Archive for 2018

December 20

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the LORD. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:10-14


Abigail Young ’19 (music), Dr. Rachel Cornacchio (professor of music education), and Dr. Raeann Hamon (distinguished professor of family science and gerontology) had an article, “Sing for the Moment: A Choral Ensemble for Persons with Dementia and Their Care Partners,” published in Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, volume 17, 2019. The complete article is available at:

Hilary Hoover, assistant registrar, and Bob Felix, senior programmer/analyst, co-presented at the Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars and Officers of Admissions (MSACROA) conference on Nov. 26 in Hershey, Pennsylvania on the new “paperless” degree certification process established for undergraduate programs. In past years, the Registrar’s Office has conducted degree certification for eligible graduates by producing a paper copy of their degree audit and certification cover sheet to their academic department for review and approval. On average, Messiah awards 644 undergraduate students each year. This adds up to a lot of paper, which results in increased time to prepare the documents for distribution, as well as financial cost to the institution. In an effort to create a more efficient process that would save in both monetary and human resources, the Registrar’s Office collaborated with Bob Felix to implement an online certification tool that allows departments to review, approve and submit their certifications online rather than on paper. This paperless approach was tested with a small sample of advisors and department chairs in spring 2018 and was fully launched this fall in anticipation of December graduation. The Registrar’s Office would like to extend appreciation to Bob Felix for his innovative programming and to the department advisors and chairs who participated in this process.


The President’s Report issue of The Bridge is live

For this special issue of the magazine, check out our year in review and alumni profiles, which include an Olympic bobsled coach, an aide to Philly’s mayor and a Brooklyn chef. You can find all of that information and more at

Falcon Exchange hours

Falcon Exchange window hours on Friday, Dec. 21 are 8 – 11 a.m.

Summer student employment

If your department plans to hire student employees for the summer of 2019, please read the summer hiring information found here prior to proceeding with the summer hiring process or making employment offers. In order to assist students with obtaining summer on-campus employment and to facilitate earlier placement of students, the Student Employment Office will be holding a summer job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Departments hiring summer student workers are required to attend the job fair unless all summer workers are already actively working for the department or are being rehired from the prior summer. Please send an email to by Feb. 8 to let us know if you will be attending the job fair. All summer hires, including current student employees and prior-summer student employees, must be processed and approved for hire by submitting a hiring proposal via the system. Summer hiring proposals are due no later than March 29. If you have any questions about summer student employment, please contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or

Advisor needed for international service trip in 2019

The Agape Center for Service and Learning is looking for a co-advisor for our upcoming summer 2019 international service trip to La Mina, Dominican Republic. The trip will take place from July 22-30, 2019. The team will be working alongside Food for the Hungry in an effort to improve clean water access for the community. The co-advisor will be responsible for leading a 10-person team. All expenses (i.e., travel, food, accommodations, etc.) are covered. While not required, it is helpful for the individual to know Spanish. For more information regarding advisor expectations or to express interest, please email the international service-learning coordinator, Ashley Leggett, at by Jan. 11, 2019.

Water shut downs

During the Christmas Break, before classes resume, we will be performing a water shut down in each building. This is in accordance with our water company’s regulations. Below is a tentative schedule when each building’s water will be off. We anticipate the shutdown to take one hour or less. If the back flow preventer in a building is tested and certified, that is all that will be needed at this time. If the back flow preventer fails, we will need to order parts and schedule a time in the near future to make repairs. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Russ Ehrich at ext. 3550. Jan. 2

ECC, 8 a.m. Boyer, 9 a.m. Hoffman, 10 a.m. Chapel, 11 a.m. Old Main, 1 p.m. Library, 2 p.m.

Jan. 3

Larsen, 8 a.m. Frey Academic, 9 a.m. High Center, 10 a.m. South Complex, 11 a.m. Jordan, 1 p.m., Mellinger Apts., 2 p.m.

Jan. 4

North Complex, 8 a.m. Smith Apts., 9 a.m. Engle, 10 a.m. Kelly Apts., 11 a.m. Fry Apts., 1 p.m. Witmer, 2 p.m.

Jan. 7

Homestead, 8 a.m. Bowmansdale, 9 a.m. Orchard Hill, 11 a.m.

Retirement reception for Arlene Zimmerman

Please join us for a reception for Arlene Zimmerman, on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 7-9 p.m. in Martin Commons. Arlene will retire on Jan. 10, 2019 after 16 years of service in the campus events department on the 2nd shift. Please join us as we celebrate her many years at Messiah.


Job opportunities

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time safety and service dispatcher, 2nd shift. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions can be directed to Lynn Maynard at 

For rent

House for rent in Grantham. $1,500/monthly for this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home just 1/4 mile from campus in historic Grantham. Rent includes electricity, water and sewer. Tenant pays oil and trash bills. Located at 2709 Mill Road. See more details and photos on Contact for more details or call 717-599-6819.

For sale

Cute owl canvas photo and figurine. Cute for a girl’s room or a dorm. Canvas is approximately 16’’ x 20’’. Great condition. $15/for set. Longeberger basket. Good condition. $8. Pottery vases. Like new.  $5/red . Lularoe randy baseball t-shirt. Gently worn. $15. Contact Karen: