Archive for 2014

September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NRSV)


Congratulations to the Oakes Museum of Natural History and director, Ken Mark, upon receiving a $98,500 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Matching funding brings the total to $197,000 for an updated and space-saving mobile storage system to provide an optimal environment for the museum’s most vulnerable collections-including eggs from extinct birds (among a total collection of 17,000 eggs and 200 nests), fragile botanical specimens and rare Native American artifacts. Thirteen Pennsylvania museums, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania received similar grants.

The Master of Arts in Higher Education program is pleased to welcome 12 new graduate assistants for academic year 2014-15. Graduate assistantships offer graduate students the opportunity to put the educational theories gained through classroom instruction into professional practice through supervised, real-world experience. Our graduate assistantship program aims to provide an innovative and cost-efficient way to advance departmental and college-wide goals and objectives. Please join us and our collaborating departments in welcoming the following to the Messiah College community: Jake Sprengle, graduate assistant in baseball; Brian Hager, graduate assistant in cross country/track and field; William Johnson, graduate assistant in men’s lacrosse; Gus Mohlhenrich and Matthew Fenton, graduate assistants in athletics communication; Katherine Athens, graduate assistant in women’s lacrosse; Rico Plummer, graduate assistant in wrestling; Brittany Salloum, graduate assistant in volleyball; Ashley Ober, graduate assistant in the Agapè center; Aimee Jordan, graduate assistant in Career Center; Crystal Lantz, graduate assistant in Intercultural Office; and Kirstin Lutz, graduate assistant in Student Involvement and Leadership.

Gary Emberger, professor of biology, presented a talk called “The Fungus Among Us-What Fungi Are and Why They Are Important” to the Dillsburg Garden Club on Sept. 8. On Sept. 13, he attended the Gary Lincoff Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray at the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club in Pittsburgh to present a talk called “How Do You Say That?-Guidelines for the Pronunciation of Scientific Names.”

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Mid-Atlantic Council of Family Relations Conference set for Oct. 2

The Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations Conference will be held in Hostetter Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 2. The schedule includes registration from  8:30-9:15 a.m.; welcome 9:20 a.m.; roundtables 9:30-10:30 a.m.; keynote speaker Dr. Elaine Anderson from University of Maryland’s family science department on “Mental Healthy Parity: Family Policy” 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m., conclusion 1:30 p.m. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Registration form available here and detailed program information available here.

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

GoED Africa and GoED Mekong directors to visit campus Sept 30 and Oct. 3

On Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Friday, Oct. 3, GoEd Directors Dr. Michael Pucci and Adele Pucci will be on campus to talk to students about studying with the GoED programs in Rwanda and Thailand.
If you are interested in having the Puccis speak to your classes about opportunities to study with GoED, please contact Wendy Lippert at at ext. 6089. You can also set up an appointment to meet with the Michael and Adele one-on-one if you would like to learn more about the program.

The Puccis will be hosting a student information session Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in Boyer 130 and a student orientation session (for spring 2015 accepted students Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. in Boyer 130). Please encourage interested students to attend. For more information about the GoED Programs, please visit here and here.

The registrar’s office to adjust hours on Oct. 3

The registrar’s office will be operating on an adjusted schedule on Friday, Oct. 3. The office will be open 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Saturday Art Workshops open to students in grades 3-5

Art Education majors are offering Saturday Art Workshops to students in grades 3-5. Classes will be held on four Saturday mornings: Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Each session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the art facilities. Students enrolling in the program will have an opportunity to work in a range of mediums and will develop a portfolio as part of the class. Class sizes are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online here

Prezi software training registration now open

Sessions will take place in Parmer Cinema: Monday, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Register here: MCSquare, “Employee” tab, “Employee Training,” “Technology Sessions,” “Prezi Software Training.” Register for each session separately- as the sessions build upon each other. If you are unable to attend two or more sessions, wait for the spring to attend the Prezi Software training series. There is a limited space of 129 registrants. For more information, contact Kaitlyn Gehris, Prezi ambassador, at

Opportunity to study the Bible in Turkey

After having led student trips to study the Bible in Turkey, I’ve volunteered to take members of my church in Harrisburg to do the same next summer from June 15-28 and wanted to extend the invitation to any interested adult learners at Messiah, as well. If you have ever considered taking a holiday to the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean coast while also learning more about the Bible and your faith at the same time, consider joining us on a pilgrimage next summer to the “other holy land.” There participants will walk the roads trod by Paul on his three missionary journeys (Acts 13-21) and explore several of the cities and earliest Christian communities to which he wrote letters (Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon and more). We will also visit some of John’s “seven churches of Revelation” (Rev. 2-3) and travel across the regions to which Peter wrote his two letters. Since two-thirds of our New Testament books were either written from or to ancient Asia Minor (now modern-day Turkey), this land holds many clues to understanding the Bible better. Consider it an adult Vacation Bible School!

In addition to learning more about the Bible, there will also be free time and opportunities for relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea, soaking in calcium hot springs, sampling fabulous Turkish cuisine and coffee, seeing Turkish rugs woven, bartering in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, visiting mosques to understand Muslims and their faith better, learning more about the modern secular state of Turkey and how religion and politics interact in a different country and visiting two UNESCO world heritage sites! Spanning the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey really is the place where East meets West and it is a country full of beauty, hospitality and history. Come join the adventure!

If you are interested in learning more about the trip, please email Dr. Ramey at Deadline for trip deposits is Oct. 15. For more information, see attachment.

Learning Technology Services offers open door sessions

Learning Technology Services is offering fall open door sessions. These workshops are led by our instructional designers, director of innovation consulting, and digital media specialists. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Multimedia (recording media, ensemble and others)
  • Mobile Apps and Canvas
  • Canvas rubrics and modules

Please visit this link to view the calendar of times to drop in.

Opportunity to support The Early Learning Center with Giant A+ Awards

Giant donates a portion of all purchases made on designated bonus cards to the school of the shopper’s choice. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR GAS POINTS. If your card is not currently designated for another school, The Early Learning Center would appreciate your support. You may designate up to two schools. To designate your card, simply email your bonus card number to Lily Schultz at or you may enroll at The school ID is 02338. (It is a Giant requirement to get permission each year. If you supported us last year and would like to do so again, email Lily Schultz to indicate that you wish to participate.)

BJs Wholesale Club offers open enrollment to Messiah employees

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment will run from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 31. BJ’s is 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 date at this time. The next open enrollment will be held in April 2015. If your membership will expire prior to April, it must be renewed now. BJ’s will no longer accept early/late applications. When renewing prior to the expiration date, ALL extra months are added onto the length of the membership, no months are lost.

Please note that the registration procedure has changed. Complete the registration form and return it along with payment directly to our BJ’s representative, Todd Hoppel, 2250 York Crossing Drive, York, PA 17408. If paying by credit card, the application can be emailed to Todd Hoppel at Be sure to include an email address on the application so that verification of the processing date can be forwarded Please do not forward registration forms to the purchasing department. If your membership has expired and you need a temporary pass to use until your renewal has been processed or you have any other questions, please call Todd Hoppel at 717-870-9040. Complete information can be found here.


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

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 – 136 Furman Road, Dillsburg. This unit has three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath. It is 1,320 square feet and has central air and a back patio. The townhouse is an end unit in a cul de sac. Asking price is $119,500. For more information and a photo, please call David Walker at ext. 2055.

Moving sale — Window air conditioner, 6,000 BTU. Practically brand new, used this past summer for two months. Original price $164, asking $65 or best offer; IKEA TV cabinet — Good condition, 4.4 ft. high × 2 ft. deep × 3.7 ft. wide. $40 or best offer. Both items MUST go! Contact Maria at ext. 5066 or

KidStuff Coupon book to benefit Early Learning Center — The valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books are now available through The Early Learning Center. KidStuff Coupon Books are only sold through schools and our center earns 50 percent or more profit on each book we sell. Use just a few coupons and save more than the $25 cost of the book. Family and friends will love saving with KidStuff…great for gifts too! If you are interested or have any questions, please email Lily Schultz at or call ext. 5043. All payment is due by Wednesday, Oct. 1. Thank you for your kind support.

Two Britax SG Parkway booster seats — 2010/2011 manufactured dates. $50 each. Contact

2006 Mercury Mariner — All-wheel drive, 3.0 liter V6, automatic, roof rack, sun roof, light silver with green tint, 132,000 miles, in great shape. Asking $6,000. Call Greg at 717-432-1442 or email