Archive for 2019

Sept. 19

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34


Dr. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, as a PA State FCS Action Committee member, participated in the FCS Education Northeast Region Summit in Arlington, Virginia, Sept. 15-16, as part of the National Partnership for recruiting, preparing, and supporting FCS education.


Dr. Todd Goranson, professor of music, performed a concert at Duke Divinity School (Duke University) on Sept. 7 with The New Caritas Orchestra under the baton of theologian/musician Jeremy Begbie. The orchestra was comprised of 37 Christian orchestral musicians from top orchestras and music schools from the U.S., including the Boston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony. The concert, titled “Creation and New Creation” was presented in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.


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

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

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.

“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.

Homecoming and Family Weekend volunteers needed!

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is in need of employee volunteers to serve at registration for HFW 2019! Volunteers are needed in in two-hour timeslots on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Ashley Sider at with your availability. We look forward to serving with you!

International Day of Peace

“The Arts of Peace,” a campus commemoration of the International Day of Peace, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Legacy Park (the rain venue is the High Center Recital Hall). This year the annual event is organized by the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in partnership with the School of the Arts. Local, national and world peace will be promoted through prayer, music, spoken word and dance.

Susquehanna Valley FCU ATM new machine and new location

The Susquehanna Valley FCU ATM has been updated and has a new location on the 2nd floor of ECC. The new ATM is located in the lounge between Lottie Nelson Dining Hall and the Falcon Exchange. The SVFCU ATM participates on the CU$, Star, Visa, Plus, MasterCard (which includes Cirrus and Maestro), Accel and MoneyPass ATM networks.

Friends of Murray Library 2019 Annual Dinner & Meeting

Join us Friday Oct. 25 at 6p.m. in Martin Commons for the Friends of Murray Library Annual dinner and meeting. Kathy T. Hettinga will return to Messiah College to share her work and discuss the process of artist’s books. In her presentation, “Creating Artist’s Books from Object to Identity,” Hettinga will discuss the concepts behind her work and the projects she designed for her students. Drawing from her comprehensive background in drawing/illustration, book arts/typography, photography/scanning, collage and printmaking, Professor Hettinga led and pushed students to excellence in art and design, resulting in their work being published over a dozen times in international design journals. The Kathy T. Hettinga Student Artists’ Book Archive at Murray Library was created from the extensive student book art created under her direction. These works reveal the remarkable depths of meaning and beauty created by her students in response to Hettinga’s guidance and direction.

The event will be held in Martin Commons, with a meal served by Messiah’s Two Bridges Catering. Reservation deadline is October 4. If interested, please contact Tracy Sheaffer, library administrative assistant, at or ext. 7181.

Online timesheets are coming!

The Web Time Entry (WTE) system has been used with the student employee’s for over a year with great success.  Payroll has slowly been moving the staff employee’s to this system since early 2019.  That means for some of you this is already something you use regularly.  The time has come to move all areas to the new system.  With WTE all hours are recorded, reviewed and approved online.  This means no paper timesheets to print out, no signatures to get and no mailing it to payroll, plus it is accessible through your cell phone.

  • Who is affected by this change?

All hourly staff that currently use paper timesheets AND those that approve their timesheets.

  • What does this mean to you? 

It means that all time reporting and approvals will be done through Self-Service.

  • When will this happen? 

All staff will start using this system with the Sept. 29-Oct. 12 pay period.  You should be receiving an email with more details and instructions for you to print out.

  • Where will I get instructions or have questions answered? 

Printable instructions will be included in an email.  In addition, there are currently 2 training sessions set for Parmer Cinema à Sept. 24 from 1-2 p.m. and Sept. 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  All staff are invited since there was no real training for the smaller groups that have already started this process.

  • Whom do you contact with questions or concerns?

The Payroll Office (Cindy ext. 2903 or Wendy ext. 2902) will be able to help you.

Campus Climate website

The Campus Climate website has been re-designed for ease of use. Check in regularly for updates as we “move the needle” as programming is developed and implemented in order to meet our priorities.

Questions regarding Campus Climate may be directed to Todd Allen and/or Inger Blount at

Visiting alumni program

We want to celebrate our alumni! Help us help you! Tell the Alumni and Parent Relations Office when you have alumni returning to campus.

What we offer for visiting alumni:

  • Gift bag for the alum
  • Electronic parking pass
  • Meal ticket for Lottie Nelson Dining Hall
  • Alum’s name, reason for visit and sponsor listed on monitor in the ECC Commons
  • Acknowledgement in the Intercom – both sponsoring department/class and alumni

What we ask of you:

  • Give us as much notice as possible.
  • Complete the online form on FalconLink and select Visiting Alumni Registration.


For sale

Furniture for sale.

  1. Antique Chair ($25) –
  2. Ikea Poang Armchair ($25)
  3. Expedit/Kallax 2×2 shelf ($30) –
  4. Expedit/Kallax 1×1 shelf ($15) –

Please contact Lydia at

Hersheypark tickets for sale. Three Hersheypark tickets for sale – all ages – 1 day admission. Tickets expire on 9/29/19. Single ticket price $30; two tickets – $55; three tickets – $80. Cash or check accepted. Contact Tracy Thomas at or ext. 5237.


Roommate for recent Messiah grad. May 2019 Messiah College graduate, Jason Polansky is looking for a roommate to share his two-bedroom OakWood Hills apartment, located walking distance from campus. If you know of someone who may be interested, please have him contact Jason at or 301-606-4480.