Archive for 2011

October 27, 2011

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.

Revelation 3:20 (NRSV) 


Good news

The office of enrollment management is pleased to announce the promotion of Jackie Gehman to graduate enrollment coordinator. In this role Jackie will be working with others to advance the enrollment goals of graduate programs. Her office is located on the third floor of Boyer Hall. In addition to this role, she will continue to support the master’s in youth and young adult ministries. Welcome to the enrollment management team, Jackie!

Hannah Tims, assistant professor of biochemistry, recently published two papers with colleagues from Northwestern University: “Structural Constraints in Collaborative Competition of Transcription Factors Against the Nucleosome” and “Dynamics of Nucleosome Invasion by DNA Binding Proteins,” both in the “Journal of Molecular Biology” (2011). 

Rick Schaeffer, associate professor of chemistry, recently published two papers, “The Synthesis of Copper/Zinc Solid Solutions of Hydroxyl Carbonates, Sulphates, Nitrates, Chlorides and Bromides,” in “Mineralogical Magazine” (October 2011) and “A Survey of Heavy Metals Present in the Soil of a Retention Pond for Parking Lot Runoff” in the “Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science” (2011). Included as authors in these publications were two Messiah College students. 

Messiah 411

International Programs and the EpiCenter will host program partners in November

Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 4, Kelsey Palmer, assistant director of operations from Westmont College, will be here to talk about the San Francisco Urban Semester. Find more information on this program here.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Jim Sawyer, institutional relations manager with the study abroad program, will be on campus to talk about the Temple Rome program. Find more information on Temple here

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.

Student Philanthropy Council sponsors “Tag Day” event on Nov. 15

Tuesday, Nov. 15 is National Philanthropy Day, and the Student Philanthropy Council will hold a “Tag Day” event to raise awareness among students about the impact that gifts make at Messiah College.

Gift tags will be placed around campus in order to inform students about various ways that gifts make a difference. For example, last year employees gave over $100,000 to Messiah College to benefit the annual fund, scholarships, study abroad opportunities and more. This is just one of the philanthropy facts that will be highlighted during Tag Day.

Since we believe our educators are among the College’s greatest assets, members of the Student Philanthropy Council will be approaching educators who have had a great impact on them in order to ask them to participate in Tag Day by wearing a t-shirt that reads “Priceless.” Gifts to the College help support faculty and student research, faculty development, and help sustain our rigorous academic program. Please consider showing your support by wearing a “Priceless” t-shirt on Nov. 15 and sharing its meaning with your colleagues and students.

If you would like to request a “Priceless” t-shirt, or if you have any questions about the Student Philanthropy Council and the events that we sponsor, please contact Ashley Martin, annual giving coordinator and Student Philanthropy Council advisor, at ext. 6540 or Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered!

Reminder from vice president for operations

Any work involving alterations or modification to existing buildings or infrastructures, regardless of the source of funding, is to be coordinated with facility services. Any contractors that are brought on campus for such work are to be coordinated by the facility services project manager. Upon request by a department, the facility service project manager will provide estimates for such work that can be used for budget purposes. Any work that is over $3,000 must go through the capital budget approval process, and funds must be approved prior to the facility service project manager scheduling any work. Project work is defined as fairly substantial work that involves renovations, modifications or new construction. Most project work will require township permitting prior to the start of such work. Upon approval of the vice president for operations, work will be scheduled by the facility service project manager. At no time is it appropriate for any department to schedule such work without coordination from facility services.

Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations

Employee Welfare Benefit Plan and Summary Annual Report available for review

Messiah College is required to publish the annual report for the Messiah College Employee Welfare Benefit Plan on an annual basis. Please see the Summary Annual Report here

You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on request. To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the office of the plan sponsor at Messiah College, Plan Sponsor, One College Avenue, Grantham PA 17027, 23-1352661, or phone 717-766-2511. 

You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main office of the plan (address above) and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor. See details on the Summary Annual Report here.

Reminders from key services 

Over the past several months there have been many situations where employees have lost keys. When this happens it often means that areas may need re-keying for safety and security reasons. Employees are reminded about the sensitivity of managing college-owned keys that are assigned to them. 

According to the Messiah College Key Management Policy, employees can be fined $75 for every door that a lost key opens. This means that if an employee has a key they accepted responsibility for, and it becomes lost, that employee could be responsible for significant fines. Fines are issued for lost keys so that the College has a way to recover some of the cost for re-keying areas that the lost key opened. 

Over the past year the College has spent countless staff hours and thousands of dollars in contractor fees to re-key areas due to lost keys. This message serves as a reminder that every employee is responsible to manage their Messiah College-issued keys in accordance to our policy and can be viewed here. Questions can be directed to key services at ext. 7372.


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