Archive for 2017

June 22, 2017

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Psalms 130:5


The Development Office recently experienced a restructuring. Because of staffing changes, the following colleagues have new and/or expanded responsibilities.

Bob Feil has been promoted to director of prospect research and record compliance. While continuing his important work in the area of donor prospect research, Bob will serve as the liaison between the Development Office and the Business Office and the Development Office and IT.

Maria Sweeney-Rippon received a promotion to the coordinator of donor records. In this new position, she will be responsible for coordinating the comprehensive donor data record process, including retrieving reports on giving, compiling mailing lists, and preparing annual endowment reports, which includes coordinating the writing of thank you notes that student scholarship recipients send to donors.

Cady Sullivan has been promoted to the assistant director of annual giving, phonathon, and digital philanthropy. In her expanded role, Cady will continue in her good work related to annual giving and phonathon. In addition, she will become the key point person for online giving and related social media fundraising.

Beth Clark, director of annual giving, has generously agreed to add supervision of gift processing to her portfolio of duties. Since more than 80% of all gifts fall under the annual giving category, placing gift processing under the annual giving umbrella makes strategic sense.

Susan Mayernick now serves as a senior development officer and planned gift advisor. In this enhanced role, she will strengthen her focus on the Lancaster county area, as well as increase our collective efforts in planned giving.

Mark Templeton will continue in his role as the senior advancement representative and Heritage Society coordinator, but will now report directly to Bob Brown, director of planned and leadership gifts. In addition to cultivating the Bucks-Mont region (Bucks and Montgomery counties), Mark leads the efforts and activities of our Heritage Society, those donors who have included Messiah in their estate or deferred giving plans.

Pam Thomas, coordinator for gift processing, will now also serve as the administrative assistant for annual giving. In addition to serving as the key gift processor on campus, Pam will provide administrative support to the annual giving team. All donation checks should still be dropped off at Pam’s office, which will move from the McBeth Advancement Center to Old Main 334 later this summer.

Please join me in wishing all of them well in their new roles!


Raeann Hamon and Erin Boyd-Soisson, from the Department of Human Development and Family Science, served as co-chairs for the 2017 Family Science Association’s (FSA) Teaching Family Science Conference in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Since FSA does not have any paid staff, Hamon and Boyd-Soisson were responsible for selecting and contracting a hotel, choosing meal menus and working with restaurants, booking Junkanoo rush performers, preparing and announcing a call for proposals, processing presentation submissions and developing a program, communicating with conference presenters and attendees, and all other logistics for the conference. A record number of participants attended the conference, so FSA accrued many new members as a result. Boyd-Soisson and Lori Smolleck also presented “Assessment of Toy Assignment” and Hamon (with Alexis Phillippi, HDFS ’17) presented “Evaluating a Family Life Education Methodology Course: Student Self-Assessment and Personal Reflections.”


Katie McComb has been hired as the new swim coach and aquatics director at Messiah College. Katie was an NCAA Division I swimmer at the University of North Carolina and has most recently been working as an assistant swim coach and communications manager at the Hershey Aquatic Club. Katie takes over the program from Nancy Luley who coached the Falcons for their first 9 years of competition. More information is available on regarding the new coach and the fine job Nancy Luley did coaching the inaugural swim team at the college.


Kenya Collaboratory team

A Collaboratory team of six students and two advisors returned from Kenya on June 11. Two project teams, Rapid Orthotics for CURE Kenya (ROCK) and Cunningham Clubfoot Brace for Kids, worked with CURE International. ROCK successfully trained several local orthopedic technicians who will print custom prosthetics with the use of an iPad to scan patient limbs, software to modify the image to fit the individual and a 3D printer. The Clubfoot team participated in all aspects of Cure’s Clubfoot Care for Kenya and will use this information to 3D print Cunningham’s revolutionary brace and reduce costs. Tim Howell (engineering adjunct) and Scott Kieffer (Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science) led the team, which included engineering students Bekah Forshey, Luke Redcay, Lyndsy Shaubach, Emma Vogan, Daniel Yeisley and Nathan Chambers. Team’s blog:


Nicaragua Collaboratory/AROMA team

A Collaboratory/AROMA team returned from Nicaragua on June 8. The Collaboratory Block Press team worked with partnering organization, Friends in Action (FIA). They successfully tested their prototype and made 24 test blocks. The project gained valuable information on the prototype, which will be used to develop a finished version. The team also managed to connect and learn about the Rama people and the community that they hope to serve in the future. Joshua Good (AROMA) and Thomas Soerens (engineering) advised the team, which included grad student Joseph Saufley and engineering students Brenden Good, Samuel Hsu, Jonathan Robinson and Brandon Shirk.


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.


For sale:

Girls bike20″ Schwinn, 7 speed, white; excellent condition. $30; Kids bike – 16″ Razor, orange, incl. training wheels. $10; Dining set – table, 6 chairs, china cabinet. $300 or best offer. Email: or Pictures available.