Archive for 2018

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:18-21


Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, will take part in an advisory board meeting at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian), before Christmas. An exhibit about religion and science in America is being planned for 2021.

Two faculty and four students from the Department of Human Development and Family attended the National Council on Family Relations Conference in November in San Diego. Dr. Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science, co-presented (with Robin Yaure, Penn State; Debra Berke, Wilmington University) a paper entitled “Assessing intercultural competency and student learning in three family science study abroad programs” as part of a symposium called Sopa to ถั่ว (T̄hạ̀w) [Soup to Nuts]: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Study Abroad Family Science Programs. Dr. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, presented “Using Creative Writing to Teach Family Science” (co-authored with Rachel Jones, HDFS ’19) as part of a symposium entitled Enhancing Family Science Classrooms Through Applied Experiences and High-Impact Practices. Hannah Wagner (HDFS ’21) and Hannah Heintzelman (HDFS ’21) co-presented a poster entitled “The Family Folklore Album Project: Students’ Perspectives.” Both Dr. Reyes and Dr. Hamon serve on the Editorial Board of one of NCFR’s journals: The Journal of Family Theory and Review. Dr. Hamon also completed her leadership as Chair of the Advancing Family Science Section at the conclusion of the conference, at which time she will begin her term as Past Chair for two years. Dr. Hamon was also presented a Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science the first day of the conference. An announcement of the award recipients is located at:


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,

Holiday gift sale

Join us for a Holiday Gift Sale in the Eisenhower Commons that supports Ten Thousand Villages and the Collaboratory.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Sale features 100% fair trade items.

December graduates luncheon

We will be honoring the December graduates at an informal lunch with President Phipps on Friday, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a time to celebrate those students who have completed their coursework and will be leaving Messiah College. Come celebrate these students. Deadline to RSVP is Dec. 7. Please register at

Incarnational Encounters: Stories that Change Us

Please join the Department of Education for our Fall Research Forum. Dr. Tina Keller will be presenting her topic, “Incarnational Encounters: Stories that Change Us.” The incarnation, God taking on the flesh of man, is a mystery that has captured the imagination of Christians over the ages. Viewing life though this incarnational lens becomes foundational in changing the ways one conceptualizes the world. Most importantly, it fundamentally changes beliefs, or the narratives told about people perceived as being different, or ‘other.’ If Jesus encountered us, so then should we seek to encounter our own ‘other.’ This presentation will describe the background of using narratives as a tool for change. Along with her research of teacher ideology, Dr. Keller will share two stories that challenge us to disrupt narratives of otherness. Mindfulness of the spirit of God in self and in our other challenges the way that one sees the world. Telling and retelling of such stories have the power to create change. The presentation will be Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Boyer 131. Light refreshments will follow.

Operations Service Excellence Program

The Division of Operations strives to model servant leadership with the mission, “all employees are committed to serving the mission of Messiah College, are innovative in their work and serve the College, Division and their Department with integrity and positive attitudes.” The Operations Division has developed an “Operations Service Excellence Program,” whereas any Messiah College employee and or guest of the College can recognize an employee within the Operations Division. This recognition should be based on the Division’s core values: compassion, hospitality, integrity, commitment, communication and stewardship. A freestanding poster with a tablet of forms will be placed in employee lounges throughout campus. When you interact with an operations employee who has exemplified one of operations’ core values, please take the time to complete one of the forms by simply answering three short questions. On behalf of the Division of Operations, we thank you for supporting our “Service Excellence Program!”

Farewell reception for Faith Minnich Kjesbo

Please join us to wish Faith Minnich Kjesbo well in her next adventure in Sioux Falls, SD. We will be gathering Thursday, Dec. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Howe Atrium. Farewell remarks will be around 4 p.m.

Thanks from the Oakes Museum

Thanks to everyone who supported the Oakes Museum of Natural History during our Holiday Open House on Dec. 1. We welcomed more than 700 visitors to the museum that day! If you missed it, remember that the Oakes Museum is open on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. and admission is always free for Messiah students, employees and their families.


For sale

2005 Ford Escape Hybrid. Runs great. Regular oil changes and maintenance. Normal wear for 13 year old vehicle but no mechanical issues at all. Some minor rust on rear fenders but nothing on the frame. Inspected through 3/19. This has been a great vehicle for our family since it came off the line in 2005. $2500 o.b.o. If interested I am happy to provide more photos. Contact: Abby Love at

Tall Christmas trees. Fresh-cut, trimmed fir and spruce. 12’-15′ $60-$70. Also, fresh holly $5/8×1′. Located at 9680 Carlisle Rd., Dillsburg. Delivery available for $10. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at or 717-623-0735.

For rent:

House for rent. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 half bath, basement, carport, heat pump/ac, newly remodeled. Convenient location to the West Shore area, approximately 10 minutes from campus. No pets, no smoking. For details email Stephanie Cramer at or call 717-858-3181.2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 half bath, basement, carport, heat pump/ac, newly remodeled. Convenient location to the West Shore area, approximately 10 minutes from campus. No pets, no smoking. For details email Stephanie Cramer at or call 717-858-3181.


FREE Gift Wrapping. FREE holiday gift wrapping for anyone who is interested! If you don’t like wrapping gifts, don’t have time or struggle to wrap gifts at home without others sneaking a peek, let us take care of it for you! A variety of wrapping paper is available, as well as gift bags, ribbons and bows. All wrapping supplies are included in this free service. For those who wish to give, donations to charity: water will be happily accepted but are not expected ( Gift wrapping is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Contact Cindy at to coordinate drop-off/pick-up or for more information.

Free metal filing cabinet. Remington Rand, 3 drawer, metal filing cabinet for letter sized files. 41″ high, 15″ wide, 28″ deep. Works perfectly. Frames for hanging files included – already in the drawers. Works perfectly. Does not lock. Free to good home! Contact Creta Bieber if interested.


A non-traditional nursing student is looking for a room to rent several nights a week. She has a home in Harrisburg, but does not like driving on 15 at night so would like to stay locally (within walking distance of campus) a few nights a week. If you have a room she can rent please contact Marie at or Rhonda at