Sixteen Waynesburg University students will serve in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during fall break. Led by Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, the group will work to maintain historical sites in Gettysburg from Sunday, Oct. 16, through Thursday, Oct. 20.
The students will serve with the Department of Natural Resources at Gettysburg National Military Park and with the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association at the Daniel Lady Farm. The trip will involve landscaping and grounds maintenance, cleaning barns to be used as storage, preparing buildings for winter and building deer shelters.
In addition to serving, students will have the opportunity to tour battlefields and museums, meet Civil War re-enactors and learn about life during the Civil War for civilians and soldiers.
Redd said he hopes students on the service trip not only learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War but also understand the importance of volunteer work at historical sites. Students who will attend the trip also want to gain a greater appreciation for history and preserve Gettysburg as an important national monument.
“I’d like to be a part of something meaningful to history,” said Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a sophomore political science major participating in the trip. “By restoring the park and providing a clearer experience for its visitors, we will be upholding the history of this momentous battle.”
Students participating in the trip include:
- Renee Belisky, senior psychology major from Punxsutawney (Punxsutawney Area High School)
- Lydia Brennan, senior arts administration major from Bakersfield, Vt. (Veritas Press Scholars Academy)
- Matthew Colaluca, junior environmental science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
- Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
- Cameron Gadsby, freshman history major from McKees Rocks (Robinson Township Christian School)
- Ian Goedert, freshman arts administration (music) major from Bethel Park (Bethel Park Senior High School)
- Amanda Ishmael, sophomore biblical ministry studies (international mission) from Palmer, Alaska (Palmer High School)
- Kathryn Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
- Grant Long, junior communication (electronic media) major from Dubois (Dubois Area Senior High School)
- Alexandria Peters, junior sociology (political science) major from Meadville (Meadville Area Senior High School)
- Olivia Schultz-Falandes, sophomore sociology (political science) major from North Adams, Mass. (Berkshire Arts and Technology School)
- Brenden Shanks, sophomore with undeclared major from Pittsburgh (Imani Christian Academy)
- Nathan Truax, senior criminal justice administration major from Needmore (Home School)
- Maranda Valentino, senior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson 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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