Professor’s student teaching experience leads to invaluable partnership

Don Murk Don Murk’ 79
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


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 »

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Posted on June 17th, 2013


One Last Spring Break: Student Opts for Service instead of the beach

Steve Frankenfield ’11

Adventure Education

Hilltown, Pa.

For his final spring break, Steve Frankenfield ’11 journeyed to the rugged Cumberland Valley of Tennessee.

Again.

For three out of four spring breaks of his Messiah College career, the 22-year-old adventure education major has participated in the Agapé Center’s service trip to Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), an interdenominational nonprofit ministry that serves impoverished rural families in the scenic—yet isolated—Cumberland Valley.

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Posted in 2011, About Leadership, About Service, Adventure Education, Agape Center, Majors & Minors, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on May 13th, 2011


Surviving an overseas terrorist bombing increases student’s passion for ministry

Kristopher Sledge ’13

Christian Ministries

Selinsgrove, Pa.

Christian ministries major Kristopher Sledge ’13 experienced a summer he won’t soon forget. The 19-year-old Selinsgrove, Pa., native says he was grateful to spend time this summer as part of a 15-member team from his church doing mission work in Bwaise, Uganda, a suburb of the capital, Kampala. However, on July 11, he was also one of the people hurt in a terrorist bombing that killed 74 and injured many others. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, About Service, Christian Ministries, Giving Back, Majors & Minors, Service and Learning | 2 Comments »

Posted on August 25th, 2010


Serving the community shapes student’s life

rachel-moffett1Rachel Moffett ’09
Elementary Education major

Every Tuesday afternoon Rachel Moffett ’09 boards a bus to work with inner-city youth at the Allison Hill Community Center in Harrisburg.  After four years of helping with homework, cleaning, serving meals, and lending a shoulder to cry on, this elementary education alum bids farewell to the individuals that have helped shape her life, broaden her horizons, and strengthen her fortitude.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, About Service, Alumni, Education, Service and Learning, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on October 6th, 2009


Student activist/ecologist challenges ‘Silent Epidemic’

ryan-witmerRyan Witmer ′09
Environmental Studies major
Hometown:  Wooster, Ohio

Planting gardens in abandoned lots strewn among Philadelphia’s economically disadvantaged neighborhoods is more than a beautification project. To Ryan Witmer ’09, and others studying at Messiah College’s Philadelphia campus (MCPC), the ongoing service project is an effective way of combating gang warfare, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, in addition to supporting ecological sustainability among the historic city’s 30,000+ vacant lots. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, About Service, Environmental Studies, Giving Back, Go Green!, Internships, Philadelphia Campus, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on April 3rd, 2009


Always time for service

Jennifer Esbenshade ′11
Chemistry and Math double major
Hometown: Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania

When Jennifer, a double chemistry and mathematics major, isn’t hitting the books, leading an organic chemistry supplemental instruction session, setting up physics labs, working on a water filtration project through the Collaboratory, or even conducting nanotechnology research for the U.S. Department of Energy, she’s among friends—the canine kind—in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2011, About Service, Chemistry, Collaboratory, Giving Back, Honors Program, Internships, Mathematics, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on November 11th, 2008


Math major combines education with a moral purpose

Brittany Williams ’09
Mathematics major with Teaching Certification
Hometown: H
udson, Ohio

Co-authoring a Braille-inscribed book for disabled children in West Africa is one way this Messiah College mathematics major is stretching herself beyond the classroom.   

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Posted on August 12th, 2008


Student athlete faces challenges with rigor


Stevie Baum ’11

Human Development and Family Sciences major
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania

As a person living with cerebral palsy, track student/athlete Stevie Baum ’11 seems to welcome challenge. From continually exceeding her personal best on 800-meter races, to helping disabled and elderly Africans gain access to water and sanitation facilities, Stevie has made her Messiah experience her own.

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Posted in 2011, Collaboratory, Family Science, Human Development, Service and Learning, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on July 7th, 2008


Optimistic optometrist born from service-learning opportunity

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Sarah Nowicki ’10
Biology major
Hometown: Middletown, New York

Sarah Nowicki ’10 had a less than thrilling day performing auto refractions (computer analyses of eyesight) while on a service-learning trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. The biology major hoped the experience with the Remote Area Medical team (RAM) would help her decide on a major—a personal dilemma which she believed had reached crisis proportions.

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Posted in 2010, About Service, Biology, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on July 7th, 2008


Building a new university in Africa – brick by brick

tabita-presentation.jpgTabita Vacareanu 09
Human Development and Family Sciences major

Homeland: Lasi, Romania

As a founding member of Friends of Du Bois University of Africa (named after the 20th century civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois), Tabita Vacareanu ′09 and fellow Messiah students share their testimonies with churches and communities willing to listen to how God provided education for them through the generosity of others.

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Posted in 2009, About Leadership, About Service, Family Science, Giving Back, Human Development, Intl' Students, Service and Learning, Spanish | 1 Comment »

Posted on May 28th, 2008


Boyer scholar confronts cruelty in developing nations

brittany-web.jpgBrittany Brendsel 08
Sociology and international development major/concentration in anthropology
Hometown: BigFork, Montana

The day 17-year-old Brittany Brendsel ′08 came across Messiah College’s Epicenter website (http://www.messiah.edu/academics/epicenter)
and learned she could improve the lives of others around the globe, she knew her path was determined … by God.

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Posted in 2008, About Reconciliation, Anthropology, Giving Back, Honors Program, Internships, Intl' Development, Service and Learning, Sociology, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on May 20th, 2008


Challenging pre-med program a blessing to biology major

melina-benson-3.jpgMelina Benson 09
Biology major
Hometown: Willington, Connecticut

A gripping study-abroad experience and revealing service-learning opportunity changed Melina Benson’s life, solidifying the biology major’s determination to succeed in her challenging pre-med program at Messiah College.

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Posted on May 15th, 2008


   

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