Archive for 2019

June 13

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

John 14:1-4


Recent Messiah College marketing graduate Jason Polansky and Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch coauthored an article titled, “How Serving Blind Consumers Creates Competitive Advantage,” which CommPro published on May 29. The piece is available at:


Associate Professor of Music Dr. Damian Savarino (bass), sang at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan Concert Production’s 20th Anniversary Concert on May 26. The concert featured the same repertoire as MCP’s first concert from 20 years ago – Mozart’s CORONATION MASS, Fauré’s REQUIEM, and Vivaldi’s GLORIA – as well as its longstanding collaboration with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Savarino sang the bass solos in the Mozart and Fauré. This was Dr. Savarino’s ninth time performing at Carnegie Hall since 2010.


Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Erin Boyd-Soisson, professor of human development and family science, attended the 2019 Teaching Family Science Conference on the theme Developing Interculturally Competent Family Science Professionals. Hamon and Boyd-Soisson co-presented two posters and one paper, each with different students as co-authors: “Employing Culturagrams to Enhance Student Understanding of Diverse Families and Parenting Practices” with Rachel Jones’19 (HDFS); “Confronting Ageist Stereotypes through an Elder Mentor Program” with Abby Estes ’21 (HDFS); and “Using the Documentary “Babies” to Demonstrate Cultural Diversity in Caregiving” with Kaitlin Ponchione  ’20 (HDFS) and Taylor Forbes ’20 (HDFS).


RefWorks Contract

Many free citation management tools are now available on the 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 a new citation management tool by June 30.  Those with RefWorks content should set up a time with a librarian to migrate content to Zotero prior to June 30.

Guests on campus

The Office of Conference and Event Services is pleased to welcome the following groups to campus over the next week:

  • Trinity Christian Church – June 14-16
  • Girls Soccer ID Camp – June 15-16
  • River Camp (Fly Fishing) – June 16-21
  • Swimming Day Camp – June 17-19
  • Baseball Day Camp – June 17-21
  • Girls Soccer Day Camp – June 17-21
  • All Comers Track Meet – June 18
  • Wrestling Challenge Camp – June 19-22

If you see our guests on campus, please extend a warm welcome to Messiah College!

Dogs on campus

Messiah is a beautiful, open campus with lots of green space which provides a wonderful area for dog owners to walk their dogs. However, there are rules pertaining to having a dog on campus.

  1. All dogs MUST be leashed at all times; they are not permitted to be left running at large at any time.
  2. Dogs are NOT permitted in any campus building.
  3. Dogs are permitted on the Cumberland county side ONLY of the Yellow Breeches. This is the side where all the academic buildings are located.
  4. DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE STARRY FIELD SIDE AT ANY TIME; this includes being on any of the athletic fields and in the parking lot areas, including Treona.
  5. All handlers are to clean up after their dogs at all times.

Exemption:  If the dog is a service dog or an emotional support animal, the above rules in reference to location areas do not apply.

As a reminder, Monaghan Township has a township ordinance related to dogs running at large on property not belonging to the owner/handler. The Department of Safety will be monitoring Starry Field and if dogs and handlers are found, you will be asked to leave the Starry Field area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Safety at 717-691-6005. Thank you for helping us keep our grounds and athletic fields looking beautiful.


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

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time 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 college advancement has an opening for a full time executive assistant to the vice president for advancement. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Inger Blount, director of human resources, at

For sale

Messiah Fleet Vehicle for sale. Messiah College Fleet vehicle for sale. 2003 Mercury Sable Premium LS Sedan, 98000 miles. Vehicle was purchased new by the college and maintenance records are available. Asking $3,000 or best offer. Please contact Brad Markley at extension 6011 or to see the car.

For rent

Sarasota condo for rent. Enjoy the fantastic golf course views from the screened lanai of this ground floor 2/2 condo. Condo complex offers 2 heated swimming pools for residents. Located amid the lush surroundings of The Meadows Golf and Country Club that features 3 golf courses, tennis courts and over 13 miles of walking trails. Close to the new University Town Center Mall, I-75, dining, shopping and the gulf coasts finest beaches. Available monthly now through December. Contact Brad Markley at for information.