Archive for 2011

December 1, 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I Corinthians 2:9 (NRSV)


Jenell Paris, department of sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice, and Michelle Knights published “Understanding CCCU Faculty of Color,” inThe Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Learning,” ed. Samuel Joeckel and Thomas Chesnes, pp. 211-220, (Abilene, TX: ACU Press) 2011. Paris also lectured“The End of Sexual Identity” and “Sex is (Not) A Big Deal” at Calvin College. 

On Nov. 11, Messiah students, Taryn Tenaglia, Alicia Spotts, Josh Lambert, and Shannon Berger participated in the Holiday House at Bermudian Springs Elementary School. They wore elf hats and helped the elementary students shop for students and families in need at the Holiday House store. The event provided an opportunity to have fun learning math and give to those in need.

Along with colleagues from the University of Maryland, Anita N. Voelker, associate professor, recently published an article titled “Children’s Comprehension of Informational Text: Reading, Engaging, and Learning” in the upcoming issue of “The International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education.”

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, directed the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble in presenting an assembly of music for the students at the Carlisle Autism School on Nov. 29. He also led a group of music majors on a tour of the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, Pa. on Nov. 15. 

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Celebrate Christmas with the Oakes Museum

Plan to visit the Oakes Museum of Natural History on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1-5 p.m. for the third annual Holiday Open House. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you in the community for supporting us throughout the year. Admission is free, so invite a friend. There will be a polar bear craft project and activities for children ages 3-12, special discounts in the gift shop, and hourly drawings for museum gift certificates. Refreshments will be served. The Oakes Museum of Natural History is located in the Jordan Science Center. You do not need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the museum office at ext. 6082 or at if you have further questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Oakes Museum is also hosting Mondays at the Museum for the college community.  The museum will be open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on December 5, 12 and 19.  Interpretive tours will be given at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  More information can be found here.

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.

Elisabeth Warren to present senior honors project on Dec. 8 

Elisabeth Warren, senior communication major, will be presenting her senior honors project, “Defining the Developing World: Narrative Criticism Examining Global Nonprofits’ Portrayals of Third World Poverty” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in Boyer 131. The project addresses how global nonprofit organizations tell the stories of the poor from a first world perspective, resulting in distorted perceptions of third world poverty. These findings will be tied to the discipline’s understanding of Walter Fisher’s narrative paradigm, engaging his theory’s lack of focus on marginalized stories. 

Faculty, thank you in advance for supporting Liz in this important research endeavor. She has been a wonderful advocate for the communication department.

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.

There is still time to contribute to the United Way Employee Pledge Drive

You can still give to your favorite nonprofit through the United Way. Wednesday, Dec. 7 is the deadline to submit through payroll deduction. Return your employee pledge form to Kathy Castonguay, box 3015, today!

Development Update: Reunion classes give nearly $60,000 for the Messiah Annual Fund and scholarship aid 

Homecoming 2011 was a wonderful time of celebration as alumni came home to reunite with friends and the campus community. The Development Office is grateful that four classes commemorated their reunion with class gifts to the College.  Reunion giving is not only about the amount that’s given; it’s about people showing appreciation of their own Messiah experience and supporting the College by supporting today’s students. 

The classes of 1961, 1986, 2001, and 2006 generously gave $59,546 to the Messiah Annual Fund this year in honor of their class reunion. We are blessed by the generosity of these alumni and thankful for their ongoing support! 

For more information, contact Kristin Zummo, director of annual giving, at ext. 3190 or

Library offers extended hours and other special events during finals week

Please see this attachment for more information.

Murray Library website goes mobile

Smart phone and other mobile device users who visit the Library website will automatically be redirected to our new mobile site. Featured links include the library catalog, JSTOR, EBSCO databases, WorldCat, Library hours, as well as other useful resources. There will be a link at the bottom of the menu for the full-site option as well.

GroupWise availability ending Jan. 1

With the migration last May to Live@Edu and Outlook for e-mail, our former GroupWise system is no longer needed and will be permanently shut down on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012. If there is a reason that you are still referring back to the GroupWise system on occasion, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at ext. 4444 to discuss and help us determine how to eliminate that need prior to Jan. 1.

Review the latest ITS blog posts

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Reminder to RSVP for Employee Christmas Luncheon

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP for the Employee Christmas Luncheon to human resources by Friday, Dec. 9. The RSVP card, located at the bottom of your invitation, is also your entry into the raffle drawing. Please note that you must be present to win. We’re looking forward to a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment! Please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources, at or ext. 2289 with questions.

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; 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.

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 together 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-size 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.


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. This position is an internal posting and is open to current Messiah College faculty members. 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 Dr. 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.

Director of International Student Programs — The division of student affairs has an opening for the position of director of international student programs, designate school official (DSO) to begin in June or July 2012. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position. This position advises international students (F-1 Visas) and scholars about U.S. government regulations, issues related to cultural adjustment and general orientation to Messiah College and U.S. higher education. The director of international students coordinates student support services and teaches a one credit course. In addition, the director of international student programs works as a member of a team in the intercultural office and works with several aspects of international student programming in the office and division of student affairs. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred in education, college student personnel, international affairs, or a related field. This position requires a minimum of one to two years of administrative and leadership experience that includes F Visa and SEVIS advising, working with international students and scholars programs and services; working in conflict management and mediation; experience studying and/or living abroad is strongly preferred. Other requirements include ability to relate well to people from diverse cultural backgrounds; strong interpersonal, collaborative, oral and written communication skills; ability to prioritize, plan, and implement educational programs and activities; proven ability to work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced environment with attention to detail and accuracy; demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team; excellent public relations skills; and ability to manage budgets. Please see online job description here  for additional details regarding the position. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, brief philosophy of working with international students, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail (Application materials sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions may be directed to Doug Wood, associate dean of students, at Deadline for applications is  Monday, Jan. 30.

 For rent: 

Apartment — Walk-in basement apartment within easy ten-minute walk to campus in a pleasant, quiet neighborhood. One bedroom, living-dining area, kitchen and bath. Refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer provided. Includes oil heat, sewer, garbage collection. Available Sunday, Jan. 1. Rent $375. Call 717-766-4937.

Apartment — Large two bedroom apartment in Mechanicsburg, less than five miles from Messiah. First and second floor large rooms and high ceilings. Combination of hardwood floors and carpet.  Off-street parking. $650 per month includes some utilities. Call 717-557-7738 if interested.

Apartment — Two bedroom second floor apartment for rent in rural Dillsburg (10 minutes from campus). Available Wednesday,  Feb. 15. Unfurnished, suitable for married couple or small family.  Kitchen, dining area, den and living room; two bedrooms and a nursery/office area; 1.5 bath; laundry room with washer and dryer hook-ups. Private outside entrance, off-street reserved parking. $825 per month plus security and cleaning deposit; utilities included. For more information, e-mail

For sale:

Amani Bead Sale to benefit New Life Homes of Kenya —Visit the Amani Bead sale Tuesday, Dec. 6 to Thursday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. in Eisenhower Commons. You can help support the wonderful work of New Life Homes in Kenya through your purchase of our hand crafted Amani bead jewelry or Kenyan market items, all priced between $5 and $40. Amani jewelry, key chains and ornaments feature beads from Kazuri Beads of Nairobi, Kenya, a fair trade organization that employs single mothers, and all proceeds from the sale benefit New Life Homes of Kenya which cares for orphaned and abandoned infants – a beautiful circle of love and hope. Join us for a cup of Hibiscus tea from Kenya and holiday shopping which benefits a great cause. We accept cash, checks, credit card, and Falcon dollars. See flyer for more information. 

Washer and dryer — Kenmore HE, front loading, two years old, excellent condition, three-year service agreement, $1,100; Sofa and chair set — $60; Two tall book cases — $10 each; TV — 21 in. CRT with digital converter box, $5; TV stand — $10; Kitchen island — On wheels, four doors, two drawers, extendable counter, $65; Vacuum — Kenmore bagless upright, $30; Women’s bicycle — $75. Some items available immediately, some available in January. E-mail for more information or pictures.

Florida orange or grapefruit juice — Order fresh squeezed Florida orange or grapefruit juice for delivery in February or early March. $2.50 per quart for grapefruit; $3 per quart for orange. Pink or yellow grapefruit, and juice oranges, $3 per dozen. Prices available for quantities. All organic. Limited supply. Order from


Instruments — January term cross-cultural course to Cambodia will be hosted by Asian Hope, a non-profit organization serving disadvantaged Cambodia youth. Their school, Logos International School, is working to build an instrumental band program, but instruments are hard to find in Cambodia. If you might have a baritone, flute or saxophone, in good working order, just sitting in your attic, we would love to carry it with us and donate it to the school. The instruments should be in good working order as there are not repair services in the country. Contact Roseann Sachs at if you have an instrument you would be willing to donate.

Temporary housing —Senior at Messiah College and recently married to Suzan, a woman from northern Uganda. As Suzan anticipates arriving in the U.S., we are looking for housing in, or near, Grantham for final semester (Jan 3-May 15). We have not yet found affordable housing, especially since Suzan cannot work until obtaining her green card. If anyone is in need of a live-in housekeeper (for cooking, cleaning, gardening, babysitting, etc.), please get in touch with us. We also may be able to rent a very inexpensive spare room. We are willing to consider virtually anything, so if you are able to help, have any ideas, or want to know more, please contact Phil Wilmot, at or 717-688-3128.