Archive for 2018

February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:3


David Hagenbuch, professor of marketing, has written an article titled “5 Personal Branding Tips for Generation Z,” which the American Marketing Association has published online at:


Passport processing on Campus

Representatives from the Cumberland County Courthouse will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 27 to process passport applications. Applicants need to bring their photo, documents: original birth certificate PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE, driver’s license PLUS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSE (non-PA residents also need to bring their Messiah ID along with a photocopy of their ID), completed application, and fees ($110 check made out to the Department of State and $25 cash or check made out to the Prothonotary’s Office) to the Eisenhower Commons between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Photo services will be available. Cost is $10 in cash or check made out to Messiah College. Applications can be downloaded at Please contact if you have questions.

1920s musical comedy “The Boy Friend” continues Thursday night

The Jazz Age lives on! Let Messiah’s Department of Theatre and Dance take you to the glitz and glam of 1920s France in Sandy Wilson’s “The Boy Friend,” performed in Miller Theater.

Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, this light romantic spoof of 1920s musical comedies tells the story of English heiress Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boyfriend. Polly’s father, convinced that any boy who isn’t wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony, the messenger boy with whom she’s fallen in love, that she is no rich girl. “The Boy Friend” runs Feb. 15 – 18. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 717-691-6036, online at, or at the door as available. Get your tickets today!

Spring Break (March 10-18) – advisor needed

The Agapé Center is in search of a faculty or staff advisor for our Spring Break service trip (March 10-18) to Priority One Ministries in the Bronx, New York. Priority One is a Christ-focused, Bible-based, interdenominational short-term ministry that provides cross-cultural urban mission trips for Christ-followers who have a desire to participate in the Great Commission – Jesus’ command to take the Gospel to everyone. The Priority One service trip offers numerous opportunities to serve, including working in the World Vision storehouse; engaging directly with homeless communities; and tutoring in an after school program. For more information about the agency, visit Advisors serve alongside our students, aid student leaders in facilitation of reflection and devotions, and assist in any problem-solving that may arise. All costs are covered for advisors. In addition, employees who are regularly scheduled to work 1560 hours (or more) per year and have completed at least three years of employment with the College may request to participate in College-sponsored missions or service projects while on short-term paid leave from the College. If you’re interested in serving as an advisor or have additional questions, please contact Shardé Hardy at

Budget development FY19

This year’s Budget Development Process will be opening in mid-March. If you have budget responsibility for your area, please watch for additional notifications via email, in the coming weeks. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions in advance of the budget process at

Fire extinguisher training offered to all employees and students

Fire extinguisher training will be conducted Feb. 23-28 in Hostetter Chapel, conference room 113. This training consists of a demonstration of the use of the extinguisher and then the opportunity for each participant to experience “hands-on” practice in extinguishing a “fire.” Training on the types of fires and extinguishers as well as initial instruction on the P.A.S.S. system for using extinguishers is provided via an online course which must be completed prior to the actual hands-on session. There are several sessions offered each day. To sign up for a time that fits your schedule, go to MC-Square à the Employee Tab à Employee Training. (Students should go to the Student Tab à Student Training.) Click on the session (date/time) that you wish to attend and follow the instructions for registering.

This year, all employees and students who complete both the Qualtrics and hands-on training will be eligible for a prize drawing. A $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded to two lucky participants. The winners will be announced the week of March 5. If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Donna Fink at ext. 5038 or Valerian Curd at ext. 6747. Employees, please inform your supervision of the session for which you register.

Graduate assistantships available

The Graduate Program in Higher Education is offering graduate assistantships on the Messiah campus as well as at several partner institutions such as Bluffton University and Southern Wesleyan University. Graduate students will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a college or university campus while pursuing their Master of Arts degree in Higher Education through Messiah. The priority deadline to apply is March 1. Information on available positions can be found here. For questions about the application process or for information about the program, please contact Dr. Dottie Weigel, program director, at

Teach Us All film

“Teach Us All,” a documentary that highlights the inequality of education in the U.S. today, traces the roots of segregation and shows how our schools continue to be segregated. The film will be shown Monday, Feb. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. Dr. Don Murk and Lauren Popeck ’13, a teacher in the Harrisburg City School District, will lead a short discussion following the free showing. The film is sponsored by the Messiah College Teacher Education Program.

2018 Humanities Symposium

The Center for Public Humanities is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Humanities Symposium, Feb. 19-25. This year our theme is “Home,” and we have a week full of speakers, panel discussions, brown bag lunches, exhibits, dance, music, literature and plenty of opportunities to engage in rich discussions about “Home.” We are thrilled to welcome celebrated author, Edwidge Danticat, as our keynote speaker on Thursday, Feb. 22. To find out more about Danticat and our complete schedule of events go to

Employees encouraged to submit nominations for Pride in Performance Awards

Have you been impressed or inspired by the contributions made by a fellow employee during the last year?  Do any of the statements below describe a colleague?  If so, 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.

Your recommendation will be confidential; only the employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration.  Prior recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award for three years. See the list of prior recipients here. Nominations must be submitted, using the Pride in Performance Nomination Form found at  by Friday, March 16.  Further information on performance awards, can be viewed at

Employees invited to submit nominations for Team Falcon Award

The Team Falcon Award is an opportunity to recognize a group or team that collaborated successfully on a significant project or initiative to advance departmental or College-wide goals.

Eligible groups

Eligible teams include units, departments, task forces and committees or other cross-departmental work groups. The team may be comprised of part-time or full-time staff, administrative and/or faculty employees. Team members recognized must have had significant involvement in the accomplishment of the project, process or initiative. Generally, teams will consist of 3 to 10 individuals. One team will be recognized each year.


The Team Falcon Award is used to recognize a work group based on the following criteria:

  • The team made a significant contribution towards achievement of a strategic goal
  • The team exhibited innovation, creativity and excellence
  • The group fostered a team environment that promoted communication, trust, cooperation and respect for differences.


Each member of the team recognized will receive a distinctive commemorative gift and the team will be hosted for lunch by the division vice president or provost.

Recommendations for the award

Any employee can nominate a deserving team. The recommendation must be submitted to the division vice president/provost by Friday, March 16. Division vice presidents/provost are encouraged to solicit recommendations that cross functional boundaries. Each division vice president/provost will review all submissions for his/her division and select those teams that he/she feels best meet the criteria for the award. President’s Cabinet will vote to select the team to receive the award.

Your recommendation will be confidential; only the employees selected as award recipients will know that their names were offered for consideration. Teams are not eligible to receive a subsequent award for three years.  See the list of prior recipients here. Nominations must be submitted using the Team Falcon Award Nomination form found at Further information on performance awards, can be viewed at

The recipients will be announced at the Employee Recognition Reception in May. All questions regarding nominations should be directed to Kathy Castonguay in Human Resources. 

The Boyer Legacy Award – call for nominations

Consistent with our mission to be good stewards of the Boyer legacy, The Ernest L. Boyer Center annually recognizes an emerging leader through the Boyer Legacy Award at Messiah College. Recipients of the Boyer Legacy Award will demonstrate Dr. Boyer’s broad accomplishments and convictions, including his passionate commitment to viewing education as a means to solving societal challenges and his ardent emphasis that leadership is grounded in service. In addition to embodying Boyer ideals in academic and co-curricular commitments, eligible candidates must be current juniors who demonstrate academic excellence, including a minimum 3.6 GPA. All educators at Messiah are invited to nominate candidates; there is no restriction as to the recipient’s academic discipline. A graduate of Messiah Junior College in 1948, Boyer returned to Messiah and served for twenty-two years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including five years as chair. Ernie had a deep appreciation for education’s role in transforming society and a special appreciation for Messiah College in its ability to fulfill this noble end. Thanks to the generous support of Center donors, the Center bestows this award annually. Nominations should be submitted to the Ernest L. Boyer Center. Please include the student’s name and a statement (between 250 and 300 words) explaining why the student merits this honor. The list of top candidates will be vetted to verify academic standing, integrity and graduation eligibility for academic year 2018-2019. Once the committee determines its selection, the recipient will be presented with the Boyer Legacy Award during a reception in September. This distinction carries a cash award of $500. Submit nominations to no later than April 6. Questions may be directed to Dr. Cynthia A. Wells, Director of the Ernest L. Boyer Center, at

Web services open door hours February 20

The Web Services team (Kris and Ramona) will be available Tuesday, February 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Boyer 337. We are available to answer your Jadu questions or help you strategize your next website project.

No need to register, just stop by at any time.



Request for housing opportunities. Any faculty or students who are aware of any housing opportunities starting in June for the new cohort of occupational therapy students, please send the information to Lauren Cross ( The housing details will be posted on the MOT Facebook page for students to consider local options. Thank you!