Archive for 2012

April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 (NRSV)

Remembering one another

Sincerest thanks for your prayers, cards and kind gestures during my mother-in-law’s recent illness and passing. We have experienced the Lord’s comfort and we know she is experiencing His joy.

Leah Clarke, assistant professor of counseling, and Jason Clarke


Brad Genevro, associate professor of music and director of bands, was a recent guest conductor for many honor bands on the east coast. These include: ASBDA Honor Band in Durham, Conn., District 9 Honor Band in Lakeland, Pa., District 4 band in Chesapeake, Va., Lebanon-Lancaster County Band in Palmyra, Pa. and Schuylkill County Band in Schuylkill Haven, Pa. During his time with these honor bands he worked with 600 high school students and 125 music educators. 

Jenell Paris, professor of sociology and anthropology, with Ines Jindra, Diane Badzinski and Robert Woods published “Gender, Religiosity and the Telling of Christian Conversation Narratives” in the spring 2012 edition of “The Journal for the Sociological Integration of Religion and Society.” Jenell also spoke at the Q conference on “Reducing Abortion” and at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Conference on Sexuality.

Messiah 411

President Phipps to be honored by the Salvation Army  

On behalf of the Messiah College Board of Trustees, it is my privilege to announce to the campus community that the Salvation Army of the Harrisburg Capital City Region has named President Kim Phipps as its 2012 Salvation Army Civic Honoree. The Salvation Army will recognize Dr. Phipps at a special dinner in Camp Hill on Tuesday, May 15, where she will be honored by her colleagues and supporters from the regional business, nonprofit, civic and educational communities. 

The Salvation Army recently distributed a letter of tribute for President Phipps that read in part: “As an actively involved leader in our community, Dr. Phipps sets the example of service and social responsibility for thousands of Messiah College students and faculty members. We are pleased to honor Dr. Phipps at the 2012 Civic Event and to recognize our partnership with the entire Messiah College family in service to our community.” 

As a Messiah College community, we are fortunate to have a leader such as President Phipps who models such an authentic commitment to our institutional mission of leadership, service and reconciliation. Congratulations Kim, we are so very proud of you for this much-deserved honor!

Linden Hustedt, chair, Messiah College Board of Trustees

The department of theatre and dance presents “The Miracle Worker” April 19  

The theatre and dance department will present the final show of the season, “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson on April 19-21 at 8 p.m. and April 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for seniors/students and $11 for general admission. Tickets are available at the door or at the ticket office in Eisenhower Campus Center.  

This play directed by Valerie Rae Smith, professor of theatre, is a story of silence, darkness and torture. This is the world inhabited by Helen Keller in 1880s Alabama. “The Miracle Worker,” based on Keller’s autobiography, brings to life the dynamic relationship between the blind and deaf Keller and Annie Sullivan, the young teacher who promised her student — “One word, and I can put the world in your hand.” The events Keller and Sullivan experience together are nothing short of miraculous for both women. The play vividly and violently showcases Keller’s emergence from a world of isolation into a world of human connection where a career as a writer, lecturer and activist awaits. “The Miracle Worker” will restore your belief in the resilience of the human spirit. This production is particularly well-suited for family audiences. For the study guide, click here; to see videos, click here.

Barnabas Award for Service nominations 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. $500 will be awarded to Barnabas Award winners as well as charities of their choice. To learn more about the award, and to nominate students or faculty members, please visit this webpage. Nominations are due by Service Day, Thursday, April 19. Please direct any further questions to Kerrie Taylor, administrative assistant for the Agapé Center for Service and Learning, at or ext. 7255.

Retirement reception for employee April 27

The education department would like to invite the community of educators to attend a reception in honor of Velma Yoder, associate professor of education. Yoder will be retiring at the end of this academic year, after 23 years at Messiah College. Please join us on Friday, April 27, between 2 and 4:30 p.m. in the Private Dining Room in Eisenhower Campus Center to express to Velma our appreciation for her service and to encourage her as she moves on to a new era in her life.

Procurement naming contest until April 27 

Messiah College has contracted with Unimarket to offer a web based collaborative procurement environment. This user-friendly approach to procurement will streamline the process utilized by the College to obtain goods and services. Better tracking and visibility of day-to-day transactions will provide the College with the ability to forecast and plan for future needs. 

eProcurement will replace our current manual processes and provide a foundation to transition the purchasing function to a more strategic focus. Currently Messiah College utilizes multiple ordering processes: Banner Self Service, P-Card, Direct Pays, etc. eProcurement provides the opportunity to replace these various ordering methods with a single web-based requisitioning system. This system provides user-friendly shopping cart technology. It also provides the ability to create one requisition for orders to multiple suppliers and the use of unlimited line items and work flow tracking to monitor the requisition throughout the purchasing processes. 

We invite all Messiah College employees to enter a contest to name this new eProcurement system. Get your creative juices flowing and enter your suggested name(s) by Friday, April 27. See this attachment  for complete details.

M.B.A. Networking Breakfast in Harrisburg 

The Messiah Business Alumni Association encourages you to join us for our next networking breakfast being held on Tuesday, May 1 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Harrisburg East. Stephen Bloom will be giving a talk titled “Keeping Faith in Business and Politics.” This breakfast is open students, alumni, parents, employees and friends of Messiah College. We are very thankful to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe for being our event sponsor. Click here to register for this breakfast.

Stephen Bloom, of Cumberland County, was elected to represent the citizens of the 199th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2010. A practicing lawyer for more than 20 years, now of counsel with the Carlisle firm of Irwin & McKnight, P.C., Bloom focuses on business and transactional matters. He is also an adjunct instructor of management and business at Messiah College, where he teaches economics and business law. 

Employee Recognition Reception scheduled for May 2 

Please join us on Wednesday, May 2 as we gather to celebrate the commitment of those employees who have reached significant service milestones. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. The list of employees to be honored can be viewed here. In addition to recognizing service milestones, we will also be announcing the recipients of the Pride in Performance and President’s Awards. We hope to see you there!

Young Writers Workshop offered in July

The Young Writers Workshop is Messiah College’s new summer academic program for young writers entering grades nine through 12. Running from July 15 through 20, this workshop offers residential and commuter options. It provides college-level writing skills development, offering students the choice of two distinct tracks: creative writing and college-prep expository writing. Do you have a child or know of a young person who would benefit from this program? Please pass the information along to interested family members and friends. Thanks for helping us to spread the word. For more information and registration, visit

The Engle Center closed for an inservice day April 26 

On Thursday April 26 the Engle Center will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an inservice day.

Centralizing of student financial services

The College has launched a new initiative of centralizing student financial services. The goal of this initiative is to provide a single integrated student service center where students, parents and other interested parties can get professional, knowledgeable and helpful guidance regarding financial and administrative issues. The first phase of the initiative was completed on April 15 with the merging of the business office cash counter functions (Elliott Sternbergh), card services and the student parking department (Amy Davis). These two departments will begin cross-training in April and, in late June, the business office counter will physically move from Old Main to the existing card services space in Eisenhower, where it will be more centrally located for students and staff to conduct business. Phase two of this initiative has already begun as well. The accounts receivable/bursar office and the financial aid office have begun to explore opportunities to streamline overlapping processes and procedures. In the upcoming months, a task force will be created to explore other opportunities. This is an exciting initiative that will positively impact our students’ administrative experience. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Starner, director of financial operations and controller, at

Announcement from Friends of Murray Library 

For the foreseeable future, Friends of Murray Library will not hold an annual used book sale due to the reconfiguration of space in the library to accommodate the creation of a Learning Commons as well as other storage and venue constraints. Friends’ Board extends sincere thanks to all in the Messiah community who donated books which made the sale possible and for your generous support of the event over the past 16 years. The Board likewise appreciates the Agapé Center’s enthusiastic partnering with Friends to cosponsor the sale the last two years.

Future book donations may be made to any local library; it is suggested you call ahead for donation guidelines. Advance Global Literature—a York-based organization that ships literature to India—will accept encyclopedia sets, “National Geographic” magazines, and bibles in any language or translation. For more information, contact Ty Hartman, 717-225-4487 or 717-880-9402.

Attention Internet Explorer users: resolving homepage issue 

For our employees who use IE8 or 9 (Internet Explorer), you may have visited the homepage and noticed that there is a large white area beneath the “See Anew” header.  If you are seeing this, there is a simple adjustment you can make to the browser so the page appears correctly.  To adjust: open IE, go to “ Tools ,” “Compatibility View” and select.  The page will readjust and the view will be as intended.  For more details, please visit the web services website here and you’ll see screen shots and step by step instructions on how to force the browser to render our page properly. For more information, please contact with questions.

Reminder from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) 

When an approved research project is completed, a closure report must be submitted to the provost’s office, box 3016 or email A link to this report can be found on MCSquare under “Employee/Educator Quicklinks,” “Institutional Review Board,” “Forms,” “Closure of Research Project Form” (form T-050). Completion of this document and submission for records is required for compliance with federal regulations.


Position available:

Administrative Assistant, Early Learning Center — The Early Learning Center (ELC) currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a part-time, 15 hours-per-week, 12-month, band 7C position. This position provides specialized support to both the director and staff of the Early Learning Center. Responsibilities include providing administrative support and the management of tuition accounts and enrollment for the Early Learning Center. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent; certification in first aid and CPR as well as a minimum of one to two years of administrative support/secretarial experience. Other requirements include strong 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; ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight; strong computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Banner, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, listservs and Outlook as well as understand basic web design and Sakai; and understanding of compliance and regulations related to appropriate staff clearances. 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 e-mail (Application materials sent via e-mail strongly preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Bev Goodling, director of the ELC, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Upright piano —Will need to be tuned and one key repaired. You move. If interested, call Kathy at 717-580-5062.

Piano — The department of theatre and dance has a piano left over from our season this year. It is an old piano in rough shape but it plays fine. It was made in York, Pa. We have no space for it and would like to give it to someone who could take care of it. It is a beautiful piece. If you are interested in having it, it is free; please contact Gary Pettit at

For sale:

17 in. HP Notebook —Brand new HP 17 in. Envy 3D 2090NR Notebook. Never used; still in box. Model: LV045UA#ABA. Specs: Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor, 8GB memory, two 750GB hard drives, Radeon HD 6850M graphics with 1GB GDDR5, 3D glasses. $900 obo. Selling on the HP website for $1,449. Contact Heather Dravk at

Amani Beads Spring sale set for April 25 — The Amani Bead Sale is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m in Eisenhower Commons. Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Celebrate the mothers in your life by giving a gift that gives back-Amani jewelry, key chains and bookmarks feature beads from Kazuri Beads of Nairobi, Kenya, a fair trade organization, that employs single mothers. All proceeds from the sale benefit New Life Homes of Kenya, which cares for orphaned and abandoned infants—a beautiful circle of love and hope. 

Plants — Hosta Hideaway is selling assorted plants and donates a portion of sales to “Forgotten Voices International” and other local service oriented agencies. See complete information here

HomeOpen House, Sunday April 22 from 1-3 p.m. Come and see our sanctuary on the hill at 140 Dorseys Lane, Dillsburg, 17019. Open ranch style home on 1.6 acres with a covered patio overlooking a gorgeous valley and back deck overlooking your own woods. Newly-remodeled kitchen with eating area, family room with fireplace/wood-burning stove, dining room, living room, three-plus bedrooms, 2.5 baths and laundry area on the main floor. Surrounded by nature but close to shopping and Messiah. Call Sue Hasseler at 717-329-3475 or Ken Hasseler at 717-645-3184 for more information. 

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.