Archive for 2012

June 28, 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

One who spares words is knowledgeable; one who is cool in spirit has understanding.
Proverbs 17:27 (NRSV)


Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Suzanne Smith (Washington State University Vancouver) had their paper titled “Integrating skills Employers Want in Family Theories Classes” published in the 2012 Summer issue of National Council on Family Relations “Family Focus.”

Nancy J. Patrick, associate professor of special education and director of the graduate program in education, has been invited by Joni and Friends International and Amity Foundation to speak at two conferences being held in Nanjing, China in October. She will speak first on the topic of “Parenting a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder” at the China International Autism Conference on Oct. 13 and 14 and then a Leadership Conference on Oct. 15 and 16. The speaking engagements will be followed by an opportunity to visit local preschools serving children with autism and touring some of the local sites.

Messiah 411

Summer conference groups for week of June 28

Messiah College will be hosting the following groups in the upcoming week:

MJAA (875 attendees) 

Girls’ Lacrosse (65 attendees)

Library to extend hours on June 28 

The Library will be open until 8 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Hopefully these evening hours will be helpful to some in our community.

Don’t get left out…send in your fall public events 

The office of marketing and public relations is again producing a Highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the spring semester. In an effort to bring more people to campus, we will mail the brochure to more than 5,000 homes in the community in early January. To ensure your public event is included, i.e. a concert, recital, play, lecture, conference, performance or any other event at which you would welcome the general public, please send the event, date, time, place, contact name, admission charge (if any), and phone number to Kim Christen no later than Friday, July 13. 

If your events are unable to be finalized by that date, please forward them to the marketing and public relations office as soon as they are confirmed. Although we will be unable to include them in the brochure, we will still be able to advertise them on our public events line as well as through news releases. 

The Highlights brochures have been very well received in the past and demand for them has been high, both on and off campus. If you would like to order a quantity for your own department’s use, please call Kim Christen at ext. 7326. There will be a charge of $12 per 100 brochures (12 cents per copy) to cover the additional printing costs.

Information for updating mailing address on your website 

Due to changes with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), Messiah College is required to change its mailing address. Beginning July 1, all College mail will be processed through the Mechanicsburg Post Office. Because of this change in service, the College’s new mailing address will be: One College Avenue Suite # (which previously had been your box number) Mechanicsburg PA 17055.

How does this affect your website? If you maintain your department or office website, you will need to go on your “contact us” page and any additional pages where the College’s address may appear in the main content area and make the update to your content manually. The web services team has already updated the footer on your site, as long as your site resides in one of the templates our team created.  

Please make a note to also to change to the new address, if listed, on your social media sites, as well as your email signature in Outlook. 

—Web Services

Summer projects on campus announced 

As the summer moves along, you will notice different projects around campus – some larger projects like the High Center and the upcoming Murray Library project and some smaller in size, which are highlighted. 

Frey Hall – This project is replacing the fan coil units in the building and is running ahead of schedule. At this time, most of the work on the first and second floors has been completed with work to begin on the third floor beginning. There are still a few areas to finish on the first two floors. Rooms 4 and 10 are waiting for duct work to arrive to be installed, and Siemens still needs to complete the control wiring on the second floor. 

Jordan – Classrooms 163 and 170 are being turned into the new exercise science lab. This project includes new wall coverings, flooring and ceilings. The equipment from ECC 04 will be relocated in early July. 

Kelly Apartments – This project includes renovating the kitchens in the apartments (new cabinets, counter tops, sinks, stoves and range hoods), replacing flooring and installing bathroom booster exhaust fans. “A” section has been completed. The contractors are currently working the “B” section. 

Film Studies Studio – This studio has been relocated to Murray Library in room 23. This project includes a “green wall” and electrical work. 

Larsen Student Union – This will be the new home of the intercultural office. Located on the second floor, newly painted walls will accent the new location for these offices. 

Sollenberger Sports Center – SGA has approved funding for the refinishing of racquetball courts 1, 2 and 3. The courts should be ready by the end of June.

Questions concerning any of these projects can be directed to Russ Ehrich at ext. 3550.

Reminder from business office 

The business office counter will cash personal and second party checks up to $100. Checks in excess of $100 will not be cashed. A $35 charge will be assessed on any item returned for non-sufficient funds.


Positions available:

Campus Events Worker III- South Residence Hall Team Leader — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker III, South Residence Hall team leader. 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. 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 is 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 must 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 email (Application materials are preferred via email.) 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 McBeth/Frey — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker II (custodial). This is a full-time (Tuesday – Saturday 7 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.), band level 7B position. Job responsibilities include overseeing the cleaning of McBeth and the ECC Main and lower levels on Fridays and Saturdays. This position does floater work for both second and third shift on Tuesday through Thursdays. Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and share the enthusiasm of being a part of a college community. Also should have the ability to interact professionally with students and conference guests. Cleaning experience is preferred but is not required. To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter or an application to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or email (Applications are preferred via email.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, manager of campus events, at ext. 2940.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Hosta plants — Currently have 11 Hosta plants sitting on the sidewalk in pots outside our house and are free for the taking. They look a little beat up, but they’re hardy and if you plant them they’ll come up in perfect condition next year. You can be pick-up at 2709 High Street in Grantham. Questions can be directed to Rhonda King at ext. 7291.

Twin-size box spring — Fabric torn in places but clean and functional. Email for pictures.


Housing in Shippensburg — A new Volvo employee recently moved from Florida is looking for long- or short-term housing in the Shippensburg area. If you have any helpful information or a place for him, please contact Kerrie Taylor at

Oboe instructor —Looking for an oboe player/instructor to provide lessons to an elementary oboe student. Please contact

For sale:

Daylilies — A variety of colors, $4 each. Contact or call 717-259-7700.

Glider rocker with ottoman (baby rocker) — $50. Honey-colored wood, beige microfiber cushions; Futon — $100. Sturdy all-wood frame, full-size mattress with dark blue and dark green covers.  Email for pictures.

Hutch — Solid wood, two piece, dining room hutch. Some scratches in the finish and minor flaws but in decent condition. Email for photo. Asking $125, delivery could be arranged.