Archive for 2011

September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.
I Corinthians 3:12-13 (NRSV) 

Good news

Congratulations to Milton Gaither, associate professor of education, for his newest textbook publication “History of American Education.” 

I am pleased to announce that Kristin Zummo (‘06) has accepted the position of director of annual giving. Kristin has demonstrated a deep commitment to Messiah as a student and in her previous positions as conference and event coordinator, and most recently as assistant director of alumni and parent relations. Kristin brings this abiding commitment to Messiah—as well as a dedication to excellence—as she will now work with students, alumni, parents and friends in securing Messiah Annual Fund support to positively impact the lives of our students and community. Please join me in welcoming Kristin to the development team!                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                       —Jon Stuckey, director of development

Messiah 411 

Important employee survey for Middle States 

Don’t forget to complete the important employee survey for your colleagues working on the Middle States Self Study report by Wedmesday, Oct. 5. Please take a few minutes to help by completing the employee survey pertaining to different areas of the self study at this website . Three employees who complete the survey will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift card to the Messiah College Bookstore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            —President Kim Phipps

Wellness Program deadlines approaching

If you are planning to participate in either the EMPOWER Weight Management program or the Physical Activity Tracking Program this semester (or both), the registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 5. Each program runs for 10 weeks (Monday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Dec. 17) and earns participating employees 30 wellness points. Descriptions of both programs can be found at this website. Register today at MC Square, “Employee Quicklinks,” “Wellness Programs,” then follow the directions on the screen.    

Fitness Center closed

The fitness center and the indoor track area will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 1 to 11 p.m. so that new pieces of equipment can be delivered and installed. Nobody will be allowed entrance into the fitness center during those hours. The fitness center will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 a.m.

Free one-on-one nutrition counseling on campus 

The NUTR 410 course is looking for “clients” for students to work with during the fall semester for individual nutrition counseling. Because our students are not yet registered dietitians, they are not qualified to counsel on nutritional treatment of disease. Your student counselor will work with you on nutrition issues related to weight loss and/or healthy eating strategies. If you are interested, your responsibility will be to meet with your counselor on a weekly basis beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 24 at a time that fits your schedule for 30-45 minutes for approximately six weeks in Jordan Science Center. Additionally, depending on your nutrition concerns, you will likely be asked to keep a food journal or complete other activities throughout the semester. This is a graded experience for the students, so please do not volunteer if you think you may become too busy to regularly meet with the student at the semester during your assigned appointment time. If you volunteer, these students will be counting on you to fully participate in the program. You are welcome to participate in this program even if you have done so in the past.

Interested persons can e-mail before Wednesday, Oct. 7. In your e-mail, please state your nutrition concerns as well as several one-hour blocks of time that you are available to meet with your student (early mornings, evenings and weekends can be included). This information will be used to match you with a student with the same availability and will become your scheduled appointment time for the six weeks. Client selection will be based on how your availability matches student availability as well as your nutrition concerns in relation to student ability to address those concerns.

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 you are interested, please e-mail your availability to Kristin Zummo at by Friday, Sept. 30. Thank you in advance for helping us welcome our alums back to campus! 

Upcoming wellness workshop announced

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12-1 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.

Graduate Aid Program available for spring 2012

We are pleased to announce openings in the Graduate Aid Program for the spring 2012 semester. The Graduate Aid Program is designed to financially assist employees who show potential for expanded responsibilities or advancement and wish to enroll into a post baccalaureate program of study. A total of 15 employees may participate in the program at one time. Approval of applications is based on the following:

  1. Must be a regular, full-time employee with at least one year of completed service with the College.
  2. Serious consideration will be based on an employee’s overall performance, potential for advancement and long term commitment to Messiah College mission.
  3. Employees must have prior supervisory and vice president/provost approval.
  4. Employees must complete a graduate aid application. According to the agreement, an employee will receive 50 PERCENT graduate aid up to a max of $5,000. The remaining 50 PERCENT will be the responsibility of the employee.
  5. Final decisions as to the participants in the program will be made by the vice president of human resources and college compliance in conjunction with the vice presidents/provost.
  6. The program applies only to post baccalaureate programs of study.
  7. Programs of study must be taken at an accredited college or university.
  8. A copy of the program outline must accompany the graduate aid program application.

Please see the online employee manual for more details.

The deadline to submit the application for graduate aid with the appropriate signatures and a program outline is Saturday, Oct. 15. The application for graduate aid can be found at under “Current Employee Forms.”

Please contact Su Deitch, manager of benefits, at ext. 7085 with questions.

Conference services posts “black out” dates 

Conference services would like to announce the following “black out” dates on the calendar for fall 2011 due to a number of large events:

  • Oct. 14, 15
  • Nov. 11, 12, 13
  • Dec. 2, 3

This means large events that require set ups and tech needs will not be approved for these dates.  Please contact conference services at ext. 6009 if you have any questions about this. Thank you for your attention to the schedule.

Main entrance electronic sign protocol 

This summer The College installed various directional signs on campus, including the digital sign at the Northgate entrance. The signage is designed to better welcome guests to campus and give directional assistance. The feedback to date from guests and employees has been positive. The digital sign will be used for welcoming guests, way finding and communication of special campus-wide and emergency announcements. This sign replaces the use of the small blue and white “yard sale” event/directional signs that were previously staked in the ground across various areas of campus. These signs will no longer be permitted for use on campus.

The management of the digital sign is the responsibility of the office of conference and event services. The office staff is responsible for placing information on the sign using the master calendar forms to determine what events meet the purpose of the sign. No individual or department can request to post an event or announcement. Information will only be on the digital sign the day of the event or for the length of a conference visit. The typical event will be listed approximately two hours prior to an event start until one hour after event start. The sign will not be used for promotional purposes, i.e., to advertise or promote upcoming events.   

As you plan events that invite off-campus guests to Messiah, it is important that your event communication/promotion lists the name of the event, the building it is located in and then the room location.  The new directional signs are intended to help persons locate the building. 

If you have questions about the new signage on campus, please contact Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations at  

2011-2012 Fact Book Published 

The 2011-2012 Fact Book is now available on the institutional research website at this website. Hard copies are being printed and will be sent out as soon as they are available. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Miller, assistant director of institutional research, at


Position available:

Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations — The department of alumni and parent relations currently has an opening for the position of assistant director of alumni and parent relations. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position is primarily responsible for planning and coordinating on-and off-campus alumni events. This position is also responsible for identifying and cultivating alumni donors in the various cities and venues where regional events will be held. This position is responsible for serving on the Sophmore and Senior Year Experience Committees and planning events for these two classes respectively. In addition, this position is responsible for coordinating communications and marketing as well as volunteer recruitment and management for all events. Education and experience required includes a BA/BS in business, public relations, marketing, social sciences or other liberal arts disciplines as well as one to two years of special events or volunteer management experience. Prefer additional experience in public relations. Other requirements include excellent interpersonal, customer service and hospitality skills; ability to relate well across a wide range of constituencies including college students; excellent organizational and event planning skills; demonstrated initiative and creativity; ability to recruit, train and manage volunteers; ability to work independently while managing multiple projects and competing priorities; strong written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills and ability to demonstrate an attention to detail; must be dependable and able to monitor and meet deadines; must demonstrate a commitment to quality; willingness to work evenings and some weekends; will require travel for extended period of time during FalconNation and regional events. To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest, statement of faith, and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 17. Job-related questions may be directed to Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations, at ext. 7036.

For rent:

House — Five minutes from Messiah, two-story home high on hill with side porch overlooking Yellow Breeches. Eat-in kitchen, living room with French doors to porch, two bedrooms plus office and one bath. Charming property in very private country setting. Yard maintenance included. Suitable for one or two adults with no pets, references and interview required.  Available immediately; unique opportunity for qualified renters. $575 for one person, $750 for two persons plus utilities. Serious inquiries only, please contact 

For sale:

Child’s vanity — Lights up and talks. Comes with a stool and makeup-type accessories, pink, $5; Large doll house — Opens like a book, stands 2.5 ft. high and 2 ft. wide when open, $5. Contact