“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 »
Keterly Steyer ’15 is from Brazil, grew up in Chicago, and spent 3.5 years in Shanghai before moving to Buffalo, N.Y., for her final years of high school.
Steyer is bilingual, learning both English and Portuguese as a child, and when her family moved to Shanghai for her dad’s job in 2005, she quickly had to pick up the basics of the Chinese language too. Read the rest of this entry »
Lindsey (Hayes) Jett ‘12 and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller ’12 both knew from an early age that they wanted to be veterinarians. For Jett, it was her passion for animals. For Miller, it was a natural progression from her inclination towards the sciences and insatiable love of animals. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the past year, journalism alumna Sari Heidenreich ’12 became very familiar with asking the right questions. After all, as senior social media producer for WHTM-TV (abc27) in Harrisburg, Pa., Heidenreich was responsible for reporting breaking news at a moment’s notice and keeping online information accurate, concise and relevant.
It’s no surprise then, that when Heidenreich heard about a job opening with Best Semester’s Middle East Studies Program (MESP), a program in which she participated in during her junior year at Messiah, she started questioning if it was the right opportunity for her. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Like any international student who attends college thousands of miles away from family and the familiar, Messiah College junior and international business major Dorottya “Dori” Gyori ’13 defines home differently.
Born in Biatorbagy, Hungary, in 1990, Gyori discovered a second home in Grantham in 2008 when she accepted a freshman spot on the Messiah Falcons’ women’s basketball team. A 6’2 highly-recruited forward during her senior year at Mechanicsburg Area High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Gyori had earned significant attention from Division 1 athletic programs across the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »
Each August, familiar hello-goodbye scenes unfold across the Messiah College campus on Move-In Day. For students, the next four years will include new experiences, friendships and paths toward adulthood. Parents, too, find themselves standing at the crossroads of beginnings and endings during this time.
First-year nursing student Lindsay Koach ’15 and her mom Peggy, the editorial assistant in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, recently sat down at The Falcon to discuss this transition that a family experiences as a student leaves home for college. Read the rest of this entry »
David Ben-Avraham ‘08
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 »
Tshana (Guiswite) Jamara ’09 Broadcasting major Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
Contributed by Erin Kriner ’09
As a broadcasting major with an emphasis in production, Tshana Jamara ’09 took full advantage of her Philadelphia campus experience by landing an internship at the local ABC television affiliate, WPVI-TV, Channel 6.Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Emily 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 »
Joshua Stone ’10
Biology and Spanish double major
Hometown: Royal Oak, MD
Joshua Stone ’10, one of only 1,100 citizens since 1914 to receive the William T. Hornaday Silver Medal for distinguished service in conservation, chose Messiah College for its high-level of student-faculty interaction, its renowned globally focused research, and its commitment to environmental stewardship.
Stevie Baum ’11 Human Development and Family Sciences major
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
As a person living with cerebral palsy, track student/athlete Stevie Baum ’11 seems to welcome challenge. From continually exceeding her personal best on 800-meter races, to helping disabled and elderly Africans gain access to water and sanitation facilities, Stevie has made her Messiah experience her own.
Brittany 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 (http://www.messiah.edu/academics/epicenter)
and learned she could improve the lives of others around the globe, she knew her path was determined … by God.
Melina Benson ’09 Biology major
Hometown: Willington, Connecticut
A gripping study-abroad experience and revealing service-learning opportunity changed Melina Benson’s life, solidifying the biology major’s determination to succeed in her challenging pre-med program at Messiah College.