Archive for 2016

September 8, 2016

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;”

Luke 4:10


PASCD, state affiliate of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), a leading international nonprofit education leadership association, has selected Jennifer Fisler, director of teacher education and professor of education, for its 2016 class of emerging leaders. The PASCD Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice at the state level. This year’s leaders were invited to apply for the competitive program based on self-nominations and recommendations made by past program participants, current PASCD members, and the greater education community. An advisory panel reviewed and selected this year’s class. PASCD emerging leaders have typically been in the profession between five and 15 years, have a marked interest in making a positive contribution to education policy and practice, and have invested in professional growth opportunities aimed at improving student outcomes. The 2016 class is both professionally and regionally diverse, ranging from classroom teachers and administrators to higher education faculty and educational consultants.


You are invited to join the winners of the 16-17 Teacher Education Program & Ernest L. Boyer Center Scholarship Awards at a reception in their honor Thursday, Sept. 15, Howe Atrium of Boyer Hall, 4- 5 p.m. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Award winners are Michaelah Gehman, Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship; Alissa Rogers, Ethel Brandt Bigham Education Award; Benjamin Webber, Terry L. Stoudnour Education Award; and Grace Westfall, Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship. These students will be presenting excerpts from the essay submitted for the scholarship application.


Local laboratory hosts Messiah department

Chemical Solutions, a trace elemental testing laboratory in Harrisburg, hosted faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on Aug. 26 at their facility for dinner, a tour and relationship-building. Seven Messiah graduates are employed by Chemical Solutions.

GO ED Africa / GO ED Mekong directors to visit campus Sept. 14-16

GO Ed Director Dr. Michael Pucci and Adele Pucci will be on campus to talk to students about studying with the GO ED Programs in Rwanda and Thailand. If you are interested in having the Puccis speak to your classes about opportunities to study with GO ED, please contact Wendy Lippert , ext. 6089. You can also set up an appointment to meet with the Michael and Adele one-on-one if you would like to learn more about the program. The Puccis will be hosting an information session on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. in Larsen 237. Please encourage interested students to attend. For more information about the GoED Programs, please browse: • Africa: • Mekong:

Into the City trip to Boston

Applications are now being accepted for the fall Into the City trip to Boston! This career immersion program will take place on Oct. 19-22, and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational experience through site visits, alumni panels and two networking receptions. Organizations represented on this trip include the Boston Red Sox, Social Fulcrum, Ocean Spray, Boston University, NiSource, Boston Medical Center, Roads Scholar, and more! For more information and an online application please encourage students to visit: Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 5. Students from all majors and academic years are encouraged to apply. An information session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from noon-1 p.m. in Boyer 131. Pizza will be provided! Interested students and faculty should RSVP for this info session by Sept. 19 at (Attendance at the info session is not required for participation in the Into the City trip) ITC is collaboratively sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center, Office of Alumni & Parent Relations and the Development Office.

Donut Day at the Career and Professional Development Center

FREE DONUTS! You are invited to the Career and Professional Development Center’s Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by to meet our staff, learn about our services, enter prize drawings and eat some donuts! The Career and Professional Development Center is located in Eisenhower Commons, directly across from the Falcon Express.

Movie on the green – Family Weekend

The Movie on the Green event is on Friday, Sept. 23. This event, hosted by the Office of Human Resources and Compliance, is open to all employees and their families as well as students and their families. Suggested donation: $2 per person or $10 per family. All donations and proceeds go to the Central PA Foodbank. Movie: Zootopia Sponsored by: The Standard Location/Time: Eisenhower Lawn; Concession stand opens at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m.

Automatic software uninstall

ITS will be correcting the problem of the Zenworks popup login box on Thursday, Sept. 8. This pop-up sometimes occurs when you change your Windows password. This will be a silent (behind the scenes) uninstall on Windows computers. Please ensure you reboot your computer at the end of the day to help us complete this process. This process will occur when you are on campus only. This software is no longer used on campus and is not required on your computers. Please call the Helpdesk at ext. 4444 if you have any questions.

Teaching Tuesdays have begun

Teaching Tuesdays have begun and will run each Tuesdayfrom 9:30-10:15 a.m. in Boyer 131. The session for Sept. 13 will be a panel discussion on the topic of overcoming student beliefs such as “I can’t” or “This is too hard for me” that get in the way of their learning. Panelists include: Heather Dravk, Alison Noble and Carol Buckley. Check the Educator’s Calendar in Outlook or our website ( for future events.

September employee wellness workshop

Our September wellness workshop will be a cooking demonstration titled “Carb Conscious.” If you are counting your carbohydrates to manage blood sugars, for weight loss or other health reasons, this workshop is for you. A registered dietitian from Capital BlueCross will create a carbohydrate conscious recipe for participants to sample, while discussing the different types of carbohydrates in the diet and ways to control portions that are appropriate for everyone! The workshop will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 4 – 4:45 p.m. in Jordan 63 (the Foods Lab). There are still spots available, but space is limited. Anyone attending MUST sign up before Sept. 16, by emailing Doug Miller at

Group exercise opportunities

Looking for a way to add some exercise into your week, and to do it with some other employees? There are a number of different group exercise opportunities available this fall. Here’s the list:

  • ZUMBA – Sundays, 4-5 p.m., Starts Sept. 18 until Nov. 20; meets in Brubaker
  • YOGA – Wednesdays, 5-5:45 p.m., starts Sept. 14, runs 7 weeks; meets in SSC-166
  • PILATES – Tuesdays, 12:15-1 p.m., starts Sept. 13, runs 7 weeks; meets in Brubaker
  • RESISTANCE BAND TRAINING – Thursdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m., starts Sept.15, runs 7 weeks; meets in SSC-166

Each of the four group exercise classes has a $20 fee.

Participants must pre-register and pay the fee at the 2nd floor reception counter in the Larsen Student Union prior to the first class.

Falcon gymnastics kids program

The Falcon gymnastics program for kids is getting ready to “roll” on Sept. 15. Any faculty or staff (or friends) who have children interested in a fun, non-competitive gymnastics learning experience should contact Dar Miller at The 5-8 year-old class meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The eight year-old and older class meets Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 p.m. The program runs from September to February, and all classes meet in the wrestling room in the Sollenberger Sports Center.

Alumni Film to be featured at Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival

A film produced by Messiah alumni entitled “There Were Giants” will premiere during the 3 p.m. block of the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg. The film documents the profound story of The Harrisburg Giants, the first Eastern Negro League baseball team to integrate in 1954. Produced in conjunction with the Center for Public Humanities Student Fellows Program, the documentary features interviews with former players and local historians that reveal the Giant’s true history of racial reconciliation in an era of segregation. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets are available for purchase at


For sale

Moving sale REDUCED PRICES and 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

Several Size Wood Grates for Fireplace. These heavy duty wood grates are solid square steel bar construction for long life with the sizes as follows: (1) New 34.5″ wide X 17″ depth X 9″ height made from 5/8″ bars – $50.00 (2) New 22.25″ wide X 15″ depth X 9″ height made from 5/8″ bars – $40.00 (each) (1) Used in good condition 29.75″wide X 12.75 depth X 6.25″ height made from 1/2″ bars – $20.00 Contact Paul at

Furniture for sale. Changing table ($120) and two-piece girl’s bedroom furniture set ($320) for sale. The two-piece set is a full white wooden dresser (top is brown) with a matching white wooden desk/book shelf combination. A twin white metal bed frame with inset springs is also available for sale. Contact Allyson Patton to see additional pictures.


Unused board games from your cupboards and closets! I would love to have a collection of board games in my residence hall lounge for residents to de-stress and make memories with. Budgets being as they are, I wondered if anyone might have family board games or group games that you are no longer using. If so, please email me at and/or drop them off at the Residence Life office in Eisenhower 2nd floor for Bittner Hall.