Archive for 2018

May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Roman 15:13


The Department of Education and Teacher Education Program were well represented at the Partners for Connections in Education Conference in Cape May, New Jersey last week. Don Murk and VISTA Coordinator Kaitlyn Neuman ’17 talked about the VISTA project at Downey Elementary in Harrisburg in a seminar titled, “Parents as Partners through Transitioning Leadership.” Tina Keller and seniors Jessica Gallup and Kelsey Bechtel presented “Connecting College Students with Migrant Education Students through eSTEAM Saturdays.” “Co-Teaching as a Model for Student Teaching: A Win-Win Partnership” was presented by Jennifer Fisler and Julie McGill.


Scott Hwang, assistant director of multicultural student programs, has accepted a new position as associate director of The Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Scott has cared and advocated for our multicultural students since the fall of 2013. He chaired the committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations for the past five years and advises the Multicultural Council. Scott has led the efforts in inclusivity training across campus. His last day will be Friday, May 11.


On Wednesday, May 3, College Press graphic designer Ashley Todd received a gold (first place) ACUP Award for her design of a marquee for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, printed last fall for the Theatre department. Ashley’s design was one of many entries received from college and university print shops around the country. The ACUP Award ceremony is held each May at the conclusion of the Association of College and University Printer’s annual three-day educational conference. This is Ashley’s second gold award this year. She received her first gold award from the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association back in March. Please join us in congratulating her on this exceptional accomplishment.


Tara Bowers Savarino, adjunct instructor of music, was recently selected to serve as a judge for the Music Theatre High School Men’s division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Auditions, being held in Las Vegas in June 2018. Mrs. Savarino viewed submissions by regional contestants competing to advance to the live final rounds, which will be held in conjunction with the 2018 NATS National Conference. In previous years, Mrs. Savarino has had three of her own private vocal students advance to the national round of NATS, with one being selected as a national finalist. She maintains a private voice studio in Mechanicsburg and teaches Applied Voice to Music Theatre and Commercial Music majors.


Fall 2018 early arrivals

If you plan to sponsor students for early arrival (before Sunday, Sept. 2), please complete the online early arrival request form or if you have a large group of students, please contact for a spreadsheet to fill out and return by Wednesday, Aug. 1. The earliest students may return this year is Friday, Aug. 17, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Friday, Aug. 31 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make these arrangements through the Falcon Exchange. There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any additions received between Thursday, Aug. 2–Aug. 16 will be charged $25/person and between Aug. 17–30 will be charged $50/person. Please contact Rhonda King at with any questions.

Join us May 22 for the Employee Recognition Reception

Please join us on Tuesday, May 22 as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. We will enjoy lunch refreshments and fellowship until 11:30 a.m. A performance by the student group Seven and conveying of awards will follow. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed HERE. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will announce the recipients of the 2018 Performance Awards. We hope you join us!

Laptop tune-ups during May Development Week

It’s time for annual laptop tune-ups. This happens annually during May Development Week. Tune-ups take at least four hours to complete, and are completed on a first come, first served basis, so get your laptop in early! Tune-ups include spyware and malware scans and Windows updates as needed. Call the HelpDesk with questions or stop by Hoffman to off drop your laptop.

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement information for employees

School of Graduate Studies Commencement, Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m., Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Schedule and details

  • The full schedule for the 2018 Commencement Ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies is posted online at edu/gradcommencement. This website will also provide a live video stream of the Commencement ceremony.
  • Members of the Graduate Studies faculty should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will soon receive a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.


Parking lots ZZ (between the High Center/Old Main and surrounding Old Main) and VV (visitor’s lot) will be the primary guest parking lots for this event. Note: there are no reserved employee parking passes issued for this event. Employees should follow the directions of parking personnel when they arrive on campus.

  • Employee lot ZZ will be closed all day on Friday, May 11 to allow for setup for the outdoor graduate reception. Employees who are assigned to this lot may park along the railroad tracks or in the visitor’s lot VV. 
  • Please be aware that there is no creek access or parking available in Starry Field parking lot on Saturday, May 12.

If you have any questions regarding the School of Graduate Studies Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or .

Undergraduate Commencement: Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19

Schedule and details

The 2018 Undergraduate Commencement weekend schedule of events is posted online at This year, this website will also provide a link to the live video stream of the Commencement ceremony. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself will soon receive an email memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Baccalaureate service/reception parking

  • Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate.
  • The Department of Safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. (Shuttle service is not provided Friday evening.)
  • To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984.
  • Please note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details.

Commencement day parking

Employee parking

  • Members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day.
  • Members of the COE and other employees coming to campus that morning should use the Mill Road/South Entrance in order to avoid congestion with visitor traffic.
  • Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strongly encourages all employees to arrive on campus no later than 8:15 a.m. in order to alleviate being delayed in traffic, and to assist that they are directed to their reserved parking areas on campus. It is also extremely important to follow all parking direction and instruction from safety personnel while entering and leaving campus, as traffic conditions can change quickly and officers are not able to stop traffic flow to have conversation with individual drivers.
  • An important reminder—employees are not permitted to schedule vendor visits, pick-ups or deliveries on the day of Commencement as it interferes with the increased and altered traffic flow on campus that day.

Guest parking

Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Events Officer Liz Williams at ext. 3984. 

Family Weekend 2018

Please save the date for Family Weekend 2018, held September 21-23! The office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is in the beginning stages of collecting all events planned over that weekend. If your office, program area or club has plans for an event and would like to have it promoted in the Family Weekend postcard that is mailed to all undergraduate households this summer (as well as posted online), please contact Sheryl Scaramuzzino ( by e-mail or phone (ext. 5240) by June 1. The 2018 Family Weekend schedule will be posted online by July 1 at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to sharing this time of celebration our student families and campus community this fall!


Job opportunities

The Office of Student Affairs has an opening for a full-time assistant director of multicultural programs. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost and dean of students, at

For sale

Thiery Cabinet Grand Piano: Good Condition. Asking $100. Plays well. Buyer needs to move the piano. Contact Erik Lindquist at

Charcoal smoker grill. Basic charcoal smoker, very lightly used. $25 Contact Dan Schmidt at


I am in need of a loving home for my pup. His name is Paco, 7 years old and full of energy. He loves to cuddle, wants a lot of attention and is great with children. For more information, please contact Wendy Perez at

Grantham house available two weeks in July. House in Grantham available July 15-29 – no rent, in exchange for cat care and plant watering. Contact Janell Paris at


Grass Volleyball Triples Tournament

Love to play volleyball? Mechanicsburg boys’ volleyball team sponsors a triples grass volleyball tournament for all ages on June 2 at Memorial Park in Mechanicsburg. Pre-register until May 31 for $75 a team. Day of registration is $90. Check in at 8 a.m., games begin at 9 a.m. Forms for registration can be found on the website under Parks and Recreation, volleyball. Contact Tina Keul ( with any questions.