Archive for 2019

Jan. 24, 2019

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

Psalm 34:17-20


It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Dr. Robin Lauermann, associate dean of general education, common learning and advising has decided after this spring to return to full-time teaching within the Department of Politics and International Relations for the fall of 2019. During the past eight years, Robin has provided outstanding leadership and accomplished much for both the general education program (QuEST) and for academic advising. In general education, she developed and implemented the branding of General Education as QuEST; oversaw the rewriting of the QuEST learning objectives; put the assessment of student learning in QuEST on a rock-solid foundation; worked collaboratively to create a two-semester writing course sequence in the First Year Seminar and Created and Called for Community courses; provided learning outcome results via infographics on the QuEST website; hired many adjuncts; counseled faculty in the creation and approval of countless cross-cultural courses; provided leadership and workshops during May Development week for various aspects of the program; and was instrumental in the implementation of the Experiential Learning Initiative requirement to name just a few of her accomplishments. In academic advising she oriented scores of new advisors each fall, oversaw the revamping of the advising evaluation instrument, and counseled hundreds of undeclared students among other accomplishments. We will miss Robin’s productivity, passion and insights in these two roles, but are delighted for her and even more for the students who will be inspired by that same passion as she assumes the role of professor of political science on a full-time basis this fall. Bill Strausbaugh, associate provost and vice president for information technology


How to initiate marketing materials through OMC

If you’re in need of new marketing materials that will target prospective students or an off campus audience of 200 households or more starting your project is a link away:

This link will lead you to a form which gives our department an overview of your needs. Once the form is reviewed, our project coordinator will either set up a meeting or a job timeline for the requested materials.

If you aren’t certain if your job meets our criteria please refer to the attached guidelines here.

2019 Alumni Awards recipients announced

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Alumni Awards. You can click on the recipients’ names to view their LinkedIn profiles. Details regarding the March 30 Alumni Awards Dinner will be providing in February. YOUNG ALUMNA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Melissa (Davis) Stuebing (Class of 2006, psychology)

This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 15 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community, and/or Messiah College

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS ACHEIVEMENT AWARD – Robert Parker (Class of 1983, education)

Recognizes a lifetime of vocational achievement in a manner that embodies the mission of the College

ALUMNI CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD – J. Ron Byler (Class of 1974, communication)

This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.


Recognizes an individual who has contributed to the College in an extraordinary manner (long-term professional service; significant volunteer service and/or financial contribution)

Networking Breakfast – The Business of Culture

The Business of Culture: Strong leaders understand that a team’s accepted, celebrated behavior plays a significant role in determining organizational success. Identifying core values that describe the desired culture is straight-forward, consistently nurturing that culture to reality while scaling is the real challenge. Come hear Justin Bredeman share what Soccer Shots is doing to intentionally develop culture within their local team and throughout their national franchise system. This event is open to EVERYONE! You do not have to be a Messiah alum or business major, and attendance at previous events is NOT a prerequisite.

Speaker: Justin Bredeman ’96, CEO at Soccer Shots Franchising Location: The Martin Commons Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6 7– 7:30 a.m. | Registration and networking 7:30– 9 a.m. l Event Speaker 9 a.m. | Event concludes, but guests are encouraged to stay and network Event Cost: $15 (employees will need to enter org codes and account number and use the promo code STAFF to avoid using a personal credit card. Register at

Winter Orientation begins Thursday, Jan.31

Undergraduate winter orientation begins Thursday, Jan. 31. Messiah College is excited to welcome our incoming new and transfer students as they begin their spring semester on Monday, Feb. 4. You can visit to see their three-day orientation agenda that they will follow. Any questions about their orientation weekend can be directed to the Student Involvement and Leadership Programs office, ext. 5240 or

Off-campus program reps on campus

Representatives from several semester-long study abroad programs will be on campus over the next few weeks and we’d love for you to meet them! Would you consider hosting one of them in your classes that day, allowing them to share the variety of opportunities that our students could have studying abroad for a semester? Monday, Feb. 4 – CIEE (China) Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Living and Learning International (Ecuador) Wednesday, Feb. 27 – LCC International University (Lithuania) Thursday/Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1 – Chicago Semester (USA) Wednesday, March 6 – ISA/Veritas ISA – (South Africa, Chile, France, Spain, and England) or For a full listing of these programs and more, please check out our website at the following link: and to see how they might work well for your major students specifically, check out our department pages here: If you’re interested in having them in a class, a department meeting, or a friendly little chat please let us know! Please contact The Intercultural Office.

Spring semester event bookmarks now available

The Career and Professional Development Center is once again offering our event bookmarks free of charge to any interested faculty and staff. These bookmarks list all of our upcoming programs and have been very popular with students and educators alike. Stop by our office to pick up some today! (Each member of the COE will receive one in their mailboxes; please let us know if you need more). All events are also listed electronically at


Job opportunities

The Department of Safety has an opening for a part-time security enforcement officer. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions can be directed to Lynn Maynard at

The Department of Facility Services has an opening for a full-time, third shift campus events worker. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, events/staff coordinator, at

For sale

Wood stove for sale. Like new, large wood stove for sale. Holds 30″ logs. Comes with stove brick, stove pipe, and thermometer. Asking $350. Email Cindy at

Red Kidcraft play kitchen. In used condition. Also includes cloth and plastic toy food, pots and pans, and Fisher Price tea set. Asking $40 OBO for everything. Pictures: Contact

For rent

Harrisburg apartment for rent. A 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath apartment will be available March 1 for rent. Located on Penn Street between Alvero’s Bread and Pastry and Little Amps Coffee Shop. End unit with a washer and dryer in basement. Great rental for roommates or couple. Apartment will be available March 1 but has flexibility on start date for renters. Please contact Lauren at with interest or questions.