Archive for 2015

May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exodus 15:2


The Teaching and Learning Initiative is pleased to announce our new teaching fellow, Amy Ginck. Amy has been teaching in the Department of Modern Languages for the last 17 years, including teaching online summer courses for the past six years. Amy brings a broad range of experience and passion for faculty development in areas including student retention, online learning, instructional technology and inclusive excellence. Amy will begin her term and join current fellow Brian Swartz in 2015-16.

For the past two years, Jennifer Fisler has provided excellent leadership to our assessment of student learning efforts on campus. Given her ongoing involvement with the Teaching and Learning Initiative, the Teacher Education Program, and as incoming chair of the Community of Educators, she will no longer give leadership to our assessment of student learning efforts. We are pleased to announce that Kate Simcox will add director of assessment to her responsibilities beginning July 1. Please take time to thank Jennifer for her excellent work and to congratulate Kate on her new role.

Student Affairs Personnel Changes from Dr. Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students

As we move into summer, I wanted to share some significant personnel changes within Student Affairs.

Engle Center for Counseling and Health

I am pleased to announce that Ellie Addleman has accepted our invitation to serve as the director of the Engle Center, beginning July 1, 2015.

Ellie brings 30 years of service to Messiah College in residence life, counseling and as an educator in the classroom. She is administratively gifted and has had a primary role in the Engle Center’s assessment process which has a reputation for excellence. She developed the new position of wellness educator and created a strong foundation for healthy sexuality programming at the College. She is committed to promoting a center dedicated to the holistic health of our students.

I am grateful for the excellent work that Dr. Phil Lawlis has done over the years to develop a health and counseling center that is one of the best among our CCCU sister schools. I am confident Ellie will continue and build upon this excellence.

In August, Mike Blount will be joining the Engle Center team full-time. Mike is replacing Ellie Addleman, but with a new title as counselor/program director for educational outreach, men’s character development, and the 6th Day Sexuality program. Mike has served as a part-time counselor for a number of years, and brings special expertise in counseling for sexuality identity, sexual addictions, and men’s issues. He has also been involved in the 6th Day Sexuality program since its beginning in 2011, and has great administrative, program development and assessment skills. Mike will continue to work in the Career and Professional Development Center in the summer coordinating the summer internship program.

Career and Professional Development Center 

Sarah Bartz has accepted a position of associate director in the Center for Career Development at Lebanon Valley College, her alma mater. Her last day at Messiah was May 15. With Mike’s transition to the Engle Center and Sarah’s departure, we will be hiring a full time career coach- internship program coordinator.

Student Involvement and Leadership Programs 

Ben Taylor will be starting a new position as assistant director of student life at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He also hopes to soon begin Ph.D. coursework in philosophy of education/higher education. We will be hosting a farewell reception for Ben today from 2:30- 4:30 pm in the Larsen Student Union fireplace alcove.

I am pleased to announce that Kevin Villegas has accepted our invitation to serve as the director of student involvement & leadership programs beginning June 1, 2015.

Kevin is a proven administrator with many years of leadership experience in a variety of roles and settings. He will bring much strength from his current position of director of international student programs.

I am grateful for the excellent work that Ben Taylor has done over the years in his position to develop a strong program in leadership and student development and I am confident that Kevin will continue and build upon this excellence.

Intercultural Office

As Kevin transitions into the role of director of student involvement and leadership programs, we will be searching for his replacement. The position of assistant director of international students programs has been posted on the HR website. Please feel free to share this with any qualified applicants that you may know.


2015 Performance Award Recipients Announced

The following employees received performance awards at the May 6 recognition reception. The citations for each person can be viewed at

The Pride in Performance Award is given to individuals in recognition of exceptionally consistent, superior performance. This year’s recipients are:

  • Laurie Branter, administrative assistant to the vice president for enrollment management
  • Aaron Faro, athletics recruitment coordinator; assistant coach, men’s soccer; director of AROMA
  • Percell Green, executive chef
  • Amy Slody, director of disability services
  • Brian Smith, campus events worker II
  • Kevin Villegas, director of international student programs

The President’s Award is for notable employee action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments. This award went to:

  •  Kris Hardy, director of web communications
  • Heather Keefer, assistant director of admissions for the visit experience

The Team Falcon Award is a means for the College to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or college-wide goals. The recipients are the members of Student Financial Services:

  •   Marilyn Donelson     
  •   Lora Harper
  •   Carol Good                                                      
  •   Heather Ingram
  •   Steve Gross                                                         
  •   Cathy Poiesz       
  •   Nance Gubb  
  •   Elliott Sternbergh                                                 


Please join us in congratulating these employees on their significant contributions to the College!

The Curator Club and CC2 at the Oakes Museum of Natural History 

The Oakes Museum of Natural History will host a number of Curator Club events this summer including wetlands exploring, solar energy and gardens. Curator Club and CC2 provide science enrichment and hands-on experiment opportunities for students in 3rd through 8th grade. Visit the or email us at for more information. Library Edition Workshop

You are invited to attend an workshop, sponsored by Murray Library.  See the database description at the bottom of this announcement.

The library subscribes to the library edition of  It is accessible to Messiah employees and students, on or off-campus. Location on library website:  > under Find, select Articles/Databases & Subject Guides > click on “A,” then Ancestry Library Edition.

We will introduce the main search features and contents. Following that, you will have time to begin searching for your own ancestors!

Workshop Details:

Date: June 3

Time: noon-1 p.m.

Place: Boyer 337 (computer lab)

Contact Beth Mark at if you would like to attend.

Fast facts about Library Edition:

  • Access a vast collection of U.S. and international documents online
  • Images of original documents
  • Includes narratives, oral histories, indexes and abstracts to other resources
  • You can search over 30,000 record collections and 11 billion records
  • Record collections span the 1500s–2000s

Introduction to Murray Library Resources Workshop

All Messiah employees have access to the library’s books (both in the library and e-books), DVDs (over 5,000 feature films!), audiobooks, CDs, and magazine and journal articles.

You are invited to a workshop which will provide an overview of what is available and will help you to locate and use the library’s many resource—both online and hard copy.

Workshop content:

  • Using the Library catalog to locate DVDs, audiobooks, music and more
  • E-books
  • Finding fiction, memoirs, etc., in the library
  • Using library databases to find online articles, including Consumer Reports
  • Using Interlibrary Loan to borrow books from other libraries 

Workshop details:

Date:               June 4

Time:               noon-1 p.m.

Location:         Boyer 337 (computer lab)

Contact Beth Mark at if you would like to attend.

Prescription Painkiller Abuse

June is National Safety Month and the safety topic for week #1 is prescription painkiller abuse. Did you know over-the-counter pain medicines actually work better than prescription opioid painkillers? Check out this information provided by the National Safety Council to learn why.



The Office of Student Affairs has a current full-time opening for an assistant director of international student programs & designated school official. For more information and to apply, please visit:

Job-related questions may be directed to Faith Minnich-Kjesbo, director of the intercultural office, at


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