Archive for 2012

September 13, 2012

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.
Psalm 16: 5-6 (NRSV)


Please join the department of Nursing in welcoming Nancy J. Frank as our clinical liaison coordinator. Nancy is a 1997 Messiah College nursing graduate and lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband Brian and two children, Emily and Jonathan. Nancy will be working 20 hours-per-week in our department coordinating all clinical activities for our nursing faculty and will be the main contact for our clinical agencies. She is also a practicing nurse in maternity and women’s health in the Pinnacle Health System. We are so glad Nancy is a part of our team! 

Director of bands, Brad Genevro, was recently invited to guest conduct the Philadelphia Wind Symphony on their first concert of the 2012-2013 season. The concert will be held at the University of the Arts on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Professor of trumpet, William Stowman, will be guest soloist on the concert. 

William Stowman, professor of music, recently performed with Tromba Mundi (a professional trumpet ensemble). After a brief tour, the group was featured in the opening concert for the 2012 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competitio, sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild and held this year at West Chester University. Tromba Mundi shared the program with the U.S. Army Baroque Trumpet Ensemble and the U.S. Army Brass Quintet from Washington, D.C. The performance featured the world premiere of Bill’s new composition “Fanfare Tromba Mundi,” a piece he wrote for the ensemble. Tromba Mundi members are J.C. Dorbrejelewski (West Chester University), Bryan Appleby-Wineber (Rowan University), Scott Belck (Cincinnatti Conservatory of Music), John Marchiando (University of New Mexico), William Stowman (Messiah College) and Joey Tartell (Indiana University).   

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Department of education and The Ernest L. Boyer Center present award reception on Sept. 13 

The department of education and the Ernest L. Boyer Center cordially invite all faculty, staff and students to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these four outstanding students at an awards reception to be held in the Howe Atrium of  Boyer Hall on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. Congratulations to the 2012-2013 award winners:
Kathleen Balmer – Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship
Lauren Popeck – Ethel Brandt Bigham Education Award
Amie Miller – Terry L. Stoudnour Education Award
Emily Hursh – Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship

Grandparents Day set for Sept. 20

Thursday, Sept. 20 will mark our fourth annual Grandparents Day. The purpose of this annual event is to allow the grandparent(s) and/or elderly mentors of current students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to attend Messiah College and to become familiar with our campus and all it has to offer. Please be sure to warmly welcome our grandparents when you see them on campus. Any questions about this event can be directed to Yonette Schneider, special events coordinator, at

Fall Education Research Forum slated for Sept. 20 

The education department is pleased to announce the Fall Education Research Forum on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in Boyer 131. Senior Molly Thompson will share her departmental honor research on the literacy practices of African American boys. Molly presents her findings though the eyes of one Philadelphia fifth grader and his literacy mentor. 

Make plans to attend the Movie on the Green 

The office of 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 Brubaker Auditorium).  

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. All proceeds go to the United Way of the Capital Region and directly benefit the Central PA Food Bank. Suggested donation is $1/student or $5/family. 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.

“Pizza with Professionals” fall sessions announced 

The Career Center is pleased to announce a new program for the fall semester. “Pizza with Professionals” is a 45-minute session with a representative from various organizations. Students who attend a Pizza with Professionals event will be able to gain in-depth knowledge about a specific organization or career path, increase their connections and professional networks, and learn first-hand from the experiences of others — all while enjoying pizza! Sessions are done live or via Skype. Interested students should RSVP to the Career Center at least three days prior to the event date. Space is limited. 

The fall schedule is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 21 – International Justice Mission
Monday, Sept. 24 – Federal Job Searching
Friday, Sept. 28 – Teach for America
Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program
Monday, Nov. 5 – Careers in Finance 

All sessions will be from 12 – 12:45 p.m. in the Eisenhower Board Room, with the exception of the session on Sept. 28, which will be held in Boyer 102. Feel free to pass this information along to any interested students. If you would like to incorporate this program into your class schedule, please contact Dwayne Keiffer at

Theatre department presents senior showcases 

The theatre department presents an exciting evening of live theatre! The senior acting showcases of Tyler Henry, Liesl Nafziger and Lauren Adkins will be held in Miller Auditorium at 8 p.m., Oct. 4-6. Tickets are $5. Go to to purchase yours tickets today.

Into the City: Boston announced 

Applications are now being accepted for the latest “Into the City” destination – Boston! This career immersion program will take place on Oct. 10-12, and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational and fun experience. They will receive first-hand exposure to living, working and connecting in the greater Boston area by meeting Messiah alumni and parents through company site visits and tours, panel presentations and a networking reception in Connecticut.

Organizations represented include: The Boston Globe, Brightcove, Boston Celtics Practice Facility, Fenway Park, Hope International, Liberty Mutual, Monster, Raytheon, South Bay Mental Health Center, Eastern Nazarene College and more.

Space is limited, so please encourage students from all majors and academic years to apply for this educational opportunity. Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 28. For more information, visit the “Into the City” website. Into the City is sponsored by the Career Center, office of alumni and parent relations, and the development office.

Homecoming volunteers needed

The office of alumni and parent relations is in need of employee volunteers to work registration for Homecoming 2012. Volunteers are needed in one to two hour time slots on Saturday, Oct. 20 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you are interested and available to serve in this capacity, please contact Brittany Claridge at with your availability for that day by Friday, Sept. 21. We look forward to serving with you!

Undergraduate nursing program to undergo evaluation 

The undergraduate nursing program 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 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

Request for proposals for Library Special Projects Fund

The library and library committee are pleased to announce a request for proposals for the library Special Projects Fund. This Fund allows departments, faculty or programs to improve the library collection by applying for and using additional funds from outside their usual library allocation.

The  distribution of funds will be determined through a proposal process coordinated by the library committee. Faculty, departments or programs are invited to submit proposals for the Special Projects Fund. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Nov. 2. 

We invite proposals that would build the library collection in the following ways:

1.         Support new majors, programs or curricular concentrations (undergraduate)
2.         Support interdisciplinary projects
3.         Address underdeveloped areas of the library collection
4.         Make one-time, large purchases such as important reference works
5.         Address changing media formats
6.         Address changing cultural or pedagogical needs 

Please review the document about this fund on the library website  for complete information and an application form. 

Please direct any questions about this fund or the proposal process to your liaison librarian. Submit completed applications to Beth Transue, librarian/collection development coordinator, box 3002 or The library committee looks forward to reviewing your proposals.

Wellness Program announced

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 are encouraged to go to the wellness homepage  to see the list of options for collecting wellness points. We will be running the program very similarly to last year’s program.  

Better Health Works Personal Profile

Once again employees who desire to accumulate 100 wellness points must complete Capital BlueCross’s Better Health Works Personal Profile. This is a valuable health assessment tool. We have worked with Capital BlueCross in establishing Monday, Oct. 15 as the start-up date for completing the profile. Any time after that date, but not before, employees will be able to go online and complete the assessment. 

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 but we must have a minimum number to offer the program. 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. This is an excellent program and employees are encouraged to take advantage of this offer.  Register TODAY through SAKAI to participate. Registration ends 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.  

Exercise Tracking program

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 Capital Blue Cross 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.  

Virtual Appalachian Trail hike continuing

We will continue our virtual Appalachian Trail hike this year. Last year, 171 employees participated on our virtual hike. We will convert your walking steps and other forms of exercise to miles (in terms of effort expended) along the Appalachian Trail. How far can you get this year? Nobody through-hiked it last year, but some are getting close. Eight employees reached Pa., six reached N.J., six reached N.Y., four reached Conn., three reached Mass., and one reached Vt. (1,584 miles!). Those who participated last year get to continue where they left off, while those who did not participate last year will start at the beginning (Ga.). Anyone interested in participating in the virtual Appalachian Trail hike must register for either the FOOT-IT or EXERCISE TRACKING programs through SAKAI.  

Wellness workshop announced

Plan now to join us for our first wellness workshop of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Parmer Cinema from 12-12:45 p.m. The topic will be “Healthy Aging,” a topic of relevance to us all!  Participants are encouraged to sign up on SAKAI if you are planning to come, but pre-registration is not required.

Employees can find further details of other wellness program options at the wellness website.

Paper recycling: did you know?

Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three cubic yards of landfill space, two barrels of oil and 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is enough energy to power the average American home for five months. 

Messiah College has an excellent recycling program in place and you can make it even better by doing your part in helping us to recycle the right things, in the right way. Paper is one of many things that we recycle here at Messiah. Just about every type of paper can be recycled. There are paper recycling containers in most every building on campus. Below are just a few of the examples of what you can recycle. 

Paper that can be recycled: copier paper, colored paper, reports bound with staples, letterhead, newspaper, booksless bindings, writing paper, magazines, self -stick notes, tractor feed computer paper, phone books, white paper with colored ink, green bar computer paper, file folders, paper ream wrappers, envelopes, reports bound with glue, federal registers, message paper, glossy, coated papers, blueprints and photos. 

Things that should NOT be put in any paper recycling bin: napkins, waxed cartons, waxed paper, tissues, paper towels, cups, paper dishes, three-ring binders, plastic viewgraphs, carbon paper, candy wrappers. 

Remember God created the earth and he put us here to be good stewards of his creation. If you would like additional information on Messiah’s recycling program, you may visit this website,  click on “Environmental Health and Services” or contact Hilary Kreider at  or Wes Bower at


Position available:

Program Manager of the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research — The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research currently has an opening for the position of program manager. This position engages students, educators and professionals in research and development projects that foster justice, empower the poor, promote peace and care for the earth. The Collaboratory serves client development and mission organizations in the South-central Pennsylvania region and around the world while building up the next generation of servant leaders. As the operations leader of the Collaboratory, the program manager is an effective communicator who builds mission capacity and fiscal sustainability through effective engagement of volunteers, colleagues, clients, investors and other stakeholders. The program manager recruits and builds a team of volunteer students and advisors who join limited paid staff in delivering essential support services to project teams. Core areas of service responsibility for the program manager and his or her team include leadership training, Christian discipleship, marketing, financial health monitoring and reporting, travel logistics and enabling online collaboration. The program manager supports the director of the Collaboratory in strategic planning, organizational development and fundraising. Education and experience required include bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Two years of organizational leadership, two years of building and leading volunteer teams and one year of field experience in international development or Christian missions. A detailed position description is available on the College website. Additional information about the Collaboratory may be found here. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred).) Job-related questions should be directed to David Vader, director of the Collaboratory at Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Boy’s clothes — Good, used condition, size 12/14 boy’s clothes. I do not need to see before buying as long as there is not stains or holes. Please let me know what you have and how much at Hand-me-downs make wonderful play clothes. 

Freezer —Can be any size for a reasonable price. Call ext. 7081 if you have one available.

For sale:

Car —2004 Ford Focus. Compact four-door with 102,000 miles, power windows/doors, AC, keyless entry, cruise control and more. For more information or to test drive, call 717-701-1760. 

LG washer and dryer set — The two units are stackable, just over three years old and in perfect working condition. Maintenance has included warranty-provided routine checks with no problems ever experienced. White color exterior with stainless steel drums. Selling only because we’ve moved on campus and cannot accommodate the appliances in our apartment. (Washer is electric model WM2016CW, dryer is electric moday DLE2516W.) Sale price of $1,200. Please reply to with questions or interest.