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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-16-Gettysburg-monuments.pngWaynesburg University recently adopted two monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park. The monuments will be maintained and preserved during the University’s annual fall Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trip to Gettysburg.

The adopted monuments include the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry – West of Sickles and the 1st Regiment US Sharpshooters (Andrews SS-MA) – Zeigler’s Grove.

Rea Redd, director of the Eberly Library, is the team leader for the Gettysburg service trips and presented the project to the University in an effort to form a long-term service agreement between Waynesburg University and the Gettysburg National Military Park.

“Students who participate in these service learning trips to care for our adopted monuments will help to preserve our nation’s heritage of freedom and the beauty of the natural environment,” said Redd. “The monuments represent the stories of soldiers, several of whom are Waynesburg alumni and Medal of Honor recipients.”

Redd will volunteer with the students to help educate them and make connections between their real-life experiences and American history.

“The monuments are also memorials to Gettysburg civilians who performed heroic deeds in caring for the wounded or burying the dead,” added Redd. “Learning their stories will help students think about how to respond should they ever find themselves living through the kind of local devastation that followed the battle of Gettysburg.”

The roles and responsibilities of the adoption agreement state that tasks may include raking, seeding, erosion control, litter pick up, brush clearing, fence repair and/or restoration, clearing/restacking stone walls, painting, weed and/or exotic plant removal and other general work as directed by park personnel.

“Students will now have the opportunity to learn about history outside of the classroom by volunteering on the battlefield,” said Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services. “One of the many goals of our service trips is for students to make the connections between academics and service, and this certainly fulfills that mission.”

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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When the spring semester ends for Waynesburg University, 54 students will kick off their summer with Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips to five different international and domestic locations.

Students will travel to Detroit, Michigan; the Dominican Republic; Patzun, Guatemala; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tuba City, Arizona.

Wildwood Ranch (Detroit Rescue Mission) – Detroit, Michigan

The Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Detroit, Michigan, from Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7. Twelve University students in the choir will work with Wildwood Ranch, a retreat center run by the Detroit Rescue Mission, completing improvement projects to help the facility get ready for children’s Christian camps happening in June
The group will be led by Melanie Catana, director of choral music, who believes the trip will be an opportunity for students to find common ground with marginalized populations and help others know God.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Dominican Republic

From Monday, May 1, through Monday, May 8, a group of 11 Waynesburg University students representing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will travel to the Dominican Republic to work with the FCA there. The group will be led by men’s head soccer coach Bradley Heethuis and graduate assistant Jacob Fleegle.

The students will serve in whatever ways they can, including running a sports camp, teaching local children and engaging in construction work. Heethuis said he hopes the University students share God’s love through all the ways that they serve.

Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala

Associate Dean of Students Pat Bristor and graduate assistant Ryan Smith will lead 14 students on a trip to a children’s nutrition center in Patzun, Guatemala, from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 14.

The University has been traveling to Guatemala for nearly 15 years, and this year’s group will continue to work with children at the center and help the center with various maintenance projects. The group is also taking with them new laptop computers acquired through fundraising efforts by the students going on the trip to provide upgrades to the computer lab where children at the center do their school work.

Christ’s College – Taipei, Taiwan

A group of eight Waynesburg students will spend three weeks in Taipei, Taiwan, working and serving with students at Christ’s College. From Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 21, the students will assist with Christian programming in elementary schools and churches and will also spend time learning about Christ’s College and about the culture and history of Taiwan.

The students will be led by Richard Blake, professor and librarian IV, and co-leader Sandy Chen-Blake.

“They will return having made new international friends and a sense for how others do mission in a country that is only five percent Christian,” said Blake.

Tuba City Boarding School – Tuba City, Arizona

Nine University students will serve at the Tuba City Boarding School in Arizona from Monday, May 1, through Monday, May 8. Led by Mary Hamilla, academic and major decision counselor, and Kylee Sargent, help desk coordinator, the students will serve the school in whatever ways meet its needs, which may include tutoring, maintenance or event setup.

As the group interacts with Navajo and Hopi Native Americans, Hamilla believes students will grow in their understanding of other cultures and in their ability to form bonds with one another and with those whom they serve.

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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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will spend a week serving in Detroit, Michigan, at the start of summer break. Twelve students in the choir, led by Director of Choral Music Melanie Catana, will participate in the trip from Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7.

The choir travels to Detroit each year to offer musical services and hands-on volunteer work at a variety of locations. This year, they will stay and work at Wildwood Ranch in Howell, Michigan, a retreat center run by the Detroit Rescue Mission. Throughout the week, the students will complete various improvement projects to ready the facility for children’s Christian camps that begin in June.

Catana hopes the experience is eye-opening for all participating students, particularly first-time attendees.

“We hope to gain a new perspective and find a common ground with the elderly, the homeless and those recovering from addiction,” said Catana. “We hope to serve those we come in contact with as best we can through God-centered music, scripture and by sharing our own experiences as Christians to help encourage others to know Him.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Christina Bauer, a sophomore forensic science major from Harrison City (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Nathaniel Bosh, a freshman English (creative writing) major from Baden (Ambridge Area School District)
  • Susan Dunsworth, a sophomore entrepreneurship major from Erie (Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy)
  • Heidi Dziak, a freshman accounting major from Bentleyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Thomas Faye, a freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hill Senior High School)
  • Mikayla Hagerty, a sophomore psychology major from Boswell (Bishop McCort High School)
  • Bryce McGarvey, a junior biblical ministry studies (international missions) major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Katelynn Ossege, a freshman forensic science major from Apalachin, New York (Vestal Senior High School)
  • Briana Ryan, a sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Erin Rzotkiewicz, a freshman forensic science major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Veronica Steen, a sophomore biblical and ministry studies major from Trenton, New Jersey (Brodentown Regional High School)
  • Robert Turbett, a junior engineering (math) major from Boyertown (Brandywine Heights Area 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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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is partnering with the Western Pennsylvania FCA chapter on a service trip to the Dominican Republic. From Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 8, 11 Waynesburg students will serve with the FCA chapter located in the Dominican Republic.

The group will be led by men’s head soccer coach Bradley Heethuis and graduate assistant Jacob Fleegle. Throughout the week, students will do construction work, lead a sports camp and provide educational opportunities for local children.

Heethuis said he hopes the students participating in the trip learn more about themselves and form bonds with each other and with the people they will be serving, as their ultimate goal should be to show God’s love.

“It is about becoming closer to God through loving others and furthering His kingdom here on Earth,” said Heethuis. “I look forward to seeing what God can accomplish with a small group of people from Waynesburg University.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Aubree Brown, a junior exercise science (wellness/physiology) major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Antoinette Cross, a freshman marketing major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Joshua Denham, a sophomore business management major from New Kensington (Valley High School)
  • Lauren Drane, a senior sports management major from Munhall (Steel Valley Senior High School)
  • Kristen Friday, a junior psychology major from New Castle (Neshannock High School)
  • Andrew Kingan, junior biology pre-physical therapy major from Butler (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Jonathan Knab, a senior middle level education major from Beaver Falls (Beaver County Christian School)
  • Zach Meads, a senior psychology major from Westminster, Maryland (Westminster High School)
  • Codi Oster, a junior nursing major from Mantua, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
  • Kara Sapp, a junior athletic training major from Pennsville, New Jersey (Salem County Christian Academy)
  • Zachery Simcic, a freshman nursing major from Springdale (Springdale 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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Fourteen Waynesburg University students will spend the first two weeks of summer break serving in Patzun, Guatemala. University groups have been traveling to Guatemala for nearly 15 years, and this year’s group will continue the annual trip by serving at the Centro Nutricional Y Hogar de Ninos, a children’s nutrition center.

Led by Associate Dean of Students Pat Bristor and graduate assistant Ryan Smith, the students will serve at the center from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 14.

According to Bristor, the center often doesn’t know what projects will need completed until Waynesburg students arrive, so the group could engage in work such as painting, cleaning, concrete work or simply spending time with the children at the center.

While the children are in school, some students will teach English in their classrooms. Nursing students on the trip may also have the opportunity to observe the treatment of patients at the hospital attached to the center.

This year, Waynesburg is providing the center with several new laptop computers purchased through the fundraising efforts of students participating in the trip. The computers will help to upgrade the children’s computer center, which will enable them to more quickly and skillfully complete their schoolwork.

Bristor, who has been a part of the University’s Guatemala trip for 10 years, believes the students participating will come home with a greater understanding of the world and their role in it.

“They’re going to learn an awful lot about themselves,” she said. “I think that they’ll be humbled, and my hope is that they’ll come back and begin to be advocates for the children or people in need in general.”

She also looks forward to seeing continued growth in the children at the center, some of whom have been there since her first years on the trip. The children are thrilled each year when the Waynesburg group arrives, said Bristor, and she loves to see how much they’ve learned since she saw them last.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Sadie Breon, a junior psychology major from Lock Haven (Central Mountain High School)
  • Andrew Brunette, a junior biblical ministry studies major from Aliquippa (Hopewell Senior High School)
  • Marian Chearney, a junior nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Mary Beth Cocchi, a junior nursing major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Amy Crotinger, a junior nursing major from Horsham (Home School)
  • Hannah Filapose, a junior nursing major from Irwin (Yough Senior High School)
  • Natalie Fortna, a junior nursing major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Alyssa Fratto, a senior marketing major from Melcroft (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Sydney Green, a junior nursing major from Farmington (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Michelle Keith, a junior middle-level education major from Rochester (Freedom Area High School)
  • Nicholas Lies, a junior English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Emily Nowakowski, a senior psychology major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Hannah Pierce, a freshman nursing major from Smock (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Elizabeth Trump, a junior biology pre-med major from Fairchance (Albert Gallatin 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 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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