Archive for 2015

February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:5 (NRSV)


Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music education, served as guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association District II Honor Chorus the weekend of Jan. 22. Participants included 187 high school students from the Northwestern portion of Pennsylvania. The three-day festival culminated in a concert that featured the choir performing a variety of selections, accompanied by pianist and 2012 alum, Krista (Heslop) Sweer.

Ted Davis, professor of history, will be presenting two talks at Oregon State University. His first is a public debate with an atheist friend on “Is Christianity Conducive to Doing Good Science?” followed by a graduate colloquium, titled “Boyling Mad? On Editing the Works of Robert Boyle.”

Jeff Erikson, assistant professor of biology and environmental science, and Messiah alumna Jennifer Hellmann ‘10 recently published an article in the “Journal of Limnology” titled “Evaluating Macroinvertebrate Community Shifts in the Confluence of Freestone and Limestone Streams.” DOI:

Erik Lindquist, professor of biology and environmental science, and Thomas Soerens, associate professor of engineering, were awarded a research grant from Sawyer Products Inc. to conduct a study on the long-term performance of their PointONE filter. The spring and summer project will be a collaboration between undergraduate students, Larry Mylin, professor of biology, Jim Makowski, professor of biology, Give Clean Water (NGO) and Food for the Hungry (NGO). This work will involve communities near Cochabamba, Bolivia and Nadi, Fiji.

William Stowman, professor of music, served as a guest clinician for the 392nd United States Army Band at Fort Lee, Va. The invitation was extended by Specialist Jessica (Turnbaugh) Williams ‘11 who now serves as a trumpeter with the 392nd. The residency included lectures on positive perspectives in music and practicing for the working professional, conducting the post band, the presentation of master classes and coaching of chamber music ensembles.

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Farewell reception for dean Feb. 12

Please join us for a farewell reception to honor Ray Norman, dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Health (SEH). Ray will be stepping down from his current position in mid-February to become director for faith leadership in water, sanitation, and hygiene for World Vision International. We are grateful to Ray for his strong and tireless service to the College and his vision for the SEH. Feel free to stop by Jordan Atrium on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 3-5 p.m. to wish Ray a fond Messiah farewell.

London Internship Program/Goldsmiths representative to visit campus Feb. 18

On Feb. 18, Arcadia representative Kelly Lampe will be on campus to talk to students about studying and interning with the London Internship Program and studying at Goldsmiths: University of London. Students from a wide range of majors have participated with these programs.

If you are interested in having Kelly speak to your classes about opportunities to participate in these programs, please contact Wendy Lippert at or ext. 6089. You can also set up an appointment to meet with Kelly one-on-one if you would like to talk with her more about these this programs. Kelly will be hosting a Student Information Session in Larsen 237 at 4 p.m. Please encourage interested students to attend.

For more information about the London Internship Program, see this link.

To learn more about Goldsmiths: University of London, see this link.

Cultural Series presents Stringfever Feb. 20

The final Cultural Series performance of this season will feature Stringfever on Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Hall. General admission is $25; student tickets are $10 (with Messiah College student ID). Contact the ticket office at ext. 6036.

If you’re looking for an amazing evening’s entertainment like you’ve never seen before, then meet Giles, Ralph, Graham and Neal Broadbent, aka Stringfever. With their electric instruments and unique sound, the world’s first genetically modified string quartet combine exceptional musical skill with a real talent for involving and engaging audiences to provide you with a night you’ll never forget.

Passport processing on campus Feb. 26

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 26 to process passport applications. Applicants need to bring their photo and documents: birth certificate, driver’s license PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID), completed application and fees ($110 check made out to the Department of State and $25 cash or check made out to the Prothonotary’s Office) to the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check made out to Messiah College. Applications can be downloaded here. Renewal applications can be downloaded here. Applications for renewal are processed through the mail; instructions are available at this website. Please contact if you have questions.

Ways to complete 100 wellness points outlined

There are numerous ways employees can collect wellness points during the spring semester. These include attending a wellness workshop, attending the wellness fair on April 1, completing the online health assessment, participating in a local fitness event (5K, etc.), getting a preventive physical exam and more. All of these are detailed in the wellness brochure distributed to employees in September. This brochure can also be accessed online here. Employees completing their 100 wellness points can also find the online completion form through that link. The form can only be submitted once and cannot be saved. Employees are encouraged to keep their own record as they accumulate wellness points, then submit the online completion form only after all 100 points have been completed.

Fall Wellness Workshops available for viewing

If you were unable to attend a wellness workshop you can now view it online. Seven workshops are now available for viewing. Just go to MCSquare, “Employee Quicklinks,” “Wellness Workshops.” Employees get 15 wellness points for either attending a workshop in person or viewing one online. A maximum of 45 points are available from attending or viewing three workshops.

Save the date for Wellness Day

Wellness Day will be on Wednesday, April 1. Save the date and plan now to participate in the activities being planned. Some of these include a Wellness Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a break from 12-12:30 p.m. for a wellness lecture presented by dietician Nicole Benner, Zumba on the lawn, a free introductory Pilates session and a 12:30 p.m. organized one-mile walk. More details to come.

Student Professional Development Grants are available

The Career and Professional Development Center and the Student Government Association (SGA) are pleased to once again announce the Student Professional Development Grant. This grant opportunity, funded by SGA, is for students interested in attending professional conferences or related activities. Grants will provide accepted students with half of their proposed funding needed for travel and registration costs, up to $300. Limited funding is available per semester, so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Applications and additional information are available on the Career and Professional Development Center’s website. Other components of the grant include a mandatory online training session and an educational “give back” activity in the form of a blog posting. For questions, please contact Sarah Bartz at x2334 or

Fire extinguisher training available

There are still open slots in the “hands-on” fire extinguisher training sessions being offered the week of Feb. 22-26. These sessions are available on a first-come-first serve basis so sign up now! To sign up for a session, go to MCSquare “Employee” tab, “Employee Training Session.” Click on the session (date/time) that you wish to attend and follow the instructions for registering. (Students may register on the “Student” tab, “Student Training.”)


Positions available:

The Department of Sustainability has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Director of Sustainability. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations, at

The Campus Events department has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Campus Events Worker I/High Center, Shift 3D. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

The Department of Safety has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Safety and Service Dispatcher, Second Shift. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety, at

The Campus Events department has a current opening for the full-time position of Campus Events Worker I. For more information and to apply, please visit Job related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

The Alumni and Parent Relations Office has a current opening for the full-time position of Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. For more information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations, at

The Residence Life department has a current opening for the full-time position of Residence Director. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Dave Downey, director of residence life, at

For sale:

Baby items– Diaper pail, $5; Changing table pad, $5; Infant car toys, $5; Charlie Banana cloth diaper, $5; Shopping cart cover, $5; Evenflo baby backpack, $10; Beaba babyfood cooker, $20. Photos and more descriptions can be found here  Contact Nancy Soulliard at