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Volume 97, Number 1

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Messiah's women leaders
(From left to right): Naomi Hepkins, Ginger Little, Rebecca Buckham, Sarah Adams, Monica Lapic (2004 Women in Leadership award winner), Deb Pierson (2005 Best 50 award winner), Beth Clark (assistant director of the Internship Center at Messiah College), Carla Gross (director of public relations at Messiah College), Maggie Arnold (Best 50 scholarship winner), Lindsay Reilly, Jessica Felter.

(Missing from photo): Heidi Cooper, Karianne Patton, and Joanna Pfistner

2005 Messiah College Women in Leadership award winners

Jessica Felter ’05, engineering
"Jessica is an exceptional student. . . . She has been actively involved in Water for the World as student leader this past year. As part of Dokimoi Ergatai, she visited Burkina Faso in January 2005 to investigate a serious water pollution problem caused by a pesticide used in cotton production."
faculty sponsor Carl Erikson, chair of the Department of Engineering

Lindsay Reilly ’06, business administration
"Lindsay completed a solar design course and helped install a solar electric power system for a center in Burkina Faso that serves people with disabilities. She is now the director of Dokimoi Ergatai, an organization with more than 60 members."
faculty sponsor David Vader, associate professor of engineering

Sarah Adams ’05, English
"While maintaining almost a 4.0 GPA, Sarah has been editor-in-chief of Messiah’s newspaper, The Swinging Bridge, this year while at the same time being editor of the College’s literary journal, The Minnemingo Review. We faculty members marvel at how she has been able to do this."
faculty sponsor Helen Walker, associate professor of writing

Rebecca Buckham ’05, humanities
"Rebecca is in the College Honors Program, with a GPA of 3.931. In spring 2004, she studied at the Oxford Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the preceding fall she studied in Belize in an environmental studies program. Rebecca is deeply involved in issues relating to resource use, the environment, and the responsibility of Christians in a global economy."
faculty sponsor Paul Nisly, professor of English

Karianne Patton ’05, psychology
"In her work at the Internship Center, Karianne has displayed professionalism, self-motivation, attention to detail, and thinking like I have seen in few other students. Her academic achievements include the College Honors Program, a 3.99 GPA, and being selected as a National Merit Scholar Finalist and a Boyer Scholar."
faculty sponsor Michael True, director of the Internship Center

Ginger Little ’05, human development and family science
"Ginger is an exceptional and well-rounded student with a GPA in excess of 3.7. She serves as the chair of the Messiah College Peer Review Board and is a Welcome Week peer leader coordinator. She earned Dean’s List for four semesters and was named to Sigma Zeta Honors Society."
faculty sponsor Erin Boyd-Soisson, assistant professor of human development and family science

Heidi Cooper ’05, nursing
"Heidi holds one of the highest GPAs in the nursing major at 3.94. She has been selected as a Boyer Scholar and has consistently been on the Dean’s List. She is active in her church as a junior church teacher. She has assumed leadership roles in the department, including secretary of the Nursing Student Association (NSA), and she has been the class representative from NSA to the Pathways to Leadership Program on campus."
faculty sponsor Carolyn Kreamer, associate professor of nursing

Naomi Hepkins ’06, athletic training
"Naomi is a leader academically, balancing rigorous clinical demands, research, and graduate work preparation. She is a leader in the Messiah community, participating in Kingdom Steppers, concert choir, and Micah Committee, and serving on the Student Forum, as a department diplomat, and on the search committee for the associate dean of multicultural programs."
faculty sponsor Wendy Cheesman, senior lecturer in athletic training

Joanna Pfistner ’06, theatre
"Joanna has blossomed as a scholar and thinker. A born leader, Joanna has worked as a student representative for the department and has galvanized students in positive ways. She is also a servant-leader who has turned away artistic opportunities in order to pursue summer service work with children in her hometown."
faculty sponsor Valerie Rae Smith, chair of the Department of Theatre

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