Archive for 2019

Feb. 7, 2019

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Roman 15:13



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. Scott Kieffer, professor of health and exercise physiology, was quoted in The Strategist (New York Magazine) article “Does the Arc Trainer Really Burn As Many Calories As It Claims?” on Jan. 14. Scott has researched exercisers’ calorie burn in comparison to the machine’s display.


Mindful marketing tip, did you know…

That you can learn all about Messiah College’s visual identity and branding at our updated website:

You can now download your official logos, view the athletic logos and download see anew brand marks for use in your publications.

Tips for a great presentation

Conference and Event Services created a one-sheet with tips for presenters when using projection and microphones. These tips will help you with some of the technical aspects of a presentation. Tips can be viewed here.

Delay/closure information

If it becomes necessary to delay or cancel classes due to weather on the Grantham campus and at the Winding Hill facility, only those students and employees who have signed up for text alerts will receive a text notice regarding such a delay or closure. A delay or closure notification will also be placed on the home page of the College’s website, as well as being available by calling the emergency information line at 717-691-6084; a recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message. Morning announcements are made no later than 6:30 a.m. If in doubt, please check the website or call the information line if you are not signed up for text alerts. This information is NOT provided to the local media.

Please note, any notice of a delay and/or cancellation of an EVENT hosted at the College will only be available on the emergency line and not through the text alert system or website. Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events, and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff during a delay or closure.

Text alerts

For the safety of our students and employees, and in order to be compliant with federal law, The Clery Act, Messiah College’s method to notify students and employees of critical emergency situations is provided through the college’s Text Alert System. If you have not signed up for Text Alert, please do so today. The text alert sign-up can be found on FALCONlink by typing the words text alert system in the search box. Attached are instructions to complete the sign up.

Passport Services – Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be on campus at the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 to process passport applications.

Applicants need to bring the following documents: • Original birth certificate, PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE • Driver’s license PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSE. • Copy both front and back of the driver’s license on the same side of the page • Non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID • Completed application • Fees ($110 check made out to the U.S. Department of State and $35 cash or check made out to the Prothonotary’s Office) • Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check made out to Messiah College.

Applications can be downloaded at Please contact if you have questions.

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

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, Steinbrecher Feb. 7, 4:15 p.m.

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.

Free 8-week individualized exercise program

The Falcon Fitness Center is excited to offer a new service through our online booking system. Go to,pick a time on the calendar, select 8-week program, fill out the goal sheet and one of our student strength and fitness coaches will be ready to take you through your 8 week program. See you there!

Gathering of church-based ESL program leaders

On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Graduate Program in Education hosted a gathering for those involved in Church-based ESL. Held at the Winding Hill campus, over 50 participants gathered to connect and learn. Many churches and several different programs were represented. Dr. Jan Dormer provided sessions on second language acquisition and English ministry, with ample discussion time for reflecting together on effectiveness and mission. All indicated that they would appreciate more such gatherings, and our program is looking at how we can continue to serve churches that are stepping into the gap to meet the needs of the immigrants in our communities.

Purchasing Card refresher training

Beginning in February, purchasing card refresher training will be required every two years for employees who have a College-issued purchasing card (P-Card or DB-Card). Several months prior to your renewal date, you will receive details about signing up for a refresher class that focuses on common questions and audit issues. Please sign up for a class at your earliest convenience to avoid delays in obtaining your new purchasing card. Questions should be directed to or ext. 2211.

Mendelssohn Piano Trio, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m., High Foundation Recital Hall

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio celebrates female composers’ unique contributions to the 400-year tradition of classical music. The program will feature Piano Trios by four female composers from the U.S., France, Germany and the United Kingdom: Amy Beach, Cecile Chaminade, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Rebecca Clarke. Sponsored by the School of the Arts Performing Arts Series.

Sondheim’s musical comedy “Company” debuts Thursday

What really comes after the “happily ever after?” Find out this weekend, as Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,”* a musical comedy about the complexity of relationships. “Company” opens this Thursday night and runs for two weekends in Miller Theater. Tickets for Thursday’s opening night performance are also buy one, get one free! “From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, “Company” is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.” – From “Company” runs Feb. 7—10 and 14—17. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 717-691-6036, online at, or at the door as available. * Please note that this performance contains mature content and adult language, and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Get your tickets today!

Say hello to Microsoft’s new office icons

ITS has been made aware of upcoming visual changes to the online Microsoft Office365 icons. Initially, this visual change will only affect the online version of these applications. These changes are scheduled by Microsoft for a February rollout.

The Human Library needs books

On Wednesday, April 17, Murray Library and the Office of Diversity Affairs will be hosting the Human Library. The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. “And what library is complete without books?” If you would like the opportunity to be a book and tell your story, please sign up at this link: For more information contact Liz Kielley at To learn more about the Human Library organization, visit this website:

New mass email system coming soon to Messiah

Do you ever utilize Messiah’s mass e-mail system to send messages or announcements? Do you have an event you need to promote or important information you need to convey to the campus community? For the past two years, a new mass e-mail system has been in development, one with greater flexibility and improved functionality. We are excited to announce that this upgrade will occur at the end of February. We are currently in our final testing phase and training opportunities will be available in a few weeks. Please sign up for one of the training sessions. These will occur in Parmer Cinema and the dates and times are as follows: Feb. 26: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27:  9 to 10 a.m. You may sign up simply by e-mailing with your name, e-mail address, phone extension (if applicable), and preferred date for training. Additional training opportunities may be available at a later date if there is need.


For sale

Child Craft (Chesapeake Bay) honey oak bunk bed set including guard rails and ladder. Matching dresser/dressing table. Very good condition. Pictures available. $150 for bunk beds and dresser or $75 separately. Collection of many Polly Pocket dolls, clothes and accessories $25 for large box full. Ping Pong Table like new $150. If interested, contact


Looking for wedding videographer. I am seeking recommendations for a wedding videographer for Aug. 10 in York, Pennsylvania. Please email me at if you or someone you know might be interested.

A female Messiah alum and current graduate nursing student is seeking a room to stay in or rent from April to July while she completes clinical rotations. She had secured all clinical sites prior to her husband receiving a job offer and moving to North Carolina. Anything in the Mechanicsburg/Camp Hill/Harrisburg/Hershey areas will be considered. Please contact Kristen at for more information.


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!