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As the semester draws to a close, 73 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others during the University’s winter break. University faculty and staff will lead six mission service trips through December and January.

The service trips include partnerships with Missions Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica, a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala, Trans World Radio in Bonaire and various non-profit organizations in Greene County.

Mission Academy Education Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

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 Medical Mission Trip – Nassau, Bahamas

Sixteen Waynesburg University Nursing students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, to assist with operations of a health clinic for Haitian refugees. 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.

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 adjunct faculty in the University’s nursing department.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

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.

Patzun, Gautemala

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.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

Twelve students from the University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry in 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, will lead the team of students.

Greene County Immersion – Greene County, Pa.

Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various service projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students willserve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen.

Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead these local service projects.

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Kelley Hardie, assistant dean to student services and her husband, Chris, assistant dean and cross country coach, will co-lead local service projects. Eight students will spend part of their Christmas break participating in various projects across Greene County. From Saturday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 20, students will serve at a variety of Greene County non-profit organizations such as the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Kid’s Café, Produce to People, the Salvation Army and St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen. 

Students participating in the service projects include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • David Leach, a junior mathematics major from Flushing, Ohio
  • Jess Leiby, a junior wellness and physiology major from Tamaqua, Pa.
  • Jennifer Lingg, a junior accounting major from Ellicott City, Md.
  • John Sikora, a junior political science major from Masury, Ohio
  • Shelby Staggers, junior nursing major from Amity, Pa.
  • Clarice Tice, a senior athletic training major from Millerton, Pa.
  • Dominick Zappa, a senior accounting major from Monroeville, Pa.

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Hosted by the Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and the Waynesburg University Music Program, TUBACHRISTMAS will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on the steps of the Greene County Courthouse. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Local tuba and baritone/euphonium players are invited to take part in the annual performance. Concert registration is at 4:30 p.m., followed by rehearsal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University.

TUBACHRISTMAS is meant to recognize musical heritage and honor all great artists and teachers whose legacy has provided high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.

Performers will include any interested tuba, euphonium and baritone players in the area. Audience members will become part of an established tradition throughout the world and enjoy their favorite holiday tunes as never before through the rich, organ-like sound of this low-brass ensemble.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist and teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas in 1902. The traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who died December 24, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium and was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of these instruments.

Register online at waynesburg.edu/web/music. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepris@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ten_thousand_villages.gifWaynesburg University has partnered with Ten Thousand Villages to offer a unique shopping experience to the community during the holiday season. The store, located at 49 S. Washington Street in Waynesburg, will be open through Dec. 13. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Enactus Club at Waynesburg University is running the store, providing members, as well as volunteers, with a unique, applicable experience.

“It is a chance for the business department and the Enactus Club to get some exposure and real world experience through running a store,” said Dominic Zappa, a senior accounting major from Monroeville, Pa., who is serving as one of the two store managers.

Ten Thousand Villages sales benefit the artisans by providing a fair trade profit for their products. The sales also benefit the Waynesburg University Mission Trip Scholarship Fund, as Ten Thousand Villages donates the overhead costs for the sale to the fund. The fund provides assistance to students who travel domestically or internationally to serve others.

The store encompasses 100 artisan groups representing more than 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A variety of handmade products such as jewelry, pottery, stationery, toys, wall art, candles and picture frames are available for purchase.

Ten Thousand Villages is part of a worldwide movement determined to practice fair trade. The organization works with artisans in developing countries to provide a market for artisan products which are sold at a fair trade value. The nonprofit organization is one of more than 300 International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) members in 70 countries. IFAT members agree that fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional international trade. Its mission is to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged people in developing countries and to change unfair structures of international trade.

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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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