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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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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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In an effort to give back to those who defend the freedom of the United States of America, Waynesburg University has participated in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program on the graduate and undergraduate levels since the program's inception in 2009.
 
“The Yellow Ribbon Program at Waynesburg University has helped make my dream of graduating from a university possible,” said Thomas Brownfield, a sophomore nursing major in the Air Force Reserves. “There is an annual cap on the amount Veterans Affairs can provide. When my benefits reached that amount, the Yellow Ribbon Program stepped in, enabling me to continue my education.”
 
Between 2007 and 2010, Brownfield deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, serving in Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. In 2010, the Uniontown, Pa., native left active duty to continue his career as a reservist at the Pittsburgh 911th airlift wing and to pursue an education.
 
“Waynesburg University's Christian mission was important in my decision to attend,” said Brownfield, who serves as a youth group leader at Abundant Life Church in Uniontown, Pa. “I feel that the University stands for more than just education, based on its mission. And that's also apparent in its decision to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.”
 
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows Waynesburg University and the federal government to split tuition costs that are not covered by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill for qualified military personnel and veterans like Brownfield.
 
The G.I. Bill provides individuals meeting the requirements a benefit equal to the most expensive public campus tuition in that state.
 
“The Program provides financial resources to enable our eligible veterans to fulfill their educational goals,” said Vicki Wilson, registrar at Waynesburg University.
 
As the University's certifying official for veteran's benefits, Wilson works with veterans to maximize the benefits they receive.
 
“The veterans at Waynesburg are lucky to have a person who is so proficient at her job,” Brownfield said of Wilson. “Other veterans I've spoken with have had to do a ton of things I have not had to deal with, thanks to her.”
 
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Waynesburg University waives up to 50 percent of those expenses, and the Department of Veterans Affairs matches the same percentage.
 
Waynesburg University is approved for Veteran Education benefits. Eligible veterans and members of the National Guard may be eligible to use the G.I. benefits. Determination is made by the Veterans Administration.
 
Individuals are entitled to the maximum benefit rate if they served a period of at least 36 months active duty after September 10, 2001; they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or if they are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
 
Brownfield has advice for other veterans.
 
“While Veterans Affairs is your number one reference, Waynesburg University is extremely helpful,” he said. “Waynesburg is a challenging school where you will definitely get a concrete education.”
 
For more information related to undergraduate studies, contact the Office of Admissions at Waynesburg University at 800-225-7393. For information related to the graduate program, contact Graduate and Professional Studies at Waynesburg University at 888-481-6029.

 

 

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