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Messiah’s Chair of Engineering named 2016 Young Engineer of the Year

February 29th, 2016

brianswartz_homepage newsBrian Swartz, Ph.D., P.E. has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2016 Young Engineer of the Year Award. Brian is a member of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) Susquehanna Chapter, the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is currently the chair of the Department of Engineering at Messiah College.

In 2013, Swartz was hired by Messiah College with a charge to begin a civil engineering program within the existing engineering department.

This past year, he was named the department chair in engineering with oversight of biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical programs. In addition to instruction in traditional coursework, Swartz is also actively engaged in the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Messiah College. The Collaboratory partners with
ministries all over the world to provide technical expertise that empowers their mission.

Much of the work is done by student teams, so the real world setting provides an ideal educational opportunity for his students in Engineering. He is most directly connected with bridge design and construction projects in the Collaboratory while also serving with the leadership for the organization.

(Source: The Patriot News)

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In memory of President D. Ray Hostetter

February 23rd, 2016

DRayHostetter_ 17webD. Ray Hostetter, Messiah’s sixth president, passed away on February 12, 2016.

Hostetter came from a long line of dedicated Messiah faculty and administrators. His grandfather and father both served as presidents, and his mother was both a student and teacher at Messiah.

He caught Messiah fever early, attending the school as a boy. After graduation, he continued his education, receiving a B.A. in History from Greenville College in Illinois and an M.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

After obtaining his master’s degree, Hostetter began his journey as an authoritative figure in higher education at Tabor College in Kansas, teaching and coaching athletic teams.

He eventually left Tabor and returned to Messiah. In the years before serving as president, he taught history and physical education classes. Some years later, Hostetter became the director of development. He became Messiah College’s sixth president in 1964.

In 1965, he returned to school and earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Columbia University in New York. During his studies, the wheels in his mind turned as he envisioned the great potential Messiah could reach.

Read more about President Hostetter’s notable accomplishments during his 30 year administration at Messiah.

President Hostetter’s obituary

Messiah College Memorial Service
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 11 a.m.
Grantham Brethren in Christ Church

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Messiah College receives recognition for its graduate degree in counseling

January 27th, 2016

Badge - Health Informatics Degree CenterMessiah College recently received two recognitions from BestCounselingDegrees.net for its graduate degree in counseling:

Ranked #3 for our Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Read more about this recognition here.

Ranked #4 for our Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy  – Read more about this recognition here.

Messiah offers a Master of Arts in Counseling with concentrations in clinical and mental health; marriage, couple and family; and school counseling.

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How Christian colleges are preparing students to engage the world’s pressing issues

January 5th, 2016

3329518864_f81eb22d67_oMessiah College was recently featured in Christianity Today’s “The Global Classroom,” an article about how Christian colleges are preparing students to engage the world’s pressing issues.

You can read the full article here.

Read the stories of Messiah alums Hannah Ruth ’12 and Matthew Rice ’15 here.

 

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The Bridge launches its new website

December 15th, 2015

Last year, MesTheBridgeMastheadsiah’s editorial team redesigned The Bridge, the College’s quarterly alumni magazine. As the second phase of this redesign, The Bridge launched its new website, messiah.edu/the_bridge, in conjunction with its President’s Report issue. The revamped website will make it easier to enjoy the magazine in its entirety online and to share articles with friends!

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Messiah ranked #9 in Top 50 Christian Colleges Exceeding Expectations for 2016

November 17th, 2015

Messiah is proud tExceeding Expectations 2016o be ranked #9 on the list of Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations for 2016! This ranking highlights schools which have proven to go above and beyond when it comes to students’ academic achievements! Each school on this list has significantly surpassed its predicted graduation rate, showing that care has been taken to enhance their students’ academic careers from acceptance through graduation. Read more here.

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Collaboratory’s bridge team wins “Team of the Year” award from Bridges to Prosperity

November 12th, 2015

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The Collaboratory’s bridge team recently won the “Team of the Year” award from Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that builds foot bridges for residents in isolated communities around the globe. In September, the team’s advisor, Professor of Engineering Brian Swartz, and students Andrew Joy, Ben Holderman and Zach Engle, attended the organization’s annual conference in Colorado, where they were recognized as a gold-level team for their work on constructing two foot bridges in the Panamanian villages of Arraijan and Bajo Grande. Learn more about the Collaboratory here.

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Current and former board members recognized by Central Penn Business Journal

November 3rd, 2015

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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 ranked a regional best by U.S. News & World Report

September 9th, 2015

2016-WEB-USNews-World-Report-Rankings-FINAL2 (2)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 named 2015 Readers’ Choice for PA College/University

September 1st, 2015

harrisburg mag_homepageMessiah 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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