Archive for 2017

September 28, 2017

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Colossians 3:23




I am pleased to announce that effective Sept. 20, Cindy Agoncillo has been promoted to senior graphic designer. This title change reflects her increasing responsibilities, creative expertise and problem-solving skills as well as her expansion of taking on new initiatives.  In her new role, she will design complex projects and more closely mentor and supervise our student designers and photographers. Please join me in congratulating Cindy on this position.– Nancy Soulliard, creative director


Jim LaGrand’s essay appears in the new issue of The Cresset—“A New History Museum Tries to Get Religion,” The Cresset 80 (Trinity 2017), pp. 20-27.

Messiah 411

Oregon extension faculty to visit campus

Oregon Extension faculty member Heidi Gehman will be on campus Mon., Oct. 23 and Tues., Oct. 24 to talk to students about opportunities for students to study at the Oregon Extension.

Each fall, the Oregon Extension welcomes 20-25 students to a rustic setting in the Cascade Mountains, where serious students can ask their deepest questions, read gripping and challenging books, wrestle with profound ideas in writing, and converse honestly and animatedly with fellow students and six faculty. With three or four cabin-mates, students buy and cook their own meals. Backpacking, a trip to San Francisco and the Oregon coast, rafting, biking and Bible study opportunities complete the autumn adventure.

If you are interested in meeting with Heidi or inviting her to speak to your class(es), please contact Wendy Lippert at

Heidi will have an information table in Eisenhower, second floor, outside of Lottie, both days and will be hosting an informational meeting. Please encourage interested students attend:

• Oct. 23 – Information Session
5 p.m. – Boyer 130

To learn more about this program, please browse:

Homecoming volunteers needed

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is in need of employee volunteers to serve at registration for Homecoming 2017. Volunteers are needed in one to two-hour time slots on Sat., Oct. 21 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Ashley Sider at with your availability for that day by Fri., Sept. 29. We look forward to serving with you!

Messiah College Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Kindertransport”


Written by Diane Samuels

Directed by Clair Myers

A modern classic about one woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past – brutally separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of 9 and brought to England with the promise of a new life. This play examines the life, during World War II and afterwards, of a kindertransport child. Though fictitious, it is based upon many real kindertransport stories.

“Kindertransport” is a play written from the heart, calling to the heart. In opening our hearts together and probing the invisible parts of our psyches, personal and collective, we can experience imaginatively what we fear, what hurts and what we yearn to be healed.” – Diane Samuels, Author

Oct. 5-7, 8 p.m.

Oct. 8, 3 p.m.

Poorman Black Box Theater, Climenhaga Building



$7—MC students (w/ID), MC employees (w/ID), youth (under 18) and seniors (65+)

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 717-691-6036. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. *Please note that this production contains mature language, which may not be suitable for all audiences.*

Additions to the fall semester Pizza with Professionals schedule

The Career and Professional Development Center is excited to announce we have added another Pizza with Professionals to our calendar: AT&T!

Come join us on Thurs., Oct. 5 from noon-1p.m. in Parmer Cinema to hear from Dan Blemings ’93, global lifecycle product manager for AT&T’s multi-billion dollar Ethernet products (used by businesses for data networking).

Interested staff and students can sign up here:

Additionally, the Pizza with Professionals event with GoCorps has been rescheduled to Nov. 9 (the original date was Nov. 2). It will still be held from noon-1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. To sign up for this event, click here:

Call for nominations: Women of Influence

We are seeking nominations from the Messiah College community of female students in their junior or senior year to be a part of the newly created “Women of Influence Mentoring Program.” We are seeking 10-15 female students to participate.

Objectives of Proposed Women of Influence Mentoring Program
1. To connect female students (preference for first generation students) with women (alumni/parents/friends of Messiah) to participate in an informal networking and mentoring program.
2. To support female students in their academic, vocational, spiritual and social growth.
3. To grow scholarship aid and endowment for women students.

Student Commitments
• To attend two events annually on Messiah’s campus sponsored by Women of Influence Mentoring Program
• To respond in a timely fashion to interactions from mentor
• To pray regularly for your mentor

Please send nominations to Diana Cashman at with a brief description of why you feel the nominated student would be a good candidate for this program. The top list of nominees will be interviewed by members of the Steering Committee.

Nomination deadline: Sept. 30

The summer issue of The Bridge is here!

How do Messiah’s staff, students and alums handle their finances? It takes planning, faith and perseverance. Check out the summer Bridge feature “Money Matters” to learn all about putting God first while paying down debt.

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.

Grandparents Day 2017

Next week, Thursday, Oct. 5 will mark our 9th annual Grandparents Day! The purpose of this wonderful event is to allow the grandparent(s) and/or elderly mentors of current students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to attend Messiah College and to become familiar with our campus and all it has to offer. (Classes are NOT canceled that day and students are expected to follow their normal schedule.) Please be sure to warmly welcome our grandparents when you see them on campus. Any questions about this event can be directed to Yonette Schneider, special events and donor stewardship coordinator, at . Additionally, Liz Williams, Department of Safety, will be sending out employee parking information for this event in an upcoming mass email.

Don’t miss your chance to win!

Do you like pizza?! Do you like gift cards?! Would you like the opportunity to win?!

Then don’t forget to look through the welcome packet which you received on Community Day. (If you’ve misplaced your hard copy of the welcome packet, have no fear–attached is an electronic version for your convenience.) Along with other important information, the welcome packet contains two opportunities for you to win. The deadline to enter to win is tomorrow!

1) A chance for you to win a pizza lunch for your department. To be entered to win, send your five photos to by tomorrow, Sept. 29. We will randomly draw from all qualifying entries. If you need a reminder of what the five photos should include, please see the “Win a pizza party!” attachment.

2) A chance for you to win one of four $50 gift cards to Amazon. To be entered to win, update your emergency contact and cell phone information via MCSquare by tomorrow, Sept. 29. For more details on this process, please see page 3 of the attached welcome packet.

Wishing you a wonderful and productive year from your colleagues in HR&C.

Legal counsel to speak

On Wednesday, Oct. 4 the Compliance Committee will be hosting Kevin Gold, the College’s legal counsel. He will be presenting information on current compliance trends and demands facing higher education. The event will be held in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110) at 2 p.m. and is open to all employees. We anticipate a very informative presentation.


Job opportunities:

The Department of Financial Services has an opening for a full-time senior accounting analyst for Endowment and Related Funds. For additional information and to apply, please see: Job-related questions may be directed to Christine Hartman at


2 bedroom, 1 bathroom townhouse, with unfinished basement at 651 W Lisburn Rd, near Messiah College. Available Nov 1. Newly renovated. Looking for long-term resident. Rent $790 + electricity, water. Contact Dale Fogelsanger, 717-623-0735,


A Mechanicsburg family is in need of a mature, male student to be a mentor for a thirteen-year-old (8th grade) boy with high-functioning autism. Must be able to provide some transportation to activities and be willing to do outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and bike riding. Four hours per week to start, $60 plus funds for gas. Please contact Ursula Pelton-Harris at