Archive for 2013

September 26, 2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.
Psalm 91:14-15 (NRSV)


On Thursday, Sept. 26, Elizabethtown College is hosting a lecture at 4 p.m. on “The Bible and Biology: Understanding the Creation-Evolution Debate” by Ted Davis, professor of the history of science. Details can be found here.  

Jeff Erikson, assistant professor of biology, has been awarded $10,000 from Sawyer Products, one of the leading producers of point-of-use water filters. With these funds, Jeff will be working with a Collaboratory team of students to design a method to test the effectiveness of water filters at removing bacteria.

Rodney Green, program manager for the Collaboratory of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research, will present his master’s thesis, “Building the Team: Improving Inter-Organizational Relationships Between Anti-Trafficking Actors in India Towards Stronger Case Management Rehabilitation for Survivors of Sex Trafficking” at the 10th annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Work Conference at the University of Toledo on Sept. 27. 

Professor of Old Testament Eric Seibert and wife Elisa are pleased to announce the arrival of Hannah Katherine Seibert, born Sept. 14 at 6:56 p.m., weighing 8 lbs., 1 oz. Everyone is doing well and Nathan (7) and Rebecca (5) are enjoying having a new little sister at home. 

Assistant Professor of Engineering Brian Swartz presented “AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specification Provisions for Loss of Prestress” at the Association for Bridge Construction and Design Technical Conference on Sept. 5 in Harrisburg.

Messiah 411

Graphic designer Luba Lukova to speak on campus 

Luba Lukova, a Bulgarian-born, New York-based graphic artist who designs editorial illustrations and off-Broadway posters will be on campus Friday, Sept. 27 at 4:15 p.m. in High Foundation Recital Hall, High Center to talk about the award-winning images she designs to address a wide range of social justice issues.  She also has a not incidental secondary interest in the neglected stories of women from the Bible. Lukova’s artwork is on view in the Aughinbaugh Gallery through Oct. 20.

Make plans to attend the “Movie on the Green” 

The office of human resources is once again partnering with the Agapé Center and Student Involvement and Leadership Programs to host an outdoor movie event. Pixar’s “Monsters University” will be showing on a 40-foot tall screen Friday, Sept. 27 on the Eisenhower Lawn at 7:45 p.m. Join Mike and Sulley as they matriculate at MU, known for producing the best Scarers. Coinciding with Family Weekend, this event is open to all employees and their families as well as students and their families. Bring blankets and chairs (rain location is Brubaker Auditorium).  

In conjunction with this event, the Campus Store will be offering a 15 percent discount on Messiah merchandise from 6-8 p.m.…a sweatshirt might come in handy Friday evening!

All proceeds go to the United Way of the Capital Region. Suggested donation is $1/student or $5/family. Concessions (including hot dogs, pizza and macaroni and cheese) will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. See attachment for further details. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with questions.

Grandparents Day planned for Oct. 1 

Tuesday, Oct. 1 will mark our fifth annual Grandparents Day. The purpose of this annual event is to allow the grandparent(s) and/or elderly mentors of current students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to attend Messiah College and to become familiar with our campus and all it has to offer. Please be sure to warmly welcome our grandparents when you see them on campus. Any questions about this event can be directed to Yonette Schneider, special events coordinator, at

Fall forum presentation by Jennifer Fisler set for Oct. 1 

On Tuesday, Oct. 1 Jennifer Fisler will be delivering a fall forum presentation titled, “Assessing Diversity in Christian Higher Education: Crowdsourcing a Research Project.” The event will take place in Boyer 131 with refreshments available from 3:30-4 p.m. and the forum beginning at 4 p.m. 

Fisler is beginning a collaborative research project examining the definitions, motivations and outcomes related to diversity on four faith-based college campuses within the United States. This project includes an exploration of diversity issues and the connection between research and assessment. Rather than presenting a finished project and its findings, Fisler will be presenting a work in its infancy and invites the audience to contribute their ideas to advance the project. In this way, the research forum provides the opportunity for audience members to be active participants in the formulation of a research question and methods to study diversity-related understandings and outcomes in Christian higher education contexts.

An evening with author and analyst David Brooks set for Oct. 3

David Brooks presents the first of the High Center’s inaugural season lectures Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall. As a major political and social analyst, New York Times OpEd columnist and regular analyst with “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and “All Things Considered,” David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. Brooks is author of two books of what he calls “comic sociology” — descriptions of how we live and “the water we swim in” that are as witty and entertaining as they are revealing and insightful: “Bobos in Paradise” and “On Paradise Drive.” “Bobos in Paradise” was a New York Times best-seller. His current book titled “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement” focuses on why neuroscience and sociology are so important to thinking about politics, culture and the future of America in world society. Brooks has worked at The Weekly Standard, joining the magazine at its inception and serving as senior editor. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years in a range of positions, including op-ed editor. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post and many other periodicals. All tickets are $25. To purchase, please contact the ticket office at ext. 6036 or visit

American Democracy Lecture featuring Dr. Timothy Shah 

Dr. Timothy Shah will present a lecture, “Why Religious Freedom is a Universal, Necessary and Dangerous Idea” Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel.

Shah is an emerging scholar in American academia, bringing together both religion and politics in his work. As a political scientist, he specializes in the relationship between religion and political freedom in theory, history and contemporary practice. Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the government department at Georgetown University. At the Berkley Center, Shah focuses on developing a robust concept of religious freedom that centers on expanding the autonomy of religious actors and safeguarding their equal participation in social and civil life. He has written articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Journal of Democracy and the Review of Politics. Most recently, Shah co-authored “God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics” (with Monica Duffy Toft and Daniel Philpott). He received his A.B. in government and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard  and his doctoral dissertation won the 2003 American Political Science Association’s Aaron Wildavsky Award for best dissertation in religion and politics. In 2009, he was awarded one of the first Joseph R. Crapa fellowships with the U.S. Commission on International Religions Freedom.

Homecoming volunteers needed

The office of alumni and parent relations is in need of employee volunteers to serve at registration for Homecoming 2013. Volunteers are needed in one to two-hour time slots on Saturday, Oct. 19 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Brittany Claridge at with your availability for that day by Friday, Oct. 4.  We look forward to serving with you!

2013 alumni award recipients announced

Each year at Homecoming, the office of alumni relations recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society or Messiah College. These awards are important not only for the tribute they pay to the lives of each recipient, but also as a symbol of the quality of our alumni as a whole.

Young Alumnus Achievement Award – Kevin Driver ’02 (biochemistry major; currently a cardiology fellow, University of Virginia)

This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 10 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community and/or Messiah College.

Distinguished Alumna Achievement Award – Kim Lawton ’85 (communication major; currently the managing editor/correspondent, Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS)

Recognizes a lifetime of vocational achievement in a manner that embodies the mission of the College

Alumni Christian Service Award – Ken O. Hoke ’70 (psychology major; currently the bishop, Susquehanna Conference of BIC)

This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.

Alumni Appreciation Award – Scott Heintzelman ’89 (accounting major, currently V.P. of finance and administration, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.)

This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the College in an extraordinary manner (long-term professional service; significant volunteer service and/or financial contribution)

A special thanks to everyone who submitted nominations this year. Names submitted this year will be kept on file and considered in the future.

Weight Watchers offered on campus this fall

If you’ve been waiting for us to offer a Weight Watchers class on campus, your wait is over. The Wellness Program is announcing an on-campus 17-week class beginning no later than Oct. 18. Participants will need to pay a fee of $186 up-front, but that fee will be completely reimbursable by Health America at the completion of the program. If interested, contact Judy Groop at before the registration deadline of Sept. 30. This is a fantastic opportunity for Messiah employees looking for a holistic, proven approach to weight loss. 

Pilates class beginning soon

The wellness program is offering a six-week Pilates class for students and employees on Mondays from 12-12:45 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 21. Pilates is an excellent way to develop the core strength and flexibility that can reduce the risk of low back problems in the future. Only $15 for the six-week class. Participants must pre-register and pay the class fee at the front desk in the fitness center prior to the first class. See the attachment for more details.

Wellness workshop to feature cycling

Cycling is one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in the country. Come to the wellness workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 12 – 12:45 p.m. to discover why. The workshop will meet in Parmer Cinema. You’ll learn everything you need to know about getting started (or continuing!) in this beneficial form of exercise. See the attachment for details.

“Messiah Goes to the World Cup” begins this week

It’s not too late to sign up to participate in the walking, jogging, cycling, swimming (or any other kind of exercise!) program that many Messiah employees are participating in this year. After registering at click on the” Improve Your Health” tab, and the “Find New Activities” option. Then click on “Fitness and Exercise.” From here you just have to scroll through and find the specific “Messiah Goes To The World Cup” program you want to register for— usually located on pages four-seven. When you are ready to log your activity, click on “My Progress” and record it. You must record your week’s activity by the following Tuesday at 10 p.m. If you are doing the walking program and want a free pedometer, email Doug Miller at Further details of the program can be found at the wellness website  or in hard copies of the wellness booklet in employee lounges on campus. Feel free to pick one up! 

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment time 

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment will run from Tuesday, Oct. 1 through Thursday, Oct. 31. BJ’s is again offering Messiah College employees a 15-month Inner Circle membership for $40 ($10 savings and three additional months), or a 15-month Rewards membership for $80 ($20 savings and three additional months). This offer is not available in the club or online. Current BJ’s members should check their membership expiration dates at this time. The next open enrollment will be held in April 2014. If a membership will expire prior to April 2014, it must be renewed now. BJ’s will no longer accept early/late applications. Please note that when renewing prior to the expiration date,  ALL extra months are added onto the length of the membership; no months are ever lost. For further details, or to enroll or renew, please visit the procurement channel on MCSquare. Fill out the registration form and return it along with payment to Daisy Anderson in Suite 3012. Please call ext. 2100 with questions.

Safety awareness bulletin 

See attachment for safety tips.

Campus Ministries connection

This new section of the Intercom is yet to be named.  We hope you will be involved in the naming contest! (link to last week’s Intercom).  The purpose of this segment is to introduce some of our thoughts on spiritual formation at Messiah College and how that relates to chapel as well as to help us to consider how the employee community impacts student formation. College Ministries hopes you will enjoy the brief articles.

Transitions and Identity

One of our stated purposes at Messiah College is to help students have “a maturing sense of self in relationship to God.”   According to researcher and author Christian Smith, the transition to being a college student today is “often accompanied by large doses of transience, confusion, anxiety, self-obsession, melodrama, conflict, disappointment and sometimes emotional devastation.”  Kiesling and Setran believe, “There may be no other time in the life course where these dimensions function so completely to alter one’s identity.” Chapel this month is focusing on “Polarities of Self,” the tensions of identity development in the lives of college students on their journey toward maturity. The Messiah College community has opportunities to engage and encourage students as they struggle internally with these polarities. Your role is important.  For more information go here  or listen to chapels on MCSquare. 


Position available: 

The department of campus events has an opening for the position of campus events worker I/High Center, shift 3D. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at ext. 2940. 


Yamaha organ —Yamaha Electrone organ. Model F-45. Perfect for small church. You must pick- up. Call 717-448-8246 or email

For rent:

Four bedroom well-maintained home — Located on quiet street with off-street parking, 103 Bunker Hill Road, New Cumberland, 10 minutes from College. Family room, one-car garage, large yard, laundry room, one full bath, two half-baths, appliances included, gas fireplace, heat pump/central air, small pets okay (portion of yard is fenced in), park nearby. Asking $1,250 month. For questions or additional information, contact Diane Hunsinger at  or Patty Myers at 717-774-1471 or

For sale:

Townhouse/condo — Two bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse/condo, one mile from Messiah College. This is an end-unit with garage and partially finished basement. Rooms are large with lots of natural light and western views. It has a large screened-in deck and central air. New vinyl floors in kitchen and bathrooms, new countertops in kitchen and powder room, new sink, vanity and toilet in full bath. Windows have all been replaced in the past three years. Never mow your lawn or shovel snow again! For more information, contact, call 717-802-0738 or visit

1994 Honda Magna —750 cc, four-cyclinder. All original except for forward controls. Has 13,000 miles. Bike has always been garage-kept and never down. Runs and rides beautifully. It’s in amazing condition. Recently had oil change, new tires and clean inspection. Clear title in hand. Asking $2,100 firm. For more information or pictures, contact 717-395-0072.

Outside organization announcement:

Third Annual Forgotten 5K, 1-Mile Mosey and Unforgettable Costume Contest Oct. 26 —The Third Annual Forgotten 5K is held on the grounds of West Shore Evangelical Free Church. This year chip timing is being provided and prizes in each age group are curios from Zimbabwe. Run the 5K or the Mosey in costume and be entered for a chance to win four Hershey Park season passes.  The Popcorn Hat Players will do a performance for the children in the gym during the 5K. All proceeds benefit Forgotten Voices. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Katie Keith at Go to for more information and to register.  

*Pre-register at to guarantee you receive a race tech shirt.