Archive for 2015

January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.
Isaiah 43:4 (NRSV)


Gene Chase, professor emeritus of mathematics and computer science, has an essay review of Nicholas Carr’s latest book “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us” in the current (March 2015) issue of “Perspectives of Science and Christian Faith.”

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Brittany Claridge, assistant director of alumni relations, will be leaving Messiah. She has accepted a position of assistant director of student and young alumni programming at Johns Hopkins University. Although we are sad that she is leaving I am very happy for her and Johns Hopkins! Please join me in wishing her the best before she leaves on Feb. 12.
Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations

William Stowman, professor of music, was invited by Lock Haven University to serve as an external reviewer for their department of music. Lock Haven is part of PASSHE (The PA State System of Higher Education) and is currently going through a variety of changes regarding majors, programs and recruiting. The process included in-depth review of current programs, alignment with University-wide mission and consultation regarding plans for future growth and development of programs within the department of music, art, theatre and dance.

Messiah 411

Retirement reception for employee set for Jan. 29

A reception honoring the service of Sandy Kline will be held in the Private Dining Room today (Jan. 29) from 2-4 p.m. Sandy will be retiring after more than 23 years of service to ITS at Messiah College. During those years, Sandy has distinguished herself as an excellent organizer, manager of expenses, general problem solver and a caring, dependable coworker. Her service and example will be missed by all. Please stop in during that time to join us in wishing Sandy the best in her retirement.

Retirement reception for employee set for Feb. 4

A reception honoring the service of Gary Lehman will be held in the Private Dining Room on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from noon- 2 p.m. Gary is retiring from his position of safety officer after serving at Messiah College for 12 years. Stop in during that time to join us in saying goodbye to a wonderful colleague.

Project Big Love update

It was great to be a part of the Messiah College family at your recent Christmas luncheon. I am very grateful that you directed your employee Christmas gifts to Project Big Love 717. It was encouraging to see so many back packs filled with items! We collected 33 backpacks and enough supplies to fill three to four times that many. And more than anything, you helped us raise awareness for our summer 2015 event to be held on Saturday, Aug. 1 in Dillsburg.

Last year we served more than 2,300 people, with the majority of those being children of lower income families, by providing them with new backpacks, sneakers, groceries, haircuts, family portraits and other back-to-school items. I invite you to view the video to learn more about Project Big Love.

Our planning committee also welcomes any member of the Messiah to volunteer at the 2015 event next spring. You will find a volunteer sign-up page on the Project Big Love website. Best wishes in the new year. Ken Landis, executive director of Project Big Love 717

The Bridge is available online

The Bridge is the printed quarterly magazine of Messiah College. As the name conveys, The Bridge magazine connects alumni, parents, donors and friends with Messiah College through news, alumni profiles and features for readers’ enjoyment and information. To read the latest issue online, please visit: A small amount of hard copies are available at the reception area of the third floor of Old Main.

Harrisburg Academy offers merit scholarship opportunity

Harrisburg Academy is proud to partner with Messiah College and offer a $10,000 merit scholarship opportunity. Prospective students currently attending school in grades four through 10 are invited to spend a half-day visiting Harrisburg Academy on Jan. 30 or March 13. Interested in learning more about the Academy advantage and why the Academy is proud to be the area’s only college-prep independent school? Please contact the Academy at or visit

Summary Annual Report available

Messiah College is required to publish a Summary Annual Report for the Messiah College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan on an annual basis. Attached is the Summary Annual Report for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

You also have the legally protected right to examine the report at the main office of the Plan and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be addressed to:

Public Disclosure

Room N1513

Employee Benefits Security Administration

U.S. Depart of Labor

200 Constitution Avenue N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20210

Please contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085 if you have questions.


Positions available:

College Press has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Postal Services Clerk. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Dwayne Magee, director of printing and mailing services, at

For sale:

Portable crib — Excellent condition, like new. Mattress included. Two levels for mattress height adjustment. Includes wheels and folds for portability. This is a great crib for travel or if you need space. $55. Contact See link for description.

Core Body Reformer (Yoga, Pilates and Dance exercise system)—Excellent condition, used only a handful of times. Included is the equipment, workout plan DVDs and books, and a meal planner. Learn more about the system:; $50. Contact

Outside organization announcement:

West Shore Christian Academy is now enrolling! – West Shore Christian Academy, the region’s largest accredited Christian college-preparatory school, is currently enrolling students in grades PreK 3 through 12 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Located just minutes from Messiah College off of Route 15 between Mechanicsburg and Camp Hill, West Shore Christian Academy provides an excellent Christ-centered education through its vibrant community, purposefully called faculty and living curriculum. With low student/teacher ratios, strong academics, an excellent fine arts program, PIAA athletics, as well as Bible and weekly chapel programming, WSCA helps families to develop, nurture and equip students to positively influence the world for Christ. To discover the West Shore Christian Academy difference, join us for our next all-school open house on Feb. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m., or visit our website for more information and additional open house dates. This year, more than $400,000 was distributed in financial aid, scholarships and grants. West Shore Christian Academy – where every child is Meant for