Archive for 2011

September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right
spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing

Psalm 51:10-12 (NRSV)  

In a survey last March, we got the message loud and clear that many of you have deep affection for the Intercom. Such positive feedback motivated us to improve your weekly Intercom experience, so welcome to the spiffy new Intercom! We have developed a new blog format for the newsletter that allows you to add the Intercom to your RSS feeds or blog readers, if you’re so inclined. Beneath the classy makeover, we think you’re going to find that the Intercom still contain lots of helpful information about Messiah and your colleagues. Submission guidelines and the editorial policy remain the same. Both can be viewed at Questions, concerns, and praise can be sent to Enjoy!

Good news

“The Journal of Artists’ Books,” the premier journal about artists’ books, published out of Columbia College, Chicago lists ONLY NINE bachelors programs as “Places to Study the Book Arts.” Messiah College is listed with other such fabulous arts programs as: MICA: Maryland Institute of College of Art, Otis College of Art and Design, Purchase College of Art and Design -SUNY, Scripps College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Clifton Meador, director of the MFA Book and Paper Arts Program, gave the School of the Arts 2010 Arts Forum lecture. Meador was very favorably impressed with the artists’ books of Professors of Art Kathy T. Hettinga and Christine Forsythe, as well as the book work of students, and the Special Collection of Artists’ Books housed in the Murray Library. 

John Reid Perkins-Buzo, assistant professor of film and digital media, had an interactive video installation in the Biola University Art Gallery in La Mirada, Calif., from Aug. 20 through Sept. 15. Titled “The Hermeneutics of St. John,” an earlier version was installed in Boyer Hall during the 2008 Humanities Symposium. It is part of the “Art and Text: Images, Concepts, and Insights” Christians in the Visual Arts traveling exhibition. 

The School of the Humanities is pleased to welcome Wendy Vado, a volunteer from Nicaragua, and Baoqing Liu, a visiting scholar from China. Wendy is a year-long participant in the Mennonite Central Committee International Volunteer Exchange Program and is honing her skills while assisting student with Spanish. You’ll find her in the Howe Language Lab in Boyer Hall. Wendy is hosted by Jonathan and Cathleen Lauer. Baoqing arrived from China last Wednesday and will be here for 12 weeks solely for the purposes of auditing classes and consulting with faculty regarding methods for teaching English language and literature. She is sharing office space in Boyer Hall, room 166. John and Katy Bechtold are hosting Baoqing in their home. Thanks for sharing warm Messiah hospitality with Wendy and Baoqing.

An article by Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, was published in the September 2011 issue of The National Journal of the Music Library Association “Notes.” The article was a review of the DVD documentary “Stars and Their Guitars: A History of the Electric Guitar.” 

Messiah 411

State Supreme Court Justice to speak on campus Sept. 29

Don’t miss a unique and valuable opportunity to hear Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin speaking on “A View from the Bench” on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. in Frey Hall, room 143. All are welcome!

International programs and the EpiCenter to host program partners on campus

On Tuesday, Sept. 27 Courtney Quinn from International Studies Abroad will present information. Find more information on ISA’s Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile Program at

On Thursday, Sept. 29 John Silvis from the New York Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCAMS) Program will present information. Find more information on NYCAMS at

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 to schedule. 

Homecoming volunteers needed

Homecoming is Saturday, Oct. 15. With hundreds of alumni expected on campus that day, the alumni office needs volunteers to assist with set up, registration and many other tasks to help the day run smoothly. Each volunteer will receive a FREE Homecoming t-shirt and lunch at the FalconFest picnic on the afternoon of Homecoming. If interested, please e-mail your availability to Kristin Zummo, assistant director of parent and alumni relations, at by Friday, Oct. 1. Thank you in advance for helping us welcome our alums back to campus! 

Two opportunities to support The Early Learning Center

There are two opportunities available to support The Early Learning Center.

1.         Giant A+ Rewards: Giant donates a portion of all purchases made on designated Bonus Cards to the school of the shopper’s choice. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR GAS POINTS. If your card is not currently designated for another school, The Early Learning Center would appreciate your support. To designate your card, simply e-mail your Bonus Card number to Lisa Luft at or you may enroll yourself at The school ID is 02338. (It is a Giant requirement to get permission each year. So if you supported us last year and would like to do so again, just e-mail Lisa Luft to indicate that you wish to participate.)

2.         KidStuff Coupon Books: KidStuff Coupon Books are filled with coupons from a variety of local businesses to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Just keep it in your car and check it before you go into a restaurant, store or destination to see if there is a coupon. The cost is $25 and the The Early Learning Center gets to keep $12.50. You can almost recoup your costs just by using the $20 worth of Weis Coupons! If you sell five books, you receive one for FREE.  Books will be on sale until Friday, Sept. 30. Please contact Lisa Luft at ext. 5043 or by e-mail to order.

Both of these fundraisers were very successful for us last year due to your participation. Thank you very much for your support! 

Reminder from faculty services

The faculty services office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 26 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. to enable staff to attend the ITS full staff meeting. The office will also be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in order to attend the educational area staff retreat in conjunction with the office of the provost. Faculty are asked to plan ahead regarding job pick-up. The after hours drop box is available to drop off jobs. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact faculty services at ext. 6023.  

What’s new at the Library for the fall?

Please see attachment for details. 

New voluntary group long term care insurance plan available

Messiah College is pleased to announce an important new employee benefit! A new voluntary group long term care insurance plan, underwritten by Genworth Life Insurance Company will be available effective Tuesday, Nov. 1. Long term care insurance covers expenses for long term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. A representative for Genworth Financial will be on site holding educational meetings in Hostetter Chapel on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Please see the attachment at the end of this “Intercom” for more information including contact information to speak with a program expert. 


Positions available:

ACS Part-Time Data Entry Processor — The department of admissions currently has an opening for the position of admissions communication services (ACS) data entry processor. This position is a part-time, 20-25 hours-per-week, 10.5 month position (mid August to the end of June), band 7B position. This position has responsibility for assisting in processing student inquiries made to Messiah via electronic and hard copy submissions. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent; data entry experience preferred; Banner experience is helpful but not required. Other requirements include excellent and accurate typing skills; strong attention to detail; ability to work as a part of a team; self-motivation; and flexibility to perform other duties as assigned by ACS supervisor. Applicants should provide a letter of application summarizing interest in the College and the position, a comprehensive résumé, and salary requirements. Application materials should be sent to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mailed to (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) Job-related questions should be directed to Sherri Wolgemuth, supervisor of ACS, at ext. 6032. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Programmer/Analyst — The department of information technology services (ITS) has an immediate opening for the position of programmer/analyst. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position is responsible for analyzing user needs and software requirements, review of available options, support for third party software solutions, and the creation and maintenance of server-based applications. Also is responsible for end user support.Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree in computer science and two years of experience in structured application development. Other requirements includestrong analytical and problem solving skills; effective communication skills including active listening, verbal and written communication skills; expert knowledge of data- bases, database and server-based applications; expert knowledge of PC and web-based application development environments; experience with Oracle products preferred; customer service focus; ability to effectively respond to users’ system support needs; ability to work independently with minimal supervision; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; and strong attention to detail. 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 (Application materials sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College
website at Deadline for applications: Friday, Oct. 7. Job-related questions should be directed to John Luft, director of information services, at ext. 6723. 


Unused, new printer ink cartridges for Brother printer — Five cartridges; two black (LC61BK), one yellow (LC61Y), one cyan (LC61C) and one magenta (LC61M), Contact Angela at

Adorable kittens — Free to loving home. Four kittens available and ready. Very social, love people, kids and attention. Call Carole at ext. 5609 or email for more information and photos. 

For sale:

Step 2 Canyon Road activity table — For little people to drive their matchbox cars around in, $35. Clean and in very good condition, comes with table top. Contact Amanda Coffey at ext. 3321 or Pictures available. 

Home for sale by owner — Located at 18 Pine Tree Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Clean, move-in ready, three bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1,448 sq. ft., ranch home in Kim Acres. Includes private back yard, large four season sunroom with new windows and gas fireplace, finished basement, new AC/heat pump and brand new insulated garage door. The kitchen has been updated with remodeled cabinets. Master has full bath. Half bath in basement as well as a wood stove and gas fireplace. This house has been well maintained. See for more information. Call Ben Slabaugh at 717-679-3779 to schedule a showing.