Archive for 2017

April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:2


Beth Transue ’93, librarian/instruction coordinator, delivered a presentation about China titled “Armchair Travel: Heading East: A Traveler’s Perspective on China” at the Simpson Public Library, Cumberland County Library System, on April 19. She shared her experiences from the 2016 cross-cultural course to China and her 2-week solo trip to Beijing in 2014. She discussed visiting the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, hutongs, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and her perspectives on daily travel within China.


Last season’s Messiah College production of THE TENDER LAND (Copland) received 2nd Place (tie) in the American Prize Opera Production Competition. The production was produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance and directed by Dr. Damian Savarino (music and stage) and Dr. Timothy Dixon (conductor). Other institutions with placing productions were The University of Michigan (1st Place), The University of South Dakota (2nd Place tie) and SUNY Purchase (3rd Place). A link to the announcement webpage can be found here:

Since 2014, the opera productions at Messiah College have received several national awards. The National Opera Association awarded 1st Place to our production of Menotti’s THE MEDIUM in 2014, as well as another 2nd Place tie to the TENDER LAND production in 2016. Information for the NOA Opera Production Competition can be found here: Please join the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music in congratulating all who were involved in this most recent production!


Dr. Eric Rawson, professor of exercise science and chair of the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science, will be an invited guest and speaker at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Consensus Meeting on Dietary Supplements in Lausanne, Switzerland May 3-5. Rawson will present research and provide input into the development of an IOC Expert Statement on dietary supplements.


Need a print project for fall?

As we near the end of the academic year, we ask that you think about the promotional pieces you will need before classes start in the fall. Most projects initiated within the Office of Marketing and Communications reach an off campus audience of 200 or more recipients, and include things like postcards, newsletters, self-mailers and event invitations. In addition, but not limited to, OMC designs billboards, on-campus marquees and site marketing, all seen by prospective students. A minimum of five weeks is requested from the time initial content is submitted to OMC. To begin your marketing projects, please fill out our electronic project initiation request form at

Mennonite Central Committee and Sustainability partnership

Do you have unused or unwanted items in your house you’ve been meaning to donate?!? Bring them to campus to donate them to Mennonite Central Committee May 4 – 13. Find one of the four trailers on campus near the residence halls, which will be opened from 10 a.m. – 7p.m. during finals and move out week. Please do not bring items to the Office of Sustainability. To help reduce the amount of waste generated on campus during the week of move out, the Office of Sustainability and Residence Life partnered with MCC to recover all those resources that are otherwise trashed. Items collected include: clothing (wearable and unwearable); household items (small appliances, kitchen utensils, etc.); cardboard, books, paper, magazines; shoes; electronics; unopened food; unopened hygiene products; and more! All donations will benefit MCC’s development, relief, and missions work around the world. Questions can be directed to or by calling ext. 4785.

School of Science, Engineering and Health Symposium

The 14th Annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health will be held on Friday, April 28 in Frey, Jordan and Kline academic buildings. More than 150 students from within the school will participate in oral and poster presentations in sessions that are scheduled throughout the day. A detailed schedule and program is available on the Symposium website:

Celebrate the work, creativity and innovation reflected in the rich and diverse variety of oral and poster presentations. Many presentations will describe basic or applied research projects and represent the culmination of months (or years) of effort by graduating seniors. A number of presentations will highlight how talents and resources are being used to address needs in the developing world. Plan to join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the students!

The Department of Education hosts Erika Hufford’s student honors presentation

On Thursday, April 27, Erika Hufford will present her research entitled, “Hierarchy of Skills for Effective Math Intervention.” Hufford’s project focuses on how curriculum, instruction and assessment are connected for students who struggle with math concepts. She conducted a two-part project during the course of this past year. First, she researched and determined a hierarchy of math skills that students should have mastered by the end of third grade. Second, she designed interventions to align with each of the desired skills that could be implemented for struggling students. The presentation will be held in Boyer 432, from 4:30-5:30 pm. There will be refreshments!

Class of 2016 post-grad employment report now available

The Career and Professional Development Center is pleased to provide you with the newly released First Destination survey report for the Class of 2016 This report highlights employment and graduate school outcomes from our most recent graduating class. It’s important to note that this report focuses on destinations of alumni specifically within the first 6-9 months after graduation. To see more longitudinal data related to career outcomes, I invite you to visit the Messiah College page on LinkedIn (

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Class of 2017 survey is now live and available to current seniors ( Please encourage your students who have confirmed their plans to respond. If you have questions on information included in the attached report, please feel free to contact the coordinator of this survey, Abby Book,

Hersheypark discount tickets for Messiah College

The Messiah College Community Discount Program is excited to announce that we will have a representative from Hersheypark on campus to offer an exclusive deal on tickets good for summer 2017! Stop by the table outside of the Falcon on Wednesday, May 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and get up to a 40% savings on tickets. Credit card only, please.

  • Regular ticket (ages 9-54) gate rate: $65.80; Messiah rate: $39.50
  • Junior/senior ticket (ages 3-8 & 55-69) gate rate: $42.80; Messiah rate: $30.50

This exclusive discount is available to Messiah College employees, students and family members. The tickets may be used on any one public operating day during the 2017 summer season.

Leadercast Simulcast May 5

Messiah College Graduate Program in Business and Leadership is partnering with Suasion LLC to host a live simulcast of the nationally renowned Leadercast event on May 5 at Central Penn College. We would 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 contact Tina Keul ( 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,” on 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

Oakes Museum leadership transition

With the retirement of Ken Mark this month after 16 years of leadership as director of the Oakes Museum of Natural History, Angela Hare, SSEH dean, is pleased to announce that Helena Cicero, current Oakes educational coordinator, has agreed to serve as interim museum director through the 2017-18 academic year. Beth Erikson, current Curator Club coordinator, will serve as museum coordinator for the interim year, and Sara Donovall, current museum docent, will be visit facilitator. This is a strong leadership team of individuals who are highly committed to the Museum’s mission and who bring years of experience to their roles. Join their dean in extending congratulations!

Senior class invites you to dine at Baker’s

We, the Class of 2017, invite you to join us on Monday, May 8 at Baker’s. A portion of the day’s proceeds will go towards our goal of fundraising $6,000 by Commencement. Our class is donating a new falcon mascot suit to the College. We know the current one is old, smelly and underutilized. We believe it’s important to show our school pride branding it with the Falcon! Join us in dining at Baker’s. Make breakfast, lunch or dinner a selfless act. A big thank you in advance!

Fiscal Year End 2017 – financial close checklist and calendar

Messiah College’s fiscal year 2017 (FY17) ends June 30. The attached end of fiscal year processing checklist and calendar are provided to support department efforts to record charges in the appropriate fiscal year. Departments are requested to begin review of FY17 financial activity now and submit journal voucher/transfer requests to To further assist departments in processing end of year transactions and record keeping between FY2017 and FY2018, the Accounting Office is offering two fiscal year end information sessions:

– Monday, May 1, 11 a.m. to noon, Larsen 237

– Tuesday, May 16, 11a.m. to noon, Larsen 237

Thank you! Questions regarding the fiscal year end close schedule can be emailed to

How did we determine whom to recognize at the reception next Wed., May 3?

Please join us on Wed., May 3 as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. We thought it might be helpful to share how we determine who has reached service milestones, as we have not included this information recently in the Intercom.

Employees who meet the following criteria are recognized:

  • Full-time and part-time employees
  • Employees who will reach a significant service year milestone (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.) on or before Sept. 15 of that year.
    • Employees who are re-hired by the College will be credited with service years earned prior to an approved break in service.
    • Temporary or occasional assignments are not considered when calculating service years.

This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. We will have a time of refreshments and fellowship until 10:20 a.m., accompanied by The Grantham Brass Project. Conveying of awards will follow. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed here. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will also be announcing the recipients of the Pride in Performance, the President’s Awards, and the Team Falcon Award. We will also hear from the United Voices of Praise. We hope to see you there! Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources and compliance, with any questions.

Last chance for employee giving prizes!

Colleagues, let’s join together and commit to making a financial difference for our students. If you missed your opportunity to participate in our first ever Giving Day in February, there’s still time for you to get involved (and win some prizes!) Whether you can give $1 or $100 per paycheck to the Messiah Fund, your gift makes a difference! It doesn’t take a lot to make a big impact on the amount of scholarship aid that is available to our students. We are pleased to announce that Carol Wickey and Lora Harper are the winners of our grand prize, the reserved parking space, for the 17-18 academic year! All employees enrolled in payroll deduction by May 3 will be eligible for another prize drawing — two winners will each receive a $25 Target gift card. Enroll online at to be eligible for this prize, and remember to join us to make a difference in the lives of our students!

Retirement reception

Please join us for a retirement reception in honor of Kathy Hettinga, professor of art, on Mon., May 1. Stop by the Steinbrecher Hospitality Atrium (upper level of High Center, creekside) any time from noon-2  p.m. to congratulate Kathy on her many contributions to the Messiah College community through her years of service and teaching.

P-Card update

In order to provide a more seamless coordination of purchasing services, administration of the P-Card program will move to Procurement Services beginning May 1. Stephanie Sechrist will assume the role of P-Card administrator. Please continue to use the dedicated P-Card email, and telephone extension, ext. 2211, so we can respond to your P-Card needs in the most time effective manner. Tracy Thomas will continue in her position as administrative assistant to the vice president for finance and planning, David Walker.


Job opportunities

The Division of Student Affairs has an opening for a full-time counselor. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Eleanor Muir at

The ITS Department has an opening for a full-time ITS security analyst. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Bill Strausbaugh at

For sale

2009 Honda Fit Sport in very good condition. Manual transmission. Tires only one year old. 115,000 miles. One owner. No accidents and clean title. Asking $6,500. (Available as of 5/13). Contact Christine Robinson at

Boys red Diamondback “Octane” 24″ bike. Like new, only used a few times. 21 speed Shimano shifters Asking $90. Call Bill at ext. 3904 or

For rent

Efficiency/small apartment for rent wanted. New professor in the music department seeking an apartment for rent for the 2017-18 year at Messiah. Apartment needed by mid-August. Single bedroom needed. Please contact Travis at 724-699-8535.