Archive for 2018

November 15

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Psalm 95: 2-3



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.


On Saturday, Nov. 3, Department of Music professors Dr. Damian Savarino and Tara Savarino brought Messiah College and private students to compete in the annual Student Auditions hosted by the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing held at York College. Dr. and Mrs. Savarino also served as adjudicators in the competition. Winners in Dr. Savarino’s studio were Britney Yauger (Senior Women Classical Division), Daphne Rinkus (Freshman Women Classical Division), and Caleb Wenger (Freshman Men Classical Division). Mrs. Savarino had two winners from her private studio in the High School Classical and Music Theatre divisions. Please join the Department of Music in congratulating these talented singers!


On Nov. 8, thirty-five engineering industry professionals joined seventy Messiah engineering students and their faculty on campus for the second annual Engineering Networking Night. The event was jointly hosted by the ENGR Department, the Society of Women Engineers, the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the local professional chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar. Dr. Emily Farrar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was the primary organizer.


Rocky Allinger and Cindi Kerns presented Making an Impact: Digital Proficiency at Messiah College at the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference in Lewisburg on October 7th, 2018.  The presentation covered the development and implementation of the Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative (DPI) at Messiah College. Rocky and Cindi are excited by all they have learned in this first year of the DPI initiative.


Due to the THANKSGIVING DAY holiday the INTERCOM will resume Thursday, Nov. 29. We wish you a blessed THANKSGIVING.

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

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

Materials for Authors’ Exhibit – Dec. 17

The annual Authors’ Exhibit and New Docs’ Tea will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018. Please submit your headshot and electronic copies, as well as hard copies, of your publications, exhibits, performance materials etc. from January 2018 to December 2018 for display at this event. Electronic materials can be sent to Hard copies can be sent by campus mail to Suite 3008 or dropped off in the Faculty Development office in Boyer 101. Materials will be returned to you following the event.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” Continues This Weekend

Want to see Shakespeare with a twist? Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to present “The Tempest,” which continues performances this Friday night and runs for the rest of the weekend in Miller Theater. Shakespeare’s story of shipwreck, magic, vengeance, and reconciliation, this production of “The Tempest” will reimagine the character of Prospero as a woman. On a distant island Prospera waits, betrayed and exiled, spending years plotting her revenge. When fate places her old enemies within her reach, Prospera summons a magical storm that shipwrecks them onto her island. But after all these years, what revenge does she mean to take? “The Tempest” asks us to examine whether old injustices can lead to new hope or whether we repeat our past sins. For Prospera, that choice leads to unexpected consequences and love ultimately paving the way for reconciliation. “The Tempest” runs November 8—11 and 16—18. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 717-691-6036, online at, or at the door as available. This is a voyage you won’t want to miss — get your tickets today!

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!

Tips for a great presentation

Conference and Event Services created a one-sheet with tips for presenters when using projection and microphones. These tips will help you with some of the technical aspects of a presentation. Tips can be viewed here.

New digital media specialist, Brad Harman

Please welcome Brad Harman, Messiah College’s new digital media specialist. Brad is a graduate of California University of PA where he majored in commercial music technology. His education and experience with audio and visual productions over the past few years will serve him well in his new role. Brad is excited to collaborate with members of the campus on video projects. His office is in the media production suite in the basement of the library. Feel free to stop in to see Brad, contact him at or submit an LTS media production request form.

Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative application due date approaching

Full time faculty interested in applying for the 2019-2020 cohort of the Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative (DPI) have until Nov. 30 to submit an application. If you missed the recent Q and A sessions and want to learn more you may want to reach out to Messiah’s current DPI faculty fellows: John Bechtold, Jean Corey, Elizabeth Dubin, Michelle George, Amy Ginck, Kerry Hasler-Brooks, David Hazen, Cynthia Lehman, Sean Matthews, Carol McGinnis, Brian Menkis, David Pettegrew, Amy Porto, Sam Wilcock, and Maude Yacapsin. Or, you may email with any questions you may have.

Messiah College Employee Giving Campaign kickoff!

On behalf of the Agape Center and the Office of the President, we would like to invite you to participate in the Messiah College Employee Giving Campaign in partnership with the United Way. We hope you’ve received your packet via campus mail for how to give to the efforts of the United Way. In lieu of our usual Employee Christmas Luncheon Donation/Drive, please instead consider making a one-time contribution or payroll deduction for the campaign. You can give with confidence knowing that 98.5% of your gift will go directly to the focus area or non-profit of your choice. We also invite you to United Way Day on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. outside the Falcon. We’ll have coffee and cookies to thank you for donating! This is a great chance to drop off your form, enjoy a treat and enter a grand prize drawing. **All employees that return forms via campus mail or in person ON or BEFORE Wednesday, Nov. 28 will be entered to WIN 1 of the following of their choice: 4 Hershey Park Christmas CandyLane tickets, 4 Hershey Bears tickets, OR 4 Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra tickets. The LAST DAY to mail in forms will be Friday, Nov. 30. Questions or need a form? Please email our Campaign Interns Jocelyn Vanic: or Andrew Hernandez: Thank you for considering joining the Employee Giving Campaign supporting the United Way!  (library edition)

As the holiday season approaches, you might be curious about your family’s history and the branches of your family tree.  Did you know that Murray Library has access to (Library Edition)? Your Messiah College login information gets you on- and off-campus access to census, immigration, marriage, and military records, plus user-submitted family trees. You might also want to check out our genealogy research guide for other FREE online resources to help you get started.  Family history can be a great conversation-starter around the Thanksgiving dinner table!  Questions about getting started? Email librarian Sarah Myers,

Open House at Oakes Museum of Natural History

The Oakes Museum of Natural History invites you to join us for our annual Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1-5 p.m. This event is our way of saying “Thank You” to each of you in the community for supporting us throughout the year. There will be a winter craft project for children, a story time, winter photo booth, 20% off all items in the museum gift shop, and drawings for museum gift certificates Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the museum office at (717) 691-6082 or email us at if you have questions.

Nobel Prize Seminar on Dec. 4

Please plan to attend the 9th annual “Nobel Prize Seminar” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:15 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). The seminar includes Nobel prizes awarded in physics presented by Dr. Matthew Farrar, chemistry presented by Dr. Jesse Kleingardner, and medicine presented by Dr. Larry Mylin. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 p.m.


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 –

HP Ink. Several unopened HP 564XL ink cartridges (yellow, magenta, cyan) for sale. Cartridges fit various models of the HP Deskjet, HP Officejet and HP PhotoSmart. Will sell all six for $25. Contact


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: