Archive for 2017

November 30

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.”

Mark 9:23



Four Messiah College students were winners in the Student Auditions of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, which was recently held at Gettysburg College. Participants came from many colleges and universities in the central Pennsylvania area. Ian Bethmann won the Classical Senior Men division; Nathan Smith won the Classical Sophomore Men division; and Autumn Deck and Britney Yauger were winners in the Classical Junior Women division. Congratulations to these young and talented vocalists who are all students of Dr. Damian Savarino.


Assistant Professor of Mathematics Mandy Lohss was an invited speaker in November for Dickinson College’s Math and Computer Science Chat series. Her topic was “Tableaux and the ASEP.”


Jim Sotherden, registrar and coordinator of student retention, has announced his planned retirement at the end of the academic year after having served for 18+ years. We all wish Jim the best as he begins his retirement.

The Office of the Provost is also pleased to announce the opening of an internal search process for a new registrar who will begin service on July 1, 2018. For additional information and to apply, please see:

Jonathan Lauer, director of the Murray Library, has announced his planned retirement at the end of the academic year after leading the Library for 28 years. We all wish Jonathan the best as he begins his retirement.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the opening of a search process for a new director who will begin service on July 1, 2018. For additional information and to apply, please see:

Job related questions may be directed to Bill Strausbaugh at


Accounts payable holiday payment schedule

The final accounts payable payments in December will be issued on Dec. 21. Please plan by Dec. 12 for a payment on Dec. 21. It is important that all payments for services, honorariums, officials, etc. who performed during 2017 be paid in the 2017 Calendar year to meet IRS tax reporting guidelines. Requisition to Check processing should be 1-2 weeks prior to your payment needs. This is to allow adequate time for vendor setup, IRS verification, approvals and invoice processing. Keep in mind any International supplier payments can take longer due to collection of required IRS forms and verification. Our first payment in 2018 is Jan. 4. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support of Accounts Payable. Have a safe and happy holidays.

Help us celebrate Wendy Lippert!

The Intercultural Office Staff would like to invite you to join us for Wendy Lippert’s retirement reception. Wendy is retiring after 23 years at Messiah College, having worked diligently to build study abroad into the thriving program it is today!

Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 3 – 5 p.m. in Howe Atrium.

Needed: A few good elves

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in Dining Services and Campus Events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 15:

Set-up: 9 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 – noon
Serving: two, 45-minute shifts during lunch; meet at 11:40 a.m. for instructions
Cleanup: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Blair in Human Resources at by Wednesday, Dec. 6.

December graduate luncheon

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to invite you to the December Graduate Luncheon. Come celebrate those students who are on the threshold of Messiah College and the next chapter in their life journey on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Martin Commons. There will be no formal program. It is a come and go event with a time to fellowship. Please register online at to let us know if you plan to attend.

Call for nominations: Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award

The Messiah College Class of 1964 established a student award in recognition of Dr. Carlton O. Wittlinger, their class advisor, as part of their 50th Class Reunion celebration. A graduate of Messiah Junior College in 1935, Wittlinger returned to Messiah and served over 35 years as a teacher and visionary administrator.

The Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award seeks to honor students who demonstrate Wittlinger’s broad academic accomplishments, including his qualities of persistence and unselfish dedication, as they pursue and develop their own academic leadership skills.

Candidates must be juniors with the highest academic promise, including a minimum 3.5 GPA, strong character, integrity and a commitment to service. All educators at Messiah are invited to nominate candidates since there is no restriction as to the major of the recipient.

To nominate a student, contact the director of the Sider Institute, Devin Manzullo-Thomas, at Please include the student’s name, verification of junior status and a brief statement explaining why you feel the student merits the award. The final list of top candidates will be contacted to verify academic standing and interviewed by the selection committee. Once selected, the recipient will be presented with the Class of 1964 Wittlinger Award during the Wittlinger Chapel Series in February 2018. The award carries a $500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque.

Nominations are due to the Director of the Sider Institute by Dec. 15

Get your tickets today!

*Please note that this production contains mature language and some adult content. *Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Holiday Open House at The Oakes Museum of Natural History

Join us for our annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1- 5 p.m. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you for supporting us throughout the year. There will be a winter craft project for children, a story time, winter photo booth, special discounts in the museum store, drawings for museum gift certificates, and refreshments. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Admission is free, so invite a friend. Contact us at with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Employee work-related travel policy

The Office of Human Resources and Compliance along with the Payroll Office have both recently received some inquiries regarding the College’s policy on employee work-related travel for staff (non-exempt) employees. We have provided some clarifications to our travel policy which can be found in Section 1.38.14 of the Employee Policy and Procedure Manual on the Human Resources and Compliance website at: Please direct questions to Don Lerew or Cindy Briel in the Payroll Office.

2nd Annual Faculty Write-In

The Writing Program, the Writing Center, and the Teaching and Learning Initiative would like to invite faculty members to be a part of the second annual Faculty Write-In at the Writing Center during the J-term 2018.

As hosts for the week, we will offer a private room in the Writing Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jan. 8-12. There will be a half-hour break each day to share lunch and conversation with fellow participants. Three times throughout the week (beginning, middle and end), there will be specific opportunities provided to share brief updates on progress with colleagues.

From participants, we request a commitment to be present in the Writing Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day and to work specifically on a writing project (as opposed to data crunching or some other auxiliary writing). This opportunity is perfect for those who want to jump-start a writing project that may have been postponed.

We are excited about collaborating to help foster the writing culture at Messiah College and hope that faculty members will consider joining us in the Writing Center for quiet, sustenance and collegial support this J-term. Since space is limited, this opportunity will be available for the first seven people who contact Deana Baddorf at to register.

* Please note, this offer would not work for those who are teaching during J-term given that it entails a six-hour per day commitment.

Messiah Guitar Ensemble concert

The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble will present a concert on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall. The program will feature Spanish, Appalachian and Christmas pieces, plus much more. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Ten Thousand Villages and the Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is partnering with Ten Thousand Villages to host a sale of 100% Fair Trade gifts from around the world. The sale is Dec. 5-7 in the Eisenhower Commons from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Stop by and become part of the Fair Trade story!

Physics demo show

This year’s demos will include gravity and motion demos, levitation, steam power and plasma in a bottle.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110)

After the show, there will be some hands-on demos in the lobby.

Reminder to RSVP for Employee Christmas Luncheon

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP for the Employee Christmas Luncheon to the Office of Human Resources and Compliance by Wednesday, Dec. 6. The RSVP card, located on your invitation, is also your entry into the raffle drawing. Please note that you must be present to win. We’re looking forward to a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment!

Please contact Kathy Castonguay at or ext. 7086 with questions.

Employee Christmas Luncheon, donation opportunity

In the spirit of Christmas, we are again offering employees the opportunity to give at our Employee Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 15.  The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, to the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico, struck a chord in many of our hearts. We contacted several organizations helping with the relief effort on the island and were most inspired by the work of Mennonite Disaster Service, a local charity based in Lititz, Pennsylvania. They have made several visits to Puerto Rico since September and are doing much needed restoration work. One of their projects includes the rebuilding of a Christian, non-denominational school called Academia Menonita Betania. This school is located in a rural section of Puerto Rico and serves 127 students, three of whom are from the Mennonite community. The destruction to the school was vast – the roof was blown off and water damage was extensive throughout the lower floors. Furniture, books, supplies and all musical instruments were destroyed.

While oftentimes disaster relief efforts benefit from donated goods, the situation in Puerto Rico is particularly complex in the type of aid needed to rehabilitate the country. Most organizations working in-country are not able to handle a deluge of material donations and currently do not have the means of transportation, storage or people-power. Financial contributions, however, do allow organizations like Mennonite Disaster Service to provide on-the-ground food and housing materials as well as skilled volunteers in rebuilding homes and infrastructure.

Your support can fund the following:

$1 – A meal for a volunteer

$5 – One pound of drywall screws

$10 – Hammer

$18 – Bag of cement

$25 – Shovel

$37 – Support a volunteer for one day (travel, meals, lodging)

Donations will be collected prior to the luncheon, in the lobby outside Lottie Nelson Dining Room.  If paying by check, please make your check payable to Mennonite Disaster Service.  Be assured that all donations from Messiah College will go directly to the restoration of the school.

We are very appreciative of President’s Cabinet, who will match our collective donations of $1000 with an additional $500.

In closing, please watch the video:, taken by volunteers at Mennonite Disaster Service.

Thank you

I deeply appreciate your kind expressions of sympathy in my time of sorrow. Thank you for keeping me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Sherry Worley

Annual Amani Holiday Sale

Visit our annual Amani Holiday sale Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. in Eisenhower Commons. You can help support the wonderful work of New Life Homes in Kenya through your purchase of our hand-crafted Amani bead jewelry or Kenyan market items, including lots of great Christmas gifts, ornaments, nativity scenes etc. all priced between $3 and $40. Amani jewelry, made by Messiah student volunteers, features beads from Kazuri Beads of Nairobi, Kenya, a fair-trade organization that employs over 300 single mothers. 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go back to Kenya to support the efforts of New Life Homes of Kenya—a network of best practice homes caring for orphaned and abandoned infants – a beautiful circle of love and hope. Hope you will join us! We accept cash, checks, credit card and Falcon dollars.


Job opportunities:

The Dept. of Graduate Programs has an opening for a full-time occupational therapy academic fieldwork coordinator/clinical instructor in OT. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Darlene Perez-Brown at

The Department of Operations has several openings for campus events workers. For additional information and to apply, please see Job related questions may be directed to Laura Price at

For sale:

Christmas trees — Live fir and spruce. 4-7’ $25. 8-14’ $40. Holly $5/5×1′. Located at 9680 Carlisle Rd, Dillsburg. Delivery available. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735.

Variety of items:  clothes, purses and more.    Set of three beach wall hangers.  Approximately 5.5’’ x 5.5’’, never used, kept in bubble wrap, $7.  Camera scarf, new, never worn, $7, Purses:  All new, never used – black, $10, reddish pink $15 and neutral/patterned $15, lularoe shirt – XL – worn twice, like new, $18.  Please contact Karen at

4K LED Smart Vizio TV (M60-C3), for $485. The TV is a 60 inch 4K LED Smart TV. It has a native 120Hz refreshing rate – effective to 240Hz.
The TV has 5 HDMI Inputs (4 4k 30Hz and 1 4K 60Hz) with 2 HDMI 2.2 inputs. The TV does not have High Dynamic Range (HDR).
The TV is only two years old and is in excellent condition. This model was also the highest rated 4K Smart LED TV in 2015 by CNET.

For more information, please contact Robert Reyes at 717-756-2181 or by e-mail at


Kittens – Free to Good Home

Looking for homes for 5 kittens. They’re about 6 weeks old and just stopped bottle feeding. 3 tabby males, 1 black female, 1 black/white male. All very sweet. Will only send to indoor only homes. Kittens will be tested for FelV and FIV, given kitten shots and wormed prior to giving away. Contact Cady at if interested.


Couches needed. Minds Matter, a student-run executive organization dedicated to informing and educating peers about mental health, is in need of up to three couches to furnish their new space in the basement of Hoffman. They wish to make their space warm and inviting for the students they serve. Please consider donating old or new couches to help them make this wish a reality. Contact Kelly Striker at to coordinate your donation. Thank you!