Archive for 2019

Nov. 14

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Corinthians 4: 15-16



Congratulations to Doug Phillippy (mathematics) and Mindy Smith (health, nutrition, and exercise science) for their outstanding performances at this past weekend’s Harrisburg Marathon. Both ran times that qualify them for the 2021 Boston Marathon!


Dr. Maude Yacapsin, of the Graduate Program in Education, has been selected by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, to participate in the review of accredited, educator prep programs (EPP’s) ensuring that proper teaching standards are fully implemented for these programs. CAEP accreditation is widely considered as the top teaching program-specific accreditation body for education leaders and professionals. The CAEP commission has a structure for the standards that were identified as a must by the National Academy of Sciences 2010 report, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy. The NAS panel research found that there were nearly a dozen factors that likely had strong effects on student outcomes of content knowledge, field experience, and quality of teacher candidates. Thus, CAEP adopted multiple standards and are listed in the full document at Dr. Yacapsin will review EPP’s, throughout the US, including US territories, for adherence to these standards.


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.


Save the Date Human Library Project – Unjudge Someone

Please Save the Date of April 1, 2020 to attend the 3rd Annual Messiah College Human Library Project in Murray Library.

Immerse yourself in the pages of the books right in front of you. The 3rd annual Human Library Project is where Messiah students, faculty and staff become open books, sharing their personal stories with readers. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. Please save the date of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from noon-4 p.m. (you can read one or multiple books depending upon your schedule).

If you would like to be a “book” and tell your story, please contact Dr. Todd Allen, special assistant to the president and provost for diversity affairs, at or Liz Kielley, associate librarian/technical services.

CANCELED: 11/19Open Door Day

The president’s Open Door Day scheduled for 11/19 is canceled.

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.

Murray Library November 2019 newsletter

What’s New at Murray Library? Learn more about our latest happenings and current displays! Some of our newest resources are also listed. View our newsletter here. Enjoy!

2019 Nobel Prize Seminar – Dec. 3

Please plan to attend the 10th annual “Nobel Prize Seminar” on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:15 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). The seminar includes Nobel prizes awarded in physics presented by Dr. Abaz Kryemadhi, chemistry presented by Dr. Rick Schaeffer, and medicine presented by Dr. Michael Shin. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5 p.m.

December Graduate Lunch

We will be honoring the December graduates at an informal drop in lunch with President Phipps on Monday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Martin Commons. This is a time to celebrate those students who have completed their coursework and will be leaving Messiah College. Come celebrate these students. Deadline to RSVP is Dec. 10. Please register at

Do you need to reserve a vehicle for an upcoming trip, but are not sure what to do or how to get started? Perhaps the following information will answer your questions and help you get on your way:

  • The recommended and most efficient way to reserve a vehicle is through your EMS Account. The advantage of using EMS is that you have the ability to see which vehicles are available for your desired dates/times, and you are able to select the specific vehicle(s) you want to use.

Through EMS, you will also provide necessary reservation information such as:

  • Specific dates for your travel
  • Specific pick-up and drop-off times
  • Destination
  • Driver’s Name
  • Group or Department using the vehicle(s)

(If you do not currently have an EMS Account, please contact Randy Heintzelman at 7227, and he will set-up the account for you).

  • Prior to your travel, you can calculate the estimated cost of your vehicle reservation by using the Messiah College Vehicle Selection Worksheet found on FalconLink. This worksheet provides a helpful tool to calculate the Total Cost and the Cost per Mile for your trip.
  • Safe Driving Program (FalconLink) – This training program provides critical information related to the College Vehicle Policy, Driver Safety, Accidents and/or Damage to Vehicles, and much more. You must review this program and provide the signature page (last page) along with your other documents when applying for Approved Driver status. We also encourage you to review the training if you are renewing your status. (Student renewal is every year; Employee renewal is every two years).
  • Documents needed for Approved Driver status:
  • Approved Driver Application (FalconLink)
  • MVR Request Authorization Form (FalconLink)
  • Proof of Insurance (declaration page showing you as an insured driver, if it is a parent’s policy)
  • Signature Page from Safe Driving Program (FalconLink)

(Van Testing is scheduled through FalconLink after your documents are processed and you receive Approved Driver notification).

  • Additional tips to remember:
    • Reserve your vehicle as far in advance as possible to ensure availability. The reservation calendar is often very full, and if you wait until the last minute to reserve a vehicle, there might not be one available for you, and you will need to rent a vehicle instead.
    • Cancel your reservation as soon as you know you will no longer need the vehicle to allow availability for someone else who may need it. If you do not cancel your reservation, you will be charged a $25 Non-Cancellation Fee.
    • If you have questions or concerns regarding a reservation, please provide the Reservation Number when seeking assistance to ensure that the correct reservation is referenced. If you do not know the Reservation Number, the date(s) and destination is always helpful.
    • Pick-up and drop-off vehicle keys at the Receptionist desk (ECC Lobby). If the Receptionist is not available, the Ticket Office or Dispatch will help you.

“The State of Religious Freedom in the World Today”

Daniel C. Holtrop of the U.S. State Department will speak about “The State of Religious Freedom in the World Today” on Monday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. in Parmer Cinema [Boyer 137]. Holtrop has been with the State Department for many years, first serving as Chief in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs within the Office of International Religious Freedom. Currently, he serves as Deputy Director in the Office of Verification, Planning, and Outreach within the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. This event is sponsored by the College Honors Program and is open to the entire college community. Students interested in exploring vocations relating to international relations or human rights are especially encouraged to attend.

President’s Open Door Day

President Phipps will host an Open Door Day on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.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 9 a.m. on November 26. Please note that Open Door Day is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

United Way Employee Giving Campaign

On behalf of the Office of the President and the Agape Center, we are excited to invite you to participate in the Messiah College Employee Giving Campaign in partnership with the United Way. We hope you’ve received your packet via campus mail for how to give to the efforts of the United Way. Thank you for your generosity in the past and please consider making a one-time contribution or payroll deduction for the campaign. You can give with confidence knowing that 95% of your gift will go directly to the focus area or non-profit of your choice. **All employees that return forms via campus mail or in person by Friday, Nov. 22 will be entered to WIN a $100 Visa gift card sponsored by Human Resources! The last day to mail in forms will be Tuesday, Nov 26. Questions or need a form? Please email Paige Daniels at Thank you for considering joining the Employee Giving Campaign to support the United Way!


For sale

Linen tablecloths/runners. Used once, in great shape; from Tablecloth Factory! 120″ round white tablecloth (16 available) $5 each. 12×108 light gray table runner (11 available) $1 each. Handmade centerpiece approximately 12x12x1.25 poplar wood – octagon shape (11 available) $4 each. Pictures available. Contact Tina at

Crafts for sale – Holidays are coming. With the holidays quickly approaching start thinking about gifts for special someones on your list. Do you need a small gift for someone that’s hard to buy for…? Ex. pastor, neighbor, teacher, hairdresser etc. If so, you’re looking in the right place. I LOVE doing crafts and I have so many that I’ve done, that it’s time to start getting rid of some of them to make room for more! I use to do craft shows but with working full time now, I just don’t have the time. These make great gifts for those hard to buy family and friends.

  1. Plates – great for filling up with cookies and treats for that special person. $12 ea. or 2/$20. Contact Stacy at

Wallets make a great gift. They are one of my #1 sellers. They are great for putting a few credit cards in and some cash. They hold plenty, stick it in your pocket and no big bulky purse to carry around. They’re great for field trips with the kids, or just a quick trip to the store. Price: $6 ea. or 2/$10. Contact Stacy at

These designer rocks make great gifts for that special teacher on your list or maybe a hair dresser. I have many more than shown here. Let me know and you can stop by (Naugle) and see the others that I have as well, or email me and I can send you pictures of others designs. Price $6 ea. or 2/$10. Contact Stacy at


Musical keyboard. Do you have a keyboard at home that is just collecting dust and you would like to donate it to a good cause? The Collaboratory is in need of a portable 88-key weighted keyboard for discipleship chapels and events. Please contact Lori Zimmerman at

FREE to good home

Cat Available for Adoption. Male brown tabby cat, approximately two years old, available for adoption (free to an indoor only home). He’s very sweet and social, and would make a wonderful companion – he just let me pick him up and carry him inside my house, and then went right to sleep once he was inside and warm. He is good with a litter box, up to date on his vaccines, tested negative for FeLV/FIV, and has been treated for fleas and worms. Will be neutered prior to adoption. Pictures available upon request. Contact Cady Sullivan at or 717-497-2376 if interested.