Archive for 2011

November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
I Chronicles 16:8-10 (NRSV) 


Fabrizio Cilento, assistant professor of communication, recently published an article “Saviano, Garrone, Gomorrah: Neorealism and Noir in the Land of the Camorra” in the Global Noir Issue of “Fast Capitalism.”

Maude Yacapsin, assistant professor of special education, recently published an article “Self-Care for the Student Teacher: A Promising New Practice for Teacher Education Programs” in the Fall 2011 edition of “Pennsylvania Teacher Educator.”

Messiah 411

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 reading 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.

Nobel Prize seminar set for Dec. 6 

Please plan to attend the 2nd annual Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium, Frey 110. “2011 Physics Prize” will be presented by Abaz Kryemadhi, “2011 Chemistry Prize” will be presented by Rick Schaeffer; and “2011 Medicine Prize” will be presented by Larry Mylin.

December Graduates’ reception

Educators and staff are invited to a celebration reception for December graduates on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall.  This is a great opportunity to congratulate and show support for our graduates as they prepare to transition from Messiah College.  Refreshments will be served.  This event is sponsored by the office of alumni and parent relations and the Upper Class Experience Committee.  A list of December graduates is attached.  For more information,  contact the office of alumni and parent relations at ext. 5252.

Doctorate Tea 2011 planned for Dec. 8

A come-and-go Doctorate Tea will be held in the Howe Atrium of Boyer Hall on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. We will be honoring the individuals who have received their terminal degrees during 2011:

Heather Barto, Ph.D. in counselor education

Latinia Shell, Ed.D. in counseling psychology

Wanda Thuma-McDermond, nursing

Scott Weaver, D.P.S. in computer science

Lijuan (Stella) Ye, Ph.D. in applied linguistics 

Please drop by to congratulate your colleagues. Refreshments will be served.

Messiah employees “virtually” hiking the Appalachian Trail

More than 130 Messiah employees are tracking their exercise throughout the 2011-12 academic year and recording it on CBC’s website under a program titled “Walking Works.” Based on duration and intensity, each employee’s weekly exercise is converted to a particular number of steps (using 2,000 steps for a 15-minute mile as the reference). Then the weekly number of steps gets converted to miles along the Appalachian Trail. So how are we doing? After four weeks, 58 employees have crossed the North Carolina state line, and another 15 have crossed the Tennessee state line.

Recording the completion of wellness programs outlined

Employees completing wellness activities should record them on the completion form located at the Messiah Wellness webpage. When you have completed 100 wellness points, either e-mail or send it through campus mail to Doug Miller, box 4501. Do not record the completion of any programs anywhere online at Capital BlueCross’ webpage.  

Three Nutrition Wellness Workshops remaining

You still have time to attend a wellness workshop presented by our nutrition and dietetics students. The sessions are informative and entertaining. All the workshops are held in Parmer Cinema. Just think, you can support our students, learn some important information and pick up 10 wellness points-all for just 45 minutes of your time. Here are the upcoming sessions:

“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

Institutional research office offers facts about Messiah

The institutional research office has provided access to a wide array of up-to-date college statistics. Check out the updated Fact Book, enrollment summaries and other college-wide statistics including assessment results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). To explore the institutional research webpage, visit For the latest IR Newsflash on the NSSE results, visit this webpage

Laura Miller, assistant director of institutional research and analysis

Don’t get left out…send in your spring public events

The office of marketing and public relations is again producing the highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the spring semester. In an effort to bring more people to campus, we will mail the brochure to more than 5,000 homes in the community in early September. To ensure your public event is included, i.e. a concert, recital, play, lecture, conference, performance or any other event at which you would welcome the general public, please send the event, date, time, place, contact name, admission charge (if any) and phone number to Kim Christen no later than Wednesday, Nov. 23.

If your events are unable to be finalized by that date, please forward them to public relations as soon as they are confirmed. Although we will be unable to include them in the brochure, we will still be able to advertise them on our public events line on campus as well as through news releases and public service announcements. These brochures have been very well received in the past and demand for them has been high, both on and off campus. If you would like to order a quantity for your own department’s use, please call Kim Christen at ext. 7326. There will be a charge of $12 per 100 brochures (12 cents per copy) to cover the additional printing costs. 

Announcement about Channel 6 from conference services 

If you would like to advertise your event or place an announcement on the Channel 6 campus-wide television system, you must create a PowerPoint slide of your announcement and send it via e-mail to If your announcement is not in PowerPoint format, it cannot be shown on the televisions. Please send your slides at least five business days prior to when you want it to be shown and indicate in your e-mail the date your slide should begin to appear and the date it should be discontinued. Questions can be directed to the office of conference and event services at ext. 6009.

Department of procurement announces November and December holiday schedules

 Wednesday, Nov. 23 – accounts payable office will close at 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 24  and Friday, Nov. 25 – offices will be closed for Thanksgiving

Saturday, Dec. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 1 – offices will be closed for Christmas/New Year’s 

Holiday check writing and direct deposit dates will be as follows:

Checks/direct deposit from accounts payable will be processed on Tuesday Nov. 22 before the Thanksgiving holiday (deadline to submit is Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Dec. 20 and before the Christmas Holiday deadline to submit is Wednesday, Dec.11). 

1099 Tax Reportable Payments for 2011, this includes any vendor/person who provided services, rentals, referee/officials or honorariums to the College in 2011, must be submitted to purchasing/accounts payable for payment processing by Wednesday, Dec. 14 in order to meet our check deadlines for Dec. 20, the last check processing date in December.

To be in compliance with IRS regulations, all 2011 payments must be recorded and paid by December 2011. 

First check run and direct deposits for 2012 will be processed Thursday, Jan. 5.

Important reminder from faculty services

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

There are many ways to make change 

The Christmas season is nearly upon us! In celebration of this season of giving, we want to invite you to join us in a special aspect of this year’s Employee Christmas Luncheon. Last year as a part of the luncheon, the campus joined to donate gloves and mittens to the YWCA. This year, we are delighted to announce our partnership with the Salvation Army.  

The Salvation Army currently has 1,182 eligible, local families and senior citizens (more than 3,300 children – almost 1,000 more than last year) who have completed intake interviews for Christmas assistance (toys, clothing and food). We are excited to help the Salvation Army meet these needs through our kettles for change drive. This drive will provide two opportunities for the Messiah College community to donate spare change to the Salvation Army:

1)      Kettles: Salvation Army kettles will be placed in strategic locations across campus from Monday, Dec. 5 to Thursday, Dec. 15. Please locate the one closest to you and, if you feel so inclined, donate any extra change that you may accumulate during that time.

2)      Individual change boxes: Along with the kettles, we will be providing personal-sized change donation boxes. Someone in your department/building will make a change box available to you. You may keep this box and fill it with change until the day of the luncheon. At the luncheon, there will be large containers for you to drop your personal change box in. 

We are excited about the opportunity to serve alongside the Salvation Army during this Christmas season. Please join us in ringing in the Christmas season by donating change to benefit the Salvation Army. There are many ways to make change. 

Other ways to serve: 

The Salvation Army has 1,351 “red kettle” shifts that need to be covered at 28 locations on the West and East Shores from Friday, Nov. 25 to Saturday, Dec. 24. They also need individuals, families and groups who would be willing to adopt a family, adopt a senior and/or fulfill gift requests for children via the Giving Tree program. Adopt-a-Family/Child forms can be found here. The distribution dates to families are Thursday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 20, so a prompt return of the forms is requested. 

Please direct any questions to Victoria Johnson at at ext. 2289 or Kathy Castonguay at at ext. 7086. 

Volunteers needed for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving and cleanup at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year…and it’s fun! Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 16: Setup: 9 – 10:30 a.m.; Serving: Two 45-minute shifts during lunch; meet at 11:45 a.m. for instructions; and Cleanup: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources administrative assistant, at or ext. 2289 by Wednesday, Dec. 7.


Administrative Assistant Dining Services — The department of dining services currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7B position. This position is responsible for duties related to food management software, including data entry of invoices, addition of new items, updating pricing and inventory and various report functions. This position is also be responsible for completion of time sheets on a weekly basis for payroll as well as assisting in the day-to-day functions and operations of dining services, such as marketing of weekly menu, ordering of supplies and other administrative duties as assigned. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma, one year of administrative assistant experience and one year of experience in the food services industry preferred. Other requirements include strong interpersonal and communication skills; excellent numerical and data entry skills; ability to multitask; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; basic knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher); sensitivity to confidential information; and the ability to provide occasional catering support  on weekends or evenings. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, 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.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related question should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at Deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 28.

Assistant Director of Constituent Relations — The admissions office currently has an opening for the position of assistant director of constituent relations. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position works with the director of recruitment and constituent relations to reinforce admissions efforts by building and implementing a comprehensive volunteer and church relations strategy. This position is also responsible for assisting with student recruiting activities and has responsibility for a geographic territory. This position is integral to the admission and marketing function of the College. Education and experience requirements includes a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred. Three to five years of administrative/public relations experience required; three years of college admissions experience preferred. Other requirements include ability to relate well with a broad spectrum of constituencies (e.g. parents, students, church leaders, alumni, faculty and staff); excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and event planning skills; marketing, promotions and project management skills and experience; open to innovative strategies for recruitment and image-building; proficient in computer technologies (MS Office Suite, photo-editing, social media); ability to work some evenings and weekend days; and ability to drive to off-site campus events as necessary.  Some overnight stays may be required due to distance or venue. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, 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.) Deadline for applications is Thursday, Dec. 1. A job description is available on the human resource website. Job-related questions should be directed to Randy Ness, director of recruitment and constituent relations, at

Coordinator of the Created and Called for Community (CCC) Course — Messiah College currently has an opening for a six load units per year coordinator of the Created and Called for Community (CCC) course. The coordinator is responsible for all aspects of course leadership, including curriculum development, faculty development, instructional support, course promotion and assessment. The coordinator serves on various committees and participates in events to ensure that the CCC course is integrated within the larger educational program. The coordinator partners with the assistant dean for general education and common learning to ensure that appropriate course sections are offered and competently staffed. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a letter explaining your interest and fit for the position. Letters of interest and job-related questions should be directed to Robin Lauermann, assistant dean for general education and common learning, at or ext. 2410. A position description is available through human resources. Application deadline is Sunday, Jan. 15; however, applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 


Thomas Train — The wooden kind with tracks and or trains. E-mail

For sale:

House — Three bedroom, double-garage, split level house located in White Rock Acres.  Wooded, 1.25 acre lot with wildlife and mountain view. Electric heat with single-room thermostats. Public water and sewer. Propane fireplace in family room. Safe neighborhood and great neighbors. Eight miles from the College. Contact Ruth Bert, owner, 717-258-4127 or Patty Wareham, 717-979-2213.

Home for sale or rent —Asking $199,900 (price reduced) or $1,400/month plus utilities to rent. 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.