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During spring break, 54 Waynesburg University students will be participating in service trips across the country and abroad. Led by University faculty and staff members, students will serve in Antietam, Maryland; Concord, North Carolina; Nassau, Bahamas; Brooksville, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antietam National Battlefield Park – Antietam, Maryland

Eight students will travel to Antietam, Maryland, with Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Steward Museum.

During the trip, students will help maintain the Antietam National Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, North Carolina

Led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Erin Kern, graduate assistant for student activities, nine students will travel to North Carolina to serve Habitat for Humanity.

This is the eighth year Waynesburg University students are returning to Concord. During the trip, students will work with a single family to help build their new home: framing the house, roofing, installing windows and more.

Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision, National Aviary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eighteen students will be serving the Pittsburgh community during spring break, working with organizations including the Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision and the National Aviary.

Led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, this trip is designed specifically for first-year Bonner Scholars at Waynesburg University.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Brooksville, Florida

Seven students will be serving with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation during spring break. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, students will help restore hiking trails, remove invasive species and maintain state parks and wildlife.

Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene – Nassau, Bahamas

During spring break, 12 students will be travelling to Nassau, Bahamas, for international service. Led by Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing, and Lina Hixson, interim director of the RN/BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing, students will provide health services to patients in the area.

The group will set up a health clinic in the church, assess patients and distribute medications to Haitian refugees without access to healthcare.

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 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, Director of University Relations

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During spring break, seven students will be serving with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Brooksville, Florida. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, the group will leave Sunday, March 4, and return Saturday, March 10.

According to Sethman, students will help restore a hiking trail at Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area and remove different invasive species from the area. They will also serve at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and perform maintenance at Lakewood Christian Retreat Center.

“This will benefit students by giving them a hands-on experience working with various agencies on environmental projects that impact local Florida ecosystems,” said Sethman. “Many students have never been exposed to the unique types of habitats that we will encounter and the trip will be a great ecological learning experience.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Jessica Carter, junior marine biology major from Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania (Cameron High School)
  • Theodore Clayton, junior biology major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Colleen Cook, freshman nursing major from Arcadia, California (Arcadia High School)
  • Micaela Danley, freshman business management major from Ellsworth, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Sara Hlatky, senior biology major from Dilliner, Pennsylvania (Mapletown Junior-Senior High School)
  • Ariana Human-McKinnon, freshman biochemistry major from Jerome, Idaho (Canyon Ridge High School)
  • Whitney Rogers, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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During spring break, 12 students will be traveling to Nassau, Bahamas, for an international service trip Sunday, March 4, through Friday, March 9. Led by Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing, and Lina Hixson, interim director of the RN/BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing, students will provide health services to patients in the area.

According to Small, the group will set up a health clinic in a Nazarene church, assess patients and distribute medications as necessary. Small said they will work with a local physician to provide health education and care to Haitian refugees without access to healthcare.

“Students are able to practice their assessment skills with a different culture, many of whom only speak Creole,” said Small.

Small has served on seven similar service trips. She said this trip is a great way for students to develop their skills as nurses, while helping a community. For Small, the most rewarding part of the trip is “seeing students further develop their nursing skills, as well as re-connecting with friends” from previous trips.

Students attending the trip include:

  • Alexis Barker, junior nursing major from Hibbs, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Katherine Burnett, junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Chartiers Valley High School)
  • Amanda Groft, senior nursing major from Hanover, Pennsylvania (New Oxford High School)
  • Courtney Hill, sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (West Mifflin Area School District)
  • Rachel Kaminsky, sophomore nursing major from South Park, Pennsylvania (South Park High School)
  • Brooke Murray, junior nursing major from Grindstone, Pennsylvania (Brownsville Area High School)
  • Kristen Oravec, senior nursing major from Central City, Pennsylvania (Shade High School)
  • Angelina Ortoleva, senior nursing major from Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania (Thomas Jefferson High School)
  • Katherine Trombetta, sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Lexy Waldman, junior nursing major from Round Hill, Virginia (Woodgrove High School)
  • Gabriella Webber, post-senior nursing major from Core, West Virginia (North Marion High School)
  • Harry Zaremba, junior nursing major from South Park, Pennsylvania (South Park High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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During spring break, 55 Waynesburg University students will serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad. University faculty and staff will lead three mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The projects include partnerships with The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa., Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C., and Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

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.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

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.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

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.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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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)

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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