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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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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. 

“The primary school is in an inner city setting with students from various backgrounds,” said Bausman. “There is a large population of children from families of Haitian refugees. Our students will have the opportunity to not only see a different school system, but also get to spend time with and assist children from areas of poverty.”

Mission Academy Ministries is a non-profit organization with a passionate commitment to helping students grow closer to Christ through life-changing mission trips, day events and retreats. 

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Morgan Carroll, freshman history major from Tarentum (Deer Lakes High School)
  • Shana Helsley, early childhood education major from Altoona (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Catherine Hohing, junior early childhood education major from Washington (Trinity High School)
  • Brittany Hott, senior middle level education major from Washington (Trinity High School)
  • Karley Isiminger, sophomore early childhood education major from Holbrook (West Greene High School)
  • Sarah Knapp, freshman biblical ministry studies major from Millerton, N.Y. (Upton Lake Christian School)
  • Justin Simmons, junior history major from Hackettstown, N.J. (Hackettstown, High School)
  • Moriah Sivavec, sophomore early childhood education major from Canonsburg (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Marlinda Sprowls, freshman mathematics and secondary education major from Coal Center (California Area High School)
  • Joshua Stewart, freshman early childhood education major from Preston, Md. (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Nicole Zimmel, senior early childhood education major from Slippery Rock (Slippery Rock Area High School)

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The Waynesburg University Center for Service Leadership will host a service event to celebrate “Make a Difference Day,” Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Make A Difference Day” is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company and TEGNA Inc., in collaboration with Points of Light. With millions of volunteers from across the nation uniting in a common mission to improve the lives of others, it is one of the largest national days of community service.

For more than two decades, “Make A Difference Day” has been celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in October and connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of communities and promotes civic engagement.

The University’s event, “WU Make a Difference Day,” is sponsored by USA Today and is focused on serving the local community. The project will benefit Greene County residents through several service opportunities including academic tutoring, animal safety, educational awareness programs, environmental stewardship and youth programs.

“A day of service provides the Waynesburg University community the opportunity to utilize their talents, skills and passions to address the needs within Greene County and make a difference,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services.

Waynesburg University students, faculty, staff and alumni can choose from 11 local service sites in which to participate, such as Crisis Pregnancy Center, Humane Society of Greene County, Lion’s Club Park and World Vision.

The University’s football team is also sponsoring a fundraising event in conjunction with “WU Make a Difference Day” that will benefit Kurt Detwiler, a former football player who was injured in a car accident. Service participants will assist in hosting a spaghetti dinner at First Baptist Church. 

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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This month, 37 Waynesburg University students will spend a portion of their fall break serving at domestic sites. University faculty and staff will lead three Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The trips include partnerships with Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa., and various nonprofit organizations in Greene County. 

Gettysburg National Park Mission Trip – Gettysburg, Pa.

Twenty-one Waynesburg University students will travel to Gettysburg, Pa., Sunday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Oct. 15, to partner with the Gettysburg National Military Park and Daniel Lady Farm, a privately owned Civil War farm museum. Rea Redd, director of the University’s Eberly Library, and Mary Hamilla, assistant director of the Educational Enrichment Program, will co-lead the trip.

While in Gettysburg, students will assist with battlefield restoration and environmental stewardship. Students will have the opportunity to construct a Virginia Worm Rail Fence as well as rebuild stonewalls at both locations.

Greene County Habitat for Humanity – Waynesburg, Pa.

Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program at Waynesburg University, will lead a team of eight University students to serve Greene County during the students’ fall break. The students will serve Sunday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 16.

While serving, the students will assist with building homes in the Greene County area to address substandard housing issues.

Greene County Immersion – Waynesburg, Pa.

Eight students, led by Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students at Waynesburg University, will serve the Greene County community during their fall break. The Greene County Immersion Service Trip will run from Sunday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 17.

The week will provide students with the opportunity to participate in an assortment of service activities in Greene County and will enhance the service relationships between the students and the local community.

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