Archive for 2011

December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

Luke 2:11-14 (NRSV) 

Editor’s Note: There will not be an issue of the Intercom published Dec. 22 or 29. The next issue will be Jan. 5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Remembering one another 

I would like to thank everyone for their cards, food, prayers and heartfelt condolences in the recent passing of my mother. I am very blessed to work at Messiah College with so many kind and compassionate colleagues.

Lisa Snyder, executive assistant for the vice president of operations 

News 

Anne Reeve, associate professor of chemistry, recently presented her research at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society held in Richmond, Va. Her presentation, “Synthesis of an Aspernigrin A Analog” was coauthored by two Messiah College biochemistry majors who graduated last spring. The presentation described their work towards the synthesis of a potential anti-tumor agent first isolated from a marine sponge.

The Messiah College Concert Choir was featured in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) new holiday concert on Dec. 10 and 11. The concert was conducted by Stuart Malina and was held at the Forum in Harrisburg. The choir sang “I Saw Three Ships,” “Hallelujah Chorus” and seasonal songs with the orchestra. The Concert Choir has performed previously with the HSO on several occasions. 

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Cultural Series presents a Christmas Concert with Four Celtic Voices Dec. 15

The ancient blessings and vibrant music of the Four Celtic Voices will bring an Irish Christmas for the Cultural Series Christmas Concert. The concert will take place on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at ext. 6036 or by visiting tickets@messiah.edu.

Campus Bookstore to host Holiday Open House Dec. 16 

Please see this flyer for more information.

Conference services posts deadline for submitting event requests 

The deadline for submitting event requests through the office of conference and event services for the 2011/2012 school year is Friday, March 9. If your event requires any type of set-up or technical needs, the request must be submitted by the deadline or else the request will be denied. 

To make your request, please use the “Event Calendar Form” found on MCSquare under the “Employee” tab, “Employee Forms,” “Operations,” “Room Reservations Form.” 

Please contact the office of conference and events services at ext. 6009 with any questions.

Spring wellness programs registration is available 

Two wellness programs that we ran this fall will be repeated in the spring: Physical Activity Tracker and EMPOWER. Anyone planning on participating in the EMPOWER program this spring must register by following the instructions below. Only those who will be participating in the Physical Activity Tracker program for the first time this spring need to register using the instructions below. More information on programs can be found at the wellness webpage or by contacting Doug Miller at dmiller@messiah.edu.

To register for the either the EMPOWER weight management program or the Physical Activity Tracker program, click on this link to log in and then follow these instructions:

Enter your Messiah user name and password when prompted.
Click “Login,” and two wellness programs should appear (Physical Activity Tracker and EMPOWER).
Click the program you are interested in registering for.
Click “Sign Up” button (bottom right corner).
Review confirmation.
Click “Finish”. 

Upcoming Pilates Wellness classes announced

Sign-ups will begin immediately in the fitness center for two upcoming six-week Pilates classes. “Pilates at 5” will begin Monday, Jan. 23 and will run for six consecutive Mondays from 5-5:45 p.m. “Pilates at Noon” will begin Wednesday, Jan. 25 and will run for six consecutive Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both classes will meet in Hostetter Fellowship Hall and have a $10 registration fee. These classes are available to both employees and students and are expected to fill up quickly. Registration and payment takes place in the fitness center at the front desk. If interested, sign up today! 

A new option for wellness points

A new option has been added for collecting wellness points under category four. In addition to attending a wellness workshop, getting first aid or CPR certified, donating blood, or participating in a small fellowship group, you can now go online and watch a webcast presented by experts at Hershey Medical School on a variety of relevant health issues. Simply go to http://pennstatehershey.org/web/minimed/home. When you click on “View Previous Sessions” the last five years of presentations will be available. Each year has 10-12 different Power Point lectures you can watch, with each presentation lasting 45-60 minutes. Watch one and you get 10 wellness points. 

Completing your wellness points

Just a reminder that employees seeking to accumulate 100 wellness points must complete the online Capital BlueCross Health Assessment, and get at least some points from each of the other categories (2, 3, and 4). When 100 points have been accumulated send the completed form (found at the wellness webpage) to Doug Miller via campus mail or e-mail. Detailed information on how to collect wellness points can be found here

Policy and procedure for refueling a fleet vehicle outlined 

The policy and procedure for refueling a fleet vehicle prior to return to campus states that the fuel tank must be filled if under.75 tank. Violations for not refueling a vehicle when returning to campus may include a $25 charge to the department that the student or employee works in. A second violation may include a $50 charge and loss of driving privileges for the specific student or employee who neglects to refuel the vehicle. Please be a good steward and refuel. 

Employee Christmas luncheon update 

Please remember to bring your red change boxes to the Employee Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 16. There will be bins for you to drop them in outside of Lottie Nelson Dining Hall. 

Listen for the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble as you enter the dining hall! They have graciously agreed to perform at the Christmas luncheon as a thank you for our partnership. 

Finally, volunteers are still needed: Four more people are needed to volunteer to be servers at the luncheon and four more people are needed to help clean up after the Christmas luncheon. Please contact human resources at hradmin@messiah.edu if you are able to help.

Classifieds

Campus Events Worker III- CFAC Building Coordinator — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker III, Climenhaga Fine Arts Center (CFAC) building coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position. This position is responsible for overseeing cleaning, event set-up and performing cleaning duties during second shift. This position supervises a team of student workers. A high school diploma or equivalent is required as is two years custodial or events experience; supervisory experience preferred. Other requirements include ability to read and follow directions/event descriptions;  clean/maintain areas as directed; communicate effectively with others; demonstrate respect for others and act as a role-model to students; basic computer proficiency; ability to lift 50 lbs.; and possess a valid PA driver’s license. A detailed position description is available in human resources or on the College website . To apply, please submit a letter of interest and detailed résumé to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at szeigler@messiah.edu. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Financial Aid Technical Coordinator — The office of financial aid currently has an opening for the position of financial aid technical coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position supports all aspects of operation for the financial aid module of the SCT Banner software system and other software and technology products used by the financial aid office. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree, preferred field of study business information systems/programming; knowledge of BANNER Student Information System or other similar Oracle-based systems highly preferred; three years of financial aid experience strongly preferred; experience as a technical coordinator for the financial aid module of an Enterprise Resource Planning system at a college or university strongly preferred if no experience with BANNER; in-depth knowledge of database management and programming concepts; ability to update and maintain web content using the Luminis web portal; effective interpersonal and communication skills; strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work effectively as a team member as well as independently; ability to relate well to both on-campus and off-campus contacts; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; and knowledge of and ability to apply federal regulations governing student financial aid. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, salary requirements and statement of faith to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are strongly preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Greg Gearhart, director of financial aid, at ggearhart@messiah.edu. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 6.

For rent: 

Apartment —Large, two bedroom apartment in Mechanicsburg, less than five miles from Messiah. First and second floor large rooms and high ceilings. Combination of hardwood floors and carpet. Off-street parking. $650 per month includes some utilities. Call 717-557-7738 if interested. 

For sale: 

Baby items —Bumbo with tray, $20, retails  for$45; Swing, $75, retails for $129; Playpen, $25; Sling, $10, retails for $50; Baby Bjorn Active, with back support, $80, retails for $130. All items are in great condition. I have additional items—just let me know what you are looking for. For more information, contact Trisha Gudeman at ext. 7215 or 814-404-9764. 

Vermont Castings Winter Warm small wood-burning fireplace insert — Model 2080. Cast iron, traditional black; 30,000 BTU output; 79 percent efficiency; ash retainer; door with window; dual fans. Wood box opening 20.5 in. w x 12 in. d x 11  in. h. Used less than 20 times. Reason for sale – remodeling home. Asking price $700 or best offer. Call Mike True at 717-712-5950 for more information or photo.

Nintendo DS games — Pokeman Diamond Version, $20; Nintendogs Dachshund and Friends, $10; Animal Crossing Wild World, $20; Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia, $15. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us.
I John 4:18-19 (NRSV)
 

News 

On Nov. 5, Messiah College student team Michael Adams (‘13), Anthony Spargo (‘13) and Zachary Felix (‘15) came in third out of 159 college/university teams participating in the Mid Atlantic United States Regional Programming Contest of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The contest pits teams of three students against a dozen complex computer programming problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Computer Science professor Scott Weaver, ITS programmer Jason Long and alum Jonathan Corbin (‘03) advised the team. As a result of their strong performance against over 6,000 teams nationally, Messiah’s team is one of 100 invited to the international ACM World Competition in Warsaw, Poland next May. This contest, sponsored by IBM, is considered the oldest and most prestigious world programming contest. Please join the department of information and mathematical sciences in congratulating these students and their advisors.

The department of human development and family science was well represented at the 2011 National Council on Family Relations Conference in Orlando, Fla. Erin Boyd-Soisson, associate professor of human development and family science, presented a poster (that was co-authored with Amanda Lawrence (‘12 HDFS major and Smith Scholar intern) titled “Training up a Child: Amish Discipline Questions and Answers.” Njoroge Mbito, assistant professor of human development and family science, co-presented a paper titled “Adolescent Development of Social Competence in Sub-Sahara Africa: Does Parenting Matter?” with Gary Peterson, Stephen Wilson, Shann Hwa Hwang and Kevin Bush. Mbito also assumed his role as incoming chair of the International Section of NCFR. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, co-presented “Successfully Marketing Family Science Programs in Shifting Economic Times” with Suzanne Smith. Hamon was also inducted as an NCFR Fellow and presented a plaque and Fellows pin during the  President’s Reception. Rachel Shenk (‘13 HDFS major) and President of the Messiah College Council on Family Relations, made a presentation on the “Messiah College Council on Family Relations” – the featured campus affiliate during the Spotlight on Affiliates at the Affiliate Councils Leadership Training Workshop. Finally, eight Messiah students attended the conference.

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, directed the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble in providing music for worship and communion at the Dillsburg Brethren in Christ Church on Dec. 4. 

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Messiah Guitar Ensemble in concert Dec. 10

The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble will present its annual December concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel under the direction of Randall Zwally, director of guitar studies and senior lecturer in music. They will be joined by guest performers the Mechanicsburg Middle School Guitar Ensemble directed by Elizabeth Preston.

The concert will include performances on electric, acoustic, classical, 12-string and MIDI synthesizer guitars. The event will have a Christmas theme. Mechanicsburg Middle School (MMS) uses guitars as a teaching tool as part of its general music education program. Through that process the school develops a noteworthy guitar ensemble. The department of music collaborates with the MMS music faculty in fostering the use of the guitar in music education by performing joint concerts and making presentations at music educators’ conferences. This is the fifth year that these two ensembles will collaborate in this way. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. For more information contact department of music at ext. 3310.

Career Center and SGA offer grant opportunities for students

The Career Center has recently partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to develop a professional development grant opportunity for students interested in attending professional conferences or related activities. With limited funding available, grants will provide accepted students with half of their proposed funding needed for travel and registration costs, up to $300. Interested students can apply through the Career Center’s website www.messiah.edu/career. Other components of the grant include a mandatory training session with a career coach prior to attending the conference, as well as an educational “give back” activity, which may include a poster session showcasing outcomes of their experience. For questions, please contact Abby Book, career coach and program coordinator in the Career Center, at ext. 3912 or abook@messiah.edu

New vehicle policy  

The vehicle reservation office will be enacting a new Messiah College Vehicle Policy starting on Monday, Jan. 2. Two new highlights are priority usage and fines for “no shows.” Please read over the new policy and contact the vehicle reservation office if you have any questions. You may view the entire policy here.

Bringing students back to campus before Jan. 3?

If you are planning to bring students back to campus before Tuesday, Jan. 4 for ANY reason (athletics, club, cross cultural, work, etc.), please submit a list of student names, ID numbers, their housing assignment, date of arrival, reason for early arrival, and who will serve as their employee sponsor to housing@messiah.edu by Monday, Dec. 12. There is no charge for housing  requests received by Monday, Dec. 12. Late requests will be charged a $10 fee. 

Upcoming Pilates Wellness classes announced

Sign-ups will begin immediately in the fitness center for two upcoming six-week Pilates classes. “Pilates at 5” will begin Monday, Jan. 23 and will run for six consecutive Mondays from 5-5:45 p.m. “Pilates at Noon” will begin Wednesday, Jan. 25 and will run for six consecutive Wednesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. Both classes will meet in Hostetter Fellowship Hall and have a $10 registration fee. These classes are available to both employees and students and are expected to fill up quickly. Registration and payment takes place in the fitness center at the front desk. If interested, sign up today! 

Spring semester wellness programs announced

Physical Activity Tracker – Do you regularly participate in either moderate or vigorous activity? Are you willing to record your activity each week? Then this wellness program is for you. This 10-week program will begin Monday, Jan. 23 and the goal is to achieve at least 30-40 minutes of moderate activity (walking, gardening, etc.) four days a week or 20-30 minutes of vigorous activity (basketball, running, cycling, etc.) three days a week. Participants record their activity online at the CBC website by midnight each Tuesday. At the end of the 10 weeks, you get 30 wellness points and better health. Look for more details coming your way on how to register for this program. 

EMPOWER Weight Management Program – Employees complete this eight-week weight management program that uses various resources to help set and meet goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise. The program includes one weekly group meeting on campus led by a wellness professional from the community. The program begins the week of  March 4. Mandatory weekly classroom sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (March 6, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, and May 1.) At the end of the 10 weeks you get 30 wellness points and better health. Look for more details coming your way on how to register for this program. 

A new option for wellness points

A new option has been added for collecting wellness points under category 4. In addition to attending a wellness workshop, getting first aid or CPR certified, donating blood, or participating in a small fellowship group, you can now go online and watch a webcast presented by experts at Hershey Medical School on a variety of relevant health issues. Simply go to http://pennstatehershey.org/web/minimed/home. When you click on “View Previous Sessions” the last five years of presentations will be available. Each year has 10-12 different power point lectures you can watch, with each presentation lasting 45-60 minutes. Watch one and you get 10 wellness points. 

Completing your wellness points

Just a reminder that employees seeking to accumulate 100 wellness points must complete the online Capital BlueCross Health Assessment, and get at least some points from each of the other categories (2, 3, and 4). When 100 points have been accumulated send the completed form (found at the wellness webpage) to Doug Miller via campus mail or e-mail. Detailed information on how to collect wellness points can be found here

Technology projects for spring 2012 announced

Join with us as we offer congratulations to everyone whose proposals were funded. We were very happy to receive 16 proposals and of those 11 were funded. We are very excited to see where these projects can go. As you see these individuals around campus, please stop them and see how the project is going. Below you will ask the projects and a brief description of each.

1. Louann Zinsmeister and Deb Loop, nursing: Explore the use of the iPad with on-line computerized testing software for the classroom.  Explore the use of the iPad format for documentation of the electronic health record (EHR) in simulations.

2. Kate Simcox, communication: Record students giving their speeches and have students review the video to see where they can improve. Also, they will use the iPads to shoot, edit and post news video and photos in our audio-visual newsgathering course. 

3. Ken Mark, Oakes Museum: The iPads will be used to store information, pictures, videos etc. to enhance the tours they will give to a tour group or a family. During a tour they can be used to search a topic spontaneously in order to answer a visitor’s question to which they have no answer. 

4. Abby Book and Christy Hanson, Career Center: iPads would allow us to engage and educate students, alumni and recruiters regarding critical resources, programs, involvement and recruitment opportunities. In addition, the amount of resources utilized in our work creates a great deal of paper;  iPads would allow us to become more efficient and “green” in our exchange of information.

5. Don Murk and Jen Fisler, education: Allow students to view course materials, including lessons, documents, and videos. Connect with other student teachers, their cooperating teacher, and their college supervisor. Interact with colleagues and instructors through the posting of photographs, documents, lesson plans, and videos. Receive notification of upcoming live sessions, meetings and assignment due dates. Participate in a socially-created community of fellow student teachers. 

6. Kathy Hettinga, art: Design as Author class. In Designer as Author we will be looking at concrete poetry, DIY design and design work for non-profits; additionally the course will have a focus on zines and various kinds of publications.

7. Cynthia Wells, masters of higher ed online class: Develop Podcasts using the audio recording capacities of the iPad. Develop two interactive keynote presentations. I have read that keynote provides some advantages for creating digital presentations over Powerpoint, particularly as it relates to professional image and incorporation of multi-media.

8. Wendy Cheesman, athletics: Explore and use technology in the clinical setting to increase engagement with students and reduce paper in record keeping. Explore and utilize applications in the evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. Strive to reduce/eliminate paper/hard copies of documents at athletic training and departmental meetings.

9. David Pettegrew, history: Use E-text for May term trip, iMovie for storytelling, blogging via WordPress and data collection in the field

10. Christine Perrin, English: Have the students commit numerous poems to recording on the iPad. They will be assessed on the basis of how well they have recorded the poem, how much understanding they demonstrate (and rhetorical grace). They will work in groups and use these recordings both to teach poems to the class as well as to study for the passage identification part of the final exam. They will experiment with video and audio and write in response to the various technologies and their impact. 

11. EpiCenter, student affairs: The use of digital storytelling (DST) projects on these cross-cultural courses can serve as an exciting and fresh addition to the traditional journaling and written stories required by faculty. Digital stories are short vignettes that combine the art of telling stories with multimedia objects, including images, video and audio. It provides a unique, collaborative debriefing tool for students to be placed at the crossroads of creative and analytical approaches to learning.

Reminder to RSVP for Employee Christmas Luncheon

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP for the Employee Christmas Luncheon to human resources by Friday, Dec. 9. The RSVP card, located at the bottom of your invitation, is also your entry into the raffle drawing. Please note that you must be present to win. We’re looking forward to a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment! Please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources, at hradmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289 with questions.

Volunteers needed for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving, and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday: Serving, two 45-minute shifts during lunch; Meet at 11:45 a.m. for instructions; Cleanup: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources administrative assistant, at hradmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289.

Salvation Army Change Drive boxes will be collected at the Employee Christmas Luncheon

In celebration of this season of giving, we are partnering with the Salvation Army to bring hope to those in need. Join us by depositing spare change in the red kettles around campus or collect change in your own red box. Bring the box with you to the Employee Christmas Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 16. Proceeds will be presented to the Salvation Army at the luncheon.

Haven’t received a red box? Contact Victoria Johnson, human resources administrative assistant, at hradmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289.

Classifieds

Head Field Hockey Coach/Sports Information Director/HHP Instructor — The department of athletics and health and human performance (HHP) currently has an opening for the position of head field hockey coach/sports information director/HHP instructor. This is a full-time, 10-month, administrative position. As the program leader for field hockey, the head coach is responsible for leading a program for student-athletes, who have differing abilities and skills, which pursues Messiah athletics’ complementary goals of striving for athletic excellence and developing Christian character. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree in appropriate field (i.e., sport administration); three years of college coaching experience (preferably one year of head coaching experience); experience in collegiate sports information; ability to administer NCAA Division III intercollegiate  program, including recruiting, scheduling, budgeting, travel, and practice plans; ability to coach, teach, and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to their sport to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships with student-athletes; demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the stages of student development and the importance of holistic education; ability to be a team player within the department and the college; good judgment and problem solving skills; good verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated commitment to continued learning/professional development (i.e., presentations, publications, serving on regional or national committees); previous experience in The Automated Scorebook/StatCrew statistical software, web design software, and photography and Pagination software; knowledge and ability to instruct undergraduate courses in sport management. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available in human resources. Job-related questions should be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, dean of students/vice-provost, at khansen@messiah.edu. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For rent:

Apartment — Two bedroom second floor apartment for rent in rural Dillsburg (10 minutes from campus). Available Wednesday,  Feb. 15. Unfurnished, suitable for married couple or small family.  Kitchen, dining area, den and living room; two bedrooms and a nursery/office area; 1.5 bath; laundry room with washer and dryer hook-ups. Private outside entrance, off-street reserved parking. $825 per month plus security and cleaning deposit; utilities included. For more information e-mail owen@messiah.edu.

For sale:

Home for sale or rent—Asking $199,900 (price reduced) or $1,400/month plus utilities to rent. Located at 18 Pine Tree Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Clean, move-in ready, three bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1,448 sq. ft. ranch home close to Messiah and Rt. 15; private back yard, large four-season sunroom with gas fireplace, finished basement. See 18PineTree.theSlabaughs.com for more information. Contact Ben or Kristen Slabaugh at 717-679-3779 or kslabaugh@messiah.edu to schedule a showing.

House —Located at 178 Martel Circle, Dillsburg. Built in 2002, three bedroom, 2.5 baths, Colonial style. Call Troy Burkholder at 717-514-4663 or visit this website

Nintendo DS games — Pokeman Diamond Version, $20; Nintendogs Dachshund and Friends, $10; Animal Crossing Wild World, $20; Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia, $15. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

Stove — GE, white, electric stove with coil burners and self-clean oven. White with black trim. In good condition, works well. Approximately 18 years old; great for canning, hunting cabin, basement etc. Asking $35. Call Bill at ext. 3904.

Washer and dryer — Kenmore HE, front loading, two years old, excellent condition, three-year service agreement, $1,100; Sofa and chair set — $60; TV — 21-in., CRT with digital converter box, $5; TV stand — $10; Women’s bicycle — $75; Cedar-lined chest — Coffee table style height, $70. Some items available immediately, some available in January. E-mail owen@messiah.edu for more information or pictures.

Wii console — Includes three controllers, three nun-chuck controllers, charging station for two controllers, rifle, blaster, saber and pistol, sensor, two Wii wheels and 13 games, rating “E” to “Teen.” $250 for everything, or can items/games separately. E-mail Carol at chall@messiah.edu.

Deacon’s Bench — Dark pine. 53 in. w × 20 in. d × 30 in. h. Some scratches on seat surface, otherwise very good condition, $95 (obo); Breakfront — Two stacking pieces. Dark pine. Dimensions stacked 64.5 in. w × 19 in. d × 99 in. h. Top has three doors with two glass shelves and wood base. Bottom has three drawers, plus three doors opening to two levels of storage. Top and bottom shelves are not adjustable. Exceptionally good condition, $350 (obo); Ethan Allen lamp table — Dark pine. Round top, 28 in. d × 26 in. h. Shelf below. Very good condition, $75 (obo); Ethan Allen drop-leaf cocktail table — Dark pine. 17 in. h × 54 in. l × 22.5 in. d with both leaves down, 36 in. d with leaves up. Good condition, $75 (obo); Antique chestnut sofa table, ca. early 1900s — 30 in. h × 60 in. l × 18 in. d. Needs tightening, $100 (obo); Antique mission rocker— Oak with ivory seat cushion (not leather). 25 in.w × 31 in. d × 34 in. h, $60 (obo); Flame-stitch wingback chair— 30 in. w × 30 in. d × 41 in. h. Comfortable, rarely used. Some fraying by kitten claws, otherwise very good condition, $70 (obo); Two antique floor lamps, ca. early 1900s — Both have one oversize (non-working) socket on top requiring an adapter for regular bulbs. Each lamp has three normal sockets just below the top, all of them working. One is 60 in. h with marble inset in base and original 15 in. shade, $40 (obo); other is 63 in. h, in very good condition with 19 in., Stiffel linen shade, $60 (obo); Levenger cherry reading stand —  Made in Denmark. Fully adjustable/reversible, designed to hold book and drink while you sit in chair or bed. 28 in.w × 20 in. d × 38 in. h, maximum. Like new, $50 (obo); Antique mirror— With new beveled glass in ornate carved frame, 26.5 in. d, $50 (obo). Photos available upon request. If interested, call ext. 7181 or 439-7504.

Multiple items — For our 50th wedding anniversary, I promised my wife by mid—December, I would get rid of a 50-year cache of my personal acquisitions-an embarrassing array of books; junk; a couple of nice antiques; an excellent stained glass tool set; lawn and garden tools, such as weed whackers; weights; leaf blowers; and hedge trimmers; electronic stuff, such as iPod external speakers and headphones; old cameras, including a 400 mm SLR lenses; outdoor nativity set; old but usable leaf vac and mulcher; one person indoor rocker-glider; antique fireplace bellows; large wheeled luggage; antique tools; draw knife, two-man/person saw, froe; antique washboard; assorted coffee-table books; panel insulation foam boards; wooden canoe paddles; dumbbell set; four-foot Lightning Glider sled; antique-like ceramic cat; Amish bent hickory rocker; bumper-mount bike rack; Alaska wooden bowl set; lawn spreader; and car ramps. We will also include some of my late in-laws good stuff and junk—a virtual hardware store for her dad and housewares and sewing stuff for Mom. No money? No problem. We will trade stuff for sweat-equity: leaf raking, insulation spreading, tree pruning, oil changing. Also e-mail us to see if we have what you’re interested in at rstevick@messiah.edu or pstevick@messiah.edu. Half of the cash proceeds will go to Christian development organizations, such as MCC or World Vision. Or you may designate your charity of choice. Call 717-697-5526 or 717-215-1128.

 

 

 

December 1, 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I Corinthians 2:9 (NRSV)
 

News

Jenell Paris, department of sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice, and Michelle Knights published “Understanding CCCU Faculty of Color,” inThe Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Learning,” ed. Samuel Joeckel and Thomas Chesnes, pp. 211-220, (Abilene, TX: ACU Press) 2011. Paris also lectured“The End of Sexual Identity” and “Sex is (Not) A Big Deal” at Calvin College. 

On Nov. 11, Messiah students, Taryn Tenaglia, Alicia Spotts, Josh Lambert, and Shannon Berger participated in the Holiday House at Bermudian Springs Elementary School. They wore elf hats and helped the elementary students shop for students and families in need at the Holiday House store. The event provided an opportunity to have fun learning math and give to those in need.

Along with colleagues from the University of Maryland, Anita N. Voelker, associate professor, recently published an article titled “Children’s Comprehension of Informational Text: Reading, Engaging, and Learning” in the upcoming issue of “The International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education.”

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, directed the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble in presenting an assembly of music for the students at the Carlisle Autism School on Nov. 29. He also led a group of music majors on a tour of the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, Pa. on Nov. 15. 

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Celebrate Christmas with the Oakes Museum

Plan to visit the Oakes Museum of Natural History on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1-5 p.m. for the third annual Holiday Open House. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you in the community for supporting us throughout the year. Admission is free, so invite a friend. There will be a polar bear craft project and activities for children ages 3-12, special discounts in the gift shop, and hourly drawings for museum gift certificates. Refreshments will be served. The Oakes Museum of Natural History is located in the Jordan Science Center. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the museum office at ext. 6082 or at oakesmuseum@messiah.edu if you have further questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Oakes Museum is also hosting Mondays at the Museum for the college community.  The museum will be open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on December 5, 12 and 19.  Interpretive tours will be given at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  More information can be found here.

Nobel Prize seminar set for Dec. 6 

Please plan to attend the 2nd annual Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium, Frey 110. “2011 Physics Prize” will be presented by Abaz Kryemadhi, “2011 Chemistry Prize” will be presented by Rick Schaeffer and “2011 Medicine Prize” will be presented by Larry Mylin.

Elisabeth Warren to present senior honors project on Dec. 8 

Elisabeth Warren, senior communication major, will be presenting her senior honors project, “Defining the Developing World: Narrative Criticism Examining Global Nonprofits’ Portrayals of Third World Poverty” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in Boyer 131. The project addresses how global nonprofit organizations tell the stories of the poor from a first world perspective, resulting in distorted perceptions of third world poverty. These findings will be tied to the discipline’s understanding of Walter Fisher’s narrative paradigm, engaging his theory’s lack of focus on marginalized stories. 

Faculty, thank you in advance for supporting Liz in this important research endeavor. She has been a wonderful advocate for the communication department.

Doctorate Tea 2011 planned for Dec. 8

A come-and-go Doctorate Tea will be held in the Howe Atrium of Boyer Hall on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. We will be honoring the individuals who have received their terminal degrees during 2011:

Heather Barto, Ph.D. in counselor education

Latinia Shell, Ed.D in counseling psychology

Wanda Thuma-McDermond, Ph.D.in nursing

Scott Weaver, D.P.S. in computer science

Lijuan (Stella) Ye, Ph.D. in applied linguistics 

Please drop by to congratulate your colleagues. Refreshments will be served.

There is still time to contribute to the United Way Employee Pledge Drive

You can still give to your favorite nonprofit through the United Way. Wednesday, Dec. 7 is the deadline to submit through payroll deduction. Return your employee pledge form to Kathy Castonguay, box 3015, today!

Development Update: Reunion classes give nearly $60,000 for the Messiah Annual Fund and scholarship aid 

Homecoming 2011 was a wonderful time of celebration as alumni came home to reunite with friends and the campus community. The Development Office is grateful that four classes commemorated their reunion with class gifts to the College.  Reunion giving is not only about the amount that’s given; it’s about people showing appreciation of their own Messiah experience and supporting the College by supporting today’s students. 

The classes of 1961, 1986, 2001, and 2006 generously gave $59,546 to the Messiah Annual Fund this year in honor of their class reunion. We are blessed by the generosity of these alumni and thankful for their ongoing support! 

For more information, contact Kristin Zummo, director of annual giving, at ext. 3190 or kzummo@messiah.edu.

Library offers extended hours and other special events during finals week

Please see this attachment for more information.

Murray Library website goes mobile

Smart phone and other mobile device users who visit the Library website will automatically be redirected to our new mobile site. Featured links include the library catalog, JSTOR, EBSCO databases, WorldCat, Library hours, as well as other useful resources. There will be a link at the bottom of the menu for the full-site option as well.

GroupWise availability ending Jan. 1

With the migration last May to Live@Edu and Outlook for e-mail, our former GroupWise system is no longer needed and will be permanently shut down on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012. If there is a reason that you are still referring back to the GroupWise system on occasion, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at ext. 4444 to discuss and help us determine how to eliminate that need prior to Jan. 1.

Review the latest ITS blog posts

You will find a search box down the right side of the screen. Let us know if you’d like to see a new topic added to the ITS Blog by contacting  Helpdesk@messiah.edu.

Reminder to RSVP for Employee Christmas Luncheon

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP for the Employee Christmas Luncheon to human resources by Friday, Dec. 9. The RSVP card, located at the bottom of your invitation, is also your entry into the raffle drawing. Please note that you must be present to win. We’re looking forward to a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment! Please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources, at hradmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289 with questions.

Volunteers needed for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving, and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 16: Setup: 9 – 10:30 a.m.; Serving: Two 45-minute shifts during lunch: Meet at 11:45 a.m. for instructions; Cleanup: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources administrative assistant, at hradmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289 by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

There are many ways to make change 

The Christmas season is nearly upon us! In celebration of this season of giving, we want to invite you to join us in a special aspect of this year’s Employee Christmas Luncheon. Last year as a part of the luncheon, the campus joined together to donate gloves and mittens to the YWCA. This year we are delighted to announce our partnership with the Salvation Army.  

The Salvation Army currently has 1,182 eligible, local families and senior citizens (more than 3,300 children – almost 1,000 more than last year) who have completed intake interviews for Christmas assistance (toys, clothing, and food). We are excited to help the Salvation Army meet these needs through our kettles for change drive. This drive will provide two opportunities for the Messiah College community to donate spare change to the Salvation Army:

1)      Kettles: Salvation Army kettles will be placed in strategic locations across campus from Monday, Dec. 5 to Thursday, Dec. 15. Please locate the one closest to you and, if you feel so inclined, donate any extra change that you may accumulate during that time.

2)      Individual change boxes: Along with the kettles, we will be providing personal-size change donation boxes. Someone in your department/building will make a change box available to you. You may keep this box and fill it with change until the day of the luncheon. At the luncheon, there will be large containers for you to drop your personal change box in. 

We are excited about the opportunity to serve alongside the Salvation Army during this Christmas season. Please join us in ringing in the Christmas season by donating change to benefit the Salvation Army. There are many ways to make change. 

Other ways to serve: 

The Salvation Army has 1,351 “red kettle” shifts that need to be covered at 28 locations on the West and East Shores from Friday, Nov. 25 to Saturday, Dec. 24. They also need individuals, families and groups who would be willing to adopt-a-family, adopt-a-senior and/or fulfill gift requests for children via the Giving Tree program. Adopt-a-Family/Child forms can be found here. The distribution dates to families are Thursday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 20, so a prompt return of the forms is requested. 

Please direct any questions to Victoria Johnson at hradmin@messiah.edu at ext. 2289 or Kathy Castonguay at kcastong@messiah.edu at ext. 7086.

 Classifieds

Coordinator of the Created and Called for Community (CCC) Course — Messiah College currently has an opening for a six load units per year coordinator of the Created and Called for Community (CCC) course. This position is an internal posting and is open to current Messiah College faculty members. The coordinator is responsible for all aspects of course leadership, including curriculum development, faculty development, instructional support, course promotion and assessment. The coordinator serves on various committees and participates in events to ensure that the CCC course is integrated within the larger educational program. The coordinator partners with the assistant dean for general education and common learning to ensure that appropriate course sections are offered and competently staffed. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a letter explaining your interest and fit for the position. Letters of interest and job-related questions should be directed to Dr. Robin Lauermann, assistant dean for general education and common learning, at rlauermann@messiah.edu or ext. 2410. A position description is available through human resources. Application deadline is Sunday, Jan. 15; however, applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Director of International Student Programs — The division of student affairs has an opening for the position of director of international student programs, designate school official (DSO) to begin in June or July 2012. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position. This position advises international students (F-1 Visas) and scholars about U.S. government regulations, issues related to cultural adjustment and general orientation to Messiah College and U.S. higher education. The director of international students coordinates student support services and teaches a one credit course. In addition, the director of international student programs works as a member of a team in the intercultural office and works with several aspects of international student programming in the office and division of student affairs. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred in education, college student personnel, international affairs, or a related field. This position requires a minimum of one to two years of administrative and leadership experience that includes F Visa and SEVIS advising, working with international students and scholars programs and services; working in conflict management and mediation; experience studying and/or living abroad is strongly preferred. Other requirements include ability to relate well to people from diverse cultural backgrounds; strong interpersonal, collaborative, oral and written communication skills; ability to prioritize, plan, and implement educational programs and activities; proven ability to work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced environment with attention to detail and accuracy; demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team; excellent public relations skills; and ability to manage budgets. Please see online job description here  for additional details regarding the position. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, brief philosophy of working with international students, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions may be directed to Doug Wood, associate dean of students, at dwood@messiah.edu. Deadline for applications is  Monday, Jan. 30.

 For rent: 

Apartment — Walk-in basement apartment within easy ten-minute walk to campus in a pleasant, quiet neighborhood. One bedroom, living-dining area, kitchen and bath. Refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer provided. Includes oil heat, sewer, garbage collection. Available Sunday, Jan. 1. Rent $375. Call 717-766-4937.

Apartment — Large two bedroom apartment in Mechanicsburg, less than five miles from Messiah. First and second floor large rooms and high ceilings. Combination of hardwood floors and carpet.  Off-street parking. $650 per month includes some utilities. Call 717-557-7738 if interested.

Apartment — Two bedroom second floor apartment for rent in rural Dillsburg (10 minutes from campus). Available Wednesday,  Feb. 15. Unfurnished, suitable for married couple or small family.  Kitchen, dining area, den and living room; two bedrooms and a nursery/office area; 1.5 bath; laundry room with washer and dryer hook-ups. Private outside entrance, off-street reserved parking. $825 per month plus security and cleaning deposit; utilities included. For more information, e-mail owen@messiah.edu.

For sale:

Amani Bead Sale to benefit New Life Homes of Kenya —Visit the Amani Bead sale Tuesday, Dec. 6 to Thursday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. in Eisenhower Commons. You can help support the wonderful work of New Life Homes in Kenya through your purchase of our hand crafted Amani bead jewelry or Kenyan market items, all priced between $5 and $40. Amani jewelry, key chains and ornaments feature beads from Kazuri Beads of Nairobi, Kenya, a fair trade organization that employs single mothers, and all proceeds from the sale benefit New Life Homes of Kenya which cares for orphaned and abandoned infants – a beautiful circle of love and hope. Join us for a cup of Hibiscus tea from Kenya and holiday shopping which benefits a great cause. We accept cash, checks, credit card, and Falcon dollars. See flyer for more information. 

Washer and dryer — Kenmore HE, front loading, two years old, excellent condition, three-year service agreement, $1,100; Sofa and chair set — $60; Two tall book cases — $10 each; TV — 21 in. CRT with digital converter box, $5; TV stand — $10; Kitchen island — On wheels, four doors, two drawers, extendable counter, $65; Vacuum — Kenmore bagless upright, $30; Women’s bicycle — $75. Some items available immediately, some available in January. E-mail owen@messiah.edu for more information or pictures.

Florida orange or grapefruit juice — Order fresh squeezed Florida orange or grapefruit juice for delivery in February or early March. $2.50 per quart for grapefruit; $3 per quart for orange. Pink or yellow grapefruit, and juice oranges, $3 per dozen. Prices available for quantities. All organic. Limited supply. Order from rstevick@messiah.edu.

Wanted:

Instruments — January term cross-cultural course to Cambodia will be hosted by Asian Hope, a non-profit organization serving disadvantaged Cambodia youth. Their school, Logos International School, is working to build an instrumental band program, but instruments are hard to find in Cambodia. If you might have a baritone, flute or saxophone, in good working order, just sitting in your attic, we would love to carry it with us and donate it to the school. The instruments should be in good working order as there are not repair services in the country. Contact Roseann Sachs at rsachs@messiah.edu if you have an instrument you would be willing to donate.

Temporary housing —Senior at Messiah College and recently married to Suzan, a woman from northern Uganda. As Suzan anticipates arriving in the U.S., we are looking for housing in, or near, Grantham for final semester (Jan 3-May 15). We have not yet found affordable housing, especially since Suzan cannot work until obtaining her green card. If anyone is in need of a live-in housekeeper (for cooking, cleaning, gardening, babysitting, etc.), please get in touch with us. We also may be able to rent a very inexpensive spare room. We are willing to consider virtually anything, so if you are able to help, have any ideas, or want to know more, please contact Phil Wilmot, at pw1170@messiah.edu or 717-688-3128.

November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
I Chronicles 16:8-10 (NRSV) 

News

Fabrizio Cilento, assistant professor of communication, recently published an article “Saviano, Garrone, Gomorrah: Neorealism and Noir in the Land of the Camorra” in the Global Noir Issue of “Fast Capitalism.”

Maude Yacapsin, assistant professor of special education, recently published an article “Self-Care for the Student Teacher: A Promising New Practice for Teacher Education Programs” in the Fall 2011 edition of “Pennsylvania Teacher Educator.”

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Mark the beginning of Advent with the annual Celebration of the Light

All students and employees are invited to attend and celebrate the traditional start to the Christmas season Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m. Carol-singing, prayer, scripture reading and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree will all be a part of this year’s advent celebration. Hot chocolate, cider, pumpkin cookies and other seasonal treats will be served.

Supervisors are asked to provide release time as able to those non-essential employees who would like to attend.

Nobel Prize seminar set for Dec. 6 

Please plan to attend the 2nd annual Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium, Frey 110. “2011 Physics Prize” will be presented by Abaz Kryemadhi, “2011 Chemistry Prize” will be presented by Rick Schaeffer; and “2011 Medicine Prize” will be presented by Larry Mylin.

December Graduates’ reception

Educators and staff are invited to a celebration reception for December graduates on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall.  This is a great opportunity to congratulate and show support for our graduates as they prepare to transition from Messiah College.  Refreshments will be served.  This event is sponsored by the office of alumni and parent relations and the Upper Class Experience Committee.  A list of December graduates is attached.  For more information,  contact the office of alumni and parent relations at ext. 5252.

Doctorate Tea 2011 planned for Dec. 8

A come-and-go Doctorate Tea will be held in the Howe Atrium of Boyer Hall on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. We will be honoring the individuals who have received their terminal degrees during 2011:

Heather Barto, Ph.D. in counselor education

Latinia Shell, Ed.D. in counseling psychology

Wanda Thuma-McDermond, Ph.D.in nursing

Scott Weaver, D.P.S. in computer science

Lijuan (Stella) Ye, Ph.D. in applied linguistics 

Please drop by to congratulate your colleagues. Refreshments will be served.

Messiah employees “virtually” hiking the Appalachian Trail

More than 130 Messiah employees are tracking their exercise throughout the 2011-12 academic year and recording it on CBC’s website under a program titled “Walking Works.” Based on duration and intensity, each employee’s weekly exercise is converted to a particular number of steps (using 2,000 steps for a 15-minute mile as the reference). Then the weekly number of steps gets converted to miles along the Appalachian Trail. So how are we doing? After four weeks, 58 employees have crossed the North Carolina state line, and another 15 have crossed the Tennessee state line.

Recording the completion of wellness programs outlined

Employees completing wellness activities should record them on the completion form located at the Messiah Wellness webpage. When you have completed 100 wellness points, either e-mail dmiller@messiah.edu or send it through campus mail to Doug Miller, box 4501. Do not record the completion of any programs anywhere online at Capital BlueCross’ webpage.  

Three Nutrition Wellness Workshops remaining

You still have time to attend a wellness workshop presented by our nutrition and dietetics students. The sessions are informative and entertaining. All the workshops are held in Parmer Cinema. Just think, you can support our students, learn some important information and pick up 10 wellness points-all for just 45 minutes of your time. Here are the upcoming sessions:

“Tips for a Healthier Holiday,” Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12-12:45 p.m., Andi Dean and Ashley Sites

“Simple Steps for Eating Right When You are Out,” Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-4:45 p.m., Sarah Painter and Sarah Bova

“Stressed?! Healthy Ways to Deal with the Pains and Pleasures of the Holidays,” Tuesday, Dec. 6, 12-12:45 p.m., Holly Harper and Pyrnie Calloway

Institutional research office offers facts about Messiah

The institutional research office has provided access to a wide array of up-to-date college statistics. Check out the updated Fact Book, enrollment summaries and other college-wide statistics including assessment results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). To explore the institutional research webpage, visit http://www.messiah.edu/offices/research/ For the latest IR Newsflash on the NSSE results, visit this webpage

Laura Miller, assistant director of institutional research and analysis

Don’t get left out…send in your spring public events

The office of marketing and public relations is again producing the highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the spring semester. In an effort to bring more people to campus, we will mail the brochure to more than 5,000 homes in the community in early September. To ensure your public event is included, i.e. a concert, recital, play, lecture, conference, performance or any other event at which you would welcome the general public, please send the event, date, time, place, contact name, admission charge (if any) and phone number to Kim Christen kchriste@messiah.edu no later than Wednesday, Nov. 23.

If your events are unable to be finalized by that date, please forward them to public relations as soon as they are confirmed. Although we will be unable to include them in the brochure, we will still be able to advertise them on our public events line on campus as well as through news releases and public service announcements. These brochures have been very well received in the past and demand for them has been high, both on and off campus. If you would like to order a quantity for your own department’s use, please call Kim Christen at ext. 7326. There will be a charge of $12 per 100 brochures (12 cents per copy) to cover the additional printing costs. 

Announcement about Channel 6 from conference services 

If you would like to advertise your event or place an announcement on the Channel 6 campus-wide television system, you must create a PowerPoint slide of your announcement and send it via e-mail to infochan@messiah.edu. If your announcement is not in PowerPoint format, it cannot be shown on the televisions. Please send your slides at least five business days prior to when you want it to be shown and indicate in your e-mail the date your slide should begin to appear and the date it should be discontinued. Questions can be directed to the office of conference and event services at ext. 6009.

Department of procurement announces November and December holiday schedules

 Wednesday, Nov. 23 – accounts payable office will close at 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 24  and Friday, Nov. 25 – offices will be closed for Thanksgiving

Saturday, Dec. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 1 – offices will be closed for Christmas/New Year’s 

Holiday check writing and direct deposit dates will be as follows:

Checks/direct deposit from accounts payable will be processed on Tuesday Nov. 22 before the Thanksgiving holiday (deadline to submit is Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Dec. 20 and before the Christmas Holiday deadline to submit is Wednesday, Dec.11). 

1099 Tax Reportable Payments for 2011, this includes any vendor/person who provided services, rentals, referee/officials or honorariums to the College in 2011, must be submitted to purchasing/accounts payable for payment processing by Wednesday, Dec. 14 in order to meet our check deadlines for Dec. 20, the last check processing date in December.

To be in compliance with IRS regulations, all 2011 payments must be recorded and paid by December 2011. 

First check run and direct deposits for 2012 will be processed Thursday, Jan. 5.

Important reminder from faculty services

Please see this attachment for important deadlines for J-term and spring semester 2012. 

There are many ways to make change 

The Christmas season is nearly upon us! In celebration of this season of giving, we want to invite you to join us in a special aspect of this year’s Employee Christmas Luncheon. Last year as a part of the luncheon, the campus joined to donate gloves and mittens to the YWCA. This year, we are delighted to announce our partnership with the Salvation Army.  

The Salvation Army currently has 1,182 eligible, local families and senior citizens (more than 3,300 children – almost 1,000 more than last year) who have completed intake interviews for Christmas assistance (toys, clothing and food). We are excited to help the Salvation Army meet these needs through our kettles for change drive. This drive will provide two opportunities for the Messiah College community to donate spare change to the Salvation Army:

1)      Kettles: Salvation Army kettles will be placed in strategic locations across campus from Monday, Dec. 5 to Thursday, Dec. 15. Please locate the one closest to you and, if you feel so inclined, donate any extra change that you may accumulate during that time.

2)      Individual change boxes: Along with the kettles, we will be providing personal-sized change donation boxes. Someone in your department/building will make a change box available to you. You may keep this box and fill it with change until the day of the luncheon. At the luncheon, there will be large containers for you to drop your personal change box in. 

We are excited about the opportunity to serve alongside the Salvation Army during this Christmas season. Please join us in ringing in the Christmas season by donating change to benefit the Salvation Army. There are many ways to make change. 

Other ways to serve: 

The Salvation Army has 1,351 “red kettle” shifts that need to be covered at 28 locations on the West and East Shores from Friday, Nov. 25 to Saturday, Dec. 24. They also need individuals, families and groups who would be willing to adopt a family, adopt a senior and/or fulfill gift requests for children via the Giving Tree program. Adopt-a-Family/Child forms can be found here. The distribution dates to families are Thursday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 20, so a prompt return of the forms is requested. 

Please direct any questions to Victoria Johnson at hradmin@messiah.edu at ext. 2289 or Kathy Castonguay at kcastong@messiah.edu at ext. 7086. 

Volunteers needed for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 16: Setup: 9 – 10:30 a.m.; Serving: Two 45-minute shifts during lunch; meet at 11:45 a.m. for instructions; and Cleanup: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources administrative assistant, at hradmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289 by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Classifieds

Administrative Assistant Dining Services — The department of dining services currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7B position. This position is responsible for duties related to food management software, including data entry of invoices, addition of new items, updating pricing and inventory and various report functions. This position is also be responsible for completion of time sheets on a weekly basis for payroll as well as assisting in the day-to-day functions and operations of dining services, such as marketing of weekly menu, ordering of supplies and other administrative duties as assigned. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma, one year of administrative assistant experience and one year of experience in the food services industry preferred. Other requirements include strong interpersonal and communication skills; excellent numerical and data entry skills; ability to multitask; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; basic knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher); sensitivity to confidential information; and the ability to provide occasional catering support  on weekends or evenings. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail  humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related question should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at mwirtz@messiah.edu. Deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 28.

Assistant Director of Constituent Relations — The admissions office currently has an opening for the position of assistant director of constituent relations. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position works with the director of recruitment and constituent relations to reinforce admissions efforts by building and implementing a comprehensive volunteer and church relations strategy. This position is also responsible for assisting with student recruiting activities and has responsibility for a geographic territory. This position is integral to the admission and marketing function of the College. Education and experience requirements includes a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred. Three to five years of administrative/public relations experience required; three years of college admissions experience preferred. Other requirements include ability to relate well with a broad spectrum of constituencies (e.g. parents, students, church leaders, alumni, faculty and staff); excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and event planning skills; marketing, promotions and project management skills and experience; open to innovative strategies for recruitment and image-building; proficient in computer technologies (MS Office Suite, photo-editing, social media); ability to work some evenings and weekend days; and ability to drive to off-site campus events as necessary.  Some overnight stays may be required due to distance or venue. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, résumé, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) Deadline for applications is Thursday, Dec. 1. A job description is available on the human resource website. Job-related questions should be directed to Randy Ness, director of recruitment and constituent relations, at rness@messiah.edu.

Coordinator of the Created and Called for Community (CCC) Course — Messiah College currently has an opening for a six load units per year coordinator of the Created and Called for Community (CCC) course. The coordinator is responsible for all aspects of course leadership, including curriculum development, faculty development, instructional support, course promotion and assessment. The coordinator serves on various committees and participates in events to ensure that the CCC course is integrated within the larger educational program. The coordinator partners with the assistant dean for general education and common learning to ensure that appropriate course sections are offered and competently staffed. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a letter explaining your interest and fit for the position. Letters of interest and job-related questions should be directed to Robin Lauermann, assistant dean for general education and common learning, at rlauermann@messiah.edu or ext. 2410. A position description is available through human resources. Application deadline is Sunday, Jan. 15; however, applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Wanted:

Thomas Train — The wooden kind with tracks and or trains. E-mail bsyverts@messiah.edu

For sale:

House — Three bedroom, double-garage, split level house located in White Rock Acres.  Wooded, 1.25 acre lot with wildlife and mountain view. Electric heat with single-room thermostats. Public water and sewer. Propane fireplace in family room. Safe neighborhood and great neighbors. Eight miles from the College. Contact Ruth Bert, owner, 717-258-4127 or Patty Wareham, 717-979-2213.

Home for sale or rent —Asking $199,900 (price reduced) or $1,400/month plus utilities to rent. Located at 18 Pine Tree Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Clean, move-in ready, three bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1,448 sq. ft. Ranch home close to Messiah and Rt. 15; private back yard, large four-season sunroom with gas fireplace, finished basement. See 18PineTree.theSlabaughs.com for more information. Contact Ben or Kristen Slabaugh at 717- 679-3779 or kslabaugh@messiah.edu to schedule a showing.

November 10, 2011

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 (NRSV) 

News

Thank you to everyone who helped out with Homecoming 2011. We were blessed with great weather and a large turn out from our alumni. We had over 1,500 alumni and family members back on campus this year. Save the date Oct. 12-13 for Homecoming 2012!

Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations

A special thank you to all of our customers who purchased a limited edition “Pink Ribbon” Messiah College t-shirt during the month of October. The Campus Store donated a total of $600, $5 from every shirt sold, to support the Messiah College team walking in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. The team is walking to come together as a community and honor the memory of Carrie Foust, who lost her battle this past summer to AML leukemia. Carrie was an elementary education major and a member of the Class of 2013. The team hopes to raise money toward finding a cure for this horrible disease and walked in the Light the Night Walk at City Island on Saturday, Nov. 5.  

Please join us in welcoming Michelle Shellenberger, administrative assistant in the office of alumni and parent relations. Michelle joins us from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School where she worked as the office administrator for more than eight years. Please contact Michelle when you need alumni contact information or lists of alumni. To learn more about her, please check out the department website

Congratulations to Lijuan Stella Ye, lecturer in Chinese and the advisor for the Chinese program, for successfully defending her dissertation on Oct. 21 at Georgia State University. Her dissertation title, “Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in the United States: To Delay or Not to Delay the Character Introduction,” is a new and important area of research in the field of Chinese language education. Her presentation also won the 2011 award of CLTA Cheng and Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese. Part of her dissertation will be presented at the annual ACTFL/CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association) in November.

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President Phipps to host Open Door Day Nov. 28

President Kim Phipps will host an Open Door Day on Monday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. Open Door is an opportunity for you to speak with the President in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The President’s conference room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. A schedule for these dates and times may be found on the president’s web page. Please call the president’s office at ext. 5220 if you have any questions.

International Education Week events planned 

Join the office of multicultural and international student programs and the EpiCenter (International Programs) in celebrating International Education Week (IEW). Different events are planned for you and the surrounding community members starting this Friday, Nov. 11 to Friday, Nov. 18. Join the campus community in “Engaging the Changing World” by participating and attending wonderful international cultural events planned to provide an opportunity for engagement on global education. The week will open up with the showcase of the Hooley School of Irish Dance, presenting “Rince na Brio” and Messiah College Dance Ensemble. (Students attending must each pick up a free ticket at the ticket office or at the door to attend the famous Irish Dance and Messiah Dance Ensemble scheduled for this Saturday, November 12, 6-7:15 p.m., Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium. Employee and community members can purchase tickets by calling the ticket office at ext. 6036. General admission: $10; Messiah College students and children 16 and under are free, but tickets are required. The event is  open to the communities surrounding the college so make sure to purchase or pick up your ticket early!) Bring your friends and family members for a spectacular evening. For a complete schedule of International Education Week events, please visit messiah.edu/IEW/ and utilize the tabs on the right to view each day’s activities. 

Recognition and appreciation of sponsors: the office of the president; the offices of dean of students and the associate dean of students; the dean of the School of Science; Engineering and Health; The Collaboratory; the Agapé Center; Campus Ministries; SAB; department of theatre and dance; history, peace and conflict studies program; biblical and religious studies; The Sider Institute; alumni and parent relations; the office of the special assistant to diversity affairs; and the department of political science. 

Mark the beginning of Advent with the annual “Celebration of the Light”

All students and employees are invited to attend and celebrate the traditional start to the Christmas season Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m. Carol-singing, prayer, scripture readings and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree will all be a part of this year’s advent celebration. Hot chocolate, cider, pumpkin cookies and other seasonal treats will be served.

Supervisors are asked to provide release time as able to those non-essential employees who would like to attend.

Career Center announces employer site visit opportunities 

Sponsored by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), opportunities are available for students to learn about careers, make contacts for internships and jobs, improve networking skills and meet other college students from across the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic through employer site visits. All majors and class years are welcome to explore careers in:publishing, non-profits, broadcast media, retail, pharmacy and healthcare, insurance, finance, accounting and much more! This year’s sites include:

Association of American Publishers                                        

Amica Mutual Insurance, Lincoln, RI       

Aramark, Philadelphia, PA           

AXA Advisors, LLC in Columbia, MD

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Owings Mills, MD          

Children’s Hospital of Boston     

City Year (Boston, MA; Providence, RI; New York, NY; New Hampshire; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC

CVS Caremark, Woonsocket, RI                

Deloitte, Parsippany, NJ               

Elko & Associates (Accounting), Media, PA

Federal Reserve Bank, Baltimore, MD

Kohl’s   

Meditech, Canton, MA                                 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC                   

MOD Worldwide, Philadelphia, PA

National Security Agency, Washington, DC                          

NBC Universal, New York, NY                                    

Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA                                           

PNC Financial Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Prime Rehabilitation Services, Toms River, NJ                                    

Prudential Financial, Dewitt, NY                                                

Smith Micro Software, Pittsburgh, PA                    

State Street Corporation, Boston, MA                                                   

Target, Springfield, PA  

Registration opens Monday, Nov. 14 and spots fill up very quickly. Encourage your students to register here. For more information, contact the Career Center.

PC upgrade process outlined

Over the last several years due to financial restraints we have been unable to upgrade PCs on the normal replacement schedule (four years). For this reason, many individuals across campus have PCs that are understandably out of date (five to six years old). We are completing an inventory to ensure we have accurate data. When complete, we will begin the process of replacing as many out-of-date computers as financially possible. The oldest PCs are being replaced first. Please be patient; your neighbor might get a new PC before you do.

The full-time faculty laptop initiative replaces faculty desktops with laptops providing greater mobility for faculty. This enables faculty to simply plug-in and project from their laptop in a classroom, removing the need to login at the beginning of class and shut-down at the end of class. Over the past few years, many full-time faculty members have already upgraded to laptops instead of PCs as part of this initiative and we would like to complete the process as soon as possible.

Recycling bins available

There is a surplus of green recycling bins for free for on-campus use or for your church or community use. If you want this for on-campus use, we have lids that we can modify for either paper or commingle. If you want these for your church or community, they will need to modify the lids for their needs. Please let me know if you are in need of these bins and how many you want. Contact Hilary Kreider at hkreider@messiah.edu

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For rent:

Efficiency apartment in rural Dillsburg area — Ten minutes from Messiah campus. Single tenant only. Unfurnished, refrigerator provided. Private entrance and off-street parking. Large open deck overlooking wooded area. Available Thursday, Dec. 1., $425/month, all utilities included. Please reply to hhauserpt@fastmail.fm and leave a phone number for return call. 

Double-wide in Sarasota — Enjoy sunny Florida in December!Tthe week of Dec. 15 to 22 (or 23) is still open for a lovely double-wide home in Sarasota. All amenities, sleeps six and include heated pool. For more information, call 717-697-5526 or 717-215-1128. 

For sale:

Brand new Laugh and Learn soccer ball — $10; Laugh and Learn Smart Bounce and Spin Pony — Gently used, $35; Men’s Top of the Slope ski/snowboard boots — Size 11, $40; Magma K2a snowboard — $200 (set-up “goofy” style). If interested, contact hkreider@messiah.edu or ext. 3560.

Outside organization announcements:

Benefit for Haiti ministry planned for Nov. 20 — Carlisle natives Jeff and Deb Denlinger and their children will be returning to the area in November to share their experiences, accomplishments and celebrations surrounding their work in Haiti this past year. The family, who is serving in Haiti through the non-profit organization, AWAKENHAITI invites members of the community to join them for the AWAKENHAITI Celebration and Benefit Event on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Carlisle Brethren in Christ Auditorium from 3-5 p.m.

AWAKENHAITI and the Denlinger family have partnered with the Haitian community leaders to help meet basic needs of orphaned children, families and a tent city near Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, which was devastated by the earthquake in January 2010. For more information on the event, visit www.awakenhaiti.com or AWAKENHAITI on Facebook. 

African Children’s Choir to sing at Grantham Church — The energetic and inspirational African Children’s Choir will be singing at The Grantham Church on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The public is invited!

November 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help.
Psalm 42:5 (NRSV)
 

 

News

Matthew Roth, associate professor of English, gave a poetry reading and was a featured speaker at the fall 2011 Houghton College Writing Festival in Houghton, N.Y.

Michael True, director of the Internship Center, presented the opening keynote address at the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association conference in Milwaukee, Wis. In addition, he hosted an open forum workshop on current issues in internships. True also presented a morning workshop to employers at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce on “Smart Move: Developing A Quality Internship Program.” 

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Soup Sale simmers in the business office

Please join us for soups and sweets on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Follow the aroma of homemade soups to the business office lobby in Old Main where you can purchase soup ($3 per bowl) and sweet desserts ($2 each). These delicacies are donated by business office employees and all proceeds are used to provide a bountiful Christmas to a local needy family. Last year your generosity allowed the business office to provide an abundance of gifts, clothing and groceries to two families, serving six children and two adults in all! Please come for a satisfying lunch and help us reach out to the community again this Christmas.

“Is Capitalism Moral?” debate set for Nov. 9

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, and Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners, will debate the issue “Is Capitalism Moral?” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. This debate will be moderated by Messiah College alumnus Peter Greer ( ’97), president of Hope International. Free tickets are available at the ticket office, at tickets@messiah.edu or ext. 6036. A book signing and dessert reception will follow in the Eisenhower commons. Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, Messiah College and the Messiah College Honors Program. For more information, please see brochure.

Library to host “Write-in” for National Novel Writing Month

People all over the country, including students, professors, homemakers and CEOs become “Wrimos” in November and try to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. The whole point is to turn off that pesky inner editor and let the creative juices flow! It’s fun and with just a month to finish, it’s not too much work. You, too, CAN write a novel, and it helps knowing that you’re not in this alone.

“Write-ins” have been held at Borders, Panera, Starbucks and elsewhere. Murray Library is sponsoring two “Write-ins” in November; the first and third Sundays, Nov. 6 and 20 from 7  to 10 p.m. in the library. Signs will direct you to the “Write-in” location (though you may be able to tell where it is by feeling the creative vibe!) There’s no pressure, so come out and write. Bring a friend! If you have questions or want to touch-base with someone who will encourage you to try it, contact Sara Finn at sf1223@messiah.edu.

Messiah employees “virtually” hiking the Appalachian Trail

More than 130 employees are currently on their way to hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). Okay, they’re not actually hiking the trail, but their weekly exercise is being converted to miles along the trail. So far 17 employees have crossed the North Carolina state line (the equivalency of hiking 76 miles along the trail), while another 15 employees are within 12 miles of the state line. All employees, CBC-insured and non-insured, can participate in this virtual trek, and it’s not too late to join. Employees record their minutes of physical activity throughout the week which gets converted to a particular number of total steps based on duration and intensity of the activity. The steps then get converted to miles along the AT. Instructions can be found here  and our progress will be tracked there, as well. Individuals will be personally notified each time they cross a new state border.    

EpiCenter is offering one scholarship to Jerusalem University College

Messiah College EpiCenter is pleased to offer one scholarship for a student to participate in a Jerusalem University College course for summer 2012. Expenses for the course as well as international airfare are included in the scholarship. Additional fees associated with passports, visas, ISIC cards and daily expenses are the responsibility of the student. Please share this information with interested students.

Courses options include: Historical and Geographic Settings (4 credits) or Jesus and His Times (2 credits). To be considered, students must be in good academic standing, must not be on disciplinary probation and must apply to JUC and be accepted by the end of the fall semester.

For more information about these short-term summer courses, browse JUC’s web page at http://www.juc.edu/short/jesustimesprogram.asp. Completed applications are available in the EpiCenter and need to be returned to the EpiCenter by Tuesday, Nov. 15. For more information, please contact epicenter@messiah.edu.

Financial aid office to close Nov. 4 for staff retreat

On Friday, Nov. 4, the financial aid office will be closed for an office retreat. The office will re-open on Monday, Nov 7. The financial aid office’s normal business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Recording process for completing wellness programs now simplified

If you are currently accumulating wellness points, the recording process for completing programs just got simpler. Do not go to the Capital BlueCross web site to record the completion of any program. Simply go to the Messiah Wellness web page and download the completion form. As you finish various programs, screenings, workshops etc., record them on the form. When you have completed 100 wellness points, either e-mail it to dmiller@messiah.edu or send it through campus mail to Doug Miller, box 4501.

November wellness workshops to highlight nutrition

A series of upcoming wellness workshops will be presented on campus by our nutrition and dietetics majors. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn how you can improve your daily nutrition at home and on the road. It’s also a great way to support our students. All of the workshops will be held in Parmer Cinema. Remember, employees get 10 wellness points for attending a wellness workshop. Here’s the list to “whet your appetite.”

“Restaurant Realities: Eating Out Without a Doubt,” Thursday, Nov. 3, 4-4:45 p.m., Rachel Sender and Christine Blanke

“Food as Fuel for Fitness: Top 5 Tips,” Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12-12:45 p.m.,Nathan Myers and Courtney Long

“My Plate: The MyPyramid Makeover,” Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4-4:45 p.m., Kate Abel, Andee Gray and Cierra Neiswender

“Tips for a Healthier Holiday,” Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12-12:45 p.m., Andi Dean and Ashley Sites

“Simple Steps for Eating Right When You are Out,” Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-4:45 p.m., Sarah Painter and Sarah Bova

“Stressed?! Healthy Ways to Deal with the Pains and Pleasures of the Holidays,” Tuesday, Dec. 6, 12-12:45 p.m., Holly Harper and Pyrnie Calloway

Update to procedure for information related to College closure or delay 

Please note that there is a change in procedure to obtain information related to weather delays for the College. In the event classes or college events are delayed or canceled, the only sources to learn of such a delay or college closure due to weather will be from the following:

Emergency information line at 717-691-6084 (A recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message.)

Messiah College website

 

Text alert

Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff.

Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations  

ITS offers computer support

ITS runs a “HelpDesk” model for computer support. When you call ext. 4444 the phone will be answered by one of several individuals. We will ask questions in order to understand the issue. Sometimes the information we gather from you will be forwarded to a technician that is better able to support the issue. Answers will be provided as quickly as possible.

Calls directed to the desk of a specific technician may not be answered as quickly. Our goal is to provide on-site support as needed whenever possible. Therefore, our technicians may not receive personal voice mail for several hours.

Call ext. 4444 with technology questions.
Call ext.  3333 for computer lab and student support.

Important reminder from faculty services

Please see this attachment for important deadlines for J-term and spring semester 2012.

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Campus Events Worker II (Custodial), Jordan, Second Shift — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker II. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7B position. The campus events worker II is an experienced custodial position dedicated to building maintenance and cleaning. In addition, this position is occasionally responsible for the set-up and tear-down of special events, classroom set up and event support. This position may also supervise a team of work-study students. Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs., share the enthusiasm of being a part of a college community and have the ability to interact professionally with students and conference guests. Two years of work experience is required; custodial or events experience preferred. To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available in human resources or at http://www.messiah.edu/offices/hr/. Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at ext. 2940. Applications will be reviewed upon request and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Procurement Systems Coordinator — The procurement office has an immediate opening for the position of procurement systems coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, band level 7E position. This position performs a variety of duties related to the Messiah College campus-wide purchasing systems by providing information related to proper procedures in the procurement of goods and services and technical assistance for the purchasing systems. This position will assist with policy, procedure and system implementation, campus training and end-user support and will coordinate information from campus departments and establish a control center for policies and procedures. This position is responsible for administrative oversight and maintenance of existing vendor contracts and programs. Education and experience required includes and associate’s degree and/or specialized procurement training required. Two to three years of system administration experience, minimum of two years of experience in procurement. Other requirements include demonstrated understanding of computer-based procurement practices, processes and systems; excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills; excellent project management skills to assist in managing implementation and maintaining automated procurement systems; outstanding communication skills for oral presentations and campus training; strong ability to perform detailed-oriented work accurately and pursue issues and questions in a diligent fashion; deadline-oriented and customer focused work ethic; excellent organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; and ability to work independently with minimal supervision. To apply, please submit a letter of application, résumé, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.)  Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Danelle Watson, director of procurement, at ext. 2120.

For rent:

Double-wide in Sarasota — If you would like to spend the holidays in sunny Sarasota, we have a lovely double-wide rental available from Thursday, Dec. 15 to Wednesday, Jan 4; dates may be negotiable. Sleeps six, includes all amenities and heated pool. $65 per night. Call 717-697-5526. 

For sale:

Home for rent or sale —$1,400/month plus utilities or purchase for $199,900(price reduced). Located at 18 Pine Tree Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Clean, move-in ready, three bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1,448 sq. ft. Ranch home close to Messiah and Rt. 15; private back yard, large four-season sunroom with gas fireplace, finished basement. See 18PineTree.theSlabaughs.com for more information. Contact Ben or Kristen Slabaugh at 717- 679-3779 or kslabaugh@messiah.edu to schedule a showing. 

Price reduced on house in Dillsburg —Home has three bedrooms with two full baths, large eat-in kitchen, family room in lower level with wood stove, oversized two-car garage with workbench, sits on 5.2 acres of ground. Priced reduced from $214,900 to $199,900. E-mail at sreynolds@messiah.edu or call 717-512-1169.

October 27, 2011

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
 

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.

Revelation 3:20 (NRSV) 

 

Good news

The office of enrollment management is pleased to announce the promotion of Jackie Gehman to graduate enrollment coordinator. In this role Jackie will be working with others to advance the enrollment goals of graduate programs. Her office is located on the third floor of Boyer Hall. In addition to this role, she will continue to support the master’s in youth and young adult ministries. Welcome to the enrollment management team, Jackie!

Hannah Tims, assistant professor of biochemistry, recently published two papers with colleagues from Northwestern University: “Structural Constraints in Collaborative Competition of Transcription Factors Against the Nucleosome” and “Dynamics of Nucleosome Invasion by DNA Binding Proteins,” both in the “Journal of Molecular Biology” (2011). 

Rick Schaeffer, associate professor of chemistry, recently published two papers, “The Synthesis of Copper/Zinc Solid Solutions of Hydroxyl Carbonates, Sulphates, Nitrates, Chlorides and Bromides,” in “Mineralogical Magazine” (October 2011) and “A Survey of Heavy Metals Present in the Soil of a Retention Pond for Parking Lot Runoff” in the “Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science” (2011). Included as authors in these publications were two Messiah College students. 

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International Programs and the EpiCenter will host program partners in November

Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 4, Kelsey Palmer, assistant director of operations from Westmont College, will be here to talk about the San Francisco Urban Semester. Find more information on this program here.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Jim Sawyer, institutional relations manager with the study abroad program, will be on campus to talk about the Temple Rome program. Find more information on Temple here

If you are interested in having either of these representatives give a short presentation (anywhere from five to 15 minutes) about these off-campus opportunities in your class(es), please contact Gina Jablonski, administrative assistant for international programs and the EpiCenter, at gjablonski@messiah.edu to schedule.

Student Philanthropy Council sponsors “Tag Day” event on Nov. 15

Tuesday, Nov. 15 is National Philanthropy Day, and the Student Philanthropy Council will hold a “Tag Day” event to raise awareness among students about the impact that gifts make at Messiah College.

Gift tags will be placed around campus in order to inform students about various ways that gifts make a difference. For example, last year employees gave over $100,000 to Messiah College to benefit the annual fund, scholarships, study abroad opportunities and more. This is just one of the philanthropy facts that will be highlighted during Tag Day.

Since we believe our educators are among the College’s greatest assets, members of the Student Philanthropy Council will be approaching educators who have had a great impact on them in order to ask them to participate in Tag Day by wearing a t-shirt that reads “Priceless.” Gifts to the College help support faculty and student research, faculty development, and help sustain our rigorous academic program. Please consider showing your support by wearing a “Priceless” t-shirt on Nov. 15 and sharing its meaning with your colleagues and students.

If you would like to request a “Priceless” t-shirt, or if you have any questions about the Student Philanthropy Council and the events that we sponsor, please contact Ashley Martin, annual giving coordinator and Student Philanthropy Council advisor, at ext. 6540 or amartin@messiah.edu. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered!

Reminder from vice president for operations

Any work involving alterations or modification to existing buildings or infrastructures, regardless of the source of funding, is to be coordinated with facility services. Any contractors that are brought on campus for such work are to be coordinated by the facility services project manager. Upon request by a department, the facility service project manager will provide estimates for such work that can be used for budget purposes. Any work that is over $3,000 must go through the capital budget approval process, and funds must be approved prior to the facility service project manager scheduling any work. Project work is defined as fairly substantial work that involves renovations, modifications or new construction. Most project work will require township permitting prior to the start of such work. Upon approval of the vice president for operations, work will be scheduled by the facility service project manager. At no time is it appropriate for any department to schedule such work without coordination from facility services.

Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations

Employee Welfare Benefit Plan and Summary Annual Report available for review

Messiah College is required to publish the annual report for the Messiah College Employee Welfare Benefit Plan on an annual basis. Please see the Summary Annual Report here

You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the office of the plan sponsor at Messiah College, Plan Sponsor, One College Avenue, Grantham PA 17027, 23-1352661, or phone 717-766-2511. 

You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan (address above) and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor. See details on the Summary Annual Report here.

Reminders from key services 

Over the past several months there have been many situations where employees have lost keys. When this happens it often means that areas may need re-keying for safety and security reasons. Employees are reminded about the sensitivity of managing college-owned keys that are assigned to them. 

According to the Messiah College Key Management Policy, employees can be fined $75 for every door that a lost key opens. This means that if an employee has a key they accepted responsibility for, and it becomes lost, that employee could be responsible for significant fines. Fines are issued for lost keys so that the College has a way to recover some of the cost for re-keying areas that the lost key opened. 

Over the past year the College has spent countless staff hours and thousands of dollars in contractor fees to re-key areas due to lost keys. This message serves as a reminder that every employee is responsible to manage their Messiah College-issued keys in accordance to our policy and can be viewed here. Questions can be directed to key services at ext. 7372.

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For sale:

Mission-style bedroom set —Mission-style solid oak bedroom suite including queen size bed and 10-drawer dresser with mirror. Like new. Originally from NB Liebman. Available for $1000. Contact eshaffer@messiah.edu.

Price reduced on house in Dillsburg —Home has three bedrooms with two full baths, large eat-in kitchen, family room in lower level with wood stove, oversized two-car garage with workbench, sits on 5.2 acres of ground. Priced reduced from $214,900 to $199,900. E-mail at sreynolds@messiah.edu or call 717-512-1169.

October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:20-21 (NRSV) 

 

Good news

It is with both reluctance and deep appreciation that I announce that Dorca Kisare-Ressler, director of international student programs since 2008, is leaving Messiah College to take on a new position as director/PDSO of international student services at Eastern Mennonite University. Dorca has served Messiah faithfully for the past 3.5 years and we are grateful for the many ways she welcomed and cared for our growing population of international students, missionary kids and students from third cultures. Her consistent advocacy for these students and commitment to the global education on our campus has been a hallmark of her service to Messiah. We offer our best wishes as she embarks on her new journey. Dorca will complete her duties with Messiah at the conclusion of this fall 2011 semester. The College will be establishing interim support for international students while a search is conducted for her replacement, commencing in early 2012.

Doug Wood, associate dean of students
 

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Need a passport?

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be visiting campus Thursday, Oct. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Eisenhower Commons to process passport applications. You need to bring the following:
1. Photos
2. Documents-birth certificate, driver’s license, and A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID, along with a copy of their ID)
3. Completed application
4. Fees
Applications are available in the EpiCenter or can be downloaded here . Contact the EpiCenter at epicenter@messiah.edu for more information. 

International Programs and the EpiCenter to host program partner on campus Oct. 25

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Marcus Dean from Houghton College will be here to talk about off-campus programs in Tanzania, Australia and the Balkans. Find more information on these programs, visit http://www.houghton.edu/academics/ocp/

If you are interested in having Marcus Dean give a short presentation (anywhere from five to 15 minutes) about these off-campus opportunities in your class(es), please contact Gina Jablonski, administrative assistant for international programs and the EpiCenter, at gjablonski@messiah.edu to schedule. 

Wellness Program completion form now available

The Messiah Wellness Program has officially kicked off for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Employees seeking to collect 100 wellness points this year and qualify for health premium savings next year can now find the wellness program completion form on the wellness website. Employees have two options for completing the form. If you have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can record your progress on the form, save it and, after 100 points have been collected, e-mail it to dmiller@messiah.edu. Otherwise, open the form with Adobe Reader, print it out and write in your completed programs. After 100 points have been collected, send it through campus mail to Doug Miller, box 4501. 

October Wellness Workshop set for Oct. 25

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema, Jenifer Carricato will be presenting the first wellness workshop of the year titled “Stress and Your Health.” Plan to attend now and discover how you can deal with the stress in your life in healthier ways. Stress does not have to get the upper hand. Attending a wellness workshop also earns employees 10 wellness points. 

School of the Arts to host reception for employee

The School of the Arts will be hosting a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Climenhaga Fine Arts Center (lower lobby) to honor Cindy Streck’s 14 years of service to Messiah College. Cindy will be leaving us to join her husband Rick in Virginia where he has accepted a position. We have been blessed with her dedication and the excellent support she has given to the School of the Arts. Please join us at her farewell gathering as we wish her all the best.

Nutrition and dietetics students to present Wellness Workshops in November

Nutrition and dietetics students will be presenting November wellness workshops this year. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover some nutritional ideas that can help keep you healthy through the holiday season. Plan now to attend one or more of these sessions. All workshops will be held in Parmer Cinema.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 4-4:45 p.m., “Restaurant Realities: Eating Out Without a Doubt”
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12-12:45 p.m., “Food as Fuel for Fitness: Top 5 Tips”
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4-4:45 p.m., “My Plate: The MyPyramid Makeover”
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12-12:45 p.m., ‘Tips for a Healthier Holiday”
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-4:45 p.m., “Simple Steps for Eating Right When You Are Out”
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 12-12:45 p.m., “Stressed? Healthy Ways to Deal with the Pains and Pleasures of the Holidays”

Opportunity to submit an Academic Minute podcast to Inside Higher Ed

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the office of marketing and public relations will be recording podcasts with students, faculty, alums and trustees for use on the College homepage and to populate the ListenUp! podcast archive. In addition, we are also offering educators the opportunity to record a brief podcast on a topic of their choosing for submission to Inside Higher Ed’s daily “Academic Minute.”

An Academic Minute is supposed to be about 1:40 in length, should not be a feature story or op-ed and should inspire listeners to an “aha moment.” Inside Higher Ed editors strongly recommend that anyone considering recording an Academic Minute come prepared with a 300-word (or less) manuscript about their topic that can be read and recorded on Nov. 2. (The actual recording will likely take about 10 minutes.) We do not have any guarantees from Inside Higher Ed that they will accept and publish the podcasts that we record; however, the College will make use of any unused Academic Minute recordings for their own institutional purposes.

This is an excellent opportunity for Messiah faculty to have a voice in Inside Higher Ed, a media outlet respected and read by countless college educators and administrators as well as reporters. If you’re interested in recording an Academic Minute podcast, please contact Beth Lorow, assistant director of public relations, at ext. 7361 or blorow@messiah.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 26.

ITS offers computer support

ITS runs a “HelpDesk” model for computer support. When you call ext. 4444, the phone will be answered by one of several individuals. We will ask questions in order to understand the issue. Sometimes, the information we gather from you will be forwarded to a technician that is better able to support the issue. Answers will be provided as quickly as possible.

Calls directed to the desk of a specific technician may not be answered as quickly. Our goal is to provide on-site support as needed whenever possible. Therefore, our technicians may not receive personal voice mail for several hours.

Call ext. 4444 with technology questions.
Call ext.  3333 for computer lab and student support.

Soup Sale simmers in the business office

Please join us for soups and sweets on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Follow the aroma of homemade soups to the business office lobby in Old Main where you can purchase soup ($3 per bowl) and sweet desserts ($2 each). These delicacies are donated by business office employees, and all proceeds are used to provide a bountiful Christmas to a local needy family. Last year, your generosity allowed the business office to provide an abundance of gifts, clothing and groceries to two families, serving six children and two adults in all! Please come for a satisfying lunch and help us reach out to the community again this Christmas.

Classifieds

Wanted:

Convertible car seat for child up to 65 pounds — Any brand is fine. Please contact jcurtis@messiah.edu.

Pressure canner — Looking for a used pressure canner that works well. Please e-mail Keith at kpomeroy@messiah.edu

For sale:

Home for rent or sale — $1,500/month plus utilities or purchase for $206,000. Located at 18 Pine Tree Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Clean, move-in ready, three bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1,448 sq. ft. Ranch home close to Messiah and Rt. 15; private back yard, large four-season sunroom with gas fireplace, finished basement, new AC/heat pump and new garage door. The kitchen has been updated with remodeled cabinets and fixtures. Master has full bath. Half bath in basement as well as a wood stove and gas fireplace. Home has been well maintained. See 18PineTree.theSlabaughs.com for more information. Contact Ben or Kristen Slabaugh at 717- 679-3779 or kslabaugh@messiah.edu to schedule a showing. 

Brand new Laugh and Learn soccer ball — $10; Laugh and Learn Smart Bounce and Spin Pony — Gently used, $35; Men’s Top of the Slope ski/snowboard boots — Size 11, $40; Magma K2a snowboard — $200 (set-up “goofy” style). If interested, contact hkreider@messiah.edu or ext. 3560.

Outside organization announcement:

The African Children’s Choir is coming to the Grantham Church —The African Children’s Choir is coming to Grantham Church on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Join us for their new performance titled “Journey of Hope.” This all-new performance features the gripping history of the African Children’s Choir while highlighting Africa’s culturally rich music, dance and drumming tradition. “Journey of Hope” highlights many different regions of Africa and then weaves them into a rich patchwork of African culture.

The African Children’s Choir has been working with the most vulnerable children in Africa, raising awareness of the plight of Africa’s orphaned and abandoned, but also showing the beauty, dignity and potential of each child. All proceeds from the evening will do directly to the choir. Come join us for this wonderful evening! No tickets or reservations are needed. Please visit the church website at www.granthamchurch.org for more information or call the church office at 717- 766-0531.

October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.
James 4:14-17 (NRSV)
 

Good news 

Congratulations to L. Marlin Eby, professor of mathematics and statistics, Yvonne Martin, assistant professor of business administration and acting chair, department of management and business, and Gary Pettit, technical director. They were the three lucky winners of $50 gift cards at the Campus Bookstore awarded in a drawing for employees who participated in the recent online survey pertaining to our Self-Study Report for Middle States Commission for Higher Education (MSCHE). Thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey; we appreciate your input!
William Strausbaugh and Pete Powers, co-chairs, MSCHE Steering Committee for Messiah College Self-Study Report 

“The Society of Publication Designers 45th Publication Design Annual,” recently published by Rockport, features a section on student/merit awards and the work of Kelsey Wolf (‘11), graphic design and technology student, is featured. In the book, credits listed are third place, Kelsey Wolf; school, Messiah College; instructor, Kathy Hettinga. Most notable is that her work is the only student work featured full page! All other works are three to six per page. Competitive schools listed on the same spread are Rochester Institute of Technology, New England School of Photography and Maryland Institute College of Art. Jurors e-mailed that Kelsey’s work “inspired a lot of thoughtful conversation among the judges.” The book has been ordered for Murray Library. 

Congratulations to Don Murk, department of education professor and Ernest L. Boyer Center fellow, and Messiah alumna Marita Rydell (‘05) for the publication of their article “Great Expectations: A Basis for Fostering Moral and Spiritual Development” as a chapter in “Cultivate, Nurture, Grow: The Spiritual Development of Young Children” a new book published by ASCI. 

Jenell Paris, professor of anthropology, had a commentary published in the Village Green section of “Christianity Today” (Oct. 11 issue) on “Should Christians Encourage On-line Dating?” She also had a podcast and interview published at patheos.com, titled “The Invention of Homosexuality…And Heterosexuality.” She also gave an address at Belmont College, Nashville, and Vanderbilt University’s Graduate Christian Fellowship. 

Michael Zigarelli, professor of leadership and strategy, had two books published , including “The Messiah Method: The Seven Disciplines of the Winningest College Soccer Program in America” (published by Xulon Press) and The Singapore edition “Management By Proverbs: Scriptural Wisdom for Superior Results” (published through Moody Press and Campus Crusade Asia). 

Messiah 411 

Sixth annual Career and Grad School Expo set for Oct. 24

On Monday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. approximately 145 exhibitors will be in Brubaker Auditorium to recruit for internships, professional employment, and graduate school programs. Please encourage your students to attend. All majors and academic years are welcome. Exhibitor profiles are available on the Career Center’s website at www.messiah.edu/career

Benefits for students (and alumni):
* Explore career options, internships, employment openings, and/or graduate programs.
* Identify what recruiters seek in ideal candidates in order to be strategic and intentional with their time at MC.
* Realize the transferability of majors and skill sets to a variety of career/graduate school options.
* Practice the art of networking and marketing themselves to recruiters. 
* Receive an Expo FAQ sheet designed for students and available on the website.

As you’re able, you’re invited to meet and interact with the employer and graduate school representatives. Thank you for your support! 

“To Change the World” keynote lecture to feature James Davison Hunter 

James Davison Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson distinguished professor of religion, culture and social theory at the University of Virginia, will speak on the topic “To Change the World,” on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Hunter is a nationally recognized scholar and public intellectual. He is the author of numerous books, including “Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America” and, most recently, “To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World.” He also serves as director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and is the editor-in-chief of “The Hedgehog Review.” Hunter recently completed a seven-year term as a member of the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Admission is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Please contact the ticket office at ext. 6036. Following Hunter’s lecture, a book-signing and dessert reception will be held in Howe Atrium. For more information, please see this attachment. For any questions, please contact Lili Hagenbuch at lhagenbuch@messiah.edu. The lecture is sponsored by the Messiah College Honors Program. 

Tenth annual Library Research Grant proposal deadline approaching 

Friends of Murray Library offers a reminder that student grant applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Oct. 26. Up to $750, to a total of $1,500, will be awarded to Messiah students whose research projects require resources at off-campus libraries and are selected for funding by a panel of judges. Award recipients will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 16. If you know of students who might profit from such a grant, please encourage them to apply. Seniors, juniors, sophomores and first-year students are eligible. Application information is available online along with a sample proposal at www.messiah.edu/murraylibrary/grant.html

Students who are awarded grants will create a poster to display at Friends’ annual dinner meeting in September of the next academic year. Currently on display in Murray Library is a poster presentation prepared by Jessica Quail, a 2009-2010 Library Research Grant recipient, “Adoption and Self-labeling: A Pathway to Delinquency.” Stop by and see the results of Jessica’s research. Kelly Dial served as Jessica’s faculty reference. 

Important reminders from faculty services

Please see this attachment  for important deadlines for J-term and spring semester. 

UPS shipping training session available 

Did you know that UPS shipping can be done from your desktop and that UPS shipping prices are better than both FedEx and USPS? If you would like to learn how to ship UPS packages from your desktop, please send an e-mail to Bill Althoff at balthoff@messiah.edu. You will then be notified of the next training session. Sessions last about 45 minutes, and you can use this tool to ship for either your department or for your own personal shipping needs. 

Messiah College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Summary Annual Report 

Messiah College is required to publish a Summary Annual Report for the Messiah College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan on an annual basis. A copy of the Summary Annual Report for January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 can be found here.

You also have the legally protected right  to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be addressed to: Public Disclosure, Room N1513, Employee Benefits Security Administration,  U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210

Please contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085 if you have questions. 

Classifieds 

For sale:

Full-length sofa and chair — Fashion House Furniture, cloth, excellent condition, beige with floral design Asking $400 obo (originally $1,350); Full-length sofa — Morgan Stewart, cloth, excellent condition, beige with texture. Asking $250 obo (originally $799); Antique bedroom set — Double bed with long side-boards, carved oak, dresser and chest of drawers (both with mirrors), good condition, over 100 years old. Asking $700 obo; Genuine Olhausen pool table — Santa Ana, 8 ft., leather pockets, solid Italian slate, Diamond-Perled rails, excellent condition. Asking $1,500 obo (originally $3,700); Dining room hutch — Pine, good condition. Asking $150 obo. Please call Deb or Terry Brensinger at (717) 796-1868. 

2001 Jetta TDI — Diesel, 153,000-plus miles, engine in great shape. Well cared for by owner. Body in good condition. $5,500 obo. Contact Wendy at (717) 802-5697.

Leer truck cap — In good shape,  insulated fiberglass. Currently on a Dodge 6 ft. bed. $500; GoPed scooter — Runs, but needs some attention. Will deliver to Messiah College campus. $125. Contact Brad Markley at ext. 3500 or bmarkley@messiah.edu

Kid’s DVDs and CDs — Baby Einstein (Baby Mac Donald, Baby Beethoven, Baby Bach, Baby Neptune, Baby Van Gogh), Open Season, Sesame Street Alphabet Jungle, Jack and the Bean Stock, Princess How to Dance with dance mat, $3 each; Focus on The Family CDs — “Chronicles Of Narnia” Radio Theater audio CD’s, 19 total, $10; Disney Princess dress— Blue, will fit three to five years old, $5; Wentzle dining fly circular shape— Fits over 6 ft. picnic table, $10. Please contact mvandrew@messiah.edu.

 

October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Romans 13:12 (NRSV)
  

Good news 

The department of nursing congratulates Carolyn L. Kreamer, professor and chair of the department of nursing, on passing the Certified Nurse Educator examination of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program sponsored by the National League for Nursing. In addition to her other academic and registered nurse licensure credentials, she is now entitled to use the designation “CNE” after her name for a period of five years designating she is a “Certified Nurse Educator.” Ongoing recertification requirements are required during that five-year period for her to be recertified. Carolyn joins associate professor Louann Zinsmeister as the second CNE in the department of nursing. 

Roseann K. Sachs, professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry, recently presented her sabbatical work at the 14th Asian Chemical Congress, held in Bangkok from Sept. 5 to 8. Her talk titled “A New Green Chemistry Course in Cambodia” was part of a green chemistry symposium, an important topic for a conference bearing the name “Contemporary Chemistry for Sustainability and Economic Sufficiency.”   

The office of alumni relations is excited to announce the 2011 Alumni Award recipients who will be recognized at Homecoming Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 13: 

Young Alumnus Achievement Award
This award recognizes an alumnus(a) who has attended Messiah College within the past 10 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community and/or Messiah College.
Chris Heisey (2006)

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award
This award recognizes long-term vocational excellence in a manner supportive of the mission and standards of Messiah.
Dr. N. Benjamin Fredrick (1995)

Alumni Christian Service Award
This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity.
Dr. Emerson Lesher (1974)

Messiah 411 

Registration deadline for EMPOWER extended to Oct. 7

If you are planning to participate in either the EMPOWER Weight Management program or the Physical Activity Tracking Program this semester (or both), you must register by Friday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. If you are registering for EMPOWER be sure you are available for the weekly class which meets on Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. on campus. Each program runs for 10 weeks (Oct. 10-Dec. 17) and earns participating employees 30 wellness points. Descriptions of both programs can be found at this website. Register today at MCSquare, “Employee Quicklinks,” “Wellness Programs,” then follow the directions on the screen.

First Open House set for Oct. 10

The first prospective student open house of the fall season is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10 (Columbus Day). More than 620 prospective students and parents are pre-registered to attend. The first-year class of fall 2012 will be at our doorstep! The enrollment management and department of safety offices appreciate the campus community cooperating with the parking needs of these special guests.
Employees who park in the TT and VV lots are asked to park at the Grantham Church. Shuttles will be running from 7 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. The shuttle pick-up and drop-off point will be at the Eisenhower Campus Center Circle. Thank you for taking time to extend a welcome to these important guests as they move about our campus on Monday! 

American Democracy Lecture slated for Oct. 11

The Center for Public Humanities and the department of politics invite you to attend this year’s American Democracy Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Frances Fox Piven will be speaking on “The Corporate War on the American People.” A talkback session, “Let’s Continue the Conversation,” is Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Boyer 131. This session will be led by Messiah College faculty and students responding to the lecture. The public is invited to both events and both events are free. Questions may be directed to ppowers@messiah.edu. For more information, visit the FAQ page. 

International Programs and the EpiCenter will host program partners

On Monday, Oct. 10, Casey Pikla from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) will be available to present information. Find more information on NOLS at http://www.nols.edu.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Emily Peters from the O’Neill National Theatre Institute will be on campus. Find more information on O’Neill at this website. Finally, on Monday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 18, Mike Leming from the Spring Semester in Thailand will be on campus. Find more information on Thailand at this website.

If you are interested in having either of these representatives give a short presentation (anywhere from five to 15 minutes) about these off-campus opportunities in your class(es), please contact Gina Jablonski, administrative assistant for international programs and the EpiCenter, at gjablonski@messiah.edu to schedule. 

College Press is on Facebook

“Like” Messiah College Press on Facebook and stay tuned for information regarding the printing process, what’s going on at the Bowmansdale Building, as well as special deals! 

Employee Christmas Luncheon scheduled for Dec. 16

Please plan on joining us for the annual Employee Christmas Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 16 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. As is our tradition, it will be a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment. Save the date! 

“Movie on the Green” raises money for United Way

Several hundred employees, students and their families bundled up against the brisk weather and enjoyed “Cars2” on the Eisenhower Lawn recently, appropriately accompanied by the sounds of Williams Grove Speedway in the background. The third annual “Movie on the Green” event raised $1,240.97 for the United Way of the Capital Region’s Flood Recovery Fund. Thank you for your generous donations. Look for winter movie event announcements in the coming months! 

Recycling bins available

There is a surplus of green recycling bins for free for on-campus use or for your church or community use. If you want this for on-campus use, we have lids that we can modify for either paper or commingle. If you want these for your church or community, they will need to modify the lids for their needs. Please let me know if you are in need of these bins and how many you want. Contact Hilary Kreider at hkreider@messiah.edu. 

Upcoming wellness workshop announced

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Parmer Cinema, Jenifer Carricato will be presenting our first wellness workshop of the year titled “Stress and Your Health”. Plan to attend now, and discover ways you can prevent stress from stinging you this fall. Employees attending the workshop will earn 10 wellness points. Several nutrition workshops will be offered in November. Stay tuned for details! 

Messiah employees hiking the Appalachian Trail virtually

Join your colleagues in a virtual through-hike of the Appalachian Trail this year. You simply need to register for the Physical Activity Tracking program (even if you are not interested in getting the wellness points or recording activity every week), then regularly update your weekly activity minutes online. It doesn’t matter if you are walking, swimming, cycling, playing basketball or gardening—whatever activity you are doing, will be converted to steps. Doug Miller will then translate those steps into miles on the Appalachian Trail. A trail map is on the bulletin board in the fitness center. The goal is to collectively through-hike the trail several times this year. The wellness webpage will keep you updated on our progress. Go to this website then click on Physical Activity Track Program” to find instructions for registration details.