Archive for 2017

Thurs., May 18

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11


Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, has been named to an advisory board at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution. The first meeting of the board is May 23 in Washington, D.C., and the work will continue for two years.


We are pleased to announce that Kevin Ogden has accepted the position of director of the fitness center. Kevin is a Messiah College alum and currently works at Results Therapy and Fitness in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In his new role, Ogden will be managing the fitness center and working collaboratively with others to provide a holistic wellness program to the campus. He will begin this new position on June 12. As we anticipate the opening of the facility it is important for the community to note the following dates.

  1. The fitness center will officially open on Tues., Aug. 29 (hours to be determined).
  2. There will be an employee open house on Tues., Aug. 22, from 3-5 p.m.
  3. The building dedication will be Thurs., Oct. 19.

We are excited about the Falcon Fitness Center and all it has to offer for both students and employees. Because we anticipate significant use, the facility will only be open for use by students, employees and their immediate families (age 16 and over). The College will assess usage following this initial year to determine whether external memberships will be considered. Access will be regulated by ID card, so everyone using the Falcon Fitness Center will need a current Messiah College ID card. The indoor walking track will continue being open for alumni and community members (no ID is needed for this). Later in the summer, more information will come out regarding classes and equipment training.


Matthew Farrar, assistant professor of physics, gave the keynote address at the American Association of Physics Teachers Central Pennsylvania Section (AAPT-CPS) meeting at the University of Scranton on April 21-22. The title of the presentation was “Seeing Anew: How Advances in Microscopy are Changing the Life Sciences.”

Associate Professor of Physics Abaz Kryemadhi and students Lindsey Barner ’17, Alex Roth ’17, Jacob Mohler ’18 and Andrew Grove ’18 spent spring break working at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, just outside Chicago, Illinois. They performed testing on a new dark matter detection prototype they have developed as part of a NASA funded project.

On March 7, Associate Professor of Physics Niklas Hellgren gave an invited talk at Lehigh University titled “Inside Intel – The Materials Science of Advanced Microprocessors”, as part of their Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Seminar Series.


Messiah College Night at the Senators!

Join Messiah College staff and families for a fun night out at a Harrisburg Senators game on June 10! Box seat tickets are discounted at $7 per ticket. Messiah College’s group, Seven, will perform from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Game time: 6 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for additional information and instructions on how to purchase your discounted tickets.

Bringing back students early in August

If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival (before Sun., Aug. 27), please complete the online early arrival request form or if you have a large group of students, please contact for a spreadsheet to fill out and return by Tues., Aug. 1. The earliest students may return this year is Mon., Aug. 14, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Fri., Aug. 25 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make these arrangements through the Falcon Exchange. There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any additions received between Aug. 2 – Aug. 16 will be charged $25/person and between Aug. 17 – 30 will be charged $50/person.

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 is 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 course pack 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 course pack or lab manual. It is imperative that faculty who plan to sell a course pack/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 course pack is available for students to purchase before classes begin. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger at ext. 3895. 

Move-in day volunteers needed

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is in need of employee volunteers to serve during Move-in day 2017. Volunteers are needed in 3-hour time slots to help move new students into their residence halls on Fri., Aug. 25. You can choose a shift : 8 -11 a.m., 10 a.m.-1p.m. or noon-3 p.m. You will also receive a boxed lunch and free t-shirt. Please know that lifting and walking stairs is required. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Sheryl Scaramuzzino at with your availability for that day and t-shirt size by May 31. We look forward to serving with you and thank you in advance for your time and help!

2017 Performance Award recipients announced    

The following employees received performance awards at the May 3 Recognition Reception. The citations for each can be viewed at

The Pride in Performance Award is given to individuals in recognition of exceptionally consistent, superior performance.  This year’s recipients are:

Nicole Benner, nutritionist; dietitian

Andy Erikson, engineering technician

Donna Herman, campus events worker

Derek Mauldin, sound and lighting technician

Rachel Shenk, assistant director of admissions for telecounseling and recruitment

Alisa Wacker, admissions assistant for international recruitment

The President’s Award is for notable employee action or accomplishment that is well beyond the scope of the employee’s regular day-to-day activities and assignments. This award went to:

Robin Lauermann, assistant dean of general education and common learning; professor of politics; director of academic advising 

We introduced the Intercultural Excellence Award this year to recognize an individual who provided leadership to fostering intercultural awareness and furthered support for diverse students and employees at Messiah. The inaugural award went to:

Bernardo Michael, professor of history

The Team Falcon Award is a means for the College to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative that advanced departmental or college-wide goals.

There were two teams recognized this year:

Into the City

  • Joanna Barnhouse                            Dwayne Keiffer
  • Abby Book                                            Jay McClym
  • Christy Hanson                                                   

Touching Base

  • Cindy Burger                                       Eleanor Muir
  • David Downey                                    Amy Nicols
  • Mallory Griest                                    Julie Price
  • Kris Hansen-Kieffer                        Amy Slody
  • Josiah Hatfield                                  Bryce Watkins
  • Paula Hoffman                                  Kevin Williams
  • Lynn Maynard                                   Doug Wood
  •  Caleb Miller                                       Rebecca Woodruff
  • Norma Miller

Please join us in congratulating these employees on their significant contributions to the College!

SSC closes for the summer

On Thurs., May 24 at 5 p.m., the Sollenberger Sports Center will close for the summer to allow for the completion of construction. Access to the Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science offices will be available via the stairs near the wrestling room. The Athletics team and coach offices have been relocated to ECC basement or to Boyer 422. We appreciate and thank you for the ongoing patience everyone has shown during the construction. The project will be completed for the start of the new academic year.

Last chance to Increase your impact with the payroll deduction program

Did you know that if each employee enrolled in payroll deduction would increase their giving by just $1 per paycheck, we would raise almost $4,000 in additional dollars to support Messiah College students? As we near the end of our fiscal year, we invite our payroll deduction participants to consider increasing your generous support, because $1 per paycheck adds up to make a difference. As an additional way of saying ‘thank you’, any employee who increases their giving by at least $1 per paycheck by May 22 will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 Target gift card! Thank you, again, for committing to make a financial difference for all of our students. Visit to increase your gift today. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Clark, director of annual giving, at


Job opportunities:

Part-time summer teacher/tutor: Are you good at explaining concepts in basic algebra and science? Can you help a high school student complete homework assignment in these subjects over the summer? Do you like to tutor and be a role model to younger students? If so, this opportunity might be for you.

Role: Be a teacher/tutor for a 9th grade student. Drive the student to and from class at a local high-school. Tutor the student in the completion of homework and preparation for exams. Hang out and do a variety of non-academic activities together. Hours: 20 hours per week. June 1 – July 28. Please call 724-816-0308 for more details or email Michael Nagel at

The Division of Finance has an opening for a full time budget manager. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to David Walker, vice president for finance and planning at

The School of Graduate Programs has an opening for a full time graduate enrollment counselor. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Allan Mathew, director of graduate enrollment at

The Faculty Development department has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant to the Director of Faculty Development. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Rhonda Jacobsen at

The President’s Office currently has an opening for the full time position of executive assistant to the President’s Office. A position description may be found at: If you are interested in applying for this position, please schedule an appointment to meet with Inger Blount, assistant director of human resources and manager of employment services. She can be reached at or at ext. 3941. Please make all inquiries by May 24.

The School of Graduate Studies has an opening for a full time records specialist.  For additional information and to apply, please see:  Job related questions may be directed to Allan Mathew at

For sale:

Ranch home in Winding Hills for sale. Three bedroom, 2 bath detached 1,591 sq. ft. ranch home in Winding Hills for sale. Maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, 2 car garage, attic storage above garage, walking paths, community pool and more. List price $259,900. Purchase interest, call 717-484-9968. Renter interest will be entertained. Renters call Kim at 717.608.0953.

Camping trailer for sale. Coleman Fleetwood pop-up camping trailer for sale. In great shape. Asking $2500. For pictures or to come see it, email or

For rent:

Furnished 4 bedrooms, 2 baths home for rent in Camp Hill Borough available 6/1/17 through 7/31/18. No smoking, prefer no pets. Rent and utilities are negotiable. Contact

Room for rent. One of five rooms available for rent in midtown Harrisburg area. 1520 N 2nd St., Harrisburg. Available early August. 20 minutes from Messiah. House is fully furnished (excluding bedroom) with furniture and kitchen supplies. Washer and dryer in house. On-street parking. Rent is $350, plus utilities split among tenants. Email or call/text 413-695-3256 for more details.


Private Violin Lessons. Do you know a budding young violinist? Private violin lessons are important for further developing their musical skills, and summertime provides a great opportunity to invest in that development. My son, Daniel Hagenbuch, will be offering violin lessons to middle school and elementary students this summer at our home in Mechanicsburg. Daniel is a member of the Mechanicsburg Senior High School Orchestra, the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the OMB Violin Trio, which he started ( He also enjoys playing piano and composing music. Lessons will be 30 minutes in length, at reasonable rates. For more information, feel free to contact me: David Hagenbuch,


House/dog sitter. In search of a house/dog sitter July 19 – August. House is located in Etters, Pennsylvania. During your stay, we would need you to take care of our black lab, Doolin, as well as stay at the house in the evenings. Please contact Abby Love at


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

Memorial 5k run and 1 mile walk/run

The annual Sam Mizrahi 5k run and one mile walk/run will be held at Northern High School on Sun., May 21 at 1 p.m. This low key walk/run supports a scholarship for a graduating senior and a camp for kids with diabetes. Place winners receive Fitzgerald Pottery. There are also lots of door prizes. Contact Jennifer Fisler for more information (

Art and Craft Show.

Love supporting the creative arts? You’re invited to a juried show of unique handcrafted items at the 3rd annual MMA Art and Craft Show on Sat., May 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mechanicsburg High School. The event features over 60 vendors, concessions and a chicken BBQ. Proceeds benefit the Mechanicsburg music programs. Photos of our vendors’ work are available at For more information contact Susan Donat at

Huge Church Yard Sale.

Multi-family Yard Sale to benefit August 2017 short-term mission trip to Portugal with Teach Beyond will be held at Immanuel CMA, located at 800 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, Sat., May 20, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Lawn furniture, fishing poles, household items, and much more! For more information contact Allyson Patton at