Archive for 2018

February 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, hen make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2: 1-4


Please welcome Lauren Peters, senior accounting analyst, to the Division of Finance and Planning. Lauren comes to Messiah College from Ahold Financial Services where she served as a senior accountant. She begins her role on March 1. Please join us in welcoming Lauren to Messiah College.

Congratulations to Rocky Allinger, Messiah College’s newest VoiceThread (VT) certified educator! Rocky completed her final project for the VT Certificate on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a teaching and learning framework that supports the needs of all learners. Her project supports the Information and Web Technology Committee’s (IWTC) Strategic Plan to “improve accessibility for all in both online and traditional classes by using a universal design approach.” As VT Certified Educators, Cindi Kerns and Rocky Allinger are happy to support other educators as they consider new learning opportunities through the use of VoiceThread.


Homecoming Weekend 2018

Please save the date for Homecoming Weekend 2018, held on October 19 and 20! As a reminder, all events occurring during Homecoming weekend must be approved by and planned through the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. If you have plans for an event and have not been in contact with our office, please reach out to Ashley Sider, by e-mail or phone (ext. 2490) by May 1. The 2018 Homecoming Weekend schedule will be made available online by July 1, at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to sharing this time of celebration with you and our alumni community! Ashley Sider, assistant director of alumni and parent relations Ext. 2490

Passport processing on campus

Representatives from the Cumberland County Courthouse will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 27 to process passport applications. Applicants need to bring their photo, documents: original birth certificate PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE, driver’s license PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID), completed application, and fees ($110 check made out to the Department of State and $25 cash or check made out to the Prothonotary’s Office) to the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check made out to Messiah College. Applications can be downloaded at Please contact if you have questions.

Spring Break (March 10-18) – advisor needed

The Agapé Center is in search of a faculty or staff advisor for our Spring Break service trip (March 10-18) to Priority One Ministries in the Bronx, New York. Priority One is a Christ-focused, Bible-based, interdenominational short-term ministry that provides cross-cultural urban mission trips for Christ-followers who have a desire to participate in the Great Commission – Jesus’ command to take the Gospel to everyone. The Priority One service trip offers numerous opportunities to serve, including working in the World Vision storehouse; engaging directly with homeless communities; and tutoring in an after school program. For more information about the agency, visit Advisors serve alongside our students, aid student leaders in facilitation of reflection and devotions, and assist in any problem-solving that may arise. All costs are covered for advisors. In addition, employees who are regularly scheduled to work 1560 hours (or more) per year and have completed at least three years of employment with the College may request to participate in College-sponsored missions or service projects while on short-term paid leave from the College. If you’re interested in serving as an advisor or have additional questions, please contact Shardé Hardy at

Budget development FY19

This year’s budget development process will be opening in mid-March. If you have budget responsibility for your area, please watch for additional notifications via email, in the coming weeks. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions in advance of the budget process at

Fire extinguisher training offered to all employees and students

Fire extinguisher training will be conducted Feb. 23-28 in Hostetter Chapel, conference room 113. This training consists of a demonstration of the use of the extinguisher and then the opportunity for each participant to experience “hands-on” practice in extinguishing a “fire.” Training on the types of fires and extinguishers as well as initial instruction on the P.A.S.S. system for using extinguishers is provided via an online course which must be completed prior to the actual hands-on session. There are several sessions offered each day. To sign up for a time that fits your schedule, go to MC-Square, the Employee Tab, Employee Training. (Students should go to the Student Tab, Student Training.) Click on the session (date/time) that you wish to attend and follow the instructions for registering.

This year, all employees and students who complete both the Qualtrics and hands-on training will be eligible for a prize drawing. A $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded to two lucky participants. The winners will be announced the week of March 5. If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Donna Fink at ext. 5038 or Valerian Curd at ext. 6747. Employees, please inform your supervision of the session for which you register.

Graduate assistantships available

The Graduate Program in Higher Education is offering graduate assistantships on the Messiah campus as well as at several partner institutions such as Bluffton University and Southern Wesleyan University. Graduate students will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a college or university campus while pursuing their Master of Arts degree in Higher Education through Messiah. The priority deadline to apply is March 1. Information on available positions can be found here. For questions about the application process or for information about the program, please contact Dr. Dottie Weigel, program director, at

“Teach Us All” film

“Teach Us All,” a documentary that highlights the inequality of education in the U.S. today, traces the roots of segregation and shows how our schools continue to be segregated. The film will be shown Monday, Feb. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Dr. Don Murk and Lauren Popeck ’13, a teacher in the Harrisburg City School District, will lead a short discussion following the free showing. The film is sponsored by the Messiah College Teacher Education Program.

2018 Humanities Symposium

The Center for Public Humanities is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Humanities Symposium, Feb. 19-25. This year our theme is “Home,” and we have a week full of speakers, panel discussions, brown bag lunches, exhibits, dance, music, literature and plenty of opportunities to engage in rich discussions about “Home.” We are thrilled to welcome celebrated author Edwidge Danticat as our keynote speaker on Thursday, Feb. 22. To find out more about Danticat and our complete schedule of events go to

The Boyer Legacy Award – call for nominations

Consistent with our mission to be good stewards of the Boyer legacy, The Ernest L. Boyer Center annually recognizes an emerging leader through the Boyer Legacy Award at Messiah College. Recipients of the Boyer Legacy Award will demonstrate Dr. Boyer’s broad accomplishments and convictions, including his passionate commitment to viewing education as a means to solving societal challenges and his ardent emphasis that leadership is grounded in service. In addition to embodying Boyer ideals in academic and co-curricular commitments, eligible candidates must be current juniors who demonstrate academic excellence, including a minimum 3.6 GPA. All educators at Messiah are invited to nominate candidates; there is no restriction as to the recipient’s academic discipline. A graduate of Messiah Junior College in 1948, Boyer returned to Messiah and served for twenty-two years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including five years as chair. Ernie had a deep appreciation for education’s role in transforming society and a special appreciation for Messiah College in its ability to fulfill this noble end. Thanks to the generous support of Center donors, the Center bestows this award annually. Nominations should be submitted to the Ernest L. Boyer Center. Please include the student’s name and a statement (between 250 and 300 words) explaining why the student merits this honor. The list of top candidates will be vetted to verify academic standing, integrity and graduation eligibility for academic year 2018-2019. Once the committee determines its selection, the recipient will be presented with the Boyer Legacy Award during a reception in September. This distinction carries a cash award of $500. Submit nominations to no later than April 6. Questions may be directed to Dr. Cynthia A. Wells, Director of the Ernest L. Boyer Center, at

Reminder about the Public Events Calendar on

The Office of Marketing and Communications and the Office of Conference and Event Services have collaborated to develop a new online Public Events Calendar on the College’s website at The new calendar is easier to navigate, searchable, filterable and integrates with the events module of Jadu, the College’s web content management system (CMS). What types of events are posted on the new calendar? The primary audience for the new online calendar is prospective students and other off-campus community members. Events posted on the Public Events Calendar should meet the following criteria: • Must have already been approved and room reserved through the Office of Conference and Event Services or other appropriate campus events protocol; • Must be open to the general public (would not include private, by-invitation events or events designed for primarily student or employee audiences); • Promotes a cultural, educational or recreational benefit to the community; • Must be sponsored by an official Messiah College entity (student, academic or administrative); • Events can be either free or paid admission. How can I request my campus event be added to the new calendar? Campus event planners may request that their event be added to the new Public Events Calendar (if it meets the above criteria) via an online form they will receive during the room reservation process. Or, if you already have an approved public event for the 2017-18 academic year, and would like to request that it be added to the new calendar, you may submit your request at

2018 Schrag Lecture at Messiah College

Come hear about the experiences of four Anabaptist pacifists arrested and imprisoned during World War I for refusing to enlist in the military. Dr. Duane C. S. Stoltzfus, professor of communication at Goshen College, will deliver the lecture “On the Frontlines of Conscience: An Account of Four Hutterites Sentenced to Hard Labor at Alcatraz during World War I,” on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7p.m. in Parmer Hall in the High Center. The lecture is based on Stoltzfus’ recent book Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of the Hutterites during the Great War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). The event is sponsored by the E. Morris and Leone Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College. Contact Devin Manzullo-Thomas ( with any questions.

GO ED Africa/Go ED Mekong, representatives to visit campus

Please see the attached file for details.


Job opportunities:

Lifeguards/WSIs needed at a small community pool. Certified lifeguards and WSIs needed. Lake Meade Pool has openings for certified lifeguards this summer. If interested, applicants must be 16 years of age and a certified lifeguard or water safety instructor. For more information, please contact: Maude Yacapsin at and it will be forwarded to Michele Ludy at Lake Meade Community Pool and Property Owners Association (about 20-25 minutes from campus) Forest Drive, East Berlin, Pennsylvania

For sale:

Lawn mower. Fiskars StaySharp Max 18 in. Cut Reel Mower w/ grass catcher, $75. Used for only one season under normal conditions. Everything works great! Comes with a never used (new) grass catcher accessory for bagging grass clippings. Contact Maria at

Baldwin Piano. Baldwin 42″ cherry console piano and bench for sale. Very good condition. Made between 1998-1999. Contemporary style. Picture available upon request. Email Pam at

Toaster oven purchased last summer. Never used. Still in box. Asking $15. Contact Susan Shannon

Toyota Highlander 2007 Limited Sport Utility 4D–Bluestone Metallic. Mileage: 89,000; four-door, AWD, automatic, V6/3.3. liter engine, ABS. Leather/power/heated seats; third-row seat (seats seven); AC, power doors/windows, CD player/AM-FM radio/cassette. Front/rear/side air bags; moon roof, privacy glass. Very good condition; asking $9,000. Contact for photos and details. 


Request for housing opportunities. Any faculty or students who are aware of any housing opportunities starting in June for the new cohort of occupational therapy students, please send the information to Lauren Cross ( The housing details will be posted on the MOT Facebook page for students to consider local options. Thank you!


Bus trip to DC/new Museum of the Bible

The Zwingli UCC Youth Group is sponsoring a charter bus trip to Washington, D.C. and the new Museum of the Bible on Sat., March 10. The bus will leave East Berlin from the back of Zwingli UCC (403 W. King St.) at 7 a.m. on Sat., March 10. We will leave Washington D.C. at 7 return to East Berlin. Tickets are $60 for adults and $55 for children (12 years and younger). Tickets include cost of charter bus, driver tip and entrance to The Museum of the Bible. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. Payment reserves your ticket. Use the attached form and mail check (made out to Zwingli UCC Youth Group) and form to Raeann Hamon in Suite 3047. I hope you will consider attending. Raeann R. Hamon