Twenty-one Waynesburg University students will travel to Gettysburg, Pa., Sunday, Oct. 11, through Thursday, Oct. 15, to partner with the Gettysburg National Military Park and Daniel Lady Farm, a privately owned Civil War farm museum. Rea Redd, director of the University’s Eberly Library, and Mary Hamilla, assistant director of the Educational Enrichment Program, will co-lead the trip.

While in Gettysburg, students will assist with battlefield restoration and environmental stewardship. Students will have the opportunity to construct a Virginia Worm Rail Fence as well as rebuild stonewalls at both locations.

Students participating on the trip include:

  • Laura Auten, freshman forensic science major from Normal, Ill. (Home School)
  • Renee Belisky, junior psychology major from Punxsutawney (Punxsutawney Area High School)
  • Matthew Colalcua, sophomore forensic science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Nicholas Cordova, sophomore political science major from Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman High School)
  • Cortnie Devore, junior psychology major from Finleyville (Ringgold High School)
  • Rachel Doty, junior biology major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Kristina Fisher, freshman nursing major from Bridgeville (South Fayette High School)
  • Jordan Fulton, senior forensic science major from Carlisle (Carlisle Area School District)
  • Caleb Gaumer, junior forensic science major from Hyndman (Bedford High School)
  • Stacey Griffin, junior business management major from Uniontown (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Rachel Hamilla, senior psychology major from Masontown (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Laken Hart, junior computer science major from Quarryville (Solanco High School)
  • Kristine Houser, junior forensic science major from Pittsburgh (Northgate High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, sophomore history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Jelena Kyle, senior forensic science major from Merrittstown (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Hannah Megna, senior English (creative writing) major from Wheeling, W.Va. (Wheeling Park High School)
  • Madison Perretta, senior sociology major from Beaver Falls (Beaver Falls Senior High School)
  • Jordan Renner, senior forensic science major from Sycamore (West Greene High School)
  • Sedona Sowers, senior nursing major from Roseville, Ohio (Crooksville High School)
  • Maranda Valentino, junior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson High School)
  • Vincent Wise, junior history major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)

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Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program at Waynesburg University, will lead a team of eight University students to serve in Greene County during the students’ fall break. The students will serve Sunday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 16.

While serving, the students will assist with building homes in the Greene County area to address substandard housing issues.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Gordan Bieber, senior psychology major from Bulter (Slippery Rock Area High School)
  • Jenna Gearhart, freshman forensic science major from Bel Air, Md. (Bel Air High School)
  • Briana Hedlund, freshman English literature major from Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh High School)
  • Zachary Payne, junior accounting major from Irwin (Norwin High School)
  • Jessica Rains, senior criminal justice major from Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Bradley High School)
  • Keri Renzler, freshman athletic training major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • John Wicker, junior marketing major from Ambridge (Eden Christian Academy)
  • Patience Yobp, freshman criminal justice administration major from Valencia (Mars Area High School)

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Eight students, led by Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students at Waynesburg University, will serve the Greene County community during their fall break. The Greene County Immersion Service Trip will run from Sunday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 17.

The week will provide students with the opportunity to participate in an assortment of service activities in Greene County and will enhance the service relationships between the students and the local community.

Students will serve a variety of Greene County nonprofit organizations such as the Bowlby Library, Bridge Street Commons, Cornerstone Bible Ministry Camp, Greene County Corner Cupboard Food Bank, the Greene County Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen and WWJD Center.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Michelle Lemons, senior biblical and ministry studies major from Marianna (Trinity High School)
  • Danielle Merideth, sophomore psychology major from Pittsburgh (City Charter High School)
  • Austin Orth, senior computer science major from Meyersdale (Lighthouse Christian Academy)
  • Samantha Peer, senior public relations major from Belle Vernon (Belle Vernon Area High School)
  • Ryan Schwertfeger, junior communication (electronic media) major from Oakland, N.J. (Indian Hills High School)
  • Brenden Shanks, freshman with an undecided major from Pittsburgh (Imani Christian Academy)
  • Joshua Stewart, freshman early childhood education major from Preston, Md. (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Pedro Torrez, senior finance major from Chapel Hill, N.C. (Saint Thomas More Academy)

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host guest Noel Witts as part of the University’s Performing Arts Series Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Witts, professor of performing arts at Leeds Becket University in the United Kingdom, will perform a reading of the life and works of Dylan Thomas, a Welsh poet made famous for his literary works, including “Under Milk Wood,” “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and “Do not go gentle into that good night.”

The reading will incorporate Thomas’ poems and prose along with a discussion of his native city, Swansea, in Wales.

Witts is a documentary playwright who has created three works on Russian and Soviet history and a dozen documentary theater programs for BBC Radio 3. He is the author of “The Twentieth Century Performance Reader” and “Tadeusz Kantor.” He is a native of Wales whose family knew the Thomases.

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The Department of English and Foreign Languages at Waynesburg University will hold a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students in grades nine through twelve Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. with check-in at 9:30 a.m. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 9.

The event will feature Julia Paganelli, a poet and Waynesburg University alumna who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas.

The goal of the Creative Writing Workshop is to give high school students the opportunity to engage their imaginations and strengthen their writing skills through writing exercises provided by workshop facilitators.

Activities will include two workshops facilitated by Department of English and Foreign Languages faculty and students. During the student workshops, teachers will attend a workshop facilitated by Paganelli. Following the workshops, there will be a luncheon and student reading. The cost per student is $5. 

Paganelli is the author of a poetry chapbook, Blush Less, which focuses on the lives of young women in Appalachia. Other recent publications include poetry in Hobart, The Madison Review, BOAAT, Connotation Press and The Chautauqua Literary Journal.

Her work with the Bonner Program at Waynesburg greatly influenced her writing about Appalachia, as did her work with the Greene County Food Security Partnership.

Paganelli holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Waynesburg University.

For more information, contact Amy Randolph at 724-852-3430 or by email at arandolp@waynesburg.edu.

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