Archive for 2019

October 24

Thursday, October 24th, 2019


If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.

Ecclesiastes 10:4



President’s Open Door Day

President Phipps will host an Open Door Day on Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. Open Door Day will take place in the president’s office on the second floor of Old Main. A sign-in sheet will be located in Old Main room 207 starting at 1p.m. on Oct. 30. Open Door Day is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

An Evening with Chris Thile, Oct.29  

Mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer and radio personality Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Messiah College Parmer Hall Sponsored by the School of the Arts Performing Arts Series

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and now host of the radio program, “Live from Here,” is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. A Grammy winner for his work on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan, he also won a Grammy for “Bass + Mandolin” with Edgar Meyer.In 2018, Punch Brothers released the Grammy-winning “All Ashore,” which Pop Matters described as “a call to savor, to pay attention, to step back from the hustle and bustle and remember the importance of being calm.”

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

Employee photo days           

Are you looking to have an employee photo taken or updated? The OMC will be offering employee photo days. We are scheduling 15 minute time slots for individual or department group photos. Once you sign up you will receive a confirmation. To schedule click here. Please be prompt and bring your smile! More dates will be added within the week.

Archives administration changes

Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, Messiah College has merged the three archives that exist on its campus: the Archives of Messiah College, the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives, and the Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives. The merger creates opportunities for operational and administrative efficiencies while simultaneously allowing each unit to maintain its own unique identity and collecting policy under a common mission: to preserve and provide access to materials that document the history of Messiah College, its faculty, its alumni, and its founding denomination, the Brethren in Christ Church. Devin Manzullo-Thomas, who formerly oversaw the work of the Boyer Center Archives, will provide leadership to the merged archives as director of archives. Glen Pierce, who formerly directed the work of the College and Brethren in Christ archives, will continue in a revised role as archives assistant.

Multi-Dimensional Leadership – networking breakfast

We are also excited to announce the next breakfast scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21. Register at

The topic will be multi-dimensional leadership.

In a world where the one thing you can count on is change, leaders need to be able to adjust and adapt. Multi-dimensional leaders not only adapt to the environments they are currently leading in, they can also take their leadership on the road. Come hear Rob Parker share his thoughts on successfully navigating multiple leadership transitions from non-profit CEO to entertainment executive, to executive coach, and currently real estate developer. At a time in history when few of us will finish our careers where we start, come hear how one alumnus embraced both the change and the adventure.

Featured Speaker: Rob Parker, president of Pinewood Forest

Alumnus Rob Parker, ’82 has over thirty five years of high-impact leadership on a local, national, and international level, including 30 years as a president/CEO. Growth-oriented executive with experience in both corporate and non-profit ventures, as well as blended models that integrate philanthropy into core business strategy. Entertainment executive experience with Grammy-award winning, multi-platinum artist. New urbanist design and town building, connected to the film industry, Transformational leader that enjoys creating a compelling vision, crafting a strategy, building a powerful team and then delivering exponential results.

2019 American Democracy Lecture

Join us for the 2019 American Democracy Lecture on Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall. The Center for Public Humanities and the Department of Politics and International Relations are pleased to welcome Dr. Steven Levitsky, professor of government at Harvard University and New York Times best-selling author. Dr. Levisky has published extensively on authoritarian regimes and the rise of despots and will draw on his book “How Democracies Die,” to discuss the warning signs and the crucial elements needed to protect a free democracy. A reception and a book-signing event will take place immediately following the lecture. We do hope that you will join us for this important and timely discussion.

Annual soup and dessert sale

The Division of Finance and Planning’s annual soup sale to benefit local families for Christmas will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Limited seating will also be available for your dining pleasure. Enjoy a cup of soup for $3, a barbeque sandwich for $2 or a dessert for $1. At this time, soup options are: carrot, cheeseburger, cheesy broccoli, chicken noodle, chili, creamy crab, pizza, shrimp bisque, turkey chili, vegetable beef and venison chili.

We are also collecting any size diapers for Silence of Mary Homes in Harrisburg. Please consider supporting this worthy cause and enjoying some homemade food!

Spend an Evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will

George Will speaks on “The Political Argument Today” on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall. Will is today’s most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today, it appears twice weekly in approximately 500 newspapers in the U.S. and in Europe. In addition, he serves as a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011. For 32 years, beginning as a founding member in 1981, he was a panelist on ABC television’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns. Altogether eight collections of Will’s Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being “One Man’s America.” In 1990, Will published “Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball,” which topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months. Will was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto. Will served as a staff member in the U.S. Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine. Today, Will lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $10 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

Important reminder to faculty – 2020 J-Term and spring semester work submission deadlines set

Learning Technology Services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The 2020 J-Term and spring semester work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates located on the ITS blog at the following link: Procedure review:

  1. Messiah faculty are notified of the semester work submission deadlines by the administrative assistant to ITS/copyright specialist (Diane Hunsinger) approximately 4-6 weeks before the materials are due. This allows ample time to obtain copyright clearance for course materials (if necessary) and production of your course pack in College Press.
  2. Faculty must complete the online course materials form located on the ITS blog at this link: The online form allows you to enter/attach your copyright clearance requests, automatically creates the work requisition, and allows you to attach a PDF file of your course pack or lab manual.
  3. It is imperative that faculty who plan to sell a course pack/lab manual to students notify Aleisha Wildon, course materials manager at the Campus Store and Textbook Express.
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: Following the deadlines allows ample time for production, ensures our students have a positive experience when purchasing and receiving their course materials and the instructor has the assurance that their course pack is available for students to purchase before classes begin.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, administrative assistant to ITS/copyright specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Contract investigators conducting reference/background checks on Campus

The Department of Safety wants to remind all employees of the protocol in place for contract investigators coming on to campus. A contract investigator is a non-campus employee who is contracted by an agency to check the backgrounds of present and former students. The agency could be a subcontractor of the government, from a state or local agency or from the military. These individuals ARE REQUIRED to stop at the Department of Safety office FIRST before going on to campus to visit other departments. When they stop at the Department of Safety first, we check their credentials, we require to see a release form signed by the student that they are conducting the check on, and we have them complete a “sign-in” form. If all these items are provided, we provide them with a Department of Safety investigator ID card, a temporary parking permit, and they will have a copy of the sign-in form that is signed by our department. If an investigator shows up in your office, you should be asking to see the sign-in form that is filled out by our office and the Department of Safety investigator ID card as well.

If you do not see both of these, you should not be providing any information to them. Kindly advise them that there is a protocol in place for investigators to be on campus and that they must first go to the Department of Safety office (located in Greenbriar, gray building on the left as they exit the main entrance to campus) to get permission and an ID before you will provide any information to them. If they refuse to come to our office, or if they continue to request the information, please call the Dispatch Office at ext. 6005 (on campus phone) or by cell at 717-691-6005. Let the dispatcher know what is going on and an officer will be sent to your location to speak with the investigators.

Please understand that some of these contract investigators are from a law enforcement agency and may have a holstered firearm on them. This can cause alarm to others on campus if seen. This is why we require them to stop at our office first so we know who is on campus and know that they have been cleared to be here. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Department of Safety and ask to speak to a supervisor; ext. 6005 or 717-691-6005.

Thank you for helping to keep our campus safe.

A Community Conversation Opioids Not Needed: Identifying Alternatives. Improving Quality of Life.

Opioids are not the only answer to managing pain. Join Geisinger Holy Spirit and the Messiah College School of Graduate Studies for an informative Community Conversation – Opioids Not Needed: Identifying Alternatives-Improving Quality of Life, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Messiah College’s High Center. Emceed by ABC 27’s Amanda Peterson, a panel of medical experts including: Dr.Theresa Burick, Dr. Michael Suk, Dr. Amy Humphrey, and Shan Padda of Harvard Medtech will discuss alternatives to opioid use for pain management.

Learn more at The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Ticket Office in Eisenshower, online or by phone 717-691-6036.

FY20 Annual Plan and FY19 Annual Plan Status Update          

The annual plan for the current academic year, and the annual plan status update for last academic year are available for your review. The documents are located in Falcon Link under the topic strategic planning.

Thank you for your commitment to achieving the strategic goals outlined for the college.

David Walker, vice president for finance and planning.


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