Archive for 2020

Jan. 30

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

John 14: 1-3


Residence Life is pleased to welcome Trevor Magness and Curtis Kurtz to the RD team (filling the vacancies of Becky Woodruff and Ambria Eberhard-Brown). Trevor, the new Mountain View and Special Interest House Interim RD, will continue to serve 10 hours a week in the SILP office as part of his RD role (where he served formerly as graduate assistant). Curtis, the new Sollenberger and Mellinger Interim RD (and Messiah alum and former RA), joins us with RD experience from Shippensburg University. If you would like to personally welcome them or have residence hall related matters or concerns, you can contact Curtis at and Trevor at We are delighted to have both of them on board!

Dr. Kim Fenstermacher, assistant dean of nursing, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the new UPMC Memorial Hospital in York. She will serve on the Patient Safety Committee and will chair the Quality Council.


Matthew Doll art exhibition “Night, Desert, Garden”

Please join us for the opening of Matthew Doll’s exhibition “Night, Desert, Garden” on Friday, Feb. 7 in The Galleries at Messiah College. There will be an Artist’s Talk and reception on Feb. 7 at 4:15 p.m. in the High Foundation Recital Hall, High Center. The exhibition will be located in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery and The Galleries at Messiah from Feb. 7-March 13. Matthew Doll is a painter and graphic designer, and the program director of the Gordon IN Orvieto semester program, where his Disegno/Drawing course serves as the cornerstone of the curriculum. Messiah College art and design students participate in the Orvieto program each semester.

Passport services

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. 25 to process passport applications.

Applicants need to bring the following documents:

  • Original birth certificate, PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE
  • 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 or money order written to the U.S. Department of State and $35 cash or check written to the Prothonotary’s Office)
  • Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check written to Messiah College.

Applications can be downloaded at

Please contact if you have questions.

Spring semester event bookmarks now available

The Career and Professional Development Center is once again offering our event bookmarks free of charge to any interested faculty and staff. These bookmarks list all of our upcoming programs and have been very popular with students and educators alike. Stop by our office to pick up some today! (Each member of the COE will receive one in their mailboxes; please let us know if you need more). All events are also listed electronically at

Student employment reminders

Do you have an outstanding student working in your department? Nominate them for the Student Employee of the Year Award! The winning student will have bragging rights as Messiah’s first ever Student Employee of the Year, will be awarded $150, and will be nominated for additional awards at the state, regional, and national levels. Two honorable mention prizes of $50 each will also be awarded. In addition, all nominees will be recognized in April during National Student Employee Appreciation Week. Please assist us in recognizing the outstanding work of student employees by submitting a nomination. Nominations are due by Feb.10. Additional information and the nomination form can be found here:

The Summer Student Employment Job Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20. If your department will be attending the job fair, please send an email to Belinda Conrad by Feb.7 so that we can plan space accordingly. All summer student job postings are due by Feb. 7 as well. Additional information regarding hiring summer student employees can be found here:

Saturday Science Programs at the Oakes Museum of Natural History

Registration is now open for Saturday Science Programs at the Oakes Museum of Natural History at Messiah College. Curators Club (grades 3-5) and CC2 (grades 6-8) are science enrichment programs on a variety of topics in a fun learning environment. Winter/spring topics include bears, forensics, raptors and more! The first session is on Feb. 8, so don’t delay! For more information go to or contact the museum at ext. 2659.

2020 Alumni Awards Recipients announced

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Alumni Awards. Details regarding the March 28 Alumni Awards Dinner will be provided in February.

Young Alumna Achievement Award:  Shauna L. Nefos Webb

(Class of 2004, communication and sociology)

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award:  Glenn D. Focht

(Class of 1986, chemistry) 

Alumni Christian Service Award:  Wendell I. Gehman

(Class of 1989, biology)

Alumni Appreciation Award:  George and Barbara Parmer 

NEW! Summer Vocal Academy of Messiah College

Announcing the new Summer Vocal Academy of Messiah College! Dr. Damian Savarino, Dr. Joy Meade and Professor Tara Savarino will be running a new summer camp at Messiah this year. The dates are June 17-20 and the camp is for rising 9th graders through graduating seniors. More information can be found at Our mission is to train and inspire young singers in the field of vocal music, both solo and choral. Please visit the link above – we hope to see you this summer!


Job Opportunites

The Admissions Office has an opening for a full time admissions communications manager. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job related questions may be directed to Bethany Parliament-Chevalier, director of enrollment management operations, at

The Information Technology Services Department has an opening for a full time programmer/analyst 1. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to John Luft, director of information services, at

The Office of Student Affairs has multiple openings for the position of residence director for the 2020-21 academic year. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Lyndsay Grimm, director of residence life, at

The Department of Safety has a full time opening for a community safety officer, 3rd shift. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety at

Campus Store job opening

The Campus Store and Textbook Express is hiring a full time assistant store manager. Do you know someone who might be interested in working with Messiah students, faculty and department in this important position? Please contact Candy Tritle at or 717-691-6024 for more information or go to to apply.

Free cat to a loving home. I’m currently looking for a loving home for my Dad’s cat Bella. She has been with us since she was a kitten (8 years). Bella is a very friendly cat who loves to cuddle. She is an indoor cat. I will cover her first vet visit if needed. I currently have two animals and I am not able to keep her. Please contact me if interested. See attached photos. For more information please contact Cherisse: