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As the semester draws to a close, 26 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others before heading home for the summer. University faculty and staff will lead three mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The projects include partnerships with the John Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Miss., Urban Promise in Camden, N.J. and Barnabas Ministries in Sebis, Romania.

John Perkins Foundation – Jackson, Miss.

Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication at the University, will lead nine Waynesburg University students to Jackson, Miss., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to partner with the John M. Perkins Foundation for a week of service at the Spencer Perkins Center. The center’s mission is to train and equip a new generation of indigenous leaders who are driven by the love of God to pass on the torch of reconciliation, community and youth development in West Jackson.

The group will work on various building projects in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Students will study racial reconciliation and community development issues with Dr. John M. Perkins about an area that has a history of racial segregation and large-scale poverty.

Urban Promise – Camden, N.J.

Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership at the University, will lead eight Waynesburg University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.

Service will consist of working with children in Urban Promise’s kindergarten through 12th grade school as well as its after school program. Waynesburg students will assist with homework, spiritual development, arts and crafts, and athletic games.

Remaining time will be spent on labor projects in Urban Promise’s school and other ministries. Students will learn about the city of Camden and the poverty and social justice issues that exist there.

Barnabas Ministries – Sebis, Romania

Ezekiel Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology at the University, and Victoria Kapp, junior psychology major, will lead eight University students to Sebis, Romania, from Tuesday, May 20, to Tuesday, June 3, to serve with Barnabas Ministries, a legal non-profit ministry who helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of orphans, the elderly and poor families in Romania.

Service will include working with children in the community, reaching out to impoverished gypsy families and manual labor. Specific service will be dependent on interests of the group and needs of the ministry.

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Ezekiel Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology at Waynesburg University, and Victoria Kapp, junior psychology major, will lead eight University students to Sebis, Romania, from Tuesday, May 20, to Tuesday, June 3, to serve with Barnabas Ministries, a non-profit ministry that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of orphans, the elderly and poor families in Romania.

“I went to Romania the summer after my freshman year and fell in love with it,” said Kapp. “I want our team to fall in love with the people and the culture just as I did. But most importantly, I want God to completely wreck their hearts and change their lives. The service we will be doing is important, but I really want our focus to be on God and His heart for us in our time there.”

Service will include working with children in the community, reaching out to impoverished gypsy families and manual labor. Specific service will be dependent on interests of the group and needs of the ministry.

Students participating in this mission trip include:

  • Devin Coughlin, a junior international culture and political science major from Belvidere, N.J. (Belvidere High School)
  • Dakota Dawson, a junior psychology major from Charleroi, Pa. (Charleroi Area High School)
  • Jessie Kiner, a sophomore nursing major from Millerstown, Pa. (Greenwood High School)
  • James Law, a junior youth ministry major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)
  • David O'Donoghue, a freshman undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Casey Riker, a freshman psychology major, from Gibsonia, Pa. (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)
  • Alex Sherman, a junior exercise science major from New Milford, CT (New Milford High School)
  • Jordan Smallwood, a sophomore psychology major from New Salem, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School

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Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University, will lead nine University students to Jackson, Miss., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to partner with the John M. Perkins Foundation for a week of service at the Spencer Perkins Center. The center’s mission is to train and equip a new generation of indigenous leaders who are driven by the love of God to pass on the torch of reconciliation, community and youth development in West Jackson.

“I hope the students have the opportunity to spread the Christian mission of Waynesburg University while helping a great organization,” Sherman said. “I also hope they learn about Christian community development – something that Dr. John Perkins will provide a lot of valuable insights about. Hopefully, they’ll take back a better understanding of how they can help spread the teachings of Christ to their local communities.”

The group will work on various building projects in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Students will study racial reconciliation and community development issues with Dr. John M. Perkins about an area that has a history of racial segregation and large scale poverty.

Students participating in the mission trip include:

  • Charles Cook, a sophomore pre-med major from Cheswick, Pa.( Twentynine Palms High School)
  • Joshuah Dains, a junior business management major from Clarksville, Pa.(Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Kristen Sniezek, a sophomore nursing major from Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area High School)
  • Mary Hoffman, a sophomore secondary education major from Butler, Pa. (Butler Area Senior High School)
  • Rachel Wilson, a sophomore undeclared major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
  • Shonah Russell, a junior education major from Sabattus, Maine (Northern High School)
  • SiReno Mattie, a senior creative writing major from Rices Landing, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Stephanie Tress, a sophomore forensic science major from McMurray, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Victoria Berggren, a sophomore nursing major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School

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Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership at Waynesburg University, will lead eight University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.

“Urban Promise fits with the mission of Waynesburg University – faith learning and serving,” said Calvario. “An outcome from this trip is for us to see first-hand and learn about the challenges that are facing our urban centers throughout America as well as begin to understand the employment, housing, socioeconomic, educational system and challenges people face in the community.”

Service will consist of working with children in Urban Promise’s kindergarten through 12th grade school as well as its after school program. Waynesburg students will assist with homework, spiritual development, arts and crafts, and athletic games.

Remaining time will be spent on labor projects in Urban Promise’s school and other ministries. Students will learn about the city of Camden and the poverty and social justice issues that exist there.

Students participating in this mission trip include:

  • Makalah Beazell, a senior early childhood and special education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (West Greene High School)
  • Kaitlyn Berkebile, a senior early childhood and special education major from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
  • Morgan Brumbaugh, a senior early childhood education major from Williamsburg, Pa. (Central High School)
  • Jamie Dolan, a freshman psychology major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Jacob Fleegle, a junior secondary education and political science double major from Jennerstown, Pa. (North Star High School)
  • Bret Hoffman, a junior forensic accounting major from Washington, Pa. (Washington High School)
  • Zachary Morgan, a senior sports management major from Greencastle, Pa. (Grace Academy)
  • Katharine Shultz, a senior human services major from Venetia, Pa. (Peters Township High School)

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The Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars will host Empty Bowls Greene County Sunday, April 6, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Greene County Fairgrounds Building 9. Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes a meal, handcrafted bowl and a donation to the Weekend Food Program. Ages 12 and under eat for free, but will not receive a handmade bowl.

Empty Bowls Greene County is a luncheon and fundraiser designed to help fight hunger. Attendants will enjoy soups provided by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at the Greene County Career and Technology Center, and breads provided by Rising Creek Bakery. They will also have the opportunity to select from a variety of hand-crafted ceramic bowls, made by Waynesburg University students and the local Artbeat.

Hand-crafted items by local artisans will be up for bid during a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Greene County Weekend Food Program. Tickets can be purchased at Artbeat and the Community Foundation of Greene County on High Street.

The event will host guest speaker Donna Dire, a Social Worker from Graysville Elementary School. Dire will share the ways in which she has seen the Weekend Food Program have a direct impact on young children and real life stories from parents and children.

Organizations such as Produce to People, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, AmeriCorps VISTA and Urban League – SNAP will be in attendance to educate the local community about hunger.

For questions or additional information, please contact Steven Snow at: sno3316@student.waynesburg.edu.

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