Archive for 2018

May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Colossians 2: 6-7


Please join us for a reception in honor of Joanna Barnhouse from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Climenhaga Homestead on Thursday, May 24. Joanna will be departing Messiah College to become the director of development at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in Washington, D.C. First as a student and then as an alum and employee, Joanna vibrantly reflected the mission of Messiah in her efforts at engaging a great many donors and friends to invest in the lives of our students. We are deeply grateful for her service to her alma mater and wish her the very best in her bright future.


From the Office of the Provost

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have been approved for promotion, term-tenure, or term-tenure renewal effective August 1:

Term tenure and promotion from assistant professor to associate professor:

 Andrew Babyak, Department of Business

Carol Buckley, Department of Education

Jeffrey Erickson, Department of Biological Sciences

Erik Forst, Department of Music

Sarah Jones, Department of Nursing

Matthew Lewis, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science

Carol McGinnis, Department of Graduate Studies: Counseling

Deedre Mitchell, Department of Graduate Studies: Counseling

Keith Quesenberry, Department of Business

David Tanis, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science

Term tenure and promotion from associate professor to full professor:

David Dixon, Department of Communication

Promotion from associate professor to full professor:

Rachel Cornacchio, Department of Graduate Studies: Conducting

Richard Crane, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

Michael Harcrow, Department of Music

John Harms, Department of Biological Sciences

David Pettegrew, Department of History

Brian Smith, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies 

Term-tenure renewal:

John Beaney, professor of modern languages

Erin Boyd-Soisson, professor of human development and family science

David Dzaka, professor of English

Jeffrey Erickson, assistant professor of biology and environmental science

Christine Forsythe, professor of art

Donald Forsythe, professor of art

David Foster, professor of biology and environmental science

Michael Harcrow, associate professor of music

Mary Holloway, assistant professor of communication

Joseph Huffman, professor of European history; distinguished professor 2015-2020

Scott Kieffer, professor of health and exercise physiology

James LaGrand, professor of American history

James Makowski, professor of biology

Nance McCown, associate professor of communication

Douglas Miller, professor of health and exercise science

David Owen, associate professor of computer science

Paul Rego, associate professor of politics

Gladys Robalino, associate professor of Spanish

Matthew Roth, professor of English

Wanda Thuma-McDermond, professor of nursing

Tymberley Whitesel, professor of theatre


Joy Ellis, admissions event manager, has agreed to serve as the coordinator for student retention for the 2018-19 academic year. Joy has recently been considering a change to part-time status to accommodate some family goals, even as the retention position transitions to the Enrollment Management division as a result of Jim Sotherden’s pending retirement. In this role, Joy will report to John Chopka and work with the retention team, faculty and staff to identify and serve potentially at-risk students. She will start her new role on August 15. We appreciate Joy’s years of service to admissions and look forward to the contributions she will make as she focuses on helping students persist and succeed.


Campus Climate Survey website posted

Thank you for your patience and participation in the Campus Climate Survey, seeking to measure prevalence of discrimination, harassment, and/or violence at Messiah College. You are welcome to view materials including results and follow-up information at the following website:

Your Messiah College login information will be required to view any of the materials. These materials are not intended for distribution or publication outside the campus community, but have been provided for your own education and awareness as we seek to tackle issues of discrimination, harassment and violence.

Falcon Exchange student early arrival meal card deadline

Departments bringing students back early for athletic participation, work or volunteer assistance, etc. will need to complete an Early Arrival Card Request Form if you would like to provide meals to your students. The deadline to submit the form is July 15. Questions may be directed to or ext. 7213.

Falcon Exchange summer hours

The Falcon Exchange has implemented summer window hours effective Monday, May 21. Falcon Exchange will be open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These summer hours are in effect through Friday, August 17. Answers to your questions may be available on our web page at: You may also contact Falcon Exchange by email at or phone at ext. 7245. We will return your email or phone call as soon as we are able.

Evaluation of Falcon Fitness Center usage

The opening year of the Falcon Fitness Center is coming to a close, and as promised, a team has come together to analyze the usage data and determine if we have the capacity to allow more constituents to have access to the Center. I am excited to report that since August 29, 2017 we’ve had over 118,000 total visits to our fitness center! On a busy day, we see over 1,000 people come through the front door. That is almost half the students who live on campus! Furthermore, the spring semester saw roughly 8,000 more total visits compared to the fall. Our hope is to continue to offer more programming and education to employees and students with the goal of seeing these numbers increase next year.

Given these high usage numbers our leadership team has determined that access to the Falcon Fitness Center will be limited to current undergraduate and graduate students, employees, employee’s spouses, and dependents of employees between the ages of 16-18. It has also been determined that retired employees will be given the opportunity to purchase a yearlong membership. Usage data will continue to be collected and analyzed with the goal of always offering our community the best services possible.

We want to highlight that the indoor track is open to alumni and community members according to the schedule posted on the doors. Over the summer, a predicted low usage time, memberships will be made available to the Falcon Fitness Center. For more information on these memberships follow the link: fitness center/3801/summer access and memberships

Thank you and have a great summer!

Kevin Ogden, director of the Fitness Center

Mindful marketing tips: did you know

…that you can learn all about Messiah College’s visual identity and branding at our updated website: You can now download your official logos, view the athletic logos and see anew brand marks for use in your publications.

Concert Choir tours Slovenia and Croatia

The Messiah College Concert Choir, conducted by Linda Tedford, will perform throughout Slovenia and Croatia from May 22 to 30. The choir will tour both countries, performing in various churches. They will also take part in a choral workshop. The Concert Choir has performed in Italy, Austria, Czech Republic and Ireland.

Summer group exercise classes at the Fitness Center

The Falcon Fitness Center will be offering a limited selection of group exercise classes this summer. Follow the link below or go on the Glofox App to purchase a class membership and book in!


Job opportunities

The Admissions Office has an opening for a full-time admissions event manager. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Wade, associate VP for enrollment management, at

The Oakes Museum has an opening for a full-time asst. director for collections and secondary education. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Helena Cicero, interim director, at


Broyhill sofa in good condition. Blue check fabric is in good condition, cushions are getting soft. Free for the hauling. Call Bill at 717-253-5196.


Housing needed. Dr. Paul Putz has recently been hired for a one-year appointment to the history department. He and his family are seeking a 2+ bedroom house to rent in Mechanicsburg, Dillsburg or Camp Hill. One year rental commitment, beginning August 1. Please email