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Volume 98, Number 1


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Meet the winners of our Summer Reading Contest!
An alumna, a current student, and a friend of Messiah College gain a wealth of "collective wisdom" as the winners of our second annual Summer Reading Contest


Social Commentary Package Winner

Rebecca Buckham '05 graduated with a degree in humanities (with a literature emphasis) and lives in San Diego, Calif. Since her time at Messiah, Rebecca's avid love of nature has led her to work with some environmental organizations, including Floresta, a nonprofit group that supplies churches with environmental materials. In addition, Rebecca has recently completed docent training at the Chula Vista Nature Center, where she gives nature walks.

Rebecca hopes to begin graduate studies in the fall of 2007, and desires to integrate her love of nature with her love for literature.

Certainly, Rebecca's love for literature is vast. She loves many writers, but feels a certain kinship to writer Wendell Berry in his novel Jayber Crow. "The quest for 'place' that Berry explores in this novel has been a personal theme in my life in the past years. Berry has taught me that all places—like all people—are imperfect, but imperfect people and imperfect places are what make for truly dynamic and meaningful communities!"

Rebecca also loves Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and "would like to emulate her loving attention to the natural world in my own writing."

Of course, she would be remiss if she neglected to mention Kenn Kaufman's Field Guide to Birds of North America because she has "been cracking that [book] open quite a bit these days" as she develops an interest in bird watching.

 

 

Rebecca Buckham '05, winner of the Social Commentary package

   

 

Kimberly MacVaugh '07, winner of the Non-Fiction Sampler package

Non-Fiction Sampler Package Winner

A junior at Messiah College, Kimberly MacVaugh '07 is majoring in politics with minors in religion and peace and conflict studies. She lives in Baltimore, Md., but plans to study in Lithuania this fall. Aside from studies, she loves knitting/crocheting, painting, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.

Though she loves too many books to call any her "favorites," Kim's current favorite fiction authors include Wendell Berry, Wallace Stegner, and Anne Tyler. Other favorite writers include Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas Freidman, Stanley Hauerwas, and Jane Austen.

According to Kim: "I like [fiction] that best entertains while also providing profound insight into 'the real world.' I appreciate non-fiction that gives me a new perspective on life or awareness of an issue without boring me to death like a textbook."

   

Fiction Package Winner

Joyce R. Sammel is getting to know Messiah College very well, as the grandmother of recent Messiah grad Jenna Conway '06 and as the benefactor of a College scholarship in honor of her late husband the Rev. Jack Sammel.

In her spare time Joyce enjoys crossword puzzles and reading, and church activities—including teaching an adult Sunday School class and coordinating the music program at Yeager Memorial Lutheran Church in Rainsburg, Pa.—keep her very busy.

Recently, Joyce has been reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which concerns the men that surrounded the 16th president during his time in office. Likewise, she has enjoyed E.L. Doctorow's The March and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, and counts Francine Rivers and Jodi Piccoult as two of her favorite authors.

 

Joyce Sammel, winner of the Fiction package

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