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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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During spring break, 48 Waynesburg University students will serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad. University faculty and staff will lead three Faith, Learning and Service Immersion 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 Sunday, March 6, through Friday, March 11. 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.

Eighteen students will spend their spring break in Concord, N.C., from Sunday, March 6, through Saturday, March 12. 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

Ten Waynesburg University students will spend part of their spring break from Saturday, March 5, through Sunday, March 13, 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 Mary Cummings, senior vice president for Student Services and Enrollment, will serve as trip leaders.

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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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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. 

“I am thrilled that God has afforded me the opportunity to once again serve the people of Guatemala,” said Bristor. “The children there hold a special place in my heart, and to experience again their unending love and witness their warm smiles is overwhelming. I cannot wait to be back and hold the children in my arms.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Sadie Breon, freshman nursing major from Lock Haven (Central Mountain High School)
  • Audrey Domasky, sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Kara Forse, junior nursing major from Venetia (Upper Saint Clair High School)
  • Alyssa Fratto, junior marketing major from Melcroft (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Amelia Graves, junior secondary education major from West Falls, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Sarah Kirk, senor nursing major from Valencia (Plum Senior High School)
  • Matthew McDermott, junior biblical ministry studies major from Pittsburgh (Shaler Area High School)
  • Jennifer Miller, senior biology/pre-med major from New Brighton (New Brighton Area Senior High School)
  • Emily Nowakowski, junior psychology major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Christopher Oblinger, junior criminal justice administration major from Aliquippa (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School)
  • Tiffany Owad, junior international business major from Aliquippa (Hopewell Senior High School)
  • Bethany Peng, senior nursing major from Indiana (Indiana Area Senior High School)
  • Cullin Piatt, junior early childhood education major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Janelle Sistek, freshman nursing major from New Stanton (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Emily Stowell, freshman nursing major from Havertown (Haverford High School)
  • Elizabeth Trump, freshman biology/pre-med major from Fairchance (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Victoria Whitty, senior biology/pre-med major from New Wilmington (Wilmington Area High School)

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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.

For the past three years, the mission trip to Bonaire has been designed only for communication students. The University has since expanded its relationships with TWR and the missionaries to offer more service opportunities for Waynesburg students, more specifically, history majors. 

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. 

Five Waynesburg University students who served TWR last year chose to participate again in the mission trip this year after God’s call to return to the island and perform His work. 

“I decided to return to Bonaire because of the tremendous opportunities it provided in uniting my faith with my major,” said Anthony Conn, senior electronic media major from West Sunbury (Moniteau Junior-Senior High School), who participated in the trip in January 2015. “I am excited to use what I have learned from my first experience to help others this year.” 

Other students participating in the trip include: 

  • Kyle Dawson, junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Pittsburgh (Plum Senior High School)
  • Casey Heimberger, junior advertising major from North Chili, N.Y. (Churchville-Chili Senior High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, sophomore history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Anne McGlaughlin, junior public relations major from Pittsburgh (Brentwood Middle-High School)
  • Shon Meade, junior electronic media major from Ellwood City (Riverside Junior-Senior High School)
  • Zachary Medovic, junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Wheeling, W.Va (Wheeling Central Catholic High School)
  • Jacob Meyer, junior journalism major from Ellicott, Md. (Mouth Hebron High School)
  • Jordan Mitrik, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh (North Catholic High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, freshman biblical ministry studies major from Toms River, N.J. (Toms River High School North)
  • Ciara Scott, senior criminal justice administration major from Carnegie (Carlynton Junior-Senior High School)
  • Chelsey Withers, junior public relations and sports broadcasting/sports information major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Tyler Wolfe, junior electronic media major from Parkton, Md. (Hereford High School)

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