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During Christmas break, 36 Waynesburg University students will travel to different countries to serve others. University faculty and staff will lead three mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests. 

The projects include partnerships with the Mission Academy Ministries in Nassau, Bahamas, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala and Trans World Radio (TWR) in the Caribbean island, Bonaire. 

Mission Academy Ministries – Nassau, Bahamas

Nine students from Waynesburg University’s Education Department will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, during their Christmas break for a mission service trip. From Sunday, Jan. 4, to Saturday, Jan. 10, the students will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to assist in public school classes and build relationships with teachers and students. 

They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. Dr. Julia Bausman and Deana Mack, assistant professors of education at Waynesburg University, will lead the team of students.

Nutritional Center – Patzun, Guatemala

Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 10, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Laurie Steere, resident director at the University, will lead the team. 

While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with building a cinder block wall around the perimeter of the backyard at the facility.

Trans World Radio – Caribbean island of Bonaire

Seven students from the Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas breaking working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR in creating production schedules, radio lines, videos and promotional materials. 

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Karen Younger, assistant professor of history, will lead the team of students.

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Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 10, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Laurie Steere, resident director at the University, will lead the team. While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with building a cinder block wall around the perimeter of the backyard at the facility. 

Two Waynesburg University students who have participated in the trip in past years chose to book flights for Saturday, Dec. 20, so they would have extra time with the children. These students will spend their entire Christmas break in Guatemala. 

Kyle Digiandomenico, senior psychology major from Martins Ferry, Ohio (Bridgeport High School); and Emily Nowakowski, sophomore nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School) will travel to Guatemala early. 

According to Bristor, she and the students are most excited to see the children at the center.

“I have been going for years and it is exciting to get off the bus to children cheering your name,” said Bristor. “However, it is also very sad that the majority of the children are the same children as when I first went there.”

Additional students participating in the trip include:

•Sheleena Adams, junior criminal justice major from Cranberry, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)

•Anna Artkowsky, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)

•Rebekah Clendaniel, junior criminal justice major from Paxinos, Pa. (Meadowbrook Christian School)

•Heidi Dains, sophomore business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Joshuah Dains, senior business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Chelsea Dicks, senior journalism major from Jefferson, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)

•Sara Faiad, senior psychology major from South Fork, Pa. (Forest Hills High School)

•Alyssa Fratto, sophomore engineering major from Melcroft, Pa. (Connellsville Area Senior High School)

•Amelia Graves, sophomore international business major from West Falls, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)

•MacKenzie Hammer, junior chemistry major from McKees Rocks, Pa. (Montour High School)

•Rebekah Hotek, senior exercise science major from Front Royal, Va. (Home School)

•Sarah Kirk, junior nursing major from Valencia, Pa. (Plum Senior High School)

•Kendle Parsons, senior psychology major from Brownsville, Pa. (Brownsville Area Senior High School)

•Cullin Piatt, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School)

•Gracious Shavers, senior human services major from Ginowan City, Japan (Zion Christian Academy)

•Whitney Thomas, junior criminal justice major from Meyersdale, Pa. (Meyersdale Area High School)

•Julie Wise, senior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio (Mathews High School)

•Kaitlyn Wood, junior sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa. (Pennsylvania Home Schoolers)

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Nine students from Waynesburg University’s Education Department will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, during their Christmas break for a mission service trip. From Sunday, Jan. 4, to Saturday, Jan. 10, the students will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to assist in public school classes and build relationships with teachers and students. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Dr. Julia Bausman and Deana Mack, assistant professors of education at Waynesburg University, will lead the team of students. 

Mission Academy Ministries is a non-profit organization with a passionate commitment to helping students grow closer to Christ through life-changing mission trips, day events and retreats. 

“The students will experience serving others while learning about their profession and practicing their teaching skills with diverse groups,” said Bausman. “They will be using their talents of teaching in the schools, which is really putting their faith into action.”

Students participating in the trip include: 

•Melissa Bachorski, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)

•Catherine Hohing, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)

•Brittany Hott, junior middle level education major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)

•Shakila Kienholz, junior early childhood education (special education) major from Erie, Pa. (Fort Le Boeuf High School)

•Rebecca Lane, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa. (Laurel Junior-Senior High School)

•Leena Mustafa, early childhood education major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)

•Abigail Standley, early childhood education (special education) major from Gahanna, Ohio (New Albany High School)

•Makayla Vidosh, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Galloway, Ohio (Hilliard Bradley High School)

•Brianna Watt, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)

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Seven students from the Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas breaking working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR in creating production schedules, radio lines, videos and promotional materials. 

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Karen Younger, assistant professor of history, will lead the team of students.

The purpose of our trip is to help carry out the mission of the University by giving our students a chance to serve God and TWR, while using the skills that that they have learned at Waynesburg,” Merry said. “They will have a chance to do international broadcasting, film and edit videos, help the missionaries with their prayer letters, write scripts, take photographs and a variety of other projects that enable them to use their specialized skills.” 

Students participating in the trip include:

•April Bellizio, junior journalism major from Monmouth, N.J. (South Brunswick High School)

•Taylor Bombalski, senior public relations major from Freeport, Pa. (Freeport Area Senior High School)

•Anthony Conn, junior electronic media major from West Sunbury, Pa. (Moniteau Junior-Senior High School)

•Kyle Dawson, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Plum Senior High School)

•Stephen Haynes, senior electronic media from Smithton, Pa. (Yough Senior High School)

•Ronald Leisie, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Ellwood City, Pa. (Lincoln High School)

•Anne McGlaughlin, sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Brentwood Middle-High School)

•Jordan Mitrik, junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Catholic High School)

•Abby Pittinaro, junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Carlynton Junior-Senior High School)

•Mitchell Ross, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information from Blairsville, Pa. (Bible Baptist Christian School)

•Chelsey Withers, sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Hills High School)

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From Sunday, January 6 to Friday, January 11, ten students and trip leader Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, will hold a health clinic at Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, Bahamas. This will be the University's sixth medical mission trip and its third to the Bahamas.

Joining the team as additional trip leaders will be Small's husband, Steve, a registered pharmacist, and Drew Cubic, a practicing registered nurse and 2011 Waynesburg University graduate. This year's service mission team will follow similar procedures from past years by providing health screenings and medications to Haitian refugees living in Nassau.

“I anticipate that the trip will be very rewarding, as in the past, and I expect all to be blessed by the people we serve,” Small said.

Most Haitian refugees have little or no access to health care in Nassau. By partnering with Mission Academy, a student ministries short-term mission trip organization, Waynesburg University nursing students will have the opportunity to serve this population. The students will apply their nursing skills accumulated through their semesters at Waynesburg.

“Pastor Antoine St. Louis, the senior pastor and teacher at the church we serve, is quite inspiring,” said Small. “Students previously described him as having ‘dancing eyes and a spirit we'd like to bottle and bring home with us.'”

Students participating in the mission service trip include:

  • Mary Chory, junior nursing major from Bobtown, Pa. (Mapletown High School)
  • Myriah Cox, junior nursing major from Mt. Morris, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Rachel Handley, junior nursing major from Dillsburg, Pa. (Christian Liberty Academy)
  • Julie James, junior nursing major from Conneaut Lake, Pa. (Conneaut Area High School)
  • Bekah Jardine, junior nursing major from Kittery, Maine (Seacoast Christian School)
  • Kiersha Keller, junior nursing major from Palmyra, Pa. (North Lebanon High School)
  • Olivia Knowlson, junior nursing major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Samantha Maize, junior nursing major from Finleyville, Pa. (Bentworth High School)
  • Shayla Mitrik, junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Catholic High School)
  • Carri Sneller, junior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Trinity High School)

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