Teaching with technology

Innovative lesson plan helps alumna land first teaching job

Elizabeth Arnold ’12
Teacher at the Alliance for Progress Charter School
Philadelphia, Pa.

For fourth grade teacher and Messiah alumna, Elizabeth Arnold ’12, learning to embrace technology played a vital role in helping her secure her current job. Just months after graduating, Arnold was hired as a full-time teacher at the Alliance for Progress Charter School in North Philadelphia, where she uses innovative technology to bring life to her lesson plans.

As a student at Messiah, Arnold joined a pilot program through the College that loaned students iPads to use during their student teaching experiences. She quickly learned the role technology could play in the classroom.

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Posted in 2012, Alumni, Education, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on October 15th, 2012

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

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 »

Posted in 1989, Alumni, Intl' Students, Majors & Minors, Politics | Comments Off

Posted on August 16th, 2012

A Triple Calling: Alumnus Finds Common Ground in Psychology, Counseling and Ministry Fields

Chad Kinsey ’96


Coordinator of Special Services and School Psychologist at Northern Lebanon School District

Ordained Minister at Mohrsville Church of the Brethren

Mohrsville, Pa.


Launched by a B.S. in psychology degree from Messiah College, alumnus Chad Kinsey ’96 has built a rewarding, successful vocation by practicing what he preaches. Literally.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on March 23rd, 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

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

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 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.


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 on May 13th, 2011

Decades Behind the Iron Curtain Fuels Employee’s Passion Against Injustice

Joanna Matlak
Circulation Desk Evening Supervisor
Murray Library

Grantham, Pa.

For Joanna Matlak, circulation desk evening supervisor in Messiah’s Murray Library, each night spent working among the towering rows of books offers a quiet reminder of the first 33 years of her life spent behind the Iron Curtain in Communist-run Poland, where the free exchange of ideas and expression were mere words on a page.

“Everyday in my work at Messiah, I check out books to College students that were forbidden by the Communist regime in Poland,” she says.  “These books, such as those written by George Orwell and Vaclav Havel, for example, would have had to be printed and distributed in the underground press.  Under the totalitarian communist dictatorship we endured, you would have suffered terribly for possessing these books.”

Her long years under totalitarian Communism have fostered in Matlak a passion against injustice which informs her daily vocation within the Messiah community. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Murray Library, Politics | 5 Comments »

Posted on March 25th, 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 Student “Both Giving and Getting Hope”

Hope Johnson ’14


Mechanicsburg, Pa.

When Hope Johnson receives her undergraduate degree in English from Messiah College (currently anticipated to occur in 2014), that moment will serve not only as a personal and academic milestone for her, but for the college as well.

Because when she graduates, she will earn the distinction of being the first nonverbal, nonambulatory graduate of Messiah College. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Class of 2014, Disability, English, Faculty, Majors & Minors | 5 Comments »

Posted on January 11th, 2011

Messiah College professor reacts during a crisis

Michael Zigarelli

Chair, Department of Management & Business; Associate Professor of Management

Hershey, Pa.

A 2009 Messiah College Preview Day, held to give prospective students and their parents an in-depth view of the school, became much more to Michael Zigarelli, chair of Messiah’s Department of Management and Business. For him, it was also a firsthand chance to see God at work. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Business, Faculty, Majors & Minors | 3 Comments »

Posted on November 12th, 2010

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

Born addicted to drugs, Messiah student triumphs over adversity

Picture of Leigh McCauley
Leigh McCauley ’12
Communication major
Hershey, PA

At first glance, Leigh McCauley ’12 is like many other Messiah College sophomores: happy, bubbly, bright, and carefree. But, she has overcome more than the average 21-year-old and now uses those difficult childhood experiences to inspire others.

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Posted in About Service, Agape Center, Communication | 6 Comments »

Posted on May 7th, 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


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