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


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


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


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


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


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


Teaching with technology

Innovative lesson plan helps alumna land first teaching job

Elizabeth Arnold ’12
Teacher at the Alliance for Progress Charter School
Philadelphia, Pa.

For fourth grade teacher and Messiah alumna, Elizabeth Arnold ’12, learning to embrace technology played a vital role in helping her secure her current job. Just months after graduating, Arnold was hired as a full-time teacher at the Alliance for Progress Charter School in North Philadelphia, where she uses innovative technology to bring life to her lesson plans.

As a student at Messiah, Arnold joined a pilot program through the College that loaned students iPads to use during their student teaching experiences. She quickly learned the role technology could play in the classroom.

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Posted in 2012, Alumni, Education, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on October 15th, 2012


A teacher by day, a weaver by night

Alum weaves stories with vivid textile arts

Amber (Sollenberger) Kane ’07
Artist and art teacher
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Much like the intricate scarves she weaves on her loom, art education graduate Amber (Sollenberger) Kane ’07 follows her own pattern as an artist. What began as an elective weaving course at Messiah now has led Kane to combine her love of art with a passion for teaching with people of all ages. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2007, Alumni, Art Education, Arts, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on September 12th, 2012


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 »

Posted in 1989, Alumni, Intl' Students, Majors & Minors, Politics | Comments Off

Posted on August 16th, 2012


She’s Got the Beat: Alumna Directs Official Drumline for Philadelphia Eagles

Vicki (Gilmour) Blum’78

Director for the Philadelphia Eagles Drumline
Music Teacher/Band Director
Norristown Area School District

Norristown, Pa.

Following a musical muse can take you to some unexpected places.

After her Messiah College graduation in 1978, alumna Vicki (Gilmour) Blum’s passion for music first took her to a Navajo reservation in New Mexico where she taught music to Native American junior-senior high school children.  Now, as the director of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles new professional drumline, Blum, a lifelong fan of marching band music, spends her Sunday afternoons on Lincoln Financial Field, where her skilled percussionists entertain 70,000 football fans.

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Posted in 1978, Alumni, Arts, Majors & Minors, Music, Sports & Exercise Science | 2 Comments »

Posted on September 12th, 2011


Messiah nurtures the path of celebrated choral director

H. Royce Saltzman ’48

Messiah Academy & Junior College

Eugene, Ore.

For Royce Saltzman ’48, music has always been an integral part of life. “As a boy living in Abilene, Kansas, I attended a church that did not allow musical instruments in worship,” he says. “The congregation sang unaccompanied hymns in four parts … .” In 1940, his parents moved to Grantham, so Saltzman and his sister could attend Messiah Academy. His love of music, nurtured during the years he spent at the Academy and the Junior College, became a lifelong career. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1948, Alumni, Arts, Class of ..., Majors & Minors, Messiah Academy & Junior College, Music | 3 Comments »

Posted on September 16th, 2010


Once a Vietnamese refugee, alum overcomes odds to become cardiologist

Nguyen MinhDr. Minh Nguyen ’80
Chemistry/Pre-Med Alum
Bethlehem, Pa.

When Minh Nguyen ’80 stepped onto American soil for the first time in 1975 as a 17-year-old refugee from Vietnam, he was not discouraged. He applied—with the help of his sponsoring family—to more than 20 colleges, wanting to follow his dreams to become a doctor. Out of those 20 colleges, only one—Messiah—responded. The College’s then-registrar gave Nguyen a challenge: prove yourself in one semester. Nguyen did just that, and he has never looked back. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1980, Alumni, Chemistry, Class of ..., Majors & Minors | 3 Comments »

Posted on July 27th, 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 (www.theradiancefoundation.org), 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


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


Study abroad spurs international justice career

emily-rainville-3Emily Rainville ′04 
English Literature major
Currently residing in South Asia

Study abroad experiences in West Africa and France shaped this student’s view of the world and convicted her about the investment she could make in the lives of those outside her immediate circle of influence. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2004, About Service, Alumni, English, Majors & Minors, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on June 18th, 2009


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


   

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