October 17, 2015 was a notable day for the Department of Nursing as we welcomed our alumni back for a nursing reunion celebrating 30 years of our nursing program and 25 years with Sigma Theta Tau International. Activities included demonstrations of our new pediatric and maternity simulators, a tour of our newly renovated undergraduate and graduate administrative offices, a yearbook display, and a nursing uniform display with old and new uniforms. Many alumni attended and were reaquainted with nursing faculty and friends.
Meet some of our graduates
Read about some of our former students’ experiences both on campus and in their professional careers. These stories give you a closer look at experiences as a nursing student at Messiah College and where your BSN degree can take you.
Ali Rae Chandra ’05 Works on medical ship on African coast
In February, CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired a segment about Africa Mercy, the largest civilian hospital ship, which travels along the coast of West Africa to provide medical care to some of the poorest countries on the planet. This floating hospital includes 90 nurses—on of whom is Ali Rae (Wilks) Chandra ’05. Since 2008, she has been volunteering full time aboard Africa Mercy through Mercy Ships, an organization that uses hospital ships to bring medical expertise and supplies to areas of the world that need it most.View profile
David Ben-Avraham ’08 Building faith among 'peoples of the earth'
While living in Israel, David Ben-Avraham (left) backpacked with friends along the Red Sea coast in Egypt, where he spend a few days with a nomadic Bedouin tribe. During his visit, he befriended a young Bedouin man over hot tea and a pipe.View profile
Elizabeth "Betsy" (Caprio) Graham ’10 Son's adoption takes alumna overseas
Elizabeth “Betsy” (Caprio) Graham ’10 and her husband Tom prayed for a child for four years. After two heartbreaking miscarriages, they had considered adoption but were still unsure. Then in 2014, they were stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where Graham’s husband is an endodontist for the U.S. Army.View profile
Hanna Lazio ’16 Alum begins work at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hanna Lazio ’16 When Hanna Lazio ’16 was named valedictorian of her high school class of 800+ in Patchogue, New York, she applied to 14 colleges—many of them Ivy League—but the only Christian one of the group was Messiah.View profile
Josh Wethli ’06 Nursing alum returns to pursue teaching at Messiah
During his time at Messiah College, Joshua Wethli ’06 majored in nursing with the hope of working in the field of healthcare. He was fond of close interaction with people, the breadth of opportunities, and of traveling abroad—all which would require essential skills from nursing.View profile
Kristen Slabaugh ’05 Messiah alum and faculty works dual jobs to pursue her dream career
From a Messiah student to a nursing faculty member and a professional advanced practice nurse, Slabaugh shows that with a passionate heart, there is no limit to what one can dream for their future.View profile
Nicky Hess ’13 Shooting for success
Recent grad Nicky Hess ’13 knows the importance of managing her time. After all, she spent her entire college career carefully balancing her two passions: nursing and basketball.View profile