Archive for 2017

February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16


Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, has upcoming speaking engagements in Minnesota and Texas. On Jan. 26 , Ted held a public conversation about science and religion with Florida State philosopher Michael Ruse (who does believe in God) at the University of Minnesota, followed the next day by a public lecture, “Galileo and the Garden of Eden: Galileo’s Hermeneutics, Modern Christians, and Natural History,” for the Center for Early Modern History at the university. On Feb. 2, he will speak on “Why Christianity is Good for Science” at the The Tandy Institute for Archaeology, part of the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

On Jan. 31, PBS aired the documentary “The Race Underground” that tells the story of the design and building of the first subway system in the United States in Boston. Dr. Don Pratt, professor of engineering, served as the technical consultant for the production, including designing all of the animations. The Boston subway trains were the third in the world to use electric traction. The prodigious inventor and electrical engineer Frank Sprague is featured in the documentary, and part of Don’s role was to decipher Sprague’s notes and sketches. The program is available for viewing online at . Congratulations to Don for his work on this project.

Todd Goranson, associate professor of music, performed a series of New Year’s concerts as guest principal bassoonist with the Huang He (Yellow River) Symphony in Zhengzhou, China from Dec. 29-Jan. 6. While in China, he also performed in a chamber concert with members of the MasterWorks Festival faculty from the U.S. Todd’s chamber ensemble, Trio Atlantis (with Swedish musicians Erik Hagstrom and Britta Holger), was the subject of a feature article in the February 2017 issue of Umgås Magazine, a publication that focuses on the intersection of Swedish and American cultures. A digital version of the article can be found at


Passport processing on campus in February

Representatives from the Cumberland County courthouse will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 23, to process passport applications.

Applicants need to bring their photo ID, documents: original birth certificate PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE, driver’s license PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID), completed application, and fees ($110 check made out to the Department of State and $25 cash or check made out to the Prothonotary’s Office) to the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check made out to Messiah College. Applications can be downloaded at Please contact if you have questions.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” debuts Thursday night

Experience the wonders of Narnia like you never have before! Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” opening this Thursday night in Miller Theater. A dramatic retelling of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale, this play follows four children as they journey to a magical realm where they participate in a life and death struggle for the control of Narnia against an evil witch. It is a heroic tale of love, faith, courage and self-sacrifice that showcases the triumph of good over evil. Tickets for opening night are buy one, get one free! Students are strongly encouraged to reserve their tickets now, as all performances are selling fast. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” runs Feb. 2-5 and 9-12. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 717-691-6036, online at, or at the door as available.

Networking breakfast now taking registration

Topic: Making Networking Work

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. (registration and networking, 7-7:30 a.m.)

Location: Messiah College, Martin Commons

Event cost: $15

Business and other professionals need to do networking well, yet they’re rarely taught how to network effectively, nor are they given opportunities to practice their networking skills in earnest. At its upcoming breakfast, the Messiah College Business Alumni association will address these deficiencies and suggest how networking can be a kingdom-building act. Every MCBA event involves networking, but at this breakfast, networking will be the main course.

Mike True, senior associate, talent development and marketing in Messiah College’s Career and Professional Development Center, will open the event by sharing several best practices in networking and inviting guests to add their own. After this networking primer, attendees will have the opportunity to put their networking skills in play through several rounds of “speed networking.” This breakfast promises to be one of the most exciting and interactive MCBA events yet. It will be almost impossible for people to leave without enhancing their networking skills and expanding their networks. We hope you’ll come and network with us! This event is open to EVERYONE! Register at

Web Services open door hours

Do you have a question, issue or need some assistance with your Jadu website? Web services is hosting Open Door hours on Friday, Feb. 24 from 2-4 p.m. in Boyer 337. No need to make a reservation, just stop in and visit with us.

2017 Alumni Awards recipients announced!

The Office of Alumni Relations recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society or Messiah College. These awards are important not only for the tribute they pay to the lives of each recipient, but also as a symbol of the quality of our alumni as a whole.

Young Alumnus Achievement Award – Aaron Faro ’03. This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 15 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community and/or Messiah College.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award – Dr. Kimathi Choma ’97 and Dr. Tosha Sampson Choma ’97. Recognizes a lifetime of vocational achievement in a manner that embodies the mission of the College.

Alumni Christian Service Award – John Arthur Brubaker ’59. This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.

Alumni Appreciation AwardDorothy and the late Ralph Larsen. This award recognizes an individual(s) who has/have contributed to the College in an extraordinary manner (long-term professional service; significant volunteer service and/or financial contribution).

Please save the date for Saturday, April 1, for the Alumni Awards Dinner, which will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Additional event details and ticket information will be coming in the next few weeks. Questions? Please contact the Alumni Office at 717-796-5252.

Events deadline

Friday, March 10 is the deadline to submit your Spring 2017 event requests that include tech/audio needs, set up needs or require ticket sales. Requests that do not require these needs will still be accepted. Call room reservations (ext. 6009) with any questions.

Important Dates:

April 20 – Service Day, must be an evening event after 5p.m.

April 21 – We cannot accept requests for any more events

April 25 – Service Day rain date

May 3 – Reading Day, we cannot accept requests for any more events

May 12 – We cannot accept requests

Online networking opportunity for students and alumni

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is excited to announce that we will be hosting three monthly Brazen events to connect alumni with alumni and to connect alumni with our students. Brazen is an online, cloud-based platform that makes it easy and fun for people to participate through text-based chats. The three virtual events will be broken down by industry, geography and age, and will rotate each month.

For the month of February, we are hosting the following networking receptions:

  • Thursday, Feb. 16: 8- 9:30 p.m. (Business/Accounting majors), for alumni and students
  • Friday, Feb. 24: Noon-1:30 p.m. (Alumni networking), for alumni
  • Monday, Feb. 27: Noon- 1:30 p.m. (Connecting Alumni in the Boston area), for alumni/seniors

After signing in from home, office, smartphone or tablet, alumni/students will participate in one-on-one chats with other attendees. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing them to quickly meet new people, exchange contact information and walk away with several new connections they may not have had before. Each chat is saved, making it simple to look back at the chat history, review notes, gather contact information and follow up. We hope that these connections lead to more in-person connections. Participants have the chance to share their wisdom, knowledge and life experiences, and to exchange career tips and build their professional network–all online, from any device. To learn more about Brazen or sign up for one of these events, please contact Olivia Snare, GA for alumni engagement at


For sale:

Toy John Deere Tractor Power Loader w/trailer – $150, Radio Flyer 2 seat wagon – $50, Outside sling swing for swing set – $10, Lightning McQueen sleeping bag – $5, Boy’s 12″ bike (red) – $10, small inflatable bounce house – $60, LG dehumidifier – $100. If interested call 443-280-0096 or email