Archive for 2012

August 9, 2012

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143: 8 (NRSV)


There have been several transitions in the administrative assistance associated with the School of the Humanities. Gina Hale is now serving in the intercultural office, and Jackie Gehman has moved in to full-time assistance for the director of graduate enrollment and student services. The department of philosophy will now receive administrative assistance from Debbie Chopka. Shirley Groff will continue her 38 years of faithful service to the College in providing administrative assistance to the departments of biblical and religious studies, history and English, and to the graduate program in youth and young adult ministries.
—Peter Powers, dean of the School of the Humanities

In July of 2012, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) granted accreditation to all three tracks of Messiah College’s M.A. in counseling program. CACREP is the national accrediting agency for graduate-level degree programs in counselor education that demonstrate prescribed levels of academic and professional excellence. During the past several years a number of individuals have played a key role in helping us to be well prepared as we presented our materials and our program to CACREP for their consideration. In the end, we submitted nearly 4,000 pages of documentation to CACREP. My special thanks go to Leah Clarke, Heather Barto, Paul Johns, Valerie Lemmon, Tonya Baker, Skyla Miller and Susanna Bean for going above and beyond what was asked for in this process. Many others also contributed significantly to the effort, and I thank each of you as well.
—John Addleman, director of the graduate program in counseling

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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.

The office of alumni and parent relations relocates to Eisenhower Campus Center 

The office of alumni and parent relations has moved. The office is now located on the first floor of the Eisenhower Campus Center, rooms 163-166. Please stop by and visit!

The payroll office to relocate

In conjunction with the changes related to the new Falcon Exchange, the payroll office will be relocating to the current accounts receivable area (Old Main 114) on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The current business office counter will become the payroll and student employment counter. Payroll’s new campus mailbox address will be Suite 3010 instead of Suite 3011.

The payroll office will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 15 for the move and will also be closed on Thursday, Aug. 16 for a departmental planning day. Payroll will re-open on Friday, Aug. 17. 

Opportunity for students to engage with employer 

On Thursday, Nov. 8 the Career Center is heading to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. for the second installment of Into the City “Mini,” a condensed version of the two-day Into the City career immersion program. Students will meet with Scott Heintzelman (’89), vice president of finance and administration and Messiah College Board of Trustee member, along with other executives and Messiah alumni employed at the organization. In addition to learning about Martin’s (the company behind the Martin’s Multicultural Scholarship program) and their recruitment process, students will be challenged to consider the transferability of their Messiah College experience to the workplace. Past attendees of Into the City trips have found that connecting with alumni and employers in such an intimate fashion to have a significant impact on their career planning and decision-making. The program will conclude with a networking dinner. 

If you are interested in incorporating this event into a class, please contact the Career Center for more details. This event is open to all students in any major.

The Early Learning Center has openings for new preschool and lab school 

The Early Learning Center has openings in its new preschool/lab school afternoon class. Class times are 1-3:45 p.m. There are openings in both the three- and four-year-old class and the four- and five-year-old class. Classes are led by master-level teachers with graduate degrees assisted by PreK-4 Certification student teachers, as well as students participating in practicum and field experiences. If you have any family, friends or neighbors that could benefit from this educational opportunity, please have them contact us. We are open to the Messiah community and the community at large. Please call 717-796-5043 for more information. 

We are also looking for qualified substitutes to provide educational support and care to our younger children in a play and learn environment. If you know of anyone who would enjoy nurturing children in a family-type setting, please encourage them to give us a call at 717-796-5043.


Positions available:

Administrative Assistant, School of Humanities — The dean’s office of the School of Humanities currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7D position. This position provides support to the dean of the School of Humanities. Responsibilities include calendar and schedule management, meeting preparation, file management, communication with faculty, staff, students and community members and administrative support projects. The position also oversees student workers. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree and/or specialized training and two to three years of administrative support experience. Other requirements include professional-level communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; expert computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Outlook, Banner, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Contribute social media outlets; ability to work in various databases as well as understand basic web design and web page maintenance; ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight; ability to develop and implement systematic electronic filing systems; ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and a professional demeanor and workspace at all times; and basic understanding of compliance and regulations related to higher education. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, résumé, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Pete Powers, dean of the School of Humanities, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Associate Registrar — The registrar’s office currently has an opening for the position of associate registrar. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position performs professional and administrative work in the supervision of personnel and procedures in the office of the registrar and assists the registrar in the administration of student records, scheduling, enrollment reporting, curriculum and other related matters. Work is performed under limited supervision with evaluation based on overall effectiveness and accomplishment of assigned goals. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree and two to five years supervisory and performance management experience within an academic environment and experience with enterprise software systems including data reporting. Other requirements include ability to lead personnel effectively; superior communication skills, written and oral; exemplary focus on quality control and attention to detail; ability to coordinate and prioritize office goals and objectives; creative and innovative approach to business practices; ability to work cooperatively with a wide-range of constituents internal and external; proven commitment to excellent student (customer) service; and adept in computer literacy. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, résumé, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Jim Sotherden, registrar/coordinator of student retention, at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For rent:

Two-story rental property — Serene, beautiful setting, high above Yellow Breeches, five minutes from Messiah College. Professionally cleaned inside and out plus new bath; kitchen countertops; hot water heater; carpet in living room; and completely painted. All yard work, pest control service, water, plus trash removal included. Ideal for one or two responsible adults maximum with no pets. Two story with eat-in-kitchen, living room, side porch overlooking creek, two or three bedrooms, one bath, private parking area; hookups for Internet, cable, washer and dryer. $800 plus utilities for two adults; $650 plus utilities for one adult. One-year lease. References and interview required. Please contact to determine if this unique opportunity fits your life style. Availability is flexible.

For sale:

2002 VW Jetta GLS four-door sedan — Automatic, sliding sun roof, premium wheels, tinted windows, mechanically and cosmetically in good shape, garage records on file, extra set of interior seats that can be sold for parts, 117,000 miles. Great first car! $6,500 or best offer. Contact for more information and pictures.