Classroom Assignment Turns into a Book Deal for College Employee/Student

Dwayne Magee

Director of College Press and Printing Services

Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Children’s Tale Follows McBoo, a Galapagos Bird Trying to Fit In

A funny thing happened to Dwayne Magee, director of college press and postal services, on his way to earning an arts management degree at Messiah. The part-time sophomore student and College employee for the past six years became a published author, thanks to his in-class fictional creation–a blue footed bird named Solly McBoo. What began as a simple classroom assignment for Magee’s spring 2010 Created and Called for Community course has evolved into his first published book. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in About Reconciliation, Arts, Majors & Minors, Scholarship, Studio Art | 29 Comments »

Posted on July 29th, 2011

Alum builds faith among ‘peoples of the earth’
David Ben-Avraham ‘08
Nursing alum
Eatontown, N.J.

While living in Israel, David Ben-Avraham (left) backpacked with friends along the Red Sea coast in Egypt, where he spend a few days with a nomadic Bedouin tribe. During his visit, he befriended a young Bedouin man over hot tea and a pipe. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in About Reconciliation, Study Abroad | 2 Comments »

Posted on February 22nd, 2010

Hope and Hospitality Blossom in Grantham

clarence-hertaClarence Sakimura (pictured with his wife, Herta)
Attended Messiah Academy 1950-1951
Joined Messiah College faculty in 1955 to teach Greek


Walk in front of Climenhaga Fine Arts Center, and you’ll notice a cherry blossom tree. Beneath the tree, stands a plaque with the following inscription:

“If someone wishes to know the essence of the Japanese spirit, it is the fragrant cherry blossom in the early morning.”
                                                                                               Motoori Norinaga

How does this quote from an 18th-century Japanese scholar converge with the history of Messiah College? The plaque and the tree are gifts from Clarence Sakimura, a man integral to the campus’ multicultural fabric. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in About Reconciliation, Messiah Academy | 2 Comments »

Posted on January 7th, 2010

Alum affirms Creator’s purpose for our lives

ryan-scott-bomberger-pic-12Ryan Scott Bomberger ’93
Marketing major
Atlanta, Georgia

Adopted into a multi-racial family of 15, Ryan Scott Bomberger’s acceptance into a loving Christian home fostered his own passion for adoption and seeking God’s purpose in his life.  Today, he and wife Bethany Koopalethes Bomberger ’97 are co-founders of The Radiance Foundation (, a life-affirming organization that seeks to empower people by building their sense of purpose.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1993, About Leadership, About Reconciliation, About Service, Alumni, Grad School Bound, Marketing | 10 Comments »

Posted on October 8th, 2009

Cross-cultural program examines reconciliation and race in South Africa

lawrence-burnleyLawrence A. Q. Burnley, M.Div., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Multicultural Programs, Messiah College

Extending education beyond the classroom helps faculty members like Lawrence Burnley develop students’ appreciation for cultural traditions significantly different from their own, including contemporary and historical tensions and contradictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on May 4th, 2009

Shepherding sheep and social justice

Jessica Frederick ′07
Christian Ministries and Social Work major
Hometown: Jamestown, New York

While accompanying shepherds as their sheep graze in the rocky hills of At-Tuwani in the disputed West Bank, Jessica Frederick ’07 dons a symbolic bright red “CPT” hat as a message to Israelis that she is a nonviolent activist.

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Posted in 2007, About Reconciliation, Alumni, Christian Ministries, Majors & Minors, Social Work | Comments Off

Posted on September 1st, 2008

Preservation of rights worth the fight for politics major

Agaba Bisengo ’06
Political Science major
Homeland: Democratic Republic of the Congo

The supportive, objective environment at Messiah College helped Agaba Bisengo ’06, a former Rwandan refugee, find the courage to speak about issues of justice and equality in public forums.

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Posted in 2006, About Reconciliation, Alumni, Intl' Students, Politics | Comments Off

Posted on August 12th, 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 (
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

Coup d’etat to classrooms and conferences — a wild ride

jessica-debrah.jpgJessica Debrah 08
Human Development and Family Science major
Homeland: USA and Africa

Networking at professional conferences, using classroom-inspired practices in real world situations, and interacting with professors, suggest reasons why one international student is fully prepared for an exciting future in human rights and global community development.

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Posted in 2008, About Reconciliation, Family Science, Human Development, Intl' Students | Comments Off

Posted on April 20th, 2008


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