Archive for 2019

August 22

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

Chronicles 22:13


Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, had an article entitled “Family Science” published in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships.

Dr. Caroline Maurer, dean of the school of business, education, and social sciences (BESS), has accepted a position as director of global engagement at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. Her last day at the College will be Sept. 13. We appreciate Dr. Maurer’s leadership over the past six years. Her focus on faculty support and development, community engagement, and international education along with her passion for Christian higher education will be missed. We wish her the best in her new position.

Dr. Peter Powers, dean of the school of humanities, has agreed to also serve as interim dean of BESS during this upcoming year. Stephanie Patterson will continue as administrative assistant for the school. The transition to new interim leadership will begin on August 26.


Save the date: Community Day

All employees are warmly invited to attend Community Day on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. This annual Messiah tradition serves as the ceremonial launch of the new academic year for employees with opportunities for corporate worship and fellowship, as well as President Phipps’ State of the College address. Refreshments will be available from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the High Center patio. All offices and departments (with the exception of Dispatch) will close from 8:45-11:30 a.m. to allow employees to enjoy the Community Day experience. If you have any questions, please contact Karin Bisbee, executive coordinator for the president’s office and board of trustees, at or ext. 5220.

Student parking permit pick-up

Permits for those students that preregistered for parking will be available for pickup at the below locations.  Students are to be parked in their assigned lots no later than Monday, Sept. 2.

New Students

Brubaker Auditorium 1st floor ECC Friday, August 30 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lobby outside Falcon Exchange 2nd floor ECC Monday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Returning Students Only

Conference Services Desk 1st floor ECC Saturday, August 31 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Brubaker Auditorium 1st floor ECC Sunday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lobby outside Falcon Exchange 2nd floor ECC Monday, Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please refer all questions on student parking permits to the Falcon Exchange at x7213 or

Employee choir at Community Day

Interested in joining the ‘OK Chorale’ this year to sing at Community Day?! Email Doug Curry at We HOPE to sing Jeffery Ames’ rousing gospel piece, “Let Everything that Hath Breath”. Sheet music and/or listening samples can be provided for those who read or hear pitch and love to sing! Please join us and email Doug to register your interest.

Student successfully passes CFA Level I exam

Congratulations to Levi Greenly, a senior finance major in the Department of Business, for successfully passing Level I of the CFA (chartered financial analyst) exam. Over 250,000 candidates sat for the CFA exams worldwide and the pass rate for Level I was only 41%. Levi’s test score placed him well above the 90th percentile for all the candidates who took the Level I exam in June. The 6-hour exam covered topics in economics, statistics, accounting, corporate finance, equity/fixed income analysis and derivatives. Messiah College has been a member of the CFA University Affiliation program since 2018, which enabled Levi to receive a full scholarship to take the exam. We wish Levi continued success as he moves on to Level II of the exam!

Employee Parking Permits

New employees – To request a parking permit or register a new vehicle:

  • From Messiah College Homepage, under Faculty & Staff “QUICKLINKS”, Log into “FALCONLINK”.
  • Search for FalconPark in the search box.
  • Click on “Employee Vehicle Registration (Web Form) (Please be sure that you continue until you reach a page which says, “Completed” and gives you a reference number.) Your parking permit will be sent to you through campus mail.

Previously registered employees – You do not need to re-register. Your current, orange parking permit has an expiration date of August 2019, but is actually valid until August 2020.

By Sept. 2, all employees must park in their assigned employee lot, which is specified on your employee parking hangtag. If your lot is completely full, please call Dispatch at ext. 6005. Please refer all questions on existing and new employee parking permits to JoAnn Schaeffer at ext. 7147 or

Welcome Week theme and schedule

Messiah College will be welcoming our new students to campus for the start of Welcome Week on Friday, August 30. Our theme for Welcome Week this year is “ALL IN” as we encourage students to take ownership of their Messiah experience, fully committing to their new community and responsibilities. Our theme verse is Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

A full schedule of events is available on the Welcome Week website: If you have any questions regarding Welcome Week, please reach out to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs (, ext. 5240).

Welcome to Enrollment Management!

Enrollment Management is excited to announce the addition of two new team members: Marianne Ramirez Gomez ’19 will join us as an admissions counselor, coordinator of Latino student recruitment on August 15. She served as student body vice-president, worked as a student in admissions and the multicultural office, was an ambassador, member of the Multicultural Council and an RH Flower recipient. She has been an intern for the Latino Hispanic American Community Center in Harrisburg and a community service volunteer for two summers in her home city of Reading. Marianne will have domestic territory in southeastern PA, Philadelphia, New York City, central Maryland, Washington DC, Florida and the southwest. She will also assist in planning and supporting Multicultural Scholarship Days and serving on the Ambassador Leadership Team. Sierra Kinslow ’17 will join us as the assistant director of admissions, multicultural recruitment on     Sept. 2. She has worked in the graduate admissions office for the last two years as a graduate enrollment counselor, and she’ll finish her master’s degree in higher education in May 2020. As a student, she served as an undergraduate admissions student worker, ambassador and amigo scholar. Sierra will work with domestic students from Dauphin County and serve our international students. She will lead strategy related to domestic underrepresented student recruitment and international student recruitment and manage the Martin’s and R.H. Flowers Multicultural Scholarship process. Please join us in welcoming them!

Multicultural student orientation

Within our commitment to student success and engagement at Messiah College is a strong drive to foster a sense of belonging for all of our students. Based on sound academic research and data, we recognize that students of color face unique challenges on predominantly white campuses. To address this, the Intercultural Office hosts a Multicultural Student Orientation to provide opportunities for our incoming students of color to make early connections with each other and with key educators prior to participating in Welcome Week activities. Please join us in warmly welcoming our students of color and their families to campus on Thursday, Aug. 29, as they arrive for Multicultural Student Orientation and become part of our Messiah College community!

Graduate TESOL students provide ESL camp for Christian school

Four graduate TESOL students, under the direction of their professor, Dr. Jan Dormer, recently provided the instruction for an ESL Camp at Delaware Co. Christian School. The fourteen ESL students had just arrived from China, and ranged from grades 7 to 11. The diverse topics covered in the week of ESL classes ranged from PA ecosystems to group work expectations in American education to an introduction to the Bible. Additional informal English language development occurred through fun outings such as kayaking and a scavenger hunt at King of Prussia mall. Our Graduate TESOL Program is anticipating a strong partnership with Delaware Co. Christian School as they seek to meet the needs of their international students.

Work-study computers

As the summer comes to an end, ITS would like to ask you to power on all work-study and adjunct computers. Since these computers have not been in use during the summer, they will be slower than usual while updates are being done. Updates will happen automatically on the computers. If there are any issues, please contact the Helpdesk at or ext. 4444.

New graduate assistants at Messiah and partner institutions

The Graduate Program in Higher Education is pleased to welcome 12 new graduate assistants for the academic year 2019-2020 both on the Messiah campus and at partner institutions. Graduate assistantships offer graduate students the opportunity to put the educational theories gained through classroom instruction into professional practice through supervised, real-world experience. Our graduate assistantship program aims to provide an innovative and cost-efficient way to advance departmental and college-wide goals and objectives.

Please join us and our collaborating departments in welcoming the following to the Messiah College community: Arkel Brown, graduate assistant in women’s basketball and athletic diversity; Nancy Diaz, graduate assistant in student retention; Hunter Harris, graduate assistant in wrestling; Amanda Jones, graduate assistant in softball; Alex Kipp, graduate assistant in men’s basketball; Matt Kovach, graduate assistant in the Agapé Center; Michael Pagano, graduate assistant in athletics communication; and Ryan Speer, graduate assistant in cross country/track and field. They join nine returning graduate assistants to the Messiah campus, who will complete their degree program and graduate assistant positions this year. Emma Cartisano, graduate assistant for off-campus programs; Ashley Doyle, graduate assistant in women’s lacrosse; Leyna Gilleland, graduate assistant in academic support and retention; Aaron Gray, graduate assistant in athletics communication; Myranda Kemrer, graduate assistant in women’s volleyball; Trevor Magness, graduate assistant in student involvement and leadership; Keyauna Moore, graduate assistant for academic advising; Chad Muise, graduate assistant in baseball; Nathan Reese, graduate assistant in assessment of student learning. In addition, four of our students in the Graduate Program in Higher Education have been placed as graduate assistants at partner institutions: Maggie Bolden, graduate assistant in residence life at Gonzaga University; Horacia Carryl, graduate assistant in residence life at Bluffton University; and Malissa Giannetti and Kimberly Lopez, graduate assistants in residence life at Catawba College. They join three returning graduate assistants at partner institutions: Andrew Butler, graduate assistant in men’s lacrosse at Houghton College; Esther Rosier, graduate assistant in advising and freshman studies at Saint Francis College, Brooklyn; and Tovah Wilson graduate assistant in residence life at Bluffton University.


Job opportunities

The Dining Services Department has a full time opening for a retail restaurant shift supervisor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Stephen Musti, restaurant manager II at

The Facility Services Department has an opening for a full-time HVAC/refrigeration technician. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Brad Markley, director of facility services at or Dan Soltis, facility maintenance supervisor, at

For sale

Multiple items for sale:

  • Student trumpet (Yamaha) with case ($120)
  • ROLA roof rack for Mazda CX 5 without side rails ($140)
  • Privacy cover for cargo area in Mazda CX 5 ($75)
  • Roadside assistance bag of tools, etc. ($25)
  • SportRack J-hooks for roof rack–good for carrying kayaks ($25/pair)
  • Text 610-703-4314 for more info or contact Dan Schmidt at

Beautiful Honda VT750DC Shadow 750 Spirit (2002).This bike has been garage-kept and has never had any issues. It has 10,000 miles on it and a trickle-charger hooked up to it. Cover included. Email me if you’d like to see it ( Asking $2,500 (kbb price). Picture here:


Used kitchen stove in good condition. A used kitchen stove in good condition is available FREE for the taking to anyone willing and able to pick it up from our home in Dillsburg. Contact Randy Basinger at if interested or for more information. 


House/dog sitter. Seeking house sitter for Oct. 1 – Oct. 18 for parents’ home. House located in Etters, PA. Dog is a very friendly black lab. Contact Abby Love at