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As the semester draws to a close, 73 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others during the University’s winter break. University faculty and staff will lead six mission service trips through December and January.

The service trips include partnerships with Missions Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala, Trans World Radio in Bonaire and various non-profit organizations in Greene County.

Mission Academy Education Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Dr. Julie Bausman, assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University, will lead a group of five University students to Nassau, Bahamas, for a mission service trip during winter break. From Sunday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 10, the team will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to teach first and second grade reading and math lessons. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Mission Academy Medical Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Sixteen Waynesburg University Nursing students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, to assist with operations of a health clinic for Haitian refugees. The students will spend Sunday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan.10, at the Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, where they will work with Mission Academy Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving Bahamian and Haitian communities.

Terri Small, professor of nursing at the University, will lead the trip, along with her husband, Steve, a pharmacist, and Wendy Edgar, a nurse practitioner and adjunct faculty in the University’s nursing department.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Twelve students will travel to Carillos, Costa Rica, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 22, to partner with Strong Missions, a ministry supporting the local churches of Carrillos. Christopher Kellner, resident director at the University, will lead the team as they provide construction aid for churches and homes as well as education and day care services. Ashley Kelver, a women’s resident director, and her husband, Joshua, will also help to lead the trip.

Patzun, Gautemala

Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Thursday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 11, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Heidi Szuminsky, director of donor and alumni relations at Waynesburg, will lead the team. While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with the replacement of a driveway at the facility.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

Twelve students from the University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry in the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the station’s opening on Bonaire.

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; and Jacquelyn Core, University provost, will lead the team of students.

Greene County Immersion – Greene County, Pa.

Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various service projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students willserve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen.

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead these local service projects.

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Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead local service projects. Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students will serve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen. 

Students participating in the service projects include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • David Leach, a junior mathematics major from Flushing, Ohio
  • Jess Leiby, a junior wellness and physiology major from Tamaqua, Pa.
  • Jennifer Lingg, a junior accounting major from Ellicott City, Md.
  • John Sikora, a junior political science major from Masury, Ohio
  • Shelby Staggers, junior nursing major from Amity, Pa.
  • Clarice Tice, a senior athletic training major from Millerton, Pa.
  • Dominick Zappa, a senior accounting major from Monroeville, Pa.

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Twelve students from the Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the station’s opening on Bonaire. 

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; and Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs, will lead the team of students. 

“We hope that the trip will enrich the students by engaging them in the Christian mission of both Waynesburg University and TWR,” said Sherman. “A big part of being a Christian is to be active in spreading Christ’s teachings and our students will be doing just that.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Megan Bayles, a sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Carmichaels, Pa. (Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Kara Bemer, a junor public relations major from Parma Heights, Ohio (Valley Forge High School)
  • Lucas Deithorn, a junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Brownsville, Pa. (Bethlehem Center High School)
  • Victoria Kramer, a junior digital design major from South Riding, Va. (Freedom High School)
  • Katherine Mansfield, a junior journalism major from Washington, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Creg Milko, a sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Dawson, Pa. (Frazier High School)
  • Abby Pittinaro, a junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Carlynton Junior-Senior High School)
  • Megan Potosky, a junior digital design major from Sarver, Pa. (Freeport Area Senior High School)
  • Brandon Rainelli, a junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Apollo, Pa. (Apollo-Ridge High School)
  • Jennifer Schouppe, a sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Beaver, Pa. (North Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Dillon Tierny, a sophomore electronic media major from Fair Lawn, N.J. (Fair Lawn High School)
  • Molly Winters, a junior public relations major from Beaver Falls, Pa. (Blackhawk High School)

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Twelve students will travel to Carillos, Costa Rica, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 22, to partner with Strong Missions, a ministry supporting the local churches of Carrillos. Christopher Kellner, resident director at the University, will lead the team as they provide construction aid for churches and homes as well as education and day care services. Ashley Kelver, a women’s resident director, and her husband, Joshua, will also help to lead the trip. 

“My goal for this trip is to connect our University and the trip members to a community I love dearly: Carrillos, Costa Rica,” Kellner said. “I hope for a fair exchange where both we and those we meet are blessed. Most of all I hope that love will be shown and grown within us all.”

Students participating in the mission service trip include: 

  • Jennifer Brown, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Latrobe, Pa. (Greater Latrobe High School) 
  • Derrick Conner, a senior nursing major from Smithfield, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School) 
  • Joshua Hennig, a sophomore history major from Butler, Pa. (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Brooke Larson, a senior communication major from Dunkirk, Md. (Shiloh Christian Academy) 
  • Raymond Melone, a junior engineering (mathematics) major from Philadelphia, Pa. (Franklin Towne Charter High School) 
  • Kiersten Neff, a senior forensic science major from Johnstown, Pa. (Greater Johnstown High School) 
  • Becca Perlmutter, a junior marketing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School) 
  • Laura Shawver, a junior art major from Avella, Pa. 
  • Carrie Sneller, a senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Trinity High School) 
  • Amanda Stillings, a sophomore arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)
  • William Sungala, a junior engineering (mathematics) major from Denbo, Pa. (Bethlehem Center High School) 
  • Jaimie White, a senior nursing major from Wattsburg, Pa. (Seneca High School) 

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Sixteen Waynesburg University Nursing students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, to assist with operations of a health clinic for Haitian refugees during the University’s Christmas break. The students will spend Sunday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan.10, at the Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, where they will work with Mission Academy Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving Bahamian and Haitian communities. 

Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing at the University, will lead the trip, along with her husband, Steve, a pharmacist, and Wendy Edgar, a nurse practitioner and lecturer  in the University’s nursing department. The team will work with Dr. Antoine St. Louis, pastor of Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene, and Mike Shinn, director of Mission Academy Ministries. 

“We look forward to assisting Mission Academy Ministries as they provide much needed services to communities who would otherwise have no access to health care,” Small said. 

This will be the University’s fourth partnership with Mission Academy Ministries and seventh nursing mission trip. On average, University students and faculty care for 100 patients per day during the three-day clinic. Patients are provided medications and education for chronic health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as receive treatment and care for immediate health issues such as bronchitis, colds and coughs, ear infections and pneumonia. 

Students attending the trip include:

  • Taylor Basinger, a junior nursing major from Confluence, Pa. (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Katelyn Blaich, a senior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Bishop Canevin High School)
  • Melissa Brown, a junior nursing major from Perryopolis, Pa. (Frazier High School)
  • Myriah Cox, a senior nursing major from Mount Morris, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Maggie Getaz, a senior nursing major from Winchester, Va. (John Handley High School)
  • Rachel Handley, a senior nursing major from Dillsburg, Pa. (Christian Liberty Academy)
  • Kiersha Keller, a senior nursing major from Palmyra, Pa. (Northern Lebanon High School)
  • Kathryn Kish, a junior nursing major from Liberty Boro, Pa. (South Allegheny High School)
  • Katy Jo Kramer, a senior nursing major from North Versailles, Pa. (East Allegheny High School)
  • Alexis Lapinsky, a nursing major from Windber, Pa. (Windber Area High School)
  • Jessica Loftus, a senior nursing major from Charleroi, Pa. (Wilson Christian Academy)
  • Shayla Mitrik, a senior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Catholic High School)
  • Melissa Paul, a senior nursing major from Garrett, Pa. (Berlin Brothers Valley High School)
  • Lily Smith, a second degree nursing major from Lake View, N.Y. (Frontier Senior High School)
  • Maria Wisniewski, a junior nursing major from Irwin, Pa. (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Danielle Zeiler, a junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Brashear High School)

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