Archive for 2019

September 12

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 


Strategic Planning and Prioritization Forums

Two Strategic Planning and Prioritization Forums for employees will be held on Monday, Sept. 16 in Parmer Hall. The first session will be held from 11 a.m. -noon and the second will be held from 3-4 p.m. Please choose the time that best suits your schedule. The presentation will be led by President Kim Phipps and members of the President’s Cabinet. The presentation will be followed with time for a Q&A session. All employees are encouraged to attend.

“In Matter and in Mode” faculty exhibition, artists’ talk and reception

This exhibition features selected work by full and part-time members of the Messiah College Art and Design Faculty. The exhibition encompasses a variety of approaches to the concepts, materials and methods of art-making, design and exhibition curation. It provides a setting for dialogue between students and their mentors, and an opportunity for the greater community to engage with the creative endeavor of this talented faculty. Exhibition runs Sept. 13-Oct. 9.

Join us for the artists’ talk and reception on Friday, Oct. 4 at 4: 15 p.m. in the Aughinbaugh Arts Gallery in the Climenhaga Building. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pizza with Professionals events for the fall semester

The Career and Professional Development Center has an exciting line-up of Pizza with Professionals events for the fall semester. During these one-hour sessions, a speaker (usually a Messiah alum) will talk to students about his/her career path, current organization and any job or internship openings available there. Free pizza is provided. Please encourage students to join us. Interested educators are invited to attend, as well! To register for any of the events, visit All events will be held from noon-1 p.m. in the Library Athenaeum.

Sept. 18, Sperry Labs: Andrew Brown’03 will speak to students about his experiences as senior product manager at EA (Electronic Arts), game designer at Play Impossible and his current role as co-founder of the digital consulting firm Sperry Labs.

Oct. 1, alums in the food industry: Five Messiah alumni who are successful entrepreneurs in the food industry will share about their career paths. Panelists are Stephanie Perry ’99, owner of Yellow Bird Café; Heidi Tucker’09, co-owner of Sunshine Bakery; Jeff ’08 and Emily Mitchell ’08, owners of Lancaster Cupcake; and Jeff Conrady’85, owner of the Square Bean.

Oct. 14, Philadelphia Eagles: Bre Grignano ’09 will talk about her game day media/public relations position with the Philadelphia Eagles. She will also speak about Greater than Me, the sports ministry nonprofit she recently founded.

Oct. 30, panel on gap-year experiences: Students will be able to ask questions of panelists and learn what it is like to serve with a nonprofit for a year after college, go abroad on a missions trip before starting full-time employment and participate in a short-term professional fellowship to gain experience and make connections.

Oct. 22, Philadelphia Project: Students will learn more about this urban ministry, which serves the community of Philadelphia through educational programs, home repair and summer ministry experiences. Opportunities are available for internship and volunteer positions.

Copyright help

Do you feel overwhelmed by the topic of copyright and sometimes wonder if you are unintentionally breaking copyright? Do you want some help to keep you in compliance? There is a Copyright page listed under “For Faculty and Staff” from the Messiah homepage. It provides helpful information on fair use, on copyright guidelines relating to videos, music and more. You can also ask a question of the Copyright Working Group. We try to be a resource for the campus on copyright issues.


Sept. 15, at 4 p.m., Parmer Hall Sponsored by the School of the Arts Performing Arts Series

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the great novel “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy, this first of two programs focuses on Tolstoy’s love of the piano, as well as the deep historical connections between the Russian and French cultures, which produced some of the world’s greatest achievements in the arts. Stuart Malina, artistic director of the Harrisburg Symphony, and Richard Roberson, dean of the Messiah College School of the Arts, will join piano faculty Patrice Ewoldt and Ya-Ting Chang to perform music for two pianos by Chopin, Chaminade, Milhaud and Debussy, and will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s iconic “1812 Overture.”

For more information, visit Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $5 for Messiah College students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

ROD GILFRY, baritone to perform Sept. 20

Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., Messiah College Parmer Hall

Sponsored by the School of the Arts Performing Arts Series

A two-time Grammy award nominee, Rod Gilfry most recently received a Grammy award nomination for his performance in the title role of Messiaen’s monumental opera “Saint François d’Assise” in Amsterdam. Best known for his work in opera, he also appears frequently in musical theater classics and is an acclaimed recitalist and concert artist. He has recently appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Alberto Roc in the American premiere of Thomas Ades’s “The Exterminating Angel,” as well as Danilo in “The Merry Widow” opposite Susan Graham. He also has appeared in leading roles with the Santa Fe Opera, Korea National Opera, Los Angeles Opera and New York City Opera, among others. “ … the singer of choice for new American operas.” — Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

For more information visit Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $5 for Messiah College students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

MCBA Networking Breakfast – Purpose-driven Business

Topic: The Purpose-driven Business Speaker, Quintin Frey, retired president of Turkey Hill Dairy

A business owned by a Christian should be viewed as a beach head for good in the war between good and evil. Our businesses are small territories captured by God’s people on the front lines to express tangibly the Kingdom of God to people. The way in which we operate our businesses should contrast with the business practices of the world and reward owners and employees with the dignity intended by God when He created us to do good works. Our businesses can express in very practical ways God’s provision and love for people when we establish the purpose-driven business. Registration is $15.

Location: Messiah College, Martin Commons • One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055

7- 7:30 a.m. | Registration and networking

7:30 – 9 a.m. | Event speaker

9 a.m. | Event concludes.

Guests are encouraged to stay and network. Employees can register online using their departmental org/acct numbers:

Group exercise classes at the Falcon Fitness Center

Group exercise classes have started at the fitness center. $35 for an unlimited semester membership gives you access to over 150 classes. Visit our website to sign up, see the schedule or learn more! We hope to see you there!

Open house for new career studio space

The Career and Professional Development Center invites all members of our community to an open house Thursday, Sept. 12 between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join us as we celebrate our renovated career studio, made possible by a donation from Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe. Check out the new space, meet our student career coaches and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks. Hope to see you there! *There will be a brief dedication ceremony at 9:15 a.m. to honor Martin’s for their generosity and longstanding commitment to hiring Messiah College interns and graduates.

Threefold Cord Women’s Choir presents “Love Is”

This Messiah College sponsored choir will perform “Love Is,” an exploration of love as defined by the ancient Greeks. While there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted to support Love the Hill, a non-profit working alongside the people of Allison Hill, Harrisburg. The performance will take place on Sept. 14 at 7p.m. at the Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Camp Hill.

Text alert system

For the safety of our students and employees, and in order to be compliant with federal law, The Clery Act, Messiah College’s method to notify students and employees of critical emergency situations is provided through the college’s text alert system. If you have not signed up for text alerts, please do so today. For instructions, please see the attached document.

New catering manager

Linda Nye has been promoted to the position of catering manager effective Sept. 1. Please contact Linda at ext. 5251 to request on and off campus catering services from Two Bridges Catering.

TEP and Boyer Center scholarship reception

Please join us in celebrating the awarding of senior teacher education and Boyer Legacy scholarships at a reception today (Sept. 12) from 4-5 p.m. in Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall. The following students will be honored: Claire Marino, Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship; Julia Pearl, Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship Award; Kayla Flemmens, Ethel Brandt Bigham Endowed Education Award; Alexis Robinson, Terry L. Stoudnour Endowed Education Award; Ben Baddorf and Logan Buffington, Boyer Legacy Award.

September 2019 newsletter

What’s new at Murray Library? Read about our events and exhibits, hear from our director and find out more about Friends of Murray Library. View newsletter here.

“Stop the Bleed” training offered

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. When severe, uncontrolled bleeding occurs, every second counts. The Department of Homeland Security launched the “Stop the Bleed” campaign to raise public awareness and knowledge on how to prevent these deaths. In an effort to better prepare our campus community for any emergency, “Stop the Bleed” training will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 26 to all employees and all students. This training will be conducted by employees of the Geisinger Holy Spirit Education Center. All sessions will be held in Hostetter Chapel. Sessions are scheduled for 1:30-2:30, 2:45-3:45 and 4-5 p.m. Openings are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for one of these training sessions, go to FalconLink. Search for Training and click on the All Training Classes link that appears. Click on the drop down arrow under Click Here to See Available Classes. Select Stop the Bleed and then click on the pencil icon in front of the session you prefer; follow the directions to register.

Trekking to Tokyo- an employee wellness program

Tracking our daily steps (or step equivalents) often helps us get closer to our daily goal of 10,000 per day. We’re hoping this 10-week wellness program beginning on Sunday, Sept. 22 will do just that. The good news is that ANY activity counts, not just walking. An easy chart and recording form converts all types of aerobic activity to steps. Those who submit their previous week’s total (online) by Monday at midnight each week, and also average 40,000 steps per week will be eligible for free prize drawings at the end of the program. Weekly emails will highlight our progress as well as interesting walking and 2020 Tokyo Olympic facts. For a free pedometer, email Doug Miller at Register today at:

Fall Curators Club/CC2 Information

The Oakes Museum of Natural History offers Saturday science enrichment program for 3rd-5th and 6th-8th graders. Among the questions we’ll be exploring this fall: Can animals count? Why do some animals have stripes and spots? How can some species survive in sub-zero temperatures? Support your child’s sense of wonder and curiosity by signing them up for Curators Club/CC2! More information can be found at

Find the falcon contest

Thank you to everyone who participated in the find the falcon contest from the welcome newsletter distributed at Community Day. Congratulations to Tina Keul who won the $25 Amazon gift card for locating the image on the 2nd page. If you did not receive the newsletter, please stop by Human Resources to pick up your copy.

MOSAIC, Messiah’s Institutional Repository

We’re officially launching Mosaic, Messiah’s Institutional Repository, on Tuesday, Sept. 17! Join us as we celebrate the first public viewing of Mosaic, Messiah’s Open Scholarship and Intellectual Creativity. Funded by the Sawyer Digital Initiative, the institutional repository is Messiah’s showcase of intellectual output of its staff and students. All staff, COE and students are warmly invited to celebrate, learn and enjoy snacks at Teaching Tuesday on Sept. 17 in Parmer Cinema at 9:30 a.m.

Banned Books Week at Murray Library

What do Winnie the Pooh, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl and the Bible have in common? They were all banned at one time or another! Join Murray Library as we celebrate Banned Books week from Sept. 23-27. Visit displays highlighting some of the banned books that are in our collection and come by our table where you can check off how many of these books YOU have read.

Messiah Press and Postal Services has updated turnaround times needed for graphic design and print.

Please allow as follows:

  • For simple black and white and/or color printing including syllabuses, exams, fliers, postcards and posters that are smaller than “12 x 18”: 4-5 business days
  • For higher quantities and items involving bindery such as booklets that are under 36 pages: 6 to 10 business days
  • For complex offset printing including booklets that are over 36 pages: 10 to 15 business days
  • For basic offset printing such as letterhead or envelopes: 8 to 10 business days
  • For wide or large format printing (larger than 12” x 18”): 6 to 10 business days
  • For ALL projects that require graphic design, please allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks (includes the print schedule)

Please note: The turnaround schedule above does NOT include the time needed for bulk mailings.


Job opportunities

The Athletics Department has an opening for a part time assistant softball coach. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Amy Weaver, head softball coach, at

For sale

Furniture: 4-piece sectional couch with a recliner on each end, storage drawer, beverage table, 112″ L, 32.5″ D, 37″ H. Very good condition. Pictures upon request. $200. Contact

2006 Vibe.Slate- Gray with cloth interior. Asking $2500. Runs great and was just inspected in May, 2019. 152,767 miles. Pictures available upon request. If interested, please contact

For rent

Apartment for rent. Available October 1, a second story, 2 bedrooms, and one bath apartment for professional or retired persons (s) is available for rent. A large living room and oversized eat-in kitchen provide a spacious living area. Laundry facilities located on the premises. Off-street parking is also provided in this 3 unit complex located west of the borough of Shiremanstown. No pets and no smoking permitted. Water, trash, sewer included in rent. Interested parties should contact: or or call 717-364-6764.