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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 Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a total of 93 Waynesburg University students and 10 faculty and staff members will spend spring break serving at various organizations. Four mission trips will provide students the opportunity to serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad.

The trips include Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn.; Meeting God in Missions in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic; Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C.; and The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Center for Student Missions – Nashville, Tenn.

A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., with trip leaders Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

Meeting God In Missions – Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic

Twelve Waynesburg University students and trip leaders Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, and Julio Quintero, assistant professor of Spanish, will partner with the Whitefields Foundation to serve in Haitian villages in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic.

Students will participate in construction and repair work, hair ministry, Vacation Bible School, medical and dental work (with second-year medical students from Penn State), prayer walks and spending time with the children.

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

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, 25 Waynesburg University students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

All participating students have previously served with Habitat for Humanity.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty-five Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa., with trip leaders Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

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From Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a team of 25 Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa, will serve as trip leaders.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give vulnerable homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

“The trip will be a great and humbling experience,” said Tharp. “Our projects during the week will be helping various homeowners that are unable to do the projects on their own.”

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project mission trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, a freshman journalism major from North Huntingdon, Pa.
  • Ashley Blair, a sophomore psychology major from Masontown, Pa.
  • Dana Della Loggia, a senior accounting major from Hershey, Pa.
  • Andrya Durr, a sophomore pre-biology major from Greensboro, Pa.
  • Alyssa Fratto, a freshman engineering major from Melcroft, Pa.
  • Sean Giles, a freshman forensic science major from Wyomissing, Pa.
  • James Glisan, a sophomore biblical ministry major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Emily Hackman, a freshman electronic media major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Josh Hennigh, a freshman athletic training major from Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Natalie Herr, a freshman nursing major from Peach Bottom, Pa.
  • Jacob Horne, a freshman criminal justice major from Leckrone, Pa.
  • Katelyn Hunsicker, a freshman psychology major from Reading, Pa.
  • Philip Hurd, a senior Sports Broadcasting major from Prattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Anna Kelley, a freshman nursing major from Baltimore, Md.
  • Emily Nowakowski, a freshman nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Denis O’Donoghue, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pa.
  • Josh Ombiri, a freshman computer science major from Mount Lebanon, Pa.
  • Zach Payne, a freshman accounting major from Irwin, Pa.
  • Tyler Romanowicz, a freshman criminal justice major from Altoona, Pa.
  • Zachary Simpson, a sophomore psychology major from Canonsburg, Pa.
  • Amy Smith, a freshman forensic science major from Fairlawn, Ohio
  • Lauren Stough, a senior nursing major from Cranberry Township, Pa.
  • Joseph Vassallo, a freshman pre-law major from Rochester, N.Y.
  • Marissa Vizcaino, a freshman forensic accounting major from Albuquerque, N.M.

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A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission, will serve as trip leaders.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting the Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

“When most people think of Nashville, they think of country music, a booming industry; yet there are many people who find it difficult to make ends meet,” Bristor said. “Our hope is to gain a better understanding of the issues of hunger and homelessness. We will participate in a program called the Urban Exposure. During this event, we will be out with those on the streets, listening to their stories and lending a helping hand.”

Students participating in the Nashville mission trip include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • Sara Carpenter, a freshman forensic science major from Erie, Pa.
  • Kenny Cline, a junior accounting major from Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • Julie Collins, a senior mathematics major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Ryan Condello, a senior business management major from McMurray, Pa.
  • Joy Engle-Young, a junior education major from Holbrook, Pa.
  • John Flanigan, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md.
  • Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Kaelee Franko, a junior psychology major from Butler, Pa.
  • Emily Hoffman, a junior education major from Salisbury, Md.
  • Mindy Hooven, a sophomore nursing major from Fayetteville, Pa.
  • Rebecca Lane, a junior special education major from Ellwood City, Pa.
  • Rachel Lovely, a junior pre-med major from Windber, Pa.
  • Derrion May, a sophomore marine biology major from Belleville, Ill.
  • Kristen McClure, a sophomore nursing major from Reading, Pa.
  • Nick Merlino, a sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Emily Priester, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Chelsea Ritter, a senior international business major from New Tripoli, Pa.
  • Kim Ryan, a junior criminal justice major from Masontown, Pa.
  • DeRon Scott, a sophomore creative writing major from San Diego, Calif.
  • Karl Shaley, a senior biblical ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Gracious Shaver, a junior education major from Ginowan City, Japan
  • Katie Shultz, a junior education major from Venetia, Pa.
  • Ryan Smith, a junior international culture major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Rachel Snavely, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Manheim, Pa.
  • Emily Wiedner, a freshman arts administration major from Somerset, Pa.
  • Tori Whitty, a sophomore pre-med major from New Wilmington, Pa.
  • Lori Williams, a sophomore education major from Mount Clare, W.Va.
  • Kristen Wilson, a freshman education major from Washington, Pa.
  • Julie Wise, a junior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio
  • Kaitlyn Wood, a sophomore sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa.

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