Archive for 2012

April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Romans 12:17-18 (NRSV)


According to the Boston Athletic Association website, Doug Phillippy, associate professor of mathematics, finished the Boston Marathon last week in 3:34. He came in 209th in his age class; that’s in the top 10 percent of that class.

Damian Savarino
, senior lecturer in voice, will be performing again in Carnegie Hall. After appearing as the bass soloist in Manhattan Concert Production’s performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” this past April, Savarino was subsequently invited to sing again with the company in the same venue. He will be singing the bass solos in Mozart’s “Regina Coeli” (K. 276) on May 5 at 2 p.m. Information about this concert can be found at this website. 



Mike True, director of the Internship Center, has been named the Dean Herman Schneider Educator of the Year by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Dean Schneider started co-op in the U.S. in 1906 at the University of Cincinnati. This is the highest award presented by the organization. It is given for distinguished service and leadership in the field of cooperative education and internships. Especially significant is the fact this is the first time in its 49 year history that the organization has given it to an internship, rather than co-op, leader.

Messiah 411

Employee Giving Campaign: thank you from a student 

Dear Messiah College Employees,
My name is John “Jake” Berry and I am currently a junior at Messiah. I am originally from Bear, Del. and my major is business administration. I am so thankful for my education from Messiah College because not only is Messiah preparing me for the business world, it is preparing me for the real world. And without your help, I would not be here experiencing this awesome place and I would not be creating lifelong friendships. This scholarship has truly been a blessing to my family and me; we thank you so much for your sacrifices! In Christ, John Berry, Ephesians 2:10. 

By now, all employees should have received a letter about the current employee giving campaign. One of the areas that employees have the option of supporting is the Employee Scholarship Fund, which provided a scholarship for John. We are all aware of the growing needs of our students and their families, and this fund is one way that employees can help fulfill their un-met financial needs. Please consider a gift to the Employee Scholarship Fund or other designation. And remember, employees enrolled in payroll deduction for the 2013 fiscal year will be allowed a “dress down” day on the last Friday of every month.
Ashley Martin, annual giving coordinator

Messiah College receives national recognition

Messiah College is one of 148 colleges and universities nationwide to receive Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA recognizes sustainably managed college campuses and their commitments to effective community forestry management. Please join me in expressing gratitude to our grounds team for the good work they do in caring for the beauty of our campus and the health of our trees! Messiah College’s application for this designation was completed by Jared Rudy, grounds services manager; Craig Dalen, sustainability coordinator; and an interdisciplinary Campus Tree Advisory Committee.
-Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations

School of Science, Engineering and Health Symposium set for April 27 

The ninth annual Symposium of the School of Science, Engineering and Health will be held on Friday, April 27. More than 150 students from within the school will participate in oral and poster presentations in sessions that are scheduled throughout the day. A detailed schedule and program is available on the Symposium website. Celebrate the work, creativity and innovation reflected in the rich and diverse variety of oral and poster presentations. Many presentations will describe basic or applied research projects and represent the culmination of months (or years) of effort by graduating seniors. A number of presentations will highlight how talents and resources are being used to address needs in the developing world. Plan to join us to celebrate the accomplishments of the students!

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.

The Engle Center changes hours for an inservice day April 26 

On Thursday, April 26, health services will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an inservice day.

The Early Learning Center to celebrate young artists on April 30     

The Early Learning Center (ELC) is holding its annual art show on Monday, April 30 in the Fellowship Hall of Hostetter Chapel. Each ELC child (ages one through five) will have a piece of artwork displayed along with a photograph and a short biography. Please join us anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. as we celebrate their creations! Light refreshments will be served.

The Library and Café Diem extend hours during finals 

The Library and Café Diem will be staying open extra late-night hours during finals. Thanks to the Library’s circulation staff and to the Café Diem staff for providing this extra service to our students!

Wednesday, May 2 (Reading Day), 7:30 a.m.- 2 a.m. (Café open until 12:30 a.m.)

Thursday, May 3, 7-2 a.m. (Café open until 12:30 a.m.)

Friday, May 4, 7:30-6 p.m. (regular hours)

Saturday, May 5, 10-8 p.m. (regular hours)

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. (Café open until 12:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 7, 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m. (regular hours)

Tuesday, May 8 (LAST DAY OF FINALS!), 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Café until 2 p.m.)

“Live and learn” with Messiah’s summer online undergraduate courses 

You can make the most of your summer and still earn the college credits you need with the flexibility of Messiah’s online summer courses. Messiah’s eight-week online summer session, which runs May 29-July 20, provides a personal, interactive experience that works around your summer schedule. Messiah’s summer courses are completed in nearly half the time, and are discounted more than 50 percent as the same courses that are offered during the fall and spring semesters. 

Courses are open to current students (college-level, and qualified homeschooled and high school students), employees, alumni, parents, community friends, and anyone who would like to further their education. All courses are taught by Messiah professors, offering an online educational experience that reflects Messiah’s commitment to academic excellence. Registration for summer session begins April 5 and runs through May 22. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in registering or learning more, visit

Important reminder to faculty 

Faculty services would like to remind the faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead. The fall semester 2012 work submission deadlines have been set. Please coordinate the needs of your courses with the set deadlines. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, faculty services supervisor, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Important information from key services 

Key services is looking for help from all employees to track down unused keys. Please check desk drawers and key rings and take any unused keys to dispatch to be returned to key services. Some of you are still carrying keys that are no longer in use; some of you “inherited” keys that were left in drawers or other locations; and some of you have keys signed out to you that you do not want or need any longer. These are the keys that should be returned. We will be doing an audit of all of your keys next school year, so it would be great to lighten your load prior to that. 

Also, please remind all of your work study students, or students that you put in a key request for during the school year, to RETURN their keys to key services prior to leaving campus for the summer. Any extension for the summer needs to be made known to key services. 

We are asking ALL adjuncts to turn in their keys at the end of this school year. Because we are not aware who will return to teach in the next school year, this will be a safeguard for keys not being returned. If you will be teaching again next semester, your keys will be re-issued to you at that time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This is just another step to help keep the campus secure. We appreciate your help and cooperation.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to

Open enrollment available for employee benefits

Open enrollment for employee benefits available until May 25. Please see this attachment for complete details.

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. There will be time for festive refreshments and fellowship at the beginning of the event. We hope to see you there!


Positions available:

Assistant Bursar — The business office currently has an opening for the position of assistant bursar. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position is responsible for directing the billing and collection of Messiah College’s accounts receivable and manages all facets of the graduate students’ accounts receivable and financial aid, as well as serving as the primary liaison to the financial aid department. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree in a related field or equivalent college credits; minimum three years of administrative experience in higher education financial operations and/or financial aid; as well as supervisory experience. Other requirements include strong knowledge of student billing and financial aid dynamics, including fee structures and policies as well as institutional and non-institutional financial aid rules and regulations; experience with automated financial systems; demonstrated experience integrating auxiliary data systems with primary data management system; excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak tactfully and effectively regarding financial matters related to the acquisition of a college education; strong organizational skills including time management skills, to prioritize multiple responsibilities and attention to detail; ability to demonstrate respect for others, build trust and rapport and act as a role-model to employees; 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 e-mail (Application materials sent viaemail preferred.) A detailed job description is available in human resources.  Job-related questions should be directed to Marilyn Donelson, bursar, at ext. 6910. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Campus Events Worker I  (Custodial) — The department of campus events currently has an opening for a campus events worker I. This is a full-time, 12-month, third shift, band 7A position. This position is responsible for being a part of a team cleaning Boyer Hall and Old Main. Job responsibilities include the cleaning of offices, classrooms and public spaces. 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, as well as have the ability to interact professionally with students and conference guests. Cleaning experience is preferred, but is not required. To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail (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. 

Director of the Early Learning Center — The School of Business, Education and Social Sciences currently has an opening for the position of director of the Early Learning Center. This is a full-time, 12-month, 30 hours-per-week position and is responsible for providing direction to the daily operations of the Center, supervising the senior level PreK field experience (EDUC 465) and coordinating/supervising course-related student involvement at the Center. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree in early childhood education or related field; early childhood or preK-4 certification; a minimum of five years of experience in early childhood teaching as well as a minimum of one year of experience managing other teachers and teaching programs. Experience as director of a NAEYC accredited center preferred. Other requirements include: certification early childhood/elementary/preK-4 teaching certification; CPR/First Aid/health assess/Act 80/ACT48 if applicable; excellent written and verbal communication and relational skills with adults and children; excellent organization and management skills and ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines simultaneously; creative problem solver and exercise strong judgment under pressure; excellent proficiency in a broad spectrum of computer/software applications; knowledgeable about NAEYC accreditation criteria, Keystone STARS, and DPW licensing regulations and best practices in the field of ECE. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College Human Resources at (Applications are preferred via e-mail.) or mail the same to Messiah College, Human Resources, PO Box 3015, One College Avenue, Grantham, PA 17027. Job related questions should be directed to Sue Hasseler, dean of School of Business, Education and Social Science, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Performing Arts Coordinator — The School of the Arts currently has an opening for the positon of performing arts coordinator. This is a part-time, band 7D position. This position is 30-hours-week from August through May and 10 hours-per-week in June and July.The performing arts coordinator is responsible for planning, scheduling and coordinating all aspects of the performances and tours of the performing arts groups in the departments of music and theatre. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree in arts and/or business or related field as well as experience with the performing arts and/or booking concerts and tour planning preferred; experience performing with choir, band or theatre group required. Other requirements include: excellent written and verbal communication and relational skills; excellent organizational and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously; ability to handle logistics of travel including bus, air, hotel, home stay, meals, etc.; creative problem solving; proven abilty to exercise strong judgement under pressure and computer proficiency in a breadth of applications. To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA or e-mail to (Applications 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 Richard Roberson, dean of the School of the Arts, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


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


Summer housing — Josh Adams, a sophomore history education major, is looking for summer housing near the Gettysburg area (within 30 miles or so). Josh is very easy going, doesn’t mind pets and is able to do house maintenance if needed. If anyone has an open room or a small apartment for rent from the beginning of May through most of August, please contact Josh directly at 814-573-6781 or at

For sale:

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

Fire extinguishers — We still have four 10 lb. fire extinguishers for sale. They are being sold “as-is” and will be $10 each. We are accepting cash only, on delivery. This will be on a first come first serve basis and only one per employee. Please contact Hilary Kreider at if you are interested in purchasing an extinguisher. 

Outside organization announcement:

Operation Wildcat sixth annual Spring Yard Sale set for April 27-28 — Part of Meadowview Estates neighborhood yard sale on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.from 8 – 11 a.m. at 306 E. Meadow Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. HUGE yard sale – everything from home decor, toys, games, books, handbags, holiday items, you name it – we probably have it for sale! All items have been donated from the community. All proceeds go to Operation Wildcat which helps families in need in the Mechanicsburg School District. To date, Operation Wildcat yard sales have raised over $24,500 for our families. All proceeds from the yard sales are turned in to gift cards which are utilized by district guidance counselors and school nurses.