Archive for 2011

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

Messiah 411 

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 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

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 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 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 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.



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

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

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 for more information. Contact Ben or Kristen Slabaugh at 717- 679-3779 or 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 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 for more information or call the church office at 717- 766-0531.