Thirteen Waynesburg University students will spend part of their Christmas break working with Trans World Radio (TWR), an international broadcast ministry, on the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. The students will spend Saturday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 10, serving the radio station in both communication and history capacities.

For the past three years, the mission trip to Bonaire has been designed only for communication students. The University has since expanded its relationships with TWR and the missionaries to offer more service opportunities for Waynesburg students, more specifically, history majors. 

The students will assist TWR in creating production schedules, radio lines, videos and promotional materials. Students will also have the opportunity to archive the station’s documents and basic island archaeology. 

Dr. Karen Fisher-Younger, assistant professor of history; Abby Pittinaro, academic event planner; and Dr. Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, will co-lead the students. 

Five Waynesburg University students who served TWR last year chose to participate again in the mission trip this year after God’s call to return to the island and perform His work. 

“I decided to return to Bonaire because of the tremendous opportunities it provided in uniting my faith with my major,” said Anthony Conn, senior electronic media major from West Sunbury (Moniteau Junior-Senior High School), who participated in the trip in January 2015. “I am excited to use what I have learned from my first experience to help others this year.” 

Other students participating in the trip include: 

  • Kyle Dawson, junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Pittsburgh (Plum Senior High School)
  • Casey Heimberger, junior advertising major from North Chili, N.Y. (Churchville-Chili Senior High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, sophomore history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Anne McGlaughlin, junior public relations major from Pittsburgh (Brentwood Middle-High School)
  • Shon Meade, junior electronic media major from Ellwood City (Riverside Junior-Senior High School)
  • Zachary Medovic, junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Wheeling, W.Va (Wheeling Central Catholic High School)
  • Jacob Meyer, junior journalism major from Ellicott, Md. (Mouth Hebron High School)
  • Jordan Mitrik, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh (North Catholic High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, freshman biblical ministry studies major from Toms River, N.J. (Toms River High School North)
  • Ciara Scott, senior criminal justice administration major from Carnegie (Carlynton Junior-Senior High School)
  • Chelsey Withers, junior public relations and sports broadcasting/sports information major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Tyler Wolfe, junior electronic media major from Parkton, Md. (Hereford High School)

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Eleven students from Waynesburg University’s Department of Education will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, during their Christmas break for a mission service trip. From Sunday, Jan. 3, to Saturday, Jan. 9, the students will work in conjunction with Mission Academy Ministries to assist public school classes and build relationships with teachers and students from a different culture. They will also spend time with the children during recess and lunch and can observe in the classrooms. 

Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education, will lead the team of students. 

“The primary school is in an inner city setting with students from various backgrounds,” said Bausman. “There is a large population of children from families of Haitian refugees. Our students will have the opportunity to not only see a different school system, but also get to spend time with and assist children from areas of poverty.”

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. 

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Morgan Carroll, freshman history major from Tarentum (Deer Lakes High School)
  • Shana Helsley, early childhood education major from Altoona (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Catherine Hohing, junior early childhood education major from Washington (Trinity High School)
  • Brittany Hott, senior middle level education major from Washington (Trinity High School)
  • Karley Isiminger, sophomore early childhood education major from Holbrook (West Greene High School)
  • Sarah Knapp, freshman biblical ministry studies major from Millerton, N.Y. (Upton Lake Christian School)
  • Justin Simmons, junior history major from Hackettstown, N.J. (Hackettstown, High School)
  • Moriah Sivavec, sophomore early childhood education major from Canonsburg (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Marlinda Sprowls, freshman mathematics and secondary education major from Coal Center (California Area High School)
  • Joshua Stewart, freshman early childhood education major from Preston, Md. (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Nicole Zimmel, senior early childhood education major from Slippery Rock (Slippery Rock Area High School)

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Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of Chemistry at the University, will lead a team of six students to serve in Wynne, Arkansas during the students’ break. The students will serve Monday, Jan. 4, through Saturday, Jan. 9. 

While serving, the students will volunteer at a public school and educate elementary students on the fundamentals of science. 

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Damara Deal, senior biology/pre-med major from New Castle (Shenango High School)
  • Alex Freiberger, freshman forensic science major from McDonald (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Trevor Hawkins, freshman marine biology major from Annapolis, Maryland (Broadneck Senior High School)
  • Natalie Johnston, freshman forensic science major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Cara Paraska, sophomore forensic science major from Canonsburg (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Amy Smith, junior biology and secondary education major from Fairlawn, Ohio (Copley High School)

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Waynesburg University presented Waynesburg Borough with a new police car Monday, November 21. From left to right: Waynesburg Borough Police Chief Rob Toth, Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and Waynesburg Borough Mayor Duncan Berryman.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_PRSSA-Teahan-Award.jpgWaynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter was honored with the Dr. F.H. Teahan Award for best Chapter Newsletter November 9 at the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Waynesburg University PRSSA’s newsletter, “Trending Topics,” is a monthly publication that was developed in 2012. Each issue includes professional development tips and officer updates, as well as summaries of all major Chapter events and initiatives. The content, design and overall development of each newsletter issue are completed by Waynesburg University students that make up the Chapter.

“Through the newsletter, I want to show all of the great things our Chapter is doing to expand and succeed,” said Natalie Gloady, junior public relations major and public relations director for Waynesburg University PRSSA. “It is important for those in our professional networks to witness our accomplishments. It shows them that we are serious about public relations and are working to make ourselves better and more productive future professionals.”

The Dr. F.H. Teahan Award for Outstanding Chapter Newsletter is presented to one PRSSA Chapter each year, naming its newsletter as the organization’s best chapter publication. Since the award’s inception in 2004, Waynesburg University is the only institution in Pennsylvania to have received this honor.

“We made a number of significant changes to the newsletter about a year ago that we thought greatly improved its overall quality,” said Richard Krause, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Communication and faculty adviser to its PRSSA Chapter.  “After only three years of publishing a newsletter, we are now recognized as having the most outstanding Chapter newsletter. It's been a really exciting year.”

According to prssa.prsa.org, each publication submitted for the Dr. F. H. Teahan Award for best Chapter newsletter is judged by the quality of its writing, content, design and creativity. Judges may also consider distribution efforts, length of publication cycles and newsworthiness of stories when making their decisions.

“Now that our Chapter has received this honor, it will only make us work harder,” said Gloady. “I am proud to work with a staff that puts significant time and effort into making our newsletter and Chapter great.”

To view the latest issue of “Trending Topics,” please visit www.wuprssa.wordpress.com.

For more information about Waynesburg University PRSSA, please contact Megan Bayles, president of the Chapter, at bay2547@student.waynesburg.edu.

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