Archive for 2016

April 14, 2015

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Romans 15:4


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 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)


Heather Keefer, current assistant director of admissions for the visit experience, will be assuming other responsibilities within our division as the assistant director of international admissions effective May 1. Heather has enthusiastically served in the admissions visit coordinator role for the past six years helping to facilitate campus visits for more than 10,000 prospective students during her tenure. We look forward to Heather using her excellent administrative and hospitality skills in recruiting and serving international students and their families. We are pleased to welcome Kristin Thomas as the new admissions visit coordinator. Kristin is a 2009 graduate of Messiah College with a degree in Christian ministries (youth concentration) along with a minor in psychology. She brings a significant amount of administrative and customer service experience to Messiah. Kristin and her husband, Joel, also a Messiah grad, have current Messiah connections in that she coaches the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, and he, the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.


I am pleased to announce that Dr. Valerie Olson has been named the director of the doctorate of physical therapy at Messiah College. Val will begin immediately in a part-time role this spring and will start full-time in August. Dr. Olson holds degrees from Southern Connecticut Univ., UMass, Univ. of Florida and a Ph.D. from Seton Hall Univ. A Certified Pediatric NDT, Val has over 35 years of experience that includes providing physical therapy for adults and children/infants, serving as a faculty member in professional entry-level physical therapy and Ph.D. programs. She has been on the faculty at Seton Hall Univ., Mercy College, Univ. of Med and Dentistry (Newark, NJ), Kean Univ., and Rutgers Univ. She currently serves as the DPT program director at Dominican College (NY), a program that she developed and led through several accreditation efforts. She is an innovative educator, collaborative leader, engaging teacher and proven scholar. Dr. Olson is very excited to join the Messiah College community and looks forward to integrating her Christian faith with her teaching, leadership and scholarship. Special thanks to the Search Committee (Wendy Cheesman, Jodi Haak and Nancy Woods), Inger Blount and Rebekah Ostby who assisted in the hiring process and to Scott Kieffer who was a key member of the OT/PT working group.


Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music, served as guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region III Honor Choir the weekend of March 17. Participants included 190 high school students. On March 8-9, Dr. Cornacchio adjudicated the Howard County, Maryland Choral Assessments; she provided feedback to 25 high school choirs and their directors. Dr. Cornacchio also conducted the Dauphin All-County High School Chorus, April 8-9. Students numbering 150 from high schools throughout Dauphin County participated.

Messiah 411:

Thank you from the Deitch family

Our family is so thankful to have the support and thoughtfulness of the Messiah College family after the fire to our home. Our family is touched by all the prayers, books, games and gift cards that we have received over the past few weeks.

Thank you Mark Wirtz for the meal cards, it is appreciated more than you know. Thank you to my co-workers for covering my areas while I was out, you are all a blessing. Thank you to the Physical plant employees, Res Life Staff, Old Main employees, Campus Events staff and everyone else who contributed gift cards and money to our family during this hardship. We are so blessed to have you all in our lives.

Thank You,

Shawn, Katie, Ava and Aiden Deitch

Homecoming Weekend 2016

Please save the date for Homecoming Weekend 2016, held on October 14 and 15! As a reminder, all events occurring during Homecoming weekend must be approved by and planned through the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. If you have plans for an event and have not been in contact with our office, please reach out to Shardé Hardy by e-mail or phone (ext. 2490) by May 2. The 2016 Homecoming Weekend schedule will be made available online by July 1 at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to sharing this time of celebration with you and our alumni community!

School of the Humanities summer academic camps

This summer, the School of the Humanities will hold two academic camps. For the first time, we are having a Young Filmmakers Workshop on June 26- 30. This camp will provide college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. To learn more about this camp, visit the website For the fifth year, we will also have the Young Writers Workshop. This workshop will be held July 10- 14 and offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers for students in rising grades 9-12. For this workshop only, we offer a 5 percent tuition discount for Messiah employees’ families. To learn more about this workshop, visit the website at :

“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!


• 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.

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 ext. 6005.

Graduate thesis presentation

Graduate Program in Education student Lilian Schultz will deliver her thesis presentation, “English as a Foreign Language in Malaysia: Voices from Malaysian English Teachers,” on Tuesday, April 19, beginning at 4:15 p.m. in Boyer 131. In this qualitative research study, Ms. Schultz explores how Malaysian English teachers feel about their professional lives, what issues these teachers see as having significant impact on their work, and what kinds of resources or development they need in order to support their profession. Ms. Schultz will address these questions through her investigation into the experiences of five Malaysian English teachers who have chosen to teach in public schools in Malaysia, because they want to make a difference in the lives of the students. Their frustrations and their joy become evident as they share their journey of teaching in schools that are divergently different. Please join us for this graduate student thesis presentation. Refreshments will be served.

2015 first year survey results available

The office of institutional research administered the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) First Year Survey to first year students during fall 2015 Welcome Week. Please look at the institutional research webpage for an infographic aiming to provide an overall picture of the results (

Your partnership makes a difference

YOU are a vital piece of a Messiah College experience. Your daily work creates a community that fosters student growth in classrooms, on athletic fields, in performing arts centers and in work places on campus. You make a difference in the lives of our students. Let’s join together and commit to making a financial difference for our students. Invest in our students’ education by participating in the annual employee giving campaign. Whether you can give $1 or $100per paycheck to the Messiah Fund, your gift makes a difference! It doesn’t take a lot to make a big impact on the amount of scholarship aid that is available to our students. When you “pay it forward” to our students and give during the annual employee giving campaign, you are eligible for several special drawings. During the first week of this campaign, any employee who gives to any area on campus is eligible to win one of two gift cards to local restaurants and gas stations. During the second week, any employee who gives to the Messiah Fund will be eligible for a drawing to win the second gift card. During the final week, any employee who has given through the payroll deduction program will be eligible for a drawing of a reserved parking place for one semester in your assigned parking lot. The grand prize winner will be announced on May 2. Any employee who participates in the payroll deduction program is permitted to wear jeans on the last Friday of every month.  To give go to, there is a blue button on the left hand side of the page which will direct you to the enrollment form or enable you to edit your payroll deduction.  In addition, you can simply give a one-time gift by clicking, “Give Now.”

Join us May 4 at the Employee Recognition Reception

Please join us on Wednesday, May 4, as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. We will have a time of refreshments and fellowship until 10:20 a.m., accompanied by a student brass quintet. Conveying of awards will follow. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed here. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will also be announcing the recipients of this year’s performance awards. Student shout-outs will be back as well! We hope to see you there!

Frey 110 is Alexander Auditorium

Please remember to refer to Frey 110 as Alexander Auditorium when announcing campus meetings and events. Similar to Hostetter Chapel and Parmer Hall, the official name of Frey 110 is Alexander Auditorium. We remain deeply grateful to the Alexander family for providing the funding for this often used and greatly valued facility!


For sale:

GE refrigerator, 18 cubic feet. built in 2000. $90 obo. Buyer picks it up at our home near campus. Contact Susan at or call 717-802-5447.

Two-story brick townhouse:  Open House on Sunday, April 17 at 642 Cedar Ridge Lane, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Two-story brick townhouse with two-story height in living room, 1576 square feet. Updated kitchen (all appliances are in excellent condition), three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, separate laundry room, window coverings, new heat pump in 2010, central air conditioning, programmable thermostat, newly painted outside trim and balcony, covered patio in rear, and new roof in 2013. Partially-covered double parking spaces. Upper Allen Township, Mechanicsburg School District. Independent certified appraisal: $137,000 Price is negotiable, especially with a private sale. For additional information contact Yvonne Martin at or 717-439-6659.

Outside Organizations:

Operation Wildcat INDOOR Yard Sale

WHEN: Friday, April 15: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 16: 8a.m.- noon

WHERE: Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church (McBic), 1050 S. York Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Items for sale: toys, books, games, videos, household items, decorative items, handbags, holiday items, hardware, kitchen items, kids and adult clothing and shoes. All proceeds go to assist students and families in need in the Mechanicsburg School District. Donations are being accepted for the sale. Please call Maureen Ross at 717-773-1988 or email or Ramona Fritschi at with any questions or to make arrangements to donate to the sale.