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News published May 2019

  • An unexpected journey to NASA

    Published May 16th, 2019 A woman stands in front of glass doors smiling wearing business clothing.

    Not all career paths make sense right away, at least not in the way people imagine. Andrea Parker ’07, a human resource business partner at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), describes her journey to one of the world’s largest aerospace research programs as less-than-direct.

  • Debunking the diets: A positive relationship with food through “intuitive eating”

    Published May 7th, 2019 A spread of vegetables in a bowl and on a table are shown.

    Common diet trends and fads, such as intermittent fasting, Whole 30, paleo and keto, have recently become enticing because of their promise to help individuals look and feel better. The $60 billion dieting industry has the power to convince users that the body is a problem that needs fixing, encouraging participation in the most appealing diet trend to fix these “issues.” However, Nicole Benner, a registered dietician at Messiah College, would argue that these fads are full of empty promises that can lead to guilt and shame surrounding eating, the problematic assumption that a target weight is equated to health, and food’s control over the body and mind.

  • Alumnus brings philosophy to public policy

    Published May 3rd, 2019 A male wearing a suit jacket and glasses sits smiling for the camera around a meeting table in a conference room.

    Christian Barnard ’17 is familiar with deep thought. He is, after all, a philosophy and economics graduate from Messiah. And it was his philosophical training that initially caught the attention of the vice president and hiring manager at Reason Foundation, a leading public policy think tank based in California.

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