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20 Ways Messiah College is making the world a better place (continued)

Harrisburg students study art The daughters of two Messiah College faculty members join other Harrisburg area students for the Saturday morning art classes taught by Messiah College students.


3. Weekend class opens art world to Harrisburg students

Department of Visual Arts, Messiah College

Associate professor of art Gene VanDyke brings free Saturday morning art classes to Harrisburg for “a group of children who may not otherwise have these opportunities,” he says.  Joining VanDyke each year as student teachers, Messiah art education majors in the advanced method and curriculum course teach the children art skills and creative outlets for self-expression.

Andrew Samuel  '84
Andrew Samuel '84 is founder and president of Graystone Bank

4. When ethics plays a key role in business as usual

Andrew Samuel ’84, accounting,

Founder and president of Graystone Bank, Central Pennsylvania

“We constantly hear from clients that our caring atmosphere is what draws them to our company,” explains Graystone Bank’s CEO Andrew Samuel, whose fledgling organization provides services to over 10,000 customers in the midstate region. Samuel believes an honest, warm environment “opens the window for the Gospel.” He says, “People aren’t looking for someone to quote Bible verses,” but for individuals with integrity who can help them with day-to-day needs.


5. Social and economic development promotes peace

Katie Johnson Hamlin ’00, economics and history

Program specialist, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, D.C.

When you understand the causes of conflict in a particular area, you can be more effective in implementing programs for economic development and humanitarian assistance, explains Katie Johnson Hamlin, who holds a master’s degree in peace-building and remediation. Hamlin’s current work for USAID (United States Agency for International Development) focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean, where she says social and economic development programs, in turn, help prevent further conflict.


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