Student researches pancreatitis at Hershey Medical Center

02-07-Michael-5-Melissa-HessA biopsychology major, Michael Skolka ’14 wants to influence science and human health care through medical research. For the summer of 2013, he garnered one of the 24 spots in the undergraduate research fellows program through the American Physiological Society, which allowed him to research pancreatitis at Penn State Hershey Medical Center with Alberto Travagli, professor of neural and behavioral sciences at Penn State. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Biochemistry, Class of 2014, Grad School Bound, Honors Program, Internships, Majors & Minors, Scholarship | Comments Off

Posted on March 17th, 2014

Philosophy, biochemistry alum serves as cardiology fellow

AlumniProfileDriverpic--asKevin Driver ’03
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

At the Crossroads: Starting the First Year of Messiah College

Lindsay Koach ’15

Peggy Koach
Editorial Assistant

Elizabethtown, Pa.

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.
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Posted in Class of 2015, Honors Program, Majors & Minors, Nursing, Study Abroad | 2 Comments »

Posted on December 9th, 2011

Island life is for the birds

Photo copyright Jacinda Martinez

Cameron Rutt ’08
Summa Cum Laude graduate, biology
Currently resides in Borneo, Southeast Asia

Lions and tigers and bears? How about leeches, leopards, and pit vipers? Collecting data from bird’s nests in Borneo, Southeast Asia comes with unexpected dangers and welcome rewards for this biology alum from Messiah College. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, Biology, Environmental Studies, Honors Program, Majors & Minors | 1 Comment »

Posted on July 2nd, 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

Engineering team builds inspiration for one million teens

Paul GustafsonPaul Gustafson ’09
Engineering major
Chester, Vermont

“Whatever your plans are for the summer, cancel them. I’ve got the best job for you that you’ll ever have.” Those immortal words—etched indelibly in Paul Gustafson’s memory—led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience for this Messiah engineering major and honors program participant. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, Engineering, Faculty, Honors Program, Internships, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on March 3rd, 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

Always time for service

Jennifer Esbenshade ′11
Chemistry and Math double major
Hometown: Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania

When Jennifer, a double chemistry and mathematics major, isn’t hitting the books, leading an organic chemistry supplemental instruction session, setting up physics labs, working on a water filtration project through the Collaboratory, or even conducting nanotechnology research for the U.S. Department of Energy, she’s among friends—the canine kind—in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2011, About Service, Chemistry, Collaboratory, Giving Back, Honors Program, Internships, Mathematics, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on November 11th, 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

Boyer scholar confronts cruelty in developing nations

brittany-web.jpgBrittany 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 (
and learned she could improve the lives of others around the globe, she knew her path was determined … by God.

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Posted in 2008, About Reconciliation, Anthropology, Giving Back, Honors Program, Internships, Intl' Development, Service and Learning, Sociology, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on May 20th, 2008

Challenging pre-med program a blessing to biology major

melina-benson-3.jpgMelina 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.

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Posted in 2009, Biology, Honors Program, Service and Learning, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on May 15th, 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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