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Alumni - Department of Sociology

  • Ahyeong Park-
    Ahyeong Park ’17 Asia Young Activist Researcher Fellowship

    Ahyeong Park ’17, a sociology/anthropology major and a psychology minor, was recently appointed a fellowship with the Asia Young Activist Researcher Fellowship.

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  • Alan Classen-Thrush-
    Alan Classen-Thrush ’02 Donor Relations Director for the West Coast MCC

    The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) allows Claassen Thrush ’02 the opportunity to work with others, hear their stories and bring forth MCC's global mission.

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  • Christina McIntyre-
    Christina McIntyre ’16 Fulbright scholar studying in Ontario

    It’s tough to find someone more passionate about urban housing policy than Christina McIntyre ’16, a double major in politics and sustainability studies with a concentration in community and urban development. “We need to reform the structures that perpetuate the barriers,” she explained. “Place shouldn’t determine the opportunities someone can have. As an undergrad, she spent time in the SALT House in Harrisburg, becoming interested in local, city and state policy. “The city of Harrisburg has been a big part of my Messiah experience,” said McIntyre.

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  • Jessica (Villanueva) Langdon-
    Jessica (Villanueva) Langdon ’09 Deputy US Marshal trainee

    "What made my learning experiences at Messiah College to be remarkable were the professors. Not only were they always willing to offer advice or assistance, but they incorporated prior (or current) field experience into their lectures."

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  • Joanna Dennstaedt-
    Joanna Dennstaedt ’04 Giving hope to cancer patients

    Radiant Hope has become a calling for Dennstaedt, allowing her to inspire others through her story. “My greatest privilege is having the gift of being able to say, ‘I know, too,' to the people we are called to serve,” she said.

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  • Josiah Rider ’11 Criminal Justice Major takes on Role as Branch Manager

    Josiah Rider ’11, a criminal justice major, works as the Branch Manager for the Atlantic Union Bank in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Rider promotes the branch’s growth through the development and retention of customer relationships.

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  • Kelsey Tokar-
    Kelsey Tokar ’09 Program Manager for the American Red Cross

    Kelsey Tokar ’09 works as a Program Manager for the American Red Cross. In this position, Tokar develops and executes marketing initiatives and special requests for nationwide blood collection efforts and special event blood drives.

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  • Lorena Reinert-
    Lorena Reinert ’19 Program Intern at The School for Field Studies, Costa Rica at the School for Field Studies

    Upon graduation, Messiah grad, Reinert ’19, packed her suitcase for Central Valley, Costa Rica. She was going to be a program intern for The School for Field Studies.

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  • Max Adamitis-
    Max Adamitis ’13 Academic Department Manager at Western Washington Unviersity

    Max Adamitis (‘13) works as the Academic Department Manager at Western Washington University. He has worked in Residence Life for several universities, including the University of Washington, and also served as the Incident Management Specialist for The Advocacy Alliance. After his B.A., he earned a M.Ed. in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. Max’s senior thesis project was about how atheists at Messiah College experience life.

  • Melody Boyd ’04 Assistant Professor of Sociology: SUNY Brockport

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  • Patrick Cicero-
    Patrick Cicero ’99 Co-Director at Pennsylvania Utility Law Project

    "My sociology degree has been foundational in each of the jobs I have held. It was the beginning of my training to think critically. From providing an understanding of the structural problems plaguing the poor to comprehending that law is a system unto itself, the theories of Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Berger have stayed with me. I am forever grateful that I chose to be a sociology major at Messiah College."

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  • Ryan Van Bochoven-
    Ryan Van Bochoven ’17 Sales Consultant at League Apps

    Ryan Van Bochoven ’17, a sociology and anthropology major, works as a Sales Consultant at LeagueApps, a sports league and team management software company in the Greater New York City Area.

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  • Taylore (Kerns) Runkles-
    Taylore (Kerns) Runkles ’13 Family Therapist at Caron Treatment Centers

    Taylore (Kerns) Runkles ’13, a sociology and anthropology major, currently works as a Family Therapist at Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. Caron Treatment Centers aims to transform lives impacted by addiction and substance use through personalized behavioral healthcare solutions.

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  • Tracy Geist Social Worker/Adventure Facilitator

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