A group of Messiah College historians traveled to Malibu, California this weekend to participate in the biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH).  This year’s host was beautiful Pepperdine University, a Christian college located on the Pacific Ocean.  Yes, we historians have it rough.


The Messiah College History Department crew at the CFH

May 2014 Messiah College History graduate Brooke Strayer presented a paper at the CFH Undergraduate Conference entitled “Tracing the Trajectory of the Brethren in Christ Peace Position in the United States.”  It was based on her Messiah College senior honors thesis.  Brooke’s paper, as you will see in the photo below, was presented in the Pepperdine University Surfboard Museum.  She did a great job and represented Messiah’s history department very well.


Brooke Strayer “waxes” eloquent in the Surfboard Museum

Another Messiah College history alum, Amanda Mylin (’12), presented a paper at the main CFH conference entitled “Luxury, Vice, and Virtue: The Intersection of Women, Consumerism, and Religion, 1750-1783.”  Amanda is finishing her master’s degree in history at Baylor University.

Devin Manzullo-Thomas, an adjunct instructor in the Messiah College history department and the Director of Messiah’s Sider Institute, participated on a roundtable discussion entitled “The Role of Historians in Managing Institutional Change.”

Dr. Jim LaGrand chaired and commented on a session entitled “Dear Colleagues: What Christian Public Historians Want You to Know About Our Field, Our Audiences, and What We Need from You.”

Finally, Dr. John Fea participated on a panel at the Undergraduate Conference entitled “Why I Hate (or Love) the History Channel.”  At the main conference he joined roundtables devoted to social media and book publishing.

In 2016 the CFH will be meeting in Virginia Beach.  Another undergraduate conference is expected and we hope that many of our students will be interested in attending.  Stay tuned to History on the Bridge for more information.  The deadline for proposals will probably be sometime in April or May of 2016.


The view from the Conference

We are trying something new this year during Homecoming weekend.  We hope that all of you can join us.
All Messiah College History alums, their family members, and friends are invited to attend the Homecoming 2014 History department reception.  It will be held from 1-3pm on Saturday, October 18 at the LaGrands (830 Grantham Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA).  Light refreshments will be served, and child care provided.
Questions?  Contact Jim LaGrand at jlagrand@messiah.edu

I (John Fea) am taking a group of first-year students in the new Humanities Scholar Program on a tour of historic Philadelphia on Saturday October 4 and I need two 15-passenger van drivers.  The drivers will get a small stipend, a free lunch, and a free tour of historic Philadelphia.  Drivers must be registered with the college to drive a 15-passenger van or be willing to get registered.  

Please let me know if you are interested!  

Today we are welcoming our new history majors and introducing them to life in the Messiah College Department of History. After a brief orientation session, students will meet their academic advisers and join returning students in the Boyer Atrium at 2:30 for our annual ice cream social.  This is always an exciting day in the life of the department.  Whether you are a new student or a returning student we hope you will join us at 2:30 for ice cream and fellowship!

In addition to our concentrations in Non-Western History, Classical History, Modern European History, American History, and Public History, the Messiah College History Department is considering the addition of a new concentration that we are calling “Administrative Studies.”  As we continue to get our majors to think about all the things that one can do with a history major, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a concentration that provides history majors, who study change over time, with additional education in organizational and administrative behavior, policy formation, and decision-making skills.  Such a concentration would combine the perspectives provided by the history major with administrative skills that will be of particular value to those students planning to enter careers in business, law, government, non-profits, community organizations, and the press/media.  The Administrative Studies Concentration positions students to pursue a variety of administrative careers in both the public and private sectors as well as to enter graduate programs in these fields.

And now we need your help!

Current students:  Would you be interested in pursuing such a concentration if it became a reality?

History Alumni:  Would you have been interested in pursuing this kind of concentration if it was available when you were a student in the Messiah College History Department?  Also, if you are in a position to hire employees at your company or organization, would you find a student with this kind of broad training a good fit?

Your feedback will be extremely helpful to us.  Feel free to respond via e-mail (or in the comments section of this blog) to John Fea, Chair, Department of History–jfea(at)messiah(dot)edu

I have included the structure and coursework in this concentration below.  Please not that these courses would be taken IN ADDITION to the FULL HISTORY MAJOR.

Thank you in advance for your help.  Once again, this is only a proposal, but we can’t move forward with making it a reality without you input.  Please spread the word.

Thank you,

John Fea

Administrative Studies Concentration (19-21 [or 22-24] credits)*
HIST 393 Public History (3)
HIST 394 Digital History (3)
ECON 120 Introduction to Economics — Macroeconomics (3)
POLI 323 Public Policy (3)
INTE 391 Internship in a Public Organization for the Experiential Learning Component (1-3)**

Six [or Nine]  credits from the following cognate humanities and social science disciplines (6 [or 9])

National Track
POLI 113 American Government (3)
               POLI 214 American Constitutional Law (3)
ECON 220 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
COMM 205 Principles of Public Relations (3)
COMM 333 Business & Organizational Communication (3)
BUSA 120 Principles of Management (3)
BUSA 381 Business Law I: Legal Foundations For Business (3)
BUSA 382 Business Law II: The Legal Environment For Business (3)
HRM 301 Human Resource Management (3)
HRM 311 Organizational Behavior (3)
LEAD 310 Leadership Theory and Development (3)
PHIL 352 Moral Problems (3)

International Track
POLI 212 International Politics (3)
ECON 220 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
SOAN 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
COMM 205 Principles of Public Relations (3)
COMM 333 Business & Organizational Communication (3)
COMM 342 Intercultural Communication (3)
BUSA 120 Principles of Management (3)
BUSA 352 Working Internationally (3)
HRM 301 Human Resource Management (3)
HRM 311: Organizational Behavior (3)
LEAD 310 Leadership Theory and Development (3)
PHIL 352 Moral Problems (3)

This concentration prepares students alongside their rigorous liberal arts major in history for public administrative careers in business, legal, governmental, media, non-profit, and international non-governmental organizations.

**History majors who pursue the Administrative Studies Concentration must take an internship with a professional organization oriented to public needs and concerns, which may or may not be history related.  This internship will fulfill the History major’s Experiential Learning Component.



This weekend Meredith Gross, a 2012 Messiah College History Department graduate, will graduate from the Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development program at Taylor University.

While a graduate student at Taylor Meredith was a Social Justice Graduate Assistant in the college’s World Outreach Center.  She also interned with Messiah College’s Residential Life Office and the Dickinson College Career Center.  Her thesis, which she successfully defended last week (see picture), was titled” High Expectations: The Impact of Perfectionism and Religiosity on Female Body Image.”

Meredith will join the Residence Life team at Grove City College in the Fall.

Congratulations, Meredith!

New River Gorge National River is currently recruiting for a VISTA Summer Associate Position to research and develop an interpretive plan for Camp Brookside, located near Hinton, WV.

The role of the VISTA Summer Associate is to collect, transcribe and catalogue oral histories of original campers; handle the collection and preservation of camp materials; and research publications and relevant media during the camp’s operation. This position is not a staff position and does not include a salary; rather it provides a living allowance less than $1,000 a month. This is a 10–week term from June through August 2014. Applicants will work a 40 hour week, from Monday through Friday, with occasional work on the weekends. All applications must be emailed to angela_allison@nps.gov; or faxed to 304-465-0591; or mailed to the attention of Angela Allison at 104 Main Street, Glen Jean, 25846. Selections will be made by May 15th, so all applications are due by May 13th. For questions, please contact Angela Allison at 304-465-6508 or Robin Snyder at 304-640-0724.

For more click here.


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