Archive for 2013

March 14, 2013

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.
Habakkuk 2:3 (NRSV)


I am happy to announce that Caroline Maurer has accepted the position of dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. I would like to thank all of you who participated in the search and provided feedback to the search committee. I would especially like to thank David Hagenbuch, Raeann Hamon, Valerie Lemmon, Obed Mfum-Mensah and Jenell Paris for their tireless work on the search committee. I am pleased at Maurer’s acceptance and it is clear that she is very excited about coming to Messiah College.
Randall G. Basinger, provost

Congratulations to Abaz Kryemadhi, assistant professor of physics, who has been awarded a summer visiting faculty team grant from the Department of Energy. Abaz and students Joel Love (engineering) and Jack Bluebaugh (physics and mathematics) will work in Chicago to prototype a neutron detector for a cryogenic dark matter search experiment. The team will collaborate with Fermi National Laboratory. This is the second consecutive year in which Abaz has received this prestigious grant award.

Damian Savarino, senior lecturer in music, will appear as Baron Douphol and Dottore Grenvil in Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s concert production of Verdi’s masterpiece “La Traviata.” For more information, visit

Congratulations to Edward “Clay” Polson, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, and his wife Lauren on the arrival of their son Joshua on March 5. Joshua weighed 9 lbs., 4 oz. and was 21 in. Best wishes Clay, Lauren and big sister Lucy.

Michael True, director of the Internship Center, has been interviewed in the last few weeks by the “San Francisco Appeal” newspaper about unpaid internships in the Bay Area, as well as nationally, and by the “Chronicle of Higher Education” on how internships help students to get jobs. He also was interviewed on an internet radio program about the “Evolution of Internships.”

Messiah 411

An Evening with Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace laureate, and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, will present the final lecture in the Courage and Conviction series on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, women’s rights advocate and recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace — which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 — is chronicled in her memoir “Mighty Be Our Powers,” and in the documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”

Admission is free, but a ticket is required; contact the ticket office at ext. 6036 for more information.

Theodore Prescott artist talk rescheduled to March 20

Theodore Prescott’s artist talk has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at 4:15 p.m. in room 124 of the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and the Performing Arts. Ted, emeritus professor of art, taught sculpture and was head of the art program for many years. In his lecture, he will speak about how the sculpture was developed, fabricated and installed. He will show photographs of the process from its origins in an orchard to the final forms on display.

Campus farewell reception for Debra Sauders

All Messiah employees are invited to a farewell reception for Debra Sauders, director of print/web communications and assistant director of marketing, on Thursday, March 21, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Climenhaga Homestead. Deb is leaving Messiah to take a position as the director of advancement communications at Franklin and Marshall College, an institution much closer to her home and family.

In her nearly 11 years at Messiah, Deb has provided important leadership to the College’s creative and editorial teams and has made significant contributions to Messiah’s integrated print and web communications functions. Deb’s gifts and abilities in marketing and communications have strengthened Messiah’s brand and the numerous ways in which we tell our institutional story in print and digital media. Please join us at the campus reception in thanking Deb for her service and dedication to Messiah College—and in wishing her well in all of her future endeavors.
Carla Gross, director of marketing and public relations

Department of visual arts senior show reception set for March 23 

On Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. the Climenhaga Building will be ablaze with the extraordinary artwork of our senior students. The celebration will be accompanied by lively jazz, snacks and special performances by the theatre department. This annual reception has become one of the biggest social events on campus – and it is free and open to the public.  

Far too big to be accommodated by the Aughinbaugh Gallery, the senior students of the department of visual arts will occupy the entire building to present an exhibition of their multi-disciplinary artwork representing the culmination of four years of studies at Messiah College. Please mark it on your calendar and be sure to be there. The artwork will be on view March 22 through April 14.

David Weaver-Zercher to discuss “Amish Behaving Badly? Amish Realities and Amish Reality Shows”

With beard-cutting incidents in Ohio, a so-called Amish Mafia and Amish teens “breaking Amish,” it may appear that Amish culture is falling apart. In this presentation, David Weaver-Zercher, who served as a consultant to federal prosecutors at the beard-cutting trials, will sort out Amish reality from misunderstandings inspired by reality television and other media outlets. If you’re interested in the beard-cutting incidents—who did what to whom, and why did they do it—or wonder about the reality of the Amish Mafia, join us for this lecture on Tuesday, March 26, 4-5:15 p.m. in Boyer 131. Sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies.

Service Day registration begins March 18 

Service Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 18. Volunteer registration will begin on Monday, March 18. Those interested in proposing or leading a project for Service Day, please contact Jessica Teeter at More information about Service Day is available here.

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s summer online undergraduate courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s online summer courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs May 28-July 22, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. Messiah’s summer courses are completed in nearly half the time, and are discounted more than 50 percent as the same courses that are offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Courses are open to current students (college-level and qualified homeschooled and high school students), employees, alumni, parents, community friends and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 11 and runs through May 21. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit

Wellness exercise classes available this spring

Two wellness exercise classes are available for employees this spring. Pilates will be offered from 5-5:45 the Hostetter Chapel Fellowship Hall on Wednesdays beginning March 20. The class will run for six weeks for the low cost of $15. Interested employees are asked to pre-register in the fitness center prior to the first class, if possible. If not possible, payment may be brought to the first class. Also, an employee-only Exercise to Music class is currently meeting on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15-6 p.m. Come and join 15 of your colleagues who have been meeting for a couple of weeks. The class is led by male and female senior health and exercise science majors as a class project, so there is no cost to employees who attend!

Information for upcoming wellness personal profile campaign

Just a reminder that employees who accumulate 100 wellness points before June 15 will experience health insurance premium savings for the following year. Completing the online Capital BlueCross Health Assessment known as the “Better Health Works Personal Profile” is required for employees seeking 100 wellness points, even if you completed one last year. To encourage and assist employees in completing the profile, the wellness team will be running a four-week health assessment campaign beginning March 25. At this point in time, 145 employees have completed the profile for the 2012-13 academic year; our goal is to have 300 completed profiles by the end of the four-week campaign (April 19). Watch for details to follow!

The Textbook Express offers new tools to faculty

The Textbook Express is offering two new tools to make textbook ordering easier for faculty. In place of campus mailing requisitions, we will now be sending requisitions via email only. Please look for the fall 2013 forms in your Messiah email accounts very soon. You may simply edit the book information in the email as needed and then reply to the message to submit your textbook responses. As always, no department chair signature is required.

In addition we have enabled online textbook requisitioning on our website. Click on the faculty link under store links to set up your profile and get started. To view a tutorial with further instructions, go to and click on the “Textbook Express” tab. Scroll down and view the PDF tutorial under “Faculty Information.”

Important information for summer student employment

Did you know that the payroll office maintains student work applications for students who request to have one kept on file for employment opportunities? If you are a supervisor looking for a student to hire, you are welcome to come to the payroll office to view student applications. If you know of any students who are interested in a summer campus job but who have not yet located an assignment, please encourage them to come to the payroll office to fill out the optional application.

Contribute training offered in new series of web tips called “WWWhat?”

Registration is available for Contribute classes for this semester. Contribute is the software used to update College webpages. Please go to MCSquare, “Employee Training,” “Web” for the full listing and sign up!


For rent:

Apartment in Grantham— One bedroom with study/den at 724A Grantham Rd. Available April 1. One year lease required, no smoking, no pets. Water, sewer, trash removal paid by landlord. Contact or Jim or Beth at 717-766-8836 or 717-364-6998.

Two bedroom cottage — Located near wetlands waterfront at Stone Harbor, N.J. $950 per week. $300 for a weekend (Friday and Saturday evenings). Contact Lois Beck at for a link to view a slide show or George Beck at 717-579-9899 for further information.

For sale:

Brand new pool liner — 18 ft. round for above ground round pool. $100. Contact or call 717-991-4270.

Yard Machine snow blower — 8 hp., 26 in. path, two stage. Very good condition, used very little. Asking $425. Email

2007 Honda Accord EX —Four door sedan, metallic blue with grey leather interior. V6, auto, alloy wheels, rear spoiler, six-disc changer, power sunroof, heated seats, air, locks, cruise, etc. Looks like new inside and out. 58,000 miles. Asking $14,700. Super clean car. For more information, contact 717-642-9548.