Archive for 2015

JUNE 25, 2015

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Genesis 8:22 (NIV)


On Monday June 15, Dwayne Magee, director of Messiah College press and postal services, accepted the 2015 IPMA Innovation Award on behalf of the entire campus. This award honors an organization that has displayed innovation and creativity in using customer facing, technological or process driven changes in order to improve their business model or processes. Messiah receives this honor in recognition for the collaborative and innovative spirit in which all employees approached the implementation of our new campus copier program last year. Without the hard work and support of Learning Technology Services, College Press, and the entire campus community this accomplishment would not have been possible. The award is on display in Bowmansdale Building.

Additionally, College Press graphic designer Rachel Bidelspacher received a bronze In-Print Award in the special projects category for a wedding package she designed for an outside client. This is the first international design award ever received by a College Press graphic designer. Please join us in congratulating Rachel on this exceptional accomplishment. 


After 22 years of faithful service to Messiah College, Anne Barnes is retiring at the end of August. Throughout her tenure, Anne has exhibited a strong work ethic and a commitment to professional excellence. She is proficient at working with detailed documents and her efforts to maintain accurate institutional bylaws and board-related documents have greatly benefitted Messiah College. Anne’s commitment to the College has blessed the board of trustees, two presidents and the vice president of advancement. In retirement, Anne and her husband Joe will be involved with volunteer service to Christian organizations and more frequent trips to see their beautiful grandchildren.

I am pleased to announce that Melissa Cohen will be joining the Office of the President on July 6 as the executive assistant to the president/administrative assistant to the board of trustees. Melissa is a 2009 graduate of Messiah College and has been working at Time Warner Cable in Virginia since that time. During Melissa’s time at Messiah, she interned in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Melissa brings a wealth of experience in event planning, communication, branding and administrative skills. Melissa’s office will be located in the president’s former conference room (OM 206).

Laurie Owens will be moving into Anne’s office at the beginning of July. The Office of Human Resources will assume Laurie’s old office (OM 225). Laurie will continue to serve as the greeter for guests of the President’s Office and Kerri Leedy will continue to serve as greeter for Advancement and Development guests.


The Department of Human Development and Family Science faculty attended the Family Science Association’s Teaching Family Science Conference in St. Augustine, Florida, June 15-16. Dr. Robert Reyes, professor of HDFS, presented “The use of video and community-based research in advancing policy advocacy efforts.” Dr. Erin Boyd-Soisson, professor of HDFS, presented “Using an ecological model to help family science students analyze and evaluate multiple factors that put children at risk for abuse.” Professor Paul Johns, instructor of HDFS, presented “Learning that jumps off the page: Using video responses to facilitate retention and higher order thinking” which was co-authored with Shiloh Kail, junior HDFS major. Dr. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, co-presented “The SoTL and family science: Creating disciplinary-specific SoTL projects” with Dr. Bahira Trask (U of DE), Dr. Debra Berke (Wilmington U), Dr. Debra Gentry (Heartland College), and Dr. Suzanne Smith (Washington State U).



The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America will be returning to campus June 28-July 4. This is the 100th anniversary of the MJAA movement and the 43rd year that they will host their national conference at Messiah College. We are blessed to have them as part of our community. We anticipate 300 more people than last year. Please make them feel welcome and to engage them in conversation. They love to chat and fellowship! 


If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival please complete the online early arrival request form. If you have a large group of students, please contact for a spreadsheet to fill out and return by Friday, July 31. The earliest students may return this year is Monday, August 17, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Thursday, August 27 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make these arrangements through the Falcon Exchange.

There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any additions or changes received between August 3-16 will be charged $10/person and between August 17–30 will be charged $25/person.


The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs needs volunteers to help on “Move-in Day” for the first-year and transfer students when they arrive to campus on Thursday, August 27.

If you are available and willing to help these new students move into their residence halls, please email with your name and time slot preference of morning (9 a.m.-noon), midday (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), afternoon (noon-3 p.m.) or if you can volunteer for any time slot. You will also receive a free t-shirt! Please let us know your t-shirt size (S, M, L, XL and XXL). All volunteers signed up by July 15 are guaranteed a t-shirt.

If you are an office supervisor, consider having your staff volunteer on this day. If supervise work-study students, consider asking your student workers to volunteer as a team.  Everyone receives a free t-shirt!

Please get approval from your supervisor to volunteer if this is during your normally-scheduled work time. Heavy lifting and stair-climbing are likely.

Any questions, please contact Sheryl Ezbiansky at ext. 5240. 


It’s your last chance to get tickets for the employee night out at a Senators game on Saturday, June 27! Tickets are only $7 with our promotion code. Bring your family and enjoy the game! Go to the following link ( and then follow the instructions below to purchase tickets: 1. In the box that says “Special Offer Code”, type MESSIAH in all caps (The code will not work if it isn’t in all caps). 2. Click submit. 3. Select the number of box tickets you would like to purchase at the discounted rate from the drop down menu. 4. Click continue. 5. The Ticket Type should say Messiah College. 6. Click “Reserve Tickets.” 7. After completing these steps, simply follow the on-screen instructions to finish purchasing your tickets! We hope to see you there! 


June is National Safety Month and the safety topic for week #5 is slips, trips and falls. Did you know that falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities? Did you realize that the risk of falling, and fall-related problems, rises with age? Read the tips provided by the National Safety Council on preventing slips, trips and falls in your home.


A Fireworks Safety Message from NFPA: Each July 4, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks-related injuries. The risk of injury from fireworks was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.

In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries. How hot does a sparkler burn? A sparkler can reach 1200 oF; in comparison, water boils at 212oF, a cake bakes at 350oF, wood burns at 575oF and glass melts at 900oF. Do you really want your children playing with fire? Then why give them a sparkler?

Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year. On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Be safe this July 4. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts. 


Top Fin plastic aquarium heaters are being recalled due to a safety hazard: an electrical problem with the aquarium heaters poses a risk of fire or electrical shock. These units were sold from August 2014 through April 2015 for $25 to $40. For a description of the heaters and a list of the model numbers, go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. These units may be returned to any PetSmart store for a full refund. 



2013 Yamaha VStar 250, 90 miles, asking $3,500. Reasons for selling: while it is fun, it isn’t as much fun as the Vespa and limited storage space. Contact Jay at or 790-9635.

Several home items for sale, including couch, armchairs, desk, and storage shelving. Click here for pictures and prices:

Email Rebecca Rosenbarker:


27″ Philips Magnavox TV. Purchased in 1997. Email Wes Weiand: