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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