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b2ap3_thumbnail_Bonner-Celebration-1752.jpgMore than 230 volunteers from Waynesburg University served at 25 locations throughout Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties over the weekend. 

This day of service commemorated the 25th anniversary of the University’s Bonner Scholar Program, which is a unique scholarship program that provides financial assistance in return for weekly service hours. Bonner alumni also served in their own communities, including one who resides in Amman, Jordan.

“Service is in the DNA of Waynesburg University,” said Kelley Hardie, Director of the Center for Service Leadership and Bonner Scholarship Program. “The Day of Service was such a great way to celebrate our mission and the 25th Anniversary of the Bonner Scholarship Program at Waynesburg University.”

Bonner Scholars served as leaders at each of the service sites, guiding volunteers as they assisted with various tasks, including landscaping and painting at the Eva K. Bowlby Library; home repairs with Greene County Habitat for Humanity; and preparing for Hidden Treasure Thrift Store’s opening by organizing inventory. 

Other service sites included 2nd Sam 9, the American Cancer Society of Greene County, the Greene County Historical Society, Light of Life Rescue Mission Donation Center and Washington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, among others.

The economic impact provided by current Bonner scholars alone, not even counting their predecessors, estimates nearly $1.1 million for their more than 45,000 hours combined.

Waynesburg is one of just 21 Bonner affiliated schools in the country and the only one in Pennsylvania. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, the University fosters a program with 60 students, who each serve an average of 10 hours per week. 

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Students in Waynesburg University's Honors and History programs are preparing to begin a cemetery conservation project in conjunction with Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery.

Led by senior history major David O’Donoghue, the project is the result of collaboration between students in the Honors Program, the History Club and a Public History course taught by Dr. Karen Fisher Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities.

Throughout the semester, history students will research the history of the cemetery site and delve into the genealogy and lives of families buried there.

Then, the Honors Program will host a cemetery preservation workshop March 18, the University’s Day of Service. The hands-on workshop will teach students about upkeep of grounds and preserving and documenting tombstones at the cemetery.

Younger said the project is just one example of the University working to tie students’ learning into contributions to the local community.

“History is alive all around us. I hope students will come away with a feeling of great satisfaction knowing that they served the surrounding community by caring for the final resting place of over two dozen men, women and children,” said Younger.

Members of the community with information about individuals or families buried at the site and/or old photographs of the cemetery that could aid students in their research are encouraged to contact O’Donoghue at odo1639@student.waynesburg.edu.

The University owns and maintains the cemetery; it was acquired in the same purchase as the land that now holds the baseball fields and tennis courts.

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_Honor-Roll.jpgThe 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

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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