Stepping up when things are down

Housing crisis moves agency to pick up the pace

Becca KnightBecca Knight ’03
Majored in Sociology

Director of Home Repair Ministries
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ppalachia Service Project, Inc. (ASP)
Johnson City, Tennessee
 

The national housing crisis has been in the news lately but housing problems are not new to Appalachia (pop. 20 million)—one of the poorest, most isolated regions of the United States. Yet, as the economic downturn deepens and the number of troubled families continues to rise, there are those who plan to not only meet the need, but to double their efforts.  Becca Knight ’03 is among them. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2003, About Service, Agape Center, Alumni, Giving Back, Sociology | Comments Off

Posted on March 3rd, 2009


From success to significance — It’s what you make of it

Scott HeintzelmanScott A. Heintzelman, ′89
Partner, McKonly & Asbury, CPA, CMA, CFE

For the unstoppable Scott Heintzelman, success is a journey, not a destination. At 42, this self-directed, self-proclaimed “exuberant accountant” holds a list of noteworthy achievements that reads like a who’s who of Pennsylvania movers-n-shakers, yet he’s only just begun to live a life of significance. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1989, About Leadership, About Service, Accounting, Alumni, Giving Back, Majors & Minors | 1 Comment »

Posted on March 3rd, 2009


Restoring dignity to those in need

Chris BookChris Book ’78
Religion major
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Chris Book ’78 views his years at Messiah College as the formative years that confirmed God’s call to a life of Christian service. Now executive director of Paxton Ministries in Harrisburg, Book and his wife Marlys have a goal of continuing in service that makes a direct impact in improving the quality of life for people in a way that honors God. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1978, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Giving Back, Majors & Minors, Religious Studies | Comments Off

Posted on March 3rd, 2009


Ministry comes in many forms

Todd and PatrickPatrick Wolfkill ′89 and Todd Suessmuth ′90
Marketing and Business Administration majors respectively

It’s game time at Messiah College. Soccer fans eagerly seek bleacher seats in anticipation of what most believe will be game of the century-the NCAA tournament’s Final Four. Shoemaker Field, home to the College’s six-time national soccer champions, abounds with nervous anticipation … and the alluring smell of the infamous, grilled “cheesy dogs.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1989, 1990, 1993, About Service, Alumni, Athletics, Business, Giving Back, Marketing | 10 Comments »

Posted on February 5th, 2009


A brilliant mind, indeed

Lucy BarnhouseLucy Barnhouse ′08
Medieval Renaissance Studies and German double major
Hometown:  King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Children can be persistent. Just ask any parent who has resorted to the dreadful, sometimes regretful, “because I said so”—the commonly invoked universal justification for decisions affecting young inquiring minds.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, Alumni, German, Grad School Bound, Honors Program, Majors & Minors, Medieval Renaissance Studies | Comments Off

Posted on February 3rd, 2009


One man’s measure of success

Mark HermanMark Herman ′85
Behavioral Science major
Residing in Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Mark Herman ′85 is a middle school principal, a coach, a ministry leader, and a father of eight, who is also working toward a doctorate in educational leadership. But none of these roles are what defines him. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1985, About Leadership, Alumni, Behavioral Science, Grad School Bound | 1 Comment »

Posted on February 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


Illustrator and writer earns national recognition

Jonathan Bean ′01
Studio art major
Manhattan, New York

Jonathan Bean ′01 has the best of worlds, living and working in a New York City apartment near Central Park. The Pennsylvania native grew up hiking, bird watching, and drawing landscapes—pastimes he frequently pursues as a resident of the Big Apple. In fact, finding places of solitude in a metropolitan landscape are what inspired Bean to write and illustrate At Night, a tale of a city-dwelling child seeking a quiet place to rest. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2001, Alumni, Grad School Bound, Majors & Minors, Studio Art | Comments Off

Posted on January 8th, 2009


An education big enough for the adventures of life

Dave Tanis
Director of Adventure Programs
Messiah College

Who would you consider wise enough and skilled enough to hold your teetering life in their hands? That’s what Dave Tanis, director of adventure programs at Messiah College, pondered when he decided to climb the jagged vertical rises of the Grand Teton, Wyoming’s second tallest mountain. The hike required climbers with a grand capacity for mental fortitude and backcountry bravery.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Adventure Education, Alumni, Faculty | 1 Comment »

Posted on December 5th, 2008


A little mentoring goes a long way

Steady H. Moono ′85
Education major
Currently the Vice President for Student Affairs,
Montgomery County Community College

Residing in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

When Dr. Steady Moono ’85 earned national recognition as the “2008 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate,” his acceptance speech cited not his master’s degree alma mater, nor his doctorate alma mater, but Messiah College—a place that taught him the meaning of mentoring relationships.

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Posted in 1985, About Leadership, Alumni, Education, Giving Back, Grad School Bound, Intl' Students | 2 Comments »

Posted on November 12th, 2008


Alum’s interest in Darfur heightened by Beijing games ban

Chris Boyles ′02
Marketing major
Residing in 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A decision by the Chinese government to revoke Chris Boyles’ travel visa just days prior to his departure for the Beijing Olympics gained international attention as well as heightened the Messiah College graduate’s commitment to Team Darfur—
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Posted in 2002, Alumni, Athletics, Marketing | Comments Off

Posted on October 6th, 2008


Working out with the world champion Boston Celtics

Bryan Doo ′95
Sports & Exercise Science major
Residing in Waltham, Massachusetts

Bryan Doo, a 1995 sports and exercise science graduate, has made it to the big leagues…literally.

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Posted in 1995, Alumni, Athletics, Sports & Exercise Science | 2 Comments »

Posted on October 6th, 2008


Alum uses microfinance to battle poverty

Peter Greer ′97
International Business major
Currently, President of HOPE International, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

As president of HOPE International (Lancaster, Pa.), Peter Greer ’97 reaches some of the most desperate people of the world, not only with opportunity but also with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Posted in 1997, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Giving Back, Grad School Bound, Intl' Business | 4 Comments »

Posted on September 2nd, 2008


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


First year teacher honored by professor and colleagues

Johanna K. Hartman ’07
Secondary Education major
Hometown: Columbia, PA

“I didn’t expect that when I walked down the [graduation] aisle, that I would know my professors beyond the classroom,” said Johanna Hartman ’07, magna cum laude music education graduate.

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Posted in 2007, Alumni, Education | Comments Off

Posted on August 12th, 2008


Alumnus advises President on national bioethics debate

LeRoy Walters ’62
Religion major
Residing in Bethesda
, Maryland

Occupation: Sr. Professor of Christian ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

When President George W. Bush wanted a balanced, thoughtful analysis of stem cell research, he sought input from an expert—LeRoy Walters Jr. ’62, senior professor of Christian ethics at the Kennedy Institute, Georgetown University.

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Posted in 1962, About Leadership, Alumni, Grad School Bound, Philosophy, Religious Studies | Comments Off

Posted on July 7th, 2008


Pilot program breaks through educational barriers in Chile

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Ben Thorpe 07
English and Religious Studies double major
Hometown: Damariscotta, Maine

While traveling through Santiago, Chile on a post-graduation, pre-employment jaunt, a friend of a friend helped Ben Thorpe, ′07 obtain a University research position that will test and implement a profound new theory of multi-layered learning – one that could prove groundbreaking for the South American educational system.

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Posted in 2007, Alumni, English, Religious Studies | Comments Off

Posted on May 22nd, 2008


For learners, educators, and faith builders – where there’s a will, there’s a way

anthony-thomas.jpgAnthony Thomas 06
Computer Science major
Homeland: Kochi, Kerala, India

An admissions counselor’s uncompromising commitment to finding every available financial aid option helped a promising international student to become his true self – a servant, ministry leader, and mentor.

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Posted in 2006, Alumni, Computer Science, Intl' Students | 2 Comments »

Posted on May 1st, 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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