Archive for 2018

Thursday, March 29

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6


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 me in welcoming Kristy to Messiah College.


On Monday, March 19, College Press graphic designer Ashley Todd received a gold (first place) In-Print Award for a Sustainafest Poster she designed in the fall for the Office of Sustainability. Ashley’s design was one of over 400 entries received from college and university print shops around the country. The In-Print contest is jointly sponsored by In-plant Graphics Magazine and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. Ashley will be honored in a ceremony at the IPMA 2018 conference in Costa Mesa, California in June. Please join us in congratulating her on this exceptional accomplishment.


Congratulations to David Owen, associate professor of computer science, and his wife, Gretta, as they welcomed their new baby daughter born on Wednesday, March 21, during the snow day at 1:14 pm. Gloria Anastasia weighed 8 lb., 6 oz. and joins siblings Gareth, Elliot and Eva. All are home and doing well. Congratulations to the Owens!


Six students from the Department of Biological Sciences—Matthew Darok, Rebekah Jones, Krysta Goldbach, Emily Isaga, Andrew Nevin and Sam Stambaugh—and faculty mentors, John Harms and Larry Mylin, attended the 94th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, March 23-25. All students delivered oral research presentations, for which Emily Isaga (“Does a robust CD8+ killer T cell response alter the type(s) of cytokines secreted by CD4+ helper T cells responding to the same tumor antigen?”; 2017 Steinbrecher fellow; Mylin, mentor) was awarded first place and Andrew Nevin (“Implicating gastrin signaling in K-ras mediated tumorigenesis”; Harms, mentor) won honorable mention as part of a meeting-wide competition. Matt Darok was awarded a competitive research grant to fund his ongoing research in Harms’ lab (“In vivo effects of proglumide and gemcitabine combination therapy on pancreatic tumor growth and fibrosis”). The Messiah group was treated to a tour of the laboratory of Dr. Cuong Diep (Messiah class of 2000, and one of Dr. Mylin’s first research students) who is now a tenured faculty member in the Biology Department of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where the meeting was held.


Rick Schaeffer, Roseann Sachs and Anne Reeve attended the National American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans, along with six students, from March 17 – 21. Seniors Micah Ohlhausen, Kelly Striker, Dan Haas and Daniel Lemen, along with juniors Mark Lauria and Sarah O’Boyle, presented research posters from the work they’ve done with Messiah College faculty mentors. Additional faculty mentors for this research included Jesse Kleingardner, Matt Farrar, Alison Noble and Jennifer Thomson.


Alumni Awards Dinner

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations welcomes the campus community, Messiah alumni and guests to the 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner where we will recognize and celebrate several individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society and/or Messiah College. The Alumni Awards Dinner will take place Saturday, April 14, from 5-7 p.m. in Martin Commons. The evening will include a greeting from President Kim Phipps, a buffet-style dinner and a program honoring this year’s award recipients.

  • Young Alumni Achievement Award: Levi Landis ‘03
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Peter Greer ‘97
  • Alumni Christian Service Award: Jacob and Nancy Shenk ’58
  • Alumni Appreciation Award: Dean Curry

Cost is $15 per person.

Seats are limited and pre-registration by Friday, March 24 is required. To register, please visit As a Messiah College employee, you will have the option to pay via journal voucher or your personal credit card, depending on the nature for your attendance and/or participation in this event. If you would like to reserve an entire table (8 seats, $120), please directly contact the Alumni Office at 717-796-5252. For more information about the Alumni Awards or to see a list of previous award recipients, please click here. For questions about the event, please contact

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s undergraduate online courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s undergraduate online courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs June 4 – July 27, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. In addition to current Messiah students, courses are also open to other college-level students, qualified homeschooled and high school students, employees, alumni, parents, community friends, and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 17 and runs through May 28. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit To learn more about our dual enrollment program for qualified homeschooled and high school students, visit

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” Bloch’s “Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service)” for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah College Concert Choir, the Messiah College Choral Arts Society and ensemble-in-residence The Susquehanna Chorale will perform two of the great sacred masterpieces of the 20th century on Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall.

Written for a synagogue in San Francisco in the 1930s, “Sacred Service” presents the Sabbath liturgy of that time, but in a setting for full orchestra, baritone and chorus, which Bloch clearly intended for the concert hall as well. Chichester Cathedral in England commissioned Bernstein to write what became “Chichester Psalms” in 1965, and they entered quickly into the repertoire of choirs around the world. The concert will open with more music of Bernstein: “Three Dance Episodes” from the musical “On the Town.”

Ticket prices are $30 for adults; $10 for Messiah College students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

Mock Interview Day at the Career and Professional Development Center

The Career and Professional Development Center is conducting Mock Interview Day on Friday, April 13. On this day alumni and employers will be on campus to conduct practice interviews with students. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to hone their interview skills and gain valuable feedback from local professionals. Limited interview slots are available. Please encourage students to sign up ASAP at

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.

Service Day: serve with Area M Special Olympics

Messiah College, in partnership with Area M, is once again hosting more than 1,100 athletes on April 19, to compete in the Area M Special Olympic Games. These games cannot happen without your help! While all educators and students in Created and Called for Community classes will be serving as buddies (and do not need to register), we are currently looking for volunteers to help with set-up/clean-up, provide support for swimming or track and field events, and assist in day-of event logistics. Volunteer registration for Special Olympics is now LIVE! To sign-up, visit: Additional details regarding each available position can be found within the sign-up form (see: 2018_Messiah_Special O Volunteer Descriptions). Looking to get involved off-campus for Service Day? We are still accepting on and off-campus project proposals and have extended the deadline for submission. Please submit your project by Friday, April 6: Project sign-ups and additional information regarding Service Day can be found at Questions? Please email or call ext. 7255.

April Wellness Workshop

Plan now to attend our April Wellness Workshop titled “Exercising for TODAY’S benefits!” on Tuesday, April 10 from 12:40-1:15 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. We all know that regular exercise decreases disease risk and helps with weight control. But does it benefit us TODAY? In this wellness workshop students in the APHS 210 Exercise Psychology class will help you understand some of the immediate benefits of activity. Let them help motivate you to commit to pursuing daily exercise. You won’t want to miss it!

Student survey results

The Office of Institutional Research administered the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to first year and senior student during spring 2017. The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA (AICUP) First Year Student Survey was also administered to first year students last spring. Click here ( and here ( to view some of the key results.

Opioid Addiction: When the Crisis Hits Close to Home presented on March 9

On Monday, April 9 at 7p.m., Geisinger Holy Spirit and Messiah College School of Graduate Studies are co-sponsoring a dynamic discussion addressing the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. Emceed by abc27’s Alicia Richards, a diverse group of panelists will provide a multidisciplinary view of the crisis. Attendees will leave with resources and knowledge to help affected friends or loved ones. Panelists for this event will include • Dr. Carrie DeLone, medical director, Geisinger Holy Spirit Medical Group • Duane Nieves, director of operations/chief, Holy Spirit EMS • Kristin Varner, director of Carlisle programs, training, and advocacy of The Rase Project • Jordan Barbour, director of clinical operations, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at Geisinger Health • Dr. Leah Clark, licensed counselor, assistant director of the Messiah College Graduate Program in Counseling • Dr. Karl Bergmann, licensed physical therapist, assistant program director of the Messiah College Doctor of Physical Therapy program The event will held in Parmer Hall, of the High Center, with refreshments provided by Two Bridges Catering. Tickets to this event are free, but must be reserved at the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or by visiting

Spring budget forum – April 11

The spring budget forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 from 3:45-5 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). There will be a presentation by David Walker, vice president for finance and planning, followed by a Q & A session. Following feedback from governance groups, College Council is scheduled to vote on the FY19 budget parameters on April 26. The spring budget forum is open to all employees and attendance is encouraged.

Join us for an EASY PROJECTS Open Door day

Join us for an EASY PROJECTS Open Door day. What is Easy Projects? Easy Projects is the new project management software used by the Office of Marketing and Communications, allowing you to keep all of your marketing design projects in one place. Since implementing Easy Projects in July 2017, many of our clients have had questions about usage. If you are an Easy Projects user and have questions, join us on Friday, April 13 between 3-4 p.m. in Boyer 337. Karen Garlinger, project coordinator, and Nancy Soulliard, creative director, will be available to walk you through any questions or concerns you have with Easy Projects. You can also access as Easy Projects video and download a how-to PDF online at

Messiah College Human Library Project

Immerse yourself in the pages of the books right in front of you. The Human Library Project is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. Please save the date and sign up to reserve a time to read/listen to the book of your choice at: Overviews of the books may be viewed on the site. The Human Library Project is Wednesday, April 11: 1-4:45 p.m. in the Murray Library. Please note that you sign up for individual sessions which are 25 minutes long. You don’t need to have availability to attend for the entire afternoon. A closing reception will be held at 4:45 p.m. in the Athenaeum. Questions may be directed to Dr. Todd Allen, special assistant to the president and provost for diversity affairs, at or to Liz Kielley, associate librarian/technical services coordinator, at

Nothing but Treble 5K race and fun walk

5K race and fun walk benefiting the extracurricular music programs of Mechanicsburg Area School District. * Closed course around school property and environmental center trails. * Prizes for multiple age groups! * $25 online advance registration by April 1. (includes tech shirt and goodie bag.) * $30 online registration after April 1. (Shirts and goodie bags while supplies last!) * Race starts at 9 a.m. * Join us after the race for the 4th annual Art and Craft show featuring hand-crafted items and food trucks (including Farm Show Milkshakes!) *Course tested by Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club REGISTER HERE:

Discount wholesale club membership enrollment 

The Community Discount Program is offering discount memberships to wholesale clubs for the month of April. Please review the information below for details on the programs offered by each club.



BJ’s Wholesale Club – $40 for 13 months for Inner Circle membership; $80 for 13 months for BJ’s Reward membership To begin a new or renew an existing membership complete the application and send it to BJ’s representative, Angie Kriner-Doorfee, either by email ( or by mail:

Angie Kriner-Doorfee BJ’s Wholesale Club 540 Gateway Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201

Please note:  membership renewals can be done three months prior to expiration (i.e. – if your membership expires between now and July, 2018, you may renew during this event to get the special).  This membership offer is valid from April 1 – April 30. This offer is not available in the store. 

Sam’s Club – $45 for 12 months for Club membership; $100 for 12 months for Plus membership To begin a new or renew an existing membership, come to our on-campus event in the ECC outside of the Falcon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 or Wednesday, April 18 .  Bring your Messiah College ID and pay with cash or a check to receive the exclusive coupon savings PLUS a $10 Sam’s Club gift card and a coupon for a free rotisserie chicken. This offer is not available in the store. 

Costco Wholesale – $60 for 12 months for a NEW Gold Star membership; $120 for 12 months for a NEW Executive membership To begin a new membership, come to our on-campus event in the ECC outside of the Falcon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10.  Bring your Messiah College ID and pay with cash, credit card or a check. New memberships will receive a $10 Costco card with Gold Star membership or a $20 Costco card with Executive membership. Please note: this offer is not valid on renewal membershipsThis offer is not available in the store.

Please contact Steph Sechrist at or call ext. 2497 with questions.


Job opportunities:

Messiah College currently has an opening for a 9 load units per year Director of First Year Courses, to oversee First Year Seminar (FYS) and Created and Called for Community (CCC).The director is responsible for all aspects of course leadership, including section staffing outside undergraduate academic departments, curriculum development, faculty development, instructional support, course promotion and assessment. The director serves on various committees and participates in events to ensure that the CCC course is integrated within the larger educational program. The director partners with the associate dean for General Education, Common Learning and Advising to ensure that appropriate course sections are offered and competently staffed. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a letter explaining your interest and fit for the position. Letters of interest and job-related questions should be directed to Dr. Robin Lauermann, associate dean for General Education, Common Learning and Advising ( or ext. 2410). A description is available upon request. Application deadline is April 20, however, applications will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

Cartop carrier. Full-size, hard shell cartop carrier. Asking $35. Please contact Dan Schmidt at


Free cats to good home. I am looking to rehome my sister’s two very loving and affectionate cats, Ricky and Lucy. They are 5 years old and she’s had them since they were kittens. They have both been fixed and are NOT declawed. Please contact if interested.