Archive for 2011

November 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help.
Psalm 42:5 (NRSV)



Matthew Roth, associate professor of English, gave a poetry reading and was a featured speaker at the fall 2011 Houghton College Writing Festival in Houghton, N.Y.

Michael True, director of the Internship Center, presented the opening keynote address at the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association conference in Milwaukee, Wis. In addition, he hosted an open forum workshop on current issues in internships. True also presented a morning workshop to employers at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce on “Smart Move: Developing A Quality Internship Program.” 

Messiah 411

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.

“Is Capitalism Moral?” debate set for Nov. 9

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, and Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners, will debate the issue “Is Capitalism Moral?” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. This debate will be moderated by Messiah College alumnus Peter Greer ( ’97), president of Hope International. Free tickets are available at the ticket office, at or ext. 6036. A book signing and dessert reception will follow in the Eisenhower commons. Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, Messiah College and the Messiah College Honors Program. For more information, please see brochure.

Library to host “Write-in” for National Novel Writing Month

People all over the country, including students, professors, homemakers and CEOs become “Wrimos” in November and try to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. The whole point is to turn off that pesky inner editor and let the creative juices flow! It’s fun and with just a month to finish, it’s not too much work. You, too, CAN write a novel, and it helps knowing that you’re not in this alone.

“Write-ins” have been held at Borders, Panera, Starbucks and elsewhere. Murray Library is sponsoring two “Write-ins” in November; the first and third Sundays, Nov. 6 and 20 from 7  to 10 p.m. in the library. Signs will direct you to the “Write-in” location (though you may be able to tell where it is by feeling the creative vibe!) There’s no pressure, so come out and write. Bring a friend! If you have questions or want to touch-base with someone who will encourage you to try it, contact Sara Finn at

Messiah employees “virtually” hiking the Appalachian Trail

More than 130 employees are currently on their way to hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). Okay, they’re not actually hiking the trail, but their weekly exercise is being converted to miles along the trail. So far 17 employees have crossed the North Carolina state line (the equivalency of hiking 76 miles along the trail), while another 15 employees are within 12 miles of the state line. All employees, CBC-insured and non-insured, can participate in this virtual trek, and it’s not too late to join. Employees record their minutes of physical activity throughout the week which gets converted to a particular number of total steps based on duration and intensity of the activity. The steps then get converted to miles along the AT. Instructions can be found here  and our progress will be tracked there, as well. Individuals will be personally notified each time they cross a new state border.    

EpiCenter is offering one scholarship to Jerusalem University College

Messiah College EpiCenter is pleased to offer one scholarship for a student to participate in a Jerusalem University College course for summer 2012. Expenses for the course as well as international airfare are included in the scholarship. Additional fees associated with passports, visas, ISIC cards and daily expenses are the responsibility of the student. Please share this information with interested students.

Courses options include: Historical and Geographic Settings (4 credits) or Jesus and His Times (2 credits). To be considered, students must be in good academic standing, must not be on disciplinary probation and must apply to JUC and be accepted by the end of the fall semester.

For more information about these short-term summer courses, browse JUC’s web page at Completed applications are available in the EpiCenter and need to be returned to the EpiCenter by Tuesday, Nov. 15. For more information, please contact

Financial aid office to close Nov. 4 for staff retreat

On Friday, Nov. 4, the financial aid office will be closed for an office retreat. The office will re-open on Monday, Nov 7. The financial aid office’s normal business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Recording process for completing wellness programs now simplified

If you are currently accumulating wellness points, the recording process for completing programs just got simpler. Do not go to the Capital BlueCross web site to record the completion of any program. Simply go to the Messiah Wellness web page and download the completion form. As you finish various programs, screenings, workshops etc., record them on the form. When you have completed 100 wellness points, either e-mail it to or send it through campus mail to Doug Miller, box 4501.

November wellness workshops to highlight nutrition

A series of upcoming wellness workshops will be presented on campus by our nutrition and dietetics majors. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn how you can improve your daily nutrition at home and on the road. It’s also a great way to support our students. All of the workshops will be held in Parmer Cinema. Remember, employees get 10 wellness points for attending a wellness workshop. Here’s the list to “whet your appetite.”

“Restaurant Realities: Eating Out Without a Doubt,” Thursday, Nov. 3, 4-4:45 p.m., Rachel Sender and Christine Blanke

“Food as Fuel for Fitness: Top 5 Tips,” Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12-12:45 p.m.,Nathan Myers and Courtney Long

“My Plate: The MyPyramid Makeover,” Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4-4:45 p.m., Kate Abel, Andee Gray and Cierra Neiswender

“Tips for a Healthier Holiday,” Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12-12:45 p.m., Andi Dean and Ashley Sites

“Simple Steps for Eating Right When You are Out,” Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-4:45 p.m., Sarah Painter and Sarah Bova

“Stressed?! Healthy Ways to Deal with the Pains and Pleasures of the Holidays,” Tuesday, Dec. 6, 12-12:45 p.m., Holly Harper and Pyrnie Calloway

Update to procedure for information related to College closure or delay 

Please note that there is a change in procedure to obtain information related to weather delays for the College. In the event classes or college events are delayed or canceled, the only sources to learn of such a delay or college closure due to weather will be from the following:

Emergency information line at 717-691-6084 (A recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message.)

Messiah College website


Text alert

Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff.

Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations  

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.

Important reminder from faculty services

Please see this attachment for important deadlines for J-term and spring semester 2012.


Campus Events Worker II (Custodial), Jordan, Second Shift — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker II. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7B position. The campus events worker II is an experienced custodial position dedicated to building maintenance and cleaning. In addition, this position is occasionally responsible for the set-up and tear-down of special events, classroom set up and event support. This position may also supervise a team of work-study students. Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs., share the enthusiasm of being a part of a college community and have the ability to interact professionally with students and conference guests. Two years of work experience is required; custodial or events experience preferred. To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter 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 at Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at ext. 2940. Applications will be reviewed upon request and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Procurement Systems Coordinator — The procurement office has an immediate opening for the position of procurement systems coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, band level 7E position. This position performs a variety of duties related to the Messiah College campus-wide purchasing systems by providing information related to proper procedures in the procurement of goods and services and technical assistance for the purchasing systems. This position will assist with policy, procedure and system implementation, campus training and end-user support and will coordinate information from campus departments and establish a control center for policies and procedures. This position is responsible for administrative oversight and maintenance of existing vendor contracts and programs. Education and experience required includes and associate’s degree and/or specialized procurement training required. Two to three years of system administration experience, minimum of two years of experience in procurement. Other requirements include demonstrated understanding of computer-based procurement practices, processes and systems; excellent interpersonal and customer relations skills; excellent project management skills to assist in managing implementation and maintaining automated procurement systems; outstanding communication skills for oral presentations and campus training; strong ability to perform detailed-oriented work accurately and pursue issues and questions in a diligent fashion; deadline-oriented and customer focused work ethic; excellent organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; and ability to work independently with minimal supervision. To apply, please submit a letter of application, résumé, 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.)  Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Danelle Watson, director of procurement, at ext. 2120.

For rent:

Double-wide in Sarasota — If you would like to spend the holidays in sunny Sarasota, we have a lovely double-wide rental available from Thursday, Dec. 15 to Wednesday, Jan 4; dates may be negotiable. Sleeps six, includes all amenities and heated pool. $65 per night. Call 717-697-5526. 

For sale:

Home for rent or sale —$1,400/month plus utilities or purchase for $199,900(price reduced). 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. See for more information. Contact Ben or Kristen Slabaugh at 717- 679-3779 or to schedule a showing. 

Price reduced on house in Dillsburg —Home has three bedrooms with two full baths, large eat-in kitchen, family room in lower level with wood stove, oversized two-car garage with workbench, sits on 5.2 acres of ground. Priced reduced from $214,900 to $199,900. E-mail at or call 717-512-1169.