Kelley Hardie, director of housing at Waynesburg University, and Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education at Waynesburg University, will lead 12 students to serve at a Native American Reservation in Tuba City, Ariz., from Saturday, May 5 until Saturday, May 12.
“During this week, we will literally see and feel barriers coming down, relationships being built, and a stronger understanding between people,” Hardie said. “If that's not God's work then I don't know what is.”
The group will serve in the Navajo Nation by tutoring students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at the Tuba City Boarding School. They will experience the culture of the Navajo Nation through a presentation from a Navajo Tribal Delegate, a visit to a traditional sheep farm and a tribal pow-wow.
The group will serve the school in a number of capacities including preparing a school carnival, a sports banquet, a Hero’s Day, a prom, a National Honor Society banquet and graduation.
Students participating in the mission service trip include:
- Lauren Alexander, a freshman biology major from Venetia, Pa. (Peters Township High School)
- Mariah Beauregard, a freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Jessup, Md. (Chapelgate Christian Academy)
- Theresa Butler, a freshman accounting major from Uniontown, Pa. (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
- Stacey Mills, a junior biology secondary education major from Russell, Pa. (Eisenhower Middle/Senior High School)
- T’Ericka Perry, a sophomore international studies (international culture) major from Baltimore, Md. (Kenwood High)
- JoHanna Phillips, a freshman chemistry (forensic chemistry) major from Fairchance, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
- Brianna Pierorazio, a junior nursing major from Baltimore, Md. (Loch Raven High School
- Katharine Shultz, a freshman middle-level education major from Venetia, Pa. (Peters Township High School)
- Karl Shaley, a sophomore biblical ministry studies (children and youth) major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Taylor Allderice High School)
- Abigail Wernert, a freshman exploring major from Finleyville, Pa. (Ringgold High School)
- Allyson Wenert, a freshman exploring major from Finleyville, Pa. (Ringgold High School)
- Nicole Ziberg, a sophomore psychology major from Severn, Md. (Old Mill 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 adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 23 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.