Archive for 2017

June 1, 2017

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

A psalm. For giving grateful praise. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Psalms 100: 1-2


Intercultural Office

Danielle Betteridge has completed her interim assignment as the assistant director for International Student Programs and will be moving to Zambia with her husband who works with CURE International. Luiza Cliver will be the new assistant director and will begin the position on July 1. Luiza studied as an international student from Brazil at Messiah College and completed her Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College in Dublin. Lydia Skulstad has accepted the part time position of Immigration Advisor/Designated School official. Lydia is an alum of Trinity Western University where she received her Master’s degree in TESOL. Lydia will be advising and supporting our F-1 students.

Residence LifeWe are pleased to announce that Beth Moshier will be the new residence director for Witmer Hall. Beth is a Messiah College alum, and she received her Master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. Paula Hoffman will be moving from Witmer Hall to Bittner Hall as the new assistant director of Residence Life for the first year experience. We are sad to announce that Dave Downey, director of residence life, has submitted his resignation. He accepted a position as the associate pastor of community and mission at Hope Church in Oakdale, Minnesota. His last day at Messiah will be June 9. We are currently in the process of hiring his replacement. We are also very sorry to say goodbye to Kevin Williams, assistant director of residence life, Harrisburg and special interest housing. Kevin has accepted a position as the director of residence life and restorative justice coordinator at Bluffton University in Ohio. His last day on campus was May 26. We wish both Dave and Kevin well as they take their talents to new places. They both have had a significant impact on Student Affairs, our students and our community during their time here in Grantham.


Summer conferences and camps

Please welcome the following group to campus:

  • June 1-2, Lutheran Synod, 600 attendees in the High Center
  • June 5-9, field hockey mini falcons

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 June, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

  • Thursday, June 15: 8- 9:30 p.m. (non profit/human services majors), for alumni and students
  • Monday, June 26: noon-1:30 p.m. (connecting alumni/students in the NYC area), alumni/seniors
  • Friday, June 30: noon- 1:30 p.m. (golden grads), 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


Job opportunities:

The Development Office has an opening for a full-time administrative assistant for prospect research and planned/leadership gifts. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job related questions may be directed to Bob Feil at

The Office of Human Resources currently has an opening for the position of human resources administrative assistant. For more information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions should be directed to Inger Blount, assistant director of Human Resources at

For sale:

Five-bedroom home for sale. 5-bedroom, 2 bath home for sale. Listing price $191,000. To see pictures, visit . To view the property, call our realtor, Ruth Ann Zimmerman at 717-512-8676. We hope that our home will be filled with love as it has been for the past 40 years. Gene and Emily Chase

Poster rack for retail sale. Make offer. Contact Beth Erikson at


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,


Reliable used car. Seeking to buy a very reliable used car for my teens. Must be in good condition with airbags and relatively low mileage for the age of the car. Contact Mike at