Alum brings Latino roots and passion for community service to Governor’s Advisory Commission

Ed Lanza ’89
Attorney and member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs
Harrisburg, Pa.

An attorney, activist and advocate, Ed Lanza ’89 strives to address the needs in his community one day at a time.

Born in Honduras, Lanza moved to the United States as a teenager. Still relatively new to the U.S. when he came to Messiah College as a politics major, Lanza became involved with the International Student Association (ISA) and enjoyed the camaraderie of connecting with other students who were making the same transition.

“Although I had been in the U.S. for a few years, it was great to be part of an international group,” said Lanza. “We commiserated with each other about our new experience and adjusted to the change together.”

After college, Lanza began working as a clerk at a law firm in New York City that was seeking someone who was bilingual. Originally, Lanza had no plans to become a lawyer, but following his work as a clerk and paralegal, he returned to central Pennsylvania to attend the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on August 16th, 2012

Decades Behind the Iron Curtain Fuels Employee’s Passion Against Injustice

Joanna Matlak
Circulation Desk Evening Supervisor
Murray Library

Grantham, Pa.

For Joanna Matlak, circulation desk evening supervisor in Messiah’s Murray Library, each night spent working among the towering rows of books offers a quiet reminder of the first 33 years of her life spent behind the Iron Curtain in Communist-run Poland, where the free exchange of ideas and expression were mere words on a page.

“Everyday in my work at Messiah, I check out books to College students that were forbidden by the Communist regime in Poland,” she says.  “These books, such as those written by George Orwell and Vaclav Havel, for example, would have had to be printed and distributed in the underground press.  Under the totalitarian communist dictatorship we endured, you would have suffered terribly for possessing these books.”

Her long years under totalitarian Communism have fostered in Matlak a passion against injustice which informs her daily vocation within the Messiah community. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on March 25th, 2011

Grad pursues global environmental awareness

amandamcmillan1Amanda McMillan ′08
Politics major with a minor in environmental studies
Hometown:  Herminie, Pennsylvania

Amanda McMillan ’08 is on a crusade for conservation. In just her first two months on the job as the executive assistant to the president of a worldwide Christian environmental protection organization, McMillan travelled from New York City, to Barcelona, and then back to the company’s operation in southern France. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, About Service, Alumni, Environmental Studies, Giving Back, Go Green!, Honors Program, Politics | 4 Comments »

Posted on April 3rd, 2009

Is America truly a Christian nation?

Richard Hughes
Distinguished professor of religion and senior fellow, Ernest L. Boyer Center
Messiah College

Is America a Christian nation? Not likely, according to Richard Hughes, distinguished professor of religion and senior fellow of the Ernest L. Boyer Center at Messiah College. Listen to excerpts of Hughes’ new book, “Christian America and the Kingdom of God,“ to draw your own conclusions. 
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Posted in Christian Ministries, Ernest L. Boyer Center, Faculty, Humanities, Majors & Minors, Politics, Religious Studies, Scholarship | 8 Comments »

Posted on April 3rd, 2009

Prizing the voices of children over the highest education

Ryan KeithRyan Keith ′02
Politics major
Watertown, Massachusetts

A few weeks before moving to Boston for his first semester of graduate school at Harvard University, Ryan Keith ′02 got a call from his church that changed his plans drastically. West Shore Evangelical Free Church (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) wanted to send Keith and 11 other people to Zimbabwe to explore ways the congregation could respond to the AIDS epidemic. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2002, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Giving Back, Grad School Bound, Majors & Minors, Politics | 1 Comment »

Posted on February 2nd, 2009

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

Student diplomat welcomes open dialogue

Todd Holtzman ′08
Accounting and Politics double major
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Todd Holtzman ’08 is a natural leader both on-and-off camera—a skill he may find helpful someday if he continues with plans to run for public office.

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Posted in 2008, Accounting, Honors Program, Leadership, Politics | Comments Off

Posted on July 8th, 2008

Alum builds bridges between believers and public sector

amy-web3.jpgAmy Sherman 87
Political Science major
Hometown: Buffalo, New York

From the halls of power in Washington D.C. to international centers of urban poverty, this Messiah alum expertly blends education, experience, and Christian faith to bridge the gap between public sector groups and faith-based organizations.

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Posted in About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Grad School Bound, Politics | 1 Comment »

Posted on April 23rd, 2008


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