From Saturday, March 9, to Saturday, March 16, a team of nine students will travel to Quito, Ecuador to partner with Summit Adventure, a Christ-centered outdoor adventure, service and experiential education ministry. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, and Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at the University, will lead the students.
The trip is intended to help students understand the importance of caring for God’s creation. They will work with Summit Adventure to “build an ethos of ‘creation care’ to address the environmental issues of both the natural and urban habitats of Ecuador” as well as human and environmental health issues.
“My hope for the students attending this trip is that they will see how the government handles environmental issues in a way that is foreign to us in the United States,” Paladino said. “We also hope to combine this newfound global perspective with an attitude of service and team building.”
Students participating in this trip include:
• Cory Davis, a junior environmental science major from Linesville (Conneaut Area High School)
• Kelsey Geehring, a senior biology major from Dawson (Mount Carmel Christian School)
• Loni Gibson, a junior environmental science major from Scenery Hill (Bentworth High School)
• Colin Nelson, a sophomore international cultures major from State College (State College Area High School)
• Nathan Ribar, a freshman environmental science major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
• Jonathan Sendecki, a junior environmental science major from Gap (home schooled)
• Jessica Shaffer, a senior biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Mount Pleasant (Mount Pleasant High School)
• Louis Weber, a freshman environmental science major from West Mifflin (West Mifflin High School)
• Jeff Johns, a senior biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Upper Burrell (Burrell High School)
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