Archive for 2013

February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NRSV)

News

Robert A. Hess, professor emeritus of history and African studies, passed away on Feb. 6 at Brethren Village. Bob joined the faculty at Messiah College in 1969 where he taught full-time until 1993. He also served as director of the integrated studies program. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at West Green Tree Church of the Brethren, 740 Green Tree Road, Elizabethtown, Pa. at 2 p.m. Viewing will take place at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

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Office of alumni and parent relations to host Open House on Feb. 14 

Ever wondered what it takes to produce Homecoming? Who plans Senior Week? Who keeps track of the alumni? Well this is your chance to learn more about alumni and parent relations as well as meet our staff, Jay McClymont, Brittany (Kappauf) Claridge and Michelle Shellenberger. Take a moment to come visit ECC 166 on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 2-4 p.m. Food, fun, games and prizes await!

Spring Humanities Symposium set for Feb 20-22

The theme for the Spring 2013 Humanities Symposium is “Wealth: The Promises and Perils of Abundance.” All are welcome to attend the opening reception Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in Boyer Hall, Howe Atrium. Panel discussions, lectures and films will then occur Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. The keynote address, “Melancholy in the Midst of Abundance: How Americans Invented the Humanities,” given by Geoffrey Galt Harpham will take place in Parmer Hall in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts on Thursday,  Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. For more information, contact Tina Keul at ext. 5077. View attachment for the detailed daily schedule.

Shredding Solutions on campus for confidential document shredding  Feb. 21

On Thursday, Feb. 21 Shredding Solutions will provide a shred truck on campus. The shred truck will be located in the service area parking spots located outside Hoffman Hall. Please use this opportunity to purge your office/work areas of documentation that contains confidential information that has met its retention requirements and is no longer needed. The time the truck will be available on campus has not been set yet but this information will be communicated to the campus once it is received. See attachment for complete information.

Employee music and exercise class available

It’s not too late to sign up for the Exercise to Music class for employees only. Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15-6 p.m. Each class will be led jointly by a male and female senior health and exercise science student. It’s a great way to unwind from the day, socialize and get some wonderful exercise at the same time. Sign up in the fitness center. The $15 registration fee gets you 12 group exercise sessions and 20 wellness points. Can’t beat that!

Health screenings offered at Messiah Wellness Fair on April 3

A major cause of stroke is often carotid artery blockage. Prevent health screenings will be offering employees non-invasive ultrasound screenings for stroke/carotid artery and thyroid abnormalities at Messiah’s Wellness Fair on April 3. As a result of the College underwriting the cost, interested employees will only pay $15 for the two screenings (normally a value of $65). Both screenings will be done in less than 10 minutes and results are completely confidential. Spots are limited and employees must register and pay for the screenings online prior to Wellness Day.  Participants will also receive 20 wellness points from category three — screenings. See the this attachment for details. 

Nominations requested 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.  All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay, human resource, at kcastong@messiah.edu.

Reminders 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. The following dates are now closed to events with set up needs: Feb. 15, March 23, April 13 and April 18.

Facility fee policy outlined 

Were you aware that there are fees for use of Messiah College facilities for co-sponsored events? For example: If you are hosting a meeting of your professional organization on campus, internal room rental fees apply. Please plan accordingly when planning your yearly budgets. To view the full policy and rates, see this attachment. You may also view the policy and the sponsoring department approval form on the employee page of MCSquare under “Employee Forms,” “Conference Services.” If you have questions, please call the office of conference and event services at ext. 6009.

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Summary annual report for Messiah College employee welfare plan available

The Employee Benefits Security Administration requires that employers publicize the summary annual report for welfare benefit plans. Attached is the report which covers all health, life, vision, dental, disability, prescription drugs and AD&D claims.

Classifieds

Positions available:

Administrative Assistant, part-time, Departments of Education, Communication and Politics — The departments of education, communication and politics currently have an immediate opening for the part-time (28-hours-per-week during the academic year and 10 hours-per-week during the summer), 12 month, band 7C position. This position provides administrative and project support to the departments of education, communication and politics. Responsibilities include managing the office and overseeing operations for three different academic departments; providing general secretarial support to the department chairs and faculty, including typing, filing, mail processing, answering phones; photocopying and oversight of audio-visual equipment; acting as a receptionist for greeting students, parents and other visitors; coordinating arrangements for travel and special events and programs; coordinating the development of faculty loads within the departments; maintaining records on both student files and faculty in the new faculty hiring process; and monitoring and inputting budgets, keeping monthly records, allocating Visa card transactions and coordinating the website management for the departments. Necessary education and experience requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of one to two years of administrative support/secretarial experience. An associate’s degree is preferred. Other requirements include effective communication skills; the ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; strong computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Banner, Excel and various databases as well as understand basic web design; the ability to work independently; and the ability to effectively supervise work study students may be required. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, rèsumè, statement of faith and salary requirements to  Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or email materials to humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.) A job description is available at the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Nance McCown, chair of the department of communications, at ext. 2056. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Administrative Assistant, part-time, Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Nutrition and Dietetics — The departments of biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, and nutrition and dietetics currently have an opening for the part-time (35 hours-per-week from Aug. 13 – Oct. 26; 30 hours-per-week from Oct. 29 –April 12; 35 hours-per-week from April 15 – May 24 and seven hours-per-week during the summer from May 25 – Aug. 12), 12-month position. This is a band 7C position. This position provides administrative and project support to the three departments.   Responsibilities include data entry, project and event coordination, maintaining websites and a high volume of general support responsibilities. Necessary education and experience requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent, and a minimum of one to two years of administrative support/secretarial experience. Other requirements include strong organizational skills, including time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet college deadlines; strong computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Banner, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and various databases as well as understand basic web design; ability to work independently; ability to assemble data and information accurately, strong attention to detail; effective communication skills; ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies, including external contacts; and ability to effectively supervise additional support staff or work study students may be required. Applicants should provide a letter of application summarizing interest in the College and the position, a comprehensive rèsumè, statement of faith and salary requirements. Application materials should be sent to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, Suite 3015, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or emailed to humanres@messiah.edu. (Application materials are preferred via email.)  A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Sheri Boyce, chair of biological sciences, at ext. 2632. Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Commercial Kitchen Mechanic — The department of facility services at Messiah College 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 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 includes a high school diploma or equivalent required; 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 necessary; 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 rèsumè, letter of interest and salary requirements to Messiah College, Human Resources, One College Avenue, 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 Brad Markley, director of facility services, at ext. 3500. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Free:

Small and large hamster cages plus attachable tubes — Hamster food and treats also included. Contact Wendell at wwitter@messiah.edu if interested.

For rent:

Apartment — Newly renovated, second story, two bedroom, one bath apartment with a large living room and eat-in kitchen provides a very spacious living area. Off-street parking is also provided in this three unit complex located west of the borough of Shiremanstown. No pets and no smoking  Renting at $800 per month. Interested parties should contact Lisa Snyder at lsnyder@messiah.edu  or Prowell Management at ProwellManagement@gmail.com or call 717-364-6764.

For sale:

Pentax 35mm camera —Pentax PZ-70 35mm camera in very good condition. Needs a new battery and a lens cap. Asking $50. For more information, contact Clay at CPolson@messiah.edu.

Drum set – Cymbals and cymbal stands, stool and base pedal are in good condition. Drums are in fair condition – great set for a beginner. $250 or best offer. Contact rking@messiah.edu or Rhonda at ext. 7291.

Giro adult bevel snow helmet — Black, large (59-62.5 cm.). $25. Contact baumen@messiah.edu.

iPod — 32 Gb, mint condition. Includes case and screen protector. Third generation. $115. Contact krobyak@messiah.edu.

Outside organization announcement:  

American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days opportunity — This year Daffodil Days sponsored by the American Cancer Society fall after our Spring break; Shirley Groff serves 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 by 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 groff@messiah.edu. 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!