Archive for 2017

June 8, 2017

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

The LORD is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love.

Psalms 145:8


On May 24, the application of the Department of Engineering to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for a Messiah College SWE section was approved by the national organization. Congratulations to Dr. Emily Farrar, SWE-MC faculty advisor, student leadership and to the department for their dedication to achieving this long-time goal. A celebration for receiving the charter will be hosted by the department in the fall.


Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Mathematics Amanda (‘Mandy’) Lohss who was recently accepted as a Project NExT Fellow by the Mathematical Association of America. Project NExT (new experiences in teaching) is a national and competitive professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. Fellows learn together about all aspects of an academic career: improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, finding exciting and interesting service opportunities, and participating in professional activities. As a fellow, Mandy will attend targeted professional development seminars at MAA national meetings in July 2017, January 2018, and July 2018. Mandy will be joining our faculty in fall 2017 in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.


The School of Science, Engineering and Health is pleased to welcome Holly Myers as administrative assistant. She is no stranger to Messiah College. She provided strong administrative support to the Department of Business and the International Business Institute for a decade before shifting in 2013 to administrative assistant to the graduate program in counseling. Holly and her husband are Messiah graduates, as are their three children. Join us in welcoming her to her new role.


The President’s Office is pleased to announce that Kaitlyn Gehris has accepted the position of executive assistant for the Office of the President. She worked as the administrative assistant for the Office of Human Resources and Compliance for the past year after graduating from Messiah College in 2016. During her four years as a student, Kaitlyn worked as the President’s Office student assistant. Kaitlyn will be responsible for managing the president’s schedule, coordinating events, assisting with presentations and providing President’s Office support. Melissa Cohen will continue in her role as executive assistant to the President and assistant to the Board of Trustees. Melissa manages Board of Trustees communication and oversees the ongoing maintenance of the College’s official documents and records.


A Collaboratory team of seven students and five advisors returned on June 1 from Oaxaca, Mexico where they completed the construction of a pedestrian truss bridge for the community, working with Trigo y Miel (wheat and honey) through Forward Edge International. The team accomplished their two-week goal of getting the bridge up before the start of the rainy season, when flooding rains keeps some children from getting to the ministry meals. Brian Swartz, Andy Erikson, Scott Heisey, and adjunct Doug Stumpp (all ENGR) advised the team, which included engineering students Erika Boice, Erin Brenneman, Daniel Gallagher, Daniel Mewha, Connor Reyer, and Nathan Yeoman as well as music and Spanish major Hannah Snavely. Team FB page:



Summer conferences and camps

Please welcome the following groups:

June 9: Harrisburg Academy graduation, High Center

June 9: Manito and Laurel Life, Eisenhower Campus Center

June 11-15: Rotary youth camp, 140 participants, Frey Hall

June 11-15: Women’s basketball

June 12-16: Baseball day camp

June 12-16: Women’s soccer day camp

June 12-16: Summer Theatre Academy, Climenhaga Building

June 14-17: Jazz camp, 80 participants, High Center

New and improved: move request form

A new fully automated employee move form has been designed, thanks to Joe Bennett. Information about this new form is in a document attached to the Intercom, Please begin using this form effective immediately. For any concerns, contact Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations.

Reminder: 2016-2017 performance appraisals due June 15

Performance appraisals for all administrative and staff employees, with the exception of employees in operations, are due on June 15. Operations will continue to review their employees during the month of their hiring anniversary. Customized appraisal forms have been established to better support the environment and requirements of different areas of the college. Other areas of the College may continue, this year, to use the standard Word appraisal forms found in the forms section of the Human Resources and Compliance website. All areas will be required to migrate to customized forms for the 2017-18 appraisal process. If you have any questions regarding the review process, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources.

New Student Orientation / Welcome Weekend 2017

If you haven’t heard yet, the date for this fall’s new student orientation and move-in day is Friday, Aug. 25. What has traditionally been a Thursday start is now on Friday. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly if your office or department is involved with any aspect of move-in day. The orientation schedule will be posted on the webpage: Any questions, please contact the office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs at or ext. 5240.


Job opportunities:

Information Technology Services has an opening for a full-time instructional designer. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Susan Shannon at

The Campus Store and Textbook Express need help during fall rush. To hear more and learn how to apply see Candy Tritle in the store or contact her at, ext. 3050 or 691-6024.

For sales:

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

White sheer curtains. 22 brand new white sheers; still in the package.  Size: 60’’ x 84’’, $2.50/ea. Contact Carol Wickey at


FIREWOOD NEEDED! If you happen to have any extra firewood available, I could use it! My family burns the occasional recreational fire during the winter and I need to replenish our supply. If you have it, I will come and haul it away! Please contact Damian Savarino at