Archive for 2012

November 1, 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11 (NRSV)


Congratulations to Julie Zentz, admissions coordinator, and Marlin Eby, professor of mathematics and statistics, on their marriage in Hostetter Chapel on Aug. 11. They met at their church, Bible Baptist in Shiremanstown.  Together, they have eight children and four grandchildren.

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Cultural Series presents Sweet Potato Pie Nov. 2

The Cultural Series presents Sweet Potato Pie on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Hostetter Chapel. For tickets, contact the ticket office at ext. 6036.

One taste will wet your appetite for Sweet Potato Pie, which is a good thing since the group will be selling those tart-sized treats at the show! This all-female band mixes sugar and spice with music from the best of bluegrass, country and gospel with sweet three-part harmonies and hot pickin’.

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.

Please note schedule changes for Thanksgiving week in the accounts payable office 

The accounts payable office will process our ACH (direct deposits) on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and checks Wednesday, Nov. 21. Please coordinate your request in advance, to comply with this change. ACH and checks are normally processed on a Thursday weekly. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Teri Rader at ext. 2910 or

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!

UPS shipping training available 

Did you know that UPS shipping can be done from your desktop, and that UPS shipping prices are better than both FedEx and USPS?  If you would like to learn how to ship UPS packages, please send an email to Bill Althoff  at  You will then be notified of the next training session.  Sessions last about 45 minutes and you can use this tool to ship for either your department or for your own personal shipping needs.

 Facility fee policy outlined 

Were you aware that there are fees for use of Messiah College facilities for co-sponsored events? For example, if you are hosting a meeting of your professional organization on campus, internal room rental fees apply. Please plan accordingly when planning your yearly budgets. To view the full policy and rates, see this attachment. You may also view the policy and the sponsoring department approval form on the employee page of MCSquare under “Employee Forms,” “Conference Services.” If you have questions, please call the office of conference and event services at ext. 6009.

United Way Employee Pledge Drive underway 

We are in the second week of our annual Employee Pledge Drive.  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 are sharing information on a program partner in one of these categories.

Today’s topic:  Big Brothers Big Sisters.  When we think of education, we often think about keeping kids in school and on track to graduate.  Research shows that one of the best ways to do this is through mentoring.  One group that does this exceptionally well is Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

92 percent of local youth matched with a “Big” improve their grades, 91 percent improve their school attendance and 93 percent graduate from high school.  These are very impressive success rates! For more information on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, go to

By donating to the United Way during the pledge drive, you can help realize solutions to problems in our community.  One-hundred percent 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.

Don’t get left out…send in your spring public events 

The office of marketing and public relations is again producing a Highlights brochure to promote the public events occurring on campus during the spring semester. In an effort to bring more people to campus, we will mail the brochure to more than 5,000 homes in the community in early January. To ensure your public event is included, i.e. a concert, recital, play, lecture, conference, performance or any other event at which you would welcome the general public, please send the event, date, time, place, contact name, admission charge (if any), and contact phone number to Kim Christen no later than Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The Highlights brochures have been very well received in the past and demand for them has been high, both on and off campus. If you would like to order a quantity for your own department’s use, please call Kim Christen at ext. 7326. There will be a charge of $12 per 100 brochures (12 cents per copy) to cover the additional printing costs. 

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.

College delay or cancelation information

In the event classes are delayed or canceled, those students and/or employees who have signed up for text alerts will receive a notice regarding such a delay or closure.  A delay or closure notification will also be placed on the College’s website, as well as available by calling the emergency information line at 717-691-6084.  A recording will provide you with a date and time of the most recent message.  You can also check out the Messiah College homepage.  Morning announcements are made no later than 6:30 a.m. Please note, any notice of a delay and/or cancelation of an event at the College will only be available on the emergency line and not through the text alert system. 

Employees involved in snow removal, facilities, campus events and dining should follow the instructions given by their respective supervisory staff during a delay or closure.
Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations



Large black TV cabinet— Good condition; three years old; Craftsman lawnmower. For pictures of items or more details, contact Clay Polson at

For sale:

Four avocado green metal cabinets— Great for storage in a basement or garage. Two 66 in. x 30 in. cabinets with shelves and sliding doors, one 66 in. x 30 in. with two open shelves on top and cabinets with doors on the bottom, one 36 in. x 30 in. cabinet with three drawers and two cabinet doors.  $15/each or $50 for all.  Pictures available on request.  Call Rhonda at ext. 7291 or

Harley-Davidson motorcycle— 2007 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Custom, black, 3,400 miles, saddlebags and HD helmet included. Defects: scratched right rear-view mirror and break handle, cracked right turn signal arm, $7,800. Email or call 717-712-4972 to see pictures, arrange a meeting, or make an offer.