Focal Points

Messiah’s Service-learning Initiatives Nationally Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report recognized Messiah College in its 2010 rankings as a “Program to Look For” in service-learning.  And in January 2008, Messiah also was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities achieving the Community Engagement Classification. The College was recognized for its substantial commitments to both curricular community engagement and outreach and partnership involvement.

Why We Are Committed To Service-Learning

Stepping out of our ordinary time and space to travel across town or around the world opens us to see in new ways and to be changed. This is what education is about—not a head full of knowledge, but new eyes with which to see the world, to make new connections, and to imagine new possibilities. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes,” as Marcel Proust says.

The process of getting those eyes may begin with a new landscape. True, you may not have to travel to Timbuktu, but you probably do need to go out of the classroom, out of the usual routine, out of the neighborhood, out of the comfort zone, out of your way. This is why we do service-learning at Messiah—because changed people change the world.

—Evie Telfer, associate college pastor

(Excerpt from the Messiah College President's Report 2007)

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Pages in Focal Points

  1. Focal Points
  2. What Makes A Messiah Education Unique
  3. Study Abroad Program
  4. Why a Messiah College Education Matters
  5. Messiah Builds Character Through Athletics
  6. You are here: Messiah’s Service-learning Initiatives Nationally Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
  7. How Messiah Alumni are Changing the World
  8. Why I Teach