Archive for 2015

August 13, 2015

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11


Announcement from the Office of the Provost

Congratulations to Carolyn L. Kreamer, professor of nursing, and Anita N. Voelker, professor of education, who have been awarded emeritus status.

I am pleased to announce the following new faculty members for fall 2015, attached.


The Office of Admissions is pleased to welcome four new members to the enrollment team. Tiffany Burrows’15, Julia Dematatis ’14, Alex Peffer ’15 and Brian Stockard ’13 & ’15.

Tiffany Burrows will serve as the admissions counselor for Western Pennsylvania. Tiffany was a German major at Messiah College and served as a member of the Messiah College Ambassadors, was captain of the Track and Field team, in the Gospel Choir and in the Martin’s Multicultural Scholars Program.

Alex Peffer will serve as admissions counselor for Berks, Chester, Montgomery and York counties. Alex was on Resident Life staff for three years, led the worship team for Salt ‘n Light and graduated with a degree in Christian Ministries.

Brian Stockard will serve as senior admissions counselor for New Jersey, Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and act as liaison for the School of the Arts. Brian recently completed his Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Messiah College. He most recently served as an admissions advisor at Central Penn College.

Julia Dematatis will serve as international admissions counselor for students living around the world – both international students and US citizens/permanent residents abroad. Julia worked in the Admissions office as a student and graduated with a degree in Psychology. She spent last year in Harrisburg with the Episcopal Service Corps.

We are so thankful they chose to serve their alma mater and be a part of our community!


We are excited to welcome Hope Newcomer as our new assistant director of International Student Programs in the Intercultural Office. Hope is a graduate of Messiah College, first with a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology and more recently with a Master’s in Education, TESOL. She has taught adults English as a Second Language in a number of contexts over the past six years, primarily in the UK and the United States, but also for short lengths of time in China, Thailand, Mozambique and Brazil. Hope grew up in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States during high school. She has just reached the point where she has spent as much time living inside the United State’s borders as she has internationally. We are excited to welcome her to the Intercultural Office team!


Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch recently had an article titled “Calvin Klein’s new sexting ads are not only unethical, they may not even be effective” published in The Conversation.


­­­­­On Thursday, August 6, Carole Hutchison completed a month long, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) training course. The classes Carole took were offered to her as an employee of Messiah College Press because the Press is an FSC Certificate Holder. The FSC is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. Carole’s training was based on requirements for use of the FSC and Rainforest Alliance trademarks. When FSC is requested at the time a print or copy order is placed, these logos can be proudly displayed on the printed items. This will show everyone that the piece was produced on environmentally sound material and will encourage others to do the same. Please join us in congratulating Carole for her hard work in completing this important training. 


Approved Driver Status
As a reminder, the fleet policy states that employees must re-apply every two years to be eligible to drive college-owned fleet, pool, leased or rented vehicles. This is the first time under this revised policy that employees must reapply every two years. Please be sure to read the entire policy: renewal example: if you were approved on September 6, 2013, your renewal would need to be completed by or before September 6, 2015. If you are not currently on the approved driver list you cannot drive college vehicles or rent vehicles for college business. All information, including the driver list and approved driver dates is available on the safety department’s website. You will be responsible to know when you need to re-apply for approved driver status.


Do you know what vaccinations your child should have? Do you know what vaccinations are recommended for you? Do you know who should and who should not receive specific vaccinations? Information on vaccines can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. For some quick references, here are CDC publications for specific ages: Birth to 6 years of age; 7 to 18 years of age; 19 and older; and school immunization requirements for Pennsylvania.

In addition, potential for exposure and employment responsibilities may impact the vaccinations recommended for adults. Always consult with your physician for vaccination schedules and requirements specific for you and your family members. Be sure your physician or health care professional knows your potential for exposure to help insure you are receiving the vaccinations that are appropriate for you. Health insurances may cover the cost of all or many of these vaccines

Radiation Safety Program

A new section has been added to the Messiah College Safety Manual. Section 24, Radiation Safety Program, documents the safety practices and compliance policies in place for radiation sources used on campus. It is important if you work with any radiation producing equipment that you read this section. If you are contemplating the introduction of any new radiation producing equipment or radiation sources to campus, you must first contact the campus Radiation Safety Officer (Steven Funck).

Early Arrivals

If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival, please complete the online early arrival request form or if you have a large group of students, please contact for a spreadsheet to fill out and return ASAP  (requests were due by Friday, July 31). The earliest students may return this year is Monday, Aug. 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, Aug. 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 -Aug. 3- 16 will be charged $10/person and between Aug. 17–30 will be charged $25/person.


Employment Opportunities:

Messiah College invites applications for a full-time director of the new graduate program in physical therapy. This director will be responsible for developing and implementing the new graduate level physical therapy program, including curriculum development, facility renovation, equipment acquisition, teaching and faculty and staff hiring.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Job-related questions may be directed to Rob Pepper, interim assistant provost for graduate and nontraditional programs, at

For rent:

A beautiful place to stay for a new faculty or staff member and your spouse, until you figure out what you want to do next. My home is 25 minutes from Messiah, west and then south, very quiet and in the woods (decks and all that–retreat-ish). You would have the upstairs (bathroom, living room, 2 bedrooms) and then share the kitchen and living room downstairs with me. I am faculty with the English Department. Call me at 717-259-1190 or 717-515-4166 or email 

For sale:

Scooter for sale, $1550-  The 2006 -250 cc Kymco Xciting. 16,189 miles two new tires. Runs great lots of fun; inspected. Contact George Blackburn at 717-766-2511, ext. 7322 or

Several baby items: Winnie the Pooh crib-$200, Winnie the Pooh changing table-$75 or both for $225. Graco Pack N’ Play (hardly used)-$40, Bounce Bounce Baby Activity seat-$15, vibrating baby seat-$15, Lil Tykes Cozy Coupe police car-$25. All in good condition. Contact Tom at 717-525-4091 or email to Have pictures of everything but crib.

Black patent leather marching band shoes (Dinkles), size 8 and 10 for boys or size 10 and 12 for girls. Excellent condition. $10/pair. Tama Swingstar nine-piece drum set—Five drums, two cymbals, top hat, throne, drum sticks and holder, and music stand – $525. Contact

Used baby items: ALL come from a clean, pet-free, non-smoking household and are gently used and in good condition, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Fisher-Price brand Rainforest theme Jumperoo. $45 OBO
  2. Fisher-Price brand Luv U Zoo theme Jumperoo. $45 OBO
  3. Double Snap-N-Go Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier by Baby Trend. This allows you to turn up to two infant car seats into an easy to use stroller without removing the child. It fits most major brand car seats. $45 OBO
  4. Safety 1st brand Sounds ‘n Lights Surfin Safari style Activity Walker with green fabric. $30 OBO
  5. New/never used Boppy brand contoured pregnancy wedge pillow. $10 OBO
  6. Baby Bjorn brand infant child baby carrier (gray/silver mesh material) in great condition. Baby can sit facing forward or backward. Adjustable to three (3) different sizes as baby grows. For use with babies from 8-25 lbs. $35 OBO
  7. Safety 1st brand Sounds ‘n Lights Surfin Safari style Activity Walker with blue fabric. $30 OBO
  8. Ingenuity Automatic Bouncer by Bright Starts in the Shiloh pattern. $30 OBO

If you are interested in more information, pictures or to purchase, please contact Maria Sweeney-Rippon at or ext. 5066.


Holocaust Awareness

Jewish Family Service of Great Harrisburg is sponsoring an event to promote Holocaust awareness through film and song.