Archive for 2011

December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

Luke 2:11-14 (NRSV) 

Editor’s Note: There will not be an issue of the Intercom published Dec. 22 or 29. The next issue will be Jan. 5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Remembering one another 

I would like to thank everyone for their cards, food, prayers and heartfelt condolences in the recent passing of my mother. I am very blessed to work at Messiah College with so many kind and compassionate colleagues.

Lisa Snyder, executive assistant for the vice president of operations 


Anne Reeve, associate professor of chemistry, recently presented her research at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society held in Richmond, Va. Her presentation, “Synthesis of an Aspernigrin A Analog” was coauthored by two Messiah College biochemistry majors who graduated last spring. The presentation described their work towards the synthesis of a potential anti-tumor agent first isolated from a marine sponge.

The Messiah College Concert Choir was featured in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) new holiday concert on Dec. 10 and 11. The concert was conducted by Stuart Malina and was held at the Forum in Harrisburg. The choir sang “I Saw Three Ships,” “Hallelujah Chorus” and seasonal songs with the orchestra. The Concert Choir has performed previously with the HSO on several occasions. 

Messiah 411 

Cultural Series presents a Christmas Concert with Four Celtic Voices Dec. 15

The ancient blessings and vibrant music of the Four Celtic Voices will bring an Irish Christmas for the Cultural Series Christmas Concert. The concert will take place on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at ext. 6036 or by visiting

Campus Bookstore to host Holiday Open House Dec. 16 

Please see this flyer for more information.

Conference services posts deadline for submitting event requests 

The deadline for submitting event requests through the office of conference and event services for the 2011/2012 school year is Friday, March 9. If your event requires any type of set-up or technical needs, the request must be submitted by the deadline or else the request will be denied. 

To make your request, please use the “Event Calendar Form” found on MCSquare under the “Employee” tab, “Employee Forms,” “Operations,” “Room Reservations Form.” 

Please contact the office of conference and events services at ext. 6009 with any questions.

Spring wellness programs registration is available 

Two wellness programs that we ran this fall will be repeated in the spring: Physical Activity Tracker and EMPOWER. Anyone planning on participating in the EMPOWER program this spring must register by following the instructions below. Only those who will be participating in the Physical Activity Tracker program for the first time this spring need to register using the instructions below. More information on programs can be found at the wellness webpage or by contacting Doug Miller at

To register for the either the EMPOWER weight management program or the Physical Activity Tracker program, click on this link to log in and then follow these instructions:

Enter your Messiah user name and password when prompted.
Click “Login,” and two wellness programs should appear (Physical Activity Tracker and EMPOWER).
Click the program you are interested in registering for.
Click “Sign Up” button (bottom right corner).
Review confirmation.
Click “Finish”. 

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 11:45 a.m.-12:30 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! 

A new option for wellness points

A new option has been added for collecting wellness points under category four. 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

Policy and procedure for refueling a fleet vehicle outlined 

The policy and procedure for refueling a fleet vehicle prior to return to campus states that the fuel tank must be filled if under.75 tank. Violations for not refueling a vehicle when returning to campus may include a $25 charge to the department that the student or employee works in. A second violation may include a $50 charge and loss of driving privileges for the specific student or employee who neglects to refuel the vehicle. Please be a good steward and refuel. 

Employee Christmas luncheon update 

Please remember to bring your red change boxes to the Employee Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 16. There will be bins for you to drop them in outside of Lottie Nelson Dining Hall. 

Listen for the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble as you enter the dining hall! They have graciously agreed to perform at the Christmas luncheon as a thank you for our partnership. 

Finally, volunteers are still needed: Four more people are needed to volunteer to be servers at the luncheon and four more people are needed to help clean up after the Christmas luncheon. Please contact human resources at if you are able to help.


Campus Events Worker III- CFAC Building Coordinator — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker III, Climenhaga Fine Arts Center (CFAC) building coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position. This position is responsible for overseeing cleaning, event set-up and performing cleaning duties during second shift. This position supervises a team of student workers. A high school diploma or equivalent is required as is two years custodial or events experience; supervisory experience preferred. Other requirements include ability to read and follow directions/event descriptions;  clean/maintain areas as directed; communicate effectively with others; demonstrate respect for others and act as a role-model to students; basic computer proficiency; ability to lift 50 lbs.; and possess a valid PA driver’s license. A detailed position description is available in human resources or on the College website . To apply, please submit a letter of interest and detailed résumé to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Financial Aid Technical Coordinator — The office of financial aid currently has an opening for the position of financial aid technical coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position supports all aspects of operation for the financial aid module of the SCT Banner software system and other software and technology products used by the financial aid office. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree, preferred field of study business information systems/programming; knowledge of BANNER Student Information System or other similar Oracle-based systems highly preferred; three years of financial aid experience strongly preferred; experience as a technical coordinator for the financial aid module of an Enterprise Resource Planning system at a college or university strongly preferred if no experience with BANNER; in-depth knowledge of database management and programming concepts; ability to update and maintain web content using the Luminis web portal; effective interpersonal and communication skills; strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work effectively as a team member as well as independently; ability to relate well to both on-campus and off-campus contacts; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; and knowledge of and ability to apply federal regulations governing student financial aid. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, salary requirements and statement of faith to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail (Application materials are strongly preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Greg Gearhart, director of financial aid, at Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 6.

For rent: 

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. 

For sale: 

Baby items —Bumbo with tray, $20, retails  for$45; Swing, $75, retails for $129; Playpen, $25; Sling, $10, retails for $50; Baby Bjorn Active, with back support, $80, retails for $130. All items are in great condition. I have additional items—just let me know what you are looking for. For more information, contact Trisha Gudeman at ext. 7215 or 814-404-9764. 

Vermont Castings Winter Warm small wood-burning fireplace insert — Model 2080. Cast iron, traditional black; 30,000 BTU output; 79 percent efficiency; ash retainer; door with window; dual fans. Wood box opening 20.5 in. w x 12 in. d x 11  in. h. Used less than 20 times. Reason for sale – remodeling home. Asking price $700 or best offer. Call Mike True at 717-712-5950 for more information or photo.

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