Archive for 2016

November 10, 2016

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.



Please join the Department of Music in congratulating all the voice students who competed in the student auditions for the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The student auditions were hosted by Millersville University on Saturday, Oct. 29. As a result, four students either won their categories or were semi-finalists: Britney Yauger, winner in sophomore women (student of Dr. Damian Savarino), Autumn Deck, semi-finalist in sophomore women (student of Dr. Damian Savarino), Sally Graham, semi-finalist in junior women (student of Ms. Elaine Henderson) and Ian Bethmann, winner in junior men (student of Dr. Damian Savarino).


November wellness workshop

Our November wellness workshop will be presented by three of our nutrition and dietetics students–Brigitte Brady, Brian Hancock and McKenna Welshans. The workshop is titled “Maximize your lunch hour: eat better and keep moving!” The workshop will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from noon-12:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Invite a colleague to join you and come find out how you can make the MOST out of your lunch hour.

Annual Authors’ Exhibit: attention educators!

The annual Authors’ Exhibit will be held on Friday, Dec. 9. Please submit hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials, etc. from December 2015-December 2016 for display at this important event held in conjunction with the New Doc’s Tea. Materials can be dropped off at Carol Hostetter’s office in Boyer 101 or put in campus mail to Suite 3008. Materials will be returned to you following the event.

Annual soup sale

The annual soup sale sponsored by the Division of Finance and Planning is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 pm in the payroll office lobby, located on the first floor of Old Main. Enjoy a cup of soup for $3 or a cup of soup and a bottle of water for $4. Baked goods will also be available for purchase. ALL proceeds benefit local families for Christmas. We are also collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items and diapers for the Silence of Mary Homes in Harrisburg. Please support this worthy cause and enjoy some homemade soup!

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 November, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17, 8- 9:30 p.m. (government majors), for alumni and students
  • Friday, Nov. 18, noon-1:30 p.m. (Messiah College Alumni Networking), for alumni
  • Monday, Nov.28, noon- 1:30 p.m. (Connecting Messiah Alumni in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), for alumni and students

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

Employee Christmas luncheon

Please plan on joining us for the annual Employee Christmas luncheon on Friday, Dec. 16, from noon – 2:30 p.m. As is our tradition, it will be a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment. Save the date!

The Department of Education hosts Dayren Soto’s student honors presentation

On Friday, Nov.11, in Boyer 131, senior Dayren Soto will deliver her student honors presentation entitled, “ACKNOWLEDGING SACRIFICIO,” an autoethnography of her experience through public schooling. In it, Dayren will relate her experiences an English Language Learner and how her first experiences in school would not only be difficult for her, but for her Spanish-speaking parents as well. She explores the common stereotypes of Latinos and their assumed disinterest in schooling and how her parents impacted her education. Come and hear Dayren’s autoethnograhy, as she shares the story that his greatly impacted where she is today. Refreshments will follow.

“Holiday Help” fundraiser

The Agape Center’s International Service-Learning teams are doing a fundraiser in which you can receive help with holiday-related work! Students from all three upcoming outreach teams —those going to Bolivia, Nicaragua and Northern Ireland—will be working with you to complete necessary tasks to get ready for the holiday season. On Dec. 3, from either 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., teams of three students will be available to assist with tasks of the following nature: wrapping gifts, putting up Christmas decorations (indoor and outdoor), cooking, cleaning (indoors and out), babysitting or any additional holiday needs our teams are capable of undertaking. This fundraiser is based entirely on donation, and it is suggested that you donate $40 per student for each session. Please fill out the form (link below) to describe what you would like help with and your personal contact information. Sign-ups are open until Sunday, Nov. 27. You will hear from me on Tuesday, Nov. 29 about which timeslot and how many students you will have. If you have a task that isn’t one of the above five, please provide details on what we can do to help you. Thank you for allowing our teams to be able to serve in these communities to further Christ’s Kingdom! If you do have further questions, please contact me, Emily Callon, at the Agape Center by email ( or by phone at ext. 3898. Link to sign-up: *Again, sign-ups are due by Sunday, Nov. 27.

December graduate reception

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to invite you to the December Graduate Reception. Come celebrate those students who are on the threshold of Messiah College and the next chapter in their life journey on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. The evening will include light hors d’oeuvres, a message from alumna Erica Young Reitz ‘02, and the presentation of gifts to December graduates from President Kim Phipps. Please register online at to let us know if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

Winter walking

Whether we like it or not, one day soon winter weather will arrive and we’ll be walking on ice and snow. When this happens, to decrease your chances of a fall, take a moment to review “winter walking tips.”

Holiday open house at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

Join us at The Oakes Museum of Natural History for our annual Holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1- 5 p.m. This event is our way of saying “Thank You” to each of you in the community for supporting us throughout the year. There will be a craft project for children, a story time, photo booth, special discounts in the gift shop and drawings for museum gift certificates. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, so invite a friend. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the museum office at 717-691-6082 or email us at if you have questions.

Creativity and copyright in the digital age

Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 4:00 p.m. in Parmer Cinema for a presentation on copyright law and issues surrounding the use of digital images. This program will be informative and relevant to all who create or use images in their study and work, particularly to those in marketing, graphic design, printing and related areas. The presenter, Charles Hooker, Esq., is an attorney whose Harrisburg law firm specializes in intellectual property and copyright issues. He represents the Dauphin County Bar Association’s pro bono “Lawyers for the Arts” group. There will be a Q&A time, so bring your questions and copyright scenarios! –Sponsored by Messiah College’s copyright working group, the visual arts department and DCBA.  For more information contact Lawrie Merz at


For sale:

Decorative mirror. Very sturdy. (From Pier 1), $35, and wooden accent table, $50. See this link for pictures. Contact if interested.

Maytag front loading large capacity washer, in very good condition. Asking $100. Frigidaire ceramic top stove, in very good condition, asking $200. Gold’s Gym treadmill, seldom used, very good condition, asking $200. I have pictures of the items. If interested, please contact Tom at or leave a message at 717-525-4091.


My name is Mallory Hess and I’m a junior nutrition and dietetics transfer student. My housing for this spring semester fell through and I was advised to post an ad and see if any faculty/ staff would be willing to house me. I’m more than willing to help out in any way! I’m currently engaged and will be getting married this summer, so I would only be in need of housing for the J-term and spring semester. Thank you for your consideration. I can be reached at