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Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of Chemistry at the University, will lead a team of six students to serve in Wynne, Arkansas during the students’ break. The students will serve Monday, Jan. 4, through Saturday, Jan. 9. 

While serving, the students will volunteer at a public school and educate elementary students on the fundamentals of science. 

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Damara Deal, senior biology/pre-med major from New Castle (Shenango High School)
  • Alex Freiberger, freshman forensic science major from McDonald (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Trevor Hawkins, freshman marine biology major from Annapolis, Maryland (Broadneck Senior High School)
  • Natalie Johnston, freshman forensic science major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Cara Paraska, sophomore forensic science major from Canonsburg (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Amy Smith, junior biology and secondary education major from Fairlawn, Ohio (Copley 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

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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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