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Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Brooksville, Florida, during spring break to serve at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The trip, which will run from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 5, is intended to apply what students learn in science courses at the University to a real-life environment.

Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, will lead the trip. Throughout the week, students will work with the commission’s Conservation Center to maintain and restore habitats in an 850-acre wildlife area. The group will repair wildlife survey equipment, clean up debris and invasive species from a natural drainage system and remove other invasive species from a recently burned area.

Sethman said the work will enhance the educational capabilities of the Conservation Center and help them to preserve native habitats, which will in turn allow the public community to benefit from the center’s offerings. He hopes students have the chance to apply their classroom skills in this new environment.

“I am looking forward to seeing the students engaging in an exciting service-learning opportunity that is relevant to their career interests,” said Sethman, “and will provide them with unique knowledge and skills that can only be obtained outside of the classroom.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Megan Bandi, sophomore marine biology major from Shelocta (West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School)
  • Taylor Clarkson, freshman marine biology major from Frankfort, Ohio (Adena High School)
  • Emily Hackman, senior communication (electronic media) major from Ephrata (Lancaster Catholic High School)
  • Sara Hackman, junior criminal justice administration major from Ephrata (Lancaster Catholic High School)
  • Zachary McKenzie, freshman marine biology major from Lancaster, New York (Lancaster Central High School)
  • Douglas Pollock, junior marine biology major from Beaver Falls (Blackhawk High School)
  • Bailey Reggetz, freshman biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Kira Schmale, freshman environmental science major from Spring City (Owen J. Roberts High School)
  • Kassi Straub, sophomore forensic science major from Aqua (Chambersburg Area Senior High School)
  • Jordan Wherthey, freshman biology (pre-med) major from Johnstown (Bishop McCort 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 longtime partnership with The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) will continue this spring as 15 students spend their break serving with the organization. The group will stay at TPP’s dorm facility on the North Side of Pittsburgh from Sunday, Feb. 26, through Friday, March 3.

Joshua Sumpter, instructor of biblical ministry studies and assistant chaplain at the University, will lead the trip. Waynesburg has been working with TPP for many years, and students frequently help the organization repair the homes of Pittsburgh residents who are in a vulnerable position for a variety of reasons.

Sumpter anticipates the outcome of the trip will be twofold, as students work with homeowners in both visible and spiritual ways.

“From projects like painting landscaping and repair work, we hope to complete tangible projects that will be a blessing to the homeowners,” he said. “But even more than that, we hope to bring the love of Christ into their home and to them through time spent with each resident during the week.”

With Waynesburg’s proximity to Pittsburgh, the trip will be an opportunity for students to realize the needs of people very close to home and a reminder to find ways to serve our neighbors, said Sumpter. He also believes the trip will emphasize the character of students’ servant hearts.

“Waynesburg students are special,” said Sumpter. “They have a deep concern for loving and serving their neighbors. I am excited to lead, journey with and witness how this team serves the residents in Pittsburgh.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Sara Byler, freshman sociology (family studies) major from Salisbury (Salisbury-Elk Lick High School)
  • Rachel Frederick, freshman nursing major from Uniontown (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
  • Lynsey Griffon, freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Blandon (Fleetwood Area High School)
  • Kaleb Jefferson, freshman English literature major from Federalsburg, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Samantha Larson, freshman nursing major from Oakdale, California (Big Valley Christian High School)
  • Nick Lies, English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Mason Miller, freshman business management major from Bethel Park (21st Century Cyber Charter School)
  • Rebekah Mohnkern, freshman nursing major from Petersburg (Home School)
  • Harry Oakes, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Derwood, Maryland (Home School)
  • Hugh O’Neil, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Fenelton (Butler Area Senior High School)
  • Hannah Pierce, freshman nursing major from Smock (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Rebekah Rhodes, freshman nursing major from Hagerstown, Maryland (North Hagerstown High School)
  • Sara Scott, sophomore nursing major from Pitcairn (Gateway Senior High School)
  • Andrew Sloboda, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Butler (Portersville Christian School)
  • Naomi Swaney, freshman with an undeclared major from Cranberry Township (Seneca Valley 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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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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During Waynesburg University’s Winter Break, 11 University students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas and serve at The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene. Led by Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, the students will serve from Sunday, Jan. 1, to Sunday, Jan. 8.

In previous years, Waynesburg students taught at an inner-city school in Nassau, but the school calendar was altered after a hurricane in the Bahamas in October. Now, University students will work with children at The Nazareth Center and the Victory Chapel teaching reading and writing, math, science, music, art and outdoor games.

Bausman said the goal of the service trip to help local students who struggle academically to get excited about learning and to share with them the love of Christ. The group’s efforts will also serve as outreach to the local community that was affected by the hurricane by illustrating that the Victory Chapel can be a help to the community.

Bausman said she looks forward to watching her students experience a new teaching environment and put to use the skills they’ve gathered at Waynesburg.

“The students have spent many hours planning lessons and activities, and yet know that we will also have to be flexible because things will change as we go into new situations,” said Bausman. “I am hoping that the students will see the importance of service and how their expertise is beneficial in serving others.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Melissa Bachorski, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Tori Bailey, junior criminal justice administration major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Arlington High School)
  • Michaela Callander, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Allie Christopher, sophomore biology secondary education major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Caroline Frye, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg (Home School)
  • Carolena Gasbarro, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Shana Helsley, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Altoona (Bellwood-Antis School District)
  • Hannah McPeek, freshman middle level education major from McMurray (Peters Township High School)
  • McKenzie Shaffer, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh (Upper Saint Clair High School)
  • Elizabeth Sible, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Coraopolis (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Joshua Stewart, freshman music ministry major from Waynesburg (Colonel Richardson 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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