Archive for 2013

January 24, 2013

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 (NRSV)


Todd Goranson, assistant professor of bassoon and saxophone, performed at the 36th International Saxophone Symposium on Jan. 4 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The International Saxophone Symposium is the premier saxophone conference in North America and routinely draws the top performers and students from around the world. This two-day event features large ensemble saxophone concerto concerts, small recitals and everything in-between, including quartet recitals, masterclasses, clinics, exhibits and much more. In its 34 years, the International Saxophone Symposium has established itself as an important destination for students, performers and audiences alike. Goranson premiered the solo work “Cantilena” by Ted Hansen, and was joined by Amanda Heim (’06) in performing Mark Engebretson’s “An Arc in Solitude.” 

Congratulations to Damian Savarino, senior lecturer of music, and his wife Tara, adjunct instructor of voice, on the arrival of their third son Giovanni Reed Savarino on Jan. 15. Giovanni weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and was 19.5 in. Best wishes Damian, Tara and big brothers Dominic and Luca.

I am happy to announce that Rachel Shenk has joined the enrollment management team as an interim admissions counselor. She is a Dec. 2012 Messiah College graduate who earned a bachelor of arts in human development and family science. During her time as a student, she worked as an administrative assistant in Messiah’s Internship Center and as an assistant in the HDFS department. Rachel served as a leader for the Messiah College Council on Family Relations in the role of president and conference coordinator and was a diplomat for recruitment events on campus.
—Dana Britton, director of admissions

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Grab a cookie break and learn about the Harrisburg Academy

Grab a cookie break with the Harrisburg Academy on Monday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Falcon Express in the Eisenhower Campus Center. This is a great chance to learn about the Harrisburg Academy and the scholarship opportunity available to children of Messiah employees. See attachment for complete details.

Parking reminder for employees assigned to ZZ lot

We appreciate your patience and thank you for your understanding during the construction phase of the High Center. Although there is still construction activity within the building and construction vehicles are still coming and going, the parking lot between Old Main and the High Center is now open for employees assigned to ZZ lot. The visitor’s lot was provided as a temporary parking location during construction. Effective Monday, Jan. 28, employees will no longer be permitted to park in the visitor’s parking lot. Any employee parked in the visitor’s parking lot after Friday, Feb. 1, will be issued a parking ticket. Employees are assigned to parking location on an annual basis. Please be respectful to our visitors in remembering this visitor lot was constructed for their use.

Volunteer opportunity at the Downey School 

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone. Your gift of a book at the Employee Christmas Luncheon was a step to bridging that gap at The Downey School. If you have a vacation or personal half day to spare, here is another opportunity to support the importance of reading for these children. And what a fun way to do service! 

Volunteer: Join The United Way and the Bridges Society on Jan. 28, 29 or 30 as a chaperone for the Barnes & Noble Field Trip with Downey Elementary. There will be three third grade classrooms that will have an opportunity to go on a scavenger hunt, read with their chaperone and buy their own book. Register here. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with questions.


For sale:

2003 Subaru Outback — 80k miles, four-wheel drive, manual transmission, in great shape. All service records available. Asking $6,300. Includes two sets of tires – standard mud and snow tires and stud-less X-ICE snow tires, all on rims. Contact Niklas at or Alison at

Foosball Table —Sportcraft, good condition, very sturdy construction. Fun for the whole family. Asking $125. Email for pictures or more information.