Archive for 2015

November 19, 2015

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalm 107:1


The Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) recently held their annual Student Auditions Competition at Susquehanna University.  Several Messiah College voice majors competed, with the following students winning their divisions: Sarah Adams, Upper College Music Theater Women (student of Elaine Henderson); Paige Waldron, Lower College Music Theater Women (student of Elaine Henderson); Ian Bethmann, Sophomore College Men (student of Damian Savarino); and Britney Yauger, First-Year College Women (student of Damian Savarino). The following students were named semi-finalists: Johanna Harcrow, Senior College Women (student of Elaine Henderson); Persephone Marien, Junior College Women (student of Elaine Henderson); Kiya Jackson, Sophomore College Women (student of Damian Savarino); and Autumn Deck, First-Year College Women (student of Damian Savarino).  Please join the Department of Music in congratulating these fine young singers!

Dr. Raeann Hamon and four students from the Department of Human Development and Family Science attended the National Council on Family Relations Conference, November 11-14 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Raeann organized a symposium entitled “Innovative Strategies for Teaching Family Theories” and presented a paper within it: “‘What do you have to offer me?’: A Relationship Building Activity for Demonstrating Social Exchange Theory.” Hamon was also one of five presenters in a symposium entitled “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Family Science Academic Careers,” which was selected to be live-streamed. As a fellow, Dr. Hamon was invited to lead a roundtable on the topic of “Advancing the Discipline of Family Science”. The HDFS students attended poster and plenary sessions, gleaned graduate school information at the university reception, and met numerous scholars in the field. Morgan Luce even won a drawing for three free nights at next year’s conference hotel.


Thanksgiving safety
Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment? For some tips on keeping your holiday safe and free of accidents, read the NFPA publication on Thanksgiving Safety.

No Intercom week of Nov. 26
Due to Thanksgiving, the Intercom will not be published Nov. 26. The next issue will be  Dec. 3.

Annual Amani bead holiday sale
Dec. 1 and 2, 9 a.m. -3 p.m., Eisenhower Commons

Handcrafted Amani bead jewelry, lots of Kenyan market items including ornaments, nativity scenes, scarves, etc. All priced between $3 and $40. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to New Life Homes, a network of homes in Kenya caring for abandoned and orphaned infants. We accept cash, checks, credit cards and Falcon dollars.

New assistant director of annual giving, phonathon and web marketing
I am pleased to announce Cady Sullivan will be joining the Office of Annual Giving team as the assistant director of annual giving, phonathon and web marketing. Cady earned her undergraduate degree from Messiah College and is currently enrolled in Messiah’s Masters in Higher Education program. Her education and professional experience place her in an excellent position to provide strategic planning for the phonathon program, web marketing and fundraising initiatives. In addition, Cady brings expertise and a deep appreciation for our phonathon program, as she was employed as a caller during her undergraduate experience. Cady is passionate about the mission of Messiah College and eager to continue the tradition of helping make a Messiah College education more affordable to our students.
–Beth Clark

Peter Greer to speak about his new book, “Mission Drift”
Please join the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences in welcoming Peter Greer, entrepreneur in residence, for his first speaking event on campus. Peter will be speaking about his new book, “Mission Drift” on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Frey 110.

6th annual Nobel Prize seminar
The Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, and Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics present the 6th annual Nobel Prize Seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5:15 p.m. in Frey 110 (Alexander Auditorium). Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. See attachment for talk descriptions.

We need your vote – alum Kay See Tan a Top 12 finalist!
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is launching a new Young Alumni Award to highlight the significant impact of alumni from Christian colleges and universities. Messiah alum Kay See Tan ’08 has made it to the top 12! Please take a minute to vote for Kay See—it would be great to see a fellow Falcon take the honor! You can vote once a day and must like the CCCU Facebook page to be able to participate. Vote now:

Annual Authors’ Exhibit: attention educators!
The annual Authors’ Exhibit will be held on Friday, Dec. 11. Please submit hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials, etc. from Jan. -Dec. 2015 for display at this important event held in conjunction with the New Doc’s Tea. Materials can be dropped off at Carol Hostetter’s office in Boyer 101 or put in campus mail to Suite 3008. Materials will be returned to you following the event.

Seeking six artificial trees
The Student Activities Board (SAB) is looking for at least six artificial Christmas trees to borrow for their annual student Christmas Traditions dance event being held on campus in Hitchcock Arena on Dec. 12. If you are willing to lend your unused or unwanted artificial tree to SAB for the event, please contact Ashley Burkett at The trees are only need for one day and you will get it back. Prelit or unlit trees, green or white.  Any height 5 feet and taller. Thank you for your help!

The Oakes Museum of Natural History holiday open house
Join us for our annual holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-5 p.m. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you in the community for supporting us throughout the year. There will be a winter craft project for children, a story time, winter photo booth, special discounts in the gift shop, drawings for museum gift certificates and refreshments. Admission is free, so invite a friend. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the museum office at 717-691-6082 or at if you have questions.

Budget managers – capital budget requests for fiscal year 2016-2017
Please click here to view a memorandum from Jill Hans, director of financial planning and budget, regarding capital budget requests for fiscal year 2016-2017.

Who couldn’t use a $50 gift card in time for Christmas shopping?
If you wish to be entered into the drawing for a $50 gift card, you must submit your entry for the November safety question by Friday, Nov. 27. All correct responses will be entered into the drawing; the winning entry will be pulled on Tuesday, Dec.  1 at the Workplace Safety Committee meeting. To enter, simply email your name, department and the answer to the following question to

Question: A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides information about the chemical substance, including but not limited to health hazard information, physical hazard information, first aid information, and how to contact the manufacture if you need more information. clorox regular bleach is included in the inventory for Campus Events and is probably found in many homes. Under first aid measures on the sds, which of the following should you do for ingestion?

  1. induce vomiting
  2. have the individual drink a glass of milk
  3. call a poison control center
  4. administer a charcoal slurry

SDSs for Messiah College are maintained in an online program. If you need help in using the online SDS system, ask a colleague or refer to this step-by-step procedure.

C.S. Lewis Institute Community Lecture
The C.S. Lewis Institute of central PA is sponsoring their first community lecture this coming Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. with Dr. Ken Boa speaking on the topic “Light in the Darkness: A Christian Response to Increasing Societal Hostility.” This is public, free event (no RSVP required) will be held in Frey Hall auditorium at Messiah College. For more information: Contact Stacy Masshardt at  if you have questions.


For Sale:

Wii console and accessories – remote controllers, sensor, remote charger system, and Wii guitar.  Asking $50 for everything combined.

Master’s gown (regalia) – in great shape, only worn a few times.  Black, decent material and length.  Asking $50. Contact if interested.

For Rent:

A two-bedroom apartment with AC in easy walking distance to Messiah College (just above the soccer field) will be available on Jan. 1 (or as early as December). The apartment has a living-dining room area, kitchen, study, two bathrooms and garage. Appliances: stove, refrigerator, dish washer, washer and dryer. Utilities include oil heat, sewer and garbage collection. $925 a month. Call 717-766-4937 for more information.

Job Opportunities:

The Department of Athletics has a current opening for the full-time position of head women’s volleyball coach. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Jack Cole, athletic director, at

The Department of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs has a current opening for the full-time position of assistant director of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kevin Villegas, director of Student involvement and Leadership Programs, at