Archive for 2014

April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:10-12 (NRSV)


On April 25, Edward B. Davis, distinguished professor of the history of science, will present “Why History Matters: Debunking the ‘Warfare’ View of Science and Religion” at Penn State Schuylkill. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free program.

I am very pleased to announce that Dave Downey has accepted the position for director of residence life starting July 1. Dave is completing his fourth year at Messiah College and is finishing his current role as assistant director of residence life for the upper class experience/Mountain View residence director. He holds a master’s degree in higher education from Taylor University. We are excited about the passion that Dave brings to this position on how residence life impacts the student educational experience. Please join me in welcoming Dave to his new role.
Doug Wood, associate dean of students

My entire family would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers, cards and prayers we received as we mourned the death of my mother. It is nice to be part of a caring community that is willing to reach out to us in our time of grief. You have been a blessing to us.
Sherri Hoffman, projects and research coordinator

Larry Mylin, professor of biological sciences, presented a seminar to immunology students at York College April 9. Mylin summarized recent results and the aims of ongoing projects while emphasizing the essential contributions of several Messiah students in a talk titled “Investigating Cellular Immunity Using a Model Viral Oncoprotein: The Simian Virus 40 Large Tumor Antigen.” Also, Larry Mylin and members of the Messiah College Chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society evaluated science fair entries of students at St. Joseph Middle School, Elmwood Elementary and Shaull Elementary. Many thanks to our faculty and student judging participants: Jennifer Thompson, assistant professor of biopsychology, Matthias Wagman, Lindsay Heavener, Katie Kovach, Emily Frisch, Matt Lauver, Julie Fenton, Seth Sharber, Emma Cartisano, Sarah Van Ness, Jessica Kim, Stephanie Schell (visiting alum ’13 molecular biology graduate), Bridgette Rodgers, Caitlyn McGee, Phil Roth, Grant Meckley, Lauren Wilson, Aaron Hiller, Luke Deckert and Alison Williams.

William Stowman, professor of music, served as a clinician at the Seneca Valley Trumpet Day. The event was organized by Matthew Ruwe (’18) an incoming trumpet major who devoted his senior high school project to creating an all-day event for trumpeters in the Pittsburgh area. The day featured clinics and performances by college professors Stowman and Steve Hawk (Slippery Rock University), jazz artists James Moore (West Virginia Wesleyan), Joe Herndon (Pittsburgh freelancer) and Chad Winkler (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). The day ended with a concert featuring Ruwe, Stowman, Bob Matchett (Seneca Valley Band Director) and some works for trumpet ensemble including an original composition written for the event by Stowman.

Messiah 411

Student honors presentation set for April 25

Join us for an Author’s Celebration at the Midtown Scholar Friday, April 25 from 5-6 p.m. The celebration will begin with a brief presentation by Laura Parks ‘14 titled, “Qualitative Research of Mathematics in Children’s Literature.” That study resulted in the writing of a wonderful new children’s book “Take a Chance” authored by Laura Parks and illustrated by Katherine Bloom ‘14. They will read the book following the research report.

Senior Laura Parks is an education major, pursuing certification in both pre-kindergarten through fourth grades and special education up through eighth grade. Senior Katherine Bloom ‘14 is majoring in studio art.

Cambodian author and human rights activist on campus April 30

Through the dedicated efforts of the peace and conflict studies program, Loung Ung will be speaking on campus Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Tickets are not required.

Born to an affluent Cambodian father and Chinese mother, Loung Ung was only five years old when the Khmer Rouge stormed into her native city of Phnom Penh. Four years later, in one of the bloodiest episodes of the 20th century, some two million Cambodians—out of a population of seven million—had died at the hands of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. Among the genocide victims were both Loung’s parents, two sisters and 20 other relatives. Today, Loung has made over 30 trips back to Cambodia. As an author, lecturer and activist, she has dedicated 20 years to promoting equality, human rights and justice in her native land and worldwide. In 2013, Loung expanded her activism reach as one of the writers of “Girl Rising,” a groundbreaking film directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard Robbins. “Girl Rising” tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries who face significant hurdles in accessing education. Loung authored the segment profiling Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer. If you missed the opportunity to see “Girl Rising” on campus, the DVD is now available at Murray Library.

In anticipation of her visit, Loung Ung’s books are currently available in the Campus Store. Further information on Loung Ung and her work can be found here.

Eleventh annual School of Science, Engineering and Health Symposium held May 2

The 11th Annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health will be held on Friday, May 2 in Frey, Jordan and Kline academic buildings. More than 150 students from within the school will participate in oral and poster presentations in sessions that are scheduled throughout the day. A detailed schedule and program is available here. Celebrate the work, creativity and innovation reflected in the rich and diverse variety of oral and poster presentations. Many presentations will describe basic or applied research projects and represent the culmination of months (or years) of effort by graduating seniors. A number of presentations will highlight how talents and resources are being used to address needs in the developing world. Plan to join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the students!

Falcon Athletic Network (FAN) golf outing June 2

Register now for the annual FAN golf outing taking place June 2 at Blue Ridge Country Club, Harrisburg. The cost is $100. Tee times at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Registration available here. Sponsorship opportunities available by contacting Troy Boone at

Campus Ministries connection

Hip-hop, sexuality, United Voices of Praise and community are a few of the variety of ways we will engage the “Polarities of a Life of Worship” this week. These disparate pieces are part of a whole life experience that combines to glorify God. In this post-resurrection season, we find ourselves much like the early disciples left to determine how to engage life in a way that glorifies God and is filled with worship. Sometimes it may seem these segments of our life have little confluence but the truth is that they all can be a part of a life of worship. Worship is the common element that provides meaning across the polarities of our lives.


Positions available:

The Department of Graduate Studies has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Administrative Assistant to the Associate Provost for Graduate and Non-traditional Programs, the Director of Business and Leadership and the Director of Dietetic Internships. For additional information and to apply, please see Job-related questions may be directed to John Addleman, associate provost for graduate and nontraditional programs, at

The Engle Center currently has an opening for the full-time position of Counselor Specializing in Alcohol and Drug Education and Multicultural and International Students. For additional information and to apply, please visit Job related questions should be directed to Phil Lawlis, director of counseling and health services, at

For sale:

Girl’s 24 in. bicycle—Pink and purple, excellent condition except for small tear in seat, $20; Boy’s youth-size bike helmet—No falls; good condition, $5. Photos available. Contact

Three room air conditioners—Zenith 6,500 BTU with remote, $75; Goldstar 5,000 BTU with remote, $60; Haier 5,000 BTU manual, $50; Graco Nautilus three-in-one car seat—$100. Contact for more information or with questions.

Outside organization announcement:

Huge two-day indoor yard sale to benefit local families —Operation Wildcat, a charity in the Mechanicsburg School District, will be having a huge two-day indoor yard sale at Mechanicsburg Brethren In Christ Church April 25 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m and April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. McBic is located at 1050 S. York Street, Mechanicsburg 17055. All proceeds from the sale are turned into gift cards and utilized by guidance counselors and nurses to help families in need in the Mechanicsburg School District. Since 2006 the yard sales have raised more than $37,000. See flyer for complete information.

Amani Bead spring sale—Sale will take place Tuesday, April 29 through Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Eisenhower Commons. Mother’s Day and graduation are just around the corner—and we have plenty of great gifts! Necklaces, earrings and bracelets made with Kazuri beads, a fair trade organization in Kenya that employs more than 300 single mothers. We also have scarves, bookmarks, key chains and other market items from Kenya. As always, 100 percent of the proceeds go to back Kenya to help care for the babies at New Life Homes.