Archive for 2017

June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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

Psalms 145:8


Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Damian Savarino, recently made his performance debut with the New Jersey Choral Society, under the direction of Maestro Eric Dale Knapp. Dr. Savarino sang the bass solos in Monteverdi’s VESPERS for two performances in Montclair and Ridgewood.


A Collaboratory team of five students and two advisors returned on June 10 from Zimbabwe. The Solar PV team installed a solar power system on two buildings at the Ekuphileni Bible Institute, where electricity has been very unreliable. Randy Fish (engr) and Dereck Plante (collab) advised the team, which included engineering students: Caleb Bornman, Steven Carpenter, Jessica Kline, David Moretz and Joshua Patterson. Team’s blog:


Three Collaboratory students (Brianne Roper, Daniel Haas and Lily Gaudreau) of the Diagnostics for Viral Diseases (DVD) team traveled to Macha, Zambia with the BIOL218 Healthcare in the Developing World. May term course taught and lead by Phil Thuma (Johns Hopkins University and Messiah College), Larry Mylin (biological sciences) and Kay Witt (nutrition) to gain information that will aid in future design and direction of the Collab project. In addition to participating in the course, the three Collab students developed a better understanding of needs and limitations for development of appropriate cost effective and reliable diagnostic tests by observing ongoing research and development projects with Macha Research Trust Scientists, or Macha Mission Hospital technologists in laboratories during visits to rural health clinics.


Summer conferences and camps

Please welcome the following week day groups to Messiah College:

  • June 16, Men’s soccer
  • June 16-18, Trinity Christian Church of Greater Philadelphia, 255 participants, Boyer Hall and Hostetter Chapel
  • June 18-23, Men’s lacrosse
  • June 18-22, Fishing Camp, 34 attendees
  • June 19-22, Softball
  • June 10-22, Girls little falcon basketball
  • June 21-30, Wrestling

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.

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.

Safe campus roads

During the summer we have many visitors to campus: children in camps, conference attendees, and community members enjoying the weather. If you are hosting visitors or have summer employees, please remind them that pedestrians should use cross walks; our campus speed limit is 15 mph; drivers must yield to pedestrians; and watch for parked vehicles that may be pulling out into traffic lanes. Just because school is over doesn’t mean we can relax when it comes to safe roads on campus.


 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

For sale:

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

Marching band shoes and music stand. Formal, high-polished black Dinkles, $12/pair, sizes 8/10 and 10/12; silver collapsible music stand, $5. Contact Beth 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