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Ten Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weekend work camp Friday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 16. Laurie Steere, resident director at Waynesburg University, will serve as 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. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Students participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners. 

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project service trip include:

  • Rachel Brown, senior sociology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (South Park High School)
  • Kassi Kelly, senior criminal justice administration major from Lawrence, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Derrion May, junior marine biology major from Belleville, Ill. (Belleville High School East)
  • Zachary Payne, sophomore accounting major from Irwin, Pa. (Norwin High School)
  • Brenna Ross, sophomore forensic accounting major from Eighty Four, Pa. (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Carrie Sneller, senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Emily Sorton, senior pre-med major from McKeesport, Pa. (Elizabeth Forward High School)
  • Lindsey Thomas, senior accounting major from Beaver Falls, Pa. (Blackhawk High School)
  • Whitney Thomas, junior criminal justice administration major from Meyersdale, Pa. (Meyersdale Area High School)
  • Mollie Yandrick, senior psychology major from Latrobe, Pa. (Greater Latrobe High School)

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

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Seven Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) Saturday, Oct. 11. Laurie Steere, resident director at Waynesburg University, will serve as 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. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

Student participating will assist with general home repairs and focus on building relationships with homeowners.

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project service trip include:

  • Rachael Brown, senior sociology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (South Park High School)
  • James Glisan, junior biblical and ministry studies major from West Newton, Pa. (Yough Senior High School)
  • Kassi Kelley, senior criminal justice administration major from Lawrence, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Brenna Ross, sophomore forensic accounting major from Eighty Four, Pa. (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Emily Sorton, senior pre-med major from McKeesport, Pa. (Elizabeth Forward High School)
  • Whitney Thomas, junior criminal justice administration major from Meyersdale, Pa. (Meyersdale Area High School)
  • Mollie Yandrick, senior psychology major from Latrobe, Pa. (Greater Latrobe)

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

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Seven Waynesburg University students, led by Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services at Waynesburg University, and Chris Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, head men’s and women’s cross country coach and assistant track coach at the University, will serve Greene County during their fall break. The Greene County Immersion service trip will run from Sunday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 18.

The week will provide students with the opportunity to participate in an assortment of service activities in rural Greene County and will enhance the service relationships between the students and the local community. Students will serve a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Bowlby Library, Cornerstone Bible Ministry Camp, the Greene County Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity, St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen and WWJD Center.

Students participating in the mission trip include:

  • Caley Blankenbuehler, junior secondary mathematics education major from West Newton, Pa. (Yough Senior High School)
  • Theresa Butler, senior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa. (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
  • Kara Evans, freshman computer security and forensics major from Concord, Calif. (Berean Christian High School)
  • James Glisan, junior biblical and ministry studies major from West Newton, Pa. (Yough Senior High School)
  • Rachel Moore, senior forensic accounting major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • DeRon Scott, junior creative writing major from San Diego, Calif. (Julian Charter School)
  • Rebecca Shindelar, senior human services major from Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji High School)

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

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2014-05-12-at-4.27.16-PM.pngAt a time when higher education is under the microscope, studies abound concerning which schools place the highest percentage of students in graduate schools and jobs, which lead to the highest annual income, and the list could continue. Instead of focusing on the names of institutions, however, what about looking into what students actually do during their four years?

A recent Gallup Poll did just that, finding students who “forged meaningful connections with professors or mentors” are the same people “who feel happy and engaged in their jobs [and] are the most productive” as a result.

At Waynesburg University, 93 percent of first-year students and 91 percent of seniors rated their overall experience as “excellent” or “good,” according to the University’s 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results. Additionally, NSSE reported that Waynesburg students talked about career plans with a faculty member 28 percent more than students at other Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) schools.

What exactly does that look like? Mike Cipoletti, Director of the Forensic Science program, said he knows every student in the program, from the freshmen to the seniors—a direct result of the University’s 14:1 student/faculty ratio. Cipoletti said the seniors spend plenty of time in his office, especially close to graduation.

"That’s why most of us are here,” he said. “We come to a small institution like this, so we can have more face time and interaction with the students. It’s not even just on the academic side of things—it’s the personal interactions, too. It’s trying to help these students figure out how to become leaders, how to become service-oriented people, how to give back to their communities, and you know, that’s the best part about it.”

Provost Dr. Jacquelyn Core agrees, citing the University’s commitment to service as another way students and faculty forge close ties with one another.

“When a student is serving right alongside a faculty member, it adds more depth to the relationship, and it’s all about that ability to form relationships,” Core said. “I also think it goes both ways because it helps faculty members to feel more invested in the students, too.”

As the survey undertaken by Gallup—which polled 30,000 graduates of all ages in all 50 states—proved, Waynesburg’s mentor-like approach to teaching, academic advising and career counseling works. And the institution’s 96 percent career path rate (for those still wondering about those buzzwords) further illustrates that point.

Students are not only furthering their education in graduate schools and obtaining jobs in their respective fields, they are excelling in whatever path they choose.

Take Ryan Devlin, for example. A 2007 Waynesburg alumnus, Devlin received the honor of Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year” and also became a finalist for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award. He, too, cites the holistic approach to a Waynesburg education as a major factor in his success.

“[Waynesburg is] just a great place where everyone is a mentor to you, and it’s not just about having a great college professor—it’s about everyone here,” Devlin said. “One of the things that’s really unique about Waynesburg University is that it really educates the entire student.”

Part of how the University “educates the entire student,” as Devlin put it, is through the school’s liberal arts philosophy. Core, in her role as Provost, is of the opinion that this approach to education is simply invaluable.

“I truly believe that you cannot put a price tag on the type of well-rounded person you can become through a liberal arts education,” Core said. “It’s really easy outside of a liberal arts background to get pigeon-holed in your field of study. You may become an expert in that field but not get the background needed to become a good citizen in all parts of society, whether that is servant leadership, environmental stewardship or whatever that might be. I think there’s a level of knowledge with a liberal arts education that makes you more conversant in a wider range of societal issues.”

For those still interested in a few of those buzzwords and rankings mentioned above, check out http://www.waynesburg.edu/ranking to learn more about Waynesburg’s recent distinctions.

 

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As the semester draws to a close, 73 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others during the University’s winter break. University faculty and staff will lead six mission service trips through December and January.

The service trips include partnerships with Missions Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala, Trans World Radio in Bonaire and various non-profit organizations in Greene County.

Mission Academy Education Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Dr. Julie Bausman, assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University, will lead a group of five University students to Nassau, Bahamas, for a mission service trip during winter break. From Sunday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 10, the team will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to teach first and second grade reading and math lessons. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Mission Academy Medical Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Sixteen Waynesburg University Nursing students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, to assist with operations of a health clinic for Haitian refugees. The students will spend Sunday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan.10, at the Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, where they will work with Mission Academy Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving Bahamian and Haitian communities.

Terri Small, professor of nursing at the University, will lead the trip, along with her husband, Steve, a pharmacist, and Wendy Edgar, a nurse practitioner and adjunct faculty in the University’s nursing department.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Twelve students will travel to Carillos, Costa Rica, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 22, to partner with Strong Missions, a ministry supporting the local churches of Carrillos. Christopher Kellner, resident director at the University, will lead the team as they provide construction aid for churches and homes as well as education and day care services. Ashley Kelver, a women’s resident director, and her husband, Joshua, will also help to lead the trip.

Patzun, Gautemala

Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Thursday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 11, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Heidi Szuminsky, director of donor and alumni relations at Waynesburg, will lead the team. While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with the replacement of a driveway at the facility.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

Twelve students from the University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry in the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the station’s opening on Bonaire.

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; and Jacquelyn Core, University provost, will lead the team of students.

Greene County Immersion – Greene County, Pa.

Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various service projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students willserve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen.

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead these local service projects.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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