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During Waynesburg University’s Winter Break, 11 University students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas and serve at The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene. Led by Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, the students will serve from Sunday, Jan. 1, to Sunday, Jan. 8.

In previous years, Waynesburg students taught at an inner-city school in Nassau, but the school calendar was altered after a hurricane in the Bahamas in October. Now, University students will work with children at The Nazareth Center and the Victory Chapel teaching reading and writing, math, science, music, art and outdoor games.

Bausman said the goal of the service trip to help local students who struggle academically to get excited about learning and to share with them the love of Christ. The group’s efforts will also serve as outreach to the local community that was affected by the hurricane by illustrating that the Victory Chapel can be a help to the community.

Bausman said she looks forward to watching her students experience a new teaching environment and put to use the skills they’ve gathered at Waynesburg.

“The students have spent many hours planning lessons and activities, and yet know that we will also have to be flexible because things will change as we go into new situations,” said Bausman. “I am hoping that the students will see the importance of service and how their expertise is beneficial in serving others.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Melissa Bachorski, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Tori Bailey, junior criminal justice administration major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Arlington High School)
  • Michaela Callander, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Allie Christopher, sophomore biology secondary education major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Caroline Frye, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg (Home School)
  • Carolena Gasbarro, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Shana Helsley, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Altoona (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Hannah McPeek, freshman middle level education major from McMurray (Peters Township High School)
  • McKenzie Shaffer, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh (Upper Saint Clair High School)
  • Elizabeth Sible, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Coraopolis (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Joshua Stewart, freshman music ministry major from Waynesburg (Colonel Richardson High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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During the final week of Winter Break, 30 Waynesburg University students will participate in three international Faith, Learning and Service Immersion trips. Groups will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, the island of Bonaire and Montego Bay, Jamaica, led by University faculty and staff members.

The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel – Nassau, Bahamas

Eleven students, led by Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, will work with local children in Nassau from Sunday, Jan. 1 through Sunday, Jan. 8. Between the two chapels, the group will be spending their week helping students who struggle academically get excited about learning and sharing the love of Christ.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

From Saturday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 7, nine students will travel to the island of Bonaire to work with Trans World Radio. The organization, which is understaffed, works to spread the Word of God to as many parts of the world as possible, and needs help with social media, recording radio content and facility maintenance. The group of university students will be led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Melinda Rush, secretary at the University.

Mustard Seed Communities – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Anthony Jarrell, resident director, and Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, will lead 10 students on a service trip to Jamaica from Saturday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 7. While serving with Mustard Seed Communities, the group will engage in treatment and activities with children who have disabilities and may also help with maintenance.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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As her plane touched down again in her home state of New York, Emily Mielcarek watched the clouds and tiny houses whoosh past her plane window. When her feet finally touched American soil, instead of feeling overwhelmed with joy and peace, she immediately felt an empty space in her heart. A desire to turn back around and hop on the next plane flooded her thoughts.

Unfortunately, Mielcarek was forced to leave the airport because her senior year of college was about to begin. Soon after, exams and deadlines would be whooshing by—just like the clouds and tiny houses.

For a moment, she closes her eyes and wants to feel alive again—alive in the sense that she is somewhere else, learning and living in a brand new culture. 

This is a familiar feeling for Mielcarek as an International Studies major at Waynesburg University with minors in both Sociology and Theatre. The feeling of “wanderlust,” or the strong desire to travel, is like a sixth sense to her, which is part of the reason why she chose her specific major—and university.

“I actually chose my major around studying abroad because I do love to travel,” Mielcarek said. “When I chose Waynesburg as my university, I made sure that the International Studies major had a study abroad department. It ended up being required for my degree, so I knew I was destined for Waynesburg.”

Prior to returning to the United States, Mielcarek lived in Northern Ireland for five months, studying and falling head-over-heels in love with the culture during the spring and summer of 2016. During her stay, she got to experience the boisterous and short-tempered civilians, the clamor of the pubs and breweries and the crisp cliffs and Scottish architecture.

While in the UK, Mielcarek also had the opportunity to backpack in Belgium, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Netherlands.

Although Mielcarek is technically required to travel for academic purposes, she is a firm believer in everyone getting a chance to see the world for themselves.

“As an International Studies major, I feel it's important to go and experience other cultures, live in the countries and truly immerse yourself,” Mielcarek said. “Full immersion is surrendering yourself to another culture, not comparing it to your own.”

Mielcarek is unique at Waynesburg in that she is currently the only International Studies student. Although this created a few bumps in the road when it came to planning for her study abroad program, she said the faith aspect that Waynesburg University offers has helped her to stay calm amongst the storm.

“If it weren’t for the strong faith foundation at Waynesburg, I don’t know where I’d be,” Mielcarek said. “Through the stress of traveling and planning my trip, it was Waynesburg University that kept me grounded.”

After graduation, Mielcarek intends to get her master’s degree and pursue a career in teaching English as a second language. She also hopes to work with refugees, specifically from Burma and southeast Asia. But hopefully before then, Mielcarek will get another chance to lean her head against the headrest of her seat with her plane ticket in hand—just to watch those clouds and tiny houses whoosh by.

Written by: Mattie Winowitch, sophomore communications (journalism) major

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The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Waynesburg’s program was only one of two baccalaureate programs out of 38 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This is the seventh time the University has achieved the 100 percent pass rate since 2008.

This year, 158,033 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 84.30 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,512 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 87.93 percent.

“Our success on the licensure exam reaffirms our program quality, cutting edge curriculum and state-of-the art facilities,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “We also have excellent and committed faculty who offer consistent, rigorous teaching, and who really care about our students.”

The NCLEX-RN pass rate accounts for graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. Students take the exam subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

Mosser credits Waynesburg students for their hard work during the time they are enrolled in the program.

“The dedication of our students is certainly reflected in the pass rate, as well as their success in being hired upon graduation,” she said.

Waynesburg’s nursing program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a state-of-the-art simulation lab and experienced faculty members. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The Department also offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs.

For more information on Waynesburg’s nursing program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/nursing.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-3-Lamplighters-Fall-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will present a “Music and Family” themed concert Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The performance will highlight how music joins each of us together as family and reminds us of our deep-rooted faith in Jesus. The audience will enjoy favorite congregational hymns and songs, as well as music prepared by the Lamplighter Touring Choir.

The concert will be tailored to senior citizens in the Waynesburg community, but all are welcome for a wonderful afternoon of music.

“The Lamplighters hope to connect with the community through a time of hymn singing and then a reception time where choir members can get to know the attendees better,” said Melania Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music.

No reservations are necessary for this event.

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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