Archive for 2012

March 22, 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14 (NRSV)

Remembering one another

Thank you, dear friends and colleagues for the prayers, cards, notes, emails, help with classes and care that you have shown me in the recent weeks during my father’s brief time in hospice and his passing. I was able to spend precious time with him during his last days to gather with family by his bedside and for the memorial services in Colorado.
Kathy T. Hettinga, professor of art


Kelly Cheeseman, associate professor of criminal justice, recently published three articles: Wendi Goodlin-Fahncke and Kelly Cheeseman, “Do Me Please, She Won’t”: An Examination of Personal Ads posted by Non-married and Married Men Seeking Sex from Other Men in Four Metropolitan Cities” (“Deviant Behavior,” 33 (2) 126-139); Eric Lambert, Nancy Hogan, Kelly Cheeseman, Shanhe Jiang and Mahfuzul Khondaker (2012), “Is the Job Burning Me Out? An Exploratory Test of the Job Characteristics Model on the Emotional Burnout of Prison Staff,” (“The Prison Journal” 92, 1, 3-23); and Kelly Cheeseman and Ragan Downey (2012), “Talking ‘bout my generation: The Effect of “Generation” on Correctional Employee Perceptions of Work Stress and Job Satisfaction,” (The Prison Journal,” 92 (1), 24-44). Cheeseman is also now serving as the chair of the Corrections Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences which has a total membership of 163.

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Department of visual arts Senior Show reception slated for March 24

On Saturday, March 24 the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center will be ablaze with brilliant art, delectable snacks and lively music by the College Jazz Combo. This annual reception has become one of the biggest social events on campus – and it is free and open to the public. Far too big to be accommodated by the Aughinbaugh Gallery, the senior students of the department of visual arts will occupy the entire building to present an exhibition of their multi-disciplinary artwork  representing the culmination of four years of studies at Messiah College.

16th Annual Friends of Murray Library book sale set for March 24, 26 and 27

16th Annual Friends of Murray Library book sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 in the Fellowship Hall of the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church. Sale proceeds fund special collections at Murray Library, library research grants for Messiah students and students’ summer mission trips. For more information, see attachment.

Employee movie event presents “Hugo” March 24

“Hugo,” winner of five Oscar Awards, is coming soon to Parmer Cinema. Special showings of “Hugo,” a Martin Scorcese film, are scheduled for employees, their families and friends on Saturday, March 24 at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets for this event will be available in the ticket office.  There is a suggested donation of $1/person; proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Capital Region. For questions about this event, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at For more information, please see this attachment.

Annual Youth Workers Conference to feature expert on teen spiritual formation

The 7th Annual Messiah College Youth Workers and Students Leaders Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker is Mark Yaconelli, program director for the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology. His research and ministry with young people has been ground-breaking in its exploration of spiritual direction, contemplation and ancient spiritual practices as the basis of formation with young people. The conference also features 20 other workshops. For more information, please visit An employee discount on the cost of registration is available. Please contact Laurie Brantner at ext. 7270 or to register.

Second annual Messiah College Easter Egg Hunt set for April 21

All alumni and employees with their families are invited to the Second annual Messiah College Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 21 with registration at the tent on the Eisenhower Campus Center lawn. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children ages 1-8. Registration times are following:

9:30 a.m., registration for all ages

10 a.m., egg hunt for ages 1-2

10:10 a.m., egg hunt for ages 3-5

10:20 .am., egg hunt for ages 6-8

*Refreshments and fellowship to follow the last hunt; event will end at 11:30 a.m.  The event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Council and is FREE of charge. To RSVP, send your name and the number of children you plan to bring from each age group to by Thursday, April 19. We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Kristin Zummo at or ext. 3190.

Messiah College to sponsor YWCA 5K Race Against Racism April 28

The College is a sponsor of the 2012 YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s Race Against Racism being held Saturday, April 28 at City Island. Employees interested in participating in the event are encouraged to register as part of Messiah’s “team.” Since the College is a race sponsor, we receive five free race registrations. Registration is now open here. If you are one of the first five to register, you can claim the free registration by entering the code “MessiahYWCA.”

Changes coming to Facebook pages

Many of you who maintain Facebook sites for your offices or departments are probably aware that on March 30, all “brands” (Facebook talk for businesses) will be required to switch over to Facebook’s new timeline template. The office of marketing and public relations is preparing to adapt the College’s institutional Facebook page and thought it might be helpful to share some of our research with other Facebook administrators on campus. We recommend viewing this helpful Mashable article as well as this PDF  that we’ve created to demonstrate the variety of options with Facebook Brand Timelines. We hope you find these documents helpful as we all figure out the ever-changing world of social media together.
Beth Lorow, assistant director of public relations

Introducing a new Messiah-approved study abroad program in Thailand 

From the organization that brought us the GoED Africa program in Rwanda, a new cultural immersion program has been approved in Chiang Mai, Thailand. GoED Mekong allows Messiah students to explore issues of poverty and justice, exploitation and Thai culture while fulfilling a number of general education requirements such as art, non-western studies, pluralism, language and culture.

To learn more about this program, check out the program webpage at or contact Wendy Lippert, director of international programs and EpiCenter, ext. 6089.

E-mail management course announced

This course will help employees manage the often overwhelming influx of email communication we receive every day. It will highlight the most important tips and tricks in Outlook as well as offer an email processing approach that will assist employees as they sort, respond to and appropriately file email communication for later retrieval. You must enroll to participate. The dates for the course are: 

Thursday, March 29, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Boyer 137 (Parmer)

Wednesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Boyer 137 (Parmer) 

To enroll, contact Kristin Zummo at

Time to initiate print publications needed by summer or fall

The office of marketing and public relations would like to remind you that if you will need any print publications in the summer and fall, now is the perfect time to initiate these jobs and get them on our schedule before the end of the semester. Please remember that print publications need to be initiated and content provided at least five weeks prior to your desired completion or mailing date to ensure your project will be ready on time. Our office has the responsibility of editing, proofreading, designing, and coordinating the mailing for all College publications that will be seen by or mailed to any off-campus audience of 200 or more people. Please remember to contact Print and Web Project Coordinator Missy Hepfer, at ext. 5381 or by e-mail at for these types of publications.

Virtual Appalachian Trail hikers are covering ground 

The Physical Activity Tracker wellness program has allowed Messiah employees to record their exercise throughout the year and have it converted to walking steps along the Appalachian Trail (AT). Of the 167 participants, 18 have accumulated enough exercise to move them from Georgia to Virginia. Congratulations to Joanna Barnhouse, George Blackburn, Erin Boyd-Soisson, Valerian Curd, James Fackler, Cherie Fieser, Brian Frank, Milton Gaither, Gene Heintzelman, Bob Kilmer, Jean McCauslin, Lawrie Merz, Doug Miller, Don Murk, Jennifer Peachey, Kate Quimby, Pam Seibert and Scott Zeigler for virtually “walking” at least 457 miles along the AT this year. With several months remaining, there’s still time to cover more states. Who knows? Maybe we’ll actually have a few through-hikers before Commencement.

Time to register for the Messiah Team Triathlon 

This year’s Messiah Team Triathlon will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. Start rounding up your team and get registered. Remember teams can be formed from any combination of employees, students and alumni (including spouses). Teams can be of one gender or mixed. There are categories for everyone! There must be three on a team (no individual entries allowed), and each person does one leg (800 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride, 5K run). On-line registration forms and training programs can be found here.

Band-lates wellness class began this week   

A new total body strengthening program that uses resistance bands and Pilates movements to build overall strength began this week. The six-week exercise class meets on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The last class will be April 25. Participants need to bring their own Pilates mat but resistance bands will be provided. All participants must pre-register and pay the $10 fee at the front desk in the fitness center. Even if you missed the first class, it’s not too late to sign up.

Information on completing your wellness points 

If you are a Capital BlueCross-insured employee, be sure you complete your 100 wellness points this spring. Remember, a mandatory part of the program is completing the online Capital BlueCross Health Assessment (Better Health Works Personal Profile) and some of your points must come from each category (one to four) of wellness programs. When 100 points have been accumulated send the completed form to Doug Miller via campus mail at box 4501 or email A description of the programs and categories, instructions for completing the health assessment and a copy of the wellness completion form can all be found on the wellness webpage . So far, 69 employees have returned their completed forms. 


For rent:

Apartment —One bedroom apartment available Saturday, April 21. $450 a month plus electric. Close to campus on Summit Drive-just behind the soccer field. Contact Susan at for more information or to schedule a visit.


Apartment —Two-bedroom apartment for rent near Messiah. If you have any information, please contact or 330-795-0156.

For sale:

House — Come and see our sanctuary on the hill. Lovely, open ranch style home on 1.6 acres with the front covered patio overlooking a gorgeous valley and a back deck overlooking your own woods. Newly-remodeled kitchen, family room, dining room, living room, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and laundry area on the main floor (1,977 sq. ft.); hardwood floors throughout. One finished bedroom with egress window and a large living space just waiting to be finished on the lower level. Two stall garage; newly resurfaced driveway. Surrounded by nature but close to shopping and Messiah. $274,900. 140 Dorseys Lane, Dillsburg. Call Sue Hasseler at 717-329-3475 or Ken Hasseler at 717-645-3184.