Archive for 2012

December 13, 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Psalm 19:1 (NRSV)


At the end of December, Meg Jones Hoover, director of community life at the Philadelphia Campus, will be leaving Messiah College. Meg’s husband Brandon Hoover will begin working as the sustainability program coordinator at Ursinus College and they will be moving to Collegeville, Pa. Meg is very sad to be leaving Messiah College and the Philadelphia Campus, but she is grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with their six-month-old son, Paxton. Meg’s warm and friendly personality will be greatly missed by students, faculty and staff. We offer our best wishes to her and her family as they begin the next phase of their lives.

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, and Kerry Harker-Roth, adjunct instructor in viola and stringed instrument methods, performed a concert at Slate Hill Mennonite Church this past Sunday to benefit Christian health care missions in Haiti. The event raised $5,000 to be donated to Thriving Villages International’s ongoing medical service in that country.

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Staff cookie break set for Dec. 19

See this attachment for complete details.

Virtual EMS training available Dec. 18 

You are invited to a Virtual EMS (the College’s scheduling software) users mini-training session to be held in Boyer 131 on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 10-11 a.m. At this session, we will give an overview on how to get the most out of Virtual EMS. We will also unveil our new Events Calendar Form. This new, easy-to-use spreadsheet includes forms you’ll need for your event to be successful. Please RSVP to to reserve a seat for this session.

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 which will be donated to The Downey School in Harrisburg. We’ve provided options for those last minute shoppers:

  1. Barnes & Noble – purchase a book from the attached list of suggestions. Use Bookfair ID 10955920 and 10 percent of your total purchase cost will be donated to The Downey School. 
  2. Campus Store – Employees who show their ID will receive a 20 percent discount on the purchase of a book for Downey.
  3. Friends of the Library – also has children’s books available for sale near the circulation desk.

No time to shop? Donations for a Scholastic Weekly Readers fund will be accepted outside of Lottie on Friday. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at with any questions.

Merry Christmas from the Oakes Museum of Natural History 

The Oakes Museum would like to wish the Messiah College community a very Merry Christmas! Messiah College faculty and staff are always free during our public hours. We are open Saturdays (except over the Christmas holiday) from 1-5 p.m. If you have any questions about visiting us, visit our website or contact Helena Cicero, at or ext. 2431.  

Reminders from accounts payable 

Accounts payable will issue their first 2013 checks and ACH (direct deposit) on Friday, Jan. 4. If you have invoices that need to be paid prior to this date, please submit them to accounts payable no later than Friday, Dec. 14. Dec. 20 is our last check run /ACH direct deposit of 2012. Please remember to submit all requests for 2012 services, including honorariums, consulting, officials-referee, rentals, contracted services, etc. to meet our IRS guidelines for tax reportable payments. If you have not received an invoice for these services, please ask the supplier to provide that to you by Dec. 13. Any questions regarding this information, contact Teri Rader, accounts payable coordinator, at ext. 2910.


Positions available:

Part-time Administrative Assistant Agapè Center for Service and Learning — The Agapè Center for Service and Learning currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant to the Agapè Center for Service and Learning. This is a part-time (30 hours-per-week from August through May and 15 hours-per-week during June and July), band 7C position. The administrative assistant supports the director and staff related to the oversight of the Agapé Center and its programs. This includes overseeing the daily operation of the Agapé Center facility and providing support for curricular and co-curricular campus wide programming. Education required is a high school diploma or equivalent; some college preferred. Also must have one to two years administrative experience; event planning experience is a plus. Other requirements include office management skills including supervisory, administrative and organizational skills; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work well with diverse constituency, both on and off-campus audiences; ability to relate well to college students; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; preferred familiarity with Outlook, Banner and Contribute software; detail oriented; and ability to work with minimal supervision. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and rèsumè to: Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or e-mail (Application materials are preferred via email). A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Chad Frey, director of the Agapè Center for Service and Learning, at ext. 7255. 

Part-time Administrative Assistant College Ministries — College Ministries currently has an opening for the position of administrative assistant. This is a part-time, 9.5 months, 32.5 hours per week, band 7C position. Work dates are Aug. 1 – May 31 annually. This position provides secretarial support to the department of college ministries and duties include general support responsibilities with a focus on tracking chapel attendance. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent as well as a minimum of one to two years of administrative support/secretarial experience. Other requirements include ability to exhibit a polished phone presence and communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including students and external contacts; effective organizational skills and the ability to organize tasks effectively; strong computer proficiency, including ability to draft reports, work with graphics and Power Point and update website; and ability to work independently doing filing, database entry and preparing reports.  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.) Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Job-related questions may be directed to Eldon Fry, college pastor, at ext. 6520.


Two car seats — I need to borrow two car seats for children ages three and five for one week in January (1-8). If anyone has a car seat of either size that they’d be willing to let me borrow for that week, please email


Desk and chair — Rolling desk chair with high back; large desk with a large work area. It’s yours if you haul it away! Contact

For sale:

Lego Lord of the Rings — Attack on Weathertop (9472); put together one time. All 430 pieces, box and instructions included. Excellent condition. Paid $60 for item, asking $30. For photos, contact

Playhouse — 6 ft. x 9 ft. cedar playhouse with cedar shake shingles and balcony. Includes three cedar flower boxes, shutters and beaded doorway. Also includes three swings, one swing bar, sliding board and stairs to playhouse. Remainder of frame is treated lumber. Can be disassembled in sections. Asking $700 or best offer. Contact

Train table — $65. Contact for a picture of the table.

Youth snowboard — Peterline, 133cm, $90; Youth/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