Archive for 2017

June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart

For they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and humankind.

Proverbs 3: 1- 4


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.”


A Collaboratory team returned on June 13 from Burkina Faso. Four projects were represented on this team: Prosthetic Knee for Burkina Faso; Aeroponics; Energy Monitoring and Management System (EMMS); and Mechanized Percussion Well Drilling (MPWD). These teams worked with Serving in Missions (SIM) and Open Door Development in the remote area of Mahadaga. Michelle Lockwood (engineering) and Tom Austin (Collaboratory associate) advised the team, which included engineering students Vaughn Chambers, Andrew Dunmire, Althea Mavros, Aaron Mishler, Erin Sharkey and Joseph Wambach. Team’s blog:


Design as Service students Ha Sung Kang, Emily Worth and Stefanie Hadiwidjaja, as part of a five-person team of interdisciplinary, intercollegiate students, progressed to the final phase of the global transdisciplinary design competition, Wege, focused on solutions to environmental problems through sustainability and a circular economy. Professor Kathy T. Hettinga’s students collaborated with Grand Valley State Colleges natural resource students and the Design as Service non-profit client Damascus Citizen for Sustainability, which includes scientists Barbara Arrindell and Ted Auch. The MC team progressed to the final round in a field of teams representing 17 countries from China to the Netherlands to Zimbabwe. The design students also designed a 16-page publication of infographics and illustrations titled “Limited Energy” for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability.


From the Office of the Provost

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have been approved for promotion, term-tenure, or term-tenure renewal effective August 1:

Term-tenure and promotion from assistant professor to associate professor:

Damian Savarino, Department of Music

Term-tenure and promotion from associate professor to full professor:

Todd Goranson, Department of Music

Thomas Soerens, Department of Engineering

Promotion from associate professor to full professor:

Douglas Phillippy, Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics

Kim Yunez, Department of Modern Languages


Jennifer Thomson, associate professor of Biopsychology 

Term-tenure renewal:

Edward Arke, professor of communication

Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music education

Richard Crane, associate professor of theology

Timothy Dixon, professor of music

John Fea, professor of American history

Daniel Finch, professor of art

Raeann R. Hamon, professor of family science and gerontology

John Harms, associate professor of biological sciences

Bernardo Michael, professor of history

David Pettegrew, associate professor of history

Emerson Powery, professor of biblical studies

Sheila Rodriguez, associate professor of Spanish

Roseann Sachs, professor of chemistry

Brian Smith, associate professor of Hebrew Bible

Timothy VanDyke, associate professor of engineering

David L. Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history

Norman Wilson, professor of history

Kathryn A. Witt, professor of dietetics


Several Department of Safety employees were honored with the Robert Bunker Award for Outstanding Performance at the 64th Annual Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association conference on June 26 in Princeton, New Jersey. The Bunker Award is presented to an individual employed by a member institution’s security or police department who performed an act which exhibited a risk to life or safety in the course of his or her duties or who performed a life-saving action requiring the highest of professional conduct. Congratulations to dispatcher Steve Smith, Officer Gary Gochenaur, Joshua Armstrong and Carl Meiss as well as supervisor Kevin Prest for their dedication to the safety of the students and employees on our campus.


Enrollment management welcomes a new employee

The Admissions Office would like to welcome Darlene Baral to our office. She has accepted the position of application processor. Darlene worked as a data entry clerk in the admissions office several years ago. We are pleased that she is returning!

Spring Bridge is here!

Does practice make perfect? Check out the spring Bridge feature 10,000 Hours, in which author Malcolm Gladwell delves into the topic of mastery. What does it take to master a skill? From solving a Rubiks cube to composing a symphony, Messiahs experts weigh in. To view the online version of the magazine, visit Hard copies of The Bridge are available in the lounges of Eisenhower and Boyer. As always, additional quantities can be found on the third floor of Old Main in the lobby area.

Earn $300 with the employee referral bonus program

Refer candidates for campus events positions and earn $300! The Department of Campus Events has multiple positions open (see and you can help and earn $300 by recruiting and referring qualified candidates through our Employee Referral Bonus Program. Please see the following link for important guidelines:

Summer conferences and camps

Please welcome the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America to campus. There will be 1000+ guests on campus beginning Sun., July 2 through Sat., July 8. This is their 44th year on campus.


Job opportunities:

Campus Events (custodial) has several full time positions available. For additional information and to apply, please see: For job-related questions, contact Laura Price at

The Graduate Program in Physical Therapy has an opening for the position of administrative assistant for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Valerie Olson at

The Department of General Education has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant to the assistant dean of general education, common learning, and advising and the director of assessment. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Robin Lauerman at

The Undergraduate Department of Education and the Graduate Program in Counseling have an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Don Murk at


Used android phones needed

Girls Who Code, a national organization that teaches computer programming to girls, is looking for donations of android phones for two clubs in Harrisburg. We will use your working but unused android smart phones to learn how to write apps. Drop your phones and chargers by Hoffman 211, or contact Lin Taylor at for more information. Learn more about Girls Who Code at