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Sophomore Jeffrey Stiles ’16 earns prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in China

April 21st, 2014

Politics major Jeffrey Stiles ’16 has won a Boren Scholarship to China. Courtesy of the U.S. government, Stiles will spend 2014-15 doing Chinese language study as well as taking courses in politics and economics at the Shanghai International Studies University. The Boren is administered by the Institute of International Education—the same agency that looks after the Fulbright—and is designed for undergraduates who wish to do a year of language training in countries that the U.S. State Department deems of national security interest. Stiles is Messiah’s second Boren scholar; Bianca Basch (2012) won for Thailand in 2010-11.

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Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra joins Messiah College choral ensembles at Messiah College for first Masterworks concert outside of Harrisburg

April 12th, 2014

On April 11 the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra ventured outside their usual venue to perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at Messiah’s Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts with the Messiah College Concert Choir, Messiah College Choral Arts Society and ensemble-in-residence Susquehanna Chorale.

In a review for the Carlisle Sentinel, David Dunkle wrote, “The choruses were arrayed in the High Center’s well-positioned choir loft, behind and above the stage where the orchestra and soloists were positioned. The results were spectacular, as voices and instruments blended before surging toward the audience.”

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Messiah College launches new graduate programs in business and leadership

March 31st, 2014

Messiah College has expanded its graduate program offerings to include programs in business and leadership. These fully online graduate programs can be completed in one to three years depending on which program the student chooses. There are four options within Messiah’s new business and leadership program. More information about each of these options can be found at

Certificate in Leadership: This 15-credit, fully online program can be completed in one year and is designed for professionals who want to prepare for greater career opportunity by updating and upgrading their ability to lead people. Classes begin fall 2014.

Master’s in Strategic Leadership: This 30-credit, fully online master’s program can be completed in two years and is designed for professionals who want to advance their career and opportunities by becoming more effective at leading people and organizations. Classes begin fall 2014.

Certificate in Management: This 15-credit, fully online program can be completed in one year and is designed for professionals who want advanced training that is immediately applicable to their management challenges. Classes begin fall 2015.

Master of Business Administration: Leadership Focus: This 42-credit, fully online master’s program can be completed in three years and is designed for professionals who want to advance their career and opportunities by developing their leadership skills and the management tools to transform organizations. Classes begin fall 2014.

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Alum Jane Helman `73 elected president of the Keystone State Reading Association

March 24th, 2014

Jane Helman `73, currently an adjunct instructor at Marywood University, was elected president of the Keystone State Reading Association, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy, providing instructional leadership, supporting professional development and advocating literacy issues.

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Kaleb Loht wins national championship; wrestlers earn third in Division III

March 16th, 2014

Kaleb Loht earned the National Championship in the 141 lb. weight class to lead Messiah to third place in Division III. The Falcons finished third with 60 points–the highest team finish ever to Messiah.

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Faculty book earns accolades from American Educational Studies Association

March 10th, 2014

“No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education” by Messiah College professors Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen is one of the books to receive a 2013 Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Each year the ASEA “selects a number of titles it regards as outstanding books that may be of interest to those in educational studies.”

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World Vision continues its partnership and funding for the Collaboratory’s African water project

March 3rd, 2014

World Vision has committed $125,000 to fund the Collaboratory’s continued development of a remote pump monitoring system in Africa. Under development at Messiah is a system that would use sensors installed on pumps to communicate with cloud technology in order to remotely monitor pumps so that operational problems can be identified and repaired quickly. The Collaboratory is prototype testing in Ghana in March.

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Internship Director Mike True named chairman of The Washington Internship Institute board

February 24th, 2014

Michael True, director of the Internship Center at Messiah College and a recognized leader in the field of experiential education, has been elected the new chairman of the board of directors for The Washington Internship Institute (WII).

“WII is extremely fortunate to have Mike True as the Chairman of the Board.  No one has more expertise in the field of experiential learning and internships than Mike.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and strong leadership skills to the organization,” stated Mary Ryan, founder and interim president of WII.

Read Washington Internship Institute’s complete announcement.

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Professor’s one-woman exhibit challenges historical prejudices encountered by women seeking employment

February 18th, 2014

Kathy Hettinga, distinguished professor of art, is currently exhibiting a one-woman show at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. The show—titled “We’d take you in a minute if you were a man” and other Outrages—contains artists’ books, photographs and digital prints and comes from Hettinga’s artist’s book looking at the historical prejudice women encountered in employment interviews, gaining admission to medical schools and the like during much of the 20th century.

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Messiah is ranked first among Regional Colleges (North) by U.S. News & World Report for efficiently providing a quality education

February 14th, 2014

Colleges and universities on this list, according to U.S. News, “are doing a very good job at producing a top ranking for academic quality while carefully spending their available financial resources, as measured relative to other schools that may have greater sources of funding from states, tuition or endowments.”

U.S. News describes the criteria for the rankings: “U.S. News measures a school’s financial resources by taking into account how much it spends per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures. Financial resources have a 10 percent weight in the Best Colleges ranking methodology. Read the rest of this entry »

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