As the semester draws to a close, 34 Waynesburg University students will travel to different states and countries to serve others before heading home for the summer. University faculty and staff will lead four mission service trips covering a variety of academic and professional interests in May.
The projects include partnerships with the John Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Miss., a Native American Reservation in Tuba City, Ariz., Urban Promise in Camden, N.J. and Christ’s College in Taipei, Taiwan.
John Perkins Foundation – Jackson, Miss.
Tom Ribar, Waynesburg University chaplain,and Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University,will lead 17 Waynesburg University students to Jackson, Miss., from Friday, May 10, until Saturday, May 18, to partner with the John M. Perkins Foundation for a week of service. The group will work on various building projects in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Students will study racial reconciliation and community development issues with Dr. John M. Perkins about an area that has a history of racial segregation and large scale poverty. This year marks the University’s ninth trip to serve the foundation.
Native American Reservation – Tuba City, Ariz.
Melissa Sargent, assistant to the director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, and Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education, will lead 11 students to serve at a Native American reservation in Tuba City, Ariz., from Saturday, May 11, until Saturday, May 18.
The group will serve with Navajo and Hopi peoples and will learn about their history and perspectives. Students will work in 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.
Urban Promise – Camden, N.J.
Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, will lead three Waynesburg University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 11, to Saturday, May 18, to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.
Waynesburg students will help Urban Promise’s children with their homework, lead arts and crafts, direct athletic games and make an impact on the lives of those struggling in a less prosperous region of our country.
Christ’s College – Taipei, Taiwan
Richard Blake, associate professor and librarian at Waynesburg University, will lead three students across the globe to Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, May 12, through Thursday, May 30. Once there, the Waynesburg students will serve alongside students from Christ’s College.
Christ's College, founded in 1959, provides a Christian Liberal Arts Education for Chinese students. The goal of the college is to build a strong Christian faith in the lives of students and to provide them with a solid academic foundation, according to Christ’s College website.
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