Archive for 2018

Thursday, April 5

Thursday, April 5th, 2018


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7



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.


Marcelle Giovannetti, Engle Center counselor, will be presenting at the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Certification Board Addictions conference on “Using Intersectionality to Inform Care and Compassion in an Age of Protest and Discord.” The objective of the training is to highlight how intersectionality can be effectively used in the treatment process, to enhance client care and promote inclusivity. The conference will be held April 30-May 1 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Registration is available at


Dean Curry, the first and only director of the College Honors Program (CHP) since its inception in 1997, has announced his planned retirement at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Curry joined Messiah College in 1980 and has been serving as a politics professor for 38 years! Dean and his wife, Jean, plan to relocate to South Carolina. Please come and help celebrate Dean’s years of service and to wish him well on Monday, May 7 from noon to 2 p.m. In Howe Atrium (Boyer Hall). A drop-in reception with light lunch is planned beginning at noon; there will be a brief program to honor Dean beginning at 1:30 p.m. You are invited to send reminiscences, photos, memorabilia or simply your good wishes for a memory book that is being assembled. These may be sent to Sommer Keller, Messiah College, One College Ave., Suite 3018, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or dropped off at the reception. Email submissions are welcome as well at


Paula Conner Maynard, associate registrar, School of Graduate Studies, attended the 2018 American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) conference in Orlando, Florida March 25-28. In collaboration with the registrar from Valparaiso University Law School and associate university registrar from the University of the Pacific, she was the chief presenter for a well-attended session focusing on curriculum management, governance and the role of the registrar’s office.

AACRAO is a non-profit professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its mission is to provide professional development and guidelines for higher education officials regarding the best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, administrative information technology and student services for the higher education community, from large public institutions to small, private liberal arts colleges.


The Steering Committee of the Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative is pleased to announce the fellows selected for 2018-19. This inaugural group will explore ways in which technology can support and enhance their pedagogy, thus improving the digital proficiency of their students. These fellows will participate in a summer intensive where they will gain foundational knowledge similar to that of students who register for this fall’s Digital Proficiency Certificate program. Fellows will build upon the intensive by continuing to collaborate through a professional learning community (PLC) during the academic year. Fellows also agree to share from their experience and the results of their project with their peers on campus.

Congratulations to this first group of faculty fellows:

  • John Bechtold
  • Jean Corey
  • Elizabeth Dubin
  • Michelle George
  • Amy Ginck
  • Kerry Hassler-Brooks
  • David Hazen
  • Cindy Lehman
  • Sean Matthews
  • Carole McGinnis
  • Brian Menkis
  • David Pettegrew
  • Amy Porto
  • Sam Wilcock
  • Maude Yacapsin


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.

Summary Annual report for Messiah College Employees Welfare Benefits Plan

Messiah College is required to publish a copy of the Summary Annual Report for Messiah College Employee Welfare Benefit Plans. That report is attached and is also available by request to the U.S. Department of Labor, Public Disclosure Room, Room N-1513, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

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!

Opioid Addiction: When the Crisis Hits Close to Home, presented on April 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 Clarke, 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 visit

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 a 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 from 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

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. – 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. -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.

WTE for students

WTE (web time entry) for student employees has been making its way onto campus. The Payroll Office has been working on this transition since fall 2017. This new system allows both students and supervisors to use their computer, tablet or phone to enter and send timesheets so they can be done anywhere and at any time that is convenient for the user. The first large group started with the March 25 pay period and they will be submitting their first online timesheets by April 10. Timesheets for the 2nd large group will begin with the April 8 pay period. All of these students are using the online application through the Self-Service portal. Green paper timesheets will no longer be issued to supervisors of these two groups. The last green timesheets are due Tuesday, April 10 for the March 25 to April 7 pay period. Supervisors should be communicating to students about when and how to do the new online timesheets. Training for supervisors will be held in Parmer Cinema on the following dates and times. It is expected that a supervisor or their proxy will attend one of the one-hour training sessions. April 4 – 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 5 – 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 10 – 9 a.m. April 11 – 2 p.m. Full documentation for both students and supervisors can be found on the payroll website: Students working in Campus Events, Safety and Laundry will continue to use paper timesheets. These areas will be transitioned as part of our final large group, after some additional testing that is relevant to their area. If anyone has questions, please don’t hesitate to email Cindy Briel at or

Tailgating for Jobs (and Internships) – April 11

Tailgating for jobs and internships; the informal job and internship fair.

April 11 from 4 – p.m.

Messiah College – visitor’s lot 70 employers registered! This event will be held regardless of the weather conditions. Please encourage all students to attend this fun, informal job and internship fair. No need to dress up. Employers will be in jeans and polo shirts. There will be games, giveaways and freshly-grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixin’s. This is for Messiah students and alumni only. A list of employers may be seen at

Spring Shred Day

Shredding Solutions will be on campus for confidential document shredding

On Tuesday, April 17, Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus. The truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed. What can be shredded?

All forms of documentation containing confidential information can be included in this campus shred day. Secured data, all sizes, color and texture of paper will be accepted. The shredding truck can shred/destroy staples and paperclips, but ALL BINDER CLIPS MUST BE REMOVED and documents in binders will not be accepted. (You will have the opportunity to observe your documents throughout the shredding process if you wish.) Personal documents in small/reasonable amounts (paper box full or less) are also welcome to be brought in for shredding. Shredding instructions: Normal shredding needs: Please bring all paper for shredding directly to the truck beginning at 11 a.m. It is the goal to complete all shredding needs in the designated two (2) hours scheduled; plan to bring paper between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (please note, the shredding truck will be leaving promptly at 1 p.m.; we suggest arriving no later than 12:45 p.m.) Special shredding needs: If your department has specific needs, special arrangements can be made by calling Allen Snook, IT security analyst, at ext. 6790. All shredding arrangements must be made prior to the close of business Thursday, April 12. For special requests or for other questions, please contact Allen Snook, at ext. 6790.

Audrey Assad Concert – Parmer Hall, Saturday, April 14

Messiah College Ministries and the music/worship degree program are delighted to host singer/songwriter Audrey Assad for an afternoon workshop and evening concert on Saturday, April 14.  Eric Byrd, Douglas Curry and Dave Helmuth will join for the afternoon workshop portion, which will consider unique ways to wed Scripture (read) and song in contexts of Christian worship.  Please join us, and forward the following link to your pastors, worship pastors, directors of music, etc.!  Tickets can be obtained at the Ticket Office.


Job opportunities

The Admissions Office has an opening for a full-time admissions counselor, slated to begin July 1. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Rachel Shenk at

The Division of Operations has an opening for a full-time campus events worker (custodial), 2nd shift. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price at

The Office of Disability Services has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Amy Slody at

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 2 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.

For rent 

Townhouse for rent in midtown Harrisburg area. 435 Peffer Street, Harrisburg, Pa. Available now. First floor: furnished living room with 2 couches and coffee/end tables; dining room with table and chairs; kitchen with stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher; 1/2 bath; Second floor: 3 bedrooms and 1 bath with washer and dryer; third floor: 2 bedrooms. Storage space in basement; on-street parking. Renting out 4 of the bedrooms individually. Rent: $375-400/month plus splitting all other bills with other tenants (electric, gas, water, trash, etc.) One month rent and $400 security deposit due at lease signing. If you have any questions, or would even like to stop by, let me know! For more information please contact Deb Poplaski at: Current tenants are Messiah alum. I look forward to hearing from you!