During Waynesburg University’s spring break, six University students will travel to Philadelphia to serve at a number of organizations in need. The group will leave Monday, Feb. 27, and return Thursday, March 2.
Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, associate professor of sociology, will lead the students as they work through the Center for Student Missions in Philadelphia, an organization which matches groups with service opportunities in the city. Throughout the trip, students will serve with St. John’s Hospice, Whosoever Gospel Mission and the Philadelphia Furniture Bank, among others.
Olagoke believes that experiencing the city, and especially its populations in need, will be an excellent opportunity for students to apply what they learn in sociology classes to the real world. He teaches about culture, diversity, socialization, poverty, social stratification, ageism and more in his classes, and he hopes students can connect these topics to what they see in Philadelphia. The trip is also an opportunity for students to bond and learn from one another outside the walls of the classroom.
In addition to a valuable experience for the participating students, Olagoke knows that their work will make a real difference in the lives of those they serve.
“From past experience, people always appreciate a helping hand one way or the other,” said Olagoke. “The joy noticeable on the faces of people served tells a lot about the power of human touch and interaction in a positive way.”
Students participating in the trip include:
- Shane Livermore, freshman with an undeclared major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
- Richard Lloyd, sophomore business management major from Ridgeley, West Virginia (Fort Hill High School)
- Moriah Sivavec, junior early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg (Canon McMillan School District)
- Emily Stowell, sophomore sociology (urban studies) major from Havertown (Haverford High School)
- Carissa Swab, senior human services (education) major from Greensburg (Greensburg-Salem High School)
- Beau Walmer, senior biblical ministry studies major from Elizabethtown (Elizabethtown Area 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
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