Archive for 2013

January 17, 2013

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 16:31 (NRSV)

News

I am happy to announce that we have hired Kathy Eshbach as the interim field experience coordinator for the spring 2013 semester. Most recently Kathy was the chief academic officer at York Academy Regional Charter School. Before that she served as an assistant principal, reading specialist and elementary school teacher in two local school districts. Kathy and her husband, Eric, live in Dillsburg. They have two children who are both students at Messiah College. Please join me in welcoming Kathy to this new role. I look forward to working with her to serve our students in their field experiences.
Jennifer Fisler, director of the Teacher Education Program

Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in music, and Beth Lorow, assistant director of public relations, collaborated to produce a podcast that was posted on the website of Inside Higher Ed. (IHE). In the podcast Zwally describes how new innovations in modern stringed instrument tuning machines allow players to add ornaments into their performances. The podcast is accessible on the Academic Minute page of IHE’s website.

Messiah 411

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. They will be open with limited staffing from 1-5 p.m.

Opportunities available to volunteer on MLK Day

MLK Day takes place on Monday, Jan. 21. Messiah College is working with the Central PA MLK Committee to send out volunteers to various locations in the Harrisburg area. Volunteers will work with community members and Messiah students. To register go to the following link. Registration closed Sunday, Jan. 13, but you are still encouraged to sign-up. Transportation will be provided to all volunteers in the form of either seven-passenger vans or 15-passenger vans. We will be meeting at 8 a.m. for a pre-reflection ceremony in Frey 110. From there, everyone will be boarding their vans and leaving for John Harris High School where an opening ceremony will take place at 9:15 a.m. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all volunteers will re-board their respective vans and leave for their service learning site.

“Passage” on display in Aughinbaugh Art Gallery until Jan. 27

Department of Visual Arts faculty members Christi Forsythe and Don Forsythe will talk about their artwork titled “Passage” in the Aughinbaugh Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.  A reception will follow. Please plan on joining us. A portion of the work on view was created during visits to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland and is a response to the rural County Mayo coastline. Additional pieces in handmade paper, mixed-process printmaking, collage and artist’s books were created especially for exhibition. The work will be on view until Sunday, Jan. 27. Visit this website for more information.

London Internship Program/Goldsmiths representative to visit campus Jan. 22

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Kelly Lampe will be on campus to talk to students about studying and interning with the London Internship Program and studying at Goldsmiths: University of London. Students from a wide range of majors have participated in these programs including art history, business management, journalism, math, politics and theatre.

If you are interested in having Kelly speak to your classes about opportunities to participate in either or both of these programs, please contact Wendy Lippert at wlippert@messiah.edu or ext. 6089. You can also set up an appointment to meet with her one-on-one if you would like to talk with Kelly. 

Kelly will be hosting a student information session in Boyer 231 at 4 p.m. on Jan. 22. Please encourage interested students to attend. For more information about the London Internship Program, visit this website.  To learn more about Goldsmiths: University of London, please visit this website.

Opportunity for students to engage with employer at “Into the City” event

On Wednesday, March 6, the Career Center is heading to Clark Associates in Lancaster for the third installment of Into the City “Mini,” a condensed version of the popular two-day Into the City career immersion program. Students will meet with numerous executives and Messiah alumni employed (more than 20!) at the organization and also have the opportunity to tour Clark’s facilities. In addition to learning about Clark Associates (an organization recently named as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies) and their recruitment process, students will be challenged to consider the transferability of their Messiah College experience to the workplace. The program will conclude with a networking dinner. Past attendees of Into the City trips have found that connecting with alumni and employers in such an intimate fashion to have a significant impact on their career planning and decision-making.

If you are interested in incorporating this event into a class, please contact the Career Center for more details at ext. 6016 or career@messiah.edu. This organization is interested in students from any academic major.

Messiah Team Triathlon set for April 27

On Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m., the Wellness Program will host the fifth annual Messiah Team Triathlon. This is a fun, exciting Messiah Community event. You must enter as a team of three, where one person completes only one leg of the triathlon. You can join with two other employees, join with students, or join with alumni to form your team. You’ll find all the possible categories for teams at the triathlon website listed below. Distances are a half-mile swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. We had 23 teams last year but only 15 employees participated. We’d like to at least double that number this year. It’s fun and it’s free! 

Doug Miller’s senior seminar class is also offering a free personal trainer to get ready for the swim, cycle or run portion of the triathlon. Email Doug at dmiller@messiah.edu. You can be a complete novice or a trained veteran. We can only work with a limited number of employees, so the sooner you respond the better! Visit this link for more information.

Don’t forget to get your wellness points

The research is clear. Participating in worksite wellness programs increases employee productivity, decreases absenteeism, improves health and reduces health care costs. Once again this year, Messiah employees who accumulate 100 wellness points before June 15 will incur health insurance premium savings. Although exact figures for the current year have not yet been established, the chart below, which appeared in the Open Enrollment Guide that was sent to all employees, shows the savings experienced by employees who participated in the program last year. Last year 253 employees completed 100 wellness points. Our goal for this year is 300 employees. So far, 20 completion forms have been returned.

EMPLOYEE PER PAY PERIOD DEDUCTIONS – EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012 (Based on percent of annual salary)
Employee Only Employee + Child(ren) Employee + Spouse 2 Messiah Employees + Child(ren) Family
Cost for individuals who have attained 100 Wellness Points in the 2011-2012 plan year.
0.00% 1.90% 2.15% 0.95% 3.25%
Cost for individuals who have not attained 100 Wellness Points in the 2011-2012 plan year.
0.25% 2.15% 2.40% 1.20% 3.50%

Details on this year’s wellness programs and the completion form, can be found at the wellness website. For more information, email Doug Miller at dmiller@messiah.edu.

Parking reminder for employees assigned to ZZ lot

We appreciate your patience and thank you for your understanding during the construction phase of the High Center. Although there is still construction activity within the building and construction vehicles are still coming and going, the parking lot between Old Main and the High Center is now open for employees assigned to ZZ lot. The visitor’s lot was provided as a temporary parking location during construction. Effective Monday, Jan. 28, employees will no longer be permitted to park in the visitor’s parking lot. Any employee parked in the visitor’s parking lot after Friday, Feb. 1, will be issued a parking ticket. Employees are assigned to parking location on an annual basis. Please be respectful to our visitors in remembering this visitor lot was constructed for their use.

UPS shipping training session offered

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 email to Bill Althoff at balthoff@messiah.edu. 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.

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.

Crisis Management team develops new emergency response website

The College has improved its emergency response website and made it a valuable resource for employees as well as students and parents. We invite you to take a few minutes to visit www.messiah.edu/emergency to familiarize yourself with some basic information about how you can expect the College to communicate and control rumors in times of crisis; what might be expected of employees in a campus evacuation; how our response is guided by federal mandates; how to sign up for text message alerts; and much more. We also encourage you to point students and parents to this resource as its helpful/relevant.

Results from the employee book drive 

Thank you for your very generous donation of books for the Downey School. We collected and delivered 455 books to help build the libraries in second, third and fourth grade classrooms. Cash donations paid for a year of Scholastic Weekly Readers for classroom 203 (pictured in the videos at the Employee Christmas Luncheon). In addition, proceeds from the Barnes & Noble Bookfair helped raise $206.25 which will go to the school principal for her discretionary use.  

We’ve received some very enthusiastic thank you notes from the children! As-is excerpts are below: 

“Thank you for all of the books that you have brought to us. They are so outstanding. I’m so excited that I found my favorite. It’s called “Weird But True.” The reason I like it is because it tells you a lot of stuff like this. Did you know that people use human hair in the pizza crust? That sounds disgusting! But hey it’s pizza crust!”  

“I think your books are amazing! I think I’m going to read them as long as I live! Probably I’ll get to the point of reading them during vacation. I think I should have a book vacation because I love your great books.” 

“…I am excited to read my new book that I checked out. It is called “Space Questions and Answers.” I only read a part of it. It said that the sun was made by spinning a lot then the clouds of gases, dust and ice particles got together and exploded forming the sun. Isn’t that cool?” 

“Thank you so, so, so much for the book I can’t wait to read them. There are some reasons why…because we have enough so everybody who wants one gets one and some are funny and entertaining. All I want to say is thank you for everything you did for us. I hope we can do the same thing one day.”

Volunteer opportunity at the Downey School 

Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone. Your gift of a book at the Employee Christmas Luncheon was a step to bridging that gap at The Downey School. If you have a vacation or personal half day to spare, here is another opportunity to support the importance of reading for these children. And what a fun way to do service! 

Volunteer: Join The United Way and the Bridges Society on Jan. 28, 29 or 30 as a chaperone for the Barnes & Noble Field Trip with Downey Elementary. There will be three third grade classrooms that will have an opportunity to go on a scavenger hunt, read with their chaperone and buy their own book. Register here. Please contact Kathy Castonguay, human resources, at kcastong@messiah.edu with questions.

Classifieds

Positions available:

Academic Records Specialist — The office of the registrar has an immediate opening for the position of academic records specialist (ARS). This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7E position. This position administers processes and provides services related to student academic records, registration, class scheduling, enforcement of academic policy, etc. The ARS modifies, updates and interprets student information in several BANNER modules, applies academic policy to a variety of situations and investigates and resolves reported errors in academic records. Education and experience required includes a BS/BA and three to four years of higher education /registrar’s office experience. Other requirements include strong computer literacy that includes enterprise administrative systems and PC applications; excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing; strong analytical skills and the ability to handle complex mathematical calculations; strong organizational and time management skills; self-motivated and able to work independently; detail oriented with a focus on precision; sound judgment and decision making skills; and strict adherence to confidentiality. 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 humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials sent via email preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Carrie Widdowson, associate registrar, at ext. 2492. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Needed:

Firewood — Do you have extra firewood that you won’t use? Do you wish you could get rid of it? I will pick-up. Call or email Damian Savarino at DSavarin@messiah.edu or ext. 2473.

For sale:

Wooden storage cabinets —Two large wooden storage cabinets. One black and the other natural wood. In great condition. Asking $50 for each cabinet. For more information, contact Clay at CPolson@messiah.edu

100 glass tea light holders — $25; One gallon Behr drywall primer and sealer — Tinted wisteria blue (which looks like a light purple) not recommended for use under satin, semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint. Purchased Dec. 2012, $10. Contact Rhonda at ext. 7291 or rking@messiah.edu.