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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. 

Five Waynesburg University students who have participated in the trip in past years chose to book flights for Friday, Dec. 13, so they would have extra time with the children. That group will spend their entire Christmas break in Guatemala. 

Kyle Digiandomenico, a junior psychology major from Martins Ferry, Ohio (Bridgeport High School); Gracious Shavers, a junior human services major from Ginowan City, Japan (Zion Christian Academy); Ryan Smith, a junior international culture major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School); Rachel Snavely, a sophomore biblical ministries studies major from Manheim, Pa. (Manheim Central High School); and Julie Wise, a junior criminal justice administration major from Fowler, Ohio (Mathews High School) will travel to Guatemala early. 

“They’ve been there before and are very passionate about ministry,” Bristor said. “They’ve decided to go down early on their own. Heidi and I will bring the rest of the 15 in January.”  

According to Bristor, out of the 20 students who are attending, nine are returning for the second or even third time.

“Waynesburg students are very passionate about the Guatemala trip and the people of Guatemala,” she said. “Our main goal at this point is to finish the driveway but also to provide love and spread the word of God.”

Additional students participating in the trip include:

  • Kimber Blair, a senior public relations major from New Castle, Pa. (Laurel Junior-Senior High School)
  • Northe Campbell-Escalante, a junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Woodland Hills High School)
  • Heidi Dains, a freshman business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Joshua Dains, a junior business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Chelsea Dicks, a junior journalism major from Jerfferson, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Sara Faiad, a junior psychology major from South Fork, Pa. (Forest Hills High School)
  • Alana Fiano, a senior education major from Connellsville, Pa. (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Amelia Graves, a freshman international business major from West Falls, NY (Orchard Park High School)
  • Sarah Kirk, a sophomore nursing major from Valencia, Pa. (Plum Senior High School)
  • Nina Manderick, a junior biblical and ministry studies major from South Connellsville, Pa. (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Jennifer Miller, a sophomore biology major from New Brighton, Pa. (New Brighton Area Senior High School)
  • Emily Nowakowski, a freshman nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Cherylynn Shird, a senior sociology major from Washington, D.C. (Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers Public Charter School)
  • Steven Snow, a senior criminal justice major from Butler, Pa. (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Erika Stafford, a senior psychology major from Orrvile, Ohio (Orrville High School)

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

 

724.852.7675or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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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 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.  

“Our desire is to share our abilities and talents with the children in the school,” Bausman said. “We are excited about the opportunity to learn about education in another country as well. This trip will further our goal of learning to be leaders who transform their world for the glory of God.”

Students participating in the trip include:

•Robi Arbogast, a sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School) 

•Jenny Hage, a senior early childhood education (special education) major from New Brighton, Pa. (New Brighton Area Senior High School) 

•Shakila Kienholz, a sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Erie, Pa. (Fort Le Boeuf High School)

•Rebecca Lane, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa. (Laurel Junior-Senior High School) 

•Brianna Watt, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)

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724.852.7675or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgLed by Dave Calvario, director of the center for service leadership at Waynesburg University, a team of 14 students will spend Friday, Nov. 22, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, in in Highland Park, N.J. The group will partner with the Reformed Church of Highland Park to work on the various service projects involving cleanup and rebuilding efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“Our goal for the trip is to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy who are struggling a year after the storm,” Calvario said.

Students participating in this mission service trip include:
•    Elizabeth Carr, a junior nursing major from Bethel Park, Pa. (Bethel Park Senior High School)
•    Renee Filippelli, a junior mathematics major from Elizabeth, Pa. (Elizabeth Forward High School)
•    Amy Fish, a junior criminal justice major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Chartiers Valley High School)
•    Korey Hammell, a junior finance major from Homestead, Pa. (Steel Valley Senior High School)
•    Cody Hillbery, a junior sociology major from Sycamore, Pa. (Home-schooled)
•    Amanda Hooker, a sophomore psychology major from Bedford, Pa. (Bedford High School)
•    Julie James, a senior nursing major from Conneaut Lake, Pa. (Conneaut Area Senior High School)
•    Kathryn Kish, a junior nursing major from Liberty Boro, Pa. (South Allegheny High School)
•    Samantha Maize, a senior nursing major from Finleyville, Pa. (Bentworth Senior High School)
•    Brittany Nimal,  senior forensic accounting major from Hickory, Pa. (Fort Cherry High School)
•    Rebecca Shindelar, a human services (social science) major from Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji High School)
•    Makyala Vidosh, a sophomore criminal justice major from Galloway, Ohio (Hilliard Bradley High School)
•    Holly Wise, a senior forensic science major from Dennison, Ohio (Claymont High School)
•    Nicole Zimmel, a sophomore criminal justice major from Slippery Rock, Pa. (Slippery Rock Area High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Monogram Small.jpgBefore traveling home for Waynesburg University’s Thanksgiving break, three students and one faculty member will stay on campus to serve the local community.

The group will spend Friday, Nov. 22, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, partnering with Greene County Habitat for Humanity for various daily projects.

Evan Kephart, interim coordinator of University’s Bonner Scholar Program, will lead the team.

“Our main goal is to expose students attending the trip to the poverty that exists around them in Greene County and inspire them to continue to give back to the community even after the project is over,” Kephart said.


Students participating in the service week include:
•    Heather Connors, a junior forensic science major from Scottdale, Pa. (Southmoreland High School)
•    Justin Johnson, a senior business management major from Washington, Pa. (home schooled)
•    Kyle Oland, a senior public relations major from Westminster, Md. (Winters Mill High School)

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President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently notified Waynesburg University of its selection to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University's sixth consecutive year receiving the honor.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

“Receiving this award for the sixth year in a row speaks to the commitment our students, faculty and staff have to service and the responsibility of engaging in our community,” said Dave Calvario, dean of students and director of the Center for Service Leadership. “In addition, service imbedded through the academic arm of our University assists students in uncovering their calling and passion, not just during their undergraduate experience, but after graduation as well.”

The Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. 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 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 per 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 beyond.

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 23 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.

“Congratulations to Waynesburg University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

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