Archive for 2017

March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14


Assistant Professor of Music Damian Savarino recently performed at Carnegie Hall. He sang the bass solos in Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, as well as Mozart’s Requiem Mass, with Manhattan Concert Productions and the New York Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Savarino has performed as a soloist at New York venues with several organizations including Teatro Grattacielo, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Manhattan Concert Productions and Music Sacra. This recent performance marks his sixth appearance in Carnegie Hall.


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

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.

“Seven Last Words of Christ” on April 11

Join us for a special Holy Week performance of Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ” on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Mendelssohn Piano Trio members Peter Sirotin, violin, and Fiona Thompson, cello, will be joined by Leonid Ferents, violin, and Michael Stepniak, viola, to perform this prayerful and contemplative but also dramatic setting for string quartet. Interspersed with the performance will be short homilies by community religious leaders. This event is sponsored by the Office of the President and the School of the Arts. The event is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve your ticket, stop by or call the Ticket Office at ext. 6036.

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.

Faculty development: service-learning and student impact

Have you ever considered using service-learning pedagogy to enhance your course objectives and student learning? The Agapé Center for Service and Learning invites you to attend an upcoming panel focused on the students’ perspective of service-learning in the Library Athenaeum from 9:45-10:30 a.m. on 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 at or ext. 7218.

Family Weekend 2017 events needed

Please save the date for Family Weekend 2017, held Sept. 22-24! The Student Involvement and Leadership Programs office is in the beginning stages of collecting all events planned over that weekend. If your office, program area or club oversight has plans for an event and would like to have it promoted in the Family Weekend postcard that is mailed to all undergraduate households this summer (as well as posted online), please contact Sheryl Scaramuzzino ( by e-mail or phone (ext. 5240) by May. The 2017 Family Weekend schedule will be posted online by July 1 at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to sharing this time of celebration our student families and campus community this fall!

NMR Spectrometer Open House

You are invited to attend an open house sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry showcasing its new NMR Spectrometer!  Join us on Tuesday, March 28, from 4-5 p.m. in Jordan 364 and third floor lounge to learn about its impact on student learning and research.   Light refreshments will be provided.


Job opportunity:

The Office of International Student Programs at Messiah College currently has an opening for full-time assistant director of international student programs. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Faith Minnich-Kjesbo, director of the Intercultural Office at

The Office of International Student Programs at Messiah College currently has an opening for part-time immigration advisor, designated school official (DSO). For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Faith Minnich-Kjesbo, director of the Intercultural Office at