Using local resources, alum creates one-of-a-kind furniture

storylink picRick Dohler ’93
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

Student captures magic of the silver screen in short film “Palace”


Rolando Vega
Bridgewater, N.J.
Film and Media Arts

Combining his creative spirit, passion for technology and love of film, Rolando Vega ’13 created a professional-quality short film for his senior honors project that culminated his academic experience at Messiah and prepared him for a future career in film. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, Arts, Communication, Film and Media Arts, Humanities, Majors & Minors, Philadelphia Campus, Scholarship | 1 Comment »

Posted on April 5th, 2013

Student spearheads campus composting efforts

arditiAdam Arditi ’13
Studio Art
Collegeville, Pa.

As Messiah College’s first-ever waste diversion coordinator, Adam Arditi ’13 works to create a more sustainable campus each day by picking up pre- and post-consumer food waste from Lottie Nelson Dining Hall and pre-consumer food waste from the Union Café and transporting the waste to campus composting piles. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, Arts, Go Green!, Majors & Minors, Studio Art, Study Abroad | 3 Comments »

Posted on February 27th, 2013

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

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

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

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

Student pit director takes podium with aplomb

paul-cohen-3Paul Cohen ′09 
Music major with a concentration in commercial music 
ter, New York

A gifted performer and composer, Paul Cohen ’09 uses his musical talent to delight and faithfully inspire audiences from Grantham, Pennsylvania, to Rome, Italy.  

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Posted in 2009, Arts, Music | Comments Off

Posted on May 4th, 2009

Gifted soprano graces Central Pennsylvania stages

Dorea Schmidt ′09
Theatre major

Theatre major Dorea Schmidt ′09 is willing to take risks.  Extending her love for music and acting beyond roles such as Luisa, the leading role in Open Stage Harrisburg’s regional production of The Fantasticks (“Schmidt’s crystal-clear voice transports you …” Patriot News, April 2007), and Juliet in Messiah College’s 2007 production of Romeo and Juliet, she’s also stepping on stage to perform opera. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, Arts, Theatre | 1 Comment »

Posted on January 8th, 2009

Internships are more than making coffee and copies

Melissa Paolangeli ′09
Communications major
Hometown: Centreville, Virginia

Five-year old Melissa Paolangeli watched world-renowned operatic tenor Placido Domingo sing “Look through the Window” on the classic PBS program Sesame Street and felt a spark. By age 19, she was writing press releases, planning press conferences, and promoting one of Washington D.C.’s premier social events – all on the singer’s behalf. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, Arts, Communication, Internships, Marketing, Philadelphia Campus, Theatre | Comments Off

Posted on November 12th, 2008

Eclectic student brings talents and dedication to campus

quinn-dillon-5-for-storylink.jpgQuinn Dillon 11
Business administration major with a concentration in leadership
Hometown: Exeter, Maine

All things lead to Messiah College for the eclectic Quinn Dillon ′11. A former potato picker, golf supply salesman, and farmer, the unabashed Quinn has accepted virtually any job that brought him closer to his educational and professional goals. Along the way, he has welcomed the hard work, and kept it fun.

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Posted in 2011, Arts, Business, Leadership | Comments Off

Posted on May 19th, 2008

Dancer takes leap of faith and graduates magna cum laude

anne-marie-for-web.jpgAnne-Marie Robinson 08
English and Spanish double major
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Part of Anne-Marie’s hesitation about Messiah College stemmed from her preconceptions about what a small Christian college might be like—but those notions quickly vanished.

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Posted in 2008, Arts, English, Grad School Bound, Honors Program, Spanish | 2 Comments »

Posted on April 20th, 2008


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