Archive for 2018

November 1

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:1


Through a competitive application process, Dr. Jan Dormer was chosen to serve on TESOL International Association’s “TESOL Standards Professional Council.” Jan is excited about the opportunity to have a voice in national and global conversations regarding the standards that govern English language learning and teaching.

Larry Mylin (biological sciences) delivered a poster presentation on Friday Oct. 26 at the 4th Annual Future of Malaria Research Meeting (Rockville, Maryland) that summarized ongoing efforts designed to support malaria research at the Macha Research Trust in Zambia. The presentation, entitled “Cryopreservation of Human Erythrocytes for the Laboratory Culture of Plasmodium falciparum,” included contributions by student co-authors Samuel Stambaugh ’18 and Nicole Clemente ’19, and Abhai Tripathi (Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology). The update on efforts to freeze blood collected from uninfected U.S. donors by methods that would allow the blood to be used to culture malaria parasites in developing world settings was received enthusiastically by meeting participants and organizers because of its potential to expand research efforts in the developing world.

Jennifer Fisler, professor of education, presented at the National Conference on Co-Teaching in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, Oct. 25. Her presentation, “Resistance, indifference, and devotion: Responses to co-teaching from the field,” including preliminary findings from her mixed methods sabbatical research project examining student teachers’ and cooperating teachers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of the co-teaching model for student teaching. The National Conference on Co-Teaching is sponsored by St. Cloud State University and the Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration.

Some of our Campus Events workers in the residence halls wore pink Friday, Oct. 26 to show their support for breast cancer awareness.


How to Meet an Angel: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov artists’ talk and reception

Please join the Russian-born American artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. in the High Center, Parmer Hall, for an artists’ talk and reception. The Kabakovs are internationally recognized as among the most important artists of our generation, in dialogue about their current exhibition, “How to Meet an Angel.” Their talk will highlight a weeklong residency by the Kabakovs at Messiah and will inaugurate the exhibition of their installation, which will continue until Jan. 25, 2019. Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, now living in New York, the work of the Kabakovs asks us to suspend our traditional ways of looking as we consider the limits and possibilities of human experience. Working collaboratively for nearly 30 years, their work extends beyond their experience with the Soviet social and cultural context to engage global ideas of reality and fantasy, hope and fear, power and control. As pioneers of immersive installation art, they move imaginatively between mediums while incorporating a broad range of materials.

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.

Presidential Lecture Series Promoting the Common Good

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Messiah College will explore how incarnating our mission as a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences in a rapidly changing and increasingly skeptical cultural context contributes to the common good of church and society – a common good rooted in a Christ-centered commitment to the dignity, welfare and human flourishing of all our neighbors. The Office of the President is sponsoring a lecture series devoted to this exploration. Jan Dormer’s lecture, “Vocation, Cross-Cultural Reconciliation and the Common Good” will take place on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. The lecture will be 30 minutes and followed by a Q & A session. Chapel credits will be offered.

Ben Bliss, leading tenor with the Metropolitan Opera, Nov. 3

Ben Bliss,”…a truly exceptional tenor.” -National Review

Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall

Winner of multiple international competitions and awards, Ben Bliss has launched a successful international career in the world of opera. While appearing at the Metropolitan Opera in recent years he has sung the roles of Tamino in “The Magic Flute,” Ferrando in “Cosi fan tutte,” as well as the Steuermann in “The Flying Dutchman.” He has also appeared in productions at the Seattle Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, among others. 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

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.

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.

Dr. Paul Putz lecture on John Wooden

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Dr. Paul Putz of the Department of History will deliver a lecture titled, “John Wooden, Jesus, and Me: Thinking Historically about the Intersection of Sports and Christianity.” Dr. Putz will discuss how legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden infused his coaching with his faith, and what that fusion reveals about the history of American Christianity in the twentieth century. Please join us in Boyer 335, from 4-5 p.m. to learn more about this inspirational coach. Refreshments will be available.

Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe

This exhibition is curated by Sandra Bowden, Christians in the Visual Arts, and will exhibit Nov. 9 — Jan. 25, 2019 in the Climenhaga and High Center Galleries (upper and lower). Join us for the Curator’s Talk and Reception on Thursday, Nov. 29, 4:15 p.m. High Center, High Foundation Recital Hall Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Evenings and weekends in conjunction with High Center events. For more details, visit

Networking breakfast

Leading with Purpose: A unique perspective on Leadership with Purpose that will include handouts like the Lead with Purpose Pledge and the Pillars of Purpose. Attendees will find out what it takes to be a Purposeful Leader. o Topic: The Purposeful Leader o Location: The Martin Commons (located at Lottie Nelson Dining Hall inside the Eisenhower Campus Center at Messiah College | 1 College Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055) o Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6 o Itinerary: § 7– 7:30 a.m. | Registration and networking § 7:30  – 9 a.m. | Event Speaker § 9 a.m.| Event concludes, but guests are encouraged to stay and network o Format: Keynote speakers with time for networking o Event Cost: $15 – You register via, to complete the transaction, please include your org/account numbers in space provided and use the promo code internal. A journal voucher will be processed post event.

Annual soup sale

The annual soup sale, sponsored by the Division of Finance and Planning, is schedule for Thursday, Nov. 15. from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The sale is located in the payroll lobby, located in the first floor of Old Main. Enjoy a cup of soup for $3, a barbeque sandwich for $2 or dessert for $1.

Soup options include: carrot, cheeseburger, creamy crab, pizza soup, tomato, turkey chili, vegetable beef soup and a few more to be determined. ALL proceeds benefit local families for Christmas. Please consider supporting this worthy cause and enjoy some homemade food and goodies!


Job opportunities

The Dept. of Dining Services has two full-time openings for a cook and one full-time opening for a production assistant. Visit for additional information. Employees who provide a referral that result in a successful hire are eligible for a $300 bonus. Please use this form,, when submitting your referral.


Girls Who Code needs your help

Two local Girls Who Code clubs have a fantastic opportunity to write apps for two local museums. We need Android phones and IPhones, iPods and tablets to test the apps. Please contact Lin Taylor if you have any working device or device charger that you would be willing to donate to the clubs. I can give you a tax receipt if you desire. Contact Linda Taylor at