Communication majors work with Christian radio station in Bonaire over break

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From Friday, Jan. 4, to Saturday, Jan. 12, eight Waynesburg University students along with trip leaders Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Beth Merry, lecturer in communication, will be working alongside Trans World Radio (TWR), a Christian and broadcasting ministry in Bonaire, a small island located off the coast of Venezuela. The service mission team will provide manual labor and assistance with radio production work.

This is the first service learning mission trip sponsored by the Department of Communication for majors including electronic media, interactive design, print journalism, public relations and sports information and broadcasting.

"I am very excited about using the skills that I have learned here at Waynesburg University during a Mission Trip,” said Steve Hullings, a senior communication major and the executive director of the University's radio station, WCYJ-FM 99.5.

Students will work closely with the missionaries of TWR to help the mission produce promotional videos, radio spots and stock pictures for publicity. They will also help design literature, written materials and slideshows for the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration of the ministry of TWR on Bonaire. In addition, the students help to clear brush from beneath the antennas as well as some maintenance work for the mission.

“The Communication Department is very excited about this trip, which will provide an opportunity for our students to give much needed assistance to the mission on a variety of projects,” Merry said. “They will also get to see how broadcasting skills are needed in Christian mission work.”

Students participating in the mission service trip include:

  • Anastasia Barr, junior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Avella, Pa. (Avella Area High School)
  • Kyle Edwards, senior communication (journalism) major from Saegertown, Pa. (Saegertown High School)
  • Nicholas Farrell, junior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Saint Joseph High School)
  • Steven Hullings, senior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Pen Yan, N.Y. (Prattsburgh Central School)
  • Victoria Kramer, sophomore interactive design major from South Riding, Va. (Freedom High School)
  • James Little, junior advertising major from Hickory, Pa. (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Gregory Maxwell, junior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Latrobe, Pa. (Greater Latrobe High School)
  • Amanda Silay, junior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Northgate High School)

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
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