May 30, 2013

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Selah). There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.
Psalm 46:1-5 (NRSV)

News

On behalf of the commencement committee we would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the 2013 Commencement a success. The collaboration of the many offices across campus is evident to our over 6,000 guests and 700 new alums. We continue to hear from families who share their appreciation for our hard work and hospitality to make their day special. Thank you for the role you play in this day.
Carla Gross and Kathie Shafer, co-chairs of the Commencement committee

This summer there will be a transition in the office of multicultural programs. Tatiana Diaz has recently accepted a position as director of the student center for inclusion and culture at Drexel University. While we are sad to see Tatiana leave Messiah, this is an exciting opportunity for her and we certainly wish her well. We are extremely grateful to Tatiana for her success in fulfilling the mission of Messiah’s multicultural programs which is to offer strong support for our growing number of underrepresented students. Messiah College remains committed to this mission and we have commenced a national search for her replacement. To be sure, we will be looking for many of the qualities Tatiana has provided to our students in terms of care, advocacy, mentoring and support. In the meantime, Sheryl Ezbiansky will continue to provide administrative support for the office. In addition, Kerrie Taylor has agreed to serve for an additional year as the Martin’s Scholar’s Program coordinator. Tatiana’s last day at Messiah will be June 28. We will be planning a farewell reception for Tatiana on June 17 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Private Dining Room. Please plan to join us in saying goodbye to our colleague and friend. May God bless Tatiana and Messiah College.
Doug Wood, associate dean of students 

William Stowman, professor of music, served as guest soloist with the Red Land High School Bands at their most recent spring concerts. Ben Blasko (’13) was student teaching and conducting the Concert Band with whom Bill performed Hugh Waley’s “Moment of Peace” trumpet solo. Following that, Bill served as narrator for the Wind Ensemble on Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.”  

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The Falcon wins a Gold Medal in the 2013 Loyal E. Horton Awards competition from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) 

Eisenhower Campus Center’s retail restaurant, The Falcon, has been recognized with a Gold Medal from the National Association of College and University Food Services in the Retail Sales-Single Concept category. The category is for college campus eateries specifically, not dining halls or cafeterias. The recognition is based on a variety of aspects of The Falcon’s menu and service, including atmosphere, nutrition and wellness offerings, online ordering capabilities, sustainability practices and menu variety including featured items. Congratulations to Megan Byers, assistant retail restaurant manager, and her staff for winning this prestigious award.

The Oakes Museum of Natural History Curator Club and CC2 Programs registration open

Registration is open for Curator Club and CC2. These multifaceted science programs provide educational science enrichment on a variety of topics in a fun learning environment. The museum offers Curator Club for students entering or in grades three, four or five on Saturday mornings from 9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. CC2 is offered for students entering or in grades six, seven or eight and is held on Saturday afternoons from 1:45 – 4 p.m.  For more information, visit the website or read this flyer.

Key services support clerk hours to change for the summer 

Effective June 10 through August 23 the key services support clerk’s hours will change to the following: Tuesdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. If immediate assistance is needed on Mondays, Denise Blackley can be contacted at dblackley@messiah.edu.

Labor Law posters available for review on campus 

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires that employers post a notice that informs employees of the protections and obligations under OSHA Act. At Messiah College, a Labor Law poster complying with this and other federal and state regulations is available in each building, usually in a general break area or common area. The poster also includes information on FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), ADA (American Disabilities Act) and other laws impacting employees. Know where this is in your building and take the time to review it.

Classifieds

Positions available:

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of the Arts — The School of the Arts currently has an immediate opening for the position of assistant to the dean of the School of the Arts. This is a full-time, 12-month, band 7D position. This position provides specialized support to the dean of the School of the Arts. Responsibilities include performing high-level administrative duties, oversight and coordination of School programs and dean’s office activities. Such functions include relieving the dean and designated faculty of administrative project details; coordinating planning and work flow; follow-up on delegated tasks; keeping projects on schedule, preparing and keeping track of School and office budgets; and assisting departmental assistants. Education and experience required includes an associate’s degree and/or specialized training and two to three years of administrative support experience with at least one year of experience with budgeting. Other requirements include professional-level communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to communicate successfully across departments and with various constituencies including external contacts; strong organizational skills, including time management skills; ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities; strong attention to detail and procedure; ability to problem solve and see issues to their conclusion; expert computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Banner, Word, Excel, Outlook and various databases as well as understand basic web design; ability to work independently on complex projects managing significant portions with little to no oversight; understanding of compliance and regulations related to faculty recruitment; specialized training and development in office management including budgeting; ability to maintain and generate various reports; ability to supervise work study students; and a high level of confidentiality is required. 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 are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Richard Roberson, dean of the School of the Arts, at ext. 2830. Applications will be reviewed upon request and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Administrative Assistant for Department of Safety , Part-Time — The department of safety currently has an opening for the position of administrative assitant. This is a part-time, 10-month (Aug. – May), 16 hours-per-week, band 7B position. This position serves as the department of safety office point of contact for the campus community and for visitors to the department. In addition, the assistant performs administrative support and clerical activities for the department of safety. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent.as well as one year of office/secretarial experience preferably; experience in the emergency services field preferred. Other requirements include ability to demonstrate interpersonal and human relation skills with all campus community members and external contacts; establish and exhibit cooperative working relationships with personnel from other departments on campus; strong communication skills; strong attention to detail; ability to work independently; ability to adhere to strict confidentiality; excellent computer skills with Microsoft Office programs including the ability to learn campus software within first 30 days of employment; CPR/First Aid/AED certification required; must become certified within first 30 days of employment. 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 are preferred via email.) A job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions should be directed to Cindy Burger, director of safety and dispatch services, at ext. 7272. Applications will be reviewed upon request and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Director of Multicultural Student Programs — The division of student affairs has an immediate opening for the position of director of multicultural student programs. This position provides leadership for the development and implementation of programming directed toward diversity and multicultural issues. This position also provides special attention to addressing some of the unique needs and concerns of students from North American, under-represented racial/ethnic communities. The director serves to advance the College mission for reconciliation and education in the areas of race, ethnicity and culture by fostering collaborations with co-curricular and curricular educators across campus and the wider community. Education and experience requirements include a master’s degree in education, student personnel or a related field. A minimum of five years of administrative and leadership experience should includes experience working with racially/ethnically diverse groups, working in conflict management and mediation and working in program planning and implementation. Other requirements include ability to administer multicultural student programs and provide leadership for a positive diverse campus climate; knowledge of the unique experiences, concerns and needs of students from North American under-represented racial/ethnic populations; knowledge of best practices related to fostering civil and open dialogue around issues of race and ethnicity and the development of multicultural competencies on college campuses; knowledge of student development theory and application and of multiracial development of college students; ability to plan, implement and evaluate campuswide programs that address the intersections of ethnicity, race, class, gender and other areas of diversity; strong mediation and conflict management skills; ability to recognize and facilitate opportunities for collaboration and reconciliation across campus; ability to plan and implement learning/training opportunities for students and/or employees in the areas of anti-racism; intergroup dialogue, multicultural competencies and reconciliation; excellent written and verbal communication skills including communicating effectively across race, ethnicity and culture; and ability to support and articulate the College mission and vision for higher education. 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 e-mail preferred.) A detailed job description is available on the College website. Job-related questions may be directed to Doug Wood, associate dean of students, at ext. 3200. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Graduate Enrollment Assistant, Part-time — The department of graduate enrollment and student services currently has an opening for the position of graduate enrollment assistant. This is a part-time, 15 hours-per-week, 12-month, band 7C position. The responsibilities of this position include inquiry and application admissions processing, communicating with graduate students in order for them to bring their application files to completion and maintaining data/records in Banner. Education and experience required includes a high school diploma or equivalent as well as two years of administrative support experience using current technology. Other requirements include professional communication skills, including strong writing, editing, speaking and comprehension skills; ability to manage and maintain multiple files and documents in various media and formats; ability to plan, organize and complete projects effectively; computer proficiency including the ability to work independently in Banner, Excel, Word, Constant Contact and Outlook; excellent data processing skills; self-starter/independent worker; familiarity with online college courses, learning management systems, website editing and social media is a plus. 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 may be directed to Rob Pepper, director of graduate enrollment and student services, at ext. 7278. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Wanted:

Housing for fall 2013 —I am a student at Messiah College who will be taking this upcoming fall semester off in order to work. It is my hope to work on campus, so I am looking for a place to room from September to mid-December in the Grantham area or in Harrisburg near the SALT house (where the shuttle stops). I would be willing to pay a small rent should that be requested. If you are interested or know of somebody who is, please contact Amanda at ab1478@messiah.edu.

Dog needs a loving home —Six-year-old female. Healthy, good with children and has lived with other dogs. She is spayed, micro chipped, is up to date with vaccines and house trained. Our family is moving and we are unable to take her with us. Interested people can email Tdiaz@messiah.edu

Egg carton request from The Oakes Museum of Natural History — We are in need of egg cartons (dozen size) for a science program on June 8. If you have clean egg cartons that you are willing to donate, please email curatorsclub@messiah.edu. The cartons may be dropped off at the Museum offices (Jordan 056) or we will pick them up.

Truck — I would like to purchase a small, reliable pickup truck to use for transporting kayaks. Contact Michael Cosby at mcosby@messiah.edu or 717-697-3573.

For rent:

Apartment —Located in Mechanicsburg. One bedroom apartment available July 1. Less than five miles from Messiah. First floor apartment with hardwood floors, large kitchen with appliances, large basement with washer and dryer. $595 per month, water, sewer and trash included. Off-street parking, free basement storage and electric baseboard heat. If interested call Rick at 717-557-7738 or email at rvanpelt@messiah.edu

House in Harrisburg —Home located in Harrisburg’s Italian Lake area. Two bedroom, 1.5 baths and finished attic. Updated appliances, fenced in backyard that is pet friendly. The house is close to Interstate 81, is and about 20 minutes from campus,  and is not in the flood zone. Interested people can email Tdiaz@messiah.edu.

For sale:

Electric lift chair (recliner) — This one is too large to fit into my mother’s new living space. Asking $75 obo. Contact mcosby@messiah.edu or 717-697-3573. 

Pop-up camper —Skamper model cs-8 (1973). Good tires and wheel bearings; some wear and tear in canvas. Asking $400. For more information, contact Rick Schaeffer at rschaeff@messiah.edu

Red Canna tubers — That time of year again that I plant in the spring, dig them up in the fall and plant and sell again in the spring. $3 a bag. Contact Roseann Sachs at rsachs@messiah.edu.

2004 John Deere garden tractor — L111, 20 hp, Briggs and Stratton engine, 42 in. cut, bagger included as well as extra set of blades, 300 hours. Asking $900; Wrought iron patio table with four chairs — 48 in. diameter. Asking $50; 29 in. bar stools (3) – Asking $75; Kenmore deep freeze —Approximately 23 cubic feet (55 in. tall, 28 in. wide, 27 in.deep), model 253.92620. Asking $50; Roll-front metal storage cabinet — 84 in. tall, 36 in. wide, 19 in. deep with five shelves. Asking $25; Whirlpool Gold Ultimate Care II washer and dryer — Washer new ( approximately 2003) and electric dryer (new 2005), washer model GSW9900PW0, dryer model GEQ9800PW1. Asking $300 for the pair; 56 in. Panasonic DLP projection TV — Model PT56DLX25. Asking $300. Contact Carrie Widdowson at ext. 2492 or cwiddowson@messiah.edu.

Home — Beautiful townhome two miles from Messiah College in desirable Mechanicsburg schools. Parks and walking trails in the neighborhood. Like new condition. Beautiful, spacious kitchen, three bedrooms with a large bonus room that can serve as an extra bedroom, study or family room. 2,145 sq. ft., 1.5 car garage. Please email sbaker@messiah.edu for more information or for an appointment. Asking $195,000.

Outside organization announcement:

Home Grown Market event in Harrisburg — Home Grown Market is a weekly artisan event in Harrisburg on Saturdays. All goods sold at this event are of the handmade, homegrown variety. Please see this flyer for more information on what you can find at this market as well as information for artists and crafters interested in selling their own items at the market.

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