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July 26, 2012

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Roman 5:6-8 (NRSV)


In July, Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations, was a participant as one of three panelists in a webcast “Rethinking and Prioritizing Physical Campus Improvements.” Kathie shared the College’s deferred maintenance plan as a model to successfully plan for and manage issues related to a college’s long-term deferred maintenance program.

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Summer conference groups for week of July 26 

STECI-NAFYC (185 attendees), July 26 – 29

SGAC (10 attendees), July 26 – 28

Boys’ Lacrosse College Prep (30 attendees), July 26 – 28

The CLASH (175 attendees).  July 29 – Aug. 2

Girls’ Soccer (360 attendees). July 29 – Aug. 2

Girls’ Volleyball (100 attendees). July 29 – Aug. 2

Library to extend hours week of July 30 

The Library will extend hours on Tuesday, July 30, and Thursday, Aug. 1 evenings (in addition to the regular Monday and Wednesday evenings), staying open until 8 p.m.

Messiah launches web content management system 

The Content Management System (CMS) steering team is pleased to announce that after many months of planning and collaboration between the web team and ITS, phase I of Messiah’s CMS implementation went “live” on our website on July 19. 

By design, this was a “soft launch” so you should notice only subtle changes in the basic functionality and overall appearance of the few areas of the site brought into the CMS at this time (Phase I). 

In addition to the homepage, other areas of that are now the CMS include:

  • Most of’s global (top/horizontal) navigation link areas: “about,” events, and offices listing pages
  • Most of the admissions site
  • The academic majors listing page
  • All academic major pages created and maintained by the office of marketing and public relations 

Some of the minor differences you may notice for these areas of the site migrated into the CMS during phase I include:

  • Slightly modified banners on the top of each area of the site brought into the CMS which are in better compliance with our branding guidelines, and eventually will become universally applied across the site as more areas of the site are rolled into the CMS
  • One global (top/horizontal) navigational link that has been renamed from “Philadelphia Campus” to “Our Campuses” and, associated with that link, a new landing page featuring all three Messiah campus locations as well as links to both the Philadelphia Campus and Harrisburg Institute sites
  • Left navigational links that now are primarily listed alphabetically vs. as either prioritized or audience listings
  • Right navigational “ribbon” buttons vs. large square buttons. These will also become universally applied to the whole site as more areas are brought into the CMS.
  • Enhanced functionality which includes:
    • An accessibility link in the footer that allows the visually impaired to modify certain aspects of the site’s appearance for greater readability
    • Faster and more robust search within the site 

Phase II of the CMS migration, which is expected to commence shortly after phase I, could take up to a year to complete and currently is still being mapped out. However, all future requests for new websites will be built in the CMS. Other areas of the website also will be brought into the CMS over a period of time. The details for migrating these other areas of the site into the CMS and the exact timeline for this, however, have not yet been determined.   

Additional information can be found about the CMS at .

—Deb Sauders and John Luft, CMS steering team co-chairs



Kittens — Free to a good home. Two black, male kittens found in drainpipe on campus. Approximately seven-11 weeks old, not neutered or declawed, but are otherwise in good health after a vet visit. Contact Stephen Beaver at for more details.

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.


Short-term housing — I started working at Messiah this month and I will be closing on the sale of a house in the area in late August. In the meantime, I’m looking for a room to rent to tie me over for two to three weeks beginning Aug. 5. If you have any helpful information, please contact Bob Feil at

For rent:

House —Ranch home on 1.6 acre county lot. Three bedrooms, two-car garage, C/A, immaculate condition, in Northern York Schools. $1,400/mo. plus utilities. For more information, contact

House in Shiremanstown — Cape Cod with two bedrooms, central air, fenced yard, immaculate condition in West Shore Schools. $1,050 month plus utilities. For more information, contact

For sale:

2002 Gulf Stream Conquest travel trailer — RV is a model C30 BHS. Has roof AC, power vent, refrigerator/freezer, furnace, microwave,  14 ft. slide out. NADA $8,200, asking $7,500 obo. Refer questions to Bob at bweaver@messiah or ext. 3840.

Outside organization announcement:

Second annual Bag Bingo event to benefit local anti-human trafficking program set for Aug. 11 — Bag Bingo event being held at Franklintown Fire Hall. For more information, see this flyer.