Archive for 2012

February 23, 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28 (NRSV)

Remembering One Another

Thank you to our colleagues and members of the college community for the support and care for our family during the last few weeks of her illness and following the death of our mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Lela Hostetler, on Feb. 8. Lela worked for 17 years in Murray Library as acquisitions/serials technician. For the past 23 years, she volunteered one day a week in the College and Church Archives. 
Beth Mark, librarian; Ken Mark, Oakes Museum director; Ryan Mark, ITS help desk support; and Sally Young, admissions communication services

Congratulations to Sam Wilcock, associate professor of math/statistics, and wife Joy on the arrival of their fourth child. Solomon Isaac was born Feb. 10 and weighed 8 lbs. and was 20 in. Solomon joins siblings Abby, Jaden and Naomi. Everyone is adjusting and doing well.


Linda Tedford, director of choral activities, will lead two sessions at the Maryland State Choral Convention. One session will feature the Messiah College Chamber Singers focusing on professionalism and stage presence for the choral singer. The second session will be led by Tedford and will focus on communicating through the conducting gesture. Also, Tedford accompanied 11 Messiah College music students, both undergraduate and graduate, at the American Choral Directors Eastern Division Convention in Providence R.I. Feb. 15-18. Students attended outstanding concerts and interest sessions, conducted and led by leaders in the choral field. 

David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history, appears in the upcoming American Experience documentary “The Amish.” The two-hour documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker David Belton (“God in America”), will premier nationally on PBS stations on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The local broadcast (on WITF-TV) is slated to run on Feb. 28 from 8-10 p.m.

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Annoucements from the office of the provost

Please see this link for a full list of faculty announcements.

Cultural Series to conclude with Masked Marvels & Wondertales on March 9

Visual artist and mime Michael Cooper will perform as part of the 2011-2012 Cultural Series season on March 9. The family-oriented show, “Masked Marvels & Wondertales,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $23 for the general public and $12 for children under 12. They can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at ext. 6036 or

List of students interested in summer employment available in the payroll office

Did you know that the payroll office maintains student work applications for students who request to have one kept on file for employment opportunities? If you are a supervisor looking for a student to hire, you are welcome to come to the payroll office to view student applications.  If you know of any students who are interested in a summer campus job, but who have not yet located an assignment, please encourage them to come to the payroll office to fill out the optional application by Monday, March 12.

Deadline for submitting event requests to conference services approaching 

The deadline for submitting event requests through the office of conference and event services for the 2011/2012 school year is Friday, March 9. If your event requires any type of set up or technical needs, the request must be submitted by the deadline or else it will be denied. 

To make your request, please use the Event Calendar Form found on MCSquare under the “Employee” tab, “Employee Forms,” “Operations,” “Room Reservations Form.” 

Please contact the office of conference and events services at ext. 6009 with any questions.

Early Learning Center to open second afternoon lab school class in the fall 

The Early Learning Center will open a second afternoon lab school class beginning with the fall 2012 semester. Denise Fogelsanger will be the teacher of this new class. In both morning and afternoon sessions, a three and four-year-old class and a four and five-year-old class will be offered. Please help us spread the word in the community that the Messiah College Lab School has openings for Fall 2012! Families who are interested may call the office at 717-796-5043 or go to our website and complete the waiting list form.

Employees asked to submit nominations for Pride in Performance Awards 

The Pride in Performance Award is given annually to five administrative and staff 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, at


For rent:

Summer beach house — Overlooks Delaware Bay, Broadkill Beach, 10 miles north of Lewes, Del. Private boat launch and dock. Crabbing from your dock and only a few minutes from fishing the Broadkill River. Beach is 125 feet from our property. Call Bob Wulffleff at ext. 3905 for information and website that can be e-mailed to you.

For sale: 

Garage door — Brand new, still in box, Wayne Dalton Model 9100, 16 ft. × 7 ft. garage door. You can view the item at  White, Colonial style panels and clear 1 windows. Complete hardware track and springs included. We special ordered the door and it is the wrong size. They will not take it back. Must sell as soon as possible. Asking $840 or make an offer. Please call 717-713-0458.

2008 Honda Element EX — 40,000 miles, excellent condition, silver with gray/black interior. Asking $18,000. Call 717- 391-6054.