Archive for 2012

January 26, 2012

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)


Remembering one another 

Thank you to all my co-workers and Messiah family for the cards, visits, flowers and candy I received following my recent illness. I deeply appreciate your prayers as my recovery and therapy continue at home.
Elvin Eshelman, campus event worker 

Donald R. Zook, 77, of Messiah Village went to be with his beloved Lord on Jan. 19. He began his career as a full-time missionary for Brethren in Christ World Missions, serving in Zimbabwe, Africa for 15 years. Upon completion of his missionary terms, he joined the faculty of the business department at Messiah College, and then accepted the position of executive director for the Brethren in Christ World Missions. Finally, he served as executive director for the Jacob Engle Foundation until his retirement. Throughout his career, Zook also taught and served as area manager for the Person-Wolinsky CPA Review Course, which helped aspiring accountants to pass the CPA exam. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Messiah Village Chapel. Visitation will begin at 12 p.m. with the service beginning at 1:30 p.m.


On Jan. 8, Matthew Roth, associate professor of English, presented his paper “Annotating Pale Fire: An Unbounded Education” at the national conference of the Modern Language Association in Seattle, Wash.

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Cultural Series presents True North Brass on Feb. 11

The internationally acclaimed brass ensemble True North Brass will perform at Messiah College on Saturday, Feb. 11 as part of the College’s Cultural Series season. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at ext. 6036 or

Employee movie event set for Feb. 11 

The office of human resources is once again hosting an employee movie event in Parmer Cinema. Special showings of “Puss in Boots,” an animated DreamWorks film, are scheduled for employees and their families and friends on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for this event will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 6 in the ticket office. There is a suggested donation of $1/person; proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Capital Region. For questions about this event, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources. Please see attachment for more information.

Weight Management program for employees

This spring we will be offering the EMPOWER Weight Management Program for interested employees. This is an excellent program for employees looking for helpful advice for managing their weight (losing or maintaining!). The eight-week program uses various resources to help employees set and meet goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise. One weekly group meeting on campus led by a wellness professional from the community is an important part of the program. Weekly sessions will be on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning March 6, and ending May 1. There will be no meeting the week of spring break. Enrollment is limited so sign up today! Employees can register by going to the MCSquare home page and clicking on “Wellness Program” under “Employee Quicklinks” then click on “Register for Messiah Health and Wellness Programs.”

Exercise opportunities available Feb. 4 

Looking for some winter activity opportunities? You’ll want to mark Saturday, Feb. 4 on your calendar. The Gym and Pool Bash from 1-3:30 p.m. provides a great opportunity for indoor activity while a three to four mile Appalachian Trail hike from 1-3 p.m. offers employees an outdoor activity. If you can’t make this hike, don’t worry, other hikes are being planned for this semester. In case the hike has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, we are asking interested employees to register for the hike by going to the MCSquare home page and clicking on “Wellness Program” under “Employee Quicklinks” then clicking on “Register for Messiah Health and Wellness Programs.” That way we can contact you if plans need to change. We will do a very local section of the trail. More details will be coming your way.

Reminders for completing your wellness points

Just a reminder to Capital BlueCross employees who are working towards accumulating 100 wellness points for the year. A mandatory part of the program is completing the online Capital BlueCross Health Assessment (Better Health Works Personal Profile). Just a reminder that some of your points must come from EACH of the four categories of wellness programs. When 100 points have been accumulated, send the completed form to Doug Miller via campus mail or e-mail to Instructions for completing the health assessment, a description of this year’s programs and categories and the completion form can all be found on the wellness webpage. So far, 51 employees have returned their completed forms.

Auditions open for “The Miracle Worker”

All members of the Messiah College community are eligible to audition for the department of theatre’s production of “The Miracle Worker.” We would love to have you join us on this production. Auditions will be held Monday, Feb. 6 from 6-9 p.m. in Miller Auditorium.

Please sign up for an audition appointment on the callboard in the theatre hallway of the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center. Theatre majors are required to prepare two contrasting dramatic monologues. Each monologue should not exceed two minutes in length. Monologues from Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, Sophie Treadwell, William Inge or other North American playwrights from the 1950s are appropriate. Bring a résumé of your theatre experience and a current headshot. Non-theatre majors are encouraged to prepare as noted above.  Monologues will be provided for non-theatre majors who cannot meet these requirements. 

2012 Employee Recognition reception scheduled for May 2 

Please plan to join us as we gather to celebrate the commitment of our fellow employees to Messiah College. We will honor years of service, applaud our retirees and announce the recipients of the Pride in Performance and President’s Awards. In addition, our graduating seniors will extend a video salute to Messiah employees. This year’s Employee Recognition Reception will be held on Wednesday, May 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. in Brubaker Auditorium. The list of employees to be honored will be posted in the Intercom in early April. We look forward to seeing you there!

Boyer Hall elevator repairs to begin Jan. 26 

Some are aware that the Boyer elevator (elevator number 11) has been out of service for several weeks. We have been working with our elevator contractor to determine the problem and come up with a good way to repair it. It has been determined that the elevator experienced a cylinder failure and will require extensive work to repair it. We expect that the repair work may involve a process that creates noise and can be rather disruptive to those who are in the Boyer building. For that reason we have made arrangements for most of the disruptive work to occur on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27 when the building occupancy will be limited.

Since the elevator cylinder goes into the ground 45 feet and can’t be seen until it is extracted there are some unknowns about how well the demolition will progress. We are working with our contractor to manage disruption to the building. In order to repair the elevator there may be some minor disruption. We ask for everyone to be understanding. We expect that the elevator will be repaired and operational by Monday, Feb. 6. Any questions can be directed to facility services at ext. 6011.


Campus Events Worker II McBeth/Frey — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker II (custodial). This is a full-time (Tuesday – Saturday 7 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.), band level 7B position. Job responsibilities include overseeing the cleaning of McBeth, Frey third floor and the Eisenhower Campus Center main and lower levels on Fridays and Saturdays. This position does floater work for both second and third shift on Tuesday through Thursdays. Candidates should have a high school diploma or equivalent, have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and share the enthusiasm of being a part of a college community. Also should have the ability to interact professionally with students and conference guests. Cleaning experience is preferred, but is not required. To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter or an application to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA  17027 or e-mail (Applications are preferred via e-mail.) Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, manager of campus events, at ext. 2940. A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Community Safety Officer — The department of safety currently has an opening for the position of community safety officer. This full-time, 12-month, band level 7C position is a community-focused position responsible for helping to foster and safeguard a climate conducive to learning and working. The purpose of this position is to provide security and protective services to the campus, ensuring the preservation of personal safety of the college community, and to foster positive relationships with the community at large. This position is second shift with the hours of 3 to 11 p.m. with a weekend rotation. Education required includes a high school diploma or equivalent; some college is preferred. Experience required includes two years of human services or emergency services experience; experience with college students a plus. Other requirements include exemplary interpersonal and human relations skills; ability to demonstrate respect for others and build trust and rapport with co-workers and students, including those from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; experience and desire to interface with traditional aged college students; service orientation; basic investigative skills; ability to manage conflict in order to affect conflict resolution and to work cooperatively with the campus community; ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks; demonstrated commitment to the job, strong work ethic and integrity. First Aid/CPR/AED certification required and must be certified within first 30 days of employment; intermediate computer skills and ability to learn campus software and Microsoft Office within the first 30 days of employment; and ability to adhere to strict confidentiality. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA  17027 or e-mail (Application materials sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website .  Job-related questions should be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety, at Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Cook — The department of dining services currently has an opening for the full-time position of cook II. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7C position. This position is responsible for meal preparation, ensuring that both quality and quantity are maintained by following standardized recipes. This position has varied shifts to include evenings and some weekends and requires considerable knowledge of the materials and methods used in food preparation. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent with two years of culinary training. Four years of experience in volume restaurant or hotel/institution foodservice is required. To apply, please submit a letter of application and résumé to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail (Application materials are preferred via e-mail.) Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. A job description is available on the human resource website . Job-related questions should be directed to Mark Wirtz, director of dining services, at ext. 6008.


Free weights or bench or exercise equipment —Attempting to put together a home gym set-up for our teen. Looking for free weights, bench and possibly other items. Please e-mail Gary at 

Copier paper boxes—Friends of Murray Library will gratefully receive an unlimited number of copier paper boxes to pack books for its annual used book sale. Boxes may be dropped off at the library or call ext. 7181 to arrange for pick-up. Friends are partnering with the Agapé Center again this year to sponsor the sale which will be held Saturday, March 24 and Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 at the Fellowship Hall of the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church.

For sale: 

Twelve-plus acre farmette with a view — 1450 sq. ft. brick and frame rancher with large deck and patio and 500 sq. ft. exposed walkout finished basement. House has three bedrooms, three baths, eat-in-kitchen, dining room, living room with cathedral ceiling, two fireplaces, central air, oil hot water baseboard heat, and attached two car garage. Property includes a 50 ft. × 75 ft. pole barn with electric and water, six horse stalls, tack room and spacious storage area with a 10-acre fenced meadow. House sits on a elevation shielded from the paved road by a mature woods and has a southern exposure view overlooking the beautiful Barons Valley. It is located about ten minutes from Route 15 and is in the Northern York School District. Contact Ben Myers at 717-432-0299 or

Printer — Epson Stylus CX4400 Series all-in-one printer, copier, scanner, $15; Nintendo DS games — Pokeman Diamond Version, $15; Nintendogs Dachshund and Friends, $10; Animal Crossing Wild World, $15; Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia, $15. Contact