A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission, will serve as trip leaders.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting the Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

“When most people think of Nashville, they think of country music, a booming industry; yet there are many people who find it difficult to make ends meet,” Bristor said. “Our hope is to gain a better understanding of the issues of hunger and homelessness. We will participate in a program called the Urban Exposure. During this event, we will be out with those on the streets, listening to their stories and lending a helping hand.”

Students participating in the Nashville mission trip include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • Sara Carpenter, a freshman forensic science major from Erie, Pa.
  • Kenny Cline, a junior accounting major from Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • Julie Collins, a senior mathematics major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Ryan Condello, a senior business management major from McMurray, Pa.
  • Joy Engle-Young, a junior education major from Holbrook, Pa.
  • John Flanigan, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md.
  • Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Kaelee Franko, a junior psychology major from Butler, Pa.
  • Emily Hoffman, a junior education major from Salisbury, Md.
  • Mindy Hooven, a sophomore nursing major from Fayetteville, Pa.
  • Rebecca Lane, a junior special education major from Ellwood City, Pa.
  • Rachel Lovely, a junior pre-med major from Windber, Pa.
  • Derrion May, a sophomore marine biology major from Belleville, Ill.
  • Kristen McClure, a sophomore nursing major from Reading, Pa.
  • Nick Merlino, a sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Emily Priester, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Chelsea Ritter, a senior international business major from New Tripoli, Pa.
  • Kim Ryan, a junior criminal justice major from Masontown, Pa.
  • DeRon Scott, a sophomore creative writing major from San Diego, Calif.
  • Karl Shaley, a senior biblical ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Gracious Shaver, a junior education major from Ginowan City, Japan
  • Katie Shultz, a junior education major from Venetia, Pa.
  • Ryan Smith, a junior international culture major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Rachel Snavely, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Manheim, Pa.
  • Emily Wiedner, a freshman arts administration major from Somerset, Pa.
  • Tori Whitty, a sophomore pre-med major from New Wilmington, Pa.
  • Lori Williams, a sophomore education major from Mount Clare, W.Va.
  • Kristen Wilson, a freshman education major from Washington, Pa.
  • Julie Wise, a junior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio
  • Kaitlyn Wood, a sophomore sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa.

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Twelve Waynesburg University students will serve in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic, from Saturday, March 8, through Saturday, March 15. Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, and Julio Quintero, assistant professor of Spanish, will serve as trip leaders.

For the trip, Waynesburg University is partnering with the Whitefields Foundation, an organization based in Pittsburgh, Pa., with a mission focused on building new bridges of reconciliation through cross-cultural relationships in the transformational power of the Gospel. Students will serve in Haitian villages, participating in construction and repair work, hair ministry, Vacation Bible School, medical and dental work (with second-year medical students from Penn State), prayer walks and spending time with the children.

“Our service will be in the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic, or the Bateyes as they are known there,” Calvario said. “Some of the Bateyes do not have electric or running water. The Haitians who work in the sugar cane fields work long days and do not receive a livable wage.”

Students participating in the Dominican Republic mission trip include:

  • Elaine Burns, a freshman special education major from Ocean Springs, Miss.
  • Northe Campbell-Escalante, a senior exercise science major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Kyle Digiandomenico, a junior psychology major from Martins Ferry, Ohio
  • Cassy Dowler, a senior biblical ministry major from Latrobe, Pa.
  • Dan Garcia, a junior mathematics major from South Gate, Calif.
  • Danielle Goreczny, a senior business management major from Aspinwall, Pa.
  • Mary Hoffman, a sophomore education major from Butler, Pa.
  • Brandi Kukler, a sophomore with an undeclared major from Belle Vernon, Pa.
  • Jessica Marabello, a sophomore education major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Cherylynn Shird, a senior sociology major from Washington, D.C.
  • Mary Spencer, a junior English major from Allison Park, Pa.
  • Bonnie Strang, a sophomore education major from McMurray, Pa.

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For the duration of their spring break, 25 Waynesburg University students will travel to Concord, N.C., from Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents. All participating students have previously served with Habitat for Humanity.

"I'm excited to work with Cabarrus County Habitat for Humanity for the third straight year,” Sherman said. “It's a great opportunity to spread the Word and see a tangible result so immediately."

Students participating in the Habitat work camp mission trip include:

  • Jessica Arthur, a freshman nursing major from Jamestown, Ohio
  • Taylor Augustine, a senior pre-med major from Waynesburg, Pa.
  • Jennifer Brown, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Latrobe, Pa.
  • Eric Burnett, a sophomore sports broadcasting major from Carmichaels, Pa.
  • Derrick Conner, a senior nursing major from Smithfield, Pa.
  • Joshuah Dains, a junior business management major from Clarksville, Pa.
  • Sarah Danchik, a freshman with an undeclared major from Washington, Pa.
  • Sara Faiad, a junior psychology major from South Fork, Pa.
  • Dana Della Loggia, a senior accounting major from Hershey, Pa.
  • Cody Hillberry, a junior sociology major from Sycamore, Pa.
  • Amanda Hooker, a sophomore psychology major from Bedford, Pa.
  • Erin Kern, a junior psychology major from Friedens, Pa.
  • Sarah Kirk, a sophomore nursing major from Valencia, Pa.
  • Jimmy Law, a junior biblical ministry major from Erie, Pa.
  • Philip Littlejohn, a junior athletic training major from Union Springs, N.Y.
  • Kaitlyn Marteney, a junior forensic accounting major from Berlin, Pa.
  • Amber Martin, a freshman biblical ministry major from Brook Park, Ohio
  • Samantha Peer, a sophomore with an undeclared major from Belle Vernon, Pa.
  • Torre Remish, a freshman psychology major from Charleroi, Pa.
  • Travis Sumner, a freshman forensic accounting major from Eighty Four, Pa.
  • Pedro Torrez, a sophomore with an undeclared major from Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Brianna Watt, a junior special education major from Waynesburg, Pa.
  • Abby Wernert, a junior public relations major from Finleyville, Pa.
  • Melissa Yoder, a senior finance major from Hollsopple, Pa.
  • Dylan Zeigler, a junior biblical ministry major from Knox, Pa.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_DrGaryCuccia.jpgThe Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars will host a teen dating violence awareness program at Waynesburg Central High School auditorium Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., and all community members are welcome to attend. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. 

University Bonner Scholars designed the program "Love Is Not..." to raise awareness about the signs of teen dating abuse and ways to address abusive relationships. The program will explain types of dating abuse through skits depicting dating scenarios. 

"Love Is Not..." will also include guest speaker Dr. Gary Cuccia, creator of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization. Cuccia will share his personal experiences as a parent of a daughter who was involved in an abusive dating relationship.  

The Demi Brae Organization seeks “to educate our youth, parents, communities and educational system about the dangers of teen dating violence.” For more information about the organization, visit http://www.demibrae.com

Waynesburg Central High School is located at 30 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, Pa. For more information, contact Kimber Blair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 724-614-0530.

The Bonner Scholarship prepares students for lives of service by requiring its scholars to perform 140 hours of community service each semester at a local service site of their choice, as well as two summers of service at a non-profit or community-based organization. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_bob-randolph.jpgThe Department of English at Waynesburg University will host “Pass the Biscuits” at the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., to raise money for the Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg. 

"Pass the Biscuits" is a response by Dr. Bob Randolph, writer in residence at Waynesburg University, and the Department of English at Waynesburg University to the Day of Service planned in honor of Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee and his upcoming inauguration.

The event, held a few days before the Day of Service, will showcase the strengths of the Department of English as faculty members will read poetry and essays.  Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission at Waynesburg University, will pray at the event and students will perform music.

Attendance is encouraged for students, faculty, staff and members of the Waynesburg community. Admission is free and a collection will be taken to support the Corner Cupboard’s work.  The Waynesburg Giant Eagle will match the amount raised at the benefit up to $500.

"It is wonderful to me that people are willing to share their strengths, in this case writing, music and prayer, to come together and help others who need it,” Randolph said. “That's a joyful thing; it has been, and still remains, the spirit of Waynesburg University.  It should be a great night."

The First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg is located in walking distance of campus at 169 W. College St., Waynesburg, Pa.

For more information, contact Dr. Bob Randolph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 724-852-3473.

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