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Volume 97, Number 3

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Fall Contest Winners
Two lucky alumni and one parent received the Speak DVD or 'Twas in the Night of Winter CD

Speak DVD winner

Heather Shelford enjoying a cup of hot chocolate

Although she graduated from Messiah with a degree in Spanish, Heather  Shelford '95 has found her calling in the financial world. Having recently completed an accounting program and now preparing to take the CPA exam, she works as the accounting coordinator for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and riding her bike.

Heather—who won the Speak DVD—is an avid movie fan, and recommends these films:

  • Sense and Sensibility—an excellent translation of Jane Austen's classic novel
  • Steel Magnolias—a film that will have you laughing and crying along with its cast of indominable southern ladies
  • All About Eve—"buckle your seatbelts" for this emotionally charged classic starring Bette Davis

'Twas in the Night of Winter CD winners

Ruth Mattson reading a book

Ruth Mattson loves living in the mountains of southwest Virginia, where she is surrounded by the “calendar pictures” of the peaks and area forests. The mother of Elizabeth, a senior athletic training major, Ruth—a homemaker—divides her time between the home and community work, including weekly volunteer time at a local library.

Even though she won the ’Twas in the Night of Winter CD, Ruth confesses that she doesn’t have much of a music collection. She is, however, an avid reader, and enthusiastically recommends:

  • Dr. Ida by Dorothy Wilson—This tale of an Indian missionary serves as a great encouragement to serve God wholeheartedly, no matter the circumstances.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis—A perennial classic series for children of all ages, rich with religious symbolism and moral lessons.
  • Lord Peter Whimsey mystery series by Dorothy Sayres—Delightful fun, with wonderfully intelligent use of language and powerful underlying themes.
  • The Word of God in English by Leland Ryken—A book that emphasizes the importance of accurately translating the Bible.

If there is one thing that Messiah College taught Jennifer Diana ’94, it was the importance of volunteering. “I try to give back to the community through outreach,” says Jennifer, who donates her time to a number of various organizations and groups near her Wallingford, Conn., home. She has been involved as an instructor at an equestrian riding therapy program and also runs a science program for local eighth graders. In addition, Jennifer volunteers as a visiting scientist on the Connecticut BioBus—a traveling science experience that Jennifer describes as “part Winnebago, part teaching laboratory” for schools across the state.

When she’s not volunteering or working as the laboratory director in the biology and environmental science departments at the University of New Haven, Jennifer loves listening to music. She recommends the following:

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