Archive for 2019

Jan. 31, 2019

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Peter 5:6-7


Over 30 teachers and school counselors from over nine regional school districts recently gathered at Winding Hill to attend the session, Anxious Kids and Teens: How School Counselors and Teachers Can Make a Difference. Dr. Deedre Mitchell, associate professor of counseling, led the training session and participants had the opportunity to earn PA Act 48 credits. Special thanks to Beth Trott Clark, adjunct counseling instructor, for coordinating this event. Be on the lookout for additional continuing educational opportunities on timely topics.

Jocelyn Goranson, adjunct instructor of flute and music theory, performed a recital titled “Let the Earth Rejoice” on Jan. 18 during a guest artist visit to Penn State University, where she also taught a masterclass for the Department of Music. She performed the same program on Jan. 27 at St. John’s Hain’s United Church of Christ in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, as part of their Annie Gaul Concert Series. Jocelyn was joined by Baltimore-area clarinetist Dr. Fiona Knoll, and Messiah College graduate Douglas Beach on piano.

Dr. Todd Goranson, professor of music, performed a recital program of music by woman composers and arrangers with the Junction Saxophone Quartet at the 2019 U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium on Jan. 12. Also an invited lecturer, Todd presented a one hour talk titled “Fight, Flight or Freeze: Strategies for Coping with Performance Anxiety”. The 41st annual event was hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


Winter Orientation begins Thursday, Jan.31

Undergraduate winter orientation begins Thursday, Jan. 31. Messiah College is excited to welcome our incoming new and transfer students as they begin their spring semester on Monday, Feb. 4. You can visit to see their three-day orientation agenda that they will follow. Any questions about their orientation weekend can be directed to the Student Involvement and Leadership Programs office, ext. 5240 or

Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields

An exhibition in collaboration with the Department of English will take place Feb. 6- March 15 titled “Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields” by Julia Kasdorf and Steven Rubin. “Shale Play,” a singular work from an award-winning poet and a veteran documentary photographer, tracks the natural gas boom in the small towns, fields and forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania. In the era of the visual and verbal meme, Rubin and Kasdorf pair documentary poems with photographs in a volume that can be held in the human hand and shared, even in communities that lack high speed internet access. A passionate work of listening, looking and witness, “Shale Play” follows the documentarians of the 1930s but in color and contemporary poetics, and once again dares us to care.

Exhibits Feb. 6 – March 15, Climenhaga Building, Climenhaga Galleries (upper) Artist’s Talk/Poetry Reading and Reception: High Center, Steinbrecher Feb. 7, 4:15 p.m.

ADDITIVE PROCESS: Art of Additive Manufacturing Taekyeom Lee

Taekyeom Lee is an interdisciplinary artist, although he prefers to introduce himself as a designer using artist’s material and artistic sensibility. It is already undeniable that we are facing a paradigm shift in many forms of art and design as the exciting and rapidly changing digital environment introduces new possibilities. Three-dimensional printing, in particular, has become more refined, common and accessible. As the extension of hands, these new technologies became new tools for pushing the boundaries of the ceramic medium, both regarding concept and materiality. Exhibits Feb. 15-March 14 Climenhaga Building, Aughinbaugh Art Gallery Artist’s Talk and Reception Friday, Feb. 15, 4:15 p.m. Climenhaga Building, Aughinbaugh Art Gallery

2019 Alumni Awards recipients announced

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Alumni Awards. You can click on the recipients’ names to view their LinkedIn profiles. Details regarding the March 30 Alumni Awards Dinner will be providing in February. YOUNG ALUMNA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Melissa (Davis) Stuebing (Class of 2006, psychology)

This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 15 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community, and/or Messiah College

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS ACHEIVEMENT AWARD – Robert Parker (Class of 1983, education)

Recognizes a lifetime of vocational achievement in a manner that embodies the mission of the College

ALUMNI CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD – J. Ron Byler (Class of 1974, communication)

This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.


Recognizes an individual who has contributed to the College in an extraordinary manner (long-term professional service; significant volunteer service and/or financial contribution)

Pizza with Professionals series for the spring semester announced

The Career and Professional Development Center is offering the following events as part of the spring Pizza with Professional series. All events are held from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and free pizza is provided. Feb. 11: Candoris, Parmer Cinema Feb. 20: Milton Hershey School, Parmer Cinema Feb. 22: Deloitte, Murray Library Athenaeum March 12: Entrepreneurial Careers, Parmer Cinema During a Pizza with Professionals event, the speaker (typically a Messiah alum) talks to students about their current job and employer, their career path, and discusses any job or internship possibilities that may be available within their organization. Students then have the opportunity for an interactive question and answer session with the speaker. Interested students and educators can sign up for each event at

Presidential Lecture Series, Promoting the Common Good

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Messiah College will explore how incarnating our mission as a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences in a rapidly changing and increasingly skeptical cultural context contributes to the common good of church and society – a common good rooted in a Christ-centered commitment to the dignity, welfare and human flourishing of all our neighbors. The Office of the President is sponsoring a lecture series devoted to this exploration. Todd Allen’s lecture, “Understanding our Civil rights Past, Shaping our Shared Future” will take place on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Parmer Hall. The lecture will be 30 minutes and followed by a Q and A session. Chapel credits will be offered.


Job Opportunities

The Dining Services Department has an opening for a full-time dining room supervisor. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Todd Christopher, restaurant operations manager, at

The Facility Services Department has an opening for a full-time general maintenance mechanic (preventative), 2nd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Brad Markley, director of facility services at or Dan Smith, facility maintenance service manager, at

The Oakes Museum of Natural History has an opening for an on-call museum teaching docent. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Helena Cicero, museum director, at

Residence Life currently has an opening for a temporary, part-time summer residence director. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Amanda Coffey, vice president for human resources and compliance, at

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time culinary assistant. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

The Athletic Training Department has an opening for a full-time coordinator of athletic training services. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students and assistant professor of exercise physiology , at


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Host family(s) needed

Would you be interested in learning and sharing together in a unique cultural experience with a Christian young adult from another part of the world? The Collaboratory, together with Mennonite Central Committee [MCC] is exploring a first time partnership through the International Volunteer Exchange Program [IVEP]; a yearlong work and service exchange opportunity for young adults aged 18-30. We are currently seeking a host family(s) interested in engaging and including a young adult in their home and family life. Host Families are an integral part of the program, serving as a bridge to the church and community and provide space for an IVEP participant to experience home and family life in a North American context. Host Families have opportunity to host for either half or full year, mid-August through Mid-July. A monthly stipend of $350 is offered to help offset the cost of hosting. Click here to learn more about IVEP Host responsibilities. If you would have interest in this possibility, please contact Doug Flemmens to further the conversation. We can’t move forward without you!