Archive for 2011

December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us.
I John 4:18-19 (NRSV)


On Nov. 5, Messiah College student team Michael Adams (‘13), Anthony Spargo (‘13) and Zachary Felix (‘15) came in third out of 159 college/university teams participating in the Mid Atlantic United States Regional Programming Contest of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The contest pits teams of three students against a dozen complex computer programming problems, with a grueling five-hour deadline. Computer Science professor Scott Weaver, ITS programmer Jason Long and alum Jonathan Corbin (‘03) advised the team. As a result of their strong performance against over 6,000 teams nationally, Messiah’s team is one of 100 invited to the international ACM World Competition in Warsaw, Poland next May. This contest, sponsored by IBM, is considered the oldest and most prestigious world programming contest. Please join the department of information and mathematical sciences in congratulating these students and their advisors.

The department of human development and family science was well represented at the 2011 National Council on Family Relations Conference in Orlando, Fla. Erin Boyd-Soisson, associate professor of human development and family science, presented a poster (that was co-authored with Amanda Lawrence (‘12 HDFS major and Smith Scholar intern) titled “Training up a Child: Amish Discipline Questions and Answers.” Njoroge Mbito, assistant professor of human development and family science, co-presented a paper titled “Adolescent Development of Social Competence in Sub-Sahara Africa: Does Parenting Matter?” with Gary Peterson, Stephen Wilson, Shann Hwa Hwang and Kevin Bush. Mbito also assumed his role as incoming chair of the International Section of NCFR. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, co-presented “Successfully Marketing Family Science Programs in Shifting Economic Times” with Suzanne Smith. Hamon was also inducted as an NCFR Fellow and presented a plaque and Fellows pin during the  President’s Reception. Rachel Shenk (‘13 HDFS major) and President of the Messiah College Council on Family Relations, made a presentation on the “Messiah College Council on Family Relations” – the featured campus affiliate during the Spotlight on Affiliates at the Affiliate Councils Leadership Training Workshop. Finally, eight Messiah students attended the conference.

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, directed the Messiah College Guitar Ensemble in providing music for worship and communion at the Dillsburg Brethren in Christ Church on Dec. 4. 

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Messiah Guitar Ensemble in concert Dec. 10

The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble will present its annual December concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel under the direction of Randall Zwally, director of guitar studies and senior lecturer in music. They will be joined by guest performers the Mechanicsburg Middle School Guitar Ensemble directed by Elizabeth Preston.

The concert will include performances on electric, acoustic, classical, 12-string and MIDI synthesizer guitars. The event will have a Christmas theme. Mechanicsburg Middle School (MMS) uses guitars as a teaching tool as part of its general music education program. Through that process the school develops a noteworthy guitar ensemble. The department of music collaborates with the MMS music faculty in fostering the use of the guitar in music education by performing joint concerts and making presentations at music educators’ conferences. This is the fifth year that these two ensembles will collaborate in this way. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. For more information contact department of music at ext. 3310.

Career Center and SGA offer grant opportunities for students

The Career Center has recently partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to develop a professional development grant opportunity for students interested in attending professional conferences or related activities. With limited funding available, grants will provide accepted students with half of their proposed funding needed for travel and registration costs, up to $300. Interested students can apply through the Career Center’s website Other components of the grant include a mandatory training session with a career coach prior to attending the conference, as well as an educational “give back” activity, which may include a poster session showcasing outcomes of their experience. For questions, please contact Abby Book, career coach and program coordinator in the Career Center, at ext. 3912 or

New vehicle policy  

The vehicle reservation office will be enacting a new Messiah College Vehicle Policy starting on Monday, Jan. 2. Two new highlights are priority usage and fines for “no shows.” Please read over the new policy and contact the vehicle reservation office if you have any questions. You may view the entire policy here.

Bringing students back to campus before Jan. 3?

If you are planning to bring students back to campus before Tuesday, Jan. 4 for ANY reason (athletics, club, cross cultural, work, etc.), please submit a list of student names, ID numbers, their housing assignment, date of arrival, reason for early arrival, and who will serve as their employee sponsor to by Monday, Dec. 12. There is no charge for housing  requests received by Monday, Dec. 12. Late requests will be charged a $10 fee. 

Upcoming Pilates Wellness classes announced

Sign-ups will begin immediately in the fitness center for two upcoming six-week Pilates classes. “Pilates at 5” will begin Monday, Jan. 23 and will run for six consecutive Mondays from 5-5:45 p.m. “Pilates at Noon” will begin Wednesday, Jan. 25 and will run for six consecutive Wednesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. Both classes will meet in Hostetter Fellowship Hall and have a $10 registration fee. These classes are available to both employees and students and are expected to fill up quickly. Registration and payment takes place in the fitness center at the front desk. If interested, sign up today! 

Spring semester wellness programs announced

Physical Activity Tracker – Do you regularly participate in either moderate or vigorous activity? Are you willing to record your activity each week? Then this wellness program is for you. This 10-week program will begin Monday, Jan. 23 and the goal is to achieve at least 30-40 minutes of moderate activity (walking, gardening, etc.) four days a week or 20-30 minutes of vigorous activity (basketball, running, cycling, etc.) three days a week. Participants record their activity online at the CBC website by midnight each Tuesday. At the end of the 10 weeks, you get 30 wellness points and better health. Look for more details coming your way on how to register for this program. 

EMPOWER Weight Management Program – Employees complete this eight-week weight management program that uses various resources to help set and meet goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise. The program includes one weekly group meeting on campus led by a wellness professional from the community. The program begins the week of  March 4. Mandatory weekly classroom sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (March 6, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, and May 1.) At the end of the 10 weeks you get 30 wellness points and better health. Look for more details coming your way on how to register for this program. 

A new option for wellness points

A new option has been added for collecting wellness points under category 4. In addition to attending a wellness workshop, getting first aid or CPR certified, donating blood, or participating in a small fellowship group, you can now go online and watch a webcast presented by experts at Hershey Medical School on a variety of relevant health issues. Simply go to When you click on “View Previous Sessions” the last five years of presentations will be available. Each year has 10-12 different power point lectures you can watch, with each presentation lasting 45-60 minutes. Watch one and you get 10 wellness points. 

Completing your wellness points

Just a reminder that employees seeking to accumulate 100 wellness points must complete the online Capital BlueCross Health Assessment, and get at least some points from each of the other categories (2, 3, and 4). When 100 points have been accumulated send the completed form (found at the wellness webpage) to Doug Miller via campus mail or e-mail. Detailed information on how to collect wellness points can be found here

Technology projects for spring 2012 announced

Join with us as we offer congratulations to everyone whose proposals were funded. We were very happy to receive 16 proposals and of those 11 were funded. We are very excited to see where these projects can go. As you see these individuals around campus, please stop them and see how the project is going. Below you will ask the projects and a brief description of each.

1. Louann Zinsmeister and Deb Loop, nursing: Explore the use of the iPad with on-line computerized testing software for the classroom.  Explore the use of the iPad format for documentation of the electronic health record (EHR) in simulations.

2. Kate Simcox, communication: Record students giving their speeches and have students review the video to see where they can improve. Also, they will use the iPads to shoot, edit and post news video and photos in our audio-visual newsgathering course. 

3. Ken Mark, Oakes Museum: The iPads will be used to store information, pictures, videos etc. to enhance the tours they will give to a tour group or a family. During a tour they can be used to search a topic spontaneously in order to answer a visitor’s question to which they have no answer. 

4. Abby Book and Christy Hanson, Career Center: iPads would allow us to engage and educate students, alumni and recruiters regarding critical resources, programs, involvement and recruitment opportunities. In addition, the amount of resources utilized in our work creates a great deal of paper;  iPads would allow us to become more efficient and “green” in our exchange of information.

5. Don Murk and Jen Fisler, education: Allow students to view course materials, including lessons, documents, and videos. Connect with other student teachers, their cooperating teacher, and their college supervisor. Interact with colleagues and instructors through the posting of photographs, documents, lesson plans, and videos. Receive notification of upcoming live sessions, meetings and assignment due dates. Participate in a socially-created community of fellow student teachers. 

6. Kathy Hettinga, art: Design as Author class. In Designer as Author we will be looking at concrete poetry, DIY design and design work for non-profits; additionally the course will have a focus on zines and various kinds of publications.

7. Cynthia Wells, masters of higher ed online class: Develop Podcasts using the audio recording capacities of the iPad. Develop two interactive keynote presentations. I have read that keynote provides some advantages for creating digital presentations over Powerpoint, particularly as it relates to professional image and incorporation of multi-media.

8. Wendy Cheesman, athletics: Explore and use technology in the clinical setting to increase engagement with students and reduce paper in record keeping. Explore and utilize applications in the evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. Strive to reduce/eliminate paper/hard copies of documents at athletic training and departmental meetings.

9. David Pettegrew, history: Use E-text for May term trip, iMovie for storytelling, blogging via WordPress and data collection in the field

10. Christine Perrin, English: Have the students commit numerous poems to recording on the iPad. They will be assessed on the basis of how well they have recorded the poem, how much understanding they demonstrate (and rhetorical grace). They will work in groups and use these recordings both to teach poems to the class as well as to study for the passage identification part of the final exam. They will experiment with video and audio and write in response to the various technologies and their impact. 

11. EpiCenter, student affairs: The use of digital storytelling (DST) projects on these cross-cultural courses can serve as an exciting and fresh addition to the traditional journaling and written stories required by faculty. Digital stories are short vignettes that combine the art of telling stories with multimedia objects, including images, video and audio. It provides a unique, collaborative debriefing tool for students to be placed at the crossroads of creative and analytical approaches to learning.

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: 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.

Salvation Army Change Drive boxes will be collected at the Employee Christmas Luncheon

In celebration of this season of giving, we are partnering with the Salvation Army to bring hope to those in need. Join us by depositing spare change in the red kettles around campus or collect change in your own red box. Bring the box with you to the Employee Christmas Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 16. Proceeds will be presented to the Salvation Army at the luncheon.

Haven’t received a red box? Contact Victoria Johnson, human resources administrative assistant, at or ext. 2289.


Head Field Hockey Coach/Sports Information Director/HHP Instructor — The department of athletics and health and human performance (HHP) currently has an opening for the position of head field hockey coach/sports information director/HHP instructor. This is a full-time, 10-month, administrative position. As the program leader for field hockey, the head coach is responsible for leading a program for student-athletes, who have differing abilities and skills, which pursues Messiah athletics’ complementary goals of striving for athletic excellence and developing Christian character. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree in appropriate field (i.e., sport administration); three years of college coaching experience (preferably one year of head coaching experience); experience in collegiate sports information; ability to administer NCAA Division III intercollegiate  program, including recruiting, scheduling, budgeting, travel, and practice plans; ability to coach, teach, and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to their sport to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships with student-athletes; demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the stages of student development and the importance of holistic education; ability to be a team player within the department and the college; good judgment and problem solving skills; good verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated commitment to continued learning/professional development (i.e., presentations, publications, serving on regional or national committees); previous experience in The Automated Scorebook/StatCrew statistical software, web design software, and photography and Pagination software; knowledge and ability to instruct undergraduate courses in sport management. 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 sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available in human resources. Job-related questions should be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, dean of students/vice-provost, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For rent:

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:

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.

House —Located at 178 Martel Circle, Dillsburg. Built in 2002, three bedroom, 2.5 baths, Colonial style. Call Troy Burkholder at 717-514-4663 or visit this website

Nintendo DS games — Pokeman Diamond Version, $20; Nintendogs Dachshund and Friends, $10; Animal Crossing Wild World, $20; Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia, $15. Contact

Stove — GE, white, electric stove with coil burners and self-clean oven. White with black trim. In good condition, works well. Approximately 18 years old; great for canning, hunting cabin, basement etc. Asking $35. Call Bill at ext. 3904.

Washer and dryer — Kenmore HE, front loading, two years old, excellent condition, three-year service agreement, $1,100; Sofa and chair set — $60; TV — 21-in., CRT with digital converter box, $5; TV stand — $10; Women’s bicycle — $75; Cedar-lined chest — Coffee table style height, $70. Some items available immediately, some available in January. E-mail for more information or pictures.

Wii console — Includes three controllers, three nun-chuck controllers, charging station for two controllers, rifle, blaster, saber and pistol, sensor, two Wii wheels and 13 games, rating “E” to “Teen.” $250 for everything, or can items/games separately. E-mail Carol at

Deacon’s Bench — Dark pine. 53 in. w × 20 in. d × 30 in. h. Some scratches on seat surface, otherwise very good condition, $95 (obo); Breakfront — Two stacking pieces. Dark pine. Dimensions stacked 64.5 in. w × 19 in. d × 99 in. h. Top has three doors with two glass shelves and wood base. Bottom has three drawers, plus three doors opening to two levels of storage. Top and bottom shelves are not adjustable. Exceptionally good condition, $350 (obo); Ethan Allen lamp table — Dark pine. Round top, 28 in. d × 26 in. h. Shelf below. Very good condition, $75 (obo); Ethan Allen drop-leaf cocktail table — Dark pine. 17 in. h × 54 in. l × 22.5 in. d with both leaves down, 36 in. d with leaves up. Good condition, $75 (obo); Antique chestnut sofa table, ca. early 1900s — 30 in. h × 60 in. l × 18 in. d. Needs tightening, $100 (obo); Antique mission rocker— Oak with ivory seat cushion (not leather). 25 in.w × 31 in. d × 34 in. h, $60 (obo); Flame-stitch wingback chair— 30 in. w × 30 in. d × 41 in. h. Comfortable, rarely used. Some fraying by kitten claws, otherwise very good condition, $70 (obo); Two antique floor lamps, ca. early 1900s — Both have one oversize (non-working) socket on top requiring an adapter for regular bulbs. Each lamp has three normal sockets just below the top, all of them working. One is 60 in. h with marble inset in base and original 15 in. shade, $40 (obo); other is 63 in. h, in very good condition with 19 in., Stiffel linen shade, $60 (obo); Levenger cherry reading stand —  Made in Denmark. Fully adjustable/reversible, designed to hold book and drink while you sit in chair or bed. 28 in.w × 20 in. d × 38 in. h, maximum. Like new, $50 (obo); Antique mirror— With new beveled glass in ornate carved frame, 26.5 in. d, $50 (obo). Photos available upon request. If interested, call ext. 7181 or 439-7504.

Multiple items — For our 50th wedding anniversary, I promised my wife by mid—December, I would get rid of a 50-year cache of my personal acquisitions-an embarrassing array of books; junk; a couple of nice antiques; an excellent stained glass tool set; lawn and garden tools, such as weed whackers; weights; leaf blowers; and hedge trimmers; electronic stuff, such as iPod external speakers and headphones; old cameras, including a 400 mm SLR lenses; outdoor nativity set; old but usable leaf vac and mulcher; one person indoor rocker-glider; antique fireplace bellows; large wheeled luggage; antique tools; draw knife, two-man/person saw, froe; antique washboard; assorted coffee-table books; panel insulation foam boards; wooden canoe paddles; dumbbell set; four-foot Lightning Glider sled; antique-like ceramic cat; Amish bent hickory rocker; bumper-mount bike rack; Alaska wooden bowl set; lawn spreader; and car ramps. We will also include some of my late in-laws good stuff and junk—a virtual hardware store for her dad and housewares and sewing stuff for Mom. No money? No problem. We will trade stuff for sweat-equity: leaf raking, insulation spreading, tree pruning, oil changing. Also e-mail us to see if we have what you’re interested in at or Half of the cash proceeds will go to Christian development organizations, such as MCC or World Vision. Or you may designate your charity of choice. Call 717-697-5526 or 717-215-1128.