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This summer, 47 Waynesburg University students will serve on Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips in four different international and domestic locations.

Students will travel to Wheeling, West Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Salinas, Puerto Rico; and Patzun, Guatemala.

Laughlin Memorial Chapel – Wheeling, West Virginia

Seven Waynesburg University students will serve at Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling, West Virginia, from Monday, May 7, to Friday, May 11.

Led by Evonne Baldauff, chairperson for the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science, students will work with teachers and students at a high school to perform chemistry demos, and then tutor at an after school program at the Chapel.

Nashville Rescue Mission – Nashville, Tennessee

Waynesburg University’s Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Nashville, Tennessee, from Monday, May 7, to Sunday, May 13. The group will work with the Nashville Rescue Mission on improvement projects around the city, in addition to giving performances to share the Gospel through music.

Melanie Catana, director of choral music, is leading the trip. She said she is excited for students to use their musical skills to benefit others.

Camp Caribe – Salinas, Puerto Rico

Eight Waynesburg University students will serve in Camp Caribe, a missionary camp in Puerto Rico, led by Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. The group will serve from Monday, May 7, to Tuesday, May 15.

Bush has led students to Camp Caribe four times previously, but he said this trip will likely be very different because the camp was hit hard by Hurricane Maria, and he anticipates helping with repairs.

Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala

Fifteen students will serve in Guatemala this summer, May 7 through 21. Led by Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, and Ryan Smith, assistant director of student activities, students will assist at an orphanage and perform daily service projects, including maintenance to the building, interacting with the children and more.

The University has been travelling to Guatemala for nearly 16 years. This year, Bristor is looking forward to teaching the children English, helping them with homework and conducting an oral hygiene workshop, among other projects.

For more information about the Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services, 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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Seven Waynesburg University students will serve at Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling, West Virginia, from Monday, May 7, to Friday, May 11.

Led by Evonne Baldauff, chairperson for the Chemistry and Forensic Science Department, students will work with teachers and students at a high school to perform chemistry demos, and then tutor at an after school program at the Chapel.

“It is great to share their passion for chemistry with others, particularly to help students gain an appreciation for and excitement of chemistry,” said Baldauff. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for them to learn how to present science to an audience.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Hope Bailey, sophomore forensic science major from Tarentum, Pennsylvania (Deer Lakes High School)
  • Lauren Petrina, junior engineering chemistry major from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (Norwin High School)
  • Brandi Sumey, freshman chemistry and secondary education major from Smithfield, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Stephen Summits, junior engineering chemistry major from Hollsoppie, Pennsylvania (Conemaugh Township Area High School)
  • Kimberly Taylor, freshman chemistry major from Rocky River, Ohio (Rocky River City Schools)
  • Emily Tinta, sophomore forensic science major from Munhall, Pennsylvania (Steel Valley Senior High School)
  • Naomi Wilson, sophomore forensic science major from Springfield, Illinois (Sacred Heart-Griffin High School)

For more information about the trip, contact Baldauff at 724-852-7617.

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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Waynesburg University’s Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Nashville, Tennessee, at the beginning of summer break. Melanie Catana, director of choral music, will lead 17 students to serve the city and share the Gospel through sharing music.

Catana said the group will be working with the nonprofit organization, Nashville Rescue Mission, and will provide hands-on labor around the city and also give performances at churches, senior centers and other facilities.

The Lamplighters travel to a different location each year. In the past, the Choir has served in Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Washington D.C. and New York City, among others. Catana said she is excited for students to use their musical skills to benefit others.

“What’s cool about the Lamplighters trip is that they use skills that they have honed here at the University to serve in a community,” said Catana.

Students attending the trip to Nashville include:

  • Mychael Anderson, freshman human services major from Beaver, Pennsylvania (Beaver Area High School)
  • Christina Bauer, junior forensic science major from Harrison City, Pennsylvania (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Samantha Brown, freshman forensic science major from El Cajon, California (Richland High School)
  • Heidi Dziak, sophomore accounting major from Bentleyville, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Thomas Faye, sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills Senior High School)
  • Kayla Goncalves, senior music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Matthew Haux, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Grove City, Pennsylvania (Grove City Area High School)
  • Connor Hoffman, sophomore Biblical ministry studies and children and youth ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills Senior High School)
  • Bailey Holt, freshman history secondary education major from Smithfield, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Camden Hoover, freshman criminal justice administration major from Oakdale, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)
  • Jonah Phillip, freshman middle level education major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Peters Township High School)
  • Rachel Phillip, senior arts administration major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)
  • Briana Ryan, sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Veronica Steen, junior biblical ministry studies and children and youth ministry major from Trenton, New Jersey (Bordentown Regional High School)
  • Jordan Webb, sophomore arts administration major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Gailan Williams, sophomore psychology major from Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Home School)
  • Lingen Ngijoi-Yogo, senior mathematics major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)

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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Eight Waynesburg University students will serve in Camp Caribe, a missionary camp in Puerto Rico, led by Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. The group will serve from Monday, May 7, to Tuesday, May 15.

Bush has led students to Camp Caribe four times before, but he said this trip will likely be very different: the camp was hit hard by Hurricane Maria, and he anticipates helping with repairs. Bush said helping in this way will give students a new perspective.

“The students will get to engage with people from another culture,” he said. “They will get to see what life and the conditions are like in [Puerto Rico]. We’ve read about it a lot in the news. Now we get to travel and see things firsthand.”

Bush is excited to return to Camp Caribe with a new group of students and a new assignment.

“I’m looking forward to doing God’s work and, hopefully, we can make a difference by the time we leave.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Rebecca Iannotta, senior athletic training major from Stanhope, New Jersey (Veritas Christian Academy)
  • Vickilyn Johnson, junior biology pre-med major from Oakdale, Pennsylvania (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Marissa Martino, junior forensic science major from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (Riverside High School)
  • Brittany Meyer, freshman sociology major from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania (Saint Marys Area High School)
  • Rachel Peffer, junior forensic science major from Zelienople, Pennsylvania (Seneca Valley Senior High School)
  • Michael Siszka, senior mathematics major from Leechburg, Pennsylvania (Kiski Area High School)
  • Kassi Straub, junior forensic science major from Aqua, Pennsylvania (Chambersburg Area Senior High School)

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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Fifteen students will serve in Guatemala this summer, May 7 through 21. Led by Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, and Ryan Smith, assistant director of student activities, students will assist at an orphanage and perform daily service projects, including maintenance to the building, interacting with the children and more.

Bristor has led the group for years, developing a close relationship with the orphanage with each trip. She looks forward to seeing the same children every year, watching as both they and the students grow.

“We never really know what all we will be doing until we arrive,” said Bristor, who will be going on the trip for the tenth time. “Typically, we spend a lot of time with the children; we have planned crafts, music and sports days for them. We will teach English to the children, conduct an oral hygiene workshop and assist them with their homework.”

Bristor said in years past, the group has also painted the buildings, painted murals on the walls of children’s rooms, built a cinderblock wall and dug trenches for water lines among other projects.

Both Bristor and Smith said students grow tremendously through their participation, whether it is applying their skills in nursing, teaching and ministry, or simply learning to understand another culture.

“This experience is very impactful and authentic,” said Smith. “This trip will allow students to grow mentally and spiritually out of their comfort zones because they are immersed into the Guatemalan culture.”

Students attending the Guatemala service trip this year include:

  • Brianna Armenia, freshman sociology major from Odessa, Florida (J. W. Mitchell High School)
  • Sadie Breon, junior psychology major from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (Central Mountain High School)
  • Isabella Cantafio, junior nursing major from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania (Pine-Richland School District)
  • Marybeth Cocchi, junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Mountain Lebanon High School)
  • Jonah Cooper, junior nursing major from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (Beaver County Christian School)
  • Morgan Davis, junior business management major from Abingdon, Maryland (New Covenant Christian School)
  • Natalie Fortna, junior nursing major from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Michelle Harris, junior human services major from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania (Belle Vernon Area High School)
  • Michelle Keith, junior middle-level education major from Rochester, Pennsylvania (Freedom Area High School)
  • Megan McElligott, freshman psychology major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Alexandria Peters, junior sociology and political science major from Meadville, Pennsylvania (Meadville Area Senior High School)
  • Alexis Phillips, freshman biology pre-med major from New Kensington, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • David Shannon, freshman nursing major from Greenville, Pennsylvania (Greenville Senior High School)
  • Julie Sipes, junior nursing major from Greencastle, Pennsylvania (Home School)
  • Sarah Trocki, junior psychology major from Cheswick, Pennsylvania (Deer Lakes High School)

For more information about the Guatemala service trip, contact Bristor at 724-852-3315.

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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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