During Christmas break, 47 Waynesburg University students will travel domestically and abroad to serve others. University faculty and staff will lead four Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.
Crossroads Coalition – Wynne, Arkansas
Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry at the University, will lead a team of six students to serve in Wynne, Arkansas during the students’ break. The students will serve Monday, Jan. 4, through Saturday, Jan. 9.
While serving, the students will volunteer at a public school and educate elementary students on the fundamentals of science.
Mission Academy Ministries – Nassau, Bahamas
Eleven students from Waynesburg University’s Department of Education will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, during their Christmas break for a mission service trip. From Sunday, Jan. 3, to Saturday, Jan. 9, the students will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to assist public school classes and build relationships with teachers and students from a different culture. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms.
Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education, will lead the team of students.
Nutritional Center – Patzun, Guatemala
Seventeen Waynesburg University students will spend Thursday, Dec. 31, through Friday, Jan. 8, serving a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Ryan Smith, graduate assistant at the University, will lead the team.
Students will spend time with the children at the center teaching them the English language as well as about oral hygiene. Other service responsibilities will include center repairs and manual labor.
Trans World Radio – Island of Bonaire
Thirteen Waynesburg University students will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry, on the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. The students will spend Saturday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 10, serving the radio station in both communication and history capacities.
The students will assist TWR in creating production schedules, radio lines, videos and promotional materials. Students will also have the opportunity to archive the station’s documents and basic island archaeology.
Dr. Karen Fisher-Younger, assistant professor of history; Abby Pittinaro, academic event planner; and Dr. Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, will co-lead the students.
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