Archive for 2012

August 30, 2012

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Psalm 100:1-2 (NRSV)


The department of nursing faculty and staff congratulate Marti Derr, associate professor (clinical track), Pamela Linstedt, associate professor (clinical track), and Debra Loop, associate professor (clinical track) on their successful results on the certified nurse educator examination administered by the National League for Nursing. All are now certified nurse educators (CNE) for a period of five years. For academic nurse educators, the CNE credential establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. These faculty join Louann Zinsmeister, associate professor, and Carolyn L. Kreamer, professor, as certified nurse educators in the department of nursing. 

Gene Chase, professor emeritus of mathematics and computer science, is the computer science consultant for the first Christian university in Iraq, Medes American University. Medes American University opens this fall with one major and hopes to have four majors by 2014.

Please join me in welcoming Eileen Eckhart-Strauch to the Early Learning Center (ELC) and more specifically, the family grouping classroom. Eileen is no stranger to the ELC as she has supported the program as a substitute teacher over the course of the past few years. Eileen holds a bachelor’s of science degree in education, early childhood certification from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in human behavior and development from Drexel University. She is looking forward to continuing to support ELC programming, the children and families we serve. If you see Eileen, please introduce yourself and welcome her. We are excited to have her as part of the ELC team!
—Stacey L. Griffiths, director, Early Learning Center

Messiah 411

“Courage and Conviction for Challenging Times” lecture series to begin Sept. 10

The Office of the President is pleased to invite you to participate in “Courage and Conviction for Challenging Times,” a special series of themed events for the 2012-2013 academic year. The series launches with the Common Reading Convocation on Monday, Sept. 10 featuring Helene Cooper, author of “The House at Sugar Beach,” and concludes with a lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee on Monday, March 18. To view the many other inspiring and provocative lectures sponsored by Messiah’s academic and co-curricular programs as part of this series visit All events are open to the public and are free of charge. We hope to see you at one (or more) of these meaningful events! 

New Intercultural Office to host open house Sept. 6

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 3-5 p.m. for an open house at the newly formed Intercultural Office, located on the second floor of Larsen Student Union. Come see our new space and learn more about this new office. Combining the former EpiCenter and MISP offices, the newly formed Intercultural Office includes education abroad (Wendy Lippert, director), international programs (Faith Minnich, director), multicultural programs (Tatiana Diaz, director), and international student programs (Kevin Villegas, director). We hope you can join us in celebrating this exciting new endeavor! More information on the Intercultural Office can be found here.

New recruitment publication published  

Messiah’s admissions team and the office of marketing and public relations recently partnered to produce an exciting new admissions magazine, the most recent outcome of the ongoing collaborative work of an admissions/marketing team which meets throughout the academic year with the goal of supporting and strengthening recruitment objectives. 

This new annual magazine was created to provide a single, convenient source of key information important to prospective students. The magazine eliminates the need for admissions counselors to transport many pieces of promotional material to college fairs, provides prospective students and their families with a more comprehensive source of information and significantly reduces recruitment publication printing costs. 

In the coming weeks, the campus community will receive complimentary copies of this handy new resource. For your convenience, a link to the digital version of the magazine is provided in the lower left hand column of the admissions homepage or the digital version can be accessed directly here. The availability of a digital version makes it easy to share the magazine’s content with others via email and/or your favorite social media outlets (using this tool). 
—John Chopka, vice president for enrollment management

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, and Ramona Fritschi and Jonathan Wheat, CMS steering team members

Accounts payable and purchasing office closed Sept. 3 

Please note that the accounts payable office and portions of purchasing are closed Monday, Sept. 3. Normal office hours will resume in both departments Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Positions available:

Dean, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences — Messiah College, a nationally recognized Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences located in south-central Pennsylvania near the state capital of Harrisburg, currently has an opening for the position of dean, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. The dean provides leadership to six undergraduate departments and three graduate programs along with the Teacher Education Program, International Business Institute, The Ernest L. Boyer Center, and the Early Learning Center. See The School has 43 full-time faculty, 64 adjunct faculty and approximately 1,066 students within 27 undergraduate major programs and three graduate programs. The School also participates significantly in the College’s general education program. Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Share the unique Christian mission and embracing identity of the College;
  • Exhibit a creative and innovative vision towards both undergraduate and graduate education;
  • Possess an earned doctorate from an accredited university and be qualified for senior rank in an academic discipline represented by the School;
  • Show evidence of successful teaching and administrative experience related to one or more academic disciplines represented by the School;
  • Exhibit a collaborative leadership style and excellent communication skills with a proven high standard of personal integrity;
  • Display respect for others, build trust and rapport across departments and act as a role model to faculty, staff and students;
  • Illustrate a professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by administrative leadership, persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity.

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include retirement, life, health and dental insurance and college tuition assistance for dependents. Nominations and applications will be accepted from Aug. 15 through Oct. 15. Review of candidates will commence during this period. Potential start date for the position will be either Jan. 1, 2013 or July 1, 2013. Applicants should provide a letter summarizing their interest in the College and their qualifications for the dean position, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, brief statements of philosophy of Christian higher education, approach to administration/leadership and a statement of faith along with at least three letters of reference. All materials should be submitted electronically to A detailed position description is available here. Please address nominations to Dr. Randall G. Basinger, Provost, Messiah College    One College Avenue, Suite 3016, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or 717-796-5375. Candidates must be strongly committed to the educational mission of the College to educate students toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation. Messiah College does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, ethnic/nationality origin, disability, race or gender in its education programs, admissions or employment policies. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

Heritage Society Coordinator — The department of development currently has an opening for the position of Heritage Society coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position is responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating and soliciting a specific group of Heritage Society members and prospects in order to secure immediate and long-term gift revenue required by the institution. Education and experience include a bachelor’s degree required; preferred professional certification(s) such as CPA, CFP, CFRE, etc. and 2-plus years in major gifts, planned giving, foundation experience and/or direct sales. Other requirements include ability to increase membership in the Heritage Society; excellent verbal and written communication skills; listening skills; ability to work with a wide-range of personalities and build relationships; excellent judgment; self-motivated; ability to handle multiple tasks with organization and flexibility; knowledge of various charitable giving techniques and their relevant income and estate tax implications; strong planning and organizational skills; and ability to maintain strict confidentiality. Must be willing to travel; some work on evenings and weekends is required, especially for special events. 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 Bob Brown, director of planned and leadership gifts, at Deadline for application materials is Friday, Sept. 14. 

Production Assistant — The department of dining services currently has an opening for the position of production assistant. This is a part-time, 32 hours-per-week, nine-months of the year, (weekdays and every other weekend), band 7B position. The production assistant is responsible for preparation of food items needed to support the serving areas in the dining hall. The dining hall serves 25,000 meals per week. Education and experience includes a high school diploma or equivalent; prior prep kitchen experience is preferred; general understanding of recipes and food production; neat and clean appearance; knowledge of proper food handling and storage procedures; and the ability to organize and work in a fast-paced environment. To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Applications are preferred via email.) A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at ext. 6008. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Temporary Web Technician/Assistant — The office of marketing and public relations currently has an opening for the temporary position of web technician/assistant to assist with the continued migration of web content into the new content management system. This 35-40 hour per week temporary assignment is available immediately and is expected to last until sometime in January or February 2013. Required skills include a high level of demonstrated comfort using the web and with technology (hardware and software) in general; some experience with basic website building tools and protocols; exceptional attention to detail; strong communication and time-management skills; ability to follow directions carefully and to work with a team as well as independently in a fast paced environment; and a willingness and ability to learn new process and technologies quickly. Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop or Fireworks, and audio and video use in a web environment are all a plus but not required. Familiarity with various web browsers also desired. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, résumé and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available on the College website. Application materials will be accepted until the position is filled. If you know of someone who may be qualified for and interested in this position, please forward this information to them. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Deb Sauders, director of print and web communications, at ext. 2350.


Vintage TV trays —Metal (no rust, please) with holder is preferred. They will be painted so minor scratches or wear is acceptable. Please contact or at ext. 3070 if you have a set you would like to sell.


Cats — White and tiger stripe male, 12 years old; and a gray female, six years old. Prefer not to separate but will to good homes. Were raised with children. Call 717-612-2852 or 717-645-7251.

Used golf balls —I no longer need three dozen used golf balls that I’ve picked up over the years. You are welcome to them. Contact Les Weiand at ext. 2901.

Outside organization announcement:

East Berlin Colonial Days set for Sept. 8 — East Berlin’s Colonial Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 on West King Street/Rt. 234 W in East Berlin. This is a juried arts and crafts show, with vendors wearing colonial garb and demonstrating many of their crafts-making skills. Funnel cakes and lot of other tasty food will be available, as will musical entertainment. The event is sponsored by the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society. Participate in the third annual East Berlin Parks and Recreation Golf Tournament at Briarwood East Golf Course (off Rt. 30) at 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, $70 per golfer, includes 18 holes including cart, unlimited use of driving range, buffet dinner and lots of prizes. For more information contact, Gerry Mummert at 717-259-7142.

Living Well Workshops offered — See this attachment for complete information and a complete schedule of workshops offered.