Archive for 2012

January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

“You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.”
I Peter 1:18-19

Remembering one another

I would like to thank everyone for their cards, food and prayers during the recent hospitalization of my husband. I was completely overcome by everyone’s generosity and concern. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Messiah family. Melissa Huntington, executive and accounting assistant to the vice president of finance and strategic planning


Please join the department of procurement in welcoming Daisy Anderson as the purchasing systems coordinator. Daisy joins the purchasing office located on the third floor of Hoffman Hall. We look forward to her participation with the P-Card Program, eProcurement and other procurement areas.  Welcome to the procurement team, Daisy!

John Reid Perkins-Buzo, assistant professor of film and digital media, was screenwriting and editing supervisor for the documentary film, “Man of the People — Dr. Hector P. Garcia,” which won an Honorable Mention from the 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards. Garcia, a physician, played a pivotal role in founding civil and human rights in the United States. Together with his friends, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez, his work broke early ground for civil rights, especially for Latinos/Hispanics. Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan valued working with Garcia, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Garcia worked tirelessly to secure and defend the civil rights of Mexican-Americans, most of whom faced rampant discrimination and lived in dire poverty. Yet, the public knows little about this man who dedicated his life to civil and human rights, assisting veterans and helping the poor. 

Congratulations to Emerson Powery, professor of Biblical studies, for being granted visiting scholar status at Princeton Theological Seminary for the fall of 2012! Powery will be doing research for two book projects he is currently working on, as well as connecting with other distinguished professors in the field of Biblical studies. Most of his research, writing and editing has been related to the New Testament, including “Jesus Reads Scripture” and “True to Our Native Land: An African American NT Commentary” (Fortress/Augsburg, 2007).

Wellness program updates

Sign-ups for our spring Weight Management Program

Employees who participated in the fall EMPOWER program gave it high marks for helping them meet personal wellness goals. We are hoping to offer it again this spring.  However, as of now, we do not have enough employees registered to offer the class. If you are interested, but have not gotten around to registering yet, please do so within the next few days. Although the official deadline for signing up was advertised as being later in February, we need to at least know if we will have enough employees interested to be able to offer the class. By registering now, we can confirm the class with Capital BlueCross. Remember, the 8-week weight management program uses various resources to help employees set and meet goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise. A weekly group meeting on campus on Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30 is part of the program, which begins the week of March 4. Tuesday sessions will meet March 6, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24 and May 1. To register, click this link and then follow these directions.

1. Enter your Messiah user name and password when prompted.
2. Click login, and two wellness programs should appear (Physical Activity Tracker & EMPOWER).
3. Click the program you are interested in registering for.
4. Click sign up button (bottom right corner).
5. Review confirmation.
6. Click finish.

Our Appalachian Trail hike is no longer just virtual!

The wellness program is adding a very real component to the virtual AT hike that many of you have been participating in this year. On Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. we will be leading a short hike on the actual Appalachian Trail.  This will be a 3-4 mile section of easy hiking. Bring spouses and family members along, and get some great exercise in the middle of winter. Enjoy the fellowship of colleagues and the beauty of nature at the same time. Look for further details on the Messiah Wellness webpage. We are asking anyone planning on participating to register at SAKAI (click on the wellness tab, then look for the Appalachian Trail hike). This link will take you directly there.

Messiah’s second physical activity tracker program begins next week

If you are planning on joining the 132 employees currently participating in the Physical Activity Tracker program and have already registered through SAKAI, then you have one more thing to do before the program officially begins on January 23. You need to follow the instructions below to be sure your data gets recorded on Messiah’s report and sent to the wellness director each week. 

It all begins at this site.

1. Once you are logged in with your ID and password, click on the “Better Health Works Activity Tracker” hyperlink (on the right hand side of the page under “Better Health Works”).
2. This will take you to the Better Health WorksSM Activity Tracker site. Click on the “register for an upcoming campaign” hyperlink (on the right hand side of the page under “My Campaign”).
3. Enter campaign code  wwmc1011  and click submit.
4. You are now registered for our program (our Physical Activity Tracker is the same as CBC’s “Walking Works”).  

‘Virtual’ Appalachian Trail hike update

Employees participating in the virtual Appalachian Trail hike by having their weekly physical activity converted to walking steps along the AT are starting to cover some ground. From our starting point in Georgia, 113 employees have now  exercised enough to reach the North Carolina state line, 75 have reached the Tennessee state line, and 11 have reached the Virginia state line. Keep up the good work! Details for participating can be found at the Wellness webpage.


For free:

Two king size pillows free to a good home.  Contact Rhonda King at or extension 7291.