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M.A. in higher education: graduate assistantships

The Master of Arts in higher education program at Messiah College offers a select number of graduate assistantships for full-time degree seeking students in the Master of Arts in higher education.  Graduate assistantships offer students the opportunity to put the theories, gained through classroom instruction, into practice through supervised, real-world experience. Assistantships are designed to provide a meaningful educational and professional experience that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge they need for successful professional employment. Graduate assistantships are generally two-year appointments.


In the News:

Messiah Graduate Assistants Ready for New Challenge
Grantham, PA – At the start of any given year Messiah College Athletics welcomes one or more new graduate assistants to campus. And, of course, they also send them out.
This summer, former Athletic Communications graduate assistants Matthew Fenton and Gus Mohlhenrich began new, full-time work at their new institutions—a milestone moment for each of them that began two years ago. Fenton started in his new role of Sports Information Director at Cairn University (Langhorne, Pa.) in June, while Mohlhenrich started his role of the same title this past Monday at Coker College (Hartsville, S.C.).
"I'm really excited for both of these young men," said Steve King, Messiah Associate Athletics Director for Communications and Compliance. "We care deeply about the experience of our graduate assistants, and not just for what they're accomplishing while they're here. When they leave here, we want them to be prepared, competent, and eager to lead well wherever they go.
"Both Matthew and Gus worked hard over the past two years to prepare themselves for these opportunities, and we're excited to follow their journey."
As mentioned, Fenton and Mohlhenrich worked for the past two years with King in the Falcons' Athletic Communications office. They each contributed to a variety of areas including reporting of statistics, press releases, photography, videography, and management of the and websites. They also had the opportunity to work alongside the Falcons in NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments; Mohlhenrich traveled with the Falcons to the NCAA Wrestling Championships this past year; Fenton's sport travels in the NCAA postseason included men's and women's soccer, field hockey, women's lacrosse, wrestling, and softball.

Both Fenton and Mohlhenrich were in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in March to see wrestlers Lucas Malmberg and Ben Swarr earn their respective National Championships.
"We're always thankful for whenever our tremendous student-athletes and coaches earn the opportunity to compete in the postseason," said King. "When they extend their seasons, we're right alongside them, and it was a great opportunity for Matthew and Gus to take advantage of that experience. They were challenged to grow as professionals on both Final Four and National Championship stages, and I trust their experience has prepared them well for the next challenge."
At Cairn, Fenton will lead the Highlanders' sports information office under Director of Athletics Laura Behnke, herself a Messiah graduate of 2006. The Highlanders field 12 Division III teams within the Colonial States Athletic Association, and Fenton is already leading developments in a number of areas including live streaming and new media. Fans can follow the Highlanders here.
At Coker, Mohlhenrich will work under the tutelage of Senior Associate Director of Athletics Christian Stryker. The Cobras field 21 Division II teams within the South Atlantic Conference. Fans can follow the Cobras here.

The Falcons will welcome a new slate of graduate assistants next week, including Athletic Communications graduate assistant Josh Burkholder. A release on the entire slate of newcomers will come out early next week.