Archive for 2012

February 9, 2012

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NRSV)


Angela Hare, professor of mathematics, will serve as acting dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Health beginning Feb. 1 through May 3 while Ray Norman is on an administrative leave of absence. We appreciate Angela’s willingness to assist the School and the College in this way. 

Susan Hasseler, dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences/Community Engagement, will be stepping down from her position at the end of the school year to become the senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College at Augustana college in Sioux Falls, S. D. Beyond leadership of the School, Sue provided leadership to the Harrisburg Institute, Agapé Center for Service and Learning and most recently the Boyer Center. We are grateful to Sue for her strong and tireless service to the College over these past four years, and we wish her well as she lives out her vocational commitment to higher education at Augustana.

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President to host Open Door day on Feb. 23

President Kim Phipps will host an “Open Door” Day on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to meet individually with students and employees on topics that are important to them.  “Open Door” is an opportunity for you to speak with the President in her office on the second floor of Old Main. The President’s Conference Room adjacent to her office is used as a waiting room. A schedule for these dates and times may be found here. Please call the President’s Office if you have any questions.

Employee movie event Feb. 11 and 12

Human Resources is once again hosting an Employee Movie Event in Parmer Cinema. Special showings of “Puss In Boots,” an animated DreamWorks film, are scheduled for employees and their families and friends on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.  (PLEASE NOTE: The previously announced times have been changed.) Tickets for this event are available 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. 

International Programs and the EpiCenter announce program partners on campus Feb. 13-15 and 20 

Monday, Feb. 13 through Wednesday, Feb. 15, Oregon Extension representatives will be on campus to talk about Oregon Extension. Find more information on this program here

Monday, Feb. 20, John Skillen, director of the Gordon in Orvieto Program, will be here to talk about this program. Find more information here.   

If you are interested in having either of these program representatives give a short presentation (anywhere from five to 15 minutes) about this off-campus opportunity in your class(es), please contact Gina Jablonski, administrative assistant for International Programs and the EpiCenter, at to schedule.

Valentine Amani Bead sale set for Feb. 13 

Valentine’s Amani Bead Jewelry Sale will be held on Monday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Boyer Alcove. Say “I love you” with a gift that keeps on giving! Check out our special “Red Thread of Love” necklaces  for $10 and our beautiful scarves. And as always, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, key chains and bookmarks are all made with beads which have been hand-made by women in Kenya in a local fair-trade business. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale return to Kenya to care for orphaned babies at New Life Homes Trust.

Spring 2012 Humanities Symposium explores the transforming book

The theme for the Spring 2012 Humanities Symposium is “The Transforming Book.” All are welcome to attend beginning Monday, Feb. 20 at 3:45 p.m. in Howe Atrium for the opening reception. Panel discussions and lectures will be held every afternoon and evening in Boyer Hall, Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24. The keynote address “The Book: Its Future and Its Past” will be given by Anthony Grafton in Brubaker Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Guest lecturer Owen Gingerich, will be in Boyer Hall 131 on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. for “‘The Book That Nobody Read’: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus.” On Saturday, the discussions continue with our partnership with the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on Third Street in Harrisburg. For more information, contact Tina Keul, administrative assistant for The Boyer Center, Center for Public Humanities and Graduate Program in Higher Education,  at ext. 5077 or view attachment.

Daffodil Days orders accepted through Feb. 20 

In the past several years, Daffodil Days sponsored by the American Cancer Society came during our spring break. This year, however, it is after spring break on Thursday, March 22 and I am again happy to serve as Messiah College’s coordinator. American Cancer Society Daffodil Days contributions are helping people face cancer every day in every community. Your support of the Daffodil Days program allows the Society to save lives from cancer and create more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well by finding cures and by fighting back. I will take orders and collect money from now until Monday, Feb. 20. Check out the 2012 Daffodil Days product overview by clicking this link. Daffodils will be delivered on Thursday, March 22 to my office in Boyer 104, where you can pick them up upon receiving an e-mail from me of their arrival. Available are a bunch of 10 flowers for $10 each; potted mini daffodils for $12 each; vase and a bunch for $15 each; and Bear and a Bunch for $25 each. Will you help support this cause with your gift of hope? For more information, contact Shirley Groff at

Old Main restroom remodeling project to begin Feb. 14 

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 contractors will start the work of remodeling the restrooms in Old Main. They will start on the first floor then move to the third floor and finish with the second floor.  Each floor is anticipated to take three weeks to complete, less time if all goes well. During the remodeling project, both restrooms on the floor will be closed while the restrooms on the other floors will remain open. The work being done will include new exhaust ventilation, toilet partitions, countertops, lighting, flooring, paint, ceilings, and, where needed, new fixtures will be installed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience while the work is being done. Please direct any questions to Russ Ehrich at ext. 3550.



Maytag electric dryer — Works fine, unsure of age. All you have to do is pick it up from our home in Mechanicsburg (off Carlisle Pike). Call Pat Gilsbach after 6 p.m. at 717-737-2321.