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During spring break, 54 Waynesburg University students will be participating in service trips across the country and abroad. Led by University faculty and staff members, students will serve in Antietam, Maryland; Concord, North Carolina; Nassau, Bahamas; Brooksville, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antietam National Battlefield Park – Antietam, Maryland

Eight students will travel to Antietam, Maryland, with Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, and Courtney Dennis, associate director of the Paul R. Steward Museum.

During the trip, students will help maintain the Antietam National Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Habitat for Humanity – Concord, North Carolina

Led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Erin Kern, graduate assistant for student activities, nine students will travel to North Carolina to serve Habitat for Humanity.

This is the eighth year Waynesburg University students are returning to Concord. During the trip, students will work with a single family to help build their new home: framing the house, roofing, installing windows and more.

Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision, National Aviary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Eighteen students will be serving the Pittsburgh community during spring break, working with organizations including the Downtown Pittsburgh Project, World Vision and the National Aviary.

Led by Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, this trip is designed specifically for first-year Bonner Scholars at Waynesburg University.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation – Brooksville, Florida

Seven students will be serving with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation during spring break. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, students will help restore hiking trails, remove invasive species and maintain state parks and wildlife.

Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene – Nassau, Bahamas

During spring break, 12 students will be travelling to Nassau, Bahamas, for international service. Led by Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing, and Lina Hixson, interim director of the RN/BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing, students will provide health services to patients in the area.

The group will set up a health clinic in the church, assess patients and distribute medications to Haitian refugees without access to healthcare.

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, 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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During spring break, seven students will be serving with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation in Brooksville, Florida. Led by Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, and Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, the group will leave Sunday, March 4, and return Saturday, March 10.

According to Sethman, students will help restore a hiking trail at Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area and remove different invasive species from the area. They will also serve at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and perform maintenance at Lakewood Christian Retreat Center.

“This will benefit students by giving them a hands-on experience working with various agencies on environmental projects that impact local Florida ecosystems,” said Sethman. “Many students have never been exposed to the unique types of habitats that we will encounter and the trip will be a great ecological learning experience.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Jessica Carter, junior marine biology major from Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania (Cameron High School)
  • Theodore Clayton, junior biology major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (Greensburg-Salem High School)
  • Colleen Cook, freshman nursing major from Arcadia, California (Arcadia High School)
  • Micaela Danley, freshman business management major from Ellsworth, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Sara Hlatky, senior biology major from Dilliner, Pennsylvania (Mapletown Junior-Senior High School)
  • Ariana Human-McKinnon, freshman biochemistry major from Jerome, Idaho (Canyon Ridge High School)
  • Whitney Rogers, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, 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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During spring break, 12 students will be traveling to Nassau, Bahamas, for an international service trip Sunday, March 4, through Friday, March 9. Led by Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing, and Lina Hixson, interim director of the RN/BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing, students will provide health services to patients in the area.

According to Small, the group will set up a health clinic in a Nazarene church, assess patients and distribute medications as necessary. Small said they will work with a local physician to provide health education and care to Haitian refugees without access to healthcare.

“Students are able to practice their assessment skills with a different culture, many of whom only speak Creole,” said Small.

Small has served on seven similar service trips. She said this trip is a great way for students to develop their skills as nurses, while helping a community. For Small, the most rewarding part of the trip is “seeing students further develop their nursing skills, as well as re-connecting with friends” from previous trips.

Students attending the trip include:

  • Alexis Barker, junior nursing major from Hibbs, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Katherine Burnett, junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Chartiers Valley High School)
  • Amanda Groft, senior nursing major from Hanover, Pennsylvania (New Oxford High School)
  • Courtney Hill, sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (West Mifflin Area School District)
  • Rachel Kaminsky, sophomore nursing major from South Park, Pennsylvania (South Park High School)
  • Brooke Murray, junior nursing major from Grindstone, Pennsylvania (Brownsville Area High School)
  • Kristen Oravec, senior nursing major from Central City, Pennsylvania (Shade High School)
  • Angelina Ortoleva, senior nursing major from Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania (Thomas Jefferson High School)
  • Katherine Trombetta, sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Lexy Waldman, junior nursing major from Round Hill, Virginia (Woodgrove High School)
  • Gabriella Webber, post-senior nursing major from Core, West Virginia (North Marion High School)
  • Harry Zaremba, junior nursing major from South Park, Pennsylvania (South Park High School)

For more information, 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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At the start of the new year, 10 Waynesburg University students will travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to serve with Mustard Seed Communities. Led by Anthony Jarrell, a resident director at the University, and Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, the group will serve from Saturday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 7.

While in Jamaica, the group will be assisting Mustard Seed Communities by engaging in treatment and activities with children who have disabilities and have been abandoned. The students may also do maintenance work for the facilities there. Jarrell said he is looking forward to helping the organization and also to showing students the value of service.

“My hope for our students is that this trip, as with every University experience, is eye-opening,” said Jarrell. “My hope is that the mission of faith, learning and service comes to life in a way that our students can internalize these commitments to their own lives.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Marian Chearney, junior nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Ruth Costanza, senior nursing major from Cranberry Township (Home School)
  • Hanna Filapose, junior nursing major from Irwin (Yough Senior High School)
  • Rachel Friend, freshman psychology major from Markleysburg (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Katelyn Hunsicker, senior psychology major from Reading (Muhlenberg High School)
  • Abigail Kingston, junior sociology major from Fombell (Riverside High School)
  • Kirsten Lykens sophomore nursing major from Duncansville (Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School)
  • Kelsey Prough, sophomore sociology major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Nicole Romero, senior biology major from Cudahy, Calif. (King Drew Magnet High School)
  • Amy Smith, senior biology secondary education major from Fairlawn, Ohio (Copley 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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Nine Waynesburg University students will travel to the island of Bonaire in the Netherland Antilles from Saturday, Dec. 31, to Saturday, Jan. 7, to serve with Trans World Radio (TWR). The students, led by Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Chad Sherman and Melinda Rush, a secretary at the University, will assist TWR with their mission of spreading the Word of God to as many people as possible through mass media.

Spending part of their Winter Break in Bonaire, the students will be focused on helping TWR assess their audience for their local FM station so they can learn more about who is listening to their content. The group, which includes several communication majors, will help record content for TWR’s FM station and coordinate social media posts for the year 2017. TWR is also in need of maintenance work around their facilities, which students will also address during the trip.

“[TWR] is very short-staffed and in desperate need of extra hands to complete the smaller tasks that can get in the way of developing a great radio station,” said Sherman. “I hope our help will allow the TWR-Bonaire staff to dedicate more time to their AM broadcast, which is sent out thousands of miles to millions of potential listeners.”

Sherman said he hopes the trip will help students learn more about Christian media ministry and understand the challenges TWR faces due to their location on an island in the Caribbean. Additionally, he believes the service trip is an opportunity for students to learn practical skills they can apply elsewhere.

“That’s the unique thing about this specific trip; it’s very vocational,” said Sherman. “Students get to practice what they’re being taught in the classroom.”

As the participating students live out Waynesburg’s mission of faith, learning and service, Sherman hopes they develop a passion for service and grow in their relationship with God.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, senior communication (journalism) major from North Huntingdon (Norwin Senior High School)
  • Alexis Boudreau, senior digital design major from Milton, Vt. (Milton Junior-Senior High School)
  • Zachary Imbrogno, sophomore with an undeclared major from Pittsburgh (Central Catholic High School)
  • Kathryn Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Nicholas Lies, junior English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Brennen McCall, junior communication (electronic media) major from Cabot (Evangel Heights Christian Academy)
  • Shon Meade, junior communication (electronic media) major from Ellwood City (Riverside Junior-Senior High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, sophomore biblical and ministry studies major from Toms River, N.J. (Toms River High School North)
  • Elaina Spahmer, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Greenville, N.Y. (Greenville 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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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