Archive for 2019

November 6

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Thessalonians 5:15-18



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.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Vinayak Sakore attended the NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit in Santa Monica, CA, Oct. 15-17. This interactive workshop revolves around a simulated ransomware cyber-attack. Vinny hosted a 90-minute tabletop discussion and led a session on cyber threat intelligence.


The quarterly online magazine ‘God and Nature’, published by the American Scientific Affiliation, included the lead article ‘A Glimpse of God through Mathematics’, by Dr. Doug Phillippy, professor of mathematics, in the Fall 2019 edition.


Dwayne Safer, CFA, assistant professor of finance, recently passed the Level 2 exam of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) program. As a result of successful completion of the exams, he has received the prestigious CAIA designation and is one of 11,000 global investment professionals with demonstrated expertise in alternative investment valuation and analysis.


President’s Open Door Day

President Phipps will host an Open Door Day on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, 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 9 a.m. on Nov. 19. Open Door Day is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Multi-Dimensional Leadership – networking breakfast

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

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.

Nativities wanted

Murray Library is again displaying unique crèches from around the world and would love to include yours! If you have a nativity set that is handmade, from another country or antique, we would love to borrow it to share with our library visitors. We would need it from Nov. 27 until approximately Dec. 20. All items will be kept in a locked case, so no worries about delicate pieces. Contact Kimberly Steiner at for questions or to submit your nativity.


Job opportunities:

The Admissions Office has an opening for a full time director of enrollment management operations. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Sarah Wade, associate vice president for enrollment management, at

The Department of Safety has a full time opening for a community safety officer, 3rd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety, at

The Department of Facility Services has a full time opening for a campus events worker, 3rd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Laura Price, events/staff coordinator, at

The School of Graduate Studies has an opening for a temporary, part-time research and data coordinator. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Julie Gomboc-Hellam, director of graduate school curriculum and student services, at


Free Bowflex Ultimate 2 home gym. Squat, preacher curl, leg extension attachments Very good condition, no longer needed. You will need to pick up. Email Bill at

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

Rental in Grantham. Half duplex for rent at 2716 East Street, Mechanicsburg, 17055 (directly behind the Messiah College Lenhert building). Newly renovated kitchen, all new flooring and paint throughout, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, 1344 sq. ft. $1050 per month plus electric, 1/2 oil heat and 1/2 heat pump, water, sewer, and trash. Contact for a link to photos.


Request for childcare. Currently looking for childcare in the Dillsburg/Grantham area for my twin daughters to begin when they are 6-9 months old (Feb. /March 2020). Two days a week (Mondays and Fridays). Would need to drop off @ 7:45 a.m. and pick-up 5:15 p.m. Please contact Emily Grimes for more information,


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