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20 Ways Messiah College is making the world a better place  

If education doesn’t change the world in some way, is it truly education?

For the faculty, students, and alumni of Messiah College—where academic theories and Christian faith are integrated and applied to real-life situations—education necessarily changes the world.

But how, and to what extent? Of course we can’t quantify the ripple effect of a Messiah education, but we can and did ask several Messiah professors, students, and graduates how their work in the world makes a difference. This sampling of their stories confirms the illimitable effect of our mission: that the intellectual and spiritual sparks fanned at Messiah continue to glow—inspiring hope and positive change on our campus, throughout Pennsylvania, and at countless points all over the globe.

1. Alumna manages more than $142 million invested in AIDS prevention, care, and support

Kandy Ferree ’91, family studies

President and CEO, National AIDS Fund, Washington, D.C.

Providing grants to over 400 community-based organizations in the United States, the National AIDS Fund spends 89 cents of every dollar on direct services to people either at risk for or infected with HIV, explains Kandy Ferree. The Fund increases the capacity of these organizations to offer more and better AIDS prevention, care, and support services—including HIV testing, youth programs, and case-management for clients.



2. Alumnus makes waves to track climate changes in Antarctica

Vernon Asper ’78, biology and chemistry

Oceanographer and professor of marine science, University of Southern Mississippi

Vernon Asper expects to install the first climate-change observatory in Antarctica, where high latitude creates an ideal location for observing how the ocean responds to climate change. Designed to accommodate the region’s abundant ice and sub-zero temperatures, which are the main obstacles to year-round data collection, Asper’s project received initial funding in 2004. Today the observatory is under construction in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and Asper hopes it will make the more-than-6,000-mile trek to Antarctica next spring.




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