University students to travel to Caribbean to serve during Winter Break

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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

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