Archive for 2020

November 19

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Thessalonians 5:18



Messiah University botanist, Janet Matanguihan, has published in the Christ Animated Learning blog through the Christian Scholars Review. The title of her piece, “A Word in Season for the Weary,” is the latest installment in this series. This encouraging word offers Janet’s insights on how we Christian professors can impact our hurting, pandemic-ravaged world.

In addition, last week, Janet published an article entitled “Fundamental Shifts in Research, Ethics and Peer Review in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the Journal of Korean Medical Science. Her coauthor is Edward Barroga of the Graduate School of Nursing Science at St. Luke’s International University in Tokyo, Japan.

Please join the Department of Biological Sciences is congratulating Janet on this global contribution to the sciences.


We celebrate the tremendous professional service of Scott Kieffer, professor of exercise science, who was awarded the service award of the Mid Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Not only did Scott receive this award; the annual award has been named for him: the H Scott Kieffer Service Award. (Kudos to MARC-ACSM for naming the award while the honoree is living!)

Scott has worked tirelessly for MARC-ACSM for many years, most recently as the executive director. His service has benefited our students, faculty and even our labs with shared equipment. More broadly, he has clearly made his mark on the ACSM organization and his profession.

Congratulations, Scott!


Four alumni “returned” to campus this fall to give presentations (by Zoom) that included career insights and research descriptions. Christina Fuji ’12 (MOT, OTR/L) and Kevin Markovic’09 (DPT) shared in a presentation entitled, “Career Insights from Alumni: Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy” on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Stephanie Schell ’13, Ph.D., described experiences in graduate school and Postdoctoral research in a presentation entitled, “Putting the puzzle pieces together: My experiences researching systemic autoimmunity and inflammatory skin disease” on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Arielle Raugh ’17, Ph.D.-candidate, described research aimed at understanding the immune-mediated causes of type I diabetes while maintaining a healthy work-life balance in a seminar entitled, “From Science to Soap: The Making of a Scientist” on Wednesday, Nov. 11. These seminar “visits” were organized and sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and our local SGA-sponsored chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society.


The Department of Human Development and Family Science was well-represented at the 2020 National Council on Family Relations virtual annual conference. Dr. Paul Johns presented, “Husbands’ Experience of Being Trusted by Their Wives: A Rare Focus on Recipients of Trust.” Dr. Raeann Hamon chaired a symposium of six papers entitled, “Expanding High Impact Teaching in Family Theories.” Hamon presented one of the papers, “Illustrating Family Systems Theory with a Family Sculpting Activity.” Hamon also served as past chair of the Advancing Family Science Section, chair-elect of the International Section, and member of the board for the Journal of Family Theory and Review. Dr. Robert Reyes facilitated a plenary entitled, “Global Health Disparities among Families in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Reyes is also an incoming Board member for NCFR, serving as treasurer. Three HDFS students also virtually attended the conference.


Dr. Emily Farrar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has accepted a full-time position as a medical communications consultant with Boston Strategic Partners, a global health industry analytics and communications firm.  She will begin her employment with BSP in December at the close of our fall 2020 semester. The selection process for this position was rigorous and competitive. Congratulations to Emily on her successful application.

Emily is a 2010 graduate of our engineering program and is in her fifth year as an assistant professor. During her time as a Messiah faculty member she has established herself as a talented teacher, accomplished scholar and a well-loved and committed advisor and mentor. Emily has had a significant impact on our biomedical engineering program and on the lives of many of her students.


The INTERCOM will resume in December

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the INTERCOM will not publish on Nov. 26. The INTERCOM will resume on Thursday, Dec. 3. We’re wishing you a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

A Note of thanks to the Engle Center

It is with gratitude that I offer my sincere thanks to the Engle Center staff for their tireless and committed care to keep our Messiah community safe and healthy during the fall 2020 semester. You have gone above and beyond the usual dedication you exhibit each year as you have listened, evaluated, and treated students and employees with empathy and professionalism under challenging circumstances. Please know that your thoughtful, knowledgeable care is noticed and appreciated. Thank you!

Retirement card shower for Kathy Lawlis

For nearly 40 years, Kathy Lawlis has faithfully served Messiah students as a nurse in the Engle Center. Known for her caring approach to students and colleagues, Kathy will be greatly missed when she retires at the end of this semester. Please join us in showering Kathy with cards of appreciation and congratulations for her years of services. Cards can be sent to Kathy at Box 3028, and we will send them on to her at her home. Thank you!

Global University Trading Challenge

Congratulations to the Messiah University investing team that finished 21st in the global CME University Trading Challenge with an ending portfolio value of $710,125. The annual trading competition, which began Oct. 4, included more than 500 undergraduate and graduate teams from colleges and universities worldwide. Each team begins with a $500,000 notional portfolio to invest in the futures markets and Messiah’s team generated a +42% gain in the month-long competition (compared to the S&P 500 which returned -3% for the month of October).

Messiah’s team outperformed formidable competition from schools such as Cornell, Duke, NYU, University of Chicago, Georgetown, Rutgers and UNC among others.

Congrats to the Messiah University team consisting of Mo Lutz, Makayla Miller and Daniel Preziosi.

Ten Thousand Villages online Gift Festival hosted by The Collaboratory

This year there is an alternative to the annual in-person Gift Festival at Messiah University. November 16-22 shop online to support artisans all over the world who are also experiencing hardships due to the pandemic. Shop online and have your Ten Thousand Villages purchases delivered right to your home address!

Use the promo code and your online purchases will continue to benefit Ten Thousand Villages Mechanicsburg and Messiah University Collaboratory. During the dates of the sale, get free shipping on orders over $50!

Shop our website: and type code in promo box during checkout: MESSIAH20

2020 Fall Senior Series concludes this weekend with “Till Death Do We Art” and “Where the Apple Falls”

Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to conclude the 2020 Fall Senior Series this weekend with the premieres of original productions “Till Death Do We Art” and “Where the Apple Falls: A Julie Andrews Story.” Join us for an evening of performance, created and performed by department seniors Rachel Rochet and Ellen Grace Diehl. Performances will be free and available for viewing on the Messiah livestream!

Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21.

For access to this live streamed event, just visit us online at to step into the theatre and enjoy the show. You can also follow us on social media to get more behind the scenes information on our senior creators and the production!

Estimated Runtime: 2 hours (includes one 10-minute intermission)


“Till Death Do We Art”

Created and Performed by Rachel Rochet and Elizabeth Volpe
with Accompaniment by Maddie Felix

What defines The Arts? The Sciences? The Humanities? We tend to divide these disciplines into different categories, but are they really as separated as we think? Journey with us, as we explore art as the connecting thread between the disciplines—the tapestry on which we weave our lives, whether we are a painter, teacher, chemist, or poet.

Estimated Runtime: 1 hour

“Where the Apple Falls: A Julie Andrews Story”

Created by Ellen Grace Diehl
Performed by Ellen Grace Diehl and Aria Walker
Directed by Katie Anne Phykitt
with Accompaniment by Michaela Walker

Featuring excerpts from
“Homework: A Memoir of my Hollywood Years”
by Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton

Julie Andrews has written over 30 books with her daughter Emma. Now, faced with the task of writing a memoir, Emma and Julie team up to recall stories from their respective childhoods. Through a series of interviews and musical numbers, the mother/daughter duo discover just how similar they really are. Featuring several familiar numbers from Julie’s career and excerpts from her second memoir “Homework,” “Where the Apple Falls” is an unexpected behind-the-scenes story of what it’s like to have Mary Poppins as a mom.

Estimated Runtime: 1 hour

Facts about Messiah

The Office of Institutional Research provides access to a wide array of up-to-date university statistics. You can view the latest Fact Book, Enrollment Summaries and other university-wide statistics on the Institutional Research web page ( Click on “Check out our Fact Book” or look under “Research” for other reports.


We congratulate Holly Schall as the winner of the third prize drawing for a submission to Covid Chronicles@Messiah! Please check out submissions included in the collection here.

Christmas Shopping (and free T-shirts!) at the Oakes Museum

The Oakes Museum will be open for socially distanced Christmas shopping on Friday Nov. 20 and Monday Nov. 23, 11a.m.- 4 p.m. We will be giving a free t-shirt to every shopper, while supplies last!

Malaria Research

Students Mina Diep and Matthew O’Neil described results of research they are conducting with Larry Mylin (biological sciences) to support ongoing research of the Macha Research Trust (Zambia) at the Future of Malaria Research Conference that was hosted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Malaria Research Institute on Friday, Nov. 13. The shared presentation entitled, “Shelf-life study of Human Erythrocytes Cryopreserved for Laboratory Culture of Plasmodium falciparum” was enthusiastically received by the Zoom audience that included investigators and students from around the globe.

After COVID-19, what is the future of families? – A virtual conversation

This afternoon (today, Nov. 19), the Honors Program is hosting a panel on the question “After COVID-19, what is the future of families?” Five panelists involved in different aspects of family and social services–Dr. Raeann Hamon ,’83 Dr. Erin Boyd-Soisson, Jennifer Grove’97, Jason Lehman ‘04, and Veronica Kelly ’18 will be addressing this question from their respective areas of training and experience. After their virtual conversation, panelists will respond to questions submitted by listeners.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m.


Job opportunities

Messiah Press has an opening for a full-time printing and bindery technician. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Bill Althoff, Messiah Press production manager at

For sale

Everlast MMA 70lb Punching/Boxing Bag with hanging chains in great condition. Includes Everlast L/XL gloves and Everlast wraps. Asking $59. If interested, please call and leave message at ‪(717) 620-9670 or email Deana at


Free: dining room table. Solid wood, painted white. In good condition. (Chairs in photo are not included.) Contact

Lost and found

Kat’s peanut butter spoon. Looking to return Kat’s spoon that was found this summer, in Kelly Apartments.  You can reach me in Naugle A125 (right inside the door), or ext. 3918, and ask for Stacy.


Looking for fire pits and firewood!

The Department of Residence Life is looking for employees willing to lend their fire pits and donate firewood. We are hoping to celebrate the RAs and all their sacrifices through having a fun outdoor event.

If you are willing to lend your fire pit or donate firewood for us to use, please contact RD Julie Price at (717) 796-5224 or RD Amy Nicols at (717) 796-5210. We are also willing to coordinate pick-ups if you are not able to drop it off on campus.

Please let us know either Friday, Nov, 20 or Saturday, Nov. 21 as the event is on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Thank you all so much!