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During Waynesburg University’s Winter Break, 11 University students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas and serve at The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene. Led by Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, the students will serve from Sunday, Jan. 1, to Sunday, Jan. 8.

In previous years, Waynesburg students taught at an inner-city school in Nassau, but the school calendar was altered after a hurricane in the Bahamas in October. Now, University students will work with children at The Nazareth Center and the Victory Chapel teaching reading and writing, math, science, music, art and outdoor games.

Bausman said the goal of the service trip to help local students who struggle academically to get excited about learning and to share with them the love of Christ. The group’s efforts will also serve as outreach to the local community that was affected by the hurricane by illustrating that the Victory Chapel can be a help to the community.

Bausman said she looks forward to watching her students experience a new teaching environment and put to use the skills they’ve gathered at Waynesburg.

“The students have spent many hours planning lessons and activities, and yet know that we will also have to be flexible because things will change as we go into new situations,” said Bausman. “I am hoping that the students will see the importance of service and how their expertise is beneficial in serving others.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Melissa Bachorski, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Tori Bailey, junior criminal justice administration major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Arlington High School)
  • Michaela Callander, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Allie Christopher, sophomore biology secondary education major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Caroline Frye, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg (Home School)
  • Carolena Gasbarro, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Shana Helsley, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Altoona (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Hannah McPeek, freshman middle level education major from McMurray (Peters Township High School)
  • McKenzie Shaffer, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh (Upper Saint Clair High School)
  • Elizabeth Sible, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Coraopolis (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Joshua Stewart, freshman music ministry major from Waynesburg (Colonel Richardson High School)

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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, Associate Director of University Relations

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During the final week of Winter Break, 30 Waynesburg University students will participate in three international Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trips. Groups will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, the island of Bonaire and Montego Bay, Jamaica, led by University faculty and staff members.

The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel – Nassau, Bahamas

Eleven students, led by Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, will work with local children in Nassau from Sunday, Jan. 1 through Sunday, Jan. 8. Between the two chapels, the group will be spending their week helping students who struggle academically get excited about learning and sharing the love of Christ.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

From Saturday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 7, nine students will travel to the island of Bonaire to work with Trans World Radio. The organization, which is understaffed, works to spread the Word of God to as many parts of the world as possible, and needs help with social media, recording radio content and facility maintenance. The group of university students will be led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Melinda Rush, secretary at the University.

Mustard Seed Communities – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Anthony Jarrell, resident director, and Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, will lead 10 students on a service trip to Jamaica from Saturday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 7. While serving with Mustard Seed Communities, the group will engage in treatment and activities with children who have disabilities and may also help with maintenance.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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

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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.

Students participating in the Habitat work camp mission trip include:


•    Nicole Aponick, a senior psychology major from Harrisburg, Pa. (Trinity High School)
•    Victoria Berggren, a junior psychology major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
•    Holly Berkey, a freshman accounting major from Friedens, Pa. (North Star High School)
•    Charles Cook, a junior biology (pre-med) major from Cheswick, Pa. (Twentynine Palms High School)
•    Heidi Evans, a sophomore nursing major from Anchorage, Alaska (East Anchorage High School)
•    Sara Faiad, a senior psychology major from South Fork, Pa. (Forest Hills High School)
•    Mary Hoffman, a junior English (creative writing) major from Butler, Pa. (Butler Area Senior High School)
•    Amanda Hooker, a junior psychology major from Bedford, Pa. (Bedford High School)
•    Erin Kern, a senior psychology major from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
•    Joseph Kondash, a senior digital design major from State College, Pa. (State College Area High School)
•    Mary Krepp, a senior sociology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Allegheny Senior High School)
•    James Law, a senior biblical ministry major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)
•    Cody Lemke, a senior psychology major from Stow, Ohio (Woodridge High School)
•    Philip Littlejohn, a senior athletic training major from Union Springs, N.Y. (Southern Cayuga Central School)
•    Kaitlyn Marteney, a senior forensic accounting major from Berlin, Pa. (Berlin Brothers Valley High School)
•    Amber Martin, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Book Park, Ohio (Midpark High School)
•    Steven McHenry, a senior business management major from Knox, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)
•    Anna Narehood, a freshman forensic chemistry major from Frenchville, Pa. (Clearfield Area High School)
•    James Sneed, a senior finance major from Moseley,Va. (Powhatan High School)
•    Kristen Sniezek, a junior nursing major from Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area High School)
•    Travis Sumner, a sophomore forensic accounting major from Eighty Four, Pa. (Canon McMillan High School)
•    Brianna Watt, a senior special education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
•    Dylan Ziegler, a senior biblical ministry major from Knox, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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