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During spring break, 54 Waynesburg University students will be participating in service trips across the country and abroad. Led by University faculty and staff members, students will serve in Antietam, Maryland; Concord, North Carolina; Nassau, Bahamas; Brooksville, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antietam National Battlefield Park – Antietam, Maryland

Eight students will travel to Antietam, Maryland, with Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Steward Museum.

During the trip, students will help maintain the Antietam National Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, North Carolina

Led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Erin Kern, graduate assistant for student activities, nine students will travel to North Carolina to serve Habitat for Humanity.

This is the eighth year Waynesburg University students are returning to Concord. During the trip, students will work with a single family to help build their new home: framing the house, roofing, installing windows and more.

Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision, National Aviary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eighteen students will be serving the Pittsburgh community during spring break, working with organizations including the Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision and the National Aviary.

Led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, this trip is designed specifically for first-year Bonner Scholars at Waynesburg University.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Brooksville, Florida

Seven students will be serving with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation during spring break. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, students will help restore hiking trails, remove invasive species and maintain state parks and wildlife.

Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene – Nassau, Bahamas

During spring break, 12 students will be travelling to Nassau, Bahamas, for international service. Led by Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing, and Lina Hixson, interim director of the RN/BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing, students will provide health services to patients in the area.

The group will set up a health clinic in the church, assess patients and distribute medications to Haitian refugees without access to healthcare.

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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During spring break, seven students will be serving with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Brooksville, Florida. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, the group will leave Sunday, March 4, and return Saturday, March 10.

According to Sethman, students will help restore a hiking trail at Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area and remove different invasive species from the area. They will also serve at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and perform maintenance at Lakewood Christian Retreat Center.

“This will benefit students by giving them a hands-on experience working with various agencies on environmental projects that impact local Florida ecosystems,” said Sethman. “Many students have never been exposed to the unique types of habitats that we will encounter and the trip will be a great ecological learning experience.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Jessica Carter, junior marine biology major from Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania (Cameron High School)
  • Theodore Clayton, junior biology major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Colleen Cook, freshman nursing major from Arcadia, California (Arcadia High School)
  • Micaela Danley, freshman business management major from Ellsworth, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Sara Hlatky, senior biology major from Dilliner, Pennsylvania (Mapletown Junior-Senior High School)
  • Ariana Human-McKinnon, freshman biochemistry major from Jerome, Idaho (Canyon Ridge High School)
  • Whitney Rogers, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Nine students will travel to Cabarrus County, North Carolina, over spring break to serve Habitat for Humanity. The trip will be led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Erin Kern, graduate assistant for student activities, Sunday, March 4, through Saturday, March 10.

According to Sherman, students will be working with a single family to help build their new home. Tasks will include framing the house, roofing, installing windows and more. This is the eighth year Waynesburg University students are returning to Cabarrus County.

“[Students] get to see how beneficial it is to work with one community for so long, and how much more effective service can be when such a relationship is established,” said Sherman. “I think it also opens their eyes to the issues of poverty. Cabarrus County is not necessarily an overly impoverished county, but it still has many residents suffering from substandard housing.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Melanie Byler, senior athletic training major from Salisbury, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Audrey Domasky, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (North Hills High School)
  • Olivia Kelley, junior public relations major from Morgantown, West Virginia (Trinity Christian School)
  • Joseph Pavlic, senior criminal justice administration major from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania (Belle Vernon Area High School)
  • Steven Perroz, sophomore engineering math major from Tarentum, Pennsylvania (Deer Lakes High School)
  • Kelsey Schmale, sophomore biology major from Spring City, Pennsylvania (Owen J. Roberts High School)
  • Kira Schmale, sophomore environmental science major from Spring City, Pennsylvania (Owen J. Roberts High School)
  • Robert Turbett, junior mathematics major from Boyertown, Pennsylvania (Brandywine Heights Area High School)
  • Kyla Wolper, junior electronic media major from Ambler, Pennsylvania (Wissahickon High School)
  • Patience Yobp, junior criminal justice administration major from Valencia, Pennsylvania (Mars Area High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 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, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Eight students will travel to Antietam, Maryland, over spring break, from Monday, March 5, to Friday, March 9. Led by Director of the Eberly Library Rea Redd and Associate Director of the Paul R. Stewart Museum Courtney Dennis, students will provide services to battlegrounds and museums.

Some of the locations in which students will serve include the Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

“This trip will offer students a unique opportunity to be both servants and tourists,” said Dennis. “They will learn about the historical events, places and figures tied to the sites at which they are serving through behind-the-scenes tours conducted by premier historians and museum professionals. This is not something every visitor gets to experience, and it really gives a deeper meaning to the assistance we are providing.”

Redd said he is most looking forward to “helping students gain historical knowledge and understandings.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Tabitha Branning, junior public history major from Pennsburg, Pennsylvania (Home School)
  • Jordan Cavallo, junior psychology major from Houston, Pennsylvania (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Matthew Colalcua, senior environmental science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania (Central Valley High School)
  • Ian Goedert, sophomore arts administration major from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (Bethel Park Senior High School)
  • Darren Krause, sophomore with an undeclared major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Holly Ludvigsen, freshman criminal justice administration major from Fremont, Pennsylvania (Fremont Senior High School)
  • Morgan McNab, sophomore forensic science major from Damascus, Maryland (Damascus High School)
  • Brendon Stead, freshman history major from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania (Central Catholic High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Eighteen students will be serving in Pittsburgh during spring break Sunday, March 4, through Friday, March 9. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, will lead the trip for first-year Bonner Scholars.

Tharp said students will serve with the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership on certain beautification projects, preparing and eating a meal with people experiencing homelessness, serving at World Vision in Sewickley and at the National Aviary. Additionally, Tharp said part of the week will be spent serving in the Waynesburg community.

“Students participating on the Pittsburgh Immersion [trip] will be learning more about urban poverty, as well as learning about how the city of Pittsburgh is working to make changes to their community,” she said.

Tharp said she is most excited to see how students in the Bonner Scholars Program grow through the experience.

“I’m looking forward to spending time in the community and serving with the group,” she said. “I’m also excited to see how much [the students] have grown since the start of the academic year and what they are learning through their experiences.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Briana Armenia, freshman sociology major from Odesa, Florida (JW Mitchell High School)
  • Olabisi Ayodele, freshman nursing major from Windsor Mill, Maryland (Western School of Technology)
  • Samantha Barlow, freshman nursing major from Buckhannon, West Virginia (Buckhannon-Upshur High School)
  • Kenneth Barnhart, freshman athletic training major from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (Bethel Park Senior High School)
  • Jefferson Brady, freshman athletic training major from Saint Albans, West Virginia (Saint Albans High School)
  • Ruthie Buser, freshman early childhood education with special education major from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (Grace Academy)
  • Arria Connett, freshman nursing major from Camas, Washington (Camas Senior High School)
  • Collin Funkhouser, freshman international business major from Coraopolis, Pennsylvania (Montour High School)
  • Marco Herrera, freshman athletic training major from Fort Lee, New Jersey (Fort Lee High School)
  • Rebecca Hyland, freshman psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Samantha Hyland, freshman nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Thomas Hyland, freshman criminal justice administration major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Jacob Kennedy, freshman environmental science major from Valencia, Pennsylvania (Mars Area High School)
  • Dylan Nowakowski, freshman business management major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Harry Oakes, sophomore electronic media major from Derwood, Maryland (Home School)
  • Alexis Phillips, freshman biology major from New Kensington, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Rebekah Rhodes, sophomore nursing major from Hagerstown, Maryland (North Hagerstown High School)
  • Nia Shuler, freshman criminal justice administration major from Canton, Ohio (Glen Oak High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services, at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 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, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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