A passion for science and a heart for patient care help alum excel in medical school

971916_804256486944_1780301964_n“As I completed high school and started college, I realized that there is no connection as intimate and life-changing as one can have with another human being,” reflects Naomi (DeYoung) Wiens ’10 on her decision to become a physician. “I loved building a foundation in science, physiology, anatomy and chemistry in college, and I was hard pressed to see myself feeling fulfilled in any other field.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2010, Alumni, Biology, Majors & Minors, Scholarship, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on May 20th, 2014


Chinese program helps student advance study

Keterly Styer
Keterly Steyer ’15 is from Brazil, grew up in Chicago, and spent 3.5 years in Shanghai before moving to Buffalo, N.Y., for her final years of high school.

Steyer is bilingual, learning both English and Portuguese as a child, and when her family moved to Shanghai for her dad’s job in 2005, she quickly had to pick up the basics of the Chinese language too. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Chinese, Class of 2015, Nursing, Study Abroad | 1 Comment »

Posted on April 14th, 2014


Student researches pancreatitis at Hershey Medical Center

02-07-Michael-5-Melissa-HessA biopsychology major, Michael Skolka ’14 wants to influence science and human health care through medical research. For the summer of 2013, he garnered one of the 24 spots in the undergraduate research fellows program through the American Physiological Society, which allowed him to research pancreatitis at Penn State Hershey Medical Center with Alberto Travagli, professor of neural and behavioral sciences at Penn State. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Biochemistry, Class of 2014, Grad School Bound, Honors Program, Internships, Majors & Minors, Scholarship | Comments Off

Posted on March 17th, 2014


Scholar, educator, social worker and program manager—all as a college senior

kaity zookKaitlyn Zook ‘14
Social Work
Manheim, Pa.

In case life as a college senior isn’t busy enough with finishing classes, completing internships and preparing for graduation, social work major Kaitlyn Zook takes a busy schedule one step further and also works as a project manager leading Project Ubuntu for the humanitarian nonprofit 2 Seconds or Less.

Zook first heard of the organization during a semester in Philadelphia. After longing to get involved with an organization she felt really met the claims they were making, Zook was eager to see how she could help. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in About Service, Class of 2014, Majors & Minors, Social Work | 1 Comment »

Posted on February 17th, 2014


Teaming up in television- alum leads broadcast operations for local station

Keith Blaisdell, Director of Broadcasting Operations for abc27.Keith Blaisdell ‘82
Communication
Harrisburg, Pa.

On any given day, you can find Keith Blaisdell ’82 bustling around the WHTM-TV (abc27, a local abc affiliate station) studio in Harrisburg, Pa., doing everything from finding new on-air talent, to researching and purchasing equipment, to making sure reporters’ microphones work for their live shots. Those are just a few of the many things that Blaisdell gives oversight to as the director of broadcast operations for the station. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1982, About Leadership, Alumni, Broadcasting, Communication, Humanities, Majors & Minors | 2 Comments »

Posted on January 13th, 2014


Two grads, two coasts, one shared love for animals
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Lindsey Jett ’12

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Lizzie Miller ’12

Lindsey (Hayes) Jett ‘12 and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller ’12 both knew from an early age that they wanted to be veterinarians. For Jett, it was her passion for animals. For Miller, it was a natural progression from her inclination towards the sciences and insatiable love of animals. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2012, Biochemistry, Grad School Bound, Majors & Minors, Molecular Biology, Scholarship, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on December 13th, 2013


Professor’s student teaching experience leads to invaluable partnership

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Professor of Early Childhood Education
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

What makes a kid who grew up in rural, eastern Pennsylvania interested in teaching in a city? That’s the question Don Murk ’79, professor of early childhood education asked himself more than 30 years ago as student at Messiah College. Murk, who was an early childhood and elementary education major, decided he wanted to complete his student teaching experience in an urban school and spent his student teaching semester at Downey Elementary School in the Harrisburg School District teaching kindergarten. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1979, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Education, Majors & Minors, Scholarship, Service and Learning | 1 Comment »

Posted on November 15th, 2013


For the love of the game

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Silalei (Shani) Owuor ’09
Human Resource Management
Nairobi, Kenya

What does it take to be a professional athlete?

Silalei (Shani) Owuor ’09 is learning that like any other professional pursuit, it takes time, commitment and hard work. However, for Owuor, not only is she pursuing a sport she is passionate about, she is making a name for the sport and its popularity across Kenya as captain of the Kenyan Women’s National Basketball Team. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, Alumni, Athletics, Business, Intl' Students, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on October 4th, 2013


Using local resources, alum creates one-of-a-kind furniture

storylink picRick Dohler ’93
Marketing
Nashville, Tenn.

As a full-time contractor in Nashville, Tenn., Rick Dohler ’93 comes across a variety of buildings every day. From updating existing structures to building something from the ground up, one thing he continually runs into are people who desire custom furniture, and a lot of discarded materials from old buildings that are being torn down.

Inspired by that increasing demand for unique furniture and his own interest in up-cycling materials that could very easily be thrown away, Dohler created a small business selling reclaimed wood furniture on Etsy. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1993, Alumni, Arts, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on September 13th, 2013


Alum named new program assistant for the Middle East Studies Program

sari1Sari Heidenreich ’12
Journalism
Jerusalem, Israel

Over the past year, journalism alumna Sari Heidenreich ’12 became very familiar with asking the right questions. After all, as senior social media producer for WHTM-TV (abc27) in Harrisburg, Pa., Heidenreich was responsible for reporting breaking news at a moment’s notice and keeping online information accurate, concise and relevant.

It’s no surprise then, that when Heidenreich heard about a job opening with Best Semester’s Middle East Studies Program (MESP), a program in which she participated in during her junior year at Messiah, she started questioning if it was the right opportunity for her. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2012, Humanities, Journalism, Majors & Minors, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on August 12th, 2013


Philosophy, biochemistry alum serves as cardiology fellow

AlumniProfileDriverpic--asKevin Driver ’03
Philosophy/Biochemistry
Charlottesville, Va.

Coming to Messiah College as a first-year student, Kevin Driver ’03 knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine, so he declared a major in biochemistry. He had many family members and friends that served as mentors and helped him find his passion for medicine. What he didn’t know, however, was that he would spend as much time buried in books about metaphysics and epistemology as he would in the lab. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2003, Alumni, Biochemistry, Honors Program, Humanities, Majors & Minors, Philosophy | Comments Off

Posted on July 11th, 2013


Caring for children’s soles

andrea cole 2Andrea Cole ’15
Biology/Pre-Med
Winfield, Pa.
As Andrea Cole ’15 walked through the streets of the small Honduran town she was visiting on a church-sponsored mission trip in 2011, she noticed that many of the children were running around on the rough terrain with no shoes. Her heart ached for those children because they were missing, what seemed to her, a basic necessity. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in About Service, Biology, Class of 2015, Majors & Minors, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on June 17th, 2013


Shooting for success

hess_nicky_hsNicky Hess ’13
Nursing
Marietta, Pa.

Recent grad Nicky Hess ’13 knows the importance of managing her time. After all, she spent her entire college career carefully balancing her two passions: nursing and basketball.

In addition to her role as starting point-guard for the Messiah College women’s basketball team, who made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament this season, Hess managed a full course load as a nursing student—complete with clinical practice, site visits and time-intensive labs. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, Majors & Minors, Nursing | 1 Comment »

Posted on May 24th, 2013


Alum leads game operations and events for NBA team

Todd Red2Todd Bosma ’96
Portland, Oregon
Director of game operations and events for the Portland Trail Blazers

 From the moment a fan pulls into the parking lot of the Rose Garden to the moment they leave the door, director of game operations and events for the Portland Trail Blazers Todd Bosma ’96 is in charge of making sure visitors have a memorable night at the game.

“I am responsible for everything that goes on during a game besides the five guys on the court dribbling,” says Bosma. “It’s challenging and a bit chaotic, but I absolutely love my job.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1996, Internships, Majors & Minors, Marketing | Comments Off

Posted on May 1st, 2013


Student captures magic of the silver screen in short film “Palace”

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Rolando Vega
Bridgewater, N.J.
Film and Media Arts

Combining his creative spirit, passion for technology and love of film, Rolando Vega ’13 created a professional-quality short film for his senior honors project that culminated his academic experience at Messiah and prepared him for a future career in film. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, Arts, Communication, Film and Media Arts, Humanities, Majors & Minors, Philadelphia Campus, Scholarship | 1 Comment »

Posted on April 5th, 2013


Student spearheads campus composting efforts

arditiAdam Arditi ’13
Studio Art
Collegeville, Pa.

As Messiah College’s first-ever waste diversion coordinator, Adam Arditi ’13 works to create a more sustainable campus each day by picking up pre- and post-consumer food waste from Lottie Nelson Dining Hall and pre-consumer food waste from the Union Café and transporting the waste to campus composting piles. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, Arts, Go Green!, Majors & Minors, Studio Art, Study Abroad | 3 Comments »

Posted on February 27th, 2013


Alumna’s photo inspiration for Jamie Foxx short film

Grace Lankford StoryLinkGrace Lankford ’11
Health and Exercise Science alum
Hummelstown, Pa.

Featured on the cover of the summer 2011 issue of The Bridge, health and exercise science alum Grace Lankford ’11 continues to pursue her love of photography in addition to her job as a wellness instructor.

Though she focused her major course work in the sciences, Lankford broadened her horizons by taking many art electives during her time at Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2011, Alumni, Exercise Science, Majors & Minors, Studio Art | 2 Comments »

Posted on February 1st, 2013


Alumni couple creates mobile business with Lancaster Cupcake

Jeff ’08 and Emily (Barcklow) Mitchell ’08
Owners of
Lancaster Cupcake
Lancaster, Pa.

What did one alumna do while waiting for her nursing license to transfer from one state to another? She baked. Then she started a cupcake business with her husband, which led to an appearance on the Food Network’s hit television show “Cupcake Wars.”

That’s exactly how it happened for Emily (Barcklow) ’08 and Jeff Mitchell ’08, owners of Lancaster Cupcake, a mobile bakery in Lancaster, Pa. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, Alumni, Majors & Minors, Nursing, Sport Management | 3 Comments »

Posted on January 8th, 2013


‘God story’ inspires alum to pen children’s book

Lisa (Zaleta) Williams ’91
Author and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Smyrna, De.

Lisa (Zaleta) Williams ’91 has always enjoyed working with children. As a mother of three and a licensed clinical social worker who works with middle school students, she is improving the lives of children and teens every day.

In addition to her social work job, Williams—who graduated from Messiah with a degree in Spanish before pursuing her master’s degree in social work from Temple University—also enjoys writing psycho-educational and advocacy pieces on mental health issues for Hispanic newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1991, Alumni, Majors & Minors, Social Work, Spanish | Comments Off

Posted on December 18th, 2012


Business admin alum recruits for the Red Sox

Mike Danubio Storylink Mike Danubio ’95

Director of Human Resources for the Boston Red Sox

Boston, Mass.

If someone told Mike Danubio ’95 when he was in college that he would be the director of human resources for the Boston Red Sox, he would not have believed it. But with a Messiah business degree in hand and a passion for human resources and talent acquisition, that is exactly where he is today—playing a key leadership role in the hiring, employee training and employee relations for the front office operations of the team in Boston, Mass.   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1995, Accounting, Alumni, Business | 1 Comment »

Posted on December 5th, 2012


   

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