Archive for 2019

December 12

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’ ”

Psalm 89: 1- 4


Todd Goranson, professor of music, performed as baritone saxophonist with legendary Motown groups, The Temptations and the Four Tops, at the Modell Lyric Theater in Baltimore on Oct. 26. Both the Four Tops and Temptations have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition, Goranson presented a lecture titled, “Fight, Flight, or Freeze: Overcoming Performance Anxiety” at the University of North Dakota. During his guest residency at the University Of North Dakota Department Of Music, funded by an internal UND grant, Dr. Goranson also presented a saxophone master class and presented a solo recital on the Aurora Recital Series on Nov. 18.


Cindy Goforth, director of the Academic English Program, has accepted a position in the non-profit sector teaching English as a second language to immigrants and refugees preparing to work in the medical field. Her last day at the College will be Dec 20. We appreciate Cindy’s expertise and tireless work in support of our students during the past four years. We wish her the best in her new position.


Three HDFS faculty and 12 HDFS students attended the National Council on Family Relations Conference in Fort Worth, TX. Victoria Anders (HDFS ’22) received the Advancing Family Science Section’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student Proposal Award for a poster that she co-presented with Dr. Raeann Hamon and Dr. Erin Boyd-Soisson entitled “Concept Maps in the Family Science Classroom.” Dr. Paul Johns, assistant professor of human development and family science, received the Family Therapy Section’s Best New Professional Poster Award for his poster entitled “How Husbands Experience the Trust of their Wives: A Qualitative Study.” Dr. Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science, presented with Hannah Fogle (HDFS ’19) as a coauthor, a poster entitled “Circular Migration and its Impact on the Social/Psychological Adjustment of Puerto Rican Families in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria.” Dr. Reyes is also beginning a new term as a member of the NCFR Board of Directors. An invited speaker, Dr. Raeann Hamon served as part of an International Section symposium entitled International Family Sustainability in the Context of Teaching and Technologies.” Hamon spoke about “Small Teaching … for Learning about International Families.” Hamon also serves as a member of the Editorial Board for NCFR’s Journal of Family Theory and Review and is Chair-Elect of the International Section. Check out the HDFS Department’s Facebook page for student and faculty photos.


Dr. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Amanda Strong (HDFS ’18) had an article entitled “Show Me Your Family and I Will Show You Mine: An Activity for Immersing Students in Family Development Theory” published in Family Science Review. The article is available online:


Congratulations to Sally Baum, RN and staff nurse at the Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services, who recently became a certified ambulatory care nurse by passing the American Nurses Credentialing Center Ambulatory Care Certification exam. Certification is a mark of distinction for nurses who demonstrate expertise in their area of specialty and recognizes excellence in nurses practicing in ambulatory care. We are privileged to have Sally on our team!


Holiday Gift Sale!

Today, Thursday, Dec. 12 is the last day for the Holiday Gift Sale in the Eisenhower Commons that supports Ten Thousand Villages and the Collaboratory. Shop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sale features 100% fair trade items.

J-Term early arrivals

If, for any mandatory academic or co-curricular reason, you need students to return early to housing for J-term, please email Given the college’s limited staffing, requests can be made only for 1/6/20. Housing opens on 1/7/20 to our students. Please contact Housing ASAP with the student names, ID numbers, and the reason they need to return on the 6th. Thanks!

Christmas music in the Library, Dec. 12 and 13

Get into the Christmas spirit as classes wind down! The Library will again be hosting live Christmas music and serving Christmas cookies, too! Back by popular demand, the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble directed by Prof. Randy Zwally will play on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m. (for a recording to whet your appetite, click here:  Get a latte, enjoy some home baked cookies, feel the spirit! And new this year, we will also enjoy Christmas music by the Messiah Flute Ensemble on Dec.13, at 11:30 a.m. Bring your lunch, get a coffee and eat some Christmas cookies! Amid the hectic pace of Christmastime, allow yourself these lovely half hours of beautiful music (and some Christmas cookies!).

The President’s Report issue of The Bridge is here!

The President’s Report issue of The Bridge has published. This issue of the magazine includes our 2018-2019 year in review, the financials, donor profiles and stories of our alumni. To read the magazine in its entirety, visit Hard copies of The Bridge are available in the lounges of Eisenhower and Boyer. As always, additional quantities can be found on third floor of Old Main in the reception area.

College Guitar Ensemble in concert

The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble will present a concert on Saturday, Dec.14 at 1:30 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall under the direction of Randall Zwally. The event will include joyous Christmas music as well as engaging Spanish and Latin American pieces. Student soloists Josh Song and Sam Brown will be featured. Admission is free and open to the public.

Christmas Tree fires

Along with the Christmas season come some unique safety hazards. One of them is the increased fire potential from Christmas lights and decorations. A dry tree can catch fire and burn faster than newspaper. There are many short videos on YouTube of Christmas tree fires. The two things they all have in common: the tree is totally engulfed and the fire has spread to surrounding furnishings in less than one minute AND the trees were dry (not being watered regularly). Please take a minute to view this demonstration. This video also shows why it is essential to practice an evacuation plan with your family. Notice the black smoke which is quickly generated and can make visibility and breathing almost impossible. Just a few minutes can indeed make a difference!

Hiring summer student employees

If your department plans to hire student employees for the summer of 2020, please read the summer hiring information found here prior to proceeding with the summer hiring process or making employment offers. The Summer Student Employment Job Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Departments hiring summer student workers are required to attend the job fair unless all summer workers are already actively working for the department or are being rehired from the prior summer. Please send an email to Belinda Conrad by February 7, 2020 to let us know if you will be attending the Job Fair. All summer hires, including current student employees and prior-summer student employees, must be processed and approved for hire by submitting a hiring proposal via the system. Summer hiring proposals are due no later than March 27, 2020. If you have any questions about summer student employment, please contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or

Falcon Exchange check cashing changes

Effective January 1, 2020 the Falcon Exchange will no longer cash employee personal, 3rd party or business checks for cash back. Please utilize your financial institutions check cashing options for this service. Employees may continue to write personal checks to make tuition and other payments at the Falcon Exchange and to purchase Falcon Dollars. Please contact with any questions.

ETF Global Portfolio Challenge

Congratulations to Christian Valen (accounting major) and Matthew Sechrist (economics major) for finishing in the top 15 in the ETF Global Portfolio Challenge. The annual global investment competition spans the fall semester and draws participation from thousands of college students worldwide. Christian’s 21% portfolio return earned a 9th place finish while Matthew’s 17% return placed him in 14th.

Oakes Museum hours during finals week

The Oakes Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 and Tuesday, Dec. 17. Stop in over your lunch break for a change of scenery and to do some shopping. 20% off everything in the gift shop! Admission is always free for the Messiah community.

State Finalists in Innovation Challenge

Five Messiah College Department of Business students (Sarah Blessing, James Chopka, Courtney Hampton, Corinne Mahoney, and Noah Thomas) were state finalists in the Innovation Challenge, part of America250PA, a statewide initiative aimed at engaging Pennsylvanians in the commemoration and celebration of our nation’s upcoming 250th birthday. Messiah College’s integrated marketing communication (IMC) plan based on the concept “Keystone Stories” was very well-received at the state finale held in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 19. Professor of marketing David Hagenbuch led the team, which also received great support from Bill Althoff, production manager of College Press and Postal Services, and from professor of art Christine Forsythe.


Job opportunities

The Department of Dining Services has a full time opportunity for a union cafe shift supervisor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services at

For sale

Moving sale. Craftsman mechanics 3 tier set, 19 drawers in all good shape, with working locks. Photos available. $250. Also panama jack outdoor bar with 2 stools and 8 built-in shelves $400. If interested contact:

Pickup truck for sale. Looking for a low cost pickup truck to haul mulch, to haul firewood, to keep tools in for your projects? 1991 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, extended cab, comes with cap on the bed. Automatic, 4X4, 6 cylinder. 144,000 miles, 6.5 ft. bed. Inspection good until September 2020. Last time the truck needed nothing. Newly renovated interior. Tires have plenty of life remaining. Starts right up every time. Upgraded four alloy wheels will come with the truck. New body mounts, new shocks, new transmission mounts. Must see to appreciate. First $1500 gets it! Contact Bill Strausbaugh at 717-433-1666 or ext. 5365 for pictures or an appointment to see the truck.

Sofa, love seat, 2 end tables and sofa table for sale. I am moving and would like to sell my living room set. 3 working recliners. Best offer, would need to pick up in York. Contact:


Whispering Pines Estate’s Christmas Wonderland

Whispering Pines Estate’s Christmas Wonderland, Dec. 12, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Dec. 13 and 14, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Christmas lights, musical entertainment, live animal nativity, Santa, kid’s crafts, hayrides and sleigh rides, and more. Cost for rides – a portion of proceeds will go to Global Partners for Peace and Development. Located at 767 Pinetown Road, Lewisberry. For more information contact Donna:

Fundraiser for Bike the US for MS

Biking for a Cause: Bike the US for MS the Big Loop Bicycle ride starting in St. Augustine FL on 4/21/20 and ends on 10/29/20. Minimum fundraising goal is $15,000. More information click here or email: