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Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Brooksville, Florida, during spring break to serve at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The trip, which will run from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 5, is intended to apply what students learn in science courses at the University to a real-life environment.

Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, will lead the trip. Throughout the week, students will work with the commission’s Conservation Center to maintain and restore habitats in an 850-acre wildlife area. The group will repair wildlife survey equipment, clean up debris and invasive species from a natural drainage system and remove other invasive species from a recently burned area.

Sethman said the work will enhance the educational capabilities of the Conservation Center and help them to preserve native habitats, which will in turn allow the public community to benefit from the center’s offerings. He hopes students have the chance to apply their classroom skills in this new environment.

“I am looking forward to seeing the students engaging in an exciting service-learning opportunity that is relevant to their career interests,” said Sethman, “and will provide them with unique knowledge and skills that can only be obtained outside of the classroom.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Megan Bandi, sophomore marine biology major from Shelocta (West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School)
  • Taylor Clarkson, freshman marine biology major from Frankfort, Ohio (Adena High School)
  • Emily Hackman, senior communication (electronic media) major from Ephrata (Lancaster Catholic High School)
  • Sara Hackman, junior criminal justice administration major from Ephrata (Lancaster Catholic High School)
  • Zachary McKenzie, freshman marine biology major from Lancaster, New York (Lancaster Central High School)
  • Douglas Pollock, junior marine biology major from Beaver Falls (Blackhawk High School)
  • Bailey Reggetz, freshman biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Kira Schmale, freshman environmental science major from Spring City (Owen J. Roberts High School)
  • Kassi Straub, sophomore forensic science major from Aqua (Chambersburg Area Senior High School)
  • Jordan Wherthey, freshman biology (pre-med) major from Johnstown (Bishop McCort 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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Waynesburg University’s longtime partnership with The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) will continue this spring as 15 students spend their break serving with the organization. The group will stay at TPP’s dorm facility on the North Side of Pittsburgh from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3.

Joshua Sumpter, instructor of biblical ministry studies and assistant chaplain at the University, will lead the trip. Waynesburg has been working with TPP for many years, and students frequently help the organization repair the homes of Pittsburgh residents who are in a vulnerable position for a variety of reasons.

Sumpter anticipates the outcome of the trip will be twofold, as students work with homeowners in both visible and spiritual ways.

“From projects like painting landscaping and repair work, we hope to complete tangible projects that will be a blessing to the homeowners,” he said. “But even more than that, we hope to bring the love of Christ into their home and to them through time spent with each resident during the week.”

With Waynesburg’s proximity to Pittsburgh, the trip will be an opportunity for students to realize the needs of people very close to home and a reminder to find ways to serve our neighbors, said Sumpter. He also believes the trip will emphasize the character of students’ servant hearts.

“Waynesburg students are special,” said Sumpter. “They have a deep concern for loving and serving their neighbors. I am excited to lead, journey with and witness how this team serves the residents in Pittsburgh.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Sara Byler, freshman sociology (family studies) major from Salisbury (Salisbury-Elk Lick High School)
  • Rachel Frederick, freshman nursing major from Uniontown (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
  • Lynsey Griffon, freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Blandon (Fleetwood Area High School)
  • Kaleb Jefferson, freshman English literature major from Federalsburg, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Samantha Larson, freshman nursing major from Oakdale, California (Big Valley Christian High School)
  • Nick Lies, English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Mason Miller, freshman business management major from Bethel Park (21st Century Cyber Charter School)
  • Rebekah Mohnkern, freshman nursing major from Petersburg (Home School)
  • Harry Oakes, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Derwood, Maryland (Home School)
  • Hugh O’Neil, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Fenelton (Butler Area Senior High School)
  • Hannah Pierce, freshman nursing major from Smock (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Rebekah Rhodes, freshman nursing major from Hagerstown, Maryland (North Hagerstown High School)
  • Sara Scott, sophomore nursing major from Pitcairn (Gateway Senior High School)
  • Andrew Sloboda, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Butler (Portersville Christian School)
  • Naomi Swaney, freshman with an undeclared major from Cranberry Township (Seneca Valley Senior 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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A selection of Waynesburg University small ensembles will present Chamber Works I Thursday, Feb. 23, at noon in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel. Admission to the concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. Donations can be made at the concert to benefit Relay for Life. Refreshments will be offered at a reception after the concert.

The concert will feature the University’s Beauty Shop/Barber Shop Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Students who take private music lessons will also perform.

Small music ensembles give students an opportunity to hone and develop their music and leadership skills in intimate settings, and the Chamber Works concerts, offered twice per semester, allow ensembles to share their work with the campus and local communities. Smaller group settings also allow students to experience and connect to repertoire from a wider variety of musical genres than is possible in large ensembles.

“These concerts are a great way to break up a busy week and enjoy a little musical time together,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program and professor of instrumental music. “We hope both our campus community and the Waynesburg community will take an hour out of their day to spend some quality time together.”

For more information, contact DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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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Waynesburg University will host its annual WU GO Girl event Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the University’s Stover Campus Center. The event is free and open to community members of Greene County, in addition to high school juniors and seniors.

“WU Go Girl provides a unique opportunity to focus on mentoring and empowering women in Greene County,” said Sarah Bell, executive assistant to the provost. “This event is aimed at educating women and further developing relationships between the University and the greater Waynesburg community.”

Thanks to a $500 grant from the Community Foundation of Greene County on behalf of the Bradford/Forever Greene Fund, the event is being expanded to the community for the first time.

As a result of the expanded event, the University’s Residence Life staff is working in conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs and Domestic Violence Services of Greene County.

“Waynesburg University’s Residence Life Program is excited for the prospect of reaching more young women in our community with the positive message that we are worth so much more than we sometimes believe,” said Jacqueline Thorn, resident director.

The event will include three parts: mentoring tables where participants will engage in a ‘get to know you’ session, a roundtable discussion on topics related to issues women face and empowerment stations that will focus on positivity, as well as a variety of topics concerning women in today’s world.

To register, visit https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=777711.

For other information, contact Bell at sbell@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7790.

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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Students in Waynesburg University's Honors and History programs are preparing to begin a cemetery conservation project in conjunction with Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery.

Led by senior history major David O’Donoghue, the project is the result of collaboration between students in the Honors Program, the History Club and a Public History course taught by Dr. Karen Fisher Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities.

Throughout the semester, history students will research the history of the cemetery site and delve into the genealogy and lives of families buried there.

Then, the Honors Program will host a cemetery preservation workshop March 18, the University’s Day of Service. The hands-on workshop will teach students about upkeep of grounds and preserving and documenting tombstones at the cemetery.

Younger said the project is just one example of the University working to tie students’ learning into contributions to the local community.

“History is alive all around us. I hope students will come away with a feeling of great satisfaction knowing that they served the surrounding community by caring for the final resting place of over two dozen men, women and children,” said Younger.

Members of the community with information about individuals or families buried at the site and/or old photographs of the cemetery that could aid students in their research are encouraged to contact O’Donoghue at odo1639@student.waynesburg.edu.

The University owns and maintains the cemetery; it was acquired in the same purchase as the land that now holds the baseball fields and tennis courts.

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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