Archive for 2012

Sepember 6, 2012

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.  Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain.
Psalm 119:33-36 (NRSV)


The master of arts in higher education program is pleased to share that we are piloting five graduate assistantships in 2012-13. Graduate assistantships offer graduate students the opportunity to put the educational theories gained through classroom instruction into professional practice through supervised, real-world experience. It is important to note that host departments reconfigured existing financial resources to create these assistantships. Our graduate assistantship pilot program aims to provide an innovative and cost-efficient way to advance departmental and college-wide goals and objectives. The maser of arts in higher education program extends special thanks to the division of student affairs for partnering with us in this exciting endeavor. Most importantly, please join us in welcoming five individuals who will serve as graduate assistants to the Messiah College Community in 2012-13: Anne Brockmeyer, graduate assistant in women’s lacrosse; Ian Gibson, graduate assistant in sports information; Patrick Hager, graduate assistant in men’s and women’s track and field; Jared Nies, graduate assistant in men’s lacrosse; and Kerrie Taylor, graduate assistant in multicultural programs.

Richard Hughes, director of the Sider Institute, recently contributed chapters to two books: “Why Do We Think of America as a Christian Nation?” in Keith A. Erekson, ed., “Politics and the History Curriculum:  The Struggle over Standards in Texas and the Nation” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and “David Edwin Harrell Jr. and the History of the Stone-Campbell Tradition,” in Dwain Waldrep and Scott Billingsley, “Recovering the Margins of American Religious History: The Legacy of David Edwin Harrell Jr.” (Tuscaloosa University of Alabama Press, 2012). Over the summer months, Hughes presented two papers at national conferences “America and the One True Church” at the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 2012; and “Sidney E. Mead, Evangelical Historians and ‘the Great Evangelical Sucking Machine’: Response to Amanda Porterfield’s “Conceived in Doubt:  Religion and Politics in the New American Nation,” Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, June 2012.                

We are happy to welcome Keith Jones to the Library staff as our new weekend circulation supervisor. Keith is a New Jersey native who graduated from Messiah in 1987 with a major in history and a minor in English. He has worked as a graphic artist and design specialist for the Educational Testing Service, Aramark and Accenture. Currently he is a learning support assistant in the Northern York School District. He and his wife Marcy live in Franklin Township where the summer months can find them tending a considerable garden. 

Please join Information Technology Services (ITS) in welcoming Kevin Nutt, IT policy and security coordinator, to the campus community. Kevin will be responsible for coordinating IT security initiatives, promoting information security awareness and compliance within the campus community as well as developing and delivering training on various aspects of information security. Kevin will also be co-chairing the Information Security and Data Standards committee. Kevin comes to us from ICSA Labs, an independent testing and certification company, where he was a network security analyst working on security product testing as well as part of an audit team that conducted audit reviews to confirm policies, objectives and processes were being followed. When you see Kevin, please give him a warm welcome — we are excited he is here.
John Luft, director of information services

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“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.

Career Center to host open house Sept. 11

The Career Center cordially invites you to attend our open house on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Make plans to attend the Movie on the Green Sept. 21 

Human resources is once again partnering with the Agapé Center and Student Involvement and Leadership Programs to host an outdoor movie event. Walt Disney’s “Brave” will be showing on a 40 ft. screen on Friday, Sept. 21 on the Eisenhower Lawn at 7:45 p.m. Coinciding with Family Weekend, this event is open to all employees and their families as well as students and their families. Bring blankets and chairs (rain location is Hitchcock Arena). 

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. 

Suggested donation is $1/student or $5/family. All proceeds benefit the United Way of the Capital Region. Concessions (including hot dogs, pizza and macaroni and cheese) will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m.  See attachment for further details. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with questions.

Wellness Programs beginning

Some wonderful opportunities for enhancing your overall well-being will be coming your way shortly. Last year’s response was strong and we’re hoping for more of the same this year. Once again this year, the accumulation of 100 wellness points will result in health insurance premium savings for the employee. Employees interested in participating in the following programs must register for them through SAKAI. 

EMPOWER weight management program

Employees who participated in this program last year gave it high marks for helping them meet personal wellness goals. We are pleased to offer it again this fall. The eight-week program uses various resources to help employees set and meet goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise. A weekly group meeting on campus on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. is part of the program. The program runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 3. Registration end Monday, Oct. 8. 

FOOT-IT walking program

This is a program for employees who want to use a pedometer to help them achieve healthy daily walking goals. Participants will receive a pedometer and will be required to record their weekly walking steps online at the Capital Blue Cross website. The official 10-week program begins Sept. 16 but employees can join the program anytime and simply continue in it for a 10-week period.  Registration takes place on SAKAI. 


This is a 10-week program for employees who use various forms of exercise throughout the week. The goal is for participants to engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise three times per week. Participants are required to record their weekly exercise online at the CBC website. The official 10-week program begins Sunday, Sept. 16 but employees can join the program anytime and simply continue in it for a 10-week period. Registration takes place on SAKAI. 


We will continue our virtual Appalachian Trail hike this year. Those who participated last year will be able to continue where they left off, while those who did not participate last year can start from the beginning of the trail this year. Anyone interested in participating in the virtual Appalachian Trail hike must register for either the FOOT-IT or EXERCISE TRACKING programs through SAKAI.  

Employees can find further details of this year’s wellness programs at the wellness website


Position available:

Zone Mechanic — The facility services department currently has an opening for the position of zone mechanic. This is a full-time, 12-month, band level 7D position. This position provides maintenance in and on Messiah owned buildings and interacts with students, faculty, staff and administrators. This position requires interaction with contractors and vendors and gives input on projects. Education required includes a high school diploma or equivalent as well as completion of a formal training program through a vocational school, technical college or apprenticeship.  Completion of a certified training program in general facility maintenance is preferred. Three years of commercial repair and maintenance required; five years preferred. Other requirements include a broad range of repair knowledge across all mechanical trades; excellent mechanical troubleshooting ability; ability to quickly recognize and evaluate potentially dangerous situations; excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently or in a team setting; and ability to lift at least 75 lb. A detailed position description can be found on the College website. To apply, please submit a résumé, cover letter and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions may be submitted to Brad Markley, director of facilities, at ext. 3500. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


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

For sale:

Gibbons slack line — Setup one time but still in perfect condition. Brand new bought for $110; will sell for $65. Call 903-0354.

White vases —Large, white ceramic vases/pots from IKEA. $6 each or eight for $45; Small white ceramic vases/pots from IKEA — $3 each or six for $15. Contact

2004 Hyundai Elantra four-door sedan —Manual transmission, power windows and doors,  2012 inspected, mechanically and cosmetically in good shape, 68,000 miles. Great first car! $4,500 or best offer. Contact for more information and pictures.