Archive for 2017

April 6, 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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


Bill Strausbaugh, vice president for information systems/associate provost, was asked by Middle States to be part of a two-person team to review innovative start-up proposals submitted to the federal EQUIP program. In 2015, the federal Department of Education launched the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) experiment to provide low-income students with access to new models of education and training. Federal financial aid resources are made available to students in these programs. The Department of Education works with regional accrediting agencies to approve such proposals. One of the programs Bill reviewed involves a partnership between Wilmington University (a regionally accredited university), Zip Code (an organization that trains programmers), and Hacker Rank (an organization that evaluates programmer’s abilities). Students learn programming skills to begin earning an income and then bachelor’s degree options are made available to them through the university.


Faculty members Jesse Kleingardner, Alison Noble, Anne Reeve, Roseann Sachs and Rick Schaeffer and students Ravenia Arnold, Anthony Bogetti, Autumnn Merrill, Emily Reale, Elliot Rossomme and Megan Steves attended the 253rd National American Chemical Society in San Francisco, April 2-6. Each student presented his or her research conducted at Messiah, and three of the faculty members presented his or her scholarship at a peer-reviewed session.


Tailgating for Jobs

The Tailgating for Jobs event will be held Wed., April 19 from 4-6 p.m. in the visitor’s parking lot in front of Eisenhower. The Career and Professional Development Center is hosting this first-ever event which features over 35 employers. These employers will be recruiting students for jobs and internships in a casual and fun atmosphere. Freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Please encourage your students to attend. Educators are welcomed.

President’s “open door” day

President Phipps will host an ”open door” day on Thurs., April 27 from 1 -4 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. This will take place in the president’s office on the second floor of Old Main. A sign-in sheet will be located in Old Main room 206 starting at 1 p.m. on April 27.

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s undergraduate online courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s undergraduate online courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs June 5 – July 28, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. In addition to current Messiah students, courses are also open to other college-level students, qualified homeschooled and high school students, employees, alumni, parents, community friends and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 7 and runs through May 26. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit To learn more about our dual enrollment program for qualified homeschooled and high school students, visit

Irish comedy “The Shaughraun” continues this weekend

Experience the joys of a classic Irish comedy! Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present “The Shaughraun,” continuing its run this weekend in Miller Theater. Set against the secret Fenian Uprising in Ireland in 1866, “The Shaughraun” is the comic masterpiece of Ireland’s undisputed master of melodrama. Desperate forbidden passions! Damsels in distress! Mustached villains! And a charismatic hero! All conspire for a delightful Irish romp. “The Shaughraun” runs March 30-April 2 and April 6-9. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 717-691-6036, online at, or at the door as available.

Chemistry departmental honors defenses

Anthony Bogetti, senior chemistry ACS certified major, will present his departmental honors defense on April 11 at 4 p.m. in Kline 327. His project, entitled “Biocatalytic Reduction of Ketones and Imines” is the result of research performed under the mentorship of Dr. Roseann Sachs. Please join us for this presentation.

Elliot Rossomme, senior chemistry ACS certified major, will present his departmental honors defense on April 18 at 4 p.m. in Kline 327. His project, entitled “Electrooptical dynamics of 4-cyano-4′-pentylbiphenyl mounted on ZnSe functionalized with alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers” is the result of research performed under the mentorship of Dr. Alison Noble. Please join us for this presentation.

Clowning around at the Special Olympics

Are you looking for a Service Day activity that’s… a little bit different? Klowns for the Kingdom is a group of (very) amateur ‘clowns’ made up of Messiah College students and employees who dress up, put some makeup on and entertain our young athletes at Special Olympics every year. We’re looking for anyone who has an interest in getting a little goofy, wants to learn how to tie balloon animals or has any skill juggling or even riding a unicycle! Please go to to register or to learn more contact

Announcing the promotion of Sarah Wade

Sarah Wade has been promoted to associate vice president for enrollment management and will assume her new title and responsibilities on Mon., April 3. This role developed out of a desire to address succession planning and leadership development at Messiah College and within enrollment management. In addition to providing dynamic leadership and innovation in her current role, Sarah has participated in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Leadership Development Institute, a program for aspiring senior leaders within the CCCU. She will maintain current reporting lines for international and transfer admissions and add new responsibilities related to campus visits and events, multicultural recruitment and CRM strategy. Please join me in congratulating Sarah for being appointed to this position!

Free screening of “Paper Tigers” on April 18

The Messiah College Teacher Education Program and the Messiah College Education Association invite you to a free screening of “Paper Tigers,” a powerful documentary film about trauma-informed education, April 18 from 7-9:30 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. A short time of discussion will follow. “Paper Tigers” explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress on struggling teens. The film follows a year in the life of Lincoln High Alternative School. After radically changing its approach to disciplining students, the school saw dramatic results and has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease through the practice of trauma-informed educational strategies. Visit the film’s website and view their trailer:

Payroll office welcomes new payroll coordinator

The Payroll Office would like to announce the arrival of our newest team member, Cindy Briel, who started as the new payroll coordinator on March 31. She replaces Missy Huntington who has moved to the accounting analyst role. Cindy will provide oversight for the day-to-day payroll functions. She will be responsible for tax payments, reconciliations and filings as well as W-2s. She will also provide joint leadership to payroll projects and compliance-related items.

New collaboratory program manager

Angela Hare, dean of science, engineering and health, and Doug Flemmens, Collaboratory director, are very pleased to announce that Lori Zimmerman has accepted the position of Collaboratory program manager, effective May 15. Before coming to work at Messiah, Lori and her husband Tim were missionaries with Brethren in Christ World Missions in Honduras. For almost a decade, Lori has not only been the administrative assistant for the School of Science, Engineering and Health, she has also taken a course every semester including summers, and on May 13, she will receive her Messiah B.A. in business administration. Lori is highly qualified for the program manager position; please join us in congratulating her!

Collaboratory director announced

Angela Hare, dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Health, is pleased to announce that Doug Flemmens will assume the role of director of the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research, effective July 2017. Doug has been serving as the Interim Collaboratory Director since July 2016. Educated in mechanical engineering (B.S., Penn State) and manufacturing systems engineering (M.S., Lehigh) and with international management experience, Doug brings significant skill, insight and leadership to a complex interdisciplinary organization. We are very pleased to have him continuing with the Collaboratory!

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 April, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

  • Thurs., April 20: 8- 9:30 p.m. (health care majors), for alumni and students
  • Mon., April 24: Noon-1:30 p.m. (connecting alumni/students in the Harrisburg area), alumni/students
  • Fri., April 28: Noon-1:30 p.m. (young alumni), 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

Reminder – Employee Recognition Reception scheduled for May 3

Have you marked the date? We will be gathering on Wednesday, May 3 from 10 -11:30 a.m. in Brubaker Auditorium to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. There will be a time of food and fellowship as we gather. More details, including the list of honorees will follow next week.

Powered by Purpose – Leadercast group discount

Messiah College Graduate Program in Business and Leadership is proud to partner with Suasion LLC to bring Leadercast 2017 to central Pennsylvania. We’d like to offer any Messiah College graduate student, faculty or staff member who is interested in attending this event a discounted group rate of $85 for the Simulcast or $93.75 for the simulcast and the post event at Messiah. If you are interested in this group rate, please let Tina Keul ( know by April 10 and we will compile a list of interested individuals. We need at least eight attendees to qualify for the group rate. Leadercast is the largest one-day leadership event in the world, providing 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. For more information on the leader cast event, click here:


Job opportunities:

The School of Science, Engineering and Health currently has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant to the dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Health. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Angela Hare, dean, at

The School of the Arts at Messiah College currently has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant to the dean of the School of the Arts and to the chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. For additional information, and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Richard Roberson, dean, at


Push the Rock Harrisburg 5k

Join us for the first Push the Rock Harrisburg 5k on April 8! The run will be held at West Shore Free Church in Mechanicsburg with a start time of 9 a.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit Push the Rock programs in the Harrisburg area. For more information and to register, go to or you can contact Aaron Faro at