Archive for 2012

August 16, 2012

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
Psalm 121:1-3 (NRSV)


David Birchmire Jr., safety officer, is pleased to announce his engagement to Lauren White. You can see a video of David’s VBS proposal here.

I am delighted to announce that Beth Trott Clark has accepted the position of director of annual giving at Messiah College. Her first day will be Tuesday, Aug. 21. Beth has been a part of the Messiah Community for over 12 years, and I am excited for her to bring her background and expertise from within several components of the College to the development office. Specifically, she will be able to draw on her experiences with the Internship Center, community collaborations (including working with the Harrisburg Institute), our counseling program and in the classroom to help develop key messages to our alumni, parents and other constituencies about the vital role that a Messiah College education plays in the lives of our students. Her organizational skills, professionalism and ability to forge positive relationships with our alumni will serve the entire Messiah community well as she leads our talented annual giving team toward our goal of a robust Messiah Annual Fund that sustains and nurtures the mission of Messiah College. Please join me in welcoming Beth to this new chapter in her vocational journey!
—Jon Stuckey, director of development

The Engle Center and college ministries welcome Cathy Coleman to the joint position of counselor specializing in multicultural counseling and assistant college pastor. For the past year, Cathy has served part-time in the internship center. She will continue in that position and add ten hours each in the Engle Center and college ministries. Cathy serves, along with her husband, as co-pastor of Agapé Church in Harrisburg. Cathy has a master’s degree from Lincoln University and is currently a student at Palmer Seminary. Her office for the new positions will be located in the college ministries suite in Hostetter Chapel. Cathy joining the college ministries staff achieves a long-term goal of having a multicultural pastor on staff, facilitated by moving the college pastor voluntarily to a four/five-time position. Please join us in welcoming Cathy in her new roles at Messiah College.
—Eldon Fry, college pastor

Messiah 411

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

Information provided to assist students and parents at move-in day and orientation Aug. 23

As a way to assist employees to better answer new student and parent questions about move-in day and the orientation process, an information card has been developed and will be distributed to all employees in order for us as a college to be better equipped to answer questions. 

On Monday, Aug. 20, you will receive an information sheet via campus mail which you can refer to on Thursday, Aug. 23 (new student move-in day) to help you better assist our new students and their families. 

If you have questions, please contact student involvement and leadership programs at ext. 5240 or visit the complete Welcome Week schedule here.

Annual Ice Cream Social set for Aug. 30 

The Annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. in Hitchcock Arena. Each year approximately 1,000 students participate in this orientation to local, national and international service-learning opportunities. Please feel free to join them and several community partners over free ice cream with all the toppings.

Volunteer Orientation and Clearance Night planned for Sept. 3 

On Monday, Sept. 3 from 5-7 p.m. the Agapé Center will host a Volunteer Orientation and Clearance Night throughout Boyer Hall. All employees are invited to meet local community partners and students for some basic service-learning training and orientation. Additionally, if you are in need of FBI, PA Criminal Background, or Child Abuse clearances – now’s the time to learn how to go through the process. These clearances are often required for working with children and youth among several other populations.
*Note: A different clearance process is required if you are interested in getting involved with PA public schools.

Undergraduate nursing program to undergo on-site evaluation this fall

The undergraduate nursing program at Messiah College will be undergoing an on-site evaluation on Nov. 12, 13 and 14 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the purposes of renewing its accreditation. CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States. Accreditation by CCNE is intended to accomplish at least five general purposes: 

•        To hold nursing programs accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumers, employers, higher education, students and their families, nurse residents – and to one another by ensuring that these programs have mission statements, goals, and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles.

•           To evaluate the success of a nursing program in achieving its mission, goals and expected outcomes.

•           To assess the extent to which a nursing program meets accreditation standards.

•           To inform the public of the purposes and values of accreditation and to identify nursing programs that meet accreditation standards.

•           To foster continuing improvement in nursing programs – and, thereby in professional practice. 

If you would like additional information about CCNE or its standards and procedures, you may visit their website at  

A very important part of this evaluation is soliciting third-party comment on the nursing program by its communities of interest. I am writing to invite you to submit comments and opinions about the nursing program directly to the CCNE. All comments and opinions submitted to CCNE are held in strict confidence and shared with the on-site evaluation team. All comments must be written, signed and received by CCNE no later than Saturday, Oct. 13. Please send your comments directly to Cristina Walcott, Administrative Assistant, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Thank you for your interest in and support of the undergraduate nursing program at Messiah College.
—Carolyn L. Kreamer, professor of nursing, and chairperson, department of nursing

Climenhaga Homestead unavailable for reservations until Oct. 1

Due to renovations at the Climenhaga Homestead, the Homestead guest rooms and downstairs facilities (including the McBeth Conference Room) will not be available for use until Oct. 1. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Reminder from conference services 

Please be aware that the use of the Hostetter Chapel sanctuary, HC113 Conference Room and Fellowship Hall will be limited this fall due to the relocation of music department classes. If you plan to use one of these locations, please schedule early.


Positions available:

Campus Events Worker III- Kline/Jordan Building Coordinator — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker III, Kline/Jordan building coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position.The campus events worker III is an experienced custodial position dedicated to building maintenance and cleaning. This position is responsible for responding to client questions and concerns; for organizing and coordinating the set-up and tear-down of special events, classroom set up and event support; and supervising teams of work study students. A high school diploma or equivalent is required as is two years of custodial or events is experience, supervisory experience preferred. Other requirements include ability to read and follow directions/event descriptions;  clean/maintain areas as directed; communicate effectively with others; demonstrate respect for others and act as a role-model to students; basic computer proficiency; ability to lift 50 lbs.; and posess a valid PA driver’s license. A detailed position description can be found on the College  website . To apply, please submit a letter of interest and detailed résumé to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17011 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, campus events manager, at ext. 2940. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Messiah College yearbooks — Years 1982, 1984 and 2000. Call Les at ext. 2901.

For sale:

2009 Chevrolet Equinox LT — Cherry red, grey cloth interior, four-door, six-cylinder, A/C, electric windows, CD, 7,450 miles. Immaculate condition, garage kept. Asking $18,000. Please contact

Conference table with chairs — $400 obo; Six Fairfield Company home office side chairs 5110-01 You can find the original information of the product here ; Boss Race Track conference table —Six ft. long, more information of the original product can be found here. Pictures by request; sorry no delivery. For more information, contact