Archive for 2016

October 20

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


Dr. Robert Reyes, professor of Human Development and Family Science, was recently presented the 2016 Ella Frazier award from the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. The Ella Frazier Award was presented to Dr. Reyes as a community leader actively working on issues related to women and children; the elimination of racism; the promotion of diversity; and for his commitment to educating himself about race and racism and taking action within his spheres of influence to eliminate racism. Congratulations, Robert!



Visiting alumni announcement

Please join us in welcoming following alumni back to campus:

  • Monday, Oct. 24: Elizabeth Chmielewski, Ph.D candidate, 2007
    • Topic Protecting Health– Millions at a Time: Journey to a career in public health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Sponsoring faculty: Lawrence Mylin
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Barb Bingham, 2003; Talia Miller, 2016; Megan DeGruchy, 2014 and Ashtin Stoner, 2015 will be participating in a HDFS career panel for the HDFS department

Our visiting alumni program includes a small gift, parking pass, possible coupons for lunch or coffee and notification to the Messiah College campus via the intercom. Please help us recognize your department for bringing back alumni and welcoming them to campus. Please send an email to to begin the visiting alumni process and alert the office of returning alumni.

Messiah College’s semi-annual shred day – Oct. 25

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus. The truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed.

Online networking opportunity for students and alumni

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is excited to announce that we will be hosting three monthly Brazen events to connect alumni with alumni and to connect alumni with our students. Brazen is an online, cloud-based platform that makes it easy and fun for people to participate through text-based chats. The three virtual events will be broken down by industry, geography and age, and will rotate each month.

For the month of October, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

Thursday, Oct. 20: 8- 9:30 p.m. (Communication, Media and Public Relations Networking), for alumni and students

Friday, Oct. 28: Noon-1:30 p.m. (Messiah College Young Alumni Networking), for alumni

Monday, Oct. 31: Noon- 1:30 p.m. (Connecting Messiah Alumni in central PA), for alumni

After signing in from home, office, smartphone or tablet, alumni/students will participate in one-on-one chats with other attendees. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing them to quickly meet new people, exchange contact information and walk away with several new connections they may not have had before. Each chat is saved, making it simple to look back at the chat history, review notes, gather contact information and follow up. We hope that these connections lead to more in-person connections. Participants have the chance to share their wisdom, knowledge and life experiences, and to exchange career tips and build their professional network–all online, from any device. To learn more about Brazen or sign up for one of these events, please contact Olivia Snare, GA for alumni engagement at

Graduate thesis presentation

The School of Graduate Studies Master of Arts in Higher Education is pleased to invite members of the campus community to hear a thesis presentation from Joanna Barnhouse, who will receive her M.A. in Higher Education this December. Joanna’s graduate thesis presentation is Retention Factors for Early Career Fundraising Officers (see her thesis abstract below). The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1 from noon -1 pm in the Library Athenaeum. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Dessert and cold drinks will be provided. RSVP to Tina Keul at by Oct. 25. “The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors influencing retention for frontline fundraising staff with less than 16 months of experience in their current positions. An exploration of these factors grew from existing research of Penelope Burk regarding the costs of turnover in frontline fundraising positions. In order to explore this issue, the following research questions were posed as part of a qualitative study. (1) What experiences and challenges threaten the retention of early career gift officers?; (2) What experiences encourage gift officers to persevere in their roles?; and (3) What types of institutional support may help gift early career officers overcome challenges? Four fundraisers managing a portfolio of donors were interviewed and transcripts were analyzed. Retention factors were identified and grouped into three overarching themes: office culture, confidence in ability, and external personal factors. Implications for practice include conducting stay interviews as part of annual reviews, incorporating professional development, improving management and recognition and reward for excellent work.”

An evening with Ken Burns on Nov. 15 – “American Lives”

Ken Burns has been making films for almost 40 years and has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. Come hear Burns discuss some of his most fascinating subjects including Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark and Frank Lloyd Wright on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall. In his presentation, “American Lives,” he shares with the audience how biography works and provides insight into his master storytelling process. The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Burns’ films, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.” Burns’ films have won 14 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations. His current projects include films about Jackie Robinson, Ernest Hemingway and the history of stand-up comedy. Tickets are $25. Student tickets (with Messiah College student ID) are $10. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College ticket office at 717-691-6036 or visit 

Facts about Messiah

The Office of Institutional Research has provided access to a wide array of up-to-date college statistics. You can view the latest fact book, enrollment summaries and other college-wide statistics on the Institutional Research web page ( on “check out our fact book” or look under “research” for enrollment summaries, etc.

Oregon Extension to visit campus

Oregon Extension faculty member Heidi Gehman will be on campus Monday, Oct. 24 -Wednesday, Oct. 26, to talk to students about opportunities for students to study at the Oregon Extension. Each fall, the Oregon Extension welcomes 20-25 students to a rustic setting in the Cascade Mountains, where serious students can ask their deepest questions, read gripping and challenging books, wrestle with profound ideas in writing, and converse honestly and animatedly with fellow students and six faculty. With 3 or 4 cabin-mates, students buy and cook their own meals. Backpacking, a trip to San Francisco and the Oregon coast, rafting, biking and Bible study opportunities complete the autumn adventure. If you are interested in meeting with Heidi or inviting her to speak to your class, please contact Wendy Lippert Heidi will have an information table in Eisenhower Commons all three days and will be hosting an informational meeting. Please encourage interested students attend:

  • Oct. 25, 4 p.m. – Information Session – Larsen 237

To learn more about this program, please browse

Invite someone you know to Messiah’s Oct. 29 open house

Do you know a student who’s in the college search process and may be a good fit for Messiah College? Consider inviting them personally to visit the college open house on Saturday, Oct. 29. Students can take a closer look at our 80+ majors, tour campus, enjoy a special lunch in the dining hall and spend time interacting with Messiah students, professors and staff. Students and their family members can register online to attend at We invite you to share this link with prospective students and their family members, along with the reasons you love being a part of the Messiah College community! We would love to have them visit and extend them a warm welcome for the day

October is Hacktober – passwords

While there are different schools of thoughts on good passwords, we can tell you some not so great passwords. The following passwords are not good: Messiah2016, Fall2016, 2016Fall, 2016Jterm, MessiahRocks, etc.…We love Messiah, but it really shouldn’t be part of your password. You also should not have part of your username or anything personal, such as your birthday, as your password. Special characters are great in a password, but not all special characters will work across all systems at Messiah. It would be best to limit the special characters to an underscore (_), hashtag(#), or dollar sign($). If you would like to check how long it would take to crack a password, you can use

Messiah College Business Alumni Networking Breakfast

  • Breakfast topic: Making Networking Work
  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Business and other professionals need to do networking well, yet they’re rarely taught how to network effectively, nor are they given opportunities to practice their networking skills in earnest. At its upcoming breakfast, the Messiah College Business Alumni association will address these deficiencies and suggest how networking can be a kingdom-building act. Every MCBA event involves networking, but at the November breakfast, networking will be the main course. Mike True, senior associate, talent development and marketing in Messiah College’s Career and Professional Development Center, will open the event by sharing several best practices in networking and inviting guests to add their own. After this networking primer, attendees will have the opportunity to put their networking skills in play through several rounds of “speed networking.” This breakfast promises to be one of the most exciting and interactive MCBA events yet. It will be almost impossible for people to leave without enhancing their networking skills and expanding their networks. We hope you’ll come and network with us!

Event cost: $15

This event is open to EVERYONE! You do not have to be a Messiah alumnus, and attendance at previous events is NOT a prerequisite. Register at

Career Expo – Oct. 26 – Brubaker Auditorium

The 11th Annual Career and Graduate School Expo will take place in Brubaker Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are 129 employers and graduate schools registered to attend. Please stop by to speak with them. Also, please strongly encourage your students to attend this event. This is open to every student – first year through senior – and alumni. Some faculty have indicated they are making attendance a class assignment. The complete employer guidebook for the event is posted on the homepage of The guidebook is a fully searchable PDF. Just type Control F to conduct a “Find.” A search box will appear in the upper right of the screen. For example, typing in “counseling” will find every instance of that word. Some organizations have indicated they are looking for students from many majors and major groupings or clusters, while others have been more focused on certain majors. Several of them have listed “All Majors” and “All Major Groups.” Thank you!

Upcoming lecture for students on vocation and life after college

WHAT: Special presentation on “Holy Grit: What It Is and Why It’s Important for Life after Messiah”

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Boyer 131

WHO: Dr. Tim Clydesdale, author of “The Purposeful Graduate” and professor of sociology from The College of New Jersey, will be on campus to share important insights gleaned from his research of college students across the country on what it takes to transition well to life after college. Much of Dr. Clydesdale’s enlightening research on emerging adulthood, vocation and resilience has been funded through the Lilly Foundation, an organization to which Messiah has been well connected. Please consider sharing this opportunity with students in your sphere of influence!

WHY: For any and all students who are discerning answers to the following questions:

  • What is different about the graduates of today and how they approach world of work as compared to previous generations?
  • What is the difference between students who fly versus fall after graduation?
  • How can students balance “dreaming big and purposefully” with managing expectations and realistic setbacks?
  • What does “grit” look like, and how is it developed?

Questions? Contact the Career and Professional Development Center!

Medical treatment for injured student and employees

When an employee is injured while working and needs to seek medical treatment, they are required to use a provider on our panel of physicians (attached) in order for Brickstreet (formerly HM Insurance Group), our workers’ compensation provider, to pay for their treatment. Students who are injured while working and need to seek medical treatment pose a unique problem because often times they do not have transportation to a provider on our panel of physicians. In addition, the Engle Health Center is not on our panel and, as such, the student risks the treatment not being covered there. Students should not go to the Engle Center for a work-related injury. WORKNET Occupational Medicine on the Carlisle Pike provides transportation to their facility for treatment. If an injured student employee needs transportation, please contact WORKNET to arrange for the student to be picked up for treatment and then given transportation back to campus. WORKNET is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a student employee experiences a life-threatening injury, please call an ambulance immediately. Please share this information with others in your area that need to have this information (such as RDs, dining supervisors, campus events supervisors, etc.).

PLEASE NOTE: Any work related injuries (whether medical treatment is needed or not) must be reported within three (3) days via the online incident report which is located in MC Square>EMPLOYEE FORMS>HUMAN RESOURCES>INCIDENT REPORT. It is responsibility of the student employee’s supervisor to ensure this is completed and to provide the attached employee acknowledgement form to the injured employee at the time of the injury to sign and send to Human Resources. If you have questions, please contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085 or


For sale:

Various lots of girls’ clothing available: all clothes are clean and in excellent condition with some in brand new condition, and come from a smoke-free and pet-free home. Sizes range from 0 mos to 2T.

Dresser changing top transforms any dresser or flat surface into a convenient changing table. Includes changing pad. Features include: * Fits on any sturdy dresser top 35.5″ x 17.25″ or bigger * All wood materials * Color: Black cherry espresso * Assembled dimensions: 36.25″W x 6.75″H x 18″D Asking $20 or reasonable offer.

Twin Z nursing pillow; Essential nursing pillow for moms with twins. Includes: * Built-in back support for mom * Comes with two (2) machine washable covers and storage/travel bag * Visit for more information; In like-new condition. $75 or reasonable offer.

Day Dreamer Inclined Infant Sleeper (2 available), asking $50/each or reasonable offer

Moon and Stars mobile/crib skirt Pottery Barn, $40 or reasonable offer

Baby Bullet 0-piece baby food making system by Magic Bullet. Never been used and all pieces are still sealed within the box. $45 or reasonable offer

For complete information/pictures, please contact Maria Rippon at

For rent:

Nice one bedroom apartment with bonus room at 708B in downtown Grantham. Private off street parking, close to Messiah College and Rt. 15 South. Landlord pays water, sewer and trash removal. Available immediately. No pets, no smoking. Please call Jim at 717-766-8846