Archive for 2012

September 20, 2012

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
II Corinthians 4:10 (NRSV)


Bruce Yurko, adjunct professor of music, was recently informed that one of his compositions titled “Red Tail Skirmish” will be performed by the United States Air Force Band as part of their performance at the opening ceremonies of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago this December. In addition to a successful teaching career of over 30 years in the Cherry Hill, N.J. schools, Bruce is a published composer whose works have been performed all over the world. In his retirement, he has joined the Messiah faculty to teach composition and courses in music education.  

An article by Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, was published in the current September issue of the National Journal of the Music Library Association, “Notes.” The article was a review of a DVD which features a performance of the concerto composed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University of Puerto Rico, “Concierto Festivo.”

The development office announces that development services, which includes gift processing and the grants office has moved to the second floor of the McBeth Advancement Center (the offices previously occupied by alumni and parent relations). Susan Jaycox and Pat Gilsbach of development services and Erin Beck of the grants office are the staff members involved in this move. Beginning immediately, any donor checks must be taken directly to the development suite in the McBeth Conference Center, which is a part of the Climenhaga Homestead, rather than to Old Main. These include donor checks for missions trips, AROMA travel and any other gift that is directed toward a specific program. Checks not brought directly to development services are often booked improperly and we are not able to provide thank you notes and receipts in a timely manner. Thank you for helping us to ensure a smooth transition to this new office space.
Jon Stuckey, director of development

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Grandparents Day set for Sept. 20

Thursday, Sept. 20 will mark Messiah’s 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

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.

Philadelphia Campus application deadline is Sept. 26 

The application deadline for enrolling at the Philadelphia Campus for Spring 2013 is Wednesday, Sept. 26. Please encourage your advisees to apply online at today!

Spring internship application deadline is Oct. 1 

If your students wish to earn academic credit for an internship this spring and if they wish to receive some assistance locating a site, they need to go to the student section of and click the “Apply” button on the right side of the screen. Thank you very much for help in spreading the word.

President Phipps to host Open Door Days

President Kim Phipps will host an “Open Door” day on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 12-3 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them. “Open Door” is an opportunity for you to speak with the President in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The President’s Conference Room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. A schedule for these dates and times may be found on the president’s website. Please call the president’s office at ext. 2820 if you have questions.

The office of alumni and parent relations offers Fiscal Fitness seminar 

The office of alumni and parent relations would like to invite you to attend the Fiscal Fitness Seminar being held on campus on Saturday, Sept. 29. We have invited Bryce Bartruff from InFaith to present this seminar to help our Messiah Community (alumni, parents, students and employees) with their personal finances. 

Topics presented in the seminar will include: debt reduction, budgeting, tithing, investments, systematic payment of bills, steps for finding money you never knew you had and more!   

Fiscal Fitness grew out of a self-study course Bryce Bartruff wrote when he was head of InFaith’s Missionary Education and Training Department over two decades ago and classes he has been teaching at his church since then. These interactive, one-day seminars help you explore biblical principles of personal finance and give you helpful, easy-to-use tools and guidelines for making decisions to help you live within these principles. Learn more about Fiscal Fitness here.   

Cost to attend this five-hour seminar is only $20 per person or $30 per couple. Light refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon. Lunch will be on your own. To learn more and to register, visit this website.

Van drivers needed for special event Oct. 2

We have a need for four mini-van drivers and four 15-passenger drivers on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 2. Messiah College is hosting a formal debate called “Faith vs. Atheism: Does God Exist?” The debate is between Dinesh D’Souza, president of King’s College, and Dan Barker, president of Freedom From Religion Foundation. This debate will be followed by keynote speaker Ravi Zacharias, founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. The debate and keynote will be from 7-9 pm.
Here are the details:

* Drivers report at 5:45 p.m. in Eisenhower Campus Center (ECC) lobby and are needed until 7:15 p.m.
* Drivers report back to ECC lobby at 8:30 p.m. Last shuttle run at 9:45 p.m.
* One driver will need to be in lobby at all times in case someone needs to leave early.
* One driver will need to stay until 10 p.m. if there are still people in line at the book signing. 

The event is sold out but all drivers may attend the event SRO or we will provide for you a $10 voucher to Falcon Express for your service to the community. Please contact Brian Sweeney at or ext. 2925.

Cherish the Ladies to open this season’s Cultural Series 

Cherish the Ladies, an Irish-American ensemble blending “virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing,” will perform the opening Cultural Series concert in Hostetter Chapel on Friday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at ext. 6036 or

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!

Wake-up weight training class offered as part of Wellness Program

We will be offering a morning weight training class (for beginners and/or advanced) beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The class will meet for eight weeks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:00-7:45 a.m. in the weight room. Dresdon Rohrer, a senior HEXS major, is USA-W certified and will be leading the class. Cost for employees is $15 for the two months. Sign-up today through SAKAI and begin your journey toward greater strength and better health. Employees who participate in the class will receive 20 wellness points.

Career Center and SGA offer Student Professional Development Grant 

The Career Center and the Student Government Association (SGA) are pleased to once again announce the Student Professional Development Grant. This grant opportunity, funded by SGA, is for students interested in attending professional conferences or related activities. Grants will provide accepted students with half of their proposed funding needed for travel and registration costs, up to $300.  Limited funding is available per semester, so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Applications are available on Career Center’s website.  Other components of the grant include a mandatory online training session and an educational “give back” activity, which may include a poster session showcasing outcomes of their experience. For more information, please contact Abby Book at ext. 6016 or

Tuition Commitment for Professional Development Program announced

I am delighted to announce the Tuition Commitment for Professional Development Program. The purpose of this program is to encourage Messiah College professionals to pursue advanced degrees at Messiah College in exchange for a service commitment. This service commitment promotes continuity in our professional staff and ideally allows us to retain employees who have developed successfully into their roles. Selected professionals will receive the opportunity to pursue a Messiah College Master’s Degree in Higher Education tuition-free. Any non-faculty, full-time employee is eligible to apply for this program after passing his/her second employment anniversary. Each year, up to three employees will be selected by the president for the program based upon the merits of their applications. Acceptance into the Tuition Commitment Professional Development program requires strong professional performance and only those employees consistently meeting performance expectations will be permitted to enroll under these terms. For a complete description of the program requirements and parameters, please see the attached application.
Amanda Coffey, vice president of human resources and college compliance

Permanent Art Collection seeks to find artwork  

It has recently come to our attention that a piece of artwork that is a valued part of the Permanent Art Collection of Messiah College has been removed from its location in the first floor Boyer conference room. It is a portrait photograph of a fisherman with a string of fish around his neck. If anyone has information about the current location of this piece, please contact the Art Gallery Director Sherron Biddle at See this attachment for photo.  

Opportunity available to support The Early Learning Center 

Giant donates a portion of all purchases made on designated Bonus Cards to the school of the shopper’s choice. This does not affect your gas points. If your card is not currently designated for another school, The Early Learning Center would appreciate your support. You may designate your number to up to two schools. To designate your card, simply email your Bonus Card number to Laura Price at or enroll yourself at The school ID is 02338. (It is a Giant requirement to get permission each year. So if you supported us last year and would like to do so again, just email Laura Price to indicate that you wish to participate.)

The office of conference services to limit hours on Sept. 27 

The office of conference services will have limited coverage on Thursday, Sept. 27 due to a department retreat.


For sale:

2010 Honda CRV EXL 4WD —  33,000 miles, heated leather seats. New Bridgestone Ecotia tires. Seven-year/80K mile transferable Honda Care warranty.  $21,000 obo. Call ext. 2840.

Outside organization announcement:

Join for a Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event — Saturday, Sept. 22 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at York Springs (Old Mary Jane’s Roller Rink), 6924 Old Harrisburg Road, York Springs, PA 17372. The cost is $20 advance or $25 at the door. If you are interested, please contact Deb Wolf at Please see this attachment for complete details.