Archive for 2012

October 25, 2012

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Romans 8:31 (NRSV)

Messiah 411

Soup sale in the business office today

Today is the Business Office Annual Soup Sale.  Stop by the Payroll Office in Old Main between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for some delicious homemade soup.  All proceeds benefit local families for Christmas.  Please see attached flier for more details.

Accounts Payable closed Nov. 2

Please note that Accounts Payable will be closed Friday, Nov 2. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, Nov 5.

Career Center accepting applications for the Into the City “Mini” trip to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe

On Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. the Career Center is heading to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. for the second installment of Into the City “Mini,” a condensed version of the two-day Into the City career immersion program. Students will meet with Scott Heintzelman, ’89, vice president of finance and administration and Messiah College Board of Trustee member, along with other executives and Messiah alumni employed at the organization.  In addition to learning about Martin’s (the company behind the Martin’s Multicultural Scholarship program) and their recruitment process, students will be challenged to consider the transferability of their Messiah College experience to the workplace.  Past attendees of Into the City trips have found that connecting with alumni and employers in such an intimate fashion to have a significant impact on their career planning and decision-making.  The program will conclude with a networking dinner.  Applications are due by October 31 and are available on the Career Center’s website. For more information, contact the Career Center at extension 6016 or Please help us promote this amazing opportunity to our students!

Thomas Jefferson scholar Annette Gordon-Reed to deliver American Democracy Lecture

The Center for Public Humanities and the Department of History at Messiah College will host Annette Gordon-Reed to lecture about “Thomas Jefferson, Slavery and Sally Hemings” on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Gordon-Reed will sign books after the lecture. The lecture is free. For more information, contact Jean Corey at, 717-766-2511, ext. 2097 or view this attachment.

Alumni Award winners announced

The following award winners were recognized during Homecoming Weekend.  Please join us in congratulating them. 

Young Alumna Achievement Award: This award recognizes an alumnus/a who has attended Messiah College within the past 10 years for significant contribution to church, vocation, community, and/or Messiah College. 2012 Award WinnerCatherine L. (Huston) Palazola (2003).

Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award: This award recognizes long-term vocational excellence in a manner supportive of the mission and standards of Messiah. 2012 Award WinnerDr. Tony Blair (1986), President of Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Alumni Christian Service Award: This award recognizes outstanding lifelong service or long-term effort in fulfilling the mandates of the Christian gospel to both serve and sacrifice for the needs of humanity. 2012 Award Winners Bethany (Koopalethes) (1997) and Ryan (1993) Bomberger, co-founders of The Radiance Foundation.  

Alumni Appreciation Award: Alumni and friends are eligible for this award, which recognizes significant personal service and contribution to Messiah College. 2012 Award WinnerCatherine and Theodore Prescott (Cathy and Ted) former Messiah College professors.

Traffic restriction near the High Center construction site 

Starting Monday, Oct. 22, Creekside Drive and College Avenue (in the area of the High Center) will be very congested. Our contractor will be paving sections of the road. Staff and students are encouraged to use the North Entrance and avoid the South Entrance. There will be times over the next two weeks access in the area of the South Entrance will be impacted and will create large delays for those who drive onto campus using the South Entrance. Please enter campus via the north entrance for the next several weeks. Any questions concerning this email can be directed to Facility Services at ext. 6011.

Important reminder to faculty

Learning Technology Services would like to remind faculty that it’s not too early to begin planning ahead.  The J-Term and Spring 2013 work submission deadlines have been set.  Please coordinate your needs for your courses with the deadline dates on the attached document. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Hunsinger, copyright and educational support specialist, at ext. 3895. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

United Way employee pledge drive launched

The annual Employee Pledge Drive launched this week and will run through Friday, Nov. 9.  The United Way of the Capital Region provides solutions for local issues by focusing on three areas:  health, education and basic needs. Each week during the drive we will share information on a program partner in one of these categories.

Today’s topic:  Hope Within Community Center.  The Center provides free primary care for those without health insurance and considered low-income.  The guiding biblical verse of Hope Within Ministries is Hebrews 6:19: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hope Within brings together local doctors and nurses to provide free services; even the receptionist is a volunteer.  Most of the prescriptions are also provided at no cost.  As a result families receive the care they need without relying on emergency room services.  Hope Within centers are currently located in Elizabethtown and Columbia, Lancaster County. They would like to open a wellness center in Harrisburg. For more information on the Hope Within organization, go to

By donating to the United Way during the pledge drive, you can help realize solutions to problems in our community.  One hundred per cent of your contribution is directed to local programs and services.  You can

  • Specify the non-profit recipient
  • Select one of three focus areas (Health, Education or Basic Needs)


  • Allow the United Way to apply your donation to the area of greatest need

Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, with any questions.  Thank you for your consideration.

Wellness program updates

Completing the Personal Health Assessment: As was the case last year, employees who are interested in accumulating 100 wellness points must complete the online Better Health Works Personal Profile found at CBC’s website.  Directions for completing this can be found below.  If you feel uncomfortable answering certain questions due to privacy issues, you can leave those questions blank and still complete the rest of the health assessment.   There are some questions that must be completed in order to continue, but they are not of a personal nature.  Just as a reminder, all the answers are completely confidential and information is never shared back with the employer, and is never viewed by CBC’s rating or underwriting departments.

  1. To complete the Better Health Works Personal Profile follow these instructions:
  2. Go to and log on with your Capital BlueCross ID and password that you already established.
  3. On the next page, click on the ‘better health worksbutton which appears near the top of the page.
  4. On the new page, click on the highlighted ‘Personal Profile’ link.
  5. On the next page click on the ‘Start Your Questionnaire’ button.

November Wellness Workshops announced

Messiah’s Nutrition and Dietetics students will be presenting some exciting wellness workshops in November.  Plan now to attend!

Here’s a sample of the topic, dates, and times.

Monday, Nov. 26 at noon: Sneaky Sugar:  How to be a “sweet” detective

Monday, Nov. 26 at 4 p.m.:   Whole Foods in a Processed World

Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.:   Fueling your Fitness: the relationship between food and exercise

Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.: Be Smart at the Mart: What you should know about marketing before grocery shopping

Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.: 5 Fun Tips for Loving your Veggies!


For sale:

Frigidaire Heavy Duty Electric Dryer, $50; 32” Sony HD Trinitron tube television (720p), very good condition $80; blue microfiber couch, 83”L x 42”D x 35”H, very good condition, $100. Please call Audrey or Robert at 884-1076 (h) or 209-2361.

Mini Stereo System: Magnavox MAS-85 system includes 3-disc CD changer, stereo cassette deck, AM/FM tuner, remote control and separate bookshelf speakers. Like new; was used occasionally in a business that closed. $55 or best offer. Contact Bob Feil at for more details.