Archive for 2020

September 10,

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10


Congratulations to assistant professor of Computer and Information Science Dr. Devi Suberi for his selection to participate in a virtual course on science, Christianity and society in 2020-21. This initiative, sponsored by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), a UK subsidiary of the CCCU, is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and includes 8 pre-tenured faculty who will engage with leading scholars including Peter Harrison, Elaine Ecklund, Philip Clayton, Tremper Longman, Benno van den Toren, and Sarah Lane Ritchie to examine the larger social and cultural contexts within which science is located, and to reflect on specific intersections between science and those contexts.


Last spring Scott Kieffer had 2 student-led research projects accepted for poster presentations at the Experimental Biology Conference. Josh Beiler submitted his ongoing research entitled The Effect of Caffeine and 1976T>C (ADORA2A) Genetic Variants on Anaerobic Performance during a 30-Second Wingate Test and Roise Hartman submitted a study entitled The Effects of an Acute Bout of Controlled Breathing on Short-Term Heart Rate Variability. Although the conference was cancelled, the students work was posted at the virtual conference and their abstracts were published in the FASEB Journal. Michael Shin was also a lead author on the caffeine and genetics study.

In addition, Scott’s research mentee, Caleb Smith, was awarded a 2019 American Physiological Association Summer Research Fellowship to conduct research in a mentorship program at Hershey Medical Center. His research from the program entitled Astroglial Regulation of Caloric Intake Following Acute High-Fat Diet Exposure was also presented at the Experimental Biology Conference and was awarded one of the outstanding undergraduate research awards.

Experimental Biology is an interdisciplinary scientific conference that routinely hosts 12,000+ attendees from over 50 countries.


Climenhaga Homestead

In an effort to limit public access to campus facilities, the Climenhaga Homestead guest rooms and conference spaces will be closed until further notice.

Personnel updates in enrollment management

The Division of Enrollment Management is excited to announce the addition of the following new employees:

The Office of Financial Aid is pleased to welcome Lori McGill Sarago as a financial aid counselor. Lori, a Messiah alum who began her new job on June 29,  replaces Ryan Hannigan, who has retired. Lori comes to our office with a variety of work experience in higher education having spent approximately the last nine years providing both admissions and financial aid services to students through several third-party organizations such as Emerge Education.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions welcomes TyJon (TJ) Culclasure and Chad Muise as our two new admissions counselors filling roles vacated by Rachael Haqq and Randy Ness. TJ graduated from Messiah in 2019 with a degree in ethnic and area studies, having also served as a resident assistant. Chad graduated with a B.A. in communication degree from Houghton College, worked there and at Tyndale University as an admissions counselor, and just finished serving as graduate assistant in athletics with our baseball team as he completed his M.A. in higher education from Messiah. Chad will also be serving Admissions as the liaison to the Department of Athletics and the School of Humanities.

The Office of Admissions is pleased to report the following promotions: Nate Litman has been promoted to assistant director of admissions and will serve as the admissions liaison to The Messiah University Honors Program. Congratulations to Kristin Thomas in her promotion to associate director of admissions, visit and event programming and Molly Janczyk in her promotions to associate director of admissions.

EM is sad to announce the departure of associate vice president for enrollment management, Sarah Wade, after nearly twelve years of dedicated service over two appointments from 2001-2005 and 2013-2020. Her commitment and passion for Messiah has been evident in the leadership she has shown in our division and on many task forces across campus. We wish her the best as she pursues a new career opportunity with VEMO Education.

Mass email communications for graduate students

A new email group has been added to the Mass Email system called All On-Campus Graduate Students. When sending out mass emails that include graduate students, please consider whether the communication should go to All Graduate Students (of which the majority take all coursework online) or if it should only go to graduate students who have coursework at Winding Hill.


For sale

New ZVerse 3D Face Shield for sale, assembled but not used. Asking price is what I paid: $32 (shield cost + shipping). Please contact Doug Curry at if you are interested.

Tools–Delta 10″ miter saw, $50; DeWalt circular saw, $40; ROLA roof rack for Mazda CX5, $150. Please contact Dan Schmidt if interested:

For rent

3-4 bedroom, 1.5 bath half house at 810 Grantham Rd in Grantham available Nov. 1. Dale Fogelsanger,, 717-623-0735


Four draw filing cabinet; sage color. Cabinet is empty and ready to go. Please email me if interested:, Boyer 2020.