The Central Penn Business Journal recognized several current and former Messiah College board members on Nov. 2 at its annual “Business of the Year” Awards. George Parmer (president and owner, Fine Line Homes), chair of Messiah’s Board of Trustees, received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award; and current trustee Larry Bashore (president, Edwin L. Heim Company) and former trustee Marlin Thomas (Chairman and CEO, Willow Valley Living) were inducted into the Central Penn Business Journal’s Hall of Fame. Read more.
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Messiah College is the fifth “best regional college in the north,” according to the 2016 college rankings released by U.S. News & World Report on Sept. 9. Messiah also continues as a top 10 “Great School, Great Price” (ranked eighth). For a fourth consecutive year, Messiah College was also ranked as a “Best Undergraduate Engineering Program” in the country (#80 out of 200). The undergraduate engineering rankings are based on peer assessment surveys conducted in spring 2015 from other ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited institutions.
The rankings reflect Messiah’s consistent excellence when measured among the nation’s best public and private colleges and universities using U.S. News’ weighting of factors such as peer assessment, faculty-student ratio, class size, acceptance rate, graduation rate, retention, SAT/ACT scores, freshmen class rank and alumni giving. Read the full rankings and methodology at www.usnews.com.
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Messiah College was recently named the 2015 Readers’ Choice for Pennsylvania College/University in Harrisburg Magazine’s annual “Simply the Best” reader’s poll. To see the winners in all categories, click here.
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“Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, has developed the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI), which requires students to not only complete experiential learning but also to reflect and translate their experience into transferable skills.
At Messiah, experiential learning can take the form of internships, service learning, off-campus programs, leadership experiences or undergraduate research, but all of the options ask students to reflect about the experience in a way that directly relates to a future career. From their reflection, students then produce a “deliverable” that will help communicate their skills to potential employers after graduation, such as a resume, portfolio or website.”
BestColleges.com has released its Top 50 Schools in Pennsylvania for 2015, the annual list ranking the state’s best two- and four-year colleges out of more than 450 educational institutions. Messiah College was listed at #14.
Schools are judged in the categories of acceptance, retention, graduation and post-graduation employment, which is partly determined by their loan default rate, the website said in a news release.
Stack recently named Messiah College #8 in the Top 50 Colleges for Female Athletes. Over 2,000 schools were analyzed and the list includes all divisions. Messiah is the first Division III school on the list.
On May 2, 2015, the Night Razors attempted their second Guinness World Record–the longest distance traveled on a Slip n’ Slide in one hour! They unofficially broke the record (pending official Guinness verification) by traveling 33.38 miles in one hour!
Judi Tobias, Messiah College’s women’s volleyball coach for the past 19 years, announced over the weekend that 2015 would be her final season on the sideline. Tobias has an overall record of 341-232 with the Falcons, and has led the program to seven straight Commonwealth Tournaments.
Tobias started as the Falcons’ head coach in 1996, and in 19 seasons the Falcons have finished above .500 in 13 different years. Her teams have won at least 15 games in 13 seasons, and they’ve reached the 20-win plateau seven times. Her 341 wins are a program record for a coach, ahead of the 319 wins of Joan Chamberlain, Tobias’ former coach.
Messiah College is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Messiah in the 2015 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.
The Princeton Review chose Messiah for this sixth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.
How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide
The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2014 for 861 colleges using data from its 2013-14 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 83 or higher made it into this guide.
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