Archive for 2016

September 1, 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

ISAIAH: 40:31


After three years of strong work and service as the Collaboratory Program Manager, Rodney Green has accepted a position with World Relief and will be leaving employment with Messiah College on Sept. 9. The scope and impact of Collaboratory programming has grown significantly during Rodney’s tenure, and he has managed that growth while keeping Collaboratory leadership focused on its mission and quality. Rodney will be missed. His team is grateful that he will continue to work in the Harrisburg area.


Timothy Swartz ’15, Ellie Stuart ’15, and biology professors David Foster and Erik Lindquist have published their research article “Testing Rapid-Assessment Models for the Conservation of Woodland Vernal Pools in South-central Pennsylvania” in the scientific journal, the Northeastern Naturalist. This work represents two years of dedicated data gathering, analysis and manuscript writing effort. Swartz is currently working on his Master of Science degree in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. Stuart is a working in the 4-H, Master Gardener, and Horticulture programs at the Pennsylvania State University Agricultural Extension.


David Foster, professor of biology and environmental science, was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees for AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies. Au Sable Institute inspires and educates people to serve, protect, and restore God’s earth. It is based in Michigan with courses in Washington and India; serving students from 60 colleges around North America.


Katie Todd ’13 and biology professor Erik Lindquist have published their research article “Mass Flowering Crops as a Conservation Resource for Wild Pollinators (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)” in the scientific journal, the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. This article is the outcome of a study on the Cemetery Hill sunflower crop and the Back 40 field at Messiah College. Todd is now a graduate research fellow in entomology at the Ohio State University.


Congratulations to Raeann Hamon, professor of family science and gerontology, for being selected to receive the highly competitive 2016 Felix Berardo Mentoring Award from the National Council on Family Relations. A committee of distinguished family professionals selected Hamon to receive this award for her outstanding leadership and excellence in mentoring. Hamon was nominated for this national recognition by Erin Boyd-Soisson and four of her former students. Dr. Khaw from Montclair University and Committee Chair noted that “The Berardo Award Committee was particularly struck by the way Hamon’s nominators described her as an inspiring and visionary leader, mentor, and teacher who is fully committed to advancing students’ careers and maximizing their potentials (and who tirelessly finds ways to pave opportunities for them to do so). We were equally impressed by her roles as a fierce advocate of the family science field through her dedication to Family Life Education and her initiative which led to the establishment of the NCFR Honors Recognition Program.”


Wanda Thuma-McDermond, PhD, RN presented on July 24 at the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference in Capetown, South Africa on aspects of her thesis entitled: “Mweende Kabotu; Going with Cultural Humility for International Nursing Student Experiences.” Almost concurrently, at a more prestigious venue up the coast in Durban, South Africa, Messiah alumnus Dr. Phil Thuma was at the WHO 21st International AIDS conference, as presenting author for the Macha Research Trust on: “LYNX P24 Antigen Point of Care Test can Improve Infant HIV Diagnosis in Rural Zambia.”


Messiah College Business Alumni Networking Breakfast

Topic: The new face of business

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21

The new face of business has seen incredible change in recent years. Forces like social media, mobile technology, and the sharing economy have impacted virtually every organization in important ways. Messiah College’s Department of Business has also experienced significant change. The recent retirements of several long-standing faculty members and program development have led to the hiring of six outstanding new faculty members in the past year. Join us at our next networking breakfast to explore the future of business at Messiah College and beyond. The event will feature new and veteran business faculty, sharing their unique perspectives on a dynamically changing marketplace and welcoming your feedback. Come ready to offer insights you’ve gained from your organization and industry, which may help shape Messiah College business education. The breakfast promises to be an engaging and enlightening event for all.


7-7:30 a.m. | Registration and networking

7:30-9 a.m. | Event Speaker

9 a.m.| Event concludes, but guests are encouraged to stay and network

  • Location: Martin Commons
  • Sponsor: LifeGuide
  • Event Cost: $15

This event is open to EVERYONE! You do not have to be a Messiah alumnus, and attendance at previous events is NOT a prerequisite. Link to register –

Visiting Alumni Program

As the school year begins, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations would like to remind all academic departments to notify our office when you have alumni returning to campus. Our Visiting Alumni Program includes a small gift, possible coupons for lunch or coffee and notification to the Messiah College Campus via the intercom. Please help us recognize your department for bring back alumni and welcoming alumni back to campus. Please send an email to to begin the visiting alumni process and alert the office of returning alumni. Please join us in welcoming following alumni back to campus: Engineering alum – Ricky Houck – Tuesday, Sept. 6 for a presentation, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.. to engineering students. Sponsoring Faculty Member: Brian Swartz.


Job Opportunities:

The Early Learning Center at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Christine Kirkpatrick, director/teacher for the Early Learning Center, at

Campus Events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker III. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

For sale:

Townhouse for sale one mile from campus, priced to sell, less than one mile from campus in Bumble Bee Hollow! Beautiful end unit townhouse featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, kitchen w granite counter tops & breakfast bar, large living room w hardwood floors, first floor laundry & 1/2 bath. The master bedroom has a full BR, upstairs has wall-to-wall carpet. Outside patio. Included in this development: playground, gym, basketball court, swimming pool, lawn care and snow removal. Call Laurie ext. 2820.

Kar rite top carrier. Good condition. $25, universal trailer light kit. For trailers under 80″, $15. Contact Toni Michael at

Moving sale NEW ITEMS! Twin bed post set, end tables, lamps, desk, dressers, wing back chair and recliner. Prices listed with photo, but will consider offers. For more information please contact Ramona Fritschi at