Archive for 2016

November, 17

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all his people I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Ephesians 1: 15-16


Dennis Weller, conference and event coordinator, has been elected to serve as Regional Director Elect for his professional organization, Association of Collegiate Conference & Event Coordinators – International. This region includes Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the countries of Greece, Israel and the United Kingdom. Through this organization, Dennis is also working towards certification as a Collegiate Conference and Events Professional. This program encourages expanded knowledge through individual inquiry, participation in the profession and the Association.


The Department of Human Development and Family Science was well represented at the 2016 National Council on Family Relations Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 1-5. Twelve HDFS students joined Robert Reyes and Raeann Hamon in attending. Robert Reyes participated in a roundtable discussion with more than 200 attendees on “Social Justice Strategies to Address the Elephant in the Classroom or the Family Room: Race and Racism in America –Latino Families and Immigration.” Robert also presented “Use of a Poverty Simulation Workshop and Its Impact on High Order Cognitive Learning.” Annie Insley, a sophomore HDFS major, presented a paper written by Erin Boyd-Soisson (Erin was not able to attend due to her father’s funeral) entitled “The Contexts of Child Abuse: Using an Ecological Model to Help Students Understand the Complex Factors Associated with Child Abuse.” During the same symposium entitled “Engaging Classroom Exercises for Teaching Family Theories,” Raeann Hamon (co-authored with Annette Kolb ’17 FCS—and Sam Wilcock) presented “Show Me Your Family and I Will Show You Mine: An Activity for Immersing Students in Family Development Theory.” Raeann was also invited to participate on a panel addressing “What Can You Do with Your Family Science Degree? Career Plans and Speed Mentoring” for student and new professional members. Finally, Raeann was presented the Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring. Check out the HDFS Department Facebook page for pictures.


Last year’s opera production, ”The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland–presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and directed by Dr. Damian Savarino–received 2nd Place in the National Opera Association’s Opera Production competition for the 2015-2016 season. Other productions which placed in the same division were produced by Western Washington University and the University of Montana. This is the second Messiah College production in three years to place in this competition – Dr. Savarino’s production of ”The Medium” by Gian Carlo Menotti received 1st Place in the 2013-2014 season.


No Intercom on Nov. 24

Due to Thanksgiving, the Intercom will not publish Nov. 24. The next issue will be Dec. 1. Thank you for your understanding.

Library special projects fund call for proposals; deadline Dec. 9

The Library and Library Committee are pleased to announce a request for proposals for the library Special Projects Fund. This Fund allows departments, faculty or programs to improve the library collection by applying for and using additional funds from outside their department library allocation. The distribution of funds will be determined through a proposal process coordinated by the Library Committee. Faculty, departments or programs are invited to submit proposals for the Special Projects Fund. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Dec. 9.

We invite proposals that would build the library collection in the following ways:

  1. Support new majors, programs or curricular concentrations (undergraduate)
  2. Support interdisciplinary projects
  3. Address underdeveloped areas of the library collection
  4. Make one-time, large purchases such as important reference works
  5. Address changing media formats
  6. Address changing cultural or pedagogical needs. Please review the document about this fund on the Special Projects Fund website,, for complete information and a link to the online proposal form,

Please direct any questions about this fund or the proposal process to your liaison librarian. Submit completed applications via the online proposal form. You may alternatively submit them to Beth Transue, librarian/collection development coordinator, box 3002 or The Library Committee looks forward to reviewing your proposals this fall. 

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.

“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.

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.

Changing counter hours at Falcon Exchange

Effective Dec. 1, the Falcon Exchange will be changing its counter hours of operation to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please make note of this change so that we may better serve our Messiah College community. We are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone or department email. Any questions should be directed to Elliott Sternbergh at ext. 7245 or

Nobel Prize Seminar on Nov. 29
Plan to attend the 7th annual “Nobel Prize Seminar” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:15 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). The seminar includes Nobel prizes awarded in Physics, presented by Dr. Niklas Hellgren; Chemistry, presented by Dr. Roseann Sachs; and Medicine, presented by Dr. Michael Shin. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 p.m.

IT equipment sale
ITS will be having a sale of used computer equipment this semester. This sale will be “Cash & Carry.” If paying by check, please make it out to Messiah College. We have made every attempt to ensure the equipment is working. However, all equipment will be sold as is. No refunds or returns. The desktop and laptop computers available have no operating system and no software installed due to licensing constraints. Outlets will be available at time of purchase to test power if desired. All equipment will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Where: Witmer (old dorm lab next to current dance studio area on lowest level) during hours listed. No Hoffman sales!

When: Nov. 28, 30 and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Dec. 6, 8 from 9-10:30 a.m.

What: Windows laptop computers – $100; Windows desktop computers – $140; Mac desktop computers – $288; Monitors – $10

If you have any questions, please contact Berte Thompson ( or Tina Deloglos (

EMPOWER is back!

One of the most successful wellness programs we’ve offered in the past is back! EMPOWER is an on-site weight management program that enables participants to move forward in meeting personal goals, provides helpful knowledge in the areas of physical activity and nutrition, and creates a community of support. Through eight weekly meetings, utilizing interactive engagement with a senior health coach, and individual sharing, participants are guided into a lifetime of weight management success, and supported by colleagues within the workplace. We are offering the 8-week program on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 19. We must have at least 15 employees register for us to be able to offer this program. So find a friend and sign up today. But please, only register if you are able to attend at least 6 of the 8 sessions. Employees can register simply by emailing Doug Miller at . Deadline for registrations is Jan. 3, 2017.

Speaking engagement

Ted Davis, professor of the History of Science, will deliver two invited plenary talks at I Conferência Nacional Cristãos na Ciência, at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in Sao Paolo. This is the first annual meeting of a new organization of Christian scientists in Brazil. Information about the conference is at

Needed: A few good elves

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving, and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun!

Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 16:

·         Set-up: 9- 10:30 a.m. or 10:30-noon.

·         Serving: Two, 45 minute shifts during lunch; meet at 11:40 a.m. for instructions

·         Cleanup: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kaitlyn Gehris, Human Resources, at by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The Department of Education hosts Alison Bancroft’s student honors presentation

On Thursday, Nov. 17, from 4 – 5 p.m., in Boyer’s Parmer Cinema, Alison Bancroft will present her student honors project, “Cue 1: Literacy—Utilizing Drama Techniques in the Literacy Classroom.” During the hour, Alison will perform three classroom dramas and feature a nine-lesson curriculum digital book. Says Alison, “Drama has changed my life. See how it can change the way you teach. We’ve got magic to do . . . .” Refreshments will be served.

Student timesheets for week ending 11/19/16

Due to the Thanksgiving Break, all student timesheets for week ending 11/19/16 must be in the Payroll Office by Monday, Nov. 21. This allows the payroll staff enough time to process the timesheets for the Dec. 2 payroll.

P-Card user interface update

Visa has made a number of improvements to the IntelliLink Spend Management system that will become effective for Messiah College on Monday, Nov. 21. Video and quick reference guides can be found at the following link: If after you have accessed IntelliLink and familiarized yourself with the new look and have questions or need additional assistance, I will be available in Boyer Hall 337 on the following dates and times: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. – noon; Monday, Dec. 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The African Children’s Choir

Be sure to join us as the African Children’s Choir performs at Grantham Church on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Come and experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child! The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and rhythmic gospel favorites. In spite of the tragedies that have marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and always wonderfully entertaining. We’re looking forward to seeing you at this inspirational performance! Admission is free for all ages; a free-will offering will follow the concert. The African Children’s Choir will also be performing in chapel at Messiah on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29. Host families are needed for them from Sunday night until Wednesday morning (Nov. 27-30). If you are interested in hosting a chaperone and between 2-3 children, contact Douglas Curry at

Choral Arts auditions

Messiah College Choral Arts Society will present Handel’s Messiah on April 24, 2017, in Parmer Hall.  Auditions for this year’s ensemble will be held Dec. 6 and Jan. 3, 2017, at Messiah College.  Please contact Kelly Athey at or call 717-766-2511 ext. 3310, to schedule your appointment.  Rehearsals for the Messiah College Choral Arts Society take place on Tuesday evenings, 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.  Rehearsals will talk place in the Martin Choral Rehearsal Hall, in the High Center.



Job opportunities:

Campus Events is accepting applications for the position of campus events worker II – Hostetter/Murray Library. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at

The Collaboratory at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of program manager. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Doug Flemmens, interim director of the Collaboratory for strategic partnerships and applied research, at

Dining Services is accepting applications for the position of catering supervisor. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Derrick Trent, catering manager, at

For rent:

First floor apartment within a ten-minute walk to the college, two bedrooms, two baths, study, living-dining area, kitchen, basement garage, fenced-in backyard. Includes washer and dryer; oil heat, sewerage, garbage collection. Available Dec. 1; $925 monthly. Call 717-766-4937. For rent: Walk-in basement apartment within a ten-minute walk to the college. One bedroom, living-dining room, kitchen, bath. Off-street parking. Ideal for young couple or a single person. Includes washer and dryer; oil heat, sewerage, garbage collection. Available Jan.1; $425 monthly. Call 717-766-4937.

For sale:

Acoustic String Bass, $3,500. Romanian made, hand carved. Purchased from Shank’s Strings Shop (Elizabethtown, PA; Lightly used. Excellent condition as per recent re-evaluation by Michael Shank. Price includes bass, padded case ($300value) and other supplies. Also available are two German bows and one hard-sided, zipper bow case. Contact Larry Mylin at or text or call Linda at 717- 940-6848.