Archive for 2019

Feb. 14, 2019

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13



Senior Lecturer of Applied Health and Director of Wellness Mindy Smith received the Pearl Berlin Graduate Student Writing Award for her literature review “Support for Collegiate Student-Athletes in the Transition to Meaningful Lifetime Physical Activity.” The award is given for meritorious writing to a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro), where Smith is a student.

Karl Bergmann, assistant director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, presented at the South Central District Meeting of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Jan. 29. More than 50 attendees watch his presentation titled “Impairment Based Conservative Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI).” This was the first time the district had ever done a presentation that was completely virtual, and it was a record attendance for the district. The executive board of the South Central District of the PPTA was elated by the turn out.

Paul Johns, assistant professor of human development and family science, successfully defended his dissertation titled “Husbands’ Experience of Being Trusted by Their Wives: A Heuristic Study.” Johns completed his Ph.D. in professional counseling from Liberty University in December 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Paul Johns!

Emily Farrar, assistant professor of engineering, and two engineering students—Emma Vogan and Castine Donoff—presented their work on designing and implementing a system for 3D printing prosthetics and orthotics in partnership with CURE Kenya at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) regional conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 8-9, 2019. Vogan won second place and Donoff won fourth place in the collegiate competition for their posters and “lightning talks” on this project. The awards will cover their conference expenses, and their work was highlighted at the SWE awards banquet. These projects are part of the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research. Both students plan to travel to Kenya this summer in order to implement their work with the CURE orthopedic workshop staff at the Kijabe, Kenya, hospital.

Amy Porto, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award (Didactic Program in Dietetics category). The award is based on exceptional accomplishments and qualifications in the field. She will receive the award at the 2019 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting (AME) in Pittsburgh March 30.


Off-campus program reps on campus

Representatives from several semester-long study abroad programs will be on campus over the next few weeks, and we’d love for you to meet them! Would you consider hosting one of them in your classes that day, allowing them to share the variety of opportunities that our students could have studying abroad for a semester? Monday, Feb. 4 – CIEE (China); Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Living and Learning International (Ecuador); Wednesday, Feb. 27 – LCC International University (Lithuania); Thursday/Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1 – Chicago Semester (USA); and Wednesday, March 6 – ISA/Veritas ISA – (South Africa, Chile, France, Spain, and England) or For a full listing of these programs and more, please check out our website at the following link:, and to see how they might work well for your major students specifically, check out our department pages here: If you’re interested in having them in a class, a department meeting or a friendly little chat please let us know! Please contact the Intercultural Office.

Student applications are now accepted for the spring Into the City trip to Philadelphia

Student applications are now being accepted for the spring Into the City program to Philadelphia! This career immersion experience will take place April 7-9 and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational experience through site visits, alumni panels and networking receptions. Organizations represented on this trip include the Philadelphia Eagles, Visit Philadelphia, Independence National Historical Park, Context Travel, Chatham Financial, the Office of the Mayor, Dell Boomi and more! For additional information and an online application, please encourage students to visit Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 14. Students from all majors and academic years are encouraged to apply. An information session about the program will be held March 6 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Pizza will be provided. Interested students and educators are welcome to attend and should RSVP for this info session by March 4 at . (Student attendance at the info session is not required for participation in the program). ITC is collaboratively sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Development Office.

Lecture on Anabaptism at Messiah College

 Join the Sider Institute at Messiah College for its annual Schrag Lecture Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. This year’s speaker is Donald Kraybill, senior fellow emeritus at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College. Kraybill’s lecture, “The Power of Elasticity: A Tale of Anabaptism at Two Colleges,” will describe how two Christian institutions—Messiah College and Eastern Mennonite University—tapped into the theological resources of the Anabaptist movement, often in different ways. Learn about the power and malleability of Anabaptism, a theological heritage shared by Eastern Mennonite and Messiah! The lecture is free and open to the public.

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:

Store closed Feb. 25

The Campus Store will be closed for inventory Monday, Feb. 25. Please plan ahead and make your purchases in advance. We will open again at 9 a.m. Feb.26.

Fire extinguisher training offered to all employees and students

Fire extinguisher training will be conducted Feb. 26 – March 1 in Hostetter Chapel, conference room 113. This training consists of a demonstration of the use of the extinguisher and then the opportunity for each participant to experience “hands-on” practice in extinguishing a “fire.” Training on the types of fires and extinguishers as well as initial instruction on the P.A.S.S. system for using extinguishers is provided via an online course that must be completed prior to the actual hands-on session. There are several sessions offered each day. To sign up for a time that fits your schedule, go to FalconLink; type “training” in the search window; and click on All Training Classes. (You may be asked to provide your login). Click on the drop down arrow in the box under CLICK HERE TO SEE AVAILABLE CLASSES and select Fire Extinguisher Training. From the list that appears, select the session you want. Click on the pencil in front of the session you wish to take and follow the instructions for registering. Employees, please inform your supervisor of the session for which you register. If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Donna Fink at ext. 5038 or Valerian Curd at ext. 6747.

2019 graduate assistant positions

The Graduate Program in Higher Education is offering graduate assistantships on the Messiah campus as well as at several partner institutions such as Catawba College (working with Marcus Washington ’05, MA ’14), Bluffton University, Houghton College and Gonzaga University. Graduate students will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a college or university campus while pursuing their Master of Arts degree in higher education through Messiah. The priority deadline to apply is March 1. Information on available positions can be found here: For questions about the application process or for information about the program, please contact Dottie Weigel, program director, at

Budget development FY20

This year’s budget development process will be opening in the beginning of March. If you have budget responsibility for your area, please watch for additional notifications via email in the coming weeks. Contact Kimberly Hawkins with any questions in advance of the budget process at

Murray Library’s February 2019 newsletter

Best wishes from Murray Library for a great spring semester! Click on this link to view our February 2019 newsletter that contains professional news, highlights and a preview of a current library display.

Help us name the new institutional repository and win prizes!

Funded by the Sawyer Digital Proficiency Initiative, the Messiah College institutional repository will go live in 2019. It will be an online showcase that collects, preserves and shares quality scholarship, creative works and historical collections created by the students and educators of Messiah College and makes them freely available to the world. Make your voice heard and help us name it! Submit by Thursday, Feb. 28. Tell us your idea!

2019 Humanities Symposium

The Center for Public Humanities is pleased to invite you to the 2019 Humanities Symposium, Feb. 18-22. This year our theme is “For the Common Good,” and we have a week full of speakers, panel discussions, exhibits, dance, music, literature and plenty of opportunities to engage in rich discussions about “For the Common Good.” We are thrilled to welcome the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, as our keynote speaker on Thursday, Feb. 21. To find out more about Edelman and our complete schedule of events, go to

Visiting alumni program

Tell us when you are inviting alumni to return to campus and we can help.

What we offer for visiting alumni: v Gift bag v Electronic parking pass v Meal ticket for Lottie Nelson Dining Hall v Alum’s name, reason for visit and sponsor listed on monitor in the ECC Commons v Acknowledgement in the Intercom – both sponsoring department/class and alumni What we ask of you: v Give us as much notice as possible. v Complete the online form on Self-Service, General Tab. Scroll to the bottom of the list and click Visiting Alumni Registration. Questions: email Michelle Shellenberger,

Alumni returning to campus

Visiting alumni update Please join us in welcoming following alumni back to campus:

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Sarah Tomasiewicz, Andrea Grove, McKenna Welshans ’17 and Taylor Conrady ’17 participated in a dietetic internship career panel; sponsoring faculty: Michelle Sanford.

• Wednesday, Feb. 20: Timothy Swartz ’15 and Lynda Heller ’14 are participating in an alumni panel to talk about their careers in biology; sponsoring faculty: Lawrence Mylin.

Friday, Feb. 22 Jean Mosley ’13 and Julien Belmear ’17 are participating in Pizza with Professionals; sponsor: Career and Professional Development Center.

Our Visiting Alumni Program includes one or more of the following: a small gift, parking pass, possible coupons for lunch or coffee and notification to the Messiah College campus via the intercom. Please help us recognize your department for bringing back alumni and welcoming them to campus. Please submit your request online –Self-Service, General Tab, scroll to the bottom for Visiting Alumni Registration.

Reminders to faculty from the office of disability services

Welcome back, faculty!

As we begin the 2019 spring semester, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) would like to share a few reminders with you concerning students who receive accommodations through our office.

  • Confidentiality is vital. Legally, if a student is receiving services from ODS, these services must remain confidential. Please handle accommodations in a way that will draw the least amount of attention to the fact that the student is receiving an accommodation.
  • Accommodations are mandatory. After a student has followed the proper procedure to receive reasonable accommodations through our office, it becomes the institution’s responsibility to honor those accommodations to the best of its ability for his or her well-being. Please encourage and never dissuade a student to make full use of the eligible accommodations.
  • Words matter. Although they may be spoken with good intentions, certain remarks concerning accommodations might have negative ramifications. Please try to stay away from comments concerning a student’s actual need for his or her accommodation. A statement like “You probably won’t need the extra time for this test” can put unnecessary (and possibly detrimental) pressure on a student. It is also a violation of the ADA.  Empathy and sensitivity go a long way!
  • Care makes a difference. You have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with our students in a unique way and to be an encourager during their college years.

We invite you to contact us or to stop by if you have any questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or about our office procedures. We are grateful to work with you for the benefit of our students and welcome you to visit our faculty-geared webpage to learn more about your opportunities to help:

We are grateful to partner with you,

Amy Slody, Tony Devine and Deana Baddorf;;


Job opportunities

The Admissions Office has an opening for a temporary admissions traveling recruiter to work the dates of Aug. 1 thru Nov. 8. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions can be directed to Shayna Reichert, associate director of admissions, at

The Career and Professional Development Center has an opening for a part-time experiential learning initiative (ELI) coordinator. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Christy Hanson, director of career and professional development center, at

For sale

Numerous items for sale: wooden bookshelf with cabinet $25; Hoover Steam Vac Deluxe SpinScrub carpet cleaner $15; wooden toy chest $15; Polly Pocket collection of dolls and accessories $15; Steelers full-size bed comforter, pillow sham and curtain $15; Panasonic inverter microwave $25. For pictures, contact

Alumcraft Jon Boat.12 ft Jon Boat with anchor, anchor mate, 2 hardback seats, boat trailer and Mikota electric trolling motor. Asking $400 for all. Contact Jeff @ 717-432-2181 or Denise @


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.