Archive for 2012

July 12, 2012

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

And he answered them “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.”
Luke 7:22 (NRSV)


New ranked faculty member Jan E. Dormer, assistant professor of TESOL, will attend a book launching on July 12 at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City where she will talk about her recently published chapter in the edited book titled “Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom: Rationale, Research, Reflections, and Recommendations.” The chapter outlines what native English-speaking teachers and nonnative English-speaking teachers need to do to achieve shared competence in schools. 

The office of college development is delighted to announce that Robert (Bob) Feil has accepted our invitation to serve as the prospect research officer. Bob will be responsible to develop and maintain a comprehensive program of prospect research — identification, analysis, management and recommendations— to support the fundraising efforts of Messiah College. As an actuary and financial advisor, Bob brings a unique set of skills to the position. Bob is married to Deb (Keating ’83) and has a nine-year-old son, Todd. His first day is Monday, July 16. Please join me in welcoming Bob to our advancement team.
Robert Brown, director, planned and leadership gifts 

William Stowman, professor of music, performed with the Keystone Wind Ensemble at two venues in New York City as part of the International Harp Convention. The ensemble was first featured as part of a concert at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Bill played principal trumpet on the NYC premiere of a piece for Harp and Orchestral Winds titled “Never Far Away” by composer Bright Sheng. On July 1 the ensemble performed at the Skirball Center at New York University with special guest soloist Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  

Messiah 411

Summer conference groups for week of July 13

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

Boys’ Team Soccer (100 attendees), July 13 – 15

Church of God in Christ (30 attendees), July 13 – 15

Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore (250 attendees), July 13 – 15

Girls’ Field Hockey (130 attendees), July 15 – 19

Girls’ Team Basketball (375 attendees), July 15 – 19

Young Writers Workshop (30 attendees), July 15 – 20

Annual bike auction and “other” stuff 

It’s that time of year again for the department of safety to host another “Tour De Messiah” bike and “other” stuff  auction. Please come to the lawn in front of the department of safety office (located just before the main entrance to campus on your right) on Wednesday, July 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. for coffee and pastries and peruse the bicycle selection for 2012. Other items this year include iPods, cameras, mini dorm-size refrigerators, microwaves, TV, Christmas tree stands, grounds hand tools and other miscellaneous items. This is one auction you won’t want to miss! Auction concludes at 11 a.m. Please note if you plan to bid, be prepared to pay for and pick-up the item you bid on at the conclusion of the auction; cash and checks accepted only. All proceeds donated to missions. Event sponsored by the department of safety and dining services. Hope to see you there.

Important information regarding students arriving on campus before Aug. 26  

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 number, 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


Positions available:

Administrative/Accounting Assistant Campus Store and Textbook Express — The Campus Store and Textbook Express currently have an opening for the position of administrative/accounting assistant for the Campus Store and Textbook Express. This is a part-time, 12-month, 20 hours-per-week, band 7D position. This position is responsible for the overall accounting functions of the Campus Store. These functions include daily cash deposits and reconciliation of reports, balancing and verifying cash on hand, covering shifts in the cashier positions and general office duties. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree with financial field of study or equivalent experience in accounting or business. Must have a minimum three years experience in an office/business setting serving in an accounting related capacity. Other requirements include strong interpersonal and communication skills; excellent numerical skills; solid knowledge of accounting principles; demonstrated bookkeeping skills; ability to multitask; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; advanced level knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel); sensitivity to confidential information; and willingness to work occasional Saturday shifts when necessary. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, salary requirements and statement of faith to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.) Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. A job description is available in human resources or on the college website. Job-related questions should be directed to Mindy Lange, director of the Campus Store, at ext. 3050. 

Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Student Recruitment — The department of admissions currently has an opening for the position of assistant director of admissions for multicultural student recruitment. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. Along with traditional recruitment activities, this position provides leadership to the multicultural and underrepresented student recruitment initiatives and is responsible for communicating the mission of Messiah College to prospective students and their families. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred. Three years of college admissions experience; multicultural recruitment experience preferred. Other requirements include effective interpersonal skills in student and family counseling; ability to work with a wide age range of students, from middle school to high school; experience working with first-generation college students; ability to work with and relate well to a broad spectrum of consitutencies including people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and time management skills; expertise in computer technology as it relates to communication, presentations and organization of data; must be a self-starter and able to work without direct supervision while on the road; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; also Spanish language ability a plus. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Position-related questions should be directed to Dana Britton, director of admissions, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Loan Processing Coordinator — The office of financial aid currently has an opening in the position of loan processing coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position involves taking primary responsibility for management of application processing and data flow for all student loan programs. It also includes doing significant work in completion of financial aid packages and verification of financial aid application data, and assisting in student/parent counseling for general inquiries. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree and two years of student loan counseling  and experience with a wide range of government and private loan programs highly preferred. Experience with financial aid management computer systems also highly preferred. Other requirements include extremely detail-oriented with ability to understand and implement complex regulations and operating procedures; ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines; ability to work well independently; ability to relate well to both on- and off-campus publics; and basic knowledge of accounting /statistics preferred. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, salary requirements and statement of faith to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (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 Greg Gearhart, financial aid director, at ext. 6007. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

Candles — 36 new, white, unscented votive candles with new, clear glass cups. Great for weddings, parties, etc. Asking $25. Call Bill at ext. 3904 or 253-5196. 

House —Four bedroom house located one mile from campus in Canterbury Estates. Very nice home in a great location and neighborhood. If interested in information on house, email Rick Van Pelt at


Kittens —Kittens are looking for good home. There is one female, all black; one female, gray marble pattern; one female black with white stripe down middle of belly and white feet; and one male gray striped tiger. The cats are nine weeks old. If you can take one, please contact Darlene at 717-691-1597.


Costume — Looking for a Spiderman costume that might fit a boy (size large) to take to Ghana in August when we visit our daughter who is teaching at a school there. If you have one you’d like to sell, please contact me by email at