Archive for 2018

October 25

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

Luke 1:78-79


Dr. Maude Yacapsin, associate professor of education, presented at the National Women in Educational Leadership Conference held at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), Oct. 7-10. Her discussion highlighted the importance of how agile leadership and a leader’s comprehensive understanding of online pedagogy are paramount in sustaining quality instruction for teaching and learning. Maude’s work with collaborative and accessible technologies was well received by higher ed leaders and faculty alike. While at UNL, Dr. Yacapsin was invited to attend doctoral candidates’ proposals, dissertation defense presentations and collaborate on future-leader endeavors by her former colleagues in the Department of Higher Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAD). She also had the distinct honor of speaking to a cohort of UNL’s master’s in higher education students on the roles humility and graciousness have as students graduate and continue their careers as servant leaders in higher education.

Beth Transue, librarian, presented her poster, “Above and Beyond: Partnering to Co-Lead and Support Cross Cultural Short-Term Study Abroad Courses,” at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference. Beth also served as the exhibits co-chair on the conference committee. The conference took place in Harrisburg on Oct. 14-17.

Jean Corey (Department of English) and David Pettegrew (Department of History) presented a talk titled, “History, Poetry, and Place: Recovering the Lost Voices of the Eighth Ward” at Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference on Oct. 6. The abstract of the talk is available here:

Todd Goranson, professor of music, gave two performances in Karlstad, Sweden on Sunday, Oct. 14. He performed on soprano saxophone with a Sweden-based professional saxophone quartet for morning services at Tingvallakyrka, followed by an evening performance (on bassoon) with orchestra of the Beethoven Mass in C major at the historic Karlstad Cathedral.


Spend an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman speaks on “The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology and Geopolitics” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall. The bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and The New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.” Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981.

In his latest best-seller, “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology globalization, and climate change. Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $10 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

Save the date for the 2019 Messiah College Human Library Project

As we seek to promote the Common Good defined as the “dignity, welfare and human flourishing of all people,” you are invited to save the date for this academic year’s Messiah College Human Library Project. The Human Library Project is where Messiah students, faculty, administrators and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. We had an outstanding response to last year’s project so please save the date of Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The books will be available from noon – 4 p.m. Closer to the date, there will be the opportunity to reserve a time slot to read/listen to the book of your choice. Questions related to the Messiah College Human Library Project may be directed to Todd Allen, special assistant to the president and provost for diversity affairs, at or Liz Kielley, associate librarian/technical services coordinator, Murray Library, at

Deadline for submitting fall 2018 events

Friday, Nov. 2 is the deadline for submitting requests for fall 2018 events that include technical needs, set-up needs or special permission from the SILP Office. Please plan now for your department end-of-semester or holiday parties; or any other event requiring special needs. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Fall shred day

Shredding Solutions will be on campus for confidential document shredding on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed. What can be shredded? All forms of documentation containing confidential information can be included in this campus shred day. Secured data, all sizes, color and texture of paper will be accepted. The shredding truck can shred/destroy staples and paperclips, but ALL BINDER CLIPS MUST BE REMOVED and documents in binders will not be accepted. (You will have the opportunity to observe your documents throughout the shredding process if you wish.) Personal documents in small/reasonable amounts (paper box full or less) are also welcome to be brought in for shredding. Shredding instructions: Normal shredding needs: Please bring all paper for shredding directly to the truck beginning at 11a.m. It is the goal to complete all shredding needs in the designated two (2) hours scheduled; plan to bring paper between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (please note, the shredding truck will be leaving promptly at 1 p.m.; we suggest arriving no later than 12:45 p.m.). Special shredding needs: If your department has specific needs, special arrangements can be made by calling Allen Snook, IT security analyst, at ext. 6790. All shredding arrangements must be made prior to the close of business Thursday, Oct. 25. For special requests or for other questions, please contact Allen Snook, at ext. 6790.

Halloween safety

It’s Trick-or-Treat time again. If you have children or grandchildren, read these tips to keep them safe while they enjoy Halloween festivities.

CPDC announces Into the City Mini event to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

The next Into the City Mini event will be to one of the world’s leading youth ballet companies, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). In addition to dance, CPYB has numerous job and internship possibilities in marketing and communications, development and fundraising, digital media, outreach, and student affairs. Please help us market this trip by promoting it to your students. Educators are welcome to attend as well! Read on for more details:

MORE INFO: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is recognized throughout the world for providing the finest in classical ballet training. Join us as we tour their facilities, interact with Messiah College alumni who are employed there, and participate in a catered networking event. Learn more about CPYB at

Payroll Announcement 

The Payroll Office has transitioned to become part of the Office of Human Resources and Compliance as of Oct. 1. All members of the payroll team will continue to perform the same tasks and are located in the same office so there is no change or interruption of services. Please note that the Payroll Office suite number will now be suite 3015 and the fax number will now be 888‐295‐9989.

Important reminder for faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The 2019 J-Term and Spring Semester deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates located at on the ITS blog at the following link:

Procedure review:

  1. Messiah faculty are notified of the semester work submission deadlines by Diane Hunsinger several weeks before the materials are due. This allows ample time to obtain copyright clearance for course materials (if necessary) and production of your course pack at College Press.
  2. Faculty must complete the online course materials form located on the ITS blog at this link: The online form allows you to enter/attach your copyright clearance requests, automatically creates the work requisition, and allows you to attach a PDF file of your course pack or lab manual.
  3. It is imperative that faculty who plan to sell a course pack/lab manual to students notify Aleisha Wildon, course materials manager, Campus Store and Textbook Express.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: Following the deadlines allows ample time for production, ensures our students have a positive experience when purchasing and receiving their course materials, and the instructor has the assurance that their course pack is available for students to purchase before classes begin.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger at ext. 3895, or 

History student presentations

The Department of History is pleased to announce successful student poster presentations at the Pennsylvania Historical Association conference in Lancaster on Oct. 13. Arion Dominique (history), David Michael (business administration), Robin Schwarzmann (history), Anna Strange (history), and Rachel Williams (history) presented on research related to City Beautiful, urban reform, population displacement, and racial segregation in Harrisburg and central Pennsylvania between 1900 and 1950. The poster by Arion Dominique and David Michael, titled “Spaces of Fear: Race, Housing, and Travel in South Central PA” (advised by Bernardo Michael) was awarded first prize by conference judges for its originality, currency and balanced analysis.

Life under Mao: a presentation

What was it like living in China during the Cultural Revolution? Was human flourishing possible despite the restrictions? The library is excited to announce a presentation by Dr. Ruth Pickens, who grew up in China under Mao and thoughtfully speaks on her firsthand experience. She has a fascinating and important story to tell and all are invited. The presentation will be on Nov. 5, 7-8 p.m. on the Library’s main floor. The presentation coincides with an exhibit of Ruth’s beautiful and colorful paper cuttings, as well as her copies of Maoist documents and other propaganda, and even her copy of Mao’s “little red book.” Please be sure to view this exhibit in the library, Oct. 26-Nov. 26.

Friends of Murray Library 2018-2019 Library Research Grant – deadline extended

The Friends of Murray Library 2018-2019 Library Research Grant application deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 31. This competitive grant supports Messiah student academic research projects that require resources at off-campus libraries. Proposals are selected for funding by an interdisciplinary panel of judges chaired by Linda Poston, library director. Up to $750 per grantee will be awarded in November for the current academic year. Grant recipient research will culminate with a scholarly paper and presentation to the Messiah community, as well as a poster presentation at the Friends Annual Dinner Meeting. Award recipients will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 7. See the library webpage for more information and attached PDF for application details.

IT equipment sale

ITS will be having a sale of used computer equipment this semester. This sale will be “cash and carry” for employees only. If paying by check, please make it out to Messiah College. Basic specs on equipment are: i5 with at least 4 GB of Ram. iMacs have either a 24” or 27” screen. We have made every attempt to ensure the equipment is working. However, all equipment will be sold as is. No refunds or returns. The desktop and laptop computers available have no operating system and no software. Outlets will be available at time of purchase to test power if desired. All equipment will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Where: Fry Apartments B1 – no Hoffman sales!

When: Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 3 – 4:30 p.m. What: * Windows laptop computers – $50 * Windows desktop computers – $25 * iMac computers – $200 *Mac minis – $100 *Mac laptops – $150 *Monitors – $10 If you have any questions, please contact Berte Thompson ( at ext. 2560.

FY19 Annual Plan and FY18 Annual Plan Status Update

The annual plan for the current academic year, and the annual plan status update for last academic year are available for your review. The documents are located in Falcon Link under the topic strategic planning. Thank you for your commitment to achieving the strategic goals outlined for the college. David Walker, vice president for finance and planning


Job opportunities

The Department of Facility Services has an opening for a full-time, second shift campus events worker. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, events/staff coordinator, at

The president’s office has an opening for a full time executive assistant to the president and assistant to the board of trustees. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Inger Blount, director of human resources, at

For sale

Large farmhouse table. Custom-made 8ft x 3ft farmhouse table for sale. Like new condition. Seats 8 people comfortably – $375. For more information, contact Ashley Sider:

Gretsch Doboro slide guitar. Barely used Gretsch G9200 Boxcar resonator with Padauk fingerboard, square neck. Retails for $360, asking $275.Contact Ashley Sider: