Archive for 2016

November 30, 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16


The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society (PPRS) honored Nance McCown, associate professor of communication, with the 2016 Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations at a banquet on Nov. 10. The McDowell Award recognizes an individual for sustained excellence in the field of public relations, in both the profession and the community. The award is presented annually in memory of the late senior vice president of marketing and corporate relations with Capital Health System, today’s PinnacleHealth System. Ernie set the standard for professionalism and community service with his good works and lifetime example.


The Messiah College Concert Choir and the Susquehanna Chorale (ensemble-in-residence at Messiah), joined forces with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra to present performances of the Faure Requiem on Nov.  11, 12 and 13. Performances were held in Parmer Hall and at the Forum in Harrisburg. Audience response to these performances was enthusiastic, and the experience was further indication of the ongoing commitment to collaboration between the three groups.


In mid-October, senior Sung Bo (Joseph) Yoon (biology; coauthor, John Harms) was awarded first prize in his section for his research poster presentation at the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences hosted at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County campus (UMBC). Messiah College seniors Arielle Raugh (biology; coauthor, Larry Mylin) and Anthony Bogetti (chemistry; coauthor, Roseann Sachs) also presented research posters at the competition, which included more than 280 presentations. Biological sciences faculty research mentor John Harms served as a judge for the research competition.


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


Messiah College, Design as Service was invited to participate in a special report that Graphic Design: USA publishes each fall entitled “Socially Responsible and Sustainable Design.” The professional design organization spotlighted a dozen designers / design organizations in their magazine and website. Professor Kathy T. Hettinga was asked to write about the work her design students–Francis Miller, April Nguyen and Rebecca Adams—accomplished with the national client Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. The student team designed an award-winning, expansive, illustrated publication, working closely with Director and Chief Scientist Barbara Arrindell of DCS. The Socially Responsible and Sustainable Design issue includes designers from New York to Chicago to Texas that have “embraced the notion of responsibility writ large—linking environmental responsibility to social responsibility, designing for good and positive social change (Responsible Design Matters, pg. 28, GDUSA).” Messiah College, Design as Service is featured on page 46:


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.


Professor Michael Zigarelli of the Department of Business recently published a book on leadership entitled “Soccer Field, Mission Field: 100 Coaches Reveal How They Play for Something More.” The basic research question of the project is: “What does it look like when a follower of Jesus leads a team?” Coaches who participated in the study have, collectively, more than 1,500 years of coaching experience at the professional, college and high school level.


Congratulations to Nancy J. Frank, clinical liaison coordinator in the Department of Nursing, who recently became a certified nurse educator by passing the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator exam. Certification as a nurse educator is a mark of distinction for nurse educators who demonstrate expertise in the specialty role of nursing education. Specifically, the mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to recognize excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.


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.


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 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!

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

The President’s Report issue of The Bridge is live

The President’s Report issue of The Bridge is here! This fall issue details the academic year in review with a timeline of College events; a financial report; campus milestones; Homecoming; student scholarship; athletic highlights; profiles of students, alumni and educators; and so much more. Please view the online version of the magazine at Hard copies of The Bridge are available in the lounges of Eisenhower and Boyer. As always, additional quantities can be found on third floor of Old Main in the front lobby.

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 six of the eight sessions. Employees can register simply by emailing Doug Miller at . Deadline for registrations is Jan. 3, 2017.

Habitat for Humanity — Home for the Holidays Concert

The popular “Home for the Holidays” concert presented by the Eaken Piano Trio will return for the 26th consecutive year. This year’s show will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at The Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center, 340 N. 21st Street, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania at 7 p.m. For further information, go to the following link.

Office of Conference and Event Services closed

The Office of Conference and Event Services will be closed on Monday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. – 2.p.m. In the event of an emergency, please call ext. 6009 for further instructions.

RSVP – Employee Christmas Luncheon

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP for the Employee Christmas Luncheon to the Office of Human Resources and Compliance by Wednesday, Dec. 7. The RSVP card, located on your invitation, is also your entry into the raffle drawing. Please note that you must be present to win. We’re looking forward to a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment!

Toy collection for employee Christmas luncheon

In the spirit of Christmas, we are again offering the opportunity to give. This year we are supporting the good work of Mission Central by providing Christmas gifts to children in an elementary school (K-8th) in a distressed neighborhood. To participate, please bring an item from the list below or see attachment:

  • cars and trucks
  • Lego sets
  • arts & crafts
  • musical instruments
  • footballs, soccer balls and Frisbees
  • baby dolls
  • kitchen play sets
  • stuffed animals
  • jewelry and bead kits
  • board and card games

Still needed: A few good elves

Each year, employees volunteer to help us 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. 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 a.m. – noon
  • Serving: (2) 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.

College guitar ensemble in concert, Saturday Dec. 10

The Department of Music will present the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble in concert on Saturday Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall. The performance will have a Christmas theme and will feature student soloists Avery Bouffard, August Fackler, Lori Nowaczyk and Josh Song. The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Spring semester early arrivals

Campus residences are closed between noon on Friday, Dec. 16 and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. If you are bringing students back to campus for a college-related reason before Tuesday, Jan. 3 and they will need access to their on-campus rooms or apartments, you must submit the following information by Friday, Dec. 9:

  • Name of student
  • Student ID number (if known)
  • Student’s housing assignment (if known)
  • Date of return
  • Reason for return

Any questions can be directed to Rhonda King at or

Christmas break closure

Campus and all buildings, including the Winding Hill facility, will be closed and secured at 11p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22 and access to campus will be prohibited from that time. The official holiday per Human Resources is as follows: the College is closed starting Friday, Dec. 23 and reopens on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at 6 a.m. During this holiday closure, access to college facilities will be limited to employees who are required to be on campus as required by their job responsibilities. To ensure the safety of everyone no one will be permitted access to campus during this time unless pre-approved. The following information is provided to those that are required to report to campus.

    1. All requests for access must be submitted to the employee’s appropriate vice president/school dean along with rationale as to why they MUST be on campus during the closed time. Included in this request would be the date and times access is needed. For example: sports teams, persons in SEH that need to care for animals in Kline/Jordan. A person that just wants to work in their office will not be approved access. Use attached form
    2. All requests must be submitted by Dec. 12.
    3. The appropriate vice president/school dean will forward the requests to the vice president for operations for final discussion and approval Dec. 13-15.
    4. All persons requesting permission will receive communication by Dec. 16 as to whether approval was granted. This communication will include the process of what to do when they are on campus.
    5. All approved personnel will be placed on a list at the Dispatch Office.

Safety Committee channel on MCSquare

Did you know there is a (workplace) Safety Committee channel on MCSquare? It’s found on both the employee and student tabs. On this channel are the meeting minutes for each monthly meeting; the dates for upcoming meetings; and links to information such as the list of committee members, near miss incident report form, and the anonymous safety suggestion form. You can also find additional information on the workplace safety committee including its by-laws in the safety manual, section #20.

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 December, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

  • Thursday, Dec. 15: 8- 9:30 p.m. (athletics/sports majors), for alumni and students
  • Monday, Dec. 19: noon-1:30 p.m. (connecting Messiah alumni in NYC area), alumni/seniors
  • Friday, Dec 30: noon- 1:30 p.m. (golden grads), 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

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, 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.


Job opportunities

The Office of Marketing and Communications has an opening for the position of communication specialist. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Danielle Ran, director of communications, at

Financial Services currently has an opening for the position of senior accounting analyst. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Christine Hartman, director of financial services & controller, at

The admissions office currently has an opening for the position of admissions counselor. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Dana Britton, director of admissions, at

For sale

Christmas trees. Live fir and spruce. 4-7’ $25. 8-12’ $40. Located at 9680 Carlisle Rd, Dillsburg. Delivery available. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735.

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.

Violin for sale.1950’s German-made, full-size student Violin for sale. Blonde finish, one-piece back, restored by Waltersdorff. Includes black case and (2) bows. For pictures and more information, please contact Misty via email:

Electric washer and dryer (Kenmore), $50 each. The washer is slightly scuffed due to moving. Prices are negotiable. Interested please email or call 717-650-4860 for pictures. Please arrange your own pick up.

Five bedroom home for sale by owner. Mechanicsburg school district. Less than 10 minutes from campus. Open floor plan. Roomy eat-in kitchen with new granite countertops. Asking $224,000. Contact

For rent

Within a ten-minute walk to the college, first-floor apartment with 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 Paul Nisley at 717-766-4937.

Walk-in basement apartment within a ten-minute walk to the college. One bedroom, living-dining room, kitchen, bath. Has 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 Paul Nisley at 717-766-4937.

Two apartments for rent. First floor 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment in quiet Colonial Park neighborhood available Jan. 1. Thirty minutes from the College. Eat in kitchen with ceramic tile floor includes stove, refrigerator, and microwave. Laminate flooring in living room. Carpet in the bedrooms. Both bedrooms include walk-in closet. Large closet in living room. In-wall air conditioner in living room. Coin operated laundry on premises. Storage locker in basement. One reserved parking spot in addition to on-street parking. Rent includes water, sewer, and trash removal. Tenant pays electric, cable, phone. Rent: $750/month. One month rent and $750.00 security deposit due at lease signing. Please contact Su Deitch at 717-648-7573 or

One bedroom/1 bath apartment in quiet Colonial Park neighborhood available Feb. 15, 2017. Thirty minutes from the College. Eat in kitchen with ceramic tile floor includes stove, refrigerator, and microwave. Laminate flooring in living room. Carpet in bedroom. Walk in closet in bedroom. In wall air conditioner in bedroom. Coin operated laundry on premises. Storage locker in basement. 1 reserved parking spot in addition to on-street parking. Rent includes water, sewer, and trash removal. Tenant pays electric, cable, phone. Rent: $600/month. One month rent and $600 security deposit due at lease signing. Please contact Su Deitch at 717.648.7573 or


Seeking roommate to share Harrisburg apartment. A single man seeks the same to share a two bedroom apartment in Allison Hill, Harrisburg. Rent is $250 per month, utilities included. Available Jan. /Feb. 2017. Please contact George at 717-829-5941.