Archive for 2015

April 30

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Jeremiah 29:11


The Office of Graduate and Non-Traditional Programs is pleased to welcome Dr. Julie Gomboc-Turyan as the assistant director of graduate and nontraditional curriculum. This newly created position will oversee the curriculum development of our graduate and nontraditional programs. Julie comes to this role after serving for several months as an instructional designer at Messiah College. Prior to working at Messiah, Julie was on the faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for over eight years and gained valuable experience in curriculum design, program development, accreditation, online education, teaching methodologies, student recruitment and academic advising. Julie has a PhD from IUP in communications media and instructional technology (2012) with coursework in teaching in higher education, social media, online media and technology. In December 2014, she completed her second Master’s Degree (Art Education) from Penn State. She previously completed a Master’s in American Studies from Penn State and a B.S. in interior design from IUP. We are thrilled to have her in Graduate Programs and Non-Traditional Programs at this critical time of growth in this new role. Her new office is located in Boyer Room 157.

Please celebrate the April publication of a new article on the intersection of Family Ostracism with Christian beliefs and counseling in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity by Graduate Counseling Program Assistant Professor, Carol Z.A. McGinnis. This article was the fruit of research conducted for her Christian scholarship essay and can be located by using the following citation: McGinnis, C. A. (2015). Family Ostracism in Christianity and Counseling. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 34(1), 79-83.

Associate Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch recently had an article titled “What Listening Says About Your Brand” published on The article can be viewed here.


Retirement reception for Dr. Phil Lawlis today, 2 p.m.

The Division of Student Affairs and the Engle Center for Counseling and Health invite you to a celebration in honor of Dr. Phil Lawlis. The retirement reception will be held TODAYfrom 2-4 p.m. in the Howe Atrium in Boyer Hall. Dr. Phil is well known across campus and has served the Messiah College community faithfully for 35 years. We invite you to attend and join us in celebrating the work of this fine colleague as we recognize his valuable contributions to the college.

Collab. Africa Water and Disability Study (AWDS) team wins national award!

The AWDS team’s latrine chair design won “Best NGO Exhibition” at Zambia’s National Agriculture and Commercial show this year! Congratulations to Elizabeth Bashore, Sarah Robitaille, Michaela Horst, Jason Price and Andrew Foley, current AWDS team members, too many past team members to name, and advisers, Angela Hare, Lamarr Widmer, Nate Kamban, Evie Telfer and emeritus adviser Ray Norman.

Let’s join together and Give ‘em a Break!

Our students are fast approaching finals week! Support our current students with a finals break by making a $10 gift! Your gift provides a Falcon Dollar voucher for students to spend during finals week. You can also write a note of encouragement to a student!

A portion of your gift goes to the Messiah Annual Fund. You are not only encouraging students right now, but also making a Messiah education possible for future students.

Our goal is to provide a survival kit for every one of our 2,673 students, and our deadline is today, April 30. So far, we’ve secured 800 gifts—we need your help!

Give today at Email Morgan Dornsife at with questions!

Class of 2014 post-grad employment report now available 

The Career and Professional Development Center is pleased to provide you with the “First Destination” survey report for the Class of 2014. This report highlights employment and graduate school outcomes from our most recent graduating class. If you have questions on information included in this report, please feel free to contact the coordinator of this survey, Abby Book,

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Class of 2015 survey is now live and available to current seniors. Please encourage your students who have confirmed their plans to respond.

12th Annual Symposium to be held May 1

The 12th Annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health will be held on Friday, May 1, 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 on the Symposium Website.   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!

Messiah College’s Get Rid Of Junk sale

If you like to yard sale, thrift or bargain shop, then don’t miss Messiah College’s GROJ Sale. Help the students of Messiah College Get Rid Of Junk, rather than haul it home! Dozens of individual students and student clubs and organizations will be selling their goods at this indoor flea market event to be held this Sunday, May 3, from 1- 5 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. It’s open and free to the public. Cash only sales, please. Small bills and coins suggested. Bring your own totes/bags. Sponsored by the offices of Residence Life, Sustainability and Student Involvement & Leadership Programs. Please contact or ext. 5240 with questions.

Retirement reception planned for May 4

The School of the Humanities and the School of Science, Engineering and Health invite you to a celebration in honor of Jim Gustafson, Larry Lake, Kate Quimby and Spud Wentzell. The retirement reception will be held on Monday, May 4 from 3-5 p.m. in the Howe Atrium in Boyer Hall. Jim Gustafson, associate professor of health and human performance has served faithfully at Messiah College for 42 years. Larry Lake, associate professor of writing is retiring after 31 years. Kate Quimby, senior lecturer in Humanities is finishing 30 years. Spud Wentzell, professor of health and physical education has given 26 years. We invite you to attend and join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these fine educators.

Current employee meal plan ends May 15

This is a reminder that if you purchased the employee meal plan, the last day to use the plan this semester is Friday, May 15. After that date, any unused balance will be lost. Remember, you can use the employee meal plan at any of our dining locations, including Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, The Union Café, Café Diem and The Falcon.

Open enrollment ends May 15

Messiah College offers eligible employees a comprehensive and valuable benefits program. Open enrollment is the period in which eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll or change their options for health and welfare benefits. The changes you make during open enrollment will be effective July 1, 2015.

There are significant changes to the medical plans for the 2015-2016 plan year. It is very important to attend one of these meetings so that you have the information necessary to choose the medical plan that is appropriate for you and your family.


There is only one more open enrollment meeting scheduled. Please plan to attend.

Friday, May 1, 2015           9-10 a.m.                  Parmer Cinema


Capital Blue Cross representatives will be on campus to answer your questions on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is on a first-come, first- served basis. Representatives will be in two locations during this time frame.

Friday, May 1, 2015 9 a.m.-noon Human Resources
Friday, May 1, 2015 9 a.m.-noon Old Main 3rd floorConference Room

Your current medical coverage ends June 30, 2015.

If you do not submit the Capital Blue Cross Enrollment/Change form and the Messiah College Open Enrollment form by May 15, 2015,



The Messiah College open enrollment form can be found at:

Anti-virus software changes coming from ITS

A new Anti-Virus program, Endpoint Protection, should have been installed on your computer.  ITS is now in process of removing AVG.  This should be automatic, but you may notice a black box pop up on your screen after you login.  It should close automatically, and it is completely normal.  It should only happen the first time you login after AVG is removed.  If you experience any issues due to these changes, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 4444 or check for updates at

Key services reminder

This is a reminder from Key Services that any keys you hold and no longer need should be returned to Key Services in the Lenhert Maintenance building before the end of the spring semester so they can be removed from your name/responsibility. The Lenhert front office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Also, if you are a supervisor to students in work study positions, internships, etc., please remind your students that their keys need to be returned prior to their departure for summer (no later than May 15). It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure the students turn in their keys before leaving campus. Failure to do so will result in the department being charged the associated fines.

Any keys–regardless of whether they are held by employees or students–are subject to a minimum $75 fee per key if they are not returned and/or lost.

Please contact Jen Peachey in Key Services at ext. 7372 or if you have questions about keys. Thank you for your cooperation.


Available Positions

The Department of Dining Services currently has an opening for the full-time position of Restaurant Manager I. For more information and to apply, please visit: questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

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

The Campus Events department has a current opening for the full-time position of Campus Events Worker II – North Side Floater. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

For Sale

Recliner Couch for Sale – $75, $100 w/ delivery or best offer. Burgundy recliner couch, both ends recline and work well despite some wear & tear of couch material. Photos can be found here:

Please email if interested.