Archive for 2016

April 7, 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28


Professors Alison Noble, Anne Reeve and Rick Schaeffer recently attended the National American Chemical Society Meeting in San Diego, along with four students. Anna Love, Sarah Zwart and Lindsay Coleman each presented their honors undergraduate research projects, under the faculty mentorship of Professors Noble and Schaeffer. Emily Reale presented a poster highlighting the use of the Supplemental Instruction Program in chemistry courses at Messiah College, under the mentorship of Professor Reeve. In addition to these presentations, Dr. Alison Noble presented a talk entitled “Successes and Challenges in Developing General Chemistry II Online at a Traditional Liberal Arts and Sciences College.” Dr. Anne Reeve presented a talk entitled, “Improving Student Learning in a One-Semester Organic Chemistry Course.”


Messiah College will host a public memorial service, “D. Ray Hostetter: A Celebration of Life,” to honor and remember the College’s sixth president, Dr. D. Ray Hostetter, on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at the Grantham Church, 421 Grantham Rd., Mechanicsburg, Pa. (adjacent to the Messiah College campus). Members of the Hostetter Family, including Audrey Hostetter, former first lady of Messiah College, will be in attendance. Immediately following the service ( at approximately noon), all guests are invited to join the Hostetter Family at a luncheon hosted by Messiah College in the Martin Dining Commons, located in the Eisenhower Campus Center. Guests are encouraged to park in the visitor’s parking (Lot VV), located between Eisenhower Campus Center and Old Main.

All are invited to join the Hostetter Family and the Messiah College community on this special day to celebrate the life, service, ministry and contributions of President Hostetter during and beyond his 30-year presidency at Messiah. A tribute of D. Ray Hostetter’s presidency at Messiah College, as well as these details for the memorial service, may be found on Messiah’s website at In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya (visit:, or the D. Ray Hostetter Memorial Leadership Endowment at Messiah College (mail to: Messiah College Office of Development, One College Ave., Suite 3013, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055).


The School of the Humanities and the Murray Library invite you to a celebration in honor of Shirley Groff, Helen Walker and Beth Mark. The retirement reception will be held on Monday, April 25 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Howe Atrium in Boyer Hall. Shirley Groff has faithfully served in various departments throughout her 42 years with the most recent position as administrative assistant to the Department of English, the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, the Center for Public Humanities and the Sider Institute. She also handled special requests given to her by the Provost Office. Helen Walker, professor of writing in the English department, served for 21 years and Beth Mark, librarian and instructor, has served the library for 37 years. We invite you to attend and join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these fine colleagues and amazing women! Enjoy refreshments and music by Randy Zwally.



Summary annual reports

Messiah College is required to publish the summary annual report for Messiah College employee welfare benefit plan annually. Attached is the report for the year ending 6/30/2015.

Biochemistry departmental honors defense

Anna Love, senior biochemistry major, will be presenting her departmental honors defense on April 8 at 4 p.m. in Kline 327. Her project, entitled “Self-Assembled Monolayers on Zinc Selenide Towards Use in Biosensor Applications” has resulted from three years of research under the mentorship of Dr. Alison Noble. Please join us for this presentation.

Payroll and Student Employment Office will be closed

The Payroll Office and Student Employment Office will be closed on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12 for training. For your convenience, items may be placed in the mailbox located in the lobby of the Payroll Office. If you have any questions, please email Thank you.

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s undergraduate online courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s undergraduate online courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs June 6 – July 31 provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. Messiah’s summer courses are completed in nearly half the time, and are discounted nearly 50 percent as the same courses that are offered during the fall and spring semesters. Courses are open to current students (college-level, qualified homeschooled and high school students), employees, alumni, parents, community friends and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 11 and runs through May 27. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit . To learn more about our dual enrollment program for qualified homeschooled and high school students, visit .

“Spring Fever” fundraiser for Nicaragua mission team

On Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, the Nicaragua mission team (through the Agape Center for Service-Learning) will be doing assisting with your spring cleaning needs! First, they are offering babysitting from 6-10 p.m. on Friday evening. You can sign up to have two students come to your home and hang out with your kiddo(s). In addition, on Saturday the students are also serving by assisting in any spring yard/house work you may have!

Babysitting: • Friday, April 22 from 6 – 10 p.m. • Please fill out the  informational form by clicking this link: • For every family, two students will babysit at your home during this time frame. If you know of any students who are on this team or have babysat for you before, please provide their name on the form. • Once you have completed the form, a member from the team will be in touch to confirm details!

Yard/House Work: • Saturday, April 23 at various time slots between 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. • Please fill out information form by clicking this link: • By filling out this form, you can specify how many students you would like to assist you, your ideal time frame (anywhere from 1-3 hours), and what time of day you prefer (morning or afternoon). • Once you have completed the form, a member from the team will be in touch to confirm details!

*Additional Information: • Slots are LIMITED and on a first-come basis! Please fill out the form as soon as possible. • The forms will be closed to further submissions by Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m. • You may fill out BOTH forms if you would like babysitting AND yard work. • BOTH events are donation based. The recommendation is $20 per student.

Service Day on Thursday, April 14

Don’t miss the opportunity to serve on Service Day! Once again we will be hosting Area M Special Olympics on April 14 and need hundreds of volunteers to make the day special for the athletes as well as to run smoothly for the event managers. Special Olympics is also an important opportunity to challenge common stereotypes and stigmas related to disabilities as we collectively reflect on what it means to be created in the image of God, called to love our neighbors as we love ourselves and responsibly participate in community with others.

Human Resources and Compliance to be off-campus, Friday, April 15

Please note on April 15, our Human Resources and Compliance office will be closed as our HR team will be attending a regional meeting. We look forward to assisting you on Monday, April 18. If you have an emergency situation, please contact Safety, at extension 6005.

Safety contest concludes

Congratulations to Michaela Werner, student employee in Dining Services Catering. She was the winner of the Workplace Safety Committee’s safety contest question for March and will receive a $50 gift card. The question for March was:


A. Natural gas is lighter than air and will rise to the ceiling. Propane is heavier than air and will settle to the floor.

B. Propane is lighter than air and will rise to the ceiling. Natural gas is heavier than air and will settle to the floor

C. Both gases are lighter than air and will rise to the ceiling

D. Both gases are heavier than air and will settle to the floor.


Thank you to all employees who participated in the contest. We hope you learned useful information over the past six months which will help you continue to be safe at work.

Film and Media Production Studio open house

The Department of Communication’s Film and Media Production studio may be one of the best kept secrets on campus, and it’s time to share the excitement! Join with students and employees across campus next Monday, April 11, for studio open house from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tours, demonstrations, and refreshments will be available throughout, along with a chance to win a movie basket! Come in the Hostetter Chapel entrance by College Ministries and head downstairs to tour the studio and learn more about department programs. Hope to see you there!


For rent:

Condo for rent in Grantham, less than a mile from Messiah College. Two bedrooms, remodeled kitchen, deck, laundry and off-street parking. Available in May 2016. Contact Laurie at ext. 2820 or 717-385-6213 for information or for a showing.

Farmhouse in a country setting with lots of backyard space for $1000/month, includes water and trash pick-up. 8-10 minute drive from campus. In Monaghan Township, Northern York school district. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with wood fireplace den, family room, dining room, and kitchen. These is also a detached garage with storage space and front wooden deck. Includes: range, refrigerator, frontload washer and dryer. Renters are responsible for electric and oil heat. Pets allowed. If interested contact Marcelle Giovannetti at Or 717-350-0610


Seeking nanny – 20 hrs./week. We are seeking a nanny for our 2 year old son, to begin in Sept. 2016 and continue at least through the end of the academic school year, possibly extending to next year as well. Hours can be flexible but would need to cover approximately 20 hours a week (for example, Monday– Friday 8 a.m.-noon, or M/W/F 8 a.m.-3 p.m.). The nanny will watch our son in our Camp Hill home. Some experience in early childhood education required, payment arrangements based on experience and education. Contact Fabrizio and Vanessa Cilento at if interested.


Come support the McBIC Middle School and High school missions trips! Middle School: East Waterford, PA High School: Chicago, IL Date: Saturday, April 23 Time: 5:30- 7 p.m. Location: Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church 1050 South York Street, Mechanicsburg, PA Tickets in advance: $8 adults; $6 ages 12 and under and seniors Ticket sold at the door: $10 all ages Meal includes: spaghetti, meatballs, salad and garlic bread **Bake sale to support the Middle School Missions Trip** Tickets can be purchased by contacting Katey Day at