Archive for 2012

March 29, 2012

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
Isaiah 40: 28-29 (NRSV)

News

Brad Genevro, associate professor of music and director of bands, has recently served as recording producer for several universities recording projects across the country. These universities include: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev.; and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.  

Kathy T. Hettinga’s, professor of art, artist’s book is in the exhibition “Work: Curse or Calling?” now showing at Calvin College Center Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, Mich. Her artist’s book “The Madonna Hears: Your Prayers, Your Petitions, Prejudicial Statements” looks at unfair hiring practices towards women during the 1950s to the 1980s using actual stories and quotes from women. The three-part series includes a pink book and a blue book. 

Nancy Patrick, associate professor of special education, recently had her article “No Barriers Between Us: Enabling People of All (Dis)Abilities to Take Part in the Community of Faith” published in the Winter 2011 issue of “In Part: The Magazine for the Brethren in Christ Community in North America.” The article addresses ways the Church can make it possible for those with disabilities to participate in the activities of the Church through physical changes, attitudinal changes, education and acceptance. 

Senior Lecturer in Voice Damian Savarino will be singing in Carnegie Hall for the second time in two years. Savarino has accepted an offer to sing the bass solos in Mozart’s “Requiem” with Manhattan Concert Productions in Carnegie Hall on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. More information about this concert can be found at the Manhattan Concert Productions website.

Messiah College’s programming team, consisting of students Michael Adams (‘13), Anthony Spargo (‘13), and Zachary Felix (‘15), pulled off another impressive computer programming contest victory last weekend. The Dickinson College Programming Contest is a four-hour competition that hosts 20 teams from nine different schools in a race to solve eight complex computer programming problems. Our team solved seven of eight problems, more than any other team, earning them first place, a commemorative plaque, and Amazon.com gift certificates. A second team from Messiah, consisting of students Avery deGruchy (‘14), Matt Gusick (‘14), and Nathan Chaney (‘15), also did well, solving three problems and earning ninth place. Congratulations to both teams and team advisors Scott Weaver, assistant professor of computer science, Jason Long, network system analyst, and alum Jonathan Corbin (‘03)!

Messiah 411

Announcements from the office of the provost

Peter Powers, dean of the School of the Humanities, is pleased to announce the appointment of  Jean Corey, assistant professor of English, as the director of the Center for Public Humanities. Many thanks to Joseph Huffman for so ably serving his second stint as director for the past two years. Since Jean is currently serving as director of writing, Robin Lauermann, assistant dean of general education and common learning, is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Lake, associate professor of writing, as director of writing across the curriculum. Please congratulate Jean and Larry as they assume their new roles effective Aug. 1.

Nominations for the Barnabas Award for Service due by April 19 

The Agapé Center is excited to present the Barnabas Award for 2012. The award goes to one student and one faculty member whose lives are committed to ministry and community service. Barnabas Award winners as well as charities of their choice will receive $500. To learn more about the award and to nominate students or faculty members, please visit this website. Nominations are due by Service Day, Thursday, April 19. Please direct any further questions to Kerrie Taylor, administrative assistant for the Agapé Center, at ketaylor@messiah.edu or ext. 7255.

Wellness Program update available 

Please see this attachment for complete wellness program updates.

Instructions for completing wellness points available 

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). The list of programs for accumulating the rest of your wellness points can be found at the Messiah Wellness website. Remember, that some points must come from each category (1, 2, 3 and 4). When you have completed 100 points, record the points and send the wellness completion form (also found at the website) to Doug Miller via campus mail box 4501 or email dmiller@messiah.edu. So far 80 employees have returned their completed forms. Visit the Messiah Wellness website  for complete information.  

Looking for teammates for the Messiah Team Triathlon? 

If you are hoping to participate in this year’s Messiah Team Triathlon on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. but can’t find anyone to fill out your team, email Doug Miller at dmiller@messiah.edu with the event you are planning on doing and the specific triathlon leg(s) you are still looking for.  We’ll do our best to try to find you some willing teammates. Remember, if you already have your team, it’s time to register. 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). Online registration forms and training programs can be found here

Final wellness workshop of the year set for March 30

The final wellness workshop of the year will be presented on Friday, March 30 from 12-12:45 p.m.  in Parmer Cinema. The topic will be “Men’s Health Issues.” Come learn some valuable information and pick up some wellness points along the way. 

Reminders for some options to earn wellness points 

Remember that in the fall we added a new option for wellness points under category 4. In addition to attending a wellness workshop, getting first aid or CPR certified, donating blood or participating in a small fellowship group, you can now go online and watch a webcast presented by experts at Hershey Medical School on a variety of relevant health issues. Simply go here. When you click on “View Previous Sessions” the last five years of presentations will be available. Each year has 10-12 different Power Point lectures you can watch, with each presentation lasting 45-60 minutes. It’s state-of-the-art information on important wellness topics and you get 10 wellness points for watching one.

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 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 mhepfer@messiah.edu for these types of publications.

Classifieds

Positions available:

Administrative Assistant for the Department of Health and Human Performance —The department of health and human performance currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a part-time (25 hours-per-week during the academic year and three hours-per-week during the summer), 12-month, band 7C position. This position provides administrative and project support to the department of health and human performance. Responsibilities include data entry, project and event coordination, maintaining websites and a high volume of general support responsibilities. 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 effective communication 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; strong computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Banner, Excel and various databases as well as understand basic web design; ability to work independently; and ability to effectively supervise additional support staff or work study students may be required. A detailed position description can be found on the College website. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, résumé, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) Job-related questions should be directed to Angela Hare, acting dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Health, at ahare@messiah.edu. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Campus Events Worker III, Apartment Building Coordinator — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker III, apartment building coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position. The campus events worker III is an experienced custodial position dedicated to building maintenance and cleaning and responsible for responding to client questions and concerns. In addition, this position is responsible for organizing and coordinating the set-up and tear-down of special events, classroom set up and event support. This position supervises teams of work study students. During the summer, responsibilities include oversight and cleaning of the entire building, including dorm rooms. This position supervises a team of student workers. A high school diploma or equivalent is required as is two years custodial or events experience, supervisory experience preferred. Other requirements include ability to read and follow directions/event descriptions; clean/maintain areas as directed; communicate effectively with others; demonstrate respect for others and act as a role-model to students; basic computer proficiency; ability to lift 50 lbs.; and possess a valid PA driver’s license. A detailed position description can be found on the College website . To apply, please submit a letter of interest and detailed résumé to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at ext. 2940. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Campus Events Worker II (Custodial), Floater, Residence Halls — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker II. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7B position. The campus events worker II is an experienced custodial position dedicated to building maintenance and cleaning. In addition, this position is occasionally responsible for the set-up and tear-down of special events, classroom set up and event support. This position may also supervise a team of work study students. Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs., share the enthusiasm of being a part of a college community and have the ability to interact professionally with students and conference guests. Two years of work experience is required; custodial or events experience preferred. To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) 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 position is filled. 

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, great attention to detail; strong leadership and training skills; ability to multi-task; basic computer skills (Excel, Word, etc.); and must be able to earn ServSafe certification within 12 months of hire. To apply, please submit a résumé and letter of interest to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) 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. 

Coordinator of Admissions Telecounseling — The department of admissions currently has an opening for the position of coordinator of admissions telecounseling. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. Along with traditional recruitment activities, this position provides leadership to the admissions telecounseling initiatives and student team of eight and is responsible for communicating the mission of Messiah College to prospective students and their families. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree; BA/BS required, and college admissions experience and some supervisory experience preferred. Other requirements include effective interpersonal skills especially focused on student and family counseling; excellent written, oral communication and organizational skills; strong project management skills; general computer proficiency; ability to conduct and evaluate research; ability to work independently and provide follow up effectively; ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines and goals; ability to relate well with a broad spectrum of constituencies, including people from diverse and culturally varied backgrounds; and ability to manage and professionally invest in a large team and motivate them to meet deadlines and goals in a positive and proactive manner. This position requires valid driver’s license and the ability to travel frequently. Many duties of this position are performed during the evening and weekend hours. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or email humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Dana Britton, director of admissions, at dbritton@messiah.edu.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

Fire extinguishers —Twenty two, 10 lb. fire extinguishers for sale. They are being sold “as-is” and are $10 each. We are accepting cash only, on delivery. This will be on a first-come, first- serve basis (we will not reserve any) and only one per employee. They will be available on Friday, March 30 in the Lenhert Building from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Please contact Hilary Kreider at ext. 3560 or hkreider@messiah.edu if you have any questions.

 1999 Polaris Scrambler 500 4 × 4 — One owner, includes aftermarket wheels, exhaust and front bumper, plus rear back rack. K&N air filter with new oil change, new headlight bulbs and a new rope pull string. Original wheels, exhaust and bumper are included. Very good condition.  Asking $2,500 obo. Email shoffman@messiah.edu or call Alan at 717-497-5737. Photo available. 

House — Open House Sunday, April 1 from 1-3 p.m. 140 Dorseys Lane, Dillsburg, 17019. Spacious ranch style home on 1.6 acres overlooking a gorgeous valley. In the country but close to campus and conveniences. Asking $264,900. For more information, contact Sue Hasseler, shasseler@messiah.edu or 717-329-3475.

Kayak —Green Perception Sparky, used for two seasons. Good condition. Asking $150. Contact spike@messiah.edu

Printer — Epson Stylus CX4400 Series all-in-one printer, copier, scanner, $15; Nintendo DS games — “Pokemon Diamond Version,” $15; “Nintendogs Dachshund and Friends,” $10; “Animal Crossing Wild World,” $15; “Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia,” $15. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

Wii gaming system — Complete with Wii console, two remotes, two nunchuks and Wii fit balancing board. Also included are four games, Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” “Monopoly,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Ultimate Board Game Collection.” Asking $200 obo. Please contact Wendy McElwee at ext. 2902 or wmcelwee@messiah.edu.

Outside organization announcement:

Dinner and auction to support mission trip —Please join us on Friday, March 30 for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and auction at the Grantham Church. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.; auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Supports the Grantham Church Youth Group for this year’s mission trip to Hondorus. They are raising money for expenses for the trip as well as to pay for surgery for babies that have hydrocephalus ($250/baby) whose parents are too poor to pay and often just come to the hospital to watch their babies die. Please come and enjoy a delicious spaghetti supper with free will offering; buy items at either the silent or live auction. There are hundreds of items and services that have been donated. A few highlights: motorcycle; antiques; heirloom quilt; babysitting services; house/lawn care services; bike and bike rack; decorations; homemade baked goods; handmade knitted hats, and much more.