Archive for 2019

October 31

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Corinthians 10:13



Paula Hoffman, who has been serving as the Bittner residence director and assistant director of residence life – first year experience, has decided to pursue new opportunities outside of Residence Life, which includes serving part-time as a counselor for In Him Christian Wellness. Ines Yoon, who has currently been serving as interim Bittner residence director, will continue as full-time Bittner RD through May 2020. Please direct any Bittner matters to Ines ( Josiah Hatfield has agreed to continue as interim assistant director through May 2020. Any first year experience matters should be directed to Josiah ( We are grateful for Paula’s years of service in Residence Life and appreciate Ines and Josiah’s leadership.


Five Messiah College Department of Business students (Sarah Blessing, James Chopka, Courtney Hampton, Corinne Mahoney and Noah Thomas) recently traveled to Williamsport to compete in the Innovation Challenge, part of America250PA, a statewide initiative aimed at engaging Pennsylvanians in the commemoration and celebration of the nation’s upcoming 250th birthday. Messiah College’s integrated marketing communication (IMC) plan was one of two chosen from the northwest region to advance to the state finale, which will be held in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 19. Professor of Marketing David Hagenbuch is leading the team.


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 ABC27’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.

Star Power! Fusion Energy Scientific Frontiers

Dr. Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a talk on Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). Nuclear Fusion is the energy source of the sun and stars – this presentation will explain for the lay audience what fusion is and how we are going about it. It will introduce the key scientific and engineering challenges we have been tackling, why fusion is so difficult, and what we still have to learn.

Deadline TODAY for fall reservations

If you are planning a fall 2019 event that involves more than a room reservation with food, the deadline to request an EMS room reservation is TODAY. Reservations that include tech, setup needs or parking for off-campus vehicles will not be accepted beginning Friday, Nov. 1. You may continue to make requests for spring or summer 2020. Contact with any questions.

“Can a Scientist believe in Miracles?” lecture

Christianity can’t be true if science disproves the possibility of a miracle such as the Resurrection. But does science really do this? For an adequate answer, we need to understand what science is and what a miracle is. Dr. Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will provide a thoughtful examination of these two topics in his free lecture sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, the Messiah College Honors Program, and College Ministries. Dr. Hutchinson has spoken many times at Veritas Forum events at universities across the country where he has responded to questions by both believers and skeptics. He will speak at Messiah College on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. This is a free event; no ticket required.

Best Semester program rep visit

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Jordan Smith, a representative from Best Semester will be on campus to talk to students about any of their 10 semester long programs.

If you are interested in meeting with him to learn more about the program or in having him speak briefly to your class(es), please contact Katie Rousopoulos in the Intercultural Office at ext. 6089 or

Also, please feel free to share with your students that Jordan will have an information table in Eisenhower Commons.

Facts about Messiah

The Office of Institutional Research provides access to a wide array of up-to-date college statistics. You can view the latest Fact Book, Enrollment Summaries and other college-wide statistics on the Institutional Research web page ( Click on “Check out our Fact Book” or look under “Research” for other reports.

The Oregon Extension program rep visit

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Star Tarrant, a representative from The Oregon Extension, will be on campus to talk to students about the semester-long program.

If you are interested in meeting with her to learn more about the program or in having her speak briefly to your   class(es), please contact Katie Rousopoulos in the Intercultural Office at ext. 6089 or  Also, please feel free to share with your students that Star will have an information table in Eisenhower Commons.

2019 CultureCONNECT Lecture

Black Italians and digital diaspora in contemporary Italy Please join the Department of Communication for the 2019 CultureCONNECT lecture, featuring filmmaker and activist Fred Kudjo Kuwornu. Clips from his films will be shown and discussed in Parmer Cinema on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 pm. Kuwornu will address themes and issues that are most important to the current generation of Black Italians, who are among the global Black diaspora and live in a nation that refuses to grant them citizenship.

Fred Kudjo Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian activist-filmmaker-lecturer, born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. Kuwornu began working in film with Spike Lee, as part of the crew of “Miracle at St. Anna” (2008). His own films quickly followed,”Inside Buffalo” (2010), “18 Ius Soli” (2016), and “Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema” (2016). Kuwornu is the founder of Do The Right Films Entertainment, a production company based in New York that promotes the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe using film and other art forms as tools for building a more inclusive society (

A reception will follow in Howe Atrium.


For sale

Electric basses. Fender USA Tony Franklin Fretless precision electric bass guitar. Sunburst finish. Unlined ebony fretboard. E string has a Hipshot de-tuner, which lowers the E string to a low D with the flip of a switch!Strap locks, leather fender strap. Hard shell case. Asking $1,200. Fender Bass VI six string electric bass guitar. “Pawn Shop” edition. Candy apple red. Comes with tremelo arm, gig bag, strap locks, strap, and an extra set of strings. Mint condition. Asking $900. For more information:

Two dressers with mirrors: $30/each, two pair of end tables: $20/pair, XL Roof Bag” $30. Email for additional details.

For rent

Apartment for rent. Available immediately, a second story, 2 bedroom, and one bath apartment for professional or retired persons is available for rent. A large living room and oversized eat-in kitchen provide a spacious living area. Laundry facilities located on 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


Free Concert on Nov. 10 by Silver, Wood, and Ivory

On Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m., Saint Bartholomew’s United Church will host the musical duo Silver, Wood and Ivory from Lititz, PA. Two Women, 19 Flutes and Recorders, Piano, Harp and a Whole Lot of Friendship! Mark your calendar for this uplifting musical journey. Free to attend; a freewill offering will be taken. Saint Bartholomew’s United Church – ELCA is located at 1204 Grand Valley Rd, Hanover, PA 17331. All are welcome! For more information feel free to contact Sarah at