Archive for 2020

February 27

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2


Dwayne Safer, assistant professor of finance, recently spoke at The Economist’s signature Investing for Impact conference in New York City. He spoke on a panel entitled “Impact for the Next Generation” where he addressed Gen Z investing trends as well as the growing movement of faith-based investing and aligning portfolios with God-honoring investments.

Having served Messiah College for over 25 years, Paula Maynard, associate registrar for the School of Graduate Studies, has accepted a position as the registrar at Penn State Harrisburg. Paula’s last day with us at Messiah will be March 6. Throughout her career, we always appreciated both her expertise and tireless work in support of our students. We all wish her the very best in her new position.


Welcome Week reservation requests

Due to the high volume of events that occur during the start of each academic year, the offices of Conference and Event Services and Student Involvement and Leadership Programs have made some adjustments to the room reservation process during Leadership Launch Week and Welcome Week. All programs occurring from August 15 through September 5 will be reviewed simultaneously rather than on a first-come-first-served basis. These dates will be reservation blackout dates in EMS. To plan an event during this time, please request a Welcome Week event registration form from and submit the completed form to the same address by March 31. Our hope is to allocate resources in a way that provides the best experiences for your events and their attendees while placing as little strain on events staff as possible. Please direct any questions about this process to We look forward to partnering with you on your events in the fall!

Visiting alumni update

Please join us in welcoming following alumni back to campus:

  • Thursday, March 5 – John Bowman 1998 – Pizza with Professionals – Sponsor CPDC, Abby Book 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 –Falcon link and search Visiting Alumni Registration

2020 Alumni Awards Dinner

The Alumni Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, March 28, from 5-7 p.m. in Martin Commons. The evening will include a greeting from President Kim Phipps, buffet-style dinner and a program honoring this year’s award recipients.

  • Young Alumni Achievement Award: Dr. Shauna L. Nefos-Webb ‘04
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Dr. Glenn D. Focht ‘86
  • Alumni Christian Service Award: Wendell Gehman ‘89
  • Alumni Appreciation Award: George and Barbara Parmer Cost: $15 per person

Seats are limited and pre-registration by Friday, March 13 is required. To register, please visit As a Messiah College employee, you will have the option to pay via Journal Voucher or via your personal credit card, depending on the nature of your attendance and/or participation in this event. If you would like to reserve an entire table (8 seats, $120), please directly contact the Alumni Office at 717.796.5252. For more information about the Alumni Awards or to see a list of previous award recipients, please click here. For questions about the event, please contact

Spring Break housing information

Over Spring Break the residence halls and apartments will be locked from noon on Saturday, March 14 until 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Residential students can stay during break in their rooms, apartments or special interest houses, but MUST register to stay on-campus. Students who do not register will not have card swipe access for the apartments and residence halls. If you know of students who will need to stay on-campus for ANY part of Spring Break, please have them fill out the spring break housing form by Friday, March 6. After March 8 there will be a $10 late fee for anyone who needs card access for spring break.

School of the Humanities Summer Academic Camps

This summer, the School of the Humanities will hold four academic camps.

New this year! Our Readers’ Workshop will delve into readings by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and others as a way to strengthen their love of reading, explore literary concepts and immerse themselves into the world of high fantasy and science fiction.  This camp is held on June 21 – 25 and is for students in rising grades 9 – 12.  To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Filmmakers Workshop provides college-level filmmaking skills for students in rising grades 10-12.  Students will leave with an understanding of how to be a writer, director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This camp is held on June 21 – 26. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

The Young Writers Workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in rising grades 9 – 12.  The workshop offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers, a fieldtrip, poetry readings and other activities.  This workshop will be held on June 21 – 26. To learn more about our Young Writers Workshop, visit the website at

FaithWorks@MessiahCollege  is a unique summer experience connecting faith and service. Students will learn from our faculty in Bible, ministry and theology, spend time with college student mentors, work alongside others as they invest in their communities and celebrate the gift of their faith and the joy of doing God’s work. This camp will be held on July 12 – 18 and is open to high school students. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

All four workshops offer scholarships, but there is a deadline to have your application in for the scholarship. Each camp has their own individual deadline, so please check the websites and apply now!

JAZZ VESPERS Eric Byrd Trio, Tim Warfield, Terrell Stafford, United Voices of Praise

Feb. 29, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall The Eric Byrd Trio, Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department and the Kennedy Center, will present a worship service featuring Biblical scripture readings and music drawn from Negro spirituals, hymns and black gospel music, all performed within the idiom of jazz. Artist in Residence Eric Byrd will be joined by trio members Bhagwan Khalsa, bass, and drummer Alphonso Young Jr. The program will also feature Artist in Residence Tim Warfield on saxophone, trumpeter Terrell Stafford and Messiah’s gospel choir, United Voices of Praise. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $5 for Messiah College students (with ID) and youth (18 and under). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at

NEW! Academic Summer Camp at Messiah College

Falcon Cyber Camp is a fun, interactive, three-day camp for students who are interested in learning about the world of cybersecurity. Discover whether a career in cybersecurity is in your future! This camp is held July 29-31 and is designed for students entering grades 9 – 12 in fall 2020. To learn more about this camp, visit the website at

Speaker Dr. Paul D. Miller, “Christianity, National Identity, and America’s Role in the World”

What does it mean to be an American? What is America’s role in the world? And how should Christians approach these questions? Americans and Christians have offered different answers to these questions over the course of American history. Dr. Paul D. Miller is a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He serves as co-chair of the Global Politics and Security concentration in the MSFS program. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. As a practitioner, Dr. Miller served as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council staff; worked as an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency; and served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Miller holds a Ph.D. in international relations and a B.A. in government from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. Sponsored by the College Honors Program and Messiah American Enterprise Institute Executive Committee Wednesday, March 4, 4:15 p.m., Boyer 131


Job opportunities

Dining Services has an opening for a full-time chef I. For additional information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at

The Athletics Department invites applications for the position of athletics director. Application materials will be accepted until March 13, 2020. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students at

The School of Science, Engineering and Health has an opening for a full time director, collaboratory for strategic partnerships and applied research. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Brian Swartz, chair, Department of Engineering at

For sale

2006 Cadillac DTS Sedan 4door. V8, 4.6 liter, automatic, FWD, Luxury Pkg, AC, Power windows, Power door locks, Cruise Control, Power Steering, AM/FM Stereo, CD player, OnStar (avail.), Dual Air Bags, Side Air Bags, Heated Seats, Heated Steering wheel, Cooled Seats, Leather interior, Sun Roof, Gold in color. This is a very comfortable car. I get compliments every time someone drives with me. The drive is very quiet and comfortable as well. New oil change and state inspection good until March 2021. $3,900 email me for more pictures.

For rent

Two Bedroom/Two Bathroom Apartment. Apartment available at 412 West Simpson Street (rear): one-car garage, central air conditioning, dishwasher, gas heat. Landlord pays sewer and trash. No pets. $975/month. Call 717-245-0346 for more information or email


Jigsaw Puzzle Library. Calling all puzzle nerds: a robust collection of puzzles (500-2000 pieces) are available for swap/loan with colleagues on campus. Drop some off, take some home, and return whenever you are done! Contact Joanna Hadley-Evans at or stop by her office in Hostetter Chapel (Monday-Thursday) to peruse the collection.