Archive for 2011

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, 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

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 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

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 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. 


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

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