University students to fight homelessness in Nashville

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A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission, will serve as trip leaders.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting the Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

“When most people think of Nashville, they think of country music, a booming industry; yet there are many people who find it difficult to make ends meet,” Bristor said. “Our hope is to gain a better understanding of the issues of hunger and homelessness. We will participate in a program called the Urban Exposure. During this event, we will be out with those on the streets, listening to their stories and lending a helping hand.”

Students participating in the Nashville mission trip include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • Sara Carpenter, a freshman forensic science major from Erie, Pa.
  • Kenny Cline, a junior accounting major from Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • Julie Collins, a senior mathematics major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Ryan Condello, a senior business management major from McMurray, Pa.
  • Joy Engle-Young, a junior education major from Holbrook, Pa.
  • John Flanigan, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md.
  • Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Kaelee Franko, a junior psychology major from Butler, Pa.
  • Emily Hoffman, a junior education major from Salisbury, Md.
  • Mindy Hooven, a sophomore nursing major from Fayetteville, Pa.
  • Rebecca Lane, a junior special education major from Ellwood City, Pa.
  • Rachel Lovely, a junior pre-med major from Windber, Pa.
  • Derrion May, a sophomore marine biology major from Belleville, Ill.
  • Kristen McClure, a sophomore nursing major from Reading, Pa.
  • Nick Merlino, a sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Emily Priester, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Chelsea Ritter, a senior international business major from New Tripoli, Pa.
  • Kim Ryan, a junior criminal justice major from Masontown, Pa.
  • DeRon Scott, a sophomore creative writing major from San Diego, Calif.
  • Karl Shaley, a senior biblical ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Gracious Shaver, a junior education major from Ginowan City, Japan
  • Katie Shultz, a junior education major from Venetia, Pa.
  • Ryan Smith, a junior international culture major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Rachel Snavely, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Manheim, Pa.
  • Emily Wiedner, a freshman arts administration major from Somerset, Pa.
  • Tori Whitty, a sophomore pre-med major from New Wilmington, Pa.
  • Lori Williams, a sophomore education major from Mount Clare, W.Va.
  • Kristen Wilson, a freshman education major from Washington, Pa.
  • Julie Wise, a junior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio
  • Kaitlyn Wood, a sophomore sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa.

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