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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced that Waynesburg University was named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s eighth consecutive year receiving the honor.

Waynesburg University was one of 115 schools on the General Community Service Honor Roll with distinction and only one of 12 in the state of Pennsylvania identified with distinction.

“We are honored to receive this award, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our students, faculty and staff,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Their dedication to service continues to have a profound impact.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which academic service-learning courses are offered.

Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff contribute more than 50,000 service hours annually. Through its more than 50 local and regional agencies and a continuously expanding network of international agencies, Waynesburg University encourages students to become servant-leaders through a number of partnerships.

The University offers approximately 16 service mission trips each academic year. The trips are held during the fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. The University also participates in a number of weekend-long service projects in the local community and surrounding region.

In addition to volunteer hours, the University offers a service leadership minor constructed around service-learning courses. During the semester-long courses, students perform a set amount of hours of community service with a non-profit organization.

The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar Schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Waynesburg is committed to the program which was created to offer scholarship assistance to students performing significant amounts of community service throughout their time at Waynesburg. Approximately 60 (15 per class) Waynesburg University students are involved with the program each year.

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).

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Sixteen Waynesburg University students will serve in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during fall break. Led by Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, the group will work to maintain historical sites in Gettysburg from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 20.

The students will serve with the Department of Natural Resources at Gettysburg National Military Park and with the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association at the Daniel Lady Farm. The trip will involve landscaping and grounds maintenance, cleaning barns to be used as storage, preparing buildings for winter and building deer shelters.

In addition to serving, students will have the opportunity to tour battlefields and museums, meet Civil War re-enactors and learn about life during the Civil War for civilians and soldiers.

Redd said he hopes students on the service trip not only learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War but also understand the importance of volunteer work at historical sites. Students who will attend the trip also want to gain a greater appreciation for history and preserve Gettysburg as an important national monument.

“I’d like to be a part of something meaningful to history,” said Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a sophomore political science major participating in the trip. “By restoring the park and providing a clearer experience for its visitors, we will be upholding the history of this momentous battle.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Renee Belisky, senior psychology major from Punxsutawney (Punxsutawney Area High School)
  • Lydia Brennan, senior arts administration major from Bakersfield, Vt. (Veritas Press Scholars Academy)
  • Matthew Colaluca, junior environmental science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
  • Cameron Gadsby, freshman history major from McKees Rocks (Robinson Township Christian School)
  • Ian Goedert, freshman arts administration (music) major from Bethel Park (Bethel Park Senior High School)
  • Amanda Ishmael, sophomore biblical ministry studies (international mission) from Palmer, Alaska (Palmer High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Grant Long, junior communication (electronic media) major from Dubois (Dubois Area Senior High School)
  • Alexandria Peters, junior sociology (political science) major from Meadville (Meadville Area Senior High School)
  • Olivia Schultz-Falandes, sophomore sociology (political science) major from North Adams, Mass. (Berkshire Arts and Technology School)
  • Brenden Shanks, sophomore with undeclared major from Pittsburgh (Imani Christian Academy)
  • Nathan Truax, senior criminal justice administration major from Needmore (Home School)
  • Maranda Valentino, senior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson 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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Sixteen Waynesburg University students will serve in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during fall break. Led by Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, the group will work to maintain historical sites in Gettysburg from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 20.

The students will serve with the Department of Natural Resources at Gettysburg National Military Park and with the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association at the Daniel Lady Farm. The trip will involve landscaping and grounds maintenance, cleaning barns to be used as storage, preparing buildings for winter and building deer shelters.

In addition to serving, students will have the opportunity to tour battlefields and museums, meet Civil War re-enactors and learn about life during the Civil War for civilians and soldiers.

Redd said he hopes students on the service trip not only learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War but also understand the importance of volunteer work at historical sites. Students who will attend the trip also want to gain a greater appreciation for history and preserve Gettysburg as an important national monument.

“I’d like to be a part of something meaningful to history,” said Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a sophomore political science major participating in the trip. “By restoring the park and providing a clearer experience for its visitors, we will be upholding the history of this momentous battle.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Renee Belisky, senior psychology major from Punxsutawney (Punxsutawney Area High School)
  • Lydia Brennan, senior arts administration major from Bakersfield, Vt. (Veritas Press Scholars Academy)
  • Matthew Colaluca, junior environmental science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
  • Cameron Gadsby, freshman history major from McKees Rocks (Robinson Township Christian School)
  • Ian Goedert, freshman arts administration (music) major from Bethel Park (Bethel Park Senior High School)
  • Amanda Ishmael, sophomore biblical ministry studies (international mission) from Palmer, Alaska (Palmer High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Grant Long, junior communication (electronic media) major from Dubois (Dubois Area Senior High School)
  • Alexandria Peters, junior sociology (political science) major from Meadville (Meadville Area Senior High School)
  • Olivia Schultz-Falandes, sophomore sociology (political science) major from North Adams, Mass. (Berkshire Arts and Technology School)
  • Brenden Shanks, sophomore with undeclared major from Pittsburgh (Imani Christian Academy)
  • Nathan Truax, senior criminal justice administration major from Needmore (Home School)
  • Maranda Valentino, senior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_GettysburgService.jpgThis month, 33 Waynesburg University students will participate in four Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trips during fall break. Led by University faculty and staff members, students will serve in Gettysburg, Pa.; the local Greene County area; and Wheeling, W.Va.

Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, Pa.

Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library at the University, will lead 16 students on a trip to Gettysburg, Pa., from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 20. The group will partner with Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association at the Daniel Lady Farm to assist with landscaping, ground maintenance and other tasks to help beautify historic locations.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn about Civil War history and build an appreciation for the importance of serving at historic sites.

Greene County Habitat for Humanity – Waynesburg, Pa.

Six University students will work with Green County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 20. The group will gather insight into the Greene County community as they work on a home-building project for someone in need.

The trip will be led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program; Chaley Knight, university counselor; Jessica Sumpter, assistant dean of Student Services; Jody Rawlings, instructor of nursing; Marie Coffman, director of Career Services and Placement; and Matthew Pioch, resident director.

Greene County Immersion – Waynesburg, Pa.

Led by Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of Student Services, six students will serve across the Greene County community from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Oct. 21. The group will attend to the needs of seven organizations in Waynesburg and the surrounding area, including non-profit organizations and churches.

By being immersed in the local community through service, students will have the chance to connect with service sites and continue to build relationships throughout their time at Waynesburg.

Laughlin Chapel – Wheeling, W.Va.  

Five students will be serving at Laughlin Chapel in Wheeling, W.Va., from Monday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Oct. 20. Julie Wise, a graduate assistant in Student Services at the University, will lead the group in assisting with the Chapel’s weekly after school programming for children in the area.

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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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Freshman-service_20160822-194726_1.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in several service projects in Greene County Saturday, Aug. 20. Noble Energy sponsored the event.

Service projects included the development of a five-mile trail at the Greene County Airport; the restoration of a five-mile nature trail that loops through the woods behind the Greene County Historical Society; the cleaning and reorganizing of the Historical Society’s Collick Schoolhouse; and the relocating of artifacts into the Civil War Cabin.

The approximately 500 volunteers also assisted the Corner Cupboard Food Bank with preparing boxes for pantry distribution and helped build a community garden consisting of five raised beds which will provide fresh produce to individuals in need.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, addressed the volunteers following the service projects. 

“I look at you, and you are the future,” she said. “We need leaders like you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for Greene County today. God bless you.” 

This service initiative, during which the freshman class served alongside faculty, staff, Bonner scholars and upperclassmen, was a part of New Student Orientation Weekend. 

“I love that Waynesburg does a lot of service because I love to volunteer; I really enjoy making someone’s day and helping others,” said Jenna Bartley, a freshman computer science major from Irwin, Pennsylvania. “We are so blessed to be able to make a difference in this community and meet a lot of great people while doing it.”

Noble Energy, Inc. is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. For more information, please visit www.nobleenergyinc.com.  

Stacey Brodak, Senior Advisor Government, Community and Media Relations, said, “Noble Energy’s purpose is ‘Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives,’ and we take that very seriously. We strive to find projects and partnerships that provide long-term sustainable benefits for the areas where we operate. All of the projects involved in this partnership with Waynesburg University were impactful, and the community garden, pumpkin patch and orchard project are outstanding models for all communities. Waynesburg University and each of the agencies we worked with were very appreciative and most gracious. It personally made me very proud to give back to my home county.”

 

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