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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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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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8-25-freshmen-service-project.jpgWaynesburg University’s incoming freshman class participated in a service project at Ryerson Station State Park Saturday, Aug. 23. CONSOL Energy sponsored the event, providing the necessary tools as well as long sleeved t-shirts for volunteers. Sherwin-Williams and the Salvation Army also provided tools and materials for the volunteers’ use.

The nearly 500 volunteers included upperclassmen Bonner Scholars and orientation leaders as well as University faculty and staff who served alongside the freshman class. The Bonner Scholars also honed their leadership skills by leading the freshmen groups.

Labeled with “Coming together to make a change,” the t-shirts donated by CONSOL illustrated the combined efforts of CONSOL, Waynesburg University and Ryerson Station State Park. The t-shirts were designed by Michelle Dunseath, a Waynesburg University digital design student from Donora, Pa.

Representatives from both CONSOL and Waynesburg are hopeful that this will be the first of many collaborative projects at Ryerson.

“We are proud to partner with two very important community organizations in Waynesburg for what we hope will become an annual event,” said Jessica Kearns, external relations specialist at CONSOL. “As a natural resource company, we recognize the importance of environmental management, and we practice responsible use of the land, water and air in our operational areas. This project provided us the opportunity to work together with local students to encourage civic engagement and community development.”

With the goal of raising the level of recreational experiences for people visiting Ryerson, volunteers served at various locations in the park on projects such as removing invasive plant species, staining benches and guardrails at the campground and removing litter along roads in the park.

Before heading to the park, CONSOL representatives and the president of the Waynesburg University Student Senate, Joshuah Dains of Clarksville, gave motivational talks on the importance of community engagement to the student audience.

The day ended with Park Ranger Alan Johnson thanking the students for doing a year’s worth of work in one day.

In alignment with the University’s mission of connecting faith, learning and serving, also often referred to as connecting the heart, head and hands, the first two days of Freshmen Orientation Weekend were devoted to faith and learning, with the third focusing on service through the project at Ryerson.

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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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