Archive for 2016

August 18, 2016

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do

Ephesians 2:10


The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to welcome the following to the Messiah College community:

Dottie Weigel, PhD, assistant professor of Higher Education and program director of the MA in Higher Education: Dottie returns to Messiah College (she previously worked at Messiah 2001-2006 in Residence Life) after spending the last 10 years in various administrative and teaching roles at the University of South Carolina where she earned a PhD in Educational Admin. Most recently she served as the assistant director for Curriculum and Administration (Univ. 101 Programs) and the assistant director for Student Engagement and Service-Learning at USC.   This summer she completed co-editing “Transitions: Building a New Community.” The customized textbook for students in the University of South Carolina’s University 101 first-year seminar is widely regarded as an ideal model for institutions working to design a custom-published first-year seminar text.

Michelle Sanford, director of the dietetic internship program/senior lecturer: Michelle is a 1993 Messiah alum and holds an MS in Healthcare Administration from New England College.  She has been a registered dietitian for over 20 years. She has worked for the last 16 years at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewistown, ME where she has served as a preceptor for graduate students in dietetic internships through the University of Maine as well as several other distance programs. In addition, she has led several medical mission trips to Romania.

Sarah Campbell, PhD, senior lecturer in counseling: After serving as an adjunct in the counseling program, Sarah is joining us for a one-year appointment. Sarah hails from south New Jersey and holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Her professional experience includes work as an adoption counselor, consultant, and home study worker with Bethany Christian Services. She has provided individual, couples and family and group counseling for adolescents, children and adults in Philadelphia and south Jersey and she has served as an eLearning expert and course developer at Ocean County College (NJ).

Jennifer Good, PsyD, senior lecturer in counseling: Jenny has served as an adjunct in the counseling program and is joining us for a one-year appointment. She earned a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has experience in providing therapy to children, youth, college students, families, the chronically mentally ill and residents of skilled nursing facilities. In addition to her work as a licensed clinical psychologist in the Harrisburg region, she completed a postdoctoral internship and residency at Phillhaven Hospital and has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate counseling program at McDaniel College (MD).



Family Day!

Join us at The Oakes Museum Aug. 18 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. for family day! Come discover how an ecosystem works without bottle biology  lesson and explore the art in the museum displays. Guided tours, hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours and exhibit talks will be happening throughout the day. Admission is $10/per family or buy one, get one free. For more information, contact us at or go to our website for more details.

Super Saturday: Insects!

Join us at The Oakes Museum for Super Saturday on Aug. 20 from 1-5 p.m. to discover what insect specimens the museum has! We will look at the community garden to determine which insects are helpful and harmful. Behind the scenes tours, hands-on activities, insect hikes and story times 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.

School is back in session soon!

Schools will soon be back in session across the state and that means school buses will be on the roads and children will be walking along the streets. Keep these safety tips in mind as you are driving:

  • Always follow the speed limits and slow down in school zones and near bus stops.
  • Stay alert for children getting on and off buses, and walking to and from bus stops and schools.
  • Be familiar with Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law and comply with it:
    • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
    • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped with red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
    • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
    • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
    • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping. This is the only time a motorist does not have to stop for a stopped school bus.

The penalties, if convicted, of violating Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law include:

    • $250 fine
    • Five points on your driving record
    • 60-day license suspension
    • A lifetime of regret if a child is injured!

New student orientation and Welcome Week 2016 begins August 25

Under Construction is this year’s theme for Welcome Week 2016. Messiah College is excited to welcome our incoming first-year and transfer students as they begin their orientation on Thursday, Aug. 25. You can visit to see the full five-day orientation agenda that they will follow. Every employee will receive a handout via campus mail early next week that you can carry with you and use as a reference tool if you will be on campus on Aug. 25. You may encounter new students and their families that have questions about where they need to be, who they need to contact, etc. This is a very handy guide. Any questions about the activities on Aug. 25 can be directed to the office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs, ext. 5240 or

Virtual EMS – room scheduling software

The preferred method for making room reservations is by using Virtual EMS. The volume of room reservation requests that are emailed through do not allow for these requests to be answered in a timely manner. Therefore, these types of requests can be delayed by several days. Virtual EMS requests take priority over all other requests. If you need a Virtual EMS account, please log on to the website When asked for your “User Id” and “Password”, use your normal network prompts, then click “Login”. You should see your status as pending. Contact me at to let me know you have an account pending and I’ll finish the process of creating your account.

Messiah College night at Harrisburg City Islanders game

The Alumni and Parent Relations Office is hosting Messiah College Night on City Island next Saturday, Aug. 27. As you may know, there are four Messiah alumni coaching/playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (Dave Brandt ’85, Dan Visser ’08, and Nick ’11 and Jack ’15 Thompson). The Riverhounds will be playing the City Islanders at 7 p.m. at FNB Field, City Island, Harrisburg and we want you to be there. We would love to get a large crowd to come out and show these alumni some Messiah College support! We are asking our fans to wear blue or white Messiah College gear to show off our Falcon pride. Discounted tickets can be purchased using this link: Messiah students/coaches/employee tickets – $5 (must show ID at will call); alumni/parents/friends – $10 (adult ticket ages 12 and up); youth tickets – $5 (youth tickets ages 5-11, 4 and under FREE). Tickets purchased the day of the game are regular price of $15/ adults and $9/youth.


Job Opportunities

Dining Services at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of production assistant. For additional information and to apply, please see: questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of Dining Services, at

Information Technology Services at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of ITS security analyst. For additional information and to apply, please see: . Job-related questions may be directed to Bill Strausbaugh, vice president for information technology, at .

The Registrar’s Office currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant to the registrar/coordinator of student retention. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Jim Sotherden, registrar/coordinator of student retention, at .

For rent

Beautiful 3-story townhouse with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, in the newly built “Towns at Meridian” complex in Mechanicsburg. Only 5 miles from Messiah College. Open concept and spacious kitchen with island and dining area. Rent includes homeowners association fee. Tenants pay all utilities. Small dogs/cats considered. See Trulia listing for a showing: or contact William Kirk at for more information.

For sale

2000 Ford Excursion.  145K miles. One owner. 4WD, towing package, clean. Very spacious SUV, ideal for large family. $7,500 obo. For more information, contact Bill Stowman 717-609-2146 or

1997 Ford Taurus. Color: Gold/Champagne; Engine: 3L V6; Mileage: 98,600; Seats up to 8 passengers with seat belts. In Good Condition, but in need of 3 oxygen sensors ($58 each) and a right side-view mirror ($85). Kelley blue book value is $1,600 Asking Price: $1,100 Contact Erik Lindquist at

Tent. Eureka! TIMBERLINE® SQ OUTFITTER. Used 6 person tent for sale (price reduced; $50); MSRP $550 new. One tent remaining; Tent is in good condition with all poles and stakes. Some minor pieces (such as a clip or hook) may be missing. Contact Erik Lindquist at

Youth ATV 2008 RedCat 50cc 4 speed semi-automatic, electric start, 4 stroke (no mixing-gas and go). Headlight, walk- behind (tethered) and body attachable kill switch. Speed limiter and single brake. PERFECT starter ATV. Very quiet, runs great. $500 obo. Also 2000 Jayco Eagle 12F popup camper. Sleeps 6-8. 1 Slide out. 26 ft when fully opened. Indoor/outdoor showers, toilet, indoor/outdoor stove, refrigerator, hot water, heat, AC, fresh/dirty water tanks, canvas completely replaced in 2013. Has two outdoor storage compartments and one propane tank. $2500 obo. If interested, Contact Tom at for more information.

Drum kit. Pearl Forum series 5-piece, 4 cymbal set with soft carrying cases. Cymbals are a mix of Sabian and Pearl. Two thrones, floor tom stick bag, extra Ludwig snare, 3 extra cymbals, extra set of Evans heads, extra Pearl drum pedal and high hat stand, and other misc. hardware, sticks, and accessories including cowbell and tambourine attachments. Heavily used but in good condition; just needs a good tune up. Asking $500. Contact Susan at or 717-802-5447.


Yard sale fundraiser

Daybreak Church is having a yard sale! All proceeds will benefit the church’s benevolence fund. The yard sale will be held on Friday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at the church located at 321 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg. Food will be available for purchase. For additional information contact Randy Ness at