Archive for 2018

March 15, 2018

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Deuteronomy 7:9


Scott Kieffer, professor of exercise physiology, and two students (Kristen Cofer and Seth Williams) attended the National Health through Fitness Day on Capitol Hill on March 5 and 6. Scott and his students were part of a delegation from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Sport Fitness Industry Association to meet and brief members of Congress on the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) that will be voted on in the coming weeks. This is a bipartisan effort that will be part of the Omnibus Bill that will help increase fitness and prevention as part of the overall health care package. In addition, the students were able to meet many former Olympic and professional athletes who support health through fitness that were on hand to support the Bill.


Three of the voice faculty in the Department of Music appeared in a Guest Artist Recital on Sunday, March 11 as part of the Allegro Academy Concert Series in Easton, Maryland. Tara Bowers Savarino, Laura Petravage and Damian Savarino presented works by Chopin, Fauré, Mozart, Paderewski, Poulenc, Puccini, Schubert, Verdi and Weill. The concert was at the invitation of MM Conducting alumna, Amy Morgan.


Operations Service Excellence Program

The Division of Operations strives to model servant leadership with the mission, “all employees are committed to serving the mission of Messiah College, are innovative in their work and serve the College, Division and their Department with integrity and positive attitudes.” The Operations Division has developed an “Operations Service Excellence Program,” whereas any Messiah College employee and or guest of the College can recognize an employee within the Operations Division. This recognition should be based on the Division’s core values of Compassion, Hospitality, Integrity, Commitment, Communication and Stewardship.

A freestanding poster with a tablet of forms will be placed in employee lounges throughout campus. When you interact with an Operations employee who has exemplified one of Operations’ core values, please take the time to complete one of the forms by simply answering three short questions.

On behalf of the Division of Operations, we thank you for supporting our “Service Excellence Program!”

Prayer walking: The Messiah way (a wellness initiative for employees)

The Messiah Wellness Committee would like to invite you to join us for 1-mile prayer walks, a simple discipline guaranteed to reap body, mind, and soul benefits. Prayer walks will be held each week on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m., beginning March 21. All walks will depart from the Library. Silent walking offers an incredible opportunity for us to reflect, respond and renew together.

Reigsecker Gender Concerns Grant Lecture

The Gender Concerns Committee and Office of Faculty Development would like to invite you to “The Sins of Cinema: Gender Politics” lecture by Dr. Crystal Downing, professor of English and film studies, and recipient of the 2017-2018 Reigsecker Gender Concerns Grant. The lecture will be held in Parmer Cinema on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The recent #MeToo movement serves as a disturbing reminder of the difficulties women have encountered in the filmmaking industry. Looking through the lens of Dorothy L. Sayers, whose life was transformed by cinema, this presentation explores the triumphs and trials of women behind the camera, beginning with the most powerful woman in Hollywood during the silent era, and ending with clips from films by contemporary filmmakers, their stories of survival and success communicated by film history students.

Veritas Christian study abroad program campus visit

On Tuesday, March 20, Veritas Christian Study Abroad representative Aley Bedair will be on campus to introduce students to opportunities to study with Veritas programs in Chile, England, France and South Korea. If you are interested in meeting with her to learn more about the programs or in having her speak briefly to your class(es), please contact Faith Minnich Kjesbo in the Intercultural Office at ext. 7373 or Also, please feel free to share with your students that the Aley will host an information table in Eisenhower Commons on that day and will be hosting the following information session highlighting their programs: • March 20 (Larsen 237) 4 p.m. (General Information Session) To learn more about these program visit •Veritas Study Abroad Chile: •Veritas Study Abroad Paris: •Veritas Study Abroad London: •Veritas Study Abroad South Korea:

Easter egg hunt

Eyas, the Messiah Student Alumni Council, invites you and your family to join us for the annual Messiah College Alumni Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24! 9:30 a.m.: Check-in/pegistration opens (Alumni Plaza outside of Lottie Nelson) 10 a.m.:  9-10 year old egg hunt begins 10:10 a.m.:  6-8 year old egg hunt begins 10:20 a.m.:  3-5 year old egg hunt begins 10:30 a.m.:  0-2 year old egg hunt begins 10-11 a.m.: Snacks and refreshments are served in Legacy Park Register at

Reminder – Pride in Performance Award nominations due Friday

Have you been impressed or inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year?  Do any of the statements below describe a colleague?  If so, please consider nominating that colleague for a Pride in Performance Award.  The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus, and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Your recommendation will be confidential; only the employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration.  Prior recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award for three years.  See the list of prior recipients at here.  Nominations must be submitted, using the Pride in Performance Nomination Form found at  by Friday, March 16.  Further information on performance awards, can be viewed at

The recipients will be announced at the Employee Recognition Reception in May.  All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay in Human Resources. 


Job opportunities:

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time safety and service dispatcher, 2nd shift. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Lynn Maynard at

For sale:

Skywalker Trampoline (Model SWTC1711 Series) – 17′ Oval enclosure in great shape. $200 OBO. See attached photo. Contact Emily at