Archive for 2014

September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech.
Proverbs 10:19 (NRSV)


Messiah College received the American Graphic Design Award 2014 for design of “Image” Journal of Art, Faith, Mystery 25th Anniversary issue. The design award is for the beautiful cover of the issue, designed in letterpress, InDesign and printed with metallic inks. “Image” Journal was very impressed with the work by my students on the website designed in the digital media capstone course, “Image,” the international journal of art and faith contacted me for their special 25th Anniversary issue. I selected Jordan Grove (‘14) to work with me on this high profile design assignment. The design for “Image” was selected from 8,000 entries and will be published and seen by over 100,000 design experts, giving Messiah College credit in the Print Annual—250 page full-color annual, the Annual Winners Gallery website, iPad App and the complete Digital Annual!
Kathy T Hettinga, distinguished professor of art and design

Eva Hope Owen was born on Sept. 11 to Associate Professor of Computer Science David Owen and his wife Gretta. Eva joins brothers Gareth (6) and Eliot (2).

Assistant Professor of Engineering Brian Swartz and Associate Professor Thomas Soerens advised a team of Collaboratory students in August that designed and constructed a timber pedestrian bridge for the remote community of Arraijan in Panama. Rio Missions identified the site and connected the team with a local church that benefits from this project.

In June 2014, Associate Professor of Engineering Harold Underwood and Professor of Engineering Don Pratt presented “Competitive Placement of Engineering Students on Multiyear Project Teams” at the national meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education in Indianapolis. The paper received the Multidisciplinary Engineering Division Best Paper Award for describing the way students are guided to form teams competitively, preparing them for the job search they experience after graduation.

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“What Operations Department Can Do For You” training session offered Sept. 18

On Sept. 18 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. conference services, The Bookstore, College Press, safety and catering will hold an informational training about what services are offered for events. If you are a faculty or staff member that has responsibility for organizing events, this training will be a resource to you.

Plan to attend “Movie on the Green” Sept. 19

Human Resources is once again partnering with Student Involvement and Leadership Programs to host an outdoor movie event. DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” will be shown on a 40-foot tall screen on Friday, Sept. 19 on Eisenhower Lawn at 7:30 p.m. 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 hosting a drawing on Friday evening for a game day chair. Visit the Store between 6:30 and 7:30 enter (no purchase necessary).

All proceeds from the event go to the United Way of the Capital Region. Suggested donation is $2/student or $10/family. Concessions (including hot dogs, pizza and macaroni and cheese) will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. See attachment for complete details. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with questions.

Philip Clemens to speak on campus Sept. 23

Philip Clemens, chairman and CEO of The Clemens Family Corporation, will be speaking on campus Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Hostetter Chapel. The topic for the evening will be “Principles of Leadership — Purpose Beyond Profit.” Clemens will address running a highly successful family business while remaining committed to the values of ethics, integrity and stewardship. This event is free and open to the public; no ticket is required. For more information, contact Yonette Schneider, special events and donor stewardship coordinator, at ext. 5242. Chapel credit will be provided for those students who wish to attend.

Grandparents Day 2014 is set for Oct. 2

Thursday, Oct. 2 will mark our 6th 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 and donor stewardship coordinator, at

Keith and Kristyn Getty to present free concert to Messiah College Community Oct. 2

On Thursday, Oct. 2 the Office of Development and the Office of College Ministries are pleased to host Keith and Kristyn Getty for a free, private concert for the Messiah College community on Thursday, Oct. 2. The concert will be held in Parmer Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required and can be obtained at the ticket office with a Messiah College ID card. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Please note: there will be an additional concert for the general public Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Those tickets will be on sale from the ticket office for $20.

Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty are among the preeminent modern hymn composers of this generation. Best known for “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend), the world-renowned hymn has been recorded by numerous artists over the past decade—including Owl City, Natalie Grant and Newsboys—and is a classic sung in churches around the globe. For more information about the Gettys and their music, please visit

The Ernest L. Boyer Center Symposium set for Oct. 3

The Ernest L. Boyer Center is pleased to host a one-day symposium around the theme “Making Connections: Translating Ideas into Good Practice for School Renewal.” The Symposium is Friday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Boyer 131. Please consider attending and encouraging your students, particularly those who may be called to serve as teachers, to attend.

The symposium is inspired by the ideals of “The Basic School,” a vision outlined by the late Ernest L. Boyer Sr. for transforming elementary education. It will provide principals, teachers, teacher-educators, students and education faculty with opportunities to consider ideas for school renewal but also to see their implementation in current educational contexts.

The symposium reflects the sustained and inspired energies of Dr. Don Murk, professor of early childhood education and chair of the education department, to bring the ideals of The Basic School into reality. The program features addresses by Dr. Paul Boyer, president of Boyer Associates, Dr. Lillian Brinkley, NAESP mentor trainer and Mr. Patrick Callaghan, executive director for elementary education  at South Western City Schools, Grove City, Ohio. Another highlight will be a panel featuring principals who have used the ideals of The Basic School successfully in their elementary schools.

There is no cost for Messiah educators or students and campus participants are welcome to join us for parts of the program as schedules allow. You can register and find out more about the symposium here. For more information, contact Tina Keul, administrative assistant to The Ernest L. Boyer Center, at ext. 5077 or

David Shenk to present lecture Oct. 7

The Peace and Conflict Studies Program will host a lecture titled “The Gospel of Peace in a Terroristic World” on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in Frey 110. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. David Shenk, a Christian scholar of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. Shenk, one of the most widely experienced scholars of Islam in the world, has traveled to more than 100 countries in his work in Christian peacemaking and faithful witness to Christ among Muslims. Shenk has authored, co-authored or edited numerous books, and at present he is Global Missions Consultant with Eastern Mennonite Missions with special attention to Islam. The lecture is free and open to the public and it will be followed by a time of Q&A. For more information, contact George Pickens at

Representative from Gordon In Orvieto on campus Oct. 13

On Oct. 13, Cliff Hersey, dean for global education at Gordon College, will be on campus to talk to students about Gordon’s off-campus programs including Gordon In Orvieto. He will be hosting an information session about all of the Gordon off-campus programs at 12 p.m. in Larsen 237. Please encourage interested students to attend. If you are not familiar with this program, you can find more information here or here. Please contact Wendy Lippert at or ext. 6089 if you are interested in having Hersey speak to your class or if you would like to meet with him individually.

Invite someone you know to one of Messiah’s October open houses

Do you know a student who’s in the college search process and may be a good fit for Messiah College? Consider inviting them personally to visit one of our October undergraduate open houses on Monday, Oct. 13 or Saturday, Oct. 25. Students can take a closer look at our 80+ majors, tour campus, enjoy a special lunch in the dining hall and spend time interacting with Messiah students, professors and staff. Students and their family members can register online to attend at We invite you to share this link with prospective students and their family members, along with the reasons you love being a part of the Messiah College community! We would love to have them visit and extend them a warm welcome for the day.

Homecoming volunteers needed

The office of alumni and parent relations is in need of employee volunteers to serve at registration for Homecoming 2014. Volunteers are needed in one to two-hour time slots on Saturday, Oct. 18 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 by Friday, Oct. 3. We look forward to serving with you!

Registration still available for Phase 1 of ‘Messiah Goes to the World Cup’

Messiah employees who want their physical exercise to count for wellness points need to sign up through Café Well-an online recording site. Last year over 100 Messiah employees participated in this program accumulating over 34,000 miles of exercise during the academic year. This year we are starting over. In honor of our outstanding women’s soccer team and the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, for every 1,054 miles we accumulate we will symbolically provide a round trip ticket to Canada for a member of our women’s soccer team. Let’s see how many women we can send to Canada! Click on the appropriate link(s) below to register. Once you register simply record your miles of walking, swimming, running, cycling, or your minutes of any other kind of exercise throughout the week. Employees receive 30 wellness points for each six-week phase of the program completed (maximum of 60 points). More details can be found in the wellness booklet received earlier this month.



Position available:

The Department of Dining Services has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Catering Lead. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

For rent:

Duplex — Three-four bedroom, 1.5 bath duplex near Messiah College, Mechanicsburg School District, $1,100/mo. For a family or individuals looking for roommates. For more information, call 717-623-0735 or email

Townhouse in Upper Allen – Three bedroom, 1.5 bath unit in Allenview. Grade level basement, garage, washer/dryer hookup, all appliances, central air/heat pump, includes use of pool and tennis courts, no pets, non-smoking, $845/month, plus electric and water. Available approximately Oct. 15. For more information, call 717-608-1262.

Apartment — Beautiful basement apartment with one full bath, laundry room ,kitchen, eating area, family room with fireplace, storage area, separate entrance , outdoor patio and deck, garage and off-street parking available. Available Oct. 1. Utilities included in rental fee. Call 717-608-0797 or email

For sale:

Townhouse — Brick two-story townhouse at 2607 Shingus Circle, Grantham with three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, fireplace, one-car garage and all new appliances and heat pump. $128,000. For more information, contact or William Ohrm at Remax Realty at 717-432-1436.

Golf clubs — The health and human performance department has an excess of golf clubs and is having a sale to reduce inventory. Individual clubs range from $1 to $5 each. Cash or check in exact amount necessary. See Gina Jablonski in Sollenberger 164 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 26. First-come-first-serve.

Moving sale — Window air conditioner, 6,000 BTU. Practically brand new, used this past summer for two months. Original price $164, asking $75 or best offer; IKEA TV cabinet — Good condition, 4.4 ft. high × 2 ft.  deep × 3.7 ft.  wide. $50 or best offer. Both items MUST go! Contact Maria at ext. 5066 or