Archive for 2013

September 5, 2013

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Psalm 25:5 (NRSV)


We are happy to announce that Natalia Raquel Gladwin has joined the Messiah College Philadelphia Campus staff as the new interim enrollment coordinator. She is a certified teacher and social care worker and brings with her a wealth of experience in education and non-profit work. She has served as the Latin American cohort instructor for the Philly May-term cross-cultural course the past two years and is a native of Argentina. Natalia  has lived and worked in urban settings throughout the Americas and the United Kingdom.
Ryan Gladwin, program director, Messiah College Philadelphia Campus

Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science, authored two recent publications. Carolan-Silva, A. & Reyes , J.R. (2013). Navigating the Path to College: Latino Students’ Social Networks and Access. “Educational Studies,” 29 (4), 334-359 and Chavez, J. M, Englebrecht, C.M., Lopez, A., Viramontez-Anguiano, R.P., Reyes, J.R. (2013). Collateral consequences: The impact of local immigration policies on Latino immigrant families in North Central, Indiana. In D.C. Brotherton et al. (eds.), “Outside Justice: Undocumented Immigrants and the Criminal Justice System.” New York, NY: Springer.

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Pizza with Professionals sessions begin Sept. 10

The Career Center is pleased to announce the fall schedule for our Pizza with Professionals series. Students who attend a Pizza with Professionals session will gain in-depth knowledge about a specific organization or career path, increase their professional connections and learn first-hand from the experiences of others … all while enjoying pizza! Sessions are done live or via Skype with a representative from the targeted organization. Educators are invited to attend and encouraged to personally invite students to attend as well.

The fall schedule for Pizza with Professionals is as follows:

Peace CorpsSept. 10 (Eisenhower Board Room)

Teach For AmericaSept. 23 (Athenaeum in Murray Library)

Hovde FoundationSept. 30 (Athenaeum in Murray Library)

Mennonite Central CommitteeOct. 30 (Eisenhower Board Room)

International Justice MissionNov. 6 (Athenaeum in Murray Library)

* All sessions will be held from 12–1 p.m. Please click on date beside each session to register; please register with at least one day’s notice to the session(s) you wish to attend.

Awards reception planned for Sept. 19

The Teacher Education Program and the Ernest L. Boyer Center will host an awards reception on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4-5 p.m. in Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall. The reception will honor the following 2013-14 awards winners:

  • Danielle M. Pianucci ( ‘14) education: grades PK-4/special education, recipient of the Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship
  • Domenic Andolina (‘14) education: grades PK-4/special education, recipient of the Ethel Brandt Bigham Education Award
  • Jordyn Scheib ( ‘14) education: grades 4-8 science and English, recipient of the Terry L. Stoudnour Education Award
  • Laura Parks (‘14) education: grades PK-4/special education, recipient of the Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship
  • Joshua Lambert (‘14) education: grades 4-8 science and social studies, recipient of the Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the event honoring these students.

Don Miller to speak on graduate programs Sept. 24

The office of academic advising and the Career Center are pleased to announce this year’s annual luncheon for students considering graduate or professional programs in their future. We are honored to welcome guest speaker, Don Miller, author of “Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students” and a long-time professional in the field of graduate school admissions, whose full bio is noted below. This session on exploring and preparing for graduate  school will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 11:55 a.m.-1:10 p.m. in Howe Atrium (free, full buffet lunch will be served). Interested students and educators should register no later than Friday, Sept. 20. Student registration can be found here. Educator registration can be found here.

Guest Presenter: Don Miller• Educational background: B.A. in Religion from Lancaster Bible College; M.A. in Communication from Wheaton College; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Northwestern University.
• Spent 28 years in graduate enrollment and student services.
• Was dean of admissions/financial aid and dean of students at Columbia University (Teachers College), The University of Chicago (Booth School of Business), Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism) and Wheaton College (Ill.)
• Wrote and published “Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students in 2008.”
• Former columnist, US News & World Report.
• Has made graduate school presentations on college/university campuses in North America, Europe and Asia.

Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center to perform “Abyssinian”

Wynton Marsalis comes to Messiah College to perform Abyssinian: a gospel celebration featuring the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed on Monday, Oct. 21 with only one performance at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall, Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing  Arts. You won’t want to miss this performance – Messiah College is the only Pennsylvania stop on the Abyssinian tour.

Two decades ago, Wynton Marsalis composed and recorded “In This House, On This Morning” and began a creative exploration of how to reflect the forms of the African American church service onto a theme of universal humanism while raising a joyful noise. Marsalis refined this integration of sacred and secular expression with his definitive 2008 extended work “Abyssinian 200: A Celebration,” commissioned by the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem to celebrate its 200th anniversary. Tickets for all seats are $60 (limit 10 tickets per transaction); to purchase, please visit or contact the ticket office at ext. 6036 or purchase online at For photos and more contact details, visit

Move-In Day video briefly showcases aerial photography

Last week we alerted the campus community that an aerial videographer would be on campus and using drone technology to capture video for a variety of purposes, including the College’s Move-In Day video. Alum Cody Wanner `09 led a small team of student videographers to capture the emotion and excitement of this day. If you haven’t seen it already, here’s the fun Move-In Day video created by the division of student affairs and the office of marketing and communications.

The office of college ministries offers prayer chain

The college ministries office hosts a prayer chain for requests related to the College community. There are links you can use to join the prayer chain or to submit a request on the “Campus Life” tab on MCSquare (look under the College Ministries channel.) Let’s support one another in prayer as we begin this new year.
Evie Telfer, college ministries

‘Virtual’ Appalachian Trail hike concluded

During the past two years many employees participated in a virtual hike along the Appalachian Trail, where weekly exercise was converted to steps along the trail. During that time 160 employees reached the first state border of North Carolina (160 miles). Special recognition goes out to several employees who trekked well over 1,000 miles. Carol Wickey, Richard Roberson and Lawrie Merz each made it to Vermont (1,584 miles), Jean McCauslin made it to New Hampshire (1,734 miles), Doug Miller and Kate Quimby made it to Maine (1,895 miles), and James Fackler, Brian Frank and Scott Zeigler through-hiked the entire trail (2,160 miles). Way to go! Thanks to all who participated.   

Looking for a group of people to walk, jog or run with?

Team Aspire was founded four years ago by Drs. White Rayner (a parent of a Messiah alumnus) because they wanted to offer a healthy outlet for their patients. This group is for walkers, joggers and runners and meets every Saturday morning. People can join for one Saturday, for all Saturdays or anywhere in between. The group gathers at the bridge at City Island at 8 a.m. For more details, contact Jay McClymont at

Messiah goes to the World Cup (sort of…)

Stay tuned for an exciting new wellness program for Messiah employees this year.  In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Messiah College as the third best college in the country for soccer fans. We were the only NCAA Division III school mentioned in the article. Last year’s average attendance at men’s soccer games ranked us first among all Division II and III teams and would have ranked us 11th in Division I (just ahead of DI champ Indiana!). In recognition of the men’s World Cup in Brazil next summer (and in appreciation of the unprecedented nine national championships in 13 years by our men’s team), we are offering a wellness program that we hope will motivate you to regularly engage in the physical activity of your choice. Walkers, runners and cyclists will record weekly mileage, while employees doing other exercise will just record their minutes (which will then be converted to miles). For every 4,800 miles we accumulate collectively we will virtually “send” a player to the World Cup. How many players can we get there? Details on registering and recording will be coming your way. The first six-week phase (worth 30 wellness points!) begins Sept. 22.

Reminders from account payable

Accounts payable would like you to use the new fiscal year-FY14 forms that are found at MCSquare, “Employee Quicklinks,” “Business Office,” “Forms.” There have been changes made to these forms that are important to processing the data you submit, including mileage reimbursement rates. If you submit an old fiscal year form, they will not be processed but returned to you for correction. Please use your copier/scanner to submit reimbursements to (this address is pre-entered on all campus scanners). Please keep the original documentation for your records. Do not send both scanned and hard copy as it will create duplication in payments. Your continued cooperation with our department is appreciated.

Reminders from human resources and compliance

The office of human resources and compliance maintains an electronic archive that houses copies of any and all communications related to compliance that are distributed across campus. This includes, but is not limited to: notifications that are sent out annually for compliance purposes, notifications related to campus incidents and communications sent out when onboarding new students or employees.

As you distribute compliance-related communications, please send an electronic copy to If you are unsure as to whether or not something fits into the compliance communications category, please send it and human resources will determine its relevance. now available

The office of human resources has now rolled out Phase 1 of, Messiah’s new online employment recruitment system as of July 29. This system is designed to streamline the recruitment and hiring process for the job applicant (i.e., faculty, administrative, staff, temporary and student workers), hiring managers, administrators and search committees. Job descriptions will be maintained on all administrative, staff, temporary and student positions within this system as well. Please note that positions posted prior to July 29, 2013 will continue to remain outside of the new online applicant portal. Please see attachment for complete information.


For sale:

Wood/cherry finish daybed — Excellent, like-new condition. Paid $450 new, selling for $100 obo. Contact Bill Strausbaugh at ext. 5365 or email at

Large Fisher Price Geotrax train set —  Original style. Several trains (some remote control), buildings, vehicles and trees. $85. Contact Beth at