Archive for 2019

May 16

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3: 5-6


Heather Noll, assistant clinical professor of physical therapy, has been accepted to the distinguished Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program. This is a competitive “train the trainer” program dedicated to improving Parkinson’s physical therapy care by training faculty leaders across the U.S. so they can, in turn, educate physical therapy students. The intensive course is open to only six PT faculty per site, which allows physical therapy educators to immerse themselves in learning the latest evidence-based findings in Parkinson’s research and care.

We are thrilled that Heather will be attending the Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Program at Boston University this May.


Mindy Smith, senior lecturer of health and human performance, was recently recognized at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro graduate commencement ceremony with the American Kinesiology Association Doctoral Scholar award. Congratulations, Mindy!


Congratulations to Doug Miller, professor of health and exercise science, for being inducted into the 2019 Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. From 1984 through 1992, Miller coached the Messiah women’s track and field team to nine consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference titles. In 1990, the men’s team also won the MAC championship. During his career, the women went 107-18 in dual/triangular meets, and the men were 100-23.


Retirement reception for Kathy Gates

After more than 25 years of service to Messiah College, Kathy Gates will be retiring at the end of May. Kathy began her career at Messiah as the ACS applications processor for Admissions in 1994. In 2006, she began her service as the college receptionist, providing a friendly greeting to all incoming calls, as well as to guests who arrive in the Eisenhower Campus Center. Often referred to as, “the voice of Messiah College,” Kathy is a detail-oriented, friendly and organized employee. Her smile and kind conversation to all who pass by her “window” will be greatly missed! Please join us in thanking Kathy for her service and congratulating her on her retirement by joining us for a reception on Friday, May 24 between 2 – 4 p.m. in the Steinbrecher Atrium in the High Center.

Undergraduate Commencement information for employees 

Undergraduate Commencement: Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18

Schedule and details

The 2019 Undergraduate Commencement schedule is posted online at The website will also provide a link to the live video stream of the Commencement ceremony. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the Provost’s Office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have already received an email memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the Commencement Committee.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or

Baccalaureate service/reception parking

  • On Friday, May 17, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., the following employee lots will be closed so families of our graduates have access to parking:
  • ZZ (Old main and High Center) lot;
  • YY lot (Chapel Dr.);
  • TT (Railroad tracks and around Sollenberger Sports Center)
  • Employees assigned to these lots may park in other employee lots, including XX lot (the lot behind Boyer and the Chapel), on Creekside Dr. (in the parking spaces at the swinging bridge) or in Starry. There will be no shuttles that day.
  • Department of Safety personnel will direct guests to parking areas on campus. Guests will walk to Eisenhower Campus Center for the service. There is no shuttle service provided that evening. Note: college employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate. It is also important to note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement web site for details.
  • If you have questions regarding parking for guests with a disability, visit

Important Employee parking information for Commencement day

  • Members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass.  Drivers MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas.
  • All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony will receive parking instructions with their assignment.
  • All employees coming to campus that morning should use the Mill Road/South Entrance in order to avoid congestion with visitor traffic.
  • Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, the Department of Safety strongly encourages all employees to arrive on campus no later than 8:15 a.m. in order to alleviate being delayed in traffic, and to assist in being directed to their reserved parking areas on campus.
  • It is also extremely important to follow all parking direction and instruction from safety personnel while entering and leaving campus, as traffic conditions can change quickly and officers are not able to stop traffic flow to have conversation with individual drivers.

An important reminder—employees are not permitted to schedule vendor visits, pick-ups or deliveries on the day of Commencement as it interferes with the increased and altered traffic flow on campus that day.

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 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. A beautiful brunch will be a part of this popular event.

Hersheypark discount tickets

The Messiah College Community Discount Program is excited to announce that we will have representatives from Hersheypark on campus to offer an exclusive deal on tickets good for summer 2019! Stop by the table outside of the Falcon after the Employee Recognition Reception on Tuesday, May 21. The Hersheypark representatives will available from 1 – 3 p.m. and will offer a 45% savings on tickets. Credit card only, please. Regular ticket (ages 3 and older) gate rate: $69.80, Messiah rate: $38.50. And, new this year – discounted meal tickets and snack vouchers! This exclusive discount is available to Messiah College employees and family members. The tickets may be used on any one public operating day during the 2019 summer season. This special pricing is available at this event only. Please see flyer for more details.

Laptop tune-up during May Development Week

It’s time for annual laptop tune-ups. This happens annually during May Development Week. Tune-ups take at least four hours to complete and are completed on a first come, first served basis. So get your laptop in early! The Help Desk will clean your laptop of spyware\malware and also install important updates to your operating system. As always, please bring your equipment in for a checkup or fix whenever you notice that you have a problem. You don’t have to wait until your equipment dies to ask for help! Contact the Help Desk today whenever you have a problem: or 717-796-4444.

Summer flex-time program 2019

Beginning on Monday, May 20, the College will again permit the use of summer flexible work arrangements. Implementation of a summer flex-time program is at the discretion of division executives and directors and requires approval in advance from the appropriate dean, provost or vice president. If you plan to allow flexible work arrangements this summer, please meet with your teams to discuss. Please see the policy for this year attached.

Homecoming/Family Weekend update!

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is excited to announce that we are making some changes to Homecoming and Family Weekend! Instead of offering two different weekend experiences, we will be merging Family Weekend and Homecoming into one beginning this fall. This year’s date for HFW will be Oct. 18-20. We realize that this change may create questions and unknowns, but we also believe that in change lies endless possibility. We’re excited to begin offering more opportunities for connections between our alumni and parents and we are asking for your support and participation as we move forward. More details on the schedule, registration process and overall event details will be available early July. Thanks again for your support and please contact us with any questions!

Early arrival before Sept. 1

If you plan to sponsor students for an early arrival (before Sunday, Sept. 1), please complete the online early arrival request form ( or if you have a large group of students, please submit a list of student names, date and reason for return, employee sponsor and ID number (if known) to by Tuesday, Aug.1. The earliest students may return this year is Monday, Aug. 19, but we ask that you bring your students back as late as possible. Please note that the meal plan for returning students will not be active until Friday, Aug. 30 at lunch. If you need meal cards for the students you are bringing back early, please make these arrangements through the Falcon Exchange. There is no charge for students to stay on campus. However, any late additions received between Monday, Aug. 5– Friday, Aug. 16 will be charged $25/person and between Aug. 17–30 will be charged $50/person.

Falcon Exchange Summer Hours

The Falcon Exchange will change to our summer window hours effective Monday, May 20. Falcon Exchange will be open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These summer hours are in effect through Friday, Aug. 9. Answers to your questions may be available on our web page at: You may also contact Falcon Exchange by email at or phone at ext. 7245. We will return your email or phone call as soon as we are able.

RefWorks Contract

Many free citation management tools are now available on web. RefWorks, a legacy citation management tool costing the college approximately $5,000/year, is under-utilized. Library staff, the Educational Technology Committee, and the Information and Web Technology Committee recommend the RefWorks contract not be renewed in July. This means anyone using RefWorks will need to export and move citations from RefWorks to new citation management tool by June 30, 2019. Librarians will lead workshops during May Development week to support those who need to move content from RefWorks to a new citation management tool.

Slime Camp at Messiah College

Science Explorers is an outside organization that is hosting a slime camp on campus this summer from July 22-July 26 for kids aged 7-11. They are offering a $20 discount to Messiah employees and their families and friends. Please visit and use code FF2019. See the camp description below: We’ve taken our after-school club programs from 2018-19 and turned them into a fun-filled, week-long camp that features a new slime every day, in addition to exploring an array of amazing science! In the half day camp, you will make chalkboard slime, all new color changing slime and magnetic slime! In addition, you will build inventions like catapults, discover how electricity and circuits work by making conductive dough, and explore biology as you extract DNA from a banana and dissect an owl pellet. Stay for the full day and you’ll examine anatomy as you make a model lung and observe a real sheep heart, continue our exploration of circuits as you send messages via Morse code and build a metal detector to test objects to see if they are conductors or insulators, and explore wonders of the earth as you erupt a volcano and experiment with pollination. For ages 7-11.


For sale:

Subaru Outback for sale. Selling our 2005 Subaru Outback for $6,000. Maintenance superb (timing belt, water pump, 4 new tires, 4 new struts, and 2 new rear coil springs). Color: beige. Transmission: automatic. Miles: 117k. Comes with a hitch for a bike rack or moving a light trailer load. Contact Brandon:


Free player piano- you move. Converting parlor into in-law quarters, but the piano is in the way. Can you help? Glossy black, presentable. Condition is fair. Player part works but needs work. Includes several antique and newer rolls of music. Contact Amanda at


Cornhole boards needed TODAY!

Do you have a cornhole board that we can borrow for this afternoon? The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is in need of 8-10 corn hole boards for our “Leave the Nest” event as part of Senior Week TODAY from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. If you have one that we can borrow, please email to coordinate logistics. Thank you!