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Messiah College in the news

Regional and national visibility of Messiah College is increasing through recognition of the achievements of faculty and students. Their hard work communicates the academic quality and spiritual vitality of Messiah College as an institution. The following represent a sampling of media outlets in which you can read or hear about Messiah College.

Assistant Professor of Music Timothy Dixon was profiled as the “Modest Maestro” in the August issue of  Harrisburg Magazine, featuring his work as the conductor of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Harrisburg Opera, and his role as Director of Orchestral Studies at Messiah College.

George Weigel, gardening reporter for the Patriot-News, wrote a substantial story about Messiah's student-organized community garden which appeared on the front page of the July 19 “Life” section.

The business section of the Patriot-News ran a front-page story on July 15 about faith-based businesses that featured Messiah Trustee Andrew Samuel, Graystone Bank president and CEO, as a regional example of a business leader who successfully integrates faith into his professional life. The expertise of business faculty member Brian Nejmeh was also quoted in this article.

A July 20 Chronicle of Higher Education article exploring some of the complexities of Amish culture included insights from Professor Emeritus of Psychology Richard Stevick about Amish youth’s search for identity. 

When two Dauphin County Commissioners recently toured the new Harrisburg Institute and housing site, several members of the media also accompanied them. Several local television stations, as well as local National Public Radio affiliate WITF radio, broadcast the story of the Institute’s relocation and the county commissioners' assistance in securing funding for streetscape improvements to Dewberry Street. 

On May 7, Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, participated in a panel discussion at the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, about "Science and Religion in the 21st Century."  The panel was moderated by John Timpane, associate editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board.  Timpane excerpted portions of the conversation for a June 24 "Currents" article in the Inquirer.

Sound and Communications, a trade magazine for sound system integrators, contractors, and consultants, featured the Messiah College Brubaker Auditorium’s new flexible sound system in its June 18 issue. Mike Baker, director of conference services, Ernie Tillman, sound and lighting technical coordinator, and the student-led tech crew were cited throughout the article.

Associate Professor of Biology Larry Mylin and five Messiah student co-authors, in collaboration with colleagues from Penn State University, recently had their research published in the top-notch scientific journal Virology.

Messiah student Carolyn Eanes ’07 spent fall 2006 studying at the University of San Francisco in Quito, where she became aware of the plight of children growing up in Ecuadorian prisons while their mothers are incarcerated. Her article “Going Behind Prison Walls,” detailing her experiences ministering to these children at the El Inca Women’s Prison, will be published in the fall edition of Abroad View magazine.

After the tragic Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse shooting last October, David Weaver-Zercher, chair of the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, was highly sought by local, national, and international media, such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Associated Press, and "Bill Moyers Journal," for his expertise about Amish culture. Together with Elizabethtown College's Don Kraybill and Goshen College's Steven Nolt, David has written a book, Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended TragedyPublisher's Weekly reviewed the book and wrote, "This intelligent, compassionate, and hopeful book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on forgiveness." 

Two new books by members of the department of biblical and religious studies were cited this summer by Sojourners Magazine in its "New and Noteworthy" column. Chair of the department of biblical and religious studies David Weaver-Zercher's Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy (written with Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt) was featured in the August issue, and assistant professor of the New Testament Reta Halteman Finger's Of Widows and Meals: Communal Meals in the Book of Acts was featured in the September-October issue.

Eagle scout Joshua Stone '10 was featured in the cover story of the October 2007 issue of Scouting, the magazine for the Boy Scouts of America, for earning the William T. Hornaday Silver medal — the organization's highest honor for conservation.
In the September 16 issue of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Richard T. Hughes, distinguished professor of religion and senior Boyer Fellow, published an op-ed reflection about recently deceased author Madeleine L'engle titled "Why a Christian writer rejected that label."
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