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University students to serve in Pittsburgh over spring break

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

A team of 28 students will serve with the Pittsburgh Project Saturday, March 9, through Friday, March 15. Students will be led by Kent James, lecturer of history at Waynesburg University and Christopher Kellner, University resident director.   

Dedicated to creating servant leaders, the Pittsburgh Project is a nonprofit community development organization located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. Waynesburg University students will partner with the Pittsburgh Project to serve some of the city’s most vulnerable residents by providing free home repairs and by building strong, faith-centered relationships.

In many cases, the building improvements save the homeowner from possible citation or eviction. Projects include hanging drywall, constructing wheelchair ramps and replacing doors, floors and windows.

“My goal for the students is to see the overwhelming need right here in our backyard. People sometimes forget that the U.S. is not poverty free,” Kellner said. “We can build relationships and maintain those relationships much more easily when they are close by.”

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project mission trip include:

•    Victoria Berggren, a freshman nursing major from Lower Burrell (Burrell High School)
•    Kimber Blair, a  junior public relations major from New Castle (Laurel High School)
•    Caley Blankenbuehler, a freshman math/secondary education major from West Newton (Yough High School)
•    Eric Burnett, a freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels High School)
•    Nermeen Bushra, a freshman chemistry (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Harrisburg (Harrisburg Christian School)  
•    James Glisan, a freshman biblical & ministry studies (religion & philosophy) major from West Newton. (Yough High School)  
•    Brandon Glowark, a freshman environmental science major from McDonald
 (West Allegheny High School)
•    Bret Hoffman, a sophomore forensic accounting major from Washington (Washington High School)  
•    Matthew Kabay, a junior athletic training major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
•    Victoria Kapp, a sophomore psychology major from Shippenville (Keystone High School)
•    Shakila Kienholz, a freshman history/secondary education (citizenship) major from Erie (Fort LeBoeuf High School)
•    Jessie Kiner, a freshman nursing major from Millerstown (Greenwood High School)
•    Rebecca Lane, a sophomore early childhood/special education major from Ellwood City (Laurel High School)
•    Jerry Lawman, a freshman international business major from Poland, Ohio (Poland Seminary High School)
•    John Lydic, a freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Verona (Penn Hills High School)
•    Derrion May, a freshman marine biology major from Fairview Heights, Ill.
(Belleville East High School)
•    Nicholas Merlino, a freshman nursing major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
•    Zachary Morgan, a freshman sports management major from Greencastle (Grace Academy)  
•    Timothy Neral, a freshman communication (journalism) major from Pittsburgh
(North Hills High School)
•    DeRon Scott, a freshman English (creative writing) major from San Diego, Calif. (Julian Charter School)
•    Gracious Shavers, a sophomore human services/education major from Japan (Zion Christian Academy)
•    Rebecca Shindelar, a freshman with undeclared major from Bemidji, Minn.
(Bemidji High School)
•    Katharine Shultz, a sophomore human services (social science) major from Venetia
 (Peters Township High School)  
•    Pedro Torrez, a freshman with undeclared major from Raleigh, N.C. (Saint Thomas More Academy)
•    Angela Wadding, a junior communication (journalism) major from Dayton (West Shamokin High School)
•    Victoria Whitty, a freshman biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from New Wilmington (Wilmington High School)
•    Casey Wiltshire, a freshman finance major from Adena, Ohio (Buckeye Local High School)
•    Dominic Zappa, a junior accounting major from Monroeville (Gateway High School)

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