Archive for 2012

December 6, 2012

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NRSV)


Our thanks for the support, prayers and cards we have received from our Messiah College family in the recent illness and death of Ellie’s mother Virginia J. Muir. We appreciate this caring community!
John, interim dean, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, and Ellie Addleman, counselor and wellness educator

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New art exhibition features works by Christine and Donald Forsythe 

“Passage”, a new art exhibit featuring works on paper by Christine and Donald Forsythe, will be featured through Sunday, Jan. 27, in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery. There will be an artist talk with reception Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in the gallery. 

This exhibit is designed to present the delicately intertwined aesthetic — translated through paper, of paper and on paper — of two members of Messiah’s department of visual arts faculty. A portion of the work on view was created during visits to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland and is a response to the rural County Mayo coastline. Additional pieces in handmade paper, mixed-process printmaking, collage and artist’s books were created especially for this two-person show in the Aughinbaugh Gallery. 

Christine A. Forsythe, professor of art, has been teaching ceramics and fibers courses at Messiah College since 1982. She earned the MFA degree in weaving and textiles from the School of American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. She has been an Artist in Residence at The Vermont Studio Center and has also taught for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy. Currently the chair of the department of visual art, Christine’s work in artist’s books, weaving and papermaking have been widely exhibited. 

Donald J. Forsythe received his MFA in printmaking from the School of Fine and Applied Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979. An active teacher and workshop leader, Don has lectured, curated exhibitions and shown his own work in over 100 exhibitions across the country. He was awarded a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland in 2002 and is currently completing his tenth year as distinguished professor of art at Messiah.   

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Visit the gallery website for more information.

Library extends hours for finals week

We heard students’ requests and are happy to announce extended hours during finals week:

                Sunday, Dec. 9: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.

                Monday, Dec. 10-Tuesday, Dec. 11: 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

                Wednesday, Dec. 12: 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m. (normal hours) 

                Thursday, Dec. 13: Closing at 5 p.m. (after last finals! Hallelujah!)

Please see this attachment for complete information about other special events taking place at the Library.

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 3-5 p.m. (please note time change) in the Private Dining Room.

Social Security information available Dec. 17

The representatives from Capital View Wealth Management will be on campus on Monday, Dec. 17 for two sessions in Parmer Cinema regarding Social Security. Times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Christmas cookies will be served. Please call human resources to reserve your cookie and your timeslot! Please see attachment for complete information.

Funds are still available for Student Professional Development Grant

Just a reminder that there are still funds available for the Student Professional Development Grant. This grant opportunity, funded by SGA, is for students interested in attending professional conferences or related activities. Grants will provide accepted students with half of their proposed funding needed for travel and registration costs, up to $300. Limited funding is available per semester, so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Applications are available on the Career Center’s website. Other components of the grant include a mandatory online training session and an educational “give back” activity, which may include a blog post highlighting outcomes of their experience. Please contact Abby Book with any questions at ext. 6016 or

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, on 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 for 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. 

Note: Doors will open at 11:50 a.m. this year to ensure the program begins on time.

Additional 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, Dec. 14: 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.

Procurement department to have limited availablility Dec. 10-12

Please note that the procurement department will be meeting with a consultant beginning on Monday, Dec. 10 through Wednesday, Dec. 12. We will have limited phone and email access during this time but will try to respond to your needs as soon as possible. 

Policy outlined for use of personal space heaters 

Please review the attachment for information regarding the use of personal space heaters. If you have any questions, please contact


Positions available:

Administrative Assistant, School of Humanities and General Education — The dean’s office of the School of Humanities and General Education has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7D position. This position provides support to the dean of the School of Humanities and assistant dean of general education. Responsibilities include calendar and schedule management, meeting preparation, file management, communication with faculty, staff, students and community members; and administrative support projects. The position also oversees student workers. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree and/or specialized training and two to three years of administrative support experience. Other requirements include professional-level communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; expert computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Outlook, Banner, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Contribute as well as social media outlets; ability to work in various databases as well as understand basic web design and web page maintenance; ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight;  ability to develop and implement systematic electronic filing systems; ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and a professional demeanor and workspace at all times; and basic understanding of compliance and regulations related to higher education. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, rèsumè, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions may be directed to human resources at ext. 5300. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Graphic Designer — The department of marketing and public relations has an immediate opening for the position of graphic designer. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. This position is responsible for providing an intermediate (experienced) level of graphic layout and design support, assistance with maintaining institutional visual identity standards, routine client consultations and basic professional design advice to clients for their College publications intended for external audiences; non-feature related design for The Bridge magazine; design support for the annual President’s Report and for other higher profile College publications; basic visual design support for the College website and other digital communications; and some basic photography support for print, web and other digital communications. Education and experience required includes a bachelor’s degree in a discipline such as graphic or visual communication; graphic, visual, multimedia, communication design, etc. Two to five years of print graphic design experience in a Mac environment and some web visual design education or experience; some prepress and photography experience preferred; marketing background a plus. For a complete job description, please see the human resources website. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email are preferred.) Job-related questions may be directed to Deb Sauders, director of print and web communications/assistant director of marketing, at ext. 2350. Deadline for applications is Dec. 14. 

Interim Director of Community Life, Philadelphia Campus — The Messiah College Philadelphia Campus, a vibrant intentional community of students, staff and faculty who live and learn together in the heart of North Philadelphia, is seeking an interim director of community life with an employment start date of Jan. 2, 2013. The interim director of community life is a full-time, live-in position that is responsible for overseeing all co-curricular activities, programs and components including student life activities and student personnel, co-curricular learning, work, residential life (housing, food service and safety), health services, semester orientation and emergency response. The ideal candidate will have significant residence life and multicultural and/or urban experience and will have a passion for working with college students while assisting them in understanding realities of the urban setting. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree in a related discipline. Four years of experience in student development is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a well-articulated philosophy of student affairs; support for and commitment to integration of curricular and cocurricular programming; capable of working collaboratively within a small organizational community as part of an educational team; ability to demonstrate respect for others, build trust and rapport across teams and act as a role-model to students; excellent verbal and written communication skills; enthusiasm for Messiah College ideals and working with college students; high level of energy; enthusiasm for Messiah College Philadelphia Campus’ commitment to engagement of the city as text and context; experience living and/or working in an urban and/or multicultural setting; ability to work with a diverse group of students; ability to facilitate community chapel services; excellent organizational and program design skills; ability to work independently on multiple tasks; and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, letter of interest, statement of faith and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Ryan Gladwin, program director of MCPC, at ext. 7504.  Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Substitute Childcare Teachers — The Early Learning Center (ELC) currently has openings for substitute childcare teachers. These varied, on-call positions are responsible for covering teacher absences and teaching children in accordance with the Center’s stated mission and policies. Necessary education and experience requirements include an associate’s degree in early childhood education or related field and three years of experience in an early childhood program. Must possess the following certifications: CPR/First Aid/health assessment/FBI clearance/Act 80/Act 48, if applicable. Must have the ability to positively and effectively communicate and interact with young children, parents and College students in order to assist in developing and maintaining high quality early childhood programming. Must have the ability to maintain a sense of flexibility when interacting with children and co-workers, supporting and respecting each person’s strengths, abilities and ideas and have solid organization skills. Applicants should provide a letter of application summarizing interest in the College and the position, a comprehensive rèsumè and salary requirements. Application materials should be sent to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or emailed to (Application materials are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Stacey Griffiths, director of the ELC, at ext. 6085. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the positions are filled.

For rent:

Apartment —Two large bedrooms, one-bath, living room, eat-in kitchen; all in great condition. This is a first-floor, end-unit with a covered patio area and off-street parking is provided. The property is located just three miles from Messiah across from Hoss’s and Stauffers of Kissel Hill and just behind the Upper Allen Township Building off of Gettysburg Pike. Renting at $850 per month. Interested parties may contact Joy Ellis at or call 717-919-5070.

For sale:

Foosball table — Sportcraft, good condition. Very sturdy construction. Perfect Christmas gift for the whole family. Asking $175. Email for pictures or more information. 

Nintendo DS — $35; Nintendo games — Happy Feet $7, Nintendogs Lab $7.50, Nintendogs Dachshund $7.50, Sims 2 Pets $7.50, Horsez $7.50, Animal Crossing Wildworld $15. Contact Pam at 717- 645-8589 or

Train table — 78 pieces of wooden tracks, water tower, soder engine wash, tunnels, bridge, 11 track risers and plenty more accessories! All for $150. Contact  for picture of table and list of additional accessories.

1997 Red Ford F-150 truck —68,000 miles, V8 Supercab with third door, Four-wheel drive, AC, sliding rear window, power windows and locks, long truck bed with bed liner and roll-up tonneau cover. $8,000. Call ext. 2604.