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 »

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Posted on August 16th, 2012


International Student Takes a Leap of Faith and Finds a Second Home in Grantham


Dori Gyori ’13

International Business

Biatorbagy, Hungary

(Watch highlights from Gyori’s career-high 26 point game against Alvernia, courtesy of GoMessiah.com athletics website.)

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 »

Posted in 2013, Athletics, Business, Intl' Development, Intl' Students, Majors & Minors, Study Abroad | 4 Comments »

Posted on February 9th, 2012


At the Crossroads: Starting the First Year of Messiah College

Lindsay Koach ’15
Nursing

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


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 Alumnus Transforms Cancer into Ministry

Peter Scalzo ’84

Attorney and Partner at Gager, Emerson, Rickart, Bower and Scalzo, LLC

Brookfield, Conn.

Faith and intellect. Discipline and imagination. Humility and aspiration. Students at Messiah College are regularly challenged to explore how two seemingly opposing entities can coexist and forge even greater strength when merged.

Peter Scalzo ’84, a business administration major and bible minor, can add two more:
Cancer and joy.   Suffering and purpose.
Since his cancer diagnosis in 2005, the 49-year-old alumnus has seen God use a six-year battle with cancer to not only solidify his faith, but to open new doors of ministry and service to individuals whose lives also have been similarly turned upside down by the disease.

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Posted in 1984, About Leadership, About Service, Biblical Studies, Business, Leadership, Majors & Minors | 5 Comments »

Posted on June 24th, 2011


One Last Spring Break: Student Opts for Service instead of the beach

Steve Frankenfield ’11

Adventure Education

Hilltown, Pa.

For his final spring break, Steve Frankenfield ’11 journeyed to the rugged Cumberland Valley of Tennessee.

Again.

For three out of four spring breaks of his Messiah College career, the 22-year-old adventure education major has participated in the Agapé Center’s service trip to Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), an interdenominational nonprofit ministry that serves impoverished rural families in the scenic—yet isolated—Cumberland Valley.

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Posted in 2011, About Leadership, About Service, Adventure Education, Agape Center, Majors & Minors, Service and Learning | Comments Off

Posted on May 13th, 2011


Messiah Student-Athlete Lends Discouraged Professor a Key Assist

Geoff Pezon’11

Terry Earhart, professor of business and management

Watch Geoff’s game-winning kick against Lynchburg

Like concentric circles in a stirred pond, a single gesture of gracious generosity affects multiple lives in its wake. One such selfless act involving soccer, suffering and an unexpected gift recently rippled through the Messiah College community, as a tangible display of servant leadership.

Just a few weeks after Messiah senior Geoff Pezon ’11 scored the winning goal in the 2010 NCAA Division III men’s soccer championship game, he offered a key assist to a seriously ill Messiah professor. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2011, About Leadership, About Service, Athletics, Business, Engineering, Faculty | 11 Comments »

Posted on February 21st, 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


Surviving an overseas terrorist bombing increases student’s passion for ministry

Kristopher Sledge ’13

Christian Ministries

Selinsgrove, Pa.

Christian ministries major Kristopher Sledge ’13 experienced a summer he won’t soon forget. The 19-year-old Selinsgrove, Pa., native says he was grateful to spend time this summer as part of a 15-member team from his church doing mission work in Bwaise, Uganda, a suburb of the capital, Kampala. However, on July 11, he was also one of the people hurt in a terrorist bombing that killed 74 and injured many others. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2013, About Service, Christian Ministries, Giving Back, Majors & Minors, Service and Learning | 2 Comments »

Posted on August 25th, 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


Messiah College shapes career path in human rights and ethics for Woodruff Fellow

Picture of Britney and Zach EysterZachary Eyster ’07
Biblical and Religious Studies
Atlanta, GA

For Zachary Eyster ’07, a Messiah College education meant more than just getting a degree. Instead, his four years at the College taught him a new outlook on life and changed his vocational direction completely.

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Posted on June 25th, 2010


Alumna finds faith, ministry on the river


Margeaux Monsour ’09
Family and Consumer Science Education Alum
Pittsburgh, PA

Margeaux explains how Messiah prepared her for this adventure (1:25 Windows video).

When most people think of rest and relaxation, they conjure up images of a warm, sunny beach or a lazy weekend, curled up in a hammock with a favorite book. Not Margeaux Monsour ’09. After graduation, the family and consumer science education major decided to “take a breather” by going through the rigorous training necessary to teach whitewater rafting, one of the most dangerous and difficult outdoor programs available. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, About Leadership, Family Science | 3 Comments »

Posted on April 9th, 2010


Hope and Hospitality Blossom in Grantham


clarence-hertaClarence Sakimura (pictured with his wife, Herta)
Attended Messiah Academy 1950-1951
Joined Messiah College faculty in 1955 to teach Greek

 

Walk in front of Climenhaga Fine Arts Center, and you’ll notice a cherry blossom tree. Beneath the tree, stands a plaque with the following inscription:

“If someone wishes to know the essence of the Japanese spirit, it is the fragrant cherry blossom in the early morning.”
                                                                                               Motoori Norinaga

How does this quote from an 18th-century Japanese scholar converge with the history of Messiah College? The plaque and the tree are gifts from Clarence Sakimura, a man integral to the campus’ multicultural fabric. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in About Reconciliation, Messiah Academy | 2 Comments »

Posted on January 7th, 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


Broadcasting major gets big city experience

tshanaTshana (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 »

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Posted on October 6th, 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


Island life is for the birds
c_rutt-1

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


Great expectations: transfer student anticipates success at Messiah College

scott_hoeckele-for-webScott Hoeckele ′11
Biochemistry major
Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Welcome to the world of a transfer student. Unlike traditional first-year students, transfers come to Messiah College with at least a year of college experience under their belts.  They have an inkling of what to expect.  Yet, they’re not like sophomores either.  Transfers don’t know anyone, haven’t established themselves in clubs and student organizations, and are unfamiliar with the territory.  “It’s like being new and not new at the same time,” says Scott Hoeckele ’11, a pre-med transfer student who gave up a free ride at a college closer to home to get into Messiah’s highly regarded science program (see sidebar). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2011, Biochemistry, Transfer Students | 3 Comments »

Posted on June 24th, 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


Athlete’s positive attitude focuses on the prize, not the pain

blosseyandteam01Nick Blossey ′09
Computer Science major
Erie, Pennsylvania

The actions and advice of a highly decorated American prisoner of war strengthened this benched goalkeeper’s commitment to the relentless pursuit of a positive attitude, and helped Messiah College’s men’s soccer team earn its sixth national title in program history.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, Athletics, Computer Science, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on June 2nd, 2009


   

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