Archive for 2018

January 25, 2018

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.

Timothy 4:17


David Hagenbuch, professor of marketing, authored an article about personal branding in the January issue of Marketing News, a monthly print publication of the American Marketing Association. The piece titled “5 Keys to Surviving a Personal Brand Attack” is also available online at: David Hagenbuch and fellow Messiah College marketing professor Keith Quesenberry are the featured speakers for the upcoming Messiah College Business Alumni breakfast, which will explore “Personal Branding that Benefits Others.” The event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Martin Commons. More information and registration details are available at: The breakfast is open to the general public; everyone is welcome to attend. More information about David and Keith’s work related to personal branding is available at and


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carrie Widdowson as Messiah College’s new registrar beginning July 1. She has served as senior associate registrar for the past several years. Please congratulate Carrie on her coming new appointment. As part of this transition, for the next year, Dr. John Chopka, vice president for enrollment management, will assume the leadership responsibilities of the retention team, which had been part of the registrar’s responsibilities. The registrar will continue to be an important member of the retention team. In addition, the academic support services of The Learning Center, The Office of Disability Services, and Supplemental Instruction will also report to Dr. Chopka. The long-term structure for retention and academic support services will be reviewed during the coming year.

Bill Strausbaugh Associate Provost/ Vice President of Information Technology


Given the retirement of Jonathan Lauer at the end of January, I’m pleased to announce that Lawrie Merz and Beth Transue will be serving as co-interim directors of the Murray Library until July 1. Lawrie Merz will assume responsibilities for caring for the library facilities and serving on the search committee for a new director. Beth Transue will be providing leadership of the Library Committee, supervising budgeting, and serving on the steering committee for the Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative. Lawrie and Beth will split supervisory responsibilities for library faculty and staff and as well as serving on Academic Council. Please congratulate them on their interim appointments.

Bill Strausbaugh Vice President for Information Technology/Associate Provost


Jonathan Lauer, director of the Murray Library for almost three decades, will retire Feb. 1. Join us in bidding our colleague and friend Godspeed at a reception in the Howe Atrium of Boyer Hall on Friday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jonathan and Cathleen will be relocating to Washington, D.C., in the spring, if you wish to apprise them of favorite retreats in or around the area. You’re invited to send reminiscences, photos, memorabilia or simply your good wishes for a memory book that is being assembled. These may be sent to the library c/o C. Fieser, Suite 3002, or dropped off at the reception. Email submissions are welcome at


Voice student makes Harrisburg Symphony debut!

Ellen Shockey, senior music theatre major and voice student of Tara Savarino, recently participated in a master class with Scott Coulter, Broadway performer and music theatre clinician. The master class was sponsored by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Shockey was selected as a soloist, and she will be debuting with the Symphony as part of their Jerry Herman Pops Concert on Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. More information about the concert can be found at

James Lim and Abbie Weinel, both Musical Theatre BFA sophomores in Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance, were selected to perform in Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, January 28, at 3 p.m. Messiah College, in collaboration with HSO hosted a masterclass with HSO’s Broadway Legacy Concert guest artists, Scott Coulter and John Boswell. Abbie and James were selected from the masterclass to perform a Jerry Herman duet with HSO. Tickets and more performance information may be found at:

W-2s now available

W-2s for 2017 wages have been mailed out to your current payroll address. Most of you will be receiving your W-2s at your home address. Some international students and employees residing on campus will receive their W-2s via your campus mail address. Employees may contact the Payroll Office if the W-2 is not received by Feb. 14. In addition to the paper W-2 form, W-2s are now accessible to current student and non-student employees via Employee Self-Service. This electronic W-2 form is an acceptable form for IRS, state, and local submissions. The online W-2 form is accessible by following the directions outlined below. To safeguard your privacy, always remember to close your browser when you are done reviewing your personal information. Student Employees: 1. Go to the Home tab on MC Square 2. Select “Self Service Main Menu” from the “Need to Know” channel 3. Follow the Employee | Tax Forms |W2 Wage and Tax Statement links 4. NOTE: The printable version with require re-entry of your network password Administrative/Faculty/Staff Employees: 1. Go to the Home tab on MC Square 2. Select “Employment Details” under the “Employee Quicklinks” channel 3. Follow the Tax Forms | W2 Wage and Tax Statement link 4. NOTE: The printable version with require re-entry of your network passwor


For sale:

Brand new Apple Macbook Pro. Purchased new in Oct. 2017. 15’’ screen (latest model, minus the “touch bar”). 16GB Ram, 256 GB SSD drive, AppleCare warranty until October 2020. 4 usb ports, 2 thunderbolt 2 ports, sd card port, hdmi port, etc. New in box with all documentation and power supply. Asking $1600. Contact Todd Christopher (Lottie manager) at

Pottery. Two pieces of finished pottery. Both pieces stand 7.5 – 8’’.  $10/each. Contact Karen at

Americana collectiblesFrom the Mary Ellen Beary Patch Boyd’s bear to a framed, primitive American flag and many accessories for a complete look.  The framed print does have two small chips on corners.  All other items in good condition.  $40.  Contact Karen at


Gently used twin mattress and metal floor frame that was used as the trundle portion of a bed. Local delivery available. Please email Karen Blair at if interested.


In search of: short-term small furnished apartment. A family friend is moving to the area in February for a six-month work obligation and is looking for a small apartment to stay in by himself for the duration, within an easy commute to Harrisburg. He is a young adult and college graduate. I will send all possibilities to him, if any exist through this network. Thank you! Amy Cook