Archive for 2012

March 1, 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Ezekiel 36: 26-28(NRSV)


Oxford University Press just released the third edition of Raeann Hamon, distinguished professor of family science and gerontology, and Suzanne Smith’s (Washington State University) “Exploring Family Theories” text. The latest edition includes a new chapter on human ecological theory; updated research and application sections; expanded  introductions on the history of each theory, its development and function and the need for theorizing; an extended epilogue offering a more in-depth look at how we evaluate theories and the projected future of family theories; and new sample readings on contemporary and relevant topics. 

Abaz Kryemadhi, assistant professor of physics, and two students Joel Love ‘14 and Nick Martin ‘14 were awarded the highly competitive Visiting Faculty Team from United States Department of Energy to work on Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment at Fermi National Laboratory in Chicago this upcoming summer. The team will work in prototyping a neutron detector which will help in shielding dark matter candidates from cosmic rays and environmental neutrons.  

The office of general education is pleased to announce that Jim LaGrand, professor of history, has been appointed to serve as the coordinator of Created and Called for Community beginning in August of this year. Please congratulate Jim as he begins his new responsibilities, which build on his many years of service in the course and its development.

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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

Save the date for employee movie event on March 24 

“Hugo,” winner of five Oscar Awards, is coming soon to Parmer Cinema! Special showings of “Hugo,” a Martin Scorcese film, are scheduled for employees and their families and friends on Saturday, March 24 at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets for this event will be available beginning Monday, March 19 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, at Please see attachment for additional information.

Wellness Program announces “Band-lates” class 

“Band-lates” is a form of exercise that uses resistance bands and mat Pilates movements to provide a total body strengthening workout. The Wellness Program is announcing a six-week Band-lates class beginning on Wednesday, March 21. The class will meet on six consecutive Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and is appropriate for both beginners and advanced.  Interested students and employees must pre-register and pay the $10 fee at the front desk in the Fitness Center. Completing all six classes earns participating employees 20 wellness points.

Want to get away for your next meeting? 

Ever need a break from your desk or routine meeting rooms? The office of alumni and parent relations is here to help. We would like to remind the campus that we have several spaces here at the Climenhega Homestead and McBeth Alumni Center available for your use. Our spaces are the perfect place to get away from the ordinary and enjoy your time together. As the weather warms up, consider meeting outdoors on our patio. Prefer being inside? The Sun Room is a great place for small meetings. Need a larger space or have tech needs? Consider using the McBeth Conference Room. Don’t forget to stop by our office upstairs while you are here. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Michelle Shellenberger, administrative assistant for alumni and parent relations, at or at ext. 5252.

UPS training available 

Did you know that UPS shipping can be done from your desktop and that UPS shipping prices are better than both FedEx and USPS? If you would like to learn how to ship UPS packages, please send an e-mail to Bill Althoff at You will then be notified of the next training session. Sessions last about 45 minutes and you can use this tool to ship for either your department or for your own personal shipping needs.

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 event services at ext. 6009 with any questions.

New benefit of graduate tuition reduction for available to employees 

Beginning March 2012, Messiah College is pleased to offer a discount to benefits-eligible employees wishing to enroll in Messiah College graduate programs. Employees will pay only half the normal tuition charged for each course within a given program.  

The program will be available to employees that meet the following criteria:

  • Employee is fully benefits eligible (regularly scheduled to work at least 1,560 hours or more each year).
  • Employee has completed a full year of employment (anniversary date to anniversary date).
  • Participation must be approved by the employee’s supervisor and vice president/provost.
  • Employees must be accepted under the standard requirements for graduate admission (requirements vary by program).
  • Employees need to apply for admission as any other applicant would apply.

This tuition discount is available to employees only and is not available to employees’ dependents. If you are interested in learning more about graduate admissions and graduate programs (degrees and certificates), please contact Rob Pepper, director of graduate enrollment and student services, at

Nominations for Pride in Performance Awards due Friday, March 2

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 at


Job opportunities:

Commercial Kitchen Mechanic — The department of facility services currently has an opening for the position of commercial kitchen mechanic. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7E position. This position is responsible for installation, repair, replacement and/or maintenance of all plumbing, refrigeration and commercial cooking equipment systems in the Messiah College dining services operations. These systems include all potable water, sanitary, HVAC, refrigeration and cooking appliances and other essential systems in the dining operations. This position is also responsible for performing other building system repairs/preventive maintenance as assigned. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent; Journeyman plumbing license or equivalent experience required; Universal Refrigeration license required; ability to become Backflow Preventer certified within six months required; five plus years’ experience in plumbing and refrigeration; and prefer extensive knowledge in commercial kitchen equipment. Other requirements include extensive knowledge of plumbing, refrigeration, equipment repair and building codes; knowledge and experience with water and drainage systems; knowledge and experience in maintaining commercial kitchen equipment; broad range of repair knowledge across all mechanical trades; knowledge and ability to interpret building plans, schematics and equipment operation; ability to troubleshoot plumbing, refrigeration and commercial kitchen systems; ability to quickly recognize and evaluate potentially dangerous situations; solid organizational, time management and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently, make decisions and schedule necessary work; and experience in the use of computerized maintenance management systems. To apply, please submit a résumé, letter of interest and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mail (Application materials sent via e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Brad Markley, director of facility services, at ext. 3500. Deadline for applications is Thursday, March 15.

Residence Director — The department of residence life in the division of student affairs announces an opening for the position of residence director. This position seeks to advance the mission of Messiah College through fostering living-learning environments conducive to spiritual formation, academic success and interpersonal relationships within residence halls and student apartment buildings. As a full-time, (academic year; 10-month position), live-in, professional employee, responsibilities include recruitment, selection, training, supervision and evaluation of six to nine undergraduate student staff members; administration of up to 370 residents in a residence hall and apartment building; and service as an active member of the residence life team and implementation of assessment programs to assure excellent service, educational effectiveness and progress on student learning outcomes. Required qualifications include teaching/mentoring experience; the ability to model faith journey; excellent interpersonal and counseling abilities; strong administrative abilities; the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the stages of student development and the importance of holistic education; supervisory and decision making abilities; professional commitment to diversity; strong verbal and written communication abilities; and enthusiastic commitment to the student development profession. Commitment to the intellectual, faith and interpersonal development of students and to the mission and identity of Messiah College is also required. Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling or related field or bachelor’s degree with post undergraduate residence life experience is required. Start date is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Applicants should provide a letter of application summarizing interest in the College and the position, a comprehensive résumé and statement of faith. Application materials should be sent to Messiah College, Human Resources, Box 3015, Grantham, PA 17027 or e-mailed to (Applications are preferred via e-mail.) A job description is available on the College website. Job related question should be directed to Amy VanDerWerf, director of residence life, at ext. 5088. Application materials received by Thursday, March 15 will be given priority; however, application materials will be accepted until the position is filled.


Three-ring binders and pocket pages — The department of conference services is looking for ten, one inch, three-ring binders and pocket pages that you put inside a binder. If any office has extras they are not using, please e-mail

Outside organization announcement:

“Old Maid and the Thief” opera at the Women’s Club of York — Beverly Spangler, head baker, will sing the title role in Menotti’s one-act comic opera “The Old Maid and the Thief.” The performance, will be held at The Woman’s Club of York, 228 East Market Street, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. It is free and open to the public.