Archive for 2012

April 5, 2012

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 5:8-11 (NRSV)

Remembering one another

Congratulations to Tony Wyland, director of network services, on the birth of his fifth child.  Benjamin James Wyland arrived March 30 and weighed 8 lbs. 11oz. and was 20.5 in. Benjamin will have lot of extra care from his four older sisters. Everyone is doing well. 


At the 32nd annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International  (ACCED-I) in Denver, Colo., Messiah College was awarded the Outstanding Institutional Achievement Award 2012 for “Messiah College Christmas” in the category of one-time events. Many thanks to all the departments who worked so hard and collaborated so well to make the 2011 Messiah College Christmas an extraordinary event!  

Charlotte Knudsen and Heather Negley from the office of conference and event services recently attended the 32nd annual Association of Collegiate and Conference Directors International Conference. Charlotte co-presented a session on “Challenges Facing Community and Small Colleges.”

Messiah 411

President Phipps to host open door day on April 17

President Kim Phipps will host an “Open Door” Day on Tuesday, April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. “Open Door” is an opportunity for you to speak with the President in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The president’s conference room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. For schedule of these dates and times, please visit this webpage. Please call the president’s office at ext. 2820 if you have any questions.

Oakes Museum presents “The Art of the Diorama”

Come to The Oakes Museum of Natural History for “The Art of the Diorama” — a look at the art of natural history. Messiah College art history major Meredith Snyder (‘13) will be leading a 60- minute tour of the museum from an artist’s perspective. Tours will be offered on the following dates: Saturday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m. General admission prices apply. Please contact the museum office at ext. 2431 for more information. We look forward to your attendance. 

Career Center would like to hear from students accepted into graduate programs

If you know of students from the Class of 2012 who are pursuing or have been accepted to a graduatelevel program, we need to hear from them! The Career Center is collecting profiles on students accepted to graduate-level programs which will be compiled and made available to all academic departments. Please encourage your students to complete a very brief, online “Acceptance Form” found on the Career Center’s website by Wednesday, April 18.

Farewell reception planned for employee on April 25

Susan Hasseler, dean, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences/Community Engagement, will be stepping down from her position at the end of the school year to become the senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S. D. Beyond leadership of the School, Sue provided leadership to the Harrisburg Institute, Agapé Center for Service and Learning and most recently, the Boyer Center. We are grateful to Sue for her strong and tireless service to the College over these past four years and we wish her well as she lives out her vocational commitment to higher education at Augustana.  A farewell celebration has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Boyer 102. Please stop by to wish Sue well.

Career Center announces “Into the City Minis”

Building off of the successful Into the City career immersion programs, the Career Center is excited to announce the first in a series of Into the City “Mini’s.” This new experiential learning opportunity is designed to provide students with a behind-the-scenes look at local organizations while learning about organizational culture, recruiting practices and generally desired skills and qualifications for future applicants. Our first “mini” will be to HOPE International on Friday, April 27. Students will hear from President Peter Greer (’97) and a panel that includes the following Messiah College alumni: Micah Crist (‘06), Ray Chung (‘04), Jill Heisey (‘06), Erin Longenecker (‘07), Matt Nissley (‘07) and Rachel Spier Weaver (‘99). Students from all majors and academic years are encouraged to apply at

Formation of Messiah College Intercultural Office announced

In concert with the President’s call for re-imagining how we prepare Messiah students to be global citizens, we have been motivated to explore new opportunities and synergies for global engagement. As such, during the past two years, I have led a team of administrators and educators in researching the possibility of creating an intercultural office that could best serve the needs of our international and domestic under-represented students as well as students who choose to study abroad. While these administrative units have important distinctives, multiple areas of overlap exist that represent enhanced global learning opportunities for our students while creating important efficiencies in student affairs.  We believe the time is right for moving forward in creating Messiah College’s first intercultural office. This office will combine the EpiCenter, the international student programs office, and the multicultural office to provide leadership in the development of student global education initiatives that support the mission and strategic goals of Messiah College. This summer we will physically move offices to a newly updated location on the second floor of Larsen Student Union. We will host an official open house this fall.

Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost, dean of students

Web content editing “Contribute” class offerings available on MCSquare

If you need training on Contribute, the campus’ current web content editing tool, or you just need to brush up on your Contribute skills, please visit MCSquare, “Employee Training,” “Web” to see the listing of training dates available. It’s easy to sign up online!

Safety Committee offers information on ladder safety

Please see this attachment  for complete information.

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 So far 80 employees have returned their completed forms. Visit the Messiah Wellness website  for complete information.  

It’s time to register for the Messiah Team Triathlon 

April is here, and that means the 3rd annual Messiah Team Triathlon is just around the corner. It will be on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. On-line registration forms and training programs can be found here. If you would like to participate but can’t find two teammates to fill out your team, email Doug Miller at 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, teams can be formed from any combination of employees, students and alumni (including spouses) and can be of the same gender or mixed but there must be three on a team; no individual entries allowed. So, get yourself ready for either an 800-yd. swim, a 12-mile bike ride or a 5K run and register today! 

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.


Positions available:

Assistant for International Programs and Designated School Official (DSO) —The intercultural office currently has an opening for the position of assistant for international programs and DSO. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position. This position provides administrative support to the intercultural programs office which includes the international student programs office and education abroad. Duties include assistance with immigration advising and SEVIS record maintenance for F-1 students. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent; associate’s degree preferred as well as three years of administrative support experience with at least one year of experience with higher education preferred; and international experience strongly preferred. Other requirements include effective human relations skills and sensitivity with working with diverse constituencies across the college including parents, students and campus offices; professional level communication skills including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to maintain departmental website; strong organizational skills with attention to detail, ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple demands and to work independently; and experience with budgets is preferred. 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 (Application materials are strongly preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available in human resources. Job-related questions should be directed to Kris Hansen-Kieffer, vice provost/dean of students, at Applications accepted until position is filled.

Financial Aid Office Assistant— The department of financial aid is currently has an opening for the full-time, year-round position of financial aid office assistant. This position is the primary first contact for students, parents and other publics. The financial aid office assistant also has responsibility for running a standard set of reports on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent as well as two to three years of general office experience; prior experience in a financial aid office strongly preferred. Other requirements include general knowledge of federal, state and institutional financial aid rules and regulations; effective communication skills including a professional telephone manner; ability to work with and relate to both on and off-campus publics; ability to work well in stressful situations; ability to effectively manage frequent changes with the in-house processing system and in rules and regulations at the state and federal level; proficient computer skills; and ability to maintain strict confidentiality. 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 (Application materials are strongly preferred via email.) A job description is available on the college website. Applications accepted until position is filled. 

Weekend Circulation Supervisor — The Murray Library currently has an opening for the position of weekend circulation supervisor. This is a part-time, nine-month (academic year), 20 hours-per-week, band 7D position. Projected start date: mid-late August with training during the summer months. This position oversees the Library on weekends. Position also includes some weekday/evening hours as well (to be arranged with supervisor). This position is responsible for supervising work-study students, maintaining the operation and function of the building and its property and serving patrons from the College and community at large. Education and experience required includes a minimum two years college study; bachelor’s degree preferred as well as two years of customer service; minimum one year experience supervising. Other requirements include excellent interpersonal skills; ability to interact professionally with people from various educational and vocational backgrounds; polished written and oral communication skills; basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office; exemplary customer service skills; a strong service orientation; must enjoy public service environment; ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize; good time management, attention to detail and ability to work with frequent interruption; ability to work well with students on a one-on-one level; good reasoned decision-making; technical ability preferred; and troubleshooting for copiers, printers and microform readers. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary history to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or email (Application materials are strongly preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Lawrie Merz, librarian/public services coordinator, at  Applications accepted until position is filled.


Apartment — Looking for a two-bedroom apartment near Messiah College.  If you have any information, please contact Nate Kamban at or 330-795-0156.

For rent:

Townhouse — For sale or rent. Two bedroom townhouse located in Grantham near Messiah College. Beautiful hardwood floors and gorgeous tile in the kitchen and bath. Back deck, small shed, off-street parking and laundry. $850 per month. Available in August. Contact Laurie for more information at ext. 2820.

Apartment —Very nice, one bedroom apartment in Mechanicsburg, less than five miles from Messiah. First floor, hardwood floors, washer and dryer, off street parking. $550 per month includes some utilities. Available Sunday,  April 15. Call 717-557-7738 if interested.

For sale:

Fire extinguishers —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. Please contact Hilary Kreider at ext. 3560 or if you have any questions.

1989 Prowler Regal 29 ft. pull-behind camper — Garage-kept and in immaculate condition. The camper comes complete with air conditioning, an electric jack, a refrigerator that was replaced five years ago, sleeps six, and has a queen-size bed in master bedroom. To see photos please see Aleisha Wildon in the Textbook Express (printed photos only). Asking $10,000 obo. Please contact seller, Velva Kyner, at 717-776-3004 with any questions or to see the camper in person. 

Garage door — Brand new, still in box, Wayne Dalton Model 9100, 16 ft. × 7 ft. garage door. You can view the item here. White, Colonial style panels and clear 1 windows. Complete hardware track and springs included. We special ordered the door and it is the wrong size. They will not take it back. Must sell as soon as possible. Paid $850, asking $650 or make an offer. Please call 717-713-0458. 

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