Archive for 2018

March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.

Joel 2:12-14


The YouTube channel of Michael Zigarelli, professor of leadership and strategy, recently surpassed one-million views. The channel, which features practical workplace advice, is called Christianity 9 to 5 and can be found at


The search committee for the new director of the Murray Library invites your attendance and comment on planned presentations from candidates. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (March 26, 27 and 28) at 3 p.m. in Parmer Cinema, one candidate per day will present to the campus community for 30 minutes on the topic “What is your vision for the role of the College library within the campus community in the 21st century?” A 30-minute question and answer period will follow each presentation. Feel free to share via email any comments you have about a candidate’s presentation with Bill Strausbaugh at


The Office of Marketing and Communications is pleased to announce the addition of Kristy Tunnell to our design team. She is a graduate of West Virginia University. Her diverse experience comes from work in advertising and marketing agencies DLD Advertising and Dean Design, as well as freelance work for Hershey Entertainment, Primitives by Kathy and various other clients. Please join our office in welcoming Kristy to Messiah College.


Summer student hiring reminder

This is a reminder that if your department plans to hire a student for a summer position, you must submit a summer hiring proposal request through by March 23.

All summer student employees must be requested for hire by submitting a summer hiring proposal through the system, even if the student currently works for your department, or has worked previously for your department.

If you will be hiring a student that has not worked for your department previously, please remember that students that attended the Summer Job Fair must be given first priority to openings. If you have any questions or need assistance with summer hiring, or would like a list of job fair attendees, please contact Belinda Conrad, or ext. 2900. Additional information regarding hiring summer student employees can be found here.

March employee workshop

Thursday, March 22, 12:40-1:15 p.m., Parmer Cinema

“Rest and Digest: Responding to Stress!” Learn how you can decrease your vulnerability to stress. This session will present helpful information as well as the opportunity to practice two relaxation activities. The workshop will be led by Engle Center interns Hannah Bingham and Joy Fasick.

Recognition reception scheduled for Tuesday, May 22

Please save the date for the annual gathering to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. The Employee Recognition Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. Please note that this date is a departure from our practice of holding the event on Reading Day. More details will be shared later in the spring.

Into the City – New York City

Student applications are now being accepted for the spring Into the City trip to New York City. This career immersion program will take place on April 22-24, and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational experience through site visits, alumni panels and networking receptions. Organizations represented on this trip include Bloomberg, WeWork, Warner Music, RedStream Technology, Charity: water, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Museum of Chinese in America, and more! For more information and an online application please encourage students to visit Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 4. Students from all majors and academic years are encouraged to apply. An information session about the trip will be held on March 27 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Pizza will be provided. Interested students and faculty should RSVP for this info session by March 25 at (Attendance at the info session is not required for participation in the Into the City trip.) The Career and Professional Development Center, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, and the Development Office collaboratively sponsor Into the City

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.

Dr. Tony Campolo is Coming to Messiah College and area churches March 25-27We are very fortunate to have Dr. Tony Campolo with us next week. Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization which he founded to create and support programs serving needy communities. More recently, Campolo has provided leadership for the progressive Christian movement, Red Letter Christians as well as, for the Campolo Center for Ministry, a program which provides support to those the church has called to full-time ministry. He has written more than 35 books and can be found blogging regularly on and You have four opportunities to hear him speak before Easter. On Sunday, March 25, he will speak at 10:30 a.m. at the Grantham Church on “Third Way Allegiance: Following Jesus in an American Empire.” That evening, he will speak at 7 p.m. at Slate Hill Mennonite Church (1352 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill) on “A Christian Witness in a Post-Christian Society” (Q & A to follow). On Tuesday, March 27, Campolo will deliver the annual Peace Lecture at Messiah at 9:45 a.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. His message is titled “Following Jesus, the Prince of Peace.” That evening, he will speak in an alternate chapel at 7 p.m. in be Parmer Hall, Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts on “Contemporary Challenges to Following the Prince of Peace” (Q & A to follow). Both chapels are sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Messiah College. You are invited to come to any (or all!) of these events. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Seibert (, ext. 2546.

The Bridge wins Society of Publication Designers award

The cover of the winter 2017 issue of The Bridge ( won a prestigious 2018 merit award from the Society of Publication designers. With thousands of entries worldwide, the SPD’s annual editorial design competition is the largest in the world. Judged by a jury of leading designers, the show produces a unique overview of the year’s best work across print, web, mobile and video mediums. This competition includes not only the best collegiate magazines but the best newsstand magazines worldwide.

MLK50, Where do we go from here?

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated as he stood outside his room on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. On Wednesday, April 4,  Messiah College will join others across the United States and the world in remembering the occasion of his death by remembering the significance of his life and the difference he made to the creation of a more just society. We will commemorate this day by doing several readings along with a panel discussion. Click here to view the daily schedule.


Job opportunities:

Grounds Services has an opening for a full-time groundskeeper/crew leader. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Pete Ramsey at

The Office of the Registrar has an opening for a full-time associate registrar of Undergraduate Programs. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Carrie Widdowson at

The School of the Arts has an opening for a part-time performing arts coordinator, beginning July 1. For additional information and to apply, please visit Job related questions may be directed to Richard Roberson, dean of the school of the arts, at



Designer Purse Bingo

Mechanicsburg Music Alliance, a local nonprofit supporting the extracurricular music programs of the Mechanicsburg Area School District, is holding a Designer Purse Bingo on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the Eureka Lodge in Mechanicsburg. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Prizes are beautiful designer bags. To see photos of the purses, visit Contact Susan Donat for advance tickets.