Archive for 2013

January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.
I Corinthians 10:12 (NRSV)


Susan Reynolds, campus events worker in Larsen Student Union, and Linda Blaine, campus event worker, would like to thank everyone for your concerns, thoughts, prayers, cards, flowers and monetary donations for the illness and passing of Larry Reynolds, Sue’s husband and Linda’s brother. It’s comforting to know that so many Messiah people care. Thank you again for all that you did to make this time a little easier.

Ted Davis, professor of the history of science, has several speaking engagements in the next few weeks. He will give public lectures at Wheaton College (“Religion and Science in Modern America”), Chestnut Hill College (“Darwin and Religion: Rumors of Warfare”), and Florida State University (“Theology and The Scientific Revolution”). He will also do a guest lecture (“Looking at Pictures: Images of Science from the Scientific Revolution”) for art history students at Elizabethtown College.

William Stowman, department of music, served as guest conductor for the Huntingdon County Band Festival held at Mount Union High School. This was the 75th anniversary of this county’s festival. The 120-member ensemble rehearsed for two days and then presented a concert.  

Messiah 411

Department of theatre and dance present “A Year With Frog And Toad” 

The department of theatre and dance will present family-friendly musical “A Year with Frog and Toad.” Arnold Lobel’s beloved Frog and Toad books jump from page to stage. Performances run Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 14-15 at 7 p.m. with matinee performances on February 10, 16 and 17 at 3 p.m. Meet all the characters at the Cookie Reception following each show.  All performances take place in Miller Theatre, located in the Climenhaga Building. Tickets cost $7 for students and children under 12 and $11 for general admission. Opening night, Feb. 7, is buy-one, get-one free ticket night. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Bring your ticket to the Oakes Museum and receive free admission on any Saturday in February or March from 1-5 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the ticket office at ext. 6036 or visit

This witty gem of a musical appeals to the whole family.  Best friends Frog and Toad wake from hibernation and journey through a year of hilarious and touching adventures. With the help of some quirky side-kicks, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, sled and learn important life lessons along the way. Most importantly, Frog and Toad learn to appreciate one another’s differences. Valerie Rae Smith directs a talented ensemble of performers.

New wellness exercise class offered

A new six-week CrossFit program is being offered on campus through the wellness program. CrossFit uses a variety of functional movements, including body weight exercises, gymnastics movements and free weights to improve fitness and work capacity. The class will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-7 a.m. in the weight room. The six-week class is being taught by Level One CrossFit certified Allison Gue and will begin on Monday, Feb. 11. Cost is $15 and class space is limited. Contact Doug Miller at  if interested.

Wellness Workshop set for Feb. 21

You won’t want to miss this informative, entertaining and interactive workshop on spinal wellness. Learn how you can avoid becoming one of the millions of Americans with debilitating back problems. Dr. Zabinski, an authority on the spine, will discuss proper bending and lifting techniques, protecting your neck and back while at a computer, how to stretch properly, differences between back sprains and disc herniations and much more. The workshop will take place from 12-1 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110). Come, and bring a friend!

Opportunity to have a free personal trainer for the semester

Doug Miller’s senior seminar class is looking for employees who want to train for a leg of the Messiah Team Triathlon this spring. This fun, exciting event brings students, employees and alumni together for some fitness-related fellowship! This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m. We will help you get ready for the leg of your choice and we’ll even help you find a team. Distances are a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K run — the good news is you are only ALLOWED to do one leg! You can be a complete novice or a trained veteran— either way it’s  time to begin training. There’s no entry fee and it’s only as competitive as you want to make it. Email Doug Miller today at if you are interested. You can also check out more information about the Messiah Team Triathlon here. This could be the chance you’ve been waiting for to get back into shape.

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 2012 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 1. Further information on performance awards can be viewed here.  For a list of past award recipients see this attachment. All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay, human resource, at


Positions available:

Compliance Coordinator — The department of human resources currently has an immediate opening for the position of compliance coordinator. This full-time, 12-month, administrative position is responsible for monitoring and coordinating compliance efforts across all areas of the College.  Responsibilities include auditing compliance practices, helping departments to develop compliance plans, educating employees on safety and compliance measures, overseeing the reporting of adverse events and potential hazardous conditions including reporting claims to governmental or voluntary agencies. Education and experience required includes formal training program through a vocational school, technical college, apprenticeship or certification related to compliance and/or occupational/environmental health and safety, five years of experience in coordinating compliance activities, experience addressing issues related to environmental health and safety, and experience with OSHA. Other requirements include exceptional project management skills, including  program planning and implementation skills; ability to communicate complex matters in a clear and understandable manner; working knowledge of employee safety practices, occupational health standards and infection control standards; ability to train and advise the college community regarding compliance and safety protocols and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations; ability to conduct on-site compliance audits; knowledge and understanding of federal, state and local safety, environmental and health regulations and procedures, as applied to public institutions; knowledge of principles, procedures and standards for the receipt, handling, storage, shipment and disposal of hazardous chemicals and materials; ability to analyze processes and make recommendations for improvements; ability to develop and implement standard operating procedures; skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities; ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels; ability to implement a positive team-building approach to problem solving; and skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications. 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.)  Job-related questions may be directed to Amanda Coffey, vice president of human resources and compliance, at ext. 5300. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Campus Events Worker II (Custodial) — The department of campus events currently has an opening for the position of campus events worker II (custodial). This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7B, second shift position. This position works Tuesday – Saturday. This is position is dedicated to building maintenance and cleaning. In addition, this position is occasionally responsible for the set-up and tear-down of special events, classroom set up and event support. This position may also supervise a team of work-study students. Requirements include high school diploma or equivalent, ability to interact professionally with students, faculty, staff and conference guests, cleaning experience is preferred, but is not required. To apply, submit a rèsumè and cover letter or an application to Messiah College, Human Resources, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email (Applications are preferred via email.) Job-related questions should be directed to Scott Zeigler, manager of campus events, at ext. 2940. A job description is available in human resources or on the College website. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Brochure rack — Please contact Gina Hale in the Intercultural Office at ext. 2131 or if you are interested in the brochure rack.

Dog free to a good home —Two-year-old male terrier mix. He is neutered, microchipped and has all shots up to date. Very sweet dog! He is non-aggressive but not great with children. Please email for pictures and more information.


Old or unwanted garden hose needed for a project — Condition is not important — tears, cracks and/or leaks are not a problem. The longer the better but will take any length. Call Don at ext. 7169 or email to arrange for pickup. Thanks so much!

For sale:

Canon Powershot SD780 IS Digital Camera — Dark red, 12.1-megapixels, 3x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer, HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output, 2.5-inch screen, manual, software, battery, battery charger, USB cable, AV cable, wrist strap, 2GB sd card and leather case included. The camera is in excellent condition and will fit in your pocket. $150. If interested, please call ext. 3009 or email

Island blue (turquoise) ribbon from Michaels and AC Moore — Five rolls of 1.5 inch ribbon, one roll of 5/8 inch ribbon and eight rolls of 1/8 inch ribbon. $5 for all. Contact Rhonda at ext. 7291 or

Video baby monitor —Summer brand video baby monitor. Two years old, in good condition. Asking $50. For more information, contact Clay at

Outside organization announcement:

Opportunity to participate in American Odyssey Relay — Several Messiah College staff and community members are participating again this April in the American Odyssey Relay, a 200-mile, 12-person relay race from Gettysburg to Washington D.C. This year our team name is “Team Spoudazo!” Spoudazo is Greek for “make every effort.” We are still trying to fill our last few spots with anyone who is up for an exciting, unique, three-hour running experience. There is some training required and each individual runs three separate legs throughout the race (anywhere from 12-20 miles total). For more information visit this link or this site. If interested please reply to and more details for Team Spoudazo can be provided!

American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days opportunity — This year Daffodil Days sponsored by the American Cancer Society fall after our spring break, and I am again happy to serve as Messiah College’s coordinator. As the first flower of spring, the daffodil symbolizes hope and rebirth. Through American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days program and your support, that hope can be brought to cancer patients.  In our area, daffodils will be delivered on Thursday, March 21. Orders, however, need to be given to me with your money through Monday, Feb. 18. These options are available: $10 donation for a bunch of daffodils;  $12 donation for potted mini daffodils; $15 donation for a vase and a bunch of daffodils; and $25 for a bear and a bunch— Ray O. Hope, the ninth in a special Boyd’s Bear collection designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days. Donors can also help comfort children in your community by giving a special Boyd’s bear to them with a $25 donation to Project Care (bears are delivered anonymously).  Checks should be payable to the American Cancer Society. Drop your order and check in campus mail to Suite 3017 or place your order by emailing You may also drop off cash at my office in Boyer 215. Thank you for giving hope through giving daffodils! Your participation is a blessing!