Archive for 2019

April 11

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Peter 1:3


Amy Porto, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, presented at the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Meeting on April 4 on the topic “Integrating General Education Objectives related to Writing and Experiential Learning into an Undergraduate Dietetics Curriculum through Student Research.”

The Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of “The Tempest” was recently recognized for excellence by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Region II. Multiple university theater programs are given the opportunity to enter performances to the KCACTF review board for evaluation. “The Tempest” cast received a meritorious commendation for excellence in ensemble performance, and Daniel Inouye, associate professor of theatre, was awarded a meritorious commendation for excellence in directing for his work on the production. Along with these awards, two student actors — Kelley Hertzler and Ellen Diehl — were nominated to participate in the KCACTF Irene Ryan acting scholarship competition and Nic Schmoyer and Amanda Adams served as their scene partners in the competition. Out of more than 200 participants, Ellen Diehl and her partner Nic Schmoyer were selected to advance to the semi-final round of 32 performers. Brooklyn Duttweiler was also nominated to participate in the conference’s design/tech and management exhibition for her work as the stage manager for “The Tempest.”

Todd Goranson, professor of music, was an invited speaker at The Gospel Coalition 2019 National Conference at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 2. Along with Steve Rooks, professor and chair of dance at Vassar College, Todd presented a talk and Q&A session titled, “Evangelism in the Arts.” The biennial conference, which featured speakers such as John Piper, Don Carson and Benjamin Watson, had over 10,000 attendees. Todd also performed Saint-Saens’ “Symphony No. 3” with an orchestra of Masterworks Festival faculty and alumni during the opening session for the conference on Monday, April 1.

Engle Center Counselor Marcelle Giovannetti will be presenting two sessions at the 2019 Annual Pennsylvania Certification Board Addiction Conference on April 15 and 16. Her presentation topics will address “The Cost of Caring: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in the Profession and facilitating Creative Groups with Memorable Therapeutic Impact.”

Congratulations to Wes Bower, campus post office clerk and student supervisor, who has been elected to serve as the vice president of MARCUMS (Middle Atlantic Region of College and University Mail Services) for the term July 1 through June 30, 2021. MARCUMS is organized to enhance the professionalism and technical expertise of its membership in postal management through education, exchange of information and access to new technologies and processes. Its motto is “Success through Teamwork.”


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.

“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 Second 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

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 Theater 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 11-13 at 7 p.m.

April 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 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*

Retirement reception for Mike True

We invite members of the campus community to join us in celebrating Mike True’s upcoming retirement. Enjoy refreshments and wish Mike well at a drop-in reception on Tuesday, April 30 from 2-4 p.m. in Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall. We look forward to honoring Mike’s nearly 29 years’ worth of contributions and service to the College in his roles as director of the former Internship Center and senior associate for talent development and marketing in the Career and Professional Development Center.

Presentations to the Pennsylvania Academy of Science

Seven students performing research in the Department of Biological Sciences—Matthew Darok, Rebekah Jones, Vinh Le, Amber Orner, Christina Perez, Rachel Steckbeck and Justin Sweitzer—and faculty mentors/coauthors, John Harms, Larry Mylin and Michael Shin, attended the 95th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science from March 29-31 at Cedar Crest College, with over 380 in attendance. Each student delivered an oral or poster presentation. Rebekah Jones earned the Women in Science Top Oral Presentation award for her talk, “Prevalence of a variant gastrin receptor RNA and correlating genomic polymorphism in human pancreatic cancer.” Four of the students were 2018 Steinbrecher Summer Research Fellows, and Darok’s research was additionally funded by a grant from the Academy awarded at the 2018 annual meeting.

Spring cleaning fundraiser

The Agape Center is excited to offer our annual spring cleaning/chores fundraiser the weekend of Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28. We ask that you consider enlisting the help of our student team members and, in return, provide a financial donation that will directly support our International Service-Learning teams traveling to Bolivia, Poland and Dominican Republic this summer.

We have a variety of timeslots available, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and concluding at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Students will be available to assist you with a variety of your spring-cleaning tasks (i.e., cleaning, painting, organizing, washing cars, etc.). Our students will even babysit to give you a night without the kids! Please check out our website for more information on our upcoming service trips and fundraiser.

Please keep in mind this is an entirely donation-based fundraiser; however, we’d like to recommend a donation of approximately $40 per student. Donations will not be tax deductible, as you are donating in exchange for a “good or service.”

Interested? Please sign-up ( by Monday, April 22. Once you have completed the form, a member from the team will be in touch to confirm details!

Any questions can be directed to Ashley Leggett, at or Ext. 3898.

Summer Day Camps at the Oakes Museum

Oakes Museum Summer Day Camps offer students entering 8th-12th grades a unique opportunity to learn in the field and lab. Our qualified museum staff will lead each session, along with college professors and professionals offering their expertise as guest speakers.

Herpetology – June 10-12 Gain an understanding of the reptiles and amphibians of central PA, learn collection techniques, analyze the diet of a salamander and use telemetry to track turtles. On the last day, students will meet at Stony Valley (State Game Lands -211, near Dauphin), for a day of herping in the field! (Transportation to Stony Valley is not provided by museum.)

Sustainability – June 17-19 Explore the inside of bee hives and discover the important role pollinators play in our world, see how stream restoration can benefit both humans and the natural world, visit an organic garden, and learn first-hand what it takes to preserve our natural resources and support healthy communities as we work together toward a more sustainable society.

Aquatic Biology – June 24-26 Sample both a limestone stream and a pond to compare the ecology and macroinvertebrates of each aquatic environment, field survey of aquatic salamanders and frogs, and sample fish using seine netting and electrofishing.

Dissection Lab – Survey of the Animal Kingdom – July 24-26 Learn dissecting skills, and use them to gain an overview of the animal kingdom comparing the organ systems of earthworms, clams, squids, grasshoppers, dogfish sharks, pigeons, frogs and fetal pigs.

Visit our website for more information –

Spring budget forums – April 23

Two spring employee budget forums are scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 in Hostetter Chapel.

The first session will be held from 11 a.m. – noon

The second session will be held from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Please choose the time that best suits your schedule. The presentation will be led by President Kim Phipps and David Walker, vice president for finance and planning, who will share the College’s financial forecast, along with the key challenges, rationale and next steps related to the FY20 budget process. The presentation will be followed with time for a Q&A session. All employees are encouraged to attend.

Meet award-winning children’s book illustrator, Shadra Strickland!

On Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall, Shadra Strickland will discuss the process she used in creating the illustrations for Zetta Elliott’s book, “Bird.” These illustrations earned Strickland the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009.

Strickland will present her work, Once I told Uncle Son (an original illustration from “Bird”), to the Friends of the Murray Library. It will be placed in the Ruth E. Engle Memorial Collection of Children’s Book Illustration, housed in Murray Library.

In addition, you can view the exhibit, “Telling a People’s Story,” featuring illustrations from children’s picture books that highlight many of the periods of the African American story. The exhibit is on display in the lower level of the Climenhaga from April 1 –30.

Don’t miss either of these exciting events!

Retirement recognition for Jim Krimmel

After 33 years of service to Messiah College, Jim Krimmel will be retiring from teaching. During his time at Messiah he has worked to build an exemplary accounting program – one in which students consistently place well above the national average on the Certified Public Accounting exam and accounting firms actively recruit students. Additionally, he has earned the Barnabas Service Award for his work with Hope International and World Vision and the Excellence in Teaching Award for his exemplary teaching.

It is a great honor to invite you to celebrate his accomplishments and wish him well as he moves into the next season of life. Mark your calendars and join us for a retirement reception.

  • Wednesday, April 24
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Jordan Atrium
  • Hosted by the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences.

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:

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


Job opportunities

The Grounds Services department has an opening for a part-time seasonal groundskeeper. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions can be directed to Mark Graybill, grounds services manager 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.

Apartment for rent. A must see! This newly refurbished one bedroom apartment is located in Grantham, close to Messiah College. No steps, private off street parking in front. Rent of $700 and equal amount for security deposit. Landlord pays water, sewer and trash removal. Washer and dryer hookup. No pets or smoking. Address: 708A Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Contact Les Weiand,, ext. 2901, or cell 717-574-3278.


Searching for a female roommate. I am looking for a female roommate to join me in my downtown Mechanicsburg apartment. I have an extra bedroom in my two floor apartment with lots of space. We would share a kitchen, furnished living room and bathroom. The apartment has a deck that overlooks the street. There is on street parking in front of the apartment. Please send me an email if you or someone you know may be interested! Rebekah Smith:


Food trucks at Calvary Church

Calvary Church will be hosting Harrisburg Food Trucks every second Friday of the month beginning April 12! The Food Trucks will be at the playground of Calvary Church located at 203 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg from 4:30-8 p.m. For more information contact Jen Peachey: