Archive for 2016

July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11


School of the Humanities awarded grant for Theology Institute

Messiah College has received a grant of $417,559 to establish the Messiah College Theology Institute for High School Youth project. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.  The program will be one of three run out of the School of the Humanities—including the Young Filmmakers Workshop and Young Writers Workshop—that are designed to enrich, deepen, and broaden high school students engagement with the humanities as they prepare to lead productive lives in college and beyond.  Special thanks to Brian Smith, chair of Biblical and Religious Studies, for his leadership and work in developing the grant proposal, and to BRS professors Shelley Skinner, Stephen Gallaher and Richard Crane for their support in envisioning the program. Also, thank you to Erin Beck, grant manager for her work on making this grant a reality.  For more information, see the full press release at — Pete Powers, Dean, School of the Humanities


Dwayne Safer, assistant professor of finance, authored an article in Transactions Magazine (a publication of the Pennsylvania Community Bankers Association) on the issues faced by community banks across the state of Pennsylvania. The article is available at:



Enrollment Management area announcements

The following Enrollment Management staff members have received promotions. Congratulations to:

  • Rusty Hoffman on his promotion to assistant director of transfer admissions. Rusty spent the last year organizing and leading the HACC check-sheet project, as well as the development of the transcript request form – two new and important initiatives. Transfer students are an important part of the Messiah College community, and we are thankful for his hard work and passion to serve our transfer population.
  • Allan Mathew on his promotion to assistant director of admissions for multicultural student recruitment. Allan has provided strong leadership in the recruitment of underrepresented students and in the continued growth of the Martin Scholarship Program. His creation of the MARC (Multicultural Admissions Recruitment Committee) is a model that should positively impact our SURECP enrollment via church recruitment in urban regions. We are grateful for his leadership and commitment to issues of access, mentorship and reconciliation.
  • Shayna Reichert on her promotion to coordinator of academic marketing and recruitment. Shayna played a key role in training and ongoing support of our new counselors this past year and is continuing to do that this year. Starting this recruitment cycle, she will be chairing the academic marketing committee, coordinating the writing assessment process and has already assisted the director of admissions with the establishment of territory and academic goals. We are thankful for her leadership in multiple key areas.
  • Rachel Shenk on her promotion to assistant director of admissions for telecounseling and recruitment. Rachel has done a tremendous job utilizing the SmartCALL phoning system to coordinate extensive telecounseling efforts which support all territory managers and enhance academic marketing. Rachel co-leads our successful ambassador program and provides excellent training, leadership and mentorship for our student employees and serves as a role model and mentor for effective territory management.

Enrollment Management also welcomes three new admissions counselors

  • Elizabeth Arias ’16: She brings a variety of significant leadership, internship and involvement experiences to our office. She served as a multicultural admissions recruitment intern during her senior year and a full-time student staff member during the summer for the admissions office. She was also the refugee and immigrant services for empowerment coordinator in the Agapé Center her senior year, and a senior resident assistant.
  • Rachael Haqq14: She served as a youth director since October 2012 at the U.S. Army War College Memorial Chapel at the Carlisle Barracks.
  • Molly Janczyk ’15: Recently she has been employed as an office manager at a local counseling center. During her time as a student, she was chaplain for the Messiah College Council on Family Relations.


New Collaboratory Director

The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Messiah is pleased to inform the Messiah community that Doug Flemmens has accepted the position of Collaboratory director, a 12-month administrative position that begins July 15. Doug has a background in industrial engineering and has worked in management and administration for two local firms in recent years: Graham Packaging and Tyco Electronics. He describes himself as a hands-on contributor with broad experience who prefers to lead from the middle. His professional work includes cross-cultural management in Asia, and he has led a church partnership and short-term missions to Jamaica for several years in ministry to the deaf community. Doug became interested in Messiah College and the Collaboratory as he visited campus with his daughter, who will be an incoming student this fall. He is excited to work with us and to discover what good works the Lord has prepared for him as he joins us. (Ephesians 2) Please join the School of Science, Engineering and Health in welcoming Doug.


Super Saturday at the Oakes Museum of Natural History

Join us for Super Saturday on July 23 from 1-5 p.m. to discover what natural history museums have to do with art! We will look at the museum through a new lens as we consider the animals, paintings and foreground of the museum as art. Behind the scenes tours, hands-on activities and a craft will be available all afternoon. Admission to Super Saturdays is FREE to the Messiah College Community. For more information contact us at or go to our website for more details.



For sale:

Thule Chariot Cougar 2. Double bike trailer/stroller – $400. Gently used, like-new condition. Includes bike kit, stroller kit, and infant sling. See images here. Read/view more about product here. Contact

Toddler Girl Clothes. A large lot of toddler girl clothes for sale, in good used condition. Sizes ranging from 12 months – 2T. Clothes include: 2 pairs of shoes: size 3 (Buster Browns) and 5 (TOMS); 5 summer jumpers; 2 pairs shorts/capris; 20+ pairs of pants; 2 skirts; 11 short sleeve t-shirts; 7 long-sleeve t-shirts; 3 onesies; 7 dresses; 1 reversible Carter’s coat; 7 sweaters; 3 PJs; 8 sleepers. See images here. $60 for everything. Please contact

Selling road bike – Lotus ProSeries 2000R, early 90’s. 56cm frame. Asking $225 obo. Pics available upon request. Contact Brandon Hoover at

Job opportunities:

The School of the Humanities at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of Administrative Assistant to the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies and The Sider Institute. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Sally Richardson, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Humanities, at

The School of the Humanities at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of Administrative Assistant to English Department and Center for Public Humanities. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Sally Richardson, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Humanities, at

The Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at Messiah College invites applications for a full-time Director of Clinical Education (DCE) of its developing Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Rob Pepper, Assistant Provost/Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, at