Archive for 2017

May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13


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.


The Teacher Education Program and the Ernlest L. Boyer Center are pleased to announce 17-18 scholarship winners:

  • Phoebe Cook ’18, Grades PreK-4 – Ethel Brandt Bigham Education Award
  • Kelsey Bechtel ’18, Grades PreK-4/Special Education & ESL – Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship
  • Jennifer Sayre ’18, Grades PreK-4/Special Education – Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship
  • Robert Lyon ’18, Spanish with Teaching Certification and German with Teaching Certification – Terry L. Stoudnour Education Award.

The scholarships were awarded based on the students’ academic record, community service, leadership, and a written essay. Please congratulate these students on this accomplishment. The students will be honored at a reception in the fall.


Congratulations to Bill Althoff, College Press and postal services production manager, who successfully achieved his USPS Mailpiece Design Professional certification. Bill is now certified to review designed publications intended for mailing and render judgments in regards to USPS standards. The course Bill completed included topics such as postal addressing standards, classes of mail and processing categories, barcode formats, reply mail, and designing for automation.


Tim Knapp will resign his role as instructional designer on May 19. Tim helped lead our Office 365 roll out, providing support to offices considering a transition to the cloud, and training to the campus for specific applications. He was also deeply invested with students and faculty in their use of Ensemble and helped lead our current transition from Adobe Connect to Zoom. He accomplished all of this while at the same time providing instructional design leadership to the graduate and undergraduate faculty. Tim’s central mission has always been to implement emerging technologies in line with the College’s mission and support learning processes across the campus. He will be missed. Please take the opportunity between now and May 19 to wish him well.


Cindi Tomes, instructional designer, is now Cindi Kerns. Cindi was happily married to John Kerns on Sun., April 30. Greet her with a “Hello Mrs. Kerns!” the next time you see her and you will likely get a big smile in return. Congratulations Cindi and John!


Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement information for employees

Undergraduate Commencement: Fri., May 12- Sat., May 13

Schedule and details

The 2017 Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule of events for Fri., May 12, and Sat., May 13, is posted online at This year, this website will also provide a link to the College’s first live video stream of the Commencement ceremony. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have received an email memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Baccalaureate service/reception parking

  • Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.
  • The Department of Safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. (Shuttle service is not provided Friday evening.)
  • To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.
  • Please note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details.

Commencement day parking

Employee parking 

  • Members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day.
  • Members of the COE and other employees coming to campus that morning should use the Mill Road/South Entrance in order to avoid congestion with visitor traffic.
  • Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strongly encourages all employees to arrive on campus no later than 8:15 a.m. in order to alleviate being delayed in traffic, and to assist that they are directed to their reserved parking areas on campus. It is also extremely important to follow all parking direction and instruction from safety personnel while entering and leaving campus, as traffic conditions can change quickly and officers are not able to stop traffic flow to have conversation with individual drivers.
  • An important reminder—employees are not permitted to schedule vendor visits, pick-ups or deliveries on the day of Commencement as it interferes with the increased and altered traffic flow on campus that day.

Guest parking

Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.

School of Graduate Studies Commencement, Fri., May 19, 7 p.m., Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Schedule and details

  • This year, Messiah College is pleased to hold the inaugural Commencement Ceremony dedicated for graduates of the School of Graduate Studies. The schedule of events and details for the 2017 Graduate Studies Commencement celebration is posted online at This website will also provide a live video stream of the Commencement ceremony.
  • Members of the Graduate Studies faculty should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will soon receive a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

If you have any questions regarding the School of Graduate Studies Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or .

Important update to Benefit Series: location change

Please note that we have changed the location for two services in the Benefits Series. The retirement plan sessions on May 18 at 7 p.m. and May 19 at 10 a.m. will be in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110) instead of Parmer Cinema. Please see the attachment for an updates flier.

College Ministries planning day

College Ministries will be closed on Thurs., May 11 for a staff planning day. We will be happy to respond to emails or calls upon our return on Fri., May 12. Thank you for your understanding!

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

Senior class invites you to dine at Baker’s

We, the Class of 2017, invite you to join us on Mon., 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!

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.

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The 2017 fall semester work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates located at on the ITS blog at the following link:

Procedure review: Messiah faculty are notified of the semester work submission deadlines by Diane Hunsinger approximately 4-6 weeks before the materials are due. This allows ample time to obtain copyright clearance for course materials (if necessary) and production of your coursepack at College Press. Faculty must complete the online course materials form located on the ITS blog at this link:

The online form allows you to enter/attach your copyright clearance requests, automatically creates the work requisition, and allows you to attach a PDF file of your coursepack or lab manual. It is imperative that faculty who plan to sell a coursepack/lab manual to students notify Aleisha Wildon, course materials manager, Campus Store and Textbook Express. VERY IMPORTANT: Following the deadlines allows ample time for production, ensures our students have a positive experience when purchasing and receiving their course materials, and the instructor has the assurance that their coursepack is available for students to purchase before classes begin. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger at ext. 3895.

Summer Academic Camps for High School Students

Do you have a rising 9th-12th grader who will be sitting at home, twiddling their thumbs, the week after school lets out? Send them to a summer academic camp sponsored by the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences June 25-29. We will be offering Biz Academy, Know the FACS Camp, Sustainability Camp, Teach U, and Psychology Camp. Give your student a week that will not only be fun, but may help shape their future by showing them the varied directions a college education in these majors would take them. Messiah employees receive a 5% discount! To learn more visit or contact Val Drobel at ext. 5068



Job opportunities

The Department of Nursing has an opening for a part-time clinical liaison/placement coordinator. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Nancy Woods at

The Admissions Office has an opening for a full-time application processor. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Pamela Shook at

The Department of Graduate Programs has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant to the Graduate Counseling Program. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Heather Barto at

The Office of Financial Operations is accepting applications for the position of Falcon Exchange representative. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Lora Harper, manager of financial services, Falcon Exchange, 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

U-2 tickets available for Pittsburgh concert. Four tickets to see U2 and The Lumineers at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Seats are Section 512; Row M. $400 (face value plus fees) or best offer. Email for more information.

House for Sale – Open House this weekend: Fri., May 5 and Sat., May 6. Only six miles from campus! If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, come by and check it out. For additional information please contact Colleen at or see the attached flier.

Dining room furniture for sale. Wood dining table and china cabinet with light. Walnut finish. Eight chairs, two leaves. Asking $600. For pictures or more info, contact or

For rent

Two and three bedroom apartment available Aug. 1. Students welcome. or 717-623-0735.

Vacation Rental in Sarasota, Florida. Enjoy the fantastic golf course views from the screened lanai of this ground floor 2/2 1100 sq. ft. condo. Condo complex offers two heated swimming pools. Located amid the lush surroundings of The Meadows Golf and Country Club that features three golf courses, tennis courts and over 13 miles of walking trails. Close to the new University Town Center Mall, I-75, dining, shopping and the gulf coasts finest beaches. Contact Brad Markley for more information at ext. 3500 or


Bowmansdale Church of God presents: 2017 VBS Christmas in July

Sun., July 9 – Thurs., July 13; 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ages 3-12 To register online: Go to click on more options, click on activities, fill out the VBS registration form at the bottom of the screen, then mail it in or email it to the address on the website.  If you have further questions feel free to reach out to Annie Minicuci at We hope to see you there!

Designer purse bingo

The Mechanicsburg Music Alliance, a local nonprofit organization supporting the extracurricular music programs of the Mechanicsburg Area School District, is hosting a designer purse bingo on Sat., May 6. Please see attached flyer for details. Contact Susan Donat at for tickets.