Archive for 2012

May 10, 2012

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 3:10-11 (NRSV)


Brad Genevro, director of bands and associate professor of music, conducted several clinics in the public schools this spring. Some of the schools included: Cumberland Valley High School, Pa.; Central Dauphin High School, Pa.; Warwick High School, Pa.; Hershey High School, Pa.; Northern High School, Pa; Wilson High School, Pa.; Lakeland High School, Pa.; South East Polk High School, Iowa; York Christian High School, Pa.; West Perry High School, Pa.; Cheshire School District, Cheshire, Conn.; and Redland High School, Pa. He was able to work with over 1,000 prospective students and their teachers in the classroom setting providing feedback on performance outcomes for each group.

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Commencement schedule and parking for employees

Commencement Schedule

The Commencement Committee is pleased to announce the 2012 Commencement weekend schedule of events for Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, at, including helpful details on Baccalaureate, event tickets and inclement weather plans. Faculty, staff and administrators who are participating in the Commencement ceremony itself should have already received a memo regarding their role in the ceremony from the president’s office. Members of the Community of Educators should have already received information from the provost’s office regarding their participation in Commencement weekend. 

If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact Carla Gross, co-chair of the Commencement Committee, at ext. 6940 or Thank you to all campus employees who have been planning and working for the past several months to make Commencement a wonderful experience for graduates and their families. 

Baccalaureate Parking

Prior to the Baccalaureate service and reception, traffic personnel will direct guests to designated parking areas on campus. College employees do not receive reserved parking for Baccalaureate. Please note that Baccalaureate is a ticketed event; see the Commencement website at for details. The department of safety asks that all guests walk from where traffic control personnel direct you to park. (Shuttle service is not provided on Friday evening.) To avoid safety hazards, please do not stop in the middle of the roadway to drop off your party. If you have questions regarding parking or drop-off locations for guests with a disability, please contact Parking Officer Stephen Smith at ext. 6753. 

Commencement Parking

For Commencement day, members of the Community of Educators and other employees who are marching in the processional or participating in the Commencement ceremony will receive a reserved parking pass via campus mail. Employees MUST show their parking pass to traffic control personnel upon entering campus in order to be directed to their designated reserved parking areas. All other employees who will be working the Commencement ceremony should ask their supervisor where their designated parking area will be that day. A shuttle service will transport all other guests between their parking areas and the athletic complex both before and after the Commencement ceremony. Special transportation, however, will be available for those guests requiring assistance between the shuttle drop point and the ceremony site. 

Due to the significantly increased volume of traffic on campus for Commencement, all employees are asked to arrive on campus early (prior to 8:15 a.m.) in order to alleviate being stuck in traffic and to help ensure they are directed to the reserved parking areas on campus. Any questions regarding parking for Commencement weekend may be directed to Parking Officer Stephen Smith at ext. 6753.

Spring 2012 confidential document campus shred day is May 17 

On Thursday, May 17, Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus that will be accessible beginning at 11 a.m. The shred truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall and will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed.

What can be shredded?

All forms of documentation containing confidential information can be included in this campus shred day. Secured data, all sizes, color and texture of paper will be accepted. The shredding truck can shred/destroy staples and paperclips, but ALL BINDER CLIPS MUST BE REMOVED and documents in binders will not be accepted. (You will have the opportunity to observe your documents throughout the shredding process if you wish.) 

Shredding instructions:

Loose or small volume shredding needs (less than five banker boxes):

Please bring all loose or small volumes of paper for shredding directly to the truck beginning at 11 a.m. It is the goal to complete all shredding needs in the designated two hours scheduled; plan to bring paper between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. (Please note, the shredding truck will be leaving promptly at 1 p.m., so we suggest arriving by 12:45 p.m.) Please contact Danelle Watson, ext. 2120, to make arrangements for the documentation to be collected and brought to the shredding truck. 

Bulk shredding needs (more than five full banker boxes):

If your department has a bulk amount of shredding that needs to be accomplished, special arrangements can be made by calling Danelle Watson at ext. 2120. All bulk shredding relocation arrangements must be made prior to the close of business Wednesday, May 16. Bulk shredding documents will be picked up and transported to Bowmansdale where on-site shredding will be provided by Shredding Solutions.

If you have, special requests or for all other questions, please contact Danelle Watson, at ext. 2120.

Check out Messiah on Pinterest

Messiah College has joined nearly 12 million other users to establish a presence on Pinterest, a virtual pinboard where users can create profiles and “pin” images reflecting their interests and affiliations. Pinterest is among the fastest growing social media sites. According to Inside Higher Ed, Pinterest had fewer than half a million users one year ago but now has nearly 12 million. Check out what Messiah is pinning at and please invite prospective students, current students, alumni and others to follow Messiah on Pinterest as well!

Beth Lorow, assistant director of public relations

Departments of purchasing and accounts payable closed May 10, 14 and 15

Purchasing and accounts payable will be closed Thursday, May 10 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to attend a vendor exhibit and luncheon. Accounts payable checks and ACH will be processed on Wednesday, May 9. Thank you for your cooperation in advance. 

The departments of purchasing and accounts payable will also be closed on Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15 for professional development. The check run/ACH will be limited to invoices and requests that were received by Monday, May 7 for processing. The checks will not be available until Friday, May 18 at 1 p.m. Please plan accordingly. The normal check run/ACH will resume the week of May 21-24, which will include anything  received after May 7 through May 18. We appreciate your cooperation.

Important information regarding students arriving on campus before Aug. 26 

They haven’t even left yet, and we’re already planning for their return. If you are sponsoring students, who need to return to campus before Sunday, Aug. 26 for a school-related reason, please send the following information to by Friday, July 27. ID#, name, fall housing assignment, arrival date and reason for early arrival.

A few things you should know about early arrivals:*The earliest that students may return is Saturday, Aug. 11.

*If you will be providing meal cards for your students please contact Amy Davis in the card services office.

*Please bring your students back as late as possible to allow the maximum time for staff to prepare for their arrival. Because of the short period of time between the end of conferences and early arrivals, some rooms may not be cleaned to the usual standards.*Any additions to the list after July 27 are charged $10/day/person. Faculty/staff can pass this charge on to the students or can pay for it out of departmental budgets.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda King at ext. 7291 or

Harrisburg Academy offering merit scholarship to children of Messiah College employees

Harrisburg Academy is pleased to offer one $10,000 merit scholarship the child of full-time employees of Messiah College. This merit scholarship, available for new applicants to our Middle and Upper Schools (fifth through eleventh grade), is renewable each year until graduation.  Messiah College employees are invited to learn more about this merit scholarship from Academy representatives at the benefits meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at 1 p.m. in Frey 110 or at the benefits meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. in Boyer 137 (Parmer Cinema). See this attachment for complete information. 

Harrisburg Academy follows the independent school model and has produced results, year after year, considerably higher than other area schools. We are the first school in the Harrisburg-Hershey-Carlisle region to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. We remain the only independent school in the region serving students who are three years old through 12 grade. Like many schools in the National Association of Independent Schools network, we are committed, both strategically and financially, to making a Harrisburg Academy education as accessible and affordable as possible. Currently we provide over $800,000 in financial aid to 30 percent of our student body. Our new merit program will offer an additional $50,000 in new scholarships each year beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. 

Selected merit scholarship recipients should have:

• Outstanding academic achievement, as demonstrated through current school transcripts, teacher recommendations and standardized testing
• Clear co-curricular passion and accomplishments in at least one of the following areas – athletics, the arts and/ or community service
• Enthusiastic endorsement from a principal or guidance counselor
• Exemplary teacher and extracurricular references

“Senior Salutes” available at MCSquare 

Each year we offer graduating seniors the opportunity to share thanks and special memories of employees who have touched their lives during their stay at Messiah. Some of these tributes were filmed and shown at the Employee Recognition Reception on May 2. They are now also available online. You can now access “Senior Salutes” from the Employee QuickLinks menu on MCSquare. Students are also able to view the salutes from the student QuickLinks menu. Enjoy!


Positions available:

Editorial Assistant — The office of marketing and public relations has an opening for the position of editorial assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position. The editorial assistant is responsible for performing and/or coordinating the proofreading and fact-checking function. The assistant performs other administrative editorial duties including some writing for “The Bridge” and promotional materials. The assistant is also responsible for performing the annual update of MCAPs and coordinates the work of the editorial student employees under the direction of the editor. Education and experience required includes bachelor’s degree in journalism (preferred) or communications; two years of proofreading and writing experience; two published writing samples. Other requirements include proven proficiency and experience in proofreading, AP style, writing, editing and interviewing/researching; two published writing samples; demonstrated proficiency in industry-standard technology and processes including knowledge of standard hardware, software, Internet practices and common communications; knowledge of web publishing software preferred; demonstrated versatile, adaptable writing styles; strong communication and interpersonal skills; excellent time management skills; proven organizational and planning skills; demonstrated attention to details and accuracy; ability to work independently and also with diverse groups of people; some knowledge of basic printing and paper terminology and processes preferred; and familiarity with Messiah College is strongly preferred. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, salary requirements, statement of faith and writing samples to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or email (Applications are preferred via email.) A job description is on the College website. Job related questions should be directed to Anna Seip, editor, at ext. 6731. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Part-time Childcare Teacher — The Early Learning Center (ELC)currently has an opening for the position of childcare teacher.  This is a part-time, nine-month, band 7D position. This position is responsible for planning, implementing and managing a developmental program for young children in accordance with the Center’s stated mission and policies. Responsibilities include developing, implementing and maintaining a developmental program in accordance with DPW licensing, NAEYC criteria, Keystone Stars and the Center’s stated mission and goals; designing and preparing age-appropriate activities and materials related to the children’s interests, needs and developmental level; caring for children in a classroom setting including establishing and enforcing rules for behavior, observing the children and leading activities to promote cognitive, social-emotional and physical development and document each child’s growth and development using the Ounce Scale online; providing parents of enrolled children with regular feedback and insight concerning their child; and maintaining classroom appearance and cleanliness with distribution of tasks between teachers and assistants. Necessary education and experience requirements include an associate’s degree with at least 18 credits in early childhood or a related field; a bachelor’s degree including 30 credits in ECE preferred. Also required is three years of experience in an early childhood program. Other requirements include CPR/First Aid/health assess/Act 80/ACT 48 certifications; excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to positively and effectively communicate and interact with young children, families and college students; knowledge in NAEYC accreditation requirements and best practices in the field of ECE and the ability to plan and maintain a high quality early childhood program; good personal computer skills in basic applications; and excellent organizational skills. Special working conditions: must be able to lift 30 lbs.; must be able to drive a College mini-van for field trips; must be available for monthly evening staff meetings; must be involved in two professional growth and development activities designated by Keystone Stars and be responsible for 24 clock hours of training based on the PDR. Applicants should provide a letter of application summarizing interest in the College and the position, a comprehensive resume and salary requirements. Application materials should be sent to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or emailed to (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Bev Goodling, director of the ELC, at ext. 6085. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Part-time Physics Lab Technician — The department of mathematics and informational sciences in the School of Science, Engineering and Health currently has an opening for the position of physics laboratory technician. This is a part-time, 10 hours-per-week, nine-month, band 7F position. This position, with some limited summer hours, actively supports the mission and vision of the department in the physics area. The employee maintains working relationships with faculty and students by providing hands-on course, laboratory and project support. The employee maintains, repairs and recommends laboratory equipment. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree in science as well as one year of lab work experience. Other requirements include ability to use, troubleshoot and repair a variety of physics equipment; working knowledge of physics applications; knowledge of safety policies, procedures and practices and the ability to apply these procedures and policies correctly; computer proficiency including internet literacy and familiarity with spreadsheet and word processing software and inventory control programs; strong interpersonal and communication skills needed to interact with faculty, students, vendors and co-workers; and ability to supervise work study students. Applicants should provide a letter of application summarizing interest in the College and the position, a comprehensive résumé, salary requirements and a statement of faith. Application materials should be sent to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or emailed to (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 Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For rent:

Townhouse — Two bedroom, two bathroom in Gettysburg, $950 per month. The air conditioned single story home is in a quiet neighborhood and has a lobby entrance, deck, in-unit laundry and a small garden area. The included appliances are dishwasher, refrigerator, gas oven/stove, microwave, washer and dryer. Trash and recycling, water and sewer are all included. One assigned covered parking space is included. Other vehicles can park in the same lot in uncovered spaces. Various lease lengths are available. Contact Janet  at or 717-253-8408 for more information. For pictures, visit:

For sale:

Boy’s bike —15 in. wheels, $10; Tonka toy truck — Black metal, $10; Plastic baby swing — $5; Baby bassinet — $15; Five-point harness car seats (two) — Free. Contact Helena Cicero at or 697-1181.

Nintendo DSi — White with maroon case (case $25 value); charger cord, car charger. Excellent condition, $65. Call Lori at ext. 5360. 

Three bathroom vanities — Dark brown, oak wood, (one 60 in. molded double bowl, 30 in. high × 21 in. deep; one 48 in molded single bowl, 30 in. high × 21 in. deep; one 24 in.
single bowl, 30 in. high × 21 in. deep.) All have chrome faucets. Price negotiable. Can deliver locally. Contact

Outside organization announcement:

Neighborhood yard sale —Winding Hills community-wide yard sale is set for Saturday, May 19 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located off the Cumberland Parkway exit of 11/15.