Monthly Archives: March 2013

2013 Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our following winners of the 2013 Intercultural Photo Contest!!

Embracing Diversity:

1st Pace: Andrea Beck – Kaikoura, New Zealand

2nd Place: Brianne Mehringer – Village in Northern Thailand

Honorable Mention: Andrew Ausel – Elima Castle Cape Coast, Ghana, Africa

Engaging the World

1st Place: Ashley Ober – Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

2nd Place: Matt Hui – Kaikoura, New Zealand

Honorable Mention: Huong Hoang – Stonehenge, Amesbury

Servant Leadership

1st Place: Heather Burdsall – Edinburgh, Scotland

2nd Place: Lauren Pelaia – Archer’s Post, Kenya

Honorable Mention: Joy Oh – Camden, NJ

Transformative Learning

1st Place: Brooke Strayer – Nile River, Jinga, Uganda

2nd Place: Madison Brunk – Muhanga District, Rwanda

Honorable Mention: Melanie Walters – Florence, ItalyImage


Study Abroad Profile – Buddy Hocutt ’14

One of Messiah’s biggest selling points was their study abroad program. While I was wading through college website after college website Messiah kept standing out. They were something like seventh in the nation at the time. They had (and still have) quite the list of destinations, so I was sold.
I decided to study at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania fall semester of my junior year. It has been my most amazing Messiah experience, but I’m not ashamed to say that I was a mess when it came to preparing to leave. Juggling applications, dates, reference letters, meetings, emails, and everything else that goes into studying abroad is a rather intense undertaking. There’s no way I would have gotten everything to work out if I was doing it on my own. Luckily, I wasn’t.
Messiah’s Intercultural Office (previously the Epicenter) couldn’t have been more helpful in the study abroad process. Faith, Wendy, and the rest of the gang have the inner working of international education down to a science. They laid the process out for me in clear terms, helped me every step of the way, and answered every question I had, no matter how bizarre (or seemingly irrelevant!). That they are the nicest people on earth goes without saying.
In case you couldn’t tell, this is a shameless plug for the Intercultural Office and study abroad. Particularly study abroad. As I mentioned, I was in Lithuania for the fall 2012 semester – far and away the time of my life. I spent four months living with Eastern European students (I had roommates from Moldova and Ukraine), eating new foods, learning a new language, and travelling a part of the world few Americans ever experience (I feel obligated to say that Lithuania’s part of the world is not Africa – you have no idea how many times I’ve had to answer that question…)! My trip was filled with weekends in Latvia, Estonia, and Germany, a week in Russia, and another five days in Spain. I spent time in Lithuania’s capital of Vilnius, lived in a beautiful city on the Baltic Sea, and saw bears on the sidewalk.
I was able to fully immerse myself in a totally foreign, different culture that was completely out of my comfort zone. I had to learn a whole new way of life on the fly. I made mistakes, got confused, and experienced being an outsider for the first time in my life. It’s something I will never forget; a life-changing experience that I never could have navigated on my own. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re interested in international education is some fashion. With that in mind, I’m telling you to study abroad! Do it. Love it. Hold on to the experience for the rest of your life.

Buddy Hocutt ’14

Offices Relocate to Better Serve Students

The Office of Disability Services (ODS), the Writing Center (WC) and the Learning Center (LC) have moved to Murray Library to form the new Learning Commons. The ODS is located in room 115. The WC and the LC are located in room 110. This move is designed to better serve students.

Tests proctored by ODS will be administered in their new area. Test pick up, however, will remain at Faculty Services in Hoffman. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Amy Slody, Director of Disability Services/ADA Coordinator, at extension 7258 or send an e-mail to Stop in to see the new offices!

Photo Contest


Your votes determine the winners!

Students who participated in an intercultural experience in the past year through one of Messiah’s many opportunities to engage the world at home and abroad were invited to submit photos in the following categories:  Embracing Diversity, Engaging the World, Servant Leadership, Transformative Learning

Go to the Intercultural Facebook Page to check out the entries in albums for each category, like your favorites, and the photo with the most “likes” in each category will be declared the WINNER (with second place and honorable mentions also awarded) and will receive an Amazon gift card.

Judging will be open from noon on Thursday, March 7 to noon on Wednesday, March 27.

Check it out, like some photos, and watch for the WINNING PHOTOS, which will be on display on the second floor mezzanine of Larsen Student Union beginning in early April!