Archive for 2017

March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.

Psalm 34: 4-5


President Kim Phipps and Provost Randall Basinger presented at a Women in Leadership panel at the Council for Christian Colleges and University’s Presidents Conference on January 26. President Phipps also presented on the president’s panel at the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education at Dickinson College on March 3. In both presentations, she shared about Messiah’s commitment to diversity and reconciliation.


Associate Professor of Chemistry Alison Noble had her essay “Experiencing God’s Love in a Secular Society: A Christian Experience with Socialized Medicine” published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of “God and Nature,” the magazine of the American Chemical Society. The article is available at


Andrew White wins a Silver Medal from the American Culinary Federation, competing in the Culinary Challenge at the NACUFS Regional Conference. The National Association of College and University Food Services hosted the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Valley Forge March 5-8. Ten college and university chefs competed in the regional culinary challenge after having won their home college competitions. White prepared and served pan-seared pork with a smoky tomato jam and savory grits, receiving third-place honors overall in the competition.


Jan Dormer from the graduate program in education (GPE) recently added a title to her long list of publications. “What School Leaders Need to Know About English Learners” was released late last year by TESOL Press. In it, Dormer presents school leaders with the foundation, ideas and strategies to not just improve instruction for English language learners, but also to foster richly layered learning environments that embrace multiculturalism and enhance the multilingual classroom to the benefit of all students. The GPE is also pleased to announce the formal launch of the Bridge Center for TESOL website.  “TESOL is a great bridge between people, cultures and languages,” said Dormer. “Through TESOL, we have opportunities to serve and minister to others.” She has created this site to serve as a source of information and free resources for those in the teaching field, the mission field, the service field or for individuals who simply want to help others in their community. Visitors are welcome to download, print, adapt and use anything from the site:…/22225/the_bridge_center_for_tesol



Into the City Mini to Sight and Sound Theatre

The Career and Professional Development Center is excited to announce the upcoming Into the City mini trip to Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Students will learn more about what it is like to work at Sight and Sound and then enjoy a networking dinner afterward with Lancaster alumni. This event will take place on Monday, April 10. Vans will depart from Eisenhower Circle at 1 p.m. and will return at approximately 8 p.m. There is no cost for this trip. Space is limited, so please encourage interested students to sign up at Educators are also welcome to attend.

2017 Alumni Awards Dinner

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations welcomes the campus community, Messiah alumni and guests to the 2017 Alumni Awards Dinner where we will recognize and celebrate several individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society or Messiah College. The Alumni Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, April 1, from 6-8 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. The evening will include a greeting from President Kim Phipps, a buffet-style dinner and a program honoring this year’s award recipients.

  • Young Alumni Achievement Award: Aaron Faro ‘03
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Kimathi Choma ’97 and Tosha Sampson Choma ’97
  • Alumni Christian Service Award: John A. Brubaker ‘59
  • Alumni Appreciation Award: Dorothy Larsen and the late Ralph Larsen

Cost is $15 per person. Seats are limited and pre-registration by Friday, March 24 is required. To register, please visit As a Messiah College employee, you will have the option to pay via journal voucher or your personal credit card, depending on the nature for your attendance and/or participation in this event. If you would like to reserve an entire table (10 seats, $150), please directly contact the Alumni Office at 717.796.5252. For more information about the Alumni Awards or to see a list of previous award recipients, please click here. For questions about the event, please contact

Nationally renowned Leadercast coming to central Pennsylvania

Messiah’s graduate program in business and leadership is partnering with Suasion LLC to host a live simulcast of the nationally renowned Leadercast event May 5. Last year’s event was named by Inc. Magazine as “One of the Top 14 Conferences for Entrepreneurs to Attend in 2016.” Leadercast provides participants with the opportunity to be inspired and equipped by a number of widely successful speakers and authors on leadership principles. This year’s simulcast, themed Powered by Purpose, features Daniel Pink, Henry Cloud, Suzy Welch, Andy Stanley, Molly Fletcher, Jess Ekstrom, Jim McKelvey, Donald Miller and Tyler Perry. Registrants are also invited to join the graduate program in business and leadership and Suasion for a follow-up event on campus, “Leadership Per Suasion,” May 18 in Martin Commons from 8-10 a.m., for a panel discussion of area business leaders responding to questions and sharing personal leadership experience. For more event details, speaker profiles or to register, visit

Events deadline

Friday, March 10 is the deadline to submit your Spring 2017 event requests that include tech/audio needs, set up needs or require ticket sales. Requests that do not require these needs will still be accepted. Call room reservations (ext. 6009) with any questions.

Important dates:

  • April 20 – Service Day: must be an evening event after 5p.m.
  • April 21 – We cannot accept requests for any more events.
  • April 25 – Service Day: rain date
  • May 3 – Reading Day: We cannot accept requests for any more events.
  • May 12 – We cannot accept requests.

Office of Marketing and Communications to hold social media “Open Door” day

Are you looking to strengthen your department’s social media presence? Do you want to learn how to use the features of the various social media channels? The Office of Marketing and Communications will hold a social media “open door” day to help answer any questions you may have about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and more. Stop in anytime March 15 from 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. in Boyer 337 (computer lab) to get one-on-one help! You can contact Danielle Ran, director of communications, at or Livia Ungurean, communications specialist, at We hope to see you there!

Summer student employment reminder

If your department plans to hire students for summer positions, hiring proposals are due by March 24. All summer student employees must be requested for hire by submitting a summer hiring proposal through the system, even if the student currently works for your department or has worked previously for your department. If you will be hiring a student who has not worked for your department previously, please remember that students who attended the Summer Job Fair must be given first priority to openings. If you have any questions or need assistance with summer hiring, or would like a list of job fair attendees, please contact Belinda Conrad, or ext. 2900. Additional information regarding hiring summer student employees can be found here.

Summary annual report for Messiah College employee welfare benefit plan

Messiah College is required to publish a summary of the annual report for the Messiah College Employee Welfare Benefit Plan. The report for the period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 is attached. This has been filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Winter Bridge available

Check out the winter issue of The Bridge! From celebrating field hockey’s first championship to profiling an avalanche expert, our magazine is packed with campus news, alumni profiles and athletics. Don’t miss our feature about Messiah’s permanent art collection, a collaboration decades in the making.

To view the online version of the magazine, visit

Hard copies of The Bridge are available in the lounges of Eisenhower and Boyer. As always, additional quantities can be found on the third floor of Old Main in the lobby area.

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 March, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

Thursday, Mar. 16: 8- 9:30 p.m. (engineering majors), for alumni and students

Monday, Mar. 27: noon-1:30 p.m. (connecting alumni in the Pittsburgh/Cleveland/Columbus area), alumni/seniors

Friday, Mar. 31: 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

Fire extinguisher training

Campus-wide annual fire extinguisher training was held during the week of February 27. We had a total of 221 individuals (163 employees and 58 students) complete this training. A special “thank you” to BrickStreet Insurance for lending us the Bullex System. This year everyone who completed both the online and hands-on training was entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Two prizes were awarded during our March safety committee meeting. The prize winners were Melissa Mendez (THEA) and Scott Zeigler (campus events).

International studies abroad (Chile, France, Spain) to visit campus

On March 21, ISA representative Vaughn Thornton, will be on campus to introduce students to opportunities to study in Chile, France, and Spain. If you are interested in having him speak briefly about the programs to your class(es) or are interested in meeting with him, please contact Wendy Lippert in the Intercultural Office at X 6089 or

Also, please feel free to share with your students that Vaughn will have an information table in Eisenhower Commons March 21 and will be hosting:

  • 4 p.m. – general information session (Larsen 237)
  • 5 p.m. – orientation for students applying to Chile, France, Spain for fall 2017 (Larsen 237)

To learn more about these programs, visit:

Faculty development: service-learning & student impact

Have you ever considered using service-learning pedagogy to enhance your course objectives and student learning? The Agapé Center for Service & Learning invites you to attend an upcoming panel focused on the students’ perspective of service-learning in the Library Athenaeum 9:45-10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23. “Service-Learning & Student Impact: Discover How Service-Learning Pedagogy Can Enhance Academic Learning Outcomes and Challenge Students’ Development Beyond the Classroom Service-Learning” can lead to positive effects in academic performance, values, self-efficacy, leadership, faith formation and vocation. Come hear from a student panel the ways in which service-learning has impacted their student development beyond the classroom. Their firsthand accounts will illustrate both positive and negative service-learning experiences they have been exposed to, and most importantly, how service-learning has led to transformations in their beliefs, values and decisions. Refreshments provided. For more information regarding the upcoming workshop and/or to schedule an individual consultation related to service-learning, please contact Shardé Hardy, or Ext. 7218.


Job opportunities:

Facility maintenance at Messiah College currently has an opening for the position of general maintenance mechanic (zone) second shift. For additional information and to apply, please visit Job-related questions may be directed to Dan Smith, facility maintenance service manager, at

Part-time seasonal help at local plant nursery, York Springs, Pennsylvania: April through October, approx. 20 hours a week (closed Sundays). Responsibilities include: plant care, sales assistance, garden upkeep; requires lifting and general clean-up tasks. Looking for an energetic, dependable person who likes working with people and working outside. If interested, please email contact information to, and it will be forwarded to The Hosta Hideaway.

Summer child care.  Mechanicsburg family seeking responsible, active summer child care provider for 10-year-old twins (boy and a girl). Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (starting week of June 5-mid August). No evening or weekend hours required. Offering competitive wage and two weeks of paid vacation. Candidates should be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, a good driving record and reliable transportation to and from work. Previous child care experience and references strongly preferred; first aid training a plus. Responsibilities include basic supervision, active play and engagement (love of soccer a plus!) and transportation to various local activities (access to car provided). References will be requested for finalist candidate. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest outlining qualifications to

For sale:

Bedroom suite including: triple dresser with mirror, armoire, night stand, queen headboard and metal frame. Medium oak colored. Asking $300 for suite. Pictures are available. Contact Beth at

Townhome for sale three miles from campus. Move in to this well-kept/clean townhome in English Court. Home features: eat-in kitchen, living room w/access to the deck. Upstairs boasts two nice-sized bedrooms with either being the main bedroom with walk-in closets. Heat pump and central air. Washer/dryer, refrigerator to convey. Plenty of storage space in lower level with two rooms partially finished. Off-street parking and conveniently located to most amenities. Association covers trash, mowing, snow removal and outside maintenance. For more information contact Cynthia Tomes at