Archive for 2012

December 13, 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Psalm 19:1 (NRSV)

News

At the end of December, Meg Jones Hoover, director of community life at the Philadelphia Campus, will be leaving Messiah College. Meg’s husband Brandon Hoover will begin working as the sustainability program coordinator at Ursinus College and they will be moving to Collegeville, Pa. Meg is very sad to be leaving Messiah College and the Philadelphia Campus, but she is grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with their six-month-old son, Paxton. Meg’s warm and friendly personality will be greatly missed by students, faculty and staff. We offer our best wishes to her and her family as they begin the next phase of their lives.

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, and Kerry Harker-Roth, adjunct instructor in viola and stringed instrument methods, performed a concert at Slate Hill Mennonite Church this past Sunday to benefit Christian health care missions in Haiti. The event raised $5,000 to be donated to Thriving Villages International’s ongoing medical service in that country.

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Staff cookie break set for Dec. 19

See this attachment for complete details.

Virtual EMS training available Dec. 18 

You are invited to a Virtual EMS (the College’s scheduling software) users mini-training session to be held in Boyer 131 on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 10-11 a.m. At this session, we will give an overview on how to get the most out of Virtual EMS. We will also unveil our new Events Calendar Form. This new, easy-to-use spreadsheet includes forms you’ll need for your event to be successful. Please RSVP to roomres@messiah.edu to reserve a seat for this session.

Children’s Book Drive is part of Employee Christmas Luncheon

In the spirit of Christmas, we are asking each employee to bring a new children’s book to the employee Christmas luncheon which will be donated to The Downey School in Harrisburg. We’ve provided options for those last minute shoppers:

  1. Barnes & Noble – purchase a book from the attached list of suggestions. Use Bookfair ID 10955920 and 10 percent of your total purchase cost will be donated to The Downey School. 
  2. Campus Store – Employees who show their ID will receive a 20 percent discount on the purchase of a book for Downey.
  3. Friends of the Library – also has children’s books available for sale near the circulation desk.

No time to shop? Donations for a Scholastic Weekly Readers fund will be accepted outside of Lottie on Friday. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at kcastong@messiah.edu with any questions.

Merry Christmas from the Oakes Museum of Natural History 

The Oakes Museum would like to wish the Messiah College community a very Merry Christmas! Messiah College faculty and staff are always free during our public hours. We are open Saturdays (except over the Christmas holiday) from 1-5 p.m. If you have any questions about visiting us, visit our website or contact Helena Cicero, at hcicero@messiah.edu or ext. 2431.  

Reminders from accounts payable 

Accounts payable will issue their first 2013 checks and ACH (direct deposit) on Friday, Jan. 4. If you have invoices that need to be paid prior to this date, please submit them to accounts payable no later than Friday, Dec. 14. Dec. 20 is our last check run /ACH direct deposit of 2012. Please remember to submit all requests for 2012 services, including honorariums, consulting, officials-referee, rentals, contracted services, etc. to meet our IRS guidelines for tax reportable payments. If you have not received an invoice for these services, please ask the supplier to provide that to you by Dec. 13. Any questions regarding this information, contact Teri Rader, accounts payable coordinator, at ext. 2910.

Classifieds

Positions available:

Part-time Administrative Assistant Agapè Center for Service and Learning — The Agapè Center for Service and Learning currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant to the Agapè Center for Service and Learning. This is a part-time (30 hours-per-week from August through May and 15 hours-per-week during June and July), band 7C position. The administrative assistant supports the director and staff related to the oversight of the Agapé Center and its programs. This includes overseeing the daily operation of the Agapé Center facility and providing support for curricular and co-curricular campus wide programming. Education required is a high school diploma or equivalent; some college preferred. Also must have one to two years administrative experience; event planning experience is a plus. Other requirements include office management skills including supervisory, administrative and organizational skills; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work well with diverse constituency, both on and off-campus audiences; ability to relate well to college students; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; preferred familiarity with Outlook, Banner and Contribute software; detail oriented; and ability to work with minimal supervision. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and rèsumè to: Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email). A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Chad Frey, director of the Agapè Center for Service and Learning, at ext. 7255. 

Part-time Administrative Assistant College Ministries — College Ministries currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a part-time, 9.5 months, 32.5 hours per week, band 7C position. Work dates are Aug. 1 – May 31 annually. This position provides secretarial support to the department of college ministries and duties include general support responsibilities with a focus on tracking chapel attendance. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent as well as a minimum of one to two years of administrative support/secretarial experience. Other requirements include ability to exhibit a polished phone presence and communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including students and external contacts; effective organizational skills and the ability to organize tasks effectively; strong computer proficiency, including ability to draft reports, work with graphics and Power Point and update website; and ability to work independently doing filing, database entry and preparing reports.  For a complete job description, please see the human resources website. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via email are preferred.) Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Job-related questions may be directed to Eldon Fry, college pastor, at ext. 6520.

Wanted:

Two car seats — I need to borrow two car seats for children ages three and five for one week in January (1-8). If anyone has a car seat of either size that they’d be willing to let me borrow for that week, please email mramey@messiah.edu.

Free:

Desk and chair — Rolling desk chair with high back; large desk with a large work area. It’s yours if you haul it away! Contact rcornacchio@messiah.edu.

For sale:

Lego Lord of the Rings — Attack on Weathertop (9472); put together one time. All 430 pieces, box and instructions included. Excellent condition. Paid $60 for item, asking $30. For photos, contact lzimmerman@messiah.edu

Playhouse — 6 ft. x 9 ft. cedar playhouse with cedar shake shingles and balcony. Includes three cedar flower boxes, shutters and beaded doorway. Also includes three swings, one swing bar, sliding board and stairs to playhouse. Remainder of frame is treated lumber. Can be disassembled in sections. Asking $700 or best offer. Contact rhamon@messiah.edu.

Train table — $65. Contact HKreider@messiah.edu for a picture of the table.

Youth snowboard — Peterline, 133cm, $90; Youth/men’s snowboard boots — Tribute, size 7.5, $25; Train table — Made of oak with removable legs to slide under a bed; keeps wooden train sets off of the floor; $50. Pictures available upon request. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

December 6, 2012

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NRSV)

News

Our thanks for the support, prayers and cards we have received from our Messiah College family in the recent illness and death of Ellie’s mother Virginia J. Muir. We appreciate this caring community!
John, interim dean, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, and Ellie Addleman, counselor and wellness educator

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New art exhibition features works by Christine and Donald Forsythe 

“Passage”, a new art exhibit featuring works on paper by Christine and Donald Forsythe, will be featured through Sunday, Jan. 27, in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery. There will be an artist talk with reception Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in the gallery. 

This exhibit is designed to present the delicately intertwined aesthetic — translated through paper, of paper and on paper — of two members of Messiah’s department of visual arts faculty. A portion of the work on view was created during visits to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland and is a response to the rural County Mayo coastline. Additional pieces in handmade paper, mixed-process printmaking, collage and artist’s books were created especially for this two-person show in the Aughinbaugh Gallery. 

Christine A. Forsythe, professor of art, has been teaching ceramics and fibers courses at Messiah College since 1982. She earned the MFA degree in weaving and textiles from the School of American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. She has been an Artist in Residence at The Vermont Studio Center and has also taught for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy. Currently the chair of the department of visual art, Christine’s work in artist’s books, weaving and papermaking have been widely exhibited. 

Donald J. Forsythe received his MFA in printmaking from the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979. An active teacher and workshop leader, Don has lectured, curated exhibitions and shown his own work in over 100 exhibitions across the country. He was awarded a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland in 2002 and is currently completing his tenth year as distinguished professor of art at Messiah.   

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Visit the gallery website for more information.

Library extends hours for finals week

We heard students’ requests and are happy to announce extended hours during finals week:

                Sunday, Dec. 9: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.

                Monday, Dec. 10-Tuesday, Dec. 11: 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

                Wednesday, Dec. 12: 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m. (normal hours) 

                Thursday, Dec. 13: Closing at 5 p.m. (after last finals! Hallelujah!)

Please see this attachment for complete information about other special events taking place at the Library.

Farewell reception for employee Dec. 13 

Please join in bidding farewell to Stephanie Perry, graphic designer in the office of marketing and public relations. After 11 years of doing excellent design and photography work for the College, Steph is leaving her position to open a café on Third Street in Harrisburg. Steph and her husband Ammon will open Yellow Bird Café in mid-January. We invite you to join us in wishing Steph well at a farewell open house on Dec. 13 from 3-5 p.m. (please note time change) in the Private Dining Room.

Social Security information available Dec. 17

The representatives from Capital View Wealth Management will be on campus on Monday, Dec. 17 for two sessions in Parmer Cinema regarding Social Security. Times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Christmas cookies will be served. Please call human resources to reserve your cookie and your timeslot! Please see attachment for complete information.

Funds are still available for Student Professional Development Grant

Just a reminder that there are still funds available for the Student Professional Development Grant. This grant opportunity, funded by SGA, is for students interested in attending professional conferences or related activities. Grants will provide accepted students with half of their proposed funding needed for travel and registration costs, up to $300. Limited funding is available per semester, so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Applications are available on the Career Center’s website. Other components of the grant include a mandatory online training session and an educational “give back” activity, which may include a blog post highlighting outcomes of their experience. Please contact Abby Book with any questions at ext. 6016 or abook@messiah.edu.

Children’s Book Drive is part of Employee Christmas Luncheon

In the spirit of Christmas, we are asking each employee to bring a new children’s book to the Employee Christmas Luncheon. These books will be donated to The Downey School in Harrisburg and will help build the second through fourth grade classroom libraries. The teachers have supplied a list of recommended books. Downey is a public school and therefore the books cannot be religious in nature. For convenient shopping, the Campus Store will have several recommended titles available for purchase. Employees who show their ID will receive a 20 percent discount on the book purchase. In addition, Barnes & Noble will host a Bookfair from Dec. 8 – 13 with 10 percent of the proceeds going to The Downey School. Please share the Bookfair vouchers with friends and family as purchases at any Barnes & Noble location, as well as online purchases, are eligible. Do your Christmas shopping and help Downey at the same time! The voucher number must be supplied. The list of recommended books is available, along with the Barnes & Noble materials, on this attachment. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at kcastong@messiah.edu with any questions.

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. 7. The RSVP card, located at the back 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 HRAdmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289 with questions. 

Note: Doors will open at 11:50 a.m. this year to ensure the program begins on time.

Additional volunteers needed for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving, and clean-up 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. Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday, Dec. 14: Set-up: 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12 p.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 HRAdmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289 by Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Procurement department to have limited availablility Dec. 10-12

Please note that the procurement department will be meeting with a consultant beginning on Monday, Dec. 10 through Wednesday, Dec. 12. We will have limited phone and email access during this time but will try to respond to your needs as soon as possible. 

Policy outlined for use of personal space heaters 

Please review the attachment for information regarding the use of personal space heaters. If you have any questions, please contact HKreider@messiah.edu.

Classifieds

Positions available:

Administrative Assistant, School of Humanities and General Education — The dean’s office of the School of Humanities and General Education has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7D position. This position provides support to the dean of the School of Humanities and assistant dean of general education. Responsibilities include calendar and schedule management, meeting preparation, file management, communication with faculty, staff, students and community members; and administrative support projects. The position also oversees student workers. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree and/or specialized training and two to three years of administrative support experience. Other requirements include professional-level communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; expert computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Outlook, Banner, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Contribute as well as social media outlets; ability to work in various databases as well as understand basic web design and web page maintenance; ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight;  ability to develop and implement systematic electronic filing systems; ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and a professional demeanor and workspace at all times; and basic understanding of compliance and regulations related to higher education. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, rèsumè, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions may be directed to human resources at ext. 5300. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Graphic Designer — The department of marketing and public relations has an immediate opening for the position of graphic designer. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position is responsible for providing an intermediate (experienced) level of graphic layout and design support, assistance with maintaining institutional visual identity standards, routine client consultations and basic professional design advice to clients for their College publications intended for external audiences; non-feature related design for The Bridge magazine; design support for the annual President’s Report and for other higher profile College publications; basic visual design support for the College website and other digital communications; and some basic photography support for print, web and other digital communications. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree in a discipline such as graphic or visual communication; graphic, visual, multimedia, communication design, etc. Two to five years of print graphic design experience in a Mac environment and some web visual design education or experience; some prepress and photography experience preferred; marketing background a plus. For a complete job description, please see the human resources website. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via email are preferred.) Job-related questions may be directed to Deb Sauders, director of print and web communications/assistant director of marketing, at ext. 2350. Deadline for applications is Dec. 14. 

Interim Director of Community Life, Philadelphia Campus — The Messiah College Philadelphia Campus, a vibrant intentional community of students, staff and faculty who live and learn together in the heart of North Philadelphia, is seeking an interim director of community life with an employment start date of Jan. 2, 2013. The interim director of community life is a full-time, live-in position that is responsible for overseeing all co-curricular activities, programs and components including student life activities and student personnel, co-curricular learning, work, residential life (housing, food service and safety), health services, semester orientation and emergency response. The ideal candidate will have significant residence life and multicultural and/or urban experience and will have a passion for working with college students while assisting them in understanding realities of the urban setting. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree in a related discipline. Four years of experience in student development is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a well-articulated philosophy of student affairs; support for and commitment to integration of curricular and cocurricular programming; capable of working collaboratively within a small organizational community as part of an educational team; ability to demonstrate respect for others, build trust and rapport across teams and act as a role-model to students; excellent verbal and written communication skills; enthusiasm for Messiah College ideals and working with college students; high level of energy; enthusiasm for Messiah College Philadelphia Campus’ commitment to engagement of the city as text and context; experience living and/or working in an urban and/or multicultural setting; ability to work with a diverse group of students; ability to facilitate community chapel services; excellent organizational and program design skills; ability to work independently on multiple tasks; and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Ryan Gladwin, program director of MCPC, at ext. 7504.  Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Substitute Childcare Teachers — The Early Learning Center (ELC) currently has openings for substitute childcare teachers. These varied, on-call positions are responsible for covering teacher absences and teaching children in accordance with the Center’s stated mission and policies. Necessary education and experience requirements include an associate’s degree in early childhood education or related field and three years of experience in an early childhood program. Must possess the following certifications: CPR/First Aid/health assessment/FBI clearance/Act 80/Act 48, if applicable. Must have the ability to positively and effectively communicate and interact with young children, parents and College students in order to assist in developing and maintaining high quality early childhood programming. Must have the ability to maintain a sense of flexibility when interacting with children and co-workers, supporting and respecting each person’s strengths, abilities and ideas and have solid organization skills. Applicants should provide a letter of application summarizing interest in the College and the position, a comprehensive rèsumè and salary requirements. Application materials should be sent to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or emailed to humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Stacey Griffiths, director of the ELC, at ext. 6085. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the positions are filled.

For rent:

Apartment —Two large bedrooms, one-bath, living room, eat-in kitchen; all in great condition. This is a first-floor, end-unit with a covered patio area and off-street parking is provided. The property is located just three miles from Messiah across from Hoss’s and Stauffers of Kissel Hill and just behind the Upper Allen Township Building off of Gettysburg Pike. Renting at $850 per month. Interested parties may contact Joy Ellis at jellis@messiah.edu or call 717-919-5070.

For sale:

Foosball table — Sportcraft, good condition. Very sturdy construction. Perfect Christmas gift for the whole family. Asking $175. Email hmyers@messiah.edu for pictures or more information. 

Nintendo DS — $35; Nintendo games — Happy Feet $7, Nintendogs Lab $7.50, Nintendogs Dachshund $7.50, Sims 2 Pets $7.50, Horsez $7.50, Animal Crossing Wildworld $15. Contact Pam at 717- 645-8589 or pseibert@messiah.edu.

Train table — 78 pieces of wooden tracks, water tower, soder engine wash, tunnels, bridge, 11 track risers and plenty more accessories! All for $150. Contact HKreider@messiah.edu  for picture of table and list of additional accessories.

1997 Red Ford F-150 truck —68,000 miles, V8 Supercab with third door, Four-wheel drive, AC, sliding rear window, power windows and locks, long truck bed with bed liner and roll-up tonneau cover. $8,000. Call ext. 2604.

November 29, 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
I Thessalonians 3: 11-13 (NRSV)

News

The department of human development and family science was well represented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference in Phoenix, Az., Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science, co-presented a paper titled “Turning Inward:” Acculturative Stress, Immigration & Adaptation of Mexican Immigrant Families in the Midwest” with Ruben Viramontez Anguiano (Bowling Green State University). Reyes also attended the committee meeting of the NCFR Inclusion and Diversity Committee, the meeting of the Focus Group Effectiveness Taskforce and the editorial board meeting of the Journal of Family Theory and Review and served as co-chair and facilitator of the new Latino Research Focus Group. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, co-presented in a poster symposium with Rachel Schmuck (sr. HDFS major) and Jessica Short (sr. HDFS major) titled “The Elder Service Partner Program: An Overview and Evaluation.” Raeann also co-presented a roundtable with Suzanne Smith (Washington State University Vancouver) titled “Ensuring Healthy Job Prospects for Family Science Undergraduates.” As an NCFR Fellow, Hamon was also invited to host a Fellows Roundtable which she devoted to the topic of “Integrating Service-Learning into the Family Science Curriculum.” Eight HDFS/FCSE students (Rachel Shenk, Megan Dubbs, Alyssa White, Rachel Schmuck, Sarah Narehood, Katherine Ake, Teagan Bohn, Kayla Griffith) were also at the conference attending leadership workshops and special sessions for student affiliates as well as the regular sessions. Unfortunately, six other students were unable to attend the conference since their flights were cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

On Nov. 10, six students took part in the 2012 ACM Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest with 171 teams from 65 different schools. The Falcons Blue team made up of Zachary Felix, Mike Adams and Anthony Spargo took 11th place solving four of the eight problems (the first place team solved five, so the Falcons Blue team was not far behind). The Falcons White team made up of Nathan Chaney, Joss Steward and Marcus Upton took 149th place solving one problem. For more information, please visit the Programming Team website.

The much-awaited restoration of the Yellow Breeches Creek banks and installation of a riparian buffer zone will begin construction on Monday, Dec. 3. This phase of the project, financed by Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener County Environmental Initiatives monies through York County and the Class of 2011 senior class gift will include installation of six, log-faced stone deflector fish habitat structures designed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, 20 in-stream boulders and a new canoe landing area with gravel pull-off and controlled stream access. Installation is being done by Gleim Environmental Group under a GP-1 permit from the PA DEP and Erosion and Sedimentation Plan filed with Cumberland County Conservation District. Any questions can be directed to David Foster at ext. 6860. 

I would like to thank Erik Lindquist, professor of biology and environmental science, and Jared Rudy, manager of grounds, for their tree planting efforts at the base of Cemetery Hill before Thanksgiving. Students in Lindquist’s field biology class planted over 500 trees—all native species—with the coordination of the grounds department. This tree planting is equivalent to reducing all of the facility services vehicle emissions for FY12. This project is part of a larger riparian buffer stream restoration project at the same site, led by David Foster, professor of biology and environmental science, and funded through the Department of Environmental Protection’s “Growing Greener” program. Efforts such as these have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and have earned Messiah College their “Tree Campus USA” designation.
Craig Dalen, director of sustainability 

We are excited to report that our employee pledge drive for the United Way has once again exceeded expectations.  Employees pledged a total of $40,869, surpassing our target of $35,000 by 17 percent. CommUNITY coupons, entitling the bearer to a discounted lunch at Lottie Nelson, are in campus mail to employees who participated, courtesy of dining services. Thank you for your support for our neighbors in need.

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Oakes Museum to host Open House Dec. 1

Join The Oakes Museum of Natural History on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 – 5 p.m. for our fourth annual Holiday Open House. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you for supporting us throughout the year. There will be craft projects and activities for children ages 3 – 12 and special discounts in the gift shop. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

Department of music to offer live music at lunchtime

The department of music will helps us celebrate the Christmas season by offering live music at lunchtime next week. Come and enjoy and feel free to bring your lunch!

Monday, Dec. 3: Guitar Ensemble, 11 a.m. at Murray Library; 11:30 a.m. at Hollinger Atrium

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Flute Ensemble, 12 p.m. at Eisenhower Commons; 12:30 p.m. at Murray Library

Thursday, Dec. 6: Silver Lining Wind Quintet, 12 p.m. at Murray Library; 12:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Commons

Friday, Dec. 7: Clarinet Choir, 11 a.m. at Eisenhower Commons; 11:30 a.m. at Hollinger Atrium

The office of alumni and parent relations  invites you to join in celebrating our December graduates

As our December graduates head into their final days at Messiah College, please join us at a special reception celebrating their graduation and welcoming them into the alumni community.

The December Graduates Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. The reception will be held in Hollinger Atrium in the Jordan/Kline Science Building. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

To see a list of December graduates, please contact the office of alumni and parent relations. We know our students are deeply grateful for the support and presence of faculty and staff at this milestone event.

We look forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments with you! Please RSVP to alumni@messiah.edu by Saturday, Dec. 1 if you are planning to attend. We hope to see you there!

Messiah Guitar Ensemble to perform Dec. 8

The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble will present a concert on Saturday, Dec. 8 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 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 sixth 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 the department of music at ext. 3310.

Faculty from department of music to present concert for Haitian Health-Care Missions

Kerry Harker-Roth, lecturer in viola and string methods, and Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music and director of guitar studies, will perform a department of music sponsored concert at Slate Hill Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. A free will offering will be accepted for Christian health care missions in Haiti via Thriving Villages International. The concert will feature gentle Christmas music (viola and classical guitar duets) and Appalachian/bluegrass music (fiddle and banjo). Assisting in the performance will be Messiah senior music major George Waltemire playing guitar and Messiah music major alum Caleb Liddick playing double bass. Slate Hill Mennonite Church is located at 1352 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. For more information please contact the church at 717-737-8150 or visit their website.

Farewell reception for employee Dec. 13 

Please join in bidding farewell to Stephanie Perry, graphic designer in the office of marketing and public relations. After 11 years of doing excellent design and photography work for the College, Steph is leaving her position to open a café on Third Street in Harrisburg. Steph and her husband Ammon will open Yellow Bird Café in mid-January. We invite you to join us in wishing Steph well at a farewell open house on Dec. 13 from 2-4 p.m. in the Private Dining Room.

Wellness workshop announced 

If you have trouble fitting in exercise and eating in healthy ways during the holiday season, this workshop is for you! 

Monday, Dec. 3 – 12-12:45 p.m., Parmer Cinema: “Maintaining good exercise and eating habits when it isn’t easy.”

Reminder to educators to submit published materials 

Please submit hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials, etc. from May 2011 to December 2012 to Carol Hostetter,  Boyer Center Suite 101 or hostette@messiah.edu.  This year the annual Authors’ Exhibit is being held in conjunction with the New Doc’s Tea on Tuesday, Dec.  4. 

Important information if bringing students back before Jan. 8

If you are planning to bring students back to campus before Tuesday, Jan. 8 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 housing@messiah.edu by Monday, Dec. 10.

Reminders from accounts payable 

A reminder to the campus to process all payment requests that regard honorariums, officials, performers and anyone who provided a service including construction projects, consulting, attorney, prize/awards or rentals to the College during 2012. Our last check run of the calendar year is Thursday, Dec. 20. All requests should be submitted for payment processing to accommodate this deadline. Contact your provider if they have not submitted an invoice for payment by Dec. 13. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Performance venues within Climenhaga Building and High Center named

With the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts expected to open in time for the start of the spring semester, I want to share the names of the various public venues both in the new High Center and in the renovated Climenhaga Building. (Because our campus signage directs visitors by building name, we strongly recommend that venues be referenced with the building name first—i.e. Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium—in any public communiques.)

Climenhaga Building: This is how we will now refer to the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center (to avoid confusion with both the Climenhaga Homestead and the new worship and performing arts center). This building will continue to house much of the theatre and visual arts departments.

  • Miller Theatre is the new name for Miller Auditorium and will primarily host productions of the theatre department.
  • Poorman Blackbox Theatre is a new space (located where the Poorman Recital Hall used to be) and is a smaller venue ideal for theatre performances that are enhanced by having the audience in close physical proximity to the actors.
  • The Aughinbaugh Art Gallery remains on the ground floor of the Climenhaga Building.
  • Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts: To be referred to on first reference by its complete name and on subsequent references as the High Center, this is the new building housing classroom, office, rehearsal and performance space for much of the School of the Arts.
  • Parmer Hall is the 825-seat performance venue that is the public showcase of the High Center. With excellent acoustics and a fantastic refurbished pipe organ, many outstanding visiting artists and lecturers as well as our own talented students and faculty will perform in this beautiful space. (Please be careful to not confuse Parmer Hall with Parmer Cinema which is located in Boyer Hall.)
  • High Foundation Recital Hall will be used by students and faculty for recital performances. This venue replaces Poorman Recital Hall.

We are excited to fully integrate the High Center into our campus community. Thank you for your patience the past 18 months or so while this building was under construction and parking and traffic flow in that area was disrupted.
Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The J-Term and Spring 2013 work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates on the attached document. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Children’s Book Drive is part of Employee Christmas Luncheon

In the spirit of Christmas, we are asking each employee to bring a new children’s book to the Employee Christmas Luncheon. These books will be donated to The Downey School in Harrisburg and will help build the second through fourth grade classroom libraries. The teachers have supplied a list of recommended books. Downey is a public school and therefore the books cannot be religious in nature. For convenient shopping, the Campus Store will have several recommended titles available for purchase. Employees who show their ID will receive a 20 percent discount on the book purchase. In addition, Barnes & Noble will host a Bookfair from Dec. 8 – 13 with 10 percent of the proceeds going to The Downey School. Please share the Bookfair vouchers with friends and family as purchases at any Barnes & Noble location, as well as online purchases, are eligible. Do your Christmas shopping and help Downey at the same time! The voucher number must be supplied. The list of recommended books is available, along with the Barnes & Noble materials, at this attachment. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at kcastong@messiah.edu with any questions.

Reminder to RSVP for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP to the Employee Christmas Luncheon to human resources by Friday, Dec. 7. The RSVP card, located at the back 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 HRAdmin@messiah.edu 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 clean-up 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. Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday: Set-up: 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12 p.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 HRAdmin@messiah.edu or ext. 2289 by Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Classifieds

Position available:

Production Manager, Department of Theatre — The department of theatre currently has an opening for the postion of production manager. This is a part-time, nine-month, band 7F position. The hours for this position are varied with approximately 300 hours total per academic year. This position will perform the essential functions of mounting the theatre department season productions, focusing on budget, scheduling, publicity and coordination with individuals. The role is responsible for being present at all performances to assist in assuring a high quality experience for all patrons. Education and experience required includes bachelor’s degree; bachelor or master’s degree in theatre preferred. A minimum of two years administrative/professional experience is required. Other requirements include:

  • Familiarity with the arts, specifically theatre performances. Experience within theatre production preferred, either in publicity or mounting.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations and to quickly resolve and overcome production problems. Ability to obtain medical emergency certification and utilize crisis emergency skills.
  • Proven expertise in budgeting and financial control; a commitment to achieving high standards utilizing limited resources.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work effectively. Demonstrate consistency in required working hours and take responsibility for working independently and executing tasks.
  • Communicate and coordinate with a variety of individuals including students, vendors, faculty and guests, ensuring that production details are executed and proffesionalism is exhibited.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and rèsumè to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email your materials to humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Tymberley Whitesel, chair of the department of theatre, at ext. 2575. Application materials will be accepted until the position is filled.

Free:

Four kittens and young adult cats — Currently working on getting them all spayed/neutered and vaccinated. These sweet strays need a safe, warm and loving home. Email spike@messiah.edu or call 717-645-2914 with questions or to see photos.

Regalia – Masters, length 54 in., 7.5 mortar board. For more information, contact Beth Aumen at baumen@messiah.edu.

For rent:

Apartment — Newly renovated, second story, two-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a large living room and eat-in kitchen provides a very spacious living area. Off-street parking is also provided in this three-unit complex located west of the borough of Shiremanstown. No pets and no smoking. Renting at $850 per month. Interested parties should contact Lisa Snyder at lsnyder@messiah.edu , ProwellManagement@gmail.com or call 717-364-6764.

For sale:

Christmas trees — 4-7 ft., fir, spruce. $30. Delivery possible. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at 717-623-0735.

Drum kit — Drum kit, purchased from a Messiah student drum instructor, needs a new home. Yamaha “Stage Custom” burgundy, with snare, symbols and pedals. Needs new heads but in very good shape for a drum student. Located in Grantham. Call to see or make an offer at 717-766-3606. 

Soap and air freshener — Close-out, 40 percent off a fine selection of delicately-scented, glycerine-based bath soaps in a variety of scents, colors and patterns: honeysuckle, lavendar, lilac, rose, etc., $1.75 per bar. Also glycerine-based air-fresheners in various scents, $3.50 each. They make lovely gifts or stocking stuffers and are hand-made by a Swartzentruber Amish woman. Contact Rstevick@messiah.edu.

2007 Honda Accord EX — Dark metallic blue with grey leather interior. Looks like new inside and out. V6, auto, alloy wheels, rear spoiler, six-disc CD changer, power sliding sunroof, heated seats, air, locks, cruise, etc. 57,000 miles. Asking $14,999. Super clean car. Call Bill at ext. 3904 or 717-253-5196.

Zenith TV — 26 in. Not flat screen, $20. Contact Rhonda at rking@messiah.edu or ext. 7291.

Youth snowboard — Peterline, 133cm, $90; Uouth/men’s snowboard boots — Tribute, size 7.5, $25; Train table — Made of oak with removable legs to slide under a bed; keeps wooden train sets off of the floor; $50. Pictures available upon request. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

Outside organization announcements:

Amani Holiday Sale —Visit our annual Amani Holiday sale Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 6 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 over 300 single mothers 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale will go back to Kenya  to support the efforts of New Life Homes of Kenya—a network of best practice homes caring for orphaned and abandoned infants – a beautiful circle of love and hope. Hope you will join us! We accept cash, checks, credit card and Falcon dollars. See this flyer for more information.

November 15, 2012

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

   Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6:11 (NRSV)

News

America Recycles Day (ARD) is Nov. 15

Join the department of environmental health and safety and the “Green Falcon” along with his cousin “FANDANGO” on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Eisenhower Campus Center Commons to learn more about ARD. You might even get a free gift for just showing up. Hope to see you there. See attachment for complete information.

3rd Annual Physics, Chemistry and Medicine Nobel Prize Seminar set for Nov. 26

Plan to attend this seminar on Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. in Kline 120 where cutting-edge science will be presented in a way everybody can understand. See attachment for complete information.

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. 27 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.

Rain Date: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m. in the Eisenhower Campus Center Circle. In case of inclement weather on Nov 29, the event will be held indoors in the Larsen Student Union.

Scheduled power outage set for Nov. 20

On Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., PPL (our public utility company for electricity) will be repairing one of their switch gear on our campus. This will mean that during these times power will be off to the following buildings: Murray Library, Climenhage Fine Arts, Old Main, the Chapel, and Woodlands. These buildings will be closed during this scheduled power outage. If there should be inclement weather on Nov. 20, this outage/ repair will be on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Any questions concerning this should be directed to facility services at ext. 6011.

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead.  The J-Term and Spring 2013 work submission deadlines have been set.  Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates on the attached document. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Classifieds

Positions available:

Campus Events Worker I High Center (Custodial) — The department of campus events currently has three openings for the position of campus events worker I. These are full-time, 12-month, band 7A positions with varied shifts.  

  •  Shift 3A- Sunday – 9:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.; Monday – 11 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday – off; Thursday and Friday – 11 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.; Saturday 9:30 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Shift 3C – Sunday and Monday – off; Tuesday – Saturday – 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.
  • Shift 3D – Sunday – Thursday – 11 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.; Friday and Saturday – off

These positions are responsible for being a contributing member of the cleaning team for the High Center. Job responsibilities include cleaning offices, classrooms and public spaces and minor event support. Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and share the enthusiasm of being a part of a college community as well as have the ability to interact professionally with students, faculty, staff  and conference guests. Cleaning experience is preferred but is not required. To apply, please submit a rèsumè and cover letter to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at ext. 2940.  Applications will be reviewed upon request and will be accepted until the positions are filled. 

Campus Events Worker II (Custodial) — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker II (custodial). This is a full-time, 12-month, band level 7B, shift 3B position (Sunday, 1 – 9:30 p.m.; Monday – Wednesday, 11 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, off; Saturday, 1 – 9:30 p.m.) Job responsibilities include leading the night cleaning crew in The High Center for Worship and the Performing Arts and some event support. Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and share the enthusiasm of being a part of a college community. Should have the ability to interact professionally with students, faculty, staff and conference guests. Cleaning experience is preferred but is not required. To apply, submit a rèsumè and cover letter or an application to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055 or email  humanres@messiah.edu.  (Applications are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, manager of campus events, at ext. 2940. A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

General Maintenance Technician — The department of facilities currently has an opening for the position of general maintenance technician. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7D position. This position provides maintenance in and on all Messiah-owned buildings and interfaces with students, employees, contractors and vendors. Education and required experience includes a high school diploma or equivalent.  Formal training program through a vocational school, technical college, apprenticeship or certified training program in general facility maintenance is preferred. Three years of experience in general building maintenance is required including experience with carpentry, painting, roofing, ceilings and doors.  Also must have advanced knowledge in building maintenance; excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal skills; have the ability to work independently or in a team setting; and know how to problem solve. To apply, please submit a rèsumè and letter of interest to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Dan Smith, manager of facility maintenance services, at ext. 7151. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Part-time Administrative Assistant for The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research — The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a part-time, year-round, band 7C position (20 hours-per-week from Aug. 15 – May 15 and 10 hours-per-week from May 16 – Aug. 14). This position serves as a member of the Collaboratory operations team and provides specialized support to the Collaboratory including work on essential travel logistics, financial reporting, and marketing and equipping services to Collaboratory project and travel teams. Areas of responsibility include travel logistics support, monitoring revenue and expenses, generating financial status reports and providing general administrative office support to the director and program manager of the Collaboratory. Education and experience required include an associate’s degree or equivalent; bachelor’s degree preferred. One to two years of administrative support including one to two years of experience with bookkeeping and/or accounting concepts. One year coordinating international travel with/for mission and development organizations as well as one year monitoring revenue and expenses for proper budget allocation and organizational financial health strongly preferred. A detailed position description is available on the College website. Additional information about the Collaboratory may be found here. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via email preferred.) Position-related questions should be directed to David Vader, director of the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research, at ext. 2630. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

Soap — Nice selection of Amish-made bath or gift soaps in a variety of scents, colors and patterns: honeysuckle, lilac, rose, etc. Two or three dollars per bar, depending on size. Contact Rstevick@messiah.edu.

John Deere lawn tractor —John Deere LT 133 lawn tractor, approximately  12 years old, 38 in. mulching/compost deck, five-speed reverse, adjustable deck.  Engine mechanically sound, serviced every year.  Mower deck needs work.  Asking $250. Contact esternbe@messiah.edu or ext. 7245.

Penn State football tickets  – Two tickets for Penn State vs. Indiana,  Saturday, Nov. 17 at Beaver Stadium. Game time 12 p.m., section NA, row 26, seats 1 and 3. Asking  $110 for the two tickets.  These are my season ticket seats.  Contact Darwin at dgaston@messiah.edu .

November 8, 2012

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11 (NRSV)

News

Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music and director of music education, recently served as the choral conductor/clinician for “Ashburn Sings!,” a community-wide choral festival sponsored by the Ashburn Presbyterian Church in Ashburn, Va.

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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. 27 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.

Rain Date: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m. in the Eisenhower Campus Center Circle. In case of inclement weather on Nov 29, the event will be held indoors in the Larsen Student Union.

Reminder to educators to submit published materials 

Please submit hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials, etc. from May 2011 to December 2012 to Carol Hostetter,  Boyer Center Suite 101 or hostette@messiah.edu.  This year the annual Authors’ Exhibit is being held in conjunction with the New Doc’s Tea on Tuesday, Dec.  4. 

Library catalog unavailable Nov. 9 

Due to scheduled maintenance on the library server, the library catalog will be unavailable after 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 for approximately two to four hours.

United Way Employee Pledge Drive forms due Nov. 9 

We are in the final week of our annual Employee Pledge Drive.  Pledge forms are due Friday, Nov. 9.  The United Way of the Capital Region provides solutions for local issues by focusing on three areas:  health, education and basic needs.  Each week during the drive we are sharing information on a program partner in one of these categories.

Today’s topic:  Prosperity Centers.  Because the economy has put incredible burdens on individuals and families, our United Way chapter is focusing on basic needs.  They created five Prosperity Centers which help families get out of financial crisis and provide long-term support to keep families on track.  For a family in financial trouble this service is a life-changer. 

The Prosperity Centers’ results to date are promising:  25 financial literacy classes were attended by 174 people; 292 participants were linked to state and federal benefit programs; trained volunteers helped 669 clients create long term budgets; and 72 people gained employment through job service programs.  Based on these positive results, three additional Prosperity Centers have been added to serve clients in domestic violence and homeless shelters and those with intellectual disabilities.  To date, only $91,000 in grant money has been used to launch and support the Prosperity Centers!

By donating to the United Way during the pledge drive, you can help realize solutions to problems in our community.  One-hundred percent of your contribution is directed to local programs and services.  You can:

  • Specify the non-profit recipient
  • Select one of three focus areas (health, education or basic needs)  
  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need 

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, kcastong@messiah.edu, with any questions.  Thank you for your consideration.

Office of conference and event services adjusts hours Nov. 14

The office of conference and event services will be on a client visit Wednesday, Nov. 14 and will be closed that day.  Please plan accordingly.

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

The office of marketing and public relations is again producing a 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 January. 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 contact phone number to Kim Christen kchriste@messiah.edu no later than Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The Highlights 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. 

Classifieds

Position available:

Adjunct Instructors Department of Politics 2013-14 Academic Year — The department of  politics at Messiah College seeks part-time adjunct instructors to teach  courses for the 2013-14 academic year within the areas of American politics, comparative politics and international relations including core courses and upper division electives, based on expertise.   Ph.D. in political science preferred, master’s in political science, public policy or related field considered. Commitment to Christian faith and the mission of Messiah College as well as strong teaching skills are required. Email cover letter, vita and a complete faculty employment application to Paul Rego, chair of the department of politics, at prego@messiah.edu. Review of applications will begin Saturday, Dec. 1.

For sale:

Graco Alano travel system —  Includes car seat/stroller combination with two car seat bases. Pattern Melanie (pink/brown). This set is approximately 18 months old, rarely used and in excellent condition. Pictures available upon request. Asking $140. Contact Karen at khelm@messiah.edu . 

Random assortment of stamping supplies — Four colors of embossing powders, three ink pads, two embossing pads, three sets of “Stampin’ Up!” stamps and several other individual stamps, a tape runner dispenser, a box of 75 invitation-size envelopes and a random assortment of papers and envelopes.  $10 for all.  Call Rhonda at ext. 7291 or rking@messiah.edu. 

2008 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van — Only 51,000 miles and in great condition.  A/C, CD player, 3.3L V6, light blue.  New brakes, inspected to Oct. 2013, very clean.  Asking $11,500.  E-mail dcurry1@messiah.edu  if interested or for photos. 

2007 Hyundai Accent — Fair condition, 107,000 miles, four-door, asking $4,000.  Contact Hkreider@messiah.edu for more information or pictures.

November 1, 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11 (NRSV)

News

Congratulations to Julie Zentz, admissions coordinator, and Marlin Eby, professor of mathematics and statistics, on their marriage in Hostetter Chapel on Aug. 11. They met at their church, Bible Baptist in Shiremanstown.  Together, they have eight children and four grandchildren.

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Cultural Series presents Sweet Potato Pie Nov. 2

The Cultural Series presents Sweet Potato Pie on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Hostetter Chapel. For tickets, contact the ticket office at ext. 6036.

One taste will wet your appetite for Sweet Potato Pie, which is a good thing since the group will be selling those tart-sized treats at the show! This all-female band mixes sugar and spice with music from the best of bluegrass, country and gospel with sweet three-part harmonies and hot pickin’.

Thomas Jefferson scholar Annette Gordon-Reed to deliver American Democracy Lecture

The Center for Public Humanities and the Department of History at Messiah College will host Annette Gordon-Reed to lecture about “Thomas Jefferson, Slavery and Sally Hemings” on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Gordon-Reed will sign books after the lecture. The lecture is free. For more information, contact Jean Corey at jcorey@messiah.edu, 717-766-2511, ext. 2097 or view this attachment.

Please note schedule changes for Thanksgiving week in the accounts payable office 

The accounts payable office will process our ACH (direct deposits) on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and checks Wednesday, Nov. 21. Please coordinate your request in advance, to comply with this change. ACH and checks are normally processed on a Thursday weekly. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Teri Rader at ext. 2910 or accountspayable@messiah.edu.

Wellness program updates

Completing the Personal Health Assessment: As was the case last year, employees who are interested in accumulating 100 wellness points must complete the online Better Health Works Personal Profile found at CBC’s website.  Directions for completing this can be found below.  If you feel uncomfortable answering certain questions due to privacy issues, you can leave those questions blank and still complete the rest of the health assessment.   There are some questions that must be completed in order to continue, but they are not of a personal nature.  Just as a reminder, all the answers are completely confidential and information is never shared back with the employer, and is never viewed by CBC’s rating or underwriting departments.

  1. To complete the Better Health Works Personal Profile follow these instructions:
  2. Go to www.capbluecross.com and log on with your Capital BlueCross ID and password that you already established.
  3. On the next page, click on the ‘better health worksbutton which appears near the top of the page.
  4. On the new page, click on the highlighted ‘Personal Profile’ link.
  5. On the next page click on the ‘Start Your Questionnaire’ button.

November Wellness Workshops announced

Messiah’s Nutrition and Dietetics students will be presenting some exciting wellness workshops in November.  Plan now to attend!

Here’s a sample of the topic, dates, and times.

Monday, Nov. 26 at noon: Sneaky Sugar:  How to be a “sweet” detective

Monday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.:   Whole Foods in a Processed World

Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.:   Fueling your Fitness: the relationship between food and exercise

Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.: Be Smart at the Mart: What you should know about marketing before grocery shopping

Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.: 5 Fun Tips for Loving Your Veggies!

UPS shipping training available 

Did you know that UPS shipping can be done from your desktop, and that UPS shipping prices are better than both FedEx and USPS?  If you would like to learn how to ship UPS packages, please send an email to Bill Althoff  at balthoff@messiah.edu.  You will then be notified of the next training session.  Sessions last about 45 minutes and you can use this tool to ship for either your department or for your own personal shipping needs.

 Facility fee policy outlined 

Were you aware that there are fees for use of Messiah College facilities for co-sponsored events? For example, if you are hosting a meeting of your professional organization on campus, internal room rental fees apply. Please plan accordingly when planning your yearly budgets. To view the full policy and rates, see this attachment. You may also view the policy and the sponsoring department approval form on the employee page of MCSquare under “Employee Forms,” “Conference Services.” If you have questions, please call the office of conference and event services at ext. 6009.

United Way Employee Pledge Drive underway 

We are in the second week of our annual Employee Pledge Drive.  The United Way of the Capital Region provides solutions for local issues by focusing on three areas:  health, education and basic needs.  Each week during the drive we are sharing information on a program partner in one of these categories.

Today’s topic:  Big Brothers Big Sisters.  When we think of education, we often think about keeping kids in school and on track to graduate.  Research shows that one of the best ways to do this is through mentoring.  One group that does this exceptionally well is Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

92 percent of local youth matched with a “Big” improve their grades, 91 percent improve their school attendance and 93 percent graduate from high school.  These are very impressive success rates! For more information on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, go to http://capbigs.org/.

By donating to the United Way during the pledge drive, you can help realize solutions to problems in our community.  One-hundred percent of your contribution is directed to local programs and services.  You can:

  • Specify the non-profit recipient
  • Select one of three focus areas (health, education or basic needs)  
  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need 

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, kcastong@messiah.edu with any questions.  Thank you for your consideration.

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

The office of marketing and public relations is again producing a 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 January. 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 contact phone number to Kim Christen kchriste@messiah.edu no later than Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The Highlights 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. 

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead.  The J-Term and Spring 2013 work submission deadlines have been set.  Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates on the attached document. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

College delay or cancelation information

In the event classes are delayed or canceled, those students and/or employees who have signed up for text alerts will receive a notice regarding such a delay or closure.  A delay or closure notification will also be placed on the College’s website, as well as available by calling the emergency information line at 717-691-6084.  A recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message.  You can also check out the Messiah College homepage.  Morning announcements are made no later than 6:30 a.m. Please note, any notice of a delay and/or cancelation of an event at the College will only be available on the emergency line and not through the text alert system. 

Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff during a delay or closure.
Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations

Classifieds

Free:

Large black TV cabinet— Good condition; three years old; Craftsman lawnmower. For pictures of items or more details, contact Clay Polson at cpolson@messiah.edu.

For sale:

Four avocado green metal cabinets— Great for storage in a basement or garage. Two 66 in. x 30 in. cabinets with shelves and sliding doors, one 66 in. x 30 in. with two open shelves on top and cabinets with doors on the bottom, one 36 in. x 30 in. cabinet with three drawers and two cabinet doors.  $15/each or $50 for all.  Pictures available on request.  Call Rhonda at ext. 7291 or rking@messiah.edu.

Harley-Davidson motorcycle— 2007 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Custom, black, 3,400 miles, saddlebags and HD helmet included. Defects: scratched right rear-view mirror and break handle, cracked right turn signal arm, $7,800. Email vmcvitty@verizon.net or call 717-712-4972 to see pictures, arrange a meeting, or make an offer.

October 25, 2012

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Romans 8:31 (NRSV)

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Soup sale in the business office today

Today is the Business Office Annual Soup Sale.  Stop by the Payroll Office in Old Main between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for some delicious homemade soup.  All proceeds benefit local families for Christmas.  Please see attached flier for more details.

Accounts Payable closed Nov. 2

Please note that Accounts Payable will be closed Friday, Nov 2. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, Nov 5.

Career Center accepting applications for the Into the City “Mini” trip to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe

On Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. the Career Center is heading to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. for the second installment of Into the City “Mini,” a condensed version of the two-day Into the City career immersion program. Students will meet with Scott Heintzelman, ’89, vice president of finance and administration and Messiah College Board of Trustee member, along with other executives and Messiah alumni employed at the organization.  In addition to learning about Martin’s (the company behind the Martin’s Multicultural Scholarship program) and their recruitment process, students will be challenged to consider the transferability of their Messiah College experience to the workplace.  Past attendees of Into the City trips have found that connecting with alumni and employers in such an intimate fashion to have a significant impact on their career planning and decision-making.  The program will conclude with a networking dinner.  Applications are due by October 31 and are available on the Career Center’s website. For more information, contact the Career Center at extension 6016 or career@messiah.edu. Please help us promote this amazing opportunity to our students!

Thomas Jefferson scholar Annette Gordon-Reed to deliver American Democracy Lecture

The Center for Public Humanities and the Department of History at Messiah College will host Annette Gordon-Reed to lecture about “Thomas Jefferson, Slavery and Sally Hemings” on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Gordon-Reed will sign books after the lecture. The lecture is free. For more information, contact Jean Corey at jcorey@messiah.edu, 717-766-2511, ext. 2097 or view this attachment.

Alumni Award winners announced

The following award winners were recognized during Homecoming Weekend.  Please join us in congratulating them. 

Young Alumna Achievement Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 10 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community, and/or Messiah College. 2012 Award WinnerCatherine L. (Huston) Palazola (2003).

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award: This award recognizes long-term vocational excellence in a manner supportive of the mission and standards of Messiah. 2012 Award WinnerDr. Tony Blair (1986), President of Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Alumni Christian Service Award: This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity. 2012 Award Winners Bethany (Koopalethes) (1997) and Ryan (1993) Bomberger, co-founders of The Radiance Foundation.  

Alumni Appreciation Award: Alumni and friends are eligible for this award, which recognizes significant personal service and contribution to Messiah College. 2012 Award WinnerCatherine and Theodore Prescott (Cathy and Ted) former Messiah College professors.

Traffic restriction near the High Center construction site 

Starting Monday, Oct. 22, Creekside Drive and College Avenue (in the area of the High Center) will be very congested. Our contractor will be paving sections of the road. Staff and students are encouraged to use the North Entrance and avoid the South Entrance. There will be times over the next two weeks access in the area of the South Entrance will be impacted and will create large delays for those who drive onto campus using the South Entrance. Please enter campus via the north entrance for the next several weeks. Any questions concerning this email can be directed to Facility Services at ext. 6011.

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead.  The J-Term and Spring 2013 work submission deadlines have been set.  Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates on the attached document. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

United Way employee pledge drive launched

The annual Employee Pledge Drive launched this week and will run through Friday, Nov. 9.  The United Way of the Capital Region provides solutions for local issues by focusing on three areas:  health, education and basic needs. Each week during the drive we will share information on a program partner in one of these categories.

Today’s topic:  Hope Within Community Center.  The Center provides free primary care for those without health insurance and considered low-income.  The guiding biblical verse of Hope Within Ministries is Hebrews 6:19: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hope Within brings together local doctors and nurses to provide free services; even the receptionist is a volunteer.  Most of the prescriptions are also provided at no cost.  As a result families receive the care they need without relying on emergency room services.  Hope Within centers are currently located in Elizabethtown and Columbia, Lancaster County. They would like to open a wellness center in Harrisburg. For more information on the Hope Within organization, go to http://www.hopewithin.com/index.htm.

By donating to the United Way during the pledge drive, you can help realize solutions to problems in our community.  One hundred per cent of your contribution is directed to local programs and services.  You can

  • Specify the non-profit recipient
  • Select one of three focus areas (Health, Education or Basic Needs)

or

  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, with any questions.  Thank you for your consideration.

Wellness program updates

Completing the Personal Health Assessment: As was the case last year, employees who are interested in accumulating 100 wellness points must complete the online Better Health Works Personal Profile found at CBC’s website.  Directions for completing this can be found below.  If you feel uncomfortable answering certain questions due to privacy issues, you can leave those questions blank and still complete the rest of the health assessment.   There are some questions that must be completed in order to continue, but they are not of a personal nature.  Just as a reminder, all the answers are completely confidential and information is never shared back with the employer, and is never viewed by CBC’s rating or underwriting departments.

  1. To complete the Better Health Works Personal Profile follow these instructions:
  2. Go to www.capbluecross.com and log on with your Capital BlueCross ID and password that you already established.
  3. On the next page, click on the ‘better health worksbutton which appears near the top of the page.
  4. On the new page, click on the highlighted ‘Personal Profile’ link.
  5. On the next page click on the ‘Start Your Questionnaire’ button.

November Wellness Workshops announced

Messiah’s Nutrition and Dietetics students will be presenting some exciting wellness workshops in November.  Plan now to attend!

Here’s a sample of the topic, dates, and times.

Monday, Nov. 26 at noon: Sneaky Sugar:  How to be a “sweet” detective

Monday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.:   Whole Foods in a Processed World

Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.:   Fueling your Fitness: the relationship between food and exercise

Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.: Be Smart at the Mart: What you should know about marketing before grocery shopping

Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.: 5 Fun Tips for Loving your Veggies!

Classifieds

For sale:

Frigidaire Heavy Duty Electric Dryer, $50; 32” Sony HD Trinitron tube television (720p), very good condition $80; blue microfiber couch, 83”L x 42”D x 35”H, very good condition, $100. Please call Audrey or Robert at 884-1076 (h) or 209-2361.

Mini Stereo System: Magnavox MAS-85 system includes 3-disc CD changer, stereo cassette deck, AM/FM tuner, remote control and separate bookshelf speakers. Like new; was used occasionally in a business that closed. $55 or best offer. Contact Bob Feil at rfeil@messiah.edu for more details.

October 18, 2012

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)

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7th annual Career and Graduate School Expo set for Oct. 22

On Monday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium, more than 135 exhibitors will be on campus to recruit for internships, professional employment and graduate school programs. First-year through senior students and alumni from all majors are welcome to attend. A complete list of exhibitors is available on the Career Center’s website.

Benefits for students (and alumni):
* Explore career options, internships, employment openings and/or graduate programs.
* Identify what recruiters seek in ideal candidates in order to be strategic and intentional with their time at MC.
* Realize the transferability of majors and skill sets to a variety of career/graduate school options.
* Practice the art of networking and marketing themselves to recruiters. 
* Students should review Expo F.A.Q.s as well as a tip sheet for making the most of the event.
 
Members of the Messiah College community are invited to attend the Expo and interact with the employer and graduate school representatives. Your interaction with recruiters assists us as we develop these relationships for our students and alumni. 

New for this year’s Expo!

  • LINKEDIN Photo Booth: from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m., students are invited to get a professional head shot taken for free. The portrait will then be emailed to them for use as their LinkedIn profile picture!
  • Grad School admissions fee waivers – several graduate schools are offering these waivers to students who stop by their booth. See our website for complete details.  

For any event-specific questions,  contact Dwayne Keiffer at dkeiffer@messiah.edu.  

Aughinbaugh Art Gallery opens exhibition Oct. 26

To enhance our understanding of the upcoming exhibition in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery, “A Celebration of Fine Art: Modern and Contemporary Art Collections at Messiah College,” the Gallery has arranged for a Messiah graduate and historian to speak about the College’s origins in the Brethren In Christ Church and the College’s and Church’s evolution toward acceptance of the liberal (and especially the fine) arts. We would be honored if you have time to attend the lecture. 

Devin C. Manzullo-Thomas will present “The Visual Arts in the context of the BIC Church” on Friday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Frey 110. This event is free and open to the public. 

Devin Manzullo-Thomas is a member of the BIC church, a graduate of Messiah College, originally from Carlisle BIC and currently serves as assistant editor of “BIC History and Life,” the journal of the BIC Historical Society.

Harrisburg Academy Merit Scholarship 

This past spring, Messiah College partnered with Harrisburg Academy to offer full-time employees’ children the opportunity to apply for a $10,000 renewable merit scholarship at Harrisburg Academy.  

For the 2012-13 academic year, the first recipient of the scholarship is Noah Sweeney, who joined the Academy community this fall as a seventh grade student. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our son and we can already see how the school is a great fit for him. Noah is so excited to be a Spartan!” said Noah’s father, Brian Sweeney, who is the assistant director of constituent relations.

Applying for the merit scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year is simple. Fifth through 11th grade students are eligible to apply for a merit scholarship if one of their parents is employed full-time by Messiah College. The scholarship is renewable for the duration of that student’s enrollment at the Academy. Applications are available through Harrisburg Academy for the 2013-14 academic year and will be accepted immediately. The deadline to submit for this merit scholarship cycle is Feb. 1, 2013. All materials should be mailed to Harrisburg Academy’s Admission Office, 10 Erford Road, Wormleysburg, Pa. 17043. 

Employees of Messiah College can to learn more about this unique opportunity through Amanda Coffey in the human resources department or Harrisburg Academy’s office of admission. The Academy will be at Messiah later this fall to answer employees’ questions and to present the merit scholarship program in greater detail. In addition, there is an open house at Harrisburg Academy on Sunday, Nov. 4. Messiah College families are invited to a corporate partners reception ahead of the open house. See the attached flyers

Specific questions about the Corporate Partners Merit Scholarship should be directed to Jessica Warren, director of admission and financial aid, at 717-763-7811 or via email at warren.j@harrisburgacademy.org.

Latest Fact Book and enrollment summaries about Messiah now available 

The latest Fact Book, enrollment summaries and other college-wide statistics are available on the Institutional Research webpage, click on “Check out our Fact Book” or look under “Research” for enrollment summaries, etc.
Laura Miller – assistant director of institutional research and analysis

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment available

BJ’s Wholesale Club open enrollment will run through Wednesday, Oct. 31. BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering Messiah employees a 15-month Inner Circle membership for $40 ($10 savings and three additional months) or a 15-month Rewards membership for $80 ($20 savings and three additional months). This offer is not available in the Club or online. For further details, or to enroll or renew, please visit the Procurement Channel on MCSquare. Fill out the registration form and return it to Daisy Anderson in suite 3012. The next open enrollment will be held in April 2013. Any questions should be directed to Daisy Anderson at ext. 2100.

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Position available:

Assistant Director of Annual Giving (II) — The office of development currently has an opening for the position of assistant director of annual giving.  This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. The assistant director of annual giving assists the director in various aspects related to securing annual giving support and is especially responsible for enhancing a culture of philanthropy at Messiah College. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree, preferably from Messiah College, and two to three years of development, marketing, sales, or related experience required, or combination of education and experience. Other requirements include excellent interpersonal communication skills; proven success in personal solicitation; ability to recruit, train and motivate students, alumni and parent volunteers; excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task; highly motivated to achieve fundraising goals; and ability to develop and implement new programs. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, rèsumè, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Beth Clark, director of annual giving, at ext. 3953. Deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 2.

Wanted:

Garage space or inside storage area wanted to rent — For a popup camper for November through April. Please call Bill at ext. 3904 or 642-9548.

For sale:

Frigidaire heavy duty electric dryer — $50; 32 in. HD Sony Trinitron tube television — (720p) $100. Great condition; Blue microfiber couch — 83 in. L × 42 in. D × 35 in. H, very good condition, $150 or best offer. Please call Audrey or Robert Reyes at 884-1076 (h) or 209-2361. 

Youth snowboard — Peterline, 133cm, $100; Men’s/youth snowboard boots — Tribute, size 7.5, $25. Pictures available upon request. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

Outside organization announcement:

Messiah College’s PRSSA chapter will host first 5k/1 mile event — SchreiberDash! “Racing for kids with disabilities” is set for Saturday, Nov. 3. 5K Run/One-mile Walk for Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center. Games, crafts and more! Race held at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, 1345 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg, Pa 17055 on  Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. 5K Race; 10:45 a.m. One-mile walk. $10 pre-registered; $15 register on race day; kids under three are free. To support and raise awareness of Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, a Pediatric Center based in Lancaster, Pa. that offers premier outpatient physical, occupational and speech-language therapy to children with disabilities, developmental delays and acquired injuries. Please bring pre-registration forms and payment to the registration table on the day of the event. Download the pre-registration form here. Download the waiver form here. All checks can be made payable to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center. The day will include fun activities for families and children, including a kid’s tent with face paint and games. Also, top finishers in the races will receive a prize. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here.  

 

October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.
Psalm 47:1-2 (NRSV)

News

Beth Transue (‘93), associate librarian, presented a session “Ebooks in the Academy: From Theory to Implementation,” at the 2012 Pennsylvania Library Association annual conference. Beth was also invited to participate as a panelist on the topic of “Information Literacy: Best Practices and Partnerships,” where she shared about information literacy delivered in NURS405 to senior nursing students and professional nurses from local hospitals in a research roundtable.

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“Red God, Blue God: Religion and Politics in the 2012 Election” topic of lecture Oct. 23

On Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Frey 110, Michael Cromartie will address the questions regarding what role people of faith will and should play in the November election. Michael Cromartie is a noted author and the vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as the director of the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs.

This lecture is free and open to the public. No ticket required. Sponsored by the Messiah College Honors Program. Please see this attachment for complete information.

Representative from BCA Barcelona to be on campus Oct. 23 

Dr. Carmen (Maika) Barbosa-Torralbo, representative of BCA Barcelona, will be on campus Tuesday, Oct. 23 to talk to students about studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. If you are interested in meeting with her or would be interested in having her speak to your class(es), please contact Gina Hale in the Intercultural Office at ext. 2131 or ghale@messiah.edu. The representative will be hosting an information session at 5 p.m. in Larsen 237. For more information, see this website

Representative from ISA in Valparaiso to be on campus Oct. 24 

Alvaro Rojas Caamano, representative of ISA, who hosts Messiah’s study abroad program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 24 to talk to students about studying in Chile. Students study Spanish language as well as a variety of humanities and business-related courses may find this program especially suitable. If you are interested in meeting with him or would be interested in having him speak to your class(es), please contact Wendy Lippert in the Intercultural Office at ext. 6089 or wlippert@messiah.edu. The representative will be hosting an information session at 4 p.m. in Larsen 237. For more information on this program, visit this website.  

Overflow seating available for the Eric Metaxas lecture

All tickets to the Wednesday, Nov. 7 Eric Metaxas lecture in Hostetter Chapel have been claimed. Due to the continued extraordinary demand, there will be a live video feed of the Metaxas lecture broadcast in Frey 110. This overflow seating is also a ticketed event. A limited number of overflow tickets for the Frey 110 live feed are available at the ticket office. Anyone in the overflow venue is still welcome to attend the book signing with Metaxas in Hostetter Chapel lobby following the lecture.

Information on cross-cultural to Rome available Nov. 7 

Jim Sawyer, representative of Temple Rome, will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 7 to talk to students about studying abroad in Rome. If you are interested in meeting with him or would be interested in having him speak to your class(es), please contact Gina Hale in the Intercultural Office at ext. 2131 or ghale@messiah.edu. The representative will be hosting an information session at 12 p.m. in the Eisenhower Board Room. For more information on this program, visit this website

Employee Christmas luncheon scheduled for Dec. 14 

Please plan on joining us for the annual Employee Christmas Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 14 from 12 – 2:30 p.m. As is our tradition, it will be a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment. Save the date!

Save the date for the Employee Recognition Reception May 8 

Please save the date for the annual gathering to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. The Employee Recognition Reception will be held on Reading Day, Wednesday, May 8 from 2 – 4 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. More details will be shared in the spring. 

Purchasing and accounts payable will be closed hours Oct. 19 

Please note that accounts payable will be closed on Friday, Oct. 19. Questions may be directed to Teri Rader at ext.2910.

Text Alert System sign-up available on MCSquare

The Text Alert System is the College’s means to notify all students and employees of critical emergency situations. The Text Alert sign-up is found on the “Need to Know” channel in MCSquare. If you have not loaded this Channel onto your MCSquare tab, please do so. Once you click on the “Text Alert System,” the next screen provides the necessary instructions to add, modify, or delete information. Please be certain you complete all screens as there is more than one screen requesting information. It is important that all the information provided by students and employees is accurate and up-to-date. Step-by-step instructions for signing up for text alerts through Firefox and Internet Explorer can be found here. More information can be found at the Emergency Response website.

If you have not signed up for text alert, please do so today. If you previously signed up for text alert, please make certain the information you provided at your initial sign-up is accurate by accessing the Text Alert System.

College delays or cancelation information available through text alert system 

In the event classes are delayed or canceled, those students and/or employees who have signed up for text alerts will receive a notice regarding such a delay or closure. A delay or closure notification will also be placed on the College’s website as well as available by calling the emergency information line at 717-691-6084. A recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message. You can also check out the Messiah College home page. Morning announcements are made no later than 6:30 a.m. Pease note, any notice of a delay and/or cancelation of an event at the College will only be available on the emergency line and not through the text alert system. 

Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff during a delay or closure.

—Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations

Amendment to the key policy

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 there will be a $10 restocking fee for any keys that have been requested and not picked up after 30 days. This fee will be paid by the department of the person requesting the key. Please contact Dan Smith at ext. 7151 with any questions.

Facility fee policy outlined

Were you aware that there are fees for use of Messiah College facilities for co-sponsored events? For example, if you are hosting a meeting of your professional organization on campus, internal room rental fees apply. Please plan accordingly when planning your yearly budgets. To view the full policy and rates, see this attachment. You may also view the policy and the sponsoring department approval form on the employee page of MCSquare under “Employee Forms,” “Conference Services.” If you have questions, please call the office of conference and event services at ext. 6009.

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Wanted:

Power cords — Looking for a power cord for a Samsung cell phone and also a battery charging cord for an Olympus point and shoot camera. Willing to beg, borrow or buy either of these. Call 717-829 3979 or rstevick@messiah.edu. 

Highlights magazines — Want to purchase Highlights magazines in readable condition. Contact Jenell at jparis@messiah.edu.

Needed:

Stationary bike —The women’s basketball team is looking for someone to donate/lend a stationary bike from Oct. 15 through the end of season. Please contact Mike Miller at mmiller@messiah.edu.

For rent:

Apartment — Newly renovated, second story, two bedroom, one bath apartment for professional or retired persons(s) is available for rent. A large living room and eat-in kitchen provide spacious living area. Off-street parking is also provided in this three-unit complex located west of the borough of Shiremanstown. No pets and no smoking. Utilities not included. Renting at $875 per month. Interested parties should contact Prowell Management at  ProwellManagement@gmail.com or Lisa Snyder at lsnyder@messiah.edu.

For sale:

Youth snowboard — Peterline, 133cm, $100; Men’s/youth snowboard boots — Tribute, size 7.5, $25. Pictures available upon request. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

 

October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will go on doing the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
II Thessalonians 3:3-5 (NRSV)

News

Kathy T. Hettinga’s design as service class partnered with Kiwanis International and UNICEF, which have set a goal of raising $110 million for the ELIMINATE Maternal/NeoNatal Tetanis in Third World Countries with plans to vaccinate over a 100 million mothers. Students designed numerous notecards and holiday cards to create selected packets of 10 different designs for a notecard set and a holiday card set. The chosen cards were selected by a committee from the PA Kiwanis Club and the professor. The clients offset printed 10,000 cards, which are being distributed by Kiwanis Club, Carlisle. The project was spearheaded by Helen Milliron and Ethan MacBeth who acted as the client for the students in Professor of Art and Design Kathy T. Hettinga’s class.

Also, Hettinga’s photograph, “Chinquiquira Mausoleum, Colombia,” has been chosen for the Latin American Fotografia of American Illustration – American Photography. It will be exhibited permanently on “The Archive,” a web gallery of AI-AP.com. In addition to being included on The Archive, the work will also be presented in a winner’s slide show announcement sent to over 25,000 creative professionals. The distinguished jury included photo and art directors from Loduca, JC Penney, Danilo Black and Latina Magazine. Colleague Kim Yunez  traveled with Hettinga to Colombia to explore the expressions of faith as manifested in memorials, grave markers and church structures.

Congratulations to Jared Rudy, grounds manager, for his recent passing of the Certified Grounds Manager process through the Professional Grounds Management Society. The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is a national organization that was established in 1911 as a professional society for the individual with the purpose of education and professional advancement. The majority of PGMS members are institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, office parks, apartment complexes, hotels/motels, cemeteries, theme parks and landscape management companies.

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Purchasing and accounts payable to offer limited hours Oct. 11 and 12 

Please note that the purchasing office will operate with minimal staffing on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Oct. 12. The accounts payable office will be closed Friday, Oct. 12 to observe the fall holiday. Please contact Teri Rader at ext. 2910 for more information.

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Positions available:

Catering Lead — The department of dining services currently has an opening for the position of catering lead. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position. The catering lead will oversee and assist with all aspects of catered events, preparation, set-up through service, break down and clean up, and is responsible for providing consistent lead/training/assistance to catering staff to ensure standards for quailty, safety, sanitation, presentation and maintenance of customer satisfaction at all times. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent as well as two years of experience in hospitality/catering/conference industry. Other requirements include excellent customer service skills; ability to professionally serve high-end catering events; knowledge of front-of-the-house, presentation and great attention to detail; strong leadership and training skills; ability to multi-task; basic computer skills (Excel, Word, etc.); and ability to earn ServSafe certification within 12 months of hire. To apply, please submit a résumé and letter of interest to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechancisburg, PA 17055 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website.  Job-related questions should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at ext. 6008. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Web Content Manager — The department of marketing and public relations currently has an opening for the position of web content manager. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position maintains areas of the Messiah College website for which the marketing and public relations office has primary responsibility, including the admissions website. The web content manager is responsible for performing regular and systematic reviews of the site to ensure strong and consistent marketing and branding throughout those sites. This position also collaborates with the admissions team to ensure information accuracy, timeliness and relevance on the admissions website; writes, creates, edits and/or coordinates content development and/or repurposing of content, and posts content on the admissions website as well as on other areas of the College’s web site as assigned; assists in the development of web content strategies that include search engine optimization; is responsible for selected homepage content areas (including main images, homepage features and at-a-glance); builds and executes viable project plans and schedules for web content projects; establishes and communicates institutional editorial style standards and guidelines for the web; trains campus users in developing effective web content; and serves as back-up for web services manager. Education and experience requirements include bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or public relations with emphasis in writing and producing multi-media content for the web. Two years of writing, producing and editing content, including text and multi-media content for the web and two years of basic website building experience or equivalent course work are also necessary. Other requirements include demonstrated ability to write, edit and proofread effective, compelling written content for the web; demonstrated knowledge of and experience in creating multi-media content for the web; certification or demonstrated experience and proficiency in search engine optimization (SEO); ability to anticipate and identify web content needs, envision and execute new content ideas and strategies; ability to work as part of a team and also independently; self-motivated and flexible; demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and fluid environment; exceptional attention to detail and deadlines; strong organizational and prioritization skills; excellent demonstrated written and verbal communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills; entrepreneurial and creative spirit; must be PC proficient; have experience with broad-based, industry-standard hardware and software; familiarity with Mac environment a plus; experience in HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, CMS, CSS, podcasting, ,video capture and editing for the web, wikis and blogs (preferably WordPress); experience using social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr. Occasionally may be called upon to post emergency or event-related information on the homepage during non-working hours. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email to humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Deb Sauders, director of print and web communications/assistant director of marketing, at ext. 2350. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

Upright piano — Spinnet-style Wurlitzer piano. Light brown wood stain finish, in good shape, $75. You haul it away; Sleeper sofa — Light blue and white striped sofabed, upholstered, two sitting pillows, fixed backing, in good condition. Pull-out sofa bed includes a twin size mattress. Also includes mocha colored, velour couch cover. $50, you haul it away. Contact Damian Savarino at DSavarin@messiah.edu or call 717-691-9278.

Dryer — Frigidaire heavy duty electric dryer, $50; 32 in. HD Sony Trinitron tube television — 720p, $125; Blue microfiber couch — 83 in. L × 42 in. D  × 35 in. H, very good condition, $200. Please call Robert or Audrey Reyes at 717-884-1076 (h) or 717-209-2361. 

Kayaks — Barely used Emotion Edge sit-inside kayak. Perfect for medium to large paddlers. Asking $300; Ocean Kayak Sidekick sit-on-top. Seats one adult and one child or pet; can also be paddled solo. Comes with adult seat back and kid’s jump seat. Asking $400. Email Barbara at BRessler@messiah.edu for photos and additional information.

Home — A rare find. All the look and charm of yesterday in a modern, efficient, Meadow View Estates Victorian home. Walk to schools and community park in this sought after exclusive area with shopping and major highways close by. Perfect for entertaining, with grand, welcoming foyer, Victorian decor featuring magnificent woodwork on all three finished levels. Lower level can be used as in-law quarters, home office or fifth and sixth bedroom with full bath. 324 E. Meadow Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Contact drmurray@messiah.edu or email to see a link of the home and contact information. 

Solid wood bunk beds — Good condition. Will sell both beds and mattresses for $275 or one bed and mattress for $150. Email hmyers@messiah.edu for pictures or more information.