Q: How was the Collaboratory formed?
A: In 2000 the Provost of Messiah College authorized the formation of the Collaboratory to organize longstanding co-curricular service projects under the leadership of several faculty members in the Department of Engineering. The Harsco Corporation awarded a lead grant to form the organization. Additional major funding by Leif and Carol Uptegrove in 2004 enabled the Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Health to expand the mission of the Collaboratory to serve the MEB School, and encourage broader campus collaboration.
Q: What happened to the organization Dokimoi Ergatai (DE)?
A: Beginning 1996 as a single project, DE developed into a multi-project organization within the Collaboratory. DE provided organizational structures and support services needed throughout the Collaboratory to promote quality, collaboration and resource sharing between multiple project activities. The Director of the Collaboratory therefore asked DE members to merge their structure and support services into the Collaboratory, and to extend their identity and ethos as approved workers throughout the larger organization.
The idea of being Dokimoi Ergatai, or "approved workers" for God, speaks to followers of Jesus, but the words themselves are difficult to pronounce and may not effectively communicate what we do to off-campus partners. DE experienced strong growth and change throughout its existence, a process that in 2006 brought the organization back to its early vision of connecting academics to Christian service in many disciplines. Although Dokimoi Ergatai is no longer the name of an organization, it continues as the motivating principle for all that we do in the Collaboratory, and is at the heart of our Christian discipleship.
Q: How are the words Dokimoi Ergatai (DE) used in the Collaboratory?
A: Dokimoi Ergatai is our ethos, a phrase that expresses our desire to become God's approved workers, and it is the foundation of our core value statements. We have named the Collaboratory newsletter Dokimoi Ergatai to remind us that we belong to God. Collaboratory participants also attend a weekly meeting for worship, discipleship and community building. This is a time to reflect on and celebrate how God is teaching us to be his approved workers.
Q: Do Messiah College students earn academic credit for their work in the Collaboratory?
A: Voluntary Christian service is foundational to the work of the Collaboratory. However, the Collaboratory project work of many participants also intersects with their academic curriculum. Some course projects support the ministry of the Collaboratory, and some students complete capstone and honors projects through the Collaboratory. The Department of Engineering's Integrated Projects Curriculum (IPC) is a multi-course credit-bearing opportunity for every engineering major to participate in work of the Collaboratory.
Q: Where is the organizational home of the Collaboratory?
A: The Collaboratory is a Department within the School of Science, Engineering and Health and is amenable to the Dean and Department Chairs of the School. The Director of the Collaboratory reports to the Dean.
Q: How are decisions made within the Collaboratory?
A: The Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Health, the Department Chairs, and the Director of the Collaboratory comprise an Executive Committee to oversee development of the organization. The Director, Student Director and Assistant Student Director provide executive leadership for organizational development. The Directors, Operations Manager of the Collaboratory, and student Staff Group Manager are the Operations Committee of the Collaboratory, facilitating day-to-day operations. Student Group Leaders serve on a Leaders Committee that sets operations policy in the Collaboratory and provides a governance voice to all Collaboratory participants, including those outside the School of Science, Engineering and Health.