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Human development and family science alumni to participate in panel discussion at Messiah College

GRANTHAM, Pa. (February 28, 2006) – Six Messiah College alumni will participate in a panel discussion, “Family Science Professionals in the World,” on March 22 at 4 p.m. in Parmer Cinema, located on the ground floor of Boyer Hall on the college’s Grantham campus. The objective of the discussion is to educate attendees about the breadth of positions available to Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) and Family Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) graduates and to excite them about the possibilities. Admission is free and open to the public. Guidance counselors, high school students and family and consumer science teachers are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Raeann Hamon at (717) 796-1800, extension 2850.

The HDFS alumni panel will respond to three main questions: “What is your title and job description? How did HDFS help prepare you for this work? How does your faith interface with your work?” Other questions will be addressed and attendees will be encouraged to ask questions. The alumni hope to give clearer insight into the professional world experience of HDFS and FCSE graduates.

The six alumni panelists graduated between the years 2000 and 2005. Kim Valvo is activities coordinator in a skilled nursing unit and specialized dementia unit at Bethany Village Retirement Center, creating and implementing a dementia appropriate activities calendar each month. Lynell Shawaryn works for Church of the Brethren Youth Services as an adoption caseworker. As a parent educator for ParentWorks, Jasmine North meets with clients weekly to discuss positive parenting techniques. Marcus Washington develops and expands innovative programs for teens as the youth and teen director for the Carlisle Family YMCA. Kathleen Fredericks also works with youth as a counselor for the United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg. Ariana Ruffing teaches family and consumer sciences at Swatara Middle School in the Central Dauphin School District.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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