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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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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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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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