Archive for 2011

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 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

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 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 

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.