Archive for 2019

April 18

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners. Be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’

Luke 24: 6-7


The search committee, the provost and I are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Kate Oswald Wilkins as the new assistant dean of general education and common learning. Kate brings excellent experiences as a department chair, as professor of communication and as director of assessment with her to this role. We look forward to Kate’s planned start on Aug. 1. Please take time to congratulate Kate on her new role as she gives leadership to this essential segment of the Messiah curriculum and to our students’ education. Many thanks to the search committee for their involvement and commitment to a very strong process (Angela Hare, Peter Powers, Gregg Hurley, John Bechtold, Christina Hanson and Carrie Widdowson). Bill Strausbaugh, associate provost and vice president for information technology


On April 11, Nance McCown, associate professor of communication, served as a guest panelist for the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Public Relations Division’s moderated Spring Twitter Chat. The lively, hour-long, online discussion, entitled “What to do with a Ph.D. in PR,” featured tweeted questions, candid responses and interactions about the diversity of PR careers available inside and outside of academic to those pursuing or already possessing a Ph.D.


Eleanor Muir, director of counseling and health services, spoke to the West Shore Young Professionals luncheon on April 10. Her topic was “Stress Management for Beginners – and everyone else!”


The In-plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) has announced that Messiah College Press will be receiving two gold In-Print awards and one silver award for publications produced last fall. The production team shares two of these awards with Senior Graphic Designer Ashley Todd. Ashley’s Genocide Awareness poster design for Human Rights Awareness won gold in the flyer category and her marquee for the Department of Theatre and Dance’s fall production of “Infidel” won silver in the poster category. The College Press production team also shares a gold award in the invitation category with the Office of Marketing and Communications for the design and production of the fall trustee dinner invitation, Opening Doors of Opportunity, designed by Senior Graphic Designer Cindy Agoncillo. The In-Print contest is jointly sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions Magazine. The awards will be presented at the IPMA annual conference in June. Please join us in congratulating Ashley, Cindy and the entire College Press production team on their excellent work.


Murray Library serials technician by day, superhero artist by night: Sharon Berger, aka cosplayer Sharon Rose, recently “became” Captain Marvel from Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel in a special episode of the digital series “Marvel Becoming,” along with cosplayers CutiePieSensei and PitchFork Cosplay. “Cosplay” is the act of making and/or dressing up as a character from a comic, movie, video game or book, and it is so much more than simply putting on a costume. Marvel reached out to Sharon to create her suit and appear on camera for this special project. She spent two months researching the suit, creating intricate patterns, sewing layered leather, fabricating EVA foam armor pieces, and paint weathering her armor to create a screen-accurate representation of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel costume. Watch the episode here: Cosplaying since 2012, Sharon has grown as foamsmith, prop maker, designer, speaker, model, award-winning costumer, and published author and artist. A recognized cosplay guest at East Coast comic conventions, her costuming has been featured on the cover of Cosplay Culture magazine and in numerous geek media sites. Sharon is an admin for SheProp!, a prop making and costume forum exclusively for women costumers and makers. She is also an admin for Full Figured Cosplay, a body positive Cosplay and Comics™ page dedicated to celebrating cosplay inclusivity and diversity. Sharon is a member of the Central PA Heroes Coalition, a nonprofit volunteer team of cosplayers who partner with hospitals, charity groups and community organizations to bring smiles to kids and adults alike. Click here to view picture taken by Judy Stephens.


Students and faculty from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently attended and presented their research at the American Chemical Society meeting. “Chemistry for New Frontiers.” held in Orlando, Florida, March 31 through April 4. Sarah O’Boyle, Josiah Nisly, Chelsea Sommerville, Ashley Martin, Bailey Rhodes, ad Tori Isley presented research that they have done under the direction of Anne Reeve, Jesse Kleingardner and Rick Schaeffer, who also attended the meeting, as well as Alison Noble and Niklas Hellgren.


ABCD (Association for Bridge Construction) has named Erin Brenneman (junior, civil engineering) and Nathan Myers (sophomore, civil engineering) co-recipients of their annual student scholarship award.


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.

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.

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.

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

Save the date for the Employee Recognition Reception!

Please save the date and put the Employee Recognition Reception for 2019 in your schedule! You are welcome to come to cheer on your colleagues even if you are not receiving a service award this year. The date is Tuesday, May 21, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. A beautiful brunch will be a part of this popular event.

Trailers for student move-out?

The Office of Sustainability is working on coordinating a way to partner with Mennonite Central Committee for student move-out to help divert reusable waste from the landfills. We are struggling to secure trailers to collect items in during this time and are wondering if anyone has access to enclosed trailers that are approximately 11 ft x 14 ft in size. We would be looking to use these over the dates from May 8-19, or over the weekends of May 10 and 17. If you or someone you know of has connections to trailers and would be interested in helping out with this program please contact

Connecting Communities Conference: Building Resiliency and Hope

The School of Business, Education and Social Sciences invites you to attend the first annual Connecting Communities Conference. This unique conference is designed to connect Messiah College and our surrounding community to discuss timely societal issues and explore possibilities for the future. This first conference is themed, “Building Resiliency and Hope.” Our Keynote speaker, Mr. Ron Byler, will share with us how communities in Syria and other parts of the world build hope and resilience through their tenacity and commitment.

  • Date: Friday, April 26
  • Where: Hostetter Chapel
  • When: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We hope you can join us! Cost is $10 for Messiah employees, $5 for students. Special note: Students may be eligible to use department funds for the cost of registration. To register: Please contact Stephanie Patterson ( with any questions.

Class of 2018 “First Destination” Report Now Available

The Career and Professional Development Center is pleased to provide you with the newly released “First Destination” survey report ( for the undergraduate Class of 2018. This report highlights employment and graduate school outcomes for 74% of our most recent graduating class. It’s important to note that this report focuses on destinations of alumni specifically within the first 6-9 months after graduation. To see more longitudinal data related to career outcomes, I invite you to visit the Messiah College page on LinkedIn ( IMPORTANT NOTE: The Class of 2019 survey is now live and available to current seniors: Please encourage your students who have confirmed their plans to respond. If you have questions on information included in the attached report, please feel free to contact me or the coordinator of this survey, Abby Book, Thanks for all you do to support our students’ career and professional development.

Julia Clements from the Department of Politics delivers honors presentation

On Tuesday, April 23, Julia Clements of the Department of Politics and International Relations will deliver her student honors presentation entitled, “Privacy in the 21st Century: DNA and the Fourth Amendment.” Julia will present her research findings on DNA familial profiling and address how the use of DNA in the criminal justice field has impacted the United States’ understanding of the Fourth Amendment. Join us from 4-5 p.m. in Boyer 434. There will be refreshments.

Dissertation defended

The Office of General Education, Common Learning and Academic Advising is pleased to announce that Lucas Sheaffer, lecturer of interdisciplinary studies and director of first-year courses, has defended his dissertation. “Damming the American Imagination” focuses the intersection of the southern literary imagination and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Lucas will receive his Ph.D. in English from Temple University in May. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sheaffer!

Miriam Thurber from the Department of Communication delivers Honors Presentation

“Poverty Tourism: rhetorical characterizations of The Other in study abroad, tourism, and missions marketing”–Have you ever considered participating in study abroad, tourism, missions or overseas volunteering? Have you ever traveled to a “developing world” location or encouraged someone else to go? On April 24, at 3 p.m., in Boyer 131, communication honors student Miriam Thurber will present her research on the rhetorical characterizations of The Other found in the marketing of study abroad, tourism, and missions organizations. Not only will the presentation illuminate depictions of The Other, but also challenge listeners to critically think about their own perceptions of Third World people locations. There will be refreshments.


Job opportunities

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time chef I. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

Campus Events is hiring temporary, full-time and part-time workers for the summer months, mid-May to mid-August. First and second shifts are available. You must be 16 years of age to apply. For additional information and to apply, please visit:

Dining Services has multiple openings for the position of cook II. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

The Department of Facility Services has multiple openings for full-time campus events workers. For additional information and to apply, please visit: (1st shift) or (3rd shift). Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, events/staff coordinator, at

For sale

House for sale, 2500 sq ft, 2.3 miles from campus, Mechanicsburg School District, wonderful neighbors. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, finished basement, 2 car garage. See posting: or contact Lori at

For rent

House for rent. 2 bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 bath, basement, carport, heat pump/ac, nice yard, quiet neighborhood, newly remodeled, Shiremanstown. No pets, no smoking. $1285/month + utilities. Pictures available upon request. Contact: Stephanie Cramer:


Cleaning your garage or shed and looking for a place to go with your old pots? We need quart, 1/2 gal., and gallon sized pots. Contact Will pick up.


The Threefold Cord Women’s Choir will present My Scars, His Story. Told as a story would be, this program outlines the characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution that exists in the Easter story. Join us on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Grantham Church. There is no admission cost, but donations for Peace Promise will be accepted. For more information contact Rachel Cornacchio: