Ezekiel Olagoke, assistant professor of sociology at Waynesburg University, and Victoria Kapp, junior psychology major, will lead eight University students to Sebis, Romania, from Tuesday, May 20, to Tuesday, June 3, to serve with Barnabas Ministries, a non-profit ministry that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of orphans, the elderly and poor families in Romania.

“I went to Romania the summer after my freshman year and fell in love with it,” said Kapp. “I want our team to fall in love with the people and the culture just as I did. But most importantly, I want God to completely wreck their hearts and change their lives. The service we will be doing is important, but I really want our focus to be on God and His heart for us in our time there.”

Service will include working with children in the community, reaching out to impoverished gypsy families and manual labor. Specific service will be dependent on interests of the group and needs of the ministry.

Students participating in this mission trip include:

  • Devin Coughlin, a junior international culture and political science major from Belvidere, N.J. (Belvidere High School)
  • Dakota Dawson, a junior psychology major from Charleroi, Pa. (Charleroi Area High School)
  • Jessie Kiner, a sophomore nursing major from Millerstown, Pa. (Greenwood High School)
  • James Law, a junior youth ministry major from Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School)
  • David O'Donoghue, a freshman undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Casey Riker, a freshman psychology major, from Gibsonia, Pa. (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)
  • Alex Sherman, a junior exercise science major from New Milford, CT (New Milford High School)
  • Jordan Smallwood, a sophomore psychology major from New Salem, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School

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Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University, will lead nine University students to Jackson, Miss., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to partner with the John M. Perkins Foundation for a week of service at the Spencer Perkins Center. The center’s mission is to train and equip a new generation of indigenous leaders who are driven by the love of God to pass on the torch of reconciliation, community and youth development in West Jackson.

“I hope the students have the opportunity to spread the Christian mission of Waynesburg University while helping a great organization,” Sherman said. “I also hope they learn about Christian community development – something that Dr. John Perkins will provide a lot of valuable insights about. Hopefully, they’ll take back a better understanding of how they can help spread the teachings of Christ to their local communities.”

The group will work on various building projects in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Students will study racial reconciliation and community development issues with Dr. John M. Perkins about an area that has a history of racial segregation and large scale poverty.

Students participating in the mission trip include:

  • Charles Cook, a sophomore pre-med major from Cheswick, Pa.( Twentynine Palms High School)
  • Joshuah Dains, a junior business management major from Clarksville, Pa.(Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Kristen Sniezek, a sophomore nursing major from Moon Township, Pa. (Moon Area High School)
  • Mary Hoffman, a sophomore secondary education major from Butler, Pa. (Butler Area Senior High School)
  • Rachel Wilson, a sophomore undeclared major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School)
  • Shonah Russell, a junior education major from Sabattus, Maine (Northern High School)
  • SiReno Mattie, a senior creative writing major from Rices Landing, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
  • Stephanie Tress, a sophomore forensic science major from McMurray, Pa. (Canon-McMillan High School)
  • Victoria Berggren, a sophomore nursing major from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School

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Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership at Waynesburg University, will lead eight University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.

“Urban Promise fits with the mission of Waynesburg University – faith learning and serving,” said Calvario. “An outcome from this trip is for us to see first-hand and learn about the challenges that are facing our urban centers throughout America as well as begin to understand the employment, housing, socioeconomic, educational system and challenges people face in the community.”

Service will consist of working with children in Urban Promise’s kindergarten through 12th grade school as well as its after school program. Waynesburg students will assist with homework, spiritual development, arts and crafts, and athletic games.

Remaining time will be spent on labor projects in Urban Promise’s school and other ministries. Students will learn about the city of Camden and the poverty and social justice issues that exist there.

Students participating in this mission trip include:

  • Makalah Beazell, a senior early childhood and special education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (West Greene High School)
  • Kaitlyn Berkebile, a senior early childhood and special education major from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
  • Morgan Brumbaugh, a senior early childhood education major from Williamsburg, Pa. (Central High School)
  • Jamie Dolan, a freshman psychology major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Jacob Fleegle, a junior secondary education and political science double major from Jennerstown, Pa. (North Star High School)
  • Bret Hoffman, a junior forensic accounting major from Washington, Pa. (Washington High School)
  • Zachary Morgan, a senior sports management major from Greencastle, Pa. (Grace Academy)
  • Katharine Shultz, a senior human services major from Venetia, Pa. (Peters Township High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_GNP.jpgWaynesburg University will host the 44th Anniversary Gross National Product (GNP) concert Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.

GNP, a band formed at the New Jersey Shore in the mid 1960’s, has celebrated their reunion in the form of a spring concert every year at Waynesburg University since they started performing during the 1970 spring semester. The reunion has branched out to include other musical talents from the University and the region.

Band members of GNP include Bill Molzon ’73, director of TV operations at Waynesburg University and coordinator of the annual GNP concert, Jeannie Clark Fisher, Scott Buttfield, Linc Davis, Charlie Behrend and Tom Minson.

“I’m looking forward to producing another GNP reunion concert,” said Molzon. “The show has become a very nice town-gown event. People from the community and the University attend the concert for a night of quality performances.”

According to Molzon, musicians will be traveling from Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create a variety of music. Area musicians will also perform. The concert will include both contemporary and classic rock, jazz, country, bluegrass and other types of music.

For more information or directions to the Goodwin Performing Arts Center, call 724-852-3270. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0565jw.jpgRyan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University secondary English education alumnus, is one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. Devlin teaches 11th grade English and technology at Brockway Area High School in Brockway, Pa.

The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who incorporate digital media in the classroom to promote student engagement and achievement.

“Great schools and great teachers constantly evolve and adapt,” said Devlin, whose classroom is 100 percent paperless. “Technology is going to continue to play an increased role in both life and the work place. If we don’t teach students relevant 21st century skills, we are failing to prepare them for their future.”

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium, exclusive resources and invitations to special events.

The top 16 applicants, including Devlin, will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to take part in a two-day digital education summit. There, they will participate in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from leaders in digital technology. 

Devlin, who has taught at Brockway Area High School for seven years, was named the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in 2013. He was also named one of four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year award. 

Devlin received his bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Waynesburg University, where he became familiar with technology in the classroom and gained hands-on experience with modern instructional technology. Devlin also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership. He also holds teaching certificates in English (grades 7-12), business/computers (grades K-12) and library science (grades K-12).

The full list of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

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