Chapel, and the list goes on. No link here; just find some friends, get out there, and enjoy!
Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.
About the Holy Spirit…making the life of a Jesus-follower joyously risky! This week in chapel, Rev. Wilson challenged us to consider carefully our identity in Jesus Christ. Preaching on Acts 4, Rev. Wilson reminded us of Peter's and John's Spirit-induced boldness. Having witnessed the cross, the resurrection, the ascension, and having been set on fire by the Spirit, how could they do otherwise than proclaim boldly of the power by which the broken are healed.
Once again, to pray, “Come Holy Spirit,” is risky business – the powers and patterns of this world, including those who claim to speak for the religious establishment (see Acts 4:5-7, rulers, elders, scribes, High Priest, etc.), take not kindly to the unpredictable and uncontrollable Spirit who heals, and transforms and convicts and makes new. Consider these passages that capture the flow of the book of Acts – commonly known as the Acts of the Apostles, but more aptly characterized as the Acts of the Holy Spirit! What might it look like for this same Spirit to be set loose on our University? (To be continued!)
Tom Ribar is the Waynesburg University Chaplain. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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Waynesburg University stands on the core values of faith, service and learning. Each day, students are taught how to integrate these passions into their lives and become committed to higher purposes. For senior communication major Greg Reinhart, his understanding and application of the three core values developed during his travels to Arizona and California.
The North Royalton, Ohio, native traveled three times to the West Coast as a Waynesburg University student seeking to further two of his passions—service and learning. At the end of his freshman year, he joined the Tuba City, Ariz., mission trip to assist with a local school in a Navajo community.
“Arizona holds a very special place in my heart,” Greg said. “Having the chance to reach across the nation and help with the Navajo reservation changed my perspective on service. I learned that service changes you as a person.”
The journey to fulfill his service goals continued with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities' (CCCU) Los Angeles Film Study Program, where Greg spent the fall semester of his junior year. His experiences in this program, offered through CCCU's Best Semester, taught him about the passion and drive needed to succeed in the film making industry.
“What I took away from the program is that you have to believe in yourself before others start to believe in you,” Greg said. “This starts with preparation, dedication and enthusiasm in my own ability to make a difference in a professional field.”
Greg's time in Los Angeles and at Waynesburg University created a balanced education and a diverse learning experience. Between classes and hands-on experiences, he received the close and personal attention that has enabled him to grow in his field. In Los Angeles, he developed contacts with students and professionals from across the nation and put his education to practice.
Following in the footsteps of communication students that came before him, Greg knew he wanted to complete a documentary. Before taking on such a large project, he knew it had to become much more than fulfilling an academic dream.
With this in mind, he decided to return to Tuba City and highlight an area unknown to many.
“I wanted people who did not go on the trip to know and understand the Navajo community that existed in northeastern Arizona,” Greg said. “More importantly, I wanted to convey that you don't have to travel outside of the country to make a difference.”
Since establishing a partnership with the Tuba City Boarding School in 2007, Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, has led the trip for six years with Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education.
Hardie believes Greg to be a personification of the mission of Waynesburg University.
“Greg is an excellent example of a servant leader,” Hardie said. “He pours his heart into all that he does and utilizes his blessings to their fullest potential. He has the amazing ability to link his faith with his major while serving others.”
At times, Greg was challenged by the project because its success was dependent on his self-motivation and development. Successfully combining both, he was able to complete a successful project and give the voiceless a chance to speak and be heard.
“The mission trip documentary was my biggest lesson in learning how to integrate faith, service and learning in my area of study and through my own effort,” Greg said. “Being a communication major, we are taught to centralize and focus a message for a prospective audience, and my faith taught me how to connect my studies.”
Despite the challenges, Greg's hard work resulted in an exceptional documentary, which was shown in the University's Goodwin Performing Arts Center during the spring semester.
“It was right on and accurate,” Pazzynski said. “It was artistic and informative while accurately capturing the essence of the mission trip.”
Throughout his travels, Greg learned that God is faithful on his journey, wherever it takes him. Whether he is at home or jet setting across the country, God is there guiding him. Knowing that God is using him to fulfill a need, he applies Ruth 1:16 to his life: “But Ruth replied, ‘Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.'"
It's this mentality that drives Greg to continue serving and trusting God.
Waynesburg University has given me a chance to stretch my learning to an extreme by allowing me to participate on campus, in Arizona and Los Angeles,” Greg said. “There are many miles between those three areas, and I've traveled them within a couple of years. Yet, every single mile was worth the lessons and experiences I've gained because of the leader God requires me to be.”