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Faith & Service

Students dedicate Spring Break to international and domestic service

Olivia Sanvicente Mar 6, 2024

Over Waynesburg University's 2024 Spring Break, more than 60 students are immersing themselves in domestic and international service projects. Led by faculty and staff, the students are currently serving at five service sites in Pittsburgh and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Concord, North Carolina; Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic; and Nassau, Bahamas.

Throughout their time at Waynesburg University, students are immersed in the three pillars of the Waynesburg mission of faith, learning and service. Participating in service trips can help students fulfill the service-learning requirement in Waynesburg University’s general education curriculum and offers them a way to directly make a positive impact on the world.

Habitat for Humanity - Concord, NC

Beginning March 2, students on this week-long service trip will help build homes to address housing insecurity in North Carolina. This trip is led by Angelica Good, Resident Director, and Aaron Sielski, Director of the Student Code of Conduct and Resident Director. 

Participating students:

  • Gloria Acor, junior communication major from Claysville, Pennsylvania
  • Seth Evans, junior human services major from Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • Isaiah Matthews, senior criminal justice administration major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Marco Moorby, senior forensic investigation major from Carnegie, Pennsylvania
  • Macy Moore, junior early childhood education major from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Lydia Otto, sophomore history major from Wooster, Ohio
  • Reagan Pettis, sophomore early childhood education major from West Springfield, Pennsylvania
  • Kaleigh Sohn, sophomore psychology major from Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
  • Alivia Young, sophomore psychology major from Darlington, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg National Park - Gettysburg, PA

This five-day service trip was designed for history enthusiasts. Students will work with a variety of historical associations to preserve different sites in the park. This trip is led by Rea Redd, Director of the Eberly Library.

Participating students:

  • Josh Clingan, junior sports information major from Cypress, California
  • Jesse Cook, senior criminal justice administration major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Samuel Hamilton, junior criminal justice administration major from Bowie, Maryland
  • Ashlee Hess, freshman forensic science major from Finksburg, Maryland
  • Kordell Jones, freshman sports information major from Washington, D.C.

Project GROW - Hato Mayor del Rey, Dominican Republic

From March 2 to March 9, students will offer two different branches of service in Hato Mayor del Rey. One of these branches is Christian ministry in partnership with a local school, and the other is focused on social entrepreneurship, through which students will lead classes relating to entrepreneurship with a local women's group. This trip is led by Cassy Dorsch, Director of the eHive and Nest, and Lily Portman, Admissions Counselor.

Participating students:

  • Reggie Branson, junior entrepreneurship major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Kyle Casella, freshman sports management major from Clarksboro, New Jersey
  • Shekinah Chandler, senior nursing major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • Jacinda Devart, senior criminal justice administration major from Grafton, West Virginia
  • Diana Hernandez, freshman communication major from South Amboy, New Jersey
  • Madelyn Hill, senior cybersecurity and forensics major from Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Adam Huckestein, senior marketing major from Saxonburg, Pennsylvania
  • Sadie Mink, senior interdisciplinary studies major from Hadley, Pennsylvania
  • Tyler Mohrbacher, senior biblical & ministry studies major from Freedom, Pennsylvania
  • Ross Owens, junior biblical & ministry studies major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Kayla Snider, senior forensic investigation major from Roseville, Ohio
  • Kylie Talbert, senior early childhood education major from Keedysville, Maryland
  • Nicky Veychek, freshman entrepreneurship major from Irwin, Pennsylvania
  • Amleset Barham, senior international business major from the University of South Florida

Praying Pelicans Mission - Nassau, Bahamas 

Nursing students will spend a week, from March 2 to March 9, providing free medical assessments to residents of Nassau, Bahamas. This trip is led by Dr. Eve Weaver, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Lina Hixson, Assistant Director for the Nursing Program and Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Participating students:

  • Elisabeth Adams, junior nursing major from California, Pennsylvania
  • Joula Anderson, senior nursing major from Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • Alex Bernard, senior nursing major from Carnegie, Pennsylvania
  • Sadie Bowers, freshman nursing major from Waterford, Pennsylvania
  • Caitlin Bubarth, senior nursing major from Hunker, Pennsylvania
  • Brandon Donley, senior nursing major from Dilliner, Pennsylvania
  • Kiersten Friday, freshman nursing major from Tyrone, Pennsylvania
  • Annie Gaines, senior nursing major from LaPlata, Maryland
  • Emma Herold, senior nursing major from Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Luke Hostetler, senior nursing major from Mercer, Pennsylvania
  • Jordan Miller, senior nursing major from Monessen, Pennsylvania
  • Mylaina Pendo, junior nursing major from California, Pennsylvania
  • Grace Podobnik, senior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Kaitlyn Rosales, junior nursing major from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Nicole Simeone, senior nursing major from Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Urban Impact - Pittsburgh, PA

Bonner Scholars and other students are serving with this youth development organization in Pittsburgh and the surrounding community. This trip is led by Ali Cammisa, Admissions Counselor, and TJ Hyland, Resident Director.

Participating students:

  • Paul Adams, freshman history major from Sycamore, Pennsylvania
  • Virtue Bama, sophomore marine biology major from Baltimore, Maryland
  • Rylie Baker, freshman English education major from Weirton, West Virginia
  • Penelope Barnett, freshman marine biology major from Paris, Kentucky
  • Jemuel Cypress, freshman marketing major from Capitol Heights, Maryland
  • Zachary Johnson, freshman finance major from Raceland, Kentucky
  • Macie Kraynak, freshman forensic science major from Rices Landing, Pennsylvania
  • Jamarion Lewis, freshman marine biology major from Katy, Texas
  • Analyse McGowan, freshman forensic science major from Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
  • Melanie Mchitaryan, freshman political science major from Lancaster, California
  • Rebekah Miller, freshman health & exercise science major from Smicksburg, Pennsylvania
  • Izabell Montani, sophomore human services major from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
  • Cami Myers, freshman forensic science major from Gallitzan, Pennsylvania
  • Vincent Palmeri, freshman mathematics major from Edgewater, Maryland
  • Makayla Paules, junior human services major from Dover, Pennsylvania
  • Jaden Sturm, freshman with an undeclared major from Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Lluvia Suarez, freshman political science major from Rio Rico, Arizona
  • Kevin Tate, freshman criminal justice administration major from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • Steven Trettel, freshman communication major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Alyssa Weaver, sophomore nursing major from Knox, Pennsylvania

For more information about service immersion trips, contact Adrienne Tharp, director of the center for service leadership and assistant dean of student development, at