Archive for 2013

January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8 (NRSV)


The office of development is delighted to announce that Susan Mayernick (‘98) has accepted a new role in the development office serving as regional advancement officer and Heritage Society advisor. In addition to providing supervision to the Heritage Society Coordinator position, Susan will also be responsible for developing and strengthening new donor relationships for the College specifically in the Lancaster County region.  

Mark Templeton (‘91) has accepted our offer to serve as the new Heritage Society Coordinator now that Susan has additional duties. Mark will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating and soliciting a specific group of Heritage Society members and prospects in order to secure immediate and long-term gift revenue for Messiah College. Mark brings a unique set of skills to the position from his career in human resources for the Dauphin County Prison and as a sales representative for Forbes Chevrolet.  

We are also pleased to welcome Lauren Seneca (‘12) to our team. Lauren will serve as assistant director of annual giving and provide leadership to student, young alumni and reunion giving programs, as well as special scholarship programs.She brings a breadth of experience from her time as a student at Messiah, particularly her work with the office of alumni and parent relations and her most recent fundraising position with the American Cancer Society. We are grateful she is back at her alma mater and a part of our community! 

Please join us in congratulating Susan and welcoming Mark and Lauren!
Jon C. Stuckey, director of development 

Joanna Hadley-Evans has accepted the administrative assistant position for the dean of the School of Humanities and assistant dean of general education and common learning. Joanna’s last day in the registrar’s office will be Jan. 18. The registrar’s office would like to thank Joanna for her eight years of dedicated service. She has been a vital member of the team. Her energy, attention to detail and knowledge of the registrar’s office and Messiah College in general will be missed. We are excited for Joanna as she begins this new chapter. The School of the Humanities and the General Education Program are excited to welcome Joanna and look forward to the skills, energy and enthusiasm she will bring to them in the coming months.

William Stowman, department of music, contributed to the December issue of the “International Trumpet Guild Journal.” His article titled “The Benefits of Performing in Trumpet Ensemble,” was published in a series of articles dealing with the trumpet in chamber music. In addition to his work with the Messiah College Trumpet Ensemble, Bill is a member of the internationally acclaimed “Tromba Mundi,” a professional trumpet ensemble that has performed in the United States and abroad. The December issue of the “International Trumpet Guild Journal” also provided a flattering review of Bill’s solo CD “A Matter of Seconds” which featured solo works for trumpet and piano, trumpet and organ, and trumpet with strings. Other Messiah faculty featured on the disc were pianist Ya-Ting Chang and Conductor Tim Dixon with the Messiah College Chamber Strings.  

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an op-ed by David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history, that examines the phenomenon of Amish-themed reality television. The op-ed titled “Viewers’ Desires vs. Reality,” appeared on Dec. 30 and can be accessed online here.

Messiah 411

Employees welcome for opening of Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts Jan. 14 

You are invited to join us for the opening of the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts on Monday, Jan. 14. Our campus community has been eagerly anticipating the completion of this wonderful new facility for nearly two years. To celebrate, please come at 7:40 a.m. to the patio area of the Climenhaga Building and the High Center. At that time, Richard Roberson, dean of the school of the arts, will open the front doors of the building and invite employees and students to enter. Enjoy a few minutes informally exploring the building before you start your day. 

While Parmer Hall (the main auditorium) and the High Foundation Recital Hall will not be open until the end of January, we are already planning our first public events in those venues. The first recital is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, and the first concert in Parmer Hall is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17. The College will host a special all-employee chapel to commemorate the opening of the High Center in Parmer Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. The inaugural public event season for the High Center during the 2013-2014 academic year will be announced later this spring. Thank you to everyone in the Messiah College community who has played a part in planning, fundraising, developing and readying the High Center for use by our campus and the broader region. I hope you can join us for these upcoming events.

Educational Technology Day set for Jan. 16 

Please make plans to stop by Howe Atrium throughout the day on Jan. 16 at your convenience to see many ways that technology is assisting our campus employees in getting their jobs done. Also, see how some technology tools are helping the College to connect with our community. A panel discussion will help answer some questions about what incoming students may be expecting from us in terms of technology in the classroom. The panel is comprised of local high school technology directors and technology instructors. These events are open to all employees. For more information, email the Committee .Panel Discussion, Parmer Cinema – 12-1 p.m.  

Howe Atrium, Video and Live Sessions – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Registrar’s office closed morning of Jan. 18 

On Friday, Jan. 18, the registrar’s office will be closed in the morning for an office planning and development day.  We will be open with limited staffing from 1-5 p.m.

Save the date for Gym and Pool Night 

The office of human resources is partnering with the alumni office to present Gym and Pool Night 2013. Once again this event is open to all alumni, employees and their families. Don’t miss out!

Grab your family, your swimsuit and come enjoy Messiah’s gym and pool facilities. There will be games, children’s activities and pool sessions. And what’s a bash without dessert? There will be delicious ice cream served in the Falcon Express Cafè.

Who: Open to all alumni, employees and their families

Where: Sollenberger Sports Center

When: Friday, Feb. 1 6-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Only $1/per person, to be paid at the door 

You must register in advance in order to use the pool. Please see attachment for details.

Upcoming wellness events announced

Plan now to attend Dr. Zabinski’s informative, entertaining and interactive wellness workshop on spinal wellness. Over 80 percent of our population will experience debilitating back problems at one time or another. This workshop is timely and will present helpful information on proper bending and lifting techniques, protecting your neck and back while at a computer, proper stretching techniques, differences between back sprains and disc herniations and much more. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 12-1 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110).Mark your calendar today!

Wednesday, April 3 is Wellness Day. You won’t want to miss the wellness fair and other wellness activities during the day. More details to follow!

Wellness classes are now being offered.  See attachment for complete details.

Classical music available on WVMM

WVMM offers classical music each weekday morning. Join us between 6-8 a.m. and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for commercial-free classical music, nationally syndicated by Classical 24 (the same service WITF used to use overnights). The programming features knowledgeable hosts with limited interruption. We also feature discussion of the day’s headlines on “The Takeaway”—produced by Public Radio International in association with the BBC and NY Times among other partners at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Give a listen at 90.7 FM or online via

Reminder from conference services

Are you planning an event on campus for this school year? The deadline for submitting requests to conference services is Friday, March 8 (start of spring break). Requests submitted after this date will not be approved. This applies to student, departmental and academic events.


Positions available:

Director of International and Transfer Student Recruitment — The division of enrollment management has an immediate opening for the postion of director of international and transfer student recruitment. Along with traditional recruitment activities, this role provides leadership to international student recruitment initiatives and provides oversight of transfer student recruiting. This position is responsible for effectively communicating the mission of Messiah College to prospective students and their families. Education and experience required includes a master’s degree and five years of progressively responsible college admissions experience; international and transfer recruitment experience strongly preferred. Other requirements include effective interpersonal skills in student and family admissions counseling; supervisory experience; ability to work with and relate well to a broad spectrum of consituencies including people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and time management skills; background and experience with SEVIS strongy preferred; computer systems experience beneficial and experience with Banner strongly preferred; self-starter and able to work without direct supervision while traveling; ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines; and U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident due to the U.S. government requirements for SEVIS access. This position requires valid driver’s license and the ability to travel internationally. 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 preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. If you are interested in this position, follow the application instructions above and also contact Inger Blount, assistant director of human resources, immediately at as we are moving very quickly to fill this position due to spring travel. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Zone Mechanic — The facility services department currently has an opening for the position of zone mechanic. This is a full-time, 12-month, band level 7D position. This position provides maintenance in and on Messiah-owned buildings and interacts with students, faculty, staff and administrators. This position requires interaction with contractors and vendors and gives input on projects. Education required includes a high school diploma or equivalent as well as completion of a formal training program through a vocational school, technical college or apprenticeship.  Completion of a certified training program in general facility maintenance is preferred. Three years of commercial repair and maintenance required; five years preferred. Other requirements include broad range of repair knowledge across all mechanical trades; excellent mechanical troubleshooting ability; ability to quickly recognize and evaluate potentially dangerous situations; excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently or in a team setting; and ability to lift at least 75 pounds. A detailed position description can be found on the College website. To apply, please submit a rèsumè, cover letter and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Application materials are preferred via email.)  Job-related questions may be submitted to Brad Markley, director of facilities, at ext. 3500.) Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

For sale:

House —A well-built (2,112 sq. ft. living space) three bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse with loft and garage. It is located in a quiet neighborhood about one mile from campus. The house has a very private backyard, with unfinished basement and a new retractable awning over the patio. Pre-listing price of $179,900 is below the market value of the house. For more information or an appointment, call Eldon at 717-385-3980 or ext. 6520.

Pet snake —One year old ball python. Includes terrarium, day and night lamps, heat pad and bedding, $150. Contact Carol at or call 717-480-9556.