Archive for 2015

February 19, 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
Psalm 32:7 (NRSV)


William Stowman, professor of music, served as guest conductor the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region 4 Band. The festival was held at the historic Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pa. and was hosted by Todd Kendall, Messiah College conducting master’s student. The ensemble was comprised of 150 students from the north central Pennsylvania region who auditioned and advanced through the district-level to advance to regionals. Select students from this group will go on to perform with the Pennsylvania All-State ensembles in Hershey this March. The program consisted of sacred and secular works for winds, and the concert was presented on February 13 after two days of rehearsal.

Assistant Professor of Music Damian Savarino will sing the bass solos in Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” (Krönungsmesse) K. 317 at Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Concert Productions and the New York Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. This will be Savarino’s fourth concert with Manhattan Concert Productions and his fourth appearance on the Carnegie Hall stage since his debut in 2011.

Messiah 411 training for student employee supervisors

In preparation for summer and fall semester hiring, the student employment office is offering training for student employee supervisors on the recruitment and hiring system. If you are planning on hiring students and have not yet been trained, or if you would like a refresher on previous training, sign up for the following session:

Monday, March 2: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Boyer 337

This training will overview the system and will cover creating position descriptions, posting job openings, reviewing applications and hiring student applicants. If you would like to attend, register via MCSquare “Employee” tab, “Employee Training,” “Student Employee Supervisor,” “ Training.” For more information, contact Belinda Conrad at ext. 2900 or

Student Leadership Luncheon set for March 3

Select students have been invited to attend The Celebration of Student Leadership on Tuesday, March 3. At this distinctive luncheon, we will honor and recognize student leaders and their service to Messiah College. Our luncheon sponsor is Clark Associates, Inc., a Lancaster-based company. In addition to lunch, all attending students will receive a black leather Messiah College Padfolio. Student leaders will have the opportunity to hear from Ryan Keith ’02, founder of Forgotten Voices and participate in a panel discussion with Messiah alumni who are employed by Clark Associates, Inc. The topic is “Leadership in the Work Place: What to Expect after Graduation.” Finally, we will recognize five $2,000 scholarship award winners for the 2015 Clark Leadership Award. This event is at full capacity. For more information, contact Susan Mayernick at ext. 7282. See attachment for more information.

Campus visitor from Jerusalem University College

Emily Thomassen, a representative of Jerusalem University College, will be on campus Tuesday, March 10 to talk to students and faculty about opportunities for students to study in Israel. If you are interested in meeting with her to learn more about the program or in having her speak briefly to your class(es), please contact Wendy Lippert in the Intercultural Office at ext. 6089 or

Also, please feel free to share with your students that Ms. Thomassen will have an information table in Eisenhower Commons and will be hosting the following information session:

  • 4 p.m. in Larsen 237

To learn more about this program, please visit this link.

Applications for Into the City in Washington D.C. available

Applications are now being accepted for the spring Into the City trip to Washington, D.C. This career immersion program will take place March 25-27 and promises students a high-impact, hands-on and educational experience. Students will receive firsthand exposure to living, working and connecting in the greater Washington, D.C. area by interacting with Messiah alumni and parents through company site visits and tours, panel presentations and a networking reception.

Organizations represented include:

(Listed with our alumni contact and their major while at Messiah) 

Brazen Careerist Microsoft   – Tanya Neff Klause ’93, PR Director  (Marketing) Rep. Scott Perry / U.S. Capitol Social Radar  – Shana Heikes Glenzer ’02, VP of Social Marketing  (Marketing) World Learning, Inc. – Carol Jenkins ’87 (Political Science) Rwandan Embassy   – Setti Solomon ’05,  Business Development Officer (International Business) International Justice Mission   Kristin Miller ’10,  Fellows Program Assistant (Human Development and Family Science) Smithsonian –  Caroline Wulf Ausel ’14 (History) Genesis Engineering/Goddard Space Center – Robert Rashford (MC Parent)

Additional alumni who will participate in the ITC program as panelists include:

Bill Behrens ’91, Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric (Political Science) David Cummins ’94, Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc. (Political Science) Welby Leaman ’93, Director of Latin American Government Affairs, Walmart Corporation (Business Administration) Amy Killelea ’94, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton (Business Administration) Daniel Breneman ’99, Program Manager, CDC Development Solutions (Chemistry) Luke Witmer ’08, Sr. Software Engineer, Skai Inc. (Engineering) Lisa Lindle ’09, Grassroots Specialist, American Library Association (English) Kristal Smith ’13, Graduate Student, Fordham University (Human Services and Family Science)

**APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 5 P.M. ON MARCH 6. Spots are limited and fill up quickly, so please encourage your students from all majors and academic years to apply for this educational opportunity. For an application and for more information, visit the Into the City website.

**An INFORMATION SESSION will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 25 at noon in the Eisenhower Board Room. Students must RSVP to attend here. Pizza will be provided. Educators are also welcome!

ITC is collaboratively sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Office of Development.

Teaching and Learning Initiative Fellow applications now available

The Teaching and Learning Initiative invites applications for a teaching and learning fellow to serve a three-year term starting in fall 2015. The fellow will be one of two fellows working with the director of teaching and learning to support teaching-related professional development opportunities for Messiah College educators. The Teaching and Learning Initiative seeks to support high quality teaching practices to foster student learning with a particular emphasis on pedagogy related to inclusive excellence, instructional technology and experiential learning. The fellow must be a member of the ranked faculty with a record of effective teaching and passion for the ongoing development of effective teaching at Messiah College. More information about requirements of the position and qualifications of the fellow is available by contact Kerrie Taylor at Applications are due March 24.

Room reservations available through “Virtual EMS”

Many have been asking how to self-select or make their own classroom or lab reservations. You can do this with a “Virtual EMS” account. Others have been asking how they can see the daily schedule of a particular room or building. You can do this with a “Desktop EMS” account. To set up either or both accounts contact

Please note that accounts can only be created for faculty, staff and approved student groups. We cannot create accounts for individual students.

Employees asked to submit nominations for Pride in Performance Awards

Have you been impressed or inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year? Do any of the statements below describe a colleague? If so, please consider nominating that colleague for a Pride in Performance Award. The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Your recommendation will be confidential; only the employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration. Prior recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award for three years. See the list of prior recipients here. Nominations must be submitted using the Pride in Performance Nomination Form found here by Friday, March 6. Further information on performance awards, can be viewed here.

The recipients will be announced at the Employee Recognition Reception in May. All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay, projects manager human resources, at


Position available:

The Grounds Services department has a current opening for the temporary, on-call position of Groundskeeper, Seasonal. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Pete Ramsey, Grounds Services Manager, at