Archive for 2013

February 7, 2013

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
I John 4:12 (NRSV)


President Kim Phipps, chair of the Board for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), presided over the inauguration of the CCCU’s sixth president, Dr. Edward Blews Jr. You are invited to read Dr. Blew’s remarks outlining his vision for the future of Christian higher education here. Recently President Phipps also was re-elected to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors and will begin serving as chair of the Board for the Christian College Consortium (CCC) in March.

The Provost announces faculty promotions. Please see attachment for complete list.

After nearly four decades of service to Messiah College, John Fite, fire and safety systems coordinator, has announced that he will be retiring. John has seen many changes within the College and has worn many different hats in his tenure. Please join us as we bid farewell to John on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Private Dining Room, Eisenhower Campus Center. Stop in and say goodbye to not only a dedicated employee but to a life-long friend to many of us. Light snacks will be served. For more information, contact Cindy Burger at ext. 7272. 

Lynn Masser, lead cook, won Messiah’s Culinary Challenge and moves on to the next round of competition at Millersville University in March. Each year, NACUFS (National Association of College and University Food Services) holds a culinary competition at their national conference. Chefs design a meal around the selected protein. This year’s protein is duck. Lynn prepared Asian duck sliders with pickled vegetables, Sriracha aioli and duck fat french fries. She was one of five contestants to compete at Messiah College.

Kathy Eberly, baker, participated in the Chocolate Fest Cake Competition this past Sunday in Hershey. This year’s cake theme was “Winter Wonderland.” Kathy participated in the professional chef category with a two-tiered chocolate-filled chocolate cake with a snowflake theme. Kathy has been taking some professional development classes and learning new techniques which she used to create her cake. All cakes submitted for the competition were auctioned off with proceeds benefitting Keystone Human Services to help with the challenges of autism. 

William Stowman, professor of music, served as guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators District 7 band festival held at New Oxford High School. Messiah College graduate student Tim Rohrbaugh is the director of bands at New Oxford and was the host for the event. The band was comprised of 145 high school musicians from the central Pennsylvania area. They auditioned to gain entry into the bandand to attend the two-day festival to work with Stowman. The program included new and standard works for band including sacred and secular compositions. The concert was held at New Oxford High School on Jan. 27.

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The musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” opens Feb 7 

Bring your family to the musical, “A Year With Frog and Toad.” Performances run Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 14-15 at 7 p.m. with matinee performances on Feb. 10, 16 and 17 at 3 p.m. Call ext. 6036 or visit

This witty gem of a musical appeals to the whole family. Best friends, Frog and Toad, wake from hibernation and journey through a year of hilarious and touching adventures. With the help of some quirky side-kicks, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, sled and learn important life-lessons along the way. Most importantly, Frog and Toad learn to appreciate one another’s differences. Valerie Rae Smith directs a talented ensemble of performers alongside Amanda Heim’s jazzy musical direction and Gregg Hurley’s charming choreography. Leap over to Messiah College to see the Tony-award-winning musical that promises an enchanting experience for kids of all ages!

Oakes Museum presents special presentation Feb. 11

The Oakes Museum of Natural History is hosting a photographic exhibition, “Naked Canaries,” created by Professor of Biology John Cossel. “Naked Canaries” is a photographic exploration of the beauty and biology of amphibians, the causes of their declines and their message for us all. The exhibit contrasts the beautiful colors and textures of healthy frogs with the dark and perhaps disturbing images of frogs that have suffered from various factors responsible for their declines. Many of the frogs were photographed in the tropical forests of Costa Rica where Cossel and students conducted research on one of the diseases killing frogs worldwide.  

The exhibition opens on Thursday, Feb. 7 and runs through May 18. It is free and open to the public on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Also, a free presentation will be held Monday, Feb. 11 from 7-8 p.m. in the Oakes Museum’s African Watering Hole exhibit. Cossel will be on hand to discuss details associated with the photos, share stories about obtaining the images and will elaborate on the research behind the images.  

Representative from Oregon Extension will be on campus Feb 11-13

Oregon Extension faculty member Heidi Gehman will be on campus Monday, Feb. 11 through Wednesday, Feb. 13 to talk to students and faculty about opportunities for students to study at the Oregon Extension. If you are interested in inviting her to speak in your classes or would like to meet with her one-on-one, please contact Wendy Lippert at  Also, please encourage interested students to attend one of these information sessions: 

Tuesday, Feb. 12. 4 p.m. – Boyer 231  

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m. – Boyer 231

To learn more about this program, please visit this website.  

Representative from Gordon Orvieto and Gordon Aix on campus Feb. 11

Dr. John Skillen, associate director of European programs, will be on campus Monday, Feb. 11 to speak to students and faculty about opportunities to study with Gordon College in Orvieto and Gordon College in Aix. If you are interested in inviting him to speak in your classes or would like to meet with him one-on-one, please contact Wendy Lippert at or ext. 6089. Also, please encourage interested students to attend one of these information sessions:

Gordon in Aix

Monday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m. – Jordan 159 

Gordon in Orvieto

Monday, Feb. 11, 4:15 p.m. – Boyer 335 

To learn more about the program in Orvieto, Italy visit this link and to learn more about the program in Aix, France visit this link.

Professor Michael Cosby to present lecture Feb. 12 

Michael Cosby, professor of New Testament and Greek, will present a lecture, “From Peacemaker to Warrior Saint: The Transformation of Barnabas on the Island of Cyprus,” on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Please see attachment  for complete information.

Career Center to host job and internship fairs 

Students and alumni have an amazing opportunity to connect one-on-one with employers at two upcoming job and internship fairs. The fairs are free to attend and are co-sponsored by the Career Center.

Cumberland Valley Consortium Fair – Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Frederick, Md.

Central PA Employment Consortium Fair—Feb. 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Camp Hill, Pa.

For detailed information and lists of organizations who will be attending, visit this link. Please help us promote these events by encouraging students to attend.

Spring Humanities Symposium set for Feb 20-22

The theme for the Spring 2013 Humanities Symposium is “Wealth: The Promises and Perils of Abundance.” All are welcome to attend the opening reception Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in Boyer Hall, Howe Atrium. Panel discussions, lectures and films will then occur Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. The keynote address, “Melancholy in the Midst of Abundance: How Americans Invented the Humanities,” given by Geoffrey Galt Harpham Parmer Hall in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts is on Thursday,  Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. For more information, contact Tina Keul at ext. 5077. View attachment for the detailed daily schedule.

Mark your calendars now for a special training session called “Postage and Print 101”

This 90-minute session is being offered by the College Press and Postal Services on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema in Boyer. This session is highly recommended for all administrative assistants, as well as any employee who wants to learn more about mail, shipping, copiers, or how to use our mailing and printing services here at Messiah College. Please RSVP to Sharon Bloom at by Thursday, Feb 21 if you plan to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Messiah College Chili Challenge 2013 set for March 7 

Have you been told that you make the best chili? Are you looking for something fun to do with your co-workers? We have the perfect idea…join other fabulous cooks from campus and participate in Messiah’s Chili Challenge on Thursday, March 7 from 5:30–7 p.m. This contest is open to all staff, faculty and students. We are limited to 10 recipes so register early as an individual contestant or as a team! Contest rules and entry form can be found here. If you have additional questions, please contact Tom Biesecker at

Reminders from conference services

Are you planning an event on campus for this school year? The deadline for submitting requests to conference services is Friday, March 8 (start of spring break). Requests submitted after this date will not be approved. This applies to student, departmental and academic events. The following dates are now closed to events requiring set up needs: Feb. 15, March 23, April 13 and April 18.

Invitation to join Messiah College Professional Network on LinkedIn

On behalf of the Career Center and office of alumni and parent relations, we invite you to join the Messiah College Professional Network (MCPN) on LinkedIn.The MCPN has been established as a community for alumni, students, parents, educators and friends of the College to connect, network and share professionally-related interests and experiences. Industry-based subgroups have been added to allow members to connect directly with those who share more specific interests. With the recent elimination of FalconNet (the former online Messiah alumni community), and a review of best practices which reveal the increase of colleges and universities turning to LinkedIn for housing alumni-student networking groups, the MCPN provides great potential for connecting with alumni and fostering connections between alumni and students. This effort also supports a goal within the current institutional strategic plan that seeks to increase and enhance alumni engagement. The MCPN has already experienced steady growth with 2,074 members to date. 

Please encourage your students and alumni to join the MCPN!  For those who are new to LinkedIn, there are educational resources available on the Career Center’s website. Thank you for the work you are doing to strengthen professional connections among students, alumni and the greater Messiah community. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Christy Hanson, Career Center, and Jay McClymont, office of alumni and parent relations

New employee-only exercise class available

Have you been looking for a chance right after work to let off some steam, get some great aerobic exercise and maybe even a little rhythm before you head home? Is Zumba just a bit too….whatever? We have just the solution. An employee-only “Exercise To Music” class from 5-5:45 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The class will run for six weeks beginning on Monday, Feb. 25. It’s a class for both men and women and will be led by male and female students. Sign-up today at the front desk in the fitness center. Registration is $15.

It’s not too late to sign up for Pilates

There’s still time to sign-up for the winter or spring Pilates classes. The winter class has just begun and meets on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:30 p.m. in Hostetter Fellowship Hall. The class will meet on Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 5 and 19. The spring class will meet on Wednesdays from 5-5:45 p.m. in Hostetter Fellowship Hall. The class will meet on March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 and 24. The registration fee for the winter and spring class is $15 each. Sign-up today in the fitness center.



Toner— If your department has an HP Laser Jet 4200 printer, I have a Q1338A toner that we can no longer use and you can have. Contact

Outside organization announcement:  

Valentine’s  Day Amani Bead sale — Tuesday, February 12 from  9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Eisenhower Commons. Say “I love you” with a gift that keeps on giving! Send your special someone a message on our beautiful soap stone hearts (just $3.50), or send beautiful jewelry: bracelets, earrings, necklaces, as well as key chains and bookmarks made by volunteers from Messiah College and the Harrisburg community. As always our jewelry is made with Kazuri beads, a fair trade organization in Kenya which employs hundreds of single mothers. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale return to Kenya to care for orphaned and abandoned babies at New Life Homes Trust. A beautiful circle of love!