Archive for 2016

August 24, 2016

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17


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 a1993 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).


Many thanks to Brian Swartz for his two years of service as a fellow in the Teaching and Learning Initiative. Brian helped to launch the initiative and to plan and implement much of the programming that we were able to do in the last two years. His careful thinking, commitment to excellent teaching, and ability to see ideas to completion were significant assets in our initial phases. This year, Brian has decided to focus his attention on his department and school responsibilities. We welcome Cynthia Wells who will serve the final year of Brian’s three-year term as fellow. Cynthia brings a wealth of understanding of teaching and learning in Christian higher education and experience in both undergraduate and graduate level teaching. She joins Amy Ginck, teaching fellow, and Jennifer Fisler, director of teaching and learning.


After three years of strong work and service as the Collaboratory Program Manager, Rodney Green has accepted a position with World Relief and will be leaving employment with Messiah College on Sept. 9. The scope and impact of Collaboratory programming has grown significantly during Rodney’s tenure, and he has managed that growth while keeping Collaboratory leadership focused on its mission and quality. Rodney will be missed. His team is grateful that he will continue to work in the Harrisburg area.


Graduate student Caitlin Copus presented her thesis at Central Penn College on Thursday, Aug. 11. Caitlin is a Master of Arts in Higher Education student with a concentration in Academic Support Services. Her thesis was on course registration. Her abstract was as follows: Course registration is a fundamental but complex process that happens at essentially every college and university. Most colleges have open registration periods when students are encouraged to register for classes, and faculty and administrators examine registration patterns to decide to cancel course sections or open additional course sections to meet student demand. Because the information obtained during registration is useful, it would be helpful to many faculty and administrators if all students registered for classes during the suggested periods. Students who register on time also stand to benefit from the greatest possible selection of course options. Despite these benefits, many students register for classes late. This presentation examined the current body of literature surrounding course registration and then described a quantitative study that was completed to find results about hypotheses describing why students register for classes late. A discussion about the findings of the study followed, and suggestions for current practice and further research concluded the presentation.

Messiah 411:

RightNow Media offered free to all employees

Messiah College has subscribed to RightNow Media to make this library of video resources available free of charge to interested students, employees, parents and alumni of the college. RightNow Media provides a range of resources–entertainment, bible study materials, conference keynote addresses, sermons, ministry training, children’s videos, etc. This resource is being offered through a generous gift to the college so that you can enjoy these resources without any cost to you or your family. On June 1, you should have received an introductory email from RightNow Media that would allow you to sign-up for this online resource. They also sent out three reminder emails. Some employees thought it may have been a hoax and others saw this email in their junk folder. It is not; over 1,130 members of the Messiah community have already signed up for this free service. Please note that making these resources available to the Messiah community does not implicitly or explicitly suggest that the College endorses the content or perspectives presented by every resource. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email

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 to let him know you have an account pending and he will 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.


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 homeowner’s 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

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.

Kids bike: Razor Siege 16″ w training wheels. $20 obo. Boy’s bike: Mongoose Enix 20″, 6 speed. $30 obo. Mountain bike: NEXT PowerX dual-suspension. Needs some tune-up. $30 obo. Michelin stud-less mud&snow tires 255/60 R16, on 5-lug rims. Half thread life left. $50 obo. for the set of 4 (just the rims are worth more…) Contact Niklas Hellgrem at

Townhouse for sale one mile from campus, priced to sell, less than 1 mile from campus in Bumble Bee Hollow! Beautiful end unit townhouse featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, kitchen w granite counter tops & breakfast bar, large living room w hardwood floors, first floor laundry & 1/2 bath. The master bedroom has a full BR, upstairs has wall-to-wall carpet. Outside patio. Included in this development: playground, gym, basketball court, swimming pool, lawn care and snow removal. Call Laurie ext. 2820.

Guitar and printer ink. Like new half-size guitar. Oscar Schmidt, glossy black. Instructional book, strings, electronic tuner, picks, case. $150. HP21+22 ink, and HP 22 ink new in package $30. Contact Jenell at