Archive for 2018

September 13

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:16


Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, accepted an invitation from the U. S. Ambassador to Guatemala to present a series of concerts and lectures in that country this past August. Venues for some of the concerts included Guatemala’s National Conservatory of Music, the University of San Carlos, and the ambassador’s residence (where Zwally lodged during his time in Central America). Photos and videos of the concert in the ambassador’s residence are available on the U.S. Embassy’s flckr page:

We are excited to announce several accomplishments in the Department of Nursing. Megan Gross, Ph.D., MPH, RN, was selected as a 2018-2019 Jonas Scholar for the National League for Nursing (NLN). The NLN Jonas Scholars Program, with funding through a grant from Jonas Philanthropies, addresses a core goal of the NLN: advancement of the science of nursing education. Dr. Gross, who recently completed her Ph.D. studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was nominated by the faculty at IUP for this prestigious award. In July, Kristen Slabaugh, DNP, CRNP, CNE successfully passed the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator examination! She is now recognized as an expert nurse educator by holding this certificate. Additionally in August, Dr. Slabaugh had her DNP Project entitled “Initiation of standardized depression screening in college health: A quality improvement project” accepted for publication. Her article will be published in the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, Volume 11, Number 2, October 2018. Additionally, Kim Fenstermacher, Ph.D., CRNP, recently published two articles, both in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing: “Going along with it: Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses’ Views of a Donor Milk Practice Change” with co-authors Alaina Miller and Barbara Buchko of Wellspan Health System; and “Support for Young Black Urban Women after Perinatal Loss” with co-author Dr. Judy Hupcey from Penn State College of Nursing.


Mindful marketing tips

Did you know…

…the Office of Marketing and Communications uses a project management system called Easy Projects to manage the design process? The entire proofing process is online. Once you initiate your project at, to familiarize yourself with the system, you can view a handy training video or read a PDF at

How can Two Bridges Catering help you?

Whether it may be for an upcoming fall holiday, small get-together, or even just the personal desire to have a special treat, Two Bridges Catering would love to help! With the option of even placing a pick-up order for discounted pricing, you can easily enjoy and share with others one of our mouthwatering creations, and with this, possibly remove one task from your to-do list. Let that favorite side dish or dessert you tasted at a Messiah event become part of your own while enjoying the ease and deliciousness of working with us! If interested, please call ext. 4095 or email with inquires. Your continued support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with you!

Falcon Fitness Center updates

The Falcon Fitness Center has two exciting announcements! First, the unlimited group exercise membership is back. For only $35, employees can book into any and all of our 15 classes held each week running Sept. 10 – Dec. 7. Go to our website to see the schedule, class descriptions, membership purchasing instructions and how to sign up for classes. Second, the Falcon Fitness Center staff has developed a video exercise library of over 300 videos! These videos have been organized into stand-alone exercise workouts and exercise programs for those looking to start resistance training or add variety to their workout. You can find links to our YouTube Channel and these programs on our website (link above).

Networking Breakfast

Sept. 20, 7 a.m.

Registration: $15

Topic: The Neuroscience of Leadership

Speaker: John Dame, business strategist, CEO coach and author

How leaders and leadership has changed and looking ahead to 2020. Each attendee will walk away with a clearer understanding of how leaders need to change to meet the changing marketplace and to build a competitive effective organization. Register at

The Into the City program is headed to Atlanta!

Student applications are now being accepted for the fall Into the City trip to Atlanta! This career immersion program will take place on Oct. 10-13, and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational experience through site visits, alumni panels and networking receptions. Organizations represented on this trip include Chick-Fil-A, World Relief, MLK Jr National Historical Park, the WNBA Dream, Pinewood Studios and more! For more information and an online application please encourage students to visit Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 26. Students from all majors and academic years are encouraged to apply. An information session about the trip will be held on Sept. 18 from noon -1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Pizza will be provided. Interested students and educators are welcome to attend and should RSVP for this info session by Sept. 15 at . (Student attendance at the info session is not required for participation in the Into the City trip.) ITC is collaboratively sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Development Office.

Rachel Helen Flowers Centennial Celebration

The Rachel Flowers Centennial Committee would like to extend an invitation to members of our campus community to join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Rachel Helen Flowers (1900-1988), the first African American student to graduate from Messiah in 1918.

The following events will be held to commemorate the Flowers Centennial:

Thursday, Sept. 13: “Remembering Rachel Helen Flowers,” Christina Thomas ’14, Parmer Hall, 7 p.m. Followed by light refreshments.

Friday, Sept. 14: “What have you to say? The Life and Activism of Rachel H. Flowers,” exhibition at Murray Library. Open House, College Archives (Murray Library, lower level), noon-4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15: Rachel Flowers Suite, A Jazz Performance at Hostetter Chapel, 7 p.m. Followed by a dessert reception.

There will be additional information gathered from the college archive and other sources on alums and employees from diverse backgrounds on display. Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Rachel H. Flowers. Please share this information with your colleagues, friends and networks. These events are free and open to the public.

With warm regards, Bernardo Michael and Christina Thomas ‘14 Co-Chairs, Rachel Flowers Centennial Committee

The Rachel Flowers Centennial Event is made possible with the generous support of the Office of the President, the Office of Diversity Affairs, the Office of Development, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Saturday Science Programs at the Oakes Museum of Natural History

Registration is now open for Saturday Science Programs at the Oakes Museum of Natural History at Messiah College. Curator Club (grades 3-5) and CC2 (grades 6-8) are science enrichment programs on a variety of topics in a fun learning environment. Fall topics include monkeys, bones, the dirt on dirt and more. To sign up or find out more go to or contact us at ext. 2659.

Oakwood Hills Project information session

Kelly Phipps, president of Rider Musser Development, LLC, will present a short update and overview of the Oakwood Hills Project, which is currently taking shape directly across the road from the College. Kelly will review the project’s aim and purposes, and sketch out the intended use of both the residential and commercial portions of the project. He will also go into further detail about the residential community, and describe what will occur during the next 12 months. The meeting is open to all students, faculty and staff who wish to attend. All we ask is that you RSVP at so that we can prepare sufficient materials for distribution. Meeting Location: Hostetter Chapel Sanctuary Meeting Date and Time: Monday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.

2018-19 Workplace Safety Contest

Could you use an extra $50? The 2018-19 Workplace Safety Contest is open to all employees and student employees. First place prize is a $50 Amazon gift card and four (4) runner-ups will each receive a $25 gift card. Check out the information on how to enter, deadlines and rules for the contest. Please direct any additional questions to Donna Fink ( or ext. 5038).

Intercultural Office transitions

The Division of Student Affairs would like to inform the campus community of some upcoming transitions in the Intercultural Office. Faith Minnich Kjesbo will be transitioning out of her current role as director of the Intercultural Office at the end of December and will be moving to Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her family to begin a new chapter closer to their extended family. Faith has given excellent leadership to the Intercultural Office and helped establish Messiah College as a leader in off campus programs and risk management. During the spring semester, Kevin Villegas will assume interim leadership of the Intercultural Office, while continuing to give leadership to Student Involvement and Leadership Programs. Katie Rousopoulos and Gina Hale will assume any duties related to cross-cultural courses and study abroad programs. Details about a more permanent structure for the Intercultural Office and Student Involvement and Leadership Programs will be announced in the spring semester. If you have questions about this transition or process, please contact Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students.

Call for nominations – 2019 Alumni Awards We need your help in identify deserving recipients for the 2019 Alumni Awards. The deadline for award nomination is          Oct. 1. Click here to Nominate an Alum.

Young Alumnus/a Achievement Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 15 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community and/or Messiah College.

Distinguished Alumnus/a Achievement Award: This award recognizes long-term vocational excellence in a manner supportive of the mission and standards of Messiah.

Alumni Christian Service Award: This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.

Alumni Appreciation Award: Alumni and friends are eligible for this award, which recognizes significant personal service and contribution to Messiah College. This is the only award that can go to a non-Messiah alum.

The following links should be very helpful: Previous Alumni Award Winners Alumni Award Descriptions Nominate an Alum

Qualtrics at Messiah

Did you know one of the most powerful survey and research tools in the industry is available right here on Messiah College’s campus? Didn’t know? Did know, but wasn’t sure it could meet your needs? Check out the “Qualtrics at Messiah College” website to get more information on Messiah’s Qualtrics Survey tool, and how it could be useful for all your data collection requirements.

Ad Deum Dance Company presents “Moving Acts of Redemption” Sept. 14 and 15

Ad Deum Dance Company presents “Moving Acts of Redemption” Sept. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., Climenhaga Building, Miller Theater. Founded by dancer and choreographer Randall Flinn, Ad Deum is comprised of over 25 professional dancers from across the world. Their mission is to create and perform moving works of dance that touch at the core of human existence, uplifting the soul and transforming the heart. Ad Deum has performed the works of major choreographers and has toured across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, with commissions by governments and embassies worldwide to perform for major and critical events. Their work has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance magazine and many articles in renowned arts publications and journals. Sponsored by the School of the Arts Performing Arts Series. Ticket prices are: $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah College students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at


Job opportunities:

The Graduate Departments of Education and Counseling have an opening for a full-time administrative assistant. For additional information and to apply, visit Job related questions may be directed to Rob Pepper, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, at

For sale:

Swivel chair– white leather swivel chair. Great for a desk/vanity. Red Versa stability ball – already inflated, gentle used. Great for core strength. Lamps (an assortment of lamps) For more information on the items listed above, contact Livia at

Hot yoga or Pilates sessions. 4 sessions at Drip 105 Hot Yoga in Camp Hill. Four transferable class credits that can be used on any class, hot yoga or hot Pilates. Four class credits for $55. If interested contact Liv at

House for sale. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, brick colonial duplex with lots of character, possible fourth bedroom, kitchen and dining room updated. All appliances included, fenced-in back yard, new roof 2017. Located in (467 Lincoln Way East) Chambersburg, PA. Within walking distance to downtown and hospital plus a convenient location to shopping centers/restaurants. For more information email

Lazy boy Sofa with chaise. Stainguard. No Pets. Comfortable. $50.Contact Michelle at

Numerous items for sale.TI83 Plus calculator – $40; Girl’s 26″ Schwinn bicycle, good condition – $50; Walnut L-shaped desk 5’4″ x 5′ x 17 x 29 – $55; Craftsman seeder for riding lawn mower – $20; Steelers full size bed comforter, pillow sham, bed skirt, and curtain – $45; (2) 15″ car tires – one almost new – other good shape $40 for both. If interested or want to see pictures, email


Forever home needed for Oliver the cat. Oliver, a three-year-old tabby, is in search of a larger home than his current, tiny apartment space. He is declawed, updated on shots, and loves to play. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Molly Janczyk at or 717-357-2999.


Broyhill TV armoire/cabinet, solid wood, 39″ wide, 20″ deep, x 78″ high. Lots of storage. We can assist with loading on your truck, but you will need two to unload. Pictures available, contact