Archive for 2012

February 2, 2012

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

James 4:14 (NRSV)

Remembering one another 

Rachel Cornacchio, assistant professor of music, and her husband Jason, welcomed their daughter, Hannah Skye Cornacchio on Jan. 17. Hannah weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. and measured 18.75 in. She joins big brother Elijah. 

Our family wishes to thank all of our Messiah colleagues, classmates and friends for their overwhelming expressions of love, prayers and support in the recent death of our youngest son, Scott, on Christmas Eve. Your many cards, calls, visits, flowers, food and other expressions of love were greatly appreciated and continue to strengthen our family during this very difficult time. The Lord’s presence is keenly felt and helping us through each new day! The Messiah “family” – alumni and colleague – both on campus and beyond have been an incredible blessing and source of strength to all of us. A very special thank you from our family to all.
Dean and Sammi Lehman, adjunct history department


Please join us in welcoming Brittany (Kappauf) Claridge to the office of alumni and parent relations. Brittany graduated from Messiah College in Dec. of 2009 and has been working for the American Cancer Society as an income development representative. She now serves as the assistant director in our office and can be reached by calling ext. 2490 or by e-mail at
Jay McClymont , director of alumni and parent relations

Recently, Bill Althoff, Pam Seibert and Denise Albert of postal services were awarded the Enhancing Mail Value Professional Certificates from the Unites States Postal Service. This was to recognize their completion of a four-part program offered over the past year by the USPS. The seminars they completed were “Social Media 101,” “Mailpiece Design with Pricing in Mind,” “Is Your Mail in Shape” and “Printer’s Guide to Folded Self-mailers and Booklets.” 

Jenell Paris, department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice, published “The Return to Sexual Holiness” at Q Ideas; “Service is not Scandal: A Response to Mark Noll” in “Christianity Today” online; and “Undersexed Spirituality” in Immerse: A Journal of Faith, Life and Youth Ministry, Jan-Feb. 2012, 46-47. She gave a convocation talk at Bethel University Jan. 5-7 and a seminar to PCUSA churches in Pittsburgh Jan. 25-27.

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Cultural Series presents True North Brass on Feb. 11

The internationally acclaimed brass ensemble True North Brass will perform at Messiah College on Saturday, Feb. 11 as part of the College’s Cultural Series season. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at ext. 6036 or

Four-mile Appalachian Trail hike details 

Those participating in the four-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) hike on Saturday, Feb. 4 are asked to meet in the Boiling Springs Tavern parking lot at 1 p.m. This is located on the right side of the road (Rt. 174) just as you enter Boiling Springs. At the end of the hike we will shuttle everyone back to their cars. In case the weather prevents us from hiking, the cancellation announcement will appear on Messiah’s wellness webpage by 11 a.m.

This will be a relatively easy section of the AT, but there are a few sections where footing can be tricky due to some rocks. Since we need to know how many vehicles to have at our ending site, if you are planning to join the hike, please register by going to the MCSquare home page and clicking on “Wellness Program” under “Employee Quicklinks,” then click on “Register for Messiah Health and Wellness Programs.” For more information, contact Doug Miller.

Employee movie event date and time changes

As announced last week, human resources is hosting two screenings of the DreamWorks film “Puss in Boots” for employees and their families and friends. To better accommodate Lil’ Sibs Weekend, we have changed the times for the screenings. Please note the new times below:

Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.

Tickets for this event will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 6 in the ticket office. There is a suggested donation of $1/person; proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Capital Region. For questions on this event, please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources. Please see attachment for more information.

Office of alumni and parent relations to host Open House on Feb. 14 

Ever wondered what it takes to produce Homecoming? Who plans Senior Week? Who keeps track of the alumni? Well this is your chance to learn more about alumni and parent relations as well as meet our new staff, Brittany (Kappauf) Claridge and Michelle Shellenberger. Take a moment to come visit the Climenhaga Homestead on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 2-4 p.m. Food, fun, games and prizes await!

iPad and tablet topic for next MBA Breakfast on Feb. 23

Do you have an iPad or other tablet? When Apple released the iPad in April 2010, critics questioned the value of this category of device and its market viability. Who needs an oversized iPhone or a laptop that doesn’t have Microsoft Word? Apparently over 50 million people do. The tablet has captured the imagination of young and old and continues to pick up momentum as it crosses into mainstream culture. Yet many of us in the business world struggle with how to apply it to our professional lives. Bryan Owen will facilitate a discussion on the role of the tablet in the workplace, from a personal productivity tool to a powerful sales and research platform. Please join us for the next MBA breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 23 Click here for more information.  

Passport processing available on campus Feb. 23 

Representatives from the Cumberland County Court House will be visiting campus Thursday, Feb. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Eisenhower Campus Center Commons to process passport applications. You need to bring:

1. Photos

2. Documents – birth certificate, driver’s license PLUS A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID, along with a copy of their ID)

3. Completed application

4. Fees 

Applications are available in the EpiCenter or can be downloaded here. Contact the EpiCenter for more information. 

“Iterations and the Chambered Nautilus” by artist Therese Zemlin on display until March 9 

Continuing through March 9, works by Therese Zemlin will be on display in the Aughinbaugh Gallery. An artist’s talk and reception is planned for Friday, Feb. 10 at 4:15 p.m in the  Aughinbaugh Gallery. 

Therese Zemlin draws inspiration for her delicate, empyreal constructions from diverse sources with a discerning eye for a commonality of structure. For “Iterations and the Chambered Nautilus,” she appropriates 19th century scientific illustrations of single-celled organisms and the Japanese manufacturing technique for making collapsible gifu lanterns. Intuitively blending materials and process — paper, light, digital prints, papercutting, and material manipulation — Zemlin creates something entirely apart: complex forms reflective of the tensions of natural world and manmade world intertwined. 

Zemlin has been exhibiting her sculpture, installation and works on paper for more than 30 years, and has received numerous grants, including a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. After earning a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, Zemlin taught fibers and sculpture at the University of South Carolina and Appalachian State University. She has been a visiting artist at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Wellesley College and is currently on the faculty at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.

Green@Messiah has new interactive map 

In the past months, the Green@Messiah website, the one-stop shop for all things sustainability at Messiah College, underwent a bit of a facelift. Check out to learn more about Messiah’s creation care philosophies and to celebrate the many projects underway. The coolest thing about the new website is a slick, interactive campus map that highlights areas of sustainability on campus. Check it out at

College announces new protocols for campus lobby displays and collection boxes 

In January, the President’s Cabinet approved new protocols for exhibiting displays, easels and collection boxes in the main ground-floor lobbies for the campus’ administrative and academic buildings. The primary goal of these changes, which were proposed by the College’s Site Marketing Steering Team, is to ensure a consistent positive and welcoming first impression for campus guests and to improve visitors’ experience. Below is a brief overview of the new protocols; you are invited to read the complete version at

Protocol # 1: That the College keep the main entrance lobbies clear of collection boxes and containers while designating community collection areas that are more heavily traveled and accessible to employees and students for this purpose. (Departments and organizations will still need to receive prior permission from Conference Services using the event calendar form as is current procedure.) Please visit the link above for a list of campus locations approved for collection container areas. 

Protocol #2:  That the College keeps its main entrance lobbies clear of free-standing signage displayed on easels. In recent years, individual campus programs often place their own easels and signage directly up against the College’s marquee cases, which detract from the featured institutional content. This style of signage also frequently ends up unsafely blocking main throughways, being stolen, or being knocked over. Exceptions are:

  • Event sponsors will be able to display a marquee on an easel or table display, if code allows, on site on the day of their event for directional or welcoming purposes.  Conference Services will still lend easels out for this purpose. However, it is the event sponsor’s responsibility to remove the marquee immediately following the event and return the easel to Conference Services. 
    • The Ticket Office may continue its practice of using a marquee and easel directly outside its location to promote events.
    • Additional exceptions as given by the Vice President for Operations.

Protocol #3: Any campus department, program or organization that would like to feature an exhibit or display in a main entrance lobby that is not part of an approved event would need to request approval from the Vice President for Operations who will process the request with the Site Marketing Team and the dean(s) whose programs reside in that space.  Examples include: new display cases, information tables, hanging signage or art, free-standing artwork, etc. (Note: This does not impact agreements and protocols that are already in place with the School of the Arts regarding artwork or displays the Cimenhaga Fine Arts Center lobby. Also, school deans will continue to make the decisions regarding content featured in the designated marquee cases for their Schools.) 

The Vice President for Operations will define the parameters of each main lobby (visit for a description of campus lobby areas) and will be responsible for periodic assessments of these areas.  Campus Events staff are authorized to work with the deans to address issues that arise. Any member of the campus community may direct questions to the Vice President for Operations regarding these new protocols.

Important information from college press 

College Press would like to provide the following important information related to printing needs and the pending address change which is slated to occur on July 2, 2012.

• Business Cards, Letterhead and Envelopes

Please read the information on our web site for specific information outlining the process for replacing/ordering these items. It will be important to take note of the specific timelines we have outlined. College Press representatives will be available to assist with placing letterhead and envelope orders on Thursday, March 1. Business card orders will be handled separately in April. 

• Messiah Note Cards and Generic Messiah Pocket Folders

College Press will no longer carry these items. These items can and should be purchased through the Campus Store. 

• Note Pads, Note Tablets

Because these items are generally used for internal purposes (business conducted within the college campus community) they can and should continue to be utilized until your existing supply is exhausted. College Press will use the new address on any new orders for these items starting in June, 2012.

Please visit this website for the important details.

New vehicle policy in Jan. 2 

Please review the new Messiah College Vehicle Policy that is now in effect as of Jan. 2. Two new highlights are priority usage and fines for “no shows.” Please contact the vehicle reservation office if you have any questions. You may view the entire policy here.