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This May, 26 Waynesburg University students will spend a portion of their summer break at numerous service sites. University faculty and staff will lead two Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, covering a variety of academic and professional interests. 

The projects include partnerships with Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida, and the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown, New Jersey.

Lamplighters Touring Choir – Morristown, N.J.

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Morristown, New Jersey, from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8, and use their singing talents to benefit others. During the weeklong trip, the 16 students will perform seven concerts at various Christian schools, senior care centers and retreat centers.

Apart from singing, the students will also be completing renovations as well as painting and cleaning at the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown. Melanie Catana, director of choral music at Waynesburg University, Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Nelson Fox, the choir’s pianist, will serve as trip leaders.

Camp Boggy Creek – Eustis, Fla.

Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Eustis, Florida, from Wednesday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 14, to serve Camp Boggy Creek, a camp that serves children aged 7 to 16 who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The trip will be co-led by Jennifer Shiring, nurse director of student health services, and Amy Wilson, student health care nurse at Waynesburg University.

The participating students and faculty will serve as cabin counselors for the weeklong service trip. In this capacity, they will take care of the daily needs of the 10 campers in their perspective cabins. They also will have the opportunity to lead by example and provide an exciting and empowering experience for the campers.

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 spring break, 48 Waynesburg University students will serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad. University faculty and staff will lead three Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips, covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The projects include partnerships with The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa., Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C., and Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weeklong work camp Sunday, March 6, through Friday, March 11. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program, will serve as the trip leader.

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is a Christian community development organization that serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs. TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

Eighteen students will spend their spring break in Concord, N.C., from Sunday, March 6, through Saturday, March 12. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Ten Waynesburg University students will spend part of their spring break from Saturday, March 5, through Sunday, March 13, working with Strong Missions. 

Located in Carrillos, Costa Rica, Strong Missions is a Christian organization that specializes in serving and providing for the needs of low income Costa Rican individuals. Christopher Kellner, resident director at Waynesburg University, and Mary Cummings, senior vice president for Student Services and Enrollment, will serve as trip leaders.

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Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of Chemistry at the University, will lead a team of six students to serve in Wynne, Arkansas during the students’ break. The students will serve Monday, Jan. 4, through Saturday, Jan. 9. 

While serving, the students will volunteer at a public school and educate elementary students on the fundamentals of science. 

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Damara Deal, senior biology/pre-med major from New Castle (Shenango High School)
  • Alex Freiberger, freshman forensic science major from McDonald (Fort Cherry High School)
  • Trevor Hawkins, freshman marine biology major from Annapolis, Maryland (Broadneck Senior High School)
  • Natalie Johnston, freshman forensic science major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Cara Paraska, sophomore forensic science major from Canonsburg (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Amy Smith, junior biology and secondary education major from Fairlawn, Ohio (Copley High School)

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During spring break, 55 Waynesburg University students will serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad. University faculty and staff will lead three mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests.

The projects include partnerships with The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa., Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C., and Strong Missions in Carrillos, Costa Rica.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP) for a weeklong work camp Saturday, March 7, through Friday, March 13. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program, will serve as the trip leader.

Located on the north side of Pittsburgh, TPP is a Christian community development organization that serves vulnerable homeowners in neighborhoods throughout the city by providing home repairs. TPP is committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

Twenty-three students will spend their spring break in Concord, N.C., from Saturday, March 7, through Saturday, March 14. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents.

Strong Missions – Carrillos, Costa Rica

Twelve Waynesburg University students will spend part of their spring break from Saturday, March 7, through Saturday, March 14, working with Strong Missions. Located in Carrillos, Costa Rica, Strong Missions is a Christian organization that specializes in serving and providing for the needs of low income Costa Rican individuals. Christopher Kellner, resident director at Waynesburg University, and Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of international programs, will serve as trip leaders.

During the trip, students will assist with construction projects as well as participate in the Strong Missions Loaves and Fishes Feeding Program, aimed to provide feeding education and extracurricular programs to families.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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Twelve Waynesburg University students will spend part of their spring break from Saturday, March 7, through Saturday, March 14, working with Strong Missions. Located in Carrillos, Costa Rica, Strong Missions is a Christian organization that specializes in serving and providing for the needs of low income Costa Rican individuals. Christopher Kellner, resident director at Waynesburg University, and Rev. Carolyn Poteet, director of international programs, will serve as trip leaders.

During the trip, students will assist with construction projects as well as participate in the Strong Missions Loaves and Fishes Feeding Program, aimed to provide feeding education and extracurricular programs to families.

“I am looking forward for the opportunity to experience a culture different from my own,” said Michael Stroud, a junior forensic science major. “I have completed a lot of service trips in the United States so I am excited to travel outside of the country and provide service to those who need it.”

Students participating in the trip include:


•    Devin Coughlin, a senior international culture major from Oxford, N.J. (Belvidere High School)
•    Joshuah Dains, a senior business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
•    Emma Emiliani, a senior criminal justice administration major from Canton, Pa. (Canton Area Junior-Senior High School)
•    Kara Evans, a freshman computer security and forensics major from Concord, Calif. (Berean Christian High School)
•    Cody Hillberry, a senior sociology major from Sycamore, Pa. (Home School)
•    Parker Kantos, a junior sociology (pre-law) major from Waupaca, Wis. (Waupaca High School)
•    Jessica Marabello, a junior mathematics major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Bishop Canevin High School)
•    Derrion May, a junior marine biology major from Belleville, Ill. (Belleville High School East)
•    Shelby O’Brien, a senior psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Keystone Oaks High School)
•    DeRon Scott, a junior English (creative writing) major from San Diego, Calif. (Julian Charter School)
•    Michael Stroud, a junior forensic science major from Lockport, N.Y. (Lockport High School)
•    Victoria Whitty, a junior biology (pre-med) major from New Wilmington, Pa. (Wilmington Area High School)

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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