Archive for 2019

November 21

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.

Proverbs 11:9


The Messiah College Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate DPD Program won the School Spirit Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award recognizes the program with the largest percentage of their enrolled students attending the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (the national conference for dietitians). The prize for winning this award included a private reception with the Academy President and Board of Directors and an invitation to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Gala at the conference on Oct. 28 in Philadelphia.

Dennis Weller, conference and events coordinator, has earned his CCEP (designation as a Collegiate Conference and Events Professional) through the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors International. The ACCED-I CCEP is designed to elevate professional standards, evaluate individual performance, and to recognize those who have reached a very high level of achievement in conference and events management. As a CCEP, successful candidates demonstrate that they have the desire, determination and ability to be among the very best in the collegiate-based conference and events management profession. Congratulations, Dennis!

The Department of Nursing is pleased to announce that the official first-time pass rate of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the cohort of 2019 was 100%. This exceeds the 80% mandate by the State Board of Nursing. Congratulations to faculty and staff on this achievement.



INTERCOM announcement

Due to the upcoming holiday college closures, the INTERCOM will not publish on the dates as follows:

  • Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Thursday, Dec. 26
  • Thursday, Jan. 2

Thank you for your understanding.  Have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. 

President’s Open Door Day

President Phipps will host an Open Door Day on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 8:15 – 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 Nov. 26.

Please note that Open Door Day is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“Postcards from the Unknown” Nora Sturges Exhibition; Artist’s Talk and Reception

Please join us for the opening of “Postcards from the Unknown” Nora Sturges Exhibition, Dec. 6 – Jan. 29, 2020, Climenhaga Building, Aughinbaugh Art Gallery. The Artist’s Talk and Reception is Friday, Dec. 6, 4:15 p.m. in the Climenhaga Building, Aughinbaugh Art Gallery.

Nora Sturges: My paintings depict edges of human habitation— outposts in the wilderness of the arctic and overlooked margins of densely populated areas nearer home. The familiar landscapes examine both the practical and unplanned ways we transform our visual environment, while the arctic scenes offer evidence of our attempts to live in, understand and improve our world, set against the unknowable vastness of nature itself.

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.

Holiday Open House at the Oakes Museum

Visit the Oakes Museum of Natural History on Saturday Dec. 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for our annual Holiday Open House! Make and take crafts, door prizes, a photo booth, free admission for everyone, sales in the museum gift shop, cookies and more make this a fun event for the whole family!

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The second annual West Shore Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday evening, Nov. 24, at p.m. at the Shiremanstown United Methodist Church (125 E. Main Street). Messiah College’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program is jointly sponsoring the event along with the Mechanicsburg Council of Churches and local Muslim and Jewish communities. Rev. Anthony Eseke, assistant professor of communications, will be one of the speakers and Randy Zwally, senior lecturer in guitar, will be providing music before and during the service. A light meal will follow, and non-perishable food donations for New Hope Ministries will be accepted. Contact George Pickens ( with questions or to arrange transportation from campus.

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!

Christmas stamps

The Campus Post Office has a limited supply of Christmas Stamps now available for sale. These are books of 20 for $11.

We have the following styles available:

  • Christmas Wreaths
  • Birds of Winter
  • Winter-Berries

We reserve the right to limit the quantities purchased. They will be available on a first come, first served basis and when the supplies run out they will no longer be available through our post office. Cash, check or Falcon Dollars only. No debit or credit cards can be accepted.

Farewell reception for Erin Beck and Cady Sullivan

For everything there is a season and for two of our Development colleagues, the time has come to change seasons. Erin Beck and Cady Sullivan will be leaving Messiah on Nov. 26.

Erin served first as grants coordinator and then grants manager for the past 10 years. In that time, she has distinguished herself as an effective, efficient, and diligent employee. Not only has she led our grants efforts in Development, she has also served as a key liaison to all faculty writing grants, and to the Office of Human Resources on all grant compliance issues. Further, she has led the college-wide effort to ensure (as required by law) that Messiah is a registered charity in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. And she has been a key player in our FAN Golf Outing. It has been a joy to work with Erin and I know you join me in wishing her the best as she becomes senior associate to the president at Millersville University.

Cady is both a graduate and long-term leader of our Phonathon and Digital Philanthropy efforts. She has done an exemplary job with ensuring our Phonathon is run at the highest level. Further, she led our first ever Giving Day, which continues to be a significant fundraising event for us. And Cady was critical to our expanded and greatly enhanced web/online giving presence, which has vastly improved our ability to raise online support. It has been a privilege to work with Cady and we offer best wishes as she starts her new position as director of annual giving at the UPMC/Pinnacle Foundation.

We will have a campus-wide reception in honor of Erin and Cady on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Climenhaga Homestead. Jon C. Stuckey Executive director of development

Mosaic success!

We’re celebrating 1,000 downloads from MOSAIC, Messiah’s Institutional Repository! In less than three months since its debut, scholarly and creative content created by Messiah’s outstanding educators and students has been used by people in 85 countries. Congratulations to Milton Gaither, education, Philip Thuma, biology, and Andy Babyak, business, for having the most content viewed and downloaded so far! Send your list of publications to to get involved.

Seeking singers for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Messiah College Choral Arts Society seeks singers for our spring 2020 season, which includes a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and an Opera Pops concert with the Messiah Symphony Orchestra. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to participate. Auditions will take place on Dec. 10 and Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the High Center. Choral Arts Society rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:15-9:30 p.m. during the spring semester. Please email Joy Meade, director of choral activities, with your interest and to sign up for an audition


For sale

Crafts for sale – Holidays are coming. With the holidays quickly approaching start thinking about gifts for special someone 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 it’s time to start getting rid of some of them to make room for more! I use to be a vendor at craft shows but with working full time I just don’t have the time. These make great gifts for those hard to buy family and friends.

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

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

For rent

Rental in Grantham. Half duplex is available for rent at 2716 East Street, Mechanicsburg, 17055 and within walking distance to the College (directly behind the Messiah College Lenhert building). Newly renovated kitchen, all new flooring and paint throughout, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, washer/dryer hook-up, 1344 sq. ft., parking for 4 cars. $1050 per month plus electric, 1/2 oil heat and 1/2 heat pump, water, sewer, and trash. Contact for a link to photos.


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

Children’s books. My son’s girlfriend is almost finished with college and will become a teacher. She’s looking for gently used books to start a student library. This is for elementary school age children. Once I have confirmation of the grade and age group I will let you know. If you have any books that you’d like to donate she would appreciate it. Feel free to contact me with questions: Thank you for considering this donation.