Archive for 2013

August 22, 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
I Peter 4:8-10 (NRSV)


Associate Professor of Music Mike Harcrow and the 2012-13 Messiah College Horn Studio spent July 29-Aug. 3 at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. for the 45th Annual International Horn Symposium of the International Horn Society (IHS). Nearly 700 professional players, teachers and students from all over the world were in attendance for a week of outstanding performances, workshops, masterclasses and competitions. Members of the Messiah College Horn Studio attending were Linnie Hostetler (‘13), Bethany Franklin (‘16), Mary Grace Friedell (‘14), Edward House (‘13), Jairo Meza (‘14) and Garrett Krohn (‘14). This talented group entered the IHS Large Ensemble Competition held on July 31, and, against some excellent groups, won second place. A very strong and deserving ensemble from the Queensland (Australia) Conservatory took first. The day before, on July 30, at the Lunchtime Concert Series in the college cafeteria, the Studio also performed a full 30-minute program consisting of seven works for six horns. Three of these pieces were world premieres of compositions commissioned by horn professor Mike Harcrow and the department of music for the Studio especially for this event. These premieres included “Sextet No. 2” by Matthew McLaughlin,“Mountain Spires” by five-time Emmy-award winning composer Gary Kuo, and “Fanfare” by Messiah College composition instructor Bruce Yurko. Winners of all this year’s IHS competitions have been officially announced here and a student blog on this exciting week will follow shortly.

Meg Ramey, assistant professor of biblical studies, recently had two publications released. “What’s the Harm in Harmonization? Using Jesus Films in the Classroom to Examine the Crucifixion Narratives.” It was included in a volume called “Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom” edited by Jane S. Webster and Glenn S. Holland and published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in Sheffield, U.K.  The other is her own book titled “The Quest for the Fictional Jesus: Gospel Rewrites, Gospel (Re)Interpretation, and Christological Portraits within Jesus Novels.” It was published by Pickwick Publications, a division of Wipf & Stock Publishers in Eugene, Ore. 

William Stowman, chair of the department of music and professor of music, has been included in a recent publication titled “Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary” released by Hickman Publications. The book contains photos and biographical sketches for nearly 2,000 trumpet players dating from the origins of the instrument to modern day and includes artists from across the world.

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Plan to attend Community Day on Aug. 27

All employees are encouraged to gather together for worship and conversation on Community Day, Tuesday, Aug. 27. This annual Messiah tradition is the ceremonial launch of the new academic year for employees. President Kim S. Phipps will be sharing her “State of the College” address and the College’s key priorities for the coming year. The Community Day gathering is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Parmer Hall, located in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, followed by light refreshments from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Eisenhower Campus Center lawn (rain location for refreshments is Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall). All offices and departments (except dispatch and Early Learning Center) will close from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. to enable employees to attend the gathering and reception that follows. If you have questions, please contact Anne Barnes, executive assistant to the president, at

Welcome Week begins Aug. 29

Messiah College is excited to welcome our new incoming first-year and transfer students as they are “Welcomed to the Neighborhood” on Thursday, Aug. 29. You can visit to see the full five-day orientation agenda that they will follow. Every employee will receive a handout via campus mail early next week that you can carry with you and use as a reference tool if you will be on campus on Aug. 29. You may encounter new students and their families that have questions about where they need to be, who they need to contact, etc. This is a very handy guide. Any questions about the activities on Aug. 29 can be directed to the office of student involvement and leadership programs, ext. 5240 or

Messiah Business Alumni Association Networking Breakfast set for Sept. 24

As many Americans postpone retirement, the age gap between the oldest and youngest in the workplace continues to expand. Of course, generational differences have always existed, but age-related disparities seem to be increasingly acute, perhaps because of factors such as changing values and asymmetrical adoption of new technology.

  • What are the challenges of working with others who are significantly older or younger than you?
  • How can you respond positively to these challenges in order to ensure your own productivity as well as that of your co-workers?

These are two of the key questions that will be addressed at the upcoming Messiah Business Alumni Networking Breakfast. The format of the event will be highly interactive with opportunities for table discussion as well as dialogue among all participants. Leading the conversstion will be a pair of human resource experts: Mark Hopkins, regional director, human resources at Aetna, and Holly Paine Magnuson, director, Global Talent Planning and Workforce Analytics at The Hershey Company. Make plans now to attend what promises to be a stimulating event on Sept. 24 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011. (link to map). Registration is $15. For more information please see this link.

Learning Technology Services continues to offer Canvas Training 

Learning Technology Services continues to move forward with the transition to Canvas and this summer more than 170 training spaces have been filled.  Follow our website to keep up-to-date on Canvas Information. The website is updated periodically, so please bookmark the site and visit regularly. You will find a list of benchmark dates. We will do our best to keep you informed if there is any change to the training schedule or implementation process. You will also find an FAQ page where there is space for you to submit additional questions. Please come and see what all the excitement is about!



Urgent need for housing within walking distance of College — A first-year student, her mother and a younger female sibling need housing within walking distance of the College since this student does not drive or own a car. The space does not have to be large; they would be okay with a one-bedroom or even a shared space in a house. Please call Shirley Groff, ext. 2025, or email for the student’s contact information.


Rental property — Looking for a two bedroom apartment for our family of three (soon to be four!) to rent while we rebuild/renovate our current house from Sept. or Oct. to Feb. and possibly longer. Close to Grantham and month-to-month payments preferable. Email Kristen at or call Ben at 679-3779.

Adult trike — I would like an adult trike in good condition for a reasonable price. Please contact Renee at

For sale: 

Flute and cello —Half-size cello, model 40/4 Strunal with bow and backpack case. Purchased from J.W. Music, $400; Emerson silver open hole flute — $500. Email for more information. 

Multiple items — Large number of of Alaska, Amish, travel, nature, plus hundreds of fiction and other non-fiction books. In addition, camping, backpacking and fishing equipment; luggage; wall hangings and art; car ramps; lawn and garden tools; plus a few antiques to sell. We are downsizing and have way too much stuff. Contact Stevicks at 697 5526 or All offers will be considered. 

House — Walking distance from Messiah, this two-story, well-maintained, cul-de-sac, contemporary house is located at 12 Summit Dr., Dillsburg. It has three bedrooms, three baths. Various rooms give everyday living flexibility — office or bedroom on first floor. Laundry room large enough for a hobbyist; huge deck overlooks treetops to beautiful sunsets; fully finished lower level with in-law apartment (kitchen hookup; bedroom; living room; bath); beautifully landscaped yard; large workshop. Listed at $254,900. Owner Vernon Martin, associate professor emeritus of accounting. Contact; 717-350-0289. For additional details, contact Shirley Groff at, ext. 2025.