Archive for 2012

February 16, 2012

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NRSV)


Njoroge Mbito, assistant professor of human development and family science, recently had a second book published. The book, called “Parent-Child Relations in Sub-Sahara Africa: Adolescent Development of Social Competence,” is available here.

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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.

Women’s health issues topic of wellness workshop on Feb. 17 

There will be a wellness workshop presented on Friday, Feb. 17 on “Women’s Health Issues.” The workshop will run from 12-12:45 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Employees are encouraged to attend and to invite any students who would benefit from this workshop. 

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.

Philadelphia Campus application deadline is Feb. 22 

Messiah College Philadelphia Campus (MCPC) is now accepting applications for the fall 2012 semester. Please encourage the students you know to take advantage of a semester in Philadelphia. Students can apply online at Applications received after the application deadline, Wednesday, Feb. 22, will go on a waiting list. For more information, contact Ashley Jones, enrollment and internship coordinator, at

Interested in graduate school in the UK? 

International Programs and the EpiCenter announces that Across the Pond, an organization that helps facilitate the process of discovering and enrolling in graduate schools throughout England will be on campus on Thursday, Feb. 23. They will host two information sessions. The first will be at 12 p.m. in Boyer 102 (pizza will be served). There will also be a 4 p.m. session in Boyer 102. Please contact the EpiCenter at if you have questions.

EMPOWER weight management program registration deadline approaching

There are still spots available in the spring EMPOWER weight management program. This eight-week program uses various resources to help employees set and meet goals in the areas of nutrition and exercise. The program includes one weekly group meeting on campus led by a wellness professional from the community and begins the week of March 4. Mandatory weekly classroom sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (March 6, March 20, March 27, April 3, Apr. 10, April 17, April 24 and May 1). Employees can register by going to the MCSquare home page and clicking on “Wellness Program” under “Employee Quicklinks” then clicking on “Register for Messiah Health and Wellness Programs.” Registration ends Tuesday, Feb. 28. 

“Into the City: Baltimore” program announced 

Applications are now being accepted for the latest “Into the City” destination – Baltimore, Md.! This career immersion program will take place on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23, and promises students a high-impact, hands-on, educational and fun experience. They will receive first-hand exposure to living, working and connecting in the greater Baltimore area by meeting Messiah alumni and parents through company site visits and tours, panel presentations and a networking reception.
Organizations represented:

*Johns Hopkins
*Kennedy Krieger
*Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
*National Aquarium
*National Conference Services, Inc.
*Ripken Baseball
*T Rowe Price
*Under Armour
*University of MD Medical System
*Wells Fargo
*World Relief 

Spots are limited, so please encourage your students from all majors and academic years to apply for this educational opportunity. **APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, MARCH 2. For more information, visit the “Into the City” website.

Christian Guitarists’ Workshop slated for April 14 

The department of music will present the 4th Annual Workshop for the Christian Guitarist (and Worship Leaders Who Want to Understand Them) on Saturday, April 14 in Climenhaga Fine Arts Center from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. Department of music faculty members Randall Zwally and Jay Umble will serve as the clinicians for this event. Guitarists (acoustic and electric) of all playing levels are welcome. The price of admission is $25 for any type of student and $40 for the general public. Full information (including on-line registration) is available at (then click on the workshop logo). You may also call the music department office at ext. 3310 for more information. Please pass this information along to the guitarists, music directors and youth leaders at your church! Consider displaying the workshop poster on your church bulletin board. A printable version of the poster is available here.

Messiah Team Triathlon set for April 28 

It’s not too soon to start planning ahead for the Messiah Team Triathlon. Start organizing your team and start training. Remember there are categories for everyone! Teams must be comprised of three people who are students, employees, alumni or family members. Your team can be any combination of males and females from those three categories. Each person only does one of the three legs. Distances are an 800-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. Spread the word. Registration instructions will be available soon.

Last spots available on the Nepal Cross Cultural

There are a few more spots available on the Nepal Cross Cultural May-June 2012. For details, flyer, and application forms, contact Bernardo Michael, department of history, Boyer 256, box 3051, ext. 7117, or visit the EpiCenter. 

“Near Miss” forms available on MCSquare

Do you know what a “Near Miss” is and how to report it? A “Near Miss” is a warning that something or someone is not performing a job correctly. Don’t let near misses repeat themselves or you may find yourself or a co-worker being treated for an injury that could have been avoided. Always report a near miss to your supervisor and fill out an incident/near miss form to submit to the Environmental Health and Safety Manager Hilary Kreider. Reporting near misses helps us identify areas or equipment that may be unsafe. We can then determine if there are safeguards that can be added to the equipment or if more training is needed for an employee. Incident/Near Miss forms are located on the Safety Committee channel on MCSquare. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hilary Kreider at

Messiah College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan overview provided 

Messiah College is required to distribute the Messiah College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Special Notice and Plan Overview to all participants. You can view the document at the following locations, enter your login and password and select “Participant Notice” from the account menu or see this attachment. If you have any questions, please contact Su Deitch at ext. 7085 or The Standard customer service at 1.800.858.5420.

Employees asked to submit nominations for Pride in Performance Awards 

The Pride in Performance Award is given annually to five employees who have consistently demonstrated commitment to excellence in support of the mission of the College. The recipients are announced at the Employee Recognition Reception in May. All employees of the College, with the exception of temporary employees, may nominate a co-worker, colleague or direct report for a Pride in Performance Award.  The nominations will be reviewed by a committee composed of the 2011 performance award recipients and chaired by a member of the human resources department. The committee’s recommendations will inform the selection process finalized by President’s Cabinet. If you have been inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year, please consider nominating that colleague for a Pride in Performance Award. The Pride in Performance Award is used to recognize an employee based on the following criteria:

  • The employee has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and remarkable proficiency in his/her assigned duties;
  • The employee has demonstrated hospitality, customer focus, and has been active in promoting a pleasant working environment;
  • The employee has demonstrated dependability, innovative ways to manage work and effective problem-solving;
  • The employee has been committed to professional development and enhancing his/her skill set.

Prior recipients may not be considered for a subsequent award for a period of three years (see attachment  for prior recipient list). Your recommendation will be confidential; only the five employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration. Nominations must be submitted, using the Pride in Performance Nomination Form found here,  by Friday, March 2. Further information on performance awards can be viewed here.  All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay in human resources.



Dean, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences — The School of Business, Education and Social Sciences currently has an opening for the position of Dean. This full-time, 12-month, administrative position provides leadership to six undergraduate and three graduate programs along with the Teacher Education Program, International Business Institute and the Early Learning Center. See this link for more information. The School has 38 full-time faculty, 30 adjunct faculty and approximately 914 students within 27 undergraduate major programs. The School also participates significantly in the College’s General Education program. Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Share the unique Christian mission and embracing identity of the College;
  • Exhibit a creative and innovative vision towards education;
  • Possess an earned doctorate from an accredited university and be qualified for a senior rank in an academic discipline represented by the School;
  • Show evidence of successful teaching and administrative experience related to one or more academic disciplines represented by the School;
  • Exhibit a collaborative leadership style and excellent communication skills with a proven high standard of personal integrity;
  • Display respect for others, build trust and rapport across departments and act as a role model to faculty, staff and students;
  • Illustrate a professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by administrative leadership, persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity.

Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include retirement, life, health and dental insurance and college tuition assistance for dependents. Nominations and applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Anticipated starting date for this position is Sunday, July 1. Applicants should provide a letter summarizing their interest in the College, their qualifications for the dean position, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, brief statements of philosophy of Christian higher education and approach to administration/leadership and at least three letters of reference. All materials should be submitted electronically to A detailed position description is available here. Please address position-related questions and nominations to Dr. Randall G. Basinger, Provost, Messiah College, One College Avenue, Box 3016, Grantham PA 17027, 717-796-5375. Candidates must be strongly committed to the educational mission of the College to educate students toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation. Review of candidates will begin Tuesday, March 20; however applications will be received until the position is filled.


Copier paper boxes — Friends of Murray Library will gratefully receive an unlimited number of copier paper boxes to pack books for its annual used book sale. Boxes may be dropped off at the Library, or call ext. 7181 to arrange for pick-up. Friends are partnering with the Agapé Center again this year to sponsor the sale which will be held Saturday, March 24; Monday, March 26; and Tuesday, March 27 at the Fellowship Hall of the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church.

For rent:

House — Three bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, Cape Cod located near Detter’s Mill in Dover School District. Contact Eric, 717-752-5479 or

For sale: 

Fresh-squeezed orange juice and grapefruit juice straight from Florida — $4 a quart for orange juice; $3.50 per quart for grapefruit juice. Also juice oranges and/or juicy grapefruit for $3.50 per dozen. Delivered week of Feb. 20. E-mail or call your order in at 717-829-3979.

Kenmore HE front-loading washer and dryer — $1,200 (originally $2,400 with service agreement). Excellent condition; routine maintenance was done in November; we have only used non-residue detergent in the washer and dryer sheets only once or twice in the dryer. Two years old; one year left on service agreement; they come for free for any reason and do routine maintenance once a year. They are wonderful machines and we will miss them, but cannot take them to Africa with us! E-mail for pictures or to stop by and check them out. 

Asus Eee PC 1005-HA Netbook — Includes minimouse, cords, external hard drive. $150; Playstation2 — Controllers, memory sticks, five games. $50; Blu-ray DVD disc player and remote — $60; Graco baby monitors — $5; Safety 1st baby monitors — $5. E-mail for more details or photos.