Archive for 2011

November 10, 2011

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 (NRSV) 


Thank you to everyone who helped out with Homecoming 2011. We were blessed with great weather and a large turn out from our alumni. We had over 1,500 alumni and family members back on campus this year. Save the date Oct. 12-13 for Homecoming 2012!

Jay McClymont, director of alumni and parent relations

A special thank you to all of our customers who purchased a limited edition “Pink Ribbon” Messiah College t-shirt during the month of October. The Campus Store donated a total of $600, $5 from every shirt sold, to support the Messiah College team walking in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. The team is walking to come together as a community and honor the memory of Carrie Foust, who lost her battle this past summer to AML leukemia. Carrie was an elementary education major and a member of the Class of 2013. The team hopes to raise money toward finding a cure for this horrible disease and walked in the Light the Night Walk at City Island on Saturday, Nov. 5.  

Please join us in welcoming Michelle Shellenberger, administrative assistant in the office of alumni and parent relations. Michelle joins us from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School where she worked as the office administrator for more than eight years. Please contact Michelle when you need alumni contact information or lists of alumni. To learn more about her, please check out the department website

Congratulations to Lijuan Stella Ye, lecturer in Chinese and the advisor for the Chinese program, for successfully defending her dissertation on Oct. 21 at Georgia State University. Her dissertation title, “Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in the United States: To Delay or Not to Delay the Character Introduction,” is a new and important area of research in the field of Chinese language education. Her presentation also won the 2011 award of CLTA Cheng and Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese. Part of her dissertation will be presented at the annual ACTFL/CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association) in November.

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President Phipps to host Open Door Day Nov. 28

President Kim Phipps will host an Open Door Day on Monday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. Open Door is an opportunity for you to speak with the President in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The President’s conference room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. A schedule for these dates and times may be found on the president’s web page. Please call the president’s office at ext. 5220 if you have any questions.

International Education Week events planned 

Join the office of multicultural and international student programs and the EpiCenter (International Programs) in celebrating International Education Week (IEW). Different events are planned for you and the surrounding community members starting this Friday, Nov. 11 to Friday, Nov. 18. Join the campus community in “Engaging the Changing World” by participating and attending wonderful international cultural events planned to provide an opportunity for engagement on global education. The week will open up with the showcase of the Hooley School of Irish Dance, presenting “Rince na Brio” and Messiah College Dance Ensemble. (Students attending must each pick up a free ticket at the ticket office or at the door to attend the famous Irish Dance and Messiah Dance Ensemble scheduled for this Saturday, November 12, 6-7:15 p.m., Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium. Employee and community members can purchase tickets by calling the ticket office at ext. 6036. General admission: $10; Messiah College students and children 16 and under are free, but tickets are required. The event is  open to the communities surrounding the college so make sure to purchase or pick up your ticket early!) Bring your friends and family members for a spectacular evening. For a complete schedule of International Education Week events, please visit and utilize the tabs on the right to view each day’s activities. 

Recognition and appreciation of sponsors: the office of the president; the offices of dean of students and the associate dean of students; the dean of the School of Science; Engineering and Health; The Collaboratory; the Agapé Center; Campus Ministries; SAB; department of theatre and dance; history, peace and conflict studies program; biblical and religious studies; The Sider Institute; alumni and parent relations; the office of the special assistant to diversity affairs; and the department of political science. 

Mark the beginning of Advent with the annual “Celebration of the Light”

All students and employees are invited to attend and celebrate the traditional start to the Christmas season Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m. Carol-singing, prayer, scripture readings and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree will all be a part of this year’s advent celebration. Hot chocolate, cider, pumpkin cookies and other seasonal treats will be served.

Supervisors are asked to provide release time as able to those non-essential employees who would like to attend.

Career Center announces employer site visit opportunities 

Sponsored by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE), opportunities are available for students to learn about careers, make contacts for internships and jobs, improve networking skills and meet other college students from across the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic through employer site visits. All majors and class years are welcome to explore careers in:publishing, non-profits, broadcast media, retail, pharmacy and healthcare, insurance, finance, accounting and much more! This year’s sites include:

Association of American Publishers                                        

Amica Mutual Insurance, Lincoln, RI       

Aramark, Philadelphia, PA           

AXA Advisors, LLC in Columbia, MD

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Owings Mills, MD          

Children’s Hospital of Boston     

City Year (Boston, MA; Providence, RI; New York, NY; New Hampshire; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC

CVS Caremark, Woonsocket, RI                

Deloitte, Parsippany, NJ               

Elko & Associates (Accounting), Media, PA

Federal Reserve Bank, Baltimore, MD


Meditech, Canton, MA                                 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC                   

MOD Worldwide, Philadelphia, PA

National Security Agency, Washington, DC                          

NBC Universal, New York, NY                                    

Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA                                           

PNC Financial Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Prime Rehabilitation Services, Toms River, NJ                                    

Prudential Financial, Dewitt, NY                                                

Smith Micro Software, Pittsburgh, PA                    

State Street Corporation, Boston, MA                                                   

Target, Springfield, PA  

Registration opens Monday, Nov. 14 and spots fill up very quickly. Encourage your students to register here. For more information, contact the Career Center.

PC upgrade process outlined

Over the last several years due to financial restraints we have been unable to upgrade PCs on the normal replacement schedule (four years). For this reason, many individuals across campus have PCs that are understandably out of date (five to six years old). We are completing an inventory to ensure we have accurate data. When complete, we will begin the process of replacing as many out-of-date computers as financially possible. The oldest PCs are being replaced first. Please be patient; your neighbor might get a new PC before you do.

The full-time faculty laptop initiative replaces faculty desktops with laptops providing greater mobility for faculty. This enables faculty to simply plug-in and project from their laptop in a classroom, removing the need to login at the beginning of class and shut-down at the end of class. Over the past few years, many full-time faculty members have already upgraded to laptops instead of PCs as part of this initiative and we would like to complete the process as soon as possible.

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


For rent:

Efficiency apartment in rural Dillsburg area — Ten minutes from Messiah campus. Single tenant only. Unfurnished, refrigerator provided. Private entrance and off-street parking. Large open deck overlooking wooded area. Available Thursday, Dec. 1., $425/month, all utilities included. Please reply to and leave a phone number for return call. 

Double-wide in Sarasota — Enjoy sunny Florida in December!Tthe week of Dec. 15 to 22 (or 23) is still open for a lovely double-wide home in Sarasota. All amenities, sleeps six and include heated pool. For more information, call 717-697-5526 or 717-215-1128. 

For sale:

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 announcements:

Benefit for Haiti ministry planned for Nov. 20 — Carlisle natives Jeff and Deb Denlinger and their children will be returning to the area in November to share their experiences, accomplishments and celebrations surrounding their work in Haiti this past year. The family, who is serving in Haiti through the non-profit organization, AWAKENHAITI invites members of the community to join them for the AWAKENHAITI Celebration and Benefit Event on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Carlisle Brethren in Christ Auditorium from 3-5 p.m.

AWAKENHAITI and the Denlinger family have partnered with the Haitian community leaders to help meet basic needs of orphaned children, families and a tent city near Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, which was devastated by the earthquake in January 2010. For more information on the event, visit or AWAKENHAITI on Facebook. 

African Children’s Choir to sing at Grantham Church — The energetic and inspirational African Children’s Choir will be singing at The Grantham Church on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The public is invited!