Archive for 2018

November 8

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:8-12


Jennifer Fisler, professor of education, co-presented with Dr. Patricia Joergensen from Holy Family University at the annual statewide Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Nov. 1. Their presentation, “Cooperating teachers and college supervisors weigh in: Using voices from the field to inform our model of student teaching,” addressed research questions related to the skill development of novice teachers using the co-teaching model of student teaching. PAC-TE seeks to serve as the voice for professional educator preparation in Pennsylvania by promoting quality preparation programs and opportunities for individual professional development.

At the recent 50th anniversary conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA), held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Greg Gearhart, director of financial aid, received two honors. This past year, while serving in the role of PASFAA historian and chairing the Historian Committee, Greg led a group of PASFAA members who prepared a number of historical displays for the conference, including an historical timeline, a museum of historical items from the past 50 years of the Association, and video interviews with twenty past presidents of the Association. For these efforts, the entire committee received the President’s Award. This award is given to ‘an individual or individuals who worked to provide leadership and/or service to the association over the last year and whose actions have helped to advance the goals and objectives of the association for that period of time.’ In addition to this, Greg was awarded Life Membership, which is PASFAA’s highest award and is given to individuals who ‘have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to student financial aid.’ Life Membership is awarded upon approval by a majority of the PASFAA Executive Council. Over the years, Greg has chaired a number of Association committees and served as president in the 2008-09 year. Both honors were recognized by the presentation of a plaque during the Membership Luncheon.


Messiah College Choristers’ Concert, featuring Dan Forrest

Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall A choral festival led by renowned composer Dan Forrest will culminate in a concert featuring select High School Chamber Choirs, as well as Messiah College Women’s Ensemble (Rachel Cornacchio, conductor), Messiah College Brass Choir (Mike Harcrow, conductor), and the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra (Timothy Dixon, conductor), in a concert of Forrest’s music, including his “Jubilate Deo.” Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music that is truly magical (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture (Classical Voice) and superb writing full of spine-tingling moments (Salt Lake Tribune). In the last decade, Forrest’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad, through both smaller works and his major works “Requiem for the Living” (2013), “Jubilate Deo” (2016) and “LUX: The Dawn From On High” (2018). Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens (over 60); $5 for Messiah College students and employees (with ID); and $3 for youth (under 18). To purchase, contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

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 

Lancaster Learns Conference 2019

Teaching and Learning, as part of the Office of Faculty Development, would like to share an opportunity for educators to submit presentation proposals at the Lancaster Learns Conference to be held at PA College of Health Sciences on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The mission of Lancaster Learns is “to promote quality teaching and learning by building capacity for evidence-based pedagogy and learner-centered instruction through collaboration across the institutions of higher education within Lancaster county” and beyond. This year’s keynote address is Julie Smith, who will be sharing her expertise on media literacy. The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 19, 2018. For further information, including the call for proposals, please visit the Lancaster Learns website. Messiah College, through our programs for Teaching and Learning, is a sponsor of the event along with many other regional academic institutions. A large cohort of Messiah educators has attended this local conference in recent years, and benefitted from its opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking. We would also like to encourage you to attend the conference even if you will not be presenting that day. Early-bird registration runs through Jan. 29, 2019. The cost is only $50 and includes lunch. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lauren Allen,

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

Annual Soup Sale

The annual soup sale sponsored by the Division of Finance and Planning is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the payroll office lobby, located on the first floor of Old Main. Enjoy a cup of soup for $3, a barbecue sandwich for $2 and a dessert for $1. Soup options include: carrot, cheeseburger, creamy crab, pizza soup, tomato, turkey chili, vegetable beef and a few yet to be determined. ALL proceeds benefit local families for Christmas. Please consider supporting this worthy cause and enjoying some homemade food/goodies!

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

Please note, How to Meet an Angel: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov artists’ talk and reception and exhibition has been cancelled due to artist’s illness. We hope to reschedule this event next year.

Free 1-1 exercise instruction

Need help entering the Fitness Center? Want to learn a new cardio machine? Interested in being walked through one of the pre-designed resistance training programs? Have questions on exercise technique or form? The Falcon Fitness Center is excited to introduce our student leader strength and fitness coach booking system! Go to our website:, find the booking system on the left navigator, and follow directions to book your 30 minute time slot. Stay active!

Landmine Talk on Nov. 15

Landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other remnants of war create a legacy of violence that persists long after the conflict ends. The sad truth is that these terrifying devices are more likely to kill or maim non-combatants than soldiers, and a high percentage of victims are children. Dr. Don Pratt been advising and mentoring students involved in Humanitarian Demining projects in the engineering department at Messiah College for more than 20 years. These projects have included investigations of a variety of mine detection methods, destruction of munitions, and even improved prosthetic devices for landmine survivors. Recent work has focused on a revolutionary new method of rendering explosives harmless and a new device for defusing IEDs. Come and hear about this exciting research work and the results of field testing, including ongoing work in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Georgia. The presentation will be on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Frey 110.

Messiah College Choral Arts Society seeks new singers

Messiah College’s Choral Arts Society is holding auditions for all faculty, staff and students for the Spring 2019 season. Choral Arts rehearses on Tuesday evenings at the High Center, and this spring the choir will perform with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. For more information and to schedule an audition, please contact Joy Meade, director of choral activities, at

Safety poster contest winners

Congratulations to the winners of the safety contest: all winners were student employees! First place went to Cera Gaston, a student employee in Campus Events. The four runner-ups were Treavor Moore, Hannah Lelah, Katie Riggs and Yabets Assefa. Cera received a $50 gift card and the four runner-ups each received a $25 gift card.

BestSemester study abroad programs visiting campus

Representatives from the CCCU’s study abroad program, BestSemester will be on campus Nov. 15 from noon-5 p.m.  Messiah College has approved all nine of their semester-long programs for our students and we want to spread the word!


For sale

Wood and glass curio cabinets. Two identical wood curio cabinets with glass doors. Unfinished, each with 3 adjustable wood shelves. 58″ high x 34 5/8″ wide x 16 1/4″ deep. Asking $75/each or $100 for both. Can help with transport if needed (from Carlisle.) Email Becca Sites for photos and more info –


Seeking to re-home two, adult male cats. Zoe and Bailey are brothers who were found as stray kittens on a family farm. The Hardy’s have offered them a loving home for the past ten years, but are seeking to re-home both cats (ideally together). The cats are de-clawed, neutered, and excellent with children/people. Please contact Shardé Hardy ( for more details if you or someone you know might be interested.


Historical Society organic turkey raffle

The Newville Historical Society is raffling 20 organic free-range turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving! The drawing will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 and the “dressed” turkeys can be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 20. I can also bring any winning turkeys to campus on Tuesday. Donations are $3 for 1 ticket, $5 for 2 tickets, and $10 for 10 tickets. If you win and don’t want the turkey, you can “pardon” him or her to live out the rest of their life with our chickens and sheep and you can come to visit him or her. For tickets or more information contact Amanda Flagle: