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Eight students traveling to Bonaire during Winter Break this year, to work with Trans World Radio, a multinational Christian media distributor. The students will depart Saturday, Jan. 6, and return a week later, Jan. 13.

According to Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication and one of the trip leaders to Bonaire, students will assist TWR record radio liners, create graphics and marketing materials and complete general maintenance.

This marks Sherman’s fifth year returning to Bonaire with students. For him, showing students how to apply their communication skills to an organization in need.

“I love introducing students to the power and wonder of service,” said Sherman. “They have great skills they’ve developed in the classroom. Now, they can apply those in a manner that serves the Lord and helps an organization that is greatly understaffed.”

Students attending this year’s trip to Bonaire include:

  • Emily Bennett, junior sports broadcasting/sports information major from New Tripoli, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Home Schoolers)
  • Ashley Hall, junior digital design major from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (Riverside High School)
  • Paul Hicks, junior electronic media major from Annapolis, Maryland (Broadneck Senior High School)
  • Mitchell Kendra, senior journalism major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • Robert McKinney, senior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Venetia, Pennsylvania (Peters Township High School)
  • Colin McLaughlin, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (Berkeley Springs High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, junior biblical ministry studies children and youth major from Toms River, New Jersey (Toms River High School North)
  • Patience Yobp, junior criminal justice administration major from Valencia, Pennsylvania (Mars Area High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at khardie@waynesburg.edu or call 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Seven Waynesburg University students will be traveling to Aransas Pass, Texas over Winter Break, to assist in continuing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. They will leave Saturday, Dec. 16, and return Friday, Dec. 22.

Kristen Stone, a network analyst for Information Technology Services, helped organize the trip and will be one of the trip leaders. After feeling devastated by the news footage earlier this year, Stone was determined to find a way to help in some way.

“This trip is important to me because it addresses an immediate need after a disaster,” said Stone. “We are helping people salvage their belongings and get them one step closer to returning home.”

During the week, students will be working with the organization, “All Hands Volunteers.” They will be clearing trees, removing debris, mucking out, gutting, cleaning and sanitizing damaged property.

“I was overjoyed when we got confirmation for the trip and cannot wait to get down there and begin helping,” Stone said.

Students attending the Texas service trip include:

  • Lauren Bailey, senior psychology major from Delmont, Pennsylvania (Franklin Regional High School)
  • Marla Holland, senior psychology major from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania (Lakeview High School)
  • Veronica Kayona, freshman criminal justice administration major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)
  • Sarah Knisely, freshman mathematics secondary education major from Tyrone, Pennsylvania (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Haleigh Miller, senior computer security and forensics major from Mansfield, Pennsylvania (Mansfield Junior-Senior High School)
  • Rebekah Mohnkern, sophomore nursing major from Petersburg, Pennsylvania (Home school)

For more information about the trip, contact Kelley Hardie by calling 724-852-3461 or emailing khardie@waynesburg.edu.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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During Winter Break, 25 Waynesburg University students will participate in service trips in various locations. Led by faculty and staff members, they will serve in Aransas Pass, Texas, the Bahamas and Bonaire.

Hurricane Harvey Relief - Aransas Pass, Texas

Kristen Stone, network analyst for Information Technology Services, and Carin Camp, campus security office, are leading seven students to Aransas Pass, Texas, from Saturday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 22. The students will partner with the organization “All Hands Volunteers,” to assist in continuing relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

Stone helped organize the trip after seeing devastating news footage earlier this year. Students will clear trees, remove debris and help clean and repair damaged property.

E.P. Roberts Primary School – Nassau, Bahamas

Ten students, led by Kylee Sargent, help desk coordinator, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, will serve at the E.P. Roberts Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas. The trip will take place from Saturday, Jan. 6 through, Saturday, Jan. 13.

Students will assist in teaching a variety of grade levels at a primary school in Nassau, Bahamas, and will also be visiting a local orphanage to work with children. Sargent said she hopes the students benefit from working with kids in an environment very different from the ones they are used to in the United States.

Trans World Radio – Bonaire

Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Melinda Roeder-Skrbin, instructor of communication, will lead eight students to serve at Trans World Radio in Bonaire from Saturday, Jan. 6, to Saturday, Jan. 13.

While in Bonaire, students will assist TWR in recording radio liners, designing graphics and producing public relations and marketing materials. Most notably, students will help promote the launch of TWR’s brand new transmitter in late January.

For more information about the 2017-2018 winter service trips, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-11-Randolph.jpgRobert Randolph, chairperson of the English and Foreign Languages Department, recently published a poem, “The Mayor,” in an online journal, after working on the piece for three years.

Randolph said “The Mayor” is based on images of what the speaker would look for in a good mayor, and he spent a long time tinkering with the piece.

“I am not sure what inspired it,” he said. “Often my poems start with images that came along and seem interesting, and I write what comes along connected to it… “The Mayor” took about three years to write because I began working with one of the images long ago and never felt comfortable with whatever I wrote tied to that image, although I went through many drafts over those years.”

Over the course of his academic career, Randolph has published approximately 60 different poems in about 40 separate journals, as well as a book of poetry, dozens of essays and several articles. Randolph said that staying active in the writing community has helped him immensely as an educator.

“I believe that a teacher who ‘practices what he or she preaches’ stands a good chance of being a good teacher about that subject,” he said. “When that practice is connected to a teacher’s desire to help students share the topic, the teacher offers both theory and practice to the student.”

Randolph also recently published “The Sad Man in the Moon,” in a hardback anthology, The Moon, published by Outrider Press. For him, writing is simply part of life.

“Writers write, dancers dance, preachers preach, singers sing, teachers teach, and so on,” he said. “Whatever passion gets ‘in the blood’ of the teacher, that teacher wants to do and to share.”

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-4-NYT-Graph.jpgErica Chauvet co-authored the Nov. 14 edition of “What’s Going On in This Graph?,” a segment published by The New York Times.

“What’s Going On in This Graph?” is a new segment being run by The Times on the second Tuesday of each month, and is a spinoff of their weekly segment, “What’s Going On in This Picture?”

The segment features a graph that was previously published in The Times but with its entire context removed. Students then comment about what they notice and wonder and they describe what story they believe the graph is trying to tell.

Chauvet, part-time instructor for mathematics at Waynesburg University, moderated the comments and wrote the reveal and Stat Nuggets section along with Sharon Hessney, statistics content director at Mass Insight Education.

“I was recommended for this role by a friend of mine who I know from grading Advanced Placement Statistics exams,” said Chauvet. “As a moderator, I read the comments that students were posting in which they notice, wonder and tell the story they see in the graph. I replied to select student comments and asked questions designed to increase curiosity and critical thinking.”

Moderators, such as Chauvet, are selected to facilitate, encourage, and guide conversation regarding the graph from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. A final reveal is posted the following Friday.

To view the Nov. 14 edition of “What’s Going On in This Graph?,” visit https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/learning/whats-going-on-in-this-graph-nov-14-2017.html.

Chauvet received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary education certification from Messiah College and her master’s degree in teaching secondary education mathematics from California University of Pennsylvania.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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