Archive for 2019

April 4

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

John 11:25-26


I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Gladys Robalino, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages, as the next director of undergraduate academic advising. Dr. Robalino’s experience advising across multiple majors, commitment to student success and well-being, significant involvement with the QuEST curriculum, and leadership as a department chair equip her with a solid foundation upon which to build as the new director. Please congratulate Dr. Robalino on her new role. Alison Noble, assistant provost and director of faculty development


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.


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.

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:

P.S.: 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 OneDrive

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

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.

Spring 2019 Shred Day

Shredding Solutions will be on campus for confidential document shredding. On Tuesday, April 16, they will provide a shred truck on campus. The truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed. What can be shredded? All forms of documentation containing confidential information can be included in this campus shred day. Secured data, all sizes, color and texture of paper will be accepted. The shredding truck can shred/destroy staples and paperclips, but ALL BINDER CLIPS MUST BE REMOVED and documents in binders will not be accepted. (You will have the opportunity to observe your documents throughout the shredding process if you wish.) Personal documents in small/reasonable amounts (paper box full or less) are also welcome to be brought in for shredding. Shredding instructions: Normal shredding needs: Please bring all paper for shredding directly to the truck beginning at 11 a.m. It is the goal to complete all shredding needs in the designated two (2) hours scheduled; plan to bring paper between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (please note, the shredding truck will be leaving promptly at 1 p.m.; we suggest arriving no later than 12:45 p.m.). Special shredding needs: If your department has specific needs, special arrangements can be made by calling Allen Snook, IT security analyst, at ext. 6790. All shredding arrangements must be made prior to the close of business Thursday, April 11. For special requests or for other questions, please contact Allen Snook, at ext. 6790.

Come out for Messiah College Night at the Harrisburg Senators

You’re invited! Join SGA and SAB by coming out to the ballgame with us for Messiah College Night at the Harrisburg Senators next Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. (with fireworks!). Tickets are only $6 for friends and members of the Messiah community.

• See Messiah alumnus and former major league baseball player Chris Heisey throw out the ceremonial first pitch

• Mingle with tables representing the Senior Class Gift Committee, School of the Humanities, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, AROMA summer camps, International Justice Mission and more

• Grab a hot dog and relax during the game

• Enjoy a seventh-inning performance of God Bless America by a group of Messiah students

• Stick around for post-game fireworks!

To take advantage of the Messiah discount, tickets must be purchased in advance through this link: We’ll see you there!

“Live and learn” this summer with Messiah’s undergraduate online courses

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s undergraduate online courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs June 3 – July 26, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. In addition to current Messiah students, courses are also open to other college-level students, qualified homeschooled and high school students, employees, alumni, parents, community friends, and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 15 and runs through May 28. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit To learn more about our dual enrollment program for qualified homeschooled and high school students, visit

Messiah College Human Library Project – Where Humans Become Open Books, with guest speaker and author, Anthony Grooms

Immerse yourself in the pages of the books right in front of you. The 2nd annual Human Library Project is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. Please save the date and sign up to reserve a time to read/listen to the book of your choice at: Overviews of the books may be viewed on the site. The Human Library Project is Wednesday, April 17, noon – 4 p.m. in the Murray Library. Please note that you sign up for individual sessions which are 30 minutes long with 10 minutes in between sessions. You can feel free to come and go throughout the afternoon. Also this year, guest speaker and author Anthony Grooms will be speaking about “Why Stories Matter” at 12:55 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. in the Library Athenaeum. Questions may be directed to Dr. Todd Allen, special assistant to the president and provost for diversity affairs, at or to Liz Kielley, associate librarian/technical services coordinator, at

Announcing the 2019-20 Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative fellows

The Steering Committee of the Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative ( is pleased to announce the fellows selected for 2019-20. This second cohort will explore ways in which technology can support and enhance their pedagogy, thus improving the digital proficiency of their students. These fellows will participate in a summer intensive where they will gain foundational knowledge similar to that of students who register for the Digital Proficiency Certificate program. ( Fellows will build upon the intensive as they participate in a professional learning community (PLC) during the academic year. Fellows also agree to share their experience and the results of their project with their peers. Congratulations to this second cohort of faculty fellows:

  • Brandon Hoover
  • Matt Farrar
  • Joy Fea
  • Sean Matthews
  • Amy Porto
  • Jason Renn
  • Gladys Robalino
  • Sarah Myers
  • Tim Schoettle
  • Cynthia Wells
  • Brenda White
  • Stella Ye


Teacher Education Scholarship Awards

Please join us in congratulating the 19-20 winners of the following Teacher Education Scholarship Awards:

  • Claire Marino, Grades PreK-4 and Special Education(PK-8) – Ernest L. Boyer, Sr. Teacher Scholarship
  • Julia Pearl, Grades PreK-4 and Special Education (PK-8) – Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship Award
  • Kayla Flemmens, Grades 4-8 with Science and Mathematics concentrations
  • Ethel Brandt Bigham Endowed Education Award
  • Alexis Robinson, Grades PreK-4
  • Terry L. Stoudnour Endowed Education Award.

These scholarships were awarded based on a student-submitted essay and resume. The Teacher Education Program, along with the Boyer Center, will celebrate these awards at a reception in September, where students will present excerpts from their essays.

Murray Library’s April 2019 newsletter

What’s New at the Library? So much is happening this month at Murray Library! Check out our April 2019 newsletter to read about the Human Library happening April 17, exhibits that are currently on hand, hear from our director, and find out what Serials Technician Sharon Berger has been up to lately! View our newsletter here.

Retirement recognition for Rhonda and Jake Jacobsen

After serving as educators, scholars and faculty leaders at Messiah College for the past 35 years, Dr. Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, professor of psychology and recent director of faculty development, and Dr. Douglas (Jake) Jacobsen, distinguished professor of church history and theology and coordinator of Christian scholarship, have announced their planned retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Rhonda began her career as a professor of psychology and became the director of faculty development in 1996. In her more than two decades in faculty development, Rhonda served as a support, resource and advocate for faculty scholarship at the College and provided leadership for both new faculty as well as more seasoned Messiah educators.

In addition to his position as distinguished professor of church history and theology, Jake has served for many years as the coordinator of Christian scholarship and college identity, a role through which he created opportunities for faculty to engage with the enlivening ideas and questions of scholarship informed by Christian faith.

In addition to campus leadership, Jake and Rhonda served as co-directors of the Lilly-funded Clergy Leadership program, have published numerous scholarly books and articles, and been sought-after speakers for conferences around the globe. We are pleased to invite the Messiah community to join us in celebrating their dedication and service to the College on Thursday, May 2 from 3-5 p.m. in Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall. A drop-in reception with hors d’oeuvres is planned at 3 p.m. with a program honoring Rhonda and Jake beginning at 4 p.m.

If you would like to contribute notes of appreciation, photos or memorabilia for Rhonda in her role as director of faculty development or Jake in his role as coordinator of Christian scholarship, please send materials to Katie Kalata:

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Messiah College Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” Story by: Lewis Carroll Adaptation by: Deborah Lynn Frockt Directed by: Annie Sorge Lewis Carroll’s beloved story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is coming to Miller Stage this spring. Join Alice in her search for the Queen of Hearts and meet the curious creatures and peculiar people she encounters along the way. Children of all ages and adults alike will be entranced by the retelling of this classic tale!

April 4-6 and 11-13 at 7 p.m.

April 7 and 14 at 3 p.m.

Miller Theater, Climenhaga Building, Messiah College

Tickets: $10—adults $7—MC Students (w/ID), MC employees (w/ID), Youth (under 18) and Seniors (60+)

*Tickets are buy-one-get-one free for opening night!* Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 717-691-6036, or at the door as available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. *Recommended for ages 4 & up*


Job opportunities

The Office of Marketing and Communications has an opening for a temporary graphic designer. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions can be directed to Nancy Soulliard, creative director, at

The Department of College Ministries has an opening for a full time student ministries pastor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Donald Opitz, college pastor, at

The School of Science, Engineering and Health has a full time opening for the position of manager, Natural Sciences Laboratory Program. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Roseann Sachs, chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at

The Department of Engineering has a full time opportunity for an electrical and computer engineering technician. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz, chair, Department of Engineering at

The Department of Safety has an opening for a full-time community safety officer, 2nd shift. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions can be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety, at

For sale

Recliner and sofa bed. Comfortable recliner (medium brown fabric–$75) and sofa bed (forest green fabric–$100)–both in great condition. For more information contact:

For rent

Adirondack vacation rental. Speculator, NY, walking distance to Camp-of-the-Woods. Main house has three bedrooms, large living room, dining room, well stocked kitchen, washer/dryer on one acre lot. Additional cabin has double bed and 1/2 bath. Converted garage/carriage house sleeps an additional four. Directly across the street from public beach, walking distance to shops and restaurants, adjacent to River Walk nature preserve and ball field/playground. Mountain hikes/trails a short distance. Two Kayaks and canoe available for use. Contact Russ Ehrich at for additional information.


Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Fundraiser

Joella is the 3 year old daughter of Mario Migliori, an adjunct professor in the Graduate Business and Leadership program. Joella was born with VACTREL association and went through 15 surgeries by 6 months of age. She is now a healthy toddler who wants you to attend the below awesome event to help give children like her the #giftofgrowingup! Joella’s Bluegrass BASH for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) will be held April 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Vibrant – A Christian Church, 1775 Lambs Gap Rd, Mechanicsburg. Featuring local Bluegrass band “Slo-Grass” There will be local BBQ lunch for sale, a silent auction, local craft and vendor tables all for $5 at the door!!! It’s a Win Win!!!!! Help the Kids, Hear great Music, get lunch and shop local!!! The following link is available for anyone who cannot attend the event but would like to donate:

Contact Mario for more information at