Archive for 2012

November 29, 2012

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
I Thessalonians 3: 11-13 (NRSV)


The department of human development and family science was well represented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference in Phoenix, Az., Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Robert Reyes, professor of human development and family science, co-presented a paper titled “Turning Inward:” Acculturative Stress, Immigration & Adaptation of Mexican Immigrant Families in the Midwest” with Ruben Viramontez Anguiano (Bowling Green State University). Reyes also attended the committee meeting of the NCFR Inclusion and Diversity Committee, the meeting of the Focus Group Effectiveness Taskforce and the editorial board meeting of the Journal of Family Theory and Review and served as co-chair and facilitator of the new Latino Research Focus Group. Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, co-presented in a poster symposium with Rachel Schmuck (sr. HDFS major) and Jessica Short (sr. HDFS major) titled “The Elder Service Partner Program: An Overview and Evaluation.” Raeann also co-presented a roundtable with Suzanne Smith (Washington State University Vancouver) titled “Ensuring Healthy Job Prospects for Family Science Undergraduates.” As an NCFR Fellow, Hamon was also invited to host a Fellows Roundtable which she devoted to the topic of “Integrating Service-Learning into the Family Science Curriculum.” Eight HDFS/FCSE students (Rachel Shenk, Megan Dubbs, Alyssa White, Rachel Schmuck, Sarah Narehood, Katherine Ake, Teagan Bohn, Kayla Griffith) were also at the conference attending leadership workshops and special sessions for student affiliates as well as the regular sessions. Unfortunately, six other students were unable to attend the conference since their flights were cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

On Nov. 10, six students took part in the 2012 ACM Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest with 171 teams from 65 different schools. The Falcons Blue team made up of Zachary Felix, Mike Adams and Anthony Spargo took 11th place solving four of the eight problems (the first place team solved five, so the Falcons Blue team was not far behind). The Falcons White team made up of Nathan Chaney, Joss Steward and Marcus Upton took 149th place solving one problem. For more information, please visit the Programming Team website.

The much-awaited restoration of the Yellow Breeches Creek banks and installation of a riparian buffer zone will begin construction on Monday, Dec. 3. This phase of the project, financed by Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener County Environmental Initiatives monies through York County and the Class of 2011 senior class gift will include installation of six, log-faced stone deflector fish habitat structures designed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, 20 in-stream boulders and a new canoe landing area with gravel pull-off and controlled stream access. Installation is being done by Gleim Environmental Group under a GP-1 permit from the PA DEP and Erosion and Sedimentation Plan filed with Cumberland County Conservation District. Any questions can be directed to David Foster at ext. 6860. 

I would like to thank Erik Lindquist, professor of biology and environmental science, and Jared Rudy, manager of grounds, for their tree planting efforts at the base of Cemetery Hill before Thanksgiving. Students in Lindquist’s field biology class planted over 500 trees—all native species—with the coordination of the grounds department. This tree planting is equivalent to reducing all of the facility services vehicle emissions for FY12. This project is part of a larger riparian buffer stream restoration project at the same site, led by David Foster, professor of biology and environmental science, and funded through the Department of Environmental Protection’s “Growing Greener” program. Efforts such as these have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and have earned Messiah College their “Tree Campus USA” designation.
Craig Dalen, director of sustainability 

We are excited to report that our employee pledge drive for the United Way has once again exceeded expectations.  Employees pledged a total of $40,869, surpassing our target of $35,000 by 17 percent. CommUNITY coupons, entitling the bearer to a discounted lunch at Lottie Nelson, are in campus mail to employees who participated, courtesy of dining services. Thank you for your support for our neighbors in need.

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Oakes Museum to host Open House Dec. 1

Join The Oakes Museum of Natural History on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 – 5 p.m. for our fourth annual Holiday Open House. This event is our way of saying “thank you” to each of you for supporting us throughout the year. There will be craft projects and activities for children ages 3 – 12 and special discounts in the gift shop. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

Department of music to offer live music at lunchtime

The department of music will helps us celebrate the Christmas season by offering live music at lunchtime next week. Come and enjoy and feel free to bring your lunch!

Monday, Dec. 3: Guitar Ensemble, 11 a.m. at Murray Library; 11:30 a.m. at Hollinger Atrium

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Flute Ensemble, 12 p.m. at Eisenhower Commons; 12:30 p.m. at Murray Library

Thursday, Dec. 6: Silver Lining Wind Quintet, 12 p.m. at Murray Library; 12:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Commons

Friday, Dec. 7: Clarinet Choir, 11 a.m. at Eisenhower Commons; 11:30 a.m. at Hollinger Atrium

The office of alumni and parent relations  invites you to join in celebrating our December graduates

As our December graduates head into their final days at Messiah College, please join us at a special reception celebrating their graduation and welcoming them into the alumni community.

The December Graduates Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. The reception will be held in Hollinger Atrium in the Jordan/Kline Science Building. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

To see a list of December graduates, please contact the office of alumni and parent relations. We know our students are deeply grateful for the support and presence of faculty and staff at this milestone event.

We look forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments with you! Please RSVP to by Saturday, Dec. 1 if you are planning to attend. We hope to see you there!

Messiah Guitar Ensemble to perform Dec. 8

The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble will present a concert on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel under the direction of Randall Zwally, director of guitar studies and senior lecturer in music. They will be joined by guest performers the Mechanicsburg Middle School Guitar Ensemble directed by Elizabeth Preston. The event will have a Christmas theme.

Mechanicsburg Middle School (MMS) uses guitars as a teaching tool as part of its general music education program. Through that process the school develops a noteworthy guitar ensemble. The department of music collaborates with the MMS music faculty in fostering the use of the guitar in music education by performing joint concerts and making presentations at music educators’ conferences. This is the sixth year that these two ensembles will collaborate in this way. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. For more information contact the department of music at ext. 3310.

Faculty from department of music to present concert for Haitian Health-Care Missions

Kerry Harker-Roth, lecturer in viola and string methods, and Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music and director of guitar studies, will perform a department of music sponsored concert at Slate Hill Mennonite Church on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. A free will offering will be accepted for Christian health care missions in Haiti via Thriving Villages International. The concert will feature gentle Christmas music (viola and classical guitar duets) and Appalachian/bluegrass music (fiddle and banjo). Assisting in the performance will be Messiah senior music major George Waltemire playing guitar and Messiah music major alum Caleb Liddick playing double bass. Slate Hill Mennonite Church is located at 1352 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. For more information please contact the church at 717-737-8150 or visit their website.

Farewell reception for employee Dec. 13 

Please join in bidding farewell to Stephanie Perry, graphic designer in the office of marketing and public relations. After 11 years of doing excellent design and photography work for the College, Steph is leaving her position to open a café on Third Street in Harrisburg. Steph and her husband Ammon will open Yellow Bird Café in mid-January. We invite you to join us in wishing Steph well at a farewell open house on Dec. 13 from 2-4 p.m. in the Private Dining Room.

Wellness workshop announced 

If you have trouble fitting in exercise and eating in healthy ways during the holiday season, this workshop is for you! 

Monday, Dec. 3 – 12-12:45 p.m., Parmer Cinema: “Maintaining good exercise and eating habits when it isn’t easy.”

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. 

Important information if bringing students back before Jan. 8

If you are planning to bring students back to campus before Tuesday, Jan. 8 for ANY reason (athletics, club, cross cultural, work, etc.), please submit a list of student names, ID numbers, their housing assignment, date of arrival, reason for early arrival, and who will serve as their employee sponsor to by Monday, Dec. 10.

Reminders from accounts payable 

A reminder to the campus to process all payment requests that regard honorariums, officials, performers and anyone who provided a service including construction projects, consulting, attorney, prize/awards or rentals to the College during 2012. Our last check run of the calendar year is Thursday, Dec. 20. All requests should be submitted for payment processing to accommodate this deadline. Contact your provider if they have not submitted an invoice for payment by Dec. 13. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Performance venues within Climenhaga Building and High Center named

With the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts expected to open in time for the start of the spring semester, I want to share the names of the various public venues both in the new High Center and in the renovated Climenhaga Building. (Because our campus signage directs visitors by building name, we strongly recommend that venues be referenced with the building name first—i.e. Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium—in any public communiques.)

Climenhaga Building: This is how we will now refer to the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center (to avoid confusion with both the Climenhaga Homestead and the new worship and performing arts center). This building will continue to house much of the theatre and visual arts departments.

  • Miller Theatre is the new name for Miller Auditorium and will primarily host productions of the theatre department.
  • Poorman Blackbox Theatre is a new space (located where the Poorman Recital Hall used to be) and is a smaller venue ideal for theatre performances that are enhanced by having the audience in close physical proximity to the actors.
  • The Aughinbaugh Art Gallery remains on the ground floor of the Climenhaga Building.
  • Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts: To be referred to on first reference by its complete name and on subsequent references as the High Center, this is the new building housing classroom, office, rehearsal and performance space for much of the School of the Arts.
  • Parmer Hall is the 825-seat performance venue that is the public showcase of the High Center. With excellent acoustics and a fantastic refurbished pipe organ, many outstanding visiting artists and lecturers as well as our own talented students and faculty will perform in this beautiful space. (Please be careful to not confuse Parmer Hall with Parmer Cinema which is located in Boyer Hall.)
  • High Foundation Recital Hall will be used by students and faculty for recital performances. This venue replaces Poorman Recital Hall.

We are excited to fully integrate the High Center into our campus community. Thank you for your patience the past 18 months or so while this building was under construction and parking and traffic flow in that area was disrupted.
Kathie Shafer, vice president for operations

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.

Children’s Book Drive is part of Employee Christmas Luncheon

In the spirit of Christmas, we are asking each employee to bring a new children’s book to the Employee Christmas Luncheon. These books will be donated to The Downey School in Harrisburg and will help build the second through fourth grade classroom libraries. The teachers have supplied a list of recommended books. Downey is a public school and therefore the books cannot be religious in nature. For convenient shopping, the Campus Store will have several recommended titles available for purchase. Employees who show their ID will receive a 20 percent discount on the book purchase. In addition, Barnes & Noble will host a Bookfair from Dec. 8 – 13 with 10 percent of the proceeds going to The Downey School. Please share the Bookfair vouchers with friends and family as purchases at any Barnes & Noble location, as well as online purchases, are eligible. Do your Christmas shopping and help Downey at the same time! The voucher number must be supplied. The list of recommended books is available, along with the Barnes & Noble materials, at this attachment. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with any questions.

Reminder to RSVP for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

To ensure that we prepare adequately, please send your RSVP to the Employee Christmas Luncheon to human resources by Friday, Dec. 7. The RSVP card, located at the back of your invitation, is also your entry into the raffle drawing. Please note that you must be present to win. We’re looking forward to a time of fellowship, fine food and festive entertainment! Please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources, at or ext. 2289 with questions. 

Volunteers needed for Employee Christmas Luncheon 

Each year, in the spirit of the season, employees volunteer to help with setup, serving and clean-up at the Employee Christmas Luncheon. This allows our colleagues in dining services and campus events to more fully participate in the event. If you haven’t participated before, or if you’ve had a great time volunteering in the past, we need you this year. Please consider volunteering for one of the following time slots on Friday: Set-up: 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Serving, two 45-minute shifts during lunch, meet at 11:45 a.m. for instructions; Cleanup: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Victoria Johnson, human resources administrative assistant, at or ext. 2289 by Wednesday, Dec. 5.


Position available:

Production Manager, Department of Theatre — The department of theatre currently has an opening for the postion of production manager. This is a part-time, nine-month, band 7F position. The hours for this position are varied with approximately 300 hours total per academic year. This position will perform the essential functions of mounting the theatre department season productions, focusing on budget, scheduling, publicity and coordination with individuals. The role is responsible for being present at all performances to assist in assuring a high quality experience for all patrons. Education and experience required includes bachelor’s degree; bachelor or master’s degree in theatre preferred. A minimum of two years administrative/professional experience is required. Other requirements include:

  • Familiarity with the arts, specifically theatre performances. Experience within theatre production preferred, either in publicity or mounting.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations and to quickly resolve and overcome production problems. Ability to obtain medical emergency certification and utilize crisis emergency skills.
  • Proven expertise in budgeting and financial control; a commitment to achieving high standards utilizing limited resources.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work effectively. Demonstrate consistency in required working hours and take responsibility for working independently and executing tasks.
  • Communicate and coordinate with a variety of individuals including students, vendors, faculty and guests, ensuring that production details are executed and proffesionalism is exhibited.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and rèsumè to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email your materials to (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Tymberley Whitesel, chair of the department of theatre, at ext. 2575. Application materials will be accepted until the position is filled.


Four kittens and young adult cats — Currently working on getting them all spayed/neutered and vaccinated. These sweet strays need a safe, warm and loving home. Email or call 717-645-2914 with questions or to see photos.

Regalia – Masters, length 54 in., 7.5 mortar board. For more information, contact Beth Aumen at

For rent:

Apartment — Newly renovated, second story, two-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a large living room and eat-in kitchen provides a very spacious living area. Off-street parking is also provided in this three-unit complex located west of the borough of Shiremanstown. No pets and no smoking. Renting at $850 per month. Interested parties should contact Lisa Snyder at , or call 717-364-6764.

For sale:

Christmas trees — 4-7 ft., fir, spruce. $30. Delivery possible. Contact Dale Fogelsanger at 717-623-0735.

Drum kit — Drum kit, purchased from a Messiah student drum instructor, needs a new home. Yamaha “Stage Custom” burgundy, with snare, symbols and pedals. Needs new heads but in very good shape for a drum student. Located in Grantham. Call to see or make an offer at 717-766-3606. 

Soap and air freshener — Close-out, 40 percent off a fine selection of delicately-scented, glycerine-based bath soaps in a variety of scents, colors and patterns: honeysuckle, lavendar, lilac, rose, etc., $1.75 per bar. Also glycerine-based air-fresheners in various scents, $3.50 each. They make lovely gifts or stocking stuffers and are hand-made by a Swartzentruber Amish woman. Contact

2007 Honda Accord EX — Dark metallic blue with grey leather interior. Looks like new inside and out. V6, auto, alloy wheels, rear spoiler, six-disc CD changer, power sliding sunroof, heated seats, air, locks, cruise, etc. 57,000 miles. Asking $14,999. Super clean car. Call Bill at ext. 3904 or 717-253-5196.

Zenith TV — 26 in. Not flat screen, $20. Contact Rhonda at or ext. 7291.

Youth snowboard — Peterline, 133cm, $90; Uouth/men’s snowboard boots — Tribute, size 7.5, $25; Train table — Made of oak with removable legs to slide under a bed; keeps wooden train sets off of the floor; $50. Pictures available upon request. Contact

Outside organization announcements:

Amani Holiday Sale —Visit our annual Amani Holiday sale Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Thursday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. in Eisenhower Commons. You can help support the wonderful work of New Life Homes in Kenya through your purchase of our hand-crafted Amani bead jewelry or Kenyan market items, all priced between $5 and $40. Amani jewelry, key chains and ornaments feature beads from Kazuri Beads of Nairobi, Kenya, a fair trade organization that employs over 300 single mothers 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale will go back to Kenya  to support the efforts of New Life Homes of Kenya—a network of best practice homes caring for orphaned and abandoned infants – a beautiful circle of love and hope. Hope you will join us! We accept cash, checks, credit card and Falcon dollars. See this flyer for more information.