Archive for 2013

May 9, 2013

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. 
Psalm 40:3 (NRSV)


Robin Collins, professor of philosophy, has a series of very short videos on physics, philosophy and religion available at

David Pettegrew, associate professor of history, published (with Samuel Fee and William Caraher) an article titled “Taking Mobile Computing to the Field,” in the most recent issue of the journal “Near Eastern Archaeology. The piece discusses the use of iPads in archaeological fieldwork in Cyprus in May-June 2012.

Damian Savarino, senior lecturer in music, recently performed the bass solos in Mozart’s “Requiem with the Greenwich Choral Society (CT). Of his performance, Jeffrey Johnson of remarked, “Savarino took command with his entrance in the ‘Tuba mirum’, creating a brass-like resonance in his voice.” On May 19, Savarino will present a recital as part of the Trinity Episcopal Church Concert Series in Pottsville, Pa. with Dr. Patrice Ewoldt at the piano.

Evie Telfer, associate college pastor, was recently a co-presenter with Pastor Cedra Washington from Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church at the “Woman at the Well” conference held at Kenbrook conference center.

Cindi Tomes, learning technology specialist, will graduate from Saint Joseph’s University on May 11 with a master’s degree in instructional technology and design.  Be sure to stop by Learning Technology Services to congratulate the new graduate on her accomplishment!

Messiah 411

Commencement schedule and parking for employees

Commencement Schedule
The Commencement Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 Commencement weekend schedule of events for Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at, including helpful details on Baccalaureate, event tickets and inclement weather plans. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will receive a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the President’s Office. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or . Thank you to all campus employees who have been planning and working for the past several months to make Commencement a wonderful experience for graduates and their families.

Baccalaureate Parking
Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.  Please note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site at for details. The Department of Safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. (Shuttle service will not be provided Friday evening.) To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Parking Officer Stephen Smith at ext. 6753.

Commencement Parking
For Commencement day, members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus in order to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day. A shuttle service will transport all other guests between their parking areas and the athletic complex both before and after the Commencement ceremony. Special transportation, however, will be available for those guests requiring assistance between the shuttle drop point and the ceremony site.

Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, all employees are asked to arrive on campus early (prior to 8:15 a.m.) in order to alleviate being stuck in traffic and to help ensure they are directed to the reserved parking areas on campus. Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Parking Officer Stephen Smith at ext. 6753.

Seeking connections in Chicago for Into the City program

By now you may be familiar with the “Into the City” career immersion program collaboratively sponsored by the Career Center, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and Development. We are gearing up for our next destination—Chicago, Ill.—scheduled for October 2013. The itinerary for this program typically entails a diverse set of company site visits, alumni/parent panel presentations and a networking reception.  We’re calling on our collective Messiah community to request referrals from your respective networks. If you have connections in the greater Chicago area (alumni or otherwise) who might be a good fit for some aspect of this educational opportunity, we would appreciate hearing about them. Please email your suggestions to Christy Hanson, director of career development, at

Learning Technology Services makes update on Canvas

Learning Technology Services is excited to move forward with the transition to Canvas. This is an update on the planning processes associated with the implementation of Canvas. Follow our website for Canvas Information. We are updating this website on a daily basis, so please bookmark the site and visit regularly.

You will find a list of benchmark dates. It is important to remember that, in the implementation process, unexpected delays may occur. It is our goal to make courses available at the earliest opportunity without compromising the quality of the implementation process. Please remain aware that these dates are subject to change depending on unforeseen circumstances. Should that occur, we will do our best to keep you informed. You will also find an FAQ page where there is space for you to submit additional questions.

Faculty work submission deadlines set

Important reminder to faculty: Learning Technology Services would like to remind you that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead.  The fall semester 2013 work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates listed here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The Alumni Office hits the road for Falcon Nation 2013

22 days. 16 cities. 3,500 miles….Hundreds of alums.

The Messiah College Alumni Office is hitting the road again to bring a piece of Messiah College our alumni far and wide. The FalconNation roadtrip will take place from June 6-27, 2013. The tour will leave from Grantham, Pa. and visit 16 of our most highly populated alumni cities.  To learn more about the tour, events and registration, visit Questions? E-mail


For sale

Astral Buoyancy Aquavest 200 (L/XL) (Kayaking/Boating) Life Vest (PFD) – $40; three youth and child life jackets – $10 each; Fisher & Paykel top-loading washer ($295) and dryer ($395); entertainment center (two pieces/brown/black color) – $30 each/$60 both; 27” JVC TV – $75; Gibson Epiphone EM-2 Custom Rebel (1991) electric guitar – $195; Pentax SLR 2X-7 camera – $99; black heavy duty four-drawer adjustable file cabinet – $40. Contact Tony Caito at

Two brand new HP ink cartridges, never used, both extra-large size. 74 (black) and 75 (color). Purchased for $70, asking $40. Contact Ted at

Large metal corner desk 7′ x 7′, black in color with gray laminate top. Solid piece of furniture. Also comes with matching 3-drawer filing cabinet; two small drawers and one large drawer currently located on left side of desk. Great condition. Asking $150. Picture available. Contact Seleena Lindsey at  

Sony CDP-CX355 Megastorage Disc CD Player. Holds 300 CDs. Opened but never used. Excellent addition to your stereo system. 17” W x 18” D x 7.5”H. Asking $80 or best offer. Contact Les Weiand at or ext. 2901.

Medium brown sectional couch and ottoman.  One year old.  About 100” on the long side, about 70” on the short side.  $600. Can send photos and precise measurements upon request.  Contact


We are looking for a  student or recent graduate who is interested in free housing in exchange for assistance in driving services when needed.  The location is a farmhouse about 20 minutes from campus south of Dillsburg towards York.  If you may be interested, please contact Scott Frey at

Outside organization announcements:

Hosta Hideaway Open for Season: The Hosta Hideaway offers a large selection of hostas and other shade perennials for your garden. This year’s open house is May 17 and 18. Please see flyer for more information.