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Introduction to Anthropology students win first place, honorable mentions in national essay contest

February 25th, 2011

 Student Joshua Matthews won first place for his essay – “Finding Purpose”—in the 7th Annual Be the Star You Are! essay contest sponsored by US Bank. The winning essay can be read at

Students Alison French, Sarah Leonard, Brenna Stewart, and Kaitlin King were each recognized with honorable mentions for the essays they submitted to the national essay contest sponsored by Be the Star You Are, an organization committed to empowering women, families, and youth-at-risk through improved literacy and positive media.

All awardees were students in Jenell Paris’ Intro to Anthology course and wrote about the service-learning experiences.

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Alums launch clothing line that creates awareness about homelessness

December 10th, 2010

 KNO Clothing, a line of sweatshirts and t-shirts, is the joint effort of alums Anthony Thomas and Stephen Caldwell. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of the apparel (available at will be returned to the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg to provide resources for homeless individuals. KNO Clothing will also donate a piece of clothing to the shelter for every item it sells.

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Messiah recognizes student, educator for exemplary service commitments

April 27th, 2010

Senior Melissa Lewis and Mathematics Professor Angela Hare were each recognized with the Barnabas Servant Leadership Award for their outstanding service to Messiah and the broader community.  The awards were given a special leadership banquet on April 11. Alumnus Andrew Samuel `84, president of Graystone Bank, was the invited speaker.

Melissa Lewis is senior nursing student from Grottoes, Virginia.  During her time at Messiah, she has been afforded many opportunities to learn about what it means to love others and to live out the example of the servant hood of Christ. Some formative experiences in her understanding of service include nursing clinical experiences and a semester abroad in Belize. Her desire to serve and “wash the feet” of others has grown significantly during her time as a student. Over the course of her four years here, she has volunteered at Messiah Village, Joshua Farm, Harrisburg Salvation Army afterschool program, Tabitha’s Knitting ministry, Delta Ministries, and the Area M Special Olympics through the coordination of the Agape Center. She has also tried to seek out opportunities to serve in other ways in the Messiah College community, such as serving food at the Grantham Church Eat-N-Run ministry, working as a Peer Group Leader, and serving as a Resident Assistant. She currently lives in the Social Justice House, where she seeks to inform fellow students about the needs of others worldwide.

Angela Hare has been teaching at Messiah College since 1996 and is currently associate professor of mathematics and the mathematical sciences department chair. In 2006, she traveled to West Africa with a Collaboratory team and since then has committed herself to helping Messiah College students develop the skills of their major through partnership with the Center for the Advancement of the Handicapped in the village of Mahadaga in Burkina Faso. Dr. Hare and her students have written, produced, and delivered books, games, technology, and materials for the blind to this school for more than 200 children with disabilities. Over the next three years, beginning this summer, students in the Collaboratory Education group will work with local staff and youth to lead a one-month summer school program for children in Mahadaga, strengthening their literacy and arithmetic skills. Dr. Hare says that she has had a lot of new things to learn in this international partnership. The most important thing she has learned is that God honors small steps of faith and is faithful to go before us

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Messiah community rallies to assemble relief kits and collect funds for disaster relief in Haiti

February 12th, 2010

In the weeks since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti, Messiah College students and employees have been participating in several initiatives to assist the impoverished country. Through a loose change drive and direct donations, more than $5,400 has been collected for Mennonite Central Committee.

In addition, a large storage container on campus already houses 145 relief kits for Mennonite Central Committee to ship to Haiti. The kits, containing a variety of personal hygiene items, are being assembled and donated by Messiah students and employees as well as central Pennsylvanians, thanks to a promotional effort by local television station ABC 27.

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Annual employee pledge drive nets more than $36,000 for the United Way.

December 7th, 2009

Messiah employees surpassed their goal of $33,000 to raise more than $36,700 for the United Way of the Capital Region. The organization hopes to raise a total of $10 million so that it continue providing valuable life-sustaining services to locals struggling in these difficult economic times.

For more than 10 years, College employees have been encouraged to donate to the United Way during an annual pledge drive. The United Way of the Capital Region touches many central Pennsylvanians in need by funding important programs administered by local non-profit organizations. Many of the organizations supported by the United Way are also served by Messiah students through placements by the Agape Center for Service and Learning.

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Accounting professor and senior student recognized for servant leadership

January 29th, 2009

Barnabas Servant Leadership Awards recognize James Krimmel for providing fraud prevention and detection workshops internationally, and Jessanna Hall `09 for coordinating youth mentoring and prison ministries.

Krimmel is a professor of accounting at Messiah. He has worked extensively with Hope International and World Vision. Hall is a student leader at the Agape Center for Service and Learning. In addition to her role as Youth Mentoring and Prison Ministries coordinator, Hall co-founded “Project B,” a ministry to the homeless.

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Messiah’s commitment to community engagement earns prestigious recognition

December 19th, 2008

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected 119 U.S. colleges and universities for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification.

Messiah was recognized for substantial commitments to both curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.

In order to be selected for this recognition, the College had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices.

Read more about the Community Engagement Classification and see the list of recognized colleges.

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Employees top their United Way giving record

December 3rd, 2008

Messiah employees generously donated $31,000 to the United Way as part of the College’s annual pledge drive.

This year’s donation total reflects a nearly 7% increase in giving.

For more than 10 years, College employees have been encouraged to donate to the United Way during an annual pledge drive. The United Way of the Capital Region touches many central Pennsylvanians in need by funding important programs administered by local non-profit organizations. Many of the organizations supported by the United Way are also served by Messiah students through placements by the Agape Center for Service and Learning.

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Special Olympics names Messiah College “Pennsylvania School of the Year”

November 26th, 2008

The College was recognized for annually hosting Area M’s Special Olympics and for volunteering more than 58,000 community service yearly.

Messiah’s nomination highlighted that “Messiah College promotes community awareness by teaching their students to build community and to champion the rights of others less fortunate. Last year students volunteered more than 58,000 community service hours.”

Furthermore, “the College has totally opened their arms to Area M and has become an integral part of our world. The entire campus participates in the games from the college president to the maintenance staff to the students. We would not be able to help as many athletes as we do, if it was not for the fantastic dedication and support we get from the college. They are our HEROES!”

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College makes elite honor roll

February 12th, 2008

Messiah’s commitment to service-learning and civic engagement earned the College recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the honor roll notes colleges’ exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

Messiah College joins 126 other institutions earning the Honor Roll with Distinction award. A total of 528 colleges and universities were recognized.

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

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