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Thursday, April 19

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

Peter 3:8



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.


Molly Bletz ’11 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. 


Congratulations to 2016 biochemistry alumnus, Kelsey Schlegel, who was granted a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Kelsey is a second-year student at Pennsylvania State University and her project is entitled, “Investigating Mn2+ Doped Nanocrystals for Use in Photocatalysis.”


Senior biology major Samuel Stambaugh presented a talk entitled “Cryopreservation of Human Erythrocytes for Laboratory Culture of Plasmodium falciparum” to the annual spring meeting of the Helminthological Society of Washington held at the Penn State York campus on Saturday, April 14. Given in response to a personal invitation by the meeting organizer who had heard Sam speak at the recent Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting, the talk described results from an ongoing senior research project that Sam and collaborator Nicole Clemente are conducting under the direction of Dr. Larry Mylin (Biological Sciences, Messiah College). In recognition of his outstanding talk, Sam was awarded with the society’s Judith Humphrey Shaw Undergraduate Award. This local project supports ongoing malaria research efforts in Macha, Zambia that are guided by Phil Thuma’70.


Students from Messiah College’s capstone marketing class, Marketing Management and Strategy (MRKT 438), participated in a semester-long case competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). The focus of the “live” case was MedExpress, the nation’s leading urgent care company, which wants to increase brand engagement with Generation Z. The competition culminated on April 13 at Chatham University. Eight marketing executives judged twelve teams on their written marketing plans, posters and oral presentations. In just its second year in the competition, Messiah College Marketing won third place, ahead of the University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California University of Pennsylvania and West Virginia University, among others. Senior marketing majors Brittany Balmer, Megan Booher, Alicia Stoltzfus and Stephanie Walton represented Messiah College at Chatham, accompanied by Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch.


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.

Summer access to the Falcon Fitness Center

Details on summer hours, access and memberships for purchase can be found on our website by following this link:

New library director selected

The search committee and I are pleased to announce that Linda Poston has been selected as the next director of the Murray Library. She bring strengths in strategic planning, organization, team-building, hospitality and best practices to the directorship. Linda is currently serving as director of the library at Nyack College and in the past has also led both the CCCU’s and the West Chester (NY) area’s librarian professional associations. We look forward to Linda’s planned start on July 1. For those around this summer, please take time to welcome our new director. In the fall, the Library will host a reception for everyone to meet her.

Many thanks to the search committee for their involvement and commitment to a strong process (Peter Powers, Eric Rawson, Tina Keller, Louann Zinsmeister, Travis Weller, Lawrie Merz, Sarah Myers and Deb Roof).

Bill Strausbaugh, associate provost and vice president for information technology  


Job opportunities:

Slate Hill Mennonite Church (seven miles from campus) invites applications for a one quarter time Director of Youth Ministries position.  Full details are available here: For more information regarding this position feel free contact Lamarr Widmer:

For sale:

2004 Honda CRV; mileage 158,000. Four door automatic. AC, power doors/windows, CD player, AM/FM radio, moon roof, hitch. Good condition. Asking $2,000. Contact for additional details.

4 in 1 Radio Flyer Tricycle: $30 OBO. Transitions from an infant trike to independent trike. Includes all attachments. In excellent condition. Photos: & Strider Balance Bike: $30 OBO. Green. In excellent condition. Photo: Thule Chariot bike trailer and jogging stroller: $275 OBO. Includes bike, stroller, and jogger attachments. In excellent condition. Photos: & If interested, please contact

2006 Cadillac DTS V 8. Automatic, Northstar, fully loaded. Excellent condition, one owner. Inspected until April 2019. 57,000.00 miles. $ 6,800.00. Contact: or 717-386-8439.

For rent:

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! (


Free to a good mechanic’s home. Circa 2000 Troybilt lawn tractor, 21HP and variable speed drive. Runs but needs work. Replace the drive belts and transmission and rebuild the engine and you’ll have a good lawn tractor.


Looking for housemate. New Messiah faculty member looking for young professional to share rental of house near the College, starting this summer. There are several 2- or 3-bedroom houses available between $600–900/month, so the individual rent would come to $300–450/month plus splitting utilities. Contact Philip Tan at or 757-514-1421. I’m a 26-year old single engineering professor, the eldest of 11 children, Grove City and U.Va. grad, responsible with housework, a fairly good cook, enthusiastic about reading, hiking, and piano, fun-loving but not too noisy.

A daughter of a Messiah alum is looking for an apartment or room in the Mechanicsburg/Dillsburg area. She has a teaching job in the area, but is looking for a place to rent beginning in May after graduation. Her preference is for a faithful Christian person (preferably a woman) or family that might have a room/space in their house, or possibly a small apartment. If you have a space you think might work, I would be glad to pass your information along:


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