Nine students from Waynesburg University’s Education Department will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, during their Christmas break for a mission service trip. From Sunday, Jan. 4, to Saturday, Jan. 10, the students will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to assist in public school classes and build relationships with teachers and students. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Dr. Julia Bausman and Deana Mack, assistant professors of education at Waynesburg University, will lead the team of students. 

Mission Academy Ministries is a non-profit organization with a passionate commitment to helping students grow closer to Christ through life-changing mission trips, day events and retreats. 

“The students will experience serving others while learning about their profession and practicing their teaching skills with diverse groups,” said Bausman. “They will be using their talents of teaching in the schools, which is really putting their faith into action.”

Students participating in the trip include: 

•Melissa Bachorski, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)

•Catherine Hohing, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)

•Brittany Hott, junior middle level education major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)

•Shakila Kienholz, junior early childhood education (special education) major from Erie, Pa. (Fort Le Boeuf High School)

•Rebecca Lane, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Ellwood City, Pa. (Laurel Junior-Senior High School)

•Leena Mustafa, early childhood education major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)

•Abigail Standley, early childhood education (special education) major from Gahanna, Ohio (New Albany High School)

•Makayla Vidosh, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Galloway, Ohio (Hilliard Bradley High School)

•Brianna Watt, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)

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Seven students from the Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication will spend part of their Christmas breaking working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 11, assisting TWR in creating production schedules, radio lines, videos and promotional materials. 

Beth Merry, instructor of communication at the University; Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication; Jacquelyn Core, University provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Karen Younger, assistant professor of history, will lead the team of students.

The purpose of our trip is to help carry out the mission of the University by giving our students a chance to serve God and TWR, while using the skills that that they have learned at Waynesburg,” Merry said. “They will have a chance to do international broadcasting, film and edit videos, help the missionaries with their prayer letters, write scripts, take photographs and a variety of other projects that enable them to use their specialized skills.” 

Students participating in the trip include:

•April Bellizio, junior journalism major from Monmouth, N.J. (South Brunswick High School)

•Taylor Bombalski, senior public relations major from Freeport, Pa. (Freeport Area Senior High School)

•Anthony Conn, junior electronic media major from West Sunbury, Pa. (Moniteau Junior-Senior High School)

•Kyle Dawson, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Plum Senior High School)

•Stephen Haynes, senior electronic media from Smithton, Pa. (Yough Senior High School)

•Ronald Leisie, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Ellwood City, Pa. (Lincoln High School)

•Anne McGlaughlin, sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Brentwood Middle-High School)

•Jordan Mitrik, junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Catholic High School)

•Abby Pittinaro, junior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Carlynton Junior-Senior High School)

•Mitchell Ross, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information from Blairsville, Pa. (Bible Baptist Christian School)

•Chelsey Withers, sophomore public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Hills High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_DeVito.jpgWaynesburg University’s DeVito Lecture Series will host Dr. Robert Lupton Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Alumni Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend Lupton’s lecture, “Toxic Charity – How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, and How to Reverse it.”

In his lecture, Lupton takes an in-depth look at caring, well-meaning people and their tendencies to unintentionally do more harm than good in their attempts to assist those in need. He talks about the principals of charity and the unintended consequences and offers practical remedies to correct the harm and replace it with new paradigms of service.

Dr. Lupton has invested the past 43 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta as a Christian community developer and entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Through Focus Community Strategies (FCS) Urban Ministries, a non-profit organization which he founded, Dr. Lupton has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families and initiated a wide range of human services in his community.  

He is the author of five books: “Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life,” “Renewing the City,” “Return Flight,” “Theirs is the Kingdom” and “Toxic Charity.”  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_McCracken.jpgDr. Helen McCracken joined Waynesburg University as the director of Graduate Programs in Education Monday, Nov.10, 2014. McCracken will coordinate aspects of the Graduate Education Programs including oversight of all degree, certification, endorsement and advanced studies programs, as well as student recruitment, retention and advising.

“We are privileged to make Dr. McCracken a part of our team,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Core, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of Waynesburg University. “She brings with her a wealth of experience, allowing us to take our graduate education program to new levels.”

McCracken brings to Waynesburg University an impressive background as well as an enthusiasm for Christian higher education. She has extensive experience in K-12 education, serving a number of years in the Canon-McMillan school district, most recently as the superintendent.  

She has also worked as an assistant professor at California University of Pennsylvania in its Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership, both instructing and developing programs.  

She holds a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s degrees from both Robert Morris University (MBA) and California University of Pennsylvania (M.Ed.). 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_imagerrrr.jpgWaynesburg University’s Criminal Justice Club participated in the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge at Heinz Field Saturday, Dec. 6, to raise money for Special Olympics. 

Approximately 20 students joined Waynesburg University instructor of criminal justice James Tanda in the plunge. The Criminal Justice Club raised more than $1,500 leading up to the event. This was the second year that the club participated. In two years, the club has raised more than $2,500. 

The Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge Weekend is Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s largest fundraiser, grossing more than 1 million dollars during the first four years. Individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, take the plunge into the Ohio River on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. 

Student representatives from freshmen to seniors gave up their Saturday to join more than 1,800 other plungers in the freezing rain for the cause. This year, the air temperature was 39 degrees and the water temperature was 38 degrees at the time of the plunge.

“Our goal was to follow the University's mission of service to this very needy cause while also connecting our criminal justice and forensic science students to a network of law enforcement, attorneys, federal agencies and others in the profession,” said Tanda.   “This year's donation will be used to help further the mission of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and help support the more than 20,000 athletes served in the commonwealth.”

According to Tanda, half of the money raised by Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Club will go directly to Greene County's Special Olympics program, which Waynesburg's Criminal Justice Club resurrected last year.

Tanda has plunged every year since the event’s inception - both as an agent with his former federal agency - and now leading Waynesburg's involvement in the service project.

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