Archive for 2012

November 8, 2012

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11 (NRSV)


Rachel Cornacchio, associate professor of music and director of music education, recently served as the choral conductor/clinician for “Ashburn Sings!,” a community-wide choral festival sponsored by the Ashburn Presbyterian Church in Ashburn, Va.

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Mark the beginning of Advent with the annual Celebration of the Light

All students and employees are invited to attend and celebrate the traditional start to the Christmas season Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4:45 p.m. Carol-singing, prayer, scripture reading and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree will all be a part of this year’s advent celebration. Hot chocolate, cider, pumpkin cookies and other seasonal treats will be served. 

Supervisors are asked to provide release time as able to those non-essential employees who would like to attend.

Rain Date: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:45 p.m. in the Eisenhower Campus Center Circle. In case of inclement weather on Nov 29, the event will be held indoors in the Larsen Student Union.

Reminder to educators to submit published materials 

Please submit hard copies of your publications, exhibits, performance materials, etc. from May 2011 to December 2012 to Carol Hostetter,  Boyer Center Suite 101 or  This year the annual Authors’ Exhibit is being held in conjunction with the New Doc’s Tea on Tuesday, Dec.  4. 

Library catalog unavailable Nov. 9 

Due to scheduled maintenance on the library server, the library catalog will be unavailable after 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 for approximately two to four hours.

United Way Employee Pledge Drive forms due Nov. 9 

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

Today’s topic:  Prosperity Centers.  Because the economy has put incredible burdens on individuals and families, our United Way chapter is focusing on basic needs.  They created five Prosperity Centers which help families get out of financial crisis and provide long-term support to keep families on track.  For a family in financial trouble this service is a life-changer. 

The Prosperity Centers’ results to date are promising:  25 financial literacy classes were attended by 174 people; 292 participants were linked to state and federal benefit programs; trained volunteers helped 669 clients create long term budgets; and 72 people gained employment through job service programs.  Based on these positive results, three additional Prosperity Centers have been added to serve clients in domestic violence and homeless shelters and those with intellectual disabilities.  To date, only $91,000 in grant money has been used to launch and support the Prosperity Centers!

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.

Office of conference and event services adjusts hours Nov. 14

The office of conference and event services will be on a client visit Wednesday, Nov. 14 and will be closed that day.  Please plan accordingly.

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. 


Position available:

Adjunct Instructors Department of Politics 2013-14 Academic Year — The department of  politics at Messiah College seeks part-time adjunct instructors to teach  courses for the 2013-14 academic year within the areas of American politics, comparative politics and international relations including core courses and upper division electives, based on expertise.   Ph.D. in political science preferred, master’s in political science, public policy or related field considered. Commitment to Christian faith and the mission of Messiah College as well as strong teaching skills are required. Email cover letter, vita and a complete faculty employment application to Paul Rego, chair of the department of politics, at Review of applications will begin Saturday, Dec. 1.

For sale:

Graco Alano travel system —  Includes car seat/stroller combination with two car seat bases. Pattern Melanie (pink/brown). This set is approximately 18 months old, rarely used and in excellent condition. Pictures available upon request. Asking $140. Contact Karen at . 

Random assortment of stamping supplies — Four colors of embossing powders, three ink pads, two embossing pads, three sets of “Stampin’ Up!” stamps and several other individual stamps, a tape runner dispenser, a box of 75 invitation-size envelopes and a random assortment of papers and envelopes.  $10 for all.  Call Rhonda at ext. 7291 or 

2008 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van — Only 51,000 miles and in great condition.  A/C, CD player, 3.3L V6, light blue.  New brakes, inspected to Oct. 2013, very clean.  Asking $11,500.  E-mail  if interested or for photos. 

2007 Hyundai Accent — Fair condition, 107,000 miles, four-door, asking $4,000.  Contact for more information or pictures.