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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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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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.

Students participating on the trip include:

  • Laura Auten, freshman forensic science major from Normal, Ill. (Home School)
  • Renee Belisky, junior psychology major from Punxsutawney (Punxsutawney Area High School)
  • Matthew Colalcua, sophomore forensic science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Nicholas Cordova, sophomore political science major from Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman High School)
  • Cortnie Devore, junior psychology major from Finleyville (Ringgold High School)
  • Rachel Doty, junior biology major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Kristina Fisher, freshman nursing major from Bridgeville (South Fayette High School)
  • Jordan Fulton, senior forensic science major from Carlisle (Carlisle Area School District)
  • Caleb Gaumer, junior forensic science major from Hyndman (Bedford High School)
  • Stacey Griffin, junior business management major from Uniontown (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Rachel Hamilla, senior psychology major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Laken Hart, junior computer science major from Quarryville (Solanco High School)
  • Kristine Houser, junior forensic science major from Pittsburgh (Northgate High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, sophomore history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Jelena Kyle, senior forensic science major from Merrittstown (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Hannah Megna, senior English (creative writing) major from Wheeling, W.Va. (Wheeling Park High School)
  • Madison Perretta, senior sociology major from Beaver Falls (Beaver Falls Senior High School)
  • Jordan Renner, senior forensic science major from Sycamore (West Greene High School)
  • Sedona Sowers, senior nursing major from Roseville, Ohio (Crooksville High School)
  • Maranda Valentino, junior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson High School)
  • Vincent Wise, junior history major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program at Waynesburg University, will lead a team of eight University students to serve in 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.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Gordan Bieber, senior psychology major from Bulter (Slippery Rock Area High School)
  • Jenna Gearhart, freshman forensic science major from Bel Air, Md. (Bel Air High School)
  • Briana Hedlund, freshman English literature major from Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh High School)
  • Zachary Payne, junior accounting major from Irwin (Norwin High School)
  • Jessica Rains, senior criminal justice major from Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Bradley High School)
  • Keri Renzler, freshman athletic training major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • John Wicker, junior marketing major from Ambridge (Eden Christian Academy)
  • Patience Yobp, freshman criminal justice administration major from Valencia (Mars Area High School)

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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