Archive for 2019

March 28

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind.

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Peter 5:6-8


Tara Savarino, adjunct instructor of music (voice), was invited to participate in the Rider University Gender & Sexuality Studies Colloquium. She was asked to present her paper, “The Ties that Bind: Examining Feminist Traditions in the Compositions of Libby Larsen, Jeanine Tesori, and India Arie”. The colloquium will take place on April 11.

Jennifer Fisler, professor of education, was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE). She will be representing private colleges and universities. PAC-TE is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to providing opportunities for members’ professional development and strong advocacy for educator preparation within the Commonwealth.

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Kuniak, assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Counseling, who has been elected the 52nd Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) president. Kuniak earned his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Duquesne University in 2014. He also earned his master’s in counselor education, focusing on marriage, couple and family counseling, from Duquesne in 2008. He is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and has been practicing for over a decade in the areas of family counseling, addictions counseling, and in private practice. In addition to these credentials, Dr. Kuniak is also a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor through NBCC. Read more about this recognition here.

Congratulations to Emily Farrar, assistant professor of engineering, and her husband, Matthew Farrar, assistant professor of physics, on the March 20 arrival of their newest daughter, Felicity Jean. Felicity weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz. and joins siblings Clara and Finnian.


Mock drill today!

Today, March 28, Messiah College will be coordinating and participating in an emergency drill on campus. The drill will take place in central campus in the area of the YY parking lot, Hoffman and the Library from 9 – 11 a.m. The College is not inviting outside emergency agencies to this exercise. This exercise is required to meet the compliance criteria of the Clery Act. If in your normal business you come to the area of the exercise, please follow the directions of the staff and do not enter the area marked off. This is not a public spectator event. If you are not part of the response teams or are not directly involved with the drill, please avoid this area if possible. The Crisis Management Team and Department of Safety thank you for your cooperation during this mock drill. Exercises such as this help Messiah College meet compliance standards and to improve the effectiveness of our emergency planning.

Summer student hiring reminder

This is a reminder that if your department plans to hire a student for a summer position, you must submit a summer hiring proposal through by April 4. All summer student employees must be requested for hire by submitting a summer hiring proposal through the system, even if the student currently works for your department, or has worked previously for your department. If you will be hiring a student that has not worked for your department previously, please remember that students that attended the Summer Job Fair must be given first priority to openings. If you have any questions or need assistance with summer hiring, or would like a list of job fair attendees, please contact Belinda Conrad, or ext. 2900. Additional information regarding hiring summer student employees can be found here.

Chanticleer coming to Messiah March 29

CHANTICLEER March 29, 8 p.m., Parmer Hall sponsored by the School of the Arts Performing Arts Series

Founded in 1978 and praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Winner of two Grammy awards, their performance schedule regularly takes them throughout the U.S. and abroad. Join us as they return to the Messiah stage for their first appearance in magnificent Parmer Hall. “The world’s reigning male chorus” — the New Yorker Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for children (under 18) and Messiah College students (with ID). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

Beyond the Blues: Signs, Symptoms and Support for Children and Teens Facing Depression

Join the Messiah College School of Graduate Studies and Geisinger Holy Spirit for the Partners in Caring Speaker Series on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the High Center, Parmer Hall. An engaging community conversation will include thoughtful insights about depression and how it impacts children and teens during critical periods of development. From biological factors to social stressors, peer and school pressures to family dynamics, youth are challenged to face difficult emotions, including depression. Learn about the signs, symptoms and influencers of depression and practical ways parents, teachers and community members can support our youth. Panelists include: Dr. Kevin Barnes, Dr. Stephen Kuniak, Dr. Charlene Lane, Dr. Deedre Michell and Ms. Amy Waugh.

Join us and Demystify Disability

The Messiah College Social Work Club, The Messiah College Collaboratory and The Messiah College Graduate Program in Education are bringing a special event to the Messiah Community! Please join us as we, together with Uniquely The Same, present “Demystifying Disability” April 3 and 4 in Boyer Hall. Two nights full of informative sessions and community roundtables to talk about disability and share insights prior to Service Day. The sessions are free and all are welcome. Join us each night beginning at 4:30 p.m. for keynote presentations from Cal Clark and Ida Blevins of Uniquely The Same, a showing of “Lives Worth Living”, a documentary about living with disability, Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and presentations on the wonderful work being done by students here at Messiah for persons with disabilities. Contact Maude Yacapsin for more information OR look for our posters around campus.

Voice student wins in regional competition!

Caleb Wenger, first year performance voice student of Dr. Damian Savarino, entered the National Association of Teachers of Singing Eastern Regional competition. The competition was hosted by Nazareth College in Rochester, New York and welcomed students of all levels from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Quebec (including the Ottawa area) and West Virginia. In both the Freshmen Classical Men and Freshmen Music Theatre divisions, Caleb advanced through two levels of the competition to the Finals Concert. In the Finals Concert, he performed one piece from his repertoire for each division and placed 1st in the Classical division and 2nd in the Music Theatre division. Please join the Department of Music in congratulating Caleb!

Your feedback needed!

This year the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations will be the point of contact for Family Weekend as well as all Homecoming festivities. In order to ensure we are helping to craft a meaningful experience for both our guests as well as our on-campus offices, we’d love your feedback on how to make both of those events effective for your team! Please submit your feedback by clicking here to fill out our survey.

Service Day: Serve with Area M Special Olympics

Messiah College, in partnership with Area M, is once again hosting more than 1,100 athletes on April 11 to compete in the 50th Anniversary of the Area M Special Olympic Games. These games cannot happen without your help! While all educators and students in Created and Called for Community classes will be serving as buddies (and do not need to register), we are currently looking for volunteers to help with set-up/clean-up, provide support for swimming or track and field events, and assist in day-of event logistics. Volunteer registration for Special Olympics is now LIVE! To sign-up, visit: Additional information regarding Service Day can be found on our website ( Questions? Please email or call ext. 7255.

Stop the bleed training offered

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. When severe, uncontrolled bleeding occurs, every second counts. The Department of Homeland Security launched the “Stop the Bleed” campaign to raise public awareness and knowledge on how to prevent these deaths. In an effort to better prepare our campus community for any emergency, “Stop the Bleed” training will be offered on Monday, April 15 to all employees and all students. This training will be conducted by employees of the Geisinger Holy Spirit Education Center. There are still openings in the session offered in Hostetter Chapel at 2-3 p.m. Openings are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for this training, go to FalconLink. Search for Training and click on the All Training Classes link that appears. Click on the drop down arrow under Click Here to See Available Classes. Select Stop the Bleed and then click on the pencil icon in front of the session; follow the directions to register.

Employee giving campaign

As employees, you go above and beyond to ensure our students have a life-changing experience at Messiah College. You refine their knowledge, sharpen their skill sets, encourage their growth and create space for them to discover their passions. Today, we ask you to invest in our students through financial means. Find what is meaningful to you and give. Together, we can empower students through a more affordable and enriched education. Join the office of development and our campus community by:

• Renewing your payroll deduction:

• Enrolling in payroll deduction:

Making a one-time gift:

PS: Those in the payroll deduction program have the opportunity to wear denim the last Friday of each month and are entered to win a 6-month reserved parking spot on campus! Questions? Contact Lauren Walter at

Student Employment Week events

National Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 15-19. Please take some time to thank your student employees and to show your appreciation for all their hard work. In fact, we want you to be creative in the way you celebrate your student employees! Send a picture (or pictures) and a brief description to to show us how your department is celebrating Student Employee Appreciation Week. The most creative department will win a pizza party (up to $50 value) for your student employees. For more details and for ideas for celebrating your student employees click here. The Student Employment Office will be hosting the following two events for student employees. Please encourage your student employees attend:

• April 10: Student Employee Appreciation Station in Hostetter Chapel from 2-4 p.m. We will be celebrating student employees with a Make your Own Cookie Bar and a Candy Bar Station. There will be prizes and giveaways too! Deadline to register is April 2. Click here for more details.

• April 15: Mad Skillz Workshop in Hostetter Chapel from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This workshop will outline key steps for students in transitioning their Messiah work experience into career readiness. Pizza and soda will be provided. Student employees will be paid for the workshop hour, however space is limited. The registration deadline is April 8. There will also be a $50 gift card giveaway! Click here for more details.

An introduction to One Drive

Learn about the basic features of OneDrive. This video (1:36) is helpful for seasoned OneDrive users and those new to the application. School of the Humanities Summer Academic Camps

School of Humanities summer academic camps

This summer, the School of the Humanities will hold three academic camps.

FaithWorks@MessiahCollege is a unique summer experience connecting faith and service. Students will learn from our faculty in Bible, ministry and theology, spend time with college student mentors, work alongside others as they invest in their communities and celebrate the gift of their faith and the joy of doing God’s work. This camp will be held on July 14 – 20 and is open to high school students. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Filmmakers’ Workshop provides college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12. Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is held on June 23 – 28. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Writers’ Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in rising grades 9 – 12. The workshop offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers, a fieldtrip, poetry readings and other activities. This workshop will be held on June 23 – 28. To learn more about our Young Writers’ Workshop, visit the website at

All three workshops offer scholarships, but there is a deadline to have your application in for the scholarship. Each camp has their own individual deadline, so please check the websites and apply now!

Farewell reception

The office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is hosting a farewell reception for Sheryl Scaramuzzino on Friday, April 5 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Fireplace Alcove in the Larsen Student Union. Sheryl will be leaving after 15 years of service to Messiah College. Please join us in thanking her for her dedicated service by stopping by, grabbing a snack and wishing her well in her next endeavor.

Web services open door hours on Friday, March 29

Your web services team will be available on Friday, March 29 from 2-4 p.m. in Boyer 337. They are available to answer your Jadu questions or help you strategize your next website project. No need to register; just stop by at any time.


Job opportunity

The Registrar’s Office has an opportunity for a part-time records and registration assistant – temporary position. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Rebecca Drazba, administrative assistant to the registrar at

For sale

Bowflex Ultimate 2 home gym with preacher curl, leg extension, squat, and lat pull down attachments. In excellent condition. Hundreds of exercise for muscle building or toning. Asking $900.00 or best offer. Call Bill at 717-253-5196.

For rent

House available late May to early August. About two miles from campus, adjacent to Township Park. Furnished, with a cat. Rent and yard work responsibilities negotiable. Contact David Owen: