Archive for 2018

Thursday, April 12

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

I have loved you with an everlasting love.



Senior biochemistry major Dan Haas will be presenting his Departmental Honors Research, entitled, “Fluorescent Tagging of HIV-1 Using a Novel Recombinant Protein,” on Friday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in Kline 327. Dan has worked on this project for over two years, under the mentorship of Dr.’s Emily Farrar, Matt Farrar and Jesse Kleingardner. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites you to join us for this presentation. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar.


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


Molly Bletz ’11 has published an article with other scientists in a prestigious academic journal on the topic, “Shifts in disease dynamics in a tropical amphibian assemblage are not due to pathogen attenuation.” This study appears in the March 30 edition of Science. 


“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

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


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 Plan. 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.

Be sure to check out the latest issue of The Bridge

In the current issue of The Bridge, we take an in-depth look at why record numbers of U.S. college students are seeking mental health counseling—and Messiah’s approach to the issue. We also highlight several alums who work as photographers, including Brett Seymour ’94 from the National Park Service (who provided a captivating underwater shot that we used as the cover). Pick up a copy in the lounges of Boyer and Eisenhower. Or, read the entire issue online 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.

Agape Center spring cleaning/chores fundraiser

While Mother Nature may have yet to receive the “memo” – spring is finally here! …And we all know that springtime means spring cleaning. The Agape Center’s international service trip team members are eager to partner with you to help you get your spring cleaning done! This year, we are again offering our annual spring cleaning/chores fundraiser the weekend of Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29. We ask that you consider enlisting the help of our student team members and, in return, provide a financial donation that will directly support our International service-learning teams traveling to Bolivia and Nicaragua this summer. We have a variety of timeslots available, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and concluding at 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Students will be available to assist you with a variety of your spring-cleaning tasks (i.e., cleaning, painting, organizing, washing cars, etc.). Our students will even babysit to give you a night without the kids! Please see the attached FAQ sheet for more information on our upcoming service trips and fundraiser. Please keep in mind this is an entirely donation-based fundraiser; however, we’d like to recommend a donation of approximately $40 per student. Donations will not be tax deductible, as you are donating in exchange for a “good or service.” Sign-up here: Any questions can be directed to Ashley Leggett, at or ext. 3898.

School of the Humanities Summer Academic Camps

This summer, the School of the Humanities will hold three academic camps. FaithWorks@MessiahCollege, which is a unique summer experience connecting faith and service. This camp will be held on July 8 – 14 and is open to high school students. Their website is

The Young Filmmakers Workshop will be held on June 24 – 29. This camp will provide college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. To learn more about this camp, visit their website

The Young Writers Workshop will be held July 8 – 12 and offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers. We accept students in rising grades 9-12. To learn more about this workshop, visit the website at

All three workshops offer scholarships, but there is a deadline to have your application in for the scholarship. Each camp has their own individual deadline, so please check out the websites and apply now! The Young Writers and the Young Filmmakers also offer a 5% discount to all Messiah employees. You can receive the discount with your ID number when you register.

Teacher Education scholarship awards

The Teacher Education Program is pleased to announce the following scholarships awarded for 18-19: Ernest L. Boyer, Sr. Teacher Scholarship – Hannah Pyrzynski, Grades PreK-4/Special Education (PreK-8) Ethel Brandt Bigham Endowed Education Award – Olivia Rossi, Grades PreK-4/Special Education (PreK-8) Suzanne Joy Johnson Education Award – Lindsay Ledder, Grades 4-8, Science & Math Terry L. Stoudnour Endowed Education Award – Gabriella Brooks, Grades PreK-4/Special Education (PreK-8) All awards were based on academic performance, student involvement and a written essay.

Important parking information for commuters, P, P1 and Treona permits

On Thursday, April 19, Messiah College will be hosting Special Olympics for Service Day. This means that the entire Starry Complex is being used, including Treona Lot. The Department of Safety is requiring you to move your vehicles out of P lot and TR lot by Wednesday, April 18 before 6 p.m. There are no exceptions. You will be allowed to move your vehicle back into your assigned lot on Thursday, April 19 after 6 p.m. If you do not move your vehicle, we do reserve the right to have your vehicle towed at your expense. You may move your vehicles to the Pitt Parking Lot. You will not receive a ticket if you park in that lot. However, if you park in any other student lot (such as behind Mellinger or Fry residences) or employee parking lots (such as the Jordan/Kline lot) or in a visitor’s parking space or lot, you will be ticketed. If you have any questions, please contact Officer Liz Williams from the Department of Safety at

Do you serve or volunteer? We love to know about it!

Dear Colleagues, Messiah College is seeking to learn more about the volunteer and community service of its employees. To do so, we ask that you please complete a very brief, four-question online survey no later than Tuesday, April 17. (You may take the survey using the below link.) I am leading a task force that is gathering an institutional data set that demonstrates how Messiah College makes a positive impact on our surrounding community and beyond. We plan to feature this information on a “Promoting the Common Good” web site that will be launched at the start of the 2018-19 academic year as part of this institutional strategic planning theme. Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete the survey and help tell the story of how Messiah employees are making valuable contributions in our region. Warm regards, Kim Phipps, President


Job opportunities:

The Department of Athletics has an opening for a full-time assistant director of athletics for compliance and internal operations. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Jack Cole, executive director of athletics and fundraising, at

For sale:

Autopiano player piano for sale. Estimate that it was manufactured in the 1930s. Inherited as part of a home purchase but don’t have the space to keep it. It is in good condition and does work. Asking $200 OBO. Would need you to move it. For more information please contact Creta Bieber:

1996 Honda Accord, 152,500 miles, 2-door, silver. Serviced regularly. CARFAX included. Next inspection due in April 2019. Driven daily. Less than 10,000 miles on tires. Asking $1,200. Contact Les Weiand (

Tanning equipment: personal spray tanning machine, along with 2 bottles of tanning solution and a tent -$75.00. Call George at 717-385-3974 or

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!

Room for rent in Mechanicsburg townhouse.6360 Creekbend Drive (just off of the Carlisle Pike). 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse with finished basement. Currently occupied by three recent Messiah alum looking for a fourth housemate. Tenant will have their own room on the second floor with a shared bathroom. Rent is $400 per month (additional utility cost is split among the tenants). Room will be available in May. If you have any questions or are interested and would like to stop by, please let me, Sierra Kinslow, know! (

HP Ink Cartridges. Unopened HP ink, 564XL in magenta (2), yellow (2) and cyan (1). Make an offer if you are interested. We purchased a new printer and cannot use them. Contact


From the Graduate Program in Business and Leadership:

You are invited to join Leadercast Central Pa for the Simulcast on May 4. This event will be held at the Farm Show Complex, Commonwealth Ballroom. Registration and more information can be found here: Don’t miss out on the largest one-day leadership event in the world! Live-streamed to over 700 locations, Leadercast is viewed by over 100,000 individuals eager to learn and grow as leaders! Leadercast provides participants with the opportunity to be inspired by a number of widely successful speakers and authors on leadership principles. Attend Leadercast Central PA 2018, themed “Lead Yourself,” and learn from this year’s featured speakers: Jen Bricker, Mae Jemison, Ian Cron, Tripp Crosby, Jim Loehr, Michael Hyatt, Carey Lohrenz, Joe Torre and Andy Stanley.

For more information, you can contact Tina Keul:

Art and craft show

The Mechanicsburg Music Alliance’s 4th annual juried art and craft show is on May 5, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Mechanicsburg Middle School. Join us for over 65 vendors featuring unique, handcrafted items. (Great for your Mother’s Day shopping!). There will also be food trucks and FARM SHOW MILKSHAKES on site! For more information contact Susan Donat at