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August 2, 2012

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NRSV)


Congratulations to David Owen, assistant professor of computer science, and his wife Gretta on the arrival of their second son Eliot Ulrich on July 23. Eliot weighed 9 lbs. and was 20.5 in. Best wishes David, Gretta and big brother Gareth as you enjoy this precious new arrival.

Messiah 411

Summer conference groups for week of July 26 

PA Baptist Laymen (75 attendees), Aug. 2 – 4 

Girls’ Team Soccer (80 attendees), Aug. 3 – 5 

Chinese Community Church (100 attendees), Aug. 3 – 5 

Boys’ Wrestling Elite (30 attendees), Aug. 5 – 9 

Bishop McDevitt Band (50 attendees), Aug. 5 – 10 

Girls’ Softball Camp (30 attendees), Aug. 9 – 10

Plan to attend Community Day on Aug. 21 

All employees are encouraged to gather for worship and conversation on Community Day, Tuesday, Aug. 21. This annual Messiah tradition is the ceremonial launch of the new academic year for employees. President Kim S. Phipps will be sharing her “State of the College” address and the College’s key priorities for the coming year. The Community Day gathering is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Hostetter Chapel, followed by light refreshments from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Eisenhower Campus Center lawn (rain location for refreshments is Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall). All offices and departments (except dispatch and Early Learning Center) will close from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. to enable employees to attend the gathering and reception that follows. If you have questions, please contact Anne Barnes, executive assistant to the president, at

Accounts payable office to adjust hours on Aug. 17

Please note the accounts payable office will be closed Friday, Aug. 17. We will return to normal business hours on Monday, Aug. 20.

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 

If you have questions about the Phase I launch, or observe issues or problems on these areas of the web site that you think may be related, please contact Ramona Fritschi at ext. 7041.

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. However, as planning progresses, the web team will be in conversation with campus departments about this process, as well as related training

Additional information can be found about the CMS at .

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



Looking for babysitter in Dillsburg —My wife and I are looking for a flexible babysitter in the Dillsburg area for the school year. Preferably someone with experience with infants. Any help in directing us to someone would be great. Contact

For sale:

Tagalong bike — The tagalong attaches to an adult bike and trails behind, so your child can practice pedaling and riding with no need to balance independently. They can also coast and enjoy the ride while you pedal. I used it for my son when he was too big for the child carrier seats but not yet ready to navigate on his own through town or keep up with big brother. $40.  For more information, contact  Heather at ext. 6890 or email at

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.