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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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Eight Waynesburg University students will travel to Taipei, Taiwan, to serve for three weeks during summer break. Led by University Professor and Librarian IV Richard Blake, along with co-leader Sandy Chen-Blake, the group will serve at Christ’s College, a Presbyterian school specializing in teaching and training in English, music and education.

While in Taipei from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 21, the students will participate in meals and activities with Christ’s College students, in addition to visiting classrooms on campus. The group will join Christ’s College students as they observe and join in Christian programming at local elementary schools. They will also find opportunities to volunteer at after-church feeding programs and assist during worship times at Grace Home Churches, which serve marginalized, inner-city congregations.

“[The students] 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. “The emphasis is on learning how faith works by the locals rather than exporting our version of religion, except to be supportive of their efforts as we accompany Christ’s College’s students, faculty and personnel in their Christian outreach.”

Blake also said Waynesburg students will return home having been immersed in the history and culture of Taiwan, as they will have the opportunity to travel around the country and visit significant cultural and worship sites.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Mariah Castle, a junior psychology major from Canton (Canton Area Junior-Senior High)
  • Janelle Chuah, a junior biology pre-med major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (K12 International Academy)
  • Destiny McCune, a junior biblical ministry studies major from New Castle (New Castle Junior-Senior High School)
  • Kortney Orwig, a junior biblical ministry studies major from Pittsburgh (North Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Torre Remish, a senior psychology major from Belle Vernon (Charleroi Area High School)
  • Kathleen Renk, a freshman with an undetermined major from Pittsburgh (City Charter High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Toms River, New Jersey (Toms River High School North)
  • Katherine Staronka, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Burnham (Mifflin County 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 the first week of summer break, nine Waynesburg University students will participate in a mission trip in Tuba City, Arizona. The group will serve at the Tuba City Boarding School from Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 8.

Situated on a Navajo reservation, Tuba City Boarding School provides a quality, secure learning environment for Native American children. Led by Mary Hamilla, academic and major decision counselor, and Kylee Sargent, Help Desk coordinator, the Waynesburg students will be prepared to provide tutoring, maintenance work, event setup or offer whatever service the school needs.

Hamilla hopes the University students and members of the boarding school community build relationships that bridge cultures throughout the week.

“We hope that the Navajo and Hopi people with whom we come into contact will view us as resources,” said Hamilla. “We hope for mutual growth and wisdom between Tuba City students and Waynesburg University students.”

As she prepares to lead the trip for the first time, Hamilla also looks forward to being immersed in a new culture and becoming closer with the students participating in the trip.

“I am excited to spend an intensive week with this small group of Waynesburg students,” said Hamilla. “Service trips are a unique opportunity to engage in a shared, meaningful project, and they invariably lead to a bond among participants.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Michaela Callander, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Amber Cofield, a junior sociology major from Millersville, Maryland (Calvary Baptist Church Academy)
  • Jennifer Gabrielcik, a junior forensic science major from Avonmore (West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School)
  • Cassandra Kemp, a senior history major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Danielle Kemp, a senior nursing major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Joanna Peters, a sophomore human services major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)
  • Victoria Rossignol, a freshman sociology major from Norridgewock, Maine (Temple Academy Christian School)
  • Maranda Valentino, a senior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson High School)
  • Savannah Walker, a senior psychology major from Westminster, Maryland (Westminster 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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The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science will host a Science Day for regional high school students Thursday, April 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. High school students in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties are invited, in addition to students from some West Virginia high schools. 

The Department has been working with the Waynesburg student chapter of the American Chemical Society to plan the event, which will include presentations from across the various science departments on campus. Throughout the day, participants will attend a number of sessions focusing on different areas of science. Professors will help attendees understand topics like biochemistry, relationships in geometry, physiology and computer programming, among others. 

“The purpose of the event is to show high school students that studying science is rewarding and accessible – a worthwhile pursuit in college,” said Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “We try to plan the day as a way for them to see themselves as science students.”

Baldauff said Science Day has been held since the 1990s, and it provides University students and faculty a chance to serve the local community by sharing their love of science.

“We are able to impart an understanding not only of science knowledge, but also of the benefit to pursuing a career in STEM,” said Baldauff.

For more information, contact Baldauff at ebaldauf@waynesburg.edu.

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 Waynesburg University presented the Golden Key and Distinguished Alumni awards at the President’s Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 1. Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim received the Golden Key Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Daniel Dvorchak.

The Alumni Council presents the Golden Key award to alumni or friends of Waynesburg University dedicated to a lifetime of significant leadership and involvement with the University. Recipients of the prestigious award have distinguished themselves among their peers in a meaningful way.

This year’s recipients, Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim, were recognized for their compassionate care for others and support of the University. Together, the Yims have established the Dr. Alice and Chang Yim Endowed Scholarship for nursing students. They have a demonstrated history of philanthropy dedicated to the needs of nursing homes and college scholarships for nursing students who wish to work with the elderly.

Each year, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus for their unwavering devotion to the University’s mission. 

The Alumni Council recognized Daniel Dvorchak for his commitment to the University through generous contributions to The Daniel M. Dvorchak Endowed Scholarship. He has been dedicated to creating an impact on Waynesburg University students that will last for many years to come. 

Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim

Mr. Chang and Dr. Alice Yim, natives of Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai, China, respectively, moved to the U.S. in the 1950s to pursue college education. Chang earned his graduate degree at Columbia University in Missouri, while his wife attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After college, the couple moved to Dalton, Georgia, where they live today. 

Chang and Alice have spent their lives as entrepreneurs, delving into multiple business opportunities. In the 1980s, they started a heating pad and hand warmer company called HeatMax and an antistatic garment company called Aesops. Alice continues to run Aesops today, and while the couple sold HeatMax in 2006, their oldest son still works for the company. Alice also manages a multi-unit rental property and volunteers at a local school in the media center/library.

Both Chang and Alice have a passion for giving freely of their time, love and financial resources, especially to the elderly. They aim to instill in young people a deep respect for the elderly. Most of their philanthropy and time is dedicated to the needs of nursing homes and college scholarships for nursing students who wish to work with the elderly.

The Yims have three grown sons who live in Georgia, Missouri and Washington, and nine grandchildren. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_4-4-Distinguished-Alumni.jpgDaniel Dvorchak

Daniel Dvorchak graduated from Waynesburg College in 1968 with a degree in business administration. 

After graduation, he quickly accepted a position in sales with Republic Steel Corporation. In 1989, he founded Storagecraft, Inc., a steel storage equipment company located in Orlando, Florida. The company quickly grew into a successful venture and was acquired by List Industries in 2004. Today, the company has expanded nationwide with distribution centers in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, with more than 150 employees. 

A graduate of South Union High School in Uniontown, Daniel was inducted into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame with the 1961 South Union High School Track Team. Daniel also played football at Waynesburg and was on the Yellow Jacket 1966 National Championship team, which was later inducted into the Washington-Greene County Sports Hall of Fame.

Today, Daniel is retired and lives in Bonita Springs, Florida, with his longtime fiancée Vicki Hollingsworth. He enjoys playing golf, reading and keeping in touch with his former Yellow Jacket teammates.

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