January 7th, 2015
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Messiah College to receive the Community Engagement Classification—one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the designation in 2015. Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006. In order to be selected, institutions had to provide detailed descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.
Read more about this classification here.
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December 4th, 2014
Volunteers from Messiah College joined Bethesda Mission’s Mobile Mission as they hit the streets of Harrisburg to help the homeless.
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September 12th, 2014
Messiah College is the fifth best baccalaureate college in the nation when it comes to the college’s contribution to public good, according to Washington Monthly, a non-profit publication that focuses on U.S. government and politics. Read the rest of this entry »
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July 9th, 2014
Messiah College student Evan Shirey ‘14 was one of three Frey Service Award Recipients recognized by Paxton Ministries. Recipients demonstrate a Christ-centered life, sacrificial spirit, heart of compassion and history of service over time. Shirey began volunteering with Paxton as a sophomore and helped Paxton by cleaning, leading activities and befriending the residents. He also participated in and recruited volunteers for Best Buddies, a program that pairs residents with a one-on-one connection.
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August 29th, 2013
Washington Monthly—the rankings that ask not what colleges are doing for you but rather what colleges are doing for the country—has ranked Messiah College #7 among baccalaureate institutions.
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March 25th, 2013
Campus Compact has named 181 student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country as 2013 Newman Civic Fellows—including Messiah’s own Lauren Fisher `14. Nominated by their college and university presidents, these students are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.
Fisher was recognized for being deeply involved in the social issues of urban education. Her long-term dedication is to Abba’s Place, an after-school program in the heart of Harrisburg, PA. Her passion for urban education extends beyond the classroom to the national and international service trips she’s led that focus on minority ethnic groups. Back on campus, Lauren advocates her passions by working as a tutoring and literacy outreach coordinator for local service as well as living and serving with the Social Justice House.
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March 14th, 2013
The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Messiah College to its 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for service and civic engagement commitments.
In 2012, an estimated 98 percent of the graduating class participated in some form of community service through the College’s Agape Center for Service and Learning.
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September 6th, 2012
Jay McDermond, professor of Christian ministry and spirituality, recently received the Frey Service Award from Paxton Ministries, a Christian non-profit community of homes serving adults who may be challenged with social, mental or emotional needs.
The Frey Service Award is an annual award given to individuals who are recognized for “consistently demonstrating a Christ-centered life, a sacrificial spirit, a heart of compassion, and a history of service over time.” McDermond and his son have been serving and cleaning up Sunday morning breakfast at Paxton Ministries since 2008.
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April 16th, 2012
Katie Todd `13 is one of 162 students selected as a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, an award recognizing inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.
Todd is passionate about environmental justice. She volunteers weekly at an urban farm in Harrisburg. She also works with the Agape Center for Service and Learning as the Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, connecting volunteers with opportunities to serve in local organizations related to food distribution, gardening, and advocacy.
As a Newman Civic Fellow, Todd will join a network of Fellows around the country. Together — sharing ideas and tools through online networking — the Fellows will leverage an even greater capacity for service and change, and will continue to set examples for their classmates and others.
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February 14th, 2012
On Feb. 7 the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted a series of roundtables exploring partnership opportunities and the role of faith-based organizations in turning around the lowest performing schools.
Chad Frey, director of Messiah College’s Agape Center for Service and Learning, student Hope Hess, and Sybil Knight-Burney, superintendent of Harrisburg School District were invited to lead a roundtable discussion about how to use volunteer students to build community capacity in support of schools and to talk about the possibilities for recruiting faith-based colleges to develop programs with this purpose.
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