Archive for 2015

October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

And this is my prayer: that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight.
Philippians 1:9


We are delighted to welcome Kimberly Steiner to Murray Library as our new Interlibrary Loan technician. Before joining the Library team, Kimberly, a 1992 Messiah grad with a degree in elementary education, worked as a Disney travel planner for six years. In addition, she has exercised her flexibility and her many talents as a docent at the Oakes Museum; as an elementary school teacher; and as a Creative Memories unit leader. She has also contributed significantly in her church—as life group leader for 9th grade girls; leader in an after-school program, Kids’ Club; leader on several missions trips; and director of the Women’s Retreat. Kimberly is committed to maintaining the high level of service we have established in Interlibrary Loan and we are fortunate to have her join us! – Lawrie Merz

Carol Z.A. McGinnis Ph.D., LCPC, NCC has submitted a book chapter that will be published in 2016. Her work on anger in counseling has brought about this writing that will assist practitioners when working with angry children. The citation for this work is: McGinnis, C. Z. A., & Erford, B. T. (2016). Helping students manage anger. In B. T. Erford (Ed.), Professional school counseling: A handbook of theories, programs, and practices (3rd ed.; pp. 721-728). Austin, TX: pro-ed.

On Sept. 18, Dr. Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation. His talk was called, “Why History Matters.”

Michael J. Shin, Erik D. Lindquist (Biological Sciences), Kristin (Sicher) Coury ’14, and Brennan Neal ’14 have had their paper titled “Presence and Prevalence of Bd (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in Central Pennsylvanian Woodland Vernal Pools” accepted for publication.  This article represents three years of research and analysis on potential impacts on our local, native amphibian species.


Teacher Education Program Scholarship Awards Reception, today, Oct. 1, 4-5 p.m. in Howe Atrium. The 2015-2016 winners who will be recognized are: Katherine Edelman, Aubrey Werley, Caroline Mills and Katelyn Kratz. They will be sharing excerpts/reflections on their winning essays. We encourage you to attend and support their accomplishments.

Special Chapel Presenter
At the chapel service on Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, the speaker will be Dr. Douglas Porpora, professor of sociology at Drexel University. His topic is “Sociology and Religious Experience.” This event, at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel, is jointly sponsored by College Ministries and The Central PA Form for Religion and Science.

Payroll Office Closed
The Payroll Office will be closed on Wednesday, Oct.7 for a department planning retreat.  We will reopen on Thursday, Oct. 8 with regular hours of 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Suping Chen is a Chinese language instructor at Messiah College. She is also a trained vocalist and musician and will present a concert on Oct. 10 at the Pennsylvania State Museum. The program will include songs in both Chinese and English sung by Chen accompanied by Connor Rohrer at the piano, three traditional Chinese folk dances performed by students from the Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute, piano solos by Connor Rohrer, a Chinese fitness dance performed by the Trinity High School’s Chinese Club, and songs performed by Messiah College music students: Persephone Marien;  John Morrone; and Ian Bethmann. You can find posters around campus. The cost is $10.00 per ticket. For the ticket, please contact the Chinese Club (Luke Hursh) by email at  or 717-314-8443.

Invite someone you know to Messiah’s Oct. 12 open house
Do you know a student who’s in the college search process and may be a good fit for Messiah College? Consider inviting them personally to visit the college Open House on Monday, Oct. 12. Students can take a closer look at our 80+ majors, tour campus, enjoy a special lunch in the dining hall and spend time interacting with Messiah students, professors and staff. Students and their family members can register online to attend at We invite you to share this link with prospective students and their family members, along with the reasons you love being a part of the Messiah College community! We would love to have them visit and extend them a warm welcome for the day.

Want a $20 gift card? Tell us why you love working at Messiah!
Do you love working at Messiah? Take a picture showing us why, and you’ll be entered to win a $20 gift card to use at the campus dining venues and the bookstore!

The rules:
1.) Like our Facebook page at — you must like our Facebook page in order to have your name entered into the drawing!
2.) Post a picture to our Facebook page showing us what you love about working at Messiah College. All images are accepted, but photo submissions showing you and/or your coworkers will receive double entries into the drawing. Be sure to include a caption explaining your picture!
3.) Only one photo submission per person, please!

That’s it! You have until Oct. 6 to share your pictures. The winner will be randomly selected from a drawing and will be notified on Oct. 7. We look forward to seeing why you love working at Messiah!

BJ’s Open Enrollment
BJ’s open enrollment will run from Thursday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, 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 dates at this time. The next open enrollment will be held in April 2016. If your membership will expire prior to October, 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 ever lost. Please note that the registration procedure has changed. Do not forward the registration to the Purchasing Department. Complete the attached registration form. If paying with a check, 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. 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 at 717-870-9040.

Shredding Solutions on campus for confidential document shredding March 25
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus. The truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of confidential documentation that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed.

See attachment for complete information.

College Prayer Chain
. . .  in everything by prayer and supplication make your requests known to God . . . (Phil 4:6)

Did you know that the College has a prayer chain for the Messiah community?  The prayer chain link is located on MCSquare under the Campus Life tab on the College Ministries channel. There are links to submit a prayer request or to join the prayer chain. Requests are forwarded by email to everyone on the list. If you have questions please contact Evie Telfer, Student Ministries Pastor at

2015 alumni award recipients announced
Each year at Homecoming, the Office of Alumni Relations recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society or Messiah College. These awards are important not only for the tribute they pay to the lives of each recipient, but also as a symbol of the quality of our alumni as a whole.

Young Alumnus Achievement Award – Anthony ’06 and Jessica Thomas ’08

This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 10 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community and/or Messiah College.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award – David Olsen ’83

Recognizes a lifetime of vocational achievement in a manner that embodies the mission of the College

Alumni Christian Service Award – Stephen Gallaher ’78

This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.

Alumni Appreciation Award –Ronald Katzman

This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the College in an extraordinary manner (long-term professional service; significant volunteer service and/or financial contribution).

A special thanks to everyone who submitted nominations this year. Names submitted this year will be kept on file and considered in the future.

Corporate Partner Merit Scholarships for Children of Messiah College employees
Harrisburg Academy is excited to be partnering with large central Pennsylvania employers to offer merit scholarships to children of full-time employees. Messiah College is one such partner! Corporate Partner Merit Scholarships are annual, renewable tuition scholarships of $10,000 per student. Applicants must be new students applying to the Academy for enrollment in 5th through 11th grades. Learn more about Harrisburg Academy by attending the Fall Admission Open House: Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Click to RSVP for our upcoming Fall Admission House. Can’t make it to the Open House? That’s okay – please call our office at 717-763-7811 to schedule a visit during a regular school day or click to request additional information.

Oct. 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week
If there is a fire, you may have less than three minutes to get out of your home. Talk about what you should do to be safe. Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do if there is a fire. Take the time to review the Fire Safety Checklist published by the U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA.


For Sale:

Two tickets and a parking pass for this week’s Penn State vs. Army West Point game. If interested, please email Denise at or call 432-0967.

Plan ahead for Christmas!  Seven foot Mountain King brand Monterey Pine artificial Christmas tree. Put together and shape this tree one branch at a time for the perfect shape! Can be great for corners or smaller rooms, add only the branches you need or add all branches for the full tree. Asking $25 OBO. Weight bench with leg lift. Includes 60 pounds of weights, barbell and hand weight for curls. Asking $50 OBO. Questions, contact Cathy Poiesz at ext. 7192 or 319-0618. See attached photos.

Townhouse for sale
A townhouse with 1,740 sq ft living space in addition to a finished basement and a one car garage approximately one mile from Messiah College in Bowman’s Hill. Gas heat , 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, AC, lots  of storage space, thousands of dollars landscaping, porch, patio and basement “garden room” ideal for entertaining. $177,000. Call Dorothy Gish at 697-1469 [I’ll be gone Oct. 9- 24] Ready for occupancy December 2015.

Home for sale
Located in Grantham, Mechanicsburg School District. Just reduced to $155,000. Fantastic ranch with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Large living room with wood floors. Spacious kitchen with beautiful cabinetry, appliance garage and breakfast bar. Partially finished basement for multiple uses. Unfinished area for storage and laundry. Access to outside from basement gives easy access to workshop. For information, contact Sally Chaplin at 717-350-0289 or

Outside organizations:

Fireflight Concert – Oct. 4th
Live at Carlisle Evangelical Free Church Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Featured bands for this concert are Fireflight, Seventh Day Slumber, Shonlock and Scarlet White. We look forward to seeing you here! Get your tickets online at